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  1. Deanflyer

    My First Jet

    Hi all, now that the July issue of Airfix Model World has finished selling, I can finally show you this... Last year whilst on holiday in Australia, I finally managed to get a jet in my flying log book. It's an L-39C Albatros belonging to a company at Archerfield Airport in Brisbane, and I managed to hire it for a while along with a pilot to keep an eye on it while I played with it. Returning home, I built a copy of it as a keepsake, using the Trumpeter 1/48 kit as a base, but incorporating scratch built parts, self made decals, and masks for some of the markings cut by my mate Nige. Hope you like it. Photos from the day: It's all good fun. Cheers, Dean
  2. Time to bite the bullet. Back in May I was asked by a friend of mine to build a Tonka for him. There was one on 56Sqn that he worked on regularly and that's the one he wants built, but could I actually do 2. 1 for him, 1 for someone else on the Sqn. "Not a problem" Said I. "What scale??" Errrrrrr. I'd like So big, Right, 1/48. Never having built that scale, this is going to be fun. I managed to track down 2 and was about to go extras shopping when the offer of the Eduard kit happened, so now, I have 3 - 1 for me! So, here we go! The last Revell I build was their 1/72 Lancaster, and I was mighty disappointed, but I had been advised that this was a good kit (and fell within budget) and looking through the boxes, I was nicely impressed with the detail and mould quality Starting with the seats, as you do. I was quite happy until I'd finished and looked into the Warpaint book (and the GR4 at Duxford) Great Reference -
  3. Holt 150 ton Field Monitor - 1915. Look at this monster (it's nice to be able to say that without fear of prosecution). The Americans seriously considered building these things. It is tempting to laugh and point at the silly colonials, but titter ye not (okay go on then, they probably deserve it for one reason or another). All across the globe, back in the olden days they didn't even know what tanks were supposed to look like! I would cut them some slack, but they were similarly clueless about aircraft. See what I mean? What were they thinking? Many designers considered the 'Big wheel' tank idea. Judging from the designs of some, those designers probably ended up in institutions wearing jackets that laced up at the back. This one (surprise, surprise) never got built, although the Americans gave it very careful consideration and a reasonable amount of planning. It was intended for use against the Mexicans on the south Texas boarder region. They didn't like Mexicans in those days, oh how times have changed. It was to have twenty crew, powered by two steam engines, a gearbox for each 20' diameter wheel; the main armament was intended to be 6” naval guns and armour thickness up to 75mm! You don't get electric windows or a sun roof, but it does come with not one, but two machine-gun turrets and given the choice, wouldn't you swap electric windows for at least one machine-gun turret? I think we can assume that this is the long wheel-base version. The nippy, around-town model was probably the basis for the early Volvos. If you were measuring it's acceleration, forget the stop-watch, you'll need a calendar. One of the reasons it was abandoned is that it wouldn't be able to keep up with the cavalry, hell if it was racing a glacier, the smart money wouldn't be on the monitor. The speed was estimated at no more than a few kilometres per hour. You could probably crawl away from it without fear of being overtaken. I've printed it to scale and shown it here with my A7V which is also in 1/48. In 1/48 it'll be 14.6” (370mm), in 1/35 it would be 20”(510mm)! The only information I've been able to find is a couple of side views and a somewhat confusing description which sounds like it's been translated from ancient Phoenician semaphore using Google Translate. I've done a top view to the best of my ability from the information available. As with many things in life, some of the details I'm completely clueless. You may notice that there is no way the wheels could steer. They didn't need to, they each had their own gearbox – aren't you listening? Each wheel would have been able to go a different speeds ranging from slow, to very slow – god knows how the they expected to coordinate that in practice. Parallel parking would have been a real bugger. Inclines and obstacles would have presented insurmountable problems, but if those pesky Mexicans caused trouble on any cricket pitches, croquet lawns or bowling greens, the Yanks would have just the machine to deal with them. The spec suggested up to ten machine guns, which were supposed to have overlapping fields of fire, but I've notice that there's a major weak spot. I believe that's a definite Achillies bottom. What's the betting that if these ever went into production, the Mexicans would have invented the limpet mine soon after. As the unbelievably short-sighted manufacturers have yet to kit this important nonentity in 1/48, I'm going to resort to some crude plastic mangling. Although a word of warning, scratch building is a very virulent disease, which when infected, tends to be incurable. It often takes hold in the cockpit area and then rapidly spreads to other poorly developed parts. You may need to wash your eyes thoroughly in the dishwasher after viewing this post in order remain free from infection. If you want to continue following this build you may need to think about jabs or something.
  4. Well its finished and fought back a little, but overall I love these kits If you can still find them they are more of a challenge than the new tool but still build into a nice model, and whats more if i can do it anyone can, thanks to Duncan @BlackMike Modelsfor the kit it really has been a pleasure now onto the MiG
  5. So this is the second one, a year or so back I published this And @BlackMike Models reminded me that i was going to do a build and log it, problem was I didn't have an old tool A series kit in the stash but the guy who wanted me to build one had several so another white box arrived a day or so ago with a set of overtrees in I have various bits still in the stash that will enable me to build an A6 and the Overtrees by coincidence were also an an A6 wing and Fuselage so this will be Anto Hackl's A6 with a nice white tail, I was going to do the checker board finish but I've seen that a lot lately and I nearly did a JG54 of Hans Dortenmann to go with his D9 that I have upstairs but what the hell here we go, the photo etche is from the A4 profipack kit i built a couple of years back but i put the Brassin Cockpit in that so I have this spare and to be honest its close enough The Photo Etch and the colour scheme
  6. Eduard Mk VIII Spitfire, OOB. Painted with Mr Color Laquers and weathered with oils and pastels. Really nice kit,and just what i needed to get something finished. Peter
  7. Grunhertz

    IAI kfir

    Hi All Lockdown build no.5! this is AMK's lovely Kfir, which James reviewed back in 2017 , and it is a lovely kit, the only add on was some seatbelts by Eduard, I had to do a Israeli scheme Painted with Gunze Acrylics there is some residue from Liquid mask on the Canopy that i will remove tomorrow but it is a fun build i can wholeheartedly recommend.
  8. After the disaster area that is the AMK F-14 and the Grant, i need to finish something. Nearly went Tamiya but ended up with the Eduard Spitfire Mk VIII Rattling through this quite quickly, as want to get something finished, and they do more or less fall together Peter
  9. Deanflyer

    Sea Fury

    Hello all, I'm back. Did you miss me? I've been unable to show anything new since about last August as I've been busy building stuff that can't be shown before publication. Just finished something for myself though, the Trumpeter 1/48 Sea Fury. Yes I know it's got a lot of inaccuracies, but I wanted something basic after all the super detailed stuff I've been doing lately. Here it is... Cheers, Dean
  10. Hi All Does anyone know if this has the parts to do a standard no vokes filter Hurricane e.g a metal wing BoB machine? Cheers Anil
  11. Grunhertz

    B17G early

    Following on from my review below of the HKM B17G I said to Neil at HK that i would do a review build so here we go Ive got some paint to buy first bu once i ve that then we'll get some updates going
  12. azureglo

    1/48 WW2 pilots

    Hi All Does anyone have unwanted seated pilots from either the Airfix, Zvezda or any other 1/48s? I'd be happy to come a mutually beneficial arrangement! Cheers Anil
  13. Capt. Claude J. Crenshaw, 369th FS, 359th FG, 8th AF, East Wretham, United Kingdom, September 1944 Eduard Kit, OOB. Painted with Ammo Acrylic Silver and Gunze Super Metallic SM01,weathered with pigments and oils. It's a really nice kit, with a couple of niggly bits, and just watch the parts off the sprue. I had a few parts that had fallen off the G sprue, and all the canopies had fallen off, and had to contact Eduard who sent the missing part quickly (i completed the model by borrowing from another kit, but the replacements have arrived so Kudos to Eduard). Built thread available here Peter
  14. Hi all a mojo restarter Not going to reveal what it is yet but I've done the fiddly bits at the end of the build first More to come of course
  15. Started this today After 4 hours work Peter
  16. HKM B17G early production 1:48 scale Part no. 01F001 I’m going to skip the history on this one because i don’t think there is anyone out there who doesn’t know the B17 and this is the first of HKM’s 1:48 scale kits. The B17 needs no introduction to most modellers and I’m sure we’ve all built one at some point, I personally have built the old Airfix 1:72 kit about 3 times as a kid and then to my mind the vastly superior Matchbox kit a couple of times too. And most model large model companies have produced this kit and of the more recent tools we have everything from the early models from Academy, up to Airfix and Revell releasing new tool G’s (including an RAF mk.iii) and Revell and Academy having an F model in the line up as well. The strange thing is if you wanted to build a larger scale B17 you had two choices; The ancient (but still reasonable) Revell Monogram F (another Memphis Belle anyone?) or G, or go the whole hog and spend megabucks (well over £300.00) on the HKM B17 F or G in 1/32 so the market could do with a new tool 1/48 B17. And here it is. Now at first glance I saw the prospective price and thought Hmm its a “bit pricey” but I dread to think what would have happened if Tamiya or Hasegawa released this kit bearing in mind that Tamiya charge north of £40.00 for a 1/48 BF109. We are now in the realms where model companies know its not kids that buy these kits and therefore decide that they don’t have to be pocket money prices (at least its not model railways it would probably be another 0 on the price) so the question is, is this an improvement over the other 1/48 heavy bombers; Spoiler alert so long as it’s reasonably accurate it will be. Due to the age of the other heavies out there, the only thing close to a modern tooling 4 engined heavy is probably the Trumpeter Focke Wulf Condor which is a cracking kit at the same price point. This will be the second HKM kit I will have built if I ever get the Mojo Back, with the first being the Mosquito which had its fair share of critics but I loved the engineering and to me was a brilliant kit which was great fun to build. So lets have a look in the box and see what we get The box A standard Lid and tray type box which is corrugated at the bottom and heavy single ply on Top with some lovely artwork of American Beauty unloading over a target somewhere whilst being bracketed by flak. The Box says B17 series so lets hope there will be a late model G and maybe an F as well please HKM? Inside the box are 10 grey sprues and then because they are not on sprues, the wings and fuselage parts. There are 3 clear sprues, a small Photoetch Brass fret for seat belts and grills, a decal sheet with two choices and finally an A4 instruction book. Fuselage The fuselage is moulded in six pieces the main halves which have no sprue as such, but they look like they were on a sprue then cut off at the bottom of the fuselage so will need some careful sanding to clean up. The rest of the fuselage is surrounded by multiple sprue nubs from a multipoint injection moulded tool. This is impressive and allows for a smoother flow of material into the mould keeping flash and sink marks to a minimum and I’m happy to report that there are no flash or sink marks present on the sample i have, this is great because the whole airframe is covered in really fine recessed rivets and panel lines all over, there is no oil-canning as seems to be the vogue with modern large scale kits but to be honest I don’t like the effect. These two haves would be suitable to produce an E, F or G (early) model (A late model G will need the waist gun on the starboard side moving further forward whether this will be a new fuselage half or a very well concealed insert into the existing half). The reason for this is the nose section and Tail Gun section are moulded separately but others are not included in this kit. The access hatches and bomb bays are moulded separately so doors can be posed open to show some of the interior details present. The rudder is moulded as part of the fin so if you want to pose it offset you’ll need to partake in some surgery. Talking of interior details there is a large amount of ribbing detail on show, I am however worried about how much of this will be on show (more on this later). The fuselage has what look like very positive locating pins and so long as they are lined up correctly there should be no problem with alignment (bear in mind there is a hell of a lot of stuff to go in there so dry fitting will be the order of the day) this brings me to the nose section, Moulded so that the join is along panel lines, and this has the fairing for the chin turret moulded in as well as the angled forward cheek gun mounts offset for better room for the navigator and bomb aimer (sorry Bombadier). Finally there is the tail section and on here there is the early model tail gun with the guns mounted on a pin around a canvas bag, Not the later Cheyanne turret that was fitted to later model B17G’s so be careful and check your references if you use aftermarket decals. The Wings The wings are bagged both halves together and to be honest i can’t see where the plastic comes into the mould, there are absolutely no sprue marks at all on either wing section, this means they will need no cleaning up at all, take note other manufacturers this is what you can do if you want to charge money for a kit. The inside faces of the wings are ribbed and have again substantial locating pins and sockets this means the whole set up is very very rigid ( i wish the Revell UHU had those ribs it would have helped no end) and I have tried fitting these together and they line up perfectly and will need very little cleaning up there are inserts for exhausts on the nacelles to allow for different versions and there is a very substantial locating socket for the undercarriage legs. There are some ejector pin marks where the flaps sit that will need a little cleaning up (not much and the flaps can be deployed down (again check refs I’m not sure how many were parked up flaps down) again the ailerons are moulded as part of the wing so can’t be positioned but there are some nice gaps cut at either end to allow for gaps. Sprue D On sprue D are the tailplanes, again very nicely detailed and i really can’t find any fault with the exterior surface detail on this kit it really is sublime, again the elevators are moulded as part of the tailplanes, also there are the bomb bay doors and the internal bomb racks for the centre of the bomb bay. The Bomb bay doors are nicely detailed. With lots of ribbing detail. And the lattice work on the central bomb bay stantion is very well done. Then we have the pilot and co-pilot seats, these are a 4 part set up with the back armour built in, these will look great under a coat of paint, (I’m not going there with the correct colour for B17 interiors as i don’t need that drama in my life). Finally on here there is floor and rear bulkhead for the radio room.with a nicely engraved door, I would have liked to have seen a separate door here but hey ho. Sprue E More interior parts and the top section of the fuselage, I think this may be so you can show all of that interior off that this part is separate. I will look to see how good a fit this bit is before I decide whether to fit this permanently or not but one thing is for sure here there is no seam to clean up going down the middle of the fuselage here. On this sprue also are the bulkheads that go either side of the bomb bay. Then the side panels for the bombay and the radio room as well as the gang ways for the waist and tail guns. Then there are the radios, now these look fantastic and will respond well to a coat of paint as will the details of the bomb bay. There are also the ammunition boxes for the waist guns, these fit high up beside the waist windows forward. Curiously there are no ammunititon belts here I’m guessing that they can be seen but I’m not sure. So i will reserve judgement until I start building the kit. Then there are the sidepanels for the cockpit and the floor, the floor has a throttle quadrant built in and this looks pretty good but will benefit from some throttle levers as they will be quite visible. Finally the cockpit side panels which have the big yellow oxygen bottles moulded in intrgrally. Masking these to paint them will be a challenge but I’m not a fan of using 15 parts where one will do. But these parts are going to need careful painting. Finally on here there is the ball turret parts including the turret ring and mounting frame, this again looks really good. Sprue F Flaps, nicely moulded with lots of detail and a few ejector pin marks. And also the main undercarriage parts are on here too, and again this is an example of what HKM do really well, the undercarriage is an example of how you can produce a really detailed set up with as few parts as possible. The mounts for the undercarriage legs are nice and substantial and a great example of their tooling abilities. The same applies to the wheels with great tread detail and wheel detail is about as good as you are going to get, this includes resin parts. The wheel bays have some great wire and pipe detail moulded in, well done HKM. also worthy of not here are the exhausts and turbo chargers which are nicely hollowed out at the end and worth no need for replacements here. Sprue G Guns and bombs, there are six 500lb bombs in two halves and all of the machine guns. Of note are the machine guns, both .30 Cal and .50 Cal are here and the breach detail is lovely and then the barrels which are all moulded separately (no breaking them off during painting, a fantastic thing and really makes a difference.) the tail wheel assembly is here as is various seats for the navigator, radio operator and bombadier. There is also the crew access doors for both the front and rear of the aircraft, this again will show off all of that lovely detail. Finally we have the engines, now these won’t be seen behoind the cowls so don’t need to be exquisitely detailed and im sure the aftermarket boys will have some resin ones out soon. Me, I will probably put in an ignition harness and leave it at that the cowl flaps are moulded open and are nice and thin. Then we have the control columns which look nice, finally there are a range of aerials on this sprue as well. Sprue H This sprue contains specific parts for the G nose section, so instrument panel, bulkhead and gun turret are on here and I have to say I was wondering whether the zip detail was going to be included on the gun turret and I’m not disappointed. There is a back to the instrument panel that will benefit from a few wires coming out of the instruments and a decal sheet is being provided for the dials there is also a nicely moulded Norden bomb sight included as well as the various other instruments that will be seen through the huge blister on the front of the aircraft. This will look great so take your time on this area. Sprue N I know N but thats how im opening the bags, don’t judge me ok? Cowlings and Propellers, these are correct for the B17G and the props have some lovely bolt detail on them and will look great painted up. The cowls have nice engraved panel lines on them too. Sprue L These are the parts for the early tail turret, which is the canvas end piece and the spigot pin and sight for the guns, which then brings me to…. Sprue J Top turret Parts now this will be visible through the cockpit glass so needs to look just right and yes it does everything is there. Clear Parts Sprue T This is the nose blister and at this point its very well protected being both in a plasctic bag and having a piece of film over it as well, and that said HK’s clear parts have always been fantastic. There are small but well moulded rivets as well as the opening section. Sprue U This is the canopy for the tail turret and again very well moulded, I would say flawless. The parts are crystal clear and beautifully thin. Sprue W Various windows on here including the waist gun windows, the framing on all of this is very well defined which will make masking a breeze. The cheek windows had me thrown for a moment there but again this is great as are the landing lights etc. Sprue V The remainder of the clear parts are here, the ball turret clear parts are on here and again the break down of this should make building and painting a breeze. The cover screen for the radio room is clear and will show off the radio room perfectly. There are three different turret tops for the top turret but only one is relevant for this kit so be careful to select the correct one. The cockpit windscreen is a one piece section with two separate sections for the roof lights. Photo Etch On the thin PE fret there are seat belts for the pilot and co-pilot seats, grills for the engines and spoilers for the radio room windows and the waist gun windows. The Brass is very thin and will work into shape perfectly. Decals The decals are printed by Cartograf so no worries about how they will perform, they are in perfect register and will look great, there are two decal options, but there are countless options out there for B17-G’s so you are kind of spoilt but again check references before buying a set you can’t use, but I would have no hesitation in using these one to be honest. The options are B-17G-15-BO s/n 42-31353 LG-Q “Queenie” 322nd BS / 91st Bomb Group at Bassingbourn in spring 1944 painted olive drab over neutral grey with nose art. B-17G-40-VE s/n 42-98008 25-G “American Beauty” 84th BS / 486th Bomb Group at Sudbury Summer 1944 in natural metal with silver doped flying surfaces. Instructions An A3 instruction booklet, drawn in black and white, CAD drawings with 40 steps to the build sequence, the instructions are nicely clear and easy to follow with a sprue and decal map as well as a decal placement and painting guide, this is also in black and white, the paint call outs are for AK, Tamiya nd gunze Paint as well as just the colours themselves, the thing with B-17’s will be the interior colours so check the references for your particular aircraft. Conclusion, Well i can say that this one will be close to the top of the build pile, because I want to build a B17 mainly, the surface detail is sublime on this kit particularly the exterior, I have to say probably the best surface detail I have seen. Then we come to the interior, and I’m not going to say its bad because it isn’t, when you look at the cockpit it’s going to be difficult to see through the windows to see anything too closely because the windows are small but i have seen some quite scathing comments about the interior detail of this kit and yes I would like to have seen a bit more detail in areas like the cockpit, for example some throttle levers would be nice but not beyond the most difficult thing to do. I will be building this out of the box because that’s what I want to do and we’ll see how good it is but for my money I would have no problem with it, but others will have issues and that’s their choice. My original question was how does this compare? And I would say it’s an unfair comparison against the Old Revell/Monogram Kit so i wont be comparing them, then there is the Tamiya Lancaster, again unfair some will say but Tamiya (or should I say The Hobby Company) are selling this at roughly the same price but to me this kit is 40+ years old so not a fair comparison. Then there is the Trumpeter Condor and this is perhaps the closest comparison and this is a comparable kit and the HK B-17 edges it on exterior detail. I’m looking forward to building this Verdict Recommended My thanks to Hong Kong Models for the review sample
  17. W. Nr. 2187, flown by Ofw. Fritz Hartmann, 9./JG 2, Poix, France, Fall 1942 Eduard Weekend Edition OOB, Painted with Mr Color Laquer paints, Weathered with oils and pigments. Overall pretty happy with it, but a bit miffed that the W&N Galleria matt varnish has 'spotted' a bit, and a few of the stencil decals have silvered a little. Varnish is probably my fault. Peter
  18. Special Hobby, Siebel Si 204D Part no. SH48170 History, The Si 204 was planned as a small all-metal passenger aircraft with two crew and eight passengers for German airline Lufthansa (DLH). Development was initiated in 1938. After the beginning of the war, the aircraft was redesigned as a trainer aircraft with a full "stepless" glass cockpit, as had been initiated with the which seemed to be better for Blind Flying in the Si 204's case. The first two prototypes only were delivered as passenger aircraft with the old cockpit. The maiden flight of the first prototype was before September 1940, possibly on 25 May 1940, that of the second prototype before February 1941. The third prototype was redesigned as a trainer aircraft for blind flying. As a result of this, the maiden flight was not earlier than the end of 1941 or the beginning of 1942. At that time, Siebel produced the JU88 under licence, so only 15 prototypes were able to be built in Halle. As a result, Société Nationale de Constructions Aéronautiques du Nord in France produced the A-0 preseries A-1 production passenger aircraft between April 1942 and November 1943. Production of the D-3 was started in October 1944 by Aero Vodochody. The D-3 had wooden wings and a tail-plane made of wood and metal. French production of the D-1 was ended in August 1944 after the Liberation SNCAN produced a total of 168 units of the Si 204. BMM produced the aircraft until October 1944 and then changed to producing spare parts for the Si 204. The Aero company was scheduled to cease production of the D-1 in March 1945 after building 486 aircraft and then switch to D-3 only. The aircraft, however, was only built until January 1945 with 541 completed. Therefore, total production was 1,216 (until January 1945) including the prototypes; some production in other countries continued after the war ended. Operational history Scrapped Siebel Si 204 at Wunstorf, Germany, 1945 The Si 204D was used mainly in B- and C-Schools (advanced schools) and in FÜG 1 (delivery wing of the Luftwaffe), probably as a taxi aircraft for crews who had delivered other aircraft to fighting units. Its use in blind flying schools was sporadic; for radio schools, no evidence of use has been found. The Si 204A flew mainly with communications squadrons and flying services for senior officers, but also with schools. In July 1944, five Si 204 were destined to be converted to night-combat aircraft, but no further aircraft were allotted. They were probably intended for the pre-series Si 204 E-0. However, no evidence shows that these aircraft were ever used in combat situations. Luft Hansa received at least four Si 204s: The first prototype, D-AEFR, was evaluated from March to May 1941 by Luft Hansa Prague. From spring 1942 to spring 1943, the second prototype, D-ASGU, was used on regular routes as a freight carrier. An Si 204 was likely the last German aircraft shot down on the Western Front. At 8 pm on May 8, 1945, 2nd Lt. K. L. Smith of the 9th Air Force's 474th Fighter Group, flying a P-38 Lightning downed a Siebel. At the end of the war, one Si 204D remained in Berlin-Tempelhof (named "Rhein"). One flew to Enns in Austria, where it was captured by the Allies. Captured Si 204s flew in a variety of civil roles in the post-war USSR, serving with Aeroflot until 1949, being particularly successful in Tajikistan regional services. Soviet Polar Aviation flew seven Si 204s, equipped with skis, in Siberia. Major engine deficiencies in the extreme climate conditions, with four aircraft lost, caused local aircrew to nickname the Si 204 Giebel, Russian for disaster, before withdrawal from the region. The last Soviet Si 204, flying with the Agricultural Survey, was retired in 1951. The Kit, This one is a bit left field and I had no idea that this aircraft even existed until I saw that Special Hobby had released it. On speaking to Albert from special hobby he is rather proud of this one. I personally think that after some more mainstream aircraft like the Viggen and Hawker Tempest this is refreshing and great to see a company taking a risk on a less well known subject. The box art shows a nice picture of the aircraft and is quite evocative. I have to mention here that the last couple of Special Hobby kits I built the box was really tight I am pleased to say that the box is now a bit looser and that is a good thing. Inside the box are eight grey sprues 1 clear sprue, 1 resin piece and a decal sheet. Sprue A, On the sprue A there is the fuselage sides a bulkhead and a couple of other bits. The fuselage features some nice restrained panel lines and the interior has some rib and former detail inside, there are a few ejector pin marks which may need filling if you pose the fuselage doors open. There will be a couple of blanking plates to go over the wing attachment points so that they can’t show. Do bear in mind that the whole interior is painted RLM 66 so you may not see much in there. Sprues B and C, These sprues hold the wing parts and again these look good as well with great restrained panel lines as well as some nice fastener and maintenance hatch details. The ailerons have some nice fabric detail included both the wings and fuselage have locating pins on the inside faces also on these sprues are the undercarriage doors. The undercarriage doors have detail inside that will be picked out with a nice coat of paint as well as some highlighting. Sprue D, On Here are the Tail parts and engine cowling parts, the fin and rudders as well as the tailplane and elevator parts are moulded together so if you want to pose them dropped or offset you will need to do some cutting, the engine cowlings and intakes look great with panel line and vent detail with the front faces of the cowlings looking good also i did note that the small boss on the front face of the cowling needs removing and a hole drilling through. On sprue D also are the exhausts and these look nice and they are inserted from behind the cowling panel. Sprue E, The majority of the undercarriage parts on this sprue and the parts look brilliant, I saw on social media a couple of years ago the Special Hobby Now own some High pressure moulding machines and this is really showing in the moulding of smaller parts. The undercarriage bay parts look as good as anything produced by any of the far eastern manufacturers. There are also prop spinners and half of the propellers the spinners which again look good. The wheels are also on this sprue which for injection moulded look brilliant. With moulded brake discs and the blanking plates for the wing spar. Sprue F, On here there are the other propeller parts and we have a two piece propellers. There is a crew door, this will require you to cut out the door from the fuselage if you want to pose it open the detail on this door is about as good as you are going to get without it being a resin door. There are also two parts for the Argus engines that sit inside the engine and will be visible through the front of the cowling. Sprue H, On this sprue there are the interior parts for the rear cabin of the aircraft and this is very well appointed and will make it worthwhile posing that door open with seats, radio and crew parts, this is a multi part assembly and will look great under a good paint job. The seats have really finely moulded seat rails and separate backs to them. Sprue I, The final sprue contains crew seats and more interior parts, again the detail is lovely. Responding to a coat of paint, my only worry is trying to get all of this inside the fuselage and closing it all up. Sprue K, The clear parts, these are well moulded and very clear to show off all of that lovely detail the cockpit detail the canopy is a two part affair with well defined framing, the fuselage windows insert from the inside. There are two astrodomes which again look great. There are some tiny parts on here for Nav lights which look great. The resin part. This is a DF loop for the swiss option which is nicely cast in resin Decals, There should be no issues here, CartoGraf Decals for three options nicely in perfect register, with decals for instruments and radio parts. Swastikas are on the sheet but in two halves. The three options are: W.Nr. 221313 Bourges France 1943 in RLM 70/71 over 65 with a yellow tailband DL+NT siezed by the swiss military 7th May 1945 with National markings painted out in RLM 70/71 over 65 Swiss Airforce Ex DL+NT 1945-55 RLM 70 over 65. Instructions, No surprises here printed on glossy paper in English and Czech and in colour. With colour callouts calling for both the colour and coded to the Gunze Mr.Colour/ Mr. Hobby Aqueous range. The instructions are beautifully printed and crystal clear. Conclusion, Well, what can i say this in the box looks like a great kit of a subject i have not come across before. The panel lines and surface detail look lovely, I have to say I’m struggling to find anything wrong with it apart from the amount of mould release on some of the parts but if thats all ive got to moan about things aren’t bad are they? Once I’ve cleared some stuff off the bench I can see this going on the bench quite quickly. Verdict, If Luftwaffe subjects are your thing (that's me, could you tell?) then I have to say it’s highly recommended. Our thanks to special Hobby for the review sample Theres more 3 bags of resin parts from special hobby for this kit were also included A set of spinners to replace the kit items which are good but not as sharp as these Everyone wants wheels these days And Pilots seats with a photo etch fret for the seatbelts
  19. I have taken this Eduard weekend edition kit as far as I wish. The purpose of the build was to try an idea I had to emulate the uneven surfaces seen on stressed skin aircraft, and chose this particular aircraft as I'd already built an Eduard Hellcat and knew how it went together, but this overall Glossy Sea Blue aircraft would particularly benefit from something to add visual appeal to an otherwise featureless finish. If interested in the experiment itself, here is the Work in Progress thread: The kit is close to being Out-Of-the-Box, but did receive Airscale cockpit instrument decals to improve the panel, and substantial improvements to the cockpit purely from adding an Ultracast resin seat with seatbelts, new wheels and Ultracast's much improved Hamilton Standard propeller. In addition, Master brass barrels were added. All paints are Colourcoats enamels, and the antenna is Infini Model 40 denier (0.068mm) lycra rigging line. The base is Eduard's injection moulded Essex class aircraft carrier deck section, although strictly speaking the aircraft was from USS Enterprise CV-6, a Yorktown class. If anyone made it this far and is remotely curious to see how ACUS34 - ANA623 Glossy Sea Blue compares to our parallel paints ACUS07 - ANA606 Semi-Gloss Sea Blue and ACUS33 - ANA607 Non-Specular Sea Blue, often all claiming to be matched simultaneously and/or referenced to FSx5042 which matches none of them, here's the GSB Hellcat and my earlier "by the book" tricolor F6F-3 together: Thanks for looking in!
  20. Something different for me, but nice simple kit Amazingly it starts with the cockpit Seems to have painted up quite nicely. Peter
  21. Having been given the encouragement by Richard to post some of my builds on here, this is one I built a few years ago. Apologies to those who have seen this before, but I’m a little short of new builds at the moment. Basically, this is a 1/48th build of a RMASG Centaur based on he excellent Tamiya Cromwell. When Tamiya first issued their 1/35th Cromwell, back in the 90’s, they followed it up with a Centaur, so I naturally assumed that when they did the same in 1/48th scale, they would do the Centaur also. Sadly, no. But that’s what modelling is all about, and if it’s not available as a kit, scratch build it. This build would need several items scratch building, most obvious of which are the road wheels and the 95mm howitzer. Also, the distinctive markings would need to be sourced from somewhere as none were available in this scale. But I’ll cover all of these items as I come to them. The vehicle that I wanted to depict was one of the earlier Centaurs, carrying the name of “Seawolf”. This meant that there would be more scratch building needed as the front track guards on Seawolf were different to the ones in the Tamiya kit. In Normandy there is a memorial with a Centaur on a plinth and it is named Seawolf, but it’s not the original. I believe that it is cobbled together from various vehicles, including a Centaur dozer. This one is the original. Okay, so I’ve laid down a marker, and with any luck I’ll start the WIP properly in the next couple of days. Thanks for looking. John.
  22. So change of plan on what I'm building, I picked this up at a show on Sunday and as soon as I opened the box i just had to build it looking at the Sprues this is a work of art Now obligatory Sprue shots Now this surprised me 3 colours of plastic on the same sprue including a wookie. Now some pics of details I have to say I'm looking forward to this
  23. Deanflyer


    Hi all, When I was eight, my Dad came home from work with an Airfix Kittyhawk in a blister pack, which we built together that evening. It was bare plastic, decals stuck on any old how, but it was fun. It started me on the model making hobby, and ten years later I built the same kit, but this time painted to the best of my ability at the time just to see how much I'd improved. I still have both of those builds, and the second one is nowhere near as good as I thought it was at the time! 34 years later I decided to try again, in 1/48th scale this time, and here's the result. I did make one absolute howler during construction, which was only discovered when it was too late to do anything about it...I'll keep quiet about it unless anybody spots it. Azure Blue and Mid Stone paints were mixed from Tamiya acrylics, and weathering was achieved with a mixture of washes, pastels, post shading and actual chipping. The roundels and markings were toned down by masking around them and fading them with heavily thinned Deck Tan. It's quite heavily weathered in real life, but it doesn't show up too well in photos. So, here's Neville Duke's Kittyhawk sitting in the African sun after seeing quite a bit of action: Evolution...aged eight, eighteen and fifty two: Hope you like it, Dean
  24. Eduard's boxing of the Hasegawa Hawker Typhoon, with Resin 4 blade prop, and elevators. Painted with Tamiya acrylics throughout, weathered lightly with some oils and pastels. Lost one rocket, so it's being re-armed 🙂 Peter
  25. Thoroughly pissed off the with SE5a so started something different as a break. Started over the long weekend - the Eduard rebox or the Hasegawa Typhoon 1B with lots of etch Work commences with replacing most of the plastic cockpit with Etch 🙂 Peter
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