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  1. 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
  2. Started this today After 4 hours work Peter
  3. 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
  4. 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 -
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. Something different for me, but nice simple kit Amazingly it starts with the cockpit Seems to have painted up quite nicely. Peter
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Hello all, Like many of us of a certain age, I grew up watching Space 1999 in the 70's. Looking back at it now, it's pretty cheesy, but the classic design of the utilitarian Eagle Transporter endures. I was smitten as a kid, and had the Dinky Eagle, in lurid green paint, and restored one a couple of years ago. I also got hold of the old Airfix 1/72 kit a few years ago, but when the 1/48 scale MPC Eagle kit was announced, I just had to have one. I was saving it for my retirement, so now's the time! Here's the box: ..and for those interested, here's the sprues: That's what the sprues look like when you spend three consecutive evenings cutting off and cleaning up 308 parts, many of which are round rods with a mould seam up both sides. I'm not sure how visible those seams will be on the finished article, but better safe than sorry. I separated the parts into plastic containers so I wouldn't get them mixed up: Comparing the beak to the 9" long Dinky toy I restored gave me my first impression of how big it'll be - referring to it as the 22" Eagle is all very well, but it's only when you get the bits in your hands that you start to wonder where on earth (or moon) you're going to put it afterwards: I had a glueing frenzy last night, and many of the subassemblies are ready to have their seams dealt with...more when that happens... Cheers, Dean
  15. An eternity ago I built Hasegawa's 1/48 F-104C Starfighter straight from the box in a Puerto Rico ANG scheme. I soon discovered that the 1/48 decals by Eagle Strike (48-239, "Starfighters 1") weren't really scaled well. The Puerto Rico flag for the rudder was way too large, as were the U.S. insignia. So I opted to build it as 0-70929 as seen on this photo on Airliners.net: http://www.airliners.net/photo/USA-Air-Force/Lockheed-F-104C-Starfighter/170101 You can see that the ragged edge of the anti-dazzle panel on the nose is accurate and not because of a lack of masking capabilities! I did suffer from a lack of observation skills though, as the photo is of F-104C 57-929 and the decals for 56-929... The weathering was done rather heavy-handed as the real PRANG One-Oh-Fours didn't look too "concours-ready" either! One thing that no manufacturer of Starfighter models seems to get right is that the tip tanks of the F-104A, F-104B, F-104C and F-104D had small inboard fins, similar as the outboard fins. It was not until the F-104G that the inboard were enlarged... So aside from adding simple pieces of seatbelt from tape between the headrest and the moulded-in belts on the backrest, I scrounged the outboard fins from another pair of tiptanks to get this (in my eyes) quite visible detail right.
  16. Well I like to be a bit different with my builds, so here's something you don't see every day, a Polish SE5a. About 20 aircraft were supplied to the Poles to fight against the Soviets when war broke out in the East in February 1919. To link it back to WW1, most of the conflicts in Eastern Europe directly after 1918 were the result of WW1 and much of it was fought with captured WW1 equipment or as in this case, surplus war machines were supplied or bought directly from countries looking to offload equipment and make a few bucks. I'm on a bit of a stash queen build at the moment. I've had this kit a long time, maybe 20 or more years. It's pretty basic but will make into a decent model and it's a good thing to practice my rigging on.
  17. Grunhertz


    This is the Eduard Bf109 G6 that I've built for Sean at top notch. Half painted with his masks and the other half blank so that the masks can be applied showing how easy they are to use. It will be on the top notch table at Southern expo. The eduard kit is a peach and one of these days I'm just going to build one for the fun of it. The first one I did for the weekend in a weekend build and then this one.
  18. This is the old Monogram 1/48 MiG 15 from the 70's. Dad had this kit kicking around the house for at least 30 years and he finally gave it to me so I thought I'd build it. It's not too bad, but scales out to around 1/44, so any aftermarket bits you have in 1/48 will be way too small. The fit is decent but the canopy is fairly poor. I added some instrument decals to the cockpit to add a little detail. Markings are those of Maj I. P. Golshevskij who apparently flight night time interception missions over Korea. Decals from the spares box and I made the front FOD cover.
  19. Well here we go and this will be my entry when we open. Not sure when I'll be starting yet. I'll probably do option 2 and this will need careful planning I expect
  20. Deanflyer

    Zero Interest

    I've retired! :-) Lots of time free to indulge my hobbies, so I've started with this, the Hasegawa 1/48 kit built straight from the box apart from seatbelts and antenna wire. Cheers, Dean
  21. Grunhertz

    Mustang iii

    Got this one done too
  22. Stated this weds when I started clipping bits off the sprue, 8 needed something as an easy build. I didn't think it would be this easy. I make it 4 hours total to get here. If you want a kit to fight you all the way don't buy tamiya
  23. Tamiya's lovely P-47D 'Razorback' OOB. Painted with Gunze / Tamiya acrylics, weathered with Oils and Pigments. One of my Go-To kits, as it's so well engineered and is a pleasure to build, and you end up with a Jug - what's not to like. Not a huge fan of the Ammo Matt varnish though, it had a tendency to rub off when weathering, so probably only really works as a final coat WIP available here
  24. So I've decided to start this at last as some of you will remember I reviewed it here And I'm going to be adding a few of the extras the brassin pit and engine with nose guns. Nothing to see at the mo as I'm busy chopping resin and a bit of base coating at the moment. I'll be doing a JG 2 bird and using Sean from top notch masks for the camo and Balkankreuz.
  25. Special Hobby Model 239 Buffalo “Taivaan Helmi over Finland” No.48180 The Brewster F2A Buffalo was an American fighter aircraft which saw service early in WW2. Designed and built by the Brewster Aeronautical Corporation, it was one of the first U.S. monoplanes with an arrester hook and other modifications for aircraft carriers. The Buffalo won a competition against the Grumman F4F Wildcat in 1939 to become the U.S. Navy's first monoplane fighter aircraft. Although superior to the Grumman F3F biplane it replaced and the early F4Fs, the Buffalo was largely obsolete when the United States entered the war, being unstable and overweight, especially when compared to the Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero. Several nations, including Finland, Belgium, Britain and the Netherlands, ordered the Buffalo. The Finns were the most successful with their Buffalos, flying them in combat against early Soviet fighters with excellent results. During the Continuation War of 1941–1944, the B-239s (a de-navalised F2A-1) operated by the Finnish Air Force proved capable of engaging and destroying most types of Soviet fighter aircraft operating against Finland at that time and achieving in the first phase of that conflict 32 Soviet aircraft shot down for every B-239 lost, and producing 36 Buffalo "aces". In December 1941, Buffalos operated by both British Commonwealth (B-339E) and Dutch (B-339D) air forces in South East Asia suffered severe losses in combat against the Japanese Navy's Mitsubishi A6M Zero and the Japanese Army's Nakajima Ki-43 "Oscar". The British attempted to lighten their Buffalos by removing ammunition and fuel and installing lighter guns to improve performance, but it made little difference. After the first few engagements, the Dutch halved the fuel and ammunition load in the wing, which allowed their Buffalos (and their Hurricanes) to stay with the Oscars in turns. The Buffalo was built in three variants for the U.S. Navy: the F2A-1, F2A-2 and F2A-3. (In foreign service, with lower horsepower engines, these types were designated B-239, B-339, and B-339-23 respectively.) The F2A-3 variant saw action with United States Marine Corps (USMC) squadrons at the Battle of Midway. Shown by the experience of Midway to be no match for the Zero, the F2A-3 was derided by USMC pilots as a "flying coffin." However, the F2A-3s performance was substantially inferior to the F2A-2 variant used by the Navy before the outbreak of the war despite detail improvements. Finland In April 1939, the Finnish government contacted the Roosevelt administration to acquire modern combat aircraft for its air force as quickly as possible. On 17 October 1939, the Finnish Embassy in Washington, DC, received a telegram clearing the purchase of fighter aircraft. Prompt availability and compatibility with 87-octane fuel were the only requirements stipulated by the Finns. The U.S. Navy and State Department arranged to divert remaining F2A-1 fighter aircraft, in exchange for its order of F2A-2 Buffalos scheduled to be delivered later. Consequently, on 16 December, the Finns signed a contract to purchase 44 Model 239 fighters. The total agreed price was U.S. $3.4 million, and the deal included spare parts, ten replacement engines and 20 Hamilton Standard propellers. The Buffalos sent to Finland were de-navalised; all the naval equipment, such as tail hooks and life-raft containers were removed, resulting in a lighter aircraft. The Finnish F2A-1s also lacked self-sealing fuel tanks and cockpit armour. These F2A-1 Buffalos, given the export number Model B-239, were equipped with an export-approved Wright R-1820-G5 nine-cylinder radial engine of 950 hp (708 kW). After their delivery to Finland, the Finnish Air Force added armored backrests, metric flight instruments, the Finnish Väisälä T.h.m.40 gunsight, and four .50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns. The top speed of the Finnish B-239s, as modified, was 297 mph (478 km/h) at 15,675 ft (4,750 m), and their loaded weight was 5,820 lb (2,640 kg). Built and shipped in four batches, the Finnish B-239s were shipped to Bergen, in Norway, in January and February 1940 from New York city. The crated fighters were then sent by railway to Sweden and assembled by Saab at Trollhättan, northeast of Gothenberg. In February 1940, Finnish Air Force pilot Lieutenant Jorma Karhunen flight tested the first B-239. Unfamiliar with the aircraft, he burned out the engine while flying very low at high speed; crashing on a snow-covered field, damaging the propeller and some belly panels. Initially unimpressed, the Finns later witnessed a demonstration by a Brewster test pilot, who was able to stay on the tail of a Finnish Fiat G50 Freccia fighter from Italy; although the Fiat fighter was faster in level flight, the Brewster could out-turn it. Of the six Buffalo B-239 fighters delivered to Finland before the end of the Winter War of 1939–1940, five of them became combat-ready, but they did not enter combat before the war ended. The Brewster B-239E fighter aircraft was never referred to as the "Buffalo" in Finland; it was known simply as the "Brewster" or sometimes by the nicknames Taivaan helmi ("Sky Pearl") or Pohjoisten taivaiden helmi ("Pearl of the Northern Skies"). Other nicknames were Pylly-Valtteri, Amerikanrauta ("Butt-Walter" and "American hardware" or "American car", respectively) and Lentävä kaljapullo ("flying beer-bottle"). The 44 Buffalo Model B-239 (export) fighters used by the FAF received serial numbers BW-351 to BW-394. In Finnish Air Force service, the B-239s were regarded as being easy to fly, a "gentleman's travelling plane." The Buffalo was also popular within the FAF because of its relatively long range and also because of a good maintenance record. This was in part due to the efforts of the Finnish mechanics, who solved a problem that plagued the Wright Cyclone engine by inverting one of the piston rings in each cylinder, which had a positive effect on reliability. The cooler weather of Finland also helped, because the engine was prone to overheating as noted in tropical Pacific use. The Brewster Buffalo earned a reputation in Finnish Air Force service as one of their more successful fighter aircraft, with the Fiat G.50, that scored an unprecedented kill/loss ratio of 33/1.In service from 1941 to 1945, Buffalos of (Fighter Squadron 24) claimed 477 Soviet Air Force warplanes destroyed, with the combat loss of Lentolaivue 24 just 19 Buffalos, an outstanding victory ratio of 26:1. During the Continuation War, Lentolaivue 24 (Fighter Squadron 24) was equipped with the B-239s until May 1944, when the Buffalos were transferred toHävittäjälentolaivue 26 (Fighter Squadron 26). Most of the pilots of Lentolaivue 24 were Winter War combat veterans. This squadron claimed a total of 459 Soviet aircraft with B-239s, while losing 15 Buffalos in combat.The Brewsters had their baptism by fire in Finland on 25 June 1941, when a pair of Buffalos from 2/LLv24 intercepted 27 SovietTupolev SBs from 201st SBAP over Turku Five SBs were claimed as downed. Subsequent attacks were repelled by LLv24 pilots who, by dusk, had flown 77 missions. Many Finnish pilots racked up enormous scores by using basic tactics against Soviet aircraft. The default tactic was the four-plane "parvi" (swarm), with a pair flying lower as bait, and a higher pair to dive on enemy interceptors. The Soviet Air Force was never able to counteract this tactic. The top-scoring B-239 pilot was Hans Wind with 39 kills. Lt Hans Wind, with six other Buffalos of LeLv 24, intercepted some 60 Soviet aircraft near Kronstad. Two Soviet Pe-2 bombers, one Soviet Hawker Hurricane fighter, and 12 I-16’s were claimed for the loss of just one B-239 (BW-378). After evaluation of claims against actual Soviet losses, aircraft BW-364 was found to have been used to achieve 42½ kills in total by all pilots operating it, possibly making it the highest-scoring fighter airframe in the history of air warfare. The top scoring Finnish ace, Ilmari Juutilainen, scored 34 of his 94½ kills in B-239s, including 28 in BW-364. During the Continuation War, a lack of replacements led the Finns to develop a copy of the Buffalo built from non-strategic materials such as plywood, however the Humu, as they called it, was already obsolete and only a single prototype was built. By late 1943, the lack of spares, wear-and-tear, and better Soviet fighters and training greatly reduced the effectiveness of Finnish B-239s, though LeLv 26 pilots would still claim some 35 victories against Soviet aircraft in mid-1944. The last victory by a Buffalo against Soviet aircraft was claimed over the Karelian Isthmuson 17 June 1944. From 1943, Finland's air force received Messerschmitt Bf 109Gs from Germany, and this much-superior fighter re-equipped most Finnish Air Force fighter squadrons. After Finland signed an armistice with the Soviet Union in September, 1944, they had to drive Finland's former ally Nazi Germany out of the country during the Lapland War. The only clash with the Luftwaffe took place on 3 October 1944 when HLeLV 26 intercepted Junkers Ju87’s claiming two, the last victories to be made by Brewster pilots in World War II. By the end of the war in Lapland, only eight B-239s were left. Five B-239s continued to fly until 1948, with last flights of Brewsters by the Finnish Air Force on 14 September 1948, when they were stored until scrapped in 1953. The Kit. Well where to start? A quick search on Scalemates produced a timeline for this kit and I found that this is a rebox of a Classic Airframes kit. Dating back to 2005 with new parts being introduced later and a quick google search shows that this is one of their better kits, not without its problems but better than some, (why do some people shun these kits because with work they usually turn out to be nice models just check out Peter Marshall’s Blenheim on this very forum here). Inside we have three medium grey plastic sprues, a separate bag with one clear sprue in a separate bag with four resin components, a decal sheet containing markings for three separate schemes all for the Finnish Airforce, an unpainted Photo Etch fret and a film sheet for the instrument panel. Sprue A This sprue contains the parts for the fuselage, propeller, aerials, cowl ring and seat. There is a small amount of flash evident but sink marks are not evident. Typically of Classic Airframes kits the sprue gates are quite thick and will require cleaning up, some rib and sidewall detail is evident and will benefit from careful painting to bring out the interior detail. Exterior detail is by way of reasonably fine recessed panel lines with a small amount of rib detail on the fin, there is a small blemish on the fin that looks like it may be a result of a small amount of mould damage that will sand off successfully. It should by now go without saying that there isn’t anything by way of locating pins anywhere but so long as you make sure the mating surfaces are square this is no problem. Sprue B On here we have the wings, wheels and a couple more cockpit parts, wheels and a different tailcone that isn’t used. The wing detail is nice with raised panels where needed and recessed lines where needed very nice however they do appear to fade a little towards the leading edge. , A single piece lower part of the wing with wheelbays and two part upper wing surface with locating tabs to ensure a good fit of wings to fuselage and a guaranteed correct dihedral. Tail surfaces have mounting tabs again sprue gates are quite thick. And some flash is evident flying surfaces are moulded in situ with quite fine rib detail. Sprue D On here we have the small parts and we have a large amount of parts that aren’t used so check the instructions. There are no part numbers on the sprues but there are in the sprue map so you will need to go back to the instructions to check you have the right parts. flash on this sprue is non-existent, the detail is quite soft on things like undercarriage legs but then when you get to the engine this is as good as anything I’ve seen from Eduard, Hasegawa or Tamiya the ignition ring is moulded in place, as are the plugs all its going to need is some wire and careful painting you will have a truly lovely engine. Full engine mounts and bulkheads are supplied and this looks nicely detailed. I would go so far to say that this sprue has been reworked at some time a quick check on Scalemates has confirmed new parts a couple of years later. Sprue F Clear parts these look good nice and thin with three pieces for the canopy with different windscreens and sliding sections (some not used) a glazed bottom panel is supplied too but not fitted. Sprue gates are thinner on here and the parts are crystal clear Resin Resin parts are supplied for wheel bays which will be rib detail that can be seen from the undercarriage bay, nice and crisp as well as simple the back of the engine is also supplied in resin and again this looks great with really great detail there is also a nice crisp gunsight, they will need removing from the casting blocks, and a word of health and safety warning here be very careful how you remove the resin from the blocks without creating too much dust and a mask will be a good idea here try to carve rather than sand. But these are the things on limited run kits that really bring things out. Photo Etch This unpainted with cockpit parts, and seat belts they will need painting and in some places folding or rolling. This is what will bring out the detail in the cockpit so take your time with painting and folding, be careful. The instrument panel looks great and sandwiches a film section in between both PE sections a bit of white paint on the reverse will make the instrument panel really pop out and look great. It is testament to Classic Airframes and Special Hobby that when you put the PE in to what can look like a bland cockpit gets a real makeover and then looks great. Decals At this point the kit really comes to life the Finnish aircraft really are colourful with lots of yellows, greens yellows, whites and blues. The decals are printed by Cartograf in perfect register and nice and glossy, annoyingly the Finnish swastikas are two part (I was under the impression that only black swastikas were embargoed in Europe, you live and learn) this does mean you are going to have to take your time lining things up. Cartograf decals respond really well to Micro Sol and Set. All Schemes are black and olive green over light grey with yellow cowls, theatre bands and under wingtips. The schemes are: · BW 393 of 1/LLv 24. April 1943 this is black and Olive green over grey with a white overspray with a blue rudder. · BW 393 of 1/LLv 24. November 1942 this is black and Olive green over grey with a blue rudder. · BW 378 of 4/LLv 24. Late 1941 this is Black and Olive green over grey with a white rudder. Instructions The instructions are printed in colour on a 12 page A5 sheet with the first page being given over to a brief history of the type; the second page has a sprue map and a breakdown of the colours to be used. Call outs are in Gunze paint. Construction pages start unusually with the wings and then the engine bulkhead, with colours called out throughout the build sequence. From there the cockpit floor goes in and the engine is painted and installed. Only at step 11 do we get to the fuselage and the cockpit proper; this is a strange sequence that has you join the starboard fuselage half to the wings then assemble the cockpit before glueing the port fuselage side in place, (warning check the fit!). Next up the tailplane and cowl ring goes on with undercarriage canopy and prop to bring up the rear. Conclusion, If you were to look at this kit against a Tamiya or Hasegawa kit you would be somewhat perplexed as this is not going to be a “shake and bake” kit. The flash and the slight damage to the mould had me going “really?” but then I remembered that this is a limited run kit in the true sense of the word. It is a kit that rewards some hard work being put into it and that is what will make it a rewarding build. It is going to need thought putting into it as well as time and patience. With all that said it is definitely the best example of the type from a detail point of view in the scale. And the Finnish colours are going to give you a nice colourful and unusual model for the shelf. It’s good to see this back. My verdict if you want a buffalo in 1/48 it’s the best in the scale and I can recommend it to experienced modellers looking for a challenge. My thanks to Special Hobby for the review sample.
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