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  1. 4 points
    In the spring of 1940, the German Reichsluftfahrtministerium's (RLM) Technical Office asked the Arado company at Brandenburg/Havel to undertake the design of a bomber/photographic reconnaissance aircraft to be powered by the new turbojet engines under development at Junkers and BMW. No performance details were specified, except that the aircraft should be capable of covering Britain as far north as the naval base at Scapa Flow. The design work at Arado resulted in the first design E370 (Erprobung). On basis of this design the first prototype Arado Ar 234 A - V1 (Versuchsobject) was constructed and flown for the first time on July 30. 1943. Later it was considered to use the less powerful BMW 003 turbojet engines in two more prototypes with four engines. On the prototype (V6) Wrk. Nr. 130006 four BMW engines was mounted separately under the wings, using the mounts for the rocket boosters for the outer engines. This was to become the worlds first four engine'd aircraft. Wrk. Nr. 130006 was given the code GK+IW and it's maiden flight was done on the 25. April 1944. The prototype of the Arado Ar 234 A (V6) Wrk. Nr. 130006 GK+IW with the characteristic 'take off dolly'... The base kit for this build is Fly Models Arado Ar 234 B-2. The build required some massive conversion to the kit. Fuselage was narrowed. The fuselage was later widened to accommodate the landing gear in the production models. Engine nacelles have a different form to fit the early BMW 003 engines. Landing skids under each nacelle. Complete 'overhaul' of the cockpit canopy and instruments. The characteristic 'take off dolly' had to be scratch build.
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  3. 3 points

    1/32 Trojan T-28B - Kitty Hawk

    Happy to present a T-28B/D from Kitty Hawk. I would say many pages have been written on the kit itself. It is a well fitting over-engineered kit with much cleanup required and some illogical ejector studs increasing the cleanup time. Once you are past the initial part cleanup the kit fits together exceptionally well, its just the kit is pieced up to sometimes absurd number of sub-assemblies, which seem to be typical for Kitty Hawk. The kit was built as a commission build for a friend of mine that is building a collection of 1/32 aircraft in tribute to his father. I have enjoyed the build and took some artistic license on hanging the training weapons as the paint schemes for most aircraft in the kit are warbirds anyway. Based on the customer requirement the engine is all closed up, otherwise the kit provides opportunity to open the engine up. One word of warning: at least in my kit the balance weights provided were not enough and I ended up with a tailsitter that was solved by attaching the kit to a wooden base but please be aware and check before you get surprised. Cheers, Jarda Hajecek
  4. 3 points
    Hi Guys this is my rendition of show time 100 which of corse was a F4-Phantom, below for those that are interested is a bit of the history relating to that aircraft. Fighter Squadron 96, or VF-96Fighting Falconswas an aviation unit of the United States Navyin service from 1962 to 1975. When assigned to Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9) their tailcode was NG, and their radio callsign was Showtime. Originally established as United States Naval Reservesquadron VF-791Fighting Falconson 20 July 1950 it was redesignated VF-142after becoming a regular squadron on 4 February 1953. It was re-designated VF-96on 1 June 1962 and disestablished on 1 December 1975.
  5. 3 points

    A-1H Skyraider USN [ZM 1/32]

    I started to work on the wiring of the engine... While the glue is drying, I worked on the arrestor hook. Problem is that it is built in the early stage of the fuslage assembly and the hook is so close to the fueslage that it will be difficult then for the paint job. So I followed what Out2gtcha did in his built: I cut it and drilled it. I glued a metallic shaft (0.7mm) for the assembly at the end of the built. That way I am sure I will not clumsily break it.
  6. 3 points
    Had a rather busy time of late with family weddings etc but managed a bit of bench time here and there. I have decided to complete the wings as whole sub-assemblies before moving on to the fuselage, so the wheel wells and undercarriage were first. The strengtheners are very poorly shown in the instructions so I made sure that I identified and positioned each piece before committing to glue: then the rest went together in a straightforward way, building each part of the u/c up in situ: Once the top half of the wing was fitted I could move on to the engine nacelles, starting with the oil cooler and its housing onto the lower nacelle: which was then secured to the lower wing half in two stages, left side then right. A smear of filler was required to get a good fit between the oil cooler fairing and the nacelle. The port side's progressing too:
  7. 3 points
    So my subject, as noted, will be a late war, carrier deployed Corsair. By that point, the fleet was using the later F4U-1D version (with a few of the hot rod -4's starting to make it in theater as well). The -1D was pretty much the ultimate WW2 version, with just a few modification from the original raised cockpit -1A variant. These included provisions for 8 rocket projectiles, a 2nd pylon for either drop tanks or bombs, a frameless blown canopy and a few detail changes. All were finished in the classic USN Gloss Sea Blue. What really got me sold on this project was when Fundekals released a very nice decal set of late vintage Corsairs. In addition to the great looking decals, they provide a 49 page instruction manual that goes into great detail on various aspects of these aircraft. Worth checking out over a cup of coffee some morning, go here: http://fundekals.com/images/whistlingDeath/F4U_Inst_Final_7_30_18.pdf At this point, I've narrowed my choices down to an FG-1D (Goodyear built version of the standard Corsair) assigned to VF-85 off the Shangri-La, late May, 1945 or an F4U-1D of VMF-511 off of the USS Block Island, circa July, 1945. Both have interesting carrier ID symbols and a few extra markings for a bit of color. I still may change my mind, time will tell. Anyway, the -1D I'm building will be a later version, which means a few changes to the kit. They are: No walkways on the wings cockpit flare gun deleted entirely Delete upper wing ID light Delete lower wing landing light Add left side armor plate (installed to protect the pilots throttle arm) Add under seat armor plate (installed when the Corsair gradually started performing air to ground missions). Add left side windshield hand grip (anyone have a pic of this?) Add a thin metal bracket on top of seat for seatbelts Fill in cockpit vent in fuselage (this mod was only seen on post-war Corsairs, with maybe a few limited exceptions). Fill in wing fuel tank fill ports (these tanks were deemed an explosion hazard and were gradually eliminated from later production runs). On to the kit. I'll be honest. Over the last couple of years, I've kind of lost my modeling mojo. I still completed a couple of projects but had to force myself to hit the work bench and build. I'm writing it off to dealing with crappy products from the manufacturers I mentioned above. I think they kind of sucked the modeling life out of me. This time around, I'm a lot more enthusiastic. If you guys need a jump start, get one of these kits. I started work on the forward cockpit bulkhead and rudder pedal assembly. For a reference, I've been using Dana Bell's Aircraft Pictorial on the Corsair (Vol 2). This is a fantastic, reasonably priced book. Dana goes into great detail on all the modifications done to the Corsair 1A and 1D versions and provides a large number of clear, useful photographs to aid the modeler. It's a critical reference if you are building this model. Looking at the pics in the book, I did note some details I can add to the Tamiya parts. For the rudder pedals, I added what I assume are pedal adjustment levers. I also drilled out a couple of lightening holes in the base of the bulkhead. I'll probably add some more detail to the rudder pedals, just trying to get a few more pics. One note - my philosophy for stuff like this is to scratchbuild only what can be seen. If it won't be visible in the completed model, I just ignore it. If it will barely be visible in the completed model, I just approximate it so the cockpit looks sufficiently "busy". These are a bit rough but from the angle you are viewing them in the completed model, they will look good. Trust me on this.... The hydraulic lines on the forward bulkhead are a good example. The won't be seen easily when the cockpit is assembled. Especially the lines under the instrument panel overhang as shown below. Finally, a couple of pics of the sub-assembly dry fitted together. Seems to look nice and busy. Still have more work to do... Thanks for looking.
  8. 3 points
    Some tuning up of the overall paint scheme and national markings added... I will be ordering some masks to be made for the ‘V 083’ code. Stay tuned! Cheers Alan ‘
  9. 2 points
    Just a quick head's up for those who seldom venture South to the Vendor's Board, check out these goodies, Typhoon, Polikarpov I-16, Polikarpov I-153.
  10. 2 points
    Wolf Buddee

    Grandpa again!!!!

    I had my newest grandson born this afternoon at 12:17pm. 7 lbs even. Young Joshua is cute as a button too! Just had to share my excitement! Cheers, Wolf
  11. 2 points

    Go girl go!!

    This is outstanding... Japan has it’s first fully qualified female F-15 Pilot!! I think it is a move in the right direction for equal opportunity! My family are firm supporters of equal opportunity and when a society embraces this attitude and philosophy the potential for growth and development in all areas follows! She can be very proud of her achievements! Click here Cheers Alan
  12. 2 points
    Thanks for the nice feedback guys - she’s just waiting for some custom masks to arrive - then I can finish her up!! Her night fighter sister ship is also approaching the finish line!! Cheers Alan
  13. 2 points
    Hey Guys, almost my tough...... but mixing both petals set would look a bit weird, too much detail on Aires compare to the kit. but maybe I should cut both set and add Aires petal on the kit ring base...... yeah maybe... But that would be for my next Flogger built, cause has you guys and blachbetty remind me about those petals dropping down once stop, I won't do that mod, cause what I had in mind in the first place was my Mig right after his landing, with a pilot, full wing out with tank, flap and speed brake deploy... kind a like that one... NIce hey..? so I'll stick to the kit burner and exhaust, sorry Aires. Did work on my intakes and spliter plate, shorten them a bit... add some styrene to fill the gap between fuselage and intake... and will have to wait for my Quickboost spil doors to put those intake on.... totally forgot.. but that's Ok, still got plenty to work on.... so did some scribbing work on my wing tank. It took me 15 minutes, done. Thanks for watching and all your constructive comment guys, really appreciate, have fun and more soon. Dan.
  14. 2 points

    1/18TH JSI F-14B Tomcat conversion

    Greetings everyone, Today's update, The GBU’s are complete !! Subtle changes but, they’re more accurate and look better IMO. Now I can change the loadout from time to time on my Big Cat. BFD added to the CCG and it’s arming cable. I even added the Pulse Decoder setting dials ( 3 small black dots) to the CCG. Scratch-built Wing Release Mechanism and latch with arming cable. Both of these arming cables SHOULD be wrapped around the two rear sway braces (one on each side) of the bomb rack but, then I couldn't change the loadout. Close enough to give the illusion. Now I just need my 3 replacement decals to show up and I can press on with this build. Without them, I'm at a standstill. Hopefully they show up sooner than later. Thanks for checking in. Steve "TOMCATS FOREVER, BABY...!"
  15. 2 points
    The 'Seemann' marked aircraft was W.Nr. 18107, a G-6 lost on July 3, 1943, about a month before JG 53 first use of the rockets.
  16. 2 points
    Anthony in NZ

    Hasegawa 32nd TA-4K

    Well a small update today. I have finished scratchbuilding the 400gal centreline fuel tank. I took the pic before priming as you can see all the weld seams, filler cap and drains etc. I know it isnt much to look at but it was a mission to make and get symettrical, and placing it underneath the wing where it will go looks great. It is quite visibly bigger than the 300gal underwing ones. Thanks for looking Cheers Anthony
  17. 2 points
    Anthony in NZ

    Hasegawa 32nd TA-4K

    Test fitting.......maybe I should cast some of these????
  18. 1 point

    A-1H Skyraider USN [ZM 1/32]

    Hello Here's something I am not used to do: a WIP of one of my built. I've decided to share with you the built of my ZM skyraider. I digged up a bit in the archives here and found that built to inspire me https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/38670-z-m-douglas-a1-h-skyraider/& The Skyraider is a large plane in real lif. So this will be a big model and I don't know yet where I'll put it when it will be complete. We'll take care of that later. I showed you some weeks ago the content of the package brought by Mr UPS. As ZM does not provide the weapons in the kit, I had to take their addon for the US bombs and rockets. I also took two Rocket launchers from CMK and the gun barrels from Master. In addition I'll use the textil seatbelts. At that scale I should manage to assemble them without hurting my eyes too much... The kit itself is quick nice. ZM provides a lot of stuff for the ones who want to build it open. This is a good basis for a big scratch built exercise but that's not what I gonna do. I don't really like planes with many panels and doors open. I'm painting with brush and Humbrol Enamel as usual. I started just before summer break with the seat and its seat belts. The seat is painted grey 140 and then I showed some wear and with and dry brush of aluminum 56 and a black juice to finish. Then the front and lateral panels. Just black 33 and a bit of dry brush to give to give it a bit of depth. I used the cristal version of the dashboard with the instrument decals. ZM provides also a regualr plastic version with all the instruments engraved.
  19. 1 point
    This has been rather a long build with a break for Christmas, the New year, School holidays, the weather, bad karma and Brian keeping me off the build by chatting all day instead of working at his job like he should be. Original thread here: http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=36400 The real thing was a very clean showbird and I've finished to be as close as I can to this picture: (Sorry about having to put in a link but Airliners.net have a very strict policy about copyright) http://www.airliners.net/photo/UK---Air/Hawker-Hunter-T7/1927868/L/&sid=b061e72e5ac5dc8a1178a5365c8b2cae Anyway I used the Fisher T7 conversion which had some issues for me. I had to do some considerable work to get a good fit but thats modelling!!!! I'm very happy to get a good result on the intakes which don't need fod guards. Just taking time and patience will pay off in the end. The base kit was the very good Revell F6. Paints were white from Model Master, red and blue were White Ensign. The rest were Humbrol enamels and clear coats were Model Master Gloss. All roundels, codes and serials were Ad Astra masks which were the usual superb quality. White stencils and crests were Ad Astra decals, the crest being a tricky two part job, but Ian's decals were some of the easiest I've ever used and that includes the big decal people. I added a few stencils from the kit sheet. Enough talk, on with the picture fest! Top and bottom views: I got fed up waiting for a bright but overcast day so its bright sunshine pictures! Bit of a walkround: Back in a minute with some more.
  20. 1 point
    SolidWorks, it has a built in rendering engine. Some of those images posted are rendered images and some are just screen grabs.
  21. 1 point

    Grandpa again!!!!

    Congratulations and enjoy your grandson, opa!!!
  22. 1 point
    Thanks for the interest guys. Don, I'm using jeweller's pliers to bend the brass rod. I reappropriated them from the wife years ago and they've been an invaluable tool ever since
  23. 1 point
    Thank you all for your kind comments of encouregment, just so pleased to get back to this buid again and enjoying again. Busy week again but made a little more progress with the drop tanks complete. A fairly tricky job getting holes drilled, frames fitted and everything all lined up. Just need to get the clear parts on the wings masked now. Regards. Andy
  24. 1 point
    Anthony in NZ

    TA-4K and Beading Tool

    There is still a lot of work still to be done on the surface details yet, but its one of those pick up and put down projects between others
  25. 1 point
    Anthony in NZ

    TA-4K and Beading Tool

    I have paused on the project at the moment as I am doing the masters with a well knowen patternmaker whose work is first class on a Skyhawk superdetail set and 'K' conversion. It wont be out for a little while yet but I am sure it will be worth the wait, there has been an amazing amount of research, photos and hours of measuring stuff.