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  1. 10 points
    Hello, happy new year to everyone... This is my first 2020 build..., well, I finished it today... ICM Gloster Gladiator, out of the box, with PJ Productions Pilot and rigging from EZ Line.... I‘ll post some more pictures in daylight tomorrow...—— DONE I was so surprised by this kit, now real flaws, very easy to build.... Hope you like it...
  2. 9 points

    1/32 Zoukei-Mura Ta152H-1 White 7

    Thanks guys! The fiddly work continued with the RB Productions photo etch stuff. I folded up the foot pedals... The upper and lower instrument panels have been assembled. 18 parts for the upper panel and 22 for the lower... must be some kind of record. Taking Radu's specific advice, the smaller bits were attached using Future. Not the most "binding" of adhesives but it worked out ok. Some of the larger attachments were secured using CA glue. Again, per Radu's advice, the instrument panels were coated with Mr Metal Primer and then painted in RLM 66 Dark Grey (Mr Hobby Aqueous). Various details were brush painted and the panels were given a flat coat to seal. I then populated each of the instruments using Airscale decals and then topped off each gauge with a punched piece of clear acetate. Since the RB Productions set doesn't include a Revi 16 gun sight, I'll have to dig into my spares box to see if I can drum something up. If the search comes up empty, I'll have to take a look at the kit part to see if it is usable.
  3. 8 points

    F4u-1D Tamyia 1/32

    Hello My last built of 2019. Finished just in time before starting the christmas break. It is my second Corsair from Tam so no surpises (if it is even possible to have surprises with Tam). Just one slight negative for me: the decals: they are always very thick. So cutting out all the clear support film is a must to avoid silvering especially on the big numbers on the fuselage side. Then I made good use of the microset/microsol. I just replaced the wheels by Eduard resin's. Anything else is oob. For the paint, I miraculously managed to find a tin of Humbrol 181 (the famous Glossy sea blue that is out of prod since years..) Used it for the first gloss layer. They I dry brushed the matt version of the sea blue (Hu 77) either strait from the can or mixed with few drops of white. On the radiators area on the top wing I also brushed some yellow zinchromat (81) and some alu 56 here and there. Then panel liners: clear (white-grey) then brownish. Some pigment here and there (mainly exhaust and gun ports)
  4. 7 points
    Time to crack open the 2020 season with a new build... I've decided to continue with part two of 'The Duellists' the Hansa-Brandenburg W.29. It's the only Wingnut Wings kit of a plane used extensively by the Royal Danish Air force. In July 1919 The Royal Danish Navy bought 1 Hansa-Brandenburg W.29 from Hansa- & Brandenburgische Flugzeugwerke GmbH. The first year the Danish Navy had the aircraft, it was tested thoroughly and it was found that it in every way exceeded the planes that had been operated before. When the aircraft was inspected at the Navy aeroplane workshops, it was measured and plans were drawn. In the following years no fewer than 15 aircraft of the type were built under license, at the shipyard's aeroplane workshops. H.M.I No. 20-30 (No's 21, 22, 23, 24 & 26 were used twice) They served from 1920 until the last two (20 and 29) were written off due to age in the spring of 1931. In the autumn of 1921, installations were built on board the two armored ships 'Olfert Fischer' and 'Peder Skram' so that in the future they could carry the H.M.I. In 1927 the armament was dismantled for weight reasons. H.M.I.'s lined up at the naval base in Copenhagen 'Margretheholm'. Initially, the planes were painted "navy" (medium gray) with white numbers. Later they were all silver doped with black numbers. I have actually been looking forward to begin this for a very long time and I think it will be i nice change, from the 'hairy' Aeromarine build, to an hopefully almost OOB experience... Cheers: Kent
  5. 7 points

    1/32 ZM Henschel Hs-129 B-2

    Next thing to concentrate on was getting the rear fuselage bulkhead complete so this was painted followed by adding a couple of belt anchors as well as a couple of Bob's Buckles eyelets in readiness for the armoured headrest restraints With this sorted I fitted the cockpit tub in to place Now this is where things are getting a bit interesting in the fit side of things as the tub is connected to the fuselage by not a lot and very springy. Next I added the canopy rails and the lower fuselage tub sections Lots of room for play here including lots of room to make a mess of things, need to have a think about it now as the upper nose section fits perfectly at the moment So my thinking is to add the upper nose section and then close the gaps slowly around. Regards Andy
  6. 6 points
    Tolga ULGUR

    My 2019 builds

    Here are my completed models in 2019 1- 1/32 Hasegawa Junkers Ju-87D5 2- 1/48 ProModeler A-26B Invader 3- 1/48 ProModeler F-102A 4- 1/32 Hasegawa Focke Wulf Fw190 A9 5- 1/32 Hasegawa P-40K Warhawk 6- 1/32 Hasegawa Spitfire Mk.1 7- 1/32 Tamiya P-51D Mustang 8- 1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109G10 9- 1/32 Hasegawa Fw-190 F8 10- 1/32 Hasegawa Bf-109K4 11- 1/32 Hasegawa P-40E Warhawk 12- 1/32 Tamiya Spitfire Mk.XVIe 13- 1/48 Hasegawa J-35D Draken 14- 1/32 PCM Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 Early 15- 1/32 Hasegawa Bf-109G14 AS 16- 1/32 Hasegawa/Montex FW -190A4
  7. 5 points

    Trumpeter 1/24 Bf 109 G 10 completed

    Thanks for keeping me company mates! I'm calling this one finished. Please excuse the poor pictures. Thanks for looking in Going through the stash looking for another project now...
  8. 5 points
    Hello guys, I bring more progress on the Ju 87G. Flaps glued (this would come to hunt mw several times down the road). RLM 70 painted: RLM 71 painted: And, today's update, RLM 65 and RLM 04 painted on the wingtips and fuselage band.
  9. 5 points
    Rick K

    Fa330 Fock Achgelis

    Happy 2020 and have a healthy, prosperous year with plenty of bench time.
  10. 5 points
    to all, a happy new year with good vibes on largescaleplanes forum i post some photo's from my bomber aimer figure i did scratch a lofte7 and almost finished my aimerbed i hope like it
  11. 4 points
    The September 1939 campaign in Poland made it clear to the Dutch that they are completely unprepared for the conditions of modern war. They needed fighters. However, the queue with orders for the fighter aircraft was already long. France, Great Britain did not have much to offer for sale, they were in need themselves and bought them in emergency mode. The United States became the natural direction, where at the last moment Dutch managed to buy 24 Curtiss H-75 in the A7 version, for which the base was the A4, equipped with a powerful and light, yet capricious, Wright Cyclone engine - but also the fastest version of the P-36. They were produced in parallel with machines for France. However, before they reached their destination - the Netherlands fell under the attack of the Third Reich. The Hawks was therefore sent to the Dutch East Indies, to Andir (near Bandung), where they arrived in May 1940. After being assembled, flown and painted, they were sent to Madiun (East Java), where they were to defend the Surabaya naval base. The Dutch Hawks' service was short and lacking in success. After the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941, the aircraft were sent to Sumatra. They were flown from there without successes, but with victims, one of which was the pilot of the plane that you see in the gallery. On December 21, 1941, two Hawks collided during the take-off to the combat action over Western Malaya. Sergeant Paulus Casper van Breen, then a 24-year-old ML-KNIL pilot, sat behind the controls of one of them, with the serial number C329. He died on the spot. Source: https://oorlogsgravenstichting.nl/persoon/20084/paulus-casper-van-breen After the fall of Sumatra, at the beginning of February 1942, the aircraft were re-directed to Madiun, where they unsuccessfully tried to stop the Japanese air raids on Surabaya, which, however, in fights with the Zeros only resulted in the loss of five more machines and further casualties. Other planes were grounded due to defective engines and lack of spare parts, and after the Japanese invasion of Java, destroyed by the Dutch in early March 1942. The Special Hobby's kit is well worth the manufacturer's brand. Special in every aspect: quality of the molds, fit, level of details, accuracy. And isn't our hobby (inter alia) a struggle against the efforts of producers, how to do something wrong, if it could be good. So everything is all right. If you are interested in details and have strong nerves, please look for the workshop thread. The construction process was marked by numerous problems, caused by myself. First the fuselage broke twice where it was connected to the engine cowling, then after assembling the airframe and painting, I dropped it on the desk and the instrument panel inside fell off ... reinstalling it perfectly did not succeed, poor access, but I didn't want to make such a large step back and brake the fuselage into halves. Decals were too transparent, had to overpaint them. I broke one leg of the landing gear, lost one gear leg cover (the one in the front of the gear nacelle, finally I made them both of an aluminium sheet obtained from a tin of Felix peanuts), I lost the fuel filler cap too, replaced with a scratch-built one. At the end I unfortunately grabbed it with dirty fingers and the marks had to be removed ... But finally, here it is. Here it is and it proves that even with medium abilities and skills in the use of putty and file, this model can be put together. And this is probably the most important thing. Few things added: rivets, missing panel lines, modification of armament in the wings, antenna mountings on the wings, vertical stabilizer and fuselage, 0.2 mm Uschi van der Rosten antenna cables with insulators made of hygienic stick stretched over fire (does anyone use them for any other purpose, btw?), wheel well covers from CMK resin, barrels from Master. The rest - straight from the box. Painted with MRP Paints. Colors according to the AJ-Press monograph: old leaves - early US Olive Drab, young leaves - early US Medium Green, underside of wings and horizontal fins painted silver, with upper surface color over the leading edge. In combination with the orange markings - it looks very nice and different, I think. Hope you like it :). Best regards and Happy New Year! Hubert
  12. 4 points
    Mirek O

    NEWS IN HpH !!!

    How can I help You. Just send me some photos and we will do my best . M
  13. 4 points

    Infinity Models

    Mirek from HPH has mentioned on Modelforum.cz that they will maybe release Porco Rosso as IM kit https://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=131246
  14. 4 points
    Started working on the interior wood parts... Deck tan and some preshading in the corners. Added some wood grain details with a color pencil to the fuselage halves Wood added using oils. To be continued... Kent
  15. 4 points
    red Dog

    Spitfire MkIX 1/24 349 sqn

    Thank you both of you. That was exactly the motivation I needed to get back on the bench to try to progress on the project Much appreciated More work on the starboard flaps: The 2 part moveable flaps have been assembled. These are initially designed for the trumpeter kits but modification to fit the airfix kit is minimal. Most of the mods are needed around the area where the flap go through the wing and opens a small door when they are down. Here are the flaps assembled The rods are still too long and the hinges aren't glued yet And a dry fit on the wing, the inner small flap doesn't fit perfectly but this is very easy to fix. The inner flap has no wall and it's normal to see inside the fuselage, but it seems I didn't plan for that when I scratchbuilt the cockpit walls and I'll need to make them fit better before attaching the flaps. Happy to see some real progress rather than rivetting and panel line. Still have to do the port flaps and rivets on the fuselage. Thank for looking
  16. 4 points

    Hurricane MK.IID of

    Alain, I am hoping it will be interesting in a good way and not the car accident you see happening from a mile away . So a bit more work. I focused some effort on the fire wall; drilling out the various holes for the pipes and wires that pass through. On the opposite side I also added the flange that secures the emergency gas tank to the wall. In addition I ran a thin piece of plastic around the perimeter the fire wall to show the flange that supports the body panels. I will be adding some texture in a bit as I assume this is likely asbestos or some other other fire proof material. I also applied the same flange to the bulkhead opposite the fuel tank. Feeling brave I also started working on the engine support structure, adding in the missing braces and wires. Still bunch to go on this but a reasonable start. Finally I started to look at the fantasy version of the Merlin XX that Trumpeter has in the kit. I am hoping this is something I can save but currently not confident in that. That will be a battle for another day. Would appreciate any of those that can tell the differences between a Packard Merlin which I assume the picture below shows and an XX. Should I be using my reference photos to bring reality to this engine? Appreciate the thoughts. If it looks weird, let me know. Gord
  17. 4 points
    These turned out sooo good I had to grab a picture in the paint booth! Since I had to paint the inside of the Zacto intake I decided to keep going once the booth was set up. Now i can finish the nose and the tail, make the joints up and start foiling the middle. It may seem out of order but i found taping over foil somewhat tenuous when i did the F-84G so going to mix it up this time. Back to work tomorrow so probably nothing happening till next weekend. Happy New Year LSP!
  18. 3 points

    Mosquito Tamyia 1/32

    Hello Trying to catch up with some late 2019 built I did not shared yet with you guys. Here is the magnificent Tamyia mosquito. Pretty much everything as been said about this kit. I think it is close to perfection. I added some Barracuda decals in the cockpit, Master's metallic guns and rockets from Special Hobby with MDC mountings. Edit: it was also the opportunity to test the Tamyia customer support as the nose fairing was missing from the sprue when I opened the box. I contacted Tamyia europ and they were quite efficient in answering my request quickly and ordering the new part in Japan. I wish you all the best for 2020.
  19. 3 points
    pascal JMW

    P40F trumpeter 1/32

    hello the last one for this year just finish , P40 F trump + photo etched Eduard for the cockpit and resin wheels , Berna decal , painting Mig ,AK,Gunze and Tamiya 8 white p'ti Quinquin escadrille Lafayette 1943 unknown serial best regard Pascal and happy new year !
  20. 3 points

    Why Doesn't Eduard Make LSPs?

    Why? because they massively snowflaked when people dared to criticise their previous 1/32 efforts (same with their foray into 1/35 armour btw), and they are too scared to come back and play in manscale. commercially, I can understand why they just want to continue printing money in PE... But it’s disappointing that they don’t have the balls to come back and say ‘yes we can do this and prove you all wrong’, and instead make models in 1/48 where the standards of critique are significantly lower.
  21. 3 points
    Jennings Heilig

    Remember When.......

    When I was about 7 or 8, we went to a gathering at the home of a family we went to church with. They had a teenaged son, and I remember going into his room and seeing a B-17 hanging from the ceiling. From my memory, it must have been the Lindberg kit, but he had painted it something like OD and Neutral Gray. I thought that was just about the COOLEST thing I'd ever seen. I had no idea you could paint a model like that! And it was even cooler because he had painted the markings (how successfully I have no idea) of the airplane his dad had crewed during the war.
  22. 3 points

    Gloster Gladiator.....finished :)

    Funnily enough Dave the same thought occurred to me, flying upside down sorts it! I’ve done the correction without too much hassle, just an hour’s work, pictures soon hopefully! Do think about a Silhouette cutter, it really is worth every penny! Hmmm, twinge of guilt there, I bought it for my wife for her card making hobby but she hasn’t had a chance to use it yet!
  23. 3 points
    I have the original release , 1974 . Planning to build mine in flight.
  24. 3 points
    There has definitely been a "Shift" in the market since I started back into the hobby in about 2007-8 ... I remember when things slowed down a little - post GFC - and there were doom and gloom posts everywhere about every company pulling out of anything Large scale and that the Hobby was dead and/or in the process of dying. In reality nothing could have been further from the truth ... The amount of product released in the years 2008 - 2015 is staggering. Most people forget to include the Chinese market in their calculations also - at nearly 20% of world population. Dragon were the primary producer of LSA's chuffing out about 3-6 new releases per MONTH ... while either Trumpeter or Hobbyboss dominated LSP production (among other things) at that time releasing several new LSP kits per year ... averaging at least 1 per month at one point. China has been the last of the world markets to slow down economically and it shows ... It has to remembered that the primary reason for any cut back in production - from anywhere - will be a waning of demand (measured through sales statistics) ... Also the larger the company - the greater demand will have an influence on economies of scale. I believe this is why the smaller to medium newer companies - birthed around that post GFC time - are doing reasonably well now (Zoukei-Mura, Wingnut Wings, Hong Kong Models, Takom, Meng, Rye Field Model) etc ... Trumpeter, Hobbyboss, Dragon, Revell, Tamiya etc have still been pumping out product ... yet it's been in less quantities over time - as the pipeline (development to production) has dried out ... The bigger the modelling wing of the company ... the sharper the decline - especially as company rationalisation kicks in ... although it's interesting to note that they haven't given up completely ... Tamiya is releasing a (re-box?) of a Mustang this year ... Revell is releasing re-pops of their own and other companies products, the Chinese based companies are releasing new moulded kits (just a LOT less of them) ... They're just holding off on development at the moment. I think that when worldwide demand increases again, you'll find these bigger companies will reemerge with something new. Rog
  25. 3 points

    1/32 Tamiya F-16A

    I finished the IP. The decals I tried to use for the instruments cracked up as I tried to apply them, so back to old techniques and a fine paint brush. Fortunately not much will be seen behind the pilot’s legs. I also added a bit on the seat. And all painted up and closed. Cheers Nick
  26. 3 points
    Hi everyone and Happy New Year 2020, The bottom of the cockpit. The pipes removed. Une couche d’AK pour le chipping. Une couche d’AK pour le chipping. Painting and ready to receive the new pipes. See you soon Sweety Last year I was on the brink but this year I will take a big step forward
  27. 3 points

    1/32 Zoukei-Mura Ta152H-1 White 7

    I've started to look at the kit a little closer. The cockpit parts are not overly impressive. It's not bad but I wouldn't call it good either. Fairly soft details and noticeably short of state-of-the-art. That's what aftermarket is for, I guess. I would prefer a resin cockpit but I'll have to settle for a bunch of photoetch instead. This is the RB Productions Ta152H cockpit set, comprised of a single fret of brass. As you can see, it has some fairly big components such as the seat back, the side consoles and the instrument panel components. It's also got a ton of tiny bits and pieces, of which I'm sure I'll be losing or electing not to use. As a warm-up, I decided to see if I could get the seat back assembled. This is designed to augment the kit seat not replace it, so I'll have to chop up the kit part if I want to use it. When I'm fairly confident that I can make this work, I cut the seat back off of the kit seat. I've deviated from the instructions by leaving the little platform at the back of the seat and seeing if I can utilize that plastic to serve as a base for the brass seat back. Here is what the new seat looks like compared to the kit seat (with molded harnesses). The phototech set has an elaborate set of parts to mimic the adjustable height mounting frame for the seat. I'll probably simplify this as much as possible since it will be largely unseen anyway. I just want to establish a positive connection between the seat and the rear cockpit bulkhead. Having wet my feet with the seat, I decided to tackle the upper instrument panel. Pretty fiddly work... the upper IP alone has EIGHTEEN parts! The price for an upgrade here is pretty steep but hopefully it'll look noticeably better than the kit part, which I'll shoot with paint for a comparison when I get further along. This episode emptied my gas tank and I'll have to re-gather my energy/patience for more fun with brass tomorrow.
  28. 3 points

    Forgotten War Mustang

    Figured it's time to post some pics of plastic instead of yet more questions! I've got the fuselage mostly buttoned up. Just a tad of filler here and there but aside from that, everything fits nice and tight! I simply glued the rudder and elevators in place. One major dislike I have with this kit is all the work that Tamiya wants you to go through to make the kit into a toy with retractable landing gear, movable flaps, control surfaces, etc. I have no need for any of those "features". Moving on, I've done some additional work on the landing gear wheel wheels. Lots of fun color options here. For some reason, later Mustangs often had one bay with unfinished aluminum roofs (actually, the underside of the upper wing) while the other was GZC. In addition, the rear bulkhead (which was actually the wing spard), was usually YZC. That's the scheme I went with, I think it adds some nice color. Not a lot of corrective work is needed in this area, Tamiya did a good job. Only thing I did was drill out the holes in the oleo calipers and also removed the solid plastic backing for the hydraulic cylinders mounted to the aft bulkhead. Couple of notes - I just received the Fundekals P-51 stencil set. Very nice, as is all of Jenning's stuff. It even includes the stamped markings that were applied to sheet aluminum at the mills! In retrospect, I should have applied these decals before I added the ribs, etc but of course, I was in a rush and as a result, it took twice as long to shoe-horn these small decals into place. IMO, they really add quite a bit to the look. I also added some decals to the landing gear but since my photo skills are awful and today was a pretty cloudy day, it's tough to see these. Also note - I haven't added any additional details to this area. I'm going to add some hydraulic and electrical lines to busy things up but unlike the Corsair I did last, where I slavishly added every line, this area on the Mustang is packed with tiny lines and fittings. I'll add some but there is no way I can add everything. Would have been nice to have an aftermarket outfit take a shot at this area. I obviously will be weathering this once I'm complete. That's it for now, thanks for looking!
  29. 2 points

    Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a Trumpeter 1:32

    Hello all I managed to finish my third LSP this year, truly great result for me. This one was long enough on a shelf of doom, started this one three or four years ago and I just somehow stalled on it. So after I finished last 109 decided to give this one a second chance. Now I know lots of you guys consider this one to be one of the best Trumpeter models which it is but it just decided to battle with me. I used Model Master Authentic Enamels RLM81/83/76 ( it should be 81/82 but MM somehow mixed 82 and 83 )and Valejo varnishes Also used is mix of kit and Kagero decals, missing wnr for tail but hope to find them in future, as I was very keen to this paint scheme. I did not want to over done weathering effect, it is there but not so prominent on pictures. Kit represent mount of Gruppenadjutant Oblt. Gunther Wegmann, Stab III./JG7 Gunther Wegmann scored seven victories flying Me262 and 14 in total. So here are some pictures hope u guys like it
  30. 2 points
    Rick K

    Fa330 Fock Achgelis

    One of my biggest issues with any short run injection kit is lack of locator holes or pins. Fly's Fa330 is no different. To get the correct rotor angle I enlarged the top view profile drawing on the last page of the instructions. I drilled .5mm holes on the rotor hub for the 3 outriggers. Then with a small drop of CA glue the hub to the enlarged profile view of rotors. Carefully drill a .5mm in each outrigger. Inserting a .5mm brass rod with just about 2mm exposed will give enough for the brass rod to align and keep the outrigger in place while epoxy cures. Prior to inserting the brass rod I decided to create the turnbuckle for the rigging. Using a .5mm aluminum tube and Ultra Wire extra small I created turn buckles. The aluminum tube will bend very easy and that's a good thing. Turnbuckle is inserted and secured with epoxy. After epoxy cure (i gave it 3 days) you can carefully bend the turn buckle to the proper angle. *Outrigger and rotor blade are dry fitted. Take photo etch piece #18 and carefully align with the outriggers. This is where you very carefully bend each outrigger to align with #18. Once in place secure with epoxy and let cure for a few days. After outriggers are cured it's now time to glue the rotor blades to the rotor hub. Using LEGO pieces come in handy to give the rotor blades desired pitch. Make sure the rotor blade shaft ends are clean of any paint. Same goes for the mount holes on the rotor hub. If they are not clear the possibility the epoxy will not hold. While epoxy is setting align rotor blade and place the Lego piece to give desired angle. I've seen varying degrees of angles on actual photos and a real Fa330. All ranging from Droopy to Neutral to Upward. I elected to go with a neutral with a slight rise. It's up to the builder. *15 minute epoxy will afford plenty of time for fine adjustments. Once satisfied...walk away for 2 days. Let the epoxy cure.
  31. 2 points

    1/32 ZM Henschel Hs-129 B-2

    Thanks for sharing Troy/D, great picture and shows just how small the cockpit tub actually was!! Regards. Andy
  32. 2 points
    Thanks a bunch Kev, works fine again Lothar
  33. 2 points
    Works again on another site (BM) after an update has been released today. Lothar
  34. 2 points

    1/32 F7F Tigercat or ME410

    Although I have to say, being a T-Cat aficionado the Korean radar nose of the N really destroys the cool overall looks of the F7F IMHO. It turns one of the best looking fighters ever into a flying Jimmy Durante.
  35. 2 points
    OK Jens. That was pretty impressive!! I probably used a few of the wrong parts, but no one will probably catch it in his medical office! Two other minor changes. There is a vent that needs to be removed on the fuselage. And on the tail there is a scoop that needs to be removed and a blank filler panel in its place. Sorry no image of that. But here's the finished product before delivery. The real thing
  36. 2 points
    Engine is ready for the assembly process (which I've already started): I've already got one of these same 440 engines painted up for use in my sons 1970 Superbird. Everything looks like it'll fit fine in there:
  37. 2 points
    i would still start with black primer - no reason why you can't black base pink in fact it's probably even more reason to black base if you have a single colour camo - you need something to add depth and interest and stop it looking bland / toy-like in my view
  38. 2 points
    Hi, friends! Let me to show something different - it's a submarine! Not yellow but she is really big! I've made some scratchbuild things. The sailors made from Master Box, unknown company and some milliput. I've used Akan, Tamiya and Mr.hobby paints for my U-boot. Thank you! Regards, Sergey Budyansky.
  39. 2 points
    If Tamiya don't do a bomber Mossie, there is no such thing as justice in the universe.
  40. 2 points
    I went with Imageshack a couple of years ago, and been very happy with their service and cost. Cheers, Michael
  41. 2 points
    Troy Molitor

    1/32 ZM Henschel Hs-129 B-2

    An out of focus picture but sitting in the last remaining Hs 129 relic. Ha! Thanks brother D. This picture was taken in the early 80’s I recall. I remember a couple other exotic Airframes laying around outside for display at the Victory Air Museum. A rotten hulk of a Baka bomber and crashed PBY fuselage, there was also a P-47 and several engines types and wrecks laying around the museum out door in the elements all on display. Looks like Ike a little RLM 65 is still showing. I visited this self touring museum a couple of times and distinctly remembering the hinged armor plate on the Hs 129 seat. Maybe on this visit it was already removed? I hope this this cockpit section is still being cared for. Thanks D! Troy
  42. 2 points

    A6M2b Zero - shades of grey

    Sean, here are a few little details that might be added to the two fuselage halves. 1. Inertial Starter For the most part the kit has the starter crank hole and inertial starter release handle molded into the right side of lower wing part with only the recess for the handle molded into the right fuselage half. The seam split might make things a little awkward here but if you want to add to these detail… Incidentally, the start crank is usually stored clipped in behind the seat but in at least one photo (which of course I can’t find right now) the crank is in the landing gear lock / tie-down ring waiting to be used in a few minutes. 2. MG Sighting Access These indents on both sides of the fuselage could be drilled out. They were holes to allow a long screwdriver to be inserted to adjust the gun mounts for proper sighting. They did come with little clip on covers that were fitted on the inside of the fuselage but in most photos the covers are missing. My suspicion is they were discarded to allow some outside airflow into the cockpit. 3. Air Pressure Fill Valve The kit has a small circle scribed into the plastic on the left fuselage side to represent the air pressure filler valve location. An air line could be used to pressurize the wing cannon cocking and firing system. Again this hole was supposed to be given a small cover but again it was usually missing. The kit has a small rectangular bump molded into the plastic. This is where a small metal placard was attached to explain what this hole was for. 4. Gun Camera Lead The lower right fuselage had a small hole to accommodate the lead for the wing mounted gun camera. This camera was only used for training purposes so the hole very often was provided with a riveted cover. Whether it is left open or closed off it should be present in the right fuselage paneling. 5. Lifting Sling Mount Each side of the fuselage had four slotted screws in line with the Station 10 rib. A mount for a lifting sling could be attached into these screw holes but normally all that would be seen are the flat heads of the screws. 6. Tail Cone Panel The edge of the tail wheel well should be given a slight curvature. Both the Mitsubishi and Nakajima A6M2 21 had such a curved tail cone. The Mitsubishi A6M3 had a more straightened configuration. Next I’ll look at the wheel wells and especially the canvas cover found on the tail wheel well. Uwe, I’ll save the external paint colour details for later. And I’ll try not to go into a RLM 81, 82, 83 discussion mode, but I can see there are similarities - in the discussion; not in the colour. LOL Ryan
  43. 2 points

    1/32 Eduard Bf 109 E1

    I decided to mix my own paint from Tamiya colors for RLM 65/02/71 and I have the colors where I like them for this build. I also have an Aires Cockpit and Exhaust set. I was reading up on the kit and it looks like I will need to get replacement wheels and maybe seatbelts. Looks like there is a fit problem with the center canopy in other builds online so I might have to model it open if I can't get the fit right. Mark
  44. 2 points

    Kitty Hawk 1/32 Mirage 2000B/C/D & N

    First off, a very Happy New Year to y’all. My work on this plane is quite the love/hate relationship- just about every time I finish a step, I have to put this thing away for a day and forget it. In any event, here’s the latest observations as I plod along, bearing in mind that none of this has been puttied yet. The nose, glass, rudder, and exhaust are just press-fit into place for these photos. Overall, it looks like a Mirage... The fit of the intake assembly to the fuselage is way better than it is on the Italeri Mirage III: The nose fits pretty well, but I think it sits slightly proud of the fuselage: And the resin exhaust: To finish up, the infamous intakes without intake ramps: After looking at the directions and studying the parts, if anyone can explain where part G49 fits into everything in Step 45, please let me know, and post a photo.
  45. 2 points

    Multi-Engine Group Build Gallery

    Scraping in with moments to spare is Ajak, with his Cessna O-2. Smashing job mate. Link to build thread;
  46. 2 points
    Thanks for all of the comments especially the detailed decal information as well as the recommendations/tips for the HGW wet transfers (which have been ordered from HGW but I don't have any tracking info). I can move forward while waiting to resolve the decal issue. I've glued the vertical tail and started masking in preparation for the imminent painting of the fuselage. The first paint stage is a metal base layer (Tamiya AS-12) on the inner wings for chipping. I'll be doing a two-stage ZC primer/metal chipping effect in this high wear area using good ole hairspray.
  47. 2 points

    Doyusha A6M2b Type 21 Zero

    Fit of wing roots to fuselage is really quite excellent, something I certainly didn't expect to find.
  48. 2 points
    Anthony in NZ

    Arcane Mosquito Question

    My memory was a little grainy...here is an actual photo. Cant remember if it is mine or Avspecs credit, sorry
  49. 2 points

    1/32 ZM Henschel Hs-129 B-2

    After another full on week at work but not withstanding a couple of really nice chilled days away in York with the wife I managed to get some more done on the Henschel over the last couple of evenings and managed to get the engine sub assemblies painted and assembled. Straight out of the box and decided not to go overboard on them as not much will be seen. The most difficult part of the engine assembly are the cradles. Three parts only but so fiddly to align, I decided the best way to keep them aligned while the glue dried was to mount them to the engine firewalls Also have the internals of the engine nacelles painted and ready for installation With the Christmas holidays around the corner now I'm hoping for some serious progress over the next week or so. Regards. Andy
  50. 2 points

    Infinity Models

    HPH Me 323
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