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  1. Many of these were taken by Alan Scheckenbach and are hosted on my site, The 109 Lair... they're out there for folks to use, so it's cool to post'em, but I'd appreciate it if the original photographer and the site from which they were taken were noted the next time these get posted. With that said, it's good to see the closeups you've shared of the aircraft as it sits today... by all accounts, it is incredibly difficult to photograph now, being stuck on a pole up in a dark corner of the museum. You must have one hell of a camera and flash cannon to get such good closeups! Would you mind dropping me a line off-board regarding your photos, Kais? Thanks much! Lynn (webmaster, The 109 Lair) PS: Can't close this out without noting how incredibly awesome Manu's Gustav is coming out... I can't wait to see that thing.
  2. Greetings all- I was immensely fortunate to get hold of the first copy of Jerry Rutman's new Henschel Hs 129 kit at the IPMS Nationals here in Va. Beach last week, and figured there would be a lot of folks here who'd be interested in seeing this beast up close and personal. Please bear in mind there are three important things which I don't currently have, because they're still enroute from Jerry's suppliers... the decals, the canopies, and the instructions. After shooting the layout and detail photos below, I'm working on basic detail bits like engine details and so forth which are self-explanatory; full assembly will commence once I have the instructions to tell me how that complex cockpit goes together! The kit is molded in a very smooth resin, and is very cleanly cast- I've found only one pinhole, on the leading edge of a prop blade. There is a small sheet of photoetched cockpit bits (rudder pedals and harness buckles), two fairly massive metal castings for the gear legs, and the piece de resistance, an absolutely exquisite brass barrel for the MK 101 30mm cannon carried by the Hs 129B-2. The canopy sections are being cast in clear resin, and there will be six marking options on the kit decal sheet. As you can see in the closeup shots below, the surface detail is absolutely beautiful, with very even scribing around the entire airframe. As with any resin kit, proper surface prep will be important- there will be some light cleanup work to do in places such as the cowling vents and mounting faces of the single-piece horizontal and vertical stabilizers- but this is to be expected in handmade kits, and Jerry's careful work goes a long way towards minimizing the amount of work to do. Basic landing gear wells are provided, and Jerry explained he couldn't find any reference material showing what was supposed to go in there... I don't have any either, so I don't plan to go nuts in there. Taping the fuselage and wings together shows no warpage and a very nice fit; no belt-sanders necessary here, just basic seam prep and cleanup. I am currently trying to decide if I want to use a spar for the wings, and if so, where to put it... stay tuned for the next installment of "Where The Spar Goes". I'll continue posting updates on this gorgeous new kit, and welcome any questions you guys might have. Cheers, Lynn
  3. For Dave: I'm sorry we never got to meet, but I'm glad I could help him on his G-12 project. A saddened Lynn
  4. Ok, I'm gonna say it... that is **** hot. An absolutely first rate job, D, you really knocked it out of the park! Wish I had some of those cheap ProMod kits... Fantastic work once again- Lynn
  5. Ok guys, here it is with everything but the antenna... Dullcoated it tonight, cleaned up the canopy sections, added a slight bit of weathering with drybrushing and pastels and the ubiquitous Prismacolor silver pencil... and I have to admit, it's rather grown on me now that it's wearing a flat coat. It just looked WEIRD all glossy. Shawn, these markings came from an Eagle Strike set released back in 02 or so. So, what do you guys think? Is it a toy, or is it a model?
  6. First off, thanks VERY much for the kind words on the book, Rick. Perhaps this might sum up my feelings about magazines versus the net: I still have two copies (one with a cover!) of the very first FineScale Modeler way back in 1982. I still remember Ernest Pazmany's Fw 190F-8 rebuild, and the Sea Fury info in it. I still consult older magazines for info, and buy 1960s-1970s aircraft and modeling magazines in flea markets when I find even the slightest nugget of information. However, I have never printed out an entire modeling article from the web. Not once. Sure, I've saved a few (such as Gaƫl Elegoet's excellent rendition of Bf 109G-6 WNr 160756 from Hyperscale), but they just do not have the same presence or "feel" as a professionally produced print product (that's four Ps in a row, is that a record?). I realize the market dynamics are shifting, and I expect that the next 10 years will likely see many magazines go to a "publish on demand" publication model... no idea how that'll play out, but print costs are not cheap, and the overhead costs to go to market are continually growing, costs like paper, ink, and transport. We shall see. I still look forward to seeing new magazines, and there's still that small thrill of discovery as you leaf through page after page in the bookstore, on the plane, or on the john... something you can't get with a computer. Lynn
  7. Ok, it was too late to start airbrushing Dullcote in the house last night, but it'll happen when I get home this afternoon. Here's the F with all the markings... I just can't quite get used to it. I think it'll look better with a good flat coat on it. Lynn
  8. Ass. I **TOLD** you I didn't need rescuing. But noooooo, you had to go on about how I was in "peril" and all that... there was NOTHING wrong with the Castle Anthrax Asylum for Sexually Aggressive Bikini Models, I was doing just fine there by myself. Yeah, I love ya like a brother, but I STILL haven't forgotten that. And for anyone looking in, Jeff and I aren't *really* brothers, but we treat each other like it sometimes... and you're right, sometimes I am too nice... thankfully, I've got you and the rest of the Joisey Boyz to help me change from "Thank you sir, may I have another" to "Get the f*#@ out of here before I unscrew your leg and beat you with it". Don't forget my wife's family still has a connection or two up that way too. --------------------- Back to the original point of the post- I finished four (yes, FOUR) more smaller 109s last night, and the decals and washes are done on the big F... I plan to Dullcoat it tonight. Lynn (still laughing my ass off at Jeff's note above)
  9. Without getting too wordy (SURPRISE!), here's a quick shot of my 21st Century Bf 109F after hitting it with Future... I dropped the flaps because the lower wing was more warped than a John Waters film, and I couldn't straighten that f*$#er out for love or money... so I cut out the internal spar, cut off all the trailing edge bits, straightened them individually, and clamped the snot out of the wing to get it pointed roughly in the right direction. That's one thing I like about these kits right off the bat... there truly is no problem that can't be sorted out with a heavier application of brute force. Should have Dullcote on the beast before the Super Bowl, let's hope! Lynn
  10. Oh Lord, look at the Dutch roundels... c'mon, people, it's a very simple formula. 120 degrees between each color, it's not friggin' rocket science. :angry: That said, I hadn't seen the FEAF roundels on Mustangs before... any photos around of this? Lynn
  11. Whassup Matt? C'mon, man up and get the old Revell kit and join us over in the Group build! I've got a partially started Mk I (yes, you read that right ... Revell originally released the kit as a Mk I, then retooled it to a Mk IIc) which I got from Jeff Garrity at our Regional event in October, so I'll be looking for a Mk II kit to help spruce it up at some point. If you're THAT big a fan of the Hurri, you know what you have to do... start that Revell kit in order to *GUARANTEE* that Hasegawa will release a better version. Lynn
  12. The Hasegawa Emil is absolute shite, but you can rob plenty of parts from it. The fuselage and wing outlines are all off in varying degrees, while the Matchbox kit is damn near spot on dimensionally. It's just rough, and will take work to get to a good result, much more work than the new Hasegawa Gustavs, that's for sure! Lynn
  13. The Matchbox kit is lightyears ahead of the Hasegawa kit in terms of overall accuracy. The molds did suffer the tender mercies of Miguel The Mexican Ditchdigger, in common with most other Matchbox kits , but much like the Trumpeter Wellington, a decent coat of Mr. Surfacer (or putty), followed by sanding, will help tone them down somewhat if you so desire. Cutting Edge makes a resin interior for the Hase kit which should work well for the Matchbox offering, based on my dryfitting efforts, but the resin wheelwells from Cutting Edge will require quite a bit of work to make them fit into the Matchbox wings. As far as making a B/C/D from it, be prepared to scratchbuild the foward cowling assembly; you'll need to rob the earlier canopy from the Hasegawa kit and fiddle with the fit, as no one offers a vac replacement (which is pretty odd in itself). You would also be well advised to rob gear legs from the later Hasegawa G/K kit, as they were essentially the same and the Matchbox offerings are terribly spindly. Maybe I should do up a "tweaks list" for the Matchbox kit... Lynn
  14. First off, I am very impressed to see such a volatile topic discussed with such level-headedness here. Believe me, as someone who builds a lot of German aircraft and has done much study of 20th century German history, it's all too easy for people to jump to the wrong conclusion, wrongly accusing me or anyone else with similar historical interests as "Nazis". And Piet, I particularly appreciate your thoughts... very well put. All nations are guilty to some extent, some more than others (Soviet Union, Germany, and Japan are at the top of that list), but hiding, banning, or otherwise suppressing symbology only gives them more power. The swastika became a symbol of hate thanks to the horrific excesses of the Nazi regime, but no less hateful than the rising sun of Japan to the Chinese or Koreans. Lynn
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