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  1. Interested mainly on RAF, VVS, Regia Aeronautica and IJN/IJA subject... so: - Reggiane fighters (2000, 2001, 2002, 2005) - Macchi fighters (200, 202, 205) - SM79 Sparviero - Rufe, Rex, Seiran, Kate, Tenzan, Saiun, Gekko, Ki100 and a new Ki-43 - Yak and LaGG fighters - Petlyakov Pe2 - Defiant, Fulmar, Skua, Firefly, Lysander and floatplane Spitfire These are almost all aircrafts with an operational history and interesting subject. Many of these had common parts (e.g. what's the problem with a Spitfire floatplane in 1/32???) Some exotic italian plane like IMAM Ro57, Breda Ba88 and Fiat CR25 would be a dream...
  2. Many thanks Bill. While there's many pics of VVS MkIIb Hurricanes, there isn't real images of this white "45" MkIIc, it should be HL549 RAF number, archives say that were an Hawker built machine, sent to soviets, later modified with russian guns and transformed in two seater. This profile first appeared on a very old decal sheet from east european company Smer, I really don't know if they had a picture of the real aircraft or it's a complete fake. In fact, I had the old Revell kit and I wanted to try a winterwash camo... so, that's all. Cheers
  3. From the old Revell kit, with some resin goods such as cockpit, undercarriage bay, exhaust and propeller. Gear legs and other minor detail are made from scratch. The camo is quite a "what if" 'cause there's no evidence of MkIIc Hurricane in winter white, but... I like it.
  4. Hello everyone, I'm working on a 1/32 Hurricane MkIIc and I'd like to go for a white winter soviet VVS camo. I found some profiles that depict a MkIIc all white, with Vokes tropical filter, original RAF serial HL549, VVS number 45 black, unit unknown. It seems that this plane took service on winter 1942 from Vaenga AFB. My purpose is that white coating should partially cover the original camo. Now the question is which camo? Is it realistic assuming that this plane was originally painted in dark green/earth/sky type S scheme? or with late continental scheme? or what else? With HL549 serial I could found this: Block 7, Hawker Aircraft Ltd. built, RR Merlin XX. 17 Mar 1942 to 23 Nov 1942. Anyone has sources or informations, particularly regarding lend&lease british machines? Thanks
  5. Outstanding work and a great italian bird!!!
  6. Just added the mirror and taken some decent picture. This is my 4th model since I started modeling. Next project, already on the workbench, a very old and very odd Hurricane MkIIc Revell 1/32, straight from the '70s. After some work it should became an Hurry in VVS service, the test bench for white winter camo. The experiences go on. Cheers from Italy
  7. Hi guys, while I have tons of wonderful, highly detailed, extra precise, very expensive new kits waiting for me... I decided to re-build my very first kit... that I put together something like 35 years ago. At that time I started as a large scale planes fan and I went for an Hasegawa Spitfire MkVI 1/32. Unfortunately my skill was not up to date for the job. Later the model passed through some home relocations and some parts were lost. I found it last year and quickly I started thinking how to re-build it. The old Hasegawa seems a good kit, accurate plastic and detailed cockpit for that time, but to obtain a MkVI Hasegawa just put a four blade propeller and changed wing tips to the previous MkV. Unfortunately the main difference is that MKVI had pressurized cockpit and this means no door, different canopy and some other details. So I decided to go for an MkVb, making from scratch wing tips. I also rebuild the main canopy, antenna mast, pitot tube and a lot of cockpit details. Aftermarket helped me with the Rotol propeller, exhaust, Hispano cannons, undercarriage and wheels. This plane is the MkVb EP-461-FD flown by Wg/Cdr Frantisek Dolezal in 1942. Cheers mate. Before: After (w.i.p.)
  8. Great job David!!! I'm planning to try for the first time this white winter camo on an old Revell 1/32 Hurricane, with VVS insignia. Just a question, how did you realize that bronwnish along panel lines? Is it post shading with the airbrush or a wash by brush or what else? I think that this brown "touch" is great. Thank you very much Enrico
  9. Thank you all guys!!! Base colour is Gunze H310. Among Regia Aeronautica fans there's some discussions about the correspondance with original colour, in my opinion it'is quite good, these aircraft were produced by Macchi itself and also by Breda and SAI-Ambrosini, with slightly differences for the paints they used. I agree, after this build I started a PCM Reggiane 2005 1/32, it's quite a nightmare...
  10. Hi guys, my very first post here. This is my last build, a 21St Century Toys 1/32 Macchi 202 Folgore. This aircraft was the workhorse for Regia Aeronautica from 1941 till the end of the war, operated also by RSI in northern Italy after the armistice and by Italian Co-belligerant Air Force in the south. It was a sleek, sturdy and highly manoeuvrable machine, major weak points poor radio and oxygen equipments and light weapons, with only two 12,7 Breda-Safat guns firing from nose. It's a very basic kit, so I worked around some details built from scratch, such as gear legs, gear doors, wheels bay details, pilot seat and several others cockpit details, wings lights, movable rudder and tail ailerons, water cooling system details. Aftermarket parts for wheels (CMK wheels for Fiat G.50) exhaust (CMK for Bf.109E) and nose guns. Acrilyc paints from Tamiya and Gunze, some weathering with AK washings and pigments, finish coat with Vallejo matt varnish and True Earth filters. This aircraft was the personal aircraft flown by Ten. Giorgio Santamaria Niccolini, Abu Haggag, Noth Africa, June 1942, 70a Squadriglia, 23° Gruppo, 3° Stormo. This machine was built by Macchi, belonging to "Serie VII" (7th production batch) major improving from previous batch an armoured glass in front of the pilot and two 7,7mm machine guns firing from wing. These weapons were introduced to fulfill the request from Regia Aeronautica for more firing power. In fact, due to their small caliber, these guns were ineffective against enemy's aircrafts and produced the only effect to decrease overall performance, so very often ground crews removed these guns directly on field.
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