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  1. I've thought about doing an OV-10BZ for some time, but have been busy with other projects. Today I thought I'd dive in and 3D print a prototype jet engine pod for the ICM 1/48 OV-10A kit, with an eye towards making all the conversion parts needed for the OV-10BZ. First print looks promising. I'll make some adjustments when I get some free time.
  2. Anyone who’s a Beatles fan will be familiar with the term ‘dark horse’ attributed to George Harrison whose talents blossomed late in the Beatles’ career with the Abbey Road album. A dark horse is a previously lesser-known person or thing that emerges to prominence in a situation, especially in a competition involving multiple rivals or a contestant that on paper should be unlikely to succeed but yet still might. (Wikipedia) In our hobby, the ICM FIAT CR.42 is just that. Released without much fanfare two years ago, the Falco was obscured by its ‘rival’ the Gladiator but nevertheless became a modellers’ favourite in internet forums especially among beginners at large scale biplanes. Now hot on the heels of our friends @Fanes @spook @Dpgsbody55 and some others, here’s my take on the FIAT biplane with a nod to my host country: Belgium. In a nutshell, in September 1939, Belgian authorities ordered 34 CR.42 from FIAT. On March 6, the first of 30 planes arrived in Belgium still carrying Italian camouflage, to be assembled. They were assigned the serials R-1 to R-30 and were attributed to the IIe Groupe de Chasse between escadrilles 3/II and 4/II whose pilots began to convert in their new mounts. Two months later, on May 10 the Wermacht launched its attack against the Low Countries and Belgium. The nearly obsolete Fiat were pitted against the vastly superior Bf 109E. All the CR.42 of the 4/II were destroyed on the ground. The remaining squadron retreated to France and surrendered to the Wermacht after Belgium asked Germany for an armistice on June 28 1940. Thus ended the brief life of the Belgian FIAT. It was almost 4 months after the Belgians took delivery of their first Fiat. For a detailed account of the short combat life of the CR.42 in Belgian service, click HERE For the inventory photos of the CR.42 in Belgian service, check out the excellent Daniel Brackx’s BELGIAN WINGS. The familiar ICM kit A modern colorized version Since there are already a few detailed articles about the building of this kit, I ‘d like to concentrate on the camouflage and the painting of this model. There are quite a few period photographs of the Belgian FIAT as one can discover on the BELGIAN WINGS site. Nevertheless they all are in monochrome. There are a few controversies about the colours of the camouflage. Sure we all know they came in ‘Italian camouflage’ but which one? as it’s a VERY complex subject as we will find out. Hopefully some connoisseurs will chime in. Thank you for your commentaries and your invaluable input. Until next time, Cheers, Quang
  3. We take an 'in-box' look at the latest release from ICM, kit 32090 for the Yak-9T. It's a lovely looking kit in the box... Have fun, Iain
  4. We take an 'in-box' look at ICM's very nice Fiat CR.42 kits, in this case the ground-attack CR.42AS boxing. A cracking subject, beautifully done IMHO. Iain
  5. We take a look at ICM's recent rendition of the wonderful de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth - released last year. We wish the ICM team, along with family and friends, all the best given the current awful situation in their country - we very much hope they all stay safe and well. A couple of relevant accessory reviews to follow shortly... Blue skies! Iain
  6. This from the Hannants "Hot news" email just received: "We have had some more good news from Ukraine. ICM are working again.... We have sent them an order...."
  7. Hi, Gladiator from ICM is a very enjoyable adventure. Fast to bulid, with nice engine. ICM was in road to top of plastic manufacturers, unfortunately because of Russian aggresion they halted production. I added Aires seat with seatbelts, and PE. I have strenghten horizontal stabilizers and skids with needle/paperclip.
  8. Although my record at completing a project during a group build is rather empty - here's to another attempt! I chose Revell's boxing of the ICM Bü 131. Well, it's not a blue box but I hope that it's a happy one nonetheless. There were several other Revell boxes in the stash but most of them are planned as minor conversions (PR Spitfires), with loads of aftermarket (109G-6) or a huge conversion with loads of aftermarket (Ju 88 to Ju 188F). Nothing that I feel confident to complete until the end of february. Since I had a lot of fun with ICM's small I-16 the expectations are up. The inventory: The quickboost seats are in for one reason only: the seatbelts. The kit includes none, I hate PE belts and fiddling with two sets of textile belts at once has no place in my happy box. The subject I have a thing for recon aircraft. Luckily the Jungmann wasn't only used as a training plane but also for liaison duties. Scrolling through one of my favourite books regarding german photo recon ("Embleme der Luftwaffe" bd.1) I stumbled on a crashed Buecker. (source: Collection Richter for research and discussion purposes only) It was used by Stab/NAGr.3 (tactical recon unit) during summer 1942 in the Ukraine. Drawing the unit emblem and cutting masks for it shouldn't be a problem - same goes for the indiviudal markings. There will be some artistic licence involved since the first to letters aren't readable. The reference in the book states ?B+J0 as a possibility (usually the Stab would be J2+?B). The profile from the Revell instructions is included for another reason - I have no idea if the crashed Buecker is painted RLM70/71 splinter camo over RLM65 or plain RLM71 over 65. Both schemes were used on the Jungmann and the photo isn't helpful. I'm leaning towards the latter but that's not an urgent decision. Cutting plastic starts today - pictures will follow tomorrow. Cheers Joachim
  9. Here is my latest project, namely ICM's lovely Fiat CR-42 model. Overall, this is a lovely model to build as is the usual case with ICM kits these days although there were a couple of things I thought could have been done a bit better. This is a model I have wanted for a long time and I'd dearly love to see more injection molded LSP Regia Aeronautica subjects tackled as Italy built some great planes in WW2. This particular plane is the fighter variant and was operated by the 75th Squadron, 23rd Gruppo Autonomo, based in Sicily in June of 1941. The decals are from the kit, but I have added some photo etch courtesy of Eduard. I've also enhanced the engine detail with some copper wire spark plug leads as well as some extra plumbing which I think is oil related. Here's a shot of the completed engine. This is the completed cockpit, to which has been added some Eduard etch as well as rudder cables made from wire. Work In Progress build here: Fiat CR-42 Falco, by ICM Cheers, Michael
  10. I completely forgot to make a proper RFI post for the small I-16 I finished this year. You can find the WiP thread here: Stuff and materials used: ICM's wonderful I-16 Type 10 kit Aerocraft brass landing gear (highly recommended) eduard fabric seatbelts - Sutton type since there's only rusian belts made from PE (hate them) small scratched bits and bobs no decals this time, all markings are painted using homemade masks And here it is in all its glory: What's left to say? The I-16 was my first ICM kit and for sure not the last (Bü 131 and Sea Gladiator already in the stash). The build was a joy with good fit and good detailing with some room left for scratch build improvements Painting the insignia wasn't easy on this one but I learned a lot as well! So long Joachim
  11. Hi everyone, I am making my ICM Mk I Gloster Gladiator as a J8. The kits cockpit was already started as it was my display model for advertising the AIMS cockpit detail set so trying to paint it up nice as an afterthought means it is by far my best work. There are some more bits to add to the right side but these cannot be added to until the halves are together. Also on the J8 the IFF control on the upper left side was changed to underneath the Flygradiostation type III device but mine was glued solid as had not intended making the kit! Anyway apart from my mistakes I hope you like. thanks.
  12. For my own amusement as much as anything else I've been comparing the three Tiger Moth kits which are now available. I thought I'd make a running thread of my musings on various aspects of the three but please feel free if inclined to add observations, comments, questions or ribald humour! Part 1 - THE KITS: The oldest of the three is the Matchbox one, first produced as long ago as 1978 in multi-coloured plastic (why?) then latterly re-boxed by Revell in 1997 in a light grey plastic: Matchbox/Revell is quite a mouthful and too much typing for me so from now on I'll call it Revell. Only last year Silver Wings picked up the challenge in what appeared to be a gap in the market given the venerable age and increasing scarcity of the Revell kit. The Tiger Moth is very much in line with the type of aircraft that Silver Wings tend to specialise in so fitted the bill very nicely. A little persuasion from LSP members added to the chances of its issue: And then, completely out of the blue ICM announced a new Tiger Moth kit which has come out very recently indeed. ICM are the emerging player in 1/32 scale aircraft, we were all stunned and delighted by the Gladiator that they produced last year, so a new Tiger Moth was very welcome: BOXES: It's worth mentioning the boxes, and indeed the box art because in each category one is notable for all the wrong reasons. The villain in box design is the Revell one, an end-opening box which as a storage box whilst working on the kit is as much use as a chocolate fire screen. The hero is the ICM box, it's the type we have come to expect from them of a cover lid lifting off to reveal a stout box which opens from the top and closes securely. ICM can't rest on their laurels though because the box art isn't that good, especially the representation of a Tiger Moth being flown solo from the front cockpit.....it doesn't happen!! MATERIAL: Both the Revell and ICM kits are injection moulded plastic, the Silver Wings resin with some photo-etch. COSTS: Most people wanting a Revell Tiger Moth will search on eBay and as we all know prices there can fluctuate wildly, a recent search showed kits available between £25.00 and £70.00. Silver Wings kits, being short-run and resin are always expensive, slight variations can be found but typically they are around £120.00. The brand new ICM kit works out at about £35.00 from suppliers such as Hannants. WHAT'S IN THE BOX: So what do you get for your hard-earned money in terms of bits of plastic (or resin)? Five sprues with the Revell kit which includes two aircrew and a mechanic (not very well done I'm afraid), but also floats should that "float your boat" and an enclosed canopy if you want a Canadian version. Lots of bits (I haven't counted them but some smaller ones duplicated) giving a high level of detail. For example, a one-piece mould in both the Revell and ICM kits of the main undercarriage structure comprises five pieces in the Silver Wings kit. Just three sprues in the ICM kit, the most notable part is the lower wings and cockpit floor structure moulded as one, therefore setting the lower wing dihedral. More about that in later additions to the thread. INSTRUCTIONS: Wide, wide variations here! All are A4 size. The Revell one: Compared to the Silver Wings ones: The main problem with the Silver Wings instructions is that apart from the PE, there are no part numbers showing allocation positions so the builder is entirely at the mercy of the clarity of the illustrations. Experience shows they don't always work! and the ICM ones: I know which I prefer! Enough rambling for today, more diatribe downstream!!
  13. We take a look at ICM's excellent 1:32 Gloster Gladiator Mk.I... From what I've seen/heard this is proving to be quite a popular kit! Have fun, Iain
  14. I've been going back and forth wether to participate in this GB or not. There are some trainers in my stash (e.g. the Bü 131) but my main topic is recon planes and therfor most trainers will be build as liaison planes. Speaking of recon birds: my FR IXc Spit is still sitting on the shelf waiting for completion... Anyway I chose a rather simple subject: A Polikarpov Type 10 in the (post war) colours of the Spanish Airforce. Some of the former republican Ratas were used as training aircraft at Moron airbase until mid fiftys! I bought the ICM decals some time ago but I think I'll ditch them since I gained a lot of confidence with cutting maks on my Silhouette Portrait. The only addition (so far) is the beautiful brass landing gear from Aerocraft. Stay tuned Joachim
  15. We take a look at the Sea Gladiator variant of the excellent ICM Gladiator kits. Blue skies! Iain
  16. Hi all, Have posted a quick in-box review of the new ICM Stearman PT-17/N2S-3 Kaydet kit. Blue (and Yellow!) skies... Iain
  17. Hi, i started new ICM kit of this lovely biplane. I decided to convert it to early version - with other type of spinner similar to I-16. My choice of painting is red 29: but I can't find any photo of it : / Maybe you can help me? If i won't find it, alternative scheme is this one, with existing photographs: Engine is not a good side of kit, it looks like scaled 1:72 element, but it won't be visible much under engine cover. Wheel bays are unfortunately empty, maybe i scratch something there. Despite these disadvantages, kit is coming together very nicely and fast. ICM did great job!
  18. Well I hope you are all well. I have been ill and not going to post office for a few more weeks so not taking orders but want to share with you a number of products that are available and can be shipped once I am feeling better. 32P021 Gloster Gladiator Export parts for Norwegian and Swedish J8 /J8a £12.00 Coming soon - 32F002 Hans-Joachim Marseille £TBC 1/32 Ju 88 A-1(F), A-5(F) and D-2 rear bomb bay camera fairings Thanks for looking and stay safe. As we modellers are all used to social distancing and wearing masks and latex gloves everything should be business as usual!
  19. New arrivals! 32F001 Pat Pattle 1/32 figure £12.00. 32D022 Gloster Gladiator Mk I decals £10.50 and 32PE012 Gloster Gladiator Cockpit for ICM kit £9.99. Email me at aimsmodels1@gmail.com if interested and remember if you want a total to pay you need to tell me where in the world you live so I can calculate postage! Thanks for looking
  20. Hi everyone - very excited to have received today my 32PE012 Gloster Gladiator cockpit test shot (for ICM kit) A few things to change but hope you like. Hopefully have available by mid February - thanks for looking. Will post when available and then you can email me at aimsmodels1@gmail.com Best wishes, John
  21. Hi Folks, me again, just wanted to make another UK Gloster Gladiator decal sheet - I hope you do not mind? Sending this off to the printers in next few days. Will do my Finnish and Swedish sheet in next month or so. Thanks for looking.
  22. The ICM Gloster Gladiator "landed" on my work bench this morning, so work starts this afternoon! A few shots for starters of sprues, sample instructions and thoughts: Sprues: The detail on all the mouldings is very crisp and well defined. There's no attempt to portray a fabric effect, but this is often overdone when it's been tried previously. Drilling points for rigging are not given other than small raised squares by the struts. I'm pleased that all the control surfaces are separated so that you can "strike your own pose." Instructions: On first glance the instructions look to be clear and well laid out, time will tell of course when assembly begins as to how accurate and logical they are. Pilots: I like to include figures with my models so I also ordered the British pilots set, again they are crisply moulded which is a very important factor when painting. PS: Here's one I made earlier!!! This is the Revell 1/72nd kit, built as a review sample for Scale Modelling Now several years ago:
  23. Hi everyone here is another Gloster Gladiator sheet coming in the near future, thanks for looking
  24. I was delighted to read Iain's recent review of ICM's newly released Bucker Jungmann. I love trainer aircraft but since they are not regarded as very "sexy" and have limited appeal we get very few of them, so well done ICM, more power to your elbow!! Box art: but you'll have to check out Iain's review for sprue shots etc.. Just down the road from me is Henstridge airfield where I did my Tiger Moth training. Annabelle Burroughes, one of the instructors, has a Jungmann which suffered an ignominious event in 2013: A cross wind caught her as she came in to land, and oops, inelegantly onto her nose. I haven't seen Annabelle for a year or two but I believe the Jungmann is back in one piece: Enough preamble; the kit is quite delightful and very well engineered. The sequence of assembly is a little odd in places, like fitting the rear cockpit rudder pedals so early on when they are very vulnerable, but the fit is very precise so far: No seat belts are included so I've made some very simple ones from left over scraps of some RB Prods ones, I imagine the German ones are similar to the Sutton ones fitted to the contemporary Tiger Moth. More soon. Max
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