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  1. Westland Whirlwind Mk. 1 patterns on display on the Special Hobby stand at the Nuremberg show - from the Special Hobby Facebook Page: <want> Iain
  2. SH is going to produce V1/Reichenberg in 1/32 Info from their blog.
  3. Special Hobby Fiat in finnish markings. This paintwork required some work on tail. Unfortunately higher vertical fin isn't supplied in the box so i needed to scratch it. I made some corrections and adjustments to match finnish planes: - pilot seat is moved backwards - guns have metal tubes made from syringe needle - shelf between IP top and bottom is added I used these additions: - Yahu IP - Techmod hakaristi decals - Montex masks (plane number) Surface is riveted and wheels are weighted. I can really recommend this kit to everyone who likes Italian planes - it's simple, and construction goes without any big problems. Photos from the bench:
  4. CANicoll

    SH P-39Q 'Spare Parts'

    I know, I SWORE I was done with P-39's after the debacle with the KH P-39 (and soothed my frayed nerves with a Eduard P-39 just to make up for it), but ended up with the Special Hobby P-39Q a while ago and finally pulled it out to take a look at it. After building five other P-39s I finally found a subject I had never seen before - so giving it one last go! SH with the resin cockpit and Eduard PE Interior bits. Lovely, with NO engine or nose machinery so this should be a decently quick build with most of the focus on the finish (more on that in just a minute) and the cockpit. Kind of unassuming, and I missed it when I looked at the box, but that is a gloss black Airacobra from the Pacific theater. Its called 'Spare Parts' as it was cobbled together from various 72nd FS aircraft. Here is the text from a 1944 article about this aircraft: REBORN P-39 FIGHTER PLANE NAMED SPARE PARTS Spare Parts is the name of this reborn Bell P-39 Airacobra fighter . Riddled by Jap bullets in the South Pacific , it was tough enough to be patched together again with odds and ends after officers at first thought it was ready for the junk pile. The picture is an official U.S. Air Forces photo, and shows some of the men who put their spare parts to good use. Ingenuity—as someone has pointed out — is one of the real secret weapons of American soldiers . And to prove the point, the story has just drifted back to this country about how a group of mechanical-minded boys in a South Pacific theater took a bullet-riddled plane, a collection of odds and ends, a lot of elbow-grease—-and, with these ingredients, put together a fighter plane that no one expected to see . They started with a wrecked Bell Aircraft Airacobra (P-39) shot down in combat by the Japs. It was all ready for the junk heap. But they scrambled around and put together enough salvaged parts to put the plane back into flying trim again. Appropriately enough, they named the ship Spare Parts. Builders of the plane are members of the Sky Riders Squadron of the 7th Air Force. Written off the books, no longer boasting a serial number, the reborn fighter, at last reports, was still doing a job in the air . How can you not LOVE a gloss black Airacobra?? Love the idea of a glossy black finish so will be spending a bit more time than usual on this Airacobra finish. Usually they are pretty heavily weathered but this one seems to have been rather decently well taken care of. With no engine or nose canon, etc to deal with, already have the entire plane in primer and have sprayed the green zinc chromate for the vents and the wheel wells, and most of the interior green for the cockpit. Taking the easy route and just going with the green chromate as I didn't have yellow handy. I did notice what looks like the circular antenna behind the cockpit, which I don't think is in the kit so I'll have to do a bit more research and see if it really was on the aircraft or if that is something behind the plane, in the picture. So there we go. On to P-39 number 6. Chris
  5. Before participation in 303 Squadron in England Polish pilots fought in France. They destroyed 50 german planes and probably 17 more. 10 fall, also pilot of my plane - Kazimierz Bursztyn.
  6. Some in progress shots of of this Tempest I've been working on for a GB on Facebook. The theme is British aircraft in foreign markings, so I'm be doing a Royal Pakistan Air Force birdy. Except for a few styrene filler strips here and there I'm doing an OOB build. Wheel bay assembly is a mess and part H34 and H49 have shape issues. Despite what the instructions say I used the top part of the wing to align everything and that helped a great deal but there's a lot of sanding and scraping needed on the wings to get it all to fit. The "engine" is more of a placeholder but you won't see much of it anyway. I did drill out the plastic between the cylinders because that would be visible if I left it like that. Also needed to sand off the top of the exhausts to get it to fit inside the cowling.
  7. Luv this kit. Engine and cowling was fun to fit but other than that a great build. Mr Paints for the scheme. Will be at Telford on Scale modelling now stand
  8. modelingbob

    1/32 Special Hobby Yak-3

    This kit is a tough build (typical limited run) but if you want a LSP Yak, well, this is your only choice. Places to watch out for are the wheel bays, canopy, forward upper engine cowl, and the wing/fuselage attachment (none of them fit!). I was originally going to do a ton of weathering on this, but after all the fit problems, massive putty, and sanding, I pretty much lost interest and just wanted to finish the darn thing. Painted with MRP (aka Mr Paint), which is exceptional paint, AMT-7, 11, & 12. Done OOB with kit decals.
  9. Hi, Like most of my recent WIP thread, it's about a build that i've started for a while. But i just try to FINISH things ! So, it's the Special Hobby kit, it will be built OOB, except the decals (Begemot) and a few small additions or rather replacement. It will be a Dux made Nieuport 11, with the dull silver grey paint typical of russian built Nieuport and with a skull on the rudder (badass !), and quite dirty. The kit is quite good, like any other Special Hobby kit (i love them !), but let's be honnest, that's not Wingnut Wings. However, i'm sure that it can give a great model that wont be a shame besides a WNW model. The supplied engine is cast in resin, which is a good idea. The problem is that it's pretty bad. The quality is good but it doesn't look like a Le Rhône 9C. The cylinders are too skinny and the copper intake pipes look very thin. In fact, that's what made this build stalled : i need a replacement for that engine. The best answer is the WNW Le Rhône 9C, i first wanted to buy some spare but it's long OOP. So i can take it from my last Sopwith Pup kit and as i plan to make other builds with the same engine (another Nie11, a Nie21...), so i need to make copies. And that's what i started to do today. Let's start with the begining. The cockpit. I drilled the seat so it looks like a Nieuport seat. I painted the wood grain on the wooden parts and then installed the bracing wires with Gaspatch 1/48 turnbuckles. Then the cockpit assembly continues. Here besides a Tamiya extra fluid jar. It's really tiny ! The full assembly with the side frames required tricky clamping !
  10. As I have a bit of a soft spot for the Yakovlev piston fighters, I wanted to build the new Special Hobby Yak-3 kit for a while. I am actually building this kit in the "From Russia with love" GB which commences on Saturday at Britmodeller, but I hope it is ok I showing my progress here as well. I was undecided in what colour scheme to paint the model. I didn't like to make a Normandie-Niemen Yak-3 in this scale as I prefer to make one in 1/48 as a companion to my Yak-1 build which still needs to be completed. Fortunately Begemot decals released their new 1/32 sheet on the Yak-3 earlier this year which contained all the favored markings seen on models in the past, but one scheme was new and it looks stunning Yes the same scheme will also be part of the new VVS boxing of the kit. But I prefer the the Normandie-Niemen boxing as it has some extra resin goodies - and as I will most likely build just one Yak-3 in the big scale, it is better to use what I have than buying another kit This plane was flown by Senior Lieutenant Ermohin Valentin Grigorievich of the 402nd Fighter Regiment (265th Fighter Air Division, 3rd Fighter Aviation Corps, 16th Air Army, 1st Belorussian Front). He shot down 9 enemy aircraft between July 1944 and April 1945 and several of them on this aircraft. There is an excellent page where I got this information from There are already some Work in Progress reports on this kit here which I find always very helpfull when approaching a new build. So here is the kit. And some extra goodies. The decals look very good indeed. It will be the first time I am using Begemot decals. Anything special about them helpful to know? The kit looks great in the box, but is in stark contrast to the Cyber Hobby Bf 109 E-3 kit I am currently building. The Cyber Hobby kit is maybe a bit over engineered and the Special Hobby kit is a rather simple affair - so it will be interesting to build these two kits in parallel. As I would like to add some detail to the kit, I spent a bit of time researching the type and the kit - an activity I enjoy as much as building the kit . I read lots of reviews and build reports. Specially some French forums are a treasure trough (but need registration to see the contents). Reviews: Britmodeller Large Scale Planes Hyperscale Aeroscale Brexit Modeller Modellingmadness Detail Scale Review Scalemodel (French) Scalemodels.ru (Russian) Build Reports: Large Scale Planes Large Scale Modeller Brexit Modeller Scalemodel (French) - needs registration, but 16 pages of lots of detail! Nothing on Russian forums ... Walkarounds: Vadim Zadorozhnyi Technical Museum at Arkhangelsk (Russia) Museum of Military Equipment Battle Glory of the Urals at Verkhnyaya Pyshma (Russia) Orenburg (Russia) Air and Space Museum at Le Bourget (France) Air and Space Museum at Le Bourget (France) - shown also under restauration Aeronautical Museum at Belgrade (Serbia) - some great detail pictures Museum of Flying at Santa Monica (US of A) Museum of Flying at Santa Monica (US of A) Scalemodels.ru - not a walkaround as such, but some great info. Unfortunatel most pictures are gone in the earlier posts Certainly no shortage of information, but If you know any other links, please share them here. In general the feedback is favorable, but it is far from the perfect kit (which kit is). Yes a great looking Yak-3 can be build straight out of the box as some of the build reports illustrate. But a lot of the detail is simplified and so much more could be shown in this scale. I am aware that people build large models for various reasons, but for me as a Mega rivet counter, it is the extra detail possible in the larger scale which makes the 1/32 scale so attractive. Yes I know of the "rivet counter syndrome", trying to replicate and correct every little detail and thereby not finishing a model ever. I will try to find a compromise and accepting some of the inaccuracies and keep moving - maybe easier said than done. The general outline and shape looks good, but there is scope for improvement with some details which I feel will enhance the look of the model. It looks to me that some of the detail in the kit is based on the Yak-3M reproduction build which unfortunately isn't a representation of the wartime aircraft. Also restored aircraft contain parts from other Yak types, making it difficult to draw conclusions - so I guess Special Hobby had a hard time too finding the correct information. As always, any comments are much appreciated. Cheers, Peter
  11. Started a new project, that I had in mind for some time. In short: A Yak-3 1/32 with a scratch built engine. Since there is no Klimov VK-105 engine in 1/32 on the market and not wanting to use an Allison or Merlin, I choose the challenging way. :-) In getting this done, I use the 1/48 Klimov engine from the Zvedva kit as a template/master. Progress hasn´t got very far. Working on the engine block. For the cockpit I got the ip from Yahu. Fantastic details. I am still waiting for some PE sets for the interior and the flaps (not sure if I display them open). Additionally I ordered some new decals from Begemot. Dirk **************Since Photobucket changed theire "Terms of Service" and my photos can´t be seen, I deleted those in this thread and added them again further down using another uploading service!***************
  12. Another Special Hobby kit reviewed today - their second release of the Yakovlev Yak 3. Really nice kit that shouldn't take too long to put together! Iain
  13. We take a look at Special Hobby's recently released Tempest Mk.V "HI-TECH 2" kit, with it's top half rendition of the distinctive Napier Sabre engine. A great package, and excellent value in my opinion... Iain
  14. Flipper

    Arado Ar-96 Special Hobby

    Hello All, according to Special Hobby's CEO, they have started to consider Ar-96... Source is http://ipmsnymburk.com/forum/viewtema.php?ID_tema=12168, use google translate, comment #8410.
  15. Hello, Special hobby is announcing this: http://www.specialhobby.net/2017/03/sh32065-fokker-dii-132-pripravujeme.html Kit is about to produced in similar technology as Bristol M.1.
  16. Flipper

    Special Hobby Yak-3

    First frames finished: http://www.specialhobby.net/2016/07/sh32067-yakovlev-yak-3-132-prvni-vylisek.html Looks very tempting...
  17. Artful69

    Tempest Review?

    Ok ... So LSP_Paul is doing the HpH Helldiver review ... but who's doing the Tempest ... and whoever you are, can you do a comparison with the PCM kit? Rog
  18. Flipper

    Special Hobby Yak-3

    I am not sure, if this was already published here: Special Hobby is preparing their Yak-3 for the second half of 2016 http://www.mpmkits.net/2016/02/jak-3-132-pripravujeme-na-druhou.html
  19. Hi ! My last finished build. Like most of my last models, it has been started for a while, but was put aside to build something else. So it's the Special Hobby P-36A Pearl Harbor defender kit, built OOB. I just corrected the gunsight, buidling from scratch a new correct gunsight + reflector, thanks to Waroff's informations. Same for the windscreen rods. The painting was done with Alclad gloss black base thouroughly polished and then some AK interactive mixes, mostly based on polished aluminium. The decal set is from Yellow Wings, very nice set, but the decal quality (Microscale) was really not impressive. Nothing comparable with Microscale Cartograf (sorry for the typo !), Fantasy Print Shop or the Special Hobby printer (dont know who it is, but they are always very good !). The colors on the engine cowling were painted as i was sure try to apply the decals here would have ended as a drama. It's the Group commanders aircraft, so it wears the colors of the 3 pursuit squadrons of 20th PG. Nothing special to say about this build. It's not very easy as there are a lot of fit issues, especially as the fuselage is designed for 2 different engines, with different front parts, and it's a bit tricky to make all of this fitting correctly. But nothing impossible with a bit of CA, putty and sanding paper. Here is a link to the WIP thread, if interested : http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=57403?st=0
  20. Evening ladies and gents! I fancied me a flame thrower and after adding everything including the kitchen sink it felt like to my last WIP, I figured I would go with something not really seen much before, and something I could go completely OOB on. This will be my OOB (except maybe for a set of low viz masks) attempt at the Special Hobby 1/32nd T-2C Buckeye, in the low viz camo of the NAS Oceana Aggressors. Here is the scheme Ill be going for: The Kit: This is a new tool kit from SH and a first for the T-2 in 32nd. I have not seen in person the 48th scale version of theirs so I cant speak to that, but I can show you what you get in the 1/32nd box. Nice sturdy SH box, with some great box art for the "Camouflage Trainer" version: The box came well backed w/air filled pockets protecting the whole of the single major bag all of the sprues came in: Instructions seem pretty clear, and precise, with good illustrations: Decals seem very nice, and are clear, and in good register throughout. I didnt take them out of the package, so Ill find out more about the quality of these later in the build: SH gives you some very nicely (if not a tad clunky) molded Bang seats that although not perfect should look really cool on an OOB build with very little effort: The intakes might be a bug-a-boo, as each contains 5 separate parts: SOME MORE..........................
  21. Hi, This is the last build i've finished. It is the Special Hobby A5M2b, built OOB, with one of the 2 schemes from the box as well. It is a pretty good kit, with nice details, but not always easy to deal with. Indeed, there is a few traps and the instructions are not always clear. But with a bit of work you can get something nice. I've add a bit of details (especially wires) in the cockpit, and had to redo all the iternal structure with styrene strips because the parts from the kit were unusable with the resin parts (it did not fit at all). The dials on the instruments panel are from MDC. I've drill the back bulkhead to make it hollow, and drill some areas in the floor as well. For the engine, i've used the kit sparking wire, supplied as a PE part, but it look good. I've laid a few coats of Mr Surfacer with a brush on the wires to make them looking more tri-dimensional. I've replaced the pushrods with 0.45mm nickel silver rods from Albion Alloy, which have been blackened with the Uschi burnishing solution (and it works, even if it is not brass). The cowling struts are made with 0.33 nickel silver rods, and i had to flatten one end in order to glue them on a tiny bracket glued on the engine crankcase. It is very fragile, but no choice. As an early A5M based in China, i wanted to get this kind of golden color, and my own interpretation of it is that it is actually a tinted varnish (or a clear varnish that became yellow when weathered), certainly the same kind than the Ame-iro seen on the A6M's. The best way to get the same aspect was to get the same way. So i've started with a coat of alclad, and then a coat of custom made tinted varnish. The recipe is approximatively 70-80% satin clear, 5-7% clear yellow, 5-7% clear orange and 10-15% smoke, and you should get something that is clear brownish. Just before spraying the varnish, i've used some AK chipping product, to make a few scratches and chips on the wing roots and cockpit sides. Then i've used custom made masks for the Hinomaru, and painted the tail with the same red (a mix of gunze flat red, vine red and a bit of insigna red). And then it was the drama.... Some paint (varnish + alcad) came off with the masks..... Usually, this kind of issue is not a big deal to repair, only a few touch-ups and everything is ok. But in this case, i have this varnish and it is impossible to make an invisible touch up, as the varnish is clear and any touch up would build it up and make it stronger and stronger around the peeled off area. So after a few days of thinking, i decided to mask all around the damaged area, to sand it clean and to repaint those area from scratch. The repair is not invisible, but i can live with it ! The decals from the kit are very good, and especially thin. That can even become a problem as they have a tendency to fold on themselves, and they become very sticky on the surface pretty fast, and then it is very difficult to make them move. I think micro set on the model before placing the decals must be avoided, but micro sol on placed decals is ok, and the decals react well. Then the weathering was done with a wash of Flory model dark dirt to highlight the panel lines, and then some enamel AK washes, followed by a coat of satin varnish. The exhausts have been painted with shades of rust colors with a coat of AK chipping product to make a kind of rust crust. The WIP thread : http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=52933 Here are a few pictures in natural light :
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