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    This was my first WnW build, and my first WWI build in many years, and I sincerely enjoyed the whole process. Having wrestled with old Aurora kits, and even Revell and Airfix kits in the 60s and 70s, building a kit from WnW is an epiphany. The turret mounted launching platforms for the Pups, and other aircraft, vary greatly from ship to ship so I created what I felt was a generic, but historically plausible, structure. Same deal with the tie downs, tail support, turret itself and personal markings. Figures are being worked on now. I was thrilled when WnW announced the Ship's Camel and a similar project is now underway using that great kit. Thanks for taking a look. Cheers from NYC, Michael
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    Been awhile. Except for the barrels it is oob. So…. I guess it's not oob. Used Vallejo Air colors and Silly Putty for mask. Behind the TC's search light lens is foil from a candy wrapper. Copula vision ports are a mix of Tamiya clear green and blue that I went to heavy on.
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    RB seatbelts done. These are the best textile belts I have ever used. No need to stain or wash as substrate is colored. Just some gloss applied for leather look and boom! Done. Ready for assembly Cockpit all buttoned up. Fuselage buttoned up. Spine and tail dry-fitted. Now on to the engine.
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    All done thank you all so much for your kind comments walts and all. https://forum.largescalemodeller.com/topic/5117-hasegawa-fw-190-a8-walther-dahl-jg-300/#comment-65885
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    Evening everyone Not a lot of progress to report on the big Shackleton project, but work has been going on, albeit at a glacial pace... I've been getting the wing surfaces sorted, as after the outer wings were attached a coat of filler-primer revealed a multitude of sins to be sorted. The original plastic of the Lancaster kit was quite bumpy from the start, and the rather rudimentary panel detailing needed to go, too. So, the pictures you see below are the results of three coats of filler-primer that have now been sanded back and polished, to leave me with a lovely and smooth surface for the final priming: I've also begun the process of marking out the position of the outboard nacelles in preparation to make those: Have I said before that this model is rather large? Here's a 1/32nd Spitfire snuggled up and shows the massive span of this thing - it's not far short of the 1/32nd B-29 I did a few years back: Not the most enthralling of updates, but I wanted to assure you that this project is still ticking along slowly... On a final note, does anyone know of a good source of plans for the radome set-up on the AEW2? I'm going to redo my earlier one and need a lower, side, front and rear profile of the 'dome itself is anyone knows of a good set of drawings? Until next time, Tom
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    It took me some time to get on the productive side again. Two Projects are stalling at the Moment due to lack of Motivation or shortage of additional goods (not too easy to overcome on a remote Island ). To get in gear again I deceided to pick a Hasegawa Raiden out of the shelf, because I always wanted to do a heavily worn Japanese Fighther straight out of the box. The only Addition are the Maketar-Masks, as I do not trust the decals to much. The Kit is superb, the Level of Detail is pretty good, so it was an easy decision not to dive into the oblivion of Aftermarket-Sets. Test Fitting: Detail and fit are on the money I decieded to go for an old School Approach for the Pilots workplace. Everything got primed, airbrushed with AK-Mitsubishi-interior-green. Details where painted by Hand, sealed with Future and then were following washes and a Little oil-color-Treatment. Some Pigments for the Floor and after a matte varnish, the Dials got a drop of Future for the shine. No belts were included in the kit, so I decieded to use the kit-pilot-figure with scratched straps. Another first for me, Drilling out the Position lights and use transparent Colors for the bulbs. To be continued..... Until now it was a pleasure-project and I hope you enjoyed the beginning Cheers Rob
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    Hi there, Working a combo ; the latest bronco typeXXIII and the Trump. SSyms transportation wagon (built and primed 4or5 years ago or so). I am more working on the accessories more than on anything else. For the sub, hull was completed and cut in 3 sections : bow, center and stern. Decided to start the stern section and i will focus on a rust paint-work. The wagon will be in an almost "clean" 2 colors livery. Jigs n'stuff in one nice industrial yellow. Display is part of a dry-dock made out of styrene sheets/beams and salt, on a wooden base. Sneak peek... More soon. Thanks for checking in ! Best, laurent
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    Hi all, My WNW Pfalz D.IIIa of Jasta 18, 1918 as flown by Hans Muller (12 victories). Third party bits were seat belts from HGW, guns, prop by Doug Craner, figures turnbuckles from Gaspatch.
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    Been many moons since anything rolled off the assembly line of the "Luftwaffe Modeling Center of Medoicrity" but may I humbly present my latest creation. After a long bout of lack of mojo I wanted something that went together with no fuss and muss and the Hasegawa kit fits the bill to a tee, superbly engineered and a joy to put together. This was originally supposed to be a Rumanian aircraft but decal difficulties and even more difficulties steered this one into the winter white-wash zone. My first winter camo scheme and pretty happy with the results. Add-ons:Montex Masks for markingsBR32070 Bf 109G Wheels BR32122 Bf 109G-6 Prop and Spinner BR32155 Bf 109G-6 Intake and Exhaust Set (intake only) Eduard Brassin Exhausts Finemolds Seatbelts Yahu PE IP Finemolds brass Barrels for pod mounted MG 151 and pitot tube Quickboost MG 131 barrels As always thanks for looking!
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    Here are some quick phone pics of my completed 1/48 Tiffie. Hasegawa kit with Ultracast seat, wheels, prop, exhausts and Tempest tailplane. Also used were Aries gun bays, Master cannon barrels and avieologu decals (which were not pleasant to use). I scratched the cuckoo doors intake. This was on my bench for way too long so glad to move it onto the shelf. May just add some exhaust stains at some point.
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    Hi all, I thought you might like to see my Pfalz D.XII as flown by Jasta 32b during 1918. The kit was from WNW with third part extra's of hand made turnbuckles, guns, seat belts from HGW and figures by Model Design.
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    Evening all It's been a while since any kind of update on this project, but life and a general lack of motivation for it has got in the way over the last few months. However, I have been doing a bit of work on the outboard engine nacelles... The first task was to establish exactly where the outer engines were on the outer wing sections. I used a combination of my plans as well as scaling up the Airfix 1/72nd scale kit's measurements, and then made the firewalls from 1.5mm plastic card - these were stuck to a 'spine' which was cut to the profile of the nacelle which was in turn stuck to the underside of the wing. Confused? May be the following pictures will explain in better... Here are the firewalls in position on the leading edges of the wing: With the firewall and spine on the correct position, I could then begin to build up the basic shape of the nacelle with bulkheads (or formers) which again were checked against the plans I have as well as the Airfix kit to ensure the shape was correct: With the shape of the nacelle sorted, I then began planking the formers with 2-3mm wide strips of plastic card: The extreme rear of the nacelle has a too-steep profile for the planks, so this was made from Milliput and wet-sanded to shape without too much of a headache: And now we have an outboard engine nacelle completed: As you can see from the pictures, the surface is far from smooth. This won't be a problem though, as when the glue is properly cured (and thus there's no more movement in the plastic as it dries) it'll get a coat of car body filler and a thorough sanding, before a few coats of filler primer will be sprayed on to finish the job. Now one nacelle is done, I've got to get cracking with the other. The thought of cutting a load more planks doesn't instill me with joy however, but I keep telling myself it's the last of the main structural work on this project, and then it can be the fun detailing of the airframe. Until next time, Tom
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    I am currently playing GI Joe in the woods with the US Army. To avoid boredom on my down time I am building a tank. Let's see how much I can accomplish.
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    Hi all, I thought you might like to see my latest (7th) Wingnut Wings model. This is a Roland C.IIa (Li) Walfisch Black III operating with Schusta 13 during early 1917, as flown by Vfw Hesse. Manufacturer: Wingnut Wings. Scale: 1/32 Type: Roland C.IIa (Later version) Paints/Weathering: Tamiya (by brush and Airbrushed), Flory clay washes and AK weathering washes. Aftermarket: HGW seat belts, Gaspatch weapons, figures from Kellerkind and Model Design Centre, ground accessories from Historex and ground cover from Scenic grass mats. Rigging: Gaspatch turnbuckles with micro nickel/silver tube from Albion Alloys. Rigging wires from monofilament (0.12 mm diameter). Engine ignition leads: Created using fine lead wire. Display case and plaque: Made by on-line specialists.
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    I'm closing this chapter for now. There are adjustments that will be made before I take this to World Expo I Chicago, but, for now, I am pretty much cross-eyed. Here's where it stands: AFTER THE ARMISTICE - THE SOUVENIR HUNTERS This has been a lot of fun and I have to say I have learned a lot. It's a great bunch of talented guys here and I very much appreciate all the feedback and encouragement along the way. Next up....AEG! Cheers from NYC, Michael
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    Well, after having finished two models in a short time my hands were itching to resume work on the Manchester. The dividing line between the bomb doors was scribed. Then a start was made scribing the top wing surfaces. A good feeling working on this mammoth project again. Will tickle Jeroen to discuss the design if the engine nacelles.
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    Hi all, My WNW SE5a 'Hisso' of No.40 Squadron, RAF during early 1918, as flown by Capt. G.H. Lewis. Third party bits were seat belts from HGW, Vickers guns, prop by Doug Craner, figures by Kellerkind and turnbuckles from Gaspatch.
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    1/32 Fokker D.VII “Early” Wingnut Wings Catalogue # 32067 Available from Wingnut Wings for $99 plus shipping The Fokker D.VII was a German World War I fighter aircraft designed by Reinhold Platz of the Fokker-Flugzeugwerke. Germany produced around 3,300 D.VII aircraft in the second half of 1918. In service with the Luftstreitkräfte, the D.VII quickly proved itself to be a formidable aircraft. The Armistice ending the war specifically required Germany to surrender all D.VIIs to the Allies. Surviving aircraft saw continued widespread service with many other countries in the years after World War I. The D.VII entered squadron service with Jasta 10 in early May 1918. When the Fokker D.VII appeared on the Western Front in April 1918, Allied pilots at first underestimated the new fighter because of its squarish, ungainly appearance, but quickly revised their view. The D.VII was also noted for its high manoeuvrability and ability to climb at high angles of attack, its remarkably docile stall, and its reluctance to spin. It could literally "hang on its prop" without stalling for brief periods of time, spraying enemy aircraft from below with machine gun fire. The D.VII also had problems. Several aircraft suffered rib failures and fabric shedding on the upper wing. Heat from the engine sometimes ignited phosphorus ammunition until cooling vents were installed in the engine cowling, and fuel tanks sometimes broke at the seams. Aircraft built by the Fokker factory at Schwerin were noted for their lower standard of workmanship and materials. Nevertheless, the D.VII proved to be a remarkably successful design, leading to the familiar aphorism that it could turn a mediocre pilot into a good one, and a good pilot into an ace. Manfred von Richthofen died days before the D.VII began to reach the Jagdstaffeln and never flew it in combat. Other pilots, including Erich Löwenhardt and Hermann Göring, quickly racked up victories and generally lauded the design. Aircraft availability was limited at first, but by July there were 407 in service. Larger numbers became available by August, when D.VIIs achieved 565 victories. The D.VII eventually equipped 46 Jagdstaffeln. When the war ended in November, 775 D.VII aircraft were in service. Armament was 2 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) LMG 08/15 "Spandau" machine guns, and the type was powered by either a Daimler-Mercedes D.IIIa/aü, or a BMW IIIa. Maximum speed was between 117mph and 124mph, dependent on powerplant. (Courtesy of Wikipedia) The kit For those that missed out on the four previous release versions of this kit, I suspect the release of Wingnut Wings’ Fokker D.VII (Fok) “Early” kit, will come as welcome news. Dare I say that I also suspect that for those that love this aircraft and bought the previous releases, this will also find a place in the stash. Well, the next time I expected to see the D.VII was in the fabled ‘Special Edition’ kits that have been mooted for some time, but I’m certainly not complaining about seeing another boxing of this beautiful kit. Wingnut Wings’ Fokker D.VII is already a proven kit in terms of engineering and fit, but seeing as the original kits were released 4 to 5 years ago, I’ll take a fresh look at the whole thing again, for the benefit of those who don’t know what this kit offers, and of course to highlight the differences between this and the original (Fok) release. I personally think that the D.VII was one of the prettiest and most aesthetically pleasing aircraft of The Great War, and Steve Anderson’s silver-lined box art captures its lines beautifully. The sides of the box show the FIVE schemes offered in this release with Ronny Bar’s exceptional profile artistry. Inside the box, there are EIGHT medium grey sprues and a single clear sprue, all individually bagged to prevent damage to the fragile parts contained therein. You like decals? Good, as there are FOUR large sheets with this release. A single photo-etch fret is included too. Lastly, a glossy, full colour instruction manual completes the ensemble. The Wingnut Wings release spiel is as thus: Very simple rigging 4 high quality Cartograf decal sheets including fitted ‘Fokker streaky camouflage’, 4 & 5 colour lozenge and markings for 5 early production aircraft 210 high quality injection moulded plastic parts including 19 parts exclusive to Fokker built aircraft (plastic parts are the same as 32011 Fokker D.VII (Fok)) 8 photo-etched metal detail parts Optional cowlings, propellers, low & mid height gun mounts, cockpit coamings, windscreens, low & high exhausts 180hp & 200hp Daimler-Mercedes engines Fine in scale rib tape detail Full rigging diagrams Sprue A As is typical with many WNW releases, this sprue tends to hold many of the smaller components from around the airframe. With the exception of the tubular cockpit sidewalls, you will find almost every other cockpit part moulded here, as well as the fuel tank and gauge, engine firewall, empty ammo bin, gun mounting cross member frames and ammunition feed bin. The latter parts to be used with this release are the MID and LOW brackets and ammo feed bin. Please ensure you decide which aircraft you are building before you set out, as these small differences will mean the difference between accuracy and the unmentionable. Also, don’t confuse these similar parts, as there are ones also supplied for the HIGH mount, which aren’t applicable to this release. The cockpit itself is superbly appointed, with nicely detailed floor, pilot seat (with PE belts) and optional cushion, rear bulkhead with filigree canvas lacing detail, spark advance lever, fuel tank pressurising pump, control column and grip with throttle control, tachometer, and a compass/gimbal. Whilst two instrument boards are included, only one of the parts is suitable for the early D.VII. This is to be fitted with a Bosch magneto, and decals are supplied for the instruments themselves and the various signage on the panel. An optional altimeter is included with the only proviso that you don’t fit it on the right hand side when building option A, with the streaky Fokker finish. Other parts on this sprue include the inner and outer radiator panels (two other sets of parts included, but not for use here), lower engine cowl (common to all versions on this kit), empty belt chutes, optional Oigee gun sight, undercarriage struts and spreader bar (with moulded bungee detail), rudder, tailskid etc. Sprue B Here you will find the fuselage halves, moulded with beautifully subtle external details such as the control cable grommets. Externally, there isn’t much else to see, which is the nature of the aircraft. Due to the various permutations of engine cowl etc. the forward fuselage ends just before the first cowl plate (or in this case, the fabric panels that were a feature of the early machines). This sprue contains many fragile parts, such as the sidewalls cabane struts and engine bay frames. The very nature of these parts means that WNW has moulded small tags onto them which are used for mould pin ejection. This is a neat idea which means that the part itself isn’t impinged upon with ejector pin marks. Of course, you’ll need to snip all of these away and clean up the gate point, but the trade-off is a beautifully fine moulding. With the sidewalls, you will need to snip away the innermost forward stanchion. Some frames on other manufacturer-built airframes were shorter, and the kit parts cater to all versions. The cockpit frames are very fine and very detailed. As with many parts in this kit, I advise that you use a fine razor saw to remove them so that your cutters don’t cause distortion when you clip through the plastic. Other parts here include the lower cowling sump panel, radiator piping and two exhaust options. The only part not pertinent to this release is the oil tank. Sprue C The clear sprue. Not a lot here to talk about except to tell you that it offers two windscreen options with nicely defined frame lines, and the parts are perfectly clear. Sprue D (x2) Of course, you’ll find here the parts for which there are multiples of the same, such as the wheels, separate wheel hubs, axle captive nuts, outer inter-plane struts, ailerons, machine guns, control horns etc. Two Spandau options are given here. These are for the standard plastic guns, and one for a jacketless MG. Onto this will fit a rolled PE jacket for more authenticity. A plastic former is also included for you to roll your flat brass part around. The wheels are quite nice too. These are moulded with separate outer hubs, and within the main wheel hub, a little spoke detail is moulded, along with the nipple to inflate the tyre. Alas, this detail won’t be seen for this version of the D.VII, as the hubs have a fabric patch and not the actual opening. Aileron detail is negligible, as there was barely any rib detail to be seen on the real aircraft. Note that the ailerons aren’t handed either, meaning they are interchangeable. No worries about gluing the port to starboard etc. Sprue E ‘E’ is for engine. In this case, the early D.VII flew with either a Daimler-Mercedes 180 D.IIIa or 200hp D.IIIaü. There are a good number of parts not for use here, such as the Heine and Wolf propellers, plus a sump, rocker covers etc. Still, there are enough parts here to satisfy the ardent detail fanatic. The engine itself comprises around 25 parts, with options of course for the water-cooled intake manifold and plumbing, plus the flywheel. If you aren’t fitting the latter, you can add a generator. I would say check your references, but I don’t think that old cliché is useful when you’re dealing with an aircraft from around one century ago. An air pump is an option if you’re not fitting the water-cooled parts. Sprue F Only two parts here; the full span upper and lower wing panels for the upper wing. These are moulded sans ailerons, so you may pose these dynamically, should you wish. Surface detail really is excellent, with a highly realistic doped fabric appearance and rib caps/tape detail. Leading edges have finely moulded wing stacking pads, and strut locating points are clean. It would be worthwhile just drilling out the holes further for the control cable points, but remember, that the D.VII itself doesn’t have much in terms of rigging, which will doubtless please a lot of modellers. Wing trailing edges are very thin too, with light being visible if you hold them up to a lamp. This area also has a subtle scalloped finish, as would be the result of the doped fabric pulling on the wire trailing edge of the real aircraft. As the D.VII’s upper wing is relatively thick, WNW has included some locating points within the wing, that after gluing, should provide some nice reinforcement and prevent the wing from being squeezed and cracking any glued joint. Sprue H This is another sprue that’s common to all previous D.VII kit releases, and it contains a full-span lower wing panel with upper port and starboard panels, two upper cockpit deck options, the single-piece stabiliser and elevator. Wing and tail-plane detail is again superb and restrained, with positive strut positions where appropriate, and nice elevator hinge detail on the stabiliser. The elevator itself is, like the aileron in that detail is limited. Again, this is correct. You will also find two upper fuselage/cockpit decks here. Sprue I This is the last grey sprue and it contains the various permutations of cowl parts including both side and upper panels. This contains two different sets of side panels, a single nose cowl and three options for upper engine cowls. Other parts are included for these, but they aren’t applicable to this specific release. One set of side cowls will need to be modified if you are using the louvered option. This involves cutting out a hole for the low exhaust stack, and the removal of four forward louvres. Parts for the undercarriage wing are found here too, and this version doesn’t require you to cut and shorted them. With regards to the plastic, there really isn’t anything to fault anywhere on this kit. Seam lines are negligible, flash is pretty much non-existent, and ejector pin marks won’t hinder you. No sinkage etc. can be found anywhere. This model will be a joy to build from that perspective. Photo Etch The parts on this look identical to the previous D.VII releases, but the layout is different. This may be to incorporate the nameplate that is now a part of WNW releases. Either way, these parts are interchangeable with those of the previous releases. Here you will find the Spandau MG jackets, end caps and reticules, seatbelts and the MG flashguards. Quality is excellent, with parts being held in situ by small tags that will be easy to cut through. Decals As previously stated, there are FOUR large decal sheets here, printed by Cartograf. It’s great to see WNW add a Fokker streaking decal set when only one of the schemes actually calls for it all (with the exception a small fuselage piece on one other scheme. This is quite strange when you consider that they don’t include the black and white stripy decal for Bruno Loerzer’s machine. It’s very easy to mask off though, but they have included full side pattern decals in other releases. One sheet contains a full suite of streaking decal (with some sections not for use), and wheel hub outer edge decals. One sheet contains a set of 4-colour upper and lower wing lozenge, and another has 5-colour lozenge, but this time, the lower lozenge represents the coat of light blue paint that was applied. In a twist, the first scheme that employs the streaking decal, also includes the lighter lower wing lozenge applied to the UPPER surfaces! I can guarantee that if you have this finished model on your club stand, someone will tell you that you did it wrong! Probably my favourite scheme of them all, and they are all worth building. The remaining decal sheet contains all of the national markings, motifs, as well as some tail-plane lozenge and sections of lighter lozenge that fit within the cockpit area (for the non-streaky fuselages). More lozenge is included to wrap around the upper cockpit frame and some pieces for the rear bulkhead. Cockpit instrument and signage decals are included, as are a full set of stencils. All decals are glossily printed, thin and contain minimum carrier film. Colours are solid and authentic, and printing is in perfect register. The FIVE (actually six!) schemes are: Fokker D.VII, 262/18, Emil Thuy, Jasta 28w, mid-1918 (35 victories) Fokker D.VII, Rudolf Berthold, Jasta 15/JG2, mid-1918 (44 victories) Fokker D.VII, Max Kliefoth, Jasta 19, October 1918 (3 victories) (SCHEME C1) Fokker D.VII, Hugo Schäfer, Jasta 19, October 1918 (SCHEME C2) Fokker D.VII, Reinhold von Benz, Jasta 78b, August 1918 (1 victory) Fokker D.VII, Bruno Loerzer, Jasta 26/JGIII, November 1918 (44 victories) Schemes C1 and C2 are very similar with the exception of the nose, undercarriage and cabane strut colours, hence the inclusion of both options. Instruction Manual No one does these quite like WNW. This glossy A4 publication contains 26 pages, printed in full colour and begins with a parts map and colour references which are used throughout the construction process. The illustrations are in drawing style, and generally coloured in greyscale, but blue is used to highlight new parts addition, and yellow where PE parts are to be added. Full colour illustration is also supplied for key areas, such as the cockpit and engine, giving the modeller an immediate idea about how things should look once painted, despite the references being given throughout construction. Contemporary and period photographs are included, and the last pages are taken over by the excellent colour profile work of Ronny Bar, with some historical and scheme notation. Decal placement is easy to follow, as is the colour guide. Conclusion I'm more than sure that this new release will be more than welcome by WNW enthusiasts, and not least those that missed out on the previous four incarnations of this kit. The Fokker D.VII is packed full of just about every detail you could wish for, with maybe only a little wiring needed here and there. This really is a very comprehensive kit, and one that builds perfectly. Again, it's great to see a number of machine-specific options included here, and a total of four large decal sheets to create another series of beautiful examples of this important aircraft type. Price-wise, I don't think this can be beat. Building this model really is an adventure, and a thoroughly enjoyable one at that. Now, I wonder if we'll see any WNW separate decal sets for this release! Very highly recommended My sincere thanks to Wingnut Wings for the sample reviewed here. To purchase directly, click THIS link, or check your local distributor.
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    GusMac, thanks for your kind words and reassurance that it is indeed JUST A HOBBY!!!!! I will repeat that to myself as a mantra while working. (Perhaps I need a wee dram to fortify ma'sel...LOL!) OK....gettin' dirty now....I applied some oil washes, then did some sponging with acrylics followed by dotting with tube oils and general messing around with thinner. I may go back and add some rain streaks and evidence that it's been out in the elements all winter. This is the faded lozenge fabric from Aviattic but a bit more fading may be in order. I need to wait until the whole scene is together and see the color balances before I go much further. I faded the paint on the rudder by laying on a base coat of CDL-ish color, then a coat of clear base, then the green over that. I then went back with a MILDLY damp brush of thinner and just stroked GENTLY downward. Too much stroking can make things happen too fast. (Kinda like a date in high school.) Cheers from NYC, Michael This is the look I'm after.....minus the engine......
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    Here's the pic showing the navigator seat in place (in the shadows), the radio boxes have been fitted to a new bulkhead as the previous one was not wide enough and the panelling protecting the wiring looms on the startboard side have been fitted as well as the base for the flight engineers panels just above it. Interior is a mix of Manchester and Lancaster as details of it's older sister are difficult to find and as the early Lancasters were converted Manchester, well... you know what I mean.
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    Hi All! Today I received the first 2 printed Tripod Jacks from Shapeways, modelled by Ronnie Olsthoorn. The detail is amazing and the accuracy the closest you can get. I had to adjust a few parts in order to prevent them from getting too fragile. Just a little bit of smoothing is needed with fine sandpaper on the legs. Even small details like the eye-lets on the fastening pins are there! Even the screw wire on the Ram is there... This jack is perfect for a 1/32 Mossie or other RAF subject. But looks great under a USAF subject too. If you want to order one yourself, visit the LSM Shapeways store! I will publish this and possibly other detailed models in co-operation with Ronnie Olsthoorn (Aviation artist) on Shapeways, so you can share in the joy. https://www.shapeways.com/shops/jeroenpeters
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    The jack (without the ram) is 5,8 cm high. I placed the jack on a 3d printing rig and placed the ram separately next to it. The prize to print one of these is 19,5 euro's. I'll do a test in Ultra frosted detail material. Fingers crossed!
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    I picked up this long out of production single-seat 1/32nd MiG-29A cheap recently, and fancied doing a Polish version so also ordered a set of Decals from Techmod. I built this more or less out of the box, but did close the upper air intakes with plastic card, made some FOD guards for the exhausts and intakes, and added a seat belt set from Eduard, but kept the cockpit closed as it's fairly basic for this scale. Paints were from Xtracolour with varnish coming from Humbrol. I thought about coating it in gloss, as the Polish MiG-29s are very shiny and clean, but decided to do more of a satin coat for a better scale effect. The Revell kit is actually a MiG-29A version, but after doing a little research the differences between that and the G version very mainly internal so I could get away with it without too many problems. MiG-29G, Polish Air Force, 41st Tactical Fighter Squadron, Baltic Air Policing, 2012. With the new Trumpeter kit hitting the shelves, no doubt a few more of these will be sold off - hopefully I can snap another one up at some point. Tom
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    I applied mate clear. Flaps and ailerons are missing. An accident and I screwed up the painting. I've restarted the painting. Let's see if it works now. Regards ajcmac
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    Hello @ all, the Mosquito recieved its undercarriage... silver painted with black and brown oil colors. The multipiece wheels were painted in dark rubber, then dusted with grey and beige pigments. The bombs were painted in olive green, then lightend with yellow, then decals and clear coat and oil colors ... then mounting. Some etched parts still missing on the pics. The propellers were glued togehter, then the tops painted in a light yellow and masked before the rest received its black paint. The spinners were painted in silver, the covers in light grey as the rest of the fuselage. Some silver scratches and damages were added with a sponge and some oil color was used for weathering. After that all the removable parts were mounted, engines closed for the moment and the exhaust gas sprayed with the airbrush and black, grey and brown colors. Cheers Micha
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    A couple of quick (cellphone) shots of the latest model to clear my bench - Tamiya's big beautiful XVIe - finished in natural metal & South African colors. V difficult to get good quality photos of the finish/shading/reflections ... Unsurprisingly the kit fell together. Markings were a mixture of custom masks, Alleycat decals & Techmod stencils (I rate the stencils v highly indeed!). Painting comprised Mr Surfacer followed by Alclad then faded using heavily diluted (Tamiya) acrylic white & paneling with Comart inks (mostly grey & smoke). Now then, somebody in New Zealand has been kind enough to send me a Camel & an LVG in a large box & I can't wait to get stuck in! Best from SoCal Doug
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    Taking shape: This was a pain...
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    Today made some more progress. The wings have been rescribed. The tape is temporarily to test if the lines do not show underneath and will be replaced with aluminium tape to represent the strips covering the wingjoints. Also a start has been made on the engine nacelles. I had to dismantle the undercarriage again to prevent breakage during handling. These are the centre parts, the rear will have to be reshaped with milliput and the fronts will have to be reconstructed after the engine sections have been completed ( hopefully 3d printed). Slowly but surely progress is being made.
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    And the paint on the top of the fuselage is ready. Now the most complicated. The spots. Regards ajcmac
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    Hey Guys, Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls...I have reached a milestone!! Big Betty is standing on her own eight feet!! It was at this point in taking photos that I couldn't believe how things worked out by accedent. I had painted this big truck all black.... Time for a sing-a-long... I now get to work on outside the frame components for a while. Be back later with more stuff. Rich
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    Thanks coolbox . Continuation. I have glued wings and fuselage and I have painted some pieces that I usually leave for the end and then take a long time to finish them. Landing gear. Wheel. Propeller. regards Ajcmac
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    Thanks, C.P.....I've been wanting to try that for a while. I'm starting to get the figures base coated and putting them in place under the new lights to see what I need to do as far as highlighting and shadowing them. It's a weird mix of those strictly under the influence of the interior lights and those that are partly lit by the interior lights and the ambient room light. It will drive me nuts if I let it but I keep repeating to myself, "it's a hobby, it's a hobby...." Cheers from NYC, Michael PS: Posting pictures is the best self-critique, eh! Just seeing confirms that I need to further weather the insignia these souvenir hunters have cut from the fabric, so they will match the rest of the fuselage. First thing I see in this picture is the rope that is holding up the AEG wing in the background. I forgot to make the hanging rope ends hang like they were real rope, not string. I did it everywhere else in the scene....forgetting to do it here would be tragic. (No it wouldn't ...it's just a hobby, it's just a hobby.)
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    Update time, Last saturday afternoon one of the SIG RAF/USAAF ipms modelling afternoons took place and these are great opportunities to get some more work done on the Manchester. The location for the instrument panel has been made, this will provide a base for a newly scratchbuilt panel, the navigators position also got some more constructive work done. It was fun and productive at the same time.
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    After taking a deep breath time to decal!! I have tried some on a spare piece but that was not very convincing but I figured I would have a go at it. I think everything went quite well except the roundel wich is giving me hard times, don't know how to fix that. I took me all day to do one side, that makes me wonder did they fly these planes or read them? Rick.
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    Hi, Coolbox....re: the platform, the simple answer is yes. But, I am sure they did their best to have the ship, and the turret, as close to facing into a head wind, just as carriers do now. Only a Pup is so light, I'd think it wouldn't take much to have it life off on those short platforms. It is interesting to see that the heavier the plane, the longer the ramp...Pup, shortest; Camels, a bit longer; 1 1/2 Strutter, longest. I have just really gotten into this and want to do a lot more research on the whole subject. It's pretty fascinating. Cheers from NYC, Michael
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    Hi Guys I bet you didn't expect me to tackle this subject... but I am! As you may know I always try to incorporate a piece of the original airplane to my builds. 'Fat chance!' I hear you say.... Stay tuned. A review done by Cees Broere and me of this Resin kit can be found here.
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    Hi there fellow's, a couple of weeks ago i had the chance to buy a long time favorite i wanted to have in my collection. A HGU-26/P helmet with MBU-5/P oxygen mask. This helmet and oxygen mask was the standard gear equipment of the 60's and 70's Western jet pilot. There where lot's of different types of helmets worn, but the HGU-26/P was far more standardized then it's successors. Now, i wanted a Belgian decorated helmet, from 31 or 23 Squadron. But these are very rare to find, so i decided to search for an all white example. A few years ago i discovered that a good friend of mine had an original HGU-26/P with MBU-5/P mask in a almost new state. It belonged to a American pilot who served in Germany. I knew that this was the change i had to obtain the item i wanted for so long, but, there was a problem. My friend couldn't get a distance from it, in other word's, the helmet was not for sale. Ok, every item has it's price, and yes, i gave him a more then fair financial offer which in my mind he couldn't resist......but it was a no go, he still wasn't ready to sell his helmet, and i understood him very well, but again for me...... So two weeks ago i was very surprised when i got an text message from him which stated he was ready to take a distance from it, and so i contacted him to give him a more then fair price, i jumped in my car with the money and drove straight to his house. I couldn't get the risk for changing his mind, so i took the short cut. Today, i am the proud owner of this helmet and i have plans with it. Some of you guy's still remember my Starfighter project which stalled due to some problems. And everyone still remember this little guy. My goal is to paint my HGU-26/P helmet into a 23 'Devil' Squadron helmet, worn by the Pilot's who flew the Starfighter. I got some help of some guy's regarding the design of the visor cover, but especially i got some help from a person who's father was a Belgian F-104G pilot within the 23e Squadron that was based at Kleine Brogel airbase. His story intrigued me so much that i decided to pull my Starfighter project back into active, starting with the painting of the helmet. The pilot was Cdt. Guy Depypere, a instructor on the F-104G Starfighter. His son Kris, Provided me with lot's of photo's from his father service years, which helped me to get the job done. Image provided by Kris Depypere So fisrt thing to do was removal of the sticker, which was not so easy. Second, sanding the visor cover with 1200 , 1500 and 2000 grid wet sandpaper. Masking the red color. And paint them. And today i painted the devil's head. Stay tuned for more. Greetz Danny
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    Hello, the beauty is finished ... I love the Mosquito as one of the most beautifully shaped airplanes ever.... she has a kind of elegance in her shape ... Kit is from Tamiya in 1/32 with many, many parts, great fit, great quality, great details, great manuals, great ..... a fantastic kit of a huge model! I have added some photo etched parts from Eduard, some new decals for the stencils and markings (Canadian Airforce with beautiful nose art) and some resin parts. Painting was done with Lifecolor-colors mainly, plus AK Interactive. Weathering with oil colors, pigments, ... I hope that you like it! Cheers Micha
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    And here we are! Today I was at Cees' place. He surprised me last week with the news that he was able to get his hands on parts /relics of the NN660 Spiteful prototype. Some RAF/aviation enthusiasts might know Tony Dyer. He has a nice collection of cockpits / parts of various RAF planes. In his collection is a Spiteful canopy and parts of the wreck site if the NN660. He was kind enough to Cees to send him some bits and Cees was kind enough to donate them to my next build. Since the NN660 was basically a modified Spit, I will build the NN664 prototype. What you see here is a piece of all skin, small part of the engine, a pice of rotol prop skin, instrument wiring and electrical wiring cover. Stay tuned!
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    Thanks so much, Rob. Your kind words are very much appreciated. Und Bertl, vielen Danke Eure Gnaden! Thanks very much! I have learned so much from you that your kind words freut mich sehr. So...a little update......not surprising that every time I post new pix, I see things that still need attention. I'm sure you all know the feeling! LOL! Allied airmen being amazed at the all metal construction: The main door is finished and well hung.....: Thanks for visiting.....on to the finish line! Cheers from NYC, Michael
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    The finish line is in sight...... Some say, God is in the details, while some say the devil is in the details. I try to invoke the help of the former and avoid the latter...although creating the details does seem to produce a lot of satanic-style cursing.... Lots of color corrections and touch-ups still to do but the will be easier once it's all in the same place at the same time. The SUPERB fuel cart from Aviattic...I'm still playing with the level of rust.....a bit of artistic license may be pushing the level of age: Next up, the oil pan...a fine bottle of Malbec was opened strictly to create this piece. Being a dedicated environmentalist, I felt the need to drink the wine so it would not be wasted. Finally, a true piece of artistry, a center section of Pup upper wing donated by George Taylor, whose skills with a scalpel rival those of any brain surgeon. This was done with paper and is a test piece from his ongoing build of an RNAS Pup on skis...which I hope he finishes because it is a real masterpiece. Thanks for having a look. Cheers from NYC, Michael
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    A King Tiger in the grass, that is fitting . Just a courageus effort or the birthplace of a new discipline in extreme modelling, like Show me the worst place to build a Kit in. Can't wait to see someone Building a 'Mörser Karl' underwater or a 'Spit' under Zero-G-Conditions .
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    1:32 Sopwith F.1 Camel “Le Rhône” Wingnut Wings Kit No. 32071 Available from Wingnut Wings for $79,- Introduction Today we look at our fourth Sopwith Camel, being the Le Rhône engine version. Now you may think: big deal. It’s the Camel sprues with a Le Rhône engine thrown in for variation. Yes and no. But in order to really assess this is to take a look at our other reviews too: F.1 Camel ‘BR.1’ F1 Camel ‘Clerget’ 2F.1 ‘Ship’s Camel’ Stay tuned for the USAS Camel review on LSM soon. As I have done with the Ship’s Camel review, I will try to help you choose from 5 equally great Sopwith Camel kits. Why should I choose the Sopwith F.1 Camel “Le Rhône”? To the untrained eye the WW1 era rotary engines are pretty hard to discern. But when you look closely you start to spot a lot of obvious differences. Even between this Le Rhône 9J 110HP and it’s predecessor the Le Rhône 9C 80HP. The 9J has round copper intake manifold tubing on the back of the engine, whereas the 9C has square shaped manifolds which are seen from the front. This French origin little engine (100cm in diameter) was pretty interesting. It was built under license in Britain and Germany. The latter being named the Overursel UR.II. The 110HP addition to the name ofcourse indicates the amount of power it could whip up, but this engine was known to produce higher output depending on make, circumstances and ‘tuning’. Is this why you should choose this kit? Nah… I mean: the Clerget and Bentley engines had nominated output of 140HP and 150HP. The Le Rhône engine. Not the round shaped copper manifolds running to the back: One of the pro’s the Le Rhône engines had was the hydraulic Constantinesco interrupter gear for the guns, while the Clerget Camels had the less efficient Sopwith-Kauper No. 3 mechanical synchronizing gear. The hydraulic system was way more reliable and used impulses transmitted by a column of liquid to enable the gun trigger. Quite intricate for the day! This is all cool, but not visible on your model, so still no real good reason to choose this kit So let’s take a look at the schemes included in this kit (I usually do this at the end of my review). The Le Rhône Camels were used pretty late in the war, which means you can beat them up a little and you’ll find some colourful schemes. Scheme A gives you Camel B5417 ‘11’, flown by GAC Manley. “B” Flight 54 Squadron RFC, February 1918. This plane was forced to land behind enemy lines during an offensive patrol flight and photo’s were taken while it was on the ground. No cowling, stressed skin, broken tail skid. This could be a cool dio… Here it is on the ground. This is a different photo than shown in the booklet. Here the ailerons are still up and the fuselage looks less damaged: Scheme B shows Camel B5423 “6”, flown by FM Ohrt. “A” Flight 54 Squadron RFC, January 1918. Another Camel that was forced to land behind enemy lines while on offensive patrol after being hit by ground fire. The photo’s in the booklet show a pretty battered Camel. Chipped paint on the wheel covers. Even one cover missing (so you can replace it with a spoked wheel from Steven Robson). Both scheme A and B give you a chance to build a captured Camel that went through a rough landing. Scheme C is F.1 Camel C1555, dubbed “Suds”, flown by Francis L Luxmoore & Sydney P Gamon. 78(Home Defense) Squadron RFC, January-February 1918. Now here is a colourful scheme! It was equipped for night flying missions in the form of Holt lights and flares. The fuselage and wheel covers are thought to be light blue, but this however is not 100% certain. Still it would make for a nice change of all the green fabric! Scheme D shows F.1 Camel F2137 “U”, flown by Donald R MacLaren. “C” Flight 46 Squadron RAF, September-October 1918. We’ve got a real Ace on our hands here! The Canadian Donald Roderick MacLaren had 54 victories on his name. His last 9 victories were achieved in this particular plane. Red wheel covers, red pointy spinner and red/white stripes along the fuselage. When celebrating his last victory he broke his leg, after which he was sent back to the UK from the battlefields in France. After the war he assisted in setting up the Royal Canadian Air Force. He died at the age of 95 in 1988. You can find his medals today in the Canadian War Museum. So in short: if you’re from Canada… you HAVE to build this scheme! Take a look at MacLaren in wartime: And here later on in his life, after making a name in the Canadian Air Force and civilian aviation: Scheme E shows F.1 Camel F2141 “L”, flown by H Burdick. “B” Flight 17th Aero Squadron USAS, August – October 1918. This is a tricky one. This United States unit flew under the command of the RAF. Therefor you see RAF markings (like the white dumbbell on the fuselage). To make things more confusing this white dumbbell was also used by 45 Sqn in Italy at about the same time… Howard Burdick was born in Brooklyn, New York and had 8 victories to his name. Pretty cool detail: Howard’s son became a P-51 Ace in ww2. Howard died in 1975. Why you should build his plane? He was awarded the DSC (Distinguished Service Cross). Here’s why: The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Howard Burdick, Second Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action northwest of Cambrai, France, September 28, 1918. Attacked by two Fokker biplanes, Lieutenant Burdick outmaneuvered both machines, shot one into flames and routed the other one. Later, seeing three Fokkers attacking an American aviator, he at once dove into the combat to his assistance, shooting down one and driving off the other two. His quick and unhesitating attack, single-handed, on the three Fokkers save the life of his fellow pilot. And here's the man himself: Survivors As far as I could trace there is only one ‘air worthy’ Sopwith F.1 Camel with a Le Rhone engine left today. It changed hands a couple of times and is now for sale. It’s over 90 years old, has it’s original data plate and is overall original. If you want it, you can own it. For a mere 2.8 million dollars on the Vintage Aviation website: Link. All in all there are about 8 original Camels left in Museums worldwide, but many are restored and have many parts reproduction parts, new fabric and non original engines. Here's the B6291 as it was in 1993. Beautiful. The kit The kit itself is pretty comprehensible when you open the box. Five plastic sprues, some photo etch and decals. The A, B, C and D sprues are the same for the Clerget, Bentley and USAS kits. You can tell this by the four cowlings included on the A sprues and the separate engine sprue E. Sprue D shows a bit of warping in the sprue itself. The parts however are not affected. I have seen this on both my kits and read about it on some forums, but don’t sweat it: the parts are fine. The kit consists of: • 165 plastic parts • 17 plastic parts that make up the Le Rhone 9J 110HP engine • Optional cut down cockpit section (for scheme E), Holt Lights & Flares (for scheme C), Cooper bombs and optional small and large cut out top wing sections. • 10 photo etched parts • Cartograf decals Sprue A (containing cowlings, cockpit, wheels, struts...) Vickers guns: The middle cowling in this pic. That's the one you need... Sprue B. Wings parts, fuselage, instrument panel... Cockpit combing: Delicate fuselage surface detail: Inside fuselage. Ejector marks well out of way: Instrument panel with nice depth and detail: Lower wing detail. Not the control pulley and stitching detail: Upper wing with small cut out. A version with large cut out opening is included as well. C Sprue (transparencies): D Sprue (with wings, tail, rudder, prop, etc..) This is the only prop you'll need for this kit: Control stick and rudder controls: Looks at the delicate fabric over the ribs. Not overdone. just right: Sprue E. The Le Rhone 9J engine! Only 17 parts but a gem once assembled: Manifolds and push rods: Photo etch parts: Cartograf decals. Thin. 100% Registered. Great colours and detail. As always. Verdict Yes. This is the perfect kit of a great plane. Nothing more you can wish for. 5 late war schemes of the Le Rhone powered version. Really well researched as we have come to expect from Wingnut Wings. Superbly detailed and complete. The little Le Rhone engine is crisp and delicate. Really nothing more you could wish for… VERY highly recommended. My sincere thanks to Wingnut Wings for this review sample. Jeroen Peters
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    Hi all, My WNW Fokker E.1, Serial No. 1/15 as flown by Otto Parschau (8 victories) between June - July 1915. Third party bits were seat belts from HGW, Parabellum gun, prop by Doug Craner, figures by Kellerkind and turnbuckles from Gaspatch.
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    Making progress on the J.1 fuselage that will be outside the hangar. Decals - I chose to use the lozenge scheme as seen on the J.1 that was eventually brought back to the museum in Canada and am using the weathered lozenge from Aviattic. Painting - For the painted sections, I'm using the hairspray technique to show the green worn off to reveal the primer underneath. LOTS of weathering to come! Details - I'll be showing the fuselage without the stabilizer so I needed to fill that section. I also chose to insert brass tubing into the holes from which the control cables extend, as the flat openings on the kit don't match my particular plane. I also added the fuel filler holes that are absent on the kit. Thanks for looking in. Cheers from NYC, Michael
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    Started work on the Hydraulic Schlepper. Impressive kit...
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    ok more things done on one off the engines.more wire started the cleanup of one of the suports of the engine After but stil more cleanup to do Mark