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James H

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  1. You are a machine! Really like this one, and such a nice kit too.
  2. Hi all, I've just finished this build of the Trumpeter 1/32 Junkers Ju 87A 'Anton', in Spanish Civil War colours. This project preceded the Fw 189 I'm building, but this one was postponed a while due to waiting for masks and decals to be made. All national markings and serial are masked, with the spat emblem and stencils as decals. Model has the cowl corrected and a number of Eduard sets glued in there. All in all, a really nice model kit, not without accuracy issues. I've been in the modelling doldrums for a few projects now, so I needed something that would restore some faith in ability and drive me on to complete the Fw 189. This one will be in the next issue of Military Illustrated Modeller, published mid-April. I hope you like her.
  3. HPH

    This last week or two has been slow due to the nature of this build. Most work has been done with 24hr epoxy. I have cleaned up a few other parts for future assembly, such as undercarriage and bombs etc. but I but post those yet or things will get confusing. The current state of play here shows the basic airframe complete, and the brass PE straps added to the booms. The forward upper ones hide the boom to wing joint nicely. Also added is the lower rear part for the crew nacelle. A small shim of plasticard was added here to create a solid underside edge into the area where the landing flaps will fit. Control surfaces are now fixed with 0.9mm copper wire and CA. My next post will show the engines installed and cockpit floor sections in situ. Things are now really starting to roll!
  4. Slovakian Focke-Wulf Fw 189A-1 I've had a serious run of bad luck with forum builds in the last couple of years, with the ones that I try to feature here being more prone to screwing up, such as the awful P-39 Airacobra kit from ShittyKittyhawk. My bin can certainly overfloweth. In an effort to buck the trend, I thought I'd build perhaps my most ambitious project yet....the HpH Fw 189A-1 resin kit. What could possibly go wrong! If you want to take look at the review I wrote for this, check HERE This is a very new project for me, and I'll post a few photos in the next days. Work so far consists of cleaning up the main components, such as the boom halves, stabiliser, wing, wing centre section, engine cowls etc. I have also glued the steel reinforced spar to the centre section and the outboard wing spares. For this, I'm using HpH's own epoxy glue with a 24hrs waiting time. CA will be used for everything else. This kit is supplied with an amazing set of 'Wet Transfer' decals which contain no carrier film. All that is left on the model after application is the ink. All I will use here though are the stencils, as this model will be finished in a scheme over than what is supplied. For this build, I will depict a Slovakian machine. I've always had a hankering for a Slovakian scheme ever since seeing it supplied with the old Matchbox 1/32 Bf 109E-3 kit. Markings on this will be airbrushed, with masks courtesy of Miracle Masks. The Slovaks operated the A-1, as well as the A-2 versions. This is what I aim to achieve. Stay tuned folks!!
  5. If I had a formula, I'd sell it. I think the only reason I can do this is because I've actually managed the impossible (for me), and that's to become disciplined. 4 to 5 years of mag work has turned me from a 1 model/year guy into a production line. That spare time you spend between tasks is jammed with infill for other stuff. I don't even notice it these days.
  6. Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a/U3 built with AIMS resin conversion and decals Why do I do this? Ok, there will be an update on the 1/32 Fw 189A-1 in the next days, and this is on the runway for completion in a few weeks. Despite this, I still have an open topic for the Sea Hornet that I'm hoping to make progress on in the next months......BUT, how about an infill project? Converting the 1:32 Trumpeter Me 262A-1a fighter into a reconnaissance machine, Me 262A-1a/U3. These were rare machines, with many being converted from standard fighters at Cheb airfield in the Karlovy Vary Region of the former Czechoslovakia. The seed for this project was sown a couple of years ago when a good friend of mine gave me a part of a fuselage stringer from one of these rare machines, shot down, possibly by a Mosquito, whilst in the Cheb area. When AIMS announced a conversion kit, I decided to get this and stash it for future use. This is a fairly simple conversion, and whilst I yet have to get the associated decals for it, I thought I'd plant a flag here, right now and say that I WILL build this one. On top of the resin conversion, I'll be adding the AIRES cockpit and main gear bay set too. This is the basic kit: And these are some photos of the conversion from the AIMS site.....something to aim for!! Hope you like it.
  7. Been a hard day for my postie. Millennium Falcon stuff including pulsating animated Hyperdrive lights (Neopixel), Paragrafix PE, underside lights and gear bay doors. Bandai AT-ST Fisher Models Meteor T.7 conversion for HK Models kit Tirydium lighting set for Moebius 1/32 Cylon Raider (Original series)
  8. Kajetan Schulz of Copper State Models did these as a custom for me, but I think he may have been looking at selling regular. If you're on Facebook, check him out on my friends list and send him a message.
  9. WOW!!
  10. jEsUs!
  11. It's like the transit of Venus!
  12. How is this going? Any test fit stuff to see?
  13. Hi all, My car-door Typhoon is now finished. As much as this kit can punish the senses, I really do like it very much. Watch out for it in the next reprint of the 'How to Build...' book from Doolittle Media:
  14. Beautiful! More fading yet though?
  15. Definitely rivet. It adds some visual interest to a quite bland surface. Should look real good!
  16. The endless hours, days scraping the seams on the cockpit parts due to tooling misalignment, and the cowls. Fitting those is enough to make a saint swear. Two of these, and the second was no easier. Still, it's a kit I love, and I'd easily build another. If this was tooled by another factory instead of those clowns in India, this kit would be perfect.
  17. I love that tail. Looks perfect! How will you cloud/age the canopy?
  18. Work begins! It was discovered pretty early on that DeAgostini screwed up the cockpit cone and as a result, they put a replacement into a later issue. Here you see the original cone, dry fit to the corridor tube. As I also don't plan to build this as per instructions, the lower metal frame will be built first. Once I'm happy with that, and there have been some parts misshapen, then I will add the external cladding. From here I then intend to undo each screw and add a little thread-lock adhesive into there so nothing comes loose later in assembly.
  19. 1:43 Millennium Falcon Well, if you want EPIC, then this has to be the definition. In the next weeks, I'll start to put together an abridged build log for this model. For more info, check here: http://www.model-space.com/us/build-millennium-falcon.html Now, I simply can't build this 'as is'. That wouldn't be sporting...with all that interior detail etc. This will be enhanced further with multiple exterior lights, fibre optics in the interior, as well as lights in the corridors etc. It will also have some 3D-printed additions, as well as pulsating hyperdrive lights to replace the standard blue LED display. There will be other additions, but they are yet in planning stage. A number of mods on here, including some nice Paragrafix photo etch. How does that sound?
  20. The scoops issue is simple to resolve. Here are some comparison photos. The exhausts do protrude slightly in real life, but more than what the kit depicts. With the kit, it is almost negligible.
  21. The exhausts also barely protrude. They are almost flush.
  22. The cowl does indeed need correcting. The two forward facing scoops either side of the main intake....they should have a circular opening. The kit doesn't provide this. Notice how that opening causes a scoop in the cowl, to the front of it.
  23. 1/32 Me 262B-1a/U1 ‘Nightfighters of NJG11 EagleCals - Eagle Editions EC#170 Available from Eagle Editions for $22,50 This new release from Eagle Editions is designed to accompany, although not exclusively, the new Me 262B-1a/U1 kit from Revell, reviewed here. Of course, these will suit the earlier Trumpeter or Hasegawa kit, should you have them at all. A quick note to add here is that whilst this review looks at the 1/32 set, this specific release is also available in 1/48 and 1/72 scales, increasing your options considerably. Check out the Eagle Editions website for this and other Me 262 decal sets. This release is packaged into a re-sealable zip-lock sleeve that contains a single, folded instructions and scheme sheet, plus two decal sheets that are printed by Cartograf. The instructions are colour-printed and the front cover shows the port-side profiles for the THREE schemes in this set. The Me 262B was never a machine that was adorned with a variety of paint jobs. Many of them were very similar with RLM76 upper surfaces that were mottled with a combination of these various colours - RLM02, RLM75, RLM81, RLM82. The undersides were painted RLM22 black, as befitting night-fighter aircraft. Despite the limited variety of options, Eagle Editions has chosen three relatively different schemes from which to choose, including a captured machine that was flown by Watson’s Whizzers after first being surrendered to the British. The three schemes included here are: Me 262B-1a/U1 “Red 8”, W.Nr.110305, 10./NJG11 Me 262B-1a/U1, “Red 10”, W.Nr.110635, 10./NJG11 Me 262B-1a/U1, “Ole Fruit Cake”, W.Nr.110306, Watson’s Whizzers The last machine is quite interesting in its history, Originally operated by NJG.11 and previously identified as “Red 9” or “Red 6” (more than likely the former), this aircraft had a FuG 350Zc Naxos passive radar fitted in the rear cockpit, and the lower cannon barrels were extended. Please check references with this particular machine. The Luftwaffe surrendered this aircraft to the British as Scheswig in May 1945, where it was given the code FE-610. Applying the same scheme, this aircraft could always be modelled as it was in British hands, but you would need to sort the code yourself. Images of the this aircraft in British hands will provide you some important camouflage tips for completing this under American colours. Inside the instructions, the three profiles are given in more detail, specifically for decal placement, and decal options are given for the starboard “Red 10” where it is possible that a different style and proportional of number was applied. Another nice are the multiple W.Nr and numerical code decals that are printed slightly differently, with good to sloppy alignment, to reflect how these were applied at this late war stage. Opening the instruction sheet up fully, you are supplied with notes for each scheme, with details as to colour application, plus historical and reference notes. On the opposite page, line drawings are supplied to indicate stencil locations. The last page of the instructions contains colour illustrations for the upper and lower surfaces, with notes for decaling. These illustrations are perhaps a little less aesthetic that the side profiles, and should be used in conjunction with photographic material for when it comes to scheme application. TWO decals sheets are supplied, printed by Cartograf as I mentioned earlier. The first sheet contains the American markings and nose art, German codes and Werknummers, plus a full suite of stencils and various dashed walkway lines. This sheet is divided into sections for clarity so you know exactly what you need for a specific scheme. The second sheet contains the German national markings, including swastikas. The latter are printed in two parts to as not to offend the sensibilities of at least one European country. These have the centres separate to the main outline, so that the larger portion will easily allow you to correctly place the decal. Decal printing is excellent, with nice glossy, solid colour that has been thinly printed. Carrier film is minimal and registration is perfect. Of course, depending on scheme, it is possible to build more than one of these machines from this set, ignoring stencil use. Conclusion A hard subject to tackle for the best of researchers, this Me 262B-1a/U1 decal set does cover a number of bases when it comes to the extra options available for some of the decals, leaving the ultimate decision to the modeller, whilst offering a rationale for their inclusion. These schemes also represent probably the most variety in schemes for this aircraft, with one German machine with entire upper RLM76, and the other with splinter camo wings. Of course, the American option provides that unusual element to this set. Coming from Eagle Editions, you know that the research here will have been thorough. Highly recommended. My thanks to Eagle Editions for this review sample. To purchase directly, click HERE
  24. Hi folks, In its old incarnation, LSM was operating on an old legacy system software system that would no longer be supported from April this year. The removal of support meant that critical updates and patches would no longer be available. That would of course compromise our community. The decision was made to do this major upgrade to v4 of IPB. This was something that we needed to liaise with the provider over, and the changes are quite radical. We implore you to play with the system and look around before posting questions regarding changes. There is nothing you can break, so go explore. We have far more features with this software, than ever before, and more possibilities to exploit. Notice we ditched the darker appearance in favour of something more appealing. If you like further simplicity, then there is an 'alternative' theme that can be accessed from the bottom of the page. You will notice that one legacy from the conversion are the extra line breaks (spaces) in between paragraphs and in your signatures. With the signatures, please can you edit them and remove those spaces to condense them, or they will look ugly. Enjoy the site and get dome modelling work posted here! LSM TEAM