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seiran01

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  1. Available soon from Luftkrieg 1919 will be a series of new 1/32 figures, all based around an alternate post-WWI history featuring real pilots of the era. Richard over at Luftkrieg 1919 has been kind enough to send pre-release review samples of the first six figures (Thank you, Richard). At the time of writing, I do not have item numbers for the figures, but I expect they will all be in the LUFT32xx format. You may notice some of the resin pour stubs feature the Aviattic logo - Luftkrieg 1919 is an Aviattic side project that will be branded separately going forward so I expect future items will probably have the 1919 logo. The figures are: Lieutenant Amelia "Angel" Airheart Lieutenant George "Buck" Crawford Gruppenführer Hermann Göring "The Beast Of Berlin" Staffelführer Walther Karjus "The Claw" Zeppelin Fleet Commander Peter Strasser "Der Valkyrie" Zeppelin Flight Deck Re-fueler Otto Mars "The Giant" Individual figures are detailed below. On the whole, these are all superbly-cast figures and the sculpted facial details bear close resemblance to photos of the real people depicted. There are carefully thought out back stories for each character that come together in Luftkrieg 1919's overall concept. I encourage you to explore the Luftkrieg 1919 website to read more of the storyline and get a sense of future releases. All are very highly recommended. Lieutenant Amelia "Angel" Airheart Her 1919 story line is not yet available online but it's clear she is a pilot in the Polish Kościuszko Squadron. The figure is sculpted in uniform, aiming a pistol with both hands. Lieutenant George "Buck" Crawford Crawford was a real American pilot who flew with the Polish Kościuszko Squadron, and I believe his aircraft is a decal option on Aviattic's forthcoming Ansaldo A1 Balilla kit. The figure is cast in 5 pieces and posed with pistol in one hand. The pose appears to me that he is running and turning to shoot behind/beside him. Gruppenführer Hermann Göring "The Beast Of Berlin" Göring has been sculpted in his flight suit and crash helmet, and is posed in such a way that he'd look great in a "real" setting, standing next to a white Wingnut Wings Fokker D.VII. Arms are down at his sides, but the figure has a somewhat aggressive appearance, almost as though he's flexing his muscles for a fight. Staffelführer Walther Karjus "The Claw" Karjus was originally a a German observer pilot who was injured and ended up with a rudimentary prosthetic arm. He then managed to train as a pilot and fly with von Richtofen, later commanding Jasta 24 in the closing months of WWI. Luftkrieg 1919's story line "upgrades" his simple prosthetic arm to a mechanical one connected to his tendons. I get a "phantom of the opera" vibe from where his story line appears to be headed... This figure is posed yelling and shaking a robotic fist skyward, while his pilot crash helmet and goggles hang down in his left hand. The detail on the arm is especially nice, and I can't wait to see how it looks painted. Zeppelin Fleet Commander Peter Strasser "Der Valkyrie" Strasser was in charge of the entire Zeppelin fleet during WWI and was responsible for them becoming a weapon of terror. He would also occasionally fly on the raids himself and was killed when his zeppelin was shot down in August 1918 - the last airship bombing raid. Luftkrieg 1919 has uncovered some little-known history and it turns out that Strasser survived the shoot-down with serious injuries and bad burns. He now commands a force of massive zeppelin aerial refueling airships that refuel and rearm smaller fighter planes aloft. His face is disfigured from the burns and he walks with a crutch made from part of the truss from the Zeppelin he was shot down in. Again the figure is a four piece affair - head, body, and arms. One arm is cast with the crutch and the other hand holds binoculars. The face is a bit gruesome but very nicely sculpted with exposed muscles on the left side of the fact. This is another figure I can't wait to paint. Zeppelin Flight Deck Re-fueler Otto Mars "The Giant" I can't find information on Otto but apparently he was a wrestler on Coney Island before heading to Germany and serving as a mechanic in WWI. According to Luftkrieg 1919, Otto Mars then became a re-fueler of aircraft flying off the massive Wotan zeppelin aircraft carrier. The figure has been cast in five pieces - body, arms, head, and a separate fuel funnel. Otto wears what appears to be a thick cold weather flight suit. In one hand appears to be a fuel pump, and in the other, a crash helmet with what appears to be an oxygen mask. There are several wrenches in a thigh holster that have nice detail also. Two holes are present in the figure's back which I expect may be for some sort of restraint - it's got to be icy operating thousands of feet in the air on a wooden flight deck! The figures are all shown below (photos courtesy of Richard @ Luftkrieg 1919), along with Luftkrieg 1919's new 1/16 scale Kati and Yumiko figures, and Aviattic's 1/32 Götterdämmerung figure set.
  2. 1/16 Scale Leutnant Kati Otersdorf “Die Fledermaus” from Luftkrieg 1919 Item Numbers LUFT1601 "Smoking" & LUFT1602 "With Spandau Gun Trophy" Luftkrieg 1919 is a new company out of the UK with a common theme among their planned release subjects: an alternate history immediately following the First World War, where conflicts continue. The first releases from the company are in 1/16 scale: two figures based on history with a bit of science fiction thrown in for good measure. Leutnant Kati Otersdorf is one of these, and is available in two versions: either depicted holding a cigarette or holding a 1/16 Spandau gun. The Spandau gun is also available separately from Luftkrieg 1919 as #LUFT1603. Ltn. Otersdorf has been sculpted by Patrick Masson for Luftkrieg 1919, artwork is from Guillaume Manuel, and the overall concept is the product of Richard Andrews. In a nutshell, her backstory is that she was a former love interest of Manfred von Richtofen who became a night-transport-turned-night-fighter pilot. The figure and gun come in zip-lock bags inside a small plastic box, along with a packing peanut to ensure nothing moved and got damaged during transit. It is apparent that Luftkrieg 1919 is paying more attention to details than simply releasing a product. My shipment contained a postcard-sized print of the character which appears to be designed with an aged look to resemble a century-old photograph. A tri-fold colour brochure was also included, containing not just Ltn Otersdorf’s story but concept artwork and reference photos of such items as the Pour le Merit medal (aka the Blue Max) and a WWI pilot’s crash helmet. A total of eleven resin parts make up this set - eight for the figure and three for the gun. A glove is held in Kati’s right hand and the builder has a choice of left arms - one holding a cigarette, and one holding the muzzle of the Spandau while it rests on the ground. In other words, the difference between the two versions available of this figure is the inclusion of the Spandau. Examining the resin parts, the detail looks superb and consistent throughout. The figure has been sculpted wearing a Pour le Merit and flight suit with harness and crash helmet. An optional scarf blowing in the wind is also included. Sculpted straps on the harness and crash helmet contain very nice buckle detail and D rings. Kati’s helmet appears to have been styled after German air crew’s crash helmets, with “bat ears” added on. Examining the resin pieces, I found no casting imperfections or air bubbles, and only a hint of flash is present. The Spandau gun has been designed in CAD and the master 3D printed, it is licensed from Gaspatch who has made a name for themselves making highly realistic 3d-printed guns and turnbuckles in several scales. Comparing the gun to photos, it appears that all details have been captured, and not out of scale. The cooling jacket of the gun is thin and hollow, barrel and muzzle details look great as well. My one point of note is that the leather padding on the rear of the gun breach has faint layers, a result of the 3D printing. This is noticeable if you look closely, but I expect it will not take more than a coat of Mr Surfacer or one to two minutes of light sanding to hide. Considering the levels of detail, clean casting, and secure packaging, you can't go wrong with this release. I was not familiar with Partick Masson’s sculpting before viewing these Luftkrieg 1919 sets, but it’s clear that he’s among the best. Additional releases in various large scales will follow in the coming months and while I've been sworn to secrecy on the subject matter, I encourage you to explore the various pages on the Luftkrieg 1919 website to read the well thought-out story line so far and get an idea of where future releases are headed. Highly recommended Review sample was generously provided by Luftkrieg 1919 , my thanks to Richard Andrews. The assembled figure with LUFT1602 on the left holding the Spandau and LUFT1601 on the right with a cigarette.
  3. Albatros Tow Dio

    And the Marienfelde as she looks right now:
  4. Albatros Tow Dio

    This is a project I started about 6mo ago when Richard released the Marienfelde lorry and I'm hoping to finish the darn thing in the next 6! Another photo from the same day: I'll be using the Pheon Albatros volume 3 sheet, though I'm considering changing which specific aircraft I'll be using from the sheet, maybe red/white to add some more colour. In addition to the Aviattic Marienfelde and Wingnut Albatros, I'll be using some 3d-printed crew figures from shapeways, a nearly-ready base from ODG studios made to my dimensions which will depict a street with streetcar tracks alongside a trench. Paul Keefe has mastered the base which will be available from ODG studios in coming months, it looks absolutely superb and allows for many potential displays from multiple time periods. I'm told the rail lines match the gauge of the Mini Art trams. To make the Albatros look a bit busier, I'll add Bo Monroe's 3d-printed Albatros fuel tank (possibly wheels as well), HGW belts & resin seat, Barracuda intake manifold, Taurus valves/lifters/timing gear, and HGW photo-etch for the engine. And finally, the progress as it stands on the Marienfelde and Albatros. The Marienfelde is about 95% complete at the moment, it needs some final smart parts added plus and some touch-up work. For the Albatros, I've removed the inner wing stubs from the lower wings and glued these to the fuselage sides. I've also removed the nose cowl ring from one side and will shortly do the same to the other side. No other work has been completed on the Albatros.
  5. AEG Shark Mouth in Hangar

    Cheers Jeroen, I have two lates and an early. I'm planning to convert the 2nd late to the G.IVk heavy-armour version and the early to the G.IVb with the longer wingspan and 1,000kg bomb This photo represents a test of base colors for Aviattic's night lozenge and the lozenge printed on white decal paper. Comparing to wartime photos, the lozenge looks superb as-is and over a base of white paint but not quite dark enough for what I'm wanting to do on this build. The AEG on display in Ottawa is much darker with the lozenge, hence this test. To my eyes, a blue-ish grey darker than xf83 and lighter than xf18 will be what I'm using for the base coat.
  6. AEG Shark Mouth in Hangar

    Forgot, also will be using HGW seat belts and possibly their engine PE set
  7. AEG Shark Mouth in Hangar

    Since I've been toying with this display anyway, why not make it official? Late AEG G.IV with the famous shark face, posed in a small hangar like the one in the photos below but probably without bomb damage. Build will use the following on the AEG, and other items are all yet to be determined. Aviattic night bomber lozenge Aviattic wheels Gaspatch Parabellums - two, no rear-upper gun on this night bomber Gaspatch and Albion Alloys turnbuckles - my first time ever using turnbuckles, I'll be experimenting with both to determine which I prefer using, will be interesting as Gaspatch ones look far too big to scale for my eyes. Gaspatch Anemometer EZ Line for rigging The AEG has been started as you'll see below. I'm off to go with on blending in the rib stitching and hopefully start painting the fuse today.The commanders seat was modified to be shown stowed away. For the most part, the wash I've been using is an acrylic Games Workshop wash. The acrylic nature has it a bit thicker than an enamel or oil wash which means it's not soaking into unsealed flat paint and has helped me complete the interior quicker in the little time I've had for hobbies lately.
  8. HK Models Lancaster

    Awesome! For a model that big, they'd almost be better off 3d scanning a surviving Lanc to get all the panels etc faster. Kitty Hawk did this recently with a few things and I don't think they're the only ones.
  9. That's the nicest box art I've seen on any kit since the Wingnut late AEG sunset takeoff
  10. I think you missed a spot... Just joking, glad to see some more progress on this, it looks very nice!
  11. HK Meteor and Pheon decals

    Very nice! Is that stand out of a tamiya prop kit?
  12. Strange I see them in photobucket but not here now too. Have just re-uploaded, can you guys see them now? Fuselage was cut with room to sand/cut backwards to get best fit of the new front section
  13. A journey of a thousand... uh, rivets (?)... starts with some cutting! After confirming with Paul Fisher which panel lines to cut on, the nose was disconnected faster than Michael Jackson's after sunbathing too long (too soon? ) Since the only piece to worry about in the rear fuselage assembly was the rudder, it too is now assembled and what's left of the fuselage is glued together. Not using the 757 for scale, I just felt like showing it off. Maiden rules!
  14. Holy crap, gorgeous! Yes this should be kitted
  15. I'll be using this spot to convert the beautiful Meteor Mk.4 kit to a T.7 trainer using the Fisher Models conversion due out in Feb/March 2016. The build will be OOB aside from the conversion and sourcing any numbers/letters for the markings as needed. This will go as WL400 or WH206 - one of the two RNZAF-leased T.7's that we used on Cyprus from 1952-1955. It's a bit of a boring paint scheme - overall high-speed silver with yellow fuselage and wing bands, small serials and what appears to be very minimal stenciling. Photo and info from http://www.adf-serials.com.au/nz-serials/nzmeteorT7.htm
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