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  1. "Members of the 25th Fighter Squadron demonstrate what Close Air Support is all about, from the seat of an A-10C." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4LOGfuuugc&feature=youtu.be
  2. You get both a Felixstowe 2a and a Hansa-Brandenburg W.29(!): http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/608AA6CB2F8125DDA31A424D035A5BEA
  3. In no particular order... Nieuport 28 SPAD S.XIII Albatros D.III
  4. Appreciate the feedback guys! Here are couple pics with it in Dunkelgelb. I used a primer coat of AK Interactive's Primer Black (awesome stuff), then applied AK Interactive's RAL 7028 Dunkelgelb.
  5. Added a couple Fireflies (plus metal barrels) to the growing armor stash...
  6. It has been a while, but at least I have been busy. And now I am finally ready for an update... Here are some pics of the mostly complete panzer (as far as assembly). I still have to assemble the tracks, permanently attach the road wheels and sprockets, add the tow cables, and attach the spare track links to the front of the hull: On to the painting... Speaking of which, I have decided on a scheme: a tri-color Pz.IV G from the 20th Pz.Div. in 1943. So, no schürtzen but it will have the L/43 gun. Hopefully, the next update will be sooner rather than later. (It has to be; my M48A3 is languishing on the shelf waiting to be finished.) Thanks for looking!
  7. Not a lot of progress, but made it through Step 3 and have some pics to share... I should have more soon, especially since most of the tedious, repetitive work is complete (wheels & sprockets & related). That is, until those crazy magic tracks.
  8. Great start, James! Have you picked out a scheme?
  9. Wow - I appreciate all of the interest, guys! I love the scheme illustrated in the box art as well, and I may go with that one (schürtzen and all ). But then again, I really want to do a three tone scheme so I can take advantage of the new-fangled AK Interactive German War Colors (1937-1944): http://www.ak-interactive.com/DetalleProducto.aspx?idDetalle=AK560&Pagina=./Productos.aspx?iPage=0&CCat0=010000&CCat1=010020&CCat2=010022&iPxP=21#.Uz_rT_ldU1I Bison Decals has a few schemes in one of their releases as well, but I want to stay in the box as much as possible. Speaking of in-the-box, the part count is indeed insane, but I think most of them can be attributed to the magic tracks. I've never used magic tracks before; they look like they were made to drive a man insane. So, I may go with some aftermarket tracks. Anyway, I should have some actual progress to post later this weekend.
  10. I've decided to build DML's Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G Apr-May '43 Production (6594): There are ten different schemes to choose from, and I have no clue which one I am going to pick. I do need to decide before adding the barrel since a couple schemes L/43. Currently, I'm leaning towards the L/48. Bigger is better, right? There's also choices to be made in turret type and schürzen: Yes or No?
  11. That Pz.IIII L does look sweet. I thought about going with DML's Tiger I Initial Production [6600] which is in my stash, but as noted above, thought that Tigers would be well represented. So, I went with the Pz.IV G. Speaking of which, I need to create a thread for it...
  12. I'm all in for this group build with DML's Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G Apr-May '43 Production (6594): There are ten different schemes to choose from, and I have no clue which one I am going to pick... In the meantime, here is a good review with multiple pics: http://www.modelarmour.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1400:dragon-pzkpfwiv-ausfg-apr-may-43&catid=37:kits&Itemid=60
  13. Tamiya makes the Mk. III/IV with three NA schemes, and there is at least one aftermarket markings option available for Soviet schemes: http://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/ech352018.htm
  14. Is the reward for completed entries, or just entries? I would assume the former... as an aside, I do plan to get back to my Fokker VII build.
  15. My buddy just sent me this link, and I thought what better place to share it... The collection includes 92 manuals in total. They display in the browser, or you can print/download each manual. Lots of great research material here: http://www.scribd.com/collections/3745342/Luftwaffe-Manuals-1939-1945
  16. Appreciate the comments, guys! It's been a while since the initial post, but here is a minor update - I should have another one soon... First is my initiation into wood grain painting with oils over acrylics. I relied heavily on Dave's outstanding walk-through in the Tips forum (Thanks, Dave!). One very minor adaptation to the tip: instead of a round brush I used a fan brush. The wood grain, unfortunately, does not show well in the photo but it's there! I've also been keeping close watch on Jeroen's Fokker, which has not only been inspiring but also educational. I am totally taking advantage that he has a nice head start on me. I also used the decals for the linen fabric on the back wall, except mine are in lozenge ... I originally painted the fabric a doped linen color (XF-57 Buff?) then masked off the panels and painted the support bars, which was tedious to say the least and had some flaws due to paint seepage. Hours later, I am re-reading the instructions and realize there are kit supplied decals, and I totally went with those. They fit like a glove: The next update should include the seat with cushion & belts, combined with the rest of the cockpit in Step 1. Thanks for following.
  17. I've never built a WWI kit before, so I'm going wade in from the shallow side of WWI kit building and avoid the rigging for now. The build will be mostly OOB, but this is a WNW kit and a WNW kit isn't exactly gimped. In addition to the Fokker D.VII (OAW) kit, I am including the HGW textile & PE seat belts (laser cut), as well as Master's Spandau LMG 08/15 barrels. I also picked up Kagero's Legends in Aviation in 3D book: "Fokker D.VII: The Lethal Weapon," which should really cut down my time spent Googling. I have always loved this scheme (from WNW's Fighting Fokkers, part 4):
  18. Before this review, I had almost zero interest in the 219 (Revell's or Z-M's). Now, after reading this outstanding review, I need to decide which aftermarket items to get in addition to this kit.
  19. I have a strong suspicion that the game World of Tanks is helping drive the new kits being released. This AMX-30B is not currently in the game, but the AMX-50B is (as are the AMX-13 75 and AMX-13 90). Meng's earlier release, the Tortoise, was recently added to the game. Trumpeter has many/most of the paper panzers which are also in game. It doesn't hurt to have many of Dragon's and Trumpeter (and some others I cannot remember) now come with World of Tanks gift cards too. Just theorizing, of course... Thanks for the review!
  20. Reminds me of the Renault R35 "Rat" (which I wouldn't mind seeing in this same scale).
  21. Thanks for the participation guys! I appreciate the comments/compliments too. The HGW harness is really nice, and highly recommended. The one used here is not the pre-cut version, and I would definitely suggesting going the pre-cut route over attempting to carve a straight line. I didn't crinkle them as suggested (I forgot), but I did apply a wash of MIG's Oil & Grease Stain mixture. I'm still trying to get the hang of weathering. So, I am leaning towards 'too little' rather than 'too much' for right now. Anyway, I was able to get some additional work done this weekend such as buttoning up the cockpit and adding the tail feathers. I had to make a decision on the rudder style now, and luckily the votes are trending toward the late (sharper curve at the top) and away from the early (more gently curved) rudder style. (Of course, it also helps most of the markings schemes are late style too. ) Here are some pics:
  22. Hello All! I'm posting my first build on LSM, and I've decided to make it a bit interactive. I've started building the Spitfire Mk VII from Tamiya with only decals and the HGW seatbelts as aftermarket. Speaking of decals... I bought Kagero's Topcolors 18 Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII a while back, which includes many gorgeous schemes to choose from -- unfortunately, I cannot decide which one to select. I do have a few favorites, but I've decided to ask my fellow modellers here at LSM to help me choose. The poll includes all the markings options available in Topcolors 18, and I set the polling to allow everyone to select more than one. Here are the markings in full color (credit goes to Kagero/Barkhorn for the pic and polling text which was borrowed from the post over at LSP): ... and here are the first progress pics. Pics were taken with my iPhone (only camera I have). Apologies in advance.
  23. They roll out the Widow onto the tarmac next to the hanger every year at their WWII Weekend/Air Show. You can get pretty close to it too. I highly recommend WWII Weekend if you can get there (it's much more than a vintage air show).
  24. I've been hitting the F5 key on the Fokker D.VIIF's page like a monkey on crack since Saturday (when the kit was debuting at the Omaka Airshow). Do you think WNW will include the 'Du Doch Nicht' and/or Göring's all-white scheme as a separate decal package?
  25. That's pretty brilliant. Evil genius brilliant.
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