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  1. Hi guys! I am back to working on my Bleriot11 and I thought that I would share the fun of this build.Actually, this airplane is part of a large-scale diorama involving a full-scale Peregrine Falcon woodcarving which I will get into explaining later.Cheers! John.
  2. AERO Line AL 4058 1/48 Pilot figure for BAC Lightning Available for $11.30 or Eur7,90 from Plusmodel. The blister pack contains one 1/48 resin figure of an English Electric / BAC Lightning pilot in 1960's flightgear. This is how the figure looks when unpacked, a fine film of resin "flash" has to be removed. Just breaking away the flash on both sides gives the following result, without me removing the last traces of mould lines: It's evident that the figure is beautifully mastered and cast. It looks quite accurate too, except for one detail which I will highlight later. First have a look at the characterful face: There are no written paint instructions or mention of what colors to use. What is provided is a nice color drawing of a Lightning pilot: Comparing the torso of the pilot to the drawing and some period photos we can see the issue that I mentioned before: the life jacket is not going around the back of the pilot and the inflatable part looks to be too wide as on the shoulders of the figure. Of course it doesn't have to be a deal breaker: The inflatable part of the life jacket can have it's corners softened with some use of a modeling knife or a file, the textile part around the back can easily be made from some putty that figure modelers use to make straps or pieces of textile. The rest of the details like the oxygen hoses look very good indeed! At first I had some doubt on the accuracy of the flight helmet but it has a very good likeness to the Mk.1A flight helmet, only lacking in the widening of the sides for the earphones. The fact that the helmet isn't empty is also accurate, since the Mk.1A was used together with a cloth inner helmet. All in all HIGHLY RECOMMENDED with only the tasks to paint or model the back part of the life jacket and the slight bulges on the sides of the helmet if the modeler wants. I'd like to thank Plusmodel for providing LSM with the review sample! A shot of another two RAF pilots. Slightly different gear since they are bomber pilots on the Canberra:
  3. Bronco Airspeed A.S.51 Horsa Glider Mk.1 Available from many online-stores around £109.99 The Horsa was a troop carrying glider of World War 2 built by Airspeed, a company associated with small trainers and sports aircraft. Designated the AS51 the Horsa was built to a 1940 specification for a 25 seater glider for use by Airborne forces. An order for 400 aircraft was placed February 1941, with fuyll production beginning in February 1942. By this time orders had reached 2345 aircraft. Much of the production was sub-contracted to furniture manufacturers who built the glider in sections and which were transported to Airspeed for final assembly. The Horsa was used by both British and American Airborne Forces in all operations from 1942 to the end of the war. It was also used to carry jeeps and small artillery pieces. The Horsa Mk 1had a wingspan of 27m and a length of 20m, loaded weight was 7,000k. it was normally towed by a four engine bomber such as a Short Stirling or Handley-Page Halifax due to the weight. But the smaller C47 Dakota was often used in large operations as not enough bombers where available. The Kit and Contents. This kit is BIG, the large, packed box screams size. From the thick cardboard box itself, the very well illustrated box top and the large cardboard protective packaging everything is on a big scale with this kit. The contents consist of: 18 regular grey sprues, 3 clear sprues, 1 heavy nose weight in its own protective box, 1 small etched fret, 1 set of self adhesive vinyl window masks, 1 sheet of decals, A really nice piece of artwork that matches the box art (a nice touch I think). There is a lot of plastic here, it took me over an hour to photo it all, and it all looks well cast with no noticeable flash. There are some prominent pin marks from the moulding pins on some of the larger pieces but they do seem to be in places where they will either be covered by other parts and most looks easy to deal with where they are not. The kit looks to have a decently detailed cockpit (moulded in seat harnesses) though I'm sure the aftermarket people will be out with some updates soon. There is also what looks like a very detailed hold space along with a large port side cargo door that can be posed either open or closed along with a smaller what looks like personnel entry door at the rear. The fuselage looks to be built as per the real thing with an inner tube of supports, bracing and floor/roof components. Added to this are the troop seats (again moulded strap detail) and some smaller internal detail parts. The skin of the fuselage comes in large sections and wraps around this tubular core. I imagine the modeller will need to be very careful with this approach as the slightest misaligning of parts will result in a bigger misalignment in the next stages. Onto this the wings and tailpieces fit, along with the pose-able control surfaces as does the large undercarriage. I wonder how strong the undercarriage needs to be to ensure this stays on its wheels but the kit parts seem very sturdy. All external panels are smooth and Ive seen some criticism for this as some period pictures show noticeable deformation around the frame of the aircraft. I can see both sides of this and personally I'd rather it wasn't there and do some work myself to reproduce it if I see it necessary at the time. There are plenty period photo's around should the modeller wish to replicate this. The painting guidance and decals exist for 3 versions of the aircraft. Two UK RAF and one US D-Day airframe, there doesn't seem to be any guidance on differences in the build or fit of the aircraft depending on the theatre. Guidance is in the instructions for the width of the painted on invasion stripes in 1/35th scale, which I think is a great feature. The Sprues The 18 sprues are as follows. Sprue A (x1) This sprue contains the Tail parts of the aircraft including the fuselage sides for the tail, the pose-able rudder and the support struts for the horizontal tail surfaces themselves. Sprue B (x1) This sprue contains the upper fuselage and wing spar parts along with some of the outer body panels. Sprue C (x1) This sprue contains the majority of the cockpit parts along with some internal bracing for the wing structures. Sprue D (x1) This sprue contains the bulkheads for the inner fuselage parts. Sprue E (x1) This sprue contains the horizontal tail surfaces and pose-able control surfaces for the tail parts. Sprue F (x1) This sprue contains some more internal bracing for the wings, outer fuselage skin parts and some undercarriage parts. Sprue G (x2) These contain further cockpit and fuselage pieces along with some of the troop seats. Sprue Ha (x1) and Hb (x1) These are the wings. Large mouldings of both wings split in the usual upper/lower piece manner. Sprue J (x1) This contains more internal bulkheads and some further fuselage pieces. Sprue K (x1) This contains more floor pieces along with parts for the large port side cargo door. Sprue L (x1) This contains the large wing control surfaces. Sprue Ma (x1) This is the bracing for the Undercarriage. Sprue Mb (x1) This is the large, one piece cockpit canopy structure. Its very clear and looks to be free from defects and anomalies. Sprue Mc (x1) and Sprue Md (x1) This is the side windows for the fuselage sides. A further, very small bubble window and smaller side window. Sprue N (x1) & Sprue P(x2) Sprue N is further bulkheads and some side panels for the fuselage. Sprues P are further parts for the interior including parts for the cargo seats. Etch Fret P (x1) This small fret has some straps for the pilots cockpit and some small bracing for the cargo seats in the rear of the aircraft. The Window Masking and Decal Sheet The Window masking is for the main canopy itself and the various windows on the side of the fuselage. These are laser cut vinyl and are self adhesive. I can see these being a big part of the build given the size and prominence of the cockpit windows themselves. The Decal sheet looks well produces, in good register and seems to have all the necessary markings and national insignia. The schemes are: RZ108 of RAF 'Operation Overlord', France, 6th June 1944. PW773 of RAF 'Operation Mallard', Normandy, France, 6th June 1944. RF141 of USAAF 'Operation Overlord', Normandy, France, 6th June 1944. The Instructions Sheet. This is really well printed on glossy paper. Its illustrated really well and they are really clear and easily readable. They are black and white, except for the external colour scheme and in english. All paint guidance is given in MR. Hobby, Hobby Color, Humbrol and Tamiya. The Schemes that are presented on the decal sheet are all presented on the last 3 pages of the Instruction Sheet. The Nose weight. There is a nose weight included. This is very hefty and comes in its own cardboard box to protect the other parts from it rattling about in the main box itself. Conclusion. I think this kit will fly off the shelves. Bronco and a few other manufacturers, Tamiya included, have already released a number of Airborne figures, vehicles and small artillery pieces that will look great with this kit in a diorama. The only figures that may be difficult to source at this time are the pilots but Im sure someone will remedy that soon enough. The only quandary I have is how to build this, either as a Bronco loading up with personnel and equipment, or as a crashed example with the pieces of the fuselage scattered in a field and the occupants escaping from the site. One thing that will drive this for most I am sure is space to keep and Display it. At almost a metre in wingspan and almost as long in the fuselage this will be difficult to find space for even once you have discarded that box. For those completely without space issues can you imagine this being 'towed' behind the upcoming 1/32 Lancaster that has been announced recently by HKM? That really would be something to see. Overall I'd say really highly recommended, especially if like me you like the idea of mixed aircraft, armour and personnel dioramas. One last bonus us the artwork supplied below, its a really nice touch and would look good in a decent frame.
  4. http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/product?productid=3112 So what do you think guys, is this the before mentioned DFW or something absolutely new? Maybe Albatros C.III, C.I? Dave surely knows, but will not tell even under hard interrogation or torture
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