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  1. 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
  2. Gi Guys, It has been a while sins I have been on the site. But I am to restart my conversion of the Hasegawa Fw-190 D-9 into a D-11 with a Renaissance conversion for a D-13. I was building this in the Arrow Wolf'sFocke Wulf GB in 2013/2014. When I was doing a Fw-190 A5 on a other site did I came across this model again. So I picked this one up as well and do a duo build there. I will start here the update as well. Here are some pictures of the model how she was before the restart. the box. The decals from Eaglecals The Renaissance conversion set. And some pictures of the old build. And now the pictures of what has been done last week. I painted the cockpit tub. What a great looking set is this from MDC. The tub was put into the fuselage. The seat still needs to be done.But I will do that later. After the tube was placed wasit time to cleane up all the seams on the wings and the tail. That done was it time to mate the wing to the fuselage. That is it for now. I hope to set further next week. Cheers,
  3. Jumping into the 1945 GB with my most "liked" fighter aircraft, the Fw 190D series and I have not built one since the early 1990's and those were the Trimaster kits in 48th scale. So, I have decided I need to build one for the collection in 32nd scale and why not go for the "Hot Rod" of the D's, which would be the D-13. I am utilizing the Hasegawa 1/32 D-9 and picked up the resin D-13 conversion set from Grey Matter Figures, which includes a resin replacement fuselage with the changes incorporated for the D-13. As Yellow 10 still survives today plenty of reference on the aircraft is available and it wore a wickedly cool camouflage scheme so that is the A/C I am going with. Also, using the Aires cockpit and wheel set, and I am really excited to try out the HGW Positive Rivet set as I have seen some remarkable results done with these.
  4. Hi Guys, Here is a build of a 1/32 Hasegawa Fw-190 A5 into a A5/U12. I builded it in the colours of a ace of the western front. He flew this plane at 2./JG11 in the Autumn of 1943. on 8 October 1943 he was shot down in this plane and was heavy wounded, but he recovered and flew in the last period of the war on Me-262's with JV44 from Adolf Galland near München. He did survive the war. The U12 stands for Umrüstungssats 12(conversion 12). The conversion are two gun packs with both 2 MG 151/20 in it. They are meant to deal with the American bombers that got in a big force over Germany. This also increased the armament of the A5 to 6 x 20 mm guns and 2 x 7,92 mm MG 17's. I have also used on this build a wheel set from True details, some gun barrel tips from a left over set from Master and a resin seat from ??? The gun barrels for the 20 mm guns were all made from brass tubing. Here are some pictures of the model. Cheers, Arnold
  5. Erich Hartmann's mount. Completely OOB. Gunze aqueous paints, thinned with Gunze leveling thinner. Testor's acryl flat coat. Delightful build with no reportable vices!
  6. Hasegawa's 1:32 P47D "Slick Chick" 368FG/395FS. Slick Chick will get plenty of love with AM belts/wheels/blast tubes/bombs and some scratch build action on IP/gunsight/ignition wires and M10 bazookas. I started this as a double build last March. Slick Chick took a back seat to the Russian Jug (WIP and Finished) as I wanted to figure out the M10 Bazooka build. Just was not happy with the bazookas I raided from my Trumpy P47N. I have found a build solution for the M10's so here we go. Some images will look familiar from the Double Jug thread, enjoy. Aftermarket items include: Eduard Belts for Slick Chick Barracuda Wheel set Hasegawa brass Blast Tubes Kits World decals for Slick Chick I put "Slick Chick" in the bin to work on the Revell Bf109G6 late August. Now she's on the prowl and is looking for a party. Follow these threads and catch up on "Slick Chick" WIP. General fit seems pretty good with no issues projected on seams, wing roots...however ENGINE MOUNTS During test fit a glaring issue was the poor fit of the cowling. Basically it is the complete engine/cowling fitting on the fuselage mount. off by about 1mm THE PIT Pit is OOB with exception of Eduard PE Belts. Multiple passes of setting solution needed to get the IP decal to settle. FIXING HIDEOUS Replacing the really thick hideous gunsight.. Cut from 0.13mm clear styrene, scored then folded. Color me happy. Paint crash pad and all done. THE DOCTOR IS IN carefully removing the engine mount after fuselage is glued and cured, the one piece canopy (I'm using the two piece option for both final builds) is very handy to protect the pit during surgery... using 1.6mm styrene angle 3 pieces are cut and glued, port and starboard sides are easy to position however, the critical bottom piece is dropped 1mm. initial test fit (with complete engine parts) shows an acceptable fit... a final test fit of engine mount then... add a .05mm styrene card placed to recapture space lost from the "saw off" and give the repositioned engine mount some glue area... engine mount positioned and glued... styrene card shows "saw off" recovery... and the final fit is good...
  7. So after a bit of hassle with the wheel covers and alignment(still don't think it's 100%, but not much scope for adjustment)I'm calling this one finished. It's built OOB apart from Eduard belts, acetate gunsight and Techmod decals. Not a bad kit considering its age, but there were some issues with the canopy framing being poorly defined, particularly the rear section which is pretty much DIY. Anyway, here are some pics: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IXc, 306 (Polish) Squadron, F/Lt Jozef Zulikowski, RAF Northolt 1942.
  8. I never learn. Building two kits at once takes at least three times as long as building them one at a time, but whatever; the Mosquito is more of an experiment, right? I wanted a grey/green Spitfire to go with my Mk.1, and since I've been a bit Beaufighter curious for a while, when I saw this I thought it would be rude not to get it: I believe the Spitfire dates from the '90's, and comprised relatively few parts, and pretty sparse interior detail. This won't be much of a problem with a closed canopy though: With the exception of some seatbelts, this will be OOB (really this time), although I'd like to finish it without invasion stripes, so I've got some alternative decals in the pipeline. An hour of cleaning up the parts allowed pretty much the whole model to be assembled with Tamiya tape, with very little evidence of any significant gaps or fit issues. One of the cannon fairings had got broken in the box, but a bit of work with a drill and brass pin will soon fix that: A decent 1:72 Spitfire is always a good model to build...
  9. This aircraft was reportedly seen in a derelict condition at Phenian (Pyongyang) airfield by Soviet ground crew around 1950. The story is certainly not beyond possibility as there were many Japanese aircraft left in Korea at wars end, with photographic evidence some being pressed into service with the North and South. I based the colour scheme on the North Korean Tachikawa Ki-54 that was captured probably at Pyongyang. The kit itself is showing it's age, although it's not that bad. I only had trouble with the fit of the windscreen which too some mucking about. The mix of raised and engraved surface detail is accurate and quite nice. Humbrol Matt 27 steel and Tamiya Khaki drab are the main colours, sealed with some future with an oil filter of white and yellow applied. I added to that with different coloured pastels, MiG pigment and a black chalk wash for the under surface. I yellowed out the canopy with a make up brush and Tamiya weathering pigments. Decals came from some MiG 15 decal sheets. The base is the case of an old clock, glued together and painted with a cheapie rattle can of black. The dirt is grout left over from bathroom repairs, spread around over the base then flooded with water from an eyedropper and left to harden. I added some MiniNature grass tufts and couple things from the spare box to fill a hole.
  10. Hasegawa's P47D Bubble Top was used for Frank Perego's mount "Slick Chick". Overall a sound kit and fun build with only issue being having to lower the engine mount by about 1mm. See my WIP log. BUILD DETAILS Alclad II - various shades Gunze and Valliajo used throughout Flory's Wash Thinned brown & black wash followed by Alclad II Semi Matte overall MiG pigments for dirt, exhaust, powder burns on blast tubes and ordnance weathering Added various wires & plumbing in R2800, cockpit, wheel wells, landing gear and bombs Aftermarket items Eduard bomb fins/belts, Hasegawa brass blast tubes, Barracuda wheels Scratch built the M10 bazookas, K14 glass, oxygen hose, fuel lines on drop tank and static wire With flaws too numerous to mention this build yielded some great lessons as my skill-sets continue to evolve. Thank you all for your encouragement and support during this build. June will be dedicated to rebuilding my bench and setting up new photo table.
  11. Does anyone out there have any line drawings of the F-5E aircraft flown by the Mexican Air Force (FAM) during the 1970's? These aircraft had modified LEX extensions, and a unique fin extension to the vertical stabilizer. I plan on modifying the venerable 1/32 Hasegawa kit, and I want to get it right . I already have the correct ejection sea, FAM decals, and the kit. The unique shark nose is available from Sprue Brothers. I appreciate any help offered. Sgonzo
  12. Finally done... I´m not 100% satisfied, but that´s life... thanks for moral support in "in progress" section!
  13. First entry for the Arrow Wolf Fw 190 GB complete. 1/32 Hasegawa kit with following upgrades: EagleParts cowl cover EagleParts cowl ring Quickboost guns Quickboost exhausts Eduard instrument panel Finemolds seat belts Paint is Mr. Color (what is else there?) The RLM 74/75 on the wings and horizontal stabs is based on the info in Jerry C.'s (fantastic) Vol. 2 on the D-9. Markings are a combination of Montex masks and the kit decals (stencils). The mask for the slogan ("Verkaaft's mei Gwand I foahr in Himmel!") didn't work out so I had to use the kit decal which didn't get the spelling quite right. Hopefully Heino will forgive me! Not much to say about the kit, it goes together beautifully, really a trouble free build. Pilot figure is Z-M. Thanks for looking! Mike
  14. I had this kit laying in the stash for years. Dad bought it at a swap and sell for the drop tanks and then gave it to me, but it was missing the spinner. Fortunately Wumm was able to send me a replacement and Iain sent me some decals for Israeli Mustangs he wasn't going to use which probably saved it from being turfed into the bin (because I don't normally build older kits). I scribed some surface detail including dzus fasteners and knocked back all the raised rivets and panel lines. I did consider putting a resin cockpit in, but for the price, it just wasn't worth it. It's not a bad older model and although being surpassed by the Tamiya offering, if you're on a budget you can generally pick this kit up for 20 bucks at a swap and sell. As for white 19, it was shot down by ground fire over the Sinai peninsula in October 1956.
  15. This model was my first foray back into aircraft modelling again, and was the second model I'd used an airbrush in anger on. This is still one of my favourites.
  16. The end of WW2 pretty much saw most of the empires of the world fall and the Dutch East Indies was no different. Fueled by 3 years of occupation by the Japanese, who actively encouraged nationalistic sentiments, Indonesia declared independence just two days after the Japanese surrender on August 15th. The result would be a rather nasty conflict that was rather unflattering for the Dutch, who eventually recognised Indonesian Independence in December 1949. There were many Japanese aircraft left in Indonesia at the end of the war and as many as possible were quickly snapped up by Indonesian forces, who managed to gather a surprising amount of serviceable equipment. In early 1946, Dutch intellegence reported 14 Ki-61's were operational with a further 4 unserviceable aircraft, but it is thought that 6 aircraft were acquired with only 1 serviceable. The Dutch called the Ki 61 'Mustang Jepang'; Japanese Mustang. They would have been a formidable opponent for a Dutch Kittyhawk, less so for the Mustangs. Aside from this water colour painting, this is all the information known of these aircraft.
  17. As I was trying to find some Dutch Courage before starting Dragon's Bf 109E-4, I got cold feet because I want to build that bird with as much engine detail as possible. Since it has been too long since I finished a model I decided to have a go at Hasegawa's Bf 109F-4/Trop in Marseille's markings. To make sure I concentrate on "clean building" and the paint finish, I decided to build it according to IPMS-UK "Standard Kit" rules. Otherwise known as "Straight From The Box". I even plan on using the kit decals. IPMS-UK rules allow the use of aftermarket decals (won't be using them), the addition of (aftermarket) seat belts and the addition of rigging and radio wires. Sooooo..... Because Dave J is busy with W,Nr. 10137, I'm happy that I had already decided to build W.Nr. 8693! You know, the one with the red rudder... Please feel free to chime in with tips & tricks or if you think I made an error in accuracy. I learn from constructive criticism and although it might not be feasible anymore to correct something (or I just decide not to... ) it'll sure be a heads-up for my next project. And besides, it'll add to the value of the WIP as it isn't unthinkable that in the future an innocent new modeller finds this thread through a search machine and learns some new things! So, don't hold back! Although one compliment in ten criticisms would be appreciated by me... Hasegawa's box-top. Mine has Shigeo Koike's autograph... Sounds smug, I know, sorry.... Okay, know your subject. I have Lynn Ritger's books on the Bf 109, but since it isn't practical or legal to copy what he writes on the Bf 109, here follows what can be found on Wikipedia on the Bf 109F: "Compared to the earlier Bf 109E, the Bf 109F was much improved aerodynamically. The engine cowling was redesigned to be smoother and more rounded. The enlarged propeller spinner, adapted from that of the new Messerschmitt Me 210, now blended smoothly into the new engine cowling. Underneath the cowling was a revised, more streamlined oil cooler radiator and fairing. A new ejector exhaust arrangement was incorporated, and on later aircraft a metal shield was fitted over the left hand banks to deflect exhaust fumes away from the supercharger air-intake. The supercharger air-intake was, from the F-1 -series onwards, a rounded, "elbow"-shaped design that protruded further out into the airstream. A new three-blade, light-alloy VDM propeller unit with a reduced diameter of 3 m (9 ft 8.5 in) was used. Propeller pitch was changed electrically, and was regulated by a constant-speed unit, though a manual override was still provided. Thanks to the improved aerodynamics, more fuel-efficient engines and the introduction of light-alloy drop tanks, the Bf 109F offered a much increased maximum range of 1,700 km (1,060 mi) compared to the Bf 109E's maximum range of ~1200 km (746 mi). The canopy stayed essentially the same as that of the E-4 although the handbook for the 'F' stipulated that the forward, lower triangular panel to starboard was to be replaced by a metal panel with a port for firing signal flares. Many F-1s and F-2s kept this section glazed. A two-piece, all-metal armour plate head shield was added, as on the E-4, to the hinged portion of the canopy, although some lacked the curved top section. A bullet-resistant windscreen could be fitted as an option. The fuel tank was self-sealing, and around 1942 Bf 109Fs were retrofitted with additional armour made from layered light-alloy plate just aft of the pilot and fuel tank. The fuselage aft of the canopy remained essentially unchanged in its externals. The tail section of the aircraft was redesigned as well. The rudder was slightly reduced in area and the symmetrical fin section changed to an airfoil shape, producing a sideways lift force that swung the tail slightly to the left. This helped increase the effectiveness of the rudder, and reduced the need for application of right rudder on takeoff to counteract torque effects from the engine and propeller. The conspicuous bracing struts were removed from the horizontal tailplanes which were relocated to slightly below and forward of their original positions. A semi-retractable tailwheel was fitted and the main undercarriage legs were raked forward by six degrees to improve the ground handling. An unexpected structural flaw of the wing and tail section was revealed when the first F-1s were rushed into service; some aircraft crashed or nearly crashed, with either the wing surface wrinkling or fracturing, or by the tail structure failing. In one such accident, the commander of JG 2 "Richthofen", Wilhelm Balthasar lost his life when he was attacked by a Spitfire during a test flight. While making an evasive manoeuvre, the wings broke away and Balthasar was killed when his aircraft hit the ground. Slightly thicker wing skins and reinforced spars dealt with the wing problems. Tests were also carried out to find out why the tails had failed, and it was found that at certain engine settings a high-frequency oscillation in the tailplane spar was overlapped by harmonic vibrations from the engine; the combined effect being enough to cause structural failure at the rear fuselage/fin attachment point. Initially two external stiffening plates were screwed onto the outer fuselage on each side, and later the entire structure was reinforced. The entire wing was redesigned, the most obvious change being the new quasi-elliptical wingtips, and the slight reduction of the aerodynamic area to 16.05 m² (172.76 ft²). Other features of the redesigned wings included new leading edge slats, which were slightly shorter but had a slightly increased chord; and new rounded, removable wingtips which changed the planview of the wings and increased the span slightly over that of the E-series. Frise-type ailerons replaced the plain ailerons of the previous models. The 2R1 profile was used with a thickness-to-chord ratio of 14.2% at the root reducing to 11.35% at the last rib. As before, dihedral was 6.53°. The wing radiators were shallower and set farther back on the wing. A new cooling system was introduced which was automatically regulated by a thermostat with interconnected variable position inlet and outlet flaps that would balance the lowest drag possible with the most efficient cooling. A new radiator, shallower but wider than that fitted to the E was developed. A boundary layer duct allowed continual airflow to pass through the airfoil above the radiator ducting and exit from the trailing edge of the upper split flap. The lower split flap was mechanically linked to the central "main" flap, while the upper split flap and forward bath lip position were regulated via a thermostatic valve which automatically positioned the flaps for maximum cooling effectiveness. In 1941 "cutoff" valves were introduced which allowed the pilot to shut down either wing radiator in the event of one being damaged; this allowed the remaining coolant to be preserved and the damaged aircraft returned to base. However, these valves were delivered to frontline units as kits, the number of which, for unknown reasons, was limited. These cutoff valves were later factory standard fitting for Bf 109G and K series. ArmamentThe armament of the Bf 109F was revised and now consisted of the two synchronized 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 17s with 500 rpg above the engine plus a Motorkanone cannon firing through the propeller hub. The pilot's opinion on the new armament was mixed: Oberst Adolf Galland criticised the light armament as inadequate for the average pilot, while Major Walter Oesau preferred to fly a Bf 109E, and Oberst Werner Mölders saw the single centreline Motorkanone gun as an improvement. With the early tail unit problems out of the way, pilots generally agreed that the F series was the best-handling of all the Bf 109 series. Mölders flew one of the first operational Bf 109 F-1s over England from early October 1940; he may well have been credited with shooting down eight Hurricanes and four Spitfires while flying W.No 5628, Stammkennzeichen SG+GW between 11 and 29 October 1940. Bf 109F sub-variants F-0, F-1, F-2Bf 109 F-2/Trop. As the DB 601E was not yet available in numbers, the pre-production F-0 (the only F variant to have a rectangular supercharger intake) and the first production series F-1/F-2 received the 1,175 PS (1,159 hp, 864 kW) DB 601N engine driving a VDM 9-11207 propeller. The F-0/F-1 and F-2 only differed in their armament; the F-1 being fitted with one 20 mm MG FF/M Motorkanone firing through the engine hub, with 60 rounds. The F-1 first saw action in the Battle of Britain in October 1940 with JG 51. The most experienced fighter aces like Werner Mölders were the first ones to fly the first Bf 109 F-1s in combat in October 1940. A total of 208 F-1s were built between August 1940 and February 1941 by Messerschmitt Regensburg and the Wiener Neustädter Flugzeugwerke. The F-2 introduced the 15 mm Mauser MG 151 cannon with 200 rounds. The Motorkanone was supplemented by two synchronized 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 17 machine guns mounted under the engine cowl, with 500 rpg. As the harder-hitting 20 mm version of the same gun become available, a number of F-2s were retrofitted with it in the field. About 1,380 F-2s were built between October 1940 and August 1941 by AGO, Arado, Erla, Messerschmitt Regensburg and WNF. No tropicalized version was built, although individual F-2s were retrofitted with sand filters in the field. The maximum speed of the F-1 and F-2 was 615 km/h (382 mph) at rated altitude. F-0 (Pre-production aircraft built from E series airframes, Adolf Galland was one of the few to fly one operationally) F-1 (Armed with 1 × 20 mm MG FF/M Motorkanone cannon and 2 × 7.92 mm/.312 in MG 17 machine guns) F-2 (Armed with 1 × 15 mm (.59 in) MG 151 cannon and 2 × 7.92 mm/.312 in MG 17)F-2 trop (tropicalized version, only as field conversion) F-2/Z (high-altitude fighter with GM-1 boost, cancelled in favour of the F-4/Z) F-3, F-4, F-5, F-6 Bf 109 F-4. The 1,350 PS (1,332 hp, 993 kW) DB 601E was used in the F-3 and F-4 model together with a VDM 9-12010 propeller with broader blades for improved altitude performance. The DB 601E was initially restricted to 1,200 PS (1,184 hp, 883 kW) at 2,500 rpm; however, the full rating of 1,350 PS at 2,500 rpm was cleared for service use by February 1942. The DB 601E ran on standard 87 octane "B-4" aviation fuel, despite its increased performance; while the earlier DB 601N required 100 octane "C-3" fuel. Only 15 examples of the F-3 are believed to have been produced by Messerschmitt Regensburg between October 1940 and January 1941. Like the F-1, the F-3 was armed with the 20 mm MG-FF/M and two 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 17s. From the F-4 onward, the new 20 mm Mauser MG 151/20 with 200 rounds was used as the Motorkanone. The first F-4s reached frontline units in June 1941. Production lasted exactly a year between May 1941 and May 1942, with 1,841 of all F-4 variants produced. Some of the later models were capable of mounting two 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons under the wing in faired gondolas with 135 rpg. These were designated F-4/R1 and 240 of them were produced by WNF in the first quarter of 1942. This optional additional armament was standardized as field kit for later G and K series. A special high-altitude variant, the F-4/Z featuring GM-1 boost, was also built with a production run of 544 in the first quarter of 1942 and saw extensive use. Finally, the Erla factory produced 576 tropicalized F-4 trop in the first half of 1942. Bf 109 F-6. With its initial engine rating of 1,200 PS, the maximum speed of the F-4 (and F-3) was 635 km/h (394 mph) at rated altitude; and with the clearance of the full rating of 1,350 PS, maximum speed increased to 670 km/h (420 mph). F-3 (As F-1 but with 1350 PS DB 601E engine, produced in limited numbers) F-4 (As F-2 but with DB 601E engine, 20 mm MG 151/20 "Motorkanone" cannon replacing the 15 mm MG 151)F-4/R1 (As F-4, but capable of mounting two 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons in underwing gondolas) F-4/Z (As F-4, high-altitude fighter with GM-1 boost) F-5 (Recon version of F-4, only one prototype known) F-6 (planned but not built)" So, this ends tonight's history lesson. Now I'll have a cup of coffee after which I'll continue with Jochen's office... Tomorrow I'll post some pics of "Gelbe 14" under Fair Use policy ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use) that I found on the internet and share my ideas on the pilot's seat of the Bf 109F-4.... S
  18. Ok, so the P-47 Work Lunch Time project is annoying the hell of of me... I seem to be spending all my time sanding, filling and rescribing at the moment and I feel that I am getting no where with it! So I need to build some thing that is nearly shake and bake to get my mojo flowing again for the P-47! I been wanting to tackle the Hasegawa K-61 Tony for a while now... so I am going to do it now! I am also going to throw some AM at it too, I have the following - Aires Cockpit Set Quickboost Undercarriage Covers Wolf Pack Exhaust set Wolf Pack Ki-61 Tei Conversion Hasegawa Barrel set Scheme is going to be Commander Teruhiko Kobayashi, of the 244th Sentai of the Tokyo Defenders.
  19. Hi! I have already started this kit a long time ago, and stopped. Now I have the opportunity to start again and conclude the kit. At first, I would like to thank you for the chance to finish my kit in this GB. To begin, a little history: Adolf Galland (1912 - 1996) Generalleutnant JG27, JG26 e JV44 705 combat missions (280 in Spain) 104 victories (35 on England, 7 w/Me 262, 47 Spitfires) Hurt in action at the end of the war (26.04.1945) Adolf Galland is probably the most known Luftwaffe pilot of WWII. Not because of number of his kills, but special kind of charisma , a characteristic for all great aces. He was the youngest general grade officer of either side in World War II, and at age 29, he was more competent in aerial combat, strategy and tactics than many of the experts nearly twice his age. As a fighter pilot he was credited with 104 aerial victories. He was also famous for making a lot of modifications to his Bf 109 fighters. He enhanced their fire power, installed better pilot armour and, a cockpit cigar lighter! He was born in Westerholt, a small village in Westphalia on 19 March 1912. His father was an administrator of private lands and properties. Adolf was the second son, after Fritz. His younger brothers were Wilhelm and Paul. These two younger brothers followed Adolf into the Luftwaffe fighter forces. However they were not as lucky in combat. Paul (17 victories) was killed on 31 October 1943, mistakenly shot down by another pilot of JG26. Wilhelm (54 victories, Knight's Cross) was shot down a year later. Since childhood Adolf Galland was fascinated by aviation. He started building model aircraft when he was 12 years old. When he was 16, he began glider flights. In 1933 Galland realized a dream when he received his first pilot's license. During training in 1935, he crashed in a Focke-Wulf Fw-44 biplane and he was in a coma for three days. He had serious skull fractures, a broken nose, and a partially blinded left eye from glass fragments. His commander, Major Rheitel, an aviator from the First World War, assisted him during his recovery and getting back into flying. He returned to air duty, but a year later he crashed again, this time on Arado Ar-68. Galland again spent a lot of time in the hospital. In 1937 he volunteered to go with a group of German pilots for service in the Spanish Civil War. In this group were other future aces like Hannes Trautloft, Wilhelm Balthasar, Günther Lützow, Eduard Neumann and Hajo Herrmann. They arrived in El Ferrol on 7 May 1937. Galland became a squadron leader in the Legion Fighter Group, equipped with Heinkel He-51 biplane fighters. Lützow led a squadron of the newest Messerschmitt Bf 109Bs. Galland entered action over Brunete in July 1937. He flew over 300 missions as a leader and he was awarded the Spanish Cross in Gold with Diamonds, only awarded 12 times in Spanish history. In 1938 he returned to Germany. Having great experience, was ordered to begin the organization of Luftwaffe ground attack units. At the beginning of WW II, Galland flew in Poland in the Henschel Hs 123, until October 1, 1939, performing ground attack missions and proving the dive-bombing concept. For his efforts Galland was awarded by Iron Cross. Next, he was assigned to JG 27, commanded by Oberst Max Ibel. During the French campaign Adolf Galland scored his first kills on 12 May 1940, when he went with Gustav Rödel on a mission. Galland shot down two "Hurricanes" from 87th Squadron in two sorties. He had 12 victories by 9 June 1940. When "Battle of Britain" started, Galland was assigned to JG26 Schlageter as Gruppenkommandeur of III/JG26. His debut in that unit was very successful: he shot down two fighters on his first mission. On 18 July 1940, he was promoted to Major and a month later (on 22 August) he received the Ritterkreuz (Knights Cross) after his 17th victory. During the "Battle of Britain" his score increased rapidly, and on 25 September he was decorated with the Oak Leaves (for 40 kills) by Hitler. Galland also succeeded Gotthard Handrick as Kommodore of JG26. On 1 November 1940, he scored his 50th victory and was promoted to Oberstleutnant (lieutenant colonel). One month later he became a full colonel. Galland experienced being shot down himself on 21 June 1941, when JG26 was stationed at Pas de Calais. The Germans attacked Bristol "Blenheim" bombers and Galland downed two of them. However, some escorting "Spitfires" shot up his plane. He was forced to belly-land in a field. This same day, after lunch, he went on his next sortie. On that mission he shot down his number 70, but when following the burning "Spitfire", he was bounced and shot up badly. His plane caught fire, and he was wounded. He tried to bail out, but the canopy was jammed. After a dramatic struggle with the canopy, he was able to bail out at the last moment. His parachute opened just as he hit the ground. He was bleeding from his head and arm and he had damaged his ankle on landing. On 2 July 1941 Galland again was in trouble, but that is another story. Please check the text: Adolf Galland and the dramatic air combat July of 1941. On 9 August 1941 Galland 'welcomed' the famous Douglas Bader, who was just shot down by JG26 fighters. At the end of 1941 Galland become General der Jagdflieger ("commander of fighter forces"), and went to Berlin. Gerhard Schoepfel became Kommodore of Galland's beloved JG26. On 28 January 1942, Hitler awarded him again, this time with the Brillanten (Diamonds). Galland still was at the rank of Colonel, but in 1942 he was promoted to General, then General Leutnant. He was enthusiastic about the new jet fighter project, and he gave great support to the Me 262 program. However, the protracted development time and Hitler's idea to turn the aircraft into a bomber "Schwalbe" slowed the entrance of this revolutionary fighter by a year. In January of 1945 Galland and other officers (Lützow, Johannes, Steinhoff) had a notorious confrontation with Göring over the performance and future of the Fighter Arm. Galland was removed from his position and even arrested and threatened with a court-martial. Eventually he was allowed to organize a special jet unit using the Me 262. He created Jagdverband 44 a unit with most experienced pilots. His 'recruiting' officer, Steinhoff, traveled to all of the major bases, selecting pilots who wanted join to new adventure. Some very famous pilots joined over a period of weeks: Gerhard Barkhorn, Walter Krupinski, Heinz Bär , Erich Hohagen, Günther Lützow, Wilhelm Herget. The newly organized unit flew several missions with varying success. Some aircraft used the anti-bomber R4M rockets. During his first attack with rockets Galland, with Walter Krupinski as a wingman, attacked a group of American B-26 "Marauders". Galland's rocket attack knocked down two of them. In his last aerial combat in WWII, Adolf Galland took off on 26 April 1945. During an attack against Marauders his rockets would not fire, so he had use the 30 mm cannons. His Me 262 was hit by return fire from a rear gunner. The Allied bomber withstood Galland's fire. When Galland turned to finish the bomber, he was surprised by a P-47D flown by James Finnegan. Shells from the P-47's eight 12,7 mm guns destroyed Galland's instrument panel, shattered the jet's canopy, and struck his right knee. With his plane losing power and in great pain, Galland returned to his base, arriving just at the moment when a strafing attack by enemy fighters was underway. He successfully landed and escaped the wreck of his Me 262, avoiding the fire of the straffing attackers. After war Galland was invited by Juan Perón to help build Argentinian Air Forces. Here he established a training and operations school, developed tactical training program. In 1955 he returned to Germany. Adolf Galland, a holder of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, died in 1996. This will be the plane to be represented in this GB: Now the kit: This model has been around for a while and features finely molded raised panel lines and rivets. Nevertheless, the kit is correct in the rivets and screws. The kit will need to have the panel lines totally rescribbed, but preserving these details. The cockpit is weak and the engine needs some scratch. Exhaust shall be by resin. The cockpit will be made in resin and / or PE. When I started the kit, i had these accesories: Now, the previous work: First, I cut the flaps and slats: The original wheel bay is at least ridiculous: The resin wheel Bay: The engine, assembled. As I had mentioned, the engine is poor. We will have to improve a lot ... At first, I removed everything that was on the side and upper cover, to rebuilt in scratch: Below, I will not do anything, because I intend to leave closed: I decided to remove the compressor to facilitate the work on the block: Then I started to create the spark plug wires (two per cylinder) and the main cable that connects all them to the magnets. Here the spark plug holes: I had an idea to make the screws. I made a thinly stretched sprue and made a half ball on each piece, to simulate the screw head: So did the drilling of the screws on the block and cover: Here, the bonding method of the screws with cyanoacrylate: Here, the service done with all the screws stuck and the engine mounts, in scratch: Here the photos of the engine painted and with some details: Here the actual status of the wings: The reason to stop the kit is to wait to receive some aftermarkets. Here in Brazil, the mail takes up to two months to deliver a package coming from the United States. When they arrived here I was in another project and then I've been waiting another opportunity to continue the job. Until now... These are the new Aftermarkets purchased to improve the kit: Soon, the updates!
  20. My entrie for the build is Hasegawa Bf109 F-4 Trop kit.. Will be of Hans Joachim Marseille F-4Trop W.Nr. 10137... I will throw some Eduard Belts at it and Aires Pit at it... So lets get it started!! Cockpit details grinded off with a Demel Test fitting the Aires pit... its a few mm's to short... Kit part to show the difference... Plan of attach it to cut of the mounting points and push the Aires pit into place and CA it! Panel Line on the wings are filled.. so are the hatches etc... These damn kidney inserts again! I hate these and the damn seam on the cowl! This time I have sanded the back of the insert down and used Mr Surfacer to fill in the gaps... I am sure that I will have more problems with them later!
  21. This photo popped up on another modelling forum beginning of 2012... Once I saw it, I had to do this scheme! Bf 109 G-2, WNr 10436 Oberfeldwebel Wilhelm Schilling, 9./JG 52, Siverskaya, Soviet Union, September 1942. There is no Decal Sheet available for this scheme, so it will be done via a mixture of custom made paint masks and decals... I will be using the Promodeller G-4 Trop kit and back dating it to a G-2 I started this again in beginning of 2012 while my family was overseas for 4 weeks... but for some reason it got stuck on the shelve for some reason... Since its so close to being done, I need to resurrect it and finish it! Started off grinding off all the detail in the Cockpit to fit the Aires pit... Its for a Trumpeter kit, but all the mounting points seem to be the same as a G-6 pit for a Hasegawa kit Sprayed RLM 66 using Mr Color Lacquers All the items that need to be painted different colours received a base coat of white, this was done using Tamiya acrylics. All the components picked out using a fine brush Some Airscale Placards were added to make the pit "busier", Everything was sealed with a gloss clear and then given a oil wash. Once dry a coat of Alclad Kear Kote was sprayed on to tone everything down... A normal HB pencil was used to add scratches and wear in areas.
  22. 1/32 Focke Wulf Fw190 A-5 'Nowotny' Hasegawa Limited Edition Series Catalogue #08224 Available directly from Hobby Easy for £30 As you expect with Hasegawa, after they release a newly tooled kit, there will be a few different variants or Special Editions planned in their future releases... One of the latest Limited Edition releases from Hasegawa is a interesting one! This boxing covers two Fw190 A-5's, of the Luftwaffe's 5th highest ranking ace, Walter Nowotny of Jagdeschwader (JG54) Grünherz (Green Hearts) that were base on the Eastern Front. JG 54 is well known for using non-standard camouflage schemes on their aircraft. Walter Nowotny Walter Nowonty was born in Gmünd, a small town located in Lower Austria on the 7th December 1920. During his younger years he moved to a few different towns due to his father's job as an Railway Official. In his teens, Nowotny was interested in all kinds of sports, he played Football/Soccer for the school team in Waidhofen and in 1937, took first place in the Javelin and third place in the Lower Austrian 1,000 metres track and field championships. For his Reichsarbeitsdienst (Mandatory Reich Labour Service) he joined the Luftwaffe on the 1st October 1939. On the 19th August 1940, he completed his flight training and received his pilot badge and then trained as a fighter pilot at the Jagdfliegerschule 5 located in Wien-Schwechat till 15th November 1940. This was the same fighter school that Hans-Joachim Marseille had attended a year previously. After graduation from Fighter school, Nowotny was transferred to the I./Ergänzungs-Jagdgruppe Mersburg on 16th November 1940, flying fighter cover for the Leuna industrial works (Oil Factories). Nowotny was posted to the Ergänzungs-Staffel of Jagdeschwader 54 (JG 54) on 1 December 1940. Nowotny flew a Messerschmitt Bf109 E-7 "White 2" on his 24th operational mission on 19 July 1941 and claimed his first two enemy aircraft kills, both Polikarpov I-153, over the island of Saaremaa.. He was shot down in the same engagement by the Soviet Ace Alexandr Avdeev. Nowotny spent three days in a dinghy in the Gulf of Riga, until finally being washed ashore on the Latvian coast. For the rest of his combat career, Nowotny always wore the trousers that he had worn during those three days in the Gulf of Riga, for the exception of one day... In 1942, Nowotny increased his tally of victories. Shooting down a further five aircraft on a single day (32nd – 36th victories) on 20th July and seven (48th – 54th victories) on 2nd August. After having downed three more enemy aircraft on 11 August, Nowotny carried out three victory passes over his airfield, despite having sustained combat damage to his own Bf 109 "Black 1". In the subsequent landing, his aircraft somersaulted and he sustained moderate injuries. Nowotny was awarded the Knights Cross on 4 September, after a total of 56 aerial victories. In January 1943, JG 54 started converting their aircraft to the Focke Wulf Fw190. With the new aircraft, Nowotny scored at an unprecedented "kill" rate, often averaging more than two planes a day for weeks on end. As of 1st February 1943, Nowotny, Karl Schnörrer (Nowotny's wingman, since late 1942), Anton Döbele and Rudolf Rademacher, formed a team known as the "Chain of Devils" (Teufelskette) or the Nowotny Schwarm, which during the course of the war was credited with 524 combined kills, making them the most successful fighter team in the Luftwaffe. Nowotny scored his 100 kill marker on 5th June 1943, on his 344th combat mission. By 24th June, he would accumulate a further 24 victories increasing his total to 124. On 21st August, Nowotny was made Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 54. In August 1943 alone, he shot down 49 aircraft, bringing Nowotny's total to 161 victories. On 1st September 1943, he scored ten victories in two sorties, which took his tally to 183. Seventy-two hours later that number had risen to 189, earning him the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves on 8th September. The award was to be personally presented by the Führer, Adolf Hitler, on 22nd September 1943. By this date Nowotny had claimed his 200th victory on 8th September, and on 15th September he claimed his 215th victory, making him the highest-scoring pilot in the Luftwaffe at that time. On 14th October 1943, he became the first pilot in the Luftwaffe to reach 250 victories, scoring it on his 442nd combat mission. Nowotny was celebrating this feat in a Bar in Vilna (Lithuania), when he received a phone call from Hitler himself, announcing that he had been awarded the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, making him the eighth of 27 men to be honoured with award. Nowotny claimed his final two aerial victories on the Eastern Front on 15th November 1943. In total, Nowotny had claimed 255 confirmed kills plus a further 50 unconfirmed, before he was taken off combat duty and sent on a propaganda tour through Germany. In September 1944, Nowotny was made commander of a specialist unit dubbed Kommando Nowotny, flying the newly developed Messerschmitt Me262 Jet out of airfields near Osnabrück, Germany. The unit not only had to contend with the enemy, but also with working through the teething phase of the Me 262 and developing the tactics appropriate for a jet unit. Generals Alfred Keller and Adolf Galland had scheduled an inspection at Achmer on the 7th November 1944. Galland had already visited Kommando Nowotny several times and was deeply concerned over the high attrition rate and meagre success achieved by the new Me 262 fighter Jet. After inspecting the two airfields at Achmer and Hesepe, several pilots openly expressed their doubts as to the combat readiness of the Me 262. The next morning, 8th November 1944, the Generals arrived again at Nowotny's command post and Keller declared that the aces of the past years had become cowards and that the Luftwaffe had lost its fighting spirit. Shortly after this, news reached the command post of a large bomber formation approaching. Four Me 262 were prepared for take-off, Erich Büttner and Franz Schall at Hesepe, and Nowotny and Günther Wegmann at Achmer. At first only Schall and Wegmann managed to take off because Büttner had a punctured tire during taxiing and Nowotny's engines initially refused to start. With some delay, Nowotny took off and engaged the enemy on his own, after Schall and Wegmann retiring from the action after sustaining battle damage. Nowotny radioed that he had downed a B-24 Liberator and P-51 Mustang before he reported one engine failing and made one final garbled transmission back to the airfield containing the word burning. It still remains unclear whether Nowotny was killed due to engine failure or whether he was shot down by USAAF east of Hesepe. In recent years, United States military historians proposed that Nowotny's victor may have been P-51D pilot Lieutenant Robert W. Stevens of the 364th Fighter Group. Many witnesses observed Nowotny's Me 262 A-1a Werk Nummer (factory number) #110 400 "White 8" dive vertically out of the clouds and crash at Epe, 2.5 kilometres (1.6 miles) east of Hesepe The Wehrmacht announced his death on 9 November 1944 in the daily radio report. On the day Nowotny died, he wasn't wearing the "lucky" trousers that he had worn during the three days that he spent in the Gulf of Riga... Hasegawa Plastic The plastic included within this kit is the same as the standard 1/32 Fw190 A-5 kit (ST23), that was released back in July 2004. As you expect with Hasegawa, after they release new tooling there will be a few different variants or Special Editions to follow. Normally these kits will include a few additions to back/forward date it to the required variant required and new decals. Since this kit has been on the market for around for 8 years there are few well documented builds and reviews on the internet, so I will give you a quick rundown on it. The plastic is moulded in light grey and clear plastic with a total of 108 parts spread across 13 sprues. Some of these sprues are the common spures that are shared with the pervious A-8 Butcher Bird and D-9 Long nosed Dora releases. All the parts are cleanly presented without a trace of flash on any of the parts, which feature crisply engraved panel lines on the exterior of the airframe. Cockpit detail is adequate out of the box for most modellers, but modellers that suffer from AMS (Advanced Modellers Syndrome) will wish to add extra detail to this area with photo etch and/or resin replacement parts. The BMW 801 engine is supplied as a single engine circular plug that has both rows of cylinders molded in place. Most of the detail will be hidden away under the cooling fan once the model is finished. Wheel wheels are molded correctly as fully enclosed. Unfortunately there are a couple of injector pin marks to take care of in this area, and on the landing gear covers also. One thing that Hasegawa overlooked with the Fw190 A-5 kit, is that they have included in the incorrect style of tyre and hub. The style of wheel that Hasegawa has included is the later type that is used on A-7, A-8 and A-9 variants. Eagle Editions does a resin replacement for the correct earlier style hub and tyre that is required (Eagle Parts #53-32). Overall shape of the1/32 Fw 190 A-5 is pretty good and keeps most rivet counters at bay. Also another note to keep in mind, that the instructions show the attachment of the FuG 16zy antenna to the underwing... This is incorrect for the A-5, as it wasn't used until the A-7. A single sheet is included that carries the decals for two Nowotny schemes, which include a full set stencils and National markings. The decals appear to be printed thinly in a semi gloss/matt tone. However there are some glossy patches randomly over the decal sheet. Carrier film is a bit of a mixed bag, some of the smaller decals have large areas of carrier film and larger decals have small areas. One of my minor annoyances with Hasegawa decals is that, any areas that should be white are an off white/cream colour... Some of their past releases seem to have this problem solved, but it is not the case with this release. The two schemes for Walter Nowotny are – I./JG54 Kommandeur Hautmann Walter Nowotny, Russia, October 1943 I./JG54 Staffelkapitän Oberleutnant Walter Nowotny, Russia, Summer 1943 So what do we think? Again Hasegawa delivers another fantastic and interesting repop of a past kit! A must for all Large Scale Luftwaffe fans! Highly recommended! Our sincere thanks to Hobby Easy for the review sample used here. To purchase this directly, click the link at the top of the review article.
  23. I never really had a thing for Japanese aircraft till my trip to Tokyo in 2009.... I saw a built up 1/32 Tojo, and loved the forward swept wings on this interceptor... So I had to get one! well two! I used the small bonus photo etch fret that was supplied in Japan's Scale Aviation magazine that is published November 2009 issue on both of them. I also added a small amount scratch detail in the ways of control cables in the cockpit, brake lines on the landing gears, wiring the ignition on the engine and drilling out the tail wheel fork. Interior's was painted using a custom mix of Tamiya acrylics and the bare metal finish was done using Mr Color Super Metallic range. All the unit markings and Hinomaru's are painted on with Tamiya acrylics by using a set of Warpigs Circle Paint Masks, no decals were used (except for the B-29 kill markers). Chipping on the airframe was with a pin and on the propeller was done using a silver pencil. First Scheme is WO Makota Ogawa, of 3rd Squadron, 70th Flight Regiment, Kashiwa Air Field, 1945. Second scheme is 2nd Chutai, 47th Hiko Sentai, Narimasu Airfield