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  1. Hi everyone, This one will fit in just right for this group build, AIMS Ju388 L1 conversion set for the Revell Ju88. Surely I will finish my Me410 first as I've said many times before. It's just that I'm rebuilding my man-cave at the moment and can't build models in the mean time. Anyway, the finish line is in sight on that project, so I hope the be modelling again soon. I will make a post in the general forums on the new man-cave in the 'show us your workbench' sub-forum. Seeing that I still have a year from now on, I'm confident that I will be able to pull of this conversion in time for this GB. This will be the starting point . Cheers, Wouter
  2. OK, this is a good excuse to drag this one off the shelf of doom. I did some preliminary work on the cockpit on this bad boy a couple of years back and then put it back in the box and it hasn't seen the light of day since. I'll have some shots up by this weekend.
  3. 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.
  4. Date 24th October 1940 Location Gilze-Rijen Airport - The Netherlands Squadron 3./NJG2 Pilot Fw. Hans Hahn Hans Hahn was born on 9 February 1919 at Rheydt in Rheinland. Hahn trained as a bomber pilot and was assigned to a Kampfgeschwader in January 1940. In May, he sank a 4,000 BRT freighter off Dunkirk. Shortly thereafter, Hahn transferred to the Nachtjagd. Hahn was posted to NJG 2 on its formation in September 1940. Feldwebel Hahn was assigned to 3./NJG 2. He gained his first victory on the night of 24 October 1940 on an intruder mission over England shooting down a RAF Whitley twin-engined bomber as it took-off from Linton-on-Ouse. He gained considerable success operating over England in the intruder role being awarded the Ritterkreuz on 9 July 1941 for 11 victories, the first night-fighter pilot to receive this decoration. His success did not come without cost.On four occasions he returned to his base at Gilze-Rijen with his Ju 88 operating on one engine only. On one occasion he returned with a British balloon cable wrapped around one wing. Leutnant Hahn was slightly injured on 31 July 1941 when his aircraft crashed on take-off from Gilze-Rijen. He shot down a RAF Wellington twin-engined bomber over Scunthorpe on the night of 16 August 1941 but debris from the bomber hit his aircraft putting one engine out action. Once again he had to bring his aircraft back to base on one engine. On the night of 11 October 1941 he attacked a RAF Oxford twin-engined trainer over Grantham. During the attack his aircraft collided with the target and he perished with his crew in Ju 88 C-4 (W.Nr. 0851) R4+NL. Hans Hahn was credited with 12 victories. All his victories were scored on night intruder missions over the Bristish Isles. I've been awaiting a moonlit evening for sometime now. On the occasions previously its been too windy or raining to risk taking the model outside. Last night the sky was clear and no wind, but still nerve racking having to balance it on a small table 3ft in the air! Camera on a tripod, ISO 200, Manual exposure and focus and shutter speeds from 8 to 20 seconds. I'll get some proper studio type shots before the GB finishes. Aaron
  5. Here's my entry to the build. Its the same one I was going to do for the Junkers GB but ran out of time. Revells 88A-1 AM bits for it New AM bits just added! CMK exterior set (I want to show the dinghy to break up the black) Profimodeller's ladder and pitot Revells boxing of the ICM kit (same model half the price!) Vulcans Motorcycle and sidecar And finally Tanks figure which is pretty close to the pose in the pics! I started last weekend and will post up the progress pics where I'm up to later on Aaron
  6. Tease Revell A-1 kit, Aims and CMK conversion sets and decals, RB belts and Master barrels Aaron
  7. A few weeks ago I began working on a Ju88 conversion using AIMS parts. One of the parts needed to be replace. One email with attached photo to John @ AIMS resulted in a prompt and quick resolution by John. He was ready to ship replacement part (across the pond) at no cost to me. I took this opportunity to secure another conversion set and accessories. I had a ton of layman Ju88 questions and it was obvious John was very patient and he clearly answered each and every one my questions. My replacement parts, new conversion and accessories arrived as expected and I am ready to start on my upcoming Ju88 conversion. With the upcoming Ju88 GB you may want to check out the offerings at AIMS, they have some really nice stuff. Conversions, accessories and decals. Johns expertise and patience was most appreciated. I highly recommended John and AIMS for excellent resin quality and customer service. I will be a repeat customer. Cheers Pastor John!
  8. 1:32 Junkers Ju88: A, C, D and G variants AIMS Available directly from AIMS Models Although they make resin upgrades and decal for a variety of Luftwaffe subjects in all three of the main scales, AIMS are really synonymous the Junkers Ju88 in 1/32 scale. With the arrival of Revell's ground breaking Ju88 A-1, AIMS were able to bring to the market not only decal sheets for this most versatile of Luftwaffe bombers, but also a series of ever more ambitious resin conversions. They cover many different variants, from the relatively simple C-6 conversion, through a whole raft of G series nightfighters, to seemingly crazy projects like the Ju88 Mistel. Interestingly, the one conversion they didn't offer was the A-4, which is surely the most common variant and offers the most possibilities. For that, you would have had to pay more than the price of the kit again for the L'Arsenal resin conversion - which crucially offered a replacement canopy in clear resin rather than the dreaded vacform (!). This conversion, although excellent in quality, is thankfully about to be made redundant with the imminent appearance of Revell's Ju88 A-4 kit. The advantage of such a mainstream release is also that it should help to bring a whole raft of additional aftermarket out of the woodwork. So with that especially in mind, let's take a look at these decal sheets. The quality of all three is excellent. In general, no fuselage or wing crosses are supplied, unless they are non-standard; however, swastikas are provided in whatever format is required (Revell do not provide them due to German law). One feature I particularly like is that references are cited, so if you want to hunt out the picture of your modelling subject, you can do so. This is especially useful if you want to draw your own conclusions about camouflage or markings. The only thing I would have liked to see was a word on each aircraft (where applicable) about bomb racks and ordnance - if this was visible in some photos it should ideally have been mentioned. AIMS 32D008 Junkers Ju88 A-4 / C-6 / D-1 C-6 <-+- Stab ZG 1 Geschwaderkommodore Erich von Selle, Lorient March 1944 Standard splinter scheme, although possibly RLM72/73 instead of 70/71 is mentioned. von Selle was a Battle of Britain fighter ace with seven kills. Early armoured windshield noted, middle two panes only. Both AIMS and CMK offer C-6 nose conversions, but these only work on an A-4 airframe if I am right, so you would still need L'Arsenal's conversion, or the forthcoming Revell kit. A-4 5K+BP of 6./KG 3, Ukraine 1942 Standard splinter, yellow fuselage band and underwing tips, yellow spinners. Interesting for text (engine number) with 'V' underneath on outside of engine nacelles - exceptionally rare. C-6 5K+ET of 9./(Eis.)/KG 3 Lt. Udo Cordes, Poltava 1943 Renowned 'locomotive experte' - that's train buster to you and I - Cordes' aircraft displays 81 victories on the tail fin. Unknown armoured windshield, yellow theatre markings plus winged wheel logo next to KG 3 Blitz emblem. A-4 7T+FH of 1./KG 77, September 1942 Ship killer this time, with eight ships on tail fin. Standard splinter scheme, white fuselage band; shown with cannon (MGFF?) in front of gondola. A-4 F1+DP of 6./KG 76, Russia 1943 Full whitewash with yellow theatre markings, but described as having engine change so green nacelle - unclear whether this refers to both engines or not? D-1 7A+LH of 1.(F)/121, Libya 1943 All over RLM79, white theatre markings. Reconnaissance D conversions available from both AIMS and L'Arsenal. Distinctive white bird (goose?) of the Aufklr units below cockpit. AIMS 32D009 Junkers Ju 88A-4 / A-6 / A-17 /C-6 / D-1 This decal set is very much for the 'modelling experten': AIMS' G-series conversion is not for beginners, and the majority of the paint schemes will take some considerable airbrush skills to pull off. D-1 T5+GL of 3 (F) Aufkl.GrObdL, Luga 1942 Full whitewash with yellow theatre markings; unusual Japanese 'rising sun' unit insignia which should really stand out against white fuselage. FuB12 antenna moved further aft due to cameras fitted aft of the bomb bay. A-6/U PN+MT of KG 54, Mediterranean, 1943 Black undersides apart from engine cowlings (possibly reflection?), standard splinter topside with RLM02 or 76 Wellenmuster (elaborate squiggles). Late style rear canopy, possibly with MG131. Radar antennae arrays in front observation window and on fuselage spine - you really will need to consult the refs for this plane unless you already possess a number of similar photographs. A-4 B3+AM of 4./KG 54, Catania 1943 Possible A-14 variant given MGFF in front gondola. Standard RLM79 topside, but with sparse RLM80 and unknown light colour wavy lines; underside full RLM80 Wellenmuster. C-6 F8+RY 14./KG 40, flow by Oblt Kurt Necesany, Bordeaux 1942 New style camouflage of RLM 76 and an unknown light grey cover fuselage, only partially covering topside with old splinter still prominent - should make for a striking aircraft. Rack antenna fared over with perspex. Necesany was killed in combat 14th February 1944. A-17 3Z+JT 9./KG 77, Southern Europe 1943 Splinter camouflage virtually invisible under very heavy Wellenmuster topside; RLM80 used on undersides. You will need RATO underwing rocket packs for this torpedo bomber, but no FuG200. C-6 4R+AS 8./NJG 2 Hptm. Fredrich Tober, January 1944 FuG220 in nose, with schrage musik MG151s located mid fuselage. Depicted with two tone mottle, colours not listed. AIMS 32D010 Junkers Ju 88A-4 / C-6 / D-5 A-4 9K+AS 8./KG 51, NikolajewCrimea 1942 Fairly standard A-4 in splinter with yellow theatre markings, but with red spinner and yellow nacelle rims. Large KG 51 Edelweiss emblems either side below cockpit. D-5 T5+BU Wekusta ObdL 1, Bad Zwischenahn, 1942 Interesting variant: metal VDM props, early shapes spinners and Jumo 211 J1 / J2 engines. No ventral gondola fitted, and MGFF cannon fitted in front glazing. Instructions mention extra windows were added in cockpit floor (where gondola was), and that some D-5s were fitted with original rudder of A-1 / A-5 series, but no indication whether the information applies to this aircraft. A-4 3Z+AC Stab.II/.KG77 Hauptmann Heinrich Paepcke, Malta 1942 Standard splinter but with what looks like RLM79 and RLM76 in large blotches on fuselage; unclear as to exact coverage due to only partial photographic reference. Paepcke was Gruppenkommandeur of II./KG 77, and was KIA over Malta on 17th October 1942. C-6 R4+BH 1./NJG 2, El Quasaba 1943 The first of two all black NJG 2 aircraft , this one operating out of El Quasaba, North Africa. A-4 R4+CK I./NJG 2 Oblt Jakob, Catania 1942 All black aircraft; of note is fact that the eagle in the NJG 2 badge faces forward on both sides. C-6 D5+AV II./NJG 3 Oblt Gunther Koberich, Grove 1943 RLM65 or 76 base, with light mottle. Single B stand and late style armoured windshield, with FuG202 Lichtenstein radar. Unit badge in unusual outline only style. Conclusion There is great variety in these decal sets, and the quality is very high. The information provided for each aircraft is useful, but perhaps not as complete as it could be. However, this is because the variations and permutations for the Ju88 are simply more numerous than for say a particular type of Bf109. That AIMS have provided the references used in each case makes up for this in my opinion - you can get the books, see the photos and decide for yourself. The G-series conversions are not for beginners, but with the arrival of Revell's A-4, a good proportion of the aircraft in these sets should be much more easily attainable. Highly recommended. With thanks to AIMS for the review set. To purchase directly, click THIS link. Nicholas Mayhew
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