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Watching the pandemic (?) as it progress' , and having plexi fabrication supply , equipment and experience , I was able to take the shield thing a little farther.

Here is a distressed , stabilized , and gorgeous piece of West Coast juniper used to hang a shield for compliance at a local coffee shop:

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Wow, good job !...harv

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Still fiddling with this thing...

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1 hour ago, Martinnfb said:

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Is that the dredid Trup with resin tail ?. Need to see more......harv :popcorn:

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Got the decals onto Little Miss Mischief.

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At which point I realized the tail should be red. Oh well, so much for complete accuracy.:huh:

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I like it !....harv :thumbsup2:

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The decal stage: I started the WNW Albie several years ago...

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Geez..................... you guys haven't been just sitting around ............... the talent here, just blows my mind.... beautiful works....

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2 hours ago, Bill_S said:

The decal stage: I started the WNW Albie several years ago...

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That is beautiful  !......harv

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22 hours ago, GazzaS said:

Still fiddling with this thing...

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Looks great Gaz. You do wonder what they were smoking when they came up with some of these schemes though!?!

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23 hours ago, Martinnfb said:

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That the -17 ?

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Enquiring minds need to know....harv

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Whatever is left of it.  :)

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9 hours ago, GusMac said:

Looks great Gaz. You do wonder what they were smoking when they came up with some of these schemes though!?!

Well, my friend... Let me tell you about my research.  My research started last year.  The first thing I looked for was German heraldry with three black diamonds, because I thought they were black.  After a bit of work, I found a German family from the time of knights that had three black diamonds.   The Coat of arms I found was granted to the town of Burbach by the West German Gov't a while back.

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So, this made the colors black, yellow, and blue...  and our pilot would have been from The Rhein-Westfalen area.  I was content with this for a while, but found the tones of the B&W image inconsistent with these colors.  So, I laid it aside a while.

A year later, I had the WWI aircraft itch again, and I remembered this photo:

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So, I asked anybody over at WWIaircraft models...dotcom etcetera etcetera.  And one of the guys actually got hold of one of those authors who've done a shyteload of those skinny profile books...  and he passed one that it was most likely an OAW machine (built at Ostdeustche Albatros Werke) from Jasta 54, a Saxon unit that had a green and white striped tail that had 5 green stripes.  The picture being taken most likely after the Armistice when Germany had to surrender all of it's Fokker D.VII's.  The photo taken at Saarbrücken.

 

This information, while welcome, caused me to re-ignite the engine of research.  Now I needed a Saxon pilot, though I know there were often Bavarians in Prussian Jastas and vice versa.  But the information on Jasta 54 is pretty slim.  I looked at probably 1,000 German coats of arms looking for three Diamonds.   I found white diamonds, green diamonds, and red diamonds.  The green diamonds were a real possibility, but further research led me to the fact that the coat of arms was granted by the  West German Gov't to an entirely new municipality around a convent.   No good at all!   Researching the Red diamonds, just to be thorough again took me away from Saxony.  A couple other examples of black diamonds did appear, but these all took me away from Saxony.

With all of my searching going nowhere, and frustration setting in, I hit upon the idea to find a list of Saxon cities.  Bear in mind, that Saxony has changed sizes, more than once due to Napoleon and also that little thing we call WWII.  But anyway, I found a list.  So, I called up each city, looking up it's Wappen or Coat of arms.  Eventually, I came to Leisnig.

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So, here was my winner.  But to be certain, I went through the entire list.  Though there were Wappen with black diamonds, they were more related to something like a shire or county and were also newly awarded by the West German Gov't.  Whereas Leisnig's Wappen comes from the 16th Century,

 

Other German schemes come from national flags, and some even from the colors of cavalry and infantry regiments.  And many were to carry the four squares associated with aircraft observers.

 

Now...  it is entirely possible that I am wrong.   But it will have to do.    I like my builds to be somewhat unique.

 

Thanks for reading!

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3 hours ago, GazzaS said:

Let me tell you about my research.

A clear wow to your research and your paintjob as well.

Cheers Rob

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Great to read up on the how and why of your research Gaz.

Carl

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Thanks for the info Gaz. Always amazes me how many hours you can lose when you fall down a little research rabbit hole like that!

Whether it's absolutely historically accurate or not it looks cool. :D

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On 6/17/2020 at 8:09 PM, GazzaS said:

 

This is where I'm aiming:
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Do any Aussies out there ( or Brits come to speak of them ) know why the Australian Army chose to replace their British built 1952 Centurion battle tanks with the Leopard 1s back in 1977. It always seemed odd, that iI could never find this fully explained as to why. Also, but wind back to 1963. Was it a related "political" decision, to opt for French Mirage 111  jets for the RAAF? https://www.raafa.org.au/mirage Ps: I am a Brit, but I do feel free to criticise the old country, especially after living in Australia for so many years and on reading as much local history, well as much as I can get my hands on, be it mostly on post ww2 related nuclear bomb tests here on Australian territories.

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Finished the B-17 this afternoon. I used Aires resin gun barrels to replace the moulded on ones. 

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A nice fun build. 

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Just arrived on my bench...

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20 hours ago, BlrwestSiR said:

Finished the B-17 this afternoon. I used Aires resin gun barrels to replace the moulded on ones. 

Nice, but something is not correctly depicted scale wise, maybe the rivets :rofl:.

Cheers Rob

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