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My P-38G is detailed to look as it would have on the eve of Operation Vengeance. I finished it OOB except for some seatbelts and the antenna. Paints were Tamiya spray aluminium and AK chipping fluid for the chipping followed by Tamiya acrylics. Markings were sprayed on except for the stencils, and "Miss Virginia" markings (note, on the real plane the fonts were not identical on both sides!). I tried to fade the paint and markings on the plane but I kept the paint on the drop tanks relatively clean. This kit was an excellent build though my timidity with weathering stretched the build time considerably at the end. I have two articles for those who are interested. The significance of Miss Virginia at (http://modelairplanemaker.com/2019/08/09/tamiyas-1-48-p-38-lightning-and-significance-of-miss-virginia) and my build of Tamiya's P-38 Lightning at https://modelairplanemaker.com/2020/10/04/1-48-tamiya-p-38-lightning-my-miss-virginia/.
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1:32 Roden Models Albatros D.I scratch-converted into the Albatros D.II flown by 40-victory German ace (and Richthofen's mentor), Oswald Boelcke.
So much time to build, not only because of Covid but I have recently retired from my career in the government.
1:48 Roden Models Airco DH-9 flown by 11-victory English ace John Stevenson Stubbs.
1:48 Karaya resin Aviatik D.II U-Berg. Apparently, this was one of the fastest Austro-Hungarian fighters of WW1. It was essentially a Berg D.I with a shorter cantilever bottom wing and very little rigging.
1:48 Eduard Albatros W4 (late) seaplane.
1:48 Eduard Models Hanriot HD-1 flown by 21-victory Italian ace Flavio Baracchini.
1:48 DML Models Fokker D.VII flown by German pilot Alfred Bäder.
1:48 Special Hobby Lloyd C.V flown by 6-victory Austro-Hungarian ace Roman Schmidt.
1:48 Sierra scale vacuform Hansa Brandenberg W.12.
1:28 Revell Fokker Dr.1 done up as Fritz Kempf's distinctive and unforgettable crate. Used some spare decals I had in my collection.
This is one of the 3 AA variants of the Crusader tank, one mounted a 40mm Bofors and the other triple 20mm Oerlikons, this one had only 2!? Two of these are being offered by IBG in 72nd, this kit and soon to be released the 40mm Bofors on the Crusader. The triple gun version is/was available from Dan Taylor Modelworks as a one time photo etch conversion; it needs a fair bit of scratch building. This kit has OKB Grigorov outer wheels – better & crisper detail, and Master Model brass gun replacements, hand grabs replaced by wire, exhaust pipe (brass shim) added and kit decals.
These tanks were assigned to Armoured Units as protection from air attack BUT; with the lack of a Luftwaffe effort due to a lack of aircraft, and maybe too many Allied planes, many units were disbanded, others remained with the armour and were used a direct fire support vehicles! Can you imagine hiding in some bushes when all of a sudden a tank opens up on you with 20mm shells?!!?
This vehicle was part of the Polish Army 10th Armoured Cavalry Division and they were directly responsible for closing the Falaise Gap which resulted in some vicious battles!! After that they were attached to the Canadian 1st Army and went up the north west coast liberating towns and harbours needed by the Allies. The Poles liberated the Wilhelmshaven Fortress and accepted the Kriegsmarine Commander's surrender! The history of this unit and it's commander through out the Second War is a very interesting read, well worth the time!!
Recently released this kit is, IMHO, very nice!! There is some very good representation of ribbing and texture on the fuse and wings. So far the fit seems to be quite good, no locating pins so this is where the Tamiya Thin Fast Acting comes in very handy. The instructions have a rigging diagram for those brave (crazy) enough to try, as it is somewhat complex!?!
The Triplane was developed in '16, 19 that is, and was well liked by it's pilots, and even some of the enemy ones. Using a captured Triplane the Germans developed their own version! This kit has all Black Flight markings ( there are 3 other releases) so called for their black painted vertical stabs & cowlings, all of the pilots were Canadian and in 3 months they downed 87 enemy birds. It was also a Royal Navy Squadron!!?! The a/c in the air museum is a replica but if you don't use the civil registration from the kit, who's gonna know???? One notable Canadian pilot was Raymond Collishaw who flew 'Black Maria' and scored 30 victories with this a/c ending the war as the leading Triplane Ace.