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  1. F-14A Tomcat from VF-84 Jolly Rogers, USS Nimitz, August 17th, 1982. Kit: Design/Academy (1/72). Decals: Hasegawa. More photos on my website (click the photos above).
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    Aichi D3A1 Val (Fujimi 1/72)

    I cut the last two sections. I replaced the overhead one with a piece of foil. I sanded and polished inside the front and rear part of the canopy to make them thin enough to fit one inside another. Frames are made of decal stripes.
  3. EI-238, pilot: Lt. Cdr. Kakuichi Takahashi, observer: Lt. Koizumi. Shokaku aircraft carrier, Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941. The leading aircraft of the first wave of dive bombers. Kit: Fujimi (1/72). Decals: AeroMaster.
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    Static dischargers -- another 1/72 Revell F-16 question

    Me too.
  5. Thank you for your comments, Eric and RKic. I'm happy you like the model. Yes, the canopy was the major problem in my build. The rear part could fit if the area under it was flat - but it is not. I has to cut the internal edge to make it sit lower. It was hard to get an acceptable result (and I did not get it in my opinion). I was close to abandon the model because of it. Yes, you can pose it open, but I never do it in my models.
  6. Supermarine Seafire FR.47 VP461 178/P, 800 Squadron FAA, HMS Triumph, Korea, August 1950. Pilot: Lt. Hanchard Goodwin. Kit: Special Hobby (1/72).
  7. Generally it is OK but has some issues in unexpected areas. What can be easier than fit of upper and lower part of a wing? The parts here are done in a strange way (see the instructions) - some upper surfaces are molded with lower part and vice versa. This results with need of most of sanding in the build. But on the other hand, the completed wing with air intake and fillet fits perfectly to the fuselage along quite complicated join line - you even get correct dihedral. Another issue is trapezoidal inset in the rear part of upper wing fillet. Apparently a louvers part should be fit there, but no such part is in the kit. You are left with the hole and enjoy it or help yourself. I tried to make such louvers but I'm not satisfied with them. The canopy could be thinner (for better view to the well detailed cockpit) and shorter to fit in closed position. OK, I know it is a bit insane to put PE part to the cockpit and then close it, but that's the way I do. If you like you can open the cockpit and airbrakes plus lower the flaps which gives much more "living" model out of the box. You can even buy a engine set for the kit, however there is no open nose option yet. The Iskra in 1/72 is the first injection molded kit from Arma Hobby, who is known and appreciated of resin kits. Therefore some issues can be forgiven. I'm looking forward for their upcoming kits.
  8. TS-11 Iskra bis DF nr 1714, 3 Lotniczy Pułk Szkolno-Bojowy (Aviation Battle Training Regiment), Bydgoszcz, October 17, 1990. On July 2, 1994 the aircraft crashed in Oleśnica. The pilot, mjr Piotr Siekański, was killed. I witnessed this tragic moment. The kit: Arma Hobby Deluxe 1/72.
  9. Bristol Beaufighter Mk.VI X8005 EW-R, Polish 307 Night Fighter Squadron, Exeter, January 1943. Crew: Capt. Gerard Ranoszek (3 victories, 2 damages) and Sgt Jerzy Trzaskowski or Capt. Stanisław Sawczyński. Kit: Hasegawa 1/72. Decals: Techmod.
  10. PS888 - the aircraft who had flown the last operational of a RAF Spitfire on April 1, 1954. 81 Sqn, RAF Seletar, Singapore. Pilot: S/Ldr W. P. Swaby. After the last flight the aircraft was decorated with famous "The Last!". Later on the PS888 was transfered to Royal Thai Air Force. Nowadays PS915 can be seen flying with camouflage and markings (except for serial number) of "The Last!". Kit: Airfix (1/72). Exhaust tubes and upper roundels from Spitfire F.22 (Airfix). The model is made by my 8-years old son Gustaw with my little assistance.
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