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  1. Hi guys, it's that time of month again! More eBay listings now live. 150 today, 150 to come tomorrow (thurs 26th May). Majority of these are aviation. As usual, many rarities. Everything starts at £0.99 regardless of rarity or value. There are also some rare, collectable Battle of Britain signed photos and a few kits this time around. All items located in UK I combine postage and ship to most places World wide. Please take a look. Any questions please ask http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/m.html?item=322116341170&hash=item4affa14db2%3Ag%3AqxAAAOSwciVXQFDj&_dmd=2&_ssn=sirskunkalot&_sop=10 thanks Rich
  2. Witold - this is one of the most fantastic things I've seen, even though I don't understand half of it. What I do appreciate though is the details you are revealing. I'm detailing a 1/18 SBD-5 at the moment, and your research has revealed one or two things I've gotten wrong, so thank you. Perhaps you'd like to see it: http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=53741 as I am approaching the build from a different perspective, perhaps I can be of assistance. For example, I have collected several hundred photos of every aspect of the airframe, so if you need anything in particular, maybe I can help. Keep up the good work! Richard
  3. Hi - thanks for the comments! In answer to the queries - I used the bucket seat provided in the Trumpeter kit and basically scratch built the Yankee seat around it. This is Trumpeter's early USN AD-6 kit, and at the time I had no idea they would release the A-1J (which only came out a couple of months ago), so I scratch built everything necessary for a USAF machine, which included the Yankee seat, the rocket motor and all the stuff on the turtle deck behind the pilot. It turns out that their 'J' is basically a re-boxing of this kit with different box art - so no real big deal. The kit that sets the standards is the Zoukei Mura one, but the Trumpeter kits are still great. As for the exhaust stains - firstly the entire model was given an 'oil canning' effect during construction. This gave the skin a rippled look. I then riveted the whole airframe using a riveting tool. If you look at real Spads, the exhaust and oil staining is sometimes very heavy, but nearly always skips over the 'channels' in the skin where the rivets are, and remains on the raised areas. I masked off the channels, then airbrushed the exhaust stains. After that, I got to work with a cotton swab dipped in thinners to blend out the rough edges. I also wanted a heavy rain-streaked effect, so it was a case of removing or adding stains as required. The oil staining was achieved by holding a brush loaded with slightly diluted raw umber oil paint in front of the air stream from my airbrush, set to around 25 PSI, taking care not to blast it all over the rest of the model! Blowing the resulting mess back along the fuselage (mimicking the air flow on the real thing) gives it a nice natural look. I finished off with some white smoke streaks with pastels. Admittedly, an extreme example, but I've seen numerous pics of Skyraiders with very heavy exhaust stains like this. As for oil leaks, the Spad's engine was notorious for it, and if it wasn't leaking oil, the ground crew knew there was something seriously wrong!
  4. many thanks for the nice comments, glad you like it!
  5. Some more images of the model... I found out too late that the kit's windshield (and the windshield of every other Spad kit that has ever been released by the way) is wrong - the glass is simply butted together with a sealant between the panes - there is no framing in the centre. I wasn't too fussed, but it's worth noting if you are building your own Skyraider! Thanks for looking & feedback is most welcome! Rich
  6. Here's a 'washed out' rudder - a FUBAR with the dullcote. I think it looks kind of cool! hand painted commander's stripes - they look better to me than decals, but 3 mil too far forward compared to the other side - uh-oh! Nice red dive brake interior. Dragon's head decal a little too far forward. Zotz decal originally had a small red square just ahead of the dragon's tongue. I finally figured out that Zotz must have thought it was part of the marking - it isn't. In fact, the little red mark is the red reflective strip found on either fuselage side.. behind the dive brake you can just see the 'towel rail' antenna, which I made from flattened sprue (note - the real thing isn't round but 'flattened') I added Verlinden dry transfer data stencils to each weapons pylon for extra realism. You can just see the red trim tab in this photo - I saw that 'Miss Eileen' had this feature in a photo of the real aircraft found in the Wayne Mutza book. Dirt, dust and oil… the red wing jury strut was made from plastic rod and brass wire. Strangely, Trumpeter don't seem to include these in the kit, but for folded wings they are essential. The engine was built and assembled in stages. Mount first, then engine, then exhausts, then attach that lot, add cowling and finally prop. The prop is from AMS resins and is a big improvement on the kit parts. The folded wing was one of the last things to be attached. Various levers and wires had to be added at this stage, although there are a couple missing in this shot: I didn't go mad on the underside weathering as it will mostly be hidden… but leaking oil is a must. If anything, this is TOO clean The canopy had a huge mould seam right down the middle. I removed this and after a few dozen polishing sessions this is how it turned out. There are one or two minor flaws visible in the right light. However, I decided against covering the transparencies in future at this late stage as I didn't want it to go wrong. With me, future always seems to either pool (causing blemishes) or go wrong in some other way. I just didn't trust myself / it enough to risk ruining the only canopy I had. In any case, it looks OK to me. The yellow grab handles are another feature missing in the kit - I made mine from stretched sprue held in the right position whilst it cooled. I attached them VERY carefully with simple plastic cement.
  7. Hi - here's my latest project, a 1/32 A-1H Skyraider from the Trumpeter kit. This one took a silver in its class at the IPMS UK Nationals at Telford a couple of weeks ago. The Trumpeter kit is very nice, with one or two notable errors (cockpit too wide, canopy, windshield and prop wrong shape, very poor engine) but I added a lot of details to it. Most notably I scratch built the engine accessory compartment and replaced the terrible kit engine with a resin cast of the Zoukei Mura one. I also removed one of the wings, scratched the area behind the cockpit (on the turtle deck underneath the canopy - normally hidden by a canvas shroud but I couldn't resist showing off the details), scratched the Yankee ejector seat, shoehorned in the Aires resin cockpit (designed for Zoukei Mura kit), scratched the main landing gear (but used the Scale Aircraft Conversions main struts) and added a ton of other details, such as the rudder locking mechanism. Anyway, you can see the entire build thread here: My link Sorry about the pics, but best I could do with my limited photography talents! Here's one of the scratched wingtip drop-down lights found on USAF machines - made from pewter sheet and clear thermoform: The rudder locking mechanism - note that the rudder is angled left, hence some slack for the wire on that side
  8. Hi guys - many thanks for the kind words! In answer to the question re: paint. I've always used Humbrol enamels. In this case I mixed Humbrol Olive drab with a little yellow and a little green and just experimented really. Shading was done with progressively lighter shades of the base colour. Real Fortresses seem to be different colours depending on the light conditions, who you ask at the time, the age of the machine etc etc. Everything from a purple colour to a light-ish yellow to dark green, so i compromised like I say, a fictional machine, a compromise paint job, but it does the job.
  9. cheers guys, I"m glad you like it :-) Especially glad it passes muster with the American viewers. Just so you know, this machine never actually existed - the serial number is for a machine that was due to be made in 1944, but the contract was cancelled. That gave me free reign to do whatever I wanted with regards to the unit, nose art etc. I would love to bring this to something like the IPMS USA Nationals, but I can't see it ever happening - not unless I booked a seat for it on a transatlantic flight or something!! thanks for the feedback! Rich
  10. Hi guys - this is one I finished last year. It's a 1/32 Fortress, scratch built and based on the old Combat Models vacform. Total construction time was 18 months. The HK Models kit was released about a year into the project, and my build features a couple of pieces from that kit (like the tailwheel) but 99% is built from scratch. The model is fully detailed inside and out (apart from the bomb bay) and the entire thing is skinned in pewter sheet. The trailer is scratchbuilt, the Diamond T wrecker is from the Accurate Armour 1/35 kit and the jeep is Tamiya 1/35 with Eduard etched detail set. Figures are cannibalised from Zoukei Mura and the spares box. The dio took a gold medal at last years IPMS UK Nationals. I haven't had chance to enter it in any more competitions due to the logistics of getting it there (I don't drive and the dio base alone is 3 feet by 1 and a half feet). The diorama was also featured recently in a two part article in issues 55 and 56 of AIR Modeller Magazine - both issues are still available in paper and digital format here: My link The following images are a selection from those which were professionally taken for the magazine, and I've waited until I had them in my possession before creating an article here as they are much better than any I could take. Finally, you can check out the whole build article here: My link Thanks for looking! Rich
  11. *BUMP!* 24 hours to go on batch 1 err.....no, not really. that's about average for an A4 softback. For hardbacks it's at least double
  12. Hi everyone - my latest batch of books are now listed, ending next weekend. As usual, all start at £0.99 regardless of rarity. I combine shipping & ship Worldwide. Many rare items alongside some not so rare. take a look: CLICK HERE Luftwaffe Fighter Units Europe 1939-41 - Jerry Scutts Luftwaffe Ground Attack Units 1939-45 - Martin Pegg Luftwaffe Night Fighter Units 1939-45 - Jerry Scutts Luftwaffe Fighter Units Russia 1941-45 - Chris Shores Luftwaffe Fighter Units Mediterranean 1941-44 - Shores Luftwaffe Fighter Units Europe 1942-45 - Chris Shores PV Ventura / Harpoon Units of WW2 - Osprey Combat Aircraft F-86 Sabre Aces of the 4th Fighter Wing - Osprey Aces Harrier Inside & Out - Mark Attrill - Crowood Press Messerschmitt - Me 262A Schwalbe - Mushroom Pubs Douglas F3D SkyKnight - Naval Fighters No.4 - Ginter Books Douglas F4D Skyray - Naval Fighters No.13 - Ginter Books Grumman F11F Tiger - Naval Fighters No.40 - Ginter Books McDonnell F3H Demon - Naval Fighters No.12 - Ginter Books Chance Vought F6U Pirate - Naval Fighters No.9 - Ginter Books Chance Vought F7U Cutlass - Naval Fighters No.6 - Ginter Books The Modeller's Luftwaffe Painting Guide - Monogram The Typhoon & Tempest Story - Thomas & Shores The Beaufort File - Roger Hayward - Air Britain Aichi D3A1/2 Val - Peter C. Smith - Crowood Luftwaffe Secret Projects - Ground Attack & Special Purpose The German Giants - German R-Planes 1914-18 - Putnam Gotha G.I - P.M. Grosz - Windsock Datafile No.83 Fokker D.VI - P.M. Grosz - Windsock Datafile No.84 Handley Page O/400 vol.1 - Windsock Datafile No.116 Handley Page O/400 vol.2 - Windsock Datafile No.121 Albatros B.I - P.M. Grosz - Windsock Datafile No.87 AGO C.I - P.M. Grosz - Windsock Datafile No.75 Halberstadt C.V - P.M. Grosz - Windsock Datafile No.69 The LVG B.I - P.M. Grosz - Windsock Datafile No.98 Fdh G.III-IIIa- P.M. Grosz - Windsock Datafile No.65 Albatros C.X - P.M. Grosz - Windsock Datafile No.114 The Taube At War - P.M. Grosz - Windsock Datafile No.104 Staaken R.VI - P.M. Grosz - Windsock Datafile No.95 Lohner TI/Macchi L1 - Gregory Alegi - Windsock Datafile No.99 Hansa Brandenburg C.I Types - C.A. Owers - Windsock Datafile No.110 Hansa Brandenburg W.13 - George Haddow - Windsock Datafile No.119 Lohner Type M - George Haddow - Windsock Datafile No.127 WWI British Aeroplane Colours & Markings - Windsock Datafile Special Fleet Air Arm Camouflage & Markings Atlantic & Med 1937-41 Junkers Ju-188 - Black Cross volume 1 Heinkel He 162 & Heinkel He 177 - Aero Series x2 56th Fighter Group - Squadron Signal Sturmstaffel 1 Reich Defence War Diary 1943-44 - Mombeeck. Focke-Wulf Fw-190 Described Part 1 - Geoff Pentland - Kookaburra Junkers Ju88 - Aero Detail No.20 Messerschmitt Me 163 & Heinkel He 162 - Aero Detail No.10 Focke-Wulf Fw 190D - Aero Detail No.2 Messerschmitt Bf 110 - Aero Detail No.21 Seaplanes At War - Donald H. Sweet - PBM Mariners in Pacific Suomen Siivet (Finland's Wings) - COMPLETE set of 26 mags Lentavat Ritarit (Flying Knights) Koulukoneet (Finnish Training Aircraft) Suomen Ilmavoimien Historia No.10 - Bristol Blenheim Suomen Ilmavoimien Historia No.14 - Suomen hävittäjät (Finnish Fighters) Havittaja-Assat - Finnish Fighter Aces - Suomen Ilmavoimien Historia Dornier Do17Z/Junkers Ju88A-4 in Finnish Service Suomen Ilmavoimien Historia - Finnish Morane Saulnier MS406 & Caudron C.714 Venäläiset Hävittäjät (Russian fighters in Finnish Service) Suomen Ilmavoimien Historia No.5 - Curtiss Hawk 75A / P-40M Hitler's Rocket Soldiers - The Men Who Fired The V2s Malta: The Hurricane Years - Shores, Cull & Malizia Hurricanes Over Malta - June 1940-April 1942 - Brian Cull Dancing In The Skies - Tony Jonsson Restore To Service - Unit History 4 RSU-482 Maintenance Sqn Barbarossa - The Air Battle July-Dec 1941 - Christer Bergstrom Stalingrad: The Air Battle 1942 - Jan 1943 - Christer Bergstrom Kursk: The Air Battle July 1943 - Christer Bergstrom The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Dora vol.1 - Jerry Crandall The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Dora vol.2 - Jerry Crandall The German Army Air Service In WWI - Ray Rimell Fokker D VII Aces Of World War 1 part 1 Fokker D VII Aces Of World War 1 part 2 British Fighter Units Western Front 1914-16 - Alex Revell British Fighter Units Western Front 1917-18 - Alex Revell German Fighter Units June 1917-18 - Alex Imrie - Osprey Zeppelins: German Airships 1900-40 - Osprey New Vanguard The Zeppelin Base Raids Germany 1914 - Osprey 'Raid' Series British Airships 1905-30 - Osprey New Vanguard London 1917-18 The Bomber Blitz - Osprey 'Campaign' Series German Naval Air Service - Alex Imrie - Vintage Aviation Fotofax German Bombers of WWI - Alex Imrie - Vintage Aviation Fotofax Albatros B.II - P.M. Grosz - Windsock Datafile No.93 Felixstowe F.2A - J.M. Bruce - Windsock Datafile No.82 Albatros C.V - P.M. Grosz - Windsock Datafile No.81 FF 33E - P.M. Grosz - Windsock Datafile No.73 AEG C.IV- P.M. Grosz - Windsock Datafile No.67 Martinsyde Buzzard - J.M. Bruce - Windsock Datafile No.76 Bristol Fighter - L.A. Rogers - Windsock Datafile No.115 The AMC DH6 - Bruce Robertson - Windsock Datafile No.103 Sopwith B.1 & T.1 Cuckoo - J.M. Bruce - Windsock Datafile No.90 Martinsyde Elephant - J.M. Bruce - Windsock Datafile No.70 Nieuport 29 - Gregory Alegi - Windsock Datafile No.97 Curtiss H.12 - C.A. Owers - Windsock Datafile No.125 The SIA SP.2 & SP.3 - Gregory Alegi - Windsock Datafile N0.128 Airco DH4 - J.M. Bruce - Windsock Datafile Special Albatros Fighters - Ray Rimell - Windsock Datafile Special Sopwith Pup - J.M. Bruce - Windsock Datafile Special Valiant Wings - Battle & Blenheim Squadrons over France Pursue & Destroy - Leonard 'Kit' Carson Zerstorer Gruppe - History Of V./(Z)LG 1 - I./NJG 3 1939-.41 The De Havilland Sea Vixen - Tony Buttler - Air Britain The De Havilland Dragon Rapide Family - John F. Hamlin - Air Britain The Oxford, Consul & Envoy File - John F. Hamlin - Air Britain Fleet Air Arm Fixed-Wing Aircraft since 1946 - Sturtivant Messerschmitt Bf 109T Camouflage & Markings - Profiles In Norway Henschel Hs-123 & Heinkel He 60 - Perfiles Aeronauticos x 2 Junkers Ju 87 & Junkers Ju 88 - Caler Illustrated Messerschmitt Bf 109E - Aerodata International No.4 Aviation Historical Review Special Issue 1976 - Sweden, Haven of Refuge The Long Drag - History Of British Target Towing The I.A.R.80 & I.A.R.81 - Airframe, Systems & Equipment - Radu Brinzan Sojusznicy Luftwaffe (Luftwaffe Allies volume 1) Flying Stations - A Story Of Australian Naval Aviation Beware The Thunderbolt! - The 56th Fighter Group in WW2 On Special Missions - The Luftwaffe's Research/Experimental Sqns Luftkrieg Uber Afrika vol.1 Luftkrieg Uber Afrika vol.2 Courage Alone - The Italian Air Force 1940-43 - Chris Dunning Stirling At War - Jonathan Falconer Hawker Typhoon & Tempest - Francis K. Mason The German Fighter Units Over Russia - A Pictorial History Air War Over Russia - Andrew Brookes DH88 - The Story Of De Havilland's Racing Comets Luftwaffe Warbirds Photo Album vol.3 - Tank Magazine Special Ju 87 Stuka - Combat Legend - Robert Jackson Eagles Illustrated - Fighters Of WW2 - Tom Tullis - Eagle Editions North American AJ Savage - Naval Fighters No.22 - Ginter Books La Chasse de Nuit Germano-Roumaine 1943-44 - Jean-Louis Roba In The Skies Of France - Chronicle of JG2 vol.1 1934-40 Storming The Bombers - JG4 vol.1 - 1942-44 - Erik Mombeeck Storming The Bombers - JG4 vol.2 - 1944-45 - Erik Mombeeck Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy - Warbird Tech Series vol.36 North American NA-16 / AT-6 / SNJ - Warbird Tech Series vol.11 McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle - Warbird Tech Series vol.9 Griffon-Powered Spitfires - Warbird Tech Series vol.32 F-4 Gun Nosed Phantoms - Warbird Tech Series vol.8 Messerschmitt Me 262 Production & Arado 234 Final Operations - JaPo Properly To Test - Book One 'The Early Years' - Bernard Noble RAF & RCAF Aircraft Nose Art In World War II - Hikoki The Flying Camels - History Of No.45 Sqn RAF Britain's Fleet Air Arm In World War II - Schiffer The Bristol Blenheim - A Complete History Luftwaffe Camouflage & Markings 1933-45 Photo Archive 1 Jagdwaffe - Luftwaffe Colours 1/1 Jagdwaffe - Luftwaffe Colours 1/2 Jagdwaffe - Luftwaffe Colours 1/3 Jagdwaffe - Luftwaffe Colours 1/4 Jagdwaffe - Luftwaffe Colours 2/1 Jagdwaffe - Luftwaffe Colours 2/2 Jagdwaffe - Luftwaffe Colours 2/3 Jagdwaffe - Luftwaffe Colours 2/4 Jagdwaffe - Luftwaffe Colours 3/1 Jagdwaffe - Luftwaffe Colours 3/2 Jagdwaffe - Luftwaffe Colours 3/3 Jagdwaffe - Luftwaffe Colours 3/4 Jagdwaffe - Luftwaffe Colours 4/1 Jagdwaffe - Luftwaffe Colours 4/2 Jagdwaffe - Luftwaffe Colours 4/3 Jagdwaffe - Luftwaffe Colours 4/4 Jagdwaffe - Luftwaffe Colours 5/1 Jagdwaffe - Luftwaffe Colours 5/2 Jagdwaffe - Luftwaffe Colours 5/3 Jagdwaffe - Luftwaffe Colours 5/4
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