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  1. 9 hours ago, Benner said:

    I found that site fascinating with all the information available, especially the after action reports.  The people that made the most recent Midway movie used a contact at Midway Roundtable as a resource, yet they still put bombs under the wings of the TBD Devastator's on the film ...

     

    BTW, maybe a useless fact in terms of modeling.  Thach flew two planes, "23" on the escort mission, and "1" on the sortie to defend the USS Yorktown.  I built my F4F-4 as Tom Cheek's plane on the escort mission, his story was pretty captivating to read.

    Yeah I am aware of two planes - actually Arma hobby provides both numbers in their Wildcat kit. Re-Dauntless - did they use underwing bombs or just the central one?

     

    Before watching the Midway movie, I read the book called The Silver Waterfall by Kevin Miller. Albeit being historical fiction it puts you right into the thick of the action - so much better than the movie itself. In fact, it made the movie experience very bleak to me just for that reason. Enjoyed the book tenfold more.

  2. Today marks 40th anniversary since the Exocet hit HMS Sheffield at Falklands, with damage severe enough that lead to eventual sinking of the ship. This is my little tribute to those tragic events and the lost sailors, drama I was following as kid on evening TV news.

     

    Full story, info gathered on how to build a Falklands war correct Shiny Sheff and full gallery on my blog:
    https://vvsmodelling.com/2022/05/04/hms-sheffield/

     

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  3. On 4/30/2022 at 10:14 AM, Benner said:

     Very nice!  Any particular plane marking you will pick?
     

    I like the subject as I’m working on Midway builds too

     

    minor detail, if it matters or not, the .30 dual guns on the SBD did not have shields on them at the time, and had the magazine boxes on the side of the guns.

     

    Thanks, Ben!

    Do you have any photo you could share of the setup? I guess I could easily remove the shield but would really like to see how the magazine boxes looked like.
    As for the markings, I guess I'm just gonna be bland and choose Best's and Thach's mounts.

     

    Anyhow, I've made some good progress on the Wildcat and here she is in its current state. I've also invested a couple of hours into riveting the whole model which I think will immensely improve the overall looks later in the build.

     

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  4. While I just finished a figure build or better said painting, I now continue with the Midway build.

     

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    Rear end of the engine mount with oil tank and filters

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    Engine mount and really nicely detailed firewall with all the chains and sprockets.

     

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    A busy front end of the Wildcat full of support struts and rods... and not to mention an entire landing gear assembly is still missing in the photo.

  5. I am working on a figure as a birthday present to my good friend so the progress on my Midway builds has slowed a bit.

     

    Nevertheless I managed to finish the cockpit. And how tiny it is - 12mm from instrument panel to back wall. I have an expert set version of the kit but I decided not to use the main instrument cluster PE part as I haven't seen I'd gain anything of it. So I used unmodified IP slightly drybrushed and used supplied instrument decals which fit beautifully and instrument glass created with UV resin.

    I am also aware that maybe bronze green would be a better choice but since most of the cockpit will disappear in the dark depths of closed cockpit, I just used interior green instead.

     

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  6. Just checked the Yefim Gordon's Su-27 monography and there is a photo of the back end of 32 with 24 standing parked behind it. Both have early production stinger between the engines and on the other photo 32 has only the back ECM aerial on LERX so I'd bet 24 had the same.

  7. Flyhawk's Dauntless has got to be one of the best engineered kits I have ever built. The fit is exceptional, as are the details. Sprue attachment points are relatively narrow and located on the mating surfaces making this build fast and hassle free. Nose cowling is just dryfitted to the fuselage and the engine will be installed at the end of the build.

     

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    There are some pin marks in the cockpit area but they are cleverly placed and will either get covered by interior equipment or will be hidden when the fuselage is closed.

     

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    Cockpit floor also looks great and all I did was a bit of brown weathering and some scratch marks around the seats, foot rests and gunners seat/position. Unfortunately the kit doesn't come with any PE, so the seatbelts were used from a Brengun set in my stash.

     

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    Very nicely detailed machine guns (just drilled the hole in the muzzles), instrument panel and rear gunners radio equipment. Glass faces were made with UV glue.

     

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    And everything glued together... well most of the things... I was thinking of adding a wash to the sidewall details as well, but since they won't be seen at all once the fuselage is closed, I decided to skip this step.

  9. Hi everyone. It's been ages since I've created an in-progress thread at ARC, but I haven't done much modelling or it was something totally else than A in ARC so let me try to remedy this by this dual build. Since this year marks 80th anniversary of the important naval battle of Midway which was one of the turning points of the WW2, I've decided to jump into rather unknown territory for me, a jetboy - WW2 era props.

     

    Anyhow, the kits I'll be using are the excellent 1:72 ArmaHobby F4F-4 Wildcat and Flyhawk's first foray into aircraft kits, the SBD-3 Dauntless. After having built Flyhawk's HMS Aurora and seeing the awesome detail a ship in 1:700 can have, I went and preordered their Dauntless, first time in about 40 years I am building models. And boy oh boy, I don't regret decision at all. Surface details are top notch, a mix of engraved panel lines and positive rivets and interior, which will probably not be seen anymore when closing the fuselage, better than in larger scales. I'll be building these two kits in a modular fashion - first one cockpit then another, then the engines, then the prep for painting, joint common colours painting, etc.

     

    Enough of chit chat, let me show you the result of the first day of work. Interior green airbrushed over black primer to get some tonal variation and the black boxes painted. Hopefully I'll start adding detail bits of paint and weathering in the next few days. I have also finished the rear gunner machine guns and boy-oh-boy how great they look. Unfortunately my camera isn't able to catch such a tiny detail, but I'll try to play with different lenses to see if I can get a worthy shot of it.

     

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  10. 17 hours ago, Sturm said:

    I do agree the green is bit on the darkish side but the real ones also had significant variations 

     

     

    Actually, they didn't have siginificant variations - apart from the paint fading which was not extreme. Original dark grey had blueish hue while the repainted ones had it darker with greenish hue. MrP paints that you've used are correct for repainted birds.

  11. On 10/22/2021 at 6:49 PM, Sturm said:

    Hi I am currently doing a MiG29SMT. The colours you need for the splinter camo are 

     

    MRP284  - light grey (for lower surfaces)

    MRP 287 - light green grey (for upper camo)

    MRP288 - dark green grey (for upper camo)

     

     

    The above mentioned paints are ok for the repainted ones that @Berkut mentioned above. From what I could see, not a lot of aircraft were repainted and it's a shame, Rene chose to release paints for this version and demo 777 instead of the original splinter option.

  12. Well known Eduard 1:48 kit OOB with Balkan Model decals. Commision build for an ex-21 driver and the number was his wish (101 was in fact a bis number in YuAF).

    Unfortunately this is my first aircraft model this year. I only managed to build and paint a few Warhammer figures in between. But after the stresfull year at work (I have become an ATC approach controller!), the modelling pace is slowly picking up. Not entirely satisfied with the build, but it turned out quite OK in the end, I think?

     

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