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  1. Thanks mate. All colours were Gunze acrylics range for the respective RLMs. Cheers
  2. FW190A-2 Hptm. Hans Hahn Gruppenkommandeur III./JG2, Beaumont le Roger,France May 1942 (Tamiya 1/72) This is my latest kit finished. This is the Tamiya kit (60766). Built mostly straight out of the box with the following improvements: Eduard pre-painted photo etched seat belts Replace the wing cannons by 1mm metal tubes Replace the pitot tube using syringe needle Added IFF antena from metal metal wire Painting using Gunze (RLM02, RLM66, RLM70, RLM 76, RLM74, RLM75 and RLM04) and Tamiya (XF-85, XF-64, X-10, X-18). Kit decals to represent an aircraft flown by Hptm. Hans Hahn Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG2, Beaumont le Roger,France May 1942. Hans "Assi" Hahn (Source: https://www.luftwaffe.cz/hahn.html) Hans “Assi” Hahn was born on 14 April 1914 at Gotha in Thüringen. A gifted athlete, Hahn was selected to participate in the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin to compete in the Pentathlon. Unfortunately, he had to withdraw due to illness. Hahn enlisted in the army on 1 April 1934 as an officer candidate in the Infanterie-Regiment 14. He received promotion to the rank of Unteroffizier on 1 December. He attended the Kriegsschule at München from January to October 1935. On 1 October, Hahn was promoted to the rank of Oberfähnrich. In November, Hahn transferred from the infantry to the Luftwaffe. He underwent pilot training at Celle. On 1 April 1936, Hahn was promoted to the rank of Leutnant. Following pilot training, he was posted to 4./JG 134, based at Werl near Dortmund, on 15 April. On 1 November 1937, Hahn was transferred to a new Jagdfliegerschule at Werneuchen as a flight instructor and Staffelführer of 1. Staffel. He received promotion to the rank of Oberleutnant on 1 February 1939 and was transferred to the Stabstaffel of I./JG 3, based at Meseburg. Oberleutnant Hahn transferred to JG 2 on 11 October 1939. He was assigned to newly formed II./JG 2, based at Zerbst, which was formed using the nucleus of personnel from I./JG 3 and I./JG 2. On 15 December, he was appointed Staffelkapitän of 4./JG 2. Moving West, Hahn claimed his first two victories on 14 May 1940, during the Battle of France, over RAF Hurricane fighters in his first engagement with enemy aircraft. However, only one of his claims was confirmed. Hahn would claim a total of five confirmed victories during the Battle of France. Hahn was particularly successful during the Battle of Britain. He claimed three RAF Spitfire fighters shot down on 31 August 1940, to record his eighth through 10th victories. After claiming his 20th victory on 20 September 1940, Hahn was awarded the Ritterkreuz. On 29 October 1940, Hahn was promoted to the rank of Hauptmann and appointed Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG 2. By the end of 1940, his victory total had reached 22. Hauptmann Hahn was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr 32) on 14 August 1941 for 41 victories. He recorded his 50th victory on 13 October 1941 and his 60th on 4 May 1942. Hahn shot down a RAF Spitfire fighter on 16 September 1942 to record his 66th, and last, victory over the Western front. Hahn was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 54 “Grünherz”, based on the Eastern front, on 1 November 1942. In the space of three months, he claimed a further 42 victories. He shot down five Russian aircraft on 30 December (75-79). On 1 January, Hahn was promoted to the rank of Major. His best day occurred on 14 January 1943, when he downed seven Russian La-5 fighters (80-86). He recorded his 100th victory on 27 January 1943. This photo clearly shows how thew aerial is clearly tight to the canopy Leading III./JG54 on 21 February 1943, Hahn encountered Russian fighters near Staraya Russa. In the ensuing combat, he shot down a Russian La-5 fighter for his 108th, and last, victory. In the course of the combat, his aircraft received hits in the left wing. Disengaging from further combat, Hahn headed west but his engine soon began overheating and he had to land his Bf 109 G-2/R6 (W.Nr. 13 949) “Black <<” in enemy-held territory. Soviet sources claim Hahn was shot down by Russian ace Starshiiy Leytenant Pavel Grazhdanikov (13 victories, killed in action 5 April 1943) of 169 IAP, VVS. Hahn was captured and subsequently made a prisoner of war. Hahn was held captive and was not released by the Soviet Union until 1950. Hahn gained employment at the International Corporation of Bayer Leverkeusen, fulfilling a position dealing in trade with France and England. He later became a director of the Wano Schwarzpulver Company, which manufactured gunpowder, at Kunigunde near Goslar. He retired from this company in 1977 and lived in southern France with his family. Hahn died on 18 December 1982 at München from cancer. “Assi” Hahn was credited with 108 victories in 560 missions. He recorded 66 victories over the Western Front, of them 53 were Spitfires. Of the 42 victories he recorded over the Eastern front at least seven were Il-2 Sturmovik ground-attack aircraft. Victories : 108 Awards : Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (16 July 1942) Ritterkreuz (24 September 1940) Eichenlaub (14 August 1941) Units : JG 2, JG 54 The model: Cheers!
  3. The motivation to built this model came from an informal Group Build organised in my modelling club SAPMA. The idea was to build a Spitfire used by an Aussie during WWII. I've choose to build a plane flown by Flight Sargent Kenneth "Kenny" Dudley Basset when he was attached to RAAF 452 Squadron based at Redhill, England, October 1941. Kenneth was born on the 16th of July 1916 in Roma, Queensland. In September 1940, he joined the RAAF and commenced training as a pilot at Narrandra, NSW. In 1941, he left for further training in Ottawa, Canada, and was then posted to England in the same year. After Kenny arrived in England, he was posted to Heston, South London, and joined a Spitfire Squadron. He then had an immediate posting to RAAF 452 Squadron. Tours of duty consisted of sweeps over France and convoy patrols over the English Channel. 452 Squadron was then posted to the Isle of Man and there, Kenny trained other pilots. The following edited report is of typical day for Kenny: P/O Lamerton took off with Sgt Bassett (Kenny) for a defensive patrol at 25,000 feet over Mull of Galloway. While climbing and when at 20,000 feet they saw a Ju88 about 5,000 ft above and the E/A (Enemy Aircraft) was flying on a South Easterly course towards the coast. They manoeuvred to get into the sun. P/O Lamberton’s attack was from astern and above. He gave a long burst of 3-4 seconds and silenced the top rear gunner using cannon at a range of 300 yards. However P/O Lamerton’s aircraft was hit by return fire and flames and smoke from the exhaust and cowling soon appeared. He could see ahead and called up saying that he was baling out, which he did from an altitude of 12,000 feet. He was picked up six hours later. Meanwhile Sgt Basset continued to attack the Ju88, but was unable to close to a short range, and was recalled to base after he expended all his ammo, landing at 07:55. He claimed a damaged aircraft shared with P/O Lamerton. It was the last claim of the Squadron while stationed in England. P/O Lamerton was from South Australia and had joined the Squadron three months before from OTU. He was later killed with the Squadron. Kenny eventually returned to Australia to the defend Darwin in the very dangerous skies over Australia and the Pacific against a determined and resourceful enemy. Kenny married Eddie in 1942, and was posted to Tasmania mostly training pilots for the remainder of the war. He was discharged from the Air Force in 1945, and after War’s end, he returned to Roma with his family. In 1963 the family moved to Brisbane finally settling St Lucia, where he lived for the rest of his life. He passed away on the 31st May 2006. (Text above extracted from the Spitfire Association website: https://spitfireassociation.com.au/bassett-kenneth-kenny/ ) Here is Sgt Basset by his Spitfire (AD537 UD-R) in Redhill, October 1941 (image from Australian War Museum archives) I used the excellent kit from Tamiya to model his MK-Vb. Despite it being an exceptional kit I still did some improvements to the kit as follow: Cut the canopy to display it open; Open the cockpit access door on the fuselage port side; Added Eduard Photo-Etched pre-painted seat belts; Open the exhaust ends; and Added the IFF wire antennas to the sides using MIG aerial line super fine (0.01mm). Painting guide: I used basically Tamiya and Gunze acrylics overall on the kit as follow: Supermarine Interior Green: mix of Tamiya XF5:1 + XF21:3 + XF65:1; Seat: XF9 for the seat and XF1 for the leather back rest; Instruments panel: Supermarine Interior Green for the lower half and XF1 for the instruments board. I did use the kit decals for the gauges; Exhaust: XF52; Spinner and fuselage band SKY: Gunze H74 Propeller blades: XF1 and XF3 for the blade tips; Underside surfaces and undercarriage: XF83; Tyres: XF85; Upper surfaces camouflage OCEAN GREY: XF82; Upper surfaces camouflage DARK GREEN: XF81; Wings yellow band: XF3; Clear coat before applying decals: X22; Clear Flat final coat: XF86. Decals: I've used DK decals #72037 No.452 (RAAF) Sqn. and I was really impressed by the quality and easy to use. I would recommend it without hesitation. The finished photos: Here are the finished model. It was a pleasure to build this kit and finish it in an Aussie markings. Cheers!
  4. Thanks guys. It wasn't that difficult as I first thought. I really enjoyed it at the end
  5. Finally completed. Rigging made with EZLIne and glued in place with CA Glue.
  6. Definitely the Festive Season isn't a good time of the year for scale modelling here Down Under. Warmer weather and friends invitations to go out is so tempting that the bench time is happily neglected. However, I've managed to progress with this build and here are a couple of photos just to keep this build alive. I have added the wings to the fuselage and also started some weathering The bottom will be a little dirtier than the upper surface To be continued!
  7. Hi there the has recovered just fine and I’m already back to work. Thanks for your attention. The kit had som progress made to it. All paint mistakes have now been corrected and I’m in the process of weathering. Some photos soon. Cheers
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