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  1. Hey, guys! I present to you my model of Soviet fighter WWII Yakovlev Yak-7B, scale 1/72 , from the kit of the Russian company "Eastern Express". This is a simple and cheap total war plane. The model represents the aircraft of the famous Russian pilot Hero of the Soviet Union major P.A. Pokryshev. This pilot in the 29th guards fighter regiment defended Leningrad from the Nazis during the most difficult time of the blockade. Soviet people starved to death, but did not give up. This aircraft was shown to the people in 1944, when the Museum of defense of Leningrad. The plane got there after it was removed from service. Likely his globally repaired. The aircraft has signs of both early and late modifications of the Yak-7. I have great respect for that pilot and wanted this model to my collection, but colored correctly model this aircraft, I have not seen. The model is going well, the only problem - brittle plastic. I changed the airways, the wheel wells, and the front glass of the cockpit. Sorry for the bad English.
  2. Hello all Looking for a simple project to give the first try at acrylics paints, pulled out this model from the stash. Japanese WWII aircraft are the least of my interest subjects so, in my mind, everything about the zero was well documented and the only topic unsettled was if the hinomaru paint flake off as bad as the rest of the paint or crews keeps it in pristine conditions. I thought a few clicks on google would solve this but instead realized how little I knew. After several months of work in the model, web surfing and two books read finally got it completed, still managed to get some accuracy things wrong but here it is, comments and critiques are always welcomed. Academy kit, CMK cockpit set, Eduard detail set, Aber and Master gun barrels, EZ-line antenna cable. Painted with Tamiya acrylics, Vallejo primer, metallics and flat coating. Weathering with pastel chalks, Tamiya panel line accent, AMMO pigments and oil brushes Regards Carlos
  3. Following the 'comparison' thread - I have made a start on building the Trumpeter 1/72 scale Su-34..... I won't post pics of the sprues - they are available elsewhere and here - just progress photos of the build. The cockpit is quite comprehensive - with a separate door in the rear bulkhead..... but note those ejection pin recesses in the structure behind the seats. Similarly, the nosewheel bay looks accurate - complete with two-parts for the sliding access hatch..... The K-36 ejection seats are quite simplified - I would replace them if the cockpit was open - but they are acceptable given the closed cockpit... Trumpeter even provide the rudder pedals and very nice control collums - decals are provided for the front and side instrument panels - although the starboard panel curled up on me and I couldn't get it straight... Note the rear door - which I have posed open. The nosewheel bay in place - although not mentioned in the instructions, the front access hatch can be clicked in place and made to slide open..... Open.... Closed.... View into the wheel bay.... note the sliding front hatch. Top and bottom fuselage halves glued together..... I have made an attempt at re-profiling the nose to make it sharper - with moderate success...... It isn't 100% - but it looks much better - I might shave a bit more off to make the 'beak' sharper - but without going through the plastic!!... Re-shaped Trumpeter nose compared to the Italeri nose.... More later... Ken
  4. Selling the last released detailing sets of Metallic Details: SR-71 Blackbird. Landing gears (Testors/Italeri) in scale 1/48 - $50.00 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing of central and front landing gears: wheel wells, struts, wheels, landing gear doors. Detailing set for Zvezda kit "Boeing 737" in scale 1/144 - $13.55 Set contains parts for detailing the exterior of the aircraft. Detailing set for Zvezda kit "Boeing 767" in scale 1/144 - $13.55 Set contains parts for detailing the exterior of the aircraft. Detailing set for aircraft model Boeing 747 (Revell) in scale 1/144 - $27.00 Set contains parts for detailing the exterior of the aircraft. Ejection seat K-36DM in scale 1/72 - $4.00 The set contains resin (5 pcs) and photoetched (8 pcs) parts to build 1 seat. MiG-23. Jet nozzle (Trumpeter) in scale 1/48 - $17.00 Set contains 9 resin parts. Two versions in one set. MiG-25 RB/RBT. Jet nozzles (ICM) in scale 1/48 - $22.00 Set contains 14 resin parts.
  5. Hello Here is my most recent build with this 1/72 North American B-45A from Valom. This aircraft was from the 86th Bomb Squadron / 47th Bombardment Wing in 1954 at Sculthorpe RAF Station. The transfers came from a Caracal Models sheet and were very satisfactory. This kit is not for beginners and honestly one is enough. In the end the product is correct and will be published next month in the French magazine "Avion de combat". Patrick
  6. As I am building the latest iteration of the Sukhoi Su-34 - I thought I'd have a go at the earliest version - the T-10V1 Su-27IB. I originally thought of just grafting the original Su-27 tailboom onto the Italeri Su-34 kit - but the biggest problem I faced was filling in the mainwheel wells - they are huge on the Su-34 and cut into the intake sides - the whole area is totally different between the Su-27IB and production Su-34. So I have adopted the method that Sukhoi used - grafting the new side-by-side cockpit section front fuselage onto the rear of a tandem two-seat Su-27UB trainer...... Here's what I mean - the Italeri Su-34 is on the left, the Heller Su-27UB on the right - the blue tape shows where I am making the cuts.... Underside view showing the major difference in the main landing gear wells..... The Italeri Su-34 front end grafted onto the Heller Su-27UB rear end - note the discrepancy in the shape of the spines - fixable with generous applications of Milliput (I hope) Undersides ....... Now all I have to do is graft the Italeri wings onto the Heller fuselage (the Italeri wings are better), fix the intakes (the scallop for the well on the Heller intake is now correct for the Su-27IB - but the intake lower edges are too 'square' and lack the slot in the bottom)....... More later.. Ken
  7. Title pretty much says it all. I am looking for a windscreen for the Heller 1/72 Mirage IV. It's part # 51 in the instructions. I contacted Heller, and they said they no longer had that part in stock. If you have a spare one, even one that's been painted, LMK what you want for it. I am in Florida. PM me or email me direct at lengesath(AT)cox(DOT)net if you can help. Larry
  8. I finished this one back in 2016. A9-300 was destroyed by an oxygen fire during maintenance back in January 1984, I wanted to do a P-3B with some 'history' In better days - Link I converted the Hasegawa P-3C to a B with the now OOP Hamilton Hobbies conversion set which included the searchlight at and replacement sonobuoy panel. I also used a Hamilton Hobbies Weapons bay for the build as well.
  9. Hi Looking for whole sheet of Wolfpack #72031, "Sambusters & Tyke". Really only need the VA-34 Blue Blazers A-6B markings, but would take whole sheet if offered. Buy or trade. Ed
  10. New 1/72 Pratt & Whitney engines are available for ordering: 1/72 Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp 103 parts. Can be built as early production, late production or geared version. 1/72 Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior 99 parts. 1/72 Pratt & Whitney R-1690 Hornet / BMW 132 (early production) 61 parts.
  11. Hello, I don't have a good record of completing Group Build here on ARC (or anywhere else, for that matter...), but I'll give it a go. I'd like to start off with the 1/72 Nostalgic Plastic Convair YF-102A. It took a lot of persistence and a prince's ransom to even get this kit, and it remained hidden for far too long. I wish someone would re-release a kit of this airplane as it is too hard to find. The kit itself was started about three years ago. I start and stop many kits at a time and don't keep track. The kit itself is very simple; so simple in fact, that there are no instructions per se, expecting the builder to be skilled enough to figure it out. In this case I had glued in the rudimentary cockpit (with a little fiddling -- can't even remember what all at this stage). We'll just have to unmask it later, to find out what's in it! (Wait, I've heard that somewhere...) and the chosen tailpipe (early and later are provided -- to make any of the several YF-102's), and glued the fuse together with CA. About 18 months ago, I finally got around to sanding it down a bit, and sprayed on a black primer. And that is where this group build project begins. Among many other shelf queens, I shot a photo of just a few, the black one shown below is the one for this effort.: I began by sanding out very tiny scratches, with 4000 thru 12000 grit sanding pads, re-priming as needed. Then everything was given a coat of Alclad II Black Gloss Base coat, and two coats of Alclad II Polished Aluminum, with each item given time to dry between coats. I then began masking for the leading edges, with yellow kubuki type tape. I will use Stainless Steel as that color: At this point, allow me to digress.... MASKING! One of the necessary, yet painful things we modelers must endure. I learned long ago that you can't have too many tools to make life easier! Yes, you can whittle almost anything out of a log and a penknife, but it's a heck of a lot simpler to build most things with the right tools. Masking mediums are some of those tools. On this model, I will probably NOT use any liquid masking film, but I think I masked the canopy with Bare Metal Foil. I do use these things, when appropriate. We'll start with tape. Pretty much most modeler's will agree that Tamiya tape has been the best around for modeling, and that remains true. However, there are two problems with Tamiya tape: 1) it's sometimes hard to find, and 2:it's always relatively expensive, based on cost per inch. I have solved both problems, at least to my satisfaction, and I'll pass them along for what it's worth. If you don't live in the U.S., you'll have to hunt for your own solutions, or shop internationally. The big thing about Tamiya tape is that it's made with rice paper, which allows more flexibility than the other stuff. I believe that Kubuki tape is a brand name where Kubuki does not refer to the Japanese play, as much as the word "Kubuki", which I think means "Star" (as of a play). Hopefully anyone more informed will enlighten us all! Oh, and also, the "good stuff" has a "low-tack" adhesive, at least less sticky than regular old masking tape. Seems that what we are looking for uses an acrylic, "no residue" adhesive. Some makers also use "Washi" tape, which might be made of many things. Here's what I use: The first three on the bottom row ( L to R) are of course, various sizes of Tamiya Tape, of which I have a fairly good supply. When it's gone I may or may not re-order. There is a lot of convenience in grabbing the next nearest size roll when you need it, but then again, it doesn't take that long to stick a length of the wide stuff and an old glass refrigerator shelf, and use a steel rule and sharp knife to slice off what you need. The top left roll is from a maker called "Frog Tape", in about a 1.5 inch width. Next is a tape called "Shurtape CP 60 (60 day release), in 1" width. Both are available in American "big box" stores. The roll on the top right, I can't remember the manufacturer or where I got it -- somewhere on line. One possible link is here : Yellow Tape. The white tape at the lower right is someone's (probably Squadron Shop) vinyl, narrow width vinyl masking tape for curves. I only use it infrequently, an only for it's intended purpose. The next masking element, that I've used for years is Parafilm "M". used for sealing medical tubes, flasks, etc . It can be found in various places in smaller sizes, such as Micro Mark, but I got this huge roll from Amazon for a very low "cost-per-inch" factor, and if the glue holds up, it will outlive me! It is used by cutting off a chunk ( I recommend about 1-1/4" unless you have VERY long thumbs), removing the paper backing, and then stretching it width-wise to about 4 times it's starting length. This activates a slightly sticky side, that will burnish down to a very thin edge, and allow cutting with a VERY sharp (read NEW) razor blade tip -- old X-acto #11 works fine for me. Furthermore, it will absolutely ding-dong-dare ya refuse to pull up any paint that you stick it onto, which is just fine for bare metal finishes. I have built BMF aircraft with no other means of masking, but it's a little tedious, cutting along every panel line you wish to mask.: The next pic shows my YF-102A wrapped securely in two layers of Parafilm. I use two layers, because sometimes, when masking canopies for instance, one layer is very tricky to get off the model, whereas two layers works much better, at least for me: Next, Figure "A" show where only the intake areas that I wish to paint a different color have been unmasked, by means of judicious use of the aforementioned #11 blade. This leaves everything else securely protected from over spray, and I promise you -- is much easier than trying to use masking tape in this area! Next the results after spraying the second color. (we'll have to wait until later and the Great Reveal to see whether there's enough tonal difference to make this worth-while. Next, more masking with tape for the elevons, and a large section of the center upper fuse: This time I think the color was Airframe Aluminum. By now, you may have guessed the reason for this model's achieving Shelf Queen status -- all the work for the BMF paint job -- and don't start up about Bare Metal Foil -- Ive grown much to lazy in my dotage. Hat's off to the more sincere types among you! Well, that's it for this installment. It will take a while for this gal to wend her way through the paint shop. Updates will follow! Ed
  12. Hi Here is my new finished kit with this reconnaissance fighter Dassault Mirage F1 CR from Special Hobby. This one is N°603 #33-NR of Escadron de Reconnaissance ER02.033 in 1988 in Chad. The shark mouth was added before going back to Reims AB, France. The vanilla/chocolate camouflage is typical of the Chad operations during the 1980s. She was loaded with two 1200 L fuel tanks, two Magic air-to-air missiles, a Phimat chaff dispenser under the starboard wing and a Barracuda ECM pod under the port wing. Patrick
  13. Here are my 2017 model airplane completions, from probably my best year ever! B-45A Tornado, Mach2 kit mods B-45A WIP Trumpeter F-100C, Col. Geo. Laven mods F-100C WIP Maj Geo Laven, RS P-38E, Aleutians P-38E WIP F-100F Wild Weasel, Trumpeter, mods F-100F WIP Ryan FR-4, MPM FR-1 Fireball kit, modded FR-4 WIP Academy A-37B A-37B RFI YA-7F Stretched Sluff", Fujimi A-7D, modded YA-7F WIP SBD-2 Marines At Modway, Hasegawa SBD-3,RFi XAD4-1 Skyhawk Conversion of Airfix Kit, RFI A few of these were started before 2017, but I finally got them done. Ed
  14. This is 1/72 revell 03208. The detail is exquisite, probably one of the best in 72nd scale revell's that i've build (and i build many) so far. i can not comment on the accuracy since i am unfamiliar with the vehicle tho. As you can see all the pioneer tools are separate parts, eventho it was a bit tricky the plastic is very good and forgiving which helps a lot with the cutting and cleaning - still being careful and having a healthy nipper is a must at these sizes (it's mere 10.7cm in length). The running gear is extremely detailed but i left it's assy after the paintjob and wx stages due to the cramped space there i fear i might not get in. btw after searching the net for ref shots decided the paintjob will be bundeswehr ral 6014 gelboliv, not 3 tone nato. i am meaning to make it into a vignette over this piece of wood.
  15. Hello Everyone, Would love to join in on this GB. I'm going to OOB with the airfix typhoon (1/72) with kit decals. I have to sort out this 3rd party hosting picture issue, then I can post some pic of my progress.
  16. This is a shelf of doomer I just finished, built from the 1/72 Hasegawa- Minicraft boxing of the Hornet. Decals for FSD #2 Bu No. 160776 OOB
  17. $10 ea shipped if anyone is interested Mostly 1/48th with a few 72nd
  18. Hello Here is my new finished kit with this 1/72 Special Hobby Nakajima Ki-43-III when used by the Armée de l'air (French Air Force) in Indochina between December 1945 and February 1946. The GC I/7 Provence stationed at Po Chen Tong near Phnom Penh when they used less than a dozen former Japanese Army Air Force Nakajima fighters. There were many accidents and after a couple of months they were replaced by Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX, and this is another story. The kit is easy to assemble. For the very worn effect I painted first the kit with Alclad Duralumin. Next I applied with a piece of sponge some masking fluid before airbrushing the dark green. After one hour I peeled off the paint with the finger. I made the same for the yellow identification markings. I saw on the pictures that the metal blades of the propeller were in perfect conditions. The transfers came from two sheets on the subject by Printscale. I say two because the transfers are too thin and after the first I could see the mottle effect through the white and red transfers. Then I bought another sheet to put exactly a second layer of the same transfers. Patrick
  19. Good Afternoon, I'm looking for a Hasegawa 1/72 F-111D/F or F-111E kit and am located in Texas. Possible kits available for trade (all 1/72): MSIB Hasegawa F-111C (original release) Hasegawa F-4G (Ka8) Hasegawa F-14A (Sundowners limited release 00366) Platz F-15J Fujimi Phantom FG.1 Trumpeter Su-27UB Hasegawa Macross VF-11B Revell F-15E (Hasegawa reboxed, added the later Hasegawa sprues with the updated CFTs/Pylons/etc.) Thanks for looking! Hoops
  20. The next step is the daunting task of installing the upper wing and rigging https://www.flickr.com/gp/146316516@N05/Z9b5BW
  21. Straight from the box, the Hasegawa kit is still a nice little model, even 20 years after it first came out. It would have been nice if the canopy could be posed open, but the fit of the individual parts is excellent.
  22. Just finished - after it was put aside for a while - the Amodel kit of the elegant Italian Piaggio P-180 'Avanti'..... Two marking options are given in this release - a Spanish-registered charter turboprop EC-LPJ - or an Italian Marina version.... I replaced the ill-fitting clear cabin windows with black decals - printed onto clear decal sheet using my inkjet printer. Because of the decal windows, I left out the fully-detailed cabin interior (which can't be seen cleary even if the clear windows are used). The Avanti is typically Italian - like a flying Ferrari - although I have heard some people say it is ugly??? I think it's gorgeous. Ken PS - Some more photos - plus sprue and build shots.... here.
  23. The latest - and last addition to my collection of 1/72 scale F-89 Scorpions - the Hobbycraft kit of the F-89H..... I wanted to show the GAR-1 Falcon missiles both retracted and extended - so I did the port pod with them deployed ready for firing, and the starboard side all closed up. I know they wouldn't be like that in real life - they are deployed symetrically on each side - but I am claiming 'artistic licence' - it is on display at an airshow and the extending mechanism has be overridden by the display crew. The 'clean' starboard pod for comparison - note the apertures for the FFAR rockets in the nose of the pod. Closer view of the port pod - the Flacon missiles are dummies - hence the light blue colour. I could not get the US Star-and-bar to sit centrally inside the silver outline decal - either the star lined up - or the bars did - but not both! I had to cut the kit decals to go round the missile bays. Each pod could carry 3 X GAR-1 Falcon missiles - plus 21 X FFAR rockets. F-89H Scorpion of the 437th FIS, Presque Isle AFB circa 1958. Scorpion - ready to strike! My complete Scorpion collection. Ken
  24. Howdy, anyone not using the belly tank in the Condor or ICM Mig-25 PD kits willing to jettison it? I'll pay reasonably and shipping. Thanks
  25. murad

    SpPz 2 Luchs

    Luchs is done for, it's a lovely kit great detail for it's size.
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