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Combat Warplanes / Re: Unidentified floatplane
« on: September 08, 2008, 10:36:42 PM »
You're right Nico, I just pointed to the style of cap one of the men in the photos is wearing. Just that. Also, I remembered all of a sudden that the plane has a wind activated anemometer very much like the ones used by the italians and the austro hungarians.

What a mistery...

Warplane Art / Re: S.P.A.D. XIII
« on: September 08, 2008, 04:47:40 AM »
Hi Nro.1,

keeping on with the SPAD theme, I recalled seeing in a website from Uruguay a profile from the ones used there. So, here it is:

Lovely, isn't it?

I'll see if I manage to find pictures of the SPAD VII and XIII used here in Argentina.


Aircraft Modeling / Re: Macchi MC 205 Veltro 1/48
« on: September 08, 2008, 04:33:23 AM »
Standing ovation for you, Jicehem!

It's amazing what a good looking plane it came out being. I remember a week or so ago, in Hyperscale's forum there was a bunch of people complaining that the only part of the kit they had actually built was the engine. Then, they had either toss the kit in the thrash can or swapped it for something else.

Well, to me you've proven that the Tauro kits can be built. And to a great standard, too.

I really like it, congratulations.


Aircraft Modeling / Re: Bf108 Taifun in Yugoslav pattern
« on: September 08, 2008, 04:27:35 AM »
That's a great build, Nr.1!

Why is it that jugoslav schemes look so good on a nuber of different models... You made me remember the MPM Blenheim I built last year or so.

Again, a great kit in great colours!

Take care,


Forums Works / Re: New categorie
« on: September 08, 2008, 04:01:47 AM »
It would be nice  :-tri

Combat Warplanes / Re: Unidentified floatplane
« on: September 07, 2008, 03:26:37 AM »
Hi guys,

after watching carefuly at the photos kindly providede by Nico, I can't tell you what airplane it is. But it has some very distinctive features:

The looks of an early 1920s machine.

A 5 cylinder, radial, air cooled engine. If I had the early Jane's here perhaps we could have a hint about the type of engine and manufacturer.

An all wood fuselage and fin, fabric covered wings, rudder and elevators. At that time and setting aside the Depperdussin machines early in WW I, the only ones that made such an extensive use of wood covering were the austro-hungarians in almost all of their planes and the Italians, notably in the Ansaldo series.

The strut arrangement for the floats is very advanced for the time. It reminds you of the ones used on the Junkers F.13. Also, the floats look very much like the ones used on the Albatros W.4.

Then, there's the garment of the men. They don't tell very much but one of them has what looks like a Polish or Dutch cap.

All in all, a great mistery!!!

Combat Warplanes / Re: The identify the plane thread
« on: September 07, 2008, 03:03:53 AM »
Hi mates,

After taking a look at the pictures, this is my list:

1- Vultee V1

2- Potez series 62/65

3 Tupolev ANT Maxim Gorki

4- Latecoere 521, I believe it was christened "Lt. de Vaiseau Paris" when impressed into the Aeronavale.

5- Not a clue  :-red

6- An early Sikorski or Kamov helicopter?

7- Dewoitine D-510, may be a prototype or preseries machine.

8- Fairey Fox, used by the belgian A.F. in W.W. II. I'd really like that MPM or some company like that to release a model kit of the Fox Family. They're some of the prettiest biplanes ever.

9- Not a clue, but I guess it may be the lower gun position on a TB-1?  Even it could be the one on the Junkers R-42? :-think

10- Not a single clue

11- It says Graf Zeppelin, could be?

Well, I guess that's all, mates.

Take care,


Warplane Art / Re: AT-6
« on: September 06, 2008, 05:39:55 AM »
Wonderful profiles No.1!!!

How about taking advantage of the yellow base colour and create an argentine navy Texan?

Not my model, but I have the decals!!!

Isn't she lovely? :-jump

It's 00.37 AM here in Buenos Aires, gotta go to sleep or tomorrow I'm gonna be playing zombie the whole morning...



Warplane Art / Re: S.P.A.D. XIII
« on: September 06, 2008, 05:25:34 AM »
Hi No.1!!!

Shape looks good, this is a pic of a Chauviere propeller used in the SPAD XIII:

It might help you with the wood grain effect and colour shading.

Have you got the scheme you want for it?

I'll see if I can get you some interesting pics for it.



Aircraft Modeling / Re: My current projects...
« on: April 10, 2008, 08:15:08 PM »
Hi guys, thanks Samuraj77 and Letipapa for your kind words. There is a new book by Dan Hagedorn, I don't recall its title, but deals with airwar in Latinoamerica thru 20th Century. According to some knowlegeable friends, it's not very complete and some maps and draqings are wrong, but it should be more than enough to enter the latinamerican nightmare of wars, airplanes and politics.

About the Brazilian revolution, here's a small account. Courtesy of Wikipedia. In it, there was a flight of Waco CSO involved in dogfights.

"The Constitutionalist Revolution of 1932 (sometimes also referred to as Paulista War) is the name given to the uprising of part of the population of the Brazilian state of São Paulo against the federal government. The movement grew out of local disappointment at the loss of political pre-eminence São Paulo elites had enjoyed prior to the 1930 Revolution. Its main goal was to press the provisional government headed by Getúlio Vargas to enact a new Constitution, since it had revoked the previous one, adopted in 1889. However, as the movement developed and resentment against President Getúlio Vargas grew deeper, it came to advocate the overthrow of the Federal Government and even the secession of São Paulo from the Brazilian federation.

The uprising started on July 9, 1932, after five protesting students were killed by government troops on May 23, 1932. On the wake of their deaths, a movement called MMDC (from the initials of the names of each of the four students killed, Martins, Miragaia, Dráusio and Camargo) started. A fifth victim, Alvarenga, was also shot that night, but died months later.

In a few months, the state of São Paulo rebelled against the federal government. Counting on the solidarity of the political elites of two other powerful states, (Minas Gerais and Rio Grande do Sul), the politicians of São Paulo expected a quick war. However, that solidarity was never translated into actual support, and the São Paulo revolt was militarily crushed on October 2, 1932.

In spite of its military defeat, some of the movement's main demands were finally granted by President Getúlio Vargas afterwards: the appointment of a non-military state Governor, the election of a Constituent Assembly and, finally, the enactment of a new Constitution in 1934. However that Constitution was short lived, as in 1937, amidst growing extremism on the left and right wings of the political spectrum, President Getúlio Vargas closed the National Congress and enacted another Constitution, which established an authoritarian regime called Estado Novo."

The airplane itself:

Lovely, isn't it? The 2 first pics are of the 240 model, a military CSO. That's the single seat one, the others are 2-seaters. It was also sold to China, where some of them were still in use at the time of the Sino-Japanese War. The Commando 5 model is a CSO/240. Very nice resin except for some pieces, resin had not enough hardener and you could actually chew the rudder like gum, the most affected piece of the kit.

I'll take some pictures of the little bird and post them here.


Forums Works / Re: Let Let Let Warplanes will going down
« on: April 10, 2008, 04:25:15 AM »
Hi guys,

I'm 100% that changes will make this site even better, so No.1, go for it. It'll be sad not to enter the site for a while but it'll be ok. After all, I never had a most heartly welcome on a forum than here, and I really appreciated that.

I won't go into detail about information, photos ans stuff given to authors but here in Argentina it is pretty common for such things to happen. And many times there is a fellow modeler involved in that "ripping off" of images kindly lent. I guess some people never learn...

Good luck with LLL's new facade, and I'll be around if anyone needs some help, my e-mail is in my profile.


Market / Re: Fokker D.VII Photo
« on: April 08, 2008, 06:13:44 PM »
Well guys,

though I don't do Ebay or stuff, I might help you with this. It isn't a D.VII two seater or a Fokker C.I. It has the forward nose, up to the bulkhead, of a D.VII but the rest of the aircraft is a different one  :-eek Don't know wich one, but looks like a early 20s sportster with twin bay wings (that's two sets of struts on each wing, "a la Spad").

Amazing indeed!


Combat Warplanes / Re: Quizzzzz
« on: April 08, 2008, 05:52:54 PM »
For the life of me that I don't know what airplane it is... It's not the Postjager, too big for that but it looks like some sort of high altitude research plane, look at those tiny windows... And engines seem to be of the Bristol type, look at the triangular bracing they have and the frontal exhaust collectors... MMM, misterious indeed!


Aircraft Modeling / Re: My current projects...
« on: April 08, 2008, 04:11:45 PM »
Hi mate,

must say that I have never see before any person that much interesting in the small air forces as you are and specially note that options for the chosen types are great. Thank you for this nice images and I wait to see how the progress will look like.

Cheers  :-ok

Thanks for your kind words. I've been building models for the last 18 years, and actually my modeling roots are in the usual plethora of german, american and english planes. But from the very beginning it was pretty clear to me that I liked even more those not so known planes and ended up having a real interest in them. Also interwar airliners and civil aviation got a keen modeler in me. I guess that "regular" stuff is less than 30% of my total stash, and most of that is due to them being flown by foreign customers!

I'll try to take a few pictures of the Waco and upload them, it's a small, lovely plane. One of the first to transport mail in South America, and even fought in the Brazilian civil war of 1931.

Cheers, :-wave

Aircraft Modeling / My current projects...
« on: April 08, 2008, 05:22:04 AM »
Hi mates,

first of all I wanted to congratulate each and everyone of you for the outstanding job you all do with your model kits. Some of them are not easy at all.

Second, I wanted to show you what has been keeping me away from here, and Internet in general. The first pics are from a Special Hobby MAVAG Heja II. This beautiful aircraft is basically a Re.2000 to wich our hungarian friends mated a french engine, ye' ole, trusty G&R K14 and Gebauer MGs. Not a top notch fighter, but better than flying a Cr.42 in 1944. Excelent kit, simple and straightforward. It's ready for painting now...

It should be finished like this... I hope :-green!

Also there's an old Matchbox He-70 I built 15 years ago that is getting a major overhaul. Will turn it into a He-170, also hungarian and with a wild camouflage scheme. The original, locally made hobby paint by Monitor Ind. Arg. was sanded away as was general detail by the always dependable wet & dry. After some 15 minutes, the sandpaper was as smooth as never. Those Matchbox kits were powerful filler, file and sandpaper eaters indeed... but I love them.

Should end up looking like this  :-love:

The other one ready for paint, besides the Heja is the MS-406 in turkish colours. It's the Hasegawa 1/72 kit with Propagteam decals:

The last one for tonight (it's 00.20 AM here) is a bulgarian Arado Ar-65 from RS. Besides the tricky full PE interior, so far the kit has just fallen together without using any filler or extra plastic:

Finished, it should look like this:

Nice, isn't it?

Well, that's all folks for tonight. I hope you've enjoyed them, perhaps not classic warbirds, but they're very interesting, both the real airplanes and the model kits.

Cheers and take care,

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