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Ground Forces / Re: Škoda
« on: May 14, 2020, 01:33:25 PM »
This is great, and a beautifully equipped workshop to go with the machinery!!!!

Warplane Art / Re: Junkers Ju 188
« on: May 14, 2020, 01:05:05 PM »
Very nice!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: 1/72 Pro Modeler B-17 909
« on: May 11, 2020, 01:15:27 PM »
Yes, enjoy the new challenge!

I had much the same situation in the late 1980s, the dealership was bought out and the new owners changed EVERYTHING. I was the second one to move out, but our move took us 1,500 miles farther from home than nearer!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Kamov Ka-50 (Hobbyboss 1/72)
« on: May 10, 2020, 02:06:11 PM »
A mean looking machine!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (PJ 1/72)
« on: May 10, 2020, 02:05:30 PM »

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Bf 109 Two-Seat
« on: May 10, 2020, 01:59:23 PM »
Thanks for the encouragement, mates--here are a few photos of the finished G-12.
I must say the old kit decals worked wonderfully with one exception. The registration letters under the 27 were actually smaller than the ones that come in the kit so I dug out my sheets of German letters and substituted.

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Bf 110B
« on: May 10, 2020, 01:56:36 PM »
I spent a few pleasant hours yesterday working on the wings and engines once again. As the photo shows, I simply cut out the radiator housing from each lower wing and filled the hole with sheet styrene and a bit of filler. At the start I was not sure how this would be done, but in the end it was really quite easy to get everything lined up just right and smooth. Once the radiator baths were eliminated I assembled each wing and installed their new Corsair wingtips. Then it was just a matter of installing the carburetor inlet scoops on top of each nacelle and adding the oil coolers under the wing. The oil coolers are modified from the coolers left over from my many Hobbycraft/Academy Bf 109B kits. Then I primered everything and set both wings aside so I can start on the easy part, the fuselage.

Warplane Art / Re: Junkers Ju 188
« on: May 07, 2020, 12:10:34 PM »
Looks great!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Bf 110B
« on: May 05, 2020, 12:11:51 PM »
Thanks, it's a fun conversion (so far).

No photos, but I've fabricated the intake scoops and oil coolers for both engines and started on the second engine cowl. After that I must begin removing the radiator baths from both wings--a job I haven't quite engineered yet!

Ground Forces / Re: "Chibi" Hetzer
« on: May 05, 2020, 12:09:24 PM »
Ready for deployment!!

Aircraft Modeling / Bf 110B
« on: May 03, 2020, 10:37:42 PM »
I made up my mind to start on this kit after years and years of thinking about it. I picked up two Fujimi Bf 110 kits many years ago and built one for our LLL group build. The other kit, with a very comprehensive resin cockpit set, went onto the shelf. Always in my mind was to construct it as an early machine with Jumo engines. Digging in the spares box I found a 1/72 engine from an S-3 Viking that didn't survive the years. Looking at the engine halves, I found that the cowlings were perfect for the rounded radiator intakes used on the Jumo power units. The top of the cowling on the left has been reshaped (the Jumo cowl was not as humped up) and the new lower section spliced in. The lower part of the cowling forward of the radiator is from a Jumo powered Bf 109 kit.
The wingtips are rounded on the early machines and I found a pair of Otaki Corsair outer panels to provide these.

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (PJ 1/72)
« on: May 03, 2020, 02:03:32 PM »
Love that result, mate!!

Ground Forces / Re: "Chibi" Hetzer
« on: May 03, 2020, 12:31:59 AM »
General Zantas' finest armor!

Ground Forces / Re: "Chibi" Hetzer
« on: May 02, 2020, 05:28:04 PM »
The Palombian armor has great camouflage!!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (PJ 1/72)
« on: May 01, 2020, 10:38:52 PM »
Very fun to watch your camouflage!

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