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Arado 196 A-5 - Italeri 1/48

Hi,

This is the very pleasant to build (and underrated) Italeri kit. Everything comes from the box except for the very efficient dual barrel MG81Z specific to the A-5 version, handmade seat belts and other details.
The top RLM73 comes from the Real Color range. Quite a good range but it stinks and I find it maybe more fragile than the Gunze range.

Thanks heaps for looking !

Antoine

End of build: Sept. 2019












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Ta-152H - Zoukei-Mura 1/48

Hello,
Built basically out of the box, with minimal additions such as HGW seatbelts, thinned IP bezels and a few other fixes. The model is quite nice to build, and I even played the game of building and painting the inside: so mcuh fun ! However, adjustement of the engine cowling is a real pain... same as with its 1/32 brother. Also, it seems that some slight surgery is needed to close the canopy. Decals of my box were out of register and replaced by a reference from EagleCals, despite a slightly over-scaled swastika and colors too flashy to my taste.
At the end, a fun build but I dont feel that the 60 Euros tag price is justified...
Antoine

Green 3, piloted by Josef KEIL














Curtiss H-81 A-2 / Airfix 1:48

My latest model is the very nice P-40B kit from Airfix which is quite enjoyable to build. There are some panel lines that need to be filled in and a few things to be fixed here and there, but nothing major.

This is a the aircraft of David Lee "Tex" HILL of the AVG for which the decals were sourced from a vintage Aeromaster sheet. Exhaust pipes are from QB. Pitot, gunsight and barrels from Master.
Now that it is done, I must confess that I find the wheels ugly and that they would benefit from being replaced.








DH-112 Venom Mk I - Classic Airframes - 1/48

Hi,

The latest one finished beginning of November 2018. This is the Classic Airframes kit to which I added the specific nose and auxiliary "FLUNT" tanks of the Swiss version. Decals are from MC-one. The build was not too complicated but a lot of time and care was needed to make this model look okay. For those of you who noticed that the airbrakes and flaps are not down, I will just say that the aircraft just landed and the pilot likes to have things tidy.

The paint job is purposely worn out which is typical of Swiss Venoms.






Lockheed F-104G - Hasegawa (Eduard) 1/48

Finished this favorite scheme of mine, German Navy MarineFlieger.








Lockheed F-104G - Hasegawa 1/48

Some pictures of my current build: Eduard's boxing of Hasegawa's F-104G 1/48.


Martin Baker GQ-7A bang seat




Finished cockpit



An inspirational build that obsessed me for a while and  published in Air Fan N°136 in the 90s:



Comparison of Haseg and DACO wings




Masking of the air intakes:




I tried to fill the horrible rivets with MrSurfacer & Deluxe Perfect Putty but the result was far from "perfect". I had to finish the job with CA glue:




Re-scribing of the nose details: A 6-steps tutorial
1- Helped by Dymo tape, I use a needle to re-scribe straight lines


2 - The same needle is used to re-scribe rivets



3 - The line running around the nose cone is done helped using a circle template


4 - For a perfect work, I use a bit of Tamiya cement to blend all imperfections


5 -  When the cement is dry, fine steel wool is used to smooth the surface

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