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Mitsubishi Ki-46

Here's my last model a Ki-46 Dinah used during WW2 by the Japanese. The 37mm cannon on the top was used to destroy US bombers. The kit is Tamiya 1/48 with PE parts from Eduard and scratch. I bought it 2.50 Euros LOL A few things had to be corrected or added: - Remove some panel lines on the right side of fuselage corresponding to foothelds and handhelds - Add foothelds and handhelds - Add trim tab on both wings - Add various cables inside cockpits - I also added some rivets here and there Note that PE parts are so small that I had to replace them. Personnaly I cannot fold a 3 mm parts in 3 Overall, the kit is easy to build, except some fitting issues when one wants to let the canopy open. Moreover, if you are using the Eduard PE you will have to carefully dry-fit the landing gear... Painting: * Aotake : Tamiya TS-17, plus a thin layer of "Clear blue" * Top: Tamiya XF-13 / XF-1 ; 50/50 and a few drops of Olive green (Xf-58) * Bottom: Tamiya XF-12 / XF

The culprit

 The culprit is a Spitfire Mk XIV. This model is responsible for my new modelling addiction after 15 years without touching a single piece of plastic, and now I need at least one shot a day. Doctors say it doesnt kill, just makes you crazy. For the moment my addiction is ok as I can give priorities to more important things ;) This model represents a Canadian civil Spitfire, registered CF-GMZ, that placed third during the Cleveland National Air Races of 1949 (Tinnerman Trophy Race) with a speed of 578.64 Km/H (359.56 mph). Check this link for more info here .  The kit is a 1/48 Academy Spitfire Mk XIVe, built out-of-the-box (OOB for the pros). I really enjoyed it as it was an easy build. After posting my bird on ARC forum, some very nice guy working as a mechanic in Canada told me that he had been working on this bird and told me more about it.

My (dangerous) tip for weathered propellers

Just want to share with you my tip for weathering propellers. - First of all, paint your prop and coat it with Future/Klir -Fit your prop on some dremel, be sure it is very tight - Apply a bit of oil paint colors and add a lot of mineral spirit ( it has to be wet). Apply on prop and spinner. - Push the button !! Dont forget to wear goggles and a mask: This can be DANGEROUS , dont hurt yourself ! And close the window, just in case you fly away -If you are still alive and still on the ground, you can observe these rather realistic patterns Enjoy, but remember: safety first ! cheers

Grumman F9F Panther

The Grumman F9F Panther was an American carrier-based jet fighter widely used during the Korea war. Here are some interesting pictures. Note that these pictures do not belong to me; all commercial use must be done with the permission of the following museums: Grumman Memorial Park Calverton ( Long Island, New York, USA) and The Cradle of Aviation Museum (Garden City, Long Island, USA) . Canopy assembly   Cockpit with radar scope     Detail of the F9F wing-folding mechanism Mech dealing wiht the gun camera   Nose guns (4 x 20 mm) Detail of the nose structure     F9F-8P recce Version