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Reich Defenders IV Group Build: Strike From Above

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Reich Defenders IV Group Build: Strike From Above
Posted by Thunderbolt379 on Friday, February 1, 2013 6:52 AM

Reich Defenders IV Group Build: Strike From Above

After considerable discussion and shuffling of time and suibject matter (not to mention all kinds of RL pressure that caused a miss of a January start date), I am proud to announce that Reich Defenders IV is finally go! Daywalker passed me the torch, as it were, to host the RD group builds, and 2013 will be my first, with a twelve-month event (end date January 31st 2014) aimed at thoroughly exploring the world of German late-WWII ground attack, the desperate attempt to stem the Allied tide sweeping across Europe from east and west toward that fateful collapse of the Third Reich in May, 1945.

Aircraft applicable to this phase are many and varied, from tank-busting Stukas to bomb-carrying jet-fighters, the bazarre "Mistel" composites and the solid, powerful Fw 190 F-8 workhorses. If it was used for tactical strike, it's in.

In discussions there were expressions of interest from the following: Bish, BobBailey, Satch_ip, KJ200, Lawdog114, Nathan T, DoogsATX, Reasoned, Wingman_kz and ww2_psycho. If you gents and anyone who may be interested in coming aboard would like to let me know if you're still in and what you'll be taking a crack at, I'll build the participants list as we go.

For myself, I'll throw my helmet into the ring with a Fujimi 1:72 Ju-87 G-1 Stuka in Hans Ulrich Rudel's markings, to start the ball rolling.

 

Roll Call

Thunderbolt 379 (host): Fujimi 1:72 Ju-87 G-2 (Rudel's markings) DONE

Nathan T: Italeri 1:48 Ju-87 D-5 Stuka... (w/ masks, resin exhausts, possible PE) 

Bish: MPM 1:72 Me 262A-2a/U2 (w/ Aires cockpit) DONE

Taxtp: Tamiya 1/72 Henschel Hs 129B-2

Bobbaily: Hasegawa 1/48 Fw 190 F-8

AndrewW: Tamiya 1:48 Fw 190 F-8 (Yellow 11, w/ Eduard PE)

Rigidrider: ProModeler 1:48 Bf110C (Jabo, with some True Details resin and PE) DONE

Sanderson_91: Dragon 1/48  Ju88P-1 (w/75mm Pak 40) DONE

Tempestjohnny: Hasegawa 1:48 Hs129B DONE

Stalkerfish: Cyber-Hobby 1/48 Bf110D-3

Schatten Spartan: Tamiya 1:48 P-47 Thunderbolt (captured, w/ german markings) DONE

 

 

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Honour Wall

26th May, 2013    Rigidrider

 

30th June 2013    Bish

 

 

11th Nov. 2013    Thunderbolt379

 

 

23rd Feb. 2014    Sanderson_91

 

 

26th Feb. 2014    Tempestjohnny

 

 

2nd May 2014    SchattenSpartan

 

Let's build some planes, gents!

Cheers, Mike/Thunderbolt379

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Posted by Nathan T on Friday, February 1, 2013 8:28 AM

Nice to see this up Mike. I'm pretty clear on the rules, but how about a D-5 stuka in '44 markings? I have one in the stash but not sure when I'll get to starting on it here. Darn group builds comittments..lol!...or better yet, darn work comittments.. I take it anything in '43 markings would be alittle out of the theme?

 

 

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Posted by Bish on Friday, February 1, 2013 10:59 AM

To right i am in. I have just finished the Academy Ju 87G-1, but i know i have other kits to choise from. Not sure what i will build yet, got a pretty full bench this ye but will deffinatly sort something out.

Mike, did you mean the G-2 rather than G-1. I have the Fujimi G-1 as well and that doesn't have the markings for Rudel's bird.

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Posted by ww2psycho on Friday, February 1, 2013 11:51 AM

I cannot commit at this time, we'll see what the future holds.

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Posted by Thunderbolt379 on Friday, February 1, 2013 4:36 PM

Hi all, welcome to the build!

Nathan T -- ideally anything post-Overlord would count as Defense of the Reich, but by '43 things were turning against Germany, the invasion through Italy was well underway and the disaster at Kursk saw them lose the initiative in the east and go on the defensive, so potentially 1943 could be counted. A D-5 in '44 markings would be a definite yes.

Bish -- you're absolutely right, it's a G-2, sorry about that. Yep, there's plenty of time to sort out a project, just let me have the details when you've decided.

ww2_psycho -- no worries, if you fancy comign aboard at any point, just let me know.

Cheers,

Mike/TB379

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Posted by Bish on Friday, February 1, 2013 4:52 PM

Look forward to seeing that. I originally got the Fujimi G-1 and G-2. But then replaced them with the Academy kits. As a big Rudel fan, i can't wait to ssee your build. I plan on doing his G-2 as well at some point.

Would German what if aircraft count, just so i know how many kits i have to consider.

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Posted by taxtp on Friday, February 1, 2013 5:34 PM

Sign me up Mike, I'll let you know in a little while what it will be.

Cheers

Tony

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Posted by Thunderbolt379 on Friday, February 1, 2013 6:02 PM

You got it! M

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Posted by Thunderbolt379 on Saturday, February 2, 2013 6:34 PM

Bish -- yes, I have the Academy kit lined up as well, including Eduard masks, I might slip that one in too, you never know... A what-if? I see no reason why not, I have no grounded objection to speculation, and Germany came up with so many experimental and proposed concepts it would be impossible to catalog them... So go for it, it's all about fun!

Cheers, Mike

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, February 2, 2013 7:29 PM

The Academy G-1 is a nice kit, i used the eduard mask's and they were very useful with that type of canopy. Look forward to seeing yours, i have a massive soft spot for Stuka's.

I just got a kit today that in got on E-bay. Its an Me 262 variant that i have wanted for ages and only recently found out had ever been produced in 72nd. Its the MPM Me 262A-2a/U2, the one with the bomb aimer in the front. So i will probably do that one.

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Posted by Thunderbolt379 on Saturday, February 2, 2013 7:56 PM

Bish -- I have that one somewhere in my stash, I remember it being a most unusual piece -- great, shall I go ahead and list that one as your project?

TB379

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, February 2, 2013 8:08 PM

Ye, deffinatly. It looks a pretty nice kit. I am going to add an Aires resin cockpit, but i think that will be it.

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Posted by Thunderbolt379 on Saturday, February 2, 2013 8:20 PM

Done! I'm getting the itch to cut sprue already myself...

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Posted by greentracker98 on Saturday, February 2, 2013 8:26 PM

This sounds interesting. The only problem is I don't have anything Axis.Unlike most fellow modelers, I don't have a stash of kits. I built or am building everything I bought. Ya'll should see the basement of my local hobby shop. I bet he has literally 20 tons of kits and all kinds of spare parts and such down there. The first time I went down there, I thought I died and went to heaven.

All I can say right now is I might possibly sign on.

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Posted by Thunderbolt379 on Saturday, February 2, 2013 8:34 PM

Okay, mandatory box art shot to start the ball rolling:

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Posted by Thunderbolt379 on Saturday, February 2, 2013 8:38 PM

Greentracker98 -- I can understand the sense of going to kit heaven when you encounter a motherload like that! No worries, the build runs a year, if you fancy coming aboard with an Axis ground attacker, you're more than welcome to sign up at any time.

Cheers, Mike/TB379

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Posted by Nathan T on Sunday, February 3, 2013 11:04 AM

Nice stuka there Mike. Bish has set the bar pretty high here in the 1/72 scale Stuka world. Looking forward to this.

 

 

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Posted by taxtp on Sunday, February 3, 2013 5:38 PM

Mike - That box art makes me want to start one of those Stukas too.  I'm thinking that I might build the Tamiya 1/72 Henschel 129B-2. It will depend on whether I can find a decal option in the kit or on a decal sheet that fits this GB. For the moment, put me down for that, and I'll investigate the options that I have. Just for my understanding, does defence of the Reich mean defence of Germany or defence of any country that they had occupied ?

Bish - I really like the different versions of the 262, I'll look forward to your build, and also to acquiring that kit myself. Hurry up with it man !

Cheers

Tony

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Posted by Thunderbolt379 on Sunday, February 3, 2013 5:42 PM

Hi Tony -- I would rate "the Reich" for our purposes as including the occupied territories -- the factories and manpower of those regions were utilised to support the war effort and Allied advances through those territories cumulatively eroded the power of the Third Reich.

Okay, will list your kit at this time -- I think it's an Italeri rebox, yes???

Cheers, Mike

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Posted by taxtp on Sunday, February 3, 2013 5:55 PM

Hi Mike,

Yep, I'm pretty sure it is an Italeri re-box.

Cheers

Tony

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Posted by Bish on Monday, February 4, 2013 12:24 AM

Thnaks for that comment Nathan. I just hope i can carry it on with my future builds.

Tony, those Fujimi box arts are very nice. I have quite a few of their Ju 87 kits, and they all have similar boxe's. I rather like unusal aircraft and variants. For the Me 262 RD GB i built the C-1a. And last night i won an MPM A-1a/U3 recon variant, anotehr kit i didn't realise anyone had ever done in this scale. Keep an eye out on E-Bay for the bomber version. There was one on there from the US a couple of months ago but i didn't win that, but they seem to be coming up every to often, and they don't go for that high a price. It will be a few months before i start on mine though.

I have the Itaerli 129B-2, so will be looking forward to your build.

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Posted by Thunderbolt379 on Monday, February 4, 2013 9:54 PM

Hi all, here's something to whet your appetite, a parts layout shot of Rudel's bird:

I'm thinking of getting the dark gray into the cockpit today, then I can go through a large part of the assembly. i have an order in for both a mask set and some paints at this time.

Cheers, Mike/TB379

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 8:01 AM

Nice, looking forward to seeing how your going to tackle the yellow wing markings. I was thinking about painting mine on when i get to it.

Mike, would i be right in thinking the end date for this is end of Jan next year.

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Posted by Thunderbolt379 on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 5:01 PM

Bish -- yes, I'm thinking about painting them, I have 04 on my order list. Fujimi supply them as decals but the paint option seems preferable if practical.

Yep, January 31st next year -- I'll say that clearly at the next update of p1.

Oh, got the 66 onto the interior parts, and am doing a bit of detail work now...

Cheers, Mike/TB379

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 5:05 PM

The Academy kit has decals for that as well. But i just don't trust yellow decals on such a dark background.

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Posted by Thunderbolt379 on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 5:11 PM

Good point, it's inviting a strikethrough situation. I've painted the 04 on previous projects, such as a Fw 190 F-8, and I have a Bf 109 F in Werner Molders' markings, with five yellow areas, in progress. I would have finished it long ago except I had a situation with bluetac used for soft masking and have not yet been able to clean away the goop on one side...

M/TB379

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Posted by bobbaily on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 7:32 PM

Hey all-I'd like to join this party but it might be a few months before I get started.

Unless something changes, I'll be working on a 1/48 Fw 190F-8...Hasegawa kit.

bob

 

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Posted by Thunderbolt379 on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 7:43 PM

Welcome aboard, Bob, will update p1!

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Posted by Thunderbolt379 on Thursday, February 7, 2013 2:20 AM

Hi guys, here's a small progress report. The Fujimi kit has very little cockpit detail, so I started with dark grey (all Tamiya Acrylics), drybrushed with silver, used redbrown for the leather areas, and applied the instrument decal over the panel. The instruments are in raised relief but too low to drybrush without a bit of luck. I used satincoat on the panel first and it took about five rounds of MicroSol to get the decal to pull into the surface. Future was applied to create lenses.

The only detail I have added is harness from slivers of tape, painted Deck Tan.

I'll paint the sight pad as leather and get some grey on the back of the panel as it's exposed in the coambing, then I can bring the fuselage together.

I assembled one of the canons and while the fit is okay the sprue gates are so heavy that cutting the parts free snapped the barrel of each half. I had a look for metal replacements but have not found them in this scale yet. The repair is straight but far from invisible...

Cheers, Mike/TB379

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Posted by Bish on Friday, February 8, 2013 7:50 AM

Nice start Mike. As far as i know there are no 72nd barrels for this, i couldn't gind any. I think you have two options. You could get the Aires resin guns. They are meant for the Academy kit, but would also work on this. Or i can send you the guns off my Academy kit as i didn't use them. The sprue attachments are pretty fine and should cut ok.

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