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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, April 03, 2016 11:56 AM

The Hurricane is looking very nice. Looking forwrad to seeing how you weather it.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Phantom FG.1

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Sunday, April 03, 2016 12:59 PM

What a great looking Hurricane, Freddie.  Nice work!

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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Posted by fjs3 on Thursday, April 07, 2016 12:33 AM

I'm calling this one DONE!  Airfix's new 1:48 scale Hawker Hurricane is a beautiful, and well engineered model, that goes together without much truoble, and is packed with very nicely done details, inside and out.  Great model and was a joy to build.

Model represents a Hurricane of Number 501 Squadron, "County of Glochester", and flown by Pilot Officer Kenneth William Mackenzie, from RAF Kenley on 7 October, 1940.

Here are the pictues of the finished model:

 

Thanks again, and I guess I'll start on another aircraft from the Battle of Britain, a Bf-109E, if that's okay with the mods...

Have a great evening everyone!

 

Regards,

Freddie from LI

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Posted by jgeratic on Thursday, April 07, 2016 8:52 AM

Fred, now that is a really fine job representing a defender from the BoB era.  Yes

regards,

Jack

 

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Thursday, April 07, 2016 5:20 PM

Exceptional results, Freddie.  You've done a great job with the Hurricane.  Construction, painting and weather are all very well done and very effective.

Do you have a preferred photo for the front page?

It would be very acceptable and welcome if you want to add a 109 to the GB.

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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Posted by fjs3 on Thursday, April 07, 2016 8:06 PM
Thank you very much for the kind words, they are greatly appreciated. I think the top picture is my favorite. It shows the lines of a Hurricane the best. Thank you again, and ill get on the Bf-109. Haven't built a German in quite a while, and was hoping Airix would get their Ju-87 out, but I think not.

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Posted by BrandonD on Friday, April 08, 2016 1:32 PM

Fjs3 - Great work on that Hurry! I really love those planes, as I have a soft spot for the nearly obsolete planes that pilots took into battle and turned history with. Also, that AIrfix kit is really nice, and a very welcome addition, IMO. You did a great job with the fit and finish, and I can't wait to see the next BoB plane!

-BD-

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Friday, April 08, 2016 1:39 PM
Front page is updated, Freddie. Thanks again for your participation. I look forward to seeing your next one!

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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Posted by fjs3 on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 11:29 PM

Hey Folks,

 

Since the Hurricane was finished, I decided to take a whack at another kit for this GB: a 1:48 scale, Tamiya Bf-109E-4.  Problem is, that this kit builds so well, that is, as it fell together, I just did not take pictures until I got to this point y'all are seeing here.  

Pretty much ready for painting after masking, and I'm hoping to have that done by the weekend.  Here are the pictures...

I'll post more as the progress moves foward.

I would like to be posted as having another two builds to add, if that is alright with the mods...

The second of the "Two" I mentioned will be posted in a following article

Regards,

Freddie from LI

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Posted by fjs3 on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 12:01 AM

Hello again Folks,

While on a visit to the LHS, I saw a kit by ICM, that really caught my eye.  A Dornier D0-17Z2, "Flying Pencil", German bomber.  I quick got out the phone and checked to see if it were a new kit, or a repop or another kit.

Well, she's a new kit, and so far, she's a beauty, and basically falling together very nicely. 

So that being said, I'd like to add this to the build, as it will be a machine based in France during the Battle of Britain...and here are the pictures, so far...

I have to say, this kit looks really well engineered, and it looks like ICM is gonna make a run at improving their reputation, by producing quality kits.  I see they have also made a Do-17Z-10 night fighter, and they are planning on a Ju-88 family as well.  The Ju-88A-5, is already out!

Anyway, If you see one of these, I would tell you that, you couldnt go wrong with picking it up and giving it a shot.  

Regards,

Freddie from LI

 

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 4:37 PM

Freddie, you can build as many as you like.  I'm sure we'll all love to see them.

Nice job on these kits.  They look exceptionally well-engineered, and your construction is first-rate.  Looking forward to watching your progress! 

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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Posted by fjs3 on Saturday, July 09, 2016 1:45 PM

Hello Folks

 

I'm back with Part Two, (And later with a part Three...) for this group build.

 

Part Two, is Tamiya's excellent Bf-109E-4/7 kit, which for all intent and purpose, goes together without problems.  Pretty much she's a shaker and a baker.  Very few issues with this one, and it was a very simple model to build.  Detail was fine, and IMHO, not overdone, and it was a very fast build too.  As a matter of fact, I enjoyed building her so much, and got right into it, I didn't take too many pictures until I was way far along...

Anyway, here is where I am at right now.  There are a few more fidley bits to add after I weather her, and then she'll be done, with me posting finished pictures by Sunday evening.

Thank all for looking at my post, and I hope you are all having a fantastic day!

Regards

Freddie from LI

PS:  Markings are those of Oblt. Gerhardt Schopfel, 9 Stfl., III Grp. JG26, France, during August 1940.

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Posted by fjs3 on Saturday, July 09, 2016 2:00 PM

Part Three:  ICM 1:48 Scale Dornier Do-17Z-2

AS I had mentioned earlier, there is a Part Three.  I found this kit at my LHS, and took a shot at it not being a repop of earlier attempts at this German bomber....(Actually I googled it, and found it to be a 'New Tool' release, so I was hooked)

As soon as I opened the box, I was very pleased with what I found, and made plans to build her along side the Tamiya Bf-109 I was working on.  See Part Two...

The detail is overall spot on.  Very fine, very crisp and the fit is excellent.  As you'll see in the following pictures, it really looks good and the 'office' is plenty busy enough for us OOB guys to really not need any aftermarket.  I'm sure there wil be a fair share of that in the weeks to come too!  

Still a major work in progress, but as you see, moving along.  Now with the Bf-109 mostly finished I can devout more time on this project, and prepare for the next one on my list.

Thanks again for reading my post and have a great day y'all!!

 

Regards

Freddie from LI

Starboard Cockpit

Port cockpit and pilot's seat

Port Cockpit and pilot's seat

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Saturday, July 09, 2016 3:27 PM
Outstanding results with both aircraft, Freddie. Excellent work on each of them!

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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Posted by DantheMan85 on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 3:33 PM

 

Thanks Josiah.

 

A job well done on your Hurricane & Bf109 Freddie, they turned out great. The E-4/7 kit was my first tamiya aircraft model.

 

I finally got around to photography the underside of the Junker Ju-52 today, plus outside I can take shots of IronAnnie with no barrel distortion. I plan to start the StuG III Ausf A. soon for the 1941 build.

 

On my Work Bench: Academy 1/48 F-15E Eagle.

Up Coming: ?

           

 

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 5:20 PM

Looking good all around, Dan--top and bottom.  Congratulations on a kit well done!

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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Posted by jgeratic on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 11:09 PM

Dan, almost forgot about this one, glad you were able to finnish.  Looks to be a great rendition of this workhorse. Yes

regards,

Jack

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Posted by DantheMan85 on Thursday, July 14, 2016 8:02 AM

Thanks Checkmate and Jgeratic, I also think the dark colors look better outside. Cool

On my Work Bench: Academy 1/48 F-15E Eagle.

Up Coming: ?

           

 

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Posted by fjs3 on Sunday, August 28, 2016 10:20 PM

Hey Folks.

 

I finally got back to the bench this past week, and finished my latest build.  It is Tamiya's 1:48 scale Bf-109E-4.  

I found this to be a terrific little kit, easy to build, and....well, it's a Tamiya kit so...

I painted the model using Floquil Military enamels and Modelmaster Enamels.  Decals are from Aeromaster

The model represents a Bf-109E, the was flown by Oblt. Gerhardt Schopfel during August 1940.  He was assigned to the 9th Staffell, 3rd Gruppe, and flew with Jagdgeschwader 26 during the Battle of Britain.

He survived the war, and was credited with forty five confirmed shoot downs.

Thanks again for looking, and I'll get back at that Do-17Z-2, and get her posted as well!!

 

Regards,

Freddie from LI

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Posted by jgeratic on Sunday, August 28, 2016 11:05 PM

Freddie, great looking Emil! Yes

regards,

Jack

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Monday, August 29, 2016 1:26 PM

Outstanding work once again, Freddie!  I look forward to seeing your next project.  

In the meantime, do you have a preference for the finished photo for the front page?

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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Posted by DantheMan85 on Monday, August 29, 2016 4:01 PM

 

Great work and excellent finish to your Bf-109 Freddie. I remember building that kit back in 2006, wound how it compares to Eduard's 109. Cool

 

On my Work Bench: Academy 1/48 F-15E Eagle.

Up Coming: ?

           

 

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Posted by fjs3 on Monday, August 29, 2016 6:07 PM

checkmateking02

Outstanding work once again, Freddie!  I look forward to seeing your next project.  

In the meantime, do you have a preference for the finished photo for the front page?

 

How about the sec0ond one down?  I think it looks better.

 

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Posted by fjs3 on Monday, August 29, 2016 6:40 PM

Now that the Bf-109E is finished, I can get back to the Do-17Z.

The kit is ICM's 1:48 scale offering, and I can say without a doubt, it is awesome.  The fit, detail, and the engineering are really great.   I am thoroughly enjoying the experience!!  

The only problem I have run into, is the seam at both the front and rear of the uooer wing to fuselage join   There's a little step that needs to be dealt with, but it's not a horror show, but there will be some rescribing needed afterwards.  I plan on using CCA to fill these, as it takes rescribing better than putty.  I will pose her with the bomb bay open, and maybe one of the engines too.   The kit gives the builder a few options, that really look cool!!

Anyway, here are a few pictures of the progress so far!

These last two pictures show the two trouble spots I spoke of.  Not bad, but be aware of them, and better builders will avoid them all together.

I'll post more as the build progresses.  After this one, a BP Defiant, ICM's Ju-88, and a Hobby Boss Vickers Wellington.  I plan on being busy... 

 

Regards,

Freddie from LI

 

 

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Monday, August 29, 2016 7:22 PM

Nice looking kit, Freddie; and you've done wnnders with the cockpit.  Very impressive work on those problem areas.

Front page is also updated.  Thanks for your participation.

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Friday, December 23, 2016 12:11 AM

As an end-of-the-year project--and as a reminder and invitation that the 1939-40 GB is still open to anyone who wants to create a model from the first years of the war--here is another submission.

This is the first of this Spitfire kit I've built, and it's very nice.  It comes with two different canopies and multiple parts to make an early Spitfire up to the Mk II.  It goes together very well.

I've always admired Adolph "Sailor" Malan, and since the only photo I could find of his plane appears to be an early variant with the pole type antenna and the less-bulged canopy, this kit was a good starting place.

It appears from the view barely discernible of the port landing gear doors that the plane was painted in light colored undersides by this time.  In fact, the instructions that came with Xtradecals Spitifire sheet indicate it should be a sky blue.

But I built Hasegawa's Spitfire years ago in that scheme, and I wanted to show Sailor's plane as it might have appeared over Dunkirk, around the time he entered the fray.

So I painted the inside of the wheel wells in the white/black scheme in use during late May and early June '40.  I used a pin wash, some dry brushing and Doc O'Brien's weathering powders to bring up the detail.

Added a Sutton harness to the pilot's seat, made out of masking tape.

Fuselage halves and cockpit pieces.  Again I used pinwashes and drybrushed highlights for emphasis.

Sailor's plane has been a pretty popular subject, so I had collected a number of decal sets with ZP-A included.  I used the stencilling decals from Revel's offering (Icons of Flight set)--and they were very good--went on really well.  National roundels came from Airfix's Battle of Britain Experience set, and the squadron code letters and serial numbers came from the Xtradecal Spitfire sheet.

  

Finished the plane tonight, but this is enough for one post, so final photos can wait till tomorrow.

Thanks for looking.

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Friday, December 23, 2016 5:24 PM

First:  about Adolph Gysbert "Sailor" Malan, pictured with "Peter," his (and wife Linda's) terrier.

  

Born in Wellington, South Africa on 3 October, 1910, he went to sea in 1924, hence his later RAF nickname.  He applied for a short-service commission in the RAF in 1935, and was posted to 74 Squaddron in 1936.

On 6 September, 1939, he was involved in the unfortunate "Battle of Barking Creek" episode.  He first saw action against the Germans over Dunkirk, as flight lieutenant, and achieved his first victories on 21 May, 1940.  By the end of Operation Dynamo, he claimed at least four (some sources say five) destroyed and shared in a number of others.

It remains possible that one of his victims during the Battle of Britain was Werner Moelders, who was wounded but recovered.

In August 1940, Sailor was posted to command 74 Squadron.

After the war, he returned to South Africa, and died of Parkinson's Disease on 17 September, 1963.

Finished Spitfire.

Undersides:  There must be at least four different interpretations for the undersurfaces I found on the web for Sailor Malan's plane.  This was the most interesting, I thought, so it's what I used.  It's also close to what Revell suggests in their "Icons of Flight" Battle of Britain set, issued a few years ago.

Although Testors discontinued it, I recently found two bottles of their Camouflage Gray in a near-by hobby shop, so that's what I used to represent the white side.  I had an old bottle of Floquil Weathered Black still around, so that's what I used to represent the black side.

The upper surfaces were more conventional.  I used Colourcoats paint here.

And finally, an artist's colour interpretation of the photo above.

  

 

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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Posted by jgeratic on Friday, December 23, 2016 10:09 PM

Hi Check, a fine looking Spitfire, I think you did a great job on this one. Yes

I 've never seen the underside of the tail like that before, quite new to me.  Very true, back during wartime there was some confusion when the night/white scheme was issued.  A huge part of the problem was that no permission was given to apply paint on the ailerons, as it was considered to affect the aerodynamics.  These were left in the original aluminum colour, until a proper method of paint application was handed out.

The alternating colored ailerons could be a post war myth from a possible photo showing just a black wing underside with a light coloured aileron, with a conclusion being made that the other wing was painted the opposite way?

Again, great looking build and tribute to "Sailor" Malan.

regards,

Jack

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Friday, December 23, 2016 10:17 PM
Thanks, Jack. I wasn't at all certain about the undersurfaces, but this particular scheme provided a slightly different take on things--and I like some variety now and then. I have wondered whether Sailor had enough clout to get by with a non-regulation interpretation?

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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Posted by jgeratic on Friday, December 23, 2016 10:56 PM

I dunno if it would be a matter of clout.  The reason for the black white undersides was to make recogniton easier for ground observers - the RAF might of had to release another circular to flak units, stating that 'Spitfire with funky tail is one of ours.'  lol!

regards,

Jack

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