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Reich Defenders V: Hunters of the Dark

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Reich Defenders V: Hunters of the Dark
Posted by Thunderbolt379 on Sunday, November 2, 2014 12:14 AM

 

Reich Defenders V: Hunters of the Dark

This is the fifth of the "Reich Defenders" group builds, which have been so popular over the years. This one is dedicated specifically to Nightfighters -- the "Nachtjaeger" of the Luftwaffe designed to intercept allied bombers, especially those of the RAF in their relentless campaign of attrition that ground down German industry and morale.

Possible subjects include the specialist nightfighters, such as the Heinkel He-219 and Arado Ar-240, and nightfighter variants of dayfighters, such as the Bf 110, Fw 190 and Me 262. many were radar equipped, and many more were projected for production by late 1945, on into 1946, such as two-seat radar versions of the Do 335 and Ho 229.

Any nightfighter is eligible, built or projected, including bombers converted for night air to air work. If the Luftwaffe threw it at the night bombers, it counts!

This build launches officially on November 1st 2014 and closes October 31st 2015 -- yes, these bats of the night end next Halloween!

 

Roll Call (expressions of interest gathered to date from the feeler thread)

  • SchattenSpartan Zokei-Mura 1:32 He-219

  • Bvallot Eduard 1:48 Fw 190 A-6

  • Thunderbolt379(host) DML 1:48 Me-262B1a/U1

  • Tempestjohnny Dragon Ju-88 G-6 DONE

  • dflu78 ZM or Revell 1:32 He-219

  • Rambo Dragon Messerschmitt Bf110D Nachtjager

  • Blackdog62: Hobby Boss  1:48 Me 262A-1a/U2 (V065).

  • lawdog114: Pro Modeller 1:48 Ju-88 C-6

  • Sanderson_91: TBA

  • Silentbob33: Tamiya 1:48 He-219 A-7 DONE

  • Ajd3530:  Promodeller 110G-4.

  • Rigidrider:   Cyberhobby Ju 88 DONE  HobbyCraft 1/48 Do-17Z (Zg 3, Norway,1940) DONE

  • VanceCrozier:   TBA

  • Snapdragonxxx:   TBA

  • Panzerpilot:   Bf 109

  • BrandonK: ProModeler 1/48 Me410 B6/R2  (OOB) DONE

  • PM :Me410 B-6/R-2

  • TreyZX10R:   1/48 Dragon JU88G-6 DONE and possibly Pro Modeller 1/48 Me410

  • Modelcrazy:   MPM 1:72 Focke Wulf Fw 189A-1 DONE

  • Moose421   Eduard Bf 110 G-4 with AM

  • Zvezda1980: Hobby Boss 1/48 scale Me-262 A-1a/U2 and  Italeri 1/72 Do-217 J1

  • Jugjunkie:  Revell 1:48 Ar-234 B-2/N Nachtigall

  • Bish (rejoining): Dragon 1/:2 He 219A-0 DONE

We're approaching the end of this GB with 8 completions so far from 23 proposed projects, and a couple more likely to come!

 

Badges

We have our first badge, courtesy of Bish!

 

 

Honour Wall

Completed builds will be listed here as they occur.

 

26 Nov. 2014    Modelcrazy

 

29 Dec. 2014    BrandonK

 

11 Feb. 2015    Rigidrider

 

 

6 Mar. 2015    Treyzx10r

 

 

18 Mar. 2015    TempestJohnny

 

 

2 May 2015    Rigidrider

 

4 Oct 2015    SilentBob33

 

14 Oct. 2015    Bish

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, November 2, 2014 12:28 AM

Alrighty, let's go for it.  Stick out tongue

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, November 2, 2014 1:54 AM

Greta to see this up and running. I will be building the Dragon A-0 kit. I plan on doing the aircraft Werner Sreib flew on one of the 291's first missions when he destroyed 5 Lancaster's. Of course, I will be doing it before rather than after the sortie.

Mike, are you looking for ideas for badges.

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

On the bench: Fujim 1/72nd Ju 87R-2/AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust/Accurate Armour 1/35th SNATCH

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, November 2, 2014 11:53 AM

I will open the shrink rap today and get rolling on it. I am building the PM Me410 B-6/R-2 kit. Not sure of the details yet, but it will be OOB and perhaps a bit of scratch.

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by jugjunkie on Monday, November 3, 2014 6:52 AM

I am going to throw my hat in the ring here. The time line will allow me to do all my other stuff so i'm going to commit here but I will probably only start some time in the new year. I will be doing the Revell 1/48 Arado Ar 234 "Nachtigall"

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Posted by Rigidrider on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 10:57 AM

Looking forward to this one! Will try to get going here shortly...

Doug

When Life Hands You A Bucket Of Lemons...

Make Lemonade!

Then Sell It Back At $2 Bucks A Glass...

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, November 7, 2014 10:21 PM

Here's the start of my MPM Fw 189A-1. I finished the center pod, now onto the booms and wings. The kit comes with it's own PE and seems to go together pretty well. The kit also appears to have parts for the observation version, just not the decals or instructions. Notice the upward facing 20mm cannon through the greenhouse. I also added a little detail of cabling from the radar antenna to under the office floor.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, November 8, 2014 10:47 PM

Here's todays progress,

A little filling, a little more sanding, some little parts here and there, then attempt that insane paint scheme.

Steve

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Posted by Thunderbolt379 on Saturday, November 8, 2014 10:59 PM

Wow, Steve, you're moving right along! I better sort out some badges!

I'm most interested to see how the paint scheme comes out, it looks fiendish!

Cheers, M/TB379

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, November 9, 2014 12:38 AM

I managed to open my kit. That's it so far. I'll start Sunday as my P-51D is nearly done now.

Steve, that paint. Tongue Tied That's gonna be the hardest part of your build. Good luck, I can't wait to see it. 

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On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, November 9, 2014 3:37 AM

Great start Steve.

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

On the bench: Fujim 1/72nd Ju 87R-2/AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust/Accurate Armour 1/35th SNATCH

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Posted by silentbob33 on Sunday, November 9, 2014 6:41 AM

Great start Steve, I can't wait to see how you tackle that camo

On my bench: Encore 1/48 A-37B Dragonfly

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Posted by sanderson_91 on Sunday, November 9, 2014 9:50 AM

Jeez Steve, you're moving quickly - I'm still trying to decide what to build!  Looks really good!

Steve

 

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 7:36 PM

Alright gents, here we go!!

I actually opened my kit and got started on it today. So far I have managed to read through the cockpit sections and determine what I need to do. I pulled all the parts off the sprues and sanded them all down and checked for fit and then I went over them and removed all the instrumentation I needed to so the PE will go down nice and tight. I managed also to get all the cockpit pieces painted, most in RLM66 and a few others in flat black. I will keep posting as I go along.

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by jugjunkie on Thursday, November 13, 2014 4:33 AM

Oh man will I be watching this one....Stick out tongue

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Posted by Thunderbolt379 on Thursday, November 13, 2014 6:23 AM

Great start, BrandonK!!! My kit hasn't even left the US yet...!

M/TB379

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Posted by moose421 on Thursday, November 13, 2014 7:09 PM

Nice work going, Steve.  Good luck on the upcoming camo job.  

As for my Bf 110G-4, I have the kit and barrels.  I went with the Master Model barrels. I have the Mk108. Still going to get the 20 mm barrels yet.  Also the Master Model Fug220 antenna will be installed.

Still trying to figure out with markings I want to got with.

Does anyone know if the PD decals are any good?  If so do they come with the camo diagrams.

Moose

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, November 13, 2014 9:58 PM

I've had to stop the painting process until I get a tarp put up in the garage this weekend. I need a heated area now that winter has hit the Boise area. Plus I had to order RLM 66 which should be here Monday.

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Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, November 13, 2014 10:10 PM

Model, You live in Boise? Dude, I live in Nampa !! Small world. And yes it's cold and snowy and I have to warm up my garage a few hours before I spend 15 min painting in it. Painting at 23 F just isn't that easy.

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On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, November 13, 2014 10:44 PM

Sweet, jelliott523 also lives in Nampa as well. Do you go the IPMS meetings in Boise? If not, there's on this Saturday.

Don't mean to hijack the thread. IM me if you want.

Steve

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Posted by moose421 on Thursday, November 13, 2014 10:48 PM

I am lucky I get to paint in my basement.  But getting cold here as well. I live in central Wisconsin.  I to am waiting on the rest of my paint to come.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, November 13, 2014 10:50 PM

Wisconsin is it? I'll bet you've been cold for a while.

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, November 16, 2014 1:28 PM

Well, progress continues. I managed to complete the assembly of the cockpit. Adding in all the PE stuff was a learning process. I definitely need to invest in some CA accelerator. It went together with no real worries. I made sure to move slow and test fit everything a few times and the only issues I had were the instructions are a bit vague on exactly how they want certain pieces to be laid down in various areas. With a little patience I was able to get it all sorted out. I only knocked the control levers off 3 times, so yeah me!! 

So far I am happy with the fit of the pieces of this kit. I have had very little sanding to do and there is very very little flash on the small stuff but not really all that bad. The kit is pretty tight overall. The painting instructions in this kit are far too broad and could use a lot more detail on exactly where certain colors are to start and end. I found this challenging in the cockpit, mostly because this is the first German plane I have assembled. It is coming along nicely and I am pleased with it. 

In the next shot you can see the very tiny control levers that were challenging to install as they only have the thickness of the PE to stand on. Tongue Tied

And here we are getting ready to my wash with artist oils. Before and after shots...

And finally, the cockpit is in place and the fuselage halves are drying. As you can see by the photo, the cockpit fit the two fuselage halves very well. No complaints here.  Smile

Gonna let it sit today and work on my "Hell-er-Bust" kit. Back later gents.

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by Zvezda1980 on Sunday, November 16, 2014 1:40 PM

Mike

Count me in with a prototype night-fighting Me-262 A-1a/U2 (HOBBY BOSS 1/48 scale) and  a Do-217 J1 in 1/72 (ITALERI).

That's a great GB!!!

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, November 16, 2014 2:03 PM

Brandon, some really nice work there. I understand this is your first German aircraft build. Its certainly off to a great start.

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

On the bench: Fujim 1/72nd Ju 87R-2/AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust/Accurate Armour 1/35th SNATCH

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Posted by Thunderbolt379 on Sunday, November 16, 2014 5:00 PM

Brandon, off to a superb start! That's quality work!!!

Zvezda, welcome aboard, updating p1 now!

M/TB379

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Posted by Thunderbolt379 on Sunday, November 16, 2014 5:05 PM

Done -- BTW, Brandon, what's your project? Nothing's listed yet. Aircraft type, scale and maker?

M/TB379

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, November 16, 2014 7:04 PM

Thunderbolt,

It is a ProModeler Me410 B6/R2  OOB. 1/48 Night fighter on this one.

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by moose421 on Sunday, November 16, 2014 7:30 PM

Looking good Brandon.  Nice detail.

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Posted by Thunderbolt379 on Sunday, November 16, 2014 8:26 PM

Thanks, updating with those details now.

M

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