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  • Member since
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  • From: Great Southern Land
Posted by damouav on Thursday, November 29, 2018 2:28 AM

Castel, great work one your build mate. It came up a treat, well done.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, November 29, 2018 7:29 AM

Looks great to me CN. The rigging looks perfect! Heart

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  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Thursday, November 29, 2018 10:06 AM

Castel, the Swordfish looks great - any issues you had with the build progress did not show up in the final presentation. Yes

What I do notice is the two-tone grey scheme, not the official FAA colours.  Maybe a result of the digital process?

regards,

Jack

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  • From: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
Posted by castelnuovo on Thursday, November 29, 2018 7:24 PM

Getlemen, thanks for the kind comments Smile

Jgeratic, it is a two tone gray scheme. I was looking at some Swordfish photos on line and saw this one and kind of liked it.

Cheers...

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Posted by Theuns on Friday, November 30, 2018 3:58 AM

Bish I totally forgot to add pix of the F1 A completed Embarrassed

 Italeri 1/48 F1 Az by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 Italeri 1/48 F1 Az by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 Italeri 1/48 F1 Az by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 

Theuns

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Posted by Bish on Friday, November 30, 2018 4:07 AM

Nicely finished Theuns, thank you. Will get the front page updated.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, November 30, 2018 11:36 AM

Theuns: Ohhhhhh nice!!! Love that camo scheme and great job painting it! Yes

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Friday, November 30, 2018 2:33 PM

Thanks, Bish.  The CMK wheels are conveniently slotted for the Airfix struts--which have rectangular tabs instead of a round pin.  Fit seems good.

Great looking Swordfish, cn.  I am finishing up a book called "First of the Few" by Brian Cull.  Has three chapters on Swordfish from Ark Royal and the elimination of French warships in north Africa.  Valiant plane and crew!

Very attractive jet, Theuns.  Great colors and workmanship.

I'm near to finishing up Airfix's Hurricane.  

Painted remaining parts and masked and painted the canopy.

Airfix engineered things so the proprellor can be added after the fuselage is closed up.  Makes construction and painting a lot easier than trapping the thing between fuselage halves.

Not so happy with what look like ejector pin marks in the middle of the landing gear doors.  Not very accessible for any clean-up.  Hopefully they won't show up when the struts cover them.

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Sunday, December 02, 2018 11:56 PM

Before I post photos of the finished build, Airfix's 1/72 Hawker Hurricane (with fabric wings), I wanted to recognize the pilot of the actual aircraft.

According to Plastic Planet Club’s decal instruction sheet, DU-J/L1926 from 312 Squadron was piloted by Alois Vasatko. 
The sheet contains markings exclusively for fabric-wing Hurricanes, but I wonder if this is accurate for a plane still flying in October 1940?  I obediently followed the sheet’s instructions, though, except for substituting Colourcoats Eau-de-Nil as the underside color, due to a profile in Paul Lucas’ previously mentioned book (which doesn’t verify that the craft had fabric-covered wings). 
Although the decals went on well and were very cooperative, it is obvious from photos that they got the wrong configuration for the red-white-blue fin flash.
Alois Vasatko was born 25 August, 1908 in Bohemia.  He joined the Czech army in 1928 as an artilleryman.  By 1935, he had trained as an air observer, and completed pilot training in 1939.  That same year he relocated to France after Nazi Germany added Bohemia and Moravia to the Reich.
Following Germany’s invasion of Poland and France’s entry into the war, Vasatko was allowed to join the French air force, in which he served until France’s surrender.  He managed to escape to Morocco and from there to Gibraltar, eventually arriving in Cardiff, Wales.
He was credited with twelve victories during the French campaign and had been awarded the Croix de Guerre.
Along with other Czech airman, Vasatko enlisted in the RAF Volunteer Reserve, was commissioned as a Pilot Officer, and trained on Hawker Hurricanes.  Posted to 312 Squadron, he was assigned with Sergeant Josef Stehlik to Yellow Flight, led by Flight Lieutenant Denys Gillam.
The Squadron was posted to RAF Speke near Liverpool, when, on 8 October, 1940, a single Ju-88 bomber was sighted flying along the River Mersey.  Yellow Flight was scrambled, with Vasatko flying L1926, coded DU-J.
All three planes of Yellow Flight attacked the Junkers, killing the observer and setting both engines on fire.  It made a forced landing, with the surviving crew captured.  The incident was reported in the news media.
 
 
With the conclusion of the Battle of Britain, Vasatko continued serving with the RAF, and by 1941 he was in command of 312 Squadron.
On 23 June, 1942, Vasatko was flying with the escort for a force of Boston bombers sent on a mission into France.  During the return flight, the RAF force was jumped by Focke-Wulf Fw-190s.  In the melee, Vasatko (now flying a Spitfire Mk VB) collided with one of the German planes.  The German pilot bailed out and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner. 
Vasatko went down into the sea with his plane and his body was not recovered.  At the time of his death he held the rank of Wing Commander.
I'll post photos of the finished model tomorrow.

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, December 03, 2018 6:43 AM

Great write up check, look forward to seeing the finished article.

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  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Monday, December 03, 2018 9:10 AM

Hi Check, always great to see some background history on any given build, and a good job you did on that.  I have the same decal set, and yes, good eye on spotting the tail flash is incorrect - the profile above it (L1806) seems to be the correct size.  

As far as fabric wings go, it is difficult to spot in photos.  It is rare but not improbable, that a few could still be around this late into the BoB time frame.   It's serial does fall in the production line of originally being equipped so.  Could be just a lucky airframe that never required a major overhaul (which is when the wings would usually be switched to metal).

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Just a heads up, ArmaHobby has their metal wing Hurricane available for order, and they have decided to offer their overtrees to everyone.

http://www.armahobby.com/category/aircraft-models-hurricane

 

regards,

Jack

 

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  • From: Currently in the Dallas area
Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, December 03, 2018 10:03 AM

jgeratic
Just a heads up, ArmaHobby has their metal wing Hurricane available for order, and they have decided to offer their overtrees to everyone. http://www.armahobby.com/category/aircraft-models-hurricane

I ordered my kit, overtrees and Polish decal sheet on Thrsday I believe. They said they will ship on Dec 10th but I probably won't see them until late Jan.

Steve

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1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales
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  • From: Currently in the Dallas area
Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, December 03, 2018 10:09 AM

Nice write up Check. Fun research.

As for the Swordfish, I FINALLY sat down with it last night and will put in another hour or two this morning. The PE rigging is going slow, especially since I didn't read ahead and install the scross strut rigging prior to installing the interplane struts, so I have to do it the hard way. Oh well, I get excided and jump the gun sometimes. Tongue Tied

No real pictures until I finish the rigging.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales
1/200 AMT Saturn V

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Secret Santa gifts will move to the top after Christmas.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, December 03, 2018 11:15 AM

Yeah, CMK02 - great write-up and she's looking good! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Monday, December 03, 2018 4:35 PM

Thanks Bish, Jack, Steve, Gamera.  I always appreciate your comments and insights.

Jack:  is there a listing somewhere showing the serials for Hurricanes built with fabric wings and those with metal?  That and the issue of DeHavilland or Rotol propellors usually have me guessing.

I also have an order in with Arma for two of the "expert" Hurricane kits.  Like you, Steve, I don't expect to see them till next year, since they'll probably get caught up in the Christmas package blitz.

Anyway:  here's the finished model.

Undersurfaces:  as mentioned before, I used Colourcoats Eau-de-Nil, with a pin wash of acrylic dark green in the panel lines.

On the upper surfaces I used Model Master's RAF Dark Earth and Dark Green.  Here I used a black acrylic pin wash.  Other than that, I didn't attempt any weathering.

 Construction of the kit went pretty easy and well.  I hope Arma's Hurricane is as good.

Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the GB, Bish.  I've enjoyed looking at everyone's work.  It's always fun to be part of your GBs.

You can pick what you like for the finish photo.

 

 

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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Posted by Griffin25 on Monday, December 03, 2018 4:56 PM

Really great work there! Great colors. Very sharp. Needs to be in a glass case at Bloomingdales and all the kids will want one for Christmas!

 

Griffin

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, December 03, 2018 7:43 PM

She looks fantastic!!!

Heart

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  • From: Barrie, Ontario
Posted by Cdn Colin on Monday, December 03, 2018 7:50 PM

Nice builds, everyone!

I had a bit of a fight with the Spitfire's landing gear.  I double checked my work, so I don't think I made the mistake, but the struts were somehow reversed, which but the wheels on a weird cockeyed manner.  I had to tear the one I'd built all apart and reassemble.

I'm finished now, and pictures will follow soon.

I build 1/48 scale WW2 fighters.

Have fun.

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  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Monday, December 03, 2018 9:39 PM

Griffin25

Really great work there! Great colors. Very sharp. Needs to be in a glass case at Bloomingdales and all the kids will want one for Christmas!

 
Thanks, Griffin.  A nice idea.
 
Around here, we only have Shopko.  Crying

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Monday, December 03, 2018 9:40 PM

Thanks, Gamera!  I appreciate the kind words.

 

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Monday, December 03, 2018 9:44 PM

Sounds frustrating, Colin.  Hope things turn out well; it's always nice to look at a Spitfire.

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Monday, December 03, 2018 11:51 PM

Check, sharp looking job on the Hurricane.Yes

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There is a listing here of the production blocks and serials.  There is some mention of propeller types, but not certain how complete the site is:

http://www.k5083.mistral.co.uk/APS.HTM

 

regards,

Jack

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, December 04, 2018 2:14 AM

Really nice looking build there Check, and its nice to seeing the Hurricane getting more attention.

Thanks as always for taking part, will get that on the front page.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, December 04, 2018 2:16 AM

Cdn Colin

Nice builds, everyone!

I had a bit of a fight with the Spitfire's landing gear.  I double checked my work, so I don't think I made the mistake, but the struts were somehow reversed, which but the wheels on a weird cockeyed manner.  I had to tear the one I'd built all apart and reassemble.

I'm finished now, and pictures will follow soon.

 

That sounds a bit of a stuggle Colin, but won't be the first time instructions are back to front. Glad you have been able to fix it and look forward to those pics.

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  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Tuesday, December 04, 2018 4:20 PM

Thanks, Jack.  And I appreciate the link to the Hurricane serials.  It looks like it'll be pretty useful.

Thanks, Bish.  You always put on a good GB!

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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  • From: Currently in the Dallas area
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, December 06, 2018 1:11 AM

The Hurri looks good Check! Yes One of my favorite planes.

So I'm working, slowly, on the Stringbag's rigging now. I haven't finished the rigging yet but felt I needed to put up a pic of where I'm at so far. I think after the rigging and a few armement parts, it may be time for decals....I think, I need to look over the instructions again.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales
1/200 AMT Saturn V

In Que

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, December 06, 2018 3:09 AM

Thanks check, but as always, its you guys that really make it.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, December 06, 2018 3:10 AM

Looks good Steve. O, that last minute bit where you just have to check you have not missed anything.

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  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Thursday, December 06, 2018 8:01 AM

Thanks, Steve.

And that's a great looking Swordfish.  

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, December 09, 2018 4:54 AM

I'm slightly over due an update, so here it is.

With everything together and cleaned up, i masked off ready for painting. I use an Eduard mask set designed for this kit, but that set does not take into account the blisters on the side windows so i had to use some liquid mask there.

the cockpit frames were painted interiour green then the kit primed.

And then the camp painted useing Xtracolor enamels.

Now time for the decals.

I also have a single Type B bomb trolley from Flightpath redy for paint.

 

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