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  • Christmas Airfix!
  • Harry_the_Spider
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    I don’t have the eyesight or fine motor skills for PE ☹️

    jimfrandisco
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    https://ibb.co/g4jJPCY

    No idea if that link will work, so may need a quick edit.

    Some amazing paint work on this thread, and that’s just looking at the last few pages.

    My 9-year old has just got into airfix/revell, quick learning curve about the need for tweezers, sandpaper etc but I’ve been really impressed with his skills. He’s got a few paints from war hammer figures and I think he’s done an excellent job on this Comet Mk1 (although I’m taking credit for getting the transfers on!)

    natrix
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    Thats some great cockpit detail Nick.

    Good work by your son on the Comet, Jim.

    nickc
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    My latest. Bf109 F Trop-R5 of 3-JG27 Murtuba, Libya Feb ’42. Obviously if you choose your theme to be “desert Luftwaffe”, you pretty much end up looking at pictures of Hans Joachim Marseille’s various 109Fs. There’s any number of variants of the basic scheme you can end up doing, there’s endless reference photos, some showing a red (probably primer) tail, some with white wing tips, some without…You can pretty much choose whatever. Marseille was one of the few Luftwaffe 150+ aces whose kills came almost entirely fighting Western allied pilots from the RAF, Empire, and USAAF air forces. Some of his kills are disputed now though, but shouldn’t distract from the fact that he was an amazingly skilled fighter pilot. Interesting fact; He was shot down twice by the same Frenchman; Sous-Lieutenant James Denis who was flying with the RAF.

    It’s the Eduard 1/72 kit, which comes with a couple of sprues of PE, most of which was used…Can you tell? No, no you can’t. I shouldn’t bother with it really haha. Nice kit, a bit ‘over’ engineered if I’m honest, but also I didn’t have to use filler anywhere. so you pays yer money…

    109 2109 1109 cockpit

    Harry_the_Spider
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    Lovely build.

    Hans Joachim Marseille is in a few of James Holland’s books and sound’s like an “interesting” character. I won’t give any spoilers!

    natrix
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    Incredible detail on the cockpit Nick.

    Just finished a Tiger. (can’t find the insert image button)

    https://i.postimg.cc/pT1g7nTW/IMG-20240316-091421993-2.jpg

    The only thing i haven’t been able to find is if the Zimmerit was applied before or after the main colour.

    Give the Tank Museum a bell? They have a good Tiger collection: archive@tankmuseum.org

    nickc
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    Nice little Tiger. Even teeny tiny it’s a menacing shape.

    natrix
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    Agreed, must have been terrifying in real life. I once had to direct a chieftan tank over a bridge and had to fight the urge just to run away, it had a very scary looming presence.

    Harry_the_Spider
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    Harry_the_Spider
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    Tracks and wheels masked. Primer on.

    stank

    Let’s see how we do with a splinter camo job!

    Harry_the_Spider
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    First mask on. Was as much fun as it looks.stank

    Extra Thin for scale.

    nickc
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    Fw190D-9 StabII/JG 6, Furth, April/May 1945. By this point Nazi Germany’s aircraft production was almost exclusively fighters (defence) , so lots of different manufacturers were making bits of airplane, the sub-assemblies (wings and engines made at the Junkers plant) were then bought together at the Focke Wulf factory at Marienburg. Surprisingly, they were still able to make 1500 of these planes from August 1944 to the end of the war, although the didn’t really have the pilots to fly them, so it was a waste of time, and planes that did take to the sky were almost invariably shot down immediately. This particular plane was one of a handful found intact at the very end of the war.

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    Harry_the_Spider
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    There ain’t no party like an S Tank party! Apparently.WhatsApp Image 2024-05-16 at 06.45.50_8d4cd388WhatsApp Image 2024-05-16 at 06.45.50_fdf49329WhatsApp Image 2024-05-16 at 06.45.51_3bc000ebWhatsApp Image 2024-05-16 at 06.45.51_5a701b18WhatsApp Image 2024-05-16 at 06.45.51_15febdf6WhatsApp Image 2024-05-16 at 06.45.51_d0594921WhatsApp Image 2024-05-16 at 06.45.52_11889eb9

    nickc
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    That looks really cool. Are you pleased with it?

    Harry_the_Spider
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    Yeah. Not sure the wife is though as there is now an ugly dirty vehicle in the house.

    Agreed, must have been terrifying in real life. I once had to direct a chieftan tank over a bridge and had to fight the urge just to run away, it had a very scary looming presence.

    Agreed! Bloody big lumps of metal.

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    If you’ve never been, the Tiger display at the Tank Museum is brilliant.

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    nickc
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    Been to the live show down at Bovington, and even just in their arena; the clanking and squeaking and noise of a tank is enough to give you the willies, I can’t imagine what it must have been like to see one of those things coming around a corner in Normandy 80 years ago.

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