Have to say upon looking in the box, this is excellent separately packed pilots and crew member, seperately boxed clear parts, PE and markings for six birds. It seems sad that Kitty Hawk is gone!
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Regarding camo patterns, the protocol was for even-numbered aircraft to get the "A" pattern and odd-numbered ones to get the "B" pattern.
I suppose so, too, Gary. There is a full scale mock-up (wooden replica) in Poland presented in the museum of Arkady Fiedler, the author of the "Dywizjon 303" ("303 Squadron") book:
Thanks Mark. I didn't know that.
Thanks Robert. Great site 👍
Missed it... Looking great!
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Nice subject Following
I'm also building a Hurricane right now in the same scale. It's a IIc in Portuguese service but things look similar in the details as yours so I'm following along.
Thanks all for your interest. Rui I'm following yours. When I saw the detail I thought they may be the same tool, but his one is an old Hasegawa according to the timeline where as yours is a separate tool, but they're remarkably similar styles.
Gary… I'm sure the Hasegawa tool has a open canopy option that can actually be posed open. I just found out I a test fit the the two part canopy in the Academy kit isn't really designed to be open. ☹️
I also discovered the the effort I put into the instrument panel was a waste because it's buried so deep in the fuselage that it will never be seen.
But you know it's in there 😉
The Hobby2000 kit has a single piece canopy so not open. But I'm going to use the Part rear canopy with some acetate and try and cut the front section away from the single piece.
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Good start Gary, looking forward to your progress. 🙂
Going a bit off piste with this one Guy. Zumbach's brief mount Hawk 75A-2 No107 was captured and sold on to Finland becoming CU-556 so I'm doing half and half. Photos to follow.
Really interesting combination of liveries Gary, strangely it seems to work, almost as if the time is when the Finns had taken the aircraft and had only half painted it so far...🙂
Yes. I'm much more satisfied with the Finnish side as I really can't seem to crack these French Color combos. Not sure if I'll do one like this again though.
Very nice work on this machine, love the two different shemes you did, very clever work
this being a Curtiss ..I not certain and I'm curious if it was manufactured in Buffalo NY ?
Hello @Mona I can't say definitively but it does look like all the french Hawks were Buffalo produced and shipped to France as kits to be assembled at Bourges.
It definitely deserves brighter photos.👍
Great finish, Gary! Would definitely like to see some more pics in better light.
Great build Gary 👍
Thanks Guys. Will do. Need to catch up on a few really. Arsenal, Curtiss, Comanche.
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Looking good 🙂
Thanks Guy. I'm glad Julien called out my error before I'd gone any further though.
Thanks Andy, James, Juergen- I've managed to cover the fuselage with a slightly larger RAF decal- it has softened well enough to see the inspection hatch still and so am happy with that. I'm going to try and lift the upper and lower wing decals this weekend. Fingers crossed. 👍
Back on track having rectified my decal error. Still need to put the exposed Jumo back in place and then on to washes and weathering.
Very nice progress 👍
Looking good. Great to hear you were able to resolve the decal issue. 👍
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Planning the same project one day 🙂
Following! And Łukasz's one too... some day 😛
Thanks for your interest Mates. I've got to get the 262, Comanche and VG-33 out of the way first...or at least one of three 😄
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Hoping to join the Schwalbe GB when this one arrives.
Hi Gary. Looking forward to see your Me particibating in the GB.
Thanks Juergen, looking forward to it arriving. A double first as it's my first Tamiya kit and first 1:48 scale kit.
Good to see another builder joining the group build
Gary, I will check the numbers in the Me262 production logs book, and will try to find out which is which
Thanks Jan. I have done some more digging and found this useful piece and have expanded my project info accordingly. http://www.jagdgeschwader5und7.de/uffz-g%C3%BCnther-engler-me-262-a-1a-gelbe-7/
Thanks for that link, very interesting site!
Your first ever Tamiya kit? I see a short passionate falling in love weekend, followed by a deep everlasting love. Just check the timelines here for any Italeri reboxings back in the early 2000's
Martin I'm already falling for this beauty, might be love at first sight.
Re the Italeri reboxings- learned that one with the Comanche I am building as Tamiya but a world apart in truth.
Hi Gary... So... are you going for the Angolan MiG-21?
Hi Alex, nice to hear from you. Hope you are well. yes I hope to at some point in the year. I am currently working on Zumbach and the VG-33 as well as three GBs the Schwalbe, the Arctic, and the 5th Gen. For my birthday recently my brother bought me a Buccaneer which I am going to be obliged to build and not commit to stash. Hopefully at that rate I can squeeze the Mig in, glad the GBs are running for a year 🙂
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🙂 I bought the decals before I've even found a kit. Any tips on the best 1:48 F16c BLock 52+?
Get Tamiya's F-16C/N. You can build any single seater from Block 25 to Block 52. Good fit and lots of spare parts for other projects. Two drawbacks, the lack of a) the conformal fuel tanks and AG weapons and b) the tail base parabrake housing. There are aftermarket for those. Second choice is Kinetic's F-16C Block 52+ Hellenic Air Force, which has everything Tamiya lacks. Fellow modellers say it is kind of a beast in terms of fit but you get a lot of options (flaps, slats, huge choice of weapons).
In case you need any help regarding the Tamiya and which parts are required for the polish Viper just send a pm.
Will do. Thanks 👍
Great looking Vengeance, Gary! The extended speedbrakes are very impressive.
Thanks Gordon. It was my first kit at the start of UK lockdown last year as I got back into it. Lots of firsts- airbrush, resin, PE. The Airwaves kit has what you need if you're heading that way.
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Great start. 🙂
Hey, that's a great start!, I thought it was "The 'fix" one for a second-similarly detailed, that I've previously built. My Trumpeter 72nd experience is their Tu-128 which went together great, albeit with some sloppy inaccuracies [that others pointed out to me, so I'd have been none the wiser]
Thanks for the encouraging comments guys. @Andy I'll have a look in your albums and take a look at your Wellington for tips 👍 @Erik thanks- I see you have a P.11c in your albums which was a Heller kit. I've just finished an Arma Hobby version which was lovely but a bit fiddly for my reintroduction to hobby. I've not detailed the build but have few snaps to put up soon.
Nose turret has arrived and so back on to this lovely kit.
Nice one Gary
Not checked in on you for a while, this is looking great! Are you going to lighten the tops of the fabric over the geodesic structure too? Trumpeter seems to serve up some mean panel structures...
Thanks all for your views, likes and comments. I'm almost there, final pics to follow. @Andy- I may well do a bit of dry brushing over top. I have to say this has been a lovely little kit any imperfections are inevitably mine. The only frustration was (a) no open bomb bay option, (b) the fuselage windows weren't particularly well fitting.
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I have a spare if anybody wants it. Reasonable postage paid.
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I would certainly think the Comanche would qualify. Go for it!
👍 my first group build, my first helo, and my first Tamiya kit(Italeri really), looking forwards to it.
Welcome, glad to have you and look forward to seeing your work!
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