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66Foxtrot

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  1. This, to me, seems like a very positive change. Really hope I can get the week off from work.
  2. Tamiya 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6 Bf 109 G-6, “White 12” of II./JG 51, Central Italy. Flown by Hans Langer, this interesting G-6 had “NOT YOU” painted across the tailplane. This addition was not authorized by the pilot who promptly got shot down by P-38s on his next mission. Langer survived and naturally directed his crew chief to never paint any such inscriptions on his machine again. Opposed the 17 August Schweinfurt Raid. Shot down two B-17s on this raid. Shot down at least six times, first time by a P-38 in N. Africa.. His first victory, a Spitfire over Malta on 31 March, 1942. Another Spitfire, his 4th, downed at Map Quadrant 47441 (N.Africa) on 1 December, 1942. Another Spitfire on 19 May, 1943. During the Sicilian campaign, he was known to have downed a Boston II 20 km southwest of Marralle on 11 July, 1943. He was credited with a B-17 15 km southwest of Udine, in northern Italy, 19 December, 1943, and another 70 km SSE of Ferrara on 12/28/43. Bowers/Lednicer, 58 victories. Improvements include: Added rivets to entire airframe. Masked and painted all markings except data stencils and unit markings . Quinta Studios #72037 interior decals. Ceramic wire antenna aerial. Anti-vibration cones molded from plasticard. Kannonenboots from AZ Models kit #AZM7819. Cannon barrels drilled open. MRP acrylic lacquers airbrushed through Iwata HP-C and Custom Micron-C. I just realized the rudder should be white, so back in the paintshop she goes this weekend.
  3. Thank you Gentlemen. I hate decals so this has been a fun skillset to learn. My goal is to build as many as possible. I just ordered 5 sets of Quinta cockpit stickers directly from them in Russia, as no one else has them in stock (I may have bought them all lol). I hope they arrive quickly. 77 days....
  4. And yet, another '109 completed. My plan is to finish as many of this kit as possible between when I started last month and the IPMS/USA National Convention. Then I will enter the 5 most "OK" ones in the "Collections" category. I figure it'll be fun to lose in a whole new category! Improvements include: Added rivets to entire airframe Masked and painted all markings except gun covers and unit badges. Quinta Studios #72037 interior decals. Ceramic wire antenna aerial. Anti-vibration cones molded from plasticard. MRP acrylic lacquers airbrushed through Iwata HP-C and Custom Micron-C.
  5. Tamiya Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 Slovak Squadron 13 in combat on 26 June 1944. Improvements include: Added rivets to entire airframe Masked and painted all markings except octane triangle & data-late. Quinta Studios #72037 interior decals. Ceramic wire antenna aerial. Anti-vibration cones molded from plasticard. MRP acrylic lacquers airbrushed through Iwata HP-C and Custom Micron-C. Not enough superlatives to praise this kit. It's an absolute pleasure to build.
  6. Thanks, man, I appreciate it.
  7. That's a great looking Spitfire! Also, where did you get the nameplate from?
  8. There is a mint condition, complete kit on display at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. It's behind glass....
  9. I think it sucks that you can no longer see who else has registered. It was fun looking at who all is going to be there.
  10. Outside of the info provided in the instructions' intro, I couldn't find ANYTHING about these variants. I think only a few were modified, and they were very difficult to fly. An unsuccessful program. I'm scratching my head over why they didn't just shoot the balloons down like they did in WWI?
  11. This was built for an IPMS/USA Reviwers' Corps article to be published soon. The kit is very detailed, and goes together well. I added some Eduard PE seatbelts, but otherwise it's OOB. The paravane blade was intended to cut the steel cables tethering the barrage balloons over London during the Battle of Britain. Those crazy Germans and their ideas....
  12. Beautiful model. How do you create the photo plate for the base?
  13. Sorry to hear about your health issues, Pete. Glad to see you post something super-cool.
  14. Thanks Mark, your work is great! I love seeing peoples' year-end reviews too.
  15. Here's what I completed in 2022...9 pieces (1.3/month). Certainly not as prolific as my years in the 2000s, but I've learned to slow down and address the minutia more closely. Still, I feel like the older I get, and the more experience I gain (20+ years not counting the 10+ as a kid) the worse I get. I suppose with my busy work schedule and Homelife, 9 is pretty damned good. Goals for 2023 include mastering the Cameo Silhouette 4 plotter/cutter, as the plan is to mask/paint as many markings as possible. Also, a 1/32 Bf-109 extravaganza with all the Barracuda Cast resin detail parts made for this particular kit. Cheers!
  16. Thanks Gil, I appreciate it! Regarding the blue surrounds, I found this: "The Insignia Red outline was replaced with an Insignia Blue outline through the amendment of Army-Navy aeronautical specification AN-I-9 on 14 August 1943. This was followed by an amendment to Technical Order 07-1-1, issued on 24 September 1943, for units in the field. On some US Navy aircraft in the Pacific the blue outline was lighter than the insignia blue."
  17. Tamiya 1/72 Chance-Vought F4U-1A Corsair. Piloted by LT(jg) Doris "Chico" Freeman, VF-17 Jolly Rogers. He would claim two victories with VF-17 and an additional seven with VF-84. Improvements include: Quinta Studios Cockpit. Aires Landing Flaps. Ceramic Wire Antenna. Blanked off Trailing Edges. EagleCals decals. The oil tapes and wing walks are Tamiya decals from the kit, and were the worst Tamiya decals I've ever used. Shattered, tore, etc. The oil tapes are silvered around the edges, despite my best efforts. Oh, well...on to the next one.
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