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Thursday, April 27, 2017

AICHI E13A1b "JAKE" - NICHIMO 1/48





Hi everyone,
This is my last finished model, an Aichi E13a1b "Jake" from the old Nichimo kit in 1/48th scale. I used cockpit detail set by Lone Star Models, since the kit's interior is toy-like, no detail at all and provision for installing an electric motor in order to spin the propeller. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Chevrolet convertible 1937 - Lindberg 1/32

 Hello again my friends!!!


a little of history

Few months ago meanwhile I was looking various original W.W. II era photos I noticed that few "chevies" convertibles where in german army service. Most were in Luftwaffe service like officers' staff cars still on their "civil outfit" but some of them painted in panzer grey without chrome trims to avoid the british/american airplanes.


Friday, February 24, 2017

MG Panzernest - RPM 1/35

  Hello my friends!!! After a small "time-out" I am back to my bench building something small (but interesting) like a "come back" to our hobby


                               


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mark IV "Male" - Emhar 1/35


Hello again my friends!!! One of my latest models is the old but honest Mark IV by Emhar in "Male" version. 


Saturday, October 15, 2016

P-61A Black Widow - GWH 1:48




My latest build is P-61A Black Widow (Glass Nose) in 1:48 scale from the GWH kit.
This is a very good kit, in this release GWH has corrected some faults and mistakes of the first release, such as cowling openings etc.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

T-70M c VT-42 - MiniArt + RB Models


 Hello again my friends. After hours n' hours on pc looking for my new project in 1/35 I found a rare photo of a small soviet tank W.W.II era. It was a conversion of the light T-70M.
 There is darkness about it's story due there are only 1-2 original photos and only a small reference about it. After the german invasion all T-60s and T-70s were already quite old and couldn't fight against the german panzers; So russians were using them only for recon operations. Their 45mm/L46 cannon couldn't penetrate panzers' armour (except Marks I and II) and they had a lot of engines' problem. In 1942 russians change the two GaZ-202 motors with two more powerfull GaZ-203 always in-line on the right side of the tank. The update tank was named T-70M.





Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sepecat Jaguar A - Kitty Hawk 1:48





This is my latest finished model, the Sepecat Jaguar A in the quarter scale, from Kitty Hawk.
I used Aires detail sets for cockpit, electronics bay and undercarriage.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Mercedes Benz 540K Cabriolet B (mod.1936) Italeri 1/24

 Hello again dear friends. One more model that I finished earlier in 2015  - This year was very "creative" for me :) - The legendary Mercedes Benz 540K Cabriolet B 1936 model by Italeri in 1/24.






Few words about the real car


Introduced at the 1936 Paris Motor Show, the Friedrich Geiger designed car was a development to the 500K, itself a development of the SSK. Available as a two seater cabriolet, four seater coupé or seven seater limousine with armoured sides and armoured glass, it was one of the largest cars of the time.


Sunday, December 6, 2015

JAGUAR XKR GT3 Airfix 1/32


 One of the last model kit that I finished in 2015 is the Jaguar XKR GT3 version in 1/32 by Airfix.

Few words about the real car

 Jaguar  has decide to race in the FIA GT3championship with a powerfull version of XKR against Ferrari, Ford, Porsche and BMW. The XKR is powered by a 510bhp 4.2lt supercharged V8 engine. The huge rear wing and the front splitter enable the Jaguar to generate massive down force so the XKR can corner at speeds far in excess of standard road version.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE Mk-Vb TAMIYA 1/48


En irrtabel norske kriger (if the translation is wrong blame Google).


The Spitfire is probably the most known combat aircraft in aviation history. R J Mitchell’s classsic design is widely regarded as one of the most effective and beautiful airplanes ever built.The Spitfire captured the hearts of the british people during the Battle of Britain and was considerd, along with the Hawker Hurricane ,as being responsible for defeating the Luftwaffe during the fatefull summer of 1940.
From a pilot’s viewpoint anyone who has flown the Spitfire agrees it is a delight to fly, a true pilot’s airplane. The plane had something special, it was light on the controls and almost flew itself.It was very forgiving   and the almost testing of the flight was the landing.
For the average observer the Spitfire remains one of the easiest airplanes to recognise. Its distinctive elliptical wing and the sound coming from the Merline engine are unmistakeable.
When production finally ended in 1949 more than 22.000 Spitfires and Seafires had been build. 6487  of them were Mk Vs. It served in more than thirty-six air forces in six continents during and after the war.
Basically it was so good that even the Germans wanted it.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Per Olav Lund’ s "Master's Collection Series VOL 1” by CANFORA publications







Eng. It's been a while since "Master's Collection Series VOL 1” published by CANFORA publications, presenting the sum of twenty years Per Olav Lund’s work. This new edition, like its predecessors, comes with soft cover and 128 pages, divided into eleven chapters. In this book, the author shows us in detail his diorama work, accompanied with plenty of photos, construction tips and tricks and emphasizes on explaining to the reader how he approached the implementation on his work. 

Gr. Πέρασε λίγος καιρός από τότε που βγήκε στην κυκλοφορία από τις εκδόσεις CANFORA με τίτλο Master’s Collection Series VOL. 1 παρουσιάζοντας την δουλειά εικοσαετίας του Per Olav Lund. Η εν λόγω έκδοση , όπως και οι προηγούμενες , έρχεται με μαλακό εξώφυλλο και  128 σελίδες , ενώ χωρίζεται σε έντεκα κεφάλαια.
Σε αυτά παραθέτει ο συγγραφέας τόσο τις τελευταίες του δουλειές , με πολλές φωτογραφίες από τα στάδια κατασκευής και μεγάλο όγκο επεξηγήσεων όπου ο Per Olav εξηγεί αναλυτικά τον τρόπο προσέγγισης για την υλοποίηση των θεμάτων στα οποία κατά καιρούς εργάστηκε. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

F11F-1 Tiger Fonderie Miniatures 1/48






This is my latest build, from the FM kit.
The kit is multimedia, consisted of short run styrene , photoetched, white metal and resin parts. Two vacformed canopies are also included.
The plastic parts are very poorly casted, the quality of the plastic itself is low, full of tiny holes and with many ripples in several areas, so be prepared for extensive dry fitting and generous amount of putty.
On the positive side, there are fine engraved panel lines and the overall shape is correct.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

AKAMAT Group Build "Passenger"





We partitipate in a fast group build , the first for 2015.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Arado Ar. E381 "Julia" Dragon 1/72


 Near the end of World War II, in December 1944, the German aircraft manufacturers Arado, BMW, Gotha, Heinkel, Henschel, and Zeppelin submitted design proposals for small rocket- or jet-powered aircraft intended for pursuit or ground attack duties. All these proposals exploited the Luftwaffe's concept of "gaining a tactical advantage by placing excessive stress on the man in the cockpit. The g-forces envisioned in these proposals were feasible for aircraft structures but exceeded human capabilities in a normal sitting position. The designers attempted to alleviate this constraint by placing the pilot in the prone position, which increased the sustainable g-force limit. This also allowed a reduction in fuselage size, weight, and drag. A smaller cross section also decreased the likelihood of being hit by enemy gunners, and Arado exploited this opportunity to the fullest. According to their "specific design philosophy", the fighter was designed to fly close to bomber formations and open fire from its MK 108 cannon at point-blank range.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

FUJIMI BF-110D 1\48



DEVELOPMENT –VERSIONS –OPERATIONAL HISTORY
In 1934 the RLM (State Air Ministry) decided to make an issue for a new kind of fighter having two engines, heavy armament and considerable range. Called a Zerstörer (Destroyer), its’ mission was to escort friendly bombers deep in enemy territory and destroy enemy fighters. Its’ dominant quality was to have range and fire power for any lack of manoeuvrability.
In 1936, the prototype, powered by two of the new DB 600 engines, reached 316 mph.
It was heavy on the controls and not very manoeuvrable although the speed was considered excellent.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

De Havilland Mosquito - Monogram 1:48




FAST, LETHAL and WOODEN… 

The De Havilland Mosquito was one of the most versatile aircraft of WW2. Only the German JU-88 was considered to be equal to the Mosquito. This British twin-engine aircraft gained fame in WW2 of its unique wooden wings and fuselage and it was the all wooden construction which inspired the Press to give the nickname “Wooden Wonder”. The Mosquito was also known as “Mossie” to its crews. It served in a variety of roles with great success, as a night and day bomber, long range photo-reconnaissance, mine layer, pathfinder, high speed military transport, long range day and night fighter and fighter bomber. It was a really multi-purpose aircraft. It served in Europe, the Midle and Far East and on the Russian front. The first Mosquito flew in November 1940, production continued until 1947 and almost 7.781 were built.
Mosquito fighters accounted for 487 German aircraft during the war. Some of the most successful RAF pilots flew this type.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

F7F-3N "Tigercat" - AMT/ERTL 1:48



A little history first
In 1941 the U.S. Navy was interested for a twin-engined fighter operating from aircraft carriers. Grumman Company won the contract and the Tigercat F7F program was born.The plane would enter service in 1944, but it became obvious that it was too big to operate from carrier decks. The Navy lost its interest and the planes were delivered to the Marines. The planes arrived very late at the Pacific, so they didn’t see any action. They saw action in the Corean War as attack aircrafts or night fighters. They were withdrawn from service in 1954.
The -3N version was equipped with a radar, radome and a second cockpit for the radar operator. The 50cal. machine guns at the nose were removed and were replaced with 4 20mm cannon at the wing roots.


P-51D Mustang FAS (Fuerza Aérea Salvoreña) - Dragon 1:32


 Hello friends 
  this time I decide to build up one of my favorite airplanes the famous P-51D Mustang. Since when I was kid I always admired it's shape and the engine's sound but didn't like much their bare metal finish. Few years ago I saw a documentary on History Channel about the "100 hours war" or better know as "the soccer war" between Honduras & El Salvador in 1969; A very interesting war because meanwhile U.S.A.F. and other countries were fighting with jet fighters in Vietnam this war was made with W.W. II era airplanes from both sides. There were flying Mustangs, Corsairs, Dakotas etc 

Friday, October 17, 2014

U-boat Type VIID - AFV 1:350

Hello everybody! 

My latest construction is quite far from what I usually do. It has to do with a German U-boat type VIID, the U-213 to be precise. Because of a tight schedule and not being involved with the hobby for quite sometime , I wanted something small , easy and quick to finish, so as  to catch up with things again and  wake up  from the lethargic modeling sleep that I had fallen into.




Monday, October 13, 2014

Jagdpanzer E-10 - Trumpeter 1:35




The Entwicklung series, more commonly known as the E-series, was a late-World War II attempt by Germany to produce a standardized series of tank designs. There were to be standard designs in six different weight classes, from which several specialized variants were to be developed. This intended to revert the trend of extremely complex tank designs that had resulted in poor production rates and mechanical unreliability. The E-10 was one of this series  which was meant to replace Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer.