Wednesday, 19 November 2014
This Italeri Apache has been stalled and on the 'shelf of doom' since August 2010; until I picked it up about a month ago. The tail wheel had broken off and has had to be re-pinned. The model is now virtually complete, except for one or two decals. As with most Italeri kits I attempt, I found the parts fit was appalling. If you're looking for a model that will take roughly six years of sanding and filing and filling to complete and where you are guaranteed to break off all the detail parts while handling it, then this is the kit for you! It has been painted and re-painted at least twice and 'dusted' with pastels.
I've added some extra details including coloured wing-tip navigation lights, a belt of 'etch' ammo to the chain gun and various grab handles from wire. The nose-mounted target designator was given a 'metallic' finish with some 'gold' craft paper..
Sunday, 5 October 2014
Below; I've attempted some concessions to 'accuracy' - note the white-metal Aeroclub Spandaus. They required mounting into some gun troughs which I filed out into the forward fuselage decking, no easy task as the plastic was very thick and hard! The ring sights and the ammo feeds disappearing into the fuselage were taken from a 48th scale Luftwaffe etch sheet...
This is of course not the most accurate kit - the struts appear to be rather 'over-scale'especially - but the finished result is 'semi-acceptable' IMHO. I have added stabiliser struts, foot-step, wing skids, rudder control wires etc etc with fuse wire...
Fokker Dr. 1 204/17 finished in the markings of Lt Paul Bäumer of Jasta Boelcke. It proved impossible to find two sources that agreed on the finish of this machine so I opted for the colourful wing and fuselage stripes and the early Balkenkreuze and brushed on the olive green Tripe streaking over a pale cream undercoat...
Thursday, 21 August 2014
Ghost fields of Suffolk (...and Norfolk ) - Framlingham, Rougham, Thorpe Abbots, 390th BG, 100th BG, 94th BG
...currently on my hols in the beautiful county of Suffolk. Above, 12th century Framlingham castle
...visited the 390th BG Memorial air museum housed in the original wartime control tower of Framlingham station 153 located just outside Parham village, some five miles from Framlingham. On display are recovered aircraft wreckage and engines, uniforms, documents, photos and rare memorabilia.
We also stopped at Rougham, east of Bury St Edmunds, from where the 94th BG flew during the war. Here the control tower has again been remarkably restored and preserved while the rest of the airfield is mostly given over to an industrial estate..
On 24 December 1944, Brig. Gen. Frederick Castle won a posthumous Medal of honour in the biggest 8th AF raid of the war ..
I also had to visit Thorpe Abbots, home to the 100th BG memorial museum, described by Martin Bowman in his "Airfield Focus" booklet as a 'national treasure'. Thorpe Abbots is just over the county border in Norfolk east of Diss - and, I found, very difficult to locate since the authorities apparently do not allow road signage from the main A143 Norwich/ Gt Yarmouth road. The speakers in the 'glass-house' atop the tower broadcast radio chatter, engine start-up and fly-by noises - very atmospheric!
View from the 'glasshouse' on top of the control tower at Thorpe Abbots looking towards the 'unlucky' hard-stand 13 as seen on the airfield model below with its typical 'frying-pan handle' dispersals, bottom right corner..and a view of the surviving taxiway in front of the control tower..the main runway at Thorpe Abbotts, one of the longest constructed during the war in East Anglia, ran parallel to the taxi-way bottom right..
..although the old airfield is now virtually fully returned to agriculture, stretches of the southern perimeter track are reasonably well-preserved - heavily-laden B-17s once picked their way along this route...
Model displays in the museum
I also called in at Leiston, home to the 357th FG during WWII. The old airfield - today the 'Cakes and Ale' caravan park - now has its own 'Heritage Centre'. There was nobody around but at the park reception they kindly gave me the key to the 'memorial hut'...
'Bud' Anderson's well-known 'Old Crow' in its revetment post D-Day, now occupied by caravans 1-11
Friday, 15 August 2014
...finished the first of my Airfix new-tool Hurricane Mk. 1 fighters which I started back in July here in the colours of the first squadron to receive the type, No. 111. 'Venturi' tube is missing from underneath the port cockpit sill. Neat kit, once you get past the disappointing wing fit, nicely detailed although I've added the cowl bead sight and pilot's foot step from fuse wire. Finished in Humbrols enamels, although my dark green (30) came out a in a very strange shade requiring a bit of a re-spray.
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
oh and while other blogs go on holiday, we go on holiday to blog so see you again very soon..