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    So this lot got finished on 31st March, but who's going to argue about being a day out? 601 Squadron Airacobra Is, a mix of AIM and HBM. The HBM ones were originally painted as Russians about 8 years ago, but got re-purposed. Decals by Shed with home-brew flying swords for the fin flashes and the nose of Jumbo Gracie’s mount. I probably painted more up than 601 ever managed to get serviceable at any one time



    This Mossie NFII was finished Wednesday, an AIM model painted as a 23 Squadron machine, with a mix of MiscMini and Shed decals. One down, 15 to go....

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    Top looking 'cobras Steve & the Mossie looks a treat in black

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    Finished these now - by Decapod in WSF

    "Big Ack" - Armstrong Whitworth FK8
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    Chose this as it can be caught up to by even a Dr1, Alb or Pfalz D.III !
    Y Deck; B/B guns; 15 Hlth; 9 Alt; 6 Climb - used from early 1917 to wars end


    And a pair of Fee's
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    Now just have to decide on some usage rules & figure out some bases.

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    Very nice Dave
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    Nice job guys!

    I'm currently working on a bunch of japanese fighters and bombers for a friend. Most are AIM, and I was amazed by the sculpting and quality of the resin.
    Here's a preview, an Oscar flown by Major Toyoki Ito of the 64th squadron in 1944:



    Two Vals from the Zuikaku (sorry for the lousy picture):
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    Two Nates ( again sorry for the picture quality):
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    Those Nates are outstanding. Mine are very simple compared to yours.

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    Looking great gentleman! I’m jealous!

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    Nice work on those FEs, Dave.

    Must get around to tackling mine ....

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    Strange happenings in the AZ. Definately not birds of a feather : )

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    Now for a cool paint scheme for the Me-323, thinking desert camo . . .

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    Excellent job Eric.
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    Just added my Aichi D1A1's, Ki-10's and a CR32 to the Sino-Japanese air flotilla's. (pics in the painting section).

    Next up finishing off the 101st Airborne for Simon.

    Then onto the 82nd Airborne for Simon.

    Eventually getting round to the next batch for the Sino-Japanese War:

    P26 Peashooters
    D1A1's (2nd lot)
    Hawk IIIc's
    CR32's
    Ki-4
    Henschel 123's
    Polikarpov I-15's
    B4Y's
    E8N1
    Ki-10 (last one of the 3)

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    Finished off the work I did last month. They're in LA at last report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clipper1801 View Post
    Very nice Zoe!
    You know how it is... Someone on the other side of the world has a son who really wants a Corsair from the Guadalcanal campaign... And with the cost of postage, you may as well include some planes from the Battle of the Coral Sea, and another from Midway... And it's not as if they're on sale in shops...

    Just following the example you set.

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    These arrived from Shapeways before April 1st, but I didn't get a chance to do anything with them until now. Across the back are a Gotha W.13 (which I plan to decorate for the Ottoman Empire), a Sopwith Cuckoo, and a Short 184. In front are three 1/700 scale freighters. I am planning a torpedo/bomber attack on a convoy of freighters using Skafloc's (Keith) air to sea rules.

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    If only someone could design a Shapeway's Friedrichshafen FF 41.AT or Albatros W-5 for some German torpedo planes I would be really happy. (Hint, hint)
    So how many books are in your personal library?

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    Like the merchants, could you post designer please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skafloc View Post
    Like the merchants, could you post designer please?

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    My favourite scale!
    Yes, please tell us who lists them!

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    Fantastic work by all! Rep guns are still smoking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Helmut View Post
    My favourite scale!
    Yes, please tell us who lists them!
    The three freighters are by 'Clear Air Turbulence'. However the ships are lacking a fair amount of detail, but if you want simple targets they will do. The ship is about 4.5 inches in length.

    Decapod Models, maker of many airplanes for WoG, also has two freighters that could be used in the game: 'EFC 1020 'Laker' WW1 Freighter 1/600 & 1/700' and a 'EFC 1013 WW1 freighter Various Scales'. The EFC 1020 is a 3200 ton freighter which scales to slightly over four inches in length. The EFC 1013 is a 8800 ton freighter and is over seven inches in length.

    'Mini and beyond' has a 1/700 scale Vietnam era AKL, a Navy light freighter. I don't know if any freighters during World War I bore a resemblance to this ship, but I like the looks of it.
    So how many books are in your personal library?

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    Brilliant, many thanks!

    I have a large collection of 1/700 WW2 Pacific warships, but I'm short of transports/freighters, especially unarmed ones.

    You've been a great help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Helmut View Post
    Brilliant, many thanks!

    I have a large collection of 1/700 WW2 Pacific warships, but I'm short of transports/freighters, especially unarmed ones.

    You've been a great help!
    I was kind of busy while the forums were unavailable. Now, trying to find 1/700 World War I warships is proving difficult. I did find some AH torpedo boats by 'Fpmodel', but I am looking for British destroyers and German light cruisers to serve as escorts for the freighter convoy.
    So how many books are in your personal library?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJG173 View Post
    I was kind of busy while the forums were unavailable. Now, trying to find 1/700 World War I warships is proving difficult. I did find some AH torpedo boats by 'Fpmodel', but I am looking for British destroyers and German light cruisers to serve as escorts for the freighter convoy.
    Seen these?

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GROSSE-TO....c100752.m1982

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RARE-ENGA....c100005.m1851

    I have the "Engadine" kit, but haven't built it yet.

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    The elves are having a bit of random efforts . . . Click image for larger version. 

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    The "Lindberg Line" B-17 kit is a nostalgia trip, had one hanging over my bed as a kid . . . They really market to us old guys! The book and Peeps I am not sure about . . .

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    Are pink Peeps what you get when yellow ones have been out in the sun too long? I've seen lots of creative uses for Peeps, so I'm sure the elves will come up with something interesting.
    So how many books are in your personal library?

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    Sigh...no more Peep jousting videos in a microwave please.

    Outstanding work everyone, liking what I am seeing. Got buried in commissions so will have pics up soon 2 big fantasy armies of over 100 figs each (one is based off a successor wars pike army with elephants and is closer to 200 figs), random Zombicide stuff I always get , and looking like a new Bolt Action army (will know more tonight when I get to the hobby shop for WoG night)

    Sooner or later pics will be coming.

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    Lots of great work this month so far. Love the Airacobras, Big ACK and Fees, Oscar, Vals and Nates, Rufe and Hudson and more! My REP gun is melting.

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    A little digression from Wings -

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    A 'Grabneresque' MkII Humber scout car for WW2 - no basis in history for the paint job I've done but I'm happy with it - apologies for the poor quality photo.
    Hopefully it will see some action next week.

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    WWI vehicles in 1/144 are scarce!!!! I found these through shapeways. The trucks, cannons and Ambulances are done in" frosted ultra detail" and impressed the hell out of me! I believe the designer is "Masters of military" They were not cheap but definitely worth it. The tanks did not impress me. They were done in "green and polished". Polished means it gets tumbled with media and lose detail. After all that, I still felt like I was painting an emery board! Thumbs down. I ordered several tanks in metal from Arrowhead miniatures. They have magnificent detail. I'll post pics once I get to them. These were all done with acrylics and sealed with Testors Clear Flat Lacquer. These are my first attempts at 3D printed materials.
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    Hmmm, the elves have discovered this May issue of Aeroplane Monthly has a Dambusters tribute . . . might have to dust off the "Dam" project and get it done . . . "awaken the Lancasters!" . . . hmm where to set up the 4' x 6' base . . .

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    I think I have started to become a big fan of 1946 style stuff. Here is a Tamiya 1/48 panther G with the hull sanded and filled to make it a "cast" hull. I do have some Aircraft coming in the mail that I can't wait to get building but here is the cast hull panther for now:
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    Thought I'd give it a more natural setting. I don't think panthers fought on giant work benches!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Nowotny View Post
    WWI vehicles in 1/144 are scarce!!!! I found these through shapeways. The trucks, cannons and Ambulances are done in" frosted ultra detail" and impressed the hell out of me! I believe the designer is "Masters of military" They were not cheap but definitely worth it. The tanks did not impress me. They were done in "green and polished". Polished means it gets tumbled with media and lose detail. After all that, I still felt like I was painting an emery board! Thumbs down. I ordered several tanks in metal from Arrowhead miniatures. They have magnificent detail. I'll post pics once I get to them. These were all done with acrylics and sealed with Testors Clear Flat Lacquer. These are my first attempts at 3D printed materials.
    Those are some nice looking land ships! I especially like that tadpole.

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    Max Great photo. I hope one of those houses may have an M-36 in the backyard to handle that beast.

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    Jim I thought I posted about your work but I guess I didn't. Nice work on all of them.

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    New progress report:
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    More great work on your part Eric.

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    Although I am not a fan of the Pacific Theater, I can certainly appreciate beautiful planes, Eric! Keep up the great work...

    All the best,
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    Those are some fantastic paint jobs Eric!

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt56 View Post
    Although I am not a fan of the Pacific Theater, I can certainly appreciate beautiful planes, Eric! Keep up the great work...
    I shall certainly try!

    Thank you all.

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    The freighters have increased in numbers. At the back is Decapod Model's EFC 1013 freighter. Next is Decapod Model's EFC 1020 freighter. Astern of them is the Vietnam era AKL light freighter. The gray vessel is my earlier freighter given a coat of spray primer. I am still waiting for resin detail parts from Battle Fleet Models to add some interest to this ship. As you can tell Decapod Model ships are much more detailed. Masts are included with his ships but I have not shown them.

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    The EFC 1013 freight costs more than the two EFC 1020 ships because of the size i.e. amount of material in the model. Most warships would be larger and cost much more. I added a pipe cleaner to the generic freight to shown it under steam. I'm looking at adding the Litko splash and mini flame markers to mark attacks on the ships.

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    Lots of work to get these ready for game play. Also must look into some kind of ocean mat. Blue fabric, felt or car vinyl perhaps?
    So how many books are in your personal library?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJG173 View Post
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    Also must look into some kind of ocean mat. Blue fabric, felt or car vinyl perhaps?
    Try here: Fabric
    I found this an excellent representation of ocean water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumptonian View Post
    Try here: Fabric
    I found this an excellent representation of ocean water.
    I have two different tones of this 'water' material. One deep water and another with a lighter more tropical look. They are very nice and a good price. Only downside is inattentive folks can accidentally pull it. I strongly suggest if using this not to have any material hanging over the table edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumptonian View Post
    Try here: Fabric
    I found this an excellent representation of ocean water.
    That is nice looking. Are bases easy to move on it?
    So how many books are in your personal library?

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    You have to pick up your planes to move. You don't want to slide the plane base as it can push or catch on the fabric. Not catastrophic but can be a little irritating. Once you get used to it its fine playing on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    I strongly suggest if using this not to have any material hanging over the table edge.
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    I haven't had that misfortune as mine is contained on a pool table.
    I never have played with any mats hanging over the edge - I can imagine a disaster ...

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    In my old days of miniature battles on a large green felt piece, it hung over the table. Gamers would inevitably pull it along an edge while reaching to move their troops. Minor earthquakes ensued! With just a thin material the disruption is proportionally larger. Now I keep all material/mat from overhanging the table.

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    Blood Red Skies arrived today, nice looking game, but far and away not quite the game Wings of Glory is. One can get a quick grasp of the difference by looking at the minis alone. Single cast, all plastic, the planes have great surface detail, yet molded way too thin in the wings and too thick in the empanage. Only 2 of six planes were not twisted and distorted . . .

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    But a minute in hot water they go flat and look great. Now to see how they paint up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumptonian View Post
    Try here: Fabric
    I found this an excellent representation of ocean water.
    This is Great! Back when I was a itinerant artist in the groovy 60's I was into tie dye and batik we used melted wax painted into the base fabric which resisted the fabric dye. If cracked then dyed, the color would soak into the cracked fabric creating a groovy effect. This fabric could be waxed and dyed with a dark blue dye. After the dye was set in a salt water bath, you had to iron the wax out between lots of layers of newspaper which soaked up the melted wax. Long story to get to this result- the process left the fabric slightly stiff and neatly webbed with dark color. The wax process also brought out the colors . . . I will try to find my headband and Iron Butterfy albums and try a batik naval mat! Thanks for the lead on the fabric "groovy man"!

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    Michael's Navy built from balsa wood, info from Janes Fighting Ships

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    My oldest son, Michael, his "home therapy". He has over 60 in his collection, all in 1/1500" scale "fun size". My grandson at 6 years old loves to play with his father's collections of ships and tanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJG173 View Post
    The freighters have increased in numbers. At the back is Decapod Model's EFC 1013 freighter. Next is Decapod Model's EFC 1020 freighter. Astern of them is the Vietnam era AKL light freighter. The gray vessel is my earlier freighter given a coat of spray primer. I am still waiting for resin detail parts from Battle Fleet Models to add some interest to this ship. As you can tell Decapod Model ships are much more detailed. Masts are included with his ships but I have not shown them.

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    The EFC 1013 freight costs more than the two EFC 1020 ships because of the size i.e. amount of material in the model. Most warships would be larger and cost much more. I added a pipe cleaner to the generic freight to shown it under steam. I'm looking at adding the Litko splash and mini flame markers to mark attacks on the ships.

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    Lots of work to get these ready for game play. Also must look into some kind of ocean mat. Blue fabric, felt or car vinyl perhaps?
    On the ocean mat, here's the one I bought for my Sails of Glory adventures -- its from Cigar Box Games. The have an Atlantic mat and a warm water mat:

    http://cigarboxbattlestore.bigcartel...battle-mat-105

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