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BlackWidow
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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2018 - 08:31 AM UTC
Hi folks!
After spending 3 wonderful weeks in hot Sweden I'm back home at the bench and would like to show you my latest built kit, which I finished early in July just in time for the expo in Lützen near Leipzig. It's the rare seen PZL 37 A Los from Mirage Hobby in 1/48 ....



.... the PZL 37 Los ("Moose") was built by Panstwowe Zaklady Lotnice and was one of the most modern aircraft of the Polish Air Force when WW 2 broke out. Development started in 1934. After 3 prototypes were built and tested the Air Force ordered 30 aircraft, named as PZL 37 A. In 1938 the aircraft was shown at the Paris Air Show and several countries were interested to buy or build the bomber in licence. Due to the outbreak of war, none of these plans were realized. The PZL 37 A had a single tail fin, while the PZL 37 B (and the final produced 37 A) had a double tail fin. The aircraft was powered by 2 licenced built Bristol Pegasus XX engine with 925 hp each which gave the aircraft a maximum speed of nearly 450 km/h in 3400 meters. The range was 1500 km with a bomb load of 2200 kg ....



.... I have built PZL 37 A No. 72.11 of the 212. Sqn. The aircraft was sponsored by several banks and handed over to the Air Force in Warsaw on the 8. December 1938 ....



.... the kit is from the polish manufacturer Mirage Hobby and I've had it for several years in my stash. The new Bombers 2 Campaign gave me the chance to build it now. It's a Short Run Kit and has its flaws. So the wings don't fit well to the fuselage. There are big gaps on both sides all around which I had to fill and sand. Also the fitting of the tail section was not without problems. Some more sanding here. But the most annoying issue was the fitting of the front clear parts in front of the cockpit. Another gap of 1-2 mm width showed up which I had to fill. I didn't want to use Evergreen profiles or white glue. So I ordered Micro Kristal Klear at my LHS and had to wait nearly 2 weeks for it to arrive at my door. In the meantime I couldn't work on the kit .... When I finally got it I filled the gap 3 times and am quite satisfied with the result. I did not sand it ....



.... for the main painting I have used Brown 381 from Revell Aqua for the upperside. It's the only tone I had which came close to the real one, though it should be a bit darker. For the underside I wanted to use the same light blue I've used on my Pe-2 Peshka but noticed there is not enough paint left in the tin. So I went for Light Blue RLM 65 from Agama, which is a bit too bright for RLM 65 in my opinion but here it fits perfect. The interior, wheel wells and bomb bays are painted with Aluminium 99, again from Revell. The decals are taken from the kit, which offers 3 options, 2 polish and 1 romanian. It's okay if you have thin decals but these are simply far toooooo thin and also brittle. So I had to do some surgery to rescue them. I've lost only one, the "Los" decal on the upper right side rudder. Needless to mention, that the kit is not weathered, or ....?
So I say "bardzo dziekuje!" for walking around my first polish aircraft. This is sure no easy kit and needs a lot of TLC but in the end I'm happy to have it in my collection now. If you're interested, have a look at my build during the Bombers 2 Campaign on pages 4-6. I think I needed 9 or 10 weeks to build it. More than usual for me. But now on to new sins!

Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2018 - 08:40 AM UTC
Torsten,
Now that's one nice build of what seems like a real "killer" of a kit. Up until now, I had no idea that this aircraft ever existed. And as usual, your tutorial fills my educational needs.

Really a nice job on the decals, they look rather quite nice.

Joel
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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2018 - 12:13 PM UTC
Torsten,
Very nice looking build! What's next?

Gaz
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Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 06:51 AM UTC
Thanks for your feedback, guys!

Joel, this aircraft had only a short combat career. Poland had some 60 PLZ 37 when the war broke out. The first mission was flown on the 4. September 1939 when german tanks were attacked near Czestochowa. The aircrafts were used for bombing raids and reconnaisance missions. The gunners also shot down a few german fighters. Most PZL 37 were lost during the conflict. Those which survived, escaped to Romania and were taken over to their air force and used in the war against the Soviet Union. None has survived the war. But there are a few replicas built in Poland including this beauty.
The kit really brought me to the border of my patience but as with the Henschel Hs 123 some years ago I wanted to have this kit in my collection. Never spent a thought to throw it in the bin. It's too expensive to do that. The decals were also tricky. That big decal on the fuselage with the star constellation needed a lot of patience because it broke into several pieces. To make things worse it also flipped over. But I think, I did quite a good rescue job. Another polish aircraft I would like to build is the PZL 23 Karas, a light bomber/dive bomber.
I've checked your new build of that Porsche 917. Well done, my friend, well done! It's still a famous racing car here in Germany. I've never tried to build a civil car. Do you also plan a build blog for your Lotus or have I just missed it?

Gaz, thanks also to you. On my work bench right now lay many parts of the new Airfix Hawker Sea Fury FB 11. Just started it. Hope it pleases me more than the PZL 37 .... What about your Barkhorn Bf 109?

Torsten
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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 06:41 AM UTC
On Wednesday I've finished the Hot Out Of The Moulds 2018 Campaign and today I would like to show you the result. Here's my new Hawker Sea Fury FB 11 from Airfix in 1/48 ....



.... the Sea Fury was developed out of the Hawker Tempest and introduced to the Fleet Air Arm in October 1945, so a bit too late to take part in WW 2. It was the last propeller driven fighter in the FAA and is known to be one of the fastest piston-engined aircraft. During the Korean War the Sea Fury FB 11 was in use with the FAA. Lt. Peter Carmichael of No. 802 NAS was even able to shoot down a chinese MiG 15 on the 08.08.1952. Out of a total of 864 built Sea Furys 615 were FB 11. It was in use between 1945 and 1953. The engine was a 18 cylinder Bristol Centaurus XVIIC with 2480 hp which gave the aircraft a speed of 740 km/h in 5500 meters. The range was 1100 kilometers without external tanks and the service ceiling was about 10900 meters. The Sea Fury was armed with four 20 mm Hispano cannons and could carry up to 900 kg of bombs or 12 76 mm rockets. The Sea Fury was also used by others nations, mainly Australia, Canada and Pakistan, but also Egypt, Iraq, the Netherlands and West Germany. There are still some Sea Furys surviving in airworthy conditions, somes as modified air racers and some also on air shows. I've seen a Sea Fury in RAN markings several times at the Hahnweide Oldtimer Festival near Stuttgart in Germany. Just awesome ...



.... I have built a Sea Fury of No. 801 Naval Air Squadron aboard HMS Glory during the Korean War 1952. The pilot of this aircraft is not mentioned ....



.... Airfix came out with this kit late in 2017 and I bought it in March 2018 at the expo in Stetten. So when Michael Satin announced the new HOOTM Campaign for this year, the descision was quickly made for the Sea Fury. There are no major problems with the kit, everything fits very good together. There's no need for putty or even sanding at the point where the wings meet the fuselage. This was amzing! I only made one real beginners goof because I mistook the main wheels right and left. They looked the same when I painted them but when I noticed my mistake it was too late to change. So please don't look too close at the wheels .... Airfix offers the option to build the Sea Fury with extended or with folded wings. As you can see, I took the easier way. The kit consists of 123 parts for both options and there are 80 steps for the final result. There are also 2 decal options, the other one is a machine operated today by the Naval Historic Flight in Yeovilton. The decals are well printed and not too thin to flip over. They go in the panel lines without problems ....



.... the painting is not very difficult but I used a lot of masking tape. Most of the paints I used come from Vallejo. For the underside and the fuselage sides I used Sky No. 71302, for the upperside and the upper fuselage it is UK Extra Dark Sea Grey No. 71110 and for the wheel wells I have used US Interior Yellow No. 71107. The cockpit inside is painted in black and for the heat resisting plates behind the exhausts I used Steel from Revell No. 91 and added a few drops of Black to it. Final coating was again made with Matt Varnish from Marabu. Needless to say that my Sea Fury is not weathered. After a lot of work with the PZL 37, building this kit is pure fun and I can highly recommend it. Well done Airfix!

Again, I say thanks for walking around my latest model and maybe you like to have a look at building it in the campaign blog pages 2 + 3. First flight for the Sea Fury will be this coming weekend to the expo in Basel.

Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 09:00 AM UTC
Torsten
Airfix certain has a winner with the Sea Fury. Your Museum quality finish as usual is flawless. Well done my friend, very well done.

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 10:15 AM UTC
Love the Sea Fury buddy! Loving the museum quality finish and I enjoyed following along with your build. Got a real soft spot for this particular aircraft it's just one hell of a brute! Airfix has certainly produced some outstanding kits recently which are gaining an enviable reputation I'm glad this build was no exception.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 02:45 PM UTC
Very nice, Torsten! Very clean, neat finish.

Gaz
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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 06:49 AM UTC
Thanks for your feedback, friends! Much appreciated!

Chris, you are right. Since Airfix got a new owner and was "refurbished" they have brought out some excellent kits and I have built a few of them over the past few years, starting with the Spitfire Mk. XII, then their BP Defiant, last year the Hurricane Mk. I and now the Sea Fury. Still have the "Night Defiant" in my stash which is reserved for the RAF 100 Campaign. Have built also some quarterscale cars and trucks like the Bedford MWD and the Albion Refueller. Now I'm waiting more or less impatiently for their new Blenheim Mk. I. I got news from my LHS that the kit is scheduled for November over here.

Oh and this is a video of the Sea Fury in RAN colours at the Hahnweide Festival in 2013. I've seen exactly this display but from another position. And play it loud!

Torsten
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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 01:39 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Very nice, Torsten! Very clean, neat finish.

Gaz




Second this , well done Torsten



Terri
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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 07:18 AM UTC
Thank you, Terri! I'm glad you like it.
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Posted: Friday, September 28, 2018 - 06:01 PM UTC
Torsten! Another beauty! And thanks for sharing that video!



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Posted: Monday, October 01, 2018 - 07:12 AM UTC
Thanks Magnus! Glad you enjoyed walking around my new "Plastic Air Force" member. Sorry for the delayed reply, but I've been at the expo in Basel/Switzerland over the weekend and returned yesterday evening.

I'm glad you like the video of the Sea Fury. Unfortunatly this air show moderator (like so many others) just can't shut up and keeps on talking about things nobody is really interested in. Sometimes I just want to kick him off the tower and I believe I'm not the only one ....

Torsten