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Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 - 12:38 AM UTC
I finally started a long planned long-term project and today I can show you Part 1 of it. This is my new Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-1 from Eduard (Weekend Edition) in 1/48 ....


.... the story of the "One O Nine" is well known, so I don't think I need to write many details about the development etc. The E-1 was powered by a DB 601 engine with 990 hp which gave the "Emil" a speed of 570 km/h in 5000 meters. With the 400 liters internal tank (105 gallons) it had a range of 800 kilometers. The aircraft had an armament of 4 x MG 17 (7,92 mm). A total of 1464 E-1 were built ....



.... I have built "Yellow 2" of the 6./JG 52, based at Peupelingues/Northern France in October 1940. It was flown during the BoB by an unknown Lt. Gerhard Barkhorn. On the 29. October 1940 he flew again an escort mission to London (it was his 38. sortie) and on the way back he was attacked by Spitfires over the Channel. His "Yellow 2" was so badly shot up in the dogfight that he had no other choice but to ditch it in the Channel and managed to land in the water without overturning. The next 2 hours he spent in his inflatable dinghy until he was picked up by the german air-sea-rescue service. 6 days later Barkhorn was flying again ....



.... this Eduard kit is really nice to build, there are no major problems and no putty is needed. Only to get the spinner on the fuselage is a bit tricky. There is a short pin coming from the motor but it's too short to keep the spinner right in place. So I have cut the pin off and glued the whole propeller section at the fuselage. There is no need for the propeller to turn. The model is not a toy, I don't wanna play with it .... This kit also offers the possibility to show the complete engine without the cowling. But I didn't want that because of the nice red eagle on it. Please note the mirror on the canopy. It's clearly visible on the photo and profile I have but it's not included in the kit, so the Royal Air Force was more than kind to sponsor it from one of their Spits .... I'm not completly satisfied with my painting here as the mottling on the fuselage sides is too tranparent. It should be more opaque. But after 2 corrections I stopped before there's no mottling to see at all. I have used various paint brands on this bird. The underside is airbrushed with Revell No. 49 Light Blue, which comes close to RLM 65. The upperside is painted with my old Agama paints from Czech Republic. It's Black Green N1 (RLM 70) and Dark Green N2 (RLM 71). The yellow nose and the side ruder are painted with Revell No. 310 which Revell calls "Lufthansa Yellow". I think it comes pretty close to RLM 04. The "mottling" is done with Vallejo 71044 Grey-Green (RLM 02), which you can't see at all now and Vallejo 71015 Dark Green (RLM 71). There are coming only a few decals with this Weekend Kit and no stecils at all. Some stencils I took from another Bf 109 Eduard kit. Only the Balkenkreuze and the swastika are taken from the kits sheet. The special markings to build Barkorn's "Yellow 2" are taken from the sheet "The forgotten ace", which features all aircraft which were flown by Gerhard "Gerd" Barkhorn during WW 2. It's a limited edition made by Cartograph for the german publisher "Luftfahrtverlag Start" and it comes together with a fantastic and invaluable book about the life of Gerhard Barkhorn. And now you know what my long-term project is ....


.... I hope you enjoyed walking around my new aviation museum member despite its "home made" painting flaws. I showed it last weekend at the expo in Thun/Switzerland and had nice feedback for it. So I'm probably more critical with it than others ....

Happy modelling!
Torsten

And if you wonder what I did at the beginning of 2018, well, then I suggest you have a look here ....
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Posted: Friday, December 15, 2017 - 12:32 AM UTC
Joel, you can't go wrong with another Ventura kit, no matter if it's a PV-1 or a Mk. II. At the moment here in Germany Revell has only the Mk. II in its programm. But I can imagine to get some more PV-1 kits when there's a re-release. I still have so many decals for it (AUS/NZ/US) and it's fun to build. Though with a wing span of 32 cm and a length of 42 cm it's not a small kit.
I hear you with that changing mind what to build. That's so wonderfull about our great hobby. We can do what we want. There's only a "can" and never a "must". So on my work bench at the moment there are 2 big cats who listen to the name "Leopard" ....

Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 03:25 AM UTC
Torsten,
You're most likely right about going to far with the stripping of the paint. Odds are I'd ruin the model in my attempt to improve the camo. Just have to decide which version I want to build, and buy the kit. Of course working it into my every changing build schedule will be a real challenge.

Joel
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Posted: Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 12:06 AM UTC
Wow! Thanks for all your replies, guys! Didn't expect that.

Joel, I remember your PV-1 and to me it looks really fine. If I were you I wouldn't strip the paint off, I would build another one in a different camo. So you would have something like "Attempt 1" and "Attempt 2". Think about it.

Rowan, I'm glad to hear that my Ventura breaks down your resistance to get this kit. It's really nice to build and gives no major problems. Only the gap between the fuselage and nose section is a bit annoying. But you are a better builder than I am, so it should be no problem for you. As far as I can remember the US version PV-1 has not this gap because of the different nose. From the kit you can also build a machine of No. 21 Sqn, RAF which might be more interesting for you.

Damian, a special thanks to you for linking that list. To my surprise, Hannants (Xtradecal) got the code and the serial wrong for this bird. I didn't expect that, because I thought, the search for AM decals is more serious and deeper than by the kit company.
So, this Ventura has the serial AE939 and the code SB-C. The bird is clearly recognisable in this inflight photo with the little figure looking through the letter "B". I trusted the sheet which clearly shows SB-G and AE 936. I have to apologize for that inaccuracy but it's too late now to change it ....

Torsten



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Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 10:00 PM UTC
G'day Torsten. Lovely work as always, a really nice build and I have been following along in the ANZAC thread.
For interest, I tried to look up RAAF Ventura SB-G AE-936 and could find no reference to this specific code.

http://www.adf-serials.com.au/ventura.htm

I am wondering if it could be SB-C AE-939?

Looking forward to your next addition.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 10:40 AM UTC
Very nice, Torsten!

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Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 04:37 AM UTC

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Nice one Torsten!

I've resisted the temptation to buy Revell's Ventura Mk.II until now because I still haven't built the PV-1 I got when it first came out. Seeing your excellent build is a reminder that I really should get one...

All the best

Rowan



Rowan,
Good thinking. I should also pick up a Mk II kit. As there's just something about the Ventura that appeals to me.
Joel
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Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 04:29 AM UTC
Nice one Torsten!

I've resisted the temptation to buy Revell's Ventura Mk.II until now because I still haven't built the PV-1 I got when it first came out. Seeing your excellent build is a reminder that I really should get one...

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 02:52 AM UTC
Torsten,
Now that's one impressive Ventura. As usual just a flawless build in 8 weeks time. For me would be record by a good month or two.

The pair really does look rather well together. Can't wait to see the 3rd one join the party.

I've got one in the display that I'm still thinking about stripping and repainting as the fuselage feathered edge on one side isn't really right. Will most likely do it in USN markings this time.

Joel
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Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:52 AM UTC
Thanks for your feedback, Stefan. As I mentioned before, I can't tell which of them I like more. And I guess you have noticed both Hurricanes on my table at the Augsburg Expo in October.

Well, folks, last week I have finished my last campaign for this year, the ANZAC Campaign and today I would like to show you the result of my efforts. It's the Lockheed Ventura Mk. II from Revell and of course it's in 1/48 ....





.... the Ventura, a derivative of the popular Hudson then in service with Coastal Command on anti-shipping and reconnaissance tasks, replaced Blenheim day bombers in No 2 Group. By the time it entered service with Bomber Command, it was outdated and suffered heavy losses. The Ventura entered service with No 21 Squadron at the end of May 1942, some 18 months later than planned and made its debut in November. A month later, Venturas joined other aircraft from No 2 Group (Mosquitos and Bostons), in the famous raid on the Philips works at Eindhoven. The aircraft was not popular with its crews and earned the nickname 'The Pig'. By April 1943, Ventura losses were beginning to mount and a month later the aircraft's inadequacies were shown in a daylight attack on a power station near Amsterdam. The final bomber op for the Ventura was flown in September 1943, by which time Ventura squadrons had transferred to the Second Tactical Air Force. Some were also transferred to duties in the Middle East and to Coastal Command. The Ventura was powered by 2 Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp GR2800 engines with 1200 hp each, which gave the aircraft a maximum speed of 480 km/h. The service ceiling was about 7600 meters and the range a bit over 1500 kilometers. It was capable to carry 1135 kg of bombs and had a defensive armament of 2 x 0,50 inch and 2 x 0,303 inch guns in the nose, up to 4 x 0,303 inch guns in a top turret and 2 x 0,303 inch guns in the mid lower section of the fuselage (text taken in parts from the RAF side) ....





... I have built SB-G (AE936) of No. 464 Sqn, Royal Australian Air Force, based at Feltwell, England, in spring 1943. I couldn't find anything about the fate of the aircraft or its crew in the internet ....





.... Revell Germany came out with this kit in 2016 and I didn't hesitate to get it. While other kits wait for years and years in my stash to be build (or never ....), it was a quick decision to take this kit for the ANZAC Campaign because I had this nice AM decals. The kit consists of only 142 parts (of which not all are to be used here) and it's very easy to build. The big advantage here is, that you can build fuselage and wing seperately and glue them together when you have finished the main painting. There are no major problems with this kit, or should I say, it's really fun to build it. Only at the front fuselage there are some minor problems with the nose section. There's an ugly gap which must be filled and sanded. Very usefull and recommended is the Eduard mask EX538 for the clear parts. Just look at the windows on the top turret. You'll get crazy when you try to cut them on your own The main paints I have used here are Sky 59 for the underside, Dark Earth 82 (both Revell Aqua) and Dark Green 71016 (Vallejo) for the upperside. Dark Green is airbrushed free hand as usual but I did a lot of masking to get a sharp edge between Sky and Dark Earth. Click the link of the campaign side and you see. Further I used Fern Green 360 for the interior and Black 302 (both Revell again) for the turret and the de-icing rubbers, though they are also on the decal sheet. But I prefered to paint them. All national insignias were taken from the decal sheet of the kit. I was surprised to find no RAF roundels on it for the underside. Was that true? The special markings for SB-G come from Xtradecal No. X48097 but I made a little compromise because the "G" on the right side is a bit more on the aft fuselage because otherwise it would be right over the window. But the red letter is barely visible on Dark Earth anyway. Unfortunatly there is a little silvering at some parts of the decals which is my fault. As usual with all my builds the Ventura is build straight out of box and not weathered. It took me 8 weeks to build this nice aircraft and in between I tested my skills also on something with 4 wheels and built the legendary Land Rover of the British Forces Germany ....



.... finally a little family photo. It doesn't look like it but this is really ANZAC (Australian-New Zealand Air Corps ). I've built the Kiwi-Ventura in 2012, right after Revell Germany came out with the kit. In my stash is another PV-1, which will be painted in Atlantic camo of a USN unit, flying from Morocco. I guess, that trio will look nice once ready but I have made no plans yet when I'll build it. So, for today I say again thanks for stepping in and walking around my new aviation museum member. Hope you have enjoyed it.

Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 09:08 PM UTC
Very nice Hurricane-Threesome, Torsten. The russian is my favourite, it's not to seen so often as a model.
A finnish Hurri is also on my to-do-list......but at first a new "Dora".....!!!

Cheers from the Black Forest
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Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 - 11:04 PM UTC
Pedro, I'm not that fast, believe me. I have built both Hurricanes at the same time and needed about 6 weeks for both. The VVS-Hurri just needed a little longer because of the conversion and the more work for filling and sanding. In fact I cannot tell which of both I like more. They both look nice to me and I'm satisfied with the results. But a russian Hurricane is not seen often. They have been to the Augsburg Expo last weekend.

Gary, also thanks for your feedback. I'm glad you like this Hurricane too. My next build will take a while. It's a Ventura for the ANZAC Campaign and I hope to finish it by the end of November.

Torsten
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Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 - 10:48 AM UTC
Torsten,
Another very nice Hurri! Well done!

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Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 - 02:21 AM UTC
Torsten,

Not only you are one of the fastest builders around here, but you still manage to deliver well done and researched models. I particularly liked your Mk.1 Hurricane.

Congrats

Pedro
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Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 - 12:27 AM UTC
Finished last week I finally have time to show you the other part of my dual build. Here is my Hawker Hurricane Mk. IIb, converted from a IIc. The kit is from Revell (ex Hasegawa) ....




.... by the end of 1941 the Red Army Air Force was almost annihilated and the Soviet Union found itself desperately short of fighter aircraft. In an effort to rectify this situation, the british government supplied the first of over 3300 Hurricanes from late 1941 and handed them over to the SU under a lend-lease agreement. The Hurricanes were quickly thrown into action and virtually all of them were issued to fighter regiments in the northern sector of the front. The Hurricane proved to be an easy aircraft to master. They provided air cover for the vital Murmansk - Belomorsk section of the Kirov railway. Their pilots fought bloody dogfights with the Bf 109 pilots of the Jagdgeschwader 5 and the Finnish Air Force. The Hurricanes remained in frontline service until late 1943 ....





.... I have built "White 60" of the 609. IAP which was shot down by finnish AA fire near the airfield of Tiiksjärvi in Karelia on the 6. April 1942. The pilot Lt. Ivan Babanin had to crash land the Hurricane nearby and was captured by finnish soldiers ....





.... Revell Germany came out with the kit of a Mk. IIc in 2002 but as I had this nice set of decals I needed to do some surgery to get the desired Mk. IIb. Last year I asked here on Aeroscale about the main visible differences of the two versions, which are the weapons, and the conversion was not difficult. Russian Hurricanes were often rearmed with a 20 mm ShVAK cannon and a 12,7 mm UB machine gun in each wing. There is an unused part for the wing guns in the kit and I just drilled 2 holes in it and used Evergreen tubes for the guns. Further I drilled holes in the underwing section and took rockets and rails from a Trumpeter MiG 3 kit. While this conversion was an easy work, getting the rest of the kit together was more difficult than I thought, though the Hasegawa kit is not known for giving much trouble. Especially in the wing/fuselage area I had big problems with a difference in height between the wings and their counterpart on the fuselage and gaps which had to be filled and sanded. I think I did not too bad with the effort to make it look nice. But most other parts go together well ....




.... on this bird I used the Vallejo paints for the camouflage. On the underside it's Medium Sea Grey 71307, the upperside is painted with Ocean Grey 71273 first and then Dark Green 71016 sprayed again freehand over it. For the interior I used Light Grey-Green 45 from Revell Aqua. I have used only very few stencils on the underside of the kit's decal sheet, though I guess the Russians had no stencils in english on their Hurris. The special decals to build "White 60" are taken from the same Skymodels decal sheet as on the Hurricane from above. Though Skymodels made a big mistake here. The slogan above the fuselage red star is "For the Fatherland" on the left side, while it says "For Stalin" on the right side. Skymodels printed the same slogan for both sides .... They just should have had a look into Osprey's "Soviet Lend-Lease Aces" (No. 74) to notice their mistake. Anyway, in the absence of a correct substitute, I have used the decals. I can't read russian and I won't tell anyone about this fault ....



.... finally the obligatory family photo. The FiAF Hurricane is a Mk. I and an orginal Hasegawa kit which I bought several years ago at the FiAF Museum in Tikkakoski. That build didn't give me troubles as far as I remember. It was not seldom that over Karelia a Hurricane had a dogfight with another Hurricane. One with a blue Hakaristi on the fuselage and the other with a Red Star ....
So again I say "Большое спасибо" for walking around my newest Hurri and hope you have enjoyed it.

Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 08:51 PM UTC

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.... With aging etc. you can still conceal some.....

Horrido....
Stefan



flaws is the word you're looking for, Stefan!
Thanks for your comment, my friend. But don't think my models are flawless. None is that. There are more than I like to. In Augsburg I can show you some. Oh yes, I'm also looking forward to meet you and the rest of the bunch next weekend.

Ernest, thanks for your words! I'm glad you like what you see. I always try to give my models a "face". So whenever I have the name of a pilot I try to find out something about him, the best with a photo which I can post here. So I do a lot of reseach in that direction. Sometimes it's easy to find informations like about McKnight and Gildner. But sometimes it's really difficult like in the case of Masao Itagaki. A really hard nut to crack was Irina Osadze. I had only the photo from Osprey and her name and unit. The research was every now and then over several months. There were only small hints to her when I suddenly stumbled over her name. And this is all that I found out. But it's better than nothing.
If you want to meet me and have a look at my models you have the chance this coming weekend when I attend the expo of PMV Augsburg in Augsburg-Haunstetten. I'll be there Saturday and Sunday.

Torsten
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Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 11:42 AM UTC
Hallo Torsten, sehr schöne flugzüge! I really like the Hurricane and Do215. Like you I often pick a particular plane that has an interesting story connected to its pilot or crew. I like the nice clean look of your builds, and your standard of workmanship is very high indeed. I live in Bayern, so maybe we will see each other at one of the expos in the future.

Sincerely,
Ernest
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Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 03:16 AM UTC
Hi Torsten!

Your Hurri is another cracking model from your workbench.
And as Richard said, to build a model, fresh from the factory, requires a great care in assembling.
With aging etc. you can still conceal some.....just as I do!!! ;-) Therefore, thumbs up for your tidy models.
I am looking forward to the coming weekend in Augsburg to meet you and the other guys again.

Horrido....
Stefan
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Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:25 PM UTC
Wow, thanks for your feedback, guys!

Richard, thanks for your kind words. I'm glad you like what you see. I prefer to do no weathering on my models and leave it all to the dust on my shelf instead of ruining them with doing too much of it. I'm also often attending expos, so I have to clean them a bit every time.

Matt, yes I know, but I won't change it now.

Gaz, thanks for your comment. After all the work I've had with the Do 215 I'm really satisfied with the result. The patience paid off. It's no "add glue and shake" kit. So if you want to build it, take your time for it. At the moment I have no plans for another Luftwaffe aircraft. My next build will be a Ventura for the ANZAC Campaign.

Magnus, also thanks to you! In the meantime I have build some new Airfix kits (Spitfire, Defiant, Hurricane ...) and am also pleased about the quality for a good price. I believe it's the same in 1/72. Hope they can stay that way.

Happy modelling!
Torsten

Btw, my other Hurricane just left the assembly line. Hope the photographer has time this weekend ....
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Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:03 AM UTC
I'm with Gary on this one: lovely Hurricane! And I really like those new Airfix kits even if I stick to 1/72. They really have found a level that works concerning both quality of fit, detail and price!



Magnus
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Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 10:53 AM UTC
Torsten,
I haven't seen this thread in quite some time. Your Dornier 215 looks excellent. I have been trying to will myself into making some aerials for a couple of 1/72 night fighters I have laying around.

Your Hurricane looks great, too.

But you know me...I love Luftwaffe birds.

Gaz
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Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 05:25 AM UTC
Torsten - your PE-2 has both ailerons deflected down...
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You're one of the tidiest modellers out there. We all know that so often weatherization etc are as much tricks of convenience or necessity as tools for a good model. Making a clean, factory fresh type model like you do is very difficult. I really like your builds/appreciate that kind of neatness.
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After returning from another great vacation in beautiful Latvia (I love it!) in early August I stared with a "stormy" duett and today I would like to show you Part 1 of it. It's the Hawker Hurricane Mk. I from Airfix, as usual in 1/48 ....





.... the Hurricane is surely one of the iconic planes of WW 2. First flight was on the 6. November 1935 and production lasted from 1936 to 1944. During the first years of the war the Hurricane was the backbone of the RAF Fighter Command. It's finest hour it had during the Battle of Britain though it always stood a bit in the shadow of the Spitfire. The Mk. I was powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin III with 1030 hp. It had a maximum speed of 510 km/h and a range of about 750 kilometers. The armament were 8 Browning machine guns in the wings, caliber 7,7 mm (0,303 inch) with 330 rounds each. More than 14.500 "Hurris" of all versions were built and used in more than a dozen countries ....





.... I have built LE o A of No. 242 Sqn based at Martlesham Heath in January 1941. This aircraft was the mount of F/O William Lidstone McKnight. He was born in Edmonton/Canada in 1918 and volunteered for the Royal Air Force in 1939. After training to become a fighter pilot he was posted to No. 242 Sqn and took part in the defense of France as part of the BEF. His first victory he claimed on the 19. May 1940 near Cambrai. During the evacuation of Dunkirk he shot down 6 german aircraft in 4 days. His unit suffered heavy losses (11 pilots dead or missed) and was posted back to England, where McKnight became the wingman of famous SqnLdr Douglas Bader. From July 1940 the unit was also involved in the Battle of Britain where McKnight scored further kills. On the 30. August 1940 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross which was given to him 3 days later by King George VI. On the 12. January 1941 McKnight attacked german E-Boats in the Channel together with P/O M. Brown when they were "surprised" by a Bf 109. While Brown was able to escape home, McKnight failed to return. He was never found and has no known grave. With 17 kills he is one of the most successful canadian fighter pilots. Calgary's McKnight Boulevard is named after him ....





.... building this kit is quite easy. It's one of Airfix' new kits and the fitting is very good. I can't remember any major problems, no filler was used, just the usual sanding here and there. Though some of the 127 parts are not used for this version. There are options to build the Hurricane with open cockpit, closed landing gear or open gun bays. I decided not to do that because the parts have to be cut our out of the wings, which doesn't look easy. And you know me by now, I don't like too many open hatches ....





.... I have again used various paint brands on this kit. After a layer of white primer I have used Sky 59 and Black 302 from Revell Aqua on the underside. For the upperside I used Dark Earth 82 from Revell and Dark Green 71016 from Vallejo. Dark Green is airbrushed free hand. Interior and wheel wells are painted with Aluminium 99 also from Revell. Of course this models is build oob and not weathered as usual. Stencils and national insignia come from the kit's decal sheet while the special decals to build McKnight's machine are taken from Sky Models "Hawker Hurricane Pt.1" (No. 48051). It's a fantastic sheet for no less than 15 Hurricanes of various versions. It's of great quality printed by Cartograf. I bought this sheet several years ago at the expo in Basel and it's not the only Sky Models sheet I have.
So I thank you again for walking around my new "Hurri" with me and hope you have enjoyed it. Part 2 of my duett will follow soon. And it has no RAF roundels ....

Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017 - 12:29 AM UTC
Thanks for your comment, Jonathan! It was a lot of work but in the end my patience with it paid off.
Both birds had a crew of 3 but the P-61 is still slightly bigger, had stonger engines and a more powerful armament than the Do 215. Though the model isn't small at all with a length of 35 cm and a wing span of 37 cm. I plan to add 2 more all-black aircraft to my "Black Squadron" sooner or later. That will be the new Night Defiant from Airfix (sooner) and the Night Beaufighter from Tamiya (later). If you go back to page 6 you'll see that I've already built a Night Beau but not in black.

Torsten