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Chatham, Kent, United Kingdom
I'm 45. And currently a full time carer for Mom.. I am also disabled, and suffer from Avoidant Personality Disorder. I also like Photography, Museums and Art Galleries. I have a keen interest in Military aviation. The Korean War and the Allied Bombing Offensive over Europe 1939-1945. And also a keen interest in Military vehicles.


Sunday, 16 April 2017

1/72 Pe-8 builds Part Two (2) Painting begins 16/04/2017

Painting has begun. The engine nacelle gun positions have been painted as have the rears and fronts of the inboard engine nacelles. More images to follow sometime later or tomorrow.

1/72 Pe-8 builds Part Two (1) Assembly begins 16/04/2017

Now unusually with these kits the assembly begins with the engine nacelles, so that's where we started. Also in the image are the engine mounted gun turrets. Right so lets clean these up and get some paint on.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

1/72 Pe-8 builds Part One a look in the boxes. 15/04/2017

So we begin with what's in those big boxes, and as both kits are basically the same the frames are the same so not worth repeating, but I've added a frame from the transport version to show what's different. So on with the images.

As you can see they're going to be big birds. Right let's get on with some cutting of the plastic and begin assembly. 

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Petlyakov Pe-8 Soviet four-engined bomber and transport history and model box images


The Pe-8 was originally designated the TB-7 and was the only Four-engined heavy bomber in the Soviet air forces (VVS) inventory. The TB-7 was redesignated as the Pe-8 after its primary designer, Vladimir Petlyakov, was killed in a plane crash in 1942. Supply problems complicated the aircraft's production and the Pe-8s also had engine problems. As Soviet morale boosters, they were also high-value targets for the Luftwaffe's fighter pilots. The loss rate of these aircraft, whether from mechanical failure, friendly fire, or combat, doubled between 1942 and 1944. Produced in limited numbers (only ninety-three were built), it was used to bomb Berlin in August 1941. It was also used for so-called "morale raids" designed to raise the spirit of the Soviet people by exposing Axis vulnerabilities. Its primary mission, however, was to attack German airfields, rail yards and other rear-area facilities at night, although one was used to fly the People's Commissar of Foreign Affairs (Foreign Minister) Vyacheslav Molotov from Moscow to the United States in 1942. By the end of the war, most of the surviving aircraft had been withdrawn from combat units. After the war, some were modified as transports for important officials, and a few others were used in various Soviet testing programs. Some supported the Soviet Arctic operations until the late 1950s. Development of the Pe-8 began in July 1934, when the Soviet Air Forces (VVS) issued requirements for an aircraft to replace the obsolete and cumbersome Tupolev TB-3 heavy bomber. After the war, the Pe-8 was used extensively as a testbed for trials involving Soviet derivatives of the German V-1 flying bomb and it was designated as the Pe-8LL for prototype piston engine trials. It was also used as a mother ship for the experimental rocket-engined Bisnovat 5 in 1948–49.  Aeroflot received several of the surviving Pe-8s for polar exploration. Their military equipment removed, they had additional fuel tanks installed, were painted orange, and had their engines upgraded to either ASh-82FNs or Shvetsov ASh-73s. One landed at the North Pole in 1954, and others helped to monitor the drift ice stations NP-2, NP-3 and NP-4 during the late 1950s. 

The kits

I purchased two of these as they're two different versions; one being the long-range bomber version, and the other being the transport version used by Molotov when he visited the USA. I'll post images of the boxes for now. And once I begin the builds I'll add images of the frames, instruction sheets and decals. 

Monday, 10 April 2017

1/35 Tiger Ausf.B build track work begins 10/04/2017

And the beginning of the track run.

1/35th Tiger Ausf.B build interior nearly complete and running gear installation. 10/04/2017

Well certainly moving on with this build now. The ammunition has been installed I still need to fit the firewall mounted fire extinguisher, radio rack and driver's panel and ammo bags for the hull and co-axial MG's. And most importantly of all I need to fit the tracks.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

1/35th Tiger Ausf.B build hull interior nearly completed and installation of running gear 05/04/2017

Sorry for the lack of updates in a little while I've not been too good. Anyway what follows is the progress on the build so far. There is some detail painting left to do and and add the radio rack and driver's panel and add the hull MG ammo bags. There should be a more detailed update in a few days or so (hopefully).

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

1/35th Tiger Ausf.B build. Engine compartment and fighting compartment progress 22/03/2017

Ok so its been a while since I updated any progress on the Tiger Ausf.B build. This is the state of play so far. The engine compartment is all but done, just a few decals to add. And then I will continue fitting out the interior and then move on to the upper hull.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

1/35th Tiger II build lubrication pipes and interior repaint and torsion bar prep 16/02/2017

The interior has now been repainted with a more suitable cremeweiss (the previous colour was too yellow). The lubrication pipes have been added (these were done with solder). And started prepping the torsion bars ready to have the swing arms added and for painting before installing on the tank.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Takom 1/35th Tiger II build 12/02/2017 a big update

Well this is the work done so far on the Tiger II. Since these shots were taken the interior has since been repainted in to a better cremeweiss. More about that soon.