Friday, September 15, 2017

Diorama vol.3: Normandy rest area: June 1944


Subject:
Normandy rest area: June 1944
Scale:
1/35
Manufacturer:
Miniart + Paiol modelismo fountain
Price
Miniart kit US$20,00 plus shipping; Paiol Modelismo Fountain kit US$25,00 plus shipping.
Description
Minart ki is injection molded. Diorama base is resin cast.
Comments
This is miiniart's kit U.S. soldiers at rest. The figures have fantastic design, with unusual design and lots of extra gears. As usual, the problem with this manufacturer's kits is the excess of flash, After cleaning however, the fit is very good and worth building. The fountain i got at our local ebay site (mercadolivre.com). It is resin cast kit and really well done. Painting was done with Vallejo acrylics for the figures and the base and fountain was finished with tamiya acrylics.



















Friday, September 8, 2017

Military aircraft vol 86: Mig17


Subject: Mig17
Location: Intrepid air, sea and space museum, New York, 2015
Comments: The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Russian: Микоян и Гуревич МиГ-17; NATO reporting name: Fresco) is a high-subsonic fighter aircraft produced in the USSR from 1952 and operated by numerous air forces in many variants. It is an advanced development of the very similar appearing MiG-15 of the Korean War. The MiG-17 was license-built in China as the Shenyang J-5 and Poland as the PZL-Mielec Lim-6.  MiG-17s first saw combat in 1958 in the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis and later proved to be an effective threat against more modern supersonic fighters of the United States in the Vietnam War. It was also briefly known as the Type 38 by U.S. Air Force designation prior to the development of NATO codes.MiG-17s were designed to intercept straight-and-level-flying enemy bombers, not for air-to-air combat (dogfighting) with other fighters. This subsonic (.93 Mach) fighter was effective against slower (.6-.8 Mach), heavily loaded U.S. fighter-bombers, as well as the mainstay American strategic bombers during the MiG-17's development cycle (such as the Boeing B-50 Superfortress or Convair B-36 Peacemaker, which were both still powered by piston engines). It was not however able to intercept the new generation of British jet bombers such as the Avro Vulcan and Handley Page Victor, which could both fly higher. Even if the target had sufficient warning and time to shed weight and drag by dropping external ordnance and accelerate to supersonic escape speeds, doing so would have inherently forced the enemy aircraft to abort its bombing mission. However, the USAF's introduction of strategic bombers capable of supersonic dash speeds such as the Convair B-58 Hustler and General Dynamics FB-111 rendered the MiG-17 obsolete in front-line PVO service, and they were supplanted by supersonic interceptors such as the MiG-21 and MiG-23.













Friday, September 1, 2017

Diorama Vol. 1: Normandy 1944: Where is the front?



Subject:
Normandy 1944: Where is the front?
Scale:
1/35
Manufacturer:
Miniart base, Masterbox figures, Italeri jeep
Price
US$120,00 plus shipping including all kits
Description
Injection molded with waterslide decals. Some extras from several sources
Comments
This is a scene built to represent an encounter between the British paratroopers and the french resistance during the Normandy campaign in June 1944. The center piece is the diorama box from Miniart (Boccage street) that was used as a Normandy environment. Figures came from two different sets from Masterbox and the jeep is from Italeri. The bricks aand vegetation were made from scratch using several different materials from a local art store.











Friday, August 25, 2017

Aircraft walkaround vol.85: Grumman TBM-1 Avenger



Subject: Grumman TBM-1 Avenger
Location: Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum, New York, USA, 2015
Comments:The Grumman TBF Avenger (designated TBM for aircraft manufactured by General Motors) is an American torpedo bomber developed initially for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, and eventually used by several air and naval aviation services around the world.Grumman's first torpedo bomber was the heaviest single-engined aircraft of World War II, and only the USAAF's P-47 Thunderbolt came close to equalling it in maximum loaded weight among all single-engined fighters, being only some 400 lb (181 kg) lighter than the TBF, by the end of World War II. To ease carrier storage concerns, simultaneously with the F4F-4 model of its Wildcat carrier fighter, Grumman designed the Avenger to also use the new Sto-Wing patented "compound angle" wing-folding mechanism, intended to maximize storage space on an aircraft carrier; in addition to the Wildcat and Avenger, the Wildcat's replacement, the F6F Hellcat also employed this mechanism as well. The engine used was the Wright R-2600-20 Cyclone 14 twin-row radial engine (which produced 1,900 hp/1,417 kW). The aircraft took 25 gallons of oil and used one gallon per minute at start-up. There were three crew members: pilot, turret gunner and radioman/bombardier/ventral gunner. One .30 caliber machine gun was mounted in the nose, a .50 caliber (12.7 mm) gun was mounted right next to the turret gunner's head in a rear-facing electrically powered turret, and a single .30 caliber hand-fired machine gun mounted ventrally (under the tail), which was used to defend against enemy fighters attacking from below and to the rear. This gun was fired by the radioman/bombardier while standing up and bending over in the belly of the tail section, though he usually sat on a folding bench facing forward to operate the radio and to sight in bombing runs. Later models of the TBF/TBM dispensed with the nose-mounted gun for one .50 caliber gun in each wing per pilots' requests for better forward firepower and increased strafing ability. There was only one set of controls on the aircraft, and no access to the pilot's position from the rest of the aircraft. The radio equipment was massive, especially by today's standards, and filled the length of the well-framed "greenhouse" canopy to the rear of the pilot. The radios were accessible for repair through a "tunnel" along the right hand side. Any Avengers that are still flying today usually have an additional rear-mounted seat in place of the radios, allowing for a fourth passenger.The Avenger had a large bomb bay, allowing for one Bliss-Leavitt Mark 13 torpedo, a single 2,000 pound (907 kg) bomb, or up to four 500 pound (227 kg) bombs. The aircraft had overall ruggedness and stability, and pilots say it flew like a truck, for better or worse. With its good radio facilities, docile handling, and long range, the Grumman Avenger also made an ideal command aircraft for Commanders, Air Group (CAGs). With a 30,000 ft (10,000 m) ceiling and a fully loaded range of 1,000 mi (1,610 km), it was better than any previous American torpedo bomber, and better than its Japanese counterpart, the obsolete Nakajima B5N "Kate". Later Avenger models carried radar equipment for the ASW and AEW roles.