My aircraft collection climbs into double figures!

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Re: My aircraft collection climbs into double figures!

Post by David MG » Wed Oct 21, 2015 4:35 am

I thought you had been quiet of late. Your in hanger tinkerings are excellent. Especially for this old and crude airfix kit.Remember it well.
I have my eyes on these two :-

OXFORD

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Post by Ozmac » Wed Oct 21, 2015 6:21 am

Oooh, they're nice, David.

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Post by David MG » Wed Oct 21, 2015 6:56 am

Ozmac wrote:Oooh, they're nice, David.
Agreed, just lying in wait for a good price.
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Post by Ozmac » Thu Oct 22, 2015 2:58 am

It's just a bit early to post this next idea in dioramas, but I definitely can feel a diorama coming on...

Regular visitors who temporarily stumble out of the 1/43 scale motor car section of S143.com and find themselves here in my aviation thread will probably know that I have a bit of a "Polar" sub-theme going. Well, it hasn't stopped yet.

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My latest purchase is this Italeri 1/72 kit of the Antonov An-2. Some may know of this plane, others not, but the simple fact is that there have been more An-2s produced post-war than any other plane. And this kit includes a bright orange Polar version with skis. I'm in!

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Next stop along the way was an eBay search for "1/72 Snow" and up popped this 1/72 kit of a Horch 108-40 Armoured Command Snow vehicle.

And so the diorama is set. It's post-war in Russia ... the defeated Germans left a lot of kit behind in '45, including the Horch. Now it's 1950, peace has been restored (sort of) and the Horch is now a liaison vehicle for the very very very far north, snowbound, icy outpost of some godforsaken Russian scientific outfit, which also has a new An-2 (first produced in 1948) to get them to even more godforsaken parts of the tundra to drill holes and do other scientific stuff.

I've been looking for 1/72 scale wolves, reindeer etc and haven't found any, so I suspect my old Ford Trimotor kit dogsled team may play another supporting role in my next snowy diorama. Wish me luck!

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Post by David MG » Thu Oct 22, 2015 3:41 am

I wish you luck :D
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Post by GBOAC002 » Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:32 am

That Airfix DH 88 Comet was one of my first attempts at plastic kit building when I was 11 years old! That'a a long, long, time ago....

The Comet was quickly followed by something a bit more ambitious and impressive - an Airfix Avro Lancaster.

I always enjoy the dioramas and these aviation threads.

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Re: My aircraft collection climbs into double figures!

Post by Tom » Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:07 am

Looks like you did a great job with that old Airfix Comet! Lovely plane, like it a lot. Looking forward to your Antonov build.

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Post by Ozmac » Sat Nov 14, 2015 1:22 am

The Polar fleet grows! Here's part 1 of my next diorama, an Antonov An2, the plane which holds the distinction of being the most-produced aircraft since the Second World War. This large single-engined biplane was produced from 1947-2001, with more than 18,000 of them built. I love all the various details of the Antonov. Apparently it's up there with the Feiseler Storch for having the slowest stall-speed of any aircraft. Given that the Storch is a lightweight that can carry 2 or 3 at best, and that the Antonov is a behemoth that can carry 14, this big, slow biplane truly makes an artform out of "slow". Here's what Wikipedia has to say about it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_An-2

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This is a 1/72 scale model from a kit by Italeri. Talk about a complicated build! The most difficult one I have done so far, with the exception of the resin plane model builds, which still give me nightmares.

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This Antonov is in the livery of an Arctic version of some kind. Couldn't find out much about it.

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That rotten clear canopy consisted of 5 pieces (one large and four ill-fitting and tiny). I don't know why model companies do that ...

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And to give you a sense of comparison, here's the Antonov alongside the De Havilland Beaver.

To complete the diorama I am building a Horch WWII snow van, plus modding various 1/72 figures.

And to complete the Polar stable of planes, I have a 1/72 scale kit of a Noorduyn Norseman that comes with the option of skis. All that should keep me busy until Christmas and beyond.

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Post by Tom » Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:14 am

I like that a lot, excellent!

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Post by Featherless_Biped » Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:16 am

That looks great! It's hard for me to imagine building models at 1:72 scale. :shock: Lilliputian sized! Looking forward to that diorama.

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Post by JSB33 » Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:31 am

Better you than me. You do all the hard work and i get to enjoy the results (from afar) :lol:
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Post by Ozmac » Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:41 pm

Still in the middle of my "planes with skis" theme, and no closer to getting the Antonov An-2 diorama done, but I have added one of Canada's finest old bush planes to the shelves: a Noorduyn Norseman.

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The kit is a 1/72 scale item by Matchbox. Quite a nice kit it was too. All the blemishes are my doing.

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I decided not to use the supplied decals, as they are probably older than Justin Trudeau and would have fallen apart, so I made my own paint scheme up using a white stripe down each side.

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The Norseman is quite distinctive looking, the way the front ski/wheel/float struts work.

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I haven't finished with this ski obsession either ... there are two more in the wings.

If you like old bush planes like the Norseman, this 22-minute doco on Canadian Bush Planes, featuring a Norseman, is worth a look. A bit of cool old historic footage is in there somewhere, and it's just cool to hang around this old Norseman for a while (it's equipped with floats, which is the more familiar configuration, of course).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlI2qAzQh9U

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Re: My aircraft collection climbs into double figures!

Post by DeadCanDanceR » Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:33 pm

Great looking model, mate! ;)
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Re: My aircraft collection climbs into double figures!

Post by Tom » Sat Jan 09, 2016 3:37 am

That does indeed look great, and you did a very nice job putting it together.

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Re: My aircraft collection climbs into double figures!

Post by David MG » Sat Jan 09, 2016 4:56 am

Great addition to the ski fleet.
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Post by johann.nunweiller » Sat Jan 09, 2016 5:29 am

Great looking aircraft!

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Post by johann.nunweiller » Sat Jan 09, 2016 5:31 am

If you have time, here is a short history of Romanian Military Aicraft from ROAf

http://www.aripi-argintii.ro/pagina.php?p=40

List of aircraft:

http://www.aripi-argintii.ro/pagina.php?p=16

And some pcitures with An 2 in Romania:
http://romanian-spotters.forumer.ro/t193-antonov-an-2

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Post by Ozmac » Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:19 pm

Wow, Johann, thanks for that link to the An-2 pages. So many great shots of those big birds!

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Re: My aircraft collection climbs into double figures!

Post by Ozmac » Sat Jan 09, 2016 3:33 pm

Just expanded the Polar parking lot ice-field ... the diorama figures will fit in somewhere here ...

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Re: My aircraft collection climbs into double figures!

Post by Tom » Sat Jan 09, 2016 3:35 pm

Busy stretch of snow! :lol:
Nice collection, like your display.

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Post by DeadCanDanceR » Sat Jan 09, 2016 4:19 pm

They look wonderful together! ;)
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Re: My aircraft collection climbs into double figures!

Post by Featherless_Biped » Sat Jan 09, 2016 5:05 pm

Unique. Excellent. 8-)

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Re: My aircraft collection climbs into double figures!

Post by David MG » Sun Jan 10, 2016 3:02 am

Jamie, do you do Christmas cakes as a sideline? :lol:
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Re: My aircraft collection climbs into double figures!

Post by Ozmac » Sun Jan 10, 2016 5:58 am

David, you'd crack a tooth on my icing!

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