Friday, December 28, 2012

Military aircraft vol.50

Subject: Curtiss P40M Kittyhawk
Manufacturer: Hobbyboss

Comments: Injection molded kit with 4 light grey sprues and 1 clear parts sprue. Decals for 2 different aircraft, 1 british (no.112 Sqn, RAF) and 1 american (75th FS, 23rd FG, 13th AF, 1943).

This is the new line of easy assembly kits from Hobbyboss, but now in 1/48 scale. There are 32 grey plastic parts and 2 clear parts, with nice injection and no flash. Bellow you see some pictures of the sprues and the nice detail of the moldings.

The decals are in perfect register and Hobyboss make the best decals i have seen in a production kit.

I usually don´t mesuare the time i need to build a kit, but since this is an easy kit, i decided to check if it is so easy as said. Fit is good at the fuselage, but not so nice in the wing to fuselage junction. Some putty was needed to fill the gap here. I found no other problems.

Here are some details of the construction:

And here is the kit completed:

It took me 15hs and 25min to build, almost the time i need to build any other kit. The result looks nice to me, but if you want more detail, this is not your ideal kit.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Military aircraft vol.49

Subject: Northrop N9M Flying Wing
Scale: 1/72
Manufacturer: Sword
Construction: Out of the box. Painted with tamiya acrilics, decals from the kit.

Video of a restored N9M at Chino, California, USA

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Experimental aircraft walkaround vol.1: Rockwell-Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm X31 Vector

Subject:  Rockwell-Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm X31 Vector
Location: Deutches Museum, Munich, Germany
Purpose: X-31 Enhanced Fighter Maneuverability program was designed to test fighter thrust vectoring technology. Thrust vectoring allows the X-31 to fly in a direction other than where the nose is pointing, resulting in significantly more maneuverability than most conventional fighters. An advanced flight control system provides controlled flight at high angles of attack where conventional aircraft would stall.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Weapons walkaround vol.1: Browning M1919 Machine gun.

Subject: Browning M1919 Machine gun.
Location: South Military Command Museum, Porto Alegre/Brazil
Comments: The M1919 Browning is a .30 caliber medium machine gun that was widely used during the 20th century. It was used as a light infantry, coaxial mounted, aircraft, and anti-aircraft machine gun. It was air  or water cooled.

Truck mounted M1919:

Tripod mounted M1919:

Water cooled truck mounted M1919: