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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 03:06 PM UTC
Torsten,

Good to see you are still creating these magnificent models.

What is next?
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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 05:54 AM UTC
Thanks Fred! Glad you like my efforts

At the moment I have 2 projects on my bench. First a Henschel Hs 129 for the Eastern Front Campaign and - over at Armorama - the K9FIN "Moukari", the new self propelled howitzer of the Finnish Army. But both builds are put on a "hold status" at the moment, due to a lot of work this month and some family affairs. Furthermore I'm preparing our expo next weekend which takes quite some time as usual. You know, table plan, staff plan etc. But I hope to restart everything in 2 weeks time ....

Oh, and congrats to your ice hockey guys for winning against Team Germany today! Let's meet again in the final ....

Torsten
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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 07:40 AM UTC
Today I can finally show you my latest build, the Henschel Hs 129 B-2 from Revell (ex Hasegawa) in 1/48, which I have built for the Eastern Front Campaign ....



.... in 1937 the RLM ordered to develop a heavily armed and amored Close Air Support Aircraft for the new Luftwaffe. Henschel and Focke-Wulf built prototypes. But during the tests these prototypes showed poor flying conditions, were difficult to fly and underpowered with their Argus As 410 engines with 430 hp each. One Henschel prototype even crashed because of these conditions. At least the Henschel plane was only chosen because of its lower production costs. Development continued and because of the beginning of the war, mass production was ordered. But with stronger Argus engines the flight conditions didn't increase and because of the small cockpit it was nearly impossible for tall pilots to fly this plane. After the war with France suddenly a big amount of Gnome-Rhone 14M engine fell into german hands and the Hs 129 was fitted with these engines which was followed by a re-design of the plane because of the bigger engines. The flight characteristics increased and the plane fulfilled the needed requirements. The most produced variant was the B-2, which was equipped with a 30 mm MK 103 cannon, 2 x MG 151 (20 mm) and 2 x MG 17 (7,92 mm) and could also carry bombs. The aircraft was effectively used at the Eastern Front in the anti tank role which gave it the nick name "Büchsenöffner" (tin opener). The aircraft had a maximnum weight of 5110 kg and a range of about 560 km. The Gnome-Rhone enignes had 700 hp each and gave the Hs 129 a speed of around 400 km/h. Because of the low speed the Hs 129 often needed fighter escort. A total of 879 planes of all variants were build. Another war time user was Romania. The Hs 129 also saw some action in North Africa and was feared by the Russians as much as the Il 2 Sturmovik by the Germans ....




.... I have built "Light Blue H", an Hs 129 B-2 of the 4. (Pz)/SchG 1 during Operation Zitadelle, the Battle of Kursk, in July 1943. The aircraft was flown by the squadron leader Leutnant Georg Dornemann and shows an impressive scoreboard on the side rudder. There are 12 tank symbols and 8 aircraft symbols, which means that Dornemann also flew successfull low level attacks against soviet airfields. Of course the plane also wears the "Infanteriesturmabzeichen" (Infantry Attack Badge) on the nose to show the close bond with the troops on the ground. Dornemann was awarded the Iron Cross 2. and 1. Class and in December 1944 the German Cross in Gold. His last rank was Hauptmann (Captain). I couldn't find out much about his post war life. After captivity he settled in East Germany as a farmer. In 1953 he fled with his family to West Germany where he died in 1990, aged 80 years. The "Light Blue H" also had a long life for a war plane. As "White 1" of 10./SG 9 it was lost only on the 14. January 1945 ....



.... in 2003 Revell Germany came out with this Hasegawa kit and as it was a lot cheaper than the original I bought 2 of them. So it took me 16 years to build the first. Building the tin opener doesn't bring many problems. There are only gaps between the fuselage and the wings, which have to be filled with putty and carefully sanded not to destroy the details ....



.... the kit is completely painted with Revell Aqua colours, mainly No. 39 Dark Green (RLM 71), No. 40 Black Green (RLM 70), No. 49 Light Blue (RLM 65) and No. 310 Yellow (RLM 04). Except for the MK 103 cannon, the kit is build out of the box and of course not weathered. The gun is made of brass and comes from Modellbau Schatton in Germany. Revell offers 2 decal versions for this bird, one from the Eastern and one from the North African Front. Most decals are taken from the kits box. The special decals to build Dornemann's "Light Blue H" are taken from a decal sheet especially made for the german "Luftwaffe im Focus" magazine and the swastikas come from a Squadron decal sheet.

Again I say "Vielen Dank!" for stepping in and having a look at my latest build. I hope you've enjoyed the little walk around. Now on to a new kit, Airfix' new Bristol Blenheim Mk. I

Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 08:40 AM UTC
Torsten,
Another outstanding museum quality build. Paint and decaling are just spot on.

As usual, I really appreciate the time and effort you take in developing the history of the aircraft, the bio of the pilot and squadron, which just helps to bring everything into focus as one would expect from a displayed aircraft at the Torsten Aviation Museum.

Well done my friend, very well done.

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Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 06:36 AM UTC
Joel, thanks a lot for your kind words! The painting on this bird went very well but masking the splinter camo takes always a lot of time. But in the end it's always worth it. In fact there is a bit of silvering on some smaller decals. But that showed up only after I have sprayed Clear Matt Varnish. But it's not a big issue. Those decals are now at least 16 years old.

It's great to hear that you appreciate my little history lesson again. It always brings me a lot of fun to dig deep into the history of a pilot. Sometimes it easy when you have someone like Gerhard Barkhorn but sometimes it's very time consumpting to find at least a few facts. I think, the most time I needed for the research of Irina Osadze, the soviet Pe-2 pilot. That lasted about 5 months on and off.

And now I must have a look at your new Porsche!
Torsten
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Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 09:23 PM UTC
Beautiful Job, Torsten! I'm always glad to see a new post from your assembly line.

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Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 07:14 AM UTC
Thanks a lot, Gaz! I'm happy to hear that you like what you see. This thread continues a bit slower now than before because some time ago I have re-discovered my old love for AFV's, being a tanker guy myself in the 1980's. So at the moment it's 1 plane, 1 tank, 1 plane and so on .... Right now I'm working on a K9 self propelled gun, the new toy for the Finnish Army. A real monster! But the Blenheim is already approaching the work bench. So no worries!

Torsten
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Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 11:49 AM UTC
Another very nice build Torsten, great job. I’ve always had a soft spot for the WWII twins, especially the less common models, and this one is a nice looking airframe. The poor performance was definitely an issue in the air-to-air encounters, but no doubt it helped in the “tin-opener” operations.

Many thanks once again for the informative post.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 01:24 AM UTC

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Thanks a lot, Gaz! I'm happy to hear that you like what you see. This thread continues a bit slower now than before because some time ago I have re-discovered my old love for AFV's, being a tanker guy myself in the 1980's. So at the moment it's 1 plane, 1 tank, 1 plane and so on .... Right now I'm working on a K9 self propelled gun, the new toy for the Finnish Army. A real monster! But the Blenheim is already approaching the work bench. So no worries!

Torsten



Torsten,
Why not post your AFV builds as well on your museum assembly line? I'm sure a lot of guys would love to see them including me. I never get to Armorama these days, so if you only post there, I'll miss them every time.

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Posted: Monday, July 22, 2019 - 06:17 AM UTC
D, thanks also to you for stepping in. It's funny, but the Hs 129 is not often seen on model shows. We talked about that last weekend at our club meeting. So I have something rare to show next time. I also like twin engine aircraft and if they have also twin booms it's even better (my callsign .... ). So you will also like my Blenheim then. But finishing that will take a little time ....

Joel, I did exactly that a few years ago on Armorama but as so many others on the Kitmaker Network I was also affected by that weird third party policy of Photobucket and my thread became useless if not destroyed. Last year I thought I give it another try and started a new one, this time with Imgur as the picture host. It's only post WW2 stuff mainly from the German Bundeswehr and NATO and I call it Leopard and other animals. So far there are only the latest 3 models in but I should add the other older ones, too. So far I have built 10 AFV (5 of them listen to the name Leopard .... ). If you like you can subscribe to that thread or I leave you a note every time I post something new in there. For the first time I have also started a build blog of my K9 Moukari on Armorama. Have a look if you like. This camo looks soooo cool! And for everyone who has missed my build of the Hs 129, you can have a look at the Eastern Front Campaign. My build is on the pages 2 - 5.

Have fun!
Torsten
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Posted: Monday, July 22, 2019 - 07:37 AM UTC
Torsten,
It's easier for me if you pm me or just put a post in your Assembly line, as I'm a very long time subscriber.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 01:53 AM UTC
Will do!
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Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 06:09 AM UTC
No wingy thingy today, it's "just" an earth crawler I have fin(n)ished recently. And as promised I would like to comply Joel's request to leave a note here when I have posted something new over at Armorama ....



Maybe some folks of you are also interested in tank steel but not so familiar with the forums there. If you like, scroll down my Leopard and other animals thread down to the bottom and have a look at the gaudy looking new Self Propelled Howitzer K9 "Moukari" of the Finnish Army.
If you want to make a comment, please write it down there and not here.

Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 09:25 AM UTC
Torsten,
Just saw your post. Will be heading over after dinner and doing the dishes.

Joel
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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 09:19 AM UTC
Torsten,
I just spent some quality time going through all your armor builds, and I'm really impressed to say the least. All with the exception of your last build are weathered, but just enough to show that they're operational vehicles. By no means is the weathering over done IMHO.

As for your Self Propelled Howitzer K9 "Moukari", it's a true museum display piece built perfectly, and it's spotless. Even cleaner then the day it rolled off the assembly line.

Your Armor builds are the equal of your aircraft builds, so you know just how I feel about them.

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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 12:18 AM UTC
Thanks Joel for your kind words! Sorry for the late answer but I was offline the last 2 days. I'm quite proud of my new K9 with that splinter camo. Looks unusual. Was a lot of work. And because it's a vehicle "on show", there's no weathering on it. I have got some photos of the real Ps 522-29 at the Tank Museum in Parolanummi and it looks very clean there, only some very little dirt at the road wheels.

But you're right, my other armor builds are all slightly dusted with pastel chalks. You know how much I dislike weathering but here it is necessary.

And I already started working on the cockpit of the Bristol Blenheim. But before that build is finished I'm going on holidays to the home of my K9 now.

Torsten
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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 01:50 AM UTC
Torsten,
Like I said, I'm really impressed with your armor builds, all are up to your standard high level of builds.

Have a great vacation. Cya when you get back.

Joel