My fish

Koi fish

Koi fish

Koi and gold fish

Koi and gold fish

Hasegawa 1/32 Me Bf 109 F-4 Trop. Photos by Brett Green

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Hasegawa 1/32 Me Bf 109 F-4 / Trop as flown by Hans-Joachim Marseilles during February 1942.

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50 kill marks on rudder.

Hasegawa 1/32 Ki-61 Hien (Tony) Photos by Brett Green

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Hasegawa’s 1/32 Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien of the 244th Sentai based in Japan at Chofu whilst performing home defence for the Tokyo prefecture in ’45. This Sentai was under the command of Major Tembico Kobayashi.

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Hasegawa’s 1/32 Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien of the 244th Sentai

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Hasegawa’s 1/32 Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien of the 244th Sentai

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Hasegawa’s 1/32 Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien of the 244th Sentai

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Hasegawa’s 1/32 Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien of the 244th Sentai

Black and White album

For years I have loved trying to emulate the old b/w photos of WWII. I used to do this when I worked in photography and had access to b/w darkroom facilities, but those days are long gone and I have only recently discovered the joys of Photoshop. Here are the results of quite a few hours of experimentation and luck. I have included the original colour shots at the bottom of the post.

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Hasegawa 1/32 Me bf 109 G6 as flown by Lt Eric Hartman Russian front ’43.

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Hasegawa 1/32 Me bf 109 G6, Eric Hartman. From the other side.

Hasegawa 1/32 Fw 190 D9 JV44

Hasegawa 1/32 Fw 190 D9 of JV44 as flown by Lt Heinz Sachsenburg. The slogan on the fuselage is a Bavarian saying and reads ‘Verkaaft’s mei Gwand ‘I foahr in himmel!’  (Sell my Clothes I’m going to heaven!). There were several of these D9s that flew top cover for the units Me 262s when they were in their vulnerable takeoff and landing stages. These Fw 190s had their bellies painted red with white stripes so as to be more easily identified by their own AA gunners.

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Hasegawa 1/32 Fw 190 D9 of JV44 as flown by Lt Heinz Sachsenburg.

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Dragon 1/35 Sd.Kfz. 251/22 Ausf. D Czechoslovakia May ’45.The 251/22 with its Pak 40 gun is a real favourite of mine. I shot this one in black and white so there is no colour original.

Original colour shots before Photoshop

Original colour shot

Original colour shot

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Revell 1/32 He162 ‘Volksjäger’

Revell 1/32 He162 'Volksjäger'

Revell 1/32 He162 as flown by Staffelkapitan of 1./JG 1 Lt Rudolf Schmitt who claimed a victory with this machine on 24th April 1945. Schmitt claimed the kill as a Typhoon but the only RAF loss recorded in this vicinity on this date was a Hawker Tempest. In the heat of battle probably an easy mistake to make. Due to the chaotic war conditions this claim was never confirmed.

Revell 1/32 He219 A-7

Revell 1/32 He219 A-7

This model is a third generation test shot built by Brett Green and painted and detailed by me.

Revell 1/32 He219 A-7

The model represents an aircraft from I NJG 1. The blue codes indicate that this plane was probably part of the Stab flight of this squadron.

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Not sure what the dark panels on the tail fins leading edges indicate but they were a feature on this and most other He219s.

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Good shot showing the radar array. This was scratch built using fine brass tube and wire.

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In this shot the tail warning radar antenna is shown, but I don’t think that this aircraft was actually fitted with this device.

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The upper surface pattern was achieved by spraying a ‘lattice’ of RLM76 Light Blue over a solid RLM75 Grey Violet base (as it was done in reality). A full build article by Brett and me will appear in Issue 21 of ‘Military Illustrated Modeller’.

German armour

Tamiya 1/35 Tiger I “S33” of 2nd SS Panzer Division “Das Reich” at Kursk in 1943.

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Tamiya 1/35 Tiger I

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Tamiya 1/35 Tiger I

Jagdpanther mid production

Tamiya 1/35  Jagdpanther, backdated to a mid production vehicle, of 116. Pz. Div. 130 Panzer Lehr.

Jagdpanther late production

Tamiya 1/35  late production Jagdpanther of 1./Schwere Panzerjager-Abteilung 654 (Alsace, February 1945), commanded by Unteroffizier Danisch.

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Tamiya 1/35  late production Jagdpanther

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Dragon 1/35 Sd.Kfz. 251 Ausf. C Schützenpanzer