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Stealthy Grot Snipa






Northern Ireland

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My collection so far-


British
Hawker Hurricane x6
Supermarine Spitfire x6
Gloster Gladiator x2
Bolton Paul Defiant x3
Fairey Fulmar 6 (3 as Battles)
Fairey Swordfish x2
Bristol Blenheim Mk1
Bristol Blenheim Mk IV x2
Supermarine Walrus
De Havilland Mosquito x2
Bristol Beaufighter
Vickers Wellingtonx 2
Short Sterling x2
Avro Lancaster x2
P-40 Tomahawk x2
40

USA
Lockheed P-38 Lightning x4
Douglas SBD Dauntless
Consolidated PBY Catalina
Flying Fortress B17D & B17G
Brewster F2A Buffalo x2
Vought F4U-N Corsair night fighter x2
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt x4
North American Aviation P51 Mustang x4
Douglas A-26 Invader
Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay
22

Japanese
Mitsubishi Ki-21 "Sally" x2
Mitsubishi G3M2 Nell
Mitsubishi A6M "Zero" x3
6

German
Arado Ar 196
Mescherschmitt Bf 109 x7
Mescherschmitt Bf 110 x8
Mescherschmitt Me 410 x3
Mescherschmitt Me 262 x2
Focke Wulf Fw190D x4
Dornier Do17z x1
Junkers Ju87 x9
Junkers Ju 88 x3
Heinkel He111 x7
45

Italian
Macchi MC200 Saetta
Macchi C.202 Folgore x3
Fiat CR32
Fiat CR42 x2
Fiat G50 Frechia
Imam Ro 57
Breda 65
CANT Z 1007 Alcione Twin fin
SM79 Sparviero x2
SM81 Pipistrello
PIAGGIO P.108B
CANT Z506.
CANT Z.501 Gabbiano
17

Soviet
Petlyakov Pe-2
Petlyakov Pe-8
Yakovlev Yak1 x3
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3 x2
Tupolev Tb-3 1
Polikarpov I-16. X3
Polikarpov Po-2 x2
Ilyushin Il-2 "Shturmovik" x2
15

Chinese
Curtis Hawk II x2
Dewoitine D510
P-40 Tomahawk x2 (Flying Tigers)
5

French
Dewoitine D510
Dewoitine D520 x2
Bloch MB200
Bloch MB210
Potez 63.11
Potez 631
Morane-Saulnier M.S.406 x3
Lioré et Olivier LeO 451 x2
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Many of the above are fully painted and on display here. The list is ever growing so if your favourite isn't there already keep an eye out it might appear soon.
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Hi folks. I just wanted to share the many tiny WWII aircraft I've been painting in a big gallery. They're 1:300 scale, so very small indeed.

One of my Spitfires, just to kick things off with a bang. First pic in the thread should be a good'un.

Here's a couple of scale shots just to give you an idea of the scale of these things.
The Fighters are small, really small.


And the bombers obviously are a little bigger.



Kicking things off with my RAF bombers.


A pair of Briatol Blenheim IV - Long nose medium bombers.
By the start of the war Bristol's Blenheim was already a little long in the tooth. It wasn't the fastest plane nor the most heavily armed but it was a rugged machine and very useful. Blenheims were flown everywhere. Croatia, Greece, Portugal, Finland, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Yogoslavia, even Romania. The various marks of these versatile aircraft served in every role imaginable, light transport, reconnaissance, night fighters, bombers, torpedo bombers and more. Somewhere near 1,930 were built and served in airforces across the world long after the end of the war in Europe.


And another pair of Bristol aircraft, a MkI Blenheim and a Beaufighter.


The two largest aircraft in my collection, a pair of Short Stirlings.
The Short Stirling was the first of the RAFs four engine heavy bombers. It was a powerful and agile design beloved by its pilots and very well armed. Not at all an easy target for enemy fighters. However as the bombs got bigger and bigger the design of the Stirling's loading bay proved unsuitable and more adaptable airframes like the Lancaster and the Halifax took over as the Stirling was phased out of bomber service and into transport and glider tug roles.

Dehavilland's Wooden wonder the famous Mosquito. Had to have one in invasion stripes.
De Havilland ingenious plan for an all wooden, High speed, high altitude unarmed bomber was just what the air ministry needed in 1941. Construction didn't have to compete for war materials like steel or aluminium and its clever plywood-balsa plywood sandwich was both light and surprisingly durable. It provided a high level reconnaissance platform that could outrun intercepting fighters and also replaced the venerable Blenheim MkI and IVs to become Bomber Command's premier medium bomber. They caused considerable consternation for the enemy with their high speed precision attacks and as the war went on its many variants went a long way to enhancing the RAFs contribution to allied victory.


Next up we have a couple of Vickers Wellingtons. Love these things!
The Wellington bomber was comprised of a light geodetic frame covered with lacquered canvas. The airframe could absorb crazy amounts of punishment and still fly but it afforded little protection for the aircrew inside. One of Bomber commands first main bombers it dropped the first 4,000lb block-busters in August 1940. As better and more capable bombers took over its many variants saw service in as many roles as could be found, magnetic mine sweepers, torpedo armed submarine hunters and transports. It even saw service right up until 1953 as a pilot trainer.



And lastly for now a big bomber formation shot.

More to follow as and when I get a chance to point a camera at them. (Hopefully with better results next time)

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Northern Ireland

An update to the aircraft gallery, this time staying with the RAF and moving onto fighters.


The Aircraft of NewZealand hurricane ace "Cobber" Kain who fought in the battle of France and became one of the first aces of the war. He died pulling stunts on take-off and the wreckage of his plane was left as a warning to other young pilots not to showboat.


These are the Hurricanes of 245 Squadron who were stationed at Aldergrove, Northern Ireland (not far from where I live) The Aircraft Marked DX-? is that of Squadron Leader J. W. C. Simpson.


The Spitfire of Brendan "Spitfire Paddy" Finucane. An Irishman flying in the RAF who, before his death in 1942 was believed to have shot down as many as 32 enemy aircraft.


Adolph "Sailor" Malan, South African Spitfire ace and one of the highest scoring pilots to have served wholly with Fighter Command during WWII.


These are a pair of Spitfires of 41 Squadron who saw action over Dunkirk, in the Battle of Britain and on into the invasion of German occupied Europe when they were stationed on the continent until the end of the war.


A Beaufighter of 252 Squadron Coastal Command also stationed at Aldergrove.
The air ministry needed an escort fighter to accompany longer range night bombings and the Beaufighter was the result. Its development reads like something out of the A-team where a team of crack improvisers borrow parts from here there and everywhere and botch them together in a shed only to emerge (in this case only 8 short months later) with a fully formed radar equipped night fighter. It also had great success as a torpedo bomber (dubbed the Torbeau) taking out German U-boats. Australian Beaufighters became the scourge of many a Japanese merchant and naval ship earning them the name "the Whispering Death"


The hapless Boulton Paul Defiant- practically obsolete from inception and pressed into desperate service during the Battle of Britain it eventually found a more suitable role as a night fighter.


Three Fairey Fulmars. These were the first carrier-borne aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm that had any real success against enemy aircraft.

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Good to see these especially the early more obscure types.

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Would be great to have something alongside these to show the scale. I have a some WWII at this scale and I don't think the photos do justice to how small the models are.
   
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London

Wonderful models
   
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Northern Ireland

FacebookJunkie wrote:
Would be great to have something alongside these to show the scale. I have a some WWII at this scale and I don't think the photos do justice to how small the models are.



Yeah, these things are tiny!

   
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Northern Ireland

And one more just for fun.

S is for Spitfire

   
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Stealthy Grot Snipa






Northern Ireland

One little update to my RAF bombers.

These three Fairey Battles of 12 Squadron. (they're actually Fulmars but I use them as Battles) The code on the leading aircraft PH-K is that of Garland, Gray and Reynolds who were shot down in their attack on the Veldwezelt bridge in Belgium on May 12th 1940.

Aircraft PH-F is that of Thomas, Carey and Campion who led the attack on a second bridge at Vroenhoven in the same operation.

There seems to be some discrepancy over the actual success or failure of the mission. Different sources are telling different things. Either way it seems a lot of pilots and aircrew died and its debatable how much the German advance was slowed.

Its listed in the Check Your 6! Battle of Britain campaign book under the title "Impossible Mission." Which probably says it all.

I've also added a couple more scale shots to the OP just to help folks get a sense of scale from the start.

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They look lovely - who makes them please?

 
   
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Muslpelheim

Absolutelly lovely work I dare say, well done and we need more Beafigthers!

Try to keep a blank page
But these memories they cloud my mind with grief
Faces lost forever
And the guilt of feeling some kind of relief
But when the end finally comes I won't despair
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Northern Ireland

Thanks for all the positive feedback folks.

I bought a good lot of these from a company called 2nd City games on that popular auction site.

Then there's another guy with a webstore, Museum Miniatures. Got all the fulmars and Defiants and quite a few Luftwaffe planes off him.
https://www.museumminiatures.co.uk/wwii-aircraft.html#/page/2

Good service and nice quality from both.

But I've since discovered Scotia Grendel
http://www.scotiagrendel.com/Products/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=58_90&zenid=s9l3k0tjdd1si8uom2dafmgn83

who sell a massive selection and I'll be making a big order sometime from them but having never bought from them before I can't comment much further than just saying the selection is astonishing and the quality looks good in the pictures.

The game I'm using them for is Check your 6! By Skirmish Champaigns and in particular their "Over the Channel" Battle of Britain campaign book. Its a Hex based system with some very carefully drawn up rules accounting for all the variation of performance and capabilities of various aircraft of the time. Its a great little game.

Coming up I'll be displaying my Luftwaffe. So keep an eye out for those.

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CL VI Store in Braggistan

Gorgeous work on these.

Every time a terrorist dies a Paratrooper gets his wings. 
   
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Stealthy Grot Snipa






Northern Ireland

Now it's the turn of the Luftwaffe, Bombers first as before. There seems to have been a lot more variation in the Luftwaffe's paint schemes so mostly I've just gone for ones I like the look of rather than any specific groups.


My first Luftwaffe bomber was this Do-17z. (The Flying Pencil) An early medium bomber it quickly proved woefully under-defended and easy prey for fighters.


Next up was the Ubiquitous Ju88, probably the most significant aircraft of the Luftwaffe used in virtually every theatre for a wide range of jobs. These three were some of the first German planes I painted. They turned out a little darker than the rest that would follow and the Yellows didn't come out quite so cleanly.


The venerable He111 medium bomber. It was an ageing design that proved more and more under-par as the war went on. These account for more of my Bombers than any other type. I've done half of them in green and another four (smaller crummier miniatures) in grey.


Another instantly recognisable airframe the Ju87- Stuka seen here in their later Night bomber black/grey. The classic dive bombers were equipped with howling "Jericho Trumpets" that wail as the aircraft dives down on its target. A potent terror weapon. They were older but still very accurate ground attack aircraft but were quite vulnerable to more modern fighters.


And I'll round out the Luftwaffe bombers section with another great big bomber formation, this time with a couple of fighter escorts.

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Muslpelheim

Very nice selection of German planes, can we expect to see some of the other Henkel planes ?

Try to keep a blank page
But these memories they cloud my mind with grief
Faces lost forever
And the guilt of feeling some kind of relief
But when the end finally comes I won't despair
I'll just keep on hoping I might see you there 
   
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Northern Ireland

Afraid not. The He111 is the only one I've got. There are more of the various Heinkels available from Scotia Grendel but I haven't got any yet.

I have a tiny planes wish list drawn up for my next 6mm air project but more Germans isn't it. Got all the Luftwaffe fighters and bombers I'll ever need. Unless...

   
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Cardiff,Wales.

Just posting to thank you for the links,kinda into ww1&2 aircraft and ships,both war planes and ships run in my family's blood so has always held some significance for me.
Bought myself a bunch from Museum Miniatures a Squadron of 3Hurricanes,and a couple of German Bombers to hunt and destroy 1 Ju-88 & He111.

   
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Looking at your ebay seller - I think he's just reselling the Scotia figs with a 20p mark up.... at least, the product codes and ref pics are uncannily similar to those on the Scotia website :-)


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Actually - had to comment on your desc. of the Defiant....It wasn't considered obsolete at the time, in fact it was thought to herald a new kind of Bomber-destroyer (eg similar idea to the German Zerstorer) - unfortunately it ended up meeting the same fate as the Me110 did when encountering much more agile fighters, and was repurposed to a nightfghter where it found much more success (again like the 110.) Originally Churchill wanted as many Defiant sqns as Hurries and Spits, fortunately Dowding knew better and limited them to 2 sqns (which were massacred then withdrawn North.)

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Northern Ireland

Very interesting. Didn't know that about Dowding and Churhill. I'm sure there's plenty that Dowding doesn't get enough credit for.
My intention as regards the defiant was that Boulton Paul designed to the brief, which was for a turret fighter. Problem was that turret fighters proved tragically ineffective and vulnerable. The concept was flawed. They were doomed from the drawing board.

My comments on each plane (I'm planning to edit the OPs and add more by the way) are only brief and admitadly very broad strokes. I'm trying to encompas many aspects of the complicated design and implimentation of each plane, their service record and legacy into a couple of short sentences. Which isnt always easy, and will always fall short of the whole story. I fully welcome more descussion and observations from everyone with something to add. So thanks and keep posting by all means.


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 u971 wrote:
Just posting to thank you for the links,kinda into ww1&2 aircraft and ships,both war planes and ships run in my family's blood so has always held some significance for me.
Bought myself a bunch from Museum Miniatures a Squadron of 3Hurricanes,and a couple of German Bombers to hunt and destroy 1 Ju-88 & He111.


Very nice, throw in a pic when you get them painted up. I'll be excited to see them. Paint us up a Hurricane ace or two.

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Northern Ireland

The latest instalment in my aircraft gallery is the Luftwaffe fighters. A few more names and numbers this time and I've added a little more description of each type of aircraft too.


Here is a selection of Bf 109 aircraft. There's so much variation in the markings and styles I was just picking and choosing ones I liked and famous flyers. So no proper squadrons this time.
Mescherschmitt's Bf 109 was the backbone of the Luftwaffe's fighter force. Very advanced for its time it first served in the Spanish Civil War and then on into the beginning of WW2 hostilities where its combination of speed, agility and deadly firepower was a tall order to match. Through constant development and in the hands of some of Germany's top aces it remained competitive to the end of the war.


The classic yellow nosed Bf109 of Adolf Galland. <-+-


Gerhard Schopfel's Bf 109 marked 1+1


One of my favourite WWII aviation stories is of this guy, Franz Stiegler escorting a crippled B17 out of Germany in this Bf109 marked 2+~


Moving on to the Bf110 which was the aircraft of choice for many top German pilots in the early years of WWII. The German top brass really believed in the Zerstorer concept; the fighter-Bomber, one plane to rule them all or something like that: but the reality of the Bf 110 was a more of a jack of all trades and master of none. Too slow and unwieldy to really cope with more modern fighters and too light and limited in range to carry much of a bomb load.
Its shortcomings in daylight operations saw it withdrawn to night fighting where its spacious canopy allowed for adaptation to radar guidance and it soon became the bane of many a night bomber.


This example marked S9+CB is the aircraft of Walter Rubensdörffer who was the leader of ErprGr210 and was shot down in England following a low-level raid at Croydon Airport on 15 Aug 1940.


This is one of my favourite nose arts seen on the Bf 110 the "Wespe" Tricky enough to paint at 1:300 scale!


Hans-Joachim Jabs < + AA who flew 720missions both day and night claiming 50 enemy aircraft many of which would have been considered technically far superior to his own ageing Bf 110.


This is the Bf 110 of Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer G9 + EF the port tail fin of which recently sold at auction for £90,000. Schnaufer claimed 121 victories in 164 combat missions.


Wilhelm Herget < M8 + HP - flew over 700 missions as a night fighter mainly against RAF bombers over the western front. I enjoyed painting the shark teeth on this one.


The long awaited and delayed replacement for the venerable and much maligned Bf-110 came in the form of the Me 410. (The original designation was going to be Me 210 but the prototype and initial production craft had such a poor reputation that the final redesign was given a new designation in an attempt to allay concerns) By the time of its entering service in 1944 It was a case of too little too late for the Luftwaffe as the old Bf 110 had muddled through most of the war and early jet technology was already in development.


Often considered the very best of the piston driven fighters the Luftwaffe ever developed the Focke Wulf 190-D (the Dora) in the hands of a decent pilot was more than a match for the Spitfire or the P-51. However by the time it was available in large scale use in early 1945 its deployment was limited by serious shortages of aviation fuel.


This is the FW 190-D of German ace Hans Dortenmann who flew mostly in Russia and in Germany until the end of the war. He painted the entire vertical surface of his tail fin yellow for easy identification.

   
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Have a bunch of these, bought for "Micronaughts" and now used for "Bag the Hun".

I went with 1:600 so have an idea on the size of these, yours looks drop dead gorgeous, specially with the squadron markings on (I didn't even try on 1:600)

Seriously well done on some seriously nicely painted models there

   
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love those...BTW for anyone else whose painting skills are rather more limited - Doms Decals do a sheet of markings for 109s.

 
   
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Cardiff,Wales.

Nice work on the planes Nose art that wasp looks difficult,as do the shark teeth,very cool though,planes with art on them always get the kills,enemy's to busy admiring the fine paintwork
When mine arrive probably tomorrow yorkshire not that far from wales,not going for any ace's myself likely do one or two welsh plane insignia's from pilots that protected wales,rest are going to be basic paintjob no unit markings,like pilot training planes had,as for the german planes will paint them similar to yours with the classic paint schemes for planes of there types,actually looking forward to painting something that's not 40k models should be fun.

   
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I like the little history lessons accompanying the cute tiny planes

   
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Dublin, Ireland

Great work and write up
Love the FW190.

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By 1-irt: Still as long as Hissy keeps showing up this is one of the most entertaining threads ever.

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Oh Yes, Love them.

 
   
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Stealthy Grot Snipa






Northern Ireland

 u971 wrote:
Nice work on the planes Nose art that wasp looks difficult,as do the shark teeth,very cool though,planes with art on them always get the kills,enemy's to busy admiring the fine paintwork
When mine arrive probably tomorrow yorkshire not that far from wales,not going for any ace's myself likely do one or two welsh plane insignia's from pilots that protected wales,rest are going to be basic paintjob no unit markings,like pilot training planes had,as for the german planes will paint them similar to yours with the classic paint schemes for planes of there types,actually looking forward to painting something that's not 40k models should be fun.


I think you diffinately should have this plane in your collection.
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/german-world-war-ii-fighter-8072752
If you don't I sure will.

And thanks everyone for the kind comments. More little write ups for some of the above to come too as I get a chance to look into them. Mostly just the Hurricane and the Spitfire still to do, and neither will be easily summarised.

   
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Cardiff,Wales.

I Remember hearing about that German pilot in a Documentary,helped win the war due to the research yielded from the mint condition Wulf.
My planes never arrived still waiting on them,expect them soon though,and yeah i will paint up that fighter like the image with the chevron Marking,interesting history behind it.

As for summery why not add basic weapon summery's too such as the different marks of spitfires armaments. for example.

Mk IA
8 × 0.303" Browning machine guns; 350 rpg
2 × 20 mm (0.79 in) Hispano II cannon; 60 round drum 4 × 0.303" Browning machine guns; 350 rpg
2 × 250 lb (113 kg) or 1 × 500 lb (227 kg) bombs
Max Speed:367 mph (582 km/h) at 18,600 ft (5,669 m)

Top Trumps style listings.

EDIT:They Showed Up Sweet I thought they were "Plastic" Not Metal nice and weighty,now i just need to work out what color do i put under the planes full body camo,or white underside,think full coverage would be easier,more German stuff on my to get list,for sure the bombers,more sizable than they look in your pictures,plus an escort,and more hurricanes.

Hope GW Flying Bases will work should be fine with a bit of tweeking.

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Simply amazing paint jobs on such tiny miniatures! They really look fantastic.
   
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Cardiff,Wales.

Think i'am going to add specifications of the planes when i get mine painted that is,and some randomly selected backround,i'am more into the planes themself though and don't intend on playing no games with them.

That He-111 is damn massive what a monster of a plane.


My future little hurricane squadron.

   
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Stealthy Grot Snipa






Northern Ireland

Funny, seeing those bare metal planes isn't making me want to rush out and buy more just yet.
I thought I was just sick of painting goblins but maybe I might need a break from painting anything for a while.
Maybe I should start writing again.

   
 
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