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Anton Ryzbak22 Aug 2021 9:31 a.m. PST

Having decided to slow my rate of production of aircraft down in favor of actually completing painting some minis that I have been putting off for simply ages I thought I might take a look at what I've managed to get finished since the advent of Covid-19


Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian22 Aug 2021 10:31 a.m. PST

Outstanding. Boy that Lindberg HE-100 brings back memories… like…. 50 yr old memories. Where I grew up there was a little Mom & Pop on every third corner and they all always had a stack of Lindberg, Hawk, Aurora etc. kits in the window.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2021 11:02 a.m. PST

Impressive, both volume and quality.

They do bring back some very old memories.

Anton Ryzbak22 Aug 2021 3:51 p.m. PST

Virtualscratchbuilder, That's what started all this was finding a P-6E kit at a garage sale. So many memories. As a kid there were an even dozen hobby shops that I could ride my bike to and K-Mart had a REAL hobby department with someone (a WW2 vet) that ran it. Ahh, the good old days, now there aren't a dozen hobby shops in a 25 mile radius and I live in a major metropolitan area. I still try to support the ones that are nearby rather than simply ordering through the internet.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2021 11:52 a.m. PST

Great to see these. I had been wondering how the spat collection was going. A Lysander must be tempting? I know I have already mentioned the Vildebeest for Malaya/Java 1941-2. Maybe a P26 Peashooter for Pearl Harbour?

Very imaginative, great modelling and compulsive watching for us all. Thanks and congratulations

Anton Ryzbak23 Aug 2021 9:02 p.m. PST


I have been working hard on expanding my collection of aircraft with spats and have acquired all of the models of which you speak. I have a Matchbox Lysander, several old Revell P-26s (I'm currently hunting up decals for those as the kit decals are in rough shape) and a Vildebeest (which is a very impressive model that I don't feel my skills are up to just yet).

I have also found a few other exotics; the Avia B-534 and B-35, a Curtiss A-8 Shrike, a Morane Saulnier MS 406, and a Neuiport-Delage NiD 622. As with minis they are sooo much easier to buy than to get painted and ready to play!

Right now I'm concentrating on finishing Japanese and Soviet aircraft for the Khalkhin-Gol fight. From there I plan on completing the Russo-Finnish Winter War before moving on to the Spanish Civil War. Pretty big talk for a guy that gets a model done about every other week!

enfant perdus24 Aug 2021 6:02 a.m. PST

You should add the Fairey Fox to your list, if you already haven't. Still in use by Belgium in 1940 and saw some combat.

Anton Ryzbak24 Aug 2021 7:15 p.m. PST

enfant perdus, I would love to but the only kit that I know of out there is an ancient Pegasus kit of an extremely primitive nature, and I'm not up to that yet. Did the Hawker Hector also serve in 1940? There is a nice kit of that as well as the Hart which I might be able to add to the collection.

enfant perdus24 Aug 2021 7:37 p.m. PST

Hectors did see very brief combat in 1940. Harts and Hardys saw a bit more. Since we're talking spatless aircraft, a Fury is a must! I have a 1/48 kit in my stash that will wear SAAF markings for East Africa.

Anton Ryzbak24 Aug 2021 10:39 p.m. PST

Enfant perdus

I have just added a Hart to my collection and have ordered a Fury which will wear Yugoslavian colors. I know that there is a Hector kit out there which I was considering just because it looked cool. I have an I-15 on the way as well.

enfant perdus25 Aug 2021 7:06 a.m. PST

NIce! I would also suggest the Loire Niueport LN 411, n to only because it looks amazing, but because it allows you to have the French Navy dive bomb the Germans. Not effectively, but still.

Azur did it in 1/72 before rescaling for 1/48. The 1/48 has some fit issues, but the 1/72 may be a smoother build.

Anton Ryzbak25 Aug 2021 9:13 a.m. PST

Excellent! I will add that to the list

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