Mike’s Mike Good ModelCellar German Aircrew

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Mike - The Kiwi, Nov 27, 2019.

  1. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

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  2. fogie A Fixture

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    Magic............pure magic !!!

    Mike
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  3. Chris Oldfield Well-Known Member

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    Lovely painting as always, Mike. The pilot's flight suit & the leatherwork look really good.
  4. zane666 Well-Known Member

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    These are great Mike, it looks like the castings are nice and crisp.

    Zane
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  5. Steve Brodie Well-Known Member

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    Very, very nice
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  6. Andrew Belsey Well-Known Member

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    You never cease to impress Mike!! (I love how you can even 'click to enlarge' and it gets even better!)
    Andy
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  7. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Superb quality painting.
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  8. EPHISTOIRE Member

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    i appreciate...nice base indeed!
    eric powell
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  9. MoboSchreuder A Fixture

    Beautiful paintwork

    Mobo
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  10. clrsgt A Fixture

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    Impressive painting as always.
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  11. maui Active Member

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    Great Mike!
    Excellent painting and very convincing interpretation!(y)


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    Some interesting historical notes:

    The concept of the parachute dates back to the 15th century sketches of Leonardo da Vinci. By the early 20th century balloonists had successfully used parachutes, while designers had tested other types in experimental jumps from airplanes and stationary towers, including one failed 1912 attempt from the Eiffel Tower caught on an early newsreel.

    In 1918 Germany issued its airmen a compact parachute pack designed by Unteroffizier Otto Heinecke, a ground crewman in Feldluftschiffer Abteilung 23. Similar parachutes were available as early as 1916, but high-ranking officers on both sides of the war had debated whether their issuance would undermine aircrews’ determination to fight or encourage them to abandon planes that could be ridden to the ground.

    Some airmen grumbled about the 30-odd pounds Heinecke’s parachute added to their weight and initially doubted its reliability—a full third of the first 70 airmen to bail out died, in some instances because the static line tangled, the chute caught on the fuselage or the harness broke free. Reinforced harnesses with wider leg straps addressed the latter problem. The first reported successful bailout in combat came on April 1, 1918, when a Vizefeldwebel Weimar jumped clear of his stricken Albatros DVa. In late June Leutnants Helmut Steinbrecher and Ernst Udet likewise floated safely to the ground beneath their Heinecke chutes.

    While parachutes improved pilots’ odds of survival if forced to bail out, the British did not issue them to Royal Air Force squadrons until September 1918. France and America did not allow their pilots to use them during the war.

    source:www.historynet.com
  12. Joe55 A Fixture

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    Oh yeah!

    Model Cellar (Mike Good + Mike the Kiwi) = Perfection
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  13. megroot A Fixture

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    Impressive work from both of you

    Marc
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  14. Jed Active Member

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    Very impressive
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  15. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

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    Mike & Chris Cheers guys!
    Tx! Zane yes definitely great castings from Paul.
    Steve, Andy, Bob, Ephistoire, Mobo, Sarge - grateful for comments & support guys!
    Ta! Joe was honoured to have Mike reach out & ask if I’d paint his little duo.
    Appreciate comments Marc & Jed.

    Merry Festive Greetings to all of you & yours.
    Back to the bench!
    MikeNZ
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  16. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

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    Wonderful to hear from you Maurizio & thanks for background information.
    Cannot believe that last line - dang hard to believe decisions of the past!
    Trust all well with you & family.
    Season’s Greetings.
    MikeNZ
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  17. Redcap A Fixture

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    I love this range of figures for my WNW 1/32 kits (I have nearly all of the WW1 pilot figs in the MC range!) and along with those by Kellerkind, I think they are in a league of their own for this subject.

    Not cheap, but worth every penny / cent.
    Gary

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