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I would agree with it being Revell, by the look of the first photo, most of the rivets have been scrubbed off but are there in the undercart shots as only Revell did with their Tempest, certainly not on the Frog one I have. Steve.
No. The Matchbox kit was a fudge kit, with alternate engines - Centaurus for a II, Sabre for a VI - and the wings had the oil coolers. The markings were either 6 Sqn (mk VI) or Indian (mk II). It never came with Closterman's markings.
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Pretty sure it's the Frog kit which came with markings for JF-E and JJ-N (sorry, can't offhand remember the serials after 40-odd years) though I don't recall the longer Hispanos. Think it was the Revell Tempest that came with rockets - and rivets!
I built this one circa 40 years ago. I remember it being by Airfix but it does not seem to have any panel lines, raised or engraved. As I was barely into using filler it seems unlikely that I would have sanded off any raised lines. Can anybody comment on which kit it might have been? I have a Typhoon of similar vintage which does (still) have raised lines. Regarding the Clostermann markings, I was happy to have them and I read his book as a young lad and found it enthralling. John
F-14A Weapons Set (SIN64828 for Tamiya) Eduard Brassin Tamiya's new F-14A is a supersonic interceptor in the true Cold War style, so needs to be bristling with weapons. Injection moulded weapons are all well and good, but even the new slide-moulded one-piece weapons come with mould lines which can drift out of alignment, all of which takes time to deal with, as generally you are looking at four seams per item. Resin weapons can be moulded without seams if expertly done, and Eduard are the masters of resin moulding. As this is a BigSin set, it arrives in a flat top-opening figure sized box, and although the box is perhaps a little over-sized for the parts, there is adequate bubble-wrap inside to prevent the contents moving in transit. Inside the box are three sets that have been available separately in the past, as follows: 648062 AIM-7E Sparrow Missiles (4 in the pack) 648097 AIM-54A Phoenix Missiles (4 in the pack) 648303 AIM-9G/H Sidewinder Air-To-Air Missiles (4 in the pack) Each set is in a separate ziplok bag, with the combined Photo-Etch (PE) and decal sheets in another ziplok back with two sheets of white card providing extra protection. The Sparrow missiles are each built from the main body that has the rear fins moulded in, and separate steering vanes. At the rear is a circular exhaust in PE, and all the stencils are provided on the sheet, with the painting and markings on the instruction booklet using Gunze paint codes for the colours. The Phoenix missiles are each made of the main body with a separate tail part with the rear fins moulded in. The two parts join together with a butt-joint, so ensure that you cut the mould plugs cleanly, and it may help to Dremel the join so that it is concave to improve the fit if the two parts rock at all. The exhaust is moulded into the rear of the tail with a deep undercut adding realism, so no PE is required. There is a short pin moulded into the nose cone to ensure that no bubbles form in the very point of each missile, so remember to remove those and knock back the stub to the correct shape with a fine sanding stick. Again, stencils are included on the sheet with the colour codes given in Gunze shades. The Sidewinders have separate steering vanes and a clear resin seeker head at the front, and a PE exhaust ring at the rear. There are also optional Remove Before Flight covers for the clear head, and adapter rails to facilitate attachment to the aircraft's pylons. Stencil placement and colour codes are on the instruction booklet with the paints in Gunze codes as per the rest of the set. Review sample courtesy of
Same for me. In fact, I just received it as a birthday present, Nothing short of a little gem. My wife said she'd care for the rigging. "No problem. As a cross-stich fan I can handle very fine threads" she said. Well, I'm happy if I can avoid that part of the build process. Can't thank her enough for that (and everything else everyday)
Paul A H posted a topic in Aftermarket (updates/conversions)Photo Etch detail sets for ICM Fw 189A-1 1:72 Eduard With the ink (pixels?) barely dry on our review of ICM's all-new Focke Wulf Fw 189A-1, it's both surprising and encouraging to see Eduard have been so quick off the mark with some upgrade parts for what looks to be an already very good kit. Eduard have released two sets of photo etched parts – one general set and one for the landing flaps – as well as a set of pre-cut masks. I imagine the latter will sell very well indeed, given the intimidating nature of the Uhu's glazing. Fw 189A-1 1:72 Eduard This first set comprises two frets of parts. In the usual Eduard style, one fret is pre-painted while the other is plain. Included on the pre-painted fret are harnesses for the crew seats, a new multi-layered instrument panel, console and parts for the control column. Also on the fret is a whole host of parts for the cockpit sidewalls. Turning to second fret, Eduard have provided replacement magazines for the defensive machine guns, as well as ring and bead gun sights. A fairly modest number of extra details are provided for the rest of the airframe, but the landing gear legs and bays benefit from a handful of extra parts, and the elevator control linkage is replicated in brass too. Fw 189A-1 Landing Flaps 1:72 Eduard In typical Eduard style, these flaps make extensive use of folds rather than lots of parts, which helps make construction relatively painless. You'll need to pay close attention to the instructions though, particularly when it comes to cutting away the corresponding parts of the kit's wings as Eduard's instructions are less than precise. You'll also need to provide a plentiful supply of plastic rod in order to finish these off. Fw 189A-1 Pre-Cut Masks 1:72 Eduard In keeping with their other pre-cut mask sets, this set contains masks for all of the transparent parts, as well as the main and tail landing gear wheels. For a model with a huge amount of complex glazing like this one, they are a great time (and stress) saver. Conclusion ICM's Uhu looks great in the box and I can imagine a fair number will appear in the Ready for Inspection forum over the coming year. It's handy therefore that Eduard have been so quick to market with these upgrade sets. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
Im pretty sure I built Closterman's le Grande Charles (sp?) from Frog - with, IIRC rockets. I'd bought the kit 'cause there was a built one with rockets in the shop and it looked pretty good to me - so that's the way I built it. I now know rockets were not used on wartime Tempests.
It's a nice little kit. I have the same kit in a Smer box. I bought it because I heard the Heller kit was more accurate than the Academy one. Having compared both kits side by side I find the outlines to be identical and the Academy kit seems to be a more refined copy of the Heller kit with nicely engraved panel lines and better cockpit detail along with separate exhausts and the only shape differences I can see is the opening for the radiator is slightly larger on the Heller kit but the radiator and intake detail is better on the academy kit. I hope this info is useful. With a bit of TLC I think this kit looks like it will build into a nice model. Regards, Mark
I bough quite a few of those some years back as Wilkinsons had some of the Smer range in stock for 2 quid each. IIRC, the Tempest and the Hurricane IIc were the only ones I managed to get. Kit markings were for Beaumont and Closterman. The Heller Tempest is a lovely kit, whoever's box it's in. It's just a shame that fashion has dictated that recessed panel lines are the in thing, as it's now overlooked in favour of Academy's Tempest. That's possibly a good thing as you can often pick up the Heller one far cheaper second hand! I've got a set of those markings somewhere and they're less use than a chocolate fireguard. At least you can eat that!
EDM was New Zealander Wing Commander Evan Dall Mackie. I don't think that the Revell Tempest came with Clostermann markings, but I'm not sure about the Frog. If you are lucky you may be able to pick up the Almark transfer sheet for UK IPMS stalwart "Mac" McKennaugh.
Airfix released the Heller Tempest twice. Once in the "Aircraft of the Aces" boxes - can't remember the guy's name but the codes were EDM - and then in Beaumont's markings later. It was on the box art and I think it was just at the start of the Hornby era in 2008, because we got the Vista Fulmar and PM Sea Fury in Airfix boxes at the same time. It was a relief to get a Tempest V boxing without Clostermann in it!
Damn you, Andre. This hobby costs me enough already. Now you've shown me somewhere else to spend my money. Glad I've finished the Typhoon, but..............., mmmm, let's see what they do for my Airfix Dornier. Seriously though, thanks for the links.
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