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  1. Common sense would suggest that if you're concerned about the item being unsafe, you shouldn't be selling it. If you are determined to sell it, then cut the cable off completely to make it safe and describe it accordingly. I suspect this would fall under the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994. These specify that second hand or hired electrical equipment must be safe.
  2. 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
  3. Very nice indeed
  4. A nice, neat finish. I still need to pick this kit up
  5. Great work as always, Libor! Paul
  6. Richard Branson quietly takes his phone off the hook...
  7. Welcome back I hope the workbench doesn't stay that tidy for too long
  8. Wait until you find out how they make the holes in donuts...
  9. That's a thing of beauty, John
  10. Very nice as always, Roman
  11. I dunno what you're talking about, it looks fine from here...
  12. Dornier Do 17Z-2 1:72 ICM The Dornier Do 17, nicknamed the Fliegender Bleistift or flying pencil due to its slender shape, was a light bomber designed by Dornier Flugzeugwerke in the mid-1930s. During the early design period the aircraft was euphemistically referred to as a high speed mail plane, but it's highly likely that it was always intended to fulfil a combat role. The Do17 was able to carry a bomb load of 1000kg, but range was limited when carrying heavy loads. Defensive armament was comprised of MG-15 machine guns carried in various positions in the forward fuselage. The Dornier is the latest all-new tooling from Kiev-based outfit ICM. Inside the very sturdy top-opening box are three largish frames of light grey plastic and two of clear plastic which together hold a total of nearly 200 parts. The airframe is covered in crisp, recessed panel lines which look very good indeed, and the mouldings are crisp and clean. The instructions are an A4 stapled booklet which has been printed in colour and the decal sheet is clear and well printed. The overall impression is of a well-executed kit which looks as though it should be enjoyable to build. Construction begins with the very well detailed cockpit. Interior detail includes the crew seats, rudder pedals, control column (moulded in two parts), radio gear and other sidewall details and a large number of spare magazines for the defensive machine guns. The instrument panel is made up from two parts and is beautifully detailed. Internal frames for the bomb bay and wing spar are also included, as is an optional fuel tank for the forward part of the bomb bay. The upper wing is moulded as a single span, complete with interior detail for the main landing gear bays. The ailerons are moulded as separate parts, which is always welcome. The rest of the flying surfaces follow suite, with the rudders and elevators all moulded separately. The elevator balance mechanisms are also included. With the major parts of the airframe complete, construction turns to the bomb bay and landing gear. Twenty 50kg bombs are included, although whether you use them all will depend on whether you have installed the optional fuel tank first. The landing gear is nicely detailed, although construction is somewhat unconventional. You have to install the interior parts for the landing gear onto the undersurface of the completed wing and then build the engine nacelles around them. This is quite a clever way of approaching this stage of the build and it should work well. The exterior parts of the nacelle have to be constructed with the firewall and engine sub-frame fixed to one half of the nacelle. The engines themselves comprise six parts and include options for different exhaust arrangements. With the engines in place, the rest of the build is occupied with finishing details. The canopy is nice and clear and includes an option for the DF loop, or the later streamlined fairing. Six MG15s are included. The bomb bay can be finished in open or closed positions, and for once you aren't required to simply cut the bomb bay doors apart to finish it in the open position as separate parts are included for that option. Three options are provided on the decal sheet: Do 17Z-2 5K + HR, 7./KG3, France, August 1940 Do 17Z-2 F1 + BL, 3./KG3, France, August 1940 Do 17Z-2 U5 + BH, 1./KG2, Greece, May 1941 Do 17Z-2 A1 + TZ, 15.(Kroat.)/KG53, Russia, Winter 1941-42 All four aircraft are finished in RLM 70/71 over RLM 65, with the fourth aircraft finished in a temporary winter distemper over the top of the camouflage. The decals look excellent and include a smattering of stencils. Conclusion We've waited a while for a nice, modern kit of the Do17. Airfix were first to market with a very good kit, but ICM's new effort looks to have shaded them slightly in terms of detail. The mouldings are high quality, there is plenty of the aforementioned detail and surface structures are fine and crisp. Overall this is a well executed and carefully designed kit which is rich in detail. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  13. Messerschmitt Bf 110G4 Profipack 1:72 Eduard The Messerschmitt Bf110 was designed to fulfil a German Air Ministry requirement for a long-range, twin-engined heavy fighter aircraft, or zerstörer. The prototype took to the air for the first time in 1936. Having beat off competing designs from Arado, Focke-Wulf and Henschel, it was in service by the time war broke out three years later. Fitted with the same engines as the Bf 109E, the Bf 110 was a powerful and very well armed aircraft. Despite early successes in Poland, however, the inadequacy of the Bf 110 as an out-and-out fighter was exposed by the RAF during the Battle of Britain. Heavy losses resulted, mainly as a result of the aircraft’s lack of manoeuvrability. This aspect of the design was not improved to any degree in later versions, and for this reason the Bf 110 found itself increasingly utilised in other roles such as fighter bomber and night fighter. The aircraft was particularly successful in this last role, mainly due to its stability and heavy armament. The Bf 110G-4 was one of the last variants and was equipped with powerful DB605B engines and the Liechtenstein radar set. Inside the sturdy box are seven sprues moulded in a blue-grey coloured plastic. There is also a single circular sprue moulded in clear plastic. As this is a ‘profipack’ edition, the plastic parts are accompanied by a small fret of pre-painted photo etched parts, a set of die-cut paint masks and a photo-etched tool for the radar antennas. The instruction book is a glossy, stapled A4 document and it includes full-colour painting diagrams. All together, the impression is of a quality package. There is a bit of spare room in the box though, so if you are planning on buying some of Eduard’s Brassin accessories for the kit, you’ll have some space for them! The quality of the plastic parts is second to none. The mouldings are clean and crisp and there are no traces of flash and no sink marks. Eduard have packed in plenty of detail and parts such as the cockpit sidewalls and radio sets are comparable to resin items. The surface detail on the outside of the airframe is just as good. It is comprised of recessed panel lines and delicately engraved rivet and fastener detail and it looks absolutely superb. The cockpit is made up of what seems like dozens of plastic and photo etched parts. The cockpit floor serves as the platform for construction, and to this are added the seats, radio set, instrument panel, rudder pedals, control column and throttles. As this is a profipack edition, photo etch parts are provided to help things along, and as well as seat harnesses, there are replacement details for the instrument panel, rudders, radio and throttles. To save you filing the raised detail off of the plastic instrument panel, a blank version is provided for use with the photo etched parts. A nicely moulded twin-barrelled MG 81Z is provided, complete with a photo etched ring and bead gun sight, as well as the 20mm Schräge Musik cannon. The wings are moulded with a single lower span and separate port and starboard upper spans. The ailerons are provided as separate parts, although the landing flaps are not. The engine cowlings are each moulded in two vertical halves with additional parts for the chin intakes. Once the wings have been assembled, the fuselage should just drop into place. The nose is moulded separately, whiclst the tail planes are nicely moulded but, unlike the wings, the control surfaces are moulded in place. Once the basic airframe is together, it’s time to fit the canopy. This is a complex assembly, moulded in no fewer than eight parts. It can be posed in either open or closed positions, and quite frankly it would have been a travesty if this hadn’t been the case, given all the detail in the cockpit. Care will need to be taken adding the armoured windscreen though, as any smears of glue will be obvious. As mentioned above, this is a ‘profipack’ edition, so a handy set of canopy masks has been included. Turning the model over, the underwing radiators are each made up of three parts and, as with the rest of the kit, they are beautifully detailed. The main undercarriage legs are each made up of no fewer than five parts, with optional photo etched scissor links. The main gear wheels are moulded in vertical halves. The airscrews and hubs look very good too, as do the engine exhausts which benefit from some photo etched details. There are a number of small parts included to cover the final details, including the aileron balance weights and various aerials and antennae. An optional photo etched part is provided for the DF loop. An extra sprue is provided which holds the parts for the Liechtenstein radar set. A photo etched jig is provided in order to aid with the assembly of the complex antennas. Eduard are usually pretty generous with the decal options in their profipacks, and this is no exception. Choices are provided for the following four aircraft: • Bf110G-4 W Nr. 720260, Oblt. Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, Stab IV./ NJG 1, St Trond, Belgium, April 1944; • Bf 110G-4, Maj. Helmut Lent, Commanding Officer of Stab NJG 3, Stade, Germany, September 1944; • Bf 110G-4, Wilhelm Johnen, 7. NJG6, Neubiberg, Germany, 1945; • Bf110G-4, Stab II./NJG1, Bad Langensalza, Germany, 1945. Each option is illustrated with a four-view profile as well as detailed illustrations of the radar arrays. A diagram showing the placement of stencil decals is also included. The decals look crisp, thin and glossy and the colours used are nice and bold. Conclusion Eduard’s Messerschmitt Bf110 series is the definitive family of kits of the type by a country mile. The level of detail they have packed in is superb and the engineering is excellent. Add the photo etch parts and masks into the mix, and you have the complete package. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Chevrolet C60S with Holmes Breakdown Cabs 11 and 13 1:72 IBG Models The Canadian Military Pattern truck was a class of vehicles produced by Ford, Chevrolet/GM and Dodge to a British Army specification. The trucks were used by Britain and her Commonwealth allies in almost every theatre of war from the time of the truck's introduction in 1940. By the end of the War, over half a million examples had been built, accounting for around two-thirds of all military vehicle production in Canada during the period. The most commonly produced sub-variant was the 4x4 3 Tonne version, which appeared in C60s and C60l (Chevrolet) and F60s and F60l (Ford) types. The 'S' indicated a short wheelbase (134 inch) variant, as opposed to the 'L' long wheelbase of 158 inches. A range of standard cab designs were employed, with the first, second and third designs rather confusingly labelled Nos.11, 12 and 13. After the War the type continued in military service around the world, as well as finding non-military roles such as forestry, grain transport and snow ploughing. IBG Models have been on a roll lately, churning out a range of excellent kits at a rate that would rival some of the major players in the market. This seems quite fitting seeing as they now make some of the best small scale AFV kits around. This new kit of the C60S is a very welcome addition to the range. It arrives packed into a surprisingly large top-opening box inside which are a five frames of crisply moulded grey plastic, a length of scale tow cable and a small decal sheet. The plastic parts are crisply moulded and well detailed. The attachment points seem finer than in a lot of their previous releases. Care will still need to be taken when removing some of the smaller parts. Construction starts with the engine. This comprises four parts, including a separately moulded exhaust manifold and fan. The axles, drive shaft and brake assemblies can also be constructed at this stage. The parts all look very similar to the Otter armoured car we reviewed a few months ago – no surprise given that the two vehicles shared common underpinnings. Construction moves swiftly on to the cab. Although the description on the box indicates that parts for both Pattern 11 and 13 cabs are included (as indeed they are), both of the vehicles depicted on the decal sheet use the Pattern 13 cab. The cab itself is well-detailed, and included two-part seats and a steering wheel with separate column. Once cab is finished, construction returns to the ladder-type chassis. The leaf spring suspension units can now be added, along with the drive shafts, transfer box, fuel tank and exhaust. The wheels can now be added, and while they are moulded with tyres in place, they are nicely detailed for the scale. Before the load area can be assembled, IBG suggest constructing the recovery crane/winch. This comprises over 20 parts, which should give you an indication of how detailed it is. The crane can then be fixed to the rear body, which can in turn be added to the chassis, along with the cab. All that remains to do to finish the model is to add the provided tow cables. The decal sheet provides the following options: • 16th Light Detachment (A) of the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, England, 1942; and • 4th Canadian Armoured Brigade Workshop RCEME, 4th Canadian Armoured Divisions, Normandy, France, 1944 Conclusion I really enjoy reviewing IBG's kits, and it's great to see them turn out another superb model in the form of the C60s. Detail is excellent and the quality of manufacture looks to be up there with the very best. It's a shame that crew figures, such as those included with their recent Type 89 tank, haven't been included, but I guess they were spoiling us with that particular kit. Nevertheless, this is a great little kit that can still be highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of IBG Models
  15. Thanks chaps I'd love to see Airfix do some more 1:48 vehicles. Perhaps a Matador with options for both RAF and Army versions?