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  1. "Mersu" by Kari Stenman

    Just received my pre-order copy of this booklet: Yep, that's a 2€ coin there. The subtitle says "Messerschmitt Bf 109 G in the Finnish Air Force" and that sums up nicely what this book is all about! Larger than A4- format, 400 pages, 479 b/w- and 6 original colour photos, 24 colour plates by Karolina Holda and Thierry Dekker, 32 line drawings in 1:72 and 1:48 scales. All the plane histories, kills and losses... What am I doing writing all this, I should go reading! Available in Finnish, of course from here http://www.koalakustannus.fi/kirjat/kirja.php?id_prd=233 V-P
  2. Hello guys; This is my latest build: an Eduard F-2 1/48. It was out of box. I used Kagero decals: Bf 109 F-2; 'White 9', flown by Oblt. Hans Phillip, Staffelkapitän of 4./JG 54, Mal. Owsischtschi, 10 August 1941. Paints: Tamiya and Gunze acrylic paints. Thanks for watching!
  3. EDITED 26.4.2017; here are the rules to be followed in this STGB: Welcome to the Britmodeller Bf 109 STGB II! (actually the first was a Me 109 STGB...) When: 6th May to 6th August 2017 Host: vppelt68 Eligible builds: Messerschmitt Bf 109 including prototypes and racers, production models from A to Z and their direct descendants, Hispanos and Avias! Regarding Me 209:s, 309:s etc… I´m sorry but I need to say "no" to them. If you want to build a V-tail G-0 go ahead, as long as you build one of the actual prototypes! SO, NO WHIFS! Spanish Civil War, WW2, Israeli early years, WW2 movie planes, post war- use in various European air forces - you just can´t say there isn´t enough build options in planes that actually existed. WIP thread: All builds must have a work in progress- thread. Multiple builds in one build thread: Allowed. All builds should have their own gallery entry, though, with five pictures being good a good number as any number can be posted at the build thread. Commenting on gallery thread is a no-no, please do that in the build threads only. No trading: Any parts/decals/kits etc that you want to buy or sell MUST be posted in the Buy/Sell area only, not here in the GB forum. No ready-mades: Entries must be under 25 % complete. If there's any doubt, get in touch with one of us or post your progress in the GB Chat thread, things usually get sorted out. Prizes: AZmodel / Kovozávody Prostějov is sponsoring us. Stunning details to be announced next saturday when we hit the Current GB- section Please note: We WILL certainly have a regular Britmodeller Gallery feature but NO POLL there. Recommended aspects: Having fun! Regards, V-P Here´s the original rules discussion: When next time: 6 May 2017 to 6 August 2017 When last time: actually my 1st GB and my first Britmodeller build took place from 1st November 2012 till 3rd February 2013 Since then happened: all those AZ Model and KP 1:72 kits, Eduard 1:48 G-6 and hopefully Zvezda too, and of course the Revell 1:32 Eligible: Messerschmitt Bf 109:s from prototypes and racers, production models A to Z and direct descendants, Hispano Buchons and Avia S-you know what:s that I now can't recall by name, but are just re-engined Bf 109:s. Is there the 25% rule: Let´s use common sense! An unstarted 1:72 easy build kit to be built OOB has a lot less job left to be finished than (say) a 50% done 1:32 kit with resin, PE or both. So why should we not allow such mountain of work not to be finished within a STGB? I say we should! Tell me if you object, please, before we start. Why: well it's almost five years by then, there'll be Mustang STGB number 3 (!) this year, and just FW 190 and Ju 88 Luftwaffe subject STGB:s above horizon in the next 16 months, plus those new kits that weren't available last time, and because I'd like to have one! Who: 1: vppelt68 (that´s me, host) 2: Mish 3: dazdot 4: Knight_Flyer 5: bubbasparksuk 6: Arniec 7: Prenton 8: jrlx 9: Caerbannog 10: Mottlemaster 11: GREG DESTEC 12: smuts (co-host, thanks Andy!) 13: usetherudders. 14: stevehnz 15: specky 16: Black Knight 17: Ettore 18: Erwin 19: Bill Ficner 20: kpc7676 21: Paolo6691 22: -Neu- 23: Enzo Matrix 24: Duncan B 25: Rob G, thank you mr.25 as now we are ready for take off! 26: jean 27: trickyrich 28: SAU 29: Mikemx 30: AndyC 31: TonyTiger66 32: Kahunaminor 33: planecrazee 34: Ozzy 35: Blitz23 36: Ettore 37: tango98 38: Sabre_days 39: Knetterik Camberry Sauce 40: Doug Rogers 41: PlaStix 42: delta7 43: DaveJL 44: wayne 0 45: Greg in OK 46:... So blame me crazy for proposing a new STGB to happen a year and a half away... I'm guilty as charged! It seems we´re all crazy! Regards, V-P
  4. Bf 109 Upgrade Parts (for Eduard) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Eduard's Bf 109 kits are known for their quality, that does not stop them offering a wide range of update sets to further improve the plastic. As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. Bf 109F seat early (648329) This is a well cast seat complete with a set of colour photo etch seat belts, it is a drop in replacement for the kit parts. Bf 109F&G Pitot tubes (648332) This set has three replacement pitot tubes in resin to replace the kit parts. These will I suspect be more susceptible to damage than the kit parts despite look more realistic. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Bf 109F Cockpit Set with Early seat (648330) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Eduard are slowly working their way through all the Bf 109 variants in 1:48 and they are great kits. However there is only so much injected plastic can do, their cockpit sets bring a whole new level of detail for the modeller. This set includes nineteen pieces of grey resin, four of clear, two sheets of Photo-Etch (PE) brass, one of which is pre-painted and nickel-plated, plus a small acetate sheet. The instruction booklet covers six sides of A5 on both sides, and is printed in colour to assist you in placement of parts. The set gives you a complete new cockpit including sides and floor which will fit into the model with some work being needed on the kit moulded details. A mix of resin and PE goes into this to create a small model in itself. There is the option of using a one art instrument panel, or a multi par one using the PE & film supplied. Though lets be honest if you are going to the time, trouble, and expense of this set then it really has to be the multi part affair. Conclusion The kit cockpit is good enough, but this resin replacement is just so much better in terms of crisply moulded detail that it has to be worthy of consideration for the detail hungry modeller. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Bf 109G-4 Cockpit Set (648340) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Eduard are slowly working their way through all the Bf 109 variants in 1:48 and they are great kits. However there is only so much injected plastic can do, their cockpit sets bring a whole new level of detail for the modeller. This set includes twenty pieces of grey resin, four of clear, two sheets of Photo-Etch (PE) brass, one of which is pre-painted and nickel-plated, plus a small acetate sheet. The instruction booklet covers six sides of A5 on both sides, and is printed in colour to assist you in placement of parts. The set gives you a complete new cockpit including sides and floor which will fit into the model with some work being needed on the kit moulded details. A mix of resin and PE goes into this to create a small model in itself. There is the option of using a one art instrument panel, or a multi par one using the PE & film supplied. Though lets be honest if you are going to the time, trouble, and expense of this set then it really has to be the multi part affair. Conclusion The kit cockpit is good enough, but this resin replacement is just so much better in terms of crisply moulded detail that it has to be worthy of consideration for the detail hungry modeller. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Messerschmitt Bf 109G-4 1:48 Eduard ProfiPACK The Messerschmidt Bf 109 is one of the iconic aircraft of WWII. The G models arrived in 1942 and the G-4 was nearly identical to the G-2 but was fitted with a much improved VHF radio set. The R versions were also designed for reconnaissance some versions of the G-4 were fitted with underwing canon pods. Due to the increasing weight of the G models larger main wheels were fitted which resulted in the teardrop fairings on the upper wing surfaces. A larger tail wheel was also fitted and the retraction mechanism removed as it was too large to retract. 1242 G-4s were produced in total. The Kit This is a profipack boxing, with 4 sprues of plastic, a clear sprue, 3 sheets of photo-etch, Masks (not shown); and 2 decal sheets. Construction starts shockingly enough with the cockpit. Various control wheels and the main control column is added along with the armoured seat back. Following this the seat pan and rudder pedals are added. A full set of photo-etched belts is provided for the pilots seat. Following this side panels and parts are added into the fuselage sides, including some photo-etched panels. The instrument panel is made up using the supplied photo-etched parts. Once all of these sub-assemblies are made up they can be placed inside the fuselage and this closed up. As well as the cockpit the tail wheel and exhausts need to be added before the closure takes place. Once the main fuselage is together the intake needs to be added on the side. For the tropical version this will need the additional filter adding as well. Construction then moves to the rear of the main fuselage with the tail planes and rudder being added. All of the control surfaces are separate so can be posed as needed by the modeller. Next up are the wings. The lower is one part with left and right uppers. The wheel well detail needs to be added into the lower wing and then the uppers can be added on. Once complete the wing assembly is mated with the main fuselage. Next up the leading edge slats and ailerons can be added. On the underside of the wing the left and right radiators are assembled and added to the wing. The flaps can then be added making sure to get the radiator flaps at the correct angle. Moving towards finishing the model the main landing gear units are completed and added to the model. The wheels are a single part with a left and right hub. The gear leg is attached as is the door. The canopy parts can then be added not forgetting the pilots head rest & armour in the main centre part. Last but not least for the main kit the propeller and spinner are added. A centre line fuel tank is then added for tropicalised decal option, and underwing gun pods for the two other Luftwaffe options, and the Regina Aeronautica one. Decals Decals are in house from Eduard and should pose no issues. There is a main sheet and a supplemental sheet for the stencils, markings are provided for 5 examples; Bf 109G-4/R6, W. Nr. 14997, flown by Lt. E. Hartmann, 7./JG 52, Taman, Soviet Union, May 1943 Bf 109G-4/R6, W. Nr. 14946, flown by Maj. W. Ewald, Stab III./JG 3, Kertch, Soviet Union, April 1943 Bf 109G-4/trop, W. Nr. 15013, flown by Lt. U. Seiffert, 8./JG 53, Tindja, Tunisia, April 1943 Bf 109G-4/R6, W. Nr. 19566, flown by ten. G. Gianelli, 365a Squadriglia, 150o Gruppo Autonomo, Sciacca, Sicily, July 1943 Bf 109G-4, flown by Lt. Av. P. Protopopescu, Escadrila 57, Grupul 7 Vânătoare, Kirovograd (Kropyvnytskyi/ Ukraine now), Soviet Union, June 1943 Conclusion This is a welcome new G-4 release from Eduard. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 1:48 Eduard WEEKEND The Messerschmidt Bf 109 is one of the iconic aircraft of WWII. The F-4 would use the 1332hp DB601E engine which would be fitted with a broader balded propeller for improved altitude performance. The aircraft would carry the new Mauser MG151 20mm cannon with 200 rounds per gun. Production of the F-4 would start in May 1941 and last a year with 1841 examples being built, 576 of these being the tropicalised version. The Kit Construction starts shockingly enough with the cockpit. Various control wheels and the main control column is added along with the armoured seat back. Following this the seat pan and rudder pedals are added. A full set of photo-etched belts is provided for the pilots seat. Following this side panels and parts are added into the fuselage sides. The instrument panel is made up at this time. Once all of these sub-assemblies are made up they can be placed inside the fuselage and this closed up. As well as the cockpit the tail wheel and exhausts need to be added before the closure takes place. Once the main fuselage is together the intake needs to be added on the side. For the tropical version this will need the additional filter adding as well. Construction then moves to the rear of the main fuselage with the tail planes and rudder being added. All of the control surfaces are separate so can be posed as needed by the modeller. Next up are the wings. The lower is one part with left and right uppers. The wheel well detail needs to be added into the lower wing and then the uppers can be added on. Once complete the wing assembly is mated with the main fuselage. Next up the leading edge slats and ailerons can be added. On the underside of the wing the left and right radiators are assembled and added to the wing. The flaps can then be added making sure to get the radiator flaps at the correct angle. Moving towards finishing the model the main landing gear units are completed and added to the model. The wheels are a single part with a left and right hub. The gear leg is attached as is the door. The canopy parts can then be added not forgetting the pilots head rest & armour in the main centre part. Last but not least for the main kit the propeller and spinner are added. Decals Decals are in house from Eduard and should pose no issues. There is a main sheet and a supplemental sheet for the stencils, markings are provided for 2 examples; Bf 109F-4/Z/trop flown by Uffz. F. Schweiger, 6./JG 3, San Pietro, Italy, February 1942. Bf 109F-4/Z W. Nr. 13125 flown by Oblt. M. – H. Ostermann, CO of 8./JG 54, A Siverskaya, Soviet Union, Beginning of May 1942. Conclusion This is a welcome new F-4 release from Eduard now available in their Weekend edition boxing. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Hello guys, this is Bf 109G-6, 1/72 from AZ Model kit, the build can be found here http://www.britmodel...2-az-model-oob/ The kit is made mostly OOB, i made just new gun barrels (under wings, in spinner and over the engine), added some wiring to the U/C, made new seatbelts from tape + wires (tried for the first time ) and made some details and scars to the drop tank. I had some errors during the build, and i m not calling this perfect at all, but i m happy with the result, knowing i pushed my limits a bit ahead again I hope you wont mind a bit photo heavy post, i reduced the number of photos down but could not decide more.. Thanks a lot for watching this guys and any comments or tips are more than welcome
  10. The ICM kit is of the E-3 variant and is very well detailed kit, the cockpit in particular is full and impressive. Overall fit is superb and I encountered no problems. The one down side is the canopy which falls well short of modern standards, I replaced mine with a vacform one from Rob Taurus. The markings in the kit are not for the Spanish versions and I have used a set from Blue Star decals which I was kindly given by a member at my local IPMS club (South Somerset), I did use the stencils supplied with the kit. I also used Mr Paint for the first time with RLM 63, the paint was brilliant as most people are finding now but the colour is so similar to rlm 02 it’s hard to see the difference (which makes it quite accurate!). Gunze paints were used for the rlm 02, 70 & 65. I built this one as part of my IPMS SIG (special interest group) which I have started for the Spanish Civil War, have a look (and please join if it's of interest): Spanish Civil War SIG Had a bit of competition success locally as well which I was both surprised an chuffed! Thanks Jason
  11. We have 3 new conversion sets for the 1/48th Zvezda Bf109G-6 from Vector Resin. See http://www.neomega-resin.com/bf-109g-6-detail-sets-150-c.asp VDS48110 Bf 109G-6 Erla cowlings £12.50 VDS48111 Bf 109G-6 MTT/WNF cowling £12.50 VDS48112 Bf 109G-6/14 exterior £14.50
  12. Messerschmitt Bf 109F-2 1:48 Eduard ProfiPACK The Messerschmidt Bf 109 is one of the iconic aircraft of WWII. The F-2 introduced the 15mm MG 151 cannon. This was supplemented by two MG 17 machine guns mounted under the engine cowl. As the better 20 mm Mauser MG 151/20 version become available, a number of F-2s were retrofitted with it in the field. About 1,380 F-2s were built between October 1940 and August 1941. The Kit This is a profipack boxing, with 4 sprues of plastic, a clear sprue, 3 sheets of photo-etch, Masks (not shown); and 2 decal sheets. Construction starts shockingly enough with the cockpit. Various control wheels and the main control column is added along with the armoured seat back. Following this the seat pan and rudder pedals are added. A full set of photo-etched belts is provided for the pilots seat. Following this side panels and parts are added into the fuselage sides, including some photo-etched panels. The instrument panel is made up using the supplied photo-etched parts. Once all of these sub-assemblies are made up they can be placed inside the fuselage and this closed up. As well as the cockpit the tail wheel and exhausts need to be added before the closure takes place. One of the decal options uses different exhaust parts and this is not mentioned on the instructions so the modeller will need to check the profiles. Once the main fuselage is together the intake needs to be added on the side. For the tropical version this will need the additional filter adding as well. Construction then moves to the rear of the main fuselage with the tail planes and rudder being added. All of the control surfaces are separate so can be posed as needed by the modeller. Next up are the wings. The lower is one part with left and right uppers. The wheel well detail needs to be added into the lower wing and then the uppers can be added on. Once complete the wing assembly is mated with the main fuselage. Next up the leading edge slats and ailerons can be added. On the underside of the wing the left and right radiators are assembled and added to the wing. The flaps can then be added making sure to get the radiator flaps at the correct angle. Moving towards finishing the model the main landing gear units are completed and added to the model. The wheels are a single part with a left and right hub. The gear leg is attached as is the door. The canopy parts can then be added not forgetting the pilots head rest & armour in the main centre part. Last but not least for the main kit the propeller and spinner are added. If needed a centre line bomb and rack are included. The bomb fins and sway braces are photo-etched parts which will look more in scale. Decals Decals are in house from Eduard and should pose no issues. There is a main sheet and a supplemental sheet for the stencils, markings are provided for 5 examples; Hptm Hans Philipp, CO I./JG 54 (Winter Camo), Krasnogvardeysk,Soviet Union March 1941. Oblt Siegried Schnell, CO 9./JG 2, (Yellow 9), Theville, France June 1942. Lt Horst Buddenhagen, 5./JG 3, (Black 7), Darmstadt, Germany April 1941. Lt Hans Besswenger, 6./HG 54, (Yellow 4), Ostroe, Soviet Union July 1942. Oblt Wilhelm Hachfield, 2./JG 51, (Red 1), Kiev, Soviet Union Summer 1941. Conclusion This is a welcome new F-2 release from Eduard. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  13. Hi everybody! The first pictures of my bf 109. Very nice kit and a great level of details, I added only few wires and 2-3 other things. I hope you will like it! The painted cockpit in the next post.
  14. Hi mates! For those that haven't been following the WIP, here is my first model of the iconic Messerschmitt Bf 109. That's right, my very first in nearly 50 years of modelling military aircraft. Why did I wait so long? I don't know - I haven't built a Fw 190 or Me 262 either! Project: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 Kit: Airfix Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 (kit number A01008) Scale: 1:72 (because I don't want my thumbs to turn into sausages!) Decals: From the kit, representing the aircraft flown into a field in Love's Farm, Marden, Kent by Oberleutnant Franz von Werra, Gruppen-Adjutant I/JG 3, September 5, 1940. Also, swastikas from Techmod sheet 72101. Photoetch: Eduard Detail Set No. 73 453 Masks: Eduard Set CX 331 Resin: BarracudaCast BR72091 Messerschmitt B,C,D,E Main Wheels Paint: Gunze H70 RLM02, H67 RLM65, H64 RLM71, H65 RLM70, H416 RLM66, H90 Clear Red, H94 Clear Green; Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black, XF-2 Flat White; Testors 1180 Flat Steel,1149 Flat Black, 1790 Silver FS17178, 1795 Jet Exhaust; Floquil 110004 Crystal-Cote; Future; Alclad Klear Kote Flat Weathering: All weathering was done with pastel chalk dust, and is sealed underneath the top coat of flat varnish. No panel line wash was done externally; a light burnt umber wash was used in the cockpit. Improvements/Corrections Applied the Eduard PE set to the cockpit, including the canopy retention cable. PE hand holds on front windscreen. Eduard PE used for both main wheel wells and landing gear doors. Replaced kit wheels with resin set from Barracuda Studios. Lowered the ailerons by 11 degrees to match typical landing configuration (leading edge slats were previously stowed by der Erksters). Scratch built the starboard wing fairing attachment plate (to match the detail that Airfix forgot, even though it was properly moulded on the port side). Radio mast from kit was broken; replacement part from Academy kit was shortened and its profile altered. Added antenna and lead-in wires with 0.005" diameter Nitinol wire. Build thread: Link What a sweet little kit! I only encountered a few areas that were strange - for example I had to remove the alignment pegs from the wings in order to get the top and bottom halves to line up properly. Once I did that, the alignment was very good, and the wing assembly joined the main fuselage with the proper dihedral. I also had to remove an alignment peg from one of the tailplane struts so I could mount it in the correct position. The propeller can be mounted either way - you have to be careful to make sure that the straighter edges of the prop blades are the leading edges. Very little putty was used on this kit. Some of the small parts were quite difficult to remove from the sprues (I was using a new #11 blade to carefully cut through the sprue gate). I only broke one part, namely the aerial mast which I replaced with an altered piece from an Academy kit. All told, I really enjoyed putting this little guy together! By the way - no attempt was made to "fill" the panel lines with anything other than the normal amount of paint that I used in airbrushing the camouflage scheme. The next time you read someone saying this kit has "trenches" please direct them to this build, give them a light tap on the head, and tell them to stop believing all the nonsense you find on the Internet. Except for this thread, of course. The paint scheme and markings are of course from the famous 109 shot down over Kent. I think I represented the aircraft with the proper colours and weathering, at least based on current research. A fellow Britmodeller sent me a copy of the crash report which included descriptions of some of the colours; for instance the black and white spinner and the fact that this aircraft had no armor protection in the canopy. Enough of all this stuff - here are the pictures! Enjoy! Edit - My fellow modellers pointed out some errors in my build, which I quickly corrected. Updated pictures on further down the thread. Thanks mates! Cheers, Bill (who can never decide what to build next...)
  15. Bf 109F Cockpit Set & Propeller 1:48 Eduard Brassin The Eduard Bf 109s are great kits but there is always room for some Brassin Goodies. Propeller LATE (648288) As the title would suggest this is a replacement propeller for the kit unit. You get a new hub, spinner, blades and central cannon shaft in resin with a photo etch end for the gun opening. A jog is supplied to glue the separate blades into the hub at the right angle. Cockpit Set (648279) This set is designed to replace the kit cockpit. There are 17 resin parts, photo etch, decals and an instrument film. You get a complete new cockpit tub, with a lower part, sidewalls, and front panel. A new seat is included (with belts) as well as a multipart instrument panel topped of with a new gunsight. Control wheels, stick, and rudder pedals are also brought in. New armour is provided for behind the seat and in the canopy. The canopy struct is also included. Conclusion These sets will no doubt improve on an already great kit. Recommended. Review samples courtesy of
  16. Good evening. Another of my older builds: Zvezda's Bf 109F-2 1/72 snap kit, built as the plane flown by Hans Philipp of Stab I./JG 54. Enjoy!
  17. Good afternoon, I present to you my rendition of Airfix's Bf 109E-4. The only thing that I distinctly remember about this build was the pocket watch gear used for the trim wheel.
  18. Hi there folks I'm back with another of my most recent builds - seem to have managed to get on with quite a few lately - must be the Christmas spirit I'm posting this one first but there will be more to follow very shortly. The kit in question is this one: Considering I'm such a fan of Luftwaffe aircraft, I've never built a 109 (I know - I can't believe it either!!!!) up until now and chose this kit as a test bed and a practice for more to follow, particularly the Airfix 1/48 109 I have in the stash. I built the kit pretty much OOB with just the addition of some tamiya tape belts and the odd scratch built item - nothing spectacular. I know this kit is not the best representation of a 109 but it's details weren't too bad and it went together pretty nicely. I do have aftermarket swastika decals but I completely forgot for some reason to add these to the tail - doh!! By the time I realised it wouldn't have worked to add them so they'll just have to stay omitted and be a learning curve for next time!! Anyway, without wasting anymore time talking, the pics are below - as always please let me know what you think - comments are always welcomed
  19. Why so few Messerschmitts? Ok yes, this is BRITmodeller, but no reason to leave out the most important Axis fighter in the MTO! I have a number of AZ 109s in the stash, and one of my favorite ones is White 9 ever since I saw it on the box of the older Italeri kit. According to the box, White 9 was flown by Staffelkapitan Emil Clade of JG 27 and operated from "Malemo" which I suspect is a typo of Maleme, Crete. I started work on this kit last week hoping to finish it by Thursday of next week as I am off on holiday and won't be at my modelling desk until the new year. Let's see if I finish. Here's the construction stages up until painting which I hope to do tomorrow. First off, spraying RLM 02 and 66 on the relevant bits Cockpit pic taken with flash All built up. Lots of putty...
  20. Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 1:48 Eduard ProfiPACK The Messerschmidt Bf 109 is one of the iconic aircraft of WWII. The F-4 would use the 1332hp DB601E engine which would be fitted with a broader balded propeller for improved altitude performance. The aircraft would carry the new Mauser MG151 20mm cannon with 200 rounds per gun. Production of the F-4 would start in May 1941 and last a year with 1841 examples being built, 576 of these being the tropicalised version. The Kit This kit traces its roots back to the E-1 issued in 2012 and comes with new parts for the F-4. Construction starts shockingly enough with the cockpit. Various control wheels and the main control column is added along with the armoured seat back. Following this the seat pan and rudder pedals are added. A full set of photo-etched belts is provided for the pilots seat. Following this side panels and parts are added into the fuselage sides, including some photo-etched panels. The instrument panel is made up using the supplied photo-etched parts. Once all of these sub-assemblies are made up they can be placed inside the fuselage and this closed up. As well as the cockpit the tail wheel and exhausts need to be added before the closure takes place. One of the decal options uses different exhaust parts and this is not mentioned on the instructions so the modeller will need to check the profiles. Once the main fuselage is together the intake needs to be added on the side. For the tropical version this will need the additional filter adding as well. Construction then moves to the rear of the main fuselage with the tail planes and rudder being added. All of the control surfaces are separate so can be posed as needed by the modeller. Next up are the wings. The lower is one part with left and right uppers. The wheel well detail needs to be added into the lower wing and then the uppers can be added on. Once complete the wing assembly is mated with the main fuselage. Next up the leading edge slats and ailerons can be added. On the underside of the wing the left and right radiators are assembled and added to the wing. The flaps can then be added making sure to get the radiator flaps at the correct angle. Moving towards finishing the model the main landing gear units are completed and added to the model. The wheels are a single part with a left and right hub. The gear leg is attached as is the door. The canopy parts can then be added not forgetting the pilots head rest & armour in the main centre part. Last but not least for the main kit the propeller and spinner are added. If needed a centre line bomb and rack are included. The bomb fins and sway braces are photo-etched parts which will look more in scale. Decals Decals are in house from Eduard and should pose no issues. There is a main sheet and a supplemental sheet for the stencils, markings are provided for 6 examples; W.Nr 7183 Flown by Hptm Hans "Assi" Hahn, III/JG.2, St. Pol, France 1941. W.Nr 7243 Flown by Oblt Otto Kath, Stab/JG.54 Staraya Russa, Soviet Union Dec 1941. W.Nr 13324 Flown by Oblt Viktor Bauer, 9./JG.3 Shchigry, Soviet Union June 1942. Flown by Uffz Hans Dobrich, 6./JG.5, Petsamo, Finland Sept 1942. W.Nr 7629 Flown by Oblt Frank Liesendahl, 10 (Jabo)/JG.2, France June 1942. W.Nr 8693 Flown by Lt Hans-Joachim Marseille, 3./JG.27, North Africa Feb 1942. Conclusion This is a welcome new F-4 release from Eduard. Not only is it available as the ProfiPACK kit but over trees and LEPT photo-etch sets are available if you wish to build more than one of the excellent decal options. Highly recommended. ProfiPACK Kit Overtrees LEPET1 Etch Review sample courtesy of
  21. This is my stab at AZ Models excellent little Bf 109 G-2 in late war Romanian guise. It depicts a machine post Romania joining the Allies in 1945, and built for the Great Patriotic War GB. The kit is very nice, with excellent detail straight out of the box, while requiring a little more care than a mainstream kit. The instructions are a little vague in places, particularly with regard things like wheels and aerial masts which varies between early and late model G-2s, so apologies if mine aren't quite right. I won't tell if you won't. Paints are my usual mix of Gunze & Tamiya acrylics, thinned with cellulose thinners,xand applied with my trusty Badger 100S. Thanks for looking. Karl
  22. One day I will start building here a Revegawa 1:72 He 111 H-6. I have two decal options almost from the box, a KG 26 Arctic torpedo bomber (I have the Hase torps thanks to Bil here at BM 😊) or Kurt Kuhlmeys' transporter. Those torps would look cool under a Ju 88 too... And Kuhlmey's plane doesn't need the Hermanns either. Decisions, decisions again! Nope! See below...
  23. Time to throw my hat in the ring and actually start building something. Having looked through my miniscule stash, there was nothing suitable, so went looking for inspiration for a subject for this GB. A quick mooch through the Bordfunker library I found a profile of a Romanian Bf 109 which sent me a Googling and thence onto the AZ kit. And taking me back to my youth a painting guide on the back of the box. A number of interesting options to choose from, though I'm not sure which one yet. Nice colourful decals, far more appealing than Balkankreuz and Hakenkreuz! The sprues are nice and full with very nice detail and no flash. And an extra sprue in brown plastic which looks to specific to this boxing. The resin wheels I found in the spares box so might think about using them. Many of the parts on the sprues don't get used in this build as per the pics below. A bit emptier now! The wings as supplied are molded with the small wheel bump common to many Gustav's, however not appropriate to this build, so had to be removed. This is the after and before shot. And both done. I've started building the pit, but I'll post some pics tomorrow now. Edit : for some reason FB refuses to display my photos correctly! Karl
  24. 1/48 Avia S-199 (post war Bf 109) is planed for next two or three years. source: http://modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=95280&start=4005#p1897662 downscale to 1/72 is planed too (like all Eduard projects) but more years in future.
  25. This is representation of Erla-built Bf 109G-14 "Black 13" from15./JG5 at Kjevik, Norway in 1945. All A.M.U.R. Reaver sets, such as spinner & airscrew, cowling and oil cooler fairing with radiator mesh were used. The plane had late-war finish with several shades of RLM76 on lower surfaces and 75/82 on top.
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