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  1. Hi everyone After completing my Typhoon and the false restart on my Halifax (which has been consigned to the draw of oblivion for now ) I wanted a 4 engined WW2 RAF bomber in my collection. So out came the B17. I asked my wife if I could get some bits and pieces from Hannants to give it a boost and her answer was and I quote "Of cause you can, so you want to pimp out another plane eh" Too much Fast N Loud I think, Bless her! So last night I spent 30 minutes on the Hannants site and I ordered some bits and bobs which should be here shortly. I want to finish the plane as a MKIII which I know didn't have the chin turret does anybody know if there is a conversion for the Airfix kit? The markings I will use are either B-17 Mk.III 'Give it to Uncle' 214 RCM Unit 100 Group or B-17 Mk.III 'Keflavic Cutie' (FA712, AD-C) 251 Met Sqn, Reykjavik RAF Coastal Command, late 1944, both on the Kitsworld (KW172134) sheet. Laters Iain
  2. AIM-9G/H Sidewinders (648303) 1:48 Eduard Brassin 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. Inside are enough parts to create four super-detailed Sidewinders, which are also available as part of the recently reviewed F-14A BigSin set here if you have a Tomcat in mind for them. The Sidewinders have separate steering vanes and a clear resin seeker head at the front, and a PE exhaust ring at the rear, the latter adding an extra touch of detail to proceedings. 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 usual. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Hi all, I finished my Hurricane last night and took some photos... The WIP thread is here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234993484-airfix-148-hurricane-mki/ It's the new tool Airfix kit, with Brassin exhausts and wheels. I used the kit decals for the 501 Sqn. option. Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk.I by Phil Jones, on Flickr Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk.I by Phil Jones, on Flickr Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk.I by Phil Jones, on Flickr Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk.I by Phil Jones, on Flickr Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk.I by Phil Jones, on Flickr Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk.I by Phil Jones, on Flickr Cheers, Phil
  4. 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
  5. Spitfire Mk.IX Cowlings (Early 648305 Late 648306) 1:48 Eduard Brassin These new sets are resin replacement cowlings for the new(ish) Spitfire IX from Eduard in 1:48. 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. Each one consists of just the one part, which is a drop-in replacement for the two kit parts. Due to the limitations of injection moulding, the subtle bulges of the cowling had to be moulded as two parts for the kit, which is a limitation that resin doesn't share due to its flexible moulds. The differences between early and late revolve around placement and number of fasteners, which you can just about see in the accompanying photo, and it is all incredibly delicate and sharply rendered. With the two part kit cowling you risk damaging the detail during clean-up, and the dreaded "reappearing seam" that has plagued at least one of my own Spitfire builds, and some others that I have seen online over the years. The relatively low price of this part makes it well worth the effort and expense to improve your kit's detail. Highly recommended. Early (648305) Late (648306) Review sample courtesy of
  6. SE.5a Upgrade Parts (for Eduard) 1:48 Eduard Eduard's new tool kit of this famous WWII fighter is a little beauty and you can see our review here, but you can always itail, or budget. 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. The Photo-Etch (PE) set arrives in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Two Blade Propeller (left 648296 Right 648297) Available in two flavours, spinning left and right, the clockwise rotating prop being applicable to the (at this time unkitted, although I believe the parts are in the box) Hispano-Suiza 8b engine, and the other for the Wolseley Viper engine variant. Pick your two-bladed prop and marvel at the detail, with a separate boss and spinner plate provided in PE. Left – Anti-Clockwise (648296) Right – Clockwise (648297) Radiator – Wolseley Viper (648298) This highly detailed resin replacement for the kit part consists of five resin parts and four PE parts, the former making up the body of the radiator, the latter providing the mesh detail for the panels for maximum detail. It is a straight-forward drop-in replacement for the kit part. SE.5a Guns (648299) Another drop-in replacement set for the kit, which consists of both the Lewis and the Vickers machine guns, plus the tripod mount for the cowling Vickers, and the over-wing mount for the Lewis gun, which also has two spare magazines of two different capacities. A small PE sheet includes a rack for a spare mag under the gun mount (over the instrument panel), the firing handle, sight and trough for the Vickers, plus blade sight for the Lewis gun. You will need two lengths of 0.2mm wire to complete the firing mechanism for the Lewis, which you will have to provide from your own stocks. SE.5a Stretchers (48915) This is the solitary PE set in this review, and at first the term "stretchers" might seem a bit obscure, but on reading the instructions it becomes clear. They are what I would call the turnbuckles that the aircraft's rigging is attached to, either in single runs, or doubles. As well as including three runs of thirty eight single loops, twenty seven of the double loops, there are also two templates provided to assist you in drilling the twin 0.3mm holes at the wing roots and the opposite ends under the upper wing. Turnbuckles are a handy short-cut for rigging, allowing the modeller to glue their chosen rigging material of choice in place without having to repair the paint-job after. The stretchers are glued into their holes during the build, after which the aircraft can be painted, and (with care) the rigging can be attached when main painting is completed. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Revell 1/72 F-16C kit done as a Block 30. (Was the solo turk boxing) Nice kit but some frustrating areas with fit and details. Also molds are showing their age now as there were alot of gouges and scratches in the plastic? Build amongst all this here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235014726-72nd-quattro-cj-have-glass-tamiya-n-aggressor-hasegawa-revell-c-lonestar-academy-kf-16c/& but... if you can't be asked trawling through all that here is a quick summary: Dressed up in Caracal decals for the 'Wing King' 65th anniversary of the Lonestar Gunfighters. @CaracalModels Pics of the real jet here: http://www.caracalmodels.com/references/cd48009/ Painted in the new Mission Models paints bought from @TIGER HOBBIESLIMITED at the Hudderfield show. Got the primary colours as only an armour range currently available (aircraft shades due soon) Mixed up some greys for this build along with making the orange, olive drab, dull blue etc. The paints are very good and foolproof to use. Plus with the poly mix added they dry to a tough satin sheen that you can decal onto straight away (speeds up the finishing process as one less gloss coat) No issues using microset/sol or mr mark setter/softer on these paints either (unlike some acrylics which dissolve again with decal solutions) Had a light panel line wash as the pics of the real plane show it very clean and in what seems fresh grey paint too as no maintenance stencils visible on lower areas. Just the wing walks. Metals in AK xtreme. Final varying sheens in aquagloss for the flag bits and then some tamiya flat base mixed into the aquagloss to make a matt coat for the normal areas. Build: From @Mikemx at www.mjwmodels.co.uk Brassin: AAQ-28 pod, M117 Bombs and Airbrakes (part of the bigsin set that was used on Tamiya CJ too) Other sources: Quickboost seat and Reskit block 30 wheels (awesome casting with 'goodyear' visible) Tamiya Spares from the CJ - aim-9x, Hud and nozzle (homemade decals inside) Then - tacts pod and wingtip winders made from Hasegawa weapons sets. Detailed with blue and silver decal strips. Lastly - FOD cover made from plastic card and wire and done with decals from spares box. Hope you like it! Picture the loadout was based on: http://www.f-16.net/g3/f-16-photos/album38/album68/87-0255-1293400885 Thanks for looking!
  8. F-104 Martin Baker Mk.7 & C2 Ejection Seats (648287 & 648286 for Hasegawa) 1:48 Eduard Brassin The F-104 used three ejection seats during its career, the initial C1 that fired downward, and killed quite a number of pilots, which was replaced by the C2, again designed by Lockheed. Some export airframes were refitted with Martin-Baker Mk.7s by their new owners, which as zero/zero seats gave the pilots a much higher chance of survival in a wider flight envelope over the C2, which didn't have that capability and had a minimum flight speed of over 100mph. Eduard's Brassin line swells by two new seats with the release of these two sets. 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. Both sets include resin parts, pre-painted nickel-plated Photo-Etch (PE), and a small sheet of decals for the stencils. Lockheed C2 Ejection Seat (648286) Four resin parts make up the main body of the seat, with a choice of two types of seat cushion. The ejection rail is added to the kit interior, with horizontal rails made of PE before the seat itself is installed, but first the pre-painted belts must be installed after painting the resin parts using the colour call-outs from the Gunze range. A coat of clear gloss will be needed over the paint in order to apply the decals, which will give the detail a further lift. Martin Baker MK.7 Ejection Seat (648287) Consisting of five resin parts, a PE set and a small sheet of stencil decals, the ejection rail is almost identical to the C2 set, but the seat has two separate back cushions, plus a resin oxygen hose. After painting, gloss and application of decals the PE belts are added to finish off the job along with the pull handles to initiate the ejection process. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Bf.109G/G-2/G-4 Upgrade Sets (for Eduard) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Released to coincide with the new G-2 that we have just reviewed here, and to augment the existing upgrades for the whole (growing) range of Gustav variants in the range. 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. The Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Upgrade Set (48913) Any kit can always be improved, and this set does just that, beginning where the PE in the Profipak set left off, including a radio compartment door & frame; wheel bay tunnel lining with bump-stops for the legs; chin exhaust door replacement; super-detailed, scale-thickness radiator flaps/landing flaps in two sections with scrap diagram showing the correct orientation; new gear bay doors in laminated brass; oleo-scissor links, tie-downs and brake hoses, and a retaining strap for the centreline fuel tank. Masks (EX544) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, with the rear curved sections handled by two frame hugging masks for each pane. In addition you get a set of hub masks for the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort, plus masks for the head. Bf.109G Control Surfaces (648310) This useful set includes a highly detailed set of elevators, rudder, ailerons and their mass-balances to finish the job, plus a number of PE parts that are added to represent the trim tabs found on all these surfaces. Bf.109G-2 Wheels (648295) Straight replacements for the kit parts, these new resin wheels have separate outer star-shaped hubs, and a complete replacement for the tail wheel in a strong white resin. It also includes a sheet of kabuki masking tape with pre-cut tyre masks for the main and tail wheels, to allow you to paint the hubs with a neat demarcation line. Bf.109G Undercarriage Legs BRONZE (648309) These new metal legs are cast in bronze to a very high standard and positively glisten due to their highly polished finish. As a bonus you get a pair of wafer-thin resin landing gear bay covers that fit to the rear of the new legs. Bf.109G-2/-4 Radio Compartment (648257) Engineered to fit perfectly within the kit fuselage, the set consists of resin and brass parts, with the major sections being the interior ribbing that sits within the fuselage, which has a forward bulkhead insert that is festooned with equipment, and a palette sitting over a pair of bottles for what appears to be a battery. Everything is connected up with PE wires, and once closed up, the port side of the assembly that has a hole in it should line up with the radio hatch that is cut out. A liner to the aperture is provided, as is a replacement hatch cover, which could be placed nearby on a wing or the ground if you are planning a diorama. Full painting instructions are called out throughout the instructions in Gunze colours, with a key on the exterior of the booklet. Review sample courtesy of
  10. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VIII Wheels 1:72 Eduard Brassin Both of these sets are for the new Eduard kit but can be used on any kit. 4 Spoke Wheels with Smooth Tyre (672146) & 4 Spoke Wheels with tread (672147) Each set of wheels comes with both main wheels, the tail wheel & leg combined and a set of mask for painting. Smooth Tyre Tread Tyre Conclusion There's nothing much wrong with Eduard's VII, but even the best kits can be improved on. Naturally Eduard themselves have provided the means to enhance their kit, and quality wheels always look good. Recommended. Review samples courtesy of
  11. FFAR Rockets (672145) 1:72 Eduard Brassin The Forward Firing Aircraft Rocket (FFAR) is not to be confused with the later Folding Fin Aerial Rocket which share the same abreviation. They were originally developed as a 3.5" anti submarine warfare rocket with no charge designed to punture a submarines hull. Due to their accuracy they were later developed into a 5" explosive version by attaching a 5" shell to the original 3.5" rocket body. There were some limitations to the rocket carrying a 5" shell and the High Velocity Aircraft Rocket was developed to overcome these. The original FFAR was carried by the Duntless & Corsair aircraft. The set arrives in the familiar Brassin box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts. There are eight rockets casts in resin with their rear fins. These are very thin and care will be needed to remove them. Each rocket then has two PE mounting clamps which need to be bent to shape, and a rear fuse line to add. Conclusion. These are highly detailed units and will contribute to the look of your 1:72 build. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  12. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI Brassin Resin Accessories for Eduard Kit 1:72 Eduard This brace of new resin sets for Eduard's Spitfire Mk.XVI mirrors those released for their Mk.IX a few months ago. As good as Eduard's kit might be, there are still limitations to what can be achieved with injection moulded plastic. The Czech firm have recognised this and delivered a suite of neat upgrades that should please every modeller keen to make the most of their new muse. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI Top Cowl for Eduard Kit 1:72 Eduard Eduard have produced a resin upper cowling for the new kit, which is helpful if you don't fancy dealing with the seam caused by the division of the kit part into separate port and starboard halves. The replacement part is well made and will be handy if you wish to finish your model with an exposed engine. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI Wheels for Eduard Kit 1:72 Eduard Nice as the kit wheels are, there is a limit to the level of detail that can be achieved with injection moulded plastic alone. Eduard have therefore produced these resin items as direct replacements for the kit parts. As with the cowling, the quality of casting is excellent. Eduard have included a set of paint masks too, and having used Eduard’s pre-cut masks on a number of occasions, I can vouch for their usefulness. Conclusion There's nothing much wrong with Eduard's XVI, but even the best kits can be improved on. Naturally Eduard themselves have provided the means to enhance their kit, and with a host of photo etched parts (reviewed elsewhere), this new range of kits and accessories is shaping up to be one of the premier modelling projects for fans of WWII subjects. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  13. Fokker Dr.1 Engine 1:72 Eduard To mark the re-release of Eduard's nifty little Fokker Dr.1 (reviewed here) the Czech firm have bestowed upon us a brand new resin engine. Included in the now-familiar 'Brassin' blister pack are just three resin parts and a tiny fret of etched metal which holds the ignition wiring. The resin parts are beautifully cast and tick all the boxes in terms of fulfilling the functions of an aftermarket upgrade. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  14. 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
  15. CBU-87 (672127) 1:72 Eduard Brassin The CBU-87 or Cluster Bomb Unit was a free-fall sub-munitions dispenser brought in to replace the older model in the 80s, which has flip-out stabilising fins, and can drop up to 202 bomb-lets to cover a minimum 20m2 area with a variety of types of explosive canister. Whilst their use is banned in many countries due to their lingering effects on civilian population when unexploded ordnance is stumbled upon by the unwary, they are still used by the US and some other countries who did not sign the agreement. The set arrives in the familiar Brassin box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts. There are six canisters in the box, with separate tail-fins that fit with a butt-joint to the main body. The fins are depicted folded for carriage, and as well as the resin parts there are copious stencils & markings to apply to the bodies, and as usual a painting and decaling guide is printed on the front of the instructions, with colour call-outs in Gunze codes. Detail on the fins and bomb bodies is excellent, with different types of rivets evident on the casing, plus a fine rendition of the folded fins. You will need to remove the bombs from the casting stubs with a fine saw, and if you are concerned about the butt-joints fitting well, simply make the centres concave to reduce the likelihood of this happening. As usual, take the precaution of wearing a mask when cutting or sanding resin, as the tiny particles are harmful to your health if breathed in. Washing the parts in warm water will also improve the adhesion of paint, as there may still be some moulding release agent on the parts when you receive them. Conclusion. These are highly detailed units and the addition of full markings will make sure they contribute to the look of your 1:72 build. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. AGM-114 Hellfire (648280) 1:48 Eduard Brassin The Hellfire is a fire-and-forget anti-armour missile that has been used extensively (and expensively) in the Middle East, both against armour, and targets that are required to be taken out with precision. Carrying only 20lbs of high explosives in its warhead, it is still a powerful weapon and speeds to the target using its own radar guidance, which is housed behind a snub glass nose cone. They are the favourite arms of the Apache and the Predator drones due to their low weight and precision, and numerous variants have been used. As usual with Eduard's larger resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin rectangular box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions on top, doubling as additional protection. This set contains resin and Photo-Etch (PE) parts to build eight missiles, plus a pair of four-missile Multiple Ejector Racks, as well as a choice of clear and FOD covered seeker heads. The main missile body is a single part, with a clear or opaque resin seeker head, PE fins fore and aft, plus a PE exhaust ring. If the missiles aren't being used on a rack, a small resin part is attached just behind the nose, otherwise the lug is subsumed within the rail once attached. The four-point racks are made from a resin body with two arms attached to provide the extra stations, with PE rail ends, a PE rear panel, and some additional resin pipework between the rails. The missiles are shown in a set of scrap diagrams to show the location of the decals, which are supplied on a small sheet within the bag that contains the two PE sheets. As usual, the colour call-outs are provided in Gunze codes. A 4-pack of Hellfires under the wing(let) of any suitable aircraft looks rather good (IMHO), so these should sell incredibly well. As always with Eduard resin, the casting is first rate, crisp, and with sensibly placed casting blocks to ease removal of the parts. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  17. P-47D Wheels 1:32 Eduard Brassin The wheels are one area of a kit which really do benefit from resin replacement when they are this good. The wheels are individual units with the hubs as separate parts. The solid tail wheel is also included. Conclusion These are really well cast units from Eduard and will enhance you P-47 model. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  18. Bf 109F Wheels 1:42 Eduard Brassin The wheels are one area of a kit which really do benefit from resin replacement when they are this good. The wheels are individual units with the spokes as separate parts. The tail wheel which incorporates the leg seems to be made of a different harder resin. Conclusion These are really well cast units from Eduard and will enhance you Bf 109F model. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  19. CBU-87 1:32 Eduard Brassin The CBU-87 or Cluster Bomb Unit was a free-fall submunitions dispenser brought in to replace the older model in the 80s, which has flip-out stabilising fins, and can drop up to 202 bomblets to cover a minimum 20m2 area with a variety of types of explosive canister. Whilst their use is banned in many countries due to their lingering effects on civilian population when unexploded ordnance is stumbled upon by the unwary, they are still used by the US and some other countries who did not sign the agreement. The set arrives in the familiar Brassin box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts. There are six canisters in the box, with separate tail-fins that fit with a butt-joint to the main body. The fins are depicted folded for carriage, and as well as the resin parts there are copious stencils & markings to apply to the bodies, and as usual a painting and decaling guide is printed on the front of the instructions, with colour call-outs in Gunze codes. Detail on the fins and bomb bodies is excellent, with different types of rivets evident on the casing, plus a fine rendition of the folded fins. You will need to remove the bombs from the casting stubs with a fine saw, and if you are concerned about the butt-joints fitting well, simply make the centres concave to reduce the likelihood of this happening. As usual, take the precaution of wearing a mask when cutting or sanding resin, as the tiny particles are harmful to your health if breathed in. Washing the parts in warm water will also improve the adhesion of paint, as there may still be some moulding release agent on the parts when you receive them. Conclusion. These are highly detailed units and the addition of full markings will make sure they contribute to the look of your 1:32 build. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  20. Yak-38 Forger Ejection Seat 1:48 Eduard Brassin The Harrierski from Hobby Boss has been out a while now, but it's never too late to get hold of a good ejection seat to fill that cramped cockpit with a bit of detail. The K-36VM seat installed in the Yak was shoe-horned into the cockpit and to be honest, not much else can be seen. The set arrives 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. Inside the box you get the crispest resin you will ever see, with ten resin parts and a small fret of pre-painted nickel-plated Photo-Etch (PE) parts for extra detail. The seat pan and headbox are mated via a trio of long pegs that ensure a snug fit, with resin ejection handle housing that is augmented by PE parts between the pilot's knees. Resin swing-down arm rests fit to pegs on the sides of the seat back, and a control panel is installed on the right side. At the rear two rams and the central support for the ejection mechanism is added from a combination of resin and PE. The rest of the PE parts are used to detail the seat with stencils and levers, with the option of adding some small sections of wire from your own stock to complete the finest details. Some of the PE parts are best added after painting, as their details will be obscured by paint unless masked. With careful painting, the seat will become the focus of the cockpit, needing little else to finish it off. Review sample courtesy of
  21. Here is my Revell 1/32 Fw 190 F-8 built with the Eduard Brassin engine, cockpit, wheels and uc legs, and prop. It's taken 3 months to complete and is destined to be part of a diorama cover in the WIP diorama section here. I hope you like it! The build is covered in WIP here.
  22. Harrier GR.7/9 (648384for Hasegawa) 1:48 Eduard Brassin The Hasegawa Harriers are well-respected kits, but as moulding technology moves on, there are areas that start to look a little below-par, and coupled with the paucity of weapons in the box, a lot of modellers like to make some upgrades to the basic kit when building. Eduard have a number of sets available for this kit, and they have now released this set that contains a number of them, concentrating their efforts on the most obvious areas. The set arrives in the familiar Brassin rectangular profile box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions assisting Exhaust Nozzles - Four resin nozzles, which are direct replacements for the two part kit nozzles, so not only do you avoid having to fill the seams, but you also get a much better level of detail into the bargain. Sniper ATP - Harrier used this target designation pod extensively, and this set contains all the necessary parts with the adapter rail that is required for attachment to the Harrier. The main body is cut from its pouring plug and the join is covered by a PE part, with an optional "black box" on the aft end, while the movable seeker head and PE lens is fitted into the recess in the front. Then the glazing parts in clear resin are prepared by adding a bevel to their edges as shown in the accompanying diagram, before gluing to the lip around the edges of the window. The adapter rail, sway-braces and pylon are fixed to the top of the pod body, with some small PE parts providing extra detail, and decals supplied for the stencils. If you wanted to pose the pod in its deployed mode, simply turn the seeker head windows to the downward position using your references. TERMA Pod – this defence pod isn't exclusively used by the Harrier, so it has uses with other aircraft, but it is carried by it, so it has been included here, and consists of two resin parts and a small fret of pre-painted PE. The pod is liberated from its casting blocks, then glued together to form the pod body. The PE parts are then affixed to the exterior, which is best done after main painting is completed due to them being pre-printed. Ejection Seat – a complete resin seat with cushions, plus PE belts and other details, plus a small number of stencils. Wheels - The landing gear of the Harrier is described as bicycle-style, with a single nose wheel and large twin tail wheel, both of which resin parts , as are the little stabiliser wheels half-way along the wing with detailed resin yokes and tyres added. Conclusion A great set that is pretty much a one-stop box for anyone needing to upgrade their Hasegawa Harrier. After installation and sympathetic painting, the difference will be plain to see. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  23. P-38J Turbochargers & Air Intakes (648283 for Academy) 1:48 Eduard Brassin The P-38 was an innovative and agile fighter with a speed and grace that defied its large size, making it a formidable foe in late WWII combat. Engine power delivery via the two counter-rotating props was significantly improved by the addition of a large turbocharger unit that was mounted on the top of each engine boom, which makes it quite a focus of attention on any finished Lightning model. This new set from Eduard's Brassin range arrives 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. Inside are the two main bodies of the turbochargers, two large intake fairings, four smaller ones, and a sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) brass for the surrounding heat shield. The only modification needed to the kit is to remove the two small intakes on the top of the engine booms. The other parts are just drop-in replacements, even the PE parts. Cutting the parts from the casting blocks will require some patience, as the block for the main turbocharger part is quite large, and lends itself to removal by either a razor saw, or for expediency, a motor tool. As usual, take the precaution of wearing a mask when cutting or sanding resin, as the tiny particles are harmful to your health if breathed in. Washing the parts in warm water will also improve the adhesion of paint, as there may still be some moulding release agent on the parts when you receive them. Review sample courtesy of
  24. CBU-87 1:48 Eduard Brassin The CBU-87 or Cluster Bomb Unit was a free-fall submunitions dispenser brought in to replace the older model in the 80s, which has flip-out stabilising fins, and can drop up to 202 bomblets to cover a minimum 20m2 area with a variety of types of explosive canister. Whilst their use is banned in many countries due to their lingering effects on civilian population when unexploded ordnance is stumbled upon by the unwary, they are still used by the US and some other countries who did not sign the agreement. The set arrives 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. There are six canisters in the box, with separate tail-fins that fit with a butt-joint to the main body. The fins are depicted folded for carriage, and as well as the resin parts there are copious stencils to apply to the bodies, and as usual a painting and decaling guide is printed on the front of the instructions, with colour call-outs in Gunze codes. Detail on the fins and bomb bodies is excellent, with different types of rivets evident on the casing, plus a fine rendition of the folded fins on the tail. You will need to remove the bombs from the casting stubs with a fine saw, and if you are concerned about the butt-joints fitting well, simply make the centres concave to reduce the likelihood of this happening. As usual, take the precaution of wearing a mask when cutting or sanding resin, as the tiny particles are harmful to your health if breathed in. Washing the parts in warm water will also improve the adhesion of paint, as there may still be some moulding release agent on the parts when you receive them. Review sample courtesy of
  25. P-38F Cockpit (648277 for Academy) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Academy's Lightning kits are about your best bet in 1:48, even though the original tooling dates back to the 90s, which probably helps explain the relatively sparse detail in the kit cockpit. Here comes Eduard with a new cockpit set to put that right, as under the large blister canopy, a lot of the detail will be visible if you managed to keep the glazing clear. The set arrives in the familiar Brassin rectangular box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between, doubling additional protection. Inside the box are three bags of resin parts, plus a bag of pre-painted nickel-plated Photo-Etch (PE) and a small decal sheet containing a few cockpit stencils. There are twenty grey resin parts, plus two in clear resin, all of which appear to have been mastered using 3D processes, resulting in incredible detail that is far more crisp than even the best traditional masters. Casting is first rate too, with no bubbles, and some tubular parts that are so thin you wonder how the resin would find its way through them. Construction begins with a complete set of pre-painted PE seatbelts, which attach to the resin chair, fixed to the cockpit floor with fine tubular frames and a portion of the main spar at the rear. The rear deck and its finely detailed radio gear is separated from the pilot by head armour and a small circular cushion, with each section locking together using keyed tabs to ensure a concise fit. A set of rudder pedals, laminated pre-printed PE instrument panel, control yoke, and detailed sidewalls go together to create the finished tub, which drops into the fuselage "pod" after the coaming is removed from the kit part. Additional detail is added to the sidewalls before installation, providing throttle quadrants, plus a few other knobs & bobs. The canopy is detailed with a gunsight as well as a section of the roll-over hoop in PE, which will require a little care with the glue. Review sample courtesy of