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  1. Wheels for Su-34, He.219 & SE.5a (Hobby Boss, Tamiya & Eduard) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Kit wheels are generally in two halves, which means you have the resultant joins to deal with, possible mould-slip issues on single part wheels, and sometimes less than stellar detail due to the moulding limitations of styrene injection technology, especially in the tread department. That's where replacement resin wheels come in, with their lack of seamline and superior detail making a compelling argument. They are also usually available at a reasonable price, and can be an easy introduction to aftermarket and resin handling, as they are usually a drop-in replacement. 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. Su-34 Wheels (648326 for Hobby Boss) The Fullback is quite well-endowed when it comes to wheels, with each gear leg having a pair dangling from it. The set includes the two large wheels for each main gear leg, which have separate two-part hubs and fit directly to the kit axles. The twin nose wheels are both single parts, and have a delicate resin mudguard made from two parts, with a PE mudflap along the bottom edge, and two small PE parts on the rear of the guard. A sheet of kabuki tape pre-cut with the donut shape masks for each of the hubs completes the package, and should result in a substantial improvement to detail. He.219 Wheels (648328 for Tamiya) Tamiya's lovely kit of the Uhu has been around for donkey's years, but this is a welcome set for any of us with it in their stash (it was one of the first kits I bought when returning to the hobby). For rough field landings, the Owl was fitted with twin main wheels, and these are replicated in resin with gloriously crisp diamond tread and hub detail, while the single nose wheel is smooth, but has equally good detail on the tyre sidewall and hub. The latter fits between the two-part yoke on the nose gear leg, and as you would expect, all five wheels have donut shaped kabuki tape masks pre-cut for your convenience. SE.5a Wheels (648333 for Eduard) Patterned for Eduard's own kit reviewed here, they improve on the detail of the kit parts, adding a more realistic rendition of the spoked wheel under the fabric cover, with each spoke having a slight dip between it and the next one. Two wheels are in the box, with kabuki tape masks to match, and a small decal sheet is supplied with manufacturer's details for the side of the skinny tyres, which were stamped with "Palmer Cord Aero Tyres 700 x 70". Review sample courtesy of
  2. After the He.219A-7, Revell is to release in September 2017 a 1/32nd Heinkel He.219A-0 Uhu kit - ref. 03928 Sources: http://www.kitreviewsonline.de/revell-neuheiten-fuer-das-jahr-2017/ http://www.revell-news.de/display.php?M=166356&C=3f057b9cf49fc7b39cd8722d3dac6145&S=587&L=36&N=239 V.P.
  3. Platz is to release a 1/72nd Heinkel He.219A-7 Uhu kit (manufactured by Dragon) - ref. AE-1 Release expected in July 2016 Sources: http://www.platz-hobby.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=5446&language=en http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/5446.html http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10383511 V.P.
  4. Gentlemen. If you'll allow I'd like to share my current WIP with you. I've decided to start 2015 with a build that's a bit more ambitious than I'm used to. I was getting to the point where I felt like I needed to try a ZM kit. I thought for sure it was going to be the Horten, but a lot of WIPs of those have popped up around the web. On top of that, I had wanted to do the Revell Uhu last year, but opted for something else. Anyway, I wound up with this kit after the holidays, so here I am. This is a massive undertaking, and it would be easy for my obsessiveness and ADD to make things messy, so my approach will be to address each portion of the instructions as a kit of it's own. So updates will be a major milestones in that vain. First the engines. I won't really detail the process of finishing and weathering, but any questions anyone may have will be answered. I still need to get a clear coat on these and add some washes, filters, etc. So these aren't complete, but close.
  5. Hi everyone! Thanks to Mike's review yesterday and some time off work this week I've decided to crack on with the UHU... This will be a pretty-well out of box build with the aim of keeping things simple and making some progress. For the purposes of this exercise I'll be going into 'assembler of kits' mode as opposed to the usual AMS induced 'stress bunny'. Wish me luck! Taking a leaf out of those pesky armour modellers approaches to assembly I'm going for a lot of sub assemblies - in fact that's today's focus - so that I can then have a sanding binge all at once at some point. I have to say that whilst the kit looks superb - and is remarkable value - the instructions let it down a little! Starting with the wings - read the instructions carefully if you want to drop the flaps as there are sections that need removing! The flap areas have the inserts shown below that provide detail for the dropped flaps - as well as strength to the assembled wings: Wings are now glued and on the window-sill drying off. Tailplane next - main sections quite straightforward... The fins are more complex - and need a little gymnastics to put together - along with careful use of glue (personally I'm not bothered if they don't move): On the theme of assemblies and racking them up ready for sanding in one session here are the tyres and main gears - all pretty straightforward stuff: That's all for now folks... Iain
  6. Hi folks, This is my first GB on Britmodeller and, given the relatively generous building time, I thought I'd try my hand at enhancing a Revell 1/72nd He219. Note that this is Revell's original release, not the ex-FROG one that has relatively recently been re-introduced. Regarding 'enhancement', I'm no Tom Probert or Nobby, but I like adding a bit of representative detail where I can, with the aim of causing doubt in whoever looks at it as to which particular kit it started out as. Whatever, the Uhu it is and we'll see how it turns out; I have a small amount of AM to throw at it (wheels, etc.) but it will mostly be just the Revell bits and whatever I can cobble together to add to them. I will add the obligatory sprue shots when I get the kit out of the loft, but I won't be starting immediately as I have a couple of other things to finish first. regards, Martin
  7. Heinkel He.219 Update Sets 1:32 Eduard The Revell He.219 Uhu was released with much fanfare late in 2012, and Eduard have now take the opportunity to improve upon this reasonably well detailed model as only Eduard can. With a bunch of detail sets for the modeller to pick and choose from. Interior Set (32757) This set details the cockpit, which is one of the high-points of the kit already, but of course things can always be improved upon. It arrives in Eduard's usual flat-pack, and includes two sheets of Photo-Etch (PE), the first of which measures 7cm x 6cm and is pre-painted and self-adhesive, while the second is bare brass and measures 7cm square. As well as including a full set of laminated and pre-painted instrument panel details, a new set of sidewall skins are provided for the bare sides of the side-consoles. Various other scab plates and details are then added to give a layered look to the consoles, with additional sill detail being added to the bare styrene sills, as well as latch details on the port side. The instrument panel detail extends to all the sidewall instruments, and of course the important rear panel, which will be very visible in the finished model. The instrument coaming at the very tip of the Uhu's nose receives a replacement flip-up armour panel for those risky head-on attacks, and also provides some extra detail for the gun-sight along with some acetate film glass pieces. There is also a PE part and sighting acetate sheet section in the canopy top, which I presume is related to the Naxos Radar Warning Receiver equipped airframes. Seatbelts Set (32755) This set predictably contains parts for more realistic seatbelts, measuring 7cm x 4cm, and pre-painted on one side with belt detail that would be impossible to achieve without superlative painting skills. The belts are made up rather like the real thing, with the buckles threaded with belt and secured by folding over and gluing (instead of stitching on the real thing). There are sufficient parts for both the pilot and gunner/radar operator, and the final diagram shows how they are correctly positioned on their seats. Undercarriage Set (32325) This is the big one, containing two frets of bare brass measuring 9.2cm x 14cm each. Because of the size of the parts the number is reasonably low, and the instructions reasonably short, but the effect should be quite impressive once complete. The nose gear bay receives a number of wiring loom parts, a skin for the main bay roof, and some additional strengthening parts, plus edging to the bay door, and a PE oleo-scissor link, which improves detail over the kit part. The main bays receive a comprehensive skin-set, which is broken down into sections to ease installation. The deep wheel recess is covered with three sections that wrap around the roof and both walls, which will mean that the modeller has to bend them so that they conform to the shape before applying glue. The shallow section receives roof detail skins and four side panels on each side. Bay edge detail is added to each side, and various in-fill panels and small details are added on top of the new surface. The retraction jacks have a drilled jacket added to them, while the bay doors themselves are detailed with hinge details, and the main gear leg gets a set of brake lines. Conclusion These sets will upgrade the detail on your model significantly, and the cockpit set is almost a pre-requisite with its super-detailed instrument panel parts. It's a shame that the seatbelts aren't included in the cockpit set, but that seems to be the way things are going presently. The gear bay detail set is the piece de resistance however, and includes a LOT of brass. As usual, pick and choose which aspects are important to you, and get the sets you want. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. I see ZM now have the UHU on pre-order. http://www.zoukeimura.co.jp/en/index.html I must say 1.32 is not really my thing but after seeing this at Telford I really could be tempted The standard of kit engineering I saw was first class. Apparently if you pre-order then you get both resin crew members thrown in as well. If anyone want a better look then one of the guys over on the SP&R forums is building a test shot. http://sparforums.com/ipb/index.php?/topic/2642-132-zoukei-mura-heinkel-he-219a-0/ Rumors of them doing a 1.32 Typhoon have caused my wallet to go into hiding Julien
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