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  1. Looking forward to this one. After searching through the stash I came up with this kit: I believe V-P is building the same kit but will make sure I don't do the same scheme. The sprues look up the usual Eduard standard. I am planning on building this more or less OTB but I do have this: Now the major decision left to be made is the scheme. As I said above I won't do the same as V-P but as I think he is not doing one of the kit schemes I may still have a bit of a choice. I am tempted by the Wespe. All thoughts welcome. Cheers Dave
  2. We've added the forthcoming Eduard 1/48 Bf109G-2/G-6 Finnish Dual combo and 1/48 Spitfire HF Mk.VIII to our future release section. They are provisionally priced to beat the Hannants 10% pre-order price and there's a good chance that price might even go down a little if we can get them even cheaper! You can register your interest by leaving your email address in the box provided on each listing and we'll email you when they are in. Please only do this if you are genuinely interested in buying from us though! We're getting quite a lot of people telling us they want something and then they don't buy it from us. http://mjwmodels.co.uk/edk11114-148-messerschmitt-bf-109g-2g-6--mersu-finnish-dual-combo-ltd-ed-6227-p.asp http://mjwmodels.co.uk/edk8287-148-supermarine-spitfire-hf-mkviii-6229-p.asp Also, due tomorrow at last, is the 1/48 Bf109G-14 Profipack and 1/72 Fw190A Grunherz dual Combo. thanks Mike
  3. Eduard's now OOP 1/48 Fokker E.V, built mostly OOB save for the gorgeous Master turned brass MG cooling jackets and barrels. Lovely little kit, although getting the wing straight & level was a PITA. Constructive criticism welcome! Cheers, Tony Bell
  4. Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 1:48 Eduard ProfiPACK The Messerschmidt Bf 109 is one of the iconic aircraft of WWII. The E-3 appeared as a result of the Luftwaffe looking to improve the performance of the 109E. The airframe received some structural improvements and and it was armed with two MG17s above the engine and two cannon (one in each wing). A total of 1276 E-3s were built. The Kit As a ProfiPACK kit, the kit comes with 2 sheets of photo-etch and a sheet of masks, the plastic is on 4 main sprues with a small clear spure. Construction begins in the cockpit area. Side wall detail is added in PE and plastic, some parts including the control column are added to the cockpit floor. As well at this time the main radiator under the nose is built up and installed into the fuselage half. The seat and other controls are added to the cockpit floor and this can be added into the fuselage half as well. Next the engine is built up. A full engine is provided if you want to leave the covers off same additional detailing might be in order. However if putting the ocvers on then it still has to be built up to hand the prop and exhausts off if nothing else. The engine can then be added to the firewall behind which the instrument panel and areas to mount the machine guns is added. Once complete this can also be added into the fuselage half. With the final addition of the made up tail wheel the fuselage can then be closed up. The engine exhausts can then be added as well as the nose machine guns. Next up the wings can be assembled. hey are of a conventional type with a single part lower and left/right uppers. The main gear bays are installed into the uppers before closing up the wings. The slats can then be fitted. The wing radiators are then made up and added to the wings. Following this the flaps and ailerons can be added and positioned how the modellers wants them. The fuselage can then be added to the wings. Following this the tailplanes and rudder can be added. The tail control surfaces are moulded in so cant be positioned, but the rudder can be. The main wheels are then made up and added to the legs, and the gear doors added. The cowlings can then be added and the propeller made up and fitted. Small parts are fitted to the glazing and then these can be fitted as well. 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; Uffz. Karl Wolff, 3./JG A 52, Pihen/Calais, France, August 1940 Oblt. Josef Priller, Staffelkapitän B 6./JG 51, France, Autumn 1940 Obstlt. Hans-Hugo Witt, Geschwaderkommodore C JG 26, Dortmund, Germany, April 1940 1./JG 2, Bassenheim, Germany, May 1940 3./JG E 51, Mannheim-Sandhofen, Winter 1939-1940 Conclusion This is a welcome welcome release from Eduard of an earlier variant of their excellent Bf 109 family of kits. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. GBU-43/B MOAB (648348) 1:48 Eduard Brassin The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb is a 21,600lb bomb developed by the US Air Force research laboratory. The bomb follows on from the BLU-82 which was developed during the Vietnam war to clear landing zones in the Jungle. Years later during the continuing war in Afghanistan the BLU-82 was used and this lead to the USAF looking to develop a modern version of a large bomb. Like the BLU-82 the GBU-43/B is delivered from a C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft. The newer bomb though is larger than its predecessor and more accurate. It is reported that the USAF had 15 of these weapons made. The one and only use in combat was in April 2017 in Afghanistan. It is believed they have not been used more widely due to the the worry of killing non combatants. It should be noted that the weapon is a conventional filled bomb not a thermobaric weapon as had been reported, and it is not a penetrator weapon either. The weapon is coloquailly know as the "Mother of all bombs" and it has been claimed to be the biggest bomb dropped. However this is all down to definition. The RAF Grandslam bomb weighed in at 22,000lbs so technically heavier than the MOAB, however the MOAB has 18,700Lbs of explosive fill to the Grandslams approx 11,000Lbs due to it being a penetrating weapon with a much heavier casing. Kit I will call this a kit rather than an accessory as it is a kit in its own right. It arrives on one of Eduard's BIGSIN type boxes and inside are 18 resin parts, 7 large sheets of etched brass and a small decal sheet. The kit is for the bomb itself and its large transport cradle. There are many folds to the etched brass and it makes you wonder if some of the parts would not be better in plastic or resin in this scale. The underside of the transport cradle is made up first, ten its flipped over. Next the support beams are built up and added to the top of the cradle. With interlocking side frames and longitudinal ones care will need to be made to get it all lining up. The bomb itself is fairly simple to make up consisting of three main parts, nose extended detenators and the rear fins. These can be made folded or extended. Care will be needed to remove these from the pour blocks. PE parts are added to the bomb when complete. Two sets of markings are provided. One for an example (hopefully innert) displayed at the Elgin Air Force Armament Museum in a striking John Deere Green colour scheme. A second is for a combat ready weapon. Dare I say it but it is the Mother of All Bomb Kits! It should make up into a good looking kit which no doubt will generate some discussion. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Petlyakov Pe-2 - 1:48 Eduard

    Petlyakov Pe-2 1:48 Eduard The Pe-2 has been described as comparable to the British Mosquito. Developed as a bomber the aircraft filled the roles of heavy fighter, ground attack, reconnaissance and night fighting. It was particularly well known for its ground attack role. The aircraft was actually designed in a prison! In 1937 Vladimir Petlyakov had been imprisoned on allegations of delaying the design work on the Tupolev ANT-42. While in prison Petlyakov was placed in charge of a team to develop an escort fighter for the ANT-42. Following lessons learnt from the Germans the Soviets ordered a re-design of this fighter to a bomber. Stalin was impressed enough to free Petlyakov and allow his name to be used in the aircraft designation. In service the Pe-2 flew very well once the crew struggled to get it airborne. It apparently took a great deal of strength to pull up on the elevators, so much so that with female crews it was common practice to get the navigator to help! It was also found in practice that the dorsal armament was insufficient. The 7.62 machine gun was replaced by a 12.7 one and this increased survival from 20 missions to 54. In total over 11000 aircraft were built. During WWII the aircraft was used by the Soviet Union and by Finland who gained captured examples from Germany. Post war the aircraft continued to be used by the Soviets and their satellite states long enough to gain the NATO reporting name of "Buck". The Kit As well as making their own kits Eduard are making a name for releasing other manufacturers kits with their own Eduard parts and decals. This is such a kit using the Zevezda plastic. In addition to the plastic Eduard have provided two sheets of photo-etch, resin wheels, propellers, and a full set of masks. Construction starts not in the cockpit as one would expect but out on the left wing. Here a complete open engine is provided which can be displayed open, but need t be built up even if you are going to keep the cowls on. Twin cylinder banks are added to the main crankcase with exhaust manifolds and other ancillary parts added on. Intake parts, filters and exhaust are then added. The engine bearing frame is also made up for the engine. The engine is then installed in its frame ready for installation onto the wing. Meanwhile both the wings are built up with the addition of engine areas, landing lights and flaps being added. There is no provision to drop these, though the flaps should be no problem. The leading edges of the out board wing sections are separate so there will be no seam to contend with. For each wing the landing gear frames are built up and added at this point. Next up the undercarriage fairings are built up and installed. The wheels and gear doors can now be added though I suspect most will leave these until much later on. For the right wing a dummy engine nacelle is made up and added, and for the left wing the completed engine is added. This now completes the construction of the main wings. Construction now moves to the main fuselage. The internal frame work for the cockpit is built up and installed in the front. The main rear bulkhead is installed along with the rear fuselage gun positions and other internal parts. Here PE replaces many of the kit parts. The seat and other frame parts are added into the rear position. The bomb bay and its bombs is now built up and installed between the cockpit and rear gun position. The pilots seat is also then built up and installed. Once all the internal parts are in and the tail wheel is installed the main fuselage can be closed up. Next up at the rear of the aircraft the tail planes are made up and installed. Here there are separate movable surfaces, but the rudders are fixed. The main wings are then attached at this stage. The engine exhausts are then added. Back to the front of the aircraft the upper defensive gun behind the cockpit is made up and installed into position. Moving to the undersides the crew entry hatch is installed. Additional PE parts are provided for this to leave in the open position. The ventral gun position is also built up and installed at this time. The bomb bay doors and tail wheel doors are now fitted. To finish up the glazing is added along with PE aerials. The propellers are made up and added. Here resin props are provided for use on two of the marking examples. Full masks are provided for all the glazing and wheels in the kit. Decals The decals for the kit have been designed by Begemot so we can be assured they are accurate for a Soviet subject. The decal are printed by Cartograf so should pose no problems at all. Five schemes are provided.=; Pe-2, later production batch, serial number 3/220, 161th Guards Bomber Regiment, 2nd Guards Bomber Air Corps, VVS RKKA, Winter 1943/44 Pe-2, later (post 205th) production batch, Generalmajor I. Polbin, CO of the 6th Bomber Aviation Corps, VVS RKKA, Germany, 1945 Pe-2 later (post 359th) production batch, 1st Guards Bomber Air Division, VVS RKKA, Germany, 1945 Pe-2 later (post 359th) production batch, flown by Senior Lieutenant E. Sedov, 40th Bomber Air Regiment, Soviet Navy Black Sea Fleet Aviation, August 1944 Pe-2 post 205th production batch, 36th Guards Bomber Regiment, 276th Bomber Division, VVS RKKA, Leningrad front, December 1944 Conclusion This is another great release from Eduard of an important of sometime overlooked Soviet aircraft. The plastic is great and the addition of the Eduard photo etch, resin and great decals make this a kit to be very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. L-29 Upgrade set & wheels 1:48 Eduard Brassin - For Eduard / AMK Eduard offer us two new resin sets for the new Eduards kit or even the AMK Boxing, Upgrade Set (49870) This is two sheets of PE, one coloured and one plain. Upgrade areas in this set includes, Ejector seat parts, canopy framing, cockpit sidewalls, front instrument bay, flap bays and flaps, fuselage access panels, under carriage bays, gear doors, and speed brakes. Wheels (648374) This is a new set of wheels for the kit, both mains and the front. Also included us a new fork for the front wheel. As is standard for Eduard painting mask are provided as well. Review samples courtesy of
  8. Aero L-29 Delfín 1:48 Eduard ProfiPACK Designed in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s, the Delfín was a two-seat military jet trainer used by the Warsaw Pact countries that is still in operation with some countries and in private hands today. It is simple in construction and cheap to operate, with a good safety record due to its pleasant handling characteristics, which endears it to the cost conscious and anyone wishing to stay alive. Over 3,600 were made, and due to their use by the Soviet Air Force, they were dubbed "Maya" under the NATO reporting coding. As well as flight training, the Delfín is equipped with hard points to allow it to be used in weapons training, which has inevitably led to it being used in action on occasion most notably during the Yom Kippur war, but also in other "low level" conflicts over time. It has been gradually replaced by the L-39 Albatros, but still finds use with private operators for air racing, experimental flights as well as joy-rides. The Sasol Tigers in South Africa fly the L-29 as an acrobatic team, and the low cost of ownership has made it a popular entry into jet-powered flying. The Kit As well as making their own kits, Eduard are making a name for releasing other manufacturers kits with their own Eduard parts and decals. This is such a kit using the AMK plastic. In the box there are five sprues of medium grey styrene, a small sprue of clear parts, a Photo-Etch (PE) brass sheet, square decal sheet and a glossy instruction manual with painting instructions on the rear pages. The quality feel extended to the sprues, which are individually bagged in resealable clear foil bags, with the exception of the weapons sprues, which share a small bag. The tooling is good quality, with perhaps only the engraved panel lines appearing a shade wider than I would have liked, although by the time they are primed and painted, it probably won't notice. Construction starts with the cockpit, and a pair of ejection seats are built up from a two-piece frame to which the seat cushion and back cushions are added. Colour PE parts are added b Eduard if you wish to use them. The rear-seat has the canopy breaker framework removed, so make sure you place it in the rear cockpit once you're ready. The copckpit is a single tub into which the central bulkhead and instrument panels fit, along with the front coaming and two control columns that reflect its trainer status. Decals are supplied for the instrument panels, or you can use the newly supplied PE parts. New PE parts also replace the moulded in cockpit side details. A pair of ejection seat rails are added to the back of each cockpit area, the rear set being cut shorter and adding a pair of shrouds around the rear-seater's shoulders. The nose gear bay has to be built up next along with the single engine exhaust, as both of them are trapped inside the fuselage with the cockpit. The exhausts have a fine pen-nib tip to them, which is well moulded, with the exhaust trunking made from two halves and a rear-face to the engine itself at the end. The cockpit sidewalls are moulded into the fuselage halves, and are well done with a single extra part added to each side before the cockpit is installed. The nose-gear bay is also detailed with ribbing, plus various pressure bottle that add some extra interest and colour, as they are painted light blue. The fuselage closes around the three assemblies, with the cockpit rear having an insert behind the rear seat, and the engine supported by moulded in bulkheads with cut-outs that ensure it is correctly seated. Eduard's bunny pops up to remind you to add nose weight under the cockpit to prevent a tail-sitter, but if you plan on leaving the nose bay closed, you can add more there too. A clear blast-screen fits between the two cockpits, framed by a very delicate hoop that is built into the fuselage halves, so take care handling! The wings have the flap sections removed, and if you plan on modelling them retracted, all you need to do is remove the actuator rods from them and glue them in place. If you plan on having them deployed, leave the rods on.The intakes on the Delfín are in the wing roots and are simply curved into a central tunnel to feed the engine. The intake lips are moulded into the wing roots, and a curved part with splitter is then added into the gap behind them. The splitter plate is added to the sides of the fuselage, and a shield-shaped hole in the side of the fuselage allows the intake trunking to disappear into the darkness never to be seen again. Pitot probes are moulded into the wing halves, and I'm probably going to knock those off with my clumsiness too. A clear landing light is added to the underside of the port wing and formation lights are added to both wing tips, after which the wings are glued to the fuselage, with surprisingly short tabs but a large mating surface that make it wise to check everything it aligned properly before you leave the wings to set up. The main gear bays are moulded into upper wing skins, and detail is good, although some additional wiring would probably add more life. The mouldings are quite large, but there don't seem to have been any sink-marks on the upper surface, which is nice to see. There are a few shallow sink marks on the flaps though, but as they're on a flat surface, that shouldn't take more than a few minutes to resolve. The L-29 has a T-tail, which has a single full-width elevator, which is represented as a separate part, as is the rudder, which is made up from separate halves. This gives plenty of options for offset surfaces that give the aircraft a more candid look once complete. The landing gear parts are well detailed, with twin brake hoses running down the main legs, separate hubs to the main wheels, and retraction jacks that key neatly into both gear legs and the bays. The nose gear has a Y-shaped location/pivot point, plus a long retraction jack that extends high up into the nose. Gear bay doors are also well detailed, with the outer mains captive to the gear legs and inner doors hinging toward the centre line with retraction jacks added. The nose gear bay has a sliding rear door that sits flush with the underside of the fuselage, and a front door that hinges forward to deploy the gear, and then closes behind it. The Delfín has scabbed-on air-brakes that sit on the fuselage skin, and hinge out to slow the aircraft down using retraction jacks that sit within a small bay on the side of the fuselage. This is represented well by a pair of styrene parts with moulded in lightening holes on the inner face that sneakily hide some well-placed ejector pin marks. There is a bit of flash here on my example, which I will cut off using a new blade on my scalpel, so nothing untoward. The hinges are PE parts that affix to the leading edge of the brakes, and slot into two small depressions on the side of the fuselage. A pair of drop-tanks are provided for the underwing plyons. The canopy and nose bay cover can be posed open or closed, with the nose bay cover hinging forward on a substantial tab. The canopy is supplied as a three-part arrangement, with a fixed windscreen glued to the front, a side-opening front canopy with optional retaining strap if you pose it open, and a sliding rear canopy with a small bulkhead behind the cockpit opening. All parts are well moulded with defined framework, and are crystal clear, so with careful masking and painting should perform well. Markings The L-29 was used by a wide variety of operators, so the choice of marking is quite wide. Eduard give us a choice of 5 schemes. There is a main decal sheet, with a large stencil sheet as stencils vary between the marking options. There is also a small supplemental sheet. All decals are printed in house and should cause no problems. 3246, 3rd Flight, 1. Fighter Regiment, Planá Air Base, Czechoslovakia, 1969-1970 4902, 11. Fighter Regiment, Žatec, Czech Republic, 1993 79, Tactical Air Services, N179EP, Reno AFB, United States of America, 2009 1597, Egyptian Air Force, Bilbais, Arab Republic of Egypt, Late Eighties 3250, International Fighter Pilots Academy , Košice, Czech and Slovak Federative Republic, 1993 Conclusion A welcome release from Eduard of the great AMK plastic with some nice Eduard additions. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Spitfire Mk.IXe 1:72 Eduard ProfiPACK When the prototype Spitfire took to the air for the first time on 5 March 1936, few involved could have foreseen where the development of the type would lead. By the end of the Second World War, the type had earned itself a place in the history books as well as the nation's psyche. One of the ultimate Merlin powered variants was the Mk.IX. The Mk.IX was a response to the appearance of the Focke Wulf Fw190, which proved itself more than a match for the Spitfire Mk.V. Powered by the two-stage supercharged Merlin 61, the performance of the Mk.IX was a quantum leap over its forebears, enabling the Spitfire to meet its German foe on equal terms. By the end of the War, over 5,600 Mk.IXs rolled off the production line at Castle Bromwich. The Kit Eduard have earned an excellent reputation in recent years with world-class models such as their 1:72 Hellcat, Bf110 and MiG-15. Their models typically feature a mixture of exquisite detail and superb if complex engineering which puts them right at the pinnacle of modern kit manufacturers. The latest all-new 1:72 kit to roll off the Prague production line is the Spitfire Mk.IXe. The e here referring to the wing type which housed a pir of 20mm cannon out board of a pair of 0.5" calibre machine guns. Inside the sturdy box are five sprues of parts moulded in the blue-grey plastic often used by Eduard and a single sprue moulded in clear plastic. Altogether there are well over 150 plastic parts and, as this is a profipack edition, the plastic parts are accompanied by a small fret of pre-painted photo etched parts and a set of die-cut paint masks. The instruction book is a glossy, stapled A5 affair which includes full-colour painting diagrams. The overall impression is of a really premium quality package. The quality of the mouldings is up to the usual Eduard standard, with clean, crisp details and no flaws anywhere. As with other recent kits from Eduard, there is plenty of fine detail, with parts such as the cockpit comparable to high-end resin items (which, in turn, should tell you how good Eduard's resin cockpit is). The surface detail on the outside of the airframe is exquisitely rendered, with fine recessed panel lines and delicately engraved rivet and fastener detail. It's clear from the outset that Eduard have taken an uncompromising approach when it comes to detail. The cockpit is fabulous, particularly so in this Profipack edition with its extra photo etched parts. I don't think I've ever seen a Spitfire kit in this scale with a seat made up of three parts, so it's just as well that a set of pre-painted harnesses have been included too. There is a choice of plastic or photo etched parts for the pilot's armour, and further tiny photo etched details for the control column and throttle controls. The instrument panel also benefits from the addition of photo etched parts, with a detailed plastic alternative provided if you don't fancy using the metal parts. Unusually, the cockpit sidewalls have been moulded separately. I can only think that Eduard have done this in order to maximise the amount of detail they have been able to pack in, as well as paving the way for their resin cockpit, which uses the same approach. Once the cockpit has been assembled and painted, it can be fitted between the vertically split fuselage halves, along with the engine firewall, a blank part into which the propeller is fitted later on, and the pilot's head armour. The leading edge wing root also has to be fitted at this stage. The fact that these parts have been moulded separately to the rest of the kit is testament to Eduard's commitment to detail, if not buildability! The breakdown of the wing is no less complex. As you might expect, the lower wing has been moulded as a single span, with separate upper wing surfaces. Between the two you must sandwich seven parts which together make up the walls of the main landing gear bay. The ailerons and wing tips have been moulded separately, which allows multiple version to be built from the same moulds (alternative parts are included but marked as not for use for the aircraft depicted on this kit's decal sheet). The same applies to the rudder and elevators. Multiple alternatives are included on the sprues, so make sure you use the correct version for your intended subject. Choice is good though, as it makes for a very comprehensive package. The upper and lower cowlings are moulded separately, with the former split along the middle. Even the wing radiators are made up of six parts each, with the surface of the radiators themselves picked out in photo etched metal in this boxing. Turning the model over, the undercarriage is just as detailed as the rest of the kit. Each of the main landing gear legs is made up of seven parts, with the tyres moulded separately to the hubs and photo etched parts to represent hob covers (where fitted). The separate tyres will make painting easier, which is just as well as the included paint masks don't cater for the landing gear. A long range fuel tank and a couple of small bombs are included, as are a two different types of slipper tanks. The wing cannon barrels are moulded separately, which means they can be added at the end of the build in order to avoid accidental damage. Decals Decals are from Cartograf(main sheet) and Eduard (supplemental and should pose no issues. Markings are provided for 5 machines. 2003 (ex TE531), 105th Tajeset, Ramat David Air Base, Israel, September 1953 SM147, No. 73. Squadron RAF, Prkos Airfield, Yugoslavia, April/ May 1945 RK856, flown by Maj. C. Golding, CO of No. 3 Squadron SAAF, Italy, 1945 SM 26, Vorderings Vliegschool/Ecole de Pilotage Avancé, Brustem Air Base, Belgium, 1952 PL124, No. 312 Squadron RAF, B-10 Airfield Plumetôt, France, June 1944 Conclusion This is a welcome release from Eduard in 1.72 for all the Spitfire fans out there. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  10. I picked up the Eduard 1:48 scale Tempest Mk V in its original Profipack guise very cheap at a local model expo. It came with the Airwaves Tempest II conversion, and the previous owner had already done a pretty neat job of cutting out the sections on the kit plastic, so an ideal subject for my second resin conversion. I managed to get hold of the Model Alliance 1/48 Hawker Tempest Mk.II/F.2/F.6 Post War # 48902 online as well. Considering my lack of experience with resin conversions I decided against the tail correction that is available (I suspect my skill levels are not quite ready for that). Completed as an aircraft from 33 Squadron RAF based at RAF Kuala Lumpur in 1951. Brush painted with Tamiya acrylics (with my own home brew attempt at PRU Blue - and no I can't remember the recipe. It was pretty much a bit of this and a bit of that from what I had in my paint collection). Also my first attempt at highlighting panel lines/weathering with artists' oils on a larger scale (my first serious attempt being the two 1:72 Hurricanes I posted yesterday). I finished with with a coat of Tamiya Flat Clear from a rattle can (TS80) - which its fast becoming my favourite way to provide a matt coat. I still have another Eduard Tempest V in my stash (second hand again), and still have enough decals to do a Tempest VI (I am drawn to the 213 Squadron machine on the Model Alliance sheet). Anyone had any experience with the MDC conversion for this kit? I would need to cut the plastic myself this time though! Thanks for looking. And some photos taken outside in the morning sun.
  11. AN/ALQ-184 (short) and AN/ALQ-131 (shallow) ECM Pods (648363 & 648362) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Electronic CounterMeasures (ECM) has become a staple of modern air warfare, with survivability of an attack as important as being able to take out the enemy. Rather than build all this complicated electronics into each-and-every new design, a pod that takes up one pylon on the host aircraft can provide all the necessary equipment, and as it simply needs to interface with the avionics, it is much easier to change or adapt without hacking about the aircraft's structure. 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. AN/ALQ-184 (short) ECM Pod (648362) Developed from the AN/ALQ-119, this modern pod is usually seen on an F-16, and is more tubular in shape than the above, although it does have a gondola under the main body for additional equipment. There is a single resin part in the box, with four small PE plates that affix to the port side of the pod, with a spare of each just in case. There are no shackle or crutch pad details moulded into the top of the pod however, so if your kit (or aftermarket) pylons don't include these, you might need to consider fabricating some if an accurate connection is needed. This pod is also covered in stencils (with some printed silver included), which are catered for on a separate sheet, with a page of the instructions devoted to their placement, with paint colours called out in Mr Color codes. AN/ALQ-131 (Shallow) ECM Pod (648363) Flown on a number of Cold War and modern jets such as the F-4, F-15 and F-16, as well as the doughty A-10 since the 1980s, this box is designated by Eduard as "Shallow", even though it differs little from the "Short" -184 model below, mainly because there is a "Deep" variant with more internal space available to pack additional equipment into. The set contains just three resin parts on two casting blocks, with the largest being the body, which resembles an aerodynamic tube with an angular box-like extension along most of its length. The two smaller parts are the pair of shackles to which the pylon grabs on to hold it in place on the aircraft, and these are attached on the top surface of the pod. A decal sheet is included for the myriad of little stencils that cover the slab-sides (with some printed silver included), and colour call-outs are in the usual Gunze codes, with a choice of all-over Olive Drab, or Olive Drab with grey undersides. Review sample courtesy of
  12. Hi, this is the eduard bf 109 e, as most bf 109 e's that went to the med arrived in European colours and were painted in theater using Italian colours. I have painted it in the following colours rlm 65. Giallo mimetico 4 and Verde mimetico 2. Added a Resin cockpit and wheels, and a quickboost prop.stretched sprue aerial. Rlm colours by extracolor Italian colours are colourcoats,exhaust stains are pastels, Comments welcome, thank you for looking nick
  13. THE SSV NORMANDY REMEMBRANCE FLIGHT (link here for what this is.) Liara T'Soni: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VIII Dr. T'Soni could not be reached for comment; the design was provided by a personal friend, Matriarch Aethyta. The choice of aircraft was inspired by the Spitfire's reputation as both beautiful and deadly. Slight customisations include a piloting VI of unknown origin, and additional armaments from stock. This is another that's been sitting half-finished on my bench for an age. This kit is by Eduard, which means it has around eight million parts. You get a wonderfully detailed model with those eight million parts though. I b****cksed it up in a couple of areas, but generally I'm actually really pleased. The paint mask for the wing and the nose text - they are painted on, not decals - was done using the laser cutting tool on my 3D printer. It worked pretty well, but the edges are a bit fuzzy due to unburnt bits of glue sticking to the edge of the masking tape. Subsequent experiments with the vinyl cutting tool have given even better results, so expect to see that on the next one. Still trying out weathering techniques - I've run into a bit of trouble with polishing yet again so no glossy finish on this one. The final weather was done with oil paint and Tamiya panel line accent colour, and a lot of wiping off. I clearly still need to get the gloss better though, as it's way too dirty. I may attack it with some spirits over the next couple of days before the oil paint dries. Love that exhaust staining though, never tried it before. Mods are minimal - cockpit detailing was done using the photo etch included in the kit, with the addition of Glyph, Liara's VI personal assistant, who pilots the plane and is visible in the cockpit photos. Glyph just consists of a piece of transparent sprue melted into a clear bead and painted with transparent paint. Overall the cockpit looks good, I'm quite happy with it but I'm itching to put more wiring and other scratch built detailing in the next one. The extra wing cannons are turned brass. They're actually 1/32nd scale .50 cals, but at 1/48 scale they look the part for 20mm cannons.
  14. P-51D 250Lb bombs & Uncuffed Propeller 1:48 Eduard Brassin - For Airfix Kit Eduard offer us two new resin sets to supply 250lb bobms and a new uncuffed Propeller for the new Airfix kit. 250lb bombs (648369) These are a two bomb units with PE fins and vanes. There is also a small decal sheet with markings. Hamilton Standard Propeller (648360) This is a new Hamilton Standard replacement prop unit with uncuffed blades.. The blades are individual and seat into the top of the hub via a provided jig. When this is removed from the pour block the modeller will have to drill a locating hole in it. The unit is then fitted to the base and the spinner added. A small PE part is then fitted to the front of the spinner, as it is a small part 3 are provided as its a given the carpet monster will claim at least one! Review samples courtesy of
  15. Fortress Mk.III Upgrade sets 1:72 Eduard - For Airfix Kit Eduard offer us Front Interior Set (73616) This set has both a colour nickel fret and a traditional brass one. Parts are provided for the side panels inside the nose, the bomb-sight & mounts, hatches, machine gun barrels, mounts, ammuntion boxes & feed chutes. Radio boxes, electronics boxes, the doorway back to the cockpit, front access hatch, radar parts, and mounts inside the astrodome. Rear Interior Set (73617) This set has both a colour nickel fret and a traditional brass one. Parts are provided for the inside fuselage, equipment racks and mounts, bulkheads, doors, racks, radio operators compartment, crew doors, crew toilet, hatches, waist machine gun barrels, mounts, ammuntion boxes & feed chutes, and the rear gunners compartment with sight. Exterior Set (72659) This set is one larger brass fret, and one small one. Parts are included for the inside of the engine nacelles, firewalls, cowl flaps and the wiring harness for the engine. The openings in the wing leading edges are replaced as are various grills and hatches. There are brake lines for the main landing gear and new wheel hubs. New ends are supplied for the turbo chargers and new external aerials are included. Unique to the III are some parts around the wait guns windows, scoops to improve cooling airflow for the electronics inside, and additional aerials. MasksThis set provides masks for all the glazing and wheels. Review samples courtesy of
  16. Bf 109F Essentials 1:48 Eduard Brassin - BigSIN In this set Eduard offer us the 109F cockpit, wheels, control surfaces and pitot tubes. Cockpit Set 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 part instrument panel, or a multi part 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. Control Surfaces This set has has the rudder, tail surfaces and flaps in resin. Balance horns are also supplied in resin. Trim tabs are supplied on a small pe fret (not pictured). Wheels This set has the two man wheels with separate spoked hubs. The tail wheel is moulded with its strut in a stronger type of resin. Bf 109F&G Pitot tubes 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 looking more realistic. Review samples courtesy of
  17. Having had this in my stash for quite a while I have decided to bite the bullet and start this behemoth. Now this is a Trumpeter kit, and lives up to their usual standards - It is wrong. The wheels have 8 spokes, they should have 7. The boiler back plate and footplate fittings are mainly guess work. The boiler fittings are wrong/inaccurate/missing. I could go on but I'm depressing myself... Having studied the kit and also the excellent (so far) build by @bangle I have decided that the easiest way to make this offering into an accurate representation ids to melt it down and re-cast it. Oh well. To help with this build I have bought the Eduard set, and some excellent castings from LZ Models to replace the wheels, boiler fittings, brakes, and footplate paraphernalia. I'm also using an etch set from ET Models that I was given, it has a lot more on it than the Eduard set so I'll be using the best from both. Coming from a model railway background I long ago came to the conclusion that for a tank loco you should build the chassis first (for tender loco's I always built the tender - I saw so many part built kits where people gave up after just building the loco). I think this is the first time I've built a loco kit from plastic - I'm much more used to brass and nickel-silver. Yay! no burnt fingers from soldering! I'm probably not going to go the whole hog on the detailing, but it's going to be a damn sight more accurate than what your given! So, lets start with the chassis. So this is the basic chassis. I've added some bolt heads using an old punch and die set I've had for years - no idea where it came from. The die set only gives four sizes and this is the largest. Made a bit more progress using the etches. I also made up the base, but used some G-Scale rail that I happened to have (close to Gauge1 10mm/ft) which is a fair match for size if not track width. Neither the front pony truck nor any of the drive wheels are fixed yet, just posed to check the height of the pony truck. If assembled as per the instructions it would float in mid air! The two back-to-back L strips will hold an etched boiler support plate - I decided to leave it off for now rather than knock it off. Compare the state of the work area with the first picture.... Updates will be on an occasional "whenever I do anything" basis as life tends to get in the way a lot. Hope you all enjoy the ride (see what I did there?) Dave
  18. Here is what has been keeping me busy over the holiday period, back to work tomorrow so I will be back to real work and pattern making when I have time in the evenings. However I really do need to do more personal model making. Basically straight out of the profi boxing painted with Mission RLM 76 and varnish and weathered with True Earth washes and paint fades etc. Still need a little more practice, but fairly happy overall.
  19. MiG-29 SMT Photo Etch and Masks for Zvezda Kit 1:72 Eduard Trumpeter aren't the only model company releasing state of the art kits of modern Soviet/Russian subjects. Zvezda have a long tradition of producing accurate, buildable kits of these subjects, and their MiG-29 kits are no exception. Well received by the modelling community, the kits are accurate and compete well with the (also very good) kits from Trumpeter. Now Eduard have released a set of photo etched parts to complement the MiG-29 SMT variant. This set includes two frets of photo etched parts. The first fret contains pre-painted parts for detailing the cockpit and includes harnesses, pull handles and a cushion for the ejection seat, as well as details for the instrument panel, cockpit sidewalls, control column, rudder pedals, canopy and HUD unit. A range of pre-painted electroluminescent strips are also included on the fret. The second fret is unpainted and contains further parts for the cockpit, such as the rear cockpit decking, as well as details for the rest of the airframe. The landing gear gets hydraulic lines and a mud guard, there are the automated guards for the engine air intakes and afterburner flame holders for the other end of the engines. There are also details for the missile rails, which is helpful if you wish to finish your model without a full load of weapons. Smaller details include a host of small aerials and plates to dot around the airframe. MiG-29 SMT MiG-29 SMT Zoom Set MiG-29 SMT Pre Cut Masks Conclusion This is a sensible and worthwhile upgrade for Zvezda's rather excellent kit. It includes all of the extra details that you would want, with the added benefit of the cheaper Zoom set if you just want to jazz the interior up a bit. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  20. Seatbelts IJN Fighters 1:72 Eduard This set contains twelve sets of harnesses for Imperial Japanese Navy types. Included are four sets for late-war Mitsubishi fighters, six lap belts for Nakajima fghters and two sets for Kawanishi fighters. If you don't want to spend a lot of time or money on aftermarket bits and bobs, a simple seat harness can still make a big difference to a kit's cockpit, particularly in this scale. This set should prove to be good value if you manage to use all of the belts. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  21. Photo Etch Detail Sets for Hasegawa P1Y Frances/Ginga 1:72 Eduard Eduard seem to be busy enough keeping up with all the new releases from the likes of Airfix, Revell, Trumpeter etc., as well as producing their own stuff. Occassionally, however, they find the time to address some of the omissions from their not-inconsiderable catalogue of aftermarket goodies. This is the case with this new set of photo etched parts and masks for Hasegawa's P1Y Frances. I still think of the Hase Frances as a modern kit - and I suppose it is - but even I must admit I was slightly surprised when I checked back and found the kit was first produced about 20 years ago. How time flies! P1Y Frances/Ginga The set is a classic slice of Eduard, with two frets used to cover the entire airfame. The first set is pre-painted and includes a lot of parts for the cockpit. Included are parts for detailing the instrument panel and sidewalls, as well as throttle controls, radio gear and harnesses for the crew seats. The second fret is much larger and includes detailed liners for the inside of the fuselage around the cockpit, as well as parts for detailing the landing gear, bomb racks, bomb bay doors and the ballistic tails of the bombs themselves. Ignition wiring for the radial engines is also included on this fret. P1Y Frances/Ginga Zoom Set The zoom set contains the first fret from the above set, with a correspondingly lower price tag. Ideal for those who want to jazz the cockpit up without spending a lot of money. P1Y Frances/Ginga Pre-Cut Masks In the usual Eduard style, this set includes masks for the canopy and both the main and tail wheels. Sometimes these sets are a bit of a luxury, but in the case of the Frances, it's almost essential thanks to the intricate framework of the canopy. Conclusion If you have Hasegawa's kit of this sleek and handsome aircraft, then you'll be able to move it to the top of the 'to do' pile thanks for Eduard's handy new sets. The masks in particular are a very welcome time saver. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  22. Jasta 18 Vol. 2 Raben's Ravens - 1:48 Pheon Decals Eduard 1:48 kits. August Raben took command of Jasta 18 im March 1918.Like many German commanders he sought to build an 'esprit de corps', and ordered the application of a striking livery to all of Jasta 18's aircraft. The noses back to the cockpit were painted in bright vermilion red, the rest of the fuselage back to the tail in white. The top of upper wing was in red, and later the top of the lower wing also. Some aircraft also received red lower surfaces of their wings. Each also had the symbol of a Raven (Raben in German) as a unit marking, and individual pilots chose their own marking to go alongside. Thus marked, Staffel Raben went to war and achieved notable success, with something between 112 and 126 victories by the time of the armistice seven months later. By this time they were equipped with the superb Fokker D.VII which were of course painted up in the flamboyant red and white scheme. This decal set from Pheon was released in 2013 and reviewed here. Ever since, I planned to build at least one of each aircraft type and with a few days off at Christmas have finally got around to completing the set. I would still like to add a couple more of the Fokker D.VII's to the line up if I can obtain the kits. The beauty of these 1:48 sets is that you can build several of them as I have done here, as they they don't take up much space. It reminded me how good the Eduard kits are as well, I still have quite a few in the stash and this project has got me building more of them now, after being diverted on to Wingnuts Wings 1:32 kits for several years. Pfalz D.IIIa - Ltn. Hans Muller Albatros D.Va - pilot and serial unknown Fokker Dr.I - 479/17, Ltn. August Raben Fokker D.VII (OAW) - serial unknown, Ltn. Hans Muller The only one I modified was the Albatros, as the Eduard kit has undercarriage legs that are too short, resulting in a 'dumpy' look to the way it sits. Details are at the end of this post. Nex up, I am working my way through Jasta 18. Berthold's Boys. A Pfalz is already under construction, and I have some Alabatros D.III's & D.V's waiting in the stash. Using a Wingnut Wings Alabtros as a reference, I measured the undercarriage legs in that kit, and converted the result from 1:32 to 1:48. This showed the Eduard 1:48 legs to be 3mm too short. It is not much but it makes a huge difference to the sit of the finished model. Lengthening them could have been problematical, as the upper position of the legs needs to remain as it is, in order to meet the fuselage mounts in the kit. Leaving them on the sprue in order to hold this position, I cut the lower 'U' shape off and inserted 2 3mm lengths of plastic strip. Left to harden, the extensions were later sanded flush and blended in. The work will later be mostly hidden by the undercarriage bungee cords that are wrapped around this area. Comparison with an unmodified kit (top) and the modified one (below). The difference is subtle, but very noticeable in real life. Happy new year everyone! John
  23. Su-34 Photo Etch and Masks for Trumpeter Kit 1:72 Eduard Eduard seem to have tracked the release of Trumpeter's new line up of Russian jets in 1:72 fairly closely, as each time a new kit has been released we haven't had to wait long for a set of photo etch and masks. There is even a growing range of high-quality resin hardware to hang off the bottom of your chosen kit. This month is the turn of the Su-34 Fullback to receive the Eduard treatment. Su-34 In the usual Eduard style, this set comprises two frets of parts. The first fret contains pre-painted parts for detailing the instrument panels and side consoles, as well as cushions, harnesses and grab handles for the seats. Also on this fret are parts for the rudder pedal and a new Head-up Display Unit. The second fret is unpainted and contains parts for detailing the inside of the canopy, as well as a particularly complex arrangement of parts for the afterburner flame holder. Also on this fret are parts for the engine air intakes and parts for detailing the landing gear bays. The rest of the airframe benefits from the provision of a range of antennas and static discharge wicks. Last but not least is a part for the large chaff/flare dispenser unit. Su-34 Zoom If you don't fancy losing your mind trying to assemble the world's most complex afterburner flame holders, then you have the option of picking up the zoom set and jazzing up the cockpit a bit. A good option if you've spend your housekeeping money on the kit. Su-34 Pre-Cut Masks This set provides pre-cut paint masks for the canopy and all of the wheels. If you've used Eduard's pre-cut masks before, you'll know that they are a real time saver. Conclusion These sets are a handy upgrade for the new Trumpeter kit. If you've committed a not-inconsiderable sum of money to purchasing their latest box of plastic, then it might just make sense to make the most of it by indulging in a little aftermarket as well. Overall, this looks like a nice little upgrade and can be recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  24. GBU-43/ B MOAB 1:72 Eduard The GBU-43 MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or 'Mother of All Bombs' if you have a propensity for chaps and cowboy boots) is a large air-dropped weapon, developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory for the US Air Force. The bomb is carried by specialist variants of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft and is guided to its target by GPS. The bomb has only been used once in combat, mainly because of the significant risk of unintended civilian casualties that accompanies the use of this type of weapon. Eduard's MOAB is a decent-sized kit in itself. The kit comprises eighteen resin parts and no fewer than five decent sized frets of photo etched brass. The main body and wings of the bomb case separately to the nose cone and tail unit, with the prominent grid fins case individually. The resin is quite simply superb, with flawless detail and casting. The photo etched cradle/platform is a much more complex affair, with lots of folding and gluing of small parts of brass. In fairness to Eduard, they have sought to simplify the construction process by maximising the use of folds to reduce the part count, but I'd be willing to bet that even the most hardy folder of small brass parts will be wishing that Eduard had tooled a sprue of plastic parts for the body of the cradle. Persevere, however, and you will be rewarded with an impressive item, particularly if displayed next to a MC-130E or H. Decal options are included for a museum example and an in-service weapon. Review sample courtesy of
  25. Bf-109 E-1

    Bf-109 E-1 Eduard ProfiPack. Was build simple out of the box. Thanks for looking, and Merry Christmas!