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Mike

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  1. Mike

    Bf109V14

    You're not the only one! (I meant me, not you (after re-reading it)) the way I look at it, we're always learning, and there's plenty left to learn for all but the most gifted (self-excluded).
  2. Mike

    Bf109V14

    Very nice, but I fear that Ernst's plane has flown off without him!
  3. Mike

    Spontaneous Combustion of Plastic!

    I'd agree that it was something in the Evo Stick that has reacted. I remember a similar softening of the plastic in a kit I made years ago after putting too much glue in. It went all soft and like leather - stayed that way for ages too. You can find the data sheet for it here, and there's Acetone and Xylene in it, so it'll melt plastic, given the right quantities. Some probably dribbled downhill into the fuel pack and settled there.
  4. Seatbelts IJN Fighters STEEL (FE857) 1:48 Eduard In case you don't already know, new Eduard seatbelt sets are now all made from Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. This set contains eight sets of belts, four for Mitsubishi aircraft, which had only lap belts until near the end of the war when a single shoulder harness was added; two for Nakajima aircraft, which had lap belts only throughout the war, and two more for Kawanishi aircraft, which had lap and shoulder belts throughout the war. As usual, the diagrams show the attachment points on the (generic) seats to assist you with fitting them to your model. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Victor B.Mk.2(BS) Air Brakes (72644 for Airfix) 1:72 Eduard Airfix pleased a lot of modellers when they released their new tooling of this awesome Cold War warrior, and we reviewed the majority of the sets from Eduard here. We missed the Air Brakes when a few items got mislaid, so here they are now. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Supplied on a single brass sheet, this set provides skins for the majority of the air brake surfaces, adding rivet and panel detail, as well as lightening holes in abundance. A little detail needs removing before construction, and the Y-shaped part of the actuator ram is removed and replaced by a folded-up hollow piece with a substantial improvement in detail. The air brakes themselves are also skinned, again increasing the level of detail immensely. If you're planning on displaying your model with the air brakes open, then this is the ideal set for you. Back in stock at Eduard within the next week Review sample courtesy of
  6. Mosquito Mk.VI Seatbelts STEEL (32921 for Tamiya) 1:32 Eduard Tamiya's new FB.Mk.VI with the gun nose completes the set for Tamiya, and it's a lovely kit, as is the earlier glass-nosed variant. This set is a replacement for the unpainted kit seatbelts, and arrives in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. In case you don't already know, they are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. The sheet is larger due the Mossie being a two-seater, so you get two complete sets of belts, with the shoulder belts made up from two main parts plus the metal strengthening part, which differs between the pilot and navigator, the pilot's being the wider of the two. The lap belts are each one piece, and their attachment point on the seats is shown in blue on the final diagrams. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Scammell Pioneer SV2S (36358 for IBG) 1:35 Eduard IBG made a lot of people very happy when they began releasing a range of Scammel heavy haulers, making the old resin options look difficult and overpriced in one fell swoop. The first boxing was the SV2S recovery vehicle, has been out for a while now, and it has proved popular and this set probably will be too. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Inside is a single large fret of PE and a small sheet of printed acetate, which is used to provide dials on the instrument panel in the cab. There are a lot of brackets and small additions across the vehicles, with a set of brackets for a tank on the chassis; details for the winch gearbox; more detailed crew steps, brackets and filler cap details on the fuel tank; a new wire side to the open stowage bin with integral ribbing for the floor of the bin, which requires the front wire to be cut off the kit PE part, plus chain and latch for the wire front panel to the same bin, front and back; new mudguards and centre-rear panel in the bodyshell with a multitude of hinges, chains & clasps on the wooden storage on both sides of the body; Fire extinguisher cradle, tool racks, weapon racks and additional fixtures in the crew cab; Additional parts and exhaust details in the firewall area; instrument binnacle and detailed foot pedals for the driver's station; new side panels to the engine cowling, and ceiling mounted mesh stowage racks in the roof of the cab. A good all-round set that pulls the detail up a notch from stock. Review sample courtesy of
  8. Luftwaffe FuG16 Antennae (648331) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Many German WWII fighters carried a FuG 16 VHF radio, which necessitated carrying an aerial under the wing. You often see them depicted as single plastic parts in kits, but if you were to look closer you would see a rectangular base with a clear isolator between the airframe and the antenna. Eduard 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 three antennae on a single casting block, plus a small fret of brass for the bases, each of which have a hole in the (nearly) centre to accept a small piece of the included acetate sheet. A 0.8mm hole is drilled in the centre of the clear part, and the antenna is inserted, gluing with a non-fogging adhesive, and ensuring that the curved tip faces backwards. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Walrus Mk.I Wing Bomb Bays (48932 for Airfix) 1:48 Eduard We reviewed the majority of the PE sets from Eduard here, with this one trailing behind. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. This set includes all the parts to create two wing-embedded bomb bays on one fret of bare brass. The bomb carriers are built up first, with each of the four attached to the removable palette along with a little black box. The palette is then fitted into the roof of a new bay, which slides into the wing after removing some styrene in the corners of the kit recesses. A bracket fits across the rack, which the accompanying scrap diagram shows from to ensure the correct fit. This is repeated for the other wing to complete the task. Review sample courtesy of
  10. Spitfire Mk.VIII/IX Cockpit Doors (648380 for Eduard) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Cutting out the cockpit door on a Spitfire usually involves taking a saw or knife to the kit fuselage, taking care not to damage the part you cut out. No longer! Now you can cut out the opening and discard the piece, using this highly detailed resin alternative in its place. 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 the box are two resin doors on one casting block, one with the controversial crowbar installed, and one without, showing the clips that it normally affixes to. If you're building a post-war bird by all means paint it red, but for a WWII vintage build leave it interior green, otherwise the sticklers will get ya! There are also decals that are placed in vertically between the two internal stiffeners, with a choice of black or red text and the helpful folks at Eduard have split one set of stencils diagonally, to ease putting them in around the crowbar. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Soviet WWII flags STEEL (36370) 1:35 Eduard Soviets had flags, most of them were red and some of them had patriotic slogans sewn onto them as well as the old hammer and sickle. This is a set of Soviet flags, so you can probably guess what's in there. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. The fret is nickel-plated and pre-painted on both sides, which is a good thing as flags tend to be double-sided! There are three flags on the sheet, one a large banner with little lugs on the top to hang it "portrait", while the other two with their patriotic slogans have a golden fringe around the edges, and side loops to hang them. You will of course need to bend them yourself to get a more realistic drape, which will be easier due to them being etched from steel, which is more flexible and thinner than the usual brass PE. Very handy for anything Soviet! And 1:35 of course. Review sample courtesy of
  12. J35 Draken, Vulcan B.2 &TSR.2 Photo-Etch Upgrades 1:144 Shelf Oddity Shelf Oddity specialise in the smaller scales, majoring in 1:144, but venturing into maritime too, with much to come in due course. They produce decals, resin and Photo-Etch (PE) brass too, and as a thoroughly modern company, they provide you with the products with minimal packaging of a minimalist design, using the ubiquity of the internet to provide you with detailed instructions for each set from their website, harming no trees, but maybe bruising a few electrons in the process. Each set so far arrives in a small clear foil resealable bag, with a piece of card holding the PE in place. J35 Draken (SO214419 for F-Toys/Platz) A single fret containing parts for the beautifully detailed undercarriage doors; an incitement to create your own landing gear parts from brass; aerials and rear fuselage intakes on what would have started life as a pre-painted toy. Avro Vulcan B.2 (SO21441 for GWH/Pit-Road) This set comes on four frets and also includes some tiny resin parts in a poly-bag that I daren't open for fear of losing them. It is a rather comprehensive set for the kit, containing parts the crew access hatch and ladder; a complete set of four air brakes, including their wells within the upper and lower surface of the wing roots; ECM plate and air cooling scoop (where most of the resin domes go) between the engine pairs; landing gear door skins, landing gear legs and bays details; jet pipes fittings; several air scoops and vents across the airframe; small surface details and antennae that have to be seen to believed, plus windscreen wipers for the canopy. It's an incredible set! BAC TSR.2 (SO21447 for GWH/Pit-Road) Back to single frets again for this world-beater that never happened. It contains parts for the auxiliary air intake flaps around the main intakes; undercarriage scissor links and details; various antennas; outlet vents fairings around the tail; parachute cover hinges behind the tail fin, and LTU (Lateral Thrust Unit) plates that were specific to airframe XR220, with a scrap diagram showing their exact location on the model. Review sample courtesy of
  13. Victor B.2, Attacker FB.2 & Tempest Mk.V/TT.5 Photo-Etch Upgrades 1:144 Shelf Oddity Shelf Oddity specialise in the smaller scales, majoring in 1:144, but venturing into maritime too, with much to come in due course. They produce decals, resin and Photo-Etch (PE) brass too, and as a thoroughly modern company, they provide you with the products with minimal packaging of a minimalist design, using the ubiquity of the internet to provide you with detailed instructions for each set from their website, harming no trees, but maybe bruising a few electrons in the process. Each set so far arrives in a small clear foil resealable bag, with a piece of card holding the PE in place. Handley-Page Victor B.2 (SO214412 for GWH/Pit-Road) A single fret of PE contains parts for aerials; an open crew entrance hatch with a template for the U-shaped door locks; main undercarriage details in the shape of the dolly-locks; two options of bomb bay aero deflector either solid or mesh; vents and splitter plates at the wing root. Supermarine Attacker FB.2 (SO214414 for MiniWing) This set will work just as well for the F.1 even though it was patterned on the FB.2, and contains boundary layer splitter plates that slot into the intakes, vents and inlet bleed vents, the latter requiring a small hole to be cut in the fuselage; undercarriage doors that are much more in-scale but require the gear legs to be cut from the monolithic part (or replaced); main undercarriage details in the shape of new oleo-scissors; aerials on the nose, and an arrestor hook with tail gear doors nearby. Hawker Tempest Mk.V/TT.5 (SO214417 for F-Toys) This set is a larger fret that contains control stick and pilot harness; head armour; radiator details forward and aft of the chin scoop; a complete set of replacement undercarriage doors with wheel hubs; a new tailwheel with anti-shimmy groove made from layered PE parts; pitot probe, antennae masts; underwing rails for rockets; crew step and rear prop boss. Review sample courtesy of
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