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  1. Eduard is to release in March the next in line of Me-109’s in 48th scale. It is a G-10 and amongst the paint schemes there is an ex –Hungarian example. Lots of photos of it have been published since it was discovered at a German airfield at the close of war. Unfortunately no colour ones. Although some people insist that they have seen such in publication. I would expect it to surface or re-surface again but till now only b/w images. There has been a lot of talk about this particular aircraft by historians and self-made “experts” in the past decades and it has come around again in the past 3-4 years. With little actual knowledge of it I can only say few things: What is known about the aircraft is that it was flown by surrendering pilot to Neubiberg field together with many other aircraft. Eventually it ended up on top of that Me-262. A fantastic subject for a photo. Several were taken so a fairly good all-around image of this particular airframe remains to this day. It is also a perfect opportunity for a kit. Now the only problem is with its number. It is 12, there is no question about it, but what colour? Over the past decades this airframe has surfaced again and again in books, publications (one of the first in Airfoil Number 2) and modelling magazines (like Scale Models December 1978 issue). It was interpreted as Blue, Green, Yellow and even Light Grey (Low Visibility) each according to the author’s individual taste. Nothing is 100% but at the moment it is about 95% that it was Red 12. Contemporary report by the photographer suggests it was Red 12. In depth research in Hungarian archives and squadron reports also suggests it has to be Red 12. Unfortunately I don’t have a car driver’s license to jump into Marty McFly’s DeLorien and get back in time to have a closer look at that Me-109 numbered 12. (My only excuse is of course lack of driver’s license.) We will never know 100% but the probability that it is Yellow is absolutely minimal. Eduard will release it in March as Yellow 12 !!! So there is a perfect opportunity for aftermarket decal companies to print a red 12 version. It seems that administrators at Britmodeler don’t like to see any comments which question kits produced by EDUARD and hunt down and close down as quickly as possible any topics in connection with this. This is not the first time. I am not surprised. Good day to them! I am sure they will delete this post too. That’s the way it goes. Best regards Gabor
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    Me-109 G-10 Hungarian

    Eduard is to release in March the next in line of Me-109’s in 48th scale. It is a G-10 and amongst the paint schemes there is an ex –Hungarian example. Lots of photos of it have been published since it was discovered at a German airfield at the close of war. Unfortunately no colour ones. Although some people insist that they have seen such in publication. I would expect it to surface or re-surface again but till now only b/w images. There has been a lot of talk about this particular aircraft by historians and self-made “experts” in the past decades and it has come around again in the past 3-4 years. With little actual knowledge of it I can only say few things: What is known about the aircraft is that it was flown by surrendering pilot to Neubiberg field together with many other aircraft. Eventually it ended up on top of that Me-262. A fantastic subject for a photo. Several were taken so a fairly good all-around image of this particular airframe remains to this day. It is also a perfect opportunity for a kit. Now the only problem is with its number. It is 12, there is no question about it, but what colour? Over the past decades this airframe has surfaced again and again in books, publications (one of the first in Airfoil Number 2) and modelling magazines (like Scale Models December 1978 issue). It was interpreted as Blue, Green, Yellow and even Light Grey (Low Visibility) each according to the author’s individual taste. Nothing is 100% but at the moment it is about 95% that it was Red 12. Contemporary report by the photographer suggests it was Red 12. In depth research in Hungarian archives and squadron reports also suggests it has to be Red 12. Unfortunately I don’t have a car driver’s license to jump into Marty McFly’s DeLorien and get back in time to have a closer look at that Me-109 numbered 12. (My only excuse is of course lack of driver’s license.) We will never know 100% but the probability that it is Yellow is absolutely minimal. Eduard will release it in March as Yellow 12 !!! So there is a perfect opportunity for aftermarket decal companies to print a red 12 version. Best regards Gabor
  3. They will! The Russians mainly because the version they had in great numbers was the early one with the smaller air brakes and this kit is of little importance for them. As for the PF / PFU, I dont think they will go into it, need a complete redesigne, brand new fuselage and the "long" canopy. So little if any common parts, so the costs are high. PFU was really a stop gap solution (in very small numbers) before introduction of MiG-19PM and a test of the new guided RS missile. Now the PF is more likely for its wide use but it is so much out of range for Airfix, why would they invest in a familly of MiG-17's. I would think this MiG-17 is more a one-off for some other purpose. Best regards Gabor
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    Eduard 2019-2020-2021 - pre-programme

    Me too! I am sure there are other projects in the Secret dungeon deep below Edu HQ. But in case of the MiG-21 project there is nothing secret about it any more, if not the fact that it is no more. Yeah, the MiG-17 was basically only a MiG-15 with the “upgraded engine and new wings“. At the start this was the definition of it by MiG OKB, changed only later to MiG-17. Still it served a lot and was not so bad in the air as it was shown in Vietnam. Pity about the MiG-19 and MiG-23, but to make it (research, design and make all the production tools) costs a lot of money!!! Why invest all that cash when you can easily and cheaply simply repack someone else’s work and investment under your own name. Sad but there is nothing we can do. Best regards Gabor
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    Eduard 2019-2020-2021 - pre-programme

    One thing is clear from the list which goes ahead all the way to 2021. Which will be the tenth anniversary of the original 48th scale MiG-21 series first release. The quarter scale Fishbed family is now a closed project so after ten years there is absolutely no plan to do the MiG-21F-13 (which was so dear to Czech modellers and manufactured in numbers locally) nor any of the two-seat trainer versions. They were only promises. Ten years gone, there is no point in waiting any more. The 72nd family will be even shorter it seems, with only the PF and PFM coming and possibly the R but even that just in years. We can forget the SM, SMT and the bis versions not to speak of the MiG-21F-13 and the two seaters (which Sulc admittedly never liked). Sad but what else can one expect based on Sulc comments over the years. Some people were dreaming of new tool Edu MiG-19’s, MiG-17’s or MiG-23’s . . . Forget it!!! Best regards Gabor
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    Eduard MiG-21MF in 72nd scale

    A new year has started and as always for me with the New Year’s Concert from Vienna. Reminds me of a new year’s night spent in Vienna few years ago. OK there was no chance to see the concert in person but the next closest thing was to watch it live in the city on big display and see the crowd spontaneously starting dancing to the Blue Danube. It was an amazing sight! Happy New Year to all where ever you are!!! Best regards Gabor
  7. The holes in the rubber surface are a simple but perfectly working guide to the usage of the given tyre for the ground crew. When the holes completely worn off it is no longer safe to use the rubber and it has to be replaced. It is not the surface wear which counts but the presence of the holes. I have seen many tyres which from the outside looked in a terrible condition with several layers missing and the textile reinforcement showing but the holes were still deep enough for it to be air worthy. This detail is missing on 95% of aftermarket wheels! Best regards Gabor
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    Eduard MiG-21MF in 72nd scale

    The work on the kit is still going at a steady pace but for the moment little to show. On the other hand this is a good opportunity for something else: I wish a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year to all no matter what your belief or religion or which part of the world you are in!!! I also take this opportunity to remember a great entertainer who has his birthday today. For those in the UK I am sure his name sounds familiar. Kenny Everett Loved his radio programs and hilarious humour as well as his TV shows. He was great! God bless you somewhere up there in the eternal radio studios! I am sure Sid Snot and Deirdre would join me in the good wishes! Best regards Gabor
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    1/48 - Mil Mi-17 (Mi-8MT) Hip - by Annetra

    They are test examples! There is a lot of work to do, adjustment . . . and this is only the plastic! A kit has so many other things which need to be designed also. According to Annetra the release is planed (optimistic version) for Apr May 2019. Best regards Gabor
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    1/32 Tornado F3

    Here is a bit more on development of that set and also the ID of the designer, so it will be clear why the parts look so good. https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/59518-tornado-f3/&page=22 Unfortunately there are no up-dates since then. Best regards Gabor
  11. It is not "up-dated", it is a brand new seat only has the name in common with predecessors. The Russians Su-35S have a tinted canopy. Did not really look at the Chinese versions, never had a plan to build one. Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-25BM conversion set for ICM kit

    At Plastikova Zima I did see a nice exhaust set from a Russian manufacturer. Was it around 20 Euro or so. Of course you will need the "long" version for the BM, the same as on the RB series. There is one knows camo version of BM, that white 37 from the research centre. It did fly in that scheme, you can say it was not a front line unit, but it did fly. Looks different (question of individual taste if it is actually better looking or not) from the standard grey. With operational units in the little time that it was in service the BM’s were grey. Best regards Gabor
  13. I would say it all depends on how well did sales of the MiG-21PD do in 48th scale. If you ask specifically of the MiG-25P verions. I would say no. It would rather be the modernised PD or PDS. Best regards Gabor
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