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  1. I have had the Eduard 1/48 Messerschmitt Me110G-2 in my stash since its initial release, I have been intending to build the R2 version since then, I purchased over the years, the Eduard photoetch set, the Brassin wheels and the Master metal BK37mm Kanone barrel, even then I didn't get around to building this kit. Then AIMs released a resin 'conversion' kit which renewed my interest in building this kit. The AIMs set provides a more accurate gun pod, the Nitrous Oxide tank (carried in the rear of the cockpit) transparent cowling covers, the ammunition plus holders, transparent wing lights, a brass gun barrel and upper nose cover. Nearly forgot 2x W.Gr.21 rockets. Build was fairly straightforward plenty has been written about Eduard's 1/48 Me110s, especially the cowling fit! I did find the wing to fuselage joint rather poor requiring plastic card fillers to fill the gaps. I was a little concerned about using the AIMS resin cowling replacements but they were a very good fit. I cut out the leading edge slats to show them in the extended position. The canopy required the rear gun opening being filled in with a piece of transparent plastic and also the centre piece of the canopy was replaced with a spare from another 110 kit. This was necessary as this part of the canopy in the G-2 kit has a bulged fairing on it, which this version does not luckily I had several spares from other kits. I chose this particular version of the G-2 not just for the Kanone but also because of the tank for the Nitrous Oxide system, which was something out of the ordinary. It shows the desperate measures the Luftwaffe were driven to combat the B-17s and B-24s of the US Air Force. I painted the 110 using a combination of Vallejo & AK Real colour 74/75/76, the W.Gr.21s were painted a different shade of 76 to make them appear newer than the airframe they were attached to. When it came to the markings I really wanted to find a different machine to M8+KM which appears in most photos of this version, I was going to go for the machine shown flying in formation with KM which was SM, but could I find the correct style white S in my decal bank, of course not!!!! These machines were not photographed very often, however in a Classic Publication of the Me110 I found a photo of a line up of ZG.76 G-2s all of which appeared to be the R2 version. One of these machines was coded M8+F? so correctly or not chose to mark my kit M8+FM!! Decals used were all from Eduard Me 110 decal sheets. This machine represents one of 4./ ZG.76 in Czechoslovakia 1944 :- Cheers Andy
  2. I have found the Eduard decals to be as good as any found in other manufacturers kits. They are extremely thin and bed down well with Micro Sol & Set. When first applying them I use good old saliva, wet your finger apply to area decal is to be placed. Then slide decal on you will find it will slide easily to place correctly then use setting solvents! As to removing the decal film, I've had mixed results, probably best left to your personal choice.
  3. Another pair of 109's !!! These 2 Eduard 1/48 Bf109's were built as a 'quick build' but as with all good intentions it didn't work that way, plus a near disaster, with resin & plastic!! The first model represents a Bf109G-8/R2, which was a photo reconnaissance version, virtually a G-6 with cameras. The conversion to the kit merely required two photo ports added to the rear fuselage. Two pieces were cut from the fuselage replaced with clear plastic and sanded to fit the correct contours. The clear plastic was then buffed back to clarity, masks were cut from tape, using plans I had for the dimensions. Internally I added shutters, which on the real aircraft, actually slid to cover the camera lenses, from plasticard. The remainder of the build was pretty straightforward, except for some home made resin I used ( see end of post for explanation!). The machine I chose to represent was from the Xtradecal set Luftwaffe Reconnaissance Fighters, I was taken by the colour scheme advised ( whether accurate or not????? ). I was unable to find any pictures of this particular aircraft, not having access to the reference quoted on the decal sheet instructions! The colour scheme called out was RLM 75/77/76 paints used were AK True Colours. This Bf109G-8/R2 was from Nahaufklarungsgruppe Bromberg, Bayreuth-Binlach, Germany 1945:- Bf109 No.2 Again this is virtually an OOB. This is the Eduard 1/48 Bf109G-10 Erla, using the wings from the Avia CS-99/C-10 boxing. All that were added were some homemade resin accessories (see end of post). Colour scheme came from the MMP publication 'Bf-109 Late Versions-Camouflage and Markings'. Paints used were again AK True Colours RLM75/76/77/82 and Vallejo Metal colour this machine shows the mismatch of parts and colours used to repair or build new machines, in the latter stages of WW2. Decals were from various Eduard sheets and decal library. This particular machine was a Bf109G-10 Erla built, W.Nr. 151562, pilot Uffz. Jochen Stiege, 9/JG.300, Ainring, May 1945 :- RESIN PROBLEM Now being a cheapskate!!! I do make copies of resin aftermarket parts I must stress I only do this for my own personal use. In the instance of these particular two kits I made copies of the sidewalls and spinners. Usually I have no problems with these parts however this time was different, after sanding off the moulded detail in the cockpits and gluing the resin parts in with superglue. I then painted the sidewalls and left them overnight, next day two of the fuselage halves had softened and no matter how long I left them they refused to harden. In the end I filled the area with DeLuxe filler and sanded it down this had to be repeated several times before the, I presume, chemical re-action ceased!!! The last photo shows the problem I had, I've not had this happen previously and am puzzled as to what caused this, I assume, chemical reaction? I experimented with some other home made resin parts and Eduard spare fuselages with no problems so am no wiser as to what the cause was. I will in future apply a coat of primer between resin and plastic which will hopefully prevent this happening again. Cheers Andy
  4. Part Two of my Eduard 1/48 Fw190A build. The candidate this time is the Fw190A-3 from the Royal Boxing and just to add some spice I used the Eduard Brassin Fw190A-3 Engine Set. Unfortunately this was not such an easy build, I decide to ignore the Brassin instructions to add the engine before joining the fuselage halves together and paid the consequences!! I thought building the fuselage then adding the engine assembly afterwards was the way to go -WRONG!! I struggled to get the engine to fit properly and spent ages getting a decent fit - lesson learnt for next time! The remainder of the build was straightforward, thankfully. Again against my usual action, I chose a colourful scheme from Eduard's selection on the instruction sheet. This particular aircraft was raised from the seabed in Norway after 63 years and is now on display in a museum (Unrestored). From my understanding this machine was actually an A-2 bought up to A-3 standard with the fitting of the uprated BMW-801D-2 engine used in the A-3 version. I decided not to have the inner u/c doors fitted, a personal choice rightly or wrongly! Finish was again AK Real Colours/ Mig Lucky Varnish. Fw190A-2/3? W. Nr. 125425, 12./JG 5, Herdla, Norway, December 1943 flown by Fw. K. Kundrus. Please excuse the backgrounds on these photos, I obviously need to replace them as cracks are showing ! Thanks for looking. Cheers Andy
  5. This is a recent two part build of Eduard's Fw190A 1/48 family. Part One is the Profipack boxing of the Fw190A-2, as anyone who has built one of these kits, before, will know what a straight forward build they are. This was an OOB with a few details added and even the scheme chosen was one of the options given (most unusual for me!!). I used AK Real Colours 74/75/76 paints and Mig matt Lucky Varnish for the finish. The machine shown is an Fw190A-2 W. Nr.0122125 of 5./JG 1, Katwijk, the Netherlands, Summer 1942 flown by the CO Oblt. Max Buchholz. Please have a look at Part Two of 'Not Another Fw190' Cheers Andy
  6. Actually my information taken from 'Schiffer - X planes of the Third Reich' book does say that the Me209V-4 was built as a private venture by Willy Messerschmitt as a possible successor to the Me109 then in service thus the reason it was armed with two MG17 machine guns and an MG/FF 20mm cannon firing through the spinner. The idea of using the 209 as a fighter was dropped when performance and handling proved inferior to the 109 then in service. I agree the markings were applied for propaganda purposes akin to the Heinkel He100. Many thanks for all your positive comments concerning my build, just like to add a bit of history to my builds. Cheers Andy .
  7. This is my second build of this year and also of an A & A Models kit! As with the Me109T, this is a short run kit, in this case of the Messerschmitt Me209V-4 (1/48). This aircraft was an adaptation of the Me209V-1 airspeed record breaker, an idea of Messerschmitts' to find an eventual successor to the Me109. This aircraft of course failed in that respect but is well worth a place in any Luftwaffe collection. The kit is very cleanly moulded and comes with a small fret of photo etch, canopy masks both inside and out plus wheel masks. A small decal sheet for two markings options and a glossy, well presented instruction manual. I built this kit O.O.B adding a few wires inside the cockpit, which is very well detailed. The instrument panel was an injection moulded with detail in relief, with a decal overlay which with a coat of Micro Set which gave a well detailed panel. I must add here I was a little unsure of the decals being matt finished with no apparent clear overlay but my fear subsided when I used them, full marks to A&A. A little filler was needed but it was a nice easy build ( I look forward to A&A's forthcoming Me209V-1). The machine modelled was, of course black 14, with the wonderful snake decoration (couldn't resist}. A&A call out for the machine to be RLM02 which is probably correct but just to be different I decided to finish it in RLM63 the difference between these colours is actually minimal, at least in AK's Real Colours paint range. The only photo I have found of this aircraft shows what maybe a mottle effect on the surface finish. Whether this is just the poor quality of the photograph or the true finish, appears not to be known. My answer was to apply some mottling using the base colour to give a similar impression to the photo, I leave you to judge as to its effectiveness. This aircraft was test flown at Messerschmitt's factory airfield at Augsburg in 1939:- It appears my mottling is too subtle to show up very well on my photos but it is there - honest Cheers Andy
  8. This is my initial build of 2021 and also my first build of an A & A kit, these appear to be short run kits by Modelsvit ( although I stand to be corrected!!!). I believe this is the first kit of a Messerschmitt Me109T (not an adaption of an E version) the kit actually represents the later T-2 version with the two fuselage covers which show the machine was fitted with GM-1. Not all the schemes supplied with the kit are correct for this particular variant, the two oval fuselage panels would need to be filled and a single round panel re-scribed to back date the kit to the T-1 version. I stuck with a T-2 version, as with all short run kits some extra work is required in cleaning up the parts but other than that the kit goes together well. the only exception I found was using the closed canopy, the fit leaving something to be desired. The model was built O.O.B. I chose to represent a T-2 from Jasta Heligoland 1942/43. Kit was finished in the usual RLM74/75/76 scheme using AK Real Colours, decals were used from the kit and went on really well, except the green/white 3 from my spares:- A comparison of an E and T's wingspans, the E-7 is an Eduard kit. Cheers Andy
  9. Wonder what has happened to the Bf109K and Bf109G-12's 1/48th?????? I would have thought they don't need the development time of completely new projects and would be good sellers for them? I am pleased to see the Fw190F-8 bound to be a good 'money maker' for Eduard. How about the Fw190S-8 .
  10. This is my final build of this abysmal year of 2020!!!! Having built the ICM 1/48 Do215 & Do17Z-10 with hopefully reasonable results I decided to venture forward with ICM's Heinkel He111H-3. So armed with the Eduard etched sets for the undercarriage bays and cockpit, the Brassin wheels, an older Aeromaster decal sheet for the He111 and references the build commenced. I decided at an early stage to build a He111 from KG,100 partly because I like the badge and I also wanted a 'blackwashed' under-surface machine. I decided not to purchase the etched sets available for the bomb bay or radio compartment as these areas are not that visible when the fuselage halves are joined. So references and a little scratch detailing were sufficient for me. The build was pretty straight forward although by not ( as is usual for me) following the instruction sequence I did cause myself some problems which thankfully were overcome. The glazing does require great care in assembly to avoid clouding them when gluing and to avoid unsightly seams. I added the scratch made aerials carried by these aircraft and also replaced the under fuselage aerial. I used AK Real Colours paints over Vallejo black primer, in order to show the overpainted markings the upper surfaces were sprayed first, then gloss varnished. I applied the decals, an assortment of the kit and Aeromaster decals. The uppersurfaces were matt varnished, I then masked off the and sprayed the undersurfaces and Balkankreuze plus codes with AK Real Colours NATO Black allowing the markings to show through. I gave the black a coat of Mig Lucky Ultra Matt varnish as the original paint was reported as being an extremely matt finish. Panel washes were added and some weathering, which I tend to keep to a minimum were added. The machine I chose to model was from 2./KG.100 coded 6N+EK, Vannes, France, Sept. 1940 :- A couple of errors I noticed 1. I forgot to add the aerial mast under the fuselage next to the gondola. 2. The starboard undercarriage is not vertical but slightly canted to one side, something I will need to fix!!!! Apologies for photo quality not some of my best . Well I'm calling this my final build of this awful year of 2020. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and hopefully a much better New Year!! Cheers Andy
  11. Just a quick update and acknowledgement to ICM within 6 weeks of first emailing them, regarding the damaged transparent part in my He111H-3 kit , I received a complete sprue of the transparencies for this kit. Excellent after sales service.
  12. Thanks for your input John & Alain, have got in touch with ICM requesting replacements. Looks like this project goes back on the shelf for a while!!!!!! Cheers Andy
  13. Just started building the ICM 1/48 Heinkel He11H-3 and unfortunately a couple of the transparencies are cracked and need replacing. Has anyone had any experience of obtaining spare parts from ICM? Thanks in advance - Andy
  14. This is my second build from the Eduard Royal Boxing of the Bf109F 1/48th, this time an F-2. Virtually built O.O.B. with some extra detailing in the cockpit. I chose this particular machine for its colour scheme, originally delivered in standard RLM 74/75/76 it was overpainted in the field with mottle consisting of RLM 02/70/79. Model was painted using AK True Colours, decals from kit, Black 12 came from Tamiya Fw190D-9 kit. The name under cockpit was home printed, yellow outline painted freehand. I used Mig Lucky matt varnish for final coat, not too sure of this stuff took about three coats and I wasn't too happy with the final result seems to be very uneven finish! This machine is a Bf109F-2 flown by Uffz. Peter Bremer, 2./JG54, Russia, Autumn 1941:- You have to admit the yellow theatre markings and striped pitot certainly add to the 'Low Viz' idea!!!!!!!! Cheers Andy
  15. After my previous efforts with Eduard's 109E's I decided to move onto their 109F's! I've had the Royal Boxing since its release but only now have I decided to build them, a lot easier than the 109E's I'm glad to say. I've had in my decal collection one of the Aeromaster 'Augsburg Eagle' sheets, this particular sheet featured a Bf109F-4 in an unusual scheme from JG5 which I was attracted to, so decided to model this F-4. A little research into this machine proved this was an 'Errormaster' scheme on the decal sheet! The aircraft was Yellow 3, but the style 3 on the decal sheet was wrong and was outlined in red -WRONG!! Eventually I only used the personal pilots badge and the rudder kill markings, the yellow 3 I cut from some spare decal sheet I had, the remainder of the markings were from the Eduard decal sheet. My research also showed that this machine was modified and had an interesting colour scheme. The modifications consisted of cameras in both wings and nose intakes as per 109Gs. The nose intakes, one per side, were a field modification to allow more airflow to cool the sparkplugs ( a not unusual fitting on these machines). I used two intakes from, possibly, a Hasegawa kit. These were large enough for me to slightly modify as the intakes used on the 109Fs were a different cross section. The camera ports in the wings were cut out and lined with Tamiya masking tape which I varnished over to prevent it lifting, why this aircraft was fitted with these cameras I was unable to discover. The actual camera ports were lined around in a light coloured metal or tape according to the photos I found on Asbiz JG5 section, so the tape allowed me to paint them more easily. The fairings under the cameras came from the p.e. in the Eduard kit as they appeared to match the ones in the photos. Rest of the kit was out of the box, camera glazing was U.V. glue ( a very useful item). Colour scheme was RLM70/75/78/79, these machines were F-4 Trops. redirected to JG5 in Norway and were delivered in tropical scheme of 78/79, which were then modified with the addition of 70/75. Yellow 3 was a Bf109F-4 Trop. W.Nr 10073 flown by Rudi Muller, 6./JG.5, Petsamo, Norway 1942:- Cheers Andy
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