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  1. US Navy Deck Crewman With Holdbacks Videoaviation 1:32 [164332] The latest release from Videoaviation.com is this set of a USN Deck Crewman with associated holdbacks, not to be confused with a previously released set HERE, which, admittedly is rather similar. The set is manufactured in a creamy beige resin which is really well moulded and detailed. Whilst it only contains one figure, the additional holdbacks can be used separately if required and the crewman used in a different role. The crewman body, head and legs are moulded as one part, with the arms moulded separately. The holdbacks, of which there are six in the box, are moulded on separate blocks, but only by a couple of points , so should be too difficult to remove without breaking them. They can be attached to the crewman’s hands or if you are doing a launch diorama can be fitted between the deck and the aircraft. The instructions come complete with colour photographs of crewmen on a flightdeck, showing the colours of the uniform generally used by the USN. Conclusion This is another very useful set for those modellers who like to build dioramas/vignettes with their large scale models. If used with the other crew sets it will help bring to life whatever story the modeller is trying to tell. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. Mk82 Air BSU 49/B Videoaviation 1:32 Continuing the growth in their 1:32 range of bombs, Videoaviation have released this set of Mk82 500lb bombs, this time fitted with the BSU 49/B high drag tail unit. Produced in the standard cream resin the eight bombs come with a variety of nose caps, dependent on whether a nose or tail fuse is fitted. As with previous sets the bombs are made up from two sections, the bomb unit and the tail unit, which, once removed from the moulding plug and cleaned up are simply glued together. The bomb lugs are also separate items, and quite fragile, so great care will be needed to remove them from the moulding blocks. Whilst the bombs as released are for use with USAF aircraft, the modeller can, should they desire, simulate the thermal protection used on USN bombs and use them with any modern naval aircraft. The decals supplied provide the stencils found on these bombs, along with eight remove before flight flags. Conclusion As is usual with Videoaviation the details and moulding quality is superb and the decals are well printed. They will make a great addition to any model. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Navy Deck Crewman Videoaviation 1:32 [164132] The latest release from Videoaviation.com is this set of a USN Deck Crewman with associated chocks. The set is manufactured in a creamy beige resin which is really well moulded and detailed. Whilst it only contains one figure, the additional chocks can be used separately if required and the crewman used in a different role. The crewman body, head and legs are moulded as one part, with the arms moulded separately. The chocks, of which three assemblies can be modelled, are made up of separate arms, chocks and chock ends. One or two of the resin arms in the review set are slightly warped and will need to be straightened using boiling water before the chock and end sections are attached. When fitted to the arms the chocks are able to be moveable in real life, and with a bit of work can be made to work on the model parts. But generally they should be fixed into position to whatever width you require. The instructions come complete with colour photographs of crewmen on a flightdeck, showing the colours of the uniform generally used by the USN. Conclusion This is another very useful set for those modellers who like to build dioramas/vignettes with their large scale models. If used with the other crew sets it will help bring to life whatever story the modeller is trying to tell. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Lockheed F-104G Detail Sets Eduard/Brassin 1:32 The release of the big 1:32 Starfighter was met with some disappointment from some quarters for various reasons. If you have got one or are thinking of getting one, then you might want to get the most out of the kit with the addition of these two sets from Eduard. (32869 - Electronic Equipment) – This set contains two small sheets, one pre-painted, whilst the other is unpainted. Naturally there is quite a bit of the kit detail in the area that will need to be removed first, and these areas are clearly marked on the instructions. The pre-painted sheet contains the equipment faces, placards and circuit breaker panels. The unpainted sheet contains the central spine of the bay, an empty bay to be fitted in the open space in the left hand bay, along with the strip that goes around the bay, complete with screw holes to affix the removable panels. The panels themselves also receive new parts, such as bulkheads, fixing strips, internal access panels, and strengthening plates. (632047 - Ejection Seat) – Contained within the now standard Brassin blister pack the resin parts are very well protected with quite a thick layer of foam, whilst the etched sheet is separate by a card backing. There are four resin parts that include the seat, the seat rail and two styles of PSP pack. The seat is beautifully detailed, but some care will need to be exercised when removing from the moulding block as areas such as the leg restraint points might get damaged. The rails, whilst more fragile are only held to the moulding block by quite thin webs, so shouldn’t cause too many problems with removal. The etched parts are used for the finer fittings, such as seat firing handle, PSP release handle, seat rail cross beams, and thankfully a full set of seatbelts. There is also a small decal sheet which provides the various placards for around the seat. Once assembled, it’s just a case of gluing the rails and seat into the kits cockpit. Conclusion Here we have another pair of useful items from Eduard/Brassin. Although I think the seat set will probably be more popular the electronic bay set will certainly give someone looking at the completed model something different to view. Review sample courtesy of
  5. WWI and Luftwaffe Instruments 1:32 Eduard Whilst Eduard are renowned for their cockpit sets and the like, now they are introducing a new line of etch sets containing individual instruments. Each is pre-painted and are direct replacements for kit parts. [32865 – Luftwaffe WWII Instruments] – This also contains a single sheet of what looks like etched steel/nickel, on which there are one hundred and nine separate instruments. Most of the instruments are attached to either single or triple bezel layers that need to be folded carefully into position, whilst the rest are are just single piece items. All are nicely pre-painted, and although small, you can make out which instruments which, admittedly under a magnifier. Some of the instruments are provided with separate adjustment knobs. [32866 – WWI Instruments] – This single sheet sets contains forty two individual instruments in three styles. There are ten British, nine French and thirteen German. You will need to do some research to define which instruments you will need to use. You will also need to remove the styrene parts before fitting. Conclusion These are very well etched and printed instruments that would look great when mounted in a nice cockpit. They would also be very useful for those who wish to scratch build their own instrument panels. Review sample courtesy of
  6. STEEL Seatbelt Sets Luftwaffe Fighters, Bombers, Early RAF, USAAF 1:32 Eduard As with the 1:48 scaled sets reviewed by Mike HERE, Eduard have also produced four sets of seatbelts in the new Steel range for those of us who like to build in 1:32 scale. As with the smaller scale, these are also pre-painted and appear to be remarkably flexible, and even with quite rough handling the paint adheres to the metal really well. They are still made from 0.1mm sheet with the resulting etch is thin at around 0.06mm and have the same details printed on them, such as the webbing, stitching, and shadowing. Unlike some sets, all the buckles and clasps are etched as part of the strapping, so there is no fiddly work required to assemble each belt. [32867 – Luftwaffe WWII Fighters] – There are four complete sets of belts on the single sheet. These include shoulder and lap straps along with separate padding that is fitted under the main buckles and a couple of smaller fittings. [32868 – USAFF WWII] – There are four belts included on the single sheet. Two of the belts are in olive green and two in a sandy colour. The shoulder and lap straps are once again separate, as are the the release clips and orange brown padded panels, although for some strange reason, Eduard have only provided three clips and pads. [32872 - Early RAF WWII] – This sheet contains four seatbelts, all in a beige colour and with separate lap straps. Two of the shoulder harnesses have a short attachment strap that I believe is fitted to the seat, and two with long attachment straps that fit to the rear bulkhead of the cockpit. [32873 – Luftwaffe WWII Bombers] – The single sheet in this set contains just two complete seatbelts for the pilot which include shoulder and lap straps, along with the attachment strap assembly and the reddy tan padded panels. Conclusion Those who build in the larger scales generally try to add greater levels of detail into their models, showing much skill and technique. Now, those of us who aren’t endowed with super skills can at least have some nice looking seatbelts fitted to our models, with very little skill needed, other than a bit of bending and gluing. Of course the belts can still be weathered more if required. Review sample courtesy of
  7. US Mk-84 Bombs 1:32 Brassin (632-075) - If you’ve fancied some heavier ordinance on you finished models, then you can’t get much heavier that the Mk-84, (at least in the 80 series of bombs). Arriving in the pretty standard blister pack the set has parts for two complete bombs. The casting is up to the usual standard, with some very fine details, such as the bomb lugs moulded onto the bomb casing. Assembly is nice and simple, as once the fins and bodies are removed from the casting blocks and cleaned up it’s just a matter of joining them together, then deciding what fuse type you’re going to fit. Fortunately Eduard provide three of each, as one of the fuse extenders is a little warped, but the other two are fine. There are two types of nose fuse, one short and one on a fuse extender, there is also the option of just having a plain nose cap for an un-armed weapon. Then it’s just a matter of adding the etched brass tail ring, painting, (any colour as long as it’s olive drab it seems), adding the supplied decals, and weathering as required. Conclusion As is becoming the norm for Brassin these bombs are really well manufactured. Great moulding, good attention to detail and an excellent addition to any modellers armoury. Highly recommended Review sample courtesy of
  8. Bell P-39Q/N exhaust set Eduard 1:32 (632-081) - The Kittyhawk P-39/N, reviewed HERE has already had quite a lot of etch and resin released for it from Eduard. They have released another set, containing a pair of very nice exhausts for it. The resin moulding is well up to the standard we have come to expect from Brassin and includes the connecting flanges and bolt heads which attach each exhaust stub to the manifold. Each stub is more indented than hollowed out, but with some dark paint it will give a better impression of depth than the kit parts, You could always open them out a bit more if you wish. Fitment is easy, just removed for the pouring stub, sand flat and glue to the model. Conclusion A nice simple addition that will add that little extra to your finished model. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Pitot and Refuelling Probes 1:32/1:48/1:72/1:144 Master Having released the Sukhoi collection, Master Models have also recently released several sets for Western aircraft, with particular emphasis on the three V Bombers in both 1:72 and 1:144. [AM-32-090] – This pack contains two parts to build up the pitot probe and fairing for the Italeri 1:32 Mirage II. Rather than brass, the two parts have been turned in alluminium and is a simple direct replacement for the kit part. [AM-48-118] – Another simple replacement pitot probe, this time for the Airfix 1:48 BAC TSR-2, it may have been along time in coming, but it is, nevertheless, a very welcome addition. [AM-72-097/AM-144-009] – These two sets have been designed for the Airfix 1:72 and any of the 1:144 kits from the likes of Micro-Mir, Anigrand or Welsh Models. Each set contains two very fine pitot probes to replace the slightly clunky kit items. [AM-72-098/AM-144-010] – These sets contain only one item, the prominent refuelling probe. The 1:72 for he Airfix kit and the 1:144 for either the Anigrand or Great Wall Hobby kits. Unfortunately even though they are meant to be different scales the review samples re exactly he same size, so do check when you buy your 1:144 as it would be absolutely massive when compared to even the kit part. In each case though, you will need to cut the kit part where it joins the nose fairing, drill out the hole then fit the metal part before adding to the model. [AM-72-099/AM-144-011] – The last of the V bomber sets is naturally for the Victor, either the Matchbox/Revell 1:72 kit or the Anigrand/Welsh Models kits. Whilst he 1:72 set contains the two wing tip mounted pitot probes and the probe end piece for the refuelling probe, the 1:144 set does provide the whole refuelling probe as well as the pitot probes. Conclusion Five more very useful additions to the Master Models range. If you thought the 1:72 scale stuff was small, you really should check out the 1:144 scale parts. I would love to know how they produce such small items, with such finesse of detail. Very highly recommended Review sample courtesy of Piotr at
  10. Good evenin' folks, from Middle Earth. This was supposed to be my Kittyhawk OV-10A review/build thread, however I'm waiting on some EZ Line getting here and this 109 has been waiting patiently for three-and-a-half years for me to finally notice it, so this afternoon I started hacking at it: Hopefully at the end of the process it will look a little like this... hopefully !! In the meantime, I put the block together to a point where it's ready for a splash of paint and started filling/sanding the myriad of sink holes in the cowl covers. Couldn't resist taping together, just because... The moulding are superbly detailed and the rivets/panel lines very delicate indeed. Also they match exactly the drawings in the old but still good IMHO AeroDetail book from Bunrin-Do, published in the mid 1980's. Stay tuned, folks, I don't think this one will take-up too much time on the bench... or I could be completely wrong and still be working on it in eighteen months time !! AFN Ian.
  11. Something I've been working on when I get chance, seeing as the 32nd Sabre is still missing parts from Kinetic, the Alcock & Brown phantom has stalled due to the decals self destructing, I've had this on the go to keep me ticking over. Going to be OOB apart from a master model pitot. Comparison between a 32nd and a 48th scale Hunter - A mod I've put on, first photo shows what it comes as with the kit. Hand painted the IP, No decals used here Rest of the cockpit finished. Some detail was added to the flight stick as it was a bit bland and shapeless before. Started on a weathered base for the underside LAG Then made a start on the top surface Grey. I've got some references that show some really beat up Hunters, so that's what I'm working towards. Trying to throw half an hour or so at a time for now, so it's a slow burner. Should be a good first 32nd though!
  12. GBU-12 LGB's 1:32 Eduard Brassin This set contains four complete GBU-12 LGB's. Each one consists of the body, tail assembly, four separate fore-planes and a choice of two different styles of seeker head. Construction is pretty simple, but the will be some drilling involved, on top of the usual removal of the moulding blocks and associated cleaning up. With the body removed from the moulding block you will need to drill a recess in the end with a 6mm drill, followed bu some shaping of the indentations. Eduard have provided a pair of etched brass templates for this task. The tail is then attached followed by the fore-planes are then fitted. Each of the seeker heads also require a hole to be drilled into the base, and a template has also been provided. With the hole drilled, the head unit can be fitted to the spiky end of the body and drooped accordingly. Painting is simple, consisting of olive drab overall, with just he fore-plane section of the body painted brown, on top of which you add the supplied decals, using the painting guide on the instructions for location. Review sample courtesy of
  13. Grumman A-6E TRAM Intruder detail sets 1:32 Eduard The Trumpeter 1:32 A-6E Intruder has been out for some time now, and whilst it is a super kit straight from the box, Eduard have decided it needs some improvement. They have recently released four sets of etched brass which cover the whole aircraft and the weapons it carries with replacement, and in some areas, additional detail. Naturally, as is the case with most Eduard sets, some of the kit details will need to be removed before the etch can be added, so read the instructions carefully before starting. Interior Set (32863) This set consists of two sheets of photo etched brass. The larger of the two, printed in colour provides the larger parts for the cockpit, such as all the different panels that make up the instrument panel, side and centre consoles. The smaller sheet contains a new vent and other smaller parts for the coaming are also included. The canopy is also catered for with new rear view mirrors, handles, overhead console, frame-work and grab handles. The rear under canopy panel receives new rails and panels whilst the rear bulkhead also receives new fixtures and fittings. The ejection seat are fitted with new firing handles, pipework and head box fittings. Seatbelt Set (32864) I wish Eduard would include the seatbelts with the interior sets, but no, they’re still separate. I guess it does give the modeller more options. This single sheet of pre-painted tinned etched brass gives the modeller everything to make two very detailed ejection seats. Since some of the seat details are contained in the interior set, this set only provides the seat straps, lap straps and the all important leg restraints. Whilst not overly complex, items such as the buckles make the job of assembly rather fiddly. The time taken though will pay dividends and you will have some extremely good looking straps, and all without the need to paint them. Exterior Set (32387) Another two sheet set, which, whilst described as an External set and is pretty comprehensive. The majority of the parts appear to be concerned with the detailing of the various open panels with lots of new ribs and frames for the internal structures. The arrestor hook bay receives new internal panel work, whilst the chaff and flare boxes are fitted with new end plates. There are also a large number of parts to super detail the inner and outer wing fold panels, with pipework, ribs, brackets and panels, along with a very nicely detailed new Ram Air Turbine. The undersides of all the pylons get the Eduard treatment too making them much more realistic, particularly if you want to have your model bare of weapons. Talking of weapons, there are parts for these too, such as the Rockeyes, Mk82s, AGM-84As and AGM-45s. Undercarriage (32388) This single sheet set may be named after the areas it’s designed for, but in fact it covers more than that. Yes there are new panels, fixtures, brackets and other items for all three bays and their respective doors, but there are also new fixing rings, tie down points, pipework etc. for the main and nose wheel oleos. The main wheels also receive new brake details whilst the access doors/step interiors are almost completely replaced with new frames and steps. Conclusion These sets provide a superb level of detail for the big A-6E Intruder. The etch work is excellent and even the pre-painted sets look great. Just choose how much or how little you wish to add. I’m sure a Big Ed set will be released soon, providing all the sets in one package which does save a little money if you want to go the whole hog. I’m more than happy to recommend these to all, although, you will need to have some experience of working with etched parts, and even in this scale they are quite small. Review samples courtesy of
  14. LAU-10/A Zuni Launchers 1:32 Brassin Arriving in the clear bubble pack most used by Eduard in the Brassin range, this set consists of two complete launchers, four end plates, eight rocket heads. There is also a small etched sheet, containing the end plates of each rocket motor. A small decal sheet finishes the package off, contain stencils for the pod and yellow live weapon stripes for each rocket head. Construction is relatively simple, just cut the moulding blocks off the pods and pod end sections, for the which the modeller has the option of fitting one pair for armed pods or the other pair for empty pods. Each rocket nose section is then glued to the front recesses of the pod. Unfortunately the review sample was slightly damaged in transit with a section of the nose ring on both pods having a section broken, so check before buying, if you can as it’s not an easy fix, or even easy to hide. Conclusion This is a very nice pair of pods that can be used on most US aircraft from the Vietnam onwards. Great moulding, good attention to detail and since they were so widely used, they will make an excellent addition to any modellers armoury. Just a shame about the slight damage, as the set would have been better in a Brassin box with all the padding they seem to add to those. Highly recommended Review sample courtesy of
  15. Dassault Mirage III detail Sets Eduard 1:32 Sometimes we receive items for certain kits for which we have no kit to base our thoughts on. This is the case with these sets from Eduard for the Italeri 1/32 Mirage III. From what I can tell from reading reviews, is that it is a very nice kit, but with some soft details in the cockpit and oddball shapes, particularly the brake assemblies on the main wheels. Well the following sets certainly seem to cover at least some of the problem areas, as you will see. Interior Set (32859) Contained on two relatively small sheets of relief etched brass, one is unpainted whilst one comes pre-painted. The unpainted sheet contains lots of new and replacement parts for the seat, including side and front panels, head box panels, linkages, and fittings. The sheet also contains replacement rudder pedals and their links, new lower side panelos for the cockpit tub, and vents for the rear bulkhead. The pre-painted sheet provides the modeller with a variety of coloured knobs and levers, new side console panels, plus replacement dials for the side panels. The main instrument panels are also pre-painted complete with the instrument faces on the backplate. A little dab of aqua clear or similar will give them the appearance of glass fronts. This sheet also has additional details for the seat, with two styles of upper and lower ejection handles, headbox top with flap detail on the parachute cover. The windscreen surround is fitted with two part compass, whilst the side panales have new canopy locks and emergency release handles attached. Exterior Set (32385) The single sheet in this set is quite a bit larger than the previous one, and contains replacement panels that appear to be mostly for the undercarriage bays. Quite a bit of the kits moulded detail needs to be removed before the etched parts can be fitted. All the kit wiring in the main bays has to be removed, before the individual panels are attached and, with the addition of two plastic rods, which the modeller needs to provide the etched wiring loom can be added. The roof of each main undercarriage bay is also given the new panel treatment, both large and small, along with strengthening angle and other fittings. The set also includes new panels of the bay doors, along with new actuator fittings and hinges. Finally there are a number of reinforcing hoops that are fitted into the gun troughs. Seatbelts (32852) This small fret of brass comes pre-painted for the most part, but with unpainted clasps, buckles etc. Whilst very fiddly to make, it will give the cockpit a real visual boost. Rather unusually for Eduard, the instructions for these are rather good and show clearly in which order the various belts need to be fitted, and there are quite a few of them. The set comes complete with leg restraints and a very nicely etched quick release unit for the belts to be attached to. Landing Gear Set (632 076) Rather than being etched brass, this set is actually from the Brassin range, so, naturally it’s all resin. Each of the two main wheels and the nose wheels are only lightly attached to their respective moulding blocks, and the most noticeable attachment is on the underside of the bulged area, so will be easy to clean up and hide. The main wheels have the option of different styles of inner hub to be fitted, each with a different brake assembly. The details are nice a crips with one assembly having quite prominent hose attachments to which to fit your own brake lines. The hubs aren’t the easiest to remove fromt eh moulding block, but you should be ok using a fine saw , before sanding the backs down to thickness before adding them to the wheels. The set also includes a sheet of masks to help with the painting. Masks (JX188) Naturally a set of detail updates wouldn’t be complete without Eduard adding some masks. Made of Kibuki style tape they are easy to use and can help make painting less of a chore. Conclusion Once again Eduard have produced some very nice sets for the big Mirage, yet none of them appear to be that difficult to use, as it’s all pretty basic stuff, with very little folding required and the resin parts are also direct replacements, with only a bit of sanding required. That said I think the seatbelt set is probably the most useful, but the modeller has enough of a choice to add as little or as much as they want. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. OS2U Kingfisher detail Sets Eduard 1:32 The Kittyhawk Kingfisher, reviewed HERE is a a lovely kit, without any additional aftermarket stuff, but, with Eduard, there’s always room for improvement in any model kit. As such, they have now released three individual sets to adorn the kit with extra and improved detail, along with a set of masks to help with the painting of the greenhouse canopy. As with most sets of this type some of the kit details will need to be removed before the etch can be added. Interior Set (32861) Contained on two sheets of relief etched brass, on half the size again as the other, one is unpainted whilst one comes pre-painted. The unpainted sheet contains items such as replacement equipment trays, and boxes, with the trays having vibration mounts made up of four separate discs. The front cockpit hoop is given a new front face, which comes complete with grab handles and the cockpit decking is also given the etch treatment once the kit details have been removed. The rear mounted machine gun is fitted with new expended shell catcher, cooling jacket, sights, ammunition tank and armoured plates, whilst the gun ring is provided with a new internal rail. The pre-painted sheet provides the modeller with a variety of coloured knobs and levers, new auxiliary instrument panels, trim wheels, plus replacement dials for the side panels for the front cockpit. The main instrument panel is also pre-painted complete with the instrument faces on the backplate. A little dab of aqua clear will give them the appearance of glass fronts. There is also a new document/map case radio faces, equipment fittings, and various straps. External Set (32386) The single long, yet quite narrow sheet contains what appear to be mostly parts to detail the engine, with new wiring harness, fittings for the cylinder heads and new cowling support ring. Yet there are numerous smaller parts on the sheet, some of which will need to be shaped, either by rolling a marble/ball bearing over them to make a dome, of running a ball point pen to enhance look of the strengthening ribs. The domed access panels to the main and auxiliary floats are fitted with individual wing-nuts, the main float also having a replacement rudder provided. The bomb crutches are completely replaced with etched pts and once assembled will really look the business, but care will need to be taken to get them right. The bombs themselves are fitted with replacement box tails, and additional tail fuse detail, along with front and rear arming vanes. The identification lights and landing lights are given new surrounds which have very fine screw detail etched into them. Seatbelts (32862) This small fret of brass comes pre-painted for the most part, but with unpainted clasps, buckles etc. Although the belts are broader than normal it looks like they will still be fiddly to make, yet it will give the cockpits a real boost, so if you buy only one set this should be it. Masks (JX189) Naturally a set of detail updates wouldn’t be complete without Eduard adding some masks. Made of Kibuki style tape they are easy to use and can help make painting less of a chore, especially with the canopy style that the Kingfisher has. Conclusion These sets may not be as comprehensive as some Eduard have produce, perhaps because Kittyhawk go most of the detail on the kit from the beginning. What is provided will certainly enhance the kit, but if you’re money conscious you may want to just go for one or two. Highly recommended Review sample courtesy of
  17. Bell P-39Q/N wheel set Eduard 1:32 The Kittyhawk P-39/N, reviewed HERE has had quite a lot of etch released for it, reviewed HERE from Eduard, now it’s their Brassin range to have a go. This lovely looking resin set comes encased in their usual clear styrene bubble packaging, and contains the two main wheels, which come with separate inner hubs, and a single piece nosewheel, although the review set appears to have come with two nose wheels. The resin moulding is well up to the standard we have come to expect from Brassin and includes the makers name and size information on the main tyre side walls. All the tyres have a slight bulge to give the impression there is weight on them, but not excessively. All the wheels are only attached to the moulding plugs via a small contact point on the bulged area and a couple of webs, so shouldn’t be too hard to remove and clean up. The hubs are a little more awkward, but with care and a sharp blade or saw you should be ok. The hubs will need to have the rear sanded down to thickness so that they fit into the wheel recess correctly. The set also includes a small etched brass sheet. This contains the outer hub covers, one for each main wheel and two for the nose wheel, which is also fitted with three spacers per side, onto which the covers attach. To complete the set, and make it a lot easier to spray the completed wheels a set of mask, made of kabuki style tape has also been included. Conclusion These resin wheels, with their etched detail parts make a great addition to the completed model. There is a little bit of work ti get them off the moulding blocks, but there’s nothing that a moderately competent modeller can’t handle. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  18. Modern Jet Cockpit Instruments and Upgrades 1:32 Airscale Airscale have recently been expanding their range of cockpit details and bezels with some superbly crafted products. Peter has recently sent us four sets to review, three in 1:32 and one in 1:48. The Jet Detail and Upgrade sets contain the same parts si I will only write about them as one, the other two sets a small departure to Airscale, in that they aren’t etched brass, but sets of decals. The Jet Detail and Upgrade sets, (PE32 MOD and PE48 MOD) contains a single sheet of relief etched brass filled with a myriad of different items found in the modern jet. These include:- Martin Baker Mk7 ejection seat handle ACES II ejection seat handle Martin Baker Mk5 ejection seat handle ACES II ejection seat handle VS1 ejection seat handle ACES II ejection seat handle Martin Baker manual override handle Martin Baker Mk5/7 ejection seat handle Assorted cover plates/placard bases Up Front Control Display Pilots fault display Assorted console switch panels Assorted AoA/Fuel/VSI bezels Canopy Mirrors Temperature and Pressure bezels Airspeed and altitude bezels Horizontal situation indicators Attitude Director Indicators Magnetic compasses Altimeters 6x5 Colour multifunction displays 6x5 Colour multifunction display indicator Combined radar projected map display Landscape, MFD/MFCD/MPCD 6x6 Multi-function display 5x5 Multi-function display 4x4 Multi-function display 5x5 Multi-purpose display indicator 5x5 Multi-purpose display repeater 4x4 multi-purpose colour display 1:32 1:48 The Modern Cockpit Instruments (AS32 HAC) contains a single decal sheet, printed by Fantasy Printshop, which is filled with the various instruments and screens found in modern jet aircraft. Unlike similar sets from other manufacturers, the decals are not on a single layer of carrier film, meaning that you won’t have to laboriously cut out the individual instruments to use. Whilst the majority of instruments are marked up, the MFD display screens are generic and you may choose whichever fits your cockpit best. To help with the look, there is a small clear styrene sheet included to represent the glass in front of the instrument. The list of instruments include:- US attitude director indicators EU attitude director indicators US horizontal situation indicators EU horizontal situation indicators US altimeters EU altimeters Exhaust nozzle position indicator EU airspeed indicators US airspeed indicators EU fuel turbine inlet temperature US fuel turbine inlet temperature RPM indicators AoA indicator round EPU fuel Oxygen Vertical velocity indicator round Fuel quantity AoA indicator Electrical vertical Vertical velocity indicator vertical Round radar screens MFD screens with bezels MFD screen displays The Modern Cockpit Dataplate and Warning Decals (AS32 DAN) also contains a single decal sheet, this time filled with the various placards and hazard labels. As with the instrument decal sheet the decals are on separate carrier film pads. Whilst most of the placards can be use direct from the sheet, the hazard markings are printed in squares and will need to be cut to size. These are used in areas such as weapon arming, seat belt handles etc. The other placards include:- Console labels Ejection seat warning signs Ejection seat hazard warnings Specific warnings Dataplates Whilst the labels are not legible to the naked eye, they do give a good impression and make the cockpit a suitably busy air. Conclusion I just love the bezels and fittings that these sets provide. The addition of the decals sets is a much needed bonus, particularly for modellers on this side of the Atlantic, making them easily accessible. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Peter at
  19. Jasta 18 Fokker Fighters (Albatros & OAW D.VII) 1:32 Pheon decals Going back a few months from March 1918, Jasta 18 had been under the command of Rudolph Berthold since August of the previous year, and he had worked hard to bring the men up to the standard he required. Having built up an 'esprit de corps' and formed an effective fighting unit, he must have endured personal turmoil in March 1918 when he was promoted to command JG.II. Consisting of Jastas 12, 13, 15, and 19, his new command would mean leaving Jasta 18 and all that he had worked so hard on. So in brief, what he did was swap all the men and materials from his beloved Jasta 18 with one of the existing units in his new command, Jasta 15. So at a stroke all his men and their aircraft came with him, and the 'old' Jasta 15 found itself renumbered as Jasta 18 and out of JG.II. August Raben had only just taken command of Jasta 15 on 14th March, when the swap occurred on 20th, on which day he was hospitalised after a crash on take off. By 14th April he was out of hospital and reunited with the Jasta just outside Lille. Like Berthold, Raben had sought to build an 'esprit de corps', and ordered the application of a striking livery to all of Jasta 18's aircraft. It is at this point that this latest release from Pheon picks up the story and offers some colorful options. 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. The decals are produced in Pheons' now familiar format with no fewer than 10 Fokker D.VII's split by OAW and Albatros machines, and a single Fokker DR.1 Triplane. The Wingnuts kits are offered in OAW or Albatros boxings, so make sure you order the correct one. (There is also the Fokker built boxing, but we don't need that here). Roden is the best option for the DR.1. Included is a full colour overview of all 11 options, followed by 3 sets of more detailed profiles, 1 of plan views, and 1 full size masking guide, all on thick glossy card in A4 size. The usual instruction booklet contains a wealth of information with historical detail, and notes on finishing options on the real aircraft. Pheon explain where there are doubts or 'grey' areas such as where fuselage and wing undersides may or may not have been painted, which allows the modeller to make an informed choice on which way to go. The D.VII was notorious for overheating, and many aircraft sprouted all sorts of cooling gills and holes in upper and side cowling panels. The instructions offer a very comprehensive double page spread to illustrate aircraft by aircraft what the modifications were. It should be a simple matter to remove those gills not wanted, and add new ones from evergreen quarter round strip. Notes are provided on each individual aircraft pointing out the key details of the finish, and where possible connecting each aircraft with a pilot. The decals themselves are a single A4 sheet printed by the Fantasy Printshop. The sheet contains all the personal markings for each aircraft, including edging for the fuselage sides and elevators and tailplane stripes. Various personal markings and fuselage bands are supplied, along with numerous ravens and fuselage crosses. A nice touch typical of Pheon is that the white areas have been double printed to ensure opacity over the other colours. As with other sets from Pheon, the printing is beautifully sharp and in register with barely visible carrier film and look amazingly thin. The sheet is well laid out to give as many options as possible, and does not duplicate items such as wing crosses that are already in the Wingnuts kit. Having already used Pheons decals on other projects, it can be taken for granted that these will go on beautifully and settle down for that painted on look. The options. 1. Fokker D.VII early (OAW) - Ltn. Kurt Monnington, Montingen, Summer 1918. 2. Fokker D.VII (OAW) - Ltn. August Raben, Montingen, Summer 1918. 3. Fokker D.VII (OAW) - serial unknown, Ltn.Heinz Kustner, Montingen, Summer 1918 and post war. 4. Fokker D.VII (OAW) - serial unknown, Ltn.Gunther Von Buren, Montingen, August/September1918. 5. Fokker D.VII (OAW) - serial unknown, Ltn. Hans Muller, Montingen, September 1918. 6. Fokker D.VII Albatros built- pilot and serial unknown, Montingen, Summer 1918 and post war. 7. Fokker D.VII (Possibly Albatros) - pilot and serial unknown, Montingen, Summer 1918. 8. Fokker D.VII Albatros built - serial unknown, Ltn. Wilhelm Kuhne, Montingen, Summer 1918. 9. Fokker D.VII (OAW) - Possibly Vzfw Glatz, Montingen, Summer 1918. 10. Fokker D.VII (OAW) - pilot and serial unknown, date of photograph unknown but possibly summer 1918 at Montingen. 11. Fokker Dr.I - 479/17, Ltn. August Raben, Montingen, October 1918. DR.1 wing views; Masking guide; Conclusion. Yet again Pheon are offering the WW.1 aviation enthusiast an irresistible set of decals. If you are building a representative set of D.VII's you will certainly want to include at least one Raven in your line up. As usual I like them all, Moningtons blacked edged and chevron tailed, Mullers diagonal barred and chevron tailed, and the anonymous green lined machines really stand out. Where this sheet is really going to win is with 'first timers', those who want to try a Wingnuts kit but are nervous of rigging and lozenge camouflage. Well the D.VII only has 4 rigging wires and a few very short control wires, and all can be done simply with stretched sprue attached with white glue. To seal the deal this is the perfect decal sheet. Some options have no lozenge at all and a few have it only on the wing undersides, so make your choice as to whether you want to try a bit of lozenging or not. The rest of the airframes are simple, white and red with an easy masking job just behind the cockpit with a bit of Tamiya tape. Whichever you choose you will have an attractive and very striking model, representing a totally authentic and outrageously colourful front line warplane. Do I like the combination of Wingnuts D.VII and Pheons decals? You bet! (Also available is a 1:48 scale Jasta 18 sheet with Albatros and a Pfalz as well as the D.VII and DR.1) Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Pheon Decals
  20. Bell P-39Q/N detail Sets Eduard 1:32 The Kittyhawk P-39/N, reviewed HERE is a great kit in its own right, but there is always room for improvement, and Eduard always seems to find that room. They have now released no less than seven individual sets to adorn the kit with extra and improved detail. As with most sets of this type some of the kit details will need to be removed before the etch can be added. Interior Set (32853) Contained on two sheets of relief etched brass, on half the size again as the other, one is unpainted whilst one comes pre-painted. The unpainted sheet contains items such as the a complete replacement seat, with additional side plate detail, new door cards and fittings, new box fittings, new and replacement fittings for the cockpit floor, foot pedals and additional fittings not included in the kit. The two upper cowling mounted machine guns also benefit from this sheet with the inclusion of the breech area sides, top and bottom. The pre-painted sheet provides the modeller with a variety of coloured knobs and levers, new auxiliary instrument panels, plus replacement dials for the side panels. The main instrument panels are also pre-painted complete with the instrument faces on the backplate. A little dab of aqua clear will give them the appearance of glass fronts. External Set (32381) This single sheet set contains a lot of the smaller and more unusual details, some of which are not found on the kit. These include new rudder post and elevator internal strips, fastener strips for around the engine bay opening, engine bay details, gun bay panels, fastener strips, machine gun details and for the under wing ammunition bay there is a replacement ammunition box cover, again new fastener rails, and replacement panel. The radiator and oil cooler exhaust ducts are provided with new surrounds, details and replacement doors. The doors will need some very careful bending to shape, but at least the side panels are provided to help with getting the shape right. Each of the engine bay panels are also replaced with etched parts allowing them to be posed removed Seatbelts (32852) This small fret of brass comes pre-painted for the most part, but with unpainted clasps, buckles etc. Whilst fiddly to make, it will give the cockpit a real boost as there aren’t even moulded belts on the kit seat, so if you buy only one set this should be it. Fabric Seatbelts (32854) As an alternative to the above etched seatbelts Eduard have also released a set of laser cut fabric seatbelts. Included in the set is a small sheet of etched buckles and clasps, which as above look mightly fiddly, but well worth it as I think the fabric belts, once crumpled a bit look more realistic in the cockpit. Landing Gear Set (32382) Another single sheet set, this one contains, naturally, new and replacement parts for each of the three undercarriage bays. The nose wheel bay is fitted with a new rear bulkhead roof straps, electrical boxes and panels. The main wheel bays a fitted out with new roof and side linings, new braces and inspections panels. The bay doors are also fitted with new internal panels, whilst the oleos receive replacement scissor links and the wheels new hub details. Flap Set (32383) This two sheet sets is to be used to completely replace the kits flaps and add further detail into the flap bays. You will need to carry out a fair bit of surgery in the kits flap bay area to remove all the detail and thin the skin down. The bays include the roof and forward bulkheads, all the ribs, and flanges as well as the multiple flap tracks. The flaps themselves are also detailed with ribs which need to be carefully folded into position, along with the out skin panel. The end plates are then attached and the flaps fitted into position. Masks (JX186) Naturally a set of detail updates wouldn’t be complete without Eduard adding some masks. Made of Kibuki style tape they are easy to use and can help make painting less of a chore. Conclusion This is certainly a comprehensive array of detail sets for what is already a well detailed kit. With plenty of care and patience they will make a great kit into a masterpiece and possibly a show winner if all are used. The advantage of have separate sets is that the modeller can pick and choose how much, or how little detail they wish to add. Of course the more you add the more expensive it gets and this is becoming more noticeable with Eduards products lately. If you like your etch then I can happily recommend the above, but they really aren’t for the novice, particularly the flap set. Review sample courtesy of
  21. Hi! Does anyone know where I can get hold of a seated pilot for the 1:32 Revell Eurofighter Typhoon, or one that will fit if butchered a little??? Thanks in advance, Ian
  22. MG-14/17 Parabellum WW1 Gun 1:32 Eduard Brassin Continuing their range of 1:32 WW1 machine guns in the Brassin range, Eduard have logically released a Parabellum MG-14/17 as a follow up to their MG-14. The '/17' suffix was used in real life by the Germans to indicate that this is the revised 1917 version of the MG-14. The main visual difference is in the size of the barrel, which in this later version has a much reduced diameter slotted jacket. It also had other smaller modifications to make it easier to operate with gloved hands. MG-14/17's were used very widely on German multi seat aircraft throughout 1917 and 1918, particularly as the weapon for the rear gunner/observer on two seaters. The guns come in the standard Brassin bubble pack, with parts for two complete models, and the resin is to Eduard usual high standard, sharply moulded with very fine detail and no sign of any air bubbles. The gun barrels and sights have protective arms on the moulding blocks to keep them safe from damage until they reach your workbench. The brass fret contains the magazine drum ends and handles, sights, and mounting brackets for the Oigee sight. Thoughtfully, Eduard have provided double the amount of most these, so when the carpet monster eats some, you still have more. A nice touch. The detail on these guns is amazing, and they will look fabulous once assembled and painted. They were mostly mounted in a highly visible position on top the rear fuselage, so will form a highly detailed focal point of the model. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  23. Seatbelts RFC WW1 (32857) and Seatbelts German WW1 (32858) 1:32 Eduard pre-painted Etched brass. The last 10 years has seen a big rise in interest in Great war aviation modelling, particularly in 1:32 scale. There are the beautiful Wingnut Wings kits, and others from Roden, Special Hobby, and Academy. With their large scale open cockpits, seatbelts are a necessity, and both Wingnut Wings and Special Hobby supply them as unpainted etched brass items in their kits. However, painting them is not every ones favourite task, and one look at these will convince most modellers not to even try, but just buy a set. The detail on them is way beyond what anyone could expect to paint by hand, with miniature stitching in perfect patterns. Seatbelts RFC WW1 (32857) Two complete sets are provided to make each of the 'Early' and 'Late' versions, the differences being in the lap belts. The buckles are offered as separate items to be threaded on to the 'fabric' sections, and several overlapping straps are attached, along with individual metal plates. All of which makes for a finer representation than other types of etched seatbelts that are 'all in one' . This type of Sutton harness is particularly applicable to the Sopwith Camel and may also have been fitted to SE5.a's, Pups, and other types according to pilot preference. It was a late war design so checking of references for particular aircraft is recommended. It would also have been used extensively post war, as it was a superior design to the 'lap only' belts in use during most of the great war. With Wingnut Wings Camel due to be released at some time this year (we hope!) this set is very welcome. Seatbelts German WW1 (32858) No less than five complete sets of belts are offered here, and like the RFC set above, the buckles are separate parts to be threaded on. The painting is superb, and really needs to be looked at under a magnifying glass to appreciate how good it is. Most of the belts are the 'lap' type that secured around the pilots waist without any shoulder straps. Each of them is in a different colour, with linen, tan, red and dark brown. One complete four point harness is provided, of the type typically fitted to Albatros and Pfalz fighters. The other 'lap' seatbelts in the set will be suitable for the Albatros CIII, Hannover CL.III, amongst many multi seaters, plus various Fokker and Aviatik machines. Conclusion Both of these sets are well worth having and provide a far superior result than can possibly be obtained by hand painting. They will anyway be essential for Roden and Academy kits as no seatbelts at all come with these kits. It will be a great idea to pose the shoulder straps of the four point sets hanging outside the cockpit, ready for the pilot to clamber in. This can frequently be seen in period photographs, and will show these lovely belts off to advantage. RFC German Review sample courtesy of
  24. Salmson 2A2 1:32 Pheon Decals Whatever attracts modellers to their specific area of interest, few would deny that markings form a central part of that attraction. Military units from as far back as history recalls have always sought to build their own identity and distinguish themselves from each other. On a personal level one of the most enjoyable aspects of planning a model is choosing its colour scheme and the markings for it to wear. For an aircraft modeller, the Great war of 1914-18 offers perhaps the greatest range and variety of colour schemes and unit markings than any other period. Since Wingnut Wings beautiful 1:32nd scale models came on the market, Pheon Decals have taken up the challenge to research and produce some fascinating alternatives to the options offered in the standard kits. Lately they have turned their attention to the Salmson 2A2, which is an absolute goldmine of a subject. With extensive use by both the French and United States Air Forces, there are a lot of markings for 2A2 and Pheon have released three separate sets covering some of the most interesting. (In the lists, I have suffixed each one with a brief description in single quotes, as it hints at the interesting story that is behind each one). Sheet 32048. Salmson 2A2 in French Service Volume 1. 1 Serial not known, SPA 102. Overall silver. 2 serial 520 of SAL 1, Summer 1918. 'Winged snail'. 3 Serial XX(53?)47, Sal 14. 'Chimera holding shield'. 4 Serial 5351 (speculative) SAL 17, Mayence-Gonsenhein (Mainz), Germany 1919. 'Pennant with devil headed leopard'. 5 Serial 490, SAL33. 'Red boarding axe'. 6 Serial 316, SAL 39. 'Bugle playing rabbit'. 7 Serial 5351, SAL 74. 'Black cat'. 8 Serial 5033 or 5039, SAL 263. 'Satyr riding winged wheel of fortune'. 9 Serial 798, SAL 288. 'Camel in desert'. Sheet 32049. Salmson 2A2 in French Service Volume 2. 1 Serial no.563 (purely speculative), SAL 10, Winter 1918/19. 'Porcupine'. 2 Serial 26(5?) of SAL 16, April 1918, Pilot Asp. Paul Honnorat, Observer Lt Martin. 'Winged question mark'. 3 Serial 945, SAL 18. 'Prime Minister losing hat'. 4 Serial 5351 (speculative) SAL 32. 'Seagull & lifebelt'. 5 Serial 539 (or possibly 531) SAL 40. Pilot, Adjutant Marius Roche, October 1918. 'Red star pennant'. 6 Serial 479 SAL 58. 'Cockerel'. 7 Serial 359, SAL 70. 'Seagull'. 8 Serial 504, SAL 259. 'Flying ant with telescopes'. 9 Serial 4321, SAL 580. 'Dragonfly'. Sheet 32048. Salmson 2A2 in US and Polish Service. 1 Serial not known, 24th Aero Squadron, November 1918. 'Bald eagle & dachshund' 2 Serial not known, 88th Aero Squadron, Forces of Occupation, Trier, Germany, December 1918. 'Rodeo'. 3 Serial not known, 90th Aero Squadron, Lt Harvey Conover and 2nd Lt Valentine J Burger, October 1918. 'Seven up dice'. 4 Serial 986, 99th Aero Squadron, Lt Llewelyn, September 1918. 'Bison'. 5 Serial 5247, Capt. Clearton H Reynolds, 104th Aero Squadron, 11th November 1918. 'Winged sphynx'. 6 Serial not known, 258th Aero Squadron, Germany, May 1918. 'Lion of Belfort'. 7 Serial not known, 'Winius', 1 Eskadra Wywiadowcze, Polish Air Service, Ex SAL 585 French Aeronautique Militaire.'Red Devil'. Conclusion. These are beautiful sets that are a perfect compliment to the equally beautiful Wingnut Wings kit. I particularly like the little snippets of information in the instructions,such as the information on the post war usage of Benjamin Rabier's caricatures. Anyone familiar with the 'Laughing cow' Cheese? The logo grew out of a play on words poking fun at the Germans in WW1. As usual the research is exemplary, and where doubts occur you are given the information and reasoning behind the interpretation. Particularly useful is the detail of WNW part numbers for the alternate louvres and generators that are appropriate to each option. Also listed are the reference(s) used in the design of the decals for each of the aircraft. The amount of time spent of researching and interpreting old photographs must make this a real labour of love for Pheon, which shows through on the quality of their decal sheets. On the technical side, the decals themselves are beautifully printed by Fantasy Printshop. There is minimal carrier film and the printing is pin sharp and all in perfect register. WW1 colours are notoriously difficult to define with absolute certainty, but Pheon are masters at the art of colour interpretation of monochrome photos. Therefore the colours on all of these sheets look to be 'right' in tone, hue, and brightness. Having used Pheon decals in the past I can confirm that they work beautifully and are a delight to use. The only problem you will have with any of these three sheets is selecting which one to use on your model. It may be that you will have to build more than one Salmson A2A, and that can only be a good thing . Review sample courtesy of Pheon Decals
  25. MG-14 Parabellum WW1 Gun 1:32 Eduard Brassin The Parabellum MG-14 was a widely used German machine gun, designed from the outset for airborne use. It was comparatively light, and had an excellent rate of fire. The vast majority were used on flexible mounts as weapons for Observer/Gunners on two (or more) seater aircraft, rather than on fixed forward firing mountings for pilots. An exception was the Fokker Eindekker, some of which had MG-14's fixed to the upper forward fuselage to fire through the propeller. This new release in the Eduard Brassin range will therefore be applicable to a large number of German WW1 machines. Presented in the sturdy Brassin blister pack the resin parts are backed with foam sponge to protect them, whilst the etched brass fret is secured against the flat of the header section. Two complete MG-14's are supplied, with the stock, body, and ammo drums in resin, and the detail parts in etched brass. The resin is beautifully cast with very sharp definition and detail, and should be easily removed from the pouring stubs. The etched brass contains the fretted jackets so typical of many WW1 German guns, the sights, trigger mechanisms, and end plates/mounts for the ammo drums. The modeller will have to supply their own length of rod for the barrel, evergreen .035 rod is suggested, although I personally prefer brass rod for this sort of task. These look like they will assemble into very fine little MG-14's, and as the Observer/Gunners position is often the focal point of many German 2-seaters, be a welcome addition to any model. Having 2 in the pack will of course cover 2 models, or if you have the Wingnut Wings Gotha, arm the mid upper and nose gunners stations. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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