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  1. AH-1G Cobra Update Sets (for Special Hobby) 1:48 Eduard Special Hobby have launched a new range of 1:48 Cobras recently, much to the excitement of anyone that’s got a soft spot for the type, as there hasn’t been a new kit in years. Eduard's new range of sets are here to improve on the kit detail in the usual modular manner. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE), 3D printed SPACE, Löök 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. Update Set (491279) Two frets are included, one nickel-plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels and side consoles with added levers for the cockpit and the extensive instrument panel for the rear cabin are in full colour, with a floor skin for both crew; added armoured side panels for the seats; an oval vent no the side of the fuselage; extra equipment in the rear shelf, and additional cockpit internal detail for the canopy roof and openers. The two ammunition paniers are detailed with extra parts that need some 0.3mm rod added as rollers and a replacement part for the ammunition feed that leads to the gun. On the underside of the tail boom a pair of oval surface panels are added appliqué style after removing the moulded-in detail. This will also make hiding the seams a much easier task, without caring if the kit detail is demolished during the process. Zoom! Set (FE1279) This set contains a reduced subset of the interior, namely the pre-painted parts that are used to improve on the main aspects of the cockpit, as seen above. Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements. SPACE 3D Printed Cockpit Decals (3DL48067) The Eduard SPACE sets use new 3D printing techniques that lay down successive layers of different colour resin, creating highly realistic almost full complete panels that are supplied on a decal sheet. They can depict metallic shades, plus glossy, satin and matt colours too, which really ups the detail on everything they print. In addition, a small sheet of nickel-plated and pre-painted PE is included for the aspects of the set that lend themselves better to this medium, such as seatbelts and rudder pedals. The PE sheet has two sets of seatbelts for the crew, plus backing parts for some of the decals to give them even more of a 3D look. The instrument panel decals are applied over the kit panels after removing the moulded-in detail, as are the side consoles. An equipment box is folded up from PE and covered by individual surfaces from the decal sheet, with another decal on a support on the windscreen frame. The same process occurs with some additional instruments on the other panels. Seatbelts STEEL (FE1280) These belts 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. As well as the two sets of crew belts there are comfort pads for under the furniture. Masks (EX862) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. In addition, you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the wheels on the optional towing rig, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Masks Tface (EX863) Supplied on a two sheets of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with everything above, but also give you another set of canopy masks tailored to fit the interior of the glazing so that you can paint the interior and give your model that extra bit of realism. Review sample courtesy of
  2. Mi-24V Hind & NATO Hind Interior 3D Decal (QD48026 & QD48036 for Zvezda Kits) 1:48 Quinta Studios When Quinta’s innovative products first came to our attention recently they caused quite a stir, as well they should. The replacement Instrument Panels and internal details are mind-boggling to look at, because we’re used to seeing simplified styrene instrument panels, or pre-painted Photo-Etch Brass panels with either two layers of etch, or laminated parts that can be tricky to glue together, even though they are pre-painted for your ease. But decals? These aren’t your run-of-the-mill decals though, they’re 3D printed in many layers and colours on a flat carrier film, having as much in the way of relief as is needed to complete a realistic panel printed in the correct colours, complete with shiny dial faces, MFDs and metallic-effect hardware, often also including cushions and seat belts in the set. Other brands are starting to come to market now offering similar products, but in this reviewer’s personal opinion the Quinta sets are still the best. Each set arrives in a ziplok bag with two folded instruction booklets protecting the decals, which are also separately bagged, so they should reach you in good condition. The pictorial instructions are printed on glossy paper, and are shown in full colour as befits the detailed nature of the sets, showing exactly where each part should go on the actual model, so there’s no confusion due to pictures speaking a thousand words, as they say. Additional hints and instructions for the uninitiated are also included, marking out parts needing bases, kit parts and other useful tips. The technical instructions in the text-based sheet give additional tips to the new user about maximising adhesion and preventing lift at the edges by wicking in super glue. Application is much the same as your standard decal, but you will need to remove any raised detail that would be underneath the location depicted in the instructions, and some new parts will need small backing panels or bases on which to apply the decal. A slim piece of sheet styrene would perform that task, and painting the edges a matching colour should minimise its appearance or turn it completely invisible. While some might argue that they’re not really decals, they arrive on decal paper so to me they’re decals. This set is patterned for the Zvezda kit so that you can depict it in the older green cockpit for a Soviet era aircraft, or a NATO chopper with black interior and an almost identical set of instruments. Each set comprises one large sheet of decals, containing instrument panel sections, multiple switch panels festooned with buttons, dials and other instruments, and a single screen, the black version supplied on a separate section for additional depth when complete. The Soviet era panels are in the Emerald Green shade, while the NATO bird is deepest black, and both include additional consoles, panels and a full set of crew seatbelts. Pictures shamelessly taken from Quinta’s own website Conclusion The detail on the parts is incredible, even down to the infinitesimal switches, the texture of the belts and impressive crispness of the set. Any Quinta outfitted cockpit really needs a crystal-clear of opened canopy to show off the details. Very highly recommended. Crocodile Hind (48026) Emerald Green Interior NATO Hind (48036) Black Interior Review sample courtesy of
  3. Mi-24 Hind Family (48-042 for Zvezda/Revell) 1:48 Begemot Decals Zvezda’s new Hind kit is great news for this modeller, and Andrey at Begemot is a mind-reader. He must be, because I’ve been staring at my old Hokum kit, and out pops a decal set for it that I reviewed a couple of weeks ago here. Now I’m drooling over the Zvezda kit and ping! Another set of decals that give a modeller lots of choices. I’ve just finished perusing the instructions, and I think I’m going to need a few more kits. This decal set arrives in an unassuming ziplok bag, with four A3 sheets of glossy paper folded in half for the instructions, three sheets of decals split between two for the individual markings, and a third for the stencils. The instructions are large due to the fact that there are a staggering 36 decal options, and a half side is also dedicated to the stencils for the airframe as well as another page for the munitions that the Hind was capable of carrying. From the sheets you can build the following: Mi-24V United Aviation Group of the Russian Federal Forces at Caucasus, Kalinovskaya Airfield, Chechen Republic, mid 2000s Mi-35 s/n 280854 presumably belonged to the 1st Helicopter Sqn. Libyan Air Force, Misurata Air Base, Winter 2011 Mi-35 s/n 280854 after overthrow of Gaddafi regime Spring 2011 Mi-24V s/n 410740 Separate Group of Aviation Support, Polish Army Group “White Eagle”, Gazni Air Base, Afghanistan, 2010 Mi-24V s/n 3532421420127 201st Anti-tank Helicopter Sqn. of the Macedonian Air Force, 2001 Mi-24V s/n 3532421420127 201st Anti-tank Helicopter Sqn. of the Macedonian Air Force, 2009 Mi-24V 201st Anti-tank Helicopter Sqn. of the Macedonian Air Force, 2012 Mi-24V Sudanese Air Force, El Geneina Airport, Darfur, 2010 Mi-35 s/n 110943 104th Helicopter Sqn Indian Air Force, end of 1990s Mi-24V 440th Separate Combat Helicopter Regiment, USSR Army Aviation, Stendal Air Base, GDR, end of 1980s Mi-24V Mongolian Air Force, 2015 Mi-24V 1st Combat Helicopter Sqn Croatian Air Force, Vucovar, end of 1990s Mi-24V 685th Separate Mixed Aerial Regiment from Aviation of the Russian National Guard, Rostov-Central Air Base, 2010s Mi-24V 23rd Separate Aviation Regiment USSR KGB Border Guard Aviation, Dushanbe Air Base, 1988 Mi-24V Ivory Coast (Côte D’ivoire) Air Force, Yamoussoukro Airport, end of 2002 (shark mouth) Mi-24V 607th Airbase of Kazakhstan Aerial Self-Defence Force, Ucharal Airbase, 2010 Mi-24V 626th Retraining Helicopter Regiment of the RuAF, Syzran Military Helicopter Pilot University, Pugachev Airfield, Saratov region, 2009 Mi-24V s/n 3532321622429 9th Sqn Shri-Lankan Air Force, Minneria Airport, 1996 Mi-24V Helicopter Sqn Georgian Air Force, Alexeevka (Tblisi) Airbase, August 2008 Mi-24V s/n 730927 Helicopter Wing Air Force of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic, Prešov Airbase, 2005 Mi-24V Helicopter Sqn Azerbaijan Air Force, 2008 Mi-35 s/n 220720 88th Helicopter Base Hungarian Air Force, Szolnok Airbase, 2019 Mi-24V s/n 730816 Afghanistan Air Force, 2011 Mi-24VP United Aviation Group Federal Russian Forces at Caucasus, Khankala Airbase, Grozniy, 2002 Mi-24VP s/n 3532584910259 7th Separate Regiment Ukranian Army Aviation, Kalinov Airfield, 2008 Mi-24VP s/n 353258910259 7th Separate Regiment Ukrainian Army Aviation, Kramatorsk Airfield, 2014 Mi-24VP 125th Separate Helicopter Sqn Russian Naval Aviation, Chkalovsk Airfield, Kaliningrad region, 2013 Mi-24VP 125th Separate Helicopter Sqn Russian Naval Aviation, Chkalovsk Airfield, Kaliningrad region, 2013 Mi-24VP 125th Separate Helicopter Sqn Russian Naval Aviation, Chkalovsk Airfield, Kaliningrad region, 2015 Mi-24VP s/n 3532584910287 16th Brigade Ukrainian Army Aviation, Brody Airfield, 2014 Mi-24R 440th Separate Helicopter Regiment USSR Army Aviation, Stendal Airfield, GDR Territory, end of 1980s Mi-24R 3534624611809 113th Separate Mixed Aviation Squadron USSR Air Force, Sperenberg Airfield, ex-GDR Territory, May 1994 Mi-24R Armenian Air Force, Erevan Airbase, 2012 Mi-24R 484th Training Helicopter Regiment Russian Air Force, Syzran Airfield 2006 Mi-24K s/n 3532014611318 439th Separate Helicopter Regiment of Combat Control USSR Air Force Army Aviation, Parkhim Airbase, ex-GDR territory, May 1992 Mi-24K 178th Separate Helicopter Regiment Combat Control USSR Air Force Army Aviation, Borstel Airbase, ex-GDR territory, end of 1980s Note that the Mi-35 is the export variant of the Mi-24V. You can see all the colour profiles by visiting the two pages of instructions below at Begemot’s site: http://www.begemotdecals.ru/doc/48-042 Mi-24 instr p1.pdf http://www.begemotdecals.ru/doc/48-042 Mi-24 instr p2.pdf As mentioned earlier, the penultimate page of the instructions devotes half a page to the stencils on the fuselage and rotor blades, with small drawings here and there showing stencils inside bay doors etc. Over the page the weapons with their designations above each one, and the bottom of the page shows where all the stencils on the fuselage are sited. There are plenty of these, and as I always say it’s the stencils that make a better model, increasing the level of visual detail immensely. we’ve come to expect from Begemot the printing is first rate, with good register, colour density and sharpness, with the little blue hippo logo in the bottom right. You can buy these directly from Begemot by using the contact page on their site, or from your local stockist, which you can also find a list of on the site here. Very Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Mi-24 Upgrade Sets (for Zvezda) 1:48 Eduard & Eduard Brassin The new Mi-24V kit from Zvezda is proving popular, and a lot of people seem to be picking them up to commit the old Revell Monogram kits to the back of the stash. Eduard haven't been idle during the Covid-19 crisis, and have been busy producing a number of update sets for this new kit to add extra detail to the new tooling. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE), smaller Brassin 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. Wheels (648573) This Brassin set contains just the four resin parts and masks, with two smaller nose wheels and two larger main wheels, all of which have moulded-in highly-detailed hubs, and a suitably sized hole for the axle. They’re a straight-forward replacement for the kit parts, and have superb detail with circumferential tread and maker's data-plate, with a set of kabuki tape masks for easy painting of the new wheels. Interior (491097) This set comprises two sheets of PE, one of which is nickel-plated and painted (yes, that rhymes), the other bare brass. The first item is a complete replacement for the moulded-in headrest to the seat, with additional bracing parts on the rear of the seat frame. The instrument panel and side consoles are completely replaced by layered painted parts with painted dials behind the green front layer. Additional floor panels are fitted along with smaller instruments in both cockpits, including some protective grab-handles, equipment boxes and a breaker board. New rudder pedals, HUD with slip of acetate included, more internal structure and floor panels are included, plus what looks like a small microwave oven on the floor. Yes, I know it isn’t, or is it? Inside the canopy a number of PE inserts that fit to the rear sections to replicate the padded covers found there and at the rear of the instrument coaming. Zoom! Set (FE1097) This set contains a reduced subset of the interior, namely the pre-painted parts that are used to improve on the main aspects of the cockpit, as seen above. Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements. Seatbelts (FE1098) These belts 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. You get the pilot and gunner's four-point crew belts, plus six sets of grey lap belts in three parts for the passengers in the rear compartment. Exterior (481019) This set is supplied on one large bare brass fret, beginning with the various doors and hatches that get new interior detail skins. The rear wheel bay has all of its moulded detail removed to be replaced by a set of interior skins with ribs added along the length of the bay, then detailed once the divider is installed. The nose gear bay has a new interior folded up, then inserted into the kit bay with other details. Attention then shifts to the true exterior, beginning with raised surrounds for the exhausts, many aerials and antennae on the tail boom and under it, then new wiper blades for each canopy blister and the vortex generators on the pitot probe. At the tail a number of grilles are added on both sides of the fin, plus a perforated skin for the two styles of countermeasures dispensers either side of the tail root. Cargo Interior (481020) Another large brass fret contains all the parts for the passenger/cargo area of the Hind, beginning with instructions on how to make the recessed stiffening shapes on the two bulkhead pieces with a ball-point pen from the rear. These and a floor skin for the cabin are placed on the kit parts after the moulded-in detail has been sanded away. More detail is removed from the aft bulkhead to be replaced by new detail parts of superior quality, with the same treatment given to the opening parts of the doors with windows. The roof margins are also skinned with new detailed parts, plus additional short sections shown in a scrap diagram to the side for correct alignment. The horizontal ribs above and below the side fuselage windows are removed, and the window parts are given PE frames for additional detail, plus brackets between them. Finally, additional equipment and boxes are fitted to the cabin sidewalls, completing the upgrade to the interior. Masks Tface(EX706) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Or as exterior only masks (EX705) Conclusion The detail added with these sets will doubtless set your model apart from the rest, and you can get any or all sets depending on your area of focus. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Kamov Ka-50/52 Hokum Decals (48018) 1:48 Begemot Decals Italeri’s kit of the Hokum in 1:48 is a little on the old side, but as it’s our only choice at this scale it’s the best there is for now, until Kitty Hawk’s rumoured kit of the later Ka-52 Alligator with side-by-side seating hits the shelves sometime later this year of course. All that goes a long way to explain Andrey’s motivation behind this decal sheet’s timing, and I’m really pleased about it. This decal set arrives in an unassuming ziplok bag, with three A3 sheets of glossy paper folded in half for the instructions, two sheets of decals and a small set of masks for one of the decal options for painting beneath some of the decals. The instructions are large due to the fact that there are 17 decal options, and a full side is also dedicated to the stencils for the airframe as well as the munitions that the Hokum was capable of carrying. From the sheet you can build the following: Ka-50 V-80-08 Akhtoubinsk, early 1992 Ka-50 V-80-08 Zhukovskiy, Sept 1993 Ka-50Sh V-80-08 United Arab Emirates, Mar 1997 Ka-50 s/n unknown Torzhok, 1994 Ka-50Sh V-80-08 Zhukovskiy, Aug 1999 Ka-50Sh s/n unknown Zhukovskiy, 2005 Ka-50 s/n unknown Torzhok, 1996 Ka-50 s/n unknown Farnborough Airshow UK, Sept 1993 Ka-50 s/n unknown Le-Bourget Airshow France, Jul 1993 Ka-50 Grozniy-Nord Airfield, Dec 2000 Ka-50 s/n 8798000025 Kyrgystan, Aug 2004 Ka-50 s/n unknown Zhukovskiy, 2007 Ka-50 s/n unknown Kubinka Airbase, May 2010 Ka-52 s/n unknown Bangalor City India, 1996 Ka-52 s/n unknown Zhukovskiy, 2001 Ka-52 s/n unknown Kamov bureau, summer 2004 Ka-52 s/n unknown Kamov bureau, summer 2007 We don’t have any colour profiles to display, but the instructions for the set can be downloaded here. This should show how much detail is given in the instructions both in English and Cyrillic. Colours are called out by letters in circles, while the decals use numbers. Option 5 uses the small sheet of pre-cut vinyl masks under the decals 23, 24, 37, 54, 68 & 69, which includes the triangular banner on the tail, plus the band above it and the smaller band across the mid-boom stabilisers. The last page of the instructions devotes half a page to the weapons with their designations above each one, and the bottom of the page shows where all the stencils on the fuselage are sited. There are plenty of these, and as I always say it’s the stencils that make a better model, increasing the level of visual detail immensely. Each decal sheet is protected by a thin sheet of waxed paper, and as we’ve come to expect from Begemot the printing is first rate, with good register, colour density and sharpness, with the little blue hippo logo in the bottom right. Conclusion An interesting subject with a generous quantity of options that makes a modeller want to build more than one. With the Ka-52 coming soon, I can see myself making at least two if I live long enough! Very highly recommended. To buy these decals, check the link here. Review sample courtesy of
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