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  1. I'm going to try to get this finished, having started it a couple of years or so ago, can't remember what GB it was! Here's where I got to, the airframe assembled, some filling done, primed and some remedial work done. I decided to do an in-flight, 'Operation Firedog' machine. Hopefully I can manage the myriad of small resin and etch detail parts yet to add! Davey.
  2. F-14A & F-14D Wheels (Q72377 & Q72378 for Academy) 1:72 CMK Quick & Easy by Special Hobby Academy’s recent F-14A in 1:72 could always use new detail. What kit couldn’t? The quickest way to improve kit detail is to replace the kit wheels with resin ones that add detail, obviate seam hiding and usually giving the modeller a better representation of any tread patterns on the tyres. You might also get manufacturer’s name, raised tyre stencils and additional hub detail into the bargain, depending on what’s there on the real thing. With these
  3. DH.82 Tiger Moth Resin Updates (for Airfix) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby Airfix’s new kit of the Tiger Moth in 1:48 has proved very popular, selling out at Airfix soon after release, but still available from their distributers. Aftermarket was inevitable, and here is a large handful from CMK, Special Hobby’s resin division. As usual with CMK's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar clear vacformed box that has a hanger cut-out, with the resin parts safely inside, and the instructions sandwiched between the header card at the rear. Decals and Photo-Et
  4. F-5A Recon Lightning Conversion Set (4399 for Tamiya) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was a fast aircraft, and when stripped of unnecessary weight and combat equipment it was faster still. Lockheed developed the F-4 as a reconnaissance airframe with a new nose to house the cameras where the guns had been, plus the necessary controls and avionics to perform the task. The F-5A was a P-38G conversion, with 181 airframes made. The Set This set arrives in one of CMK’s yellow card boxes, with six grey resin parts on four casting
  5. F-104G/J & S Starfighter Ejection Seat (Q48369 & Q48370 for Kinetic) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby Kinetic’s new Starfighter kit is part of their new and growing range, and has been well-received as it’s a while since we’ve had a new tooled kit in this scale. The new Luftwaffe G that we reviewed here used the Martin-Baker seat, but other marks used the factory-fitted C-2 seat, and Special Hobby are cognisant of that fact. As usual with CMK's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar clear vacformed box, with the resin parts safely inside, and the instructions
  6. Heinkel He.162A Update Sets (for Special Hobby/Dragon) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby The He.162 was the winner of the VolksJäger contest in the defence of the Reich once the war had turned against the Nazis. Special Hobby have a new tool kit on the books and have now released a small gaggle of upgrade parts for the detail enthusiast, broken down into three sets, plus another to update the older Dragon kit in the same scale. The two sets of wheels and the ejection seat are in the green-backed and bagged Quick & Easy series, while the two main
  7. Hawker Hunter Resin Upgrades (for Airfix) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby Airfix have a growing range of new tool Hunter kits in 1:48, which has pleased many, myself included. CMK have produced a series of sets for these kits individually so that the modeller can choose which areas they would like to upgrade and which to leave stock. We have four of these sets to review today, each of which arrives in a clearvac bubble pack with resin parts within and a header card that is folded over and stapled, trapping the instructions and parts within. Martin B
  8. Reggiane Re.2000 Resin Upgrades (for Special Hobby) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby We reviewed the new kit from Special Hobby here in July, and they’ve also created these extra detail sets in resin for those that would like to take the level of detail up a bit. These sets from CMK’s Quick & Easy line arrive in small poly bags with a stiff green header card and a set of instructions behind the resin parts, with the top flipped over and stapled closed to keep the parts from running away. We have four sets in for review that give a boost to small areas hither and yo
  9. F-104 Starfighter Resin Updates (for Kinetic) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby We’ve just reviewed the new boxing of Kinetic’s F-104G/TF-104G in 1:48 right here, and CMK have been johnny-on-the-spot and produced these new resin sets for the kit, which actually arrived before the kit. We’ve got three of them so far, and each one arrives in a clear blister pack with a yellow header card and instructions behind the parts. Photo-Etch (PE) parts are secured behind a piece of clear acetate to protect them from damage during transit. F-104G/J Electronics Bo
  10. Phantom FG.1 Cockpit Set (for Airfix Kit) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby The new tool from Airfix is very welcome, Here from CMK we get a complete new cockpit for the FG.1. There is the main cockpit tub, front and back sets, instruments consoles, and side consoles; as well as the cockpit interior sides. PE setbelts and firing handles are supplied for the ejection seats. Also supplied are the front coaming and a film for the instrument panel/. The instructions dont mention much surgery is needed for the kit but im sure some will be needed. Lastly there is new part for
  11. F-4A-1 Recon Lightning Conversion Set (4398 for Tamiya) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was a fast aircraft, and when stripped of unnecessary weight and combat equipment it was faster still. Lockheed developed the F-4 as a reconnaissance airframe with a new nose to house the cameras where the guns had been, plus the necessary controls and avionics to perform the task. The F-4A was a P-38F conversion, with only 20 airframes made, and was later replaced by the F-5, which was based on the improved P-38G with several hundred of various updated
  12. A-4B/Q Undercarriage Set (for Airfix Kit) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby The new tool a few years back now from Airfix was very welcome, it gives you a sense of how good the kit is that there is not much aftermarket for kit out there. This set even though it says Undercarriage set is really the undercarriage bays. You get both main gear bays and the nose bay; as well as all the gear aby door. Given the layout of the airfix kit some major surgery will be required to use all these. All the parts are very well cast. Review sample cou
  13. B-25C/D Dinghy Pack (for Airfix Kit) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby The new tool from Airfix is very welcome, The dinghy pack on the B-25 is housed in a prominent position on the top of the fuselage for easy access when ditching and this set provides the stowage space for the pack, the pack itself and the cover. It will make a nice addition to an aircraft displayed on the ground. All of the parts are very well cast with minimal clean up being needed. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Reggiane Re.2005 Update Sets (for Special Hobby) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby Special Hobby’s new 2020 release of what many consider the pinnacle of WWII Italian fighter design is a good-looking kit, but here comes a bunch of resin to make it even better. All the sets are from CMK’s Quick & Easy line in green header packs stapled together in a little bag and brief instructions that due to their simple nature are little more than diagrams of where to cut the resin away from the parts. All the set are drop-in replacements for the kit parts to improve detail with
  15. Pz.38(t) Ausf.E/F Engine (3142) 1:35 CMK by Special Hobby This set is patterned for the 2019 Tamiya kit, and is designed to detail the entire engine bay with a few small adjustments to the base kit that involves some removal of plastic, which is shown in the first step of the instructions, and when the rear bulkhead needs a hole cutting in it. The set arrives in a small yellow cardboard box with a number of pictures of the set built up within the Tamiya kit, which shows off the detail to great effect. Inside is a bag of parts split into four heat-sealed sections
  16. PT-109 Fast Patrol Boat Upgrades (for Revell) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby Revell’s old PT boat moulds are a bit long in the tooth now, and could do with a lift in terms of detail. That’s what these sets from CMK are all about. They arrive in a small blister pack with card back that also holds the instructions and the resin parts within. Mk.6 Depth Charges x2 (N72035) Consisting of two depth charges and two racks, they simply require some short lengths of wire to tie them down, as shown in the diagrams.
  17. So, I've decided to give this a go... I will build "red-tail" from the box art, with lots of resin and PE upgrades from CMK (airbrakes, thrust reverser, RAT, cockpit set, mask set). And even more aftermarket, originally meant for the Heller kit - exterior and interior PE (will only use a few exterior pieces- I have the wrong set, for AJ37 interior), Master pitots and a tail+drop tank upgrade. The Maestro set on the left is very low quality resin, the drop tanks, particularly the fins, are atrocious. Kits parts are much better. In fact
  18. Spitfire Mk.XIV Bubble Canopy Cockpit (4397 for Airfix) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby This newly tooled Griffon engined Spit from Airfix is fresh off the blocks and here’s a super-detailed resin cockpit from CMK that will give it a lift in that department. Arriving in their standard bubble-pack with card rear, the set contains 21 resin parts, a small sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) brass, and a slip of printed clear acetate. The instruction sheet is folded up inside and a small rectangle of clear plastic helps to protect the parts from damage. It's
  19. MD-3 Ground Power Unit (8058) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby Powered by a 180-hp six-cylinder engine, this unit generated 28-volt DC 1500 amp, 115/220-volt AC power (I had to look this up!), it was used to power US aircraft on the ground in the 60s and 70s. This set from CMK arrives in a small card box and includes twelve resin parts on seven casting blocks, a small decal sheet, a fret of Photo-Etch (PE) brass, plus the instruction sheet in colour. Casting is finely detailed and without bubbles, with sensibly placed attachment points to minimise work in removing them
  20. AJ/SK/SH-37 Viggen Control Surfaces (Q72355 for Tarangus) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby If you’ve got a Tarangus or Special Hobby Viggen in 1:72 and want to mobilise the flying surfaces to add a bit of visual interest, here’s the easy way to do it. This set contains all four flying surfaces for the delta wings, which you’ll need to remove from the kit wings before replacing them with the resin parts. Handily the starboard wings are marked with a double bar on the casting block, although that’s going to be thrown away before fitting, but common sense should carry you
  21. Viggen Ground Crew (F48360) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby There must still be a fair few of the ESCI Viggens in 1:48 knocking about, but the newly tooled Tarangus and Special Hobby kits are the intended subject to have this small figure set clambering around under. Arriving in a small blister box with the instructions hidden behind the header card, you get two figures made from five parts of grey resin. The standing figure just needs an arm added to his left side, while the crouching figure needs an arm and head adding to make the most of the detail. The standing f
  22. Tempest Napier Sabre Engine (4393 for Eduard) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby Eduard’s new Tempest is hardly light on detail, but the cowling is moulded closed with no engine within. The Sabre is a huge lump with a H-shaped block and sleeve-valves in order to produce up to 2,000hp, it was shoe-horned into the Tempest’s fuselage with little room to spare. This set from CMK is a resin upgrade to the kit with 54 detailed parts on 15 casting blocks in grey resin, and arrives in a yellow-themed blister pack with header card and instructions within.
  23. Hawker Hunter F.6 Wheels (4392 for Airfix) 1:48 CMK from Special Hobby With Airfix’s new kit now on the market and readily available, CMK have created a set of highly detailed wheels for this much-loved aircraft to improve on what’s in the kit box. Arriving in a yellow-themed blister pack held together with a single staple, it contains three wheels including nose wheel and two main wheels, each on their own individual casting block that is attached to the wheel by the slightly flattened contact patch that gives the model the impression of weight, without looking
  24. Czech Master's Kits (CMK) is to release in February 2020 a 1/48th MD-3 Ground Power Unit (GPU) kit - ref. 129-8058 Source: https://www.specialhobby.eu/en/our-own-production/cmk-kits/md-3-ground-power-unit.html V.P.
  25. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Airfix Hawker Typhoon IB, with CMK weapon bay, Eduard seatbelts and Master gun barrels added, representing the aircraft of Squadron Leader Basil Gerald, 247. (China-British) Squadron, 124. Wing, 2nd TAF, Eindhoven/Netherlands, in December 1944. Painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thank you for your interest in this topic. With best greetings from Vienna, Roman
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