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  1. Fieseler Fi.103A/B V1 Flying Bomb (03861) 1:32 Revell Toward the end of WWII Hitler was scrambling around for technological ways to dig Nazi Germany out of the hole he had dug for them by attacking almost all of Europe, thereby turning most of the world against them. He relied heavily on nebulous "Wunderwaffe", or wonder-weapons that would save his bacon at the last minute, forgetting (or ignoring) the fact that continuous development of new weapons and technology saps manufacturing capacity and scientific knowledge away from existing projects that are already proving their worth. The Vergeltungswaffen-1 was one such weapon, known as the V-1, V-1 Flying Bomb, Doodlebug or Buzz-bomb due to the rasping note of the pulsejet that powered it. It was made using minimal strategic materials, mostly welded steel for the fuselage and plywood for the wings, with an Argus pulsejet engine, a glorified blowlamp, mounted high on the rear of the tail, short straight wings and elevators, the controls for which were made by compressed air that also pressurised the fuel tank. They were launched from a ramp because the pulsejet won't work properly until it has substantial airflow, which was achieved using a rocket-propelled trolley that was jettisoned at the end of the ramp. They could also be air-launched by specially adapted He.111s, and their range was adjusted by adding or subtracting fuel and pointing it in the direction of London. Their downfall was the size of the gantries, which were static and easily spotted for destruction, plus the relatively small explosive payload. Once the Allies pushed into France they were no longer able to be launched from ramps due to their range, so air-launch was the only option, and that slowed down their influx to a relative crawl. The newly completed Tempests were perfectly suited to shooting them down, and there are stories of them being tipped off course and shot down, as well as downed by Anti-Aircraft fire. The Kit This is a reboxing of a new tool kit by Special Hobby. It arrives in an end-opening box with a painting of a V-1 over what looks like the industrial areas of that there London, with a Hurricane coming in guns blazing in an attempt to intercept it. Inside are three sprues of mid-grey styrene, a small decal sheet, and an instruction booklet. The Doodlebug has none of the niceties such as cockpit, landing gear etc., so it should be a quick build that is made to stand out by its paint finish and weathering. Construction begins with the combined fuselage and pulsejet housing halves, with a rusty colour used inside the combustion tube. The intake and baffles are added to the front before closure, and that's the fuselage almost finished. The nose cone can take one of two forms. A bucket-shaped protective cover, or the most usually seen pointed nose-cone with spinner tip, both covering a bulbous front insert that has a decal supplied in case you wanted to leave the cone off. A length of conduit connects the nose to the engine, and the tail planes are added to the slots in the rear under the pulsejet. The wings are kept level by the use of a styrene spar part that should make installing them simple, as well as strengthening the join. The spar has two marks that must show one on each side before they are glued in place. After that has set, you can slide the wings on, which are both made from top and bottom halves, plus a small bulkhead at the root, which will be useful if you are showing your model with the wings stowed. That's the bomb/airframe built, but there's a trolley that goes with it, making displaying your model an easier task. This has four twin castor wheels, a rectangular base frame, pull handle and twin trestles to hold the fuselage in place. If you are stowing the wings, there are two additional trestles that have grooves in for the wings, which store tilted against the fuselage. A nice addition that will save you from having to build a launch ramp in the garden! Markings The decal sheet is small with decals for three options, and consists of stencils only apart from a later B variant that has a pair of interlinking red crosses on the forward fuselage to tell it from its externally identical brethren that were loaded with less powerful explosives. From the box you can build one of the following: Fi-103A V-1, Wk.Nr. 256839 – Tramm/Dannenberg, 1945 Fi-103A V-1, Wk.Nr. 708153 – Tramm/Dannenberg, 1945 Fi-103B V-1, Flakregiment 155/W - France, Summer 1944 Decals are by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. You will be pleased to hear that the red crosses for option C are included for your convenience, with as little carrier film “web” between the arms as possible without making the task too difficult. Conclusion I've always found the V-1s fascinating, and having a nice new tooling of one in a scale where the painting can be done in greater detail is a tempting proposition. It's also tempting to stand one next to a Special Hobby Hawker Typhoon or one of HK's Meteors too. Highly recommended. Currently, Revell are unable to ship to the UK from their online shop due to recent changes in import regulations, but there are many shops stocking their products where you can pick up the kits either in the flesh or online. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  2. Fieseler Fi.103 (FZG76) V-1 "Flying Bomb" (SH32071) 1:32 Special Hobby Toward the end of WWII Hitler was scrambling around for technological ways to dig Nazi Germany out of the hole he had dug for them by attacking almost all of Europe, thereby turning most of the world against them. He relied heavily on nebulous "Wunderwaffe", or wonder-weapons that would save his bacon at the last minute, forgetting (or ignoring) the fact that continuous development of new weapons and technology saps manufacturing capacity and scientific knowledge away from existing projects that are already proving their worth. The Vergeltungswaffen-1 was one such weapon, known as the V-1, V-1 Flying Bomb, Doodlebug or Buzz-bomb due to the rasping note of the pulsejet that powered it. It was made using minimal strategic materials, mostly welded steel for the fuselage and plywood for the wings, with an Argus pulsejet engine, a glorified blowlamp, mounted high on the rear of the tail, short straight wings and elevators, the controls for which were made by compressed air that also pressurised the fuel tank. They were launched from a ramp because the pulsejet won't work properly until it has substantial airflow, which was achieved using a rocket-propelled trolley that was jettisoned at the end of the ramp. They could also be air-launched by specially adapted He.111s, and their range was adjusted by adding or subtracting fuel and pointing it in the direction of London. Their downfall was the size of the gantries, which were static and easily spotted for destruction, plus the relatively small explosive payload. Once the Allies pushed into France they were no longer able to be launched from ramps due to their range, so air-launch was the only option, and that slowed down their influx to a relative crawl. The newly completed Tempests were perfectly suited to shooting them down, and there are stories of them being tipped off course and shot down, as well as downed by Anti-Aircraft fire. The Kit This is a new tool kit that has doubtless been produced due to the Tempest that Special Hobby also have in this scale, so they go together well. It arrives in a small (think 1:72 fighter) box with a painting of a V-1 crossing the channel on the front and a jet-powered Meteor climbing to intercept it. Under the lid are three sprues of mid-grey styrene, a small decal sheet, a fret of Photo-Etch (PE) brass and a short instruction booklet. The Doodlebug has none of the niceties such as cockpit, landing gear etc., so it should be a quick build that is made to stand out by its paint finish and weathering. Construction begins with the combined fuselage and pulsejet housing halves, with a rusty colour used inside the combustion tube. The intake and baffles are added to the front before closure, and that's the fuselage almost finished. The nose cone can take one of three forms. A bucket-shaped protective cover, the most usually seen pointed nose-cone with spinner tip, or a yellow semi-recessed globe, the purpose of which I'm not sure of. A test cone, or the bare warhead? Answers on a postcard. A length of conduit connects the nose to the engine, and the tail planes are added to the slots in the rear under the pulsejet, with PE actuators for the rudder that is built into the rear jet support. The wings are kept level by the use of a styrene spar part that should make installing them simple, as well as strengthening the join. The spar has two marks that must show one on each side before they are glued in place. After that has set, you can slide the wings on, which are both made from top and bottom halves, plus a small bulkhead at the root, which will be useful if you are showing your model with the wings stowed. That's the bomb built, but there's a trolley that goes with it, making displaying your model an easier task. This has four twin castor wheels, a rectangular base frame, pull handle and trestle to hold the fuselage in place. If you are stowing the wings, there are two additional trestles with PE retention straps that have grooves in for the wings, which store tilted against the fuselage. A nice addition that will save you from having to build a launch ramp in the garden! Markings The decal sheet is small, and consists of stencils only apart from a later B-2 variant that has a pair of interlinking red crosses on the forward fuselage to tell it from its externally identical brethren that were loaded with less powerful explosives. From the box you can build one of the following: Fi.103A-1 W.Nr. 768658 Fi.103A-1 W.Nr. 707219, France 1944 Fi.103B-2 France, summer 1944 Decals are crisp and clear, and you'll be masking and painting your red crosses for option C yourself, so prepare that area with white primer, spray it red and then mask it with narrow tape before you paint the main colours, unless you have some red decal strip on hand. Conclusion I've always found the V-1s fascinating, and having a nice new tooling of one in a scale where the painting can be done in detail is tempting. It's also tempting to stand one next to a Typhoon or one of HK's Meteors as well. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. When i got back into the hobby one of the models i bought of ebay was the eastern express spitfire mk xiv... wich is the old frog rebox, and it interestingly comes with a V1 flying bomb and a stand. overall the model is rather accurate in dimentions, but there are also some glaring errors, and what details are there all need refining. Anyway, i started playing with the V1 and well once a few pieces are off the sprue there's no turning back. so first the V1 in short, overall dimentions are ok, according to plans i found online (not the ones pictured as it later turned out) but the wings and horizontal stabilizes are to far forward, so these where cut and repositioned. the pulsjet was slightly lenghtened with a bit of plastic tube. the front strut seems to reseble perhaps and interior structure of the v1 but not the swept back aerodynamic strut to this was replaced with plasticcard. the intake was also beefed up with some miliput, although i think i overdid it a little. gave it a shot of tamiya primer, the bottom was painted with a 50/50 mix of white and pru blue, and the top was a mixture or vallejo, revell, heller, and italeri paints along with some vallejo flow improver and airbrush thinner... they all play nice together, and considdering my airbrush skills and the size of the thing, i think it came out ok... And with the buzz bomb done, it was time to build the thing that'll nock it out of the sky. Because the models will be posed in flight cockpit detail will be kept to a bare minimum... well i got a little carried away... i used scale drawings from the monforton spitfire mk xvi/ix (i know not xiv) pinted to 1/72 scale, wich is tiny, but it makes it real easy to correctly position all the ribs and bits and bobs... it's mostely just a few strips of styrene really Later i realised the oxygen hose, wich is missing from most spitfire kits and wich i so cunningly added, would probably not be in stowed position, as the pilot would likely have his mask on.. maybe not as i don't think V1's came in very high, but again, i'm sure he could use it! i modified the kit figure to look a bit more dynamic, fortunately the plastic played nice. so i cut the head and pinned it with a bit of metal wire... the arms where even cut off with sprue cutters... i cut the rudder pedals from the cockpit and stuck them the the gentleman's feet, that way they'll always line up... aha! i was initially going to use the airfix mk ix or xix pilots wich actually look rather nice, but u guess having a backup takes the stress away from this kind of surgery so they have to wait their turn. i'm actually surprised how well he fits in there, his stretches arm even reaches the throttle... and this is what we're going for one of the gravest errors on the frog kit is the wing fillets wich, don't look like the spitfire item from any angle (i think i have a picture of what they looked like somewhere but i wanted to get it over with), and i can only guess how these came about... also the gull wing is lacking, fortunately there is more plastic rather than not enough, so it's just a matter of chopping and sanding everything off that doesn't look like a spitfire. since the kit radiators where to small i need to make new ones, and might just as well go all the way and represent the sunken radiators as per original it's hard to see, but i actually bend the wing near the center to represent the gull wing. and that's where we're with this one... wich reminds me i still need to finish my mkII
  4. Hello Chaps, I'm back to share with you my final build of 2015, that I completed the morning of New Years Eve. This was a gift from a fellow YouTube modeler, who sent it to me because he knew that I was enjoying building Luftwaffe aircraft during the last 8 months, but hadn't yet built a bomber, and that the Heinkel He 111 was a plane that I really wanted to get my hands on. This is a discontinued kit from 1994, but has been re-released under the Revell banner. For a 22 yr old kit, it has some reasonable details, including recessed panel lines on the exterior surfaces and three figures: a officer, pilot and bombardier/front gunner.. I did have a couple of fit issues though: one of the wing root to fuselage joints had a gap of around 1.0mm that I had to fill, and, the profile of the greenhouse canopy was wider than the profile of the fuselage body on both sides. I therefore had to carefully file the clear part down without damaging the window areas. Also, the original decal sheet was yellowed and the moment I put decals into water, they disintegrated. My friend who sent me the kit had suspected this might happen, so he included a more up to date set of decals, although they had markings for two H-6 version Heinkel's that carried two torpedoes and also didn't have the fully enclosed dorsal gun turret, but the open style with the windshield facing forward to protect the gunner from airflow. This newer decal sheet didn't include decals for the V1 rocket, of which there were 24 stencils intended to go onto the rocket on the original sheet. I therefore decided that this was going to be a non-existent, what if, fun build. I mixed some of the fuselage side markings from the decal sheet to spell 1H+AM, which was associated to a Junkers Ju 88 and which I thought appropriate at the time of building, as it was Christmas, and most people like a good Spiral Ham! With this being a large model at 1/48 scale, I thought that the two tone splinter camo was just too much green, and therefore broke the monotony of it up with a white tail band, which would have indicated that it operated in North Africa....again...accuracy isn't playing into this build...it's just for fun at this point in time. I have to say though, it was a good kit besides the outlined issues and I had a lot of fun building it! Enough waffling and onto the photos, I hope you like them Well there she is, I hope you like her as much as I enjoyed building her. Again, just like my Fw 190F-8 build, I haven't had the time to post my build on here, but I do have a introduction to the build video and 4 "Build Update" videos on my YouTube Channel, along with my "Final Reveal" video that are available to watch, should you be interested in all the stages from start until end of this build. Here are the links for the 5 videos associated to this build: Introduction Video Link- https://youtu.be/BRDvVv0aAS8 Build Update #1 Video Link- https://youtu.be/VCvq7-FxUxU Build Update #2 Video Link- https://youtu.be/wolvHNA4rZQ Build Update #3 Video Link- https://youtu.be/WPJQIszbQIs Build Update #4 Video Link- https://youtu.be/gSrM2QytLYc Final Reveal Video Link- https://youtu.be/l2BoXSWtHcE Thanks in advance for taking a look at this posting, for leaving comments and for watching any of the videos, should you do so, much appreciated! Until my next build thread begins, happy modeling, have fun and Happy New Year! Cheers Martin
  5. V-1 Flying Bomb - Vergeltungswaffen-1, pics on the one at Duxford thanks to Ruari.
  6. This was done a couple of years ago, there should be a little transparent disk on the front, made to replicate the little propeller spinning around, lost to the carpet monster. Its a nice large kit suitable for any level however you will need a superglue to cement it all together if you can't stand snap fit.
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