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  1. As I have mentioned in my other thread in this GB I have been away from the workbench for over a month and a half...not sure how that happened. Anyway while I get my mojo back for the other (stalled) project I fancied something (a) airplane based and (b) quick ish. After inspection of the stash I came across this: With a suitable MTO option in the form of Ju 87B-2 Trop 2./StG 1 Derna Libya October 1941. With only a couple of dozen pieces (but including some very fine photo etch) it must be capable of being put together in a few sessions....surely As always all comments welcome. Dave
  2. BL755 Cluster Bombs (648415) 1:48 Eduard Brassin The BL755 was the main RAF & RN Cluster bomb between the early 1970s until 2008 when it was removed due to the UK signing the Ottawa Treaty on Landmines. Each bomb contained 147 sub munitions and externally was shaped like a standard 1000Lb bomb. Each sub munition contained a shaped anti armour charge surrounded by wound tessellated square wire which produced upto 1400 anti personnel fragments. The unit was used by some NATO allies and some UK partner nations. They continue to be used recently by Saudi aircraft in the Yemen. Typically the units were kept in canisters prior to use so dont normally show the weathering which can be seen on bombs. This set contains four resin bombs, the arming vanes and a set of decals. Review sample courtesy of
  3. This is my (first?) entry for the GB: a red striped soviet MiG-21S. It took part at "Operation Danube", the warsaw pact invasion of the Czechoslovakia. For the kit, i will use the little gem from Eduard. I have already built the kit and i really enjoyed it. So, let's start with another. I will build the "Red 01". Hope to start soon the work on this kit! ciao Ale
  4. As my Tomahawks, Spitfire IX and Blenheim are progressing, I've decided to start another kit and, as I have a fair few Eduard Spitfires in the stash... I'll be using this boxing: I quite like this option: but I have this sheet: which has some in the High Altitude Scheme. As the Eduard Spitfire has a LOT of parts, painting choices are some way away. Anyway, I've made a start by painting the interior with a mixture of Colourcoats Interior Grey Green and Tamiya Aluminium. I've given them a dry-brush with a light grey, once it's dry I'll give them a black wash. Also did the seat, using Colourcoats RN Anti-fouling Red for the seat (which I'll give a dark red-brown wash) before using these seatbelts, (a gift from the ever generous @CedB) Thanks for looking.
  5. Sea King HAR.3 / Mk.43 Update sets & Masks 1:72 Eduard for Airfix Kit The new tool Blenheim was welcome for those who build WWII British Aircraft, Eduard are now along with some sets for it. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) 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. Interior Set (73636) This set has one pre-painted fret, and one brass one. You get cockpit details, seat belts (front & rear) , instrument panels, and the overhead panel. The brass spure has cockpit floors and a new rear cockpit bulkhead. Also the rear bulkhead. Zoom! Set (SS636) 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, with the seat belts. Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements. Exterior Set (72671) This set contains many fuselage and tail access panels. Sponson parts, tail rotor parts, tail fold parts, crew entry steps & door, windscreen wipers, and winch parts. Masks (CX517) Supplied on yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the glazing. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the main and tail wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort, plus a landing light mask. Review samples courtesy of
  6. Ju 87B-2/R2 Upgrade sets & Masks 1:72 Eduard for Airfix Kit The new tool from Airfix is welcome. Eduard are now along with some sets for it. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) 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 (73633) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels that will be prominent within the cockpit are the primary parts on the painted set, with new rudder pedals; seat details; canopy internal structure; additional instruments; seat belts and extra details. The normal fret contains external details, bomb details, canopy frame parts and airframe parts. Zoom! Set (SS633) 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. Masks (CX513) Supplied on yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the main and tail wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort, plus a landing light mask. Review samples courtesy of
  7. Hello, some years ago I started to do more static modeling, coming from remote control helicopters. After soldering some of the strip downs from Eduard of the last century I build now mostly 1/48 biplanes. I like to show my Airco D.H.2 in 1/48 finished end of last year. It's the only stripdown in this scale from Eduard. The PE was mostly soldered as far as possible to big assemblies. Struts are made from real wood, the four blade too. The engine was replaced with one from Small Stuff and can rotate with the prop. The rigging was done with help of Gaspatch turnbuckles, may be the model with the highest number of those used. Some plastic parts was replaced by brass, e.g. the tail boom and spar. The painting was done with Alclad, Gunze and oil. Now have fun with the pictures If you have further questions feel free to ask! Frank
  8. Bismarck Photo Etched Upgrades for Meng Kit 1:700 Eduard Meng Model have taken a somewhat curious approach to their fledgling range of 1:700 scale warships. The kits are well made and nicely detailed, but are moulded in multi-coloured plastic and designed as snap-fit models. While that makes them seem somewhat toy-like, Eduard have clearly taken the view that enough 'serious' modellers will acquire and build the kits to justify the release of upgrade sets for them. These sets cover the recent Bismarck kit. Bismarck Photo Etched Set (53220) As with any small-scale ship, there are an awful lot of fine details that cannot be replicated satisfactorily in injection moulded plastic. That's where Eduard's set will prove to be useful. The first set includes a range of small detail parts including the FuMO 23 radar, details for the optical rangefinders, small platforms, windlasses, the anchor chains and various other deck furniture. Also on this fret are a range of ladders and stairways, details for the aircraft hangar and catapault, the mast and the main and secondary armament. Splinter shields for the smaller guns are also provided, alongside details for the ship's boats. Bismarck Railings Photo Etched Set (53221) This fret includes a full set of railings and stairways. The railings feature a constant lower rail rather than individual stanchions, which will make them easier to fix to the model. Conclusion Nothing finishes a model warship off better than a set of fine photo etched parts. With this pair of frets, Eduard have included almost everything you could want to complete the Meng kit to a high standard. If I were to choose just one of these sets then it would be the railings, but both will make a positive difference to the kit. Review sample courtesy of
  9. A-4F Skyhawk Update sets & masks 1:48 Eduard for Trumpeter Kit Eduard now bring us an update set, seatbelts, Airbrakes and two sets of masks for the new Trumpeter A-4E Update Set (49899) Inside there are two frets, one coloured and one not. The coloured parts are mainly for the cockpit including a new instrument panel, sides panels, and various levers. A new floor is provided along sides for the ejection seat, also new HUD parts are provided. For the airframe new parts are provided for the gear doors, and gear bays as well as the jet exhaust and rear chaff launchers. New parts are provided for the inside of the canopy and the fillers on the fuel tanks. If the modeller only wants the coloured cockpit etch then this is available as a zoom set. Full Set ZOOM Seat Belts (FE900) This contains a full set of seatbelts for the kits ejection seats It also contains ejection seat handles. All in the newer Eduard flixible steel, in full colour. Airbrakes (48955) This contains a full set of replacement speed brakes and interior well parts for the kit. Masks Eduard provide two sets of masks. These are for the canopy and the wheels. The Tface ones provide masks for inside and outside the canopy Normal EX593 Tface EX594 Review samples courtesy of
  10. With the hawk awaiting a full bottle of primer to arrive, and a week of annual leave in hand, it's time to get a second aircraft onto the bench. The Hawk was an OOB build to get me by, but this Harrier has a few extras to test me and so I can learn a few things as I go. I've gone with the Eduard rebox of what I believe is the Hasegawa Harrier. I've picked up some Brassin and Eduard accessories as you can see, They include a THERMA poem Sniper ATP, UK RBF tags and a step ladder. Although I'm left wondering if the UK use(d) ladders like this? The set comes with Cartograf decals for the following 6 designs: As well as the standard array of sprues: It also comes with a correct resin seat, to frames of photo-etch parts (one in full colour), new wheels and a sheet of pre cut masks. Cheers James
  11. Shackleton AEW.2 Photo Etch Upgrades for Airfix Kit 1:72 Eduard Airfix's Shackelton has been generally well-received, although it's fair to say that the AEW.2 didn't make quite such a big impact as the MR.2, not least because Revell were able to beat them to market with their own impressive kit. Now Eduard have released a tranche of photo etched accessories for the new kit, as well as a set of paint masks. Shackleton AEW.2 Cockpit Interior Photo Etched Set Despite the misleading title, this is actually a combined set for the interior and exterior. The first fret contains the interior details and, as you would expect, there is a natural focus on the cockpit area. Included on this fret is a pre-painted multi-layered instrument panel, harnesses for the pilot's and co-pilot's seats, details for the throttle controls, control column and cockpit sidewalls. Also on this fret are parts for detailing inside of the transparent parts. On the second fret are parts for detailing the main wheel hubs, the insides of the landing gear bays, the inside of the bomb bay doors and the radiators of the mighty Griffon engines. A host of smaller parts such as aerials and aileron actuators are also included on this fret. Shackelton AEW.2 Fuselage Interior The incredibly detailed interior of the Airfix Shackleton drew a lot of comment when the kit was shown for the first time, both from those happy to see so much amazing detail and those who couldn't see the point when relatively little would be visible when completed. For the former group, Eduard have released a further set of pre-painted parts. Included on the fret are harnesses for the remaining crew seats, as well as a whole host of details for the various crew stations. A first aid kit rounds the package off nicely. You will need to scrape away the moulded detail in order to use these items, but you needn't worry about being too careful as the photo etched parts will cover up any slips with the scalpel blade. Shackleton AEW.2 Landing Flaps This set is comprised of two fairly large frets that contain everything needed to kit out the kit with a set of detailed landing flaps. In typical Eduard style, the part count has been kept quite low by making use of folds rather than individual parts. The instructions don't show these folds in great detail though, so you'll need to pay close attention. Although this set appears to be quite complex, it should be quite straightforward to assemble provided the right tools are used. The Airfix kit already has separate plastic flaps, so replacing them with the brass versions will require some moulded detail to be scraped away. You'll also need to stock up on thin plastic rod in order to complete them properly. Shackleton MR.2 Masks Most of us are familiar with Eduard's pre-cut masks, so I won't say too much about them here. You get everything you need for all of the transparent parts as well as the wheels, and while they may seem like an extravagance for a smaller kit like a Spitfire, they are much less so for a beast of a kit like the Shackelton. Conclusion Airfix's Shackleton looks to be a pretty good kit, and in usual Eduard style these sets will add detail where it counts. I imagine many modellers will opt to forgo super-detailing the interior, so it's good that Eduard have produced a separate set for this area as it maximises choice and value for the modeller (interestingly I had two identical frets supplied with the interior set by accident. If you want one of them, drop me a PM and they're yours). Some of the parts in the landing flap set may be a little intimidating for those not used to working with photo etched parts, but once you get the hang of folding them up, you'll be fine. Used in conjunction with the other sets, these should help to transform the model into a real showstopper. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  12. MiG-21MF Brassin Weapons 1:72 Eduard Eduard's new MiG-21MF comes with a fairly comprehensive suite of weaponry for both the interceptor and fighter bomber variants. As you might expect, however, Eduard have released a suite of resin alternatives through their Brassin label. The range includes some items that have been released before in different guises, but these are all labelled for the MiG-21MF and include the relevent launch rails and/or pylons. The range covers the R-13M (NATO AA-2C Atoll), R-3S (NATO AA-2A Atoll), RS-2US (NATO AA-1 Alkali) and UB-16-57UMP Launchers for the S-5 55mm unguided rocket. Of course these items are not strictly exclusive to the MiG-21 and could also be used with other Soviet/Russian aircraft such as the MiG-23, Su-9, Su-17 etc. Each item is well made and beautifully cast, with decals and, in some cases, photo etched details. R-13M Missiles for MiG-21 With pylons (672188) Without Pylons (672187) R-3S Missiles for MiG-21 With pylons (672186) Without Pylons (672185) MiG-21MF Pylons RS-2US Missiles for MiG-21 With pylons (672192) Without pylons (672191) UB-16 Rocket Launchers for MiG-21 With pylons (672190) Without pylons (672189) Conclusion While these items are not essential (the kit equivalents are perfectly useable), they do represent an upgrade for quality and detail-conscious modellers. They are also useful for any other kits you may have in the stash. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  13. Eduard MiG-21MF Overtrees 1:72 Eduard Eduard's superlative new MiG-21MF (reviewed elsewhere in this forum) is also available in the Overtree's format. These boxings, which contain just the plastic parts from the original kits, are handy for those who want to make the most of their investment in Royal Class or Profipack kits that come supplied with more decal options than you can shake a stick at. They are an affordable way of acquiring more kits for a reasonable price. Three boxings are available, for the interceptor and fighter bomber variants, as well as a weapons set. MiG-21MF Interceptor Overtrees (70141X) MiG-21MF Fighter Bomber Overtrees (70142X)b] MiG-21MF Weapons Set Overtrees (70149X) MiG-21MF Interceptor Overtrees Photo Etch (70141-LEPT) MiG-21MF Fighter Bomber Overtrees Photo Etch (70142-LEPT) Review sample courtesy of
  14. Rather than have a long thread or long list of bargains, I though I'd make a pinned post with an explanation and links! Most of are bargains are 1/72 and 1/48 Eduard and Hobby Boss kits but sometimes we'll get other things like Meng kits, Vallejo paint sets, Trumpeter ships etc, so it's always worth a look. All the bargains can be found on our website's homepage and there's usually around 100 or so offers at any one time! Generally speaking we get bargains in every Friday, so check our website every Friday for the latest bargains! Sometimes we do get extra bargains in mid week, so keep looking! At the top of the homepage you'll find the latest kit releases we have in stock. New Eduard kits usually appear around the start of a month but can be a few days early or late (by the time we can get them!) If there's any recent release that's not listed, please feel free if we can get it for you. Although we don't list them at the top of the page we do get the latest Eduard Etch and Masks when we can and Xtradecal sets too. Here's the link to our homepage so you can check out the latest offers and new kits! https://mjwmodels.co.uk/ thanks Mike
  15. Ki-61-Id Upgrade sets & Masks 1:72 Eduard for Tamiya The new tool from Tamiya is welcome. Eduard are now along with some sets for it. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) 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 (73637) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new instrument panels that will be prominent within the cockpit are the primary parts on the painted set, with new rudder pedals; seat details; canopy internal structure; additional instruments; seat belts and extra details. The normal fret contains gear doors, radiator parts, and landing gear parts. Zoom! Set (SS637) 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. Masks (CX516) Supplied on yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the main and tail wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort, plus a landing light mask. Review samples courtesy of
  16. Blenheim Mk.IV Update sets & Masks 1:72 Eduard for Airfix Kit The new tool Blenheim was welcome for those who build WWII British Aircraft, Eduard are now along with some sets for it. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) 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. Interior Set (73634) This set has one pre-painted fret. You get cockpit details, seat belts, instrument panel, throttle details, machine gun details and rudder pedals. Exterior Set (72669) This set contains many fuselage and wing access panels. Undercarriage bay fittings and interior, and engine details, Landing Flaps Set (72670) This set contains as the name would suggest a new set of detailed flaps. Some removal of the kit areas is needed to fit these. Masks (CX514) Supplied on yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the glazing. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the main and tail wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort, plus a landing light mask. Review samples courtesy of
  17. Eduard MiG-21MF Royal Class 1:72 Eduard The Mig 21 has the distinction of having been produced in greater numbers than any other supersonic jet fighter aircraft in the world. It has seen service with dozens of counties globally and has seen action in Vietnam, the Middle East, Yugoslavia, Cuba and during numerous conflicts in Africa. The design was even copied by the Chinese, where it is known as the Chengdu J-7. The MF is the export version of the SM (itself an upgraded version of the MiG-21S) with modernised radar and avionics and an upgraded R13-300 turbojet engine. This particular variant has seen service with many Soviet states and their post-Cold War descendants. Czechoslovakia had a substantial quantity that were split between the Czech Republic and Slovakia following the Velvet Divorce, eventually to be replaced by Saab Gripens and Mig-29s respectively. This is the first 'Royal Class' boxing of Eduard's all-new 1:72 MiG-21 kit. Inside the large, regal box you get two complete kits (one interceptor and one fighter-bomber), as well as photo etched parts, pre-cut masks, resin seats and wheels, a limited edition poster and an unfathomable sticker game. Unlike the previous Royal Class kits such as the Spitfire, FW-190 or the MiG-15, you don't get a little drinking glass or a piece of a real airframe to display. Those editions all included four kits instead of two. Although this kit is a little bit cheaper than the aforementioned, I can't help but feel it doesn't represent quite such good value. Still, you do get no fewer than a dozen decal options. I shan't go into a great deal of detail about the plastic as, if you are interested, you can read our detailed review here. Suffice to say that the kit is excellent. The addition of resin wheels and seats improves the kit in two important and visible areas. The resin seats are particularly impressive and well worth having. As this particular boxing contains both interceptor and fighter bomber versions, you get an even more comprehensive selection of ordnance. This includes: 2 x 800L external fuel tank 4 x 490L external fuel tank 4 x RS-2US missiles 4 x R-3S missiles 4 x R-13 missiles 8 x FAB-100 bombs 4 x FAB-250 bombs 4 x S-24 rockets 4 x UB-16 rocket pods 2 x UB-32 rocket pods 4 x RATO units. A generous twelve options are included on the decal sheet: Czechoslovakian Air Force: Aircraft number 4175, 1st Flight Regiment, České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia, 1979. This aircraft is finished in overall grey with red and yellow bands on the upper wing and fuselage; Bulgarian Air Force: Aircraft number 177, 26th Reconnaissance Air Regiment, Dobrich, Bulgaria, early 1990s. This aircraft is finished in a dark green/light green/sand camouflage over light blue. Soviet Air Force: Aircraft number 03, Krasnodar Military Flying Academy, Soviet Union, 1979. This aircraft (which the instructions note was probably an SM rather than an MF) is finished in a disruptive dark green and sand over light blue scheme. Angolan Air Force: Aircraft number C41, flown by General Rafael del Pino (Cuban Air Force), Angola, 1976. This aircraft is finished in a disruptive green and sand over light blue scheme. Iraqi Air Force: Aircraft number 1019, flown by 1st Lieutenant Sadik, 11 Squadron, Al Rasheed Air Base, Iraq, 1980. This aircraft is finished in a disruptive green and sand over light blue scheme. Egyptian Air Force: Aircraft number 7628, Tanta Air Base, 1988. This aircraft is finished in a disruptive grey, green and sand over light grey scheme with orange panels on the outer wings, dorsal spine and fin. German Air Force: Aircraft number 23+15, Jagdgeschwader 1, Holzdorf, Germany, 1990. This aircraft is finished in a dark green/light green camouflage over light grey. Indian Air Force: Aircraft number C1531, No. 101 Squadron "Falcons", Sirsa Air Base, early 1990s. This aircraft is finished in overall silver with large black and yellow dots. Slovakian Air Force: Aircraft number 4312, 3rd Fighter Bomber Regiment, Malacky, Slovakia, 1993. This aircraft is finished in overall silver. Czech Air Force: Aircraft number 9414 43rd Fighter Squadron, Czech Republic, 1996. This aircraft is finished in red-brown and dark green over light blue; Polish Air Force: Aircraft number 9107, flown by Major Dariusz Pacek, Commanding Officer of 10. Pułk Lotnictwa Myśliwskiego, Łask, Poland, 2000. This aircraft is finished in gold over silver. Libyan Air Force: Aircraft number F-03, Tobruk, Libya, 2017. This aircraft is finished in a disruptive two-tone grey scheme. The decals are well printed and a full set of stencils is included. I expect it will take a considerable amount of time and patience to apply all of them! Conclusion There is no questioning the quality of Eduard's new MiG-21MF. The kit is accurate, well detailed and well made. The Royal Class edition of the kit is desirable, but seems difficult to justify at around £20 more than the cost of two Profipacks, given the only extras are two sets of resin seats and a set of wheels. There's nothing wrong with the kit per se, but in my opinion it doesn't quite live up to previous Royal Class releases. Other than that, the kit itself is beyond superb and can be highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  18. Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib (11117) Limited Edition 1:48 Eduard In the design process even before the Hurricane reached squadron service, the Typhoon was initially intended to be a direct replacement of its older stable mate, but with development scope to take advantage of the upcoming 2,000hp piston engines that would be near the limits of propeller powered flight. Initial problems were overcome, and the early razorback design was amended to a bubble canopy that gave the pilot a vastly improved view of the sky around him. A larger, strengthened tail and a change from 12 machine guns to four wing mounted 20mm cannon also improved the aircraft's offensive ability. It was never fully developed into a medium altitude fighter, but it did find a role nearer the ground, especially in countering the Fw.190 that was playing havoc with the Mk.V Spitfires at the time. It was a big stable aircraft with masses of power, which made it ideally suited to low level flight, and that naturally lends itself to ground attack. Fitted with unguided rockets or 1,000lb bombs under each wing, it became a feared sight by enemy ground troops and tankers. Although the rockets were tricky to aim well, they had a massive effect on morale, and played a large part in halting the advances made by German troops in the Battle of the Bulge, flying hundreds of ground attack sorties using rockets, bombs and cannon to great effect. Like any successful aircraft of WWII, the list of improvements is long, but with the Tempest making inroads into solving the Typhoon's shortcomings, it was soon withdrawn after WWII came to a close, lasting only a few months of peacetime. The Kit This limited edition is based upon the Hasegawa plastic, as evidenced by the little slips of paper inside the inner bags that state it was made in Japan and imported by Eduard. It arrives in the usual sized box with a painting of a Tiffie and the words Typhoon writ large in red underneath. Inside everything is bagged together, with the clear parts and some polycaps bagged inside. The full contents includes nine sprues of varying sizes in grey styrene, one in clear, a small sprue of black polycaps, a bag with a bunch of resin parts in it, two sheets of Photo-Etch (PE) one nickel-plated and pre-painted, the other bare brass, a sheet of kabuki-style masks, a sheet of decals and the usual Eduard instruction booklet with the painting guide to the rear. Quite a comprehensive package! Construction begins with the cockpit, replacing the complete instrument panel and side consoles with a highly detailed painted lamination, or using the original part with decals – your choice. The rudder pedals are also replaced, and the seat is tossed in the spare pile to be replaced by a complete PE replica with improved detail and scale fidelity. The Typhoon's cockpit is more-or-less suspended within the main frames, and the kit parts replicating this are augmented with some PE strengthening webs, as well as additional controls and equipment, before they are brought together with the floor and rear bulkhead to create the cockpit, the rear of which has new in-scale PE head armour that fits in the space where the old plastic is cut off. More PE is attached to the interior of the fuselage, and the chin scoop is made up with an additional PE central filter fitted for a couple of the marking options. This is the car-door Tiffie, so when you sandwich the cockpit and chin intake between the fuselage, you also add the appropriate inserts to the top of the fuselage around the cockpit that present you with the correct aperture for the type. The wings are simply made from three parts, with the full-width lower having the main gear bays moulded-in with surprisingly good detail. before closing them up however, you will need to establish which holes (if any) you want to open up for the underwing stores later on. The cannon fairings are moulded into the wing, and for three of the markings options, a small section under the chin will need removing and replacing with a pairing of PE and resin parts. The tail fin is moulded into the fuselage with the rudder, while the new replacement resin elevators are a big improvement on the old parts, with realistic joins between the parts permitting easy placement of them at a suitably deflected angle. The landing gear is pretty much stock kit parts, with the exception of a few small PE stiffening parts applied to the bay doors, at which time there is also a choice of two types of additional PE for the chin intake. A whole host of additional PE and styrene parts are fitted to the underside, as well as landing lights in the leading edge, cannon barrels, and you will then need to fill around the landing lights, as they aren't present on these airframes. A choice of stubby pylons or rocket rails for the underwing storage are supplied, all from kit parts, with different fitments for the various decal options. The resin prop is built up using the accompanying jig, and is then covered with a resin spinner, while the remaining parts such as the gunsight, canopy sliding details, a new PE aerial and the two canopy parts are applied last along with the exhaust stacks and prop. Speaking of the canopy, there is a full set of masks (not pictured) supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape 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. Markings As usual with Eduard Limited Edition boxings, you get a good selection of markings, although given the aircraft's relatively short term of service in the late war, it's all based on grey/green over light grey with a variety of tactical and unit markings. From the box you can build one of the following: MN529, flown by F/O Ian Handyside, No. 184 Squadron, No. 129 Wing, RAF Westhampnett, Great Britain, June 1944 MN819, flown by S/Ldr Jack Collins DFC, No. 245 (North Rhodesian) Squadron, No. 121 Wing, RAF Holmsley South, Great Britain, June 1944 RB431, flown by W/Cdr John ‘Zipp' Button DSO, DFC, No. 123 Wing, B.103 Plantlünne, Germany, April 1945 RB207, flown by F/O Bill Beatty, No. 438 (RCAF) Squadron, No. 143 (RCAF) Wing, B.150 Hustedt, Germany, May 1945 MP197, No. 245 (North Rhodesian) Squadron, No. 121 Wing, B.164 Schleswig , Germany, June 1945 SW399, flown by F/O Ronald Sweeting DFC, No. 175 Squadron, No. 121 Wing, B.164 Schleswig, Germany, July 1945 Decals are by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion It's good to see this Limited Edition release, and if you've been wanting one, don't hang around as they have a habit of selling out quickly. Hasegawa plastic with Eduard aftermarket makes for an excellent combination that's likely to sell well. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  19. Seatbelts IJN Fighters STEEL (FE857) 1:48 Eduard In case you don't already know, new Eduard seatbelt sets are now all made from 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. This set contains eight sets of belts, four for Mitsubishi aircraft, which had only lap belts until near the end of the war when a single shoulder harness was added; two for Nakajima aircraft, which had lap belts only throughout the war, and two more for Kawanishi aircraft, which had lap and shoulder belts throughout the war. As usual, the diagrams show the attachment points on the (generic) seats to assist you with fitting them to your model. Review sample courtesy of
  20. Victor B.Mk.2(BS) Air Brakes (72644 for Airfix) 1:72 Eduard Airfix pleased a lot of modellers when they released their new tooling of this awesome Cold War warrior, and we reviewed the majority of the sets from Eduard here. We missed the Air Brakes when a few items got mislaid, so here they are now. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) 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. Supplied on a single brass sheet, this set provides skins for the majority of the air brake surfaces, adding rivet and panel detail, as well as lightening holes in abundance. A little detail needs removing before construction, and the Y-shaped part of the actuator ram is removed and replaced by a folded-up hollow piece with a substantial improvement in detail. The air brakes themselves are also skinned, again increasing the level of detail immensely. If you're planning on displaying your model with the air brakes open, then this is the ideal set for you. Back in stock at Eduard within the next week Review sample courtesy of
  21. Mosquito Mk.VI Seatbelts STEEL (32921 for Tamiya) 1:32 Eduard Tamiya's new FB.Mk.VI with the gun nose completes the set for Tamiya, and it's a lovely kit, as is the earlier glass-nosed variant. This set is a replacement for the unpainted kit seatbelts, and arrives in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. In case you don't already know, they 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. The sheet is larger due the Mossie being a two-seater, so you get two complete sets of belts, with the shoulder belts made up from two main parts plus the metal strengthening part, which differs between the pilot and navigator, the pilot's being the wider of the two. The lap belts are each one piece, and their attachment point on the seats is shown in blue on the final diagrams. Review sample courtesy of
  22. Scammell Pioneer SV2S (36358 for IBG) 1:35 Eduard IBG made a lot of people very happy when they began releasing a range of Scammel heavy haulers, making the old resin options look difficult and overpriced in one fell swoop. The first boxing was the SV2S recovery vehicle, has been out for a while now, and it has proved popular and this set probably will be too. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) 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. Inside is a single large fret of PE and a small sheet of printed acetate, which is used to provide dials on the instrument panel in the cab. There are a lot of brackets and small additions across the vehicles, with a set of brackets for a tank on the chassis; details for the winch gearbox; more detailed crew steps, brackets and filler cap details on the fuel tank; a new wire side to the open stowage bin with integral ribbing for the floor of the bin, which requires the front wire to be cut off the kit PE part, plus chain and latch for the wire front panel to the same bin, front and back; new mudguards and centre-rear panel in the bodyshell with a multitude of hinges, chains & clasps on the wooden storage on both sides of the body; Fire extinguisher cradle, tool racks, weapon racks and additional fixtures in the crew cab; Additional parts and exhaust details in the firewall area; instrument binnacle and detailed foot pedals for the driver's station; new side panels to the engine cowling, and ceiling mounted mesh stowage racks in the roof of the cab. A good all-round set that pulls the detail up a notch from stock. Review sample courtesy of
  23. Luftwaffe FuG16 Antennae (648331) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Many German WWII fighters carried a FuG 16 VHF radio, which necessitated carrying an aerial under the wing. You often see them depicted as single plastic parts in kits, but if you were to look closer you would see a rectangular base with a clear isolator between the airframe and the antenna. Eduard As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. Inside are three antennae on a single casting block, plus a small fret of brass for the bases, each of which have a hole in the (nearly) centre to accept a small piece of the included acetate sheet. A 0.8mm hole is drilled in the centre of the clear part, and the antenna is inserted, gluing with a non-fogging adhesive, and ensuring that the curved tip faces backwards. Review sample courtesy of
  24. Walrus Mk.I Wing Bomb Bays (48932 for Airfix) 1:48 Eduard We reviewed the majority of the PE sets from Eduard here, with this one trailing behind. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) 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. This set includes all the parts to create two wing-embedded bomb bays on one fret of bare brass. The bomb carriers are built up first, with each of the four attached to the removable palette along with a little black box. The palette is then fitted into the roof of a new bay, which slides into the wing after removing some styrene in the corners of the kit recesses. A bracket fits across the rack, which the accompanying scrap diagram shows from to ensure the correct fit. This is repeated for the other wing to complete the task. Review sample courtesy of
  25. Spitfire Mk.VIII/IX Cockpit Doors (648380 for Eduard) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Cutting out the cockpit door on a Spitfire usually involves taking a saw or knife to the kit fuselage, taking care not to damage the part you cut out. No longer! Now you can cut out the opening and discard the piece, using this highly detailed resin alternative in its place. As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. Inside the box are two resin doors on one casting block, one with the controversial crowbar installed, and one without, showing the clips that it normally affixes to. If you're building a post-war bird by all means paint it red, but for a WWII vintage build leave it interior green, otherwise the sticklers will get ya! There are also decals that are placed in vertically between the two internal stiffeners, with a choice of black or red text and the helpful folks at Eduard have split one set of stencils diagonally, to ease putting them in around the crowbar. Review sample courtesy of
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