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  1. Spitfire Mk.V Updates (For Eduard) 1:48 Eduard Eduard have been expanding their Spitfire repertoire in 1:48 for a while, and we’ve now got the Mk.Vs in their inimitable style, with lots of detail moulded-in, but with scope for expansion of that for the super-detailer still possible. 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) 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. SPACE 3D Printed Cockpit Set (3DL48031) 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 nickel plated and pre-painted sheet contains seatbelts; back and head armour; x-brace between fuselage frames; small handles and door catch; canopy closure handle; rudder pedal surfaces and other small detail parts. A complete set of new layered instrument panels and side consoles are the primary parts on the 3D printed sheet, with a beautiful rolled back cushion; compass; sidewall equipment and boxes; wiring loom and other tiny parts also supplied. Seatbelts STEEL (FE1207) 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. The set includes the short lap belts and the longer shoulder belts that have a double layer over the rear, one attaching to the back of the seat, the other merging in a Y-shape and disappearing through the seat armour to a reel behind. Masks Tface (EX797) 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. It also gives you another set of 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. MV-22 Osprey Updates (for Hobby Boss) 1:48 Eduard After the longest time waiting for a decent kit in 1:48 to replace the ageing Italeri kit, Hobby Boss have finally popped up with a worthy successor that has many of the lumps and bumps that have been added since it came into service. 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) 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. Detail Set (491176) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. After a round of moulded-in detail being summarily turned into sanding dust, a complete set of new layered instrument panels with MFDs, overhead panel, and side consoles are the primary parts on the painted set, with a replacement open crew door for the left side, which will require a hole being cut in the fuselage and some sheet styrene to act as extra thickness between the layers; the vestibule between crew and passenger compartments is skinned with new details with the new door stowed in the floor. A set of steps are made up from a number of layers, with a pair of perforated treads and actuator mechanism, plus finely etched handrails; the main gear bays are skinned with new highly detailed panels that have captive cross-ribbing that you fold over, and finally piano-style hinges applied to the outer edge of the main bay doors. Zoom! Set (FE1176) 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 Cockpit Set (3DL48019) 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. This set includes two PE five-point seatbelt sets, rudder pedals and wing mirrors on the PE sheet, with beautifully printed main instrument panels with additional sections for the edge of the coaming, and side consoles all of which require the removing of the moulded-in raised details, as well as a little alteration of the additional kit parts that insert into the styrene panels. The short corridor between the front and rear of the cockpit is then fitted-out with a set of luxuriously quilted sheets that also have a few instruments printed onto them, another large panel in the crew compartment, and a roof panel in the corridor to finish off that area. Finally, the overhead console in the cockpit is stripped of the simplified detail, and covered with a large and detailed instrument panel that really brings it to life. Cargo Floor (481049) The cargo floor included in the kit is there, but it’s nothing more than a couple of raised stripes and some recessed circles, which won’t cut it for a lot of us, especially if we want to put the load ramp down at the rear. This set contains a big sheet of bare PE with skins that have much better detail for the long main bed, as well as the part of the rear door that drops down and acts as the load ramp. As well as the floor skins, there are also separate circular tie-down points that fit within the holes in the new bed. On the load ramp you get a rear side detail insert, and some additional brackets on the sides of the ramp near the attachment points for the retraction jacks. Seatbelts STEEL (FE1177) 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. There are two sets of four-point crew belts that are applied to the form-fitting modern seats which have ballistic protection built-in. Masks (EX773) 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. Masks Tface (EX774) Supplied on 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. Conclusion We've now got a complete set of detail for this large kit, and the detail is excellent. Those SPACE sets are really starting to look the business! Review sample courtesy of
  3. Junkers Ju.88C-6b Night Fighter Updates (for ICM) 1:48 Eduard ICM have been pumping out an excellent range of new kits of German WWII bombers for the last year or two, including the Junkers Ju.88 that was a jack of all trades, and a master of many of them thanks to its robust design that took it from the beginning of WWII to the end with many variants, upgrades to performance and conversions. 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) 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 (491168) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered main instrument panels, side consoles, wall panels and radio gear are the primary parts on the painted set, with new gunsight using the acetate for the glazing; cockpit details including boxes, wheels and other structures; rudder pedals and detail parts; ammo guides and ammo box details for the weapons; gun sights, retaining straps and canopy internal structure also supplied. Zoom! Set (FE1168) 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 STEEL (FE1169) These seatbelt sets 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 pilot’s four-point belts and oval pass-through grommets, you also get a set of lap belts for the other crew member. Exterior (481045) This larger bare brass set contains some important upgrades, such as detailed new annular radiators for the engines, with scrap diagrams showing how they should be arranged; wiring and heat-shielding to the engines; internal instrument boxes with acetate dials on the engine bearers; new in-scale cowling panels to show off your handiwork; ribs within the gear bays to add visual interest; an upgrade to the detail in the landing gear bays; structural elements and brake hoses for the main wheels, plus bay door skins for the tail wheels; a host of access panels under the wings and on the engine cowling sides, and of course a replacement set of dipoles for the radar antennae in the nose, which requires some cutting and adapting of the original kit parts, including removing the over-scale kit dipoles and cutting a cross in the remaining post with a razor saw to receive the new parts. Masks (EX767) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the greenhouse 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. Masks Tface (EX768) Supplied on 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
  4. Ju.88C-6 Detail Upgrades (for ICM) 1:48 Eduard ICM have been busily filling many a gap in the ranks of kits of German bombers from WWII, and are well on the way to creating a nearly complete line-up of Junkers Ju.88s for the modelling public. 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) 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 (491159) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass, plus a small slip of clear acetate. A complete set of new layered instrument panels and side consoles with tons of levers in the cockpit; radio wall at the rear; fire extinguisher details; a big upgrade to the sidewall detail; replacement gunsight using the acetate as glass and PE parts; a new set of rudder pedals and support details; yoke insert with a dial; two new boxes at the left side of the radio gear and an ammo box low down and to the right, with the final section detailing the interior of the canopy and machine guns with sights, ammo belts etc. Zoom! Set (FE1159) 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 STEEL (FE1160) 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. The pilot gets a set of four-point belts with a PE grommet around the hole in the back of the seat, the gunner has a set of lap-belts, and a simple loop-belt for the jump-seat low down near the gondola. Exterior (481043) This larger bare brass and acetate set contains some important upgrades, such as engine wiring loom, annular radiator panels and exhaust enhancements; gear leg details, skins and brake hoses; a local instrument panel on the engine bearer with film mid-layer; engine bay door; interior ribbing for the gear bays; bay door openers and a skin for the tail wheel bay doors; various access panels around the underwing area and on the sides of the nacelles, and actuators for the trim-tabs on the ailerons. Masks (EX759) 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 main and tail wheel, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Masks Tface (EX760) Supplied on 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, which will tie-in nicely if you have the cockpit set with extra detail. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Su-57 Felon Update Sets (For Zvezda) 1:48 Eduard After a long wait we now have a 1:48 Su-57 Felon in injection styrene thanks to Zvezda, which from my point of view is good news, and I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling that way. 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) 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 (491152) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new super-detailed instrument panels and side consoles are the primary parts on the painted set, with new rudder pedals; substantial ejection seat details; coaming instrumentation and HUD glazing; sill panels; exterior appliqué panels, and canopy internal structure and external details also supplied. Moving outside, there are grilles, additional detail skins for the main gear bays; nose gear details including a new slatted mudguard and brake hosing; new oleo scissor-links and hoses for the main gear legs; gear bay door details and hinges, plus replacement steering baffles for the AA-12 Adder missiles to replace the thick styrene parts, and exhausts for the AA-11 Archer short-range missiles. The cockpit green may be a little bright for this modern jet, but I have managed to fix this before now by working in the correct colour with a fine brush. It doesn't have to be too tidy, as the underlying green blends well. Check your references and decide for yourself. Seatbelts STEEL (FE1153) 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 a set of complex crew belts with back pad, you also get a set of pull-handles between the pilot's knees that gets him out of there in case of an emergency. Masks (EX757) 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 all the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Masks Tface (EX758) Supplied on a larger sheet 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 easily and give your model that extra bit of realism, which will be especially useful if you plan on posing the canopy raised. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Hawker Tempest Mk.II/V/VI Masks 1:32 Special Hobby These masks are for the Special Hobby kit, which has also been re-boxed by Revell. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Beaufighter Mk.If Update Sets (for Revell) 1:48 Eduard Revell’s new Beaufighter gives us another good kit in the scale to widen our choices, and 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) 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. Cockpit & Airframe (491124) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels; side consoles with throttles and sidewall details are the primary parts on the painted set; new rudder pedals fabricated with the use of some 2mm styrene rod from your own stores; a skin for the undernose hatchway tunnel; antennae loops for the radar in the nose; main gear bay door internal structure; mesh panels for the engine intakes, and a frame for the wing-mounted landing light also supplied. Zoom! Set (FE1124) 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 STEEL (FE1125) Eduard’s latest generation of 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 two sets of crew belts, with a scrap diagram showing how the belts should loop through the seat frame and where the buckles should be attached. Masks Tface (EX727) Supplied on a sheet 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. In addition, there are wheel masks and frame hugging masks for the astrodome. Review sample courtesy of
  8. Heinkel He.111Z Upgrade (For ICM) 1:48 Eduard ICM’s new range of He.111s in various guises recently included the behemoth Zwilling, much to my surprise and glee. I’ve been wanting one of these twin He.111s for a while, and while I wasn’t prepared to go to 1:32, I can cope with 1:48 at a push. Eduard's new range of sets are here to improve on the kit detail in their standard 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) 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. Nose Interior (491090) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass, containing doubles of almost every aspect of the original set. A complete set of new layered instrument panels and side consoles that will be prominent within the greenhouse are the primary parts on the painted set with the engine management panel only in the right fuselage and some other adaptations such as the forest of throttle levers, with new rudder pedals; seat details; canopy internal structure; additional instruments; gun sights and extra details, plus bulkhead details. Zoom! Set (FE1090) 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. Radio Compartment (491091) Two frets are included, one small nickel plated and pre-painted, the other larger one in bare brass. It involves a heavy upgrade to the level of detail within the compartment, adding racks for ammo; stowage boxes; racking; partial bulkheads; a huge range of radio boxes for the left fuselage only and other equipment; gun sights and ammo embellishments; a framework with instruments around the top gun hatch, and a base for the antenna on the left fuselage behind the gun hatch. Seatbelts STEEL (FE1091) 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 pilot's four-point crew belts, you also get two sets of lap belts for the other crew, all of which is duplicated between the two fuselages. Exterior (481016) This set is provided as two large bare brass frets, and creates a new internal skin for the four box-shaped bays, with additional structural details added throughout. It extends and details the firewall behind the engine that is seen from within the bay, adds some small parts to the landing gear legs, as well as brake hoses, radiator faces for the FIVE engines (one extra engine, remember?), towel-rail antennae under the left fuselage and the kit antenna removed on the right side. Masks Tface (EX699) Supplied on SIX sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with exterior masks, but also give you another set of canopy masks tailored to fit the interior of the glazing of both fuselages so that you can paint the interior and give your model that extra bit of realism. It also includes masks for the other glazed parts such as the top turret, and masks for the wheel hubs. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Heinkel He.219 Uhu Update Sets (for Tamiya) 1:48 Eduard The Tamiya kit of the impressive-looking He.219 has been with us for quite a while now, and despite its advancing years, it is just as good a kit as it was then, along the same lines of quality as their very well-regarded Mosquito kit in the same scale. The Uhu/Owl appeared near the end of WWII partially at least due to the influence of Ernst Heinkel with the RLM, bullying its way into limited production despite its known shortcomings that were never fixed due to its short lifespan and eventual cancellation and reinstatement. Its future was curtailed at the end of WWII, with the only surviving airframe one that was taken back to the US by Operation Paperclip, and thankfully saved from destruction after study. These sets use all of Eduard's newer techniques to bring the cockpit up to modern standards, adding pre-painted panels, clear domes over the instruments, STEEL seatbelts for better drape and more realistic painting, and masks that cater for both sides of the clear parts for more realism. 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 (49947) The initial thrust of this two fret set is the cockpit, with a complete refurbishment of the instrumentation in the form of new laminated instrument panels; side consoles; radio equipment and sidewall details, and new parts for the gunsight, including clear acetate parts for the glazing. The rudder pedals are replaced by new parts; the sidewalls are detailed with new skins; new nose gear bay skins and leg details in the shape of hoses and oleo-scissors. Moving to the wing, the main bay is filled out with a detailed skin inside and a new rear bulkhead to close out the area; the engine intakes have radiator panel skins and a wiring loom for the engines, as well as mesh panels for the ends of the flame-hiders on the exhausts. A set of edge-panels are installed on the upper wing overlapping the leading edges of the flying surfaces, then the various antennae, including the large nose-mounted dipoles, are replaced with more in-scale parts, using a little 0.4 and 0.8mm rod from your own supplies to provide the main supports. Zoom! Set (FE947) 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 (FE948) In case you've been stuck behind a rock for the last year or two, STEEL 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 two full sets of belts for the crew seats, with the trapezoid anti-chaff pads as separate parts. Masks TFace (EX634) 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 masks for the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. The TFace masks 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
  10. Su-27UB Updates (for Hobby Boss) 1:48 Eduard We've been blessed with a huge range of new modern soviet fighters of late in 1:48, with Hobby Boss's Su-27UB filling a hole with a newly tooled kit superseding the ageing Academy one. 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) 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 (49922) 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 are the primary parts on the painted set, with new rudder pedals; ejection seat details; coaming instrumentation; HUD with acetate glazing, and canopy internal structure also supplied. Zoom! Set (FE922) 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 STEEL (FE923) In case you don't already know, 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, you also get a set of the pull-handles between the pilot's knees that gets him out of there in case of an emergency. Exterior (48964) This larger bare brass set contains some important upgrades, such as delicate new afterburner rings, with scrap diagrams showing how they should be arranged; an interior surface skin for the intake trunk, including the drop-down FOD guards; an interior skin to the air-brake; a substantial skinning and detailing of the main gear bays with additions to the nose gear mudguard grilles; static wicks on the wingtips and rudder, and various aerials and antennae around the airframe. Masks (EX613) 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 masks for some of the other clear lenses around the airframe, plus a masking sheet that smiles at you when you look at it. Masks Tface (EX614) Supplied on a sheet 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, which if used in conjunction with the canopy details from the interior set will ease painting substantially. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Su-17/22UM-3K Fitter Update Sets (For Kitty Hawk) 1:48 Eduard After a long time with no new toolings of the glorious Fitter, like London buses they all came at once. Kitty Hawk's range of variants has been expanding rapidly, and this set is designed for the UM-3K, which is shown in Polish Tiger-Stripe colours on the kit boxtop. 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) 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 (49888) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels, side consoles, side walls and floor skins are the primary parts on the painted set, with ejection seat details; coaming instrumentation, HUD and canopy internal structure also supplied. Zoom! Set (FE888) 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 STEEL (FE889) In case you don't already know, 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, you also get a set of the pull-handles between the pilot's knees that gets him out of there in case of an emergency. Exterior (48951) This larger bare brass set contains some important upgrades, such as delicate new afterburner rings, with instructions for shortening the trunking for accuracy; new pitot vanes; filler caps for the fuel tanks; the recessed box for the sensor in the shock-cone; antennae on the nose, tail and the rest of the airframe; wing-root plates with the correct rivet pattern; weapons rail attachment surface skins; new strakes on the fixed inner wing as well as other details around the hinge point. The gun trough is replaced by a new detailed box, with breech details added to the gun, and a new door with ejection chute is provided to finish it off. Air Brakes (48952) The Fitter has four air brakes on the aft fuselage, and to detail the bays they must be squared off by removing the sections marked in red on the instructions, after which the new bays are folded up, internal detail is added, and they are glued in place instead of the kit parts. The kit brakes are then thinned, and a new detailed skin is glued to the inside face, while the kit actuator is used. Repeat until you have four and that's it. Masks (EX585) 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 all the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Masks Tface (EX586) Supplied on a sheet 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
  12. Here is a 1/72 Eduard Indomitable Hellcat completed as part of my ongoing project of building late-war Pacific subjects, and the Hellcat portion starts about here. The kit lived up to its fine reputation and I'm looking forward to building the many (many) Eduard Hellcats in the stash. I'd been hemming and hawing about getting one of those computer controlled vinyl cutters, and inspired by @CedB's decisiveness in doing the same, I acquired a Silhouette Portrait. So this is the first use of the Portrait to make my own paint masks. It worked! (with a few hiccups - more on the painting than the mask making end) Together with a BPF Corsair from the same project.
  13. Hi all, Recently picked up a Heng Long mk1 Tiger for £60, painted in Panzergrau. The previous owner was a bit hamfisted, by that I mean he put the stickers on lopsided, the wrong number on the turret and the mudflap securing clip was snapped off. So, my plan is to repaint it as "Semken's Tiger", the first tiger captured in Normandy by the Sherman of John Semken, commander of the Wiltshire Yeomanry. The tiger in question is Tiger 114, 2nd Kompanie, 101st SS Schwere Panzer Abteilung. So my question is, does anyone know how to get hold of the appropriate decals or painting masks? Found some masks online but the tank in question has two colours to it, looks like a dark red with white border, and the mask looks like only one single colour. Any suggestions?
  14. Pre-Cut Paint Masks for Various Kits 1:72 Eduard B-17 Anti-Glare Panels for Airfix Kit Su-17M3 for Modelsvit Kit Kfir C2/C7 for AMK Kit Conclusion While these masks won't add any extra detail to your models, they will save you a great deal of time and patience when masking your canopies and wheels (or anti-glare panels in the case of the first set), as well as providing you with the certainty of a nice, neat finish. Some modellers see them as a luxury - and I wouldn't disagree with that - but they really are a time saver and as such they are well worth considering if, like me, your modelling time is restricted. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Seatbelt and Mask sets for Revell Bf109G-6 1:32 HGW As with previous sets reviewed on this site, this set has been released in HGW’s Basic Line. The quality is well to what we have come to expect from HGW, and provides the modeller with some very realist seatbelts, all the ironmongery to fit them with and a set of canopy masks. Being laser cut, the edges of both the seatbelts and masks are as crisp and clean as you could want. Only the small join to the sheet marring the perfection. If you’re using a new No11 blade then you should be able to cut them out without the need for any further cleaning up. The buckles and clasps are quite small, even in this scale, but the seatbelts are stiff enough to pass through them with relative ease. Now, whereas some sets from HGW haven’t been blessed with good instructions on how the belts should be threaded through the metalwork, the instructions with this set are a lot clearer, but still require the modeller to study them closely. The completed assemblies should be given a bit of a dark wash to tone them down a bit, and then just attached to their appropriate positions. They will probably need a bit of a bend to get them to sit correctly and realistically. The masks in this set have suffered a little bit of shrinkage, which hopefully has been taken into account, and appears to be a normal thing, having looked at HGW’s other sets. The set includes masks for both the interior and exterior of the windshield and canopy and rear section for both late and early style canopies, which is a great help, particularly for the interior. Just fit and, using your favourite paints and airbrush, spray away. Conclusion This is another very useful set by HGW, and can be used by any level of modeller. The masks are generally used for when painting with an airbrush, but I’m sure they could be useful for those who don’t. The seatbelts are little quite fiddly, but with a bit of care and patience, anyone can have a great looking addition to the kits seat. Very highly recommended. Review samples courtesy of
  16. One of the latest 1.48 masks from Eduard is for their newly released Weekend Edition Spitfire Mk.XVI. These are just for the canopy.
  17. 1/72 Masks from Eduard Generally masking canopies and wheels can be a bit of a pain, luckily Eduard have various sets available to help the modeller out. MV-22 This set is sized for the Hasegawa kit. Mask for the canopy, side windows, and the wheels. MV-22 F-16CJ Block 50 This set is sized for the new Tamiya kit. Mask for the canopy, and the wheels. F-16CJ Block 50 Vampire F.20 This set is sized for the new Cyber Hobby kit. Mask for the canopy, and the wheels. Vampire MiG-15 UTI This set is sized for the new Eduard kit. Mask for the canopies only. Vampire IL-2 This set is sized for the Zvezda kit. Mask for the canopies, and the wheels. Vampire Review samples courtesy of
  18. The New Eduard Releases For August Are Now In Stock. EDK3741 - Eduard Weekend 1:35 - Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. B Tiger II £33.99 EDK1194 - Eduard LTD EDT 1:48 - Yak-1B £26.99 EDK4443 - Eduard Super44 1:144 - MiG-15 (Dual Combo) £10.99 EDK8127 - Eduard Profipack 1:48 - Bristol Fighter £21.99 EDK7077 - Eduard Profipack 1:72 - F6F-5 Hellcat £16.99 EDB632059 - Eduard Brassin 1:32 - Spandau WWI Gun £6.99 EDB648172 - Eduard Brassin 1:48 - GBU-10 Paveway II £7.50 EDB648216 - Eduard Brassin 1:48 - Spitfire Mk.XVI Gun Bays (EDK1198) £9.99 EDB648217 - Eduard Brassin 1:48 - Spitfire Mk.XVI Engine (EDK1198) £22.99 EDB648221 - Eduard Brassin 1:48 - Mk.84 Bombs Retarded Fin £6.99 EDB648223 - Eduard Brassin 1:48 - Mk.77 Bombs £7.50 EDB648229 - Eduard Brassin 1:48 - Hurricane Mk.I Wheels (AIR05127) £4.50 EDB648230 - Eduard Brassin 1:48 - Hurricane Mk.I Exhaust Stacks (AIR05127) £4.50 EDB672060 - Eduard Brassin 1:72 - AM-39 Exocet £4.99 EDB672075 - Eduard Brassin 1:72 - Beaufighter Mk.X Wheels (AIR04019) £4.50 EDB672076 - Eduard Brassin 1:72 - Beaufighter Mk.X Exhausts (AIR04019) £2.99 EDSIN67206 - Eduard BIGSIN 1:72 - Avia B.534 (Eduard) £5.99 EDBIG3353 - Eduard Big Ed Sets 1:35 - MH-60S (ACA12120) £49.99 EDBIG3351 - Eduard Big Ed Sets 1:32 - Ju 87A (TRU03213) £17.99 EDBIG3352 - Eduard Big Ed Sets 1:32 - F-86D (KH32007) £39.99 EDBIG49129 - Eduard Big Ed Sets 1:48 - F-106A (TRU02891) £16.99 EDBIG49130 - Eduard Big Ed Sets 1:48 - AH-1Z (KH80125) £20.99 Also All The Photoetch & Masks For This Month. EDP53142 - Eduard Photoetch 1:350 - USS CV-5 Yorktown Part 3 Superstructure (MRT65301) £19.99 EDP53143 - Eduard Photoetch 1:350 - USS CV-5 Yorktown Part 4 Flight Deck (MRT65301) £20.99 EDP32373 - Eduard Photoetch 1:32 - Fw190F-8 Wheel Bay (RV04869) £11.99 EDP32374 - Eduard Photoetch 1:32 - Fw190F-8 Armament (RV04869) £11.99 EDP32375 - Eduard Photoetch 1:32 - Fw190F-8 Engine (RV04869) £15.99 EDP32376 - Eduard Photoetch 1:32 - Mosquito Mk.IV Bomb Bay (HKM01E015) £18.99 EDP32377 - Eduard Photoetch 1:32 - Mosquito Mk.IV Exterior / Engines (HKM01E015) £20.99 EDP32844 - Eduard Photoetch 1:32 - Fw190F-8 Seatbelts (Fabric) (RV04869) £7.50 EDP36324 - Eduard Photoetch 1:35 - Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. B Tiger II Upgrade Set (EDK3741) £12.99 EDP36325 - Eduard Photoetch 1:35 - Horch (ICM35505) £13.99 EDP48853 - Eduard Photoetch 1:48 - Yak-1B Upgrade Set (Eduard) £15.99 EDP49087 - Eduard Photoetch 1:48 - Seatbelts USN WWII Beige (SuperFabric) £4.50 EDP49088 - Eduard Photoetch 1:48 - Seatbelts RFC WWI (SuperFabric) £4.50 EDP49727 - Eduard Photoetch 1:48 - U-2/Po-2 S.A (ICM) £9.99 EDP72604 - Eduard Photoetch 1:72 - F-4J Air Brakes (ACA12515) £5.50 EDP72605 - Eduard Photoetch 1:72 - C-54 Exterior (RV04877) £16.99 EDP73032 - Eduard Photoetch 1:72 - Seatbelts Luftwaffe WWII Bombers (Superfabric) £3.50 EDP73528 - Eduard Photoetch 1:72 - F-4J S.A (ACA12515) £16.99 EDP73529 - Eduard Photoetch 1:72 - C-54 Interior (RV04877) £13.99 EDP73530 - Eduard Photoetch 1:72 - C-54 Cargo Interior (RV04877) £15.99 EDPSS528 - Eduard Photoetch (Zoom) 1:72 - F-4J Interior S.A. (ACA12515) £8.99 EDPSS529 - Eduard Photoetch (Zoom) 1:72 - C-54 Interior (RV04877) £7.50 EDMCX417 - Eduard Masks 1:72 - F-4J (ACA12515) £3.99 EDMCX418 - Eduard Masks 1:72 - C-54 (RV04877) £5.75 EDMEX471 - Eduard Masks 1:48 - U-2/Po-2 (ICM) £2.99 EDMEX472 - Eduard Masks 1:48 - Spitfire Camo Scheme B (Airfix) £8.99 EDMEX473 - Eduard Masks 1:48 - Hurricane Camo Scheme B (Airfix) £8.99 Click on the images to go straight to the products or visit the website on the link below www.creativemodels.co.uk Thank you for looking
  19. Russian Red Stars 1:48 Maketar These masks are for Russian Red Stars with, and without outlines. Vol I comprises Star Sizes: 700-800-900-1000-1100-1200mm - Total of 36 masks - Red Stars. Vol II comprises Star Sizes: 700-800-900-1000-1100-1200mm - Total of 36 masks - Red Stars with black outline. Vol III comprises Star Sizes: 700-800-900-1000-1100-1200mm - Total of 36 masks - Red Stars with Yellow & Black outlines. There are no instructions but then they are not really needed. Recommended for those who don't like decals, or if you want the true painted on look for your Soviet models. Stars without outline Stars with Black outline Stars with White & Yellow outline Review sample courtesy of
  20. US Insignia 1947 to present. 1:48 Maketar These masks are for US Insignia post 1947. They are available in either vinyl or yellow Kabuki tape. The advantage with the tape ones is that they are lower tack and much easier to reposition if you get things wrong. They also seem to last a long time so will be suitable for multiple models. Vol I comprises 6 masks of each size 15", 20", 25", 30", 35", 40", 45", 50" and 55" Vol II comprises 6 masks of each size 14", 16", 33", 36" and 38" There are no instructions but then they are not really needed. Recommended for those who don't like decals, or if you want the true painted on look for your US models. VOL.I VOL.II Review sample courtesy of
  21. He-219 — Hs-129 — Me-410 – Code letters and numbers – Regular & Outlined 1:32 Maketar These masks are for the code letters and number for all three aircraft types. They have fuselage regular + small numbers and letters. Fuselage regular + outlined numbers and letters. Also underwing letters and numbers. The masks come on 8 sheets in total. 4 masks for each individual letter & numbers. With a total of 432 letters and numbers. They are available in either vinyl or yellow Kabuki tape. The advantage with the tape ones is that they are lower tack and much easier to reposition if you get things wrong. They also seem to last a long time so will be suitable for multiple models. There are no instructions but then they are not really needed. Recommended for those who don't like decals, or if you want the true painted on look for your large scale Luftwaffe models. Review sample courtesy of
  22. Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB Replacement Masks for Airfix Kit Decals 1:24 Maketar These masks are direct replacements for the markings provided by Airfix in the kit. In addition you get a set of canopy masks and a set of wheel masks. The masks come on four main sheets for the markings and a separate sheet for the canopy and wheel masks. They are available in either vinyl or yellow Kabuki tape. The advantage with the tape ones is that they are lower tack and much easier to reposition if you get things wrong. There are no instructions but then they are not really needed. Recommended for those who don't like decals or if you want the true painted on look for your large scale Typhoon. Review sample courtesy of
  23. I've always wanted to build a fairly large diorama, in something like 1:350 scale, and the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches in the weeks after D-Day was a favourite choice for me. I have all the spud pontoons etc. from L'Arsenal, but didn't have any bridge or gantry sections and these are paramount if building the harbour. There is also a problem in that you need lots of them. I've tried scratchbuilding these parts myself but I could never get two spars or sections to be exactly alike in either length or thickness. I then came across a thread on a railway modelling site, about cutting your own pieces from plastic sheet with a cutting machine. After reading that thread a few times I went and bought a cutting machine and after a few days of learning how it works and dabbling with the software, I scanned a diagram of the bridge section into my PC and after tidying up it looked like this: In 1:350 scale this bridge span is only 2.75 in (7cm) long. I drew vectored lines along those of the scanned image, in order for the cutter to recognise where to cut. Once I had completed the images, I duplicated it 27 more times until I had filled the size of an A4 sheet of 0.25mm plastic card. When the layout was ready I hit the 'cut' key. There's not really much to see here but this is the sheet after it has been cut. You should just be able to see all the cut lines on the sheet. The cutting mat has a sticky top side to it which is necessary to hold the sheet in exactly the same place whilst making multiple cuts. The next task is to lift the waste part of the sheet away from the cut sections. Here we have the 28 bridge spans, plus some end-plates, all cut out to cleanly and exactly to the same dimensions. This would have been a right mess if I had tried cutting all these with a modelling knife! The parts tend to bend (as with any cut plastic) but can be easily flattened. And now for some 'Assembally' (for those who watched New Yankee Workshop!) Look, my own construction kit! The built model. Unfortunately my camera doesn't like white plastic...... So I've given it a spray of primer and stuck a couple of 1:350 ambulances onto it. Just like the Normandy photo! So there you go, who needs expensive PE or aftermarket (which is usually produced to fit a specific model only) when you can cut your own? Another major benefit, especially here with all these bridge sections, is that once you have made your template you can produce more and more as you want them, all to the exact same shape. Another benefit is that although this has been produced to 1:350 scale the drawing can be up-scaled to what ever size needed, such as 1:76 or 1:35 etc., and is only limited to the cutter aperture which in this case is 15 inches. The cutter also cuts masks and decals, in fact it is probably only limited to your imagination! Check through the link again to see what they say about the different types of cutters that are out there. There are quite a few different types and prices but most are able to cut masks, decals and thin plastic sheet. I've only been playing with the cutter for a week (this build was a bit of a rush test and only took about 2 hours so imagine the standard if I spent some time and effort to make a quality build.) so don't know yet how thick a piece of plastic sheet it can cut. This bridge was made from 0.25mm sheet, which is about right for bridge spans in 1:350 scale and the cutter took two passes to cut through (you can set the cutter to make multiple passes if the material is tough). Hope you enjoyed this and perhaps it has given you the inspiration to look at building models, or parts, from a different viewpoint. cheers Mike
  24. I've just started having a go at cutting my own masks but I don't have the proper materials. So far I am using wide Tamiya type tape but I'd like to have a go with proper mask material, with the peel off backing. Can anyone here advise me where I could obtain these sheets please? Mike
  25. After some effort I have completed a set of vinyl masks "B" pattern. I can do "A" by a simple invert. I have done the markings for ZP-A so have 1940 Roundels. I am looking for testers to comment, use a set of masks and send me pics with feedback and comments. I'll pay for the postage of the masks. Please PM if you are about to start a Spit build and are serious about being a tester. I am looking for people who can critique and give suggestions, as modellers how to improve, change, etc. No immediate plans to market said masks but who knows.... I wanted something better than decals and the freedom to customise my paint schemes. I have tried to stay true to actual Spitfire camo issued during the start of the war. I have done my best also co compare as many B&W photos as possible. I have yet to do some instructions but its not that complicated. I hope this is in the right place and is not offensive to the group.
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