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  1. Messerschmitt Bf.110G Wheels & G-4 Exhaust Stacks (648603 & 648606 for Eduard) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Eduard’s 1:48 Bf.110 kits have been with us for a few years now, and they have re-released them over the years with many variants of this well-known heavy fighter released in their boxes, the later G series being amongst them. These two new sets are just what the detail doctor ordered if you are in possession of any of the G kits for the wheels, or a G-4 for the exhaust stacks. As is now usual with Eduard's smallest resin sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Bf.110G Wheels (648603) This set includes the three wheels with a slight weighted sag, each on their own casting blocks, plus the tail wheel yoke in stronger white resin to resist bending under load over time. Also included is a sheet of yellow Kabuki tape (not pictured) that has masks for each of the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation neatly and with very little effort. A scrap diagram shows the correct orientation of the wheels on the gear leg, with an arrow showing the direction of travel. Detail is excellent as you can see, with fine raised radial tread and sidewall detail crisp and visible. Bf.110G-4 Exhaust Stacks (648606) The G-4 was a nightfighter with a crew of three. The tell-tale glow of the exhaust stacks in the dark was a huge danger to the crews, offering a perfect target for gunners in the bomber stream. Various methods were used to damp the light down, with a tubular system used for the G-4 that had a frontal intake and a further intake inserting cold air into the flow at a bend to enhance cooling of the exhaust gases and eliminating any remaining visible glow by the time it exits the system. This set includes four large castings, one set of tubing for each side of the two engines, and they’re a drop-in replacement for the kit parts. In addition, there is a small fret of Photo-Etch (PE) that provides the triple-pointed intake meshes for the intake fronts. The stacks attach to their casting blocks at the rear, and if you are planning on depicting them accurately, you will need to drill out the cut-off point to create a realistic-looking hollow exhaust lip. As always, take care with the drilling, after marking out the centre of each one with a punch or sharp pointed tool. Review sample courtesy of
  2. Dornier Do.217N-1 Night Fighter (48271) 1:48 ICM via Hannants Ltd. The origin of the Do.217 was the Do.17 flying pencil as it was colloquially know, to extract more power from the engines, extend its range and give it a better bomb load amongst other improvements. The resulting airframe was a good one and left the early war designs in its wake becoming known as a heavy bomber in Luftwaffe service, something they were very short of throughout the war. It was also a versatile aircraft much like the Ju.88, and was adapted to many other roles like its predecessors, including the night fighter role, to which it was suited, although not initially. Various engine types were used through the endless rounds of improvements, with radial and inline engines fitted in a seemingly random pattern throughout the aircraft's life. The first night fighter was the J-1 with radial engines, had a crew of three in an enlarged cockpit and solid nose sporting four MG17 machine guns for concentrated forward fire. The crews disliked it however, and criticism led to an order to cease production of the night fighter variants, which Dornier either didn't receive or chose to ignore. This resulted in the improved N series, which eventually entered service in small numbers as the N-1 and N-2 variants. The N-1 was first into production and used the DB603 inline engine with the defensive armament sometimes removed and replaced by wooden blanking plates to lessen weight and improve handling. The Kit Although the aircraft itself it a very close relative to the Do.17 and Do.215, this is quite a different tooling due to the changes made to the fuselage and cockpit, the inline engines that are partially moulded into the top of the wing. There are some common parts, but the sprues are all new layouts from what I can make out as I don't have access to all the various boxings that have been released. Detail is of course good, with lots of engraved panel lines, raised details where appropriate and a pair of Daimler Benz engines with optional cowlings, detailed cockpit and gear bays, and new crystal clear glazing. Inside the top opening box with inner flap on the lower part you will find six sprues in grey styrene, one in clear styrene, a decal sheet and instruction booklet with decal options printed on the glossy outer cover. Construction begins with the pilot's small raised floor with seat and substantial head armour surrounding its rear, the instrument panel with control column and bomb-sight attached, then the port sidewall is added to the fuselage with the sub-assemblies affixed to their mounting point. A pair of bulkheads are fitted fore and aft along with a short spar unit that pierces the fuselage and is linked to the rear plectrum-shaped bulkhead by a long panel that is useful if you were wanting to pose the bomb bay open. You can leave these parts out if you wish, but I'd be tempted to add it for a bit of extra strength. Later on the bay is detailed with ribbing before the doors are added in the open position. The starboard fuselage half has its sidewall inserted next together with more floor and a crew seat plus some boxes at the rear, then the fuselage can be closed up as long as you have remembered the bracket in the tail wheel bay. The solid nose is added to the front along with a gun-pack insert just under the cockpit floor, then the tail wheel yoke, two part wheel and surround. The upper wing closes up the fuselage and is joined by the lower wings, which in turn receive the separate aileron parts, then the big H-tail is made up and this straddles the fuselage closing up the last gap (apart from the cockpit). The engine nacelles have their fairings moulded into the wings, but the bulk of the cowling is supplied as a separate sub-assembly that is made up from halves with bulkheads and the boxed in areas of the wheel bays, plus a radiator bath underneath and a streamlined cowling over the top. This is done in mirror image (minus the engines, which are identical) on both nacelles, with shrouded exhausts and a four-bladed prop. If you are using the engines and leaving the cowlings off, you cut off the front of the nacelle during construction to reveal the firewall to which a nicely detailed rendition of the DB engine is added on each side with supercharger, radiator and engine mounts giving extra detail. The wheel bays are filled with an H-shaped strut with mudguard, retraction jack and two part wheel held between the two legs. The gear bay doors are fitted to the edge of the bays and then the sub-assemblies are added from below to the wings. Most people will likely leave the gear off until after painting, but there you are. Finishing off the airframe involves the rear of the under-nose gondola with its single machine gun and glazing, the bomb bay doors in either open or closed configuration with an additional fuel tank in the forward part of it as was sometimes carried, which to my way of thinking is the only reason for displaying the doors open. A pair of tail wheel doors are added, then the model is flipped over and the rear gunner's seat and circular mount are fitted at the rear of the cockpit and that corresponds with the hole in the rear of the single-part glazing. The gun and its fairing are glued in place after this, and a set of armoured front windows are glued to the front. I'd use some clear gloss here to bond the two layers, being careful not to get any bubbles between the layers. Aerials, gun muzzles under the nose, clear searchlight at the tip of the nose and the radar dipoles are the last items fixed in the instructions with good reason as they're rather delicate. Markings Night fighters. Black, right? Not this one, and from the four options available on the sheet, only one of them is black. The others have RLM76 undersides and RLM75 grey uppers, with two also having an RLM74 splinter pattern that extends onto the fuselage and a choice of low or high demarcations. There are scrap diagrams of the inner tail fins, and an alternative nose for option B, which has the lower RLM76 area covered with blotches of the camo colours. From the box you can build one of the following: GG+YD Rechlin, Germany, Spring 1943Reviews GG+YG Rechlin, Germany, Summer 1943 05+SM I./NJG 3, Denmark, 1944 3C+DV II./NJG 4, Germany, late 1943 The decals are crisp with good registration, colour density and sharpness, but are printed anonymously but look a lot like DecoGraph to this reviewer. Instrument decals are included on the sheet along with a substantial number of stencils that are dealt with separately on the page before the profiles to avoid confusion. Conclusion I have a thing about night fighters so I'm a little biased, but these new kits from ICM are excellent and provide the right amount of detail at a good price, with some unusual or lesser known subjects and variants. Long gone are the days of only a couple of models of Dornier's successful bomber range in this scale. Very highly recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Junkers Ju.88C-6B German WWII Night Fighter (48239) 1:48 ICM via Hannantss The Ju-88 was designed as a schnellbomber in the mid 30s, and at the time it was faster than current fighter designs, so it was predicted that it could infiltrate, bomb and escape without being intercepted. That was the theory anyway. By the time WWII began in the west, fighters had caught up with the previously untouchable speed of the 88, and it needed escorting to protect it from its Merlin equipped opponents. It turned out to be a jack of all trades however, and was as competent as a night fighter, dive bomber or doing reconnaissance as it was bombing Britain. They even popped a big gun on the nose and sent it against tanks and bombers, with variable success. The C series aircraft were supposed to be primarily heavily armed fighters or ground attack, fitted with a collection of extra guns in a metal nose. Once Allied bombers started popping up over Germany however, they were quickly retasked with nightfighter duties, in which they found their ultimate role. The specification retained the gondola under the nose, but this was often removed in the field to reduce weight and increase top speed, all of which gave them an edge over an unmodified airframe. After design was completed, the C-4 was the first to enter production, with 120 made, split between new builds and conversions of the A-5 on which they were based. With the addition of radar the C-6 took over from the C-4, and with a solid nose and radar "whiskers" it was found to be a capable night fighter. The C-6b was fitted with either FuG 202 Lichtenstein BC or later a FuG 212 Lichtenstein C-1 radar, and was replaced later by the 6c that also sported the deadly Schräge-muzik upward firing 20mm cannons. The Kit This is another retool of ICM's new line of Ju.88s, and they seem intent on providing us with all the variants we could ever need, which has got to be good news. This one uses the earlier Ju.88A-11 as a base, which we reviewed here, using seven of its sprues plus the main clear sprue, and adds two new sprues, with an additional canopy sprue to give us the C-6b Night fighter, so essentially it has the same plastic in the box as the earlier C-6 that we reviewed here. In case you don't feel like doing the calculations for yourself that's nine sprues of grey styrene, two of clear, a sheet of decals and a glossy instruction booklet. As you can probably imagine, there will be a number of parts left in the box after you have completed your model, and these are marked out in red on the map inside the front cover. The major differences centre around the solid nose, exhaust flame hiders, and inside there is a difference in the seating layout due to the absence of a bomb aimer, and there is a fighter-style gunsight mounted on the instrument panel for obvious reasons. In the nose are a set of ammo boxes to feed the guns, while the wings and tail are identical for our purposes, as is the landing gear. The gondola under the cockpit is repurposed as a gun pack as per the daytime C-6, with slight changes to the housing parts, and an insert for the two guns, while the glazing is still used. The rear of the gondola has an optional redundant single gun mount glazing, and unused Zwilling twin-mount glass, or it can be populated with a pair of machine guns depending on your decal choice, with the glazing in the front present as well. ICM provide two inline Jumo 211J engines, which have plenty of detail moulded in and just need a bit of wiring to complete them if you plan to show them off. They are installed in the nacelles against a bulkhead, with separate cowling panels to allow you to display the engine and pose the cooling flaps open or closed. A set of tubular flame hiders are provided to cover up the exhaust stubs, which prevent the pilot from having his night vision ruined, and makes it more difficult for enemy aircraft to spot them. Now we get to the nose. There are two solid nose cones on the new sprues, so take care when selecting which one to use, as the there are others lurking nearby. There are four guns in the nose of each option, but only the bottom one is depicted fully, which has a breech cut from the provided parts glued inside the nose. All the muzzles are separate sections that are glued from the outside, and they don't have hollow muzzles, partly due to their small size. The earlier radar fit has a profusion of smaller dipoles on its straight whiskers that project from the front of the cone, while the later ones have fewer larger dipoles with L-shaped mounting arms that begin at the sides of the nose to space them out. The new canopy has no mounting for the forward firing machine gun, and this is then joined with the two part aft glazing, which has a pair of bulged mounts for more machine guns, so is moulded in two parts. Using a non-melting glue such as GS-Hypo cement will save you from any canopy fogging due to glue being absorbed into the previously clear parts. Markings There are four decal options from the box, with the common stencils for them noted on each drawing due to lack of space to devote a full page to them this time. The decals have good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin semi-gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas, with instrument panel decals on the sheet. From the box you can build one of the following: Junkers Ju-88C-6b, pilot – Lt. Wilhelm Beier, 10./NJG1, Leeuwarden, Oct 1942 Junkers Ju-88C-6b, pilot – Maj. Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, Stab.IV/NJG5, Orel (Russia), Spring 1943 Junkers Ju-88C-6b, 3./NJG4, Mainz, March 1944 Junkers Ju-88C-6b, 6./NJG2, Kassel, Spring 1944 Conclusion Another smashing boxing of this long-lived and successful type that was a true multi-role aircraft, and night fighters are definite draw, especially for me. Detail and ease of construction is there, along with a selection of different markings that should please a lot of people. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Hello all... Here is my entry in this group build. Dragons 1/72nd Heinkel He-219-0 UHU. I have posted a link from scalemates for now. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/dragon-5005-he-219a-0-uhu--106305# Once i get the chance later tonight. I will actually photograph the box and contents. With the obligatory sprue shots. Dennis
  5. Hello all... Im posting my recent build of Dragons 1/72 He.219-A0. I built this down in the “Specialists” group build. Im hoping you like it. You will note it needs a tail prop to stand up properly. I found out too late that no matter how much weight. I just couldn't get it to stand on all three feet. A link to the WIP If any are curious. Questions, comments, jokes, our good stories ? Dennis
  6. Junkers Ju-88C-4 Nightfighter (SH48177) 1:48 Special Hobby The Ju-88 was designed as a schnellbomber in the mid 30s, and at the time it was faster than current fighter designs, so it was projected that it could infiltrate, bomb and exfiltrate without being intercepted. That was the theory anyway. By the time WWII began in the west, fighters had caught up with the previously untouchable speed of the 88, and it needed escorting to protect it from its Merlin equipped opponents. It turned out to be a jack of all trades however, and was as competent as a night fighter, dive bomber or doing reconnaissance as it was bombing Britain. They even popped a big gun on the nose and sent it against tanks and bombers, with variable success. The C series aircraft were supposed to be primarily heavily armed fighters or ground attack, fitted with a collection of extra guns in a metal nose. Once Allied bombers started popping up over Germany however, they were quickly retasked with nightfighter duties, in which they found their ultimate role. The specification retained the gondola under the nose, but this was often removed in the field to reduce weight and increase top speed, all of which gave them an edge over an unmodified airframe. After design was completed, the C-4 was the first to enter production, with 120 made, split between new builds and conversions of the A-5 on which they were based. With the addition of radar the C-6 took over from the C-4 with its distinctive dipole antennae clustered around the nose like whiskers. The Kit This is a collaboration between Special Hobby and ICM, who provide most of the plastic in the form of the A-5 box contents (we reviewed the A-11 here), with additional parts in resin and styrene tooled by Special Hobby to facilitate the kit's conversion into the original Ju-88 nightfighter variant. Inside the box are six grey sprues of ICM plastic, with another slightly different in hue from Special Hobby, plus a clear sprue. There is also another clear sprue tooled by SH and a bag of resin parts, both of which are stapled to a card insert along with the decal sheet, which is printed by Cartograf. The bag of resin contains wheels, cockpit details, gear bay covers and flame dampers for the engines, all of which will come in useful. Consequently, there are quite a few parts in the box that will stay there. The cockpit is constructed as normal, beginning with the sidewalls and radio bulkheads, of which these is a choice of two types, depending on your decal option. A number of small resin parts are dotted around the cockpit, with the resin instrument panel being of primary interest, with a custom decal to provide the instrument faces. The wings too are built as standard, with moving flying surfaces there and in the empennage, and the complete engines and landing gear that are housed within the nacelles, but this time they are covered with resin flame dampers for two of the decal options. The gondola is present on this boxing, and is supplied in three main parts (plus glazing) on the additional sprue, with a streamlined "nose" that has two gun troughs moulded in, which may need a little reaming out to allow comfortable fit of the two guns on their sled. The nose is the most obvious difference between variants, and this is decked out with three MG17s and one 20mm MGFF for destructive power, all of which are set to the starboard side of the nose, which has a downward aspect from the side. Defensive armament consists of three MG81s on flexible mounts, which are fitted to the rear of the gondola, and on each of the bulges at the rear section of the canopy, which has a new front to accommodate the lack of forward firing machine gun. The resin wheels and bay doors are fitted to the main gear legs, and should give a final boost to detail in that oft neglected area. Markings There are three decal options from the box, two of which are black, the latter being really black without the yellow nacelle undersides and white fuselage bands of the former. From the box you can build one of the following: R4+MK W.Nr. 0359, 2/NJG2, Glize-Rijen, May 1941 – all black with yellow lower nacelles and white tail band. R4+MT 9/NJG2, Glize-Rijen, Summer 1942 – wavy RLM74/75 camouflage over RLM76, with unit crest on the nose. R4+DL 3/NJG2, Catania, Sicily, May 1942 – all black with unit crest on the nose. 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 Another winner, combining the excellent ICM kit with their own parts to make what is to me a compelling variant. I have a thing about nightfighters you see. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Hello, here's my 1/72 Hasegawa Junkers Ju-88 G6 "Nachtjäger" of 6./NJG2, Fritzlar 1945. I used Eduard photo-etch, True Details resin wheels, Schatton antennas and markings from Authentic Decals. Painted with acrylics from the Gunze/Mr.Hobby range. The Hasegawa kit has some fit issues, which is strange for a modern HQ tooling. The fuselage halves need some filling and blending, the nose cap is over-sized, the wing tips and the belly insert with the guns don't fit very well either. The antennas are metal pieces from Schatton (http://www.modellbau-schatton.privat.t-online.de/). They are much finer than the kit's plastic parts. Since the antlers are a major focus point on this model I think they are well worth the investment! The colour scheme is mostly guesswork, as I've found only one conclusive period photograph online; this shows only a part of the fuselage section broken up at Fritzlar airport, Germany, May 1945. The markings come from Authentic decals, they aren't the best I've ever worked with. They break easily, have a yellow-ish carrier film and are slightly misprinted with 'shadow lines'. Luckily, this doesn't show after a couple of gloss and matt cotes. The camoflage was painted using Uhu Tac sausages: Exhaust fumes painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby "Smoke" with drops of Black and Dark Brown added: Delicate work on the undercarriage, adding brake lines and scissor links: "Schräge Musik" ("Jazz Music") guns on the fuselage spine: All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes. Thanks for your interest. Greetings from Vienna!
  8. Hi All, A long time in the making, she fought me along the way, and, I ended up putting her to one side and finishing something. But she is now 'over the line' and, while my modelling skills weren't up to the challenge, I am happy she is finished. The last in my Nachtjager series I'm keen to do something more colourful I based the camouflage on the first picture and the kit instructions. It looks to me as if the light coloured 'splotches' (wonder what the German is for that!) were applied in the field so I painted the basic splinter camo, applied the decals and then sprayed the splotches, hope it looks all right. Complete OOB and while I would like to say it was a pleasure to build, I can't. Perhaps I'm a bit jaded after 7 odd German Nightfighters Thanks for looking and sorry about the photos, best I can do I'm afraid. Cheers, Shane
  9. Hello! I've got this kit asa bitrhday present to 18th from a friend, so I was must do it right. There were such things on the "to do list" like replace an intake hole, create a landing light, etc. First I started it went wrong, so its a semi-demolished model. I bought the Airwaves PE shiets but sadly I seen these were much more expensive than useful. The parts were often oversized, but a lot of thing were duplicated. Musch details are made after the Eduard pro-pack guide. First step: Adding details: The grills are simply not fit. Lot of sanding and scribeing. A little of pre-shading: Also, antennas are on: Warning! Painting guides give by Italeri are fictive. Looking up photos aout the exact plane took prety long. Done: Finally I openned the cockpit. Placed in a company: The real thing: Camuflage colours are from the Model Master II line, stencils are printed by a guy. I made a lot os faults during the work, but I tried to dont show them. I duno, what else should I say, any questins are wellcome
  10. Hi All, Please find below my interpretation of Dragon's He 219. I chose to complete her 'in flight' as I love the shape of this aircraft. Completed oob with the exception of airfix aircrew. I based the scheme loosely on the one at NASM (http://www.warbirdsnews.com/uncategorized/nasms-heinkel-he-219-restoration-update.html) and some images from the internet. Weathering was kept to a minimum as they were still very new when the war ended. Paints are all Italeri Acrylics. Hope that you enjoy. And with a little photoshop (actually GIMP) magic.... Thanks for looking Shane
  11. Hi All, Another in my Nachtjager theme of builds, this one I completed earlier this year and it is my interpretation of Hasegawa's excellent 1/72 Ju 88 G-6. Once again built nearly completely out of the box with kit markings, I only scratch built the radar array but I'm still not happy as it is still way too heavy and added foil seatbelts. Painted with Italeri Acrylics. Hope that you enjoy. Thanks for looking. Shane
  12. Hi All, This is my rendition of Italeri's Do 217 N-1 to go with my current build theme of Nachtjagers. I completed it late last year but only just now managed to find time to take some pictures. She is built OOB and in the markings supplied. It is an old kit with raised panel lines but I enjoyed the build. I must say I was never a fan of the Dorniers, always felt they looked too clunky but after building this kit the shape has really grown on me. She is finished in Italeri Acrylics and kit decals with after market swastikas. Hope that you enjoy. Thanks for looking. Shane
  13. And all through the skies, Not a creature was stirring not even the flies. The ammo was stacked by the cannons with care, In hope that the Englanders soon would be there. Hey all After my brief bout of insanity, during which I constructed a car model (see http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234991043-deuces-wild/) I have returned to the side of light and reason with yet another aircraft Today I present Revell's 1/48 Bf 110G-4 finished as the example flown by Obst. Hans-Joachim Jabs of NJG 1 in the spring of 1945. Enjoy... So the Revell/Promodeller Bf 110 gets a lot of criticism for supposedly inaccurate engine nacelles... I don't know about you but it still looks like a Bf 110 to me, so it can't be that bad. The kit went together quite well, with some, but not terrible seams to clean up, mostly at the unusual wing to fuselage join. The prop hubs required the most work as they were slightly mis-molded (is that a word?). This required plastic sheet and putty to fix. The cockpit is second to none and only requires careful painting and some harnesses. The radar array was scratch built, as the kit arrays are attached directly to the sides of the nose, whereas Jabs' plane carried the antennas as depicted. All markings were masked and painted with use of a Montex masking set which also supplied masks for the canopy. The camouflage was done freehand with custom mixed Tamiya colours adapted from those used by J.M. Villalba in his RLM Painting DVD, for the RLM 75 and 76. The exhausts were painted with Dark Iron lightly misted with Vallejo Rust and slathered with dark wash. Just realized I forgot to install the rear machine gun before pictures... it's err.. out for maintenance. Yeah, that's believable Regards
  14. Heinkel He.219 Uhu (volume 1) Kagero Monographs 3D Edition The He.219 has come to the fore again with the release of both the Revell kit in 1:32 reviewed here, and the more detailed masterpiece from Japanese company Zukeimura, also in 1:32, which you can see [url="http://www.zoukeimura.co.jp/en/sentiment/oyajiblog_038.html"here. Kagero have wasted no time in producing this addition to their Monographs range, making in number 49, and you'll note that this is also Volume 1, so there is more to come. It is a striking perfect-bound book in portrait format, extending to 92 pages, with a set of detailed 1:48 plans hidden in A2 size (?) away in the middle. The first section describes the aircraft, and details the various options and variants that were both proposed and went into production. The text is accompanied by some amazingly detailed photos, which have been enhanced as much as possible to extract every little bit from them. How they survived the war, is anyone's guess, but it's good that they did, as they will be a great help to the super-detailer and anyone that just likes to get into the guts of the machine. Eight pages of line-drawn profiles of the variants in 1:72 scale gives useful differences between the different airframes, and this is followed by 29 pages of highly detailed and realistic three-dimensional renderings of the cockpit parts, as if they were parts of an exploded diagram. Various aspects of the instrumentation are depicted, as are the crew seats, side-walls, gun-sights and the flip-down armoured panel in the nose section. This is all good stuff for the modeller, both for detailing and for painting. The final section of thirteen pages is devoted to some rather crisp detailed pictures of the A-2 variant Werknummer 290202 that currently resides in the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C. in the USA. This airframe was taken as a war prize after WWII, and is currently undergoing restoration, with the fuselage and engine nacelles more-or-less complete, and the wings a work in progress. Conclusion Anyone that has read my previous reviews of Kagero titles will know that I'm a fan, and this tome does nothing to dent that. I'm now waiting on the edge of my seat for volume II! Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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