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  1. 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
  2. In a bid to up my output and clear down the stash, I dug this out: I am planning on building both at the same time and doing them closed up . As you would imagine, there is a lot of plastic in the box including 2 wing sets with different armament and 3 complete fuselages. Two of them are straight A8s and the third gives you the option to build the R2 Stormbock version with the armour panels on the cockpit sides: In addition to the normal coloured photo etch, you also get a more comprehensive set for each aircraft, etched flaps and a set of tools which could be handy if dioramas are your thing. There is also an interesting booklet about the air battle over the Ore Mountains in 1944: And finally, you get a pice of scrap metal purportedly from an actual Fw-190 and a replica Ritterkreuz which could come in handy if you get invited to any 'Allo 'Allo themed fancy dress parties I'mon a Mr Paint delivery before I make a proper start but have started snipping bits off sprues and doing a bit of test fitting to remind myself of where the potential pitfalls are. Here is a test fitting of the engine bulkhead and gun platform with the cockpit tub in place: I'm off for the whole of Easter week so hope to get both built up before going back to work. Time permitting, i might start assembling the u/c bays into the lower wings tomorrow. More soon, Howard
  3. After not finishing a flippin' thing last year, I finished my semi-stalled Swedish J-22A in January, and now as part of a dual build of Eduard's new Royal Class boxing of the early Fw.190As, I've finished the European one (option D on the sheet). I added a resin cockpit (A3), bronze gear legs and resin wheelie-pops, and painted her with Gunze paints for the most part, covered with a few coats of the AKAN Flat Varnish, which I'm quite fond of these days Bada-bing! Now I've just got to polish off the Trop (option N on the decal sheet), and you can see both being built up here if you're interested. I could use the encouragement for the Trop, as it's going to be getting a little dio base of a bit of desert hard-standing, while the mechanics jack up the tail to pop off the prop. I've got issues with the base warping, and I've got some of the equipment inbound still, so delays might be the order of the day and I'll need some encouragement! Thanks for watching, and do try the veal
  4. Fw 190A-8 1:72 Eduard Royal Class The Focke-Wulf Fw190 was designed by Kurt Tank in the late 1930s. His aim was to create a fighter that was not only fast and agile, but also reliable. It had a wide track undercarriage to improve ground handling and also utilised electric rather than hydraulic controls to reduce the risk of system loss in combat. The Fw190 also marked a departure from aircraft like the Bf109 and Spitfire as it combined a 14 cylinder radial engine with a development of the NACA cowling system. This choice was crucial as it meant that the Fw190 would not create additional demand for DB 601 liquid cooled engines. It also allowed a low drag profile for such a powerful engine. Despite early teething problems, the Fw190 first entered operational service over France in August 1941. It proved to be quite a shock for the RAF whose 1440hp Spitfire Mk.V, the best fighter available at the time, was outclassed in terms of firepower and all round performance, particularly at lower and medium altitudes. The Fw190A-8 was the ultimate evolution of the radial-engined fw190s and entered service in 1944. It featured improvements such as extra fuel, improved armour and nearly 2000hp output with emergency boost. The Kit Eduard have been making these Royal Class editions of a few kits now, this is the first one top been seen in the box by this reviewer and I have to say it looks impressive. There is plastic for four kits, four sheets of Photo-etch, 4 sets of resin wheels, a set of masks for all four aircraft, a beer glass, and lastly a piece of a genuine Fw 190 including a certificate of authenticity for this part. There are decals provided for 12 options. The plastic parts are for the new tool Fw 190A-8 which was released by Eduard this year, including parts for the first time to make an A-8/R2 Sturmbock and an A-8/R11 Night Fighter. Each kit is made up of 92 plastic parts spread across of two sprues of dark blue-grey plastic and a single clear sprue with the now-familiar circular layout. As this is the Royal Class boxing with different aircraft the main parts sprue is included 4 times. Fuselage/Wing Sprue C is included twice, with Sprue E in once, the same as spure I. There are 4 identical clear sprues. The instruction book is a glossy, stapled booklet with full-colour painting diagrams. Care will be needed to study the instructions depending on which decal option being modelled. The quality of the plastic parts is second to none. The mouldings are clean and crisp and there are no evidence of flash, or sink marks. The surface detail is recessed panel lines, and delicately engraved rivet/fastener detail. Eduard certainly have not skimped on the details. Main sub-assemblies such as the cockpit are comparable with resin items when it comes to the quality, and quantity of detail. The cockpit is made up of over thirty parts (including photo etched details), which is a truly something for a kit of this size. Care must be taken as the cockpit photo-etch for the night fighter variant is slightly different that the other ones (of note is there are three standard frets and one night fighter one). Photo etched details help to raise the level of detail, and cover the obvious items such as the rudder pedals, seat harnesses and instrument panel and side consoles, although for the latter two items there are plastic alternatives. Once assembled, the whole thing can be sandwiched inside the fuselage halves along with the firewall and the basic-but-good-enough-in-this-scale engine face (unsurprisingly a resin replacement engine is available from Eduard if you really want to goto town on this area). Setting the semi-completed fuselage to one side for a moment, construction turns to the wings, Again care is needed here to select the right parts for the aircraft being modelled. The lower wing is moulded as a single span, to which the main spar (which also forms the rear wall of the main landing gear bays) must be added. The other parts which form the structures and details of the landing gear bays must be added at this point, prior to everything being fixed in place by the addition of the upper wing surfaces. The ailerons are moulded separately to the rest of the wing, which opens up some possibilities for the diorama builder. Turning back to the fuselage, the rudder is also moulded as a separate part, although the tail planes are solid lumps. The landing flaps are moulded in the up position, however Eduard have included set 72-612 in this boxing which provides full detail parts to show the landing flaps deployed. In common with other kits of the type, the upper fuselage forward of the cockpit is moulded separately (in this case as two parts with a third for the cannon barrels), again a resin detail set is available from Eduard should the modeller want to model the gun bay open. Once the basic airframe is together, its time to fit the undercarriage and other finishing details. Each of the main gear legs is made up of two parts, although you have the option of removing the plastic torque links and replacing them with photo etched versions. The wheels themselves are made up of nicely moulded tyres and separate hubs. This should make painting them much easier. Alternatively two different types of Brassin wheels are included for use in this boxing. Ordnance is taken care of with a drop tank and a single bomb, along with the associated racks and shackles. There are a number of small parts included to cover the final details, including the aileron balance weights and various aerials and antennae. The canopy deserves a special mention as there are four rear sections included; blown and unblown, with different parts for closed and open options. Two propellers are included as well, although only one is needed for the included options. Another upgrade from Eduard is a complete resin propeller and fan (though not included here). If making the night fighter version then the aerials are provided as injected plastic and need to be added to the wings. Decals The decal sheet has been produced by Cartograf and is top notch. Glossy with an absolute minimum of carrier film, it should provide no problems, other than which option to build. The kit comes with 12 options; Fw 190A-8 Flown by Josef Priller famously over the beaches on D-Day. Fw 190A-8 Flown by Hans Dortenmann CO of 2./JG 54 France June 1944. Fw 190A-8 JG 301 North Germany, May 1945. Fw 190A-8 Flown by Rudolf Artner, 9./JG 5, Norway Spring 1945. Fw 190A-8 Flown by Alfred Bindseil, 6./JG 1, Germany Spring 1944. Fw 190A-8 9./JG 54 France Summer 1944. Fw 190A-8 W/N 73372, II./JG 300, Germany Spring 1945. Fw 190A-8/R2 W/N 681323 Flown by Friedrich-Karl Frank, II.(Strum)/JG 4, Germany Sept 1944. Fw 190A-8/R2 Flown by Wilhelm Moritz CO of IV.(Sturm)/JG 3, Germany, July 1944. Fw 190A-8/R2 Flown by Paul Lixfeld, 6./JG 300, Germany, Late 1944. Fw 190A-8/R2 Flown by Willi Maximowitz, IV.(Sturm)/JG 3, France, June 1944. Fw 190A-8/R-11 Flown by Günther Migge, 1./NJGr.10, Germany, 1944. In addition to the main decals there are 4 sheets of stencils provided. Beer Glass & Fw 190 Part As this is the Royal Class boxing Eduard have included a Bohemia crystal beer glass. Also included as a piece of wreckage from Fw 190A-8/R-2 Werk No.681323. This aircraft crashed in Czechoslovakia 11th September 1944. The pilot Fw. Friedrich-Karl Frank (JG 4) bailed out and survived, though died 2 mounts later in an accident. Conclusion While some will see this as "another" Fw 190 boxing, there is no doubting the aircraft does have a wide following. If you are a 190 fan then I am sure this boxing for 4 aircraft will appeal. I am not sure how much extra the Glass and piece of fuselage add to the value, however if you plan to make four of these then this boxing does represent the same value as four separate kits. Recommended, or highly recommended for the Fw 190 fan. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Hi guys, This will be only my second WIP build thread as I've only just returned to the Hobby this year after about 25 years of absence (my teens being the last time I did anything). It's a fantastic kit with some very cool extras listed below. I'm very keen to make the best of it and hope my ability (or lack of) doesn't cause too many tears. Royal Class edition of the new tool scale plastic kit of Bf 109G in 1/48 scale. Box contains: plastic and photo-etched parts and for two complete models of Bf 109G in variants G-2, G-4, G-6 and G-14 (premiere release of parts for variants G-2, G-4, G-14) Cartograf printed decals for 16 colorful markings a piece of the real Bf 109G-14 mounted on wooden block with certificate of authenticity Eduard "Gustav" designed Beer glass Brassin set of Bf 109G-6 wheels (2 pairs) Brassin set of Bf 109G cannon pods Brassin set of Bf 109G W.Gr.21 rockets Fabric seatbelts Marking options: Bf 109G-2, flown by Maj. Hannes Trautloft, CO of JG 54, Eastern Front, summer, 1942 Bf 109G-2 trop, Flown by Oblt. Werner Schroer, CO of 8./JG 27, Rhodes, early November, 1942 Bf 109G-2 trop, Flown by Maj. Heinz Bär, CO of I./JG 77, Comiso airfield, Italy, September, 1942 Bf 109G-2 trop, W.Nr. 10 501, Stab/JG 77, Bir el Abd airfield, North Africa, early November, 1942 Bf 109G-4, W.Nr. 19 257, Flown by Fw. Viktor Petermann, 5./JG 52, South Part of the Eastern Front, June, 1943 Bf 109G-4, W.Nr. 19 347, Flown by Fw. Jan Reznak, 13. (Slowaken)/JG 52, Anapa airfield, Soviet Union, April / May, 1943 Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 20 499, Flown by Lt. Erich Hartmann, CO of 9./JG 52, Nove Zaporozhye, October, 1943 Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 15 909, Flown by Hptm. Gerhard Barkhorn, CO of II./JG 52, Eastern Front, September, 1943 Bf 109G-6, Flown by Oblt. Kurt Gabler, 8./JG 300, Jüterbog – Waldlager Air Base, Germany, July, 1944 Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 163162, 2a Squadriglia, 2o Gruppo Caccia, Verona-Villafranca airfield, Italy, October, 1944 Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 165267, 1/HleLv 34, Taipalsaari airfield, July, 1944 Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 95 417, Flown by Lt. Pál Bélavári, 101/3. vadászszázad, Veszprém Air Base, Hungary, August, 1944 Bf 109G-6, Flown by Lt. Baciu Dumitru, Grupul 1 Vânănatoare, early May, 1945 Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 163815, Fliegerkompagnie 7, Flugwaffe, Interlaken Air Base, June, 1945 Bf 109G-14, W.Nr. 464534, 19./EJG 2, Pilsen airfield, May, 1945 Bf 109G-14, W.Nr. 781308, Flown by Lt. Hans-Helmut Linck, 10./JG 4, Alteno airfield, Germany, September 11, 1944 I intent to build this aircraft in the following scheme: Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 165267, 1/HleLv 34, Taipalsaari airfield, July, 1944 Eino Luukkanen was in the cockpit of this airplane while achieving his 56th confirmed victory. He downed a Soviet Yak-9 fighter flown by Lt. G. F. Nizhnik on August 5, 1944 over Narva Bay. This Yak was the only aircraft downed by the guns of MT-451. The aircraft was delivered to Finland on June 23, 1943. The former German Werk Nummer is visible on the rudder. Two underwing cannon pods were mounted and there was no artwork on the rudder at that time. The fledgling eagle was painted later on. MT-451 was written off after an accident on August 25, 1947.
  6. Hello everyone! Here are a couple shots of my recently finished Eduard 1/72 Mig 15bis from the Royal Class kit. Finished OOB except for the ariel wire, and glued to the base because silly me didn't put enough nose weight in. Finished with Tamiya spraycans. Please let me know what you think, I'm always open to new ideas!
  7. Royal Class MiG-15 is finaly confirmed for this July https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1032856756729271.1073742155.116570475024575&type=1 It will include: big black R.C. box MiG-15 single seat (most probably both 15 and 15bis fighters) a new tool MiG-15 UTI Midget trainer (thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234953053-172-mig-15uti-midget-by-eduard-release-in-2015/ ) 3 or 4 kits PE, resin-brasin parts and masks superfabric seatbelts Royal Class bonus - still unknown
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