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  1. Late entry. Due to time constraints I'm not going to be able to build the Aero S-105, so the little Vamp will have to do. Initial dry fit of parts looks fair, and a modest parts count and simple design mean it will hopefully go together without too many hassles. Time will tell.
  2. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Special Hobby P-40K in Russian markings. Built out of the box, painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. A full build review will appear in an upcoming edition of Scale Aviation Modeller International. With best greetings from Vienna, Roman
  3. Despite the recent release of the Italeri's Sunderland Mk.I (review: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=234927542), the Special Hobby Short Sunderland Mk.V project seems going on. Some CAD drawings are proposed in ModelForum: http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=97&p=1362198#p1362198 Future kit reference is SH72162. Wait and see. V.P.
  4. Source: http://modelweb.modelforum.cz/2013/08/10/172-pripravovana-novinka-od-firmy-mpm-production/?lang=CS V.P.
  5. I got this a couple of weeks ago and rashly dived straight in. I do like Fulmar's and have quite a few done and more than a few in the stash. Although criticised as being a bit slow and not terribly aerobatic, it was a very effective fleet defence fighter. Remember, it was never designed to dog fight against fighters but defend the fleet against long range bombers and reconnaissance aircraft as well as acting as a spotter for gunnery. It did had a long range and could stay in the air for a long time, as well as being a stable and effective gun platform. Fulmars shot down more enemy aircraft than any other FAA fighter so it wasn't a failure and certainly was a major factor in the success of the Malta convoys. A nice set of well moulded sprues, although there is a little flash. Good cockpit and wheel well detail. There is a bit of paint on them already. I did say that I had dived straight in. Nice nice instructions but in traditional SH manner some locations are a bit vague. Clear sprue, a little bit of resin and some etch. Good transfer sheet from Cartograf for four versions I am going to do this version as it's a bit different. Happy modelling to come hopefully. I have also got a masking set. I recall the time it took to mask my previous attempts.
  6. Hi mates, After building two USN jets, I need to model a proper naval aircraft - one with a propeller and some of that lovely Extra Dark Sea Grey (oh, that felt so good to spell grey correctly)! Since I have a psychological addiction to 1:72 scale, and a slightly masochistic frame of mind, I immediately reached for the Special Hobby kit of the Fairey Firefly FR.1, "with ASH radar." Woo hoo! (EDIT - and as we'll soon find out, my fellow Britmodellers have shamed me into concurrently building the TT.4!) I think this kit was one of many that I acquired from my friend Martin in Austria (occa) a few years back. It's a typical Special Hobby kit from the mid-noughts, containing short run plastic, resin, and photoetch. Let's have a look, shall we? First, the box and the grey plastic: There are not a lot of styrene parts as one can see. The panel lines are engraved but not all that consistent, especially as they roll away towards the edges of the parts. In some cases, they nearly disappear. As is typical with short run kits, there are no alignment pegs and the horizontal tailplanes are butt joins to the fuselage. Oh well, it's not like I haven't been down this path before! Now let's drool over the resin (we can just gaze at the photoetch). Although my amateur photography skills don't show it well, the detail cast into the resin pieces is very nice indeed. Since resin casting doesn't concern itself with things like blend radii and draft angles, details can be exceptionally sharp. The entire cockpit assembly is in resin (floor, bulkheads, sidewalls, instrument panels, radio and navigation equipment, seats, etc.). The cockpit floor is twisted a fair bit, and will require a dip in boiling water to flatten it out. Resin is also used for many of the landing gear actuator struts, the cannon fairings - even the arresting hook (but strangely just the hook, the rest of the torque tube is injection moulded). All of the wheel wells are provided in resin, with the main wells having some very nice detail. I have a sneaking suspicion that the main wells will need a LOT of sanding before they will fit properly in the wings. Like I said earlier, I've played this gig before! As you can see, the photoetch fret includes an instrument panel face, oleo scissors, mirrors, carburettor intake guard, pitots, etc. Not a lot, but sufficient finesse for the parts chosen. Lastly, we have the clear parts (unfortunately just for a closed canopy), the decalcomania, the instruction booklet, and a bag of Barracuda Bits. This last item is necessary since the resin tyres supplied with the kit are undersize, and the Barracuda resin replacements are more finely moulded. The aftermarket wheels are five-spoke, those supplied with the kit are four-spoke. My choice of marking scheme will be camouflage "B" from the kit, representing Firefly FR.1, MB464, 272-Y, 837 Squadron from HMS Glory in 1945. It just so happens that this very aircraft is the subject of one of the paintings on the back cover of the Squadron "Fairey Firefly In Action" book: If I can make the model look half as good as that painting, I'll be happy! Cheers, Bill (who has dutifully donned his hazmat suit, clenched his razor saws, gathered up his sanding sticks and is off to remove the resin parts from their pour blocks!) PS. If I do a good enough job on this one, Memsahib says I can build the Firefly TT.4 that is also in the stash. Oh, the joys of yellow and black diagonal stripes!
  7. Two 1/72nd families of Cobra kits in view by AZ Models and another one by MPM A 1/72nd Bell AH-1G Cobra kit (early & late versions) is to be released in July by AZ Model. Soon also AH-1Q and TH-1G. Source: http://www.modelarovo.cz/fr/azmodel-a-modelbrno-2013/ Another family of 1/72nd Cobras (G and Q/S) is also to be released this summer by Special Hobby. Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234939769-new-72nd-scale-ah-1-cobra-available-soon/)1/72 V.P.
  8. Vampire Mainwheels and Nosewheel (for Special Hobby Kit) 1:72 CMK It's a while now since Special Hobby did us fans of Cold War RAF types a favour and produced a new range of De Havilland Vampires in our favourite scale. Now Special Hobby have followed up with a couple of sets of resin slipper wheels, released through their CMK imprint. There are two sets to choose from. One is for the early mark Vampires, while the other is for the Mk.5/9 and T/.11 (and thus is also suitable for the Airfix kit). The quality of casting is excellent and the parts are as well detailed as they could be given the subject. All you will need to do is remove them from their casting blocks and clean up the pouring stubs. Overall these are a good addition to an already nice kit. Recommended. 1:72 Vampire Mainwheels and Nosewheel 1:72 Vampire Mk.5/9/T.11 Mainwheels and Nosewheel Review sample courtesy of
  9. Loire 130CI "Colonial" (48173) 1:48 Special Hobby In 1933, the French Navy requested a new reconnaissance/light bomber seaplane able to serve aboard warships and be launched from their catapults. The Loire was a shoulder-mounted wing monoplane with a pusher engine above the wing and was produced in two versions. The Loire 130M (for Métropole) saw service in home waters while the Loire 130 Cl (Colonial) machines were sent to the tropical areas. The latter air frame was built to withstand more demanding climate, with a larger radiator and better crew protection. It was deployed on all catapult-equipped warships even before the outbreak of the war and also at shore bases in France, Africa and Indochina. The machines took part in the defence of France in 1940 and then with the Vichy forces. Several air frames were used by the Free French forces, too. Vichy France even ordered further production. Some captured machines were evaluated by the German Luftwaffe. The Loire 130s which operated from African bases struggled with the shortage of spare parts and in 1943, when French colonies in Africa were liberated as many as fifteen air frames were still airworthy and took part in war operations. Machines of the Loire 130 Cl version did their part in the French Indochina War and a handful of the machines flew till the end of the war, one was seen flying in Saigon as late as 1949. The Kit This is a re-box from Special Hobby of the Azur kit from 2006. This boxing has additional parts for the units operating overseas. The kit is a mixture of injected plastic, resin detail parts, and both injected & Vac Formed clear parts. Construction starts in the cockpit. Here plastic parts are embellished with resin ones. The basic structure is plastic with the seats, rudder pedals, side consoles, radios etc in resin. Once the cockpit sections (left and right) are built up these can be added into their respective fuselage halves along the mid & rear bulkheads, and walkway to the rear position. The side cabin windows are also added at this time. As well as the general instructions there are two detailed side views for positioning of all the cabin equipment. Once all of this is inside the fuselage can be closed up, Construction then moves up to the tail. The tail planes are added on and the small vertical parts towards the ends. A scrap view shows the positioning of these and the stays. Once these are on the engine can be built up. The radiator and exhausts as well as the propeller are resin parts fitting it to plastic ones. Once this is built up the small open cockpit area behind the main cockpit can be built up. Next up the main wings are added along with the cockpit glazing and the small open cockpit just built up. There is a single part upper wing with left/right lowers. There is a main strut to add to each side and some flap actuators. For the main strut there are two parts of rigging to be added. One each wing there is a stabilising float to add, this has two braces each side and again a small amount of rigging. There are also 2 main stays which attach to the main fuselage. Once the wing is on the engine can be attached. On the rear of the fuselage there is an open or closed in area depending on the decal option being modelled, this is where the vac form clear part can be used. Markings There are printed by Cartograf so should pose no problems. 4 marking option are provided; SHM2 Navy Hydrographic section Saigon late 1940. CNo6 Sqn 1/CBS operated from Vatchay, French Indochina 1944. 19S-1 19 Sqn Vichy Naval Service, Tripoli 1941 17S-2 17 Sqn Vichy Naval Service, Fort-de-France, Martinique 1942. Conclusion It is great to see this kit being re-issued. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  10. Special Hobby is to release a new tool 1/72nd Fairey Barracuda Mk.II/.III kit - ref.SH72306 Source: http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Ausstellungen/Nuernberg2016/Bilder_AT/Special_Hobby_11.htm V.P.
  11. Dear all, Please find below some images of my recently finished Special Hobby Vultee V1A in the colours of American Airlines. The build in itself went pretty smooth, but close to the finish line I wanted to respray the anti-glare panel and with the masking tape pulled off part of the decals... Special Hobby wasn't able to supply a replacement, but Arctic Decals came to the rescue. Of course Mika from Arctic also corrected some of the errors in the decal sheet, so 'kiitos' (thank you in Finnish) to Mika. On to the pictures! Peter
  12. I thought it might be better to post this as a new topic, rather than take the two existing F-86H threads further afield. I had some time this morning to pull my Special Hobby H, Hasegawa D and a reference I had forgotten about: Modeler's Guide to the Sabre/Fury, by Jay Sherlock, plus Warpaint 1/72 scale drawings of the A through L variants. Up front, let me say that the Warpaint drawings do NOT match the F-86H dimensions published by NAA and the factory drawings that Sabrejet posted. The Sherlock modelers guide does have what looks like a good scale profile drawing of the H, but it is not to 1/72 scale. When I get a chance, I will get it enlarged to 1/72 scale and post my findings, if any of you are still interested. What I am going to comment on is based on a fairly quick examination and measurement of the kits mentioned, as well as a rough comparison to the Warpaint F-86H scale drawing, which is NOT to scale; I only used it as a general guide. I hope this will help @RidgeRunner @Sabrejet and @Courageous in particular, and that you three scholars will check this for accuracy, as I do not want to spread misinformation- there's enough of that going around already! In the Sherlock guide, he states in a kit review of the 1/72 Special Hobby F-86H kit that the nose is 3/32" too short in front of the cockpit and the cockpit opening is 1/16" too far back; the lower nose is a little too shallow, due to excessive taper from the nose cap to the fuselage; in addition the vertical stabilizer is a little too narrow in chord. ( This is paraphrased from the original wording for brevity.) Here's what I observed: The cockpit openings of the Hasegawa D and the SH kit are identical in length from the front edge of the windscreen to the end of the canopy fairing, with the exception of the length of the fairing in front of the windscreen, so a Hasegawa D windscreen should fit the SH kit. As is already known, the SH kit canopy has the fixed rear fairing attached to the canopy and the Hasegawa D has the fairing as a part of the fuselage, which is correct for both the D and the H. If you place a fuselage half from the SH kit against the Warpaint profile drawing, and line it up so that the wing LE and TE of the kit part match the drawing, the rear fuselage matches up very well in length, but the chord and taper of the fin is shallow along its entire length, but less at the fin cap- a pretty easy fix, if this is indeed correct. The chord of the wing root matches between the kit fuselage half and the drawing. The nose is 1 scale foot short between the LE at the wing root and the rear edge of the nose cap, with the lower fuselage contour being too shallow by about 3" at the nose cap. I think the metal fairing in front of the windscreen on the SH kit is too long, comparing it to actual photos and the Hasegawa D. It appears to me that you could make a vertical cut at the rear edge of the canopy opening of the H kit, then a horizontal cut along the panel line that runs above the wing root, then another vertical cut at the panel line behind the nose wheel bay to separate the fuselage into a front and rear section. A one scale foot extension could be inserted at both of the vertical cut lines and the two sections re-attached. (This would be much the same technique as has been published to show how the length of the F9F-2 and F9F-5 Panthers was increased and how modelers could make a dash 5 out of a dash 2 kit. See the Tailhook Topic on the subject for drawings and text.) Once the sections are re-attached, the gun gas vent locations will need to be changed as well as the location of the angled vertical panel lines under the canopy. This is all subjective, pending my finding some decent scale drawings which can be trusted. I hope this makes sense- I have got to learn how to post photos and drawings, but I hope my verbal description is clear enough to make sense. What do you all think? I have attached a link to Joe Baugher's webpage which has a detailed (accurate?) description of the changes made between the F-86F and the F-86H. I thought it might be useful to those of you wanting to correct the SH F-86H kit. Mike http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_fighters/p86_16.html Now, if Meng really wants to add to their USAF Golden Age jet collection.... BTW, according to a photo and caption in the Sherlock guide, that color photo posted of a QF-84H was originally a YF-84H-5, from the PMTC at NAS Point Mugu, taken in 1977, so it WAS technically a USN scheme!
  13. Special Hobby is to release a new tool 1/72nd FMA (Fábrica Militar de Aviones) IA-58A Pucarà kit - ref. SH72389 Source: http://kitchecker.com/unterwegs_2018_1/toy_fair_2018_1.htm V.P.
  14. Special Hobby is not only working on a 1/72nd Dassault Super Mystère SMB2 kit (link) but also on a 1/48th one! Yesss. The subsidiary question is when as the SH kits development delays are often really slow. Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235011761-we-need-it-in-148th-the-smb2/&do=findComment&comment=2570698 V.P.
  15. My original plan was a couple of jet trainers but whilst perusing EBay came across the little Bestmann, a side by side trainer from the Luftwaffe. Turns out the Swiss had some interned ones which were painted up in their red/white neutrality markings, so I am going with that. https://goo.gl/images/Q6Q3eZ
  16. Azur is to re-release the Special Hobby 1/72nd Vought SB2U-1/-2 Vindicator/ V-156B Chesapeake Mk.I http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?%2Ftopic%2F234950627-v-156b-chesapeake-mki-172-special-hobby%2F kit as a V-156F French Aéronavale Vindicator. Source: http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=97&p=1534238#p1534238http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=97&p=1534238#p1534238 V.P.
  17. Following the 1/72nd scale kits (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234973208-172-sg-38-schulgleiter-sk-38-komar-by-mpm-productions-test-shots/?hl=schulgleiter) Special Hobby is to release 1/48th SG-38 Schulgleiter kits. - ref. 48139 - SG-38/K-38 Schulgleiter/Komár Czech, Polish and DDR markings Source: http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SH48139 - ref. 48141 - SG-38 Schulgleiter German and Slovak service Source: http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SH48141 V.P.
  18. Special Hobby is to re-release the Azur-FRROM (link) 1/72nd Breguet Br.693AB.2 "French Attack-Bomber" kit - ref. SH72396 Source: https://www.specialhobby.eu/vlastni-produkce-1/special-hobby/breguet-br-693ab-2-french-attack-bomber-1-72.html V.P.
  19. Special Hobby has announced for 2017-2018 a 1/72nd Blohm & Voss BV-155 V-1 kit - ref. SH72340. Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235016099-novelties-from-special-hobby/ V.P.
  20. Mirage F.1C/C-200 Armée de l'Air' 1:72 Special Hobby The Dassault Mirage F.1 has been a successful point defence fighter for over forty years. Originally developed as a private venture by Dassault to replace the ageing Mirage III, it is a single-engined, single-seat fighter aircraft with a high-mounted wing and the ability to reach mach 2.2 in short order. Power is provided by a single SNECMA Atar turbojet providing about 15,000 lbf of thrust. The Armée de l'air operated various versions over the years, with deliveries beginning in 1974 and the last aircraft retiring in 2014. The aircraft was also an export success for Dassault, with foreign operators including Ecuador, Greece, Morocco, South Africa, Spain and Libya. The F.1C-200 featured a fix air-to-air refuelling probe. This is the latest iteration of a well-regarded kit from Special Hobby which first saw the light of day three years ago. The parts are crisp with engraved panel lines that are probably on the deep side, but still acceptable. At least they won't disappear under a coat of paint. The kit is spread across six grey sprues and a single clear sprue. Decals are by Cartograf and the instructions are printed in full colour. So far, so good. Construction starts conventionally enough in the cockpit area. The cockpit is of conventional tub construction, with a multi-part instrument panel and coaming and detailed rear bulkhead. The control column is added as this stage, but not the ejection seat. For some reason step 3 in the instructions has you placing the cockpit inside the fuselage and closing it up, while step 4 has you adding the front wheel well and exhaust into the fuselage. I would say that it's best to reverse these steps. On the subject of the exhaust, it is a three part sub-assembly and the quality of moulding and detail is very good. Once the exhaust, front wheel bay, and cockpit are in the main fuselage can indeed be closed up. Once the main fuselage is together the correct nose can be added for your chose decal option. If you are building the C-200 variant, the IFR probe in moulded in place on the starboard side of the nose cone. Various nose antenna are added along with the front air brakes which are moulded in the closed position. The single-part engine intakes are also added at this stage. Next the main wings are added. These locate via tabs in the wing roots and are of conventional upper/lower construction. Once these are on the vertical and horizontal tails can be added, as well as the ventral strakes. The landing gear - or at least the main gear legs - of the F.1 always remind me of the units for the Sepecat Jaguar. The undercarriage is quite detailed but has been moulded to be in as few parts as possible. The main legs along with their retraction struts are one part, with only a single small section needed for each of the mains. The wheels are one part each and have nice relief for painting. With the bulk of the airframe complete, construction returns to the ejection seat. For the scale this is quite detailed, with four parts making up the seat. Apart from adding the canopy, all that remains to do now is add the pylons and your choice of ordnance. The instructions show which should be added for each decal option, but in total you get: 2 x Matra Magic Mk.I/II AAM 2 x V-3 Kukri AAM 2 x Matra Super 530F MRAAM 2 x GBU-16 LGB 1x ASTAC reconnaissance pod 1x RAPHAEL SLAR reconnaissance pod 1x RP35 reconnaissance pod 1x ARAL 1B Phimat 1x ARAB 9A Barrax 2 x RP35 Fuel Tanks If bonus marks are awarded for generosity in the field of ordnance provision, the Special Hobby get a hat full. A generous four decal schemes are provided on the Cartograf sheet: Mirage F.1C c/n 46. 12-YE, Escadron de Chasse EC 1/12 Cambréses, Base Aérienne BA103 Cambrai Épinoy. This aircraft is finished in blue-grey over aluminium, with tiger strips painted on the tail for the 1979 Tiger Meet; Mirage F.1C c/n 84. 12-ZF, Escadron de Chasse EC 2/12 Cornouaille, Base Aérienne BA103 Cambrai Épinoy. This aircraft is finished in blue-grey over aluminium; Mirage F.1C-200 c/n 206. 5-OA, Escadron de Chasse EC 2/5 Ile-de-France, Base Aérienne BA115 Orange Caritat, France 1981. This aircraft is finished in blue-grey over aluminium, with a fleur-de-lys emblem on the vertical tail; and Mirage F.1C-200 c/n 201. 30-LA, Escadron de Chasse EC 4/30 Vexin, Base Aérienne BA188 based at Ambouli International Airport, Djibouti City, Djibouti, Africa, May 1994. This aircraft is finished in sand/brown/chocolate over aluminium; Conclusion Special Hobby has the F.1 market pretty much sewn up now, and with each new release we got the ability to build more and more variants. The mouldings are crisp and well-made and the overall package is very complete, particularly given the amount of ordnance and the generosity of four decal scheme. Overall, this is a nice kit an can be highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  21. Dornier Do 27 'Civilian Service' 1:72 Special Hobby The Dornier Do 27 is a Short Take-off/Landing aircraft fitted with a high wing and fixed landing gear. The aircraft was actually designed in Spain by the Dornier operation there to a Spanish Air Force requirement for a light utility aircraft. This aircraft - the Do 25 - was not selected for production, although the Do 27 design would later be manufactured in Spain by CASA as the CASA-127. The aircraft's excellent STOL performance ensured a lot of interest, however, and it was ordered by many armed forces. The aircraft was also the first aircraft to be mass produced in postwar Germany. This is the second of three Do 27 kits released (so far) by Special Hobby. The first edition, with decals for German and Spanish military versions, was released last year, so this is still very much a new kit. Inside the box are five sprues of grey plastic and a single clear sprue. The moulds for this kit were manufactured from steel, and there are no signs of flash or other flaws on the parts. The kit look nicely detailed throughout, and surface details are fine and crisps. Construction starts with the cabin. The modeller will have to select the version they are building at this stage, because the cabin layout varies according to the scheme chosen. The rear seats and bulkhead are added to the cabin floor along with the front seats, instrument panel and flying controls. Instruments themselves are represented by a small decal. The overall impression is of a cabinet that is well-detailed for the scale. Once the cabin is complete it can be added into the main fuselage halves. Next up the engine cowling and radiator have to be assembled and fitted to the front of the airframe. Again, there are three possible options, so make sure you select the parts appropriate for your chosen scheme. The same applies to the tail wheel, which must also be appropriate to the version being built. Next up is the main wing and the rest of the flying surfaces. The wing is split horizontally, while the elevators are solid parts. The rudder is moulded separately, so can at least be finished in a deflected position, subject to a little plastic surgery. Next up is the fixed landing gear, which is pretty simple and therefore difficult to get wrong. A couple of small photo etched parts are included, mainly for the crew and passenger access footholds. Last up, the canopy and main cabin doors and glazing are added. The doors can be posed in the open position, allowing you to show off all of the interior detail if you are so inclined. The decal sheet provides for three options: Dornier Do 27B-2 D-ENTE, Tanzania 1958-59. This is the zebra striped example featured in the box artwork; Dornier Do 27Q-5 HB-HKA. This is a Swiss aircraft painted in an all-over yellow scheme; Dornier Do 27H-2 VH-EXA, Lutheran Mission Aviation Services, Madang, Papua New Guinea 1962-4. This aircraft is finished in white over green, with a black cheat line. Conclusion Special Hobby's Do 27 is a nice little kit. Construction looks straightforward and the model is surprisingly well detailed. If this sort of subject interests you, then this looks like a really well-executed kit that can be highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  22. Miles M.14 Hawk III/ Magister Mk.I "Egyptian, Turkish and Thai" Special Hobby 1:48 The Miles M.14 Magister was designed to meet the Air Ministry Specification T.40/36. Miles based the Magister on their existing Hawk Trainer. The Magister was a tandem open cockpit design with a low wing cantilever monoplane. The main structure was Spruce with a covering of plywood. The centre wing section was of constant section, having no dihedral. The outer sections had dihedral and tapered towards the tip. The undercarriage was fixed on the main and tail wheels. The main wheels could be covered by spats. Production was started in 1937 and by the start of WWII over 700 Magisters were in RAF service. As well as the central flying school 16 elementary flying schools used the type. By the time production ended in 1941 1203 aircraft had been built. As well as these 100 were licence built in Turkey. As well as use by the RAF the aircraft were used primarily by The Irish Air Corps, The Egyptian Air Force, and The South African Air Force. Other users Were Thailand, Portugal, New Zealand, Malaya, Latvia, Estonia, Belgium, Canada and Australia. The Kit The kit arrives in a standard open-ended box from Special Hobby. They must be trying to economise as the box is the old release Magister box with a cover glued on, so you can only open one end. The kit comes as two main sprues of grey plastic, one clear sprue, one vac formed clear part, one bag of resin parts; and two photo etched frets. Also there is one small sprue of a light grey plastic, this seems to be a harder plastic than the kit and this is used for the landing gear struts. Shockingly construction starts with the cockpit! This area of the kit is highly detailed, most of which will be seen through the open cockpits. Many photoetched parts are added to the inside of the fuselage halves and to the resin cockpit floor. Resin seats attach to resin seat backs. Four part seat belts are provided for each seat, and the small rudder pedals are made up of four separate parts for each cockpit. Instrument panels are made by laminating the photoetched parts. Once the cockpit has been completed the rest of the airframe does not take much work. The fuselage halves are joined and the engine section is joined and added. Following the the tailplanes are added along with the rudder. The aircraft in this boxing had different rudders so please chose the right one. Next the landing gear is added. The Egyptian machine has Spats while the other two options do not. The tail wheel is added along with the propellor and its boss. Some small parts of photoetch details are nearly the final parts added. The last stage is to add the blind flying hood (not used on the Egyptian Machine). This can be added in the lowered or up position using the appropriate parts. I am sure if not wanted it can be left off as I doubt they flew with it attached all of the time. Photo-etch Two small frets of photo etched parts are supplied.These contain most of the parts for the cockpit, instrument panels and seat belts. Other parts are for the landing gear, small metal airframe parts; and attachments for the blind flying hood. Canopy Small injection windscreens are provided for both cockpits. As well as this a vacform part is supplied which is the blind flying hood in the open position. The parts are clear and well formed. Decals Decals are provided for three aircraft. Black 4/L-204 Light Training School, Egyptian Army Air Force, Almaza, Egypt 1938 (trainer Yellow). White 2, Initial Flight Training Squadron, Turkish Air Force 1944 (Olive Green/Light Blue. Black 116, Royal Thai Air Force 1951/52 (overall Silver). Decals are printed by Avi Print, look to be in register with good colour definition. Conclusion The model is a typical shorter run multi-media kit we would expect from MPM. The plastic has some nice detail if sparse (but then the real aircraft did not have too much in this respect). The resin and photo etched parts are well made and will add interest to the open cockpits. Some thought has gone into its production with the harder plastic for the landing gear legs a nice touch. This would be a good level entry kit into the world of mixed/multi media kits. Overall highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  23. I know, bad joke, but it was one of the more amusing nicknames the Western press bestowed upon Saddam Hussein..... Here's completion number two for the year, Special Hobby's Mirage F.1EQ/ED kit built as the Iraqi Exocet-toting Dark Sea Grey over White EQ-5 option. Paints are Humbrol throughout - 125 over 130 for the main colours. Aftermarket used was a Master turned brass pitot tube with CMK providing the Mk-10 ejector seat, Remora ECM pod and Sycomor decoy pod. Peewit provided the masks for the canopy although I had to raid my leftover Eduard masking sets so I could cover the landing and refueling lights. The Exocet is included in the kit and I suspect it's actually the Eduard Brassin item although Special Hobby don't mention that. Other small alterations have been done using Miguel Garcia's excellent "Iraqi Mirages in Combat" book as reference. Now for the photos! You can see that I used the Magic-1 AAMs - the Iraqis never received the -2, so ignore what the instructions say and use the ones without the notch in the tail. Another thing that SH didn't mention is that for the EQ-5 and 6, you don't use resin part 8 (which represents the attachment for aligning the gyroscope from an external device). For the EQ-2 and 4, you do. The kit includes the intake for the elevator power control unit on the upper starboard rear fuselage - remove if building an EQ-2, otherwise keep for the EQ-4,5 and 6 This shows how deep the Exocet pylon is. The clearance must have been quite tight between the nose gear door and the nose of the missile during retraction and extension! If you look very closely, you can see that I added a second drainage outlet on the port side behind of the existing one - this is correct for the EQ-4,5 and 6. The EQ-2 only had one per side. CMK Martin Baker Mk-10: Remora Pod: Sycomor Pod: Comments welcome! Mike.
  24. Hello everyone ... Im posting this for now, as I am still planning on joining in. That will be delayed to some degree due to a temporary loss of modeling space. Im hoping to be back at it in 3-4 weeks. This kit was a gift from a fellow member who had seen a post by myself about wanting to build one. He decided due to the complexity of Special Hobby kits, it would be best to give it to an established modeler. Rather than a new builder who may be frustrated and turned away from the hobby. I give you the interesting and quirky looking B-18 Bolo. Im still of two minds as to markings I would like to do this in. Originally I was planning on an early war Submarine hunter like this one. The plane in the center of the formation is the same as this Plane. another example of an early war Bolo. However doing research for this i found a few in Neutrality patrol markings, such as in this photo. That is now starting to pique my interest. Here are the remainder of sprue shots. Not a duplicate photo just a duplicate sprue. The kit is the RCAF Digby version thus the British markings. I could still opt to do that as a markings option as well ? The kit has a small fret of etch and resin as well. This is all the decals collected to do any of the versions i am undecided on. My plan is to move and rebuild my office asap, then get back to building. Dennis
  25. The Royal Australian Navy operated Wirraway trainers from HMAS Albatross, Nowra from 1948 through the 1950's. This is the Special Hobby "First Blood over Rabaul" kit with the "Boring Old Silver" decal set from Red Roo Models. It's basically out of the box apart from scratch-built undercarriage doors (the originals being rather thick). This is my first completed model in well over a year.
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