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  1. I broke the propeller of my Airfix Bf 109E in 1:48, and as far as I know, both the Bf 109E and early Fs planes had the same engine, so I was wondering if I would be able to replace the prop of my 109E with the Eduard's 109F prop. Or should I avoid more damage to the plane and just leave it like that? Thanks in advance!
  2. Decided to start a new project as a way to restore my lost "mojo," as most of you call the desire to build models. It'll be Airfix's Bf 109E, which will be done as Franz von Werra's machine. I already have one of this models but painted as Adolf Galland's aircraft. The main difference between the two is that this one will have the flaps and slats down. More progress to follow soon, my side project is Revell's huge Ju 88 in 32nd.
  3. After finishing the Revell 1:32 Fw 190A-8/R11, I decided to tackle Tamiya's Bf 109E-3 in 1:48. Started it on 22/4 and finished it earlier today. I like that Tamiya provided the option for the flaps and slats down, it gives character to the model. And here are two photos of my Airfix Bf 109E-4/N in 1:48, built too as Adolf Galland's aircraft.
  4. BODENPLATTE Fw 190D-9 & Bf 109G-6/14 1:48 Eduard Limited Edition For this limited edition boxing the kits are focused on German aircraft that participated in the Operation Bodenplatte on January 1, 1945. This was an attempt by the Luftwaffe to gain air superiority over the stalled Ardennes battlefield. The operation achieved surprise and initial success, however it ultimately failed. While many allied aircraft were destroyed on the ground actual aircrew casualties were light and most of the losses of aircraft were easily replaced. This would be the last strategic operation mounted by the Luftwaffe in WWII. This boxing contains two full kits, PE and masks (not shown). BF 109G-14A/S This edition from Eduard is the very very first release of Bf 109G-14/AS version in this scale. The G variant of the 109, colloquially known as the Gustav was one of the primary fighters available to the Luftwaffe during the closing years of WWII, and saw extensive active service, all the while being upgraded to combat the increasing Allied superiority in the air. Happily for the Allies, the supply of experienced pilots was fast running out, so as good as the upgrades were, they couldn't make an appreciable difference to the outcome. The G-14 was brought into service at a crucial time for the Axis forces, as the Allies pushed inland from the beachhead at Normandy, and it had an improved water injection system that gave the engine extra performance, plus the new clear-vision Erla-Haube canopy as standard. It was also an attempt to standardise the design to ease the job of construction, which had become decentralised due to the ferocity of the bombardment of the industrial areas by the Allied bombers at that stage of the war. As a result, few sub-variants were made of the G-14 even though over 5,000 were built, with command fighters and high-altitude variants the main exceptions, but the U4 had a high powered 30mm MK108 cannon fitted through the engine and firing through the centre of the prop. At the start of the build the modeller will need to decide to build the G-14 or the G-14/AS as two different fuselage sprues are in the box for both aircraft. Once the is done construction starts in the cockpit, which has a number of PE controls added to the floor, and a full set of PE instruments that are ready to add to the painted cockpit, as well as the fuel line part that is supplied on the clear sprue because it has a glass section as it runs through the cockpit to allow the pilot easy access for checking if there's fuel getting to the engine. A choice of humps between the pilots knees cater for the cannon fitted U4 sub-variants, and a full set of painted crew belts are supplied on the PE fret, plus rudder pedals for good measure. More PE is attached to the cockpit sidewalls, and with all that glued and painted you can close up the fuselage around it, not forgetting the retractable tail wheel used in one of the decal options, with a spinner back-plate fitted to the front of the fuselage, and the exhaust stubs with their slide-moulded hollow tips inserted from inside into their slots. The nose cannon insert, supercharger intake and cannon bulges in front of the windscreen fit into their respective areas, and a set of flame deflectors made from PE are added over the exhaust stacks to prevent blinding the pilot in low light flying. The G-14 had a couple of options for the tail fin, with the increased use of non-strategic wood, so the fin base is moulded to the fuselage, while the tip is one of two separate choices, with a straight rudder hinge, or the more familiar cranked hinge-line. The fixed tail wheel for four of the decal options is fitted to a recess under the tail at this point too. The wings are full span underneath, and depending on your decal choice you may need to open up some holes for a centre-line rack and on the port wing for the forward-raked antenna carried by most decal options. The wheel bay sides are modular and mate with the inner surface of the upper wings to give an excellent level of detail once finished. A small pair of rectangular panel lines are scribed into the fuselage just in front of the windscreen using a PE template that is provided on the sheet, and a pair of teardrop masks are supplied for the wingtip lights, which are moulded into the wing, but can easily be replaced by cutting out the area and fitting some clear acrylic sheet of a suitable thickness, then sanding it to shape and polishing it back to clarity. A depression depicting the bulb can be drilled in the clear part before gluing to further enhance the look if you feel minded. Separate leading-edge slats, ailerons and flaps are supplied, with the latter fitting around the radiator bays under the wing, which have PE grilles front and rear. A scrap diagram shows the correct orientation of the parts to ensure that both layers align correctly as per the real thing. The narrow-track landing gear consists of a single strut with moulded-in oleo scissor, a captive cover that glues against it, and the two-part tyre with separate hubs on each side. A choice of radial or smooth tread is offered with no decal options suggested for each, so check your references, or just make a random choice. The legs fit to scokets in the wheel bays, and horn balances are fitted to the ailerons, the antennae under the wing are added, and a small PE access panel is glued under the fuselage behind the wing trailing edge. Before fitting the canopy, the clear gunsight must be partially painted and fitted to the top of the instrument panel, and a pair of PE grab handles are attached to the inside of the windscreen, which should be partially painted RLM66 inside or outside before the exterior colours. The canopy opener also has PE parts added plus the pilot's head armour and an aerial on the rear, with a PE retaining wire included for posing the canopy open. A manual starter handle is also present in case you wanted to show your G-14 in a more candid pose on the ground. The prop is a single part and is sandwiched by the back plate and spinner before being inserted into the hole in the front of the fuselage. Two styles of additional fuel tank are supplied, one with a flat bottom edge for ground clearance, and the other with a smoother exterior. These fit on a rack that sits on the centreline for two of the markings options, a rudder trim actuator is fitted to three of the options, and a small twig antennae is fitted to all options with a tiny circular base, both of which are made of PE. . Conclusion These are superb kits from Eduard, and they are priced well, considering the detail and markings options included. They don't bother with novelties such as magnets to hold cowlings in place, but if you should perchance want to show off your engine, you can get a superbly detailed resin one separately and those that don't want to show off their engines don't have to pay for parts they aren't going to use. The G is my personal favourite, so I'm more than happy to see another one from Eduard. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Fw 190D-9 This edition from Eduard is a reboxing of their original kit from 2011, and depicts a late airframe, and in this boxing the aircraft have been fitted with Ta.152 tails, which is suggested by some to be due to a shortage of the correct Dora tail. It is noticeable because it has a more sloped leading edge and less square profile. Construction starts with the cockpit, and here the majority of the PE is used to upgrade the instrument panel and side consoles. The styrene parts have detail on already, which must be removed if you use the PE, and the areas to be removed are helpfully marked in red on the instructions. The instructions are typical Eduard style, leaving no vagaries as to the location of parts. Forward of the cockpit is the nose machine gun bay, which can be detailed with a large number of parts if it is to be left open, or with the omission of the MGs and their ammo boxes, the bay can be closed up with the use of a pair of MG stubs that glue into the bay cover. As the engine ancillary units (including the super-charger and engine mounts) are in the same bay as the MGs, leaving it open also shows off the nicely detailed parts. The main part of the engine is not depicted in this kit, but the exhaust stacks are mounted from the inside of the fuselage in their own recesses, and are held in place by the front bulkhead of the MG bay. The detailer will want to open up the exhaust stubs to add a little realism here, or stump up a few shekels for the resin parts that are available from Eduard. Once these are installed, the modeller can close up the fuselage after choosing which type of tail wheel to use, depending on which tail unit the fuselage has. Eduard are helpful in providing a key to which type to use based upon the paint schemes. The wing underside is a single piece unit, with a long spar running along the back of the landing gear bay, to which additional ribs are added to detail the gear bays themselves. The wing mounted cannons go through the bays here, and must be added at this point due to their tapering shape. It may be wise to chop off the last section and replace it later in the build with a piece of fine tubing if you are a tad clumsy like this reviewer. The upper halves of the wings can have the cannon bays left open to expose the breeches of the 151/20 cannons, or if left closed, a blanking section can be substituted. The flaps are moulded integrally, but the flying surfaces can be posed at an angle to give a little extra visual interest, and are added after the wing halves are joined. The whole wing is then offered up to the underside of the fuselage, so test fit before applying glue. The rear empennage is standard, irrespective of which tail you have opted for, and the rudder for both tails is poseable, while the elevators fit to the fuselage with a large attachment tab, so should stay horizontal, but check anyway. The landing gear on the 190 is long and canted in slightly, which is shown by the helpful diagram, and the modeller has a choice of two wheel types here with either smooth or treaded tyres. The wheels themselves should be installed at an 8o angle to the oleo strut, which would be fun to measure if it weren't for the 1:1 scale drawing that is provided. The retraction jacks fix within the bay to large contact points, so a strong landing gear should be the result. The modeller can choose to pose the cowling flaps open or closed, which are provided as separate rings that slot in behind the main cowling onto a large cylindrical spacer. The super-charger intake is installed at this point, as are the gun troughs on the forward fuselage. The nose gun bay cover is installed, along with the wing mounted gun bay covers, which if modelled closed, receive a nice set of PE piano type hinges once installed. Although the clear sprue includes four canopies, only two are actually used, with the choice being open or closed. The head-rest & armour is installed in the canopy, as well as a tiny PE grab handle, and a standard windscreen mounts over the coaming to complete construction, other than choosing to mount a bomb or fuel tank on the centreline pylon. Decals This really is the main reason to get this boxing (along with the first AS kit release), with 8 decal options. There are 4 for the 109 and 4 for the 190.There are also a sheet of stencils for each aircraft. Decals are in house fro Eduard and should pose no problems. Bf 109 G-14/AS, W. Nr. 784986, flown by Ofw. Paul Schwerdtfeger, 11./JG 6 Bissel, Germany, January 1st, 1945 Bf 109G-14/AS, W. Nr. 784993, flown by Uffz. Herbert Maxis, 13./JG 53, Stuttgart - Echterdingen, Germany, January 1st, 1945 Bf 109G-14, W. Nr. 781183, flown by Uffz. Werner Zetzschke, 4./JG 4, Darmstadt - Griesheim, Germany, January 1st, 1945 Bf 109 G-14/U4, W. Nr. 512335, flown by Othmar Heberling, 2./JG 77, Dortmund, Germany, January 1st, 1945 Fw 190D-9, W. Nr. 600161, flown by Gefr. Hans-Karl Götz, 7./JG 26, Plantlünne, Germany, January 1st, 1945 Fw 190D-9, W. Nr. 500093, flown by Ogefr. Dieter Kragelöh, 3./JG 26, Fürstenau, Germany, January 1st, 1945 Fw 190D-9, W. Nr.210194, Fw. Werner Hohenberg, Stab I./JG 2, Merzhausen, Germany January 1st, 1945 Fw 190D-9, W. Nr. 210079, flown by Lt. Theo Nibel, 10./JG 54, Varrelbusch, Germany, January 1st, 1945 Conclusion This is a welcome release from Eduard for those who like the aircraft which flew in the last major operation of the Luftwaffe brought together in one boxing. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Eduard's Weekend Edition Bf 109F-2 painted as Wolf Dietrich Wilcke's plane when he was Gruppenkommandeur of III/JG 53. I found a pretty good photo of the real plane, and I didn´t know if what I was looking at was a dirty airframe or a mottled one, so I decided to follow the scheme of a similar Bf 109F-2 flown by Heinz Bretnütz of II/JG 53. The aircraft was brushpainted with Revell acrylics.
  6. Hello! Here is my 1:72 Hispano-Aviación HA-1112-K1L which I built back in 1999. It represents C4J-10/“94-28”, of Escuela de Caza de Morón, Ejercito del Aire, in Spain, in 1950. It's the Italeri Bf 109G-6 kit with the Dekno resin and white metal conversion set. I recall the Italeri kit had some build issues on the wing roots and the resin nose differed a bit in width when compared to the Italeri fuselage so there was extra work involved blending the parts. The kit was fully painted by brush and only varnished with airbrush. Decals were from the conversion set. This is my favourite of the Spanish-modified Bf 109s. I like the profile more than that of the famous later "Buchón" variant. This variant has been released as a full kit by Amodel relatively recently. Thanks for looking and all comments are welcome Miguel
  7. Messerschmitt Bf-109F-4 in Hungarian Service Vol. II 1:72 SBS Model SBS Model are a producer of kits, aftermarket parts and decals from Budapest, Hungary. This sheet is the latest in a growing range of high quality decals, covering four different Bf 109 F-4s in Hungarian service. The schemes on offer are all more colourful than the standard Luftwaffe fare, with the winter camourflaged V-07 looking particularly appealing to my eye. The following aircraft are catered for: Red 2, 1/1. vadászszázad, Poltova, early 1943; V-07, 1/1. vadászszázad, Rossoh, January 1943. This was the aircraft flown by the ace Sgt. Dezso Szentgyorgi; V0+30, 1/1. vadászszázad, Ushyn, early summer 1943; and Yellow 7, 1/1. vadászszázad, Poltava, early 1943. This plane was also flown by Sgt. Dezso Szentgyorgi. Aside from being an interesting collection of schemes, the decals themselves look to be of very good quality. The printing is crisp and sharp, while colours are bold and solid. They look thin and glossy on the sheet, so they should perform well. Conclusion This interesting sheet has been nicely executed. If you have some of the AZ Models Friedrich in your stash, then this sheet may well tempt you to build one or two Hungarian aircraft with interesting variation in markings. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. Hello everyone. Happy New Year! Here's Heller's Bf 109B-1 which I built back in 1998. It represents "6-26", of 2/J88, Condor Legion used during the Spanish Civil War, in 1937. The only modification I recall making was opening up the engine exhaust holes. The kit was fully painted and weathered by brush with only the varnish being airbrushed. Thanks for looking and all comments are welcome Miguel
  9. Hello! Here's my HobbyBoss 1:72 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-7 Trop which I built back in 2008. It represents "Black 8", of 8./JG27, flown by Lt Werner Schroer, at Ain El Gazala, Libya, in April 1941. Despite being an "easy-build" kit, I had alot of work dealing with poor joints, especially along the fuselage sides. I added belts in the cockpit from an Eduard Luftwaffe WWII etched set. Although the boxtop displayed this option, it wasn't included in the decals so I used some from an old Airfix kit (from around 1980) which I had left over and were still in good condition. The main markings came from the HobbyBoss kit. The kit was mostly painted by brush except for the RLM80 mottling which was done with airbrush. The matt varnish was also airbrushed. Photos of this machine show it in reasonably good conditions so I kept weathering restrained. Thanks for looking and all comments are welcome Miguel
  10. Hello everyone! Here is one of several Bf 109Gs I built during the last couple of years (this one in 2016). It's the Hasegawa 1:72 Bf 109G-6, but the old kit, before they made new tools. It represents Bf 109G-6/R6 Trop White 9, flown by Oberleutnant Emil Clade, Staffelkapitan 7./JG27, Luftwaffe, Kalamaki, Greece, January 1944. This was an enjoyable OOB build with pilot included (for old times' sake!), except for the decals which came from an Academy kit since those of the kit had yellowed and were poorly printed anyhow (Academy, Italeri and Hasegawa all had this option!). It was completely painted and varnished by brush and I was very pleased with how it came out. Thanks for looking Miguel
  11. Avia S-99 / C-10 (11122) 1:48 Eduard Limited Edition There must have been billions of words written on the Bf.109 over the years, which was the mainstay of the Luftwaffe's fighter arm, despite having been supposedly superseded by the Fw.190 and others during its service life. It kept coming back to prominence due partly to it being a trusted design, the manufacturer's substantial sway with the RLM, and the type's ability to be adapted as technology advanced. The G or Gustav as it was known was one of the later variants, and is widely regarded as one of the more successful, with improved armament that give some variants a distinctive pair of blisters in front of the windscreen, plus mounting points for the 210mm rocket tubes used to disrupt the bomber streams in long range attacks using timed detonation. The other minor changes were targeted at Defense of the Reich, removing the mounting points and hardware for long-range tanks etc. The G-10 was fitted with the new DB605D-2 engine that was later seen on the K, and became the de facto standard Gustav once introduced, often using as-yet unfinished G-14s as the starting point, which has confused some researchers in the past. It was fitted with the sleek Erla-Haube canopy and a deeper oil cooler under the nose that sets it apart from previous issues. Post war the Avia factory which had been making 109s for the Germans continued making them from parts they had designating the originals S-99. S-99 / C-10 is Czechoslovak post-war designation for Bf 109G-10 (WNF/Diana production) flown by Czechoslovak armed forces. Later production would be the S-199 using Junkers Jumo 211F engines due to lack of available DB engines. The Kit This boxing depicts airframes that were manufactured at Avia, it would seem that while Eduard released the G-10 MTT Regensburg as a Profipack and Overtrees the WNF has previously only been released as overtrees. In this boxing are the new sprues with photo etched parts and masks (not shown) There are 4 decal options as well. The build of course begins in the cockpit, with PE and styrene parts aplenty. PE seatbelts are included, and a choice of PE or styrene rudder pedals, depending on how dexterous you are feeling. The instrument panel is laminated from layers of pre-painted PE. The sidewalls too are decorated with more painted PE parts, after which you can close up the fuselage unless you're treating yourself to a resin engine or other goodies. Don't forget to trap the tail wheel between the halves, or you'll regret it later. The backplate for the spinner and exhaust stubs are installed, and the top cowling with gun inserts is glued into place along with the intake for the engine's turbocharger, a PE hinge section on the top of the cowling, and a choice of PE flame-hiders for the exhausts, which vary between markings options. The G-10 had an extended fin, which is separate from the fuselage on this boxing, breaking at a convenient panel line to ease the way. The elevator fins are each two parts and fit using pins, with separate elevators and a choice of two rudder types. The wings are only slightly different from the norm, with the usual (but new) full-width lower, main gear sidewalls and split upper wings, plus a gaggle of separate parts for the leading-edge slats (gravity deployed when stopped), ailerons, and the two-layer flaps that butt up to the back of the radiator bays, which have PE skins front and back, as does the extended chin-scoop that identifies it as a G-10. A scrap diagram shows the correct positioning of the flaps when they are deployed. The main gear is the same narrow-track stuff from earlier models, with separate tyres and hubs, plus captive bay doors, socketing into the bay using nice strong parts, and with hub masks for easy painting of the wheels. Horn-balances are fitted to the ailerons, a small raised panel under the wing trailing edge is added from PE, and a circular panel on the flank of the fuselage needs to be filled for authenticity's sake. As the build draws to a conclusion, the gunsight is added from a partially painted (by you) clear part, and if you add a little translucent green/blue to the edge to simulate the thickness of the glass, it will improve the look of the finished part. The windscreen has a couple of small PE parts added to it before you can glue it to the front of the squared-off cockpit opening, and the uber-sleek Erla-Haube canopy has a windowed head armour part that will need masking from the enclosed sheet and painting before it is fitted. If you have treated yourself to a set of Tface masks that allow painting of both interior and exterior surfaces of the canopy, the additional small parts added will gel nicely with this improvement. A stubby aerial fits to the top rear of the canopy, and you have a choice of PE or styrene DF loop antenna for the spine a little way back. The canopy can be posed open by using the thin PE restraint that's included on the fret, which allows you to set the correct angle when open. The prop is a single part, which has the two-piece spinner fitted around it, after which you can either glue it in place, or leave it loose for travel and impromptu spinning if you like. A trim actuator for the rudder and a tiny aerial under the fuselage are the last parts on the PE fret, which ends the construction. Markings With this boxing there are 4 decal options as used by the Czechoslovak armed forces OK-BYH, Czechoslovak Police Air Patrol (Red nose and leading edges) 1947 - 1950 EV-11 Command Flight, 2nd Air Division, Fighter Training Center, Czechoslovak Air Force 1947 OK-BYU, Czechoslovak Police Air Patrol (Red nose and leading edges) 1947 EV-14 Command Flight, 2nd Air Division, Fighter Training Center, Czechoslovak Air Force 1947, a borrowed Air Patrol Aircraft with their markings over painted but still retaining the Red Nose & Leading edges. All the decals are printed in the Czech Republic with good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion Another great 109G kit from Eduard that has plenty of detail out of the box, and can be upgraded even further in the detail department if you're minded to add the extra resin and PE sets that are patterned for the kit and available separately. Its good to see these Czech aircraft in a double boxing from Eduard. Limited Edition Kit Overtrees (82161X & 82161-LEPT) If you have one of these new kits but wanted to do another decal option and lets face it these are nice options), you'll be pleased to know that you can get just the sprues from the Eduard site, and if you want to add some detail, you can also get a set of Photo-Etch to go with it. They arrive in a white box with a sticker on the end, with all the styrene in the one bag, and the clear parts bagged inside that for their safety during transport and storage. The Overtrees as they're called can only be bought directly from Eduard, so click on the button below to pick up yours. You can also download the instruction booklet if you don't already have one from the main kit page. Kit Overtrees Photo-Etch Overtrees Review sample courtesy of
  12. Reichsverteidigung Fw 190A-8/R2 & Bf 109G-6/14 1:48 Eduard Limited Edition This Limited Edition kit focuses on German heavy fighter aircraft Fw 190A-8/R2, and fighter aircraft Bf 109G-6/14 flown by Defence of the Reich fighter units. The Kits We have previously reviewed the profipack boxing of the Bf 109G-14 here, so will point you to that review if you want to see whats in the box. This duel boxing contains one of each kit with the masks and photoetch you find in the profipack kits. However it would seem at some point the Eduard have re-tooled the sprues for the Fw 190A-/R2 so we will show those below. Construction of the Fw 190 starts in the cockpit, which is augmented with pre-painted PE side consoles and instrument panels, but also retained are the decals that can be applied to flat panels, as well as the engraved panels for those that prefer to paint their details manually. The tub includes the sharply pointed rear deck, to which you add the rear bulkheads, control column, seat, plastic or PE rudder pedals, pre-painted seatbelts and sundry other parts in styrene and PE. In order to close up the fuselage the cockpit assembly is inserted along with a bulkhead that closes up the front of the tub, two exhaust inserts in the cowling, and the engine assembly, which is only an approximation of the front row of cylinders, plus the reduction gear, as not much will be seen once the cowling is in place. The lower wings are full width, and have a spar fitted that runs to the ends of the gear bays, with detail on the face visible through the apertures. This is augmented by the wheel trays, various ribs and the cannon barrels that protrude through, with the upper wings added after painting of the bay roof detail that is etched into their underside. There are different wings in this boxing depending on the decal options so the modeller will need to chose the right one. The completed wing assembly is then offered up to the fuselage, and the missing sections of the cowling with exhaust stubs, gun barrels and troughs are added to the top and bottom of the nose. The two-piece ring finishes the front cowling, and the flying surfaces are glued into to place, including separate rudder and ailerons, and fixed elevators. Two types of tyres are provided for the main gear, which have separate hubs, and fit onto the peg on the ends of the strut, with separate oleo-scissors and captive bay door parts. The retraction gear is installed on the inner side of the leg, and the centre doors fit to the central bar that splits the bays. The tail wheel slots into the rear, crew step, gun barrels and pitot probes are installed, then the three-bladed paddle prop is completed with spinner and fan behind it, with a peg at the rear fitting into a corresponding hole in the engine front. Different open and closed canopies are provided, and are outfitted with head armour before being added to the airframe along with the windscreen part. The last touch is to add the gear-down indicator pegs to the tops of the wings, which are made from tiny PE parts. If you are rigging the aerial wire to the tail, remember that if you pose the canopy open, the wire can appear relaxed, although many photos also show it taut, so check your references. Decals This really is the main reason to get this boxing, with 12 decal options. There are 7 for the 109 and 5 for the 190. The decal sheet is by Cartograf so quality is a given.There are also a sheet of stencils for each aircraft Bf 109G-14, 13./ JG 53, Bad Wörishofen, Germany, 1945 Bf 109G-14/U4, W. Nr. 512429, I./ JG 77, Euskirchen, Germany, 1945 Bf 109G-6, flown by Uffz. Klaus Lambio, 9./ JG 300, Jüterbog – Waldlager, Germany, June 1944 Bf 109G-6/R6, 9./ JG 54, Ludwigslust, Germany, January/ February 1944 Bf 109G-6/R6, 2./ JG 27, Trenčín, Slovak Republic, early 1944 Bf 109G-6/R6, flown by Hptm. Anton Hackl, CO of III./ JG 11, Oldenburg, Germany, January 1944 Bf 109G-6/R6, W. Nr. 20272, flown by Oblt. Heinrich Klöpper, CO of 7./ JG 1, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, November 1943 Fw 190A-8/R2, W. Nr. 682181, flown by Fw. Hubert Engst, Löbnitz, 6.(Sturm)/ JG 300, Löbnitz, Germany, early 1945 Fw 190A-8/R2, W. Nr. 682204, flown by Oblt. Klaus Bretschneider, 5. (Sturm)/ JG 300, Löbnitz, Germany, December 1944. Fw 190A-8/R2, flown by Uffz. Erich Keller, 5.(Sturm)/ JG 4, Babenhausen, Germany, December 1944 Fw 190A-8/R2, W. Nr. 682958, flown by Uffz. Paul Lixfeld, 6.(Sturm)/ JG 300, Löbnitz, Germany, December 1944 Fw 190A-8/R2, W. Nr. 681420, flown by Lt. Alfred Lausch, 8.(Sturm)/ JG 4, Welzow, Germany, September 1944 Poster There is also an A3 Picture of Fw 190A-8/R2, W. Nr. 681420, flown by Lt. Alfred Lausch, 8.(Sturm)/ JG 4, in flight/ Conclusion This is a welcome release from Eduard for those who like the aircraft which flew in the defence of Germany. Available at all good model shops Review sample courtesy of
  13. My first Eduard kit, and probably my last until the Tempest V Series 2 comes out. The aircraft was easy to build, but the decals (specially the wing´s Iron Crosses) sticked as soon as they touched the surface. I ended up replacing the crosses on the wings with spares from a Cartograf printed decal sheet, since I broke one. I also almost break one of the tulips that went over the engine scoops, but I saved it. Spinner spiral was painted. Here´re the photos:
  14. Before I start, I apologise for spamming so much this category, I'll try to reduce my posting here from now on. I've bought from abroad my first Eduard kit, a Bf 109G-14 in 48, but I noticed that it and many other Eduard 1:48 aircraft models don't have fuselage locating pins, should I expect to have issues when trying to align both fuselage halves, or does the cockpit serve as an alignment tool? Does Eduard have fuselage warping issues on their kits? Kind regards, Francisco.
  15. Messerschmitt Bf 109G-4 (84149) 1:48 Eduard Weekend The Messerschmidt Bf 109 is one of the iconic aircraft of WWII. The G models arrived in 1942 and the G-4 was nearly identical to the G-2 but was fitted with a much improved VHF radio set. The R versions were also designed for reconnaissance some versions of the G-4 were fitted with underwing canon pods. Due to the increasing weight of the G models larger main wheels were fitted which resulted in the teardrop fairings on the upper wing surfaces. A larger tail wheel was also fitted and the retraction mechanism removed as it was too large to retract. 1242 G-4s were produced in total. The Kit This is a weekend boxing, with 4 sprues of plastic, a clear sprue, and a small decal sheet with 2 options. Construction starts shockingly enough with the cockpit. Various control wheels and the main control column is added along with the armoured seat back. Following this the seat pan and rudder pedals are added. Following this side panels and parts are added into the fuselage sides. Once all of these sub-assemblies are made up they can be placed inside the fuselage and this closed up. As well as the cockpit the tail wheel and exhausts need to be added before the closure takes place. Once the main fuselage is together the intake needs to be added on the side. For the tropical version this will need the additional filter adding as well. Construction then moves to the rear of the main fuselage with the tail planes and rudder being added. All of the control surfaces are separate so can be posed as needed by the modeller. Next up are the wings. The lower is one part with left and right uppers. The wheel well detail needs to be added into the lower wing and then the uppers can be added on. Once complete the wing assembly is mated with the main fuselage. Next up the leading edge slats and ailerons can be added. On the underside of the wing the left and right radiators are assembled and added to the wing. The flaps can then be added making sure to get the radiator flaps at the correct angle. Moving towards finishing the model the main landing gear units are completed and added to the model. The wheels are a single part with a left and right hub. The gear leg is attached as is the door. The canopy parts can then be added not forgetting the pilots head rest & armour in the main centre part. Last but not least for the main kit the propeller and spinner are added. Decals Decals are in house from Eduard and should pose no issues. There is a main sheet and a supplemental sheet for the stencils, markings are provided for 2 examples; Bf 109G-4/R6, flown by Hptm. Waldemar Wübke, CO of 7./ JG 54, Lille – Vendeville, France, February/March 1943 Bf 109G-4/R6 Trop, flown by Lt. Franz Schiehs, CO of 8./ JG 53, Tindja, Tunisia, April 1943 Conclusion This is a welcome new G-4 release from Eduard in a weekend edition. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. Hi all - like many here, I’m recently returned to the hobby after about 30 years away - bought a model for my kids and rediscovered how much I enjoy fiddling and painting plastic. This is my 7th build all up and the first one I’m reasonably happy with. First one painted with my new airbrush which I’m very happy with. Airfix kit - quite recent I think, painted with Tamiya acrylics. Used oils for the weathering. Nothing on the work that’s posted here but a step in the right direction for me I hope! Thanks for any feedback and apologies for the smart phone photography.
  17. After becoming frustrated with ICM/Revell´s Mustang Mk.III in 1:48 (and sending it to my spares box with most pieces on their sprue), I decided to pull this model out of my stash and build it as a relaxing build, which it was! The model offers the flaps and slats in the down position, and you can pose them up by cutting their respective mounting tabs. However, while removing the tab of one slat, I also removed a chunk of it, which was repaired by filling the area with CA. I also feared that, due to how thin the plastic on the slats was, that the plastic would damage if I used regular glue, so I used CA to glue the slats.
  18. This is the Academy rebox of the Hobbycraft Bf 109G-6, advertised in this boxing as a G-6/G-2 version (Bf 109G-6/G-2 "JG27"). It wasn´t that simple though, because I realised half of the build that the G-2 had an opening for a retractable tailwheel, whereas the G-6 didn´t. I ruined the propeller spinning system, so I had to fix the propeller in place. The kit was brush painted with Revell acrylics. The model represents Marseille´s last aircraft before his death on September 30th 1942.
  19. I'm researching a BF 109 G14/AS in RAF markings, there are a couple of photos around of the A/C showing the Squadron's LW Codes. The background is interesting: On 16th April 1945, two fighter pilots from 2 Lovačko Jato in the Croatian Axis forces, Lt. Vladimir Sandtner and Lt. Josip Cekovic, flew their Bf 109G-14/AS and Bf 109G-14 consecutively from Lucko airbase to surrender to allied forces in Italy. Cekovic landed in Jesi, while Sandtner in Falconar. His plane was later captured by Americans. After the armistice in Italy on 6th May 1945, F/Lt Jan Preihs flew with his commander for briefing in Jesi. While waiting on the airfield, he met some nice Americans who later asked him for a bottle of whiskey. They wanted to exchange it for previously captured Bf 109 and Bücker biplane trainer. Preihs, amazed by the deal, came up with a plan and shared it with his commander. He later called his unit to ask for a pilot who could fly the Messerschmitt. F/O Bolesław Stramik was the one who volunteered for the job. They fueled up all of their planes and flew back to the airfield. They accidentally fueled the Messerschmitt with 100-octane fuel instead of German synthetic one, thus they weren't surprised by reports of "smoking Messerschmitt landing on the airfield". The plane was repainted into RAF colors and given the Polish checkerboard and 318 Squadron's unofficial emblem - three cards. F/O Bolek Stramik is the father of a fellow Morgan owner. His information from a Polish magazine is that the undersurface was either dtadard RAF Grey or possibly the original RLM Blue. But other information on the web suggests Azure blue as the squadron had previously been in North Africa. Can anyone say with any certainty what colour was used, and also what happened to the A/C? Probably left in Italy.
  20. Photos of my latest build, Hobby Boss´s Bf 109G-6 in 1:48. The only fit problems I could find were with the nose covers (a bit oversized), a cockpit piece that was in the way of a good fitting cockpit, and what I think was an oversized control panel that had to be trimmed. The model was brush painted, and the fuselage camouflage was handpainted, without guides, I´ll use Tamiya tape for the next 109, seeing they always have straight fuselage camouflages. I used Hasegawa´s Bf 109G-6 1:32 painting instructions for this model. Use plenty of water if you´re planning on using the kit´s decals, they tend to stick on the surface. As per real life photos of this aircraft, the fuel tank, its mount and the underwing cannons were left behind.
  21. "Africa" Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 & Bf 109G-2 Combo 1:48 Eduard Limited Edition The Messerschmidt Bf 109 is one of the iconic aircraft of WWII. The F-4 would use the 1332hp DB601E engine which would be fitted with a broader balded propeller for improved altitude performance. The aircraft would carry the new Mauser MG151 20mm cannon with 200 rounds per gun. Production of the F-4 would start in May 1941 and last a year with 1841 examples being built, 576 of these being the tropicalised version. The G variant of the 109, colloquially known as the Gustav was one of the primary fighters available to the Luftwaffe during the closing years of WWII, and saw extensive active service, all the while being upgraded to combat the increasing Allied superiority in the air. Happily for the Allies, the supply of experienced pilots was fast running out, so as good as the upgrades were, they couldn't make an appreciable difference to the outcome. The G-2 differed from the initial G-1 insofar as it eschewed the pressurised cockpit, and it was sometimes fitted with different head armour for the pilot The Kit We have previously reviewed the profipack boxing of the F-4 and the G-2, so will point you to those reviews if you want to see whats in the box here. This duel boxing contains one of each kit of the F-4, and The G-4 with the masks and photoetch you find in the profipack kits. In addition in this box you get some resin tropical filters and an impressive decal sheet. Decals This really is the main reason to get this boxing. The decal sheet is by Cartograf so quality is a given. There is a main sheet and stencils all in one, markings are provided for an impressive 12 examples; Bf 109F-4/Trop, W. Nr. 10137, flown by Oblt. Hans-Joachim Marseille, CO of 3./ JG 27, Ain-el-Gazala, Libya, June 1942 Bf 109F-4/Trop, W. Nr. 8673, flown by Hptm. Hans-Joachim Marseille, CO of 3./ JG 27, Quotaifiya, Egypt, September 1942 Bf 109F-4/Trop, flown by Hptm. Eduard Neumann, CO of I./ JG 27, Martuba, Libya, December 1941 Bf 109F-4/Trop, W. Nr. 10154, flown by Lt. Friedrich Körner, 2./ JG 27, Ain-el-Gazala, Libya, June 1942 Bf 109F-4/Trop, W. Nr. 8438, 4./ JG 27, El Gazala, Libya, end of 1941 Bf 109F-4/Trop, W. Nr. 8596, flown by Ofw. Erwin Sawallisch, 4./ JG 27, Quotaifiya, Egypt, August 1942 Bf 109F-4/Trop, flown by Lt. Jürgen Harder, 7./ JG 53, Martuba, Libya, June 1942 Bf 109G-2, flown by Fw. Anton Hafner, 4./ JG 51, Bizerta, Tunisia, November 1942 Bf 109G-2/R1, W. Nr. 10805, flown by Lt. Wilhelm Crinius, 3./ JG 53, Bizerta, Tunisia, January 1943 Bf 109G-2/Trop, flown by Hptm. Heinrich Bär, CO of I./ JG 77, North Africa, 1942 – 1943 Bf 109G-2/Trop, 2./ JG 77, North Africa, autumn 1942 Bf 109G-2/trop, W. Nr. 10533, flown by Uffz. Horst Schlick, 1./ JG 77, Bir-el-Abd, Egypt, November 1942 Conclusion This is a welcome release from Eduard for those who like the Mediteranean Theatre, or the avid 109 fan.. Not only do you get two ProfiPACKs but extra parts for the tropicalised machines, and a great selection of decals. If you want to make use of more of the schemes then overtrees are also available for the extra kits. Highly recommended. Africa Dual Combo F-4 Overtrees G-2 Overtrees Review sample courtesy of
  22. WGr.21 for Bf 109G-6 (648399) 1:48 Eduard Brassin The WGr.21 or Werfer-Granate 21 rocket launcher to give it a full title was the first on board rocket used by the Luftwaffe in WWII. It was developed by Rudolf Nebel who pioneered wing mounted rockets in WWI. The unit was modified from the infantry 21cm Nebelwerfer rocket. It was a spin stabilised 21cm rocket carrying a 90lb warhead. Designed to be fired at long range towards bomber formations while the fighter stayed out of range of defensive machine gun fire. It was surmised a mass launch by a squadron would result in about 15% accuracy with 2 to 3 hits. With such a large warhead a good hit would be devastating, and even a non lethal hit would be demoralising. The weapon did suffer quite badly from ballistic drop, also aiming was difficult due to low launch velocities. The weapons did also pose large drag effects on the carrying fighter. While not a great success on their own mass launches did succeed in opening up the bomber formations for conventional attack. As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the plastic box , with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts. The set includes two tubes and two rockets in resin with PE parts and a marking template for attaching them to the wings of your 109G-6. These are two highly detailed units and recommended if you want to add them to your chosen kit. Review sample courtesy of
  23. Someone offered me this kit as an alternative to the more expensive Hasegawa 109E with a Galland resin body, so I wanted to know your opinions about it regarding the type of plastic, the quality of the decals, fit, and particularly the size of the sprue gates (if you had any troubles removing the parts from the sprues). Any comment is appreciated.
  24. Messerschmitt Bf 109: The Yugoslav Story (Volume I) by Boris Ciglić with Dragan Savić, Milan Micevski & Predrag Miladinović I was surprised to find this awesome book recently as I was searching for more information to make a Yugoslav Bf 109E-3a model. Anyone who has tried to research the subject of the Yugoslav World War 2 aviation in particular and the story of the 1941 Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in general will know just how limited the offer is in the English language. Since both the aircraft in question and this chapter of World War 2 history were very interesting to me I bought the book, enjoyed reading it and I thought it merits a detailed review. The book can be found on its author`s site and from a technical point of view it is very competently described there so I will just post the links and then focus on my own impressions. The web page dedicated to the book: http://wingsofserbia.com/category/messerschmit-bf-109-the-yugoslav-story/ And, from the same site, a pdf file with sample pages: http://wingsofserbia.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Messerschmitt-Bf-109-The-Yugoslav-Story-Sample-Pages.pdf At the very first glance I thought this is a history of the Bf 109E in Yugoslav service, but it soon became apparent that it is much more than that. First of all, the subject of the book is actually the Bf 109 in all its versions that served in the skies of Yugoslavia and this means that while the early Emils of the VVKJ (Vazduhoplovstvo vojske Kraljevine Jugoslavije - Royal Yugoslav Air Force) get great coverage, their counterparts in the Luftwaffe also feature prominently, from the Emils of the April 1941 to the Gustavs that battled the Allied raids on Central and Eastern Europe later in the war. A second consequence of this focus on the 109 is that the narrative follows it in all its actions and encounters with other plane types and this very much covers the air war over Yugoslavia. As such, aircraft like the Yugoslav IK-2 and IK-3 get their fair amount of coverage, including personal battle recollections from some of their pilots and photographs to go with that. And this brings me to another strength of the book. Surely, the book is a history of the aircraft`s service and as in any such title you`ll get a long string of paragraphs dealing with various missions, some more noteworthy than others, but in this case such entries are abundantly accompanied by quotes from contemporary witnesses and the range of their backgrounds is impressive. For the first two chapters you can read the recollections of both Yugoslavs and Germans, both aircrews and civilians. This makes the history all the more interesting and authentic and - somewhat rare for an aviation title - the book manages to be quite moving. From the memories of the fighter pilots who managed to score hits to those that went through the drama of being shot down (yet lucky enough to survive); from the cockpit of the Yugoslav E-3a fighter pilot the perspective changes to that of the Ju-88A observer being chased by it; from the civilian or military man observing from the ground the consequences of the dogfights taking place above to the grim and uneasy recollections of the German Emil pilots who escorted the bombers that attacked Belgrade on the morning of 6 April 1941, leaving up to 3000 civilians dead. The third chapter spices things up even further with quotes from German, Italian, Romanian, Hungarian, RAF, RNAF, RCAF, South African and USAF pilots and even from the Partisans. One has to applaud the effort that went into collecting and merging the information from so many different sources. As it might have become apparent from their names (see the table of contents on the book`s page) the first chapter deals with the acquisition and service of the Yugoslav Emils up to the war of April 1941, the second chapter presents the invasion of Yugoslavia and the third chapter deals with its aftermath and subsequent Allied raids. Along the way, the general historical situation is discussed, but this is kept to the minimum that is necessary to place the subject of the book in the larger context. The text is generally arranged to chronologically present the operational record of the Messerschmitts, intermingled with the battle accounts mentioned above and supported heavily with photographs on almost every page. The photographs are very well placed as they are always relevant to the text. If you read about some plane crashing on landing or being brought down in action you`ll see a photo of the aftermath close by. Most of the photographs depict the 109s, but many other aircraft (more often than not as wrecks) are shown as well. Another thing I appreciated is that for many of the events you`ll find the perspective of both sides and then also an attempt by the author to reconcile their claims with the actual surviving records. At this point I have to say though that the reader would have benefited from a good map showing the location of all the airfields mentioned in the text. At the very beginning of the book there is a black and white map, but it focuses on the partition of Yugoslavia by the conquering Axis powers. The book also caters to the modeller, with a fourth (and final) chapter dealing with the colours and markings of the aircraft and there`s also a series of profiles at the end of the book (see bellow). The colours and markings of both the Yugoslav and German machines (both Emils and Gustavs) are covered, but not in an exhaustive, plane by plane manner. Obviously, this is not the main point of the book. So, the current limitations in our knowledge on this subject are discussed, the general rules are noted, the known exceptions mentioned and a few photographs are used to illustrate the observations of the text. The section on the German aircraft is interesting, with a subject that is rich in its diversity (and there are some colourful schemes that modellers will probably like to replicate), but what I was primarily interested in was the section discussing the Yugoslav Emils. Here, from a modelling point of view, I would have liked a more detailed discussion regarding the colours that would have involved the reader in the train of thoughts that reached those conclusions. Did they result from the observation of surviving fragments, photographs, factory documents, survivor`s testimonies? The text mentions that the upper surfaces were in RLM 70, that the underside was RLM 65, that the front cover of the air intakes remained in natural duralumin and so on, but this seems surprisingly uniform. For example, the air intakes may very well have been left natural metal in many cases, but the only colour photograph seems to show them painted blue for the first handful of aircraft delivered. I would have liked to read more on these matters. Nevertheless, for the aviation history enthusiast this chapter will be more than enough to help create a picture of the planes that made this story and even for the modeller it is still a rich source of information. The book continues with a series of eight very interesting annexes covering the subjects of the Yugoslav 109E-3a production numbers (W.Nr and Yugoslav corresponding number where available), the roster of Yugoslav Emils and IK-3 units in the defence of Belgrade on 6 April 1941, the VVkJ fighter claims for the April war, the combat log of the Yugoslav 6.LP for the April war, the Luftflotte 4 order of battle on the 5th of April 1941 and the known claims and losses of the German 109s from 1941 to 1945. There is also an annex that tries to approximate the Yugoslav aviation ranks (the text of the book uses the Yugoslav terms) to the ranks of the Luftwaffe, USAAF, RAF, VVS and Regia Aeronautica. At this point there is a little treat in the form of a page with four color photographs of 109s in Yugoslavia. Three of these are German Emils and Gustavs, but the fourth is a very nice photo showing the first five Yugoslav Emils, on 15 August 1939, at Regensburg, prior to their flight to Zemun. After the many black and white photos of the period you can finally have a better picture of what the Yugoslav machines looked like in colours. And this serves as a very nice passage to the final section of the book: the colour profiles. There are 35 aircraft profiles in this section and two more on the back cover. All are planes that flew over Yugoslavia, namely thirteen Yugoslav Bf 109E-3a (two of them with provisional German markings), twelve German Bf 109E-1/4/7 and twelve German Bf 109G-3/4/6. Many of the German profiles are accompanied by their unit`s emblems. Unfortunately, the artwork does not include any top/bottom views of the aircraft which means that modellers will need to supplement this with other resources. On the bright side, Lift Here! of Serbia has decal sheets for some of the 109s profiled in this book - both Yugoslav and German - and their instructions should help the modellers fill the gap. On the inner back cover we learn that there should be a second volume to this story covering the 109 in the service of the Croat Air force Legion in the Luftwaffe, the Air Force of the Independent State of Croatia, Bulgarian Air Force over Yugoslavia, the machines captured by the Partisans and the aircraft of the post-war Yugoslav Air Force. I`m looking forward to it! Now, I`m not a fan of the "Highly recommended!" slogan, but really, I can only recommend this book highly.
  25. Hello there, i wanted to present my latest Project, the Eduard 109G-6 (Profipack Edition) which is undoubtedly one of there best kits and one of the best 109s in 1/48 out there. I chose the Markings for " 2./JG300 Red 8" flown by Kurt Gabler only to find out, that there is a little bit Discussion on this plane on the internet, specifically if Gabler actually flew this Aircraft. But after some research i´m pretty convinced, that this is Gablers Plane. According to the Eduard Instructions, the Aircraft was stripped of paint to reduce weight and drag to match the RAF Mosquitos. Consesus seems to exist, that the "8" on both sides of the Fuselage is actually black, so i put the right decals on. I found it a joy to build, all went together very well, i only had some minor Problems with the Radiators because there was not much room for Photoetch. I must admit, that i kinda screwed up the bare metal paint work. I used Tamiya gloss black as undercoat for the Vallejo metal color Chrome (more like a bright silver) but the surface after painting was pretty rough so i had to sand it down as best as i could with Grit 2000 Sandpaper. In the end i tink it turned out ok. One tip, don´t use Tamiya Clear Gloss with a paintbrush on the Vallejo metal colors, it eats into it, i found out the hard way. From there on i used the acrylic Clears from AK, worked ok. As a first for me, i used an Oil wash on the model and have to say i like it very very much, the oil brings the rivet detail of the kit really to life. The model ws sealed with AK Satin, but i thought it was still too shiny on the wings, so used Tamiya Clear flat on top of that. So, now the pictures, i hope you like it. Cheers P.S.: Dust is the enemy.
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