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  1. Bf110C/D & G Cockpit Etch Update Sets Eduard 1:72 for Weekend Kits The Eduard weekend Bf110 kits are great value and beautifully moulded. They are the same kit as you get in the Profipack series but without the masks, etch and more comprehensive decal options. If you've got one of the weekend kits and do fancy improving the cockpit, then Eduard have made this another option open to you. The quality of the pre-painted etch sets probably doesn't need much of an introduction as they've become a widely accepted form of upgrading and having used several of them, I've become a huge fan. Here are two sets, the first for the Bf110C/D lit, the second for the G-2 kit. Bf110C/D (Set 73469) Most of the enhancements cater for the cockpit interior, however a few key exterior parts are also provided. In the cockpit, you get seat harnesses, pilots main flying panel (only supplied as a decal option with no surface detailing in the kit) and front faces for the array of radio, electronic and switch panels. Throttles for the pilot and gun sights for the rear mounted machine gun are also in there. Externally, the little leading edge intake grills outboard to the nacelles are provided, as are the oleo scissors for the main gear, rear under-fuselage loop and strip aerials and the square bracing struts for two bombs. BF110G-2 This is largely the same as the C/D set, however slight differences in the aircraft lead to minor differences in the sets. As well as the parts listed above, a lattice seat cover for the radio operator is included in this pack as well as a different style of rear machine gun sight that mounts to the twin machine guns carried in this version. Conclusion Whilst the Weekend kits are very good straight from the box, the ease of upgrading using etch sets makes these very popular options. As such, I can highly recommend these based on use of such sets in other kits I've made. Review sample courtesy of
  2. Eduard's March releases are finally here now!!! Both the much awaited 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf110G-4 and 1/48 F-15A/C are here with over 15% discount. Our prices are F-15A/C £46 (that's over £9 off UK RRP!!) Bf110G-4 £21 (£3 off UK RRP) I do believe that not even the big H has the Bf110's in yet. If you buy one this evening you might have it for the weekend!! http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/eduard-27-c.asp thanks Mike
  3. I've just heard last night from one of our suppliers, that there has been a hold up in production of the Eduard 1/72 Bf110G-4. Eduard are looking to recitify this problem this week but it will delay all shipments of this kit. Expect this kit to be at least a week late in arriving. Sadly this does also mean we will be delayed in receiving our March Eduard new releases, as they are all coming from the same supplier. If we got them somewhere else, our cheap prices wouldn't be so cheap! Please be patient if you want the kits for less. thanks Mike
  4. Messerschmitt Bf 110G2 Profipack 1:72 Eduard Designed to fulfil a German Air Ministry requirement for a long-range, twin-engined combat aircraft, the Bf 110 was Messerschmitts interpretation of the zerstörer or heavy fighter concept. Following the prototypes first flight in 1936, it saw off competing designs from Arado, Focke-Wulf and Henschel and was in service by the outbreak of war in 1939. Fitted with the same engines as the Bf 109E, the Bf 110 was a powerful aircraft and was very well armed in comparison with its counterparts. Despite early successes in Poland, the inadequacy of the Bf 110 as a fighter was exposed by the RAF during the Battle of Britain, resulting in heavy losses. The aircrafts Achilles heel was its lack of manoeuvrability. This aspect of the design was not improved to any degree in later versions, and for this reason the Bf 110 found itself utilised in other roles such as fighter bomber and night fighter. The aircraft was particularly successful in this last role, mainly due to its stability and heavy armament. The Bf 110G-2 was one of the last variants and was equipped with powerful DB605B engines. Although useful as a fighter bomber, the G-2 was capable of carrying a fearsome 37mm cannon under the fuselage, which turned it into an effective bomber destroyer. Such is the quality of their output these days, that each new kit from Eduard seems to find its way straight to the top of the pile. This was the case with their 1:72 Hellcat series, released in 2010, as well as their family of Bf 110s, of which this is the latest iteration. Put simply, Eduard kits have become a byword for exquisite detail and superb engineering. Their latest kit arrives packed into a surprisingly large top-opening box adorned with an attractive image of a 37mm armed G2 flying through a formation of B-17s. Inside the sturdy box are six sprues moulded in slate grey/blue coloured plastic. This makes a nice change to Eduards usual (but if Im honest, rather unattractive) light olive coloured plastic. There is also a single circular sprue moulded in clear plastic. As this is a profipack edition, the plastic parts are accompanied by a small fret of pre-painted photo etched parts and a set of die-cut paint masks. The instruction book is a glossy, stapled A5 affair and it includes full-colour painting diagrams. All together, the overall impression is of a superb quality package. There is plenty of spare room in the box though, so if you are planning on buying some of Eduards Brassin accessories for the kit, youll have plenty of space for them! The quality of the plastic parts is second to none. The mouldings are clean and crisp and there is no trace of flash and no sink marks. Eduard have packed in plenty of detail and parts such as the cockpit sidewalls and radio sets are comparable to resin items. The surface detail on the outside of the airframe is just as good. It is comprised of recessed panel lines and delicately engraved rivet and fastener detail, and it looks absolutely cracking. The cockpit is made up of what seems like dozens of plastic and photo etched parts. The cockpit floor serves as the platform for construction, and to this are added the seats, radio set, instrument panel, rudder pedals, control column and throttles. As this is a profipack edition, photo etch parts are provided to help things along, and as well as seat harnesses, there are replacement details for the instrument panel, rudders, radio and throttles. To save you filing the raised detail off of the plastic instrument panel, a blank version is provided for use with the photo etched parts. A nicely moulded twin-barrelled MG 81Z is provided, complete with a photo etched ring and bead gun sight. The wings are moulded with a single lower span and separate port and starboard upper spans. The ailerons are provided as separate parts, although the landing flaps are not. The engine cowlings are each moulded in two vertical halves with additional parts for the chin intakes. Once the wings have been assembled, the fuselage should just drop into place. The nose, which houses four machine guns, is moulded separately. The tail planes are nicely moulded but, unlike the wings, the control surfaces are moulded in place. Once the basic airframe is together, its time to fit the canopy. This is a complex jobbie, moulded in no fewer than eight parts. It can be posed in either open or closed positions, and quite frankly it would have been a travesty if this hadnt been the case, given all the detail in the cockpit. Care will need to be taken adding the armoured windscreen though, as any smears of glue will be obvious. As mentioned above, this is a profipack edition, so a full set of canopy masks has been included. Turning the model over, the underwing radiators are each made up of three parts and, as with the rest of the kit, they are beautifully detailed. The main undercarriage legs are each made up of no fewer than five parts, with optional photo etched scissor links thrown in for good measure. The main gear wheels are moulded in vertical halves. The airscrews and hubs look very good too, as do the engine exhausts. There are a number of small parts included to cover the final details, including the aileron balance weights and various aerials and antennae. An optional photo etched part is provided for the DF loop A good amount of ordnance is included. There are bombs and bomb racks for under the fuselage and wings, as well as auxiliary fuel tanks. There are also single and twin 21cm rocket tubes, the aforementioned 37mm cannon pack and a twin 20mm cannon pack. Eduard are usually pretty generous with the decal options in their profipacks, and this is no exception. Choices are provided for the following four aircraft: Bf110G-2 of 4./ZG 76, Prague, Czechoslovakia, Spring 1944; Bf110G-2 of 5./ZG1, Monte Covino, Italy, Summer 1943; Bf110G-2 of 10./ZG 26 (III.JG 5), Gossen, Norway, Spring 1945; and Bf110G-2 of 5./ZG 1, Wells, Austria, Winter 1943-44. Each option is illustrated with a four-view profile as well as a detailed illustration of the nose artwork. The decals look crisp, thin and glossy and the colours used are nice and bold. Conclusion Eduards Messerschmitt Bf110 series is now the definitive family of kits of the type by quite some distance. The level of detail Eduard have packed in is superb and the engineering is excellent. Add the photo etch parts and masks into the mix, and you have the complete package. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Hello All, This year, rather than launching back into my current project, I've been drawn into finishing some old stuff that's been hanging around for too long: Airfix 1/72 Old Spitfire IX (started 2010) Loved it. 100% OOB. Humbrol 116/106/64/90. Old decals needed tidying up to deal with out-of-register issues but settled down beautifully. Walkways and lettering done by black pen, with silver pen for chipping. It almost looks like a Spitfire from this angle! Airfix 1/72 new Bf110C (started 2011) The undercarriage, bombs and tanks are beautifully moulded, in sharp contrast to the trenches all over the airframe. I didn't like the RLM70 (Hu117) and then I really struggled with the main decals, which refused to conform and silvered really badly.Yesterday I did the rest of the stencilling with black pen and red paint, so I didn't have to wrestle with about 100 more decals, and then weathered it and called it Done. Now I can get on with my current projects (except I just found that old MPM Defiant I started 2 years ago...) Thanks for looking, Adrian
  6. Messerschmitt Bf110C/D ProfiPACK 1:72 Eduard Also see Paul's review of the Eduard Bf110e ProfiPACK HERE Not as famous as it's more agile stable mate, the Bf109, the Bf110 has a mixed history of success. First flying in 1936 as a proposed 'zerstorer' (meaning destroyer), tests with proposed DB600 engines demonstrated that it was faster than the 109B as well as its rivals, however development issues on these engines delayed their availability resulting in the A/B versions being powered by the less capable Jumo 210 engines which significantly restricted performance. Interestingly, work was underway before the outbreak of war to replace the 110 with the 210, however development issues with this aircraft meant that the 110 soldiered on and remained in service throughout the war. The C version was the first major production series and made use of the DB601 engines when they became available giving an impressive top speed in excess of 330mph. Early experience was soon to prove the capability of the 'zerstorer' when unchallenged. Success in Poland, Norway and France in the bomber escort and heavy fighter role was achieved due to the class of aircraft it was up against. The tide was turned however when it was put to the same use over Britain. Escorting the bombers during the Battle of Britain, it suffered badly at the guns of the Spitfires and Hurricanes to the extent that as well as escorting the bombers, it became escorted itself by 109's. Its weakness against modern fighters resulted in it being withdrawn from offensive operations over Europe and moved to the night fighter role intercepting British Bombers in which it was well suited. Its airframe enabled the carriage of radar equipment and it was a stable gun platform to perform this role to which it did until the end of the war. The kit If you've come across any of Eduard's Profipacks then you'll probably be expecting this kit to be a little gem. Guess what ? You'd be right ! The kit comes in a sturdy top opening box with great artwork and side profiles of the variants included along one edge. Inside the box, you'll find no less than 7 olive coloured sprues and a rather impressive clear sprue. The instructions are provided on an A5 glossy coloured booklet which is another indication of the quality standards that you have here. Being the Profipack version, you also get a photo-etch sheet and paint masks for the rather complicated canopy. If you have used these before, you'll wonder how you ever managed without them ! Eduard has really set the benchmark here. The quality of the moulding is excellent. Where necessary, the fine parts are extremely thin so this probably isn't the kit to choose for beginners, so it does differentiate itself somewhat when compared to the more 'chunky' new Airfix kit. There are over 160 parts included to put some perspective on things. Building the kit starts in the traditional way with the cockpit. This really is one of the most comprehensive 1/72 cockpits I've ever seen. The impressive side walls are formed into the fuselage halves. You have the choice of using the etch parts or building without and the sub assembly is built up on the floor part to include three seats, bulkheads, radio gear and ammunition. Etch parts are available to replace the pilots panel, radio gear face panels, rudder pedals, seatbelts, throttles and even the sights for the rear facing machine gun. The cockpit subassembly locates between the fuselage halves along with yet more detail including inserts to fill the wing root and side control panels for the pilot. At this stage, you need to ensure that you've decided on the version you want to build. There are two different fuselages, the D version differing from the C version by having a longer tail fairing that housed a life raft. The exterior detailing on the fuselage continues with the same vein of quality. Very fine recessed panel lines and incredibly restrained rivets are visible. Whilst you could argue that any panel lines on 1/72 scale aren't realistic, I'm very impressed with what Eduard have achieved here, certainly something other manufacturers can learn from. The wings are mated together next. Unfortunately, there's no option to have the flaps lowered, but the ailerons are separate parts so can be fitted slightly offset if you choose. Engine nacelles are provided in two halves with the lower intakes being added after joining the halves up. The interior detail in the wheel wells is pleasing, however it will probably be easier to paint prior to assembly, so make a note to check at this stage what you intend to do. The radiators have both front and rear grills that sit in the recesses on the underside of the wings with the radiator housing fitting over the top on each wing. The nose gun pack is another sub assembly which is then fitted to the front of the assembled fuselage. If you want this open and the guns on display, it's not possible from the kit but there is a resin replacement to do this available from Eduard as part of their aftermarket range. The main undercarriage is quite a complicated affair. Each main gear strut has 4 parts to it, with the option of an etch oleo scissor. These are designed to be able to slot in after nacelle assembly which is useful. The high standard of detail continues with the additional parts. The wheels, props, gear doors and exhausts are all finely reproduced. A variety of external fuel/armament loads are supplied in the kit. A huge 'Dackelbauch' belly tank that was carried by some D versions as well as two large wing tanks and two bombs housed under the belly. Some additional wing tanks and smaller bombs are included too, I suspect generically for other versions sharing the same sprues. The prominent loop aerial is supplied in two guises, injection moulded as standard or you can use the etch replacement. On to the clear parts. With so much detail crammed into the cockpit, you wouldn't want to hide it all behind a closed canopy, so Eduard have provided the options to have both front and rear canopies open. The parts are superbly clear and distortion free and remember you have a set of masks to make painting a much more pleasurable experience ! Incidentally, paint masks are also provided to assist painting the wheels. The decals One of the great things about eduard's Profipacks is the decals they provide. No less than 5 schemes are available in this pack provided on two sheets. The quality of print is....as you guessed, superb, with some very fine details including a huge collection of stencils. One of the schemes has green squadron codes, these aren't quite as vivid as the other coloured codes for some reason when inspected under a daylight lamp close up. Decals are also included for the instrument panels as another option if you don't like etch parts and these are quite superb with very intricate detail and coloured where necessary. The instruction sheet provides a separate instruction for the location of the stencil decals such is the number that are included. The following options are included: Bf110d, W.Nr. 3406, 9./ZG 26 based at Trapani, Sicily in 1941 - carrying large wing tanks and bombs under the fuselage Bf110d, W.Nr. 3148, 2.ZG 76, Based in Norway 1940 carrying the huge Dackelbauch belly tank BF110c, "n+AP, 9./ZG 76 Bf110c, 1./NJG3, North Africa 1941 Bf110c, W.Nr.3602, Stab II./ZG 76, flown by Maj. Erich Groth Conclusion This is a very comprehensive kit and quite stunning in every respect. Being the Profipack, you get everything you need to make a stunning representation straight out of the box. The quality of the moulding, the clarity of the instructions and the additional contents really make this kit stand out. As mentioned earlier, this probably isn't a kit for beginners due to the many delicate parts included, but if you're not put off by etch and small parts, it would be rude not to have one in your collection ! You can see that Eduard have put a lot of thought into the kit and stamped their quality standards all over it. My only dilemma now is deciding whether to build this or the 1/48 one I have in the stash too ! Review sample courtesy of
  7. I read this site's content almost every day and I've even dipped my toes here a few times but I think the time is now right to try to contribute something properly. I will try to see this wip thread through to conclusion but updates may be sporadic and may even dry up altogether - please forgive me if I fall by the wayside..... I have here the Airfix 1/72 Bf110E trop and I intend to use to learn more about about modelling and to develop my very modest ablities. Ultimate accuracy is not my goal but I hope if I finish the build it will be a reasonable model. First impressions of the kit is that it looks fair enough but is not without issues. the first of these are the somewhat 'wholesome' panel lines. These have now mostly been filled. The second issue (which I only learned about from reading posts in this forum!) are the overly large engine nacelles on the upper wings. Other than those 2 things, the kit appears to but just fine for my purposes. I have read negative comments about the Airfix decals but I've played with some of the spare ones and I think I can work with them. The one-piede lower wing in my kit was very badly distorted but Airfix swiftly sent me a good replacement part on request. Hats of to them for great customer service. These first 2 photographs show one original upper wing and the other one which I have modified by filling the panel lines with epoxy putty and by re-shaping the nacelle. I think the rear end of it should be slimmer and more pointy but, quite frankly, it'll do for me. These next 2 photos show what I've done to the fuselage so far. Panel lines being filled (this time mostly with green tube putty) and the elevators removed so i can have them dropped. At this point I have a query that hopefully someone here can answer: How/where are the elevators hinged on the real aircraft? Also, what is the function of those tabs seen on moving surfaces that project into the fixed part of the structure? I've modelled these ones as hollow and I'm guessing that they have some kind of role to play in the actuation of the elevators but I honestly have no idea what would be correct. I hope someone can fill in these gaps in my knowledge! Right, that's it for now. I shall endeavour to press on with this build and add more to this thread. Jon.
  8. DB601 A/N Engine for Bf110C/D/E- Brassin Resin Accessory for Eduard Kit 1:72 Eduard Eduard seem to be on a roll with their new range of high-quality resin accessories. Having already produced a superbly detailed resin DB601 A/N in 1:48 scale to complement their magnificent range of Messerschmitt Bf109s, it should come as no surprise that Eduard have chosen to scale the engine down to 1:72 scale for their equally excellent Messerschmitt Bf110 kits. The set arrives packed into a sturdy plastic blister pack, protected by a piece of thick grey foam. Helpfully the two halves haven’t been heat sealed together, so once you have removed the sticky tape that holds the pack together, you can open it without flinging the parts all over your living room (or wherever you build your models). The resin parts are cast in two shades of grey and are accompanied by a small fret of photo etched parts. The largest part of the set is the resin engine block. This is extraordinarily well-detailed and beautifully cast to boot. The radiator unit and the supercharger are separately cast parts, but other than adding then to the main block, there is very little construction to do. Eduard suggest you should add some fine wire to represent various hydraulic hoses, but you’ll need to provide this yourself. In order to fit the engine to the kit you’ll need to use the resin engine mounts and firewall provided, as well as cutting away part of the plastic engine cowling and part of the wing. Replacement resin cowlings are provided and they are beautifully thin and superbly well cast. Two different types of exhaust are provided, so make sure you use the correct versions for the aircraft you are building. All of the parts will benefit from careful removal from the casting blocks, but if you take your time then you will be rewarded with a superb finishing touch for your model. Conclusion If you want to build a Bf110 in 1:72, then the Eduard kit should be on your shopping list. It is quite simply streets ahead of the competition. There is always room for improvement, however, and if you want to build your kit with one of the engines on show, then this fantastic set will be an essential purchase. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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