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  1. MiG-15 Wheels - Brassin Resin Accessories for Eduard Kit 1:72 Eduard It’s not every day that we’re given an aftermarket item to review before the intended recipient kit is released, but I think we can make an exception in Eduard’s case. If you haven’t heard already, the moulds for Eduard’s much-anticipated MiG-15 were damaged early in the production run, and the kit has been delayed whilst replacement moulds are manufactured. Nevertheless, Eduard have chosen to press on with the release of a number of resin items designed for the kit, starting with these resin main landing gear wheels. Two different types of wheel are included, meaning you will have enough for two kits. Whilst I can’t comment on how good the original kit wheels are/will be, I can vouch for the quality of these resin items. They feature pin-sharp detail and the quality of casting is excellent. Eduard have chosen not to cast flat spots on the tyres, but these can always be added to suit individual tastes. In common with other resin wheel sets in their range, Eduard have included a set of pre-cut paint masks designed specifically for these wheels. Having used Eduard’s pre-cut masks on a number of occasions, I can vouch for their quality. Conclusion I’ll stick my neck out and suggest these resin wheels will probably be a step ahead of their plastic equivalents in terms of detail and finish. Hopefully we won’t have to wait long to check! Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. 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
  3. USS Arizona 1941 Eduard 1:350 53069 Recently arrived at Britmodeller is this new set of etched parts for the Hobbyboss 1:350 USS Arizona. This has got be one of the biggest sets of etch that Eduard do outside of their Big Ed series. Included in the large zip lock bag are three equally sized sheets of 200mm x 130mm and one smaller one of 153mm x 135mm, filled to the edges with new and replacement parts. Although the Hobbyboss kit is quite nice out of the box, some of the details are quite clunky and thick, due to the nature of the moulding process. Almost all of these details are replaced or enhanced from this super pack, plus many items missing from the kit are added. Sheet 1 contains replacement parts for the various bridge houses and support structures within the tripod tower layers, including the foretop and maintop structures. In fact it appears that all the parts that go into building the tripod masts are replaced, including the tripods themselves, which are replaced with plastic rod in the instructions, but may be better replaced with suitable brass rods for extra stability and the option of soldering all the major parts together, making a really strong structure. Additionally there are a selection of inclined ladders, secondary armament blast screens, (the kit parts need to be removed first), foldable flag yards and parts for A and Y turrets. The parts on sheet two include the tripod mast decks, funnel structures and decking, a very comprehensive ships catapults for X turret and quarterdeck, each with, air bottles, aircraft launch cradle, walkways and railings, ships aircraft handling and boat cranes, plus various watertight doors, hatches and turret hand rails. Further gun tubs for the secondary and tertiary armament are included along with vertical ladders, mast supports, main gun tampons, range clocks and main turret canvas attachment rings. Sheet three contains hawsepipe surrounds, guides and gratings, anchor chains, (although these may be best replaced with real chain), more deck and foretop structures, boat cradles, tripod mast ladders, more inclined and vertical ladders, gunwhales, and thwarts for the ships rowing boats, new aft structures, railings, hatches and liferings for the ships motor boats. The final, smallest sheet contains host of miscellaneous items, such as additional railings, liferings, main turret front plates, derricks, inclined ladders, rudders and flag staffs for the ships boats, and more deck structures such as ammunition lockers. [/center Railing Set (53078) Available separately there is a sheet of railings for the USS Arizona. These supplement the smaller railings included in the above pack, and are for the main railings around the main and upper decks. Each length of railing is pre-cut to the correct size to fit into its appropriate position. As usual the relief etching is very finely done and because of the bottom rail, very easy to fit using the modellers preferred method. Conclusion With the main set containing so many parts there may be a bit of apprehension taking on such an extensive build, but it will certainly be worth the effort. I was surprised how much of the original kit is meant to be either cut off or replaced completely, but then I guess that is what it takes to build a super finely detailed model. With the addition of the railing set you will end up with a true museum quality example. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. USN Aircraft Eduard 1:350 This single sheet set of relief etched brass continues Eduards policy of releasing useful sets to add detail to parts of a model that seems to be forgotten. This set, for modern US aircraft is really quite comprehensive. The aircraft for which details are provided include Vought A-7E Corsair, Grumman A-6E Intruder, Grumman F-14A Tomcat, McDonnell Douglas F-18A and Lockheed S-3A Viking. From the look of the instructions these aircraft are from the Tamiya USS Enterprise and their aircraft add-on packs. The following is a list of details included. There are enough parts to detail up to four of each aircraft. A-7E Corsair – Undercarriage doors, wheels, arrester hook, and pylons. A-6E Intruder – Undercarriage doors, wheels, panels to hide the hollow fuselage underside, pylons, and cockpit access steps. F-14A Tomcat – Undercarriage doors, wheels, arrester hook, and Phoenix launch pallets. F-18A Hornet – Undercarriage doors, wheels, arrester hook, pylons, fuselage panels. S-3A Viking – Undercarriage doors, wheels, arrester hook, pylons, and fuselage panels. The detail is up to the usual standard from Eduard, right down to the fuselage panels, and sonar drop tubes on the Viking. The wheels even have spoke detail and are made of two parts folded together for depth. Some parts of each aircraft must be removed before the etch parts can be added. Conclusion This is a very nice and useful little set. The inclusion of the panels to cover the hollow parts of the models is of particular note. Due to the nature and scale of these parts, the modeller will need a steady hand and a fair amount of patience, especially those parts that need folding first. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Grumman A-6E Intruder Eduard 1:48 The Kinetic A-6E Intruder kit has been out for a little while now and seems to have been well received. But there are always areas on the model that can be added to, and Eduard have picked up the baton with a selection of sets to detail the most important areas. Since the sets have been separately released the modeller can pick and choose which sets best suits the level of detail they wish to take their creation. Interior Set (49597) Contained in Eduards usual packaging this two sheet set, comprises a pre-painted self-adhesive sheet of size 70mm x 80mm, one bare brass sheet of equal size. The pre-painted sheet contains the replacement instrument panels and side consoles and control handles for the pilot and navigator panels, rear bulkhead circuit breakers, and coaming details. The ejection seats are fully detailed with a complete set of seat straps, leg restraints, ejection and seat separation handles, head box details and scissor shackle. The details on this sheet are very finely done and beyond what most modellers would be capable of reproducing. The second, unpainted sheet contains more details for around the cockpit including replacement instrument boxes, panels, rudder pedals, canopy bulkhead panels, rear deck panels and boxes, for which the kit details will need to be removed beforehand, more coaming details, windscreen surround, canopy rear view mirrors, centre canopy details and side rails. Interior Zoom Set (FE597) This zoom set contains only the above pre-painted sheet and allows the modeller to build a well detailed cockpit without the hassle of bogged down with detail that might otherwise be deemed superfluous. Equipment Bay (48730) This single sheet set provides a complete equipment bay to add that special touch to the completed model. Before using this set the bays hatch needs to be carefully removed from the fuselage parts. The hatch dome will also need to be removed as this is required for the completed bays outer panel. The area inside the fuselage will also need to be boxed in with styrene sheet and if references can be found, detailed with the various pipes and electrical leads/connections. The equipment bay is built up of the outer framework and external panel, onto which the kits dome is attached, along with the etched chaff and flare dispensers, hinge brackets and reinforcing strips around the dome. To the framework, the equipment racks and shelves are inserted with their associated black boxes. The whole assembly is then attached to the underside of the completed fuselage of the kit. Exterior(48733) This set consists of two equally sized sheets, each 138mm x 70mm. The first sheet, contains replacement parts for the wing tip airbrakes, engine exhaust and intake discs. The cockpit access ladders are enhanced by new steps, internal structure and hinge. There are numerous new access panels for the fuselage and wings, aileron hinge panels, exhaust reinforcing rings, wing fences, airbrake/wing internal structure, airbrake hinges, and fuselage slime light strips. Sheet two contains the internal structure and new panels for what were the airbrakes on earlier marks of A-6, and which are equipment bays, more access panels, pylon rails, TRAM turret details, missile exhaust rings, bomb arming vanes, and drop tank access panels. Wing Fold (48732) This small single sheet set completely replaces the outer wing fold mechanism, hinge point cover plate, with optional parts for spread or folded wings. Additionally there are parts for the exposed wing structures and further folding mechanism details for the fixed part of the wing. Conclusion Eduard are renowned for producing very interesting and useful sets for the most fastidious of modeller and these sets are no different. Whether you choose just the zoom set for the cockpit or go the whole hog and buy the lot, either individually or as a Big Ed set you can’t really go wrong. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. German Z-43 Destroyer 1944 Eduard 1:350 In addition to the railing set, reviewed HERE, Eduard have released this detail set for Trumpeters Z-43 destroyer. Comprising of two relief etched frets of brass, both measuring 138mm x 70mm, containing loads of fine detail parts to spruce up the already very nice kit. Sheet one contains 39 new life rafts, new spray guards, cable drums and reel stands, radar antenna, turret liferaft rack rail, forward funnel handrail, main breakwater and associated supports, ships boat canopy, guns shield and seats for the quad flakvierling, seats, breech detail and footplate for the twin 20mm Oerlikons, lastly there is the eagle insignia and two parts, which look like new compartments, but there is no mention of them in the instructions. Sheet two, contains replacement watertight doors, which, like some other parts require the kit detail to be removed before fitting these items. The main turrets are provided with new breech details, gunshield rear curtain and surround, liferaft storage shelf, and barrel ring. The rear funnel gets a handrail, and funnel cap details. The rest of sheet contains the inclined and vertical ladders, anchor chain, yard footropes, lifebelts, and torpedo loading derrick arms, half breakwaters and supports. Deck hatches. Conclusion Another great little set for detailing the Z-43 which, combined with the railing set will help make for a wonderful, museum quality model. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Boxer MRAV Eduard 1:35 Designed to replace the M113 and Fuchs Tpz 1 vehicles in the Germany Army, and YPR and M577 vehicles in the Royal Netherlands Army. The Boxer MRAV provides 8x8 armoured personnel carrier and command vehicle versions. The ambulance version can accommodate six seated or three stretcher casualties. Boxer provides the capability to operate in both. The 33 ton vehicle is around 10 tons heavier than many other contemporary vehicles carrying out the same role. The multi-role capability is achieved through the use of several different “mission modules” specialised for the various tasks, and are available separate from the base vehicle. These modules can be interchanged within an hour and come complete with a primary safety cell and triple floor. Eduard have released this etch set specifically for the Hobbyboss kit, which although very nice in itself, will certainly benefit from the extra details included on the two sheets of relief etched brass. As is usual with these types of sets, some of the kit parts will need to be modified to allow the fitment of the brass parts. Also, as is usual for Eduard instruction sheets the details of folding the brass and the positioning of parts are a little vague, so take time in checking how and where they are fitted. The large of the two sheets contains replacement parts for the rear ramp and rear door inner skins with their respective strengthening ribs, rear mudguard assemblies, top hatch outer skins, engine exhaust grille, aerial support plates, engine hatch hinge plates, machine gun sight, ammunition, and ammunition case handles, lastly there are smoke discharger protective cover cables plus several external handles and The smaller sheet contains the rear perforated footstep, wheel arch shields and their respective brackets, optical sight lens, ammunition box, lid, brackets and supports. There are also several plates to fit onto the upper and lower glacis areas. Conclusion This is a very nice and useful little set. It may not be the most complicated or some may say comprehensive, but then that says much about Hobbyboss kit. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  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
  9. Here's the first of my twin pack of Eduard 1/144th scale Mig 21s...I chickened out on a camo scheme, and went for the all metal finish of the North Vietnamese Air Force! Sprayed with Halfords Aluminium from a rattle can, mixed the green using Citadel acrylics, given a coat of future and washed with oils - I was pleased with the effect on the panel lines. (Click for link to my Flickr site) The stand is a spare Games Workshop one I had handy. Excuse the photo, snapped with my phone, which seemed to handle it's small size better than my camera weirdly! Not sure what scheme to do my second...I like the look of some of the post-USSR ones... Even better would be a 1/144 F-4 Phantom in US Navy colours to compliment it - anyone know of a kit out there?
  10. I bought this kit with a view to entering the Fw190 group build, but before the GB started I realised I wouldn't have any modelling time spare to be able to even start the kit. It's this weekend edition: I started this build about 4 weeks ago, and I progressed pretty quickly, getting the cockpit tub, engine & ammo storage assembled & painted up, as well as the wheel bay. However, I've been stalled for the best part of 2 weeks now as I'm not looking forwared to getting the fuselage halves & wings together. I've seen in the WIP's of the STGB that assembly can be a pig, and sure enough dry fitting the parts so far has put The Fear ™ into me a bit. I probably doesn't help that this is the firt Eduard kit I've tried to build. I though that posting a WIP might give me a bit of impetus to carry on. This weekend I painted up some lionroar PE belts, and fitted them to the cockpit, so hopefully that will get the ball rolling again. In the mean time, with the sun out, here's where I am so far: Cheers Chris
  11. Etch Detail Sets for the Italeri Spitfire Mk.IX 1:72 Eduard First entering service with 64 Sqn at Hornchurch in July 1942, the Mk.IX was impressed into service to counter the new FW190A which was causing great concern due to its capability over the Spitfire Mk.V. The Mk.IX was intended to be a stop gap whilst the Mk.VIII was developed, however such was its success, no less than 5665 were eventually built. There are several kits for the 1/72 Mk.IX to choose from, however these etch sets are aimed at the established Italeri kit although I suspect they can be used in others with a small amount of work. As is quite common now, Eduard provide the more comprehensive pack containing two frets giving internal and external enhancements as well as providing the lower cost Zoom set that primarily focuses on the cockpit. Set 73431 This is the comprehensive two fret pack. The interior fret comes with pre-painted parts, although like some isn't self adhesive. The Italeri kit comes with a fairly basic cockpit and no side wall detail, so this is a most welcome set. Further more, the canopy is supplied in two parts so you have the option of having it open so all your hard work in the pit won't be wasted ! Starting with the side panels, a complete pre=painted side wall is provided for each side. These are then built up with no less than 10 parts per side of additional etch components such as the throttle cluster. The panel receives the same thorough treatment with three parts to produce a truly 3D look. Framework for the gunsight is provided, however some scratch building is necessary to provide the circular sight lens. The kit seat can be replaced by a fully etch and far more accurate replica that includes seatbelts which are pre-painted. The complete armour and framework assembly behind the seat is also provided in the etch sets. Finally, the access door can also be replaced with an etch part. Moving on to the exterior of the aircraft. with this set, you have the option to have the flaps in the open position thanks to a fully detailed set. Some plastic rod is required here of about 0.6mm diameter to act as flap hinges that run the full length of the flaps. Unfortunately this plastic isn't provided in the set. The radiators are enhanced with mesh front and rear as well as rear flaps that require the original parts to be cut away. These can then be set to the angle you desire. The main undercarriage is treated to some fine Oleo scissors to replace the bulky and toy like kit scissors as well as some brake lines and replacement doors of a more realistic thickness. A nice little touch is the inclusion of very intricate flap position indicators for the top wing. Further surface enhancements are included in the set such as the access panel on the left behind the cockpit, windscreen mirror, canopy opening handle and rudder control rods. A great little feature included is some moulds in the fret to enable the moulding of some tear drop shaped navigation and fuselage lights. The instructions show how to do this using clear plastic rod melted over a flame then pressed into the provided moulds to create the lights. These are worth keeping in the tool box ! Zoom Set SS431 This is the cheaper alternative that just includes the coloured etch. Unfortunately, you will only be able to partially kit the cockpit out with this set as the seat, rear framework and armour are all included on the fret that isn't provided. What you do get though is the beautiful side walls, access door, main panel and seatbelts as you can see in the image above. Conclusion This set will really bring your Mk.IX alive with some fine detail. I recommend plenty of dry fitting along the way as the Italeri kit can present challenges during the assembly stage, but with some patience and planning your efforts will be quite rewarding. Having reviewed the comprehensive set 73431, I can't help but feel that I'd be disappointed using the Zoom set due to the exclusions in the cockpit by comparison, but that is a reflection of the great work Eduard have done here. Review sample courtesy of
  12. F6F Hellcat Wing Mounted Radome for the Eduard Kit (QB 72 373) 1:72 Quickboost The Eduard Hellcat is without doubt one of the best F6F kits on the market, but there are still improvements that can be achieved when someone looks closely enough and that's what Aires have done. On the whole, the kit has beautifully detailed parts and finely recessed panel lines, but for some reason the radome included has raised panel lines. It's also manufactured in two parts which means there will be a seam to blend in, so this single part replacement from Quickboost is a great product that will improve the look of the kit and ensure that you aren't left with a seam. The panel lines are finely recessed meaning that it will blend in beautifully with the rest of the kit. That said, care should be taken to remove the radome from the block that it comes on to minimise the work in removing the join marks. It's a direct replacement part that slots onto the leading edge of the wing. Conclusion A simple but great improvement to the F6F kit if you're wishing to do one of the radar equipped versions. Fitment is easy although there will be a bit of sanding to remove the marks after cutting it from the block. The recessed panel lines are a great improvement over the kit supplied part. Review samples courtesy of distributed in the UK by Hannants Ltd.
  13. P-51D & F-51D Mustang Detail Sets (Italeri) Eduard 1:72 With all the media and discussion about the recent launch of the Airfix P-51D, it's easy to forget about the other kits that are out there. Italeri have had their rendition of this fine aircraft for some time in both P-51D & the F-51D guises, however having never built one, I struggled to find much information about it's quality OOB. Eduard obviously believe the kit has life in it as they've released these detail sets to enhance it. Taking the now familiar format, they've released the larger 2 fret pack and a Zoom set that just includes the Self Adehesive fret. P-51D Full detail set (73435) The self adhesive fret contained in the pack focuses on the cockpit interior. The instructions are clear and illustrated using exploded diagrams of where to fit the parts and using shaded areas to represent where the original parts need to be cut. The seat belts are a complex affair with lots of small parts that need to be glued together, so a good set of tweesers will really help to get this right. I've counted no less than 12 parts to the seatbelt assembly ! The moulded seatbelts on the kit seat will need to be removed. This looks quite challenging due to the seat having a lip around the edge making it difficult to get a knife in to trim the plastic. The instrument panel will need the detail filing off before fitting the two main parts. A further panel sits over the blind panel instruments giving a good 3D depth. The rudder pedals fit to the rear of the kit panel part and are pre-painted. The seat rear armour is detailed plentyful with 5 parts and as this is clearly on show, it's one of the most important parts of the cockpit upgrade. The cockpit walls are beautifully represented in pre-painted parts with several details such as throttle quadrant, levers and trim wheels needing to be glued to them further building up the 3D representation. The avionic pack behind the seat armour is made from folding the large etch cross shaped part into a box. This requires removal of the original part, however it's worth it ! The second fret focuses primarily on external enhancements. The radiator is given etch grills both front and rear and the rear variable gill is brought to scale with an etch replacement. The kit main wheel well detail needs to be removed and replacement hydraulic lines are included to drop straight in. These look very delicate, so go easy with the sausage fingers ! Oleo links, wheel hubs and wheel well side panels are provided to give an impressive look to the undercarriage with all this detail fitted. A ball point pen is recommended in the instructions to achieve the three grooves in the Main wheel door interiors. These parts then fit to the kit supplied doors. Further enhancements are supplied for the drop tanks and bombs including fuse timers, which ever you choose to have fitted. The aileron, elevator and rudder trim linkages are also included, but again due to their small size, take care handling them. The etch tail wheel doors are well designed and the scale thickness will give a much more accurate look to the rear of the aircraft. Zoom Detail Set (SS435) This set provides an alternative option by including just the Self Adhesive fret reviewed above to bring much of the cockpit alive. If you're not wanting to splash out on the full set, this is a welcome alternative F-51D Full detail set (73433) & Zoom detail set (SS433) The F-51D set is largely the same as the P-51D set. The coloured fret is identical and the external fret has all the parts included in the P-51D set. What you also get on this fret though is fine etch details for the rocket armament carried on this later version. Each rocket can be enhanced by the addition of 4 individual fins and a triggering cable. Zoom Detail Set (SS433) This set is identical to the P-51D set SS435. It seems a little strange that there are seperate sets available with identical components so I suspect the F-51D was a later addition to the Eduard range due to timings of the Italeri F-51D release. Conclusion Having reviewed pictures of the Italeri P-51D & F-51D kits, the finer detail isn't catered for due to the limitations of injection moulding in 1/72 scale. These sets are well designed to pick out that finer detail and all credit has to go to Eduard for breathing some life into the Italeri kit. With the large bubble canopy, the cockpit is on show open or closed, so the detail won't be hidden like on some aircraft. The exterior improvements will greatly improve the look and scale accuracy of the kit and many parts could be used with minimal fuss on alternative P51 kits if you choose. As the F-51D set contains some additional parts for the rockets, this offers slightly better value for money. Even if you don't fit the rockets, you will have some spare fins that I'm sure will be put to good use else where. Review sample courtesy of
  14. High Velocity Aircraft Rocket (HVAR) 1:48 Eduard Brassin The HVAR was an unguided rocket developed during WWII and used very effectively against ground targets after D-Day when German air cover was whittled away to almost nothing. It's five inch casing housed a powerful rocket motor that could propel it to speeds close to 1,000mph, giving its semi-armour piercing head and 45lb explosive charge quite a punch, earning it the nickname Holy Moses. It continued in service until after Korea when it was superceded by more modern designs like the Zuni rocket with folding fins and a modular warhead design. The set arrives in a shallow clamshell box, and inside are eight rocket bodies cast in moulding blocks of four apiece, plus eight individually cast tail fin assemblies. A small fret of Photo-Etch (PE) parts are included for the fine details. Eight HVAR rockets are usually enough to load-out out most WWII fighter/bombers, but check your references and launch rail configuration to ensure you have enough before starting. Construction of each rocket is straightforward, comprising the two parts mentioned above. The extra detail is added from the PE sheet, including the retention clasps, exhaust detail and the ignition wires often missed from rocket armed aircraft of this era. A scrap diagram advises the modeller to check their references for the correct placement of the retention clasps, as there is no "one position fits all" solution. As usual with Eduard's Brassin sets there are no colour call-outs, but there seems to have been quite a variety of schemes worn by these wicked little rockets. Grey with an olive green nose and silver fuse tip is one option, but check your references for your particular choice of subject before committing to paint. Conclusion Detail is of course excellent, as we have come to expect from the Brassin range, and these resin replacement to the usual kit parts are well worth the extra effort, as the fuse detail and the individual brackets holding the fins onto the body are very nicely moulded. The addition of the PE parts is the icing on the cake, and should result in a very realistic set of rockets for your WWII/Korea era ground attack aircraft. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. F-16 NATO Falcons Eduard 1:48 In 1973, one of the most versatile aircraft that's ever flown took to the air for the first time, the YF-16. Experience in Vietnam led to the need in the US for a lightweight fighter (LWF) with high agility and performance, however this need was challenged due to the parallel drive to equip with F-15's. The challenge was put to bed by an agreement to provide the US Air Force with a mix of High / low cost air superiority fighters, each having their own benefits. The competition came down to two competing aircraft, the YF-16 and the YF-17 which also had its success as it eventually became the F-18. Interest in the LWF program grew in Europe by NATO members Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands & Norway who were looking to replace their aging F-104 fighter bombers, so the need stretched the original air superiority fighter into an aircraft with air/ground attack capability. Initial production of the F-16 was commenced in the US, however to date, a further 4 production lines subsequently run, Belgium and the Netherlands starting in the 1970's, Turkey in the 1980's and Korea in the mid 90's. Key attributes of the F-16 are a light weight blended wing airframe with large strakes to improve high AoA manoeuvres as well as being able to increase airframe strength and internal volume, the first unstable Fly-by-wire control system linked to a side stick control, Hands-on-throttle (HOTAS) functionality and a reclined 30 degree seat to enable higher G tolerances for the pilot, although this was bred from the need to fit the seat under the canopy ! It also has an incredible thrust to weight ratio of over 1 giving an excellent combat envelope. Air & ground attack weapons can be carried across 9 hard points. Early aircraft were powered by the P&W F100 of around 24,000lb thrust, where as the most powerful versions now put out over 32,000lbs using the GE F110 powerplant. Such is the flexibility of the airframe, upgrades to avionics have been immense making the F-16 development quite complex to track. The original F-16A/B encompassed blocks 1, 5, 10, 15 & 20 with 15's being noticeably different due to the larger tail planes. The F-16C/D introduced an all-weather capability and formed blocks 30/32, 40/42 & 50/52 (the 0 refers to GE powered aircraft, the 2 refers to P&W powered ones). The F-16E/F benefits from a further improved radar, more powerful engine and the ugly but effective conformal fuel tanks which saddle the upper wing roots. Export versions, licence built and other variants such as the ADF further complicate the line up of F-16 models such is the flexibility of this nimble fighter. I'm sure the F-16 experts reading this will point out some errors in my facts ! For a fighter aircraft that first flew in 1973, it's amazing to think that the F-16 is still being developed and competitive nearly 40 years on and has served with no less than 25 nations. The kit Eduard's new kit is the F-16A/AM/ADF based on the excellent Kinetic kit first released in 2008. Now I remember building a couple of 1/48 F-16A's in the 80's before Lockheed & the licence manufacturers had been able to tinker too much with it, so the kits were pretty simple back then. Moving on to the 21st century (now I'm feeling old !!!) this kit is something different, it must be a model manufacturers nightmare such are the variants now available and the detail differences between each ! So on opening the box, what are you presented with ? Well quite a lot, in fact, a hell of a lot ! You get no less than 15 sprues of grey plastic, 2 sprues of clear plastic, the Brassin resin upgrade set, 2 frets of etch, one of which is coloured, paint masks for the canopy, an incredible sheet of decals and typical of Eduard, an excellent instruction book printed in colour on glossy paper. The basic fuselage and wings come in two halves, top and bottom, however the top part only goes up to the leading edge of the wing with a third part providing the cockpit area up to the radome. Surface detail has a matt texture and superbly recessed panel lines. There's no evidence of sink marks or other imperfections on the external surfaces. The wing slats and flaps are provided as separate parts so you have the option to fit them either retracted or drooped. It's important to follow the instructions carefully as Eduard provide etch and resin replacement parts, but the kit also contains the original injection moulded parts. I'd also recommend being clear on what aircraft you intend to model before you start. There are so many options provided in the kit, you need to ensure you fit the right bits for your chosen kite. Assembly starts with the cockpit which if you like makes use of the coloured etch parts. Clear instructions are provided to show what plastic detail needs removing to fit the etch. You won't be dissappointed with the detail. Attention then moves to the highly detailed main undercarriage bay and mid intake duct. A full intake duct is provided in the kit. The Brassin set gets its introduction here as the resin compressor blades are fitted to the rear of the duct. The detail on this is quite exquisite. This sub assembly is then fitted into the lower fuselage half. Attention moves to the top by assembling the front and rear fuselage parts before adding more etch and plastic around the cockpit combing and sidewalls. With this done, the cockpit tub assembly can be inserted into the upper fuselage. You have the choice of having the air brakes on the tail opened or closed. If you decide to open them, then etch and plastic opening mechanisms are provided. On joining the fuselage up, there's an array of etch detail to be fitted such as vents. Care needs to be taken around the nose area as there are several optional parts such as the IFF bulges ahead of the canopy and the 150,000 candlepower spotlight equipped left side panel below the IFF panel used on the Danish and Norwegian versions. Again, check your references carefully. Another fine addition to the Brassin set is the inclusion of the afterburner section. This along with the fine etch parts creates a stunning rendition of the F100 tail end although the kit burner can isn't bad either. Next is the assembly of the front intake duct and nose wheel bay. This is the original smaller intake duct, not the larger one fitted on later more powerful variants. Brassin comes in again now with some beautifully formed resin wheels, although the injection moulded parts are certainly not bad representations. Further etch enhancements such as brake lines and Oleo links add to the party. The etch set provides several external reinforcement plates for the upper wing / centre fuselage area. According to the instructions, these are only for the ADF Italian version, how accurate that is I'm not sure, so I'd recommend you check. Even the tail comes with a number of options, however the instructions appear to be incorrect as they don't show the bulged tail base that the ADF variant uses despite being contained in the kit. You get the normal and the parapack extended tail options too. The only dissappointment I've come across is the fact that whilst decals are provided for variants using both the original small and later larger tailplanes, both parts aren't provided in the kit. You have to cut the larger ones down, however that will also require sanding the trailing edges down which will require care to get an even finish if you choose the Danish version. Whilst the static dischargers are moulded onto the tailplanes and ailerons, if you're like me, they'll be broken off within minutes. Fear not, the etch set provides nice replacements so best to leave them off until the end. The pilot's seat is fitted towards the end of the build which always helps when it comes to masking at the painting stage. Again, Brassin adds a delightful resin replacement here which is further enhanced with etch details including the seatbelts and ejector handles. Now for the part that the Kinetic kit excels over its competition, the weapon options. A loadout plan is contained in the instructions making it very easy to see what can go where. I'd check references again here if you want to ensure that your build has accurate loadouts for the actual variant, but no matter what you choose, there will be a huge pile of spares left over ! The weapons included are: AIM-9M x 2 AIM-120B x 2 AIM-120C x 2 (not shown in instructions) 300 Gallon centre tank 370 Gallon wing tanks x 2 AN/AAQ-14 LANTIRN AGM-65 Maverick x 2 GBU-12 Paveway II x 2 GBU-24 Paveway III x 2 AN/ALQ-131 ECM pod GBU-31 x 2 GBU-87 x 2 Mk.82 x 2 (not shown in instructions) Sniper XR The clear parts included are beautifully clear. A large fret with the array of lights is complemented by the separate canopy parts and a clear film for the HUD glass. There is a fine line along the top of the canopy due to the moulding process, but it shouldn't be difficult to sand it out of you choose. The Decals The sheet printed by Cartograph is quite stunning. Colours are rich and register is spot on. The tiger scheme on the tail of the Norwegian scheme is very complex, but the printing method has done a remarkable job of reproducing the detail. The schemes are: F-16A ADF Block 15, Italian Air Force, 5th Stormo based at Cervia AB 2010 - one of two aircraft that wore this disbandment artwork F-16AM 338th Sqn, Royal Norwegian Airforce 2009 with incredible Tiger artwork to represent the squadrons membership in the NATO Tiger Association F-16A Block 20, 323 Sqn, Royal Dutch Air Force based at Leeuwarden AB 2001, with tail artwork of 'Dianna, goddess of the hunt' F-16AM Block 10, ESK370 Sqn, Royal Danish Air Force 2010-2012 with artwork celebrating the Royal Danish Air Force 60th anniversary Conclusion As you've probably guessed by now, I like this kit a lot. The moulding is of high quality, the only sink marks I could find were on the main gear doors and they aren't bad. The additional parts that Eduard have added to the Kinetic kit are well thought out and you really don't need anything other than what's been provided in the box. Unlike some kits, you are spoilt for choice with the weapon options available and the spares box will be somewhat more full too afterwards !There's many options that need to be studied before and throughout your build due to the variations between versions, but your patience will be rewarded. This is the most comprehensive F-16 kit in 1/48 scale to date despite the price being very competitive. I've no doubt that it will continue to set the benchmark for a long time. Review sample courtesy of
  16. Roma - Photo Etch Detail Set for Trumpeter Kit 1:700 Eduard When Trumpeter announced their 1:700 Roma in 2011, it made a great many modellers, including this one, very happy indeed. Whilst the wartime navies of Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States have been relatively well represented in our hobby, the navies of some of the other nations, including Italy, have not. Add to that the fact that the Vittorio Veneto class were particularly handsome battleships, and you have yourself a winning formula. Trumpeter’s kit doesn’t disappoint either, being both well detailed and accurate. Although the Trumpeter kit includes a small fret of photo etched parts for the aircraft crane, funnel caps and some other smaller bits and pieces, there are still an awful lot of fine details that can be added to further enhance the basic kit. This is where Eduard step in. Their set includes a range of small detail parts including the anchor fittings and chains, cable reels, ladders and stairways. Also included on the fret are parts for the ships numerous lifeboats and the catapult for the aircraft. A few doors have been provided, but not enough to cover the entire ship. This is more a testament to the quality of Trumpeter’s kit that anything else. As you would expect, Eduard have also included a full set of railings. Although these items can be quite fiddly and frustrating to use, they really do add a spectacular finishing touch to the model. Unfortunately Eduard have chosen to manufacture these without a third rail to connect the stanchions at the base. This means that the railings will have minimal contact with the plastic – a feature which will make them much more difficult to fix in place. I’m not sure why Eduard have elected to use this approach. It was a feature of some of their earlier 1:700 sets, such as those for the Tamiya Scharnhorst and King George V, but their more recent sets seem to have adopted the three bar approach used by other manufacturers. Conclusion Nothing finishes a model warship off better than a set of fine photo etched parts. In this set Eduard have included almost everything you could want to complete the Trumpeter kit, from the railings, down to the cable reels. Setting aside my reservations about the railings, if you have this kit or are thinking of getting it, then this set can be recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  17. Illustrious Class Helicopter set Eduard 1:350 This small sheet of etched brass recently released by Eduard is, as the title suggests, purely for the helicopters provided in the Airfix kit of HMS Illustrious. Providing enough parts for four helicopters, two with spread rotors and two folded. The Sea King Mk4 details include replacement and new parts, such as new main and tail rotors, port side rear strake, pitot probes, upper and lower port forward crew doors, windscreen wipers, sponson struts, main rotor head gearbox top decking, main winch, plus various aerials and aerial supports. The Merlin is provided with weapon stations, starboard crew step, new main and tail rotors, main rotor head cover, main gearbox top decking, port and starboard rear strakes, various aerials, upper and lower port crew entrance door, and pilots rear view mirrors. Conclusion This is a very neat and fairly comprehensive detail set which, whilst fiddly, will really enhance the helicopters within the kit. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  18. German Z-43 Destroyer Railings Eduard 1:350 Continuing the theme of producing single sets of detail parts for individual ships, Eduard have just released this set of railings for the Trumpeter Z-43 destroyer. Each railing is pre-cut to suit the specific position on the ship which makes fitting a whole lot easier. The forecastle deck railings are also curved to fit the flair of the deck. The etching is really well done to Eduards usual standards and matches well the style used on German ships of the time. Conclusion Another useful set of railings to complete an already very nice model. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  19. Here's my entry for the group build - a nice Eduard FW190-F8 Profipack. Not decided on which scheme to do yet, but it doesn't make a difference yet So work starts with the cockpit - slotted all the plastic bits together, then added some of the PE (the non pre-printed bits) Then added all the 'pre-printed' PE - ended up painting the PE anyway as Eduard have managed to get the RLM66 a different colour from the paint. Weathered the cockpit with some chipping, an oil wash and some dirt pigments. Not a bad mornings work Peter
  20. SG 10, Ceske Budejovice, Czechoslovakia, May, 1945 One of the abandoned aircraft left behind by Stab SG 10 and some of its Gruppe was this Fw 190F-8 marked Yellow ‘K’ The plane carried some camouflage modifications of SG 10 seen at the end of the war. The upper surfaces were brushed over with dark green, RLM 83 or similar, in the field. This color also extended to the undersurfaces, and also partially obscured the national insignia on the fuselage and wing tops. After the application of this scheme, Yellow ‘K’ received a new tail section from a written-off Fw 190 sporting the more traditional grey scheme, and there was an inconsistency between the fuselage crosses and tail swastika. By May, 1945, the brushed on paint was well worn, and the identifier, in the form of a yellow stripe, adorned the cowl. Misinterpretations regarding this stripe led to variations in width and exact placement. For this profile, the most common placement within SG 10 was used. Worth noting is the absence of the wheel covers, removed in the field to reduce the accumulation of mud, and the use of ETC 50 racks for four 50kg bombs. Build Thread available here Peter
  21. A6M5 Zero Photo Etch Detail Set for Tamiya Kit 1:72 Eduard Tamiya’s superlative Zero marked a surprising and very welcome return to 1:72 scale by the well-regarded Japanese firm. The kit’s heritage in Tamiya’s larger scale Zeros was apparent through the superb level of detail and engineering. Now Eduard have attempted to gild the lily with a comprehensive set of photo etched detail parts A6M5 Zero (self adhesive) 1:72 Eduard The set is comprised of two frets of parts. The first is an all-singing, all-dancing pre-painted, self-adhesive fret of the type that has now become familiar to Eduard’s customers. It holds parts for the cockpit, including a multi-layered instrument panel and side consoles, rudder pedals, throttle control, and sidewall detail. Also included is a very realistic replacement seat, which fully demonstrates the advantages of photo etch technology over injection moulding. A full set of pre-painted harnesses are also included, as is the decking for the sliding part of the canopy. The second fret contains a handful of smaller parts such as the ignition wiring for the engine and fasteners for the engine cowling, as well as some larger, structural parts. These include a complete set of landing flaps which, thanks to Eduard’s user-friendly design philosophy, simply fold up to create a very effective finish. This fret also contains a host of parts for the undercarriage, including brake lines and parts to line the main landing gear bays. A6M5 Zero (Zoom) 1:72 Eduard The Zoom set is included just the pre-painted self-adhesive fret from the set reviewed above. Given the fabulous level of detail that Tamiya have crammed into their kit, this set would seem to be a wise choice unless you particularly want the landing flaps from the set above. Conclusion This is a great package that will allow you to take an already incredible kit to the next level. If you’ve already invested in Tamiya’s Zero, then you would be well-advised to take a good look at this set too. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  22. Messerschmitt BF 109E-4 Eduard 1:48 Profipack Edition The BF 109 has inherited quite a legendary status and when you look into its service career, it's certainly obvious why. Viewing the design in retrospect, it looks just like a typical fighter of the WWII era, but it was more than that, it was the very platform that the single seat fighter format was born from. Powerful engine, monocoque airframe, all metal construction, enclosed cockpit and retractable gear this was unheard of before hand, it was radical, not typical in the 1930's. Its birth wasn't perfect however, to achieve its performance, some sacrifices were made, particularly in the landing gear arrangement and high wing loading having a negative effect on landing speeds compared to the competition at the time. This inherent design issue was never fully cured and it's estimated that at least 10% of all 109's were lost in take off accidents. Early models (A-D) were powered by the Junkers jumo engine with outputs of around 700hp. The aircraft was first used in combat during the Spanish Civil War where many lessons were learned and these would be later put to good use in battles over France and Britain. The E or Emil model broke the mould in 109 development by changing to the more powerful Daimler Benz DB 601 engine of around 1080hp, a significant step in performance and also in armament due to the introduction of 20mm cannon. By 1939, all earlier variants had been replaced in frontline service. As the variants progressed, so did the level of armour protection for the pilot. Another critical element to improve survivability was the use of twin radiators with cut off valves meaning that if one radiator was damaged, the other could be used to keep it airborne. The Emil was the primary Luftwaffe fighter until 1941 when the F model became widely available with more powerful engine although a few managed to see combat in the Battle of Britain. For an aircraft that broke the mould with fighter technology and performance in the mid 30's, it's evolution meant that whilst it's design had exhausted improvement capability towards the end of the war, it stayed in operational use until 1965 in Europe in the guise of the Spanish licence built HA 1112 using the Merlin powerplant. During its 30 year career, more than 33,000 were built, a record that will probably never be beaten. The kit If you've come across the E-1 or E-3 kits from Eduard, then you will be familiar with the format here. You'll also know how damn good the kit is ! Packaged in the usual format, the top opening box is packed with goodies in the Profipack version. Two bags of brown plastic sprues (4 sprues in total) are complemented by a fret of clear parts separately wrapped, two photo etch frets and a sheet of canopy paint masks which if you've tried, you probably don't want to build a model again without them ! Even the instructions are beautifully produced in glossy paper using multi-colours. Let's look at the big bits first. The fuselage and wing panel detailing are some of the best available. Panel lines are carefully recessed, there's no over engineering here, pure precision. Not content with panel lines, Eduard have taken the detailing further by adding even finer rivets to the surfaces where appropriate so you won't be needing your rivet tool. You have the option of either having the engine on display or the cowlings closed which we'll come to later. All the control surfaces are moulded separately, so you get the freedom to fix them how you like so you won't be needing your razor saw either ! The fabric control surfaces are beautifully moulded with the taught fabric effect and detailed ribbing. After a good look for flash and sink marks, I couldn't find any worth noting. Construction starts with the cockpit interior and chin radiator. The instructions here are very clear and show using red colouring where plastic parts need to be sanded or removed to make way for etch parts if you choose. The detail in the tub is exquisite, no chunky plastic here, even the injection moulded trim wheels look to scale thickness. Panels, seatbelts and rudder pedals are brought to life with coloured etch additions. Moving onto the engine and nose gun pack, here you'll find the same attention to detail as in the office. The engine is fully replicated with precise plastic parts. Decals are even supplied to provide serial numbers for the engines. The rear bulkhead assembly that includes the nose guns is fitted to the completed engine and the whole lot fitted between the fuselage halves along with the cockpit tub. The exhaust stubs are individually moulded, again the quality goes as far as having the welded seams and cleverly manufactured openings. Be aware that these are intentional seams and not mould flash ! I had to read the instruction a few times to get my head around the options for either having the engine installed or not. Instructions to build the engine are on page 4, however if you choose to have the covers closed, you still need part of the engine building to secure the covers to. Instructions for this option are on page 10, so some flicking through the booklet is required to plan your build. With the fuselage assembled, attention moves to the wings. The radiators are blessed with etched mesh both front and rear. The wheel bay interiors are provided by means of separate parts that fit to the lower wing. With the wings sealed up, the flaps, ailerons and slats can be fitted unless you prefer to leave them off until after painting. Various external detailing delights include etch trim levers, aerials and balance tabs. The wheels are some of the best I've seen in a kit, separate tyres and two part hubs mean they will look pretty special when painted. There's some fine detailing even on the exterior of the aircraft, so care is needed if you want to have them all attached and not lost in the carpet. The clear parts are as good as the rest of the kit. Two windscreen options are provided, one with a hole for a gunsight to fit through. If you choose this option, even more care will be necessary as there are 3 etch parts as well as the sight that fit into the windscreen assuming you want to fit them. Gluing and painting them may produce a few words that the dictionary doesn't include ! More etch and rear armour give the hinged canopy a realistic look, again lots of care needed here, but well worth the patience. When it comes to painting, the instructions have good clear guides for applying the canopy masks. The Decals In keeping with the detail and quality provided on the sprues, the decals are stunning. Printed by Cartograf, the colours are sharp and in perfect register. The squadron emblems are some of the best produced decals I've come across for sharpness and richness of colour. No less than 5 schemes are catered for and a separate sheet of stencils is included. The markings sheet provides a number of different cross styles to cover the range of aircraft and Swastika's are supplied. The options are: 1. W.Nr. 5587, Ofw. Fritz Beeck, 6/JG 51, Wissant France, August 1940 2. W.Nr 5344, Maj Helmut Wick, JG 2, Beaumont France, November 1940 3. Lt. Josef Eberle, 9/JG 54, Netherlands, August 1940 4. W.Nr. 1480, Oblt. Franz von Werra, JG 3, Wierre-au-Bois, France, September 1940 5. W.Nr. 5819, Obstlt. Adolf Galland, JG 26, Audembert France, December 1940 Conclusion This really is a fine kit. The detail is second to none and what you get in the kit is excellent value. Bearing in mind that you get additional etch parts and paint masks as well as 5 decal options to choose from, it would be rude not to have one ! Eduard have produced an icon here, some of the best detail available in a kit yet still reasonably priced around the £20 mark. Some of the detail may challenge novice builders such as the etch and delicate fine parts, but the great thing is that you could omit some of this if you chose and it would still look great. Review sample courtesy of
  23. Messerschmitt Bf 110E Decals 1:72 Eduard Decals Eduard are almost unique amongst model kit manufacturers as they produce a huge range of aftermarket accessories as well as their own high quality plastic kits. The Czech firm make the most of this advantageous position by producing comprehensive aftermarket options for their own kits, most of which are released at the same time as the kits. Eduard’s new Bf 110 kit has followed this path and is already established as the best option for a 1:72 Zerstorer, ably supported by a range of Eduard’s own photo etch and resin accessories. Now it’s the turn of Eduard’s fledgling decal department to get in on the act. The sheet contains marking options for four aircraft: 4M + KB of 1./Erg. Zerst. Gr. Deblin-Irena, Poland, December 1942; 3U + CR of 7./ZG26; M8 + IP W.Nr. 3866, flown by Hans-Joachim Jabs, Staffelkapitan 6./Zg 76, Argos, 1941; and G9 + JN, 5./NJG1, Deelen, Holland, Spring 1941 The first three aircraft are all finished in RLM 02/RLM 71 over RLM 65, while the fourth is finished in RLM 22 (or black to you and me). The latter option also makes use of the large Dackelbauch (Daschund belly) tank which is included with the new kit but not used for any of the options on the kit’s decal sheet. I was half expecting Eduard to have included some historical notes for each aircraft, as they do for their ‘Profipack’ kits, but they haven’t. That’s a bit of a shame, but by no means a deal breaker. Eduard appear to have invested heavily in their own decal production facilities, as this sheet has been printed in the Czech Republic by Eduard themselves. Previously, many of their decal sheets have been produced by Cartograf of Italy. Quality seems to have been maintained though, as the sheet is nicely printed. Details are crisp and clear, and colours look good. The red colour layer looks very slightly out of register on my copy, but not enough to spoil what is a very nice sheet. Conclusion If you’ve got a copy of Eduard’s superb new Bf 110, you’ll no doubt be itching to build it. This sheet will provide you with a number of colour and marking options over and above those included with the kit. The decals look good on the sheet, and hopefully they will perform well too. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  24. Eduard Photo Etch detail sets for Eduard Messerschmitt Bf 110E 1:72 Eduard When Eduard’s brand-new Messerschmitt Bf 110 hit the shops last month, it pretty much blew the competition out of the water. The overall quality and level of detail put it far beyond any other Zerstorer available in the wonderful scale of 1:72. As expected, Eduard have supported the new kit with a comprehensive package of additional items. We reviewed their resin wheels and nose gun bay last month. Now we’ve got a couple of sets of photo etch parts to take a look at. Bf 110E for Eduard Kit 1:72 Eduard This set is clearly designed to complement the pre-painted fret included in the ‘profipack’ editions of the new kit. It is comprised of a single plain fret which includes a mixture of internal and external parts. The kit’s cockpit benefits from some additional parts not included in the ‘profipack’, including a map case, grab handles and various other bits and pieces. A full set of rib detail is provided for the main landing gear bays and hydraulic lines are included for the main gear legs themselves. The tail wheel leg receives a new scissor link. A pair of hinged fairings are provided for the underwing radiators as well. New tails are provided for the various bombs included in the kit, along with a couple of jigs to aid assembly. I used a very similar setup for the bombs in my recent Revell Ju 88 build review, and can vouch that they work very well. Bf 110 Workshop Ladder 1:72 Eduard This rather neat package is more of a diorama accessory than a detail set. Eduard’s chosen name for the product is also rather misleading, as there are in fact four ladders provided on the single pre-painted fret. Included are two small, simple step ladders, a much larger A-frame ladder and a ladder with inspection platform at the top which is larger still. Thanks to Eduard’s clever design, construction of all of the items is relatively straightforward. Folds are used wherever possible, so with the exception of the large ladder you won’t have to mess around gluing individual rungs in place. The designs are based on references found in “Messerschmitt Bf 110 at War” by Armand von Ishoven, but you could certainly get away with using these items alongside other, similarly proportioned, aircraft. Overall, this is an excellent little set. Conclusion Eduard’s Bf 110 is already a sublime model which has only cemented Eduard’s place at the top table of model manufacturers. These sets take an already great model to the next level. Definitely recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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