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  1. Eduard has 1/48th Junkers Ju-87 Stuka kits in design. Source: https://info.eduard.com/cz/10-2023-special V.P.
  2. Good day, With apologies to Reini, I did NOT copy off of your homework my friend. I noticed you had posted Hellcats as well but in 48th scale. Upon completion of my previous Eduard Hellcat, I wanted to try a second one. My goal was to correct the mistakes I had made on the -3 and try some new techniques ( some of which failed ). Here are the highlights of the kit…………… 1. Interior : MRP Interior Dark Dull Green, Eduard USN photo etch seat belts. 2. Airframe : Model Master Insignia Blue, Polly Scale USN Weathered Deck blue ( landing gear ), Gunze Flat White ( centerline tank & starboard wing radome ) 3. Washes : MIG Stone Gray ( airframe ), Tamiya Brown & Black 4. Weathering : silver paint chipping, brown, dark gray, and mid gray chalk pastels. 5. Scratch built centerline tank bracing and struts. 6. Uschi Bobbin thread for antenna wire. Unfortunately, I continued to make mistakes and some of the new techniques did not go as hoped / planned. The clear gloss medium I normally use came out thick and gave the dreaded “orange peel” effect. By this time, I became frustrated and just wanted it done. I need to readdress a pesky seam on the port side landing gear tire. I also forgot to apply the base cannon barrel shrouds to the leading edge of the wing. Again, it`s not one of my best efforts but at least it`s on the shelf and not in the box. Thank you in advance. With much respect, Mike
  3. #22/2023 Dad´s finished another one. New Eduard kit oob. A good kit like their other late 109s but still some mnor corrections to be done. Relocated the lift up holes on the rear fuselage, opened the missing shell ejector opening for the engine mounted 30mm gun on the bottom, which by the way is on the right and not the left side. Some "grill" openings on the belly need to be filled too. a little hole needs to be driled on the underside of the nose after the prop. The K-4 usually had no footstep and handgrip on the right side whioch need to be filled and the hatch after the seat is wrong in size and shape, used a plastic sheet there. EZ Line for the antenna wires, plastic rods instead of the kits PE parts for the upper wing landing gear indicators. Painted with MRP White Aluminium and RLM74/75/81/82/76. No swastika applied for legal reasons. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235130194-end-of-war148-messerschmitt-bf109k-4-iijg52/ Aircraft of Major Wilhelm BATZ (1916-1988), CO of II. Gruppe JG52 with "affirmed" 237 victories. In the last days of the war, he was stationed in Zeltweg/Austria and on May 8th he and his remaining unit flew to Bad Aibling/Bavaria to surrender to US forces. After the war he served in the German Bundesluftwaffe. DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  4. After a longer pause it was time for my dad to finally start another 109, using the new Eduard kit. Don´t know yet which scheme. DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  5. Hallo Here I want to show you a typical design issue from Eduard. At the Gustav version, this area of the trimming wheel and chains was always a brickle area. In the Kurfürst kit, many flwas and issues from the Gustav are corrected. Here in the cockpit now you can see on the picture below that two parts are interferring already! The designer did not notice it. o The witdh at the bracket where the arrow points is aleady with the plastic part nill! To reduce the shape gives you comfort for assembling. The offset is so much, that the etched part must be cut or left out! Happy modelling
  6. Good day, It has been quite some time when I last posted a subject here. Summer time activities tend to get in the way of my hobby time. I actually completed this Eduard Hellcat way back in at the end of July. Here are the highlights of the kit………. 1. Cockpit : Vallejo Green Zinc Chromate, Eduard USN photo etch seat belts and instrument panel 2. Airframe : Polly Scale Dark Sea Blue, Intermediate Blue-Gray, Gunze Flat White 3. Weathering : AK Gray-Blue, Flory Dark Dirt, Vallejo Lt Rust washes. Brown, Black, and Mid Gray chalk pastels. AK Fuel Stains 4. Kit supplied decals of LT William Moseley of squadron VF-1 onboard the USS Yorktown during the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June of 1944. Mosley claimed two A6M5 Zero`s during this battle. 5. Uschi Fine bobbin thread for the antenna. 6. Reconfigured wing tip lights from scrap clear plastic. 7. Replaced centerline tank bracing with fine wire and metal tubing. The kit is straightforward but care needs to taken into account as parts fit tightly. The profi-pack edition supplies many extras with the kit. Detail is very nice. I still made some mistakes on it but I hope everyone likes it. Thank you in advance. With much respect, Mike
  7. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I PR Type B, Reims, 1940 Part 1 Here is one of my latest projects: one of the earliest photo reconnaissance Spitfires. This is the Type B which carried two vertical cameras, one fitted in each of the inboard gun bays' ammunition box. An additional fuel tank was fitted in the fuselage behind the cockpit to increase the range. I made a bit of a start on this in the Recce and Scouting GB but it really didn't get far, and as the GB closes at the weekend I thought a re-start would be a good idea. For references, I'm dipping into Dr Alfred Price's "The Spitfire Story", Valiant Wings' "Merlin-engined Spitfires", Ventura's Classic Wardbirds #10 "Merlin PR Spitfires", On Target Profiles #8 "Photo Reconnaissance Spitfires", Steve Lucas' "Spitfire Mark by Mark", and of course Morgan and Shacklady's "Spitfire: The History". I'm also referring to some previous BM threads: Sidney Cotton's Spitfires Spitfire PRI Details A Question Regarding Early Spitfire Seats 1/48 Spitfire PR I - Build diary Spitfire PR.Ia N3071 - Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk. I PR Type A Spitfire PR1 1:72 And this page on Facebook has some great info: Spitfire PR IB N3069 - Remembering F/O Mervyn Wheatley The entire page is a fascinating tribute to this early PR pilot, F/O Mervyn Wheatley who met his death on 22 March 1940 when he was shot down by Lt. Harald Jung of I./JG20. There are some incredible photographs posted, some of which are well-known but which in this instance have been taken from first-generation copies and are far clearer than any I have seen previously. Such as: PR IA N3069 Colourised PR IB P9331 Colourised PR IA N3069-N3071 Details I'm not entirely convinced by the validity of the colourisation, but I think the clarity of the photos is astonishing. There are many other interesting items and its well worth a look through for anyone interested in PR Spitfires. And there is this invaluable photograph from the IWM archives: Spitfire Mk.I PR Camera Installation IWM Archive Box and sprue shots, although they'll be well-known, I'm sure: I'll also be *trying out* the Quinta Studio Spitfire Mk.I set as an alternative to all that etch. I really struggle with etch! Thanks for looking in Cheers, Mark Forward to Build Part 2
  8. Well, after the Eduard F4F-3 didn´t make it to finish, my dad dares a new attempt with the recently released Eduard FM-2. Gonna do a seablue scheme but don´t know which one yet. DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  9. Eduard is to rebox in October 2020 the Trumpeter 1/48th Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19S "Farmer-C" kit - ref. Source: http://www.kitreviewsonline.de/eduard-pressekonferenz-in-nuernberg/ V.P.
  10. #21/2023 Next one finished by my dad. Eduard Limited Edition kit oob. Painted with MRP Sea Blue. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235129743-kamikaze-killer148-general-motors-fm-2-wildcat-vc-93-usn/ Aircraft of Lt. (jg) Robert Sullivan onboard the escort carrier USS Petrof Bay in the battle for Okinawa, providing CAS, attacking Japanese airfields and destroying potential Kamikaze planes on the ground. DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0022 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0024 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0026 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0027 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  11. #20/2023 Hellcat double completed, after the F6F-3 now a -5N. Eduard Weekend Edition released in 2016. Sadly the fuselage code F(N)4 is oversized, also the fuselage number 21 and the cowl number 88 of the second included scheme are. Funny thing is I´ve seen built up models of "21" using this kit edition with correct sized numbers. Seems there are correct kit tranches and faulty ones. Painted with MRP237 Sea Blue, EZ Line used for antenna wires. Wanted to use leftover PE drop tank straps from the -3 kit. Parts were too soft and didn´t work out. Also the positions of the pre-drilled holes for the straps in the belly were wrong. In the end my dad used plastic stripes for the straps. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235129227-nocturnal-predator148-grumman-f6f-5n-hellcat-vmfn-533-black-macs-killers-usmc/ Model shows the aircraft of Cpt. Robert Baird, the one and only USMC night fighter ace in WW2 who also fought in the Korean War. DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0022 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0024 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0025 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0026 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0027 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr poor little Zero... DSC_0029 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr engine warming up DSC_0030 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0031 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0032 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  12. When I got back into aircraft modelling earlier in the year this was one of the first kits I brought. I had one look in the box and thought, No way! Mainly due to the complex build of the cockpit and the PE. Well, now I have completed 5 other (simpler) models I think I am ready to give it a bash. This is essentially the Arma Hobby Hurricane with some Eduard extras (pe, resin wheels and exhausts) I think. As there are 2 kits in the box, I will do a standard Mk1 in the future, but in this build, I will do a Tropical version. There are 12 marking options in the box, so plenty to choose from. I would like to do the version on the left but no idea how I would do the spray work over the white in 1/72nd. 🤔 My second choice is the Royal Navy Fighter Sqn on the right. Apparently, there is no clarity about the red H and the serial no could be 4244 or 4245. I have pretty much finished my Tractor in the Entropy GB and my Seahawk in the FAA GB is well underway, so I will hopefully start this one in the next few days. George
  13. Kit - Eduard (Weekend Edition) Paint - All acrylics Decals - Freightdog Extras - Eduard kit-specific Zoom set. Grumman Hellcat II 800 NAS Trincomalee, Sri Lanka (Ceylon) Autumn 1945. Built this at the same time as the Hurricane I posted here a few weeks ago but only got around to finishing it this morning. Fairly straightforward build, could have done without the separate fin-tip antenna post which was instantly gobbled-up by the carpet monster but that may have been down to 'user error'. Paint is all Tamiya acrylics, as usual mixed by eye. Not too much else to say, very relaxing and rejuvenating project, now ready for something more challenging. Please feel free to comment, question or criticise. Cheers from NZ. Ian.
  14. Eduard next limited edition kit will a 1/32nd Curtiss P-40N Warhawk - ref. 11104 Source: https://www.eduard.com/store/out/media/distributors/leaflet/leaflet2017-07.pdf V.P.
  15. Time to complete the Hellcat pair by starting this Eduard Weekend Edition. DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  16. #18/2023 The doublepack naval theme continues, first of two Hellcats by my dad. Eduard Profipack 2008 edition, built oob, added EZ Line for the antenna wire. Painted with MRP Sea Blue, Intermediate Blue and AK RC White. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235128161-pacific-aces148-grumman-f6f-3-hellcat-lt-alexander-vraciu-vf-6-felix-cat-usn/ Alexander Vraciu was born to Romanian immigrants in the US in 1918. He joined the US Navy in 1941 and served as a F6F pilot. He started his career as wingman of Edward "Butch" O´Hare. In December 1944 he was shot down, but could parachute. He then joined Philippine resistnace fighter for five months untilhe could join US forces again. He spent the last months of the war at the Naval Air Test Center in Patuxent, Maryland. In total he was credited with 19 victories, received the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Gold Stars, the Air Medal with three Gold Stars, the Presidential Unit Citation with two stars; and the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Vraciu had the Naval Reserve Medal; the American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; National Defense Service Medal; and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two stars. Vraciu died in 2015 at the age of 96. He was most successful with his F6F-3 "Gadget" onboard the USS Lexington in 1944. When this aircraft was withdrawn from service, it somehow survived until after the war, was later restored and brought back to flying condition with parts of other Hellcats and flies now with the Fighter Collection in the UK. DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0022 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0024 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0026 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  17. Tface Masks for Do.335A, Mosquito B.Mk.IV/PR.Mk.IV & IL-2 (EX946, 938 & 703 for Tamiya) 1:48 Eduard Supplied on a large sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with everything you would expect for the exterior glazing, plus wheel masks for good measure, but it also gives you another set of canopy masks tailored to fit the inside of the glazing so that you can paint the model’s interior and give your kit that extra bit of realism. Having used these sets on my own models now, I can confirm that they are extremely accurate, and it's good practice to place the outer masks first to act as a guide for alignment of the inner masks. If you have one of these older kits from Tamiya, which still stand up to scrutiny by modern standards, it’s worth considering an upgrade to the level of detail that the two layers of masking material bring to the cockpit area, which is a focal point of any crewed aircraft, and deserves the additional boost that more realistic masking brings. Dornier Do.335A (EX946 for Tamiya) In addition to the canopy and wheel masks, there is also a single mask for the landing light in the port wing leading edge. de Havilland Mosquito B Mk.IV/PR Mk.IV (EX938 for Tamiya) As well as the canopy and wheel masks, two sets of kabuki tape masks are included for the nose glazing and external masks for the wingtip lights. IL-2 Sturmovik (EX703 for Tamiya) This set is a little older, and suffered from one of the rare instances of things getting lost down the back of beyond. This time, the flat pack got sandwiched inside a book. It’s still available from Eduard however, so if you haven’t already done so, pick one up. Conclusion Given the chance, I will wax lyrical about Tface masks to anyone who will listen, and even though I am quite happy to create my own exterior masks where none are available, I much prefer to use one of these sets when I can. They’re extremely accurate, time saving, and adhere very well to canopies with a little light pressure to burnish them down. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  18. Eduard is to release a 1/48th Zlín Z-126 to Z-526 Trenér family. Source: https://www.facebook.com/EduardCompany/photos/a.122154977799458/3366784713336452 V.P.
  19. Dear fellow Britmodellers, this is my 1/72 Hasegawa Ju-88 D1 in markings of the Romanian Air Force in 1944/45. Painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics, pictures by Wolfgang Rabel. This aircraft belonged to Escadrilla 2 Recunoastere and was based at Miskolc airfield in Hungary, and later at Tri Dubny Slovakia, in the winter of 1944/45. All markings are from the DK decal sheet "Romanian Roundels over Czechoslovakia 1944-1945 (72088)". It apparently changed management when Romania switched sides, because the German crosses, swastikas and squadron codes were hastily painted over. Several aftermarket parts had accumulated in the kit box, including two Eduard sets (interior and exterior), Eduard masks and True Details wheels. Only the canopy paint masks are absolutely necessary - the Eduard interior etched parts can hardly be seen, from the exterior set I only used antennas, landing gear doors and a few other small things, the rest seemed superfluous to me. The Hasegawa kit wheels are pretty good, the True Details resin wheels are a little better and flattened nicely. During painting I noticed that the contrast between Mr.Hobby's RLM70/71 is a bit too strong. I added a small drop of black to the lighter color (RLM71 Dark Green) to soften the contrast. I weathered with artist oils from Winsor & Newton. The nose glazing doesn't fit very well and left a (invisible) gap through which a little spray mist crept in at the edge! Overpainted squadron codes and national insignia .... Now here's the underside ... Thank you for your interest, best greetings from Austria! Roman
  20. Sopwith 2F1 Ship's Camel N6818 Do you know the Windsock Datafile 170 about the Ship's Camel? It contains a wonderful big color profile created by Ronny Bar. After Eduard released in June the new kit of the Ship's Camel in 1/48 as part of the new Camel series I had to built it immediately in that livre. As this marking is not part of the ProfiPack offering I had to mask it myself and used only some small stencils from the kit decals. Now it is finished so this is my model number 6 of this year. The last few days I made a wooden platform, and as I was able to finish the Camel today I had a bit of luck with the weather today to take outdoor photos at a lake. The following sets was used: 82173 Profipack Sopwith 2F.1 Camel 648725 Sopwith Camel 2F.1 Lewis gun (only the mounting, as the profile do not show a Lewis MG) 648677 Bentley engine 648660 Vickers Mk.I gun 648659 Camel seat 648674 Rotherham air pumps 3DL48038 Sopwith Camel SPACE The rigging was done using Gaspatch parts: RAF wire terminals and some turnbuckles of Type C. Additionally a lot of scratch work as usual in my projects. The airscrew, the outer struts and parts of the undercarriage are made from wood. Many parts are metal: undercarriage (soldered from brass), tail skid, inner struts, engine bearing and more. A detailed build log can be found at Scalemates. I guess this is one of my best models so far and I'm happy to have it in my collection now. And now have fun with the pics! The mentioned undercarriage: Cheers, Frank
  21. Albatros D.V 1:48 Eduard ProfiPACK The Albatros D.III and D.V's were the most numerous fighter in German Service on the Western front throughout most of 1917 and early 1918. They always suffered from structural weaknesses, most notably with the lower wings which were single spar. This provided insufficient strength to withstand some more extreme man oeuvres, and the lower wings could be torn from the fuselage. The D.V was a 'lightened' version of the D.III, with a new fuselage but using the same wings. The same problem with the weak lower wing persisted so a strengthened version, the D.Va, was produced. This resulted in the aircraft being at least 50 kg heavier than the D.V and negated the work done on producing a 'lightened' version. The D.V and D.Va offered no particular advantages over the D.III, with some pilots preferring to stick with the latter. The D.V and D.Va soldiered on until the end of the war as the Fokker D.VII gradually (but not completely) replaced it. It was very widely used, and appeared in a huge variety of colour schemes. Production was done in batches, with either painted or lozenge fabric covered wings. The Eduard kit has been around for a while now, and has been periodically re-released. This newest issue is a 'Profipack' edition with etched brass, kabuki masks, and decals for five versions. The plastic parts are very good, being crisply molded with sharp detail and no flash. Everything is contained on two sprues, with sprue A containing the main airframe parts such as the fuselage, wings, tail, and engine. The fuselage is very well molded with fine detail on the inspection hatches and louvres. One thing to watch out for (and shown in the instructions) is the footstep panel molded on the port fuselage half. It is too far forward and needs to be scraped/sanded off, replaced further back on the fuselage with the etched part as shown. The wings have a lovely rib and fabric effect that looks very good under a coat of paint. The lower wing is full span, and fits into a recess in the lower fuselage, with pre set dihederal. The Mercedes D.III engine has good basic detail, but not much more than the top of it will be seen onece installed. If you decide to cut away one or both of the top cowling panels, it provides the perfect basis for super detailing. Sprue B holds all the smaller components such as the interior fittings and wing struts. There is some very fine molding here, so care is needed when removing parts from the sprue. Solid plastic LMG 08/15 Spandaus are provided, which can be used 'as is', or for the more advanced modeller the barrels can be cut off and replaced with finely slotted etched versions. I have built quite a few of Eduards D.V/D.Va kits over the years, and can vouch for the fact that they are virtually fault free in assembly, and require little or no filler. Etched fret. This contains a large variety of finely detailed parts, with the seatbelts, instruments, and instrument boards being pre-coloured. Not all parts will be required, as some such as the footstep panels are alternative styles, and others are applicable to the D.V or D.Va, but not both. It is however a very comprehensive set of details to apply to the model as appropriate. Masks. These are largely for option D, the Jasta 5 machine that has a green tail group outlines in red. This can be difficult to paint accurately, but these masks for the green are will make light work of adding the red outlines. The smaller mask sheet gives items for masking the wheel hubs when painting the tyres, and some small elements to mask the inspection hatches on the fuselage. Both sheets are die cut on Kabuki tape. Options. These are a superb choice of different Alabatri, covering a good selection of simple and more complex finishes, from overall black to wooden fuselages,with lozenge fabric or painted wings. Options A to D are all D.V's while option E is a D.Va. Option A. Albatros D.V, 2299/17 ,Oblt. Bruno Loerzer, Jasta 26, autumn 1917. Option B. Albatros D.V, Ltn. Georg von Hantelmann, Jasta 15, early 1918. Option C. Albatros D.V, 2283/17, Ltn Otto Kissenberth, Jasta 23b, summer 1917. Option D. Albatros D.V, Oblt Richard Flashar, Jasta 5, July 1917. Option E. Albatros D.Va, 7161/17, Jasta 46, early 1918. (this machine is preserved in the Smithsonian, in Washington) Decals. A very comprehensive set of decals is provided. The smaller sheet contains all the individual markings for each options, such as Hantelmanns skull & crossbones, Kissenberths Eidelweiss, and Flashars red dragon. All are beautifully printed, with good colours and minimal carrier film. The 2 larger sheets are for the upper & lower lozenge camouflage, with another sheet of blue and pink rib tapes. Lozenge colours are always a contentious area, with plenty of opinions as what is correct. The underside ones seem a little bright, so I would be tempted to tone them down a little with an airbrushed 'glaze' of Tamiya 'smoke' , similar to what was sometimes done on the real aircraft in service. Ultimately it is down to personal choice. Conclusion. This builds easily into a lovely little model straight from the box. There is a modicum of rigging to be done, but it is fairly simple. All five of the marking options on offer deserve to be built, (without even considering what the aftermarket decal producers offer), so it probably makes sense to get a few of these kits. Review sample courtesy of      Footnote. I like this kit so much that over the years I have built at least ten of them, and still have four more waiting in the stash, including a couple of the original Profipack boxings. I do think that the undercarriage legs are a little short and can be improved by lengthening them. Keeping them spaced on the sprue, I cut the lower 'U' shape off, and inserted a couple of 3mm lengths of plastic strut material to each leg, and then re-attaching the 'U' shape to them. The reason for keeping them on the sprue is to maintain the spacing of the upper ends, where they will attach to the fuselage. The new sections on the lower end will be concealed under some thread wrapped around to represent the bungee cord, as well as by the wheels themselves. The difference is subtle, but for me is worth doing as it improves the 'sit' of the model. Notice the distance between the leading edge of the lower wing, and the top of the wheel. Top: unmodified, Bottom: modified. A further point to note is the difference between the D.V and the D.Va. These are provided for in the kit & instructions, but could do with being made clearer. The D.V had aileron cables that ran inside the top wing, using the etched control horns PE15 & PE36. It did not have the cables marked in red below (both sides, I've only marked 1 side). It also lacked the little reinforcing strut on the main 'V' struts, so these must be cut off (This is clearly shown in the instructions). The D.Va had the reinforcing strut, but its aileron cables ran through the bottom wing, emerging behind the 'V' struts to run up to the ailerons on the top wing (marked on one side in red below). put the lines in and do not use parts PE15 & PE36. Did I mention that this is one of my all time favourite kits? Here are a few I have built over the years.
  22. Hi Gang, After some deliberation have decided that I will be building an Eduard Grumman Hellcat Mk.I (F6F-3) in 1/48th Scale So far have got a Techmod Decal set for the aircraft and am planning to use the scheme for 800 Naval Air Squadron aboard HMS Emperor in September 1944, I fancy doing an aircraft with the Invasion Stripes in the Extra Dark Sea Grey/ Dark Slate Grey/ Sky scheme. Am off on my hollibobs next week so the build will begin when I return. I intend picking up one of the new Eduard Brassin Look Instrument Panels, some Eduard Resin Tyres and a set of Master Brass Barrels for the aircraft too. Many regards Matt
  23. A-1H Seat PRINT (648842 for Tamiya) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Tamiya’s Skyraider kits are products of the last millennium, which is surprising, because they are still excellent kits, and the de facto standard for the type and scale, with no likelihood of anything coming along to usurp it. Although this set arrives in a flat package, the directly 3D printed parts are safe inside a clear plastic clamshell box inside the package to prevent the parts from rattling about. The part is printed resin, attached to the base via thin tendril-like fingers that are easy to cut off and sand the little upstands away, leaving it ready for action. Consisting of just one part, it represents a highly detailed rendition of the Skyraider’s seat, complete with riveted front, and back cushion with piping around the edge. The attachment point for the seatbelt is also present, giving the belts a realistic location that grounds them in reality. The four-point belts are draped over the seat base and back, curled around with their furniture visible as if they had just been left there by the pilot, eager to get to the mess for a top up on his own fuel tank. Preparation involved nipping the support tendrils off the back of the seat, then filing the remaining bumps flush with the surface, after which the seat is ready for painting and installation. Conclusion The detail is fantastic, and even though the belts are curled around, they should be easy enough to paint with a good quality brush and some patience. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  24. My dad continues his US naval aviation theme with an Eduard Hellcat, depicting the plane of Lt. Alexander Vraciu (1918-2015), who became an ace with 19 victories in total. DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  25. #17/2023 Besides all the US naval stuff by my dad, he decided to turn Japanese a bit. New Eduard kit, a bit over-engineered, lots of detail but also many small plastic and PE parts. Fuselage to wing fit had some tension and needed work. Engine mount is fragile and you have to pay attention for perfect alignement. When the model was already finished, had to remove the prop and some engine parts to get it centered in the cowl opening, sat too low before. Built it up first in Japanese livery with the kit Hinomarus and painting it with Tamiya XF-70 and -71, used Risig Decals for the rest of the markings and overpainted all with AK Real Color Flat White with the original markings still shining through lightly. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235127899-surrender148-mitsubishi-a6m3-type-22-ijnrnzaf/ This aircraft was captured by NZ forces on Bougainville. Had been damaged by allied bomb attacks earlier. Brought back to flying condition, painted in the white "surrender" scheme and shipped back to New Zealand. Later restored to its original livery and resides now in the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Full story here https://j-aircraft.com/walk/robert_montgomery/auckland_war_memorial_a6m3.htm DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0022 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0024 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0025 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0026 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0027 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0028 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0029 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
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