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  1. Wessex HU.5 PE Update Sets 1:48 Eduard Wessex fans have been waiting for years for a new tool kit in 1:48, and recently Italeri came up trumps and obliged, giving us a good representation of the old bird, and a canvas for building a highly detailed kit from. We reviewed the kit in July of last year here, and now Eduard have launched these three Photo-Etch (PE) sets to improve the look of your stock kit. Those with the ancient Revell kit might also be interested in these sets, although there's no guarantee that all the parts will fit, so it's a bit of a gamble. Interior Set (49622) This is a large set, consisting of three frets of PE, one of which measures 7cm x 5cm, and is pre-painted and self-adhesive, the other two sheets are in bare brass and measure 14cm x 7cm each. The detail is updated in the cockpit, but the rear compartment isn't ignored, getting its fair share of upgrade parts. The two pilots' seats are completely replaced by a highly detailed PE assembly that has many details not captured in styrene, but you'll need a short length of 0.7mm rod or wire for the rear to finish it off. A full set of seatbelts is supplied, although with helos, this is a simple four-point harness as there's no parachute pack for obvious reasons. The cockpit floor part is given extra surface detail as well as some controls and boxes at knee-height to the pilots, and the centre console is sanded smooth to receive a pre-painted instrument panel and a quadrant of levers, which is cleverly laminated up from a single part, folded multiple times and glued to itself. The rear bulkhead in the cockpit is also given a make-over, with a new pre-painted instrumentation panel and further detail. The main instrument panel is upgraded with a new pre-painted panel that is made from two sheets overlaid to give instrument and panel detail in three-dimensions. A set of foot-pedals is also added to the rear of the kit backing panel. The roof console is given a full set of instruments, as well as skins for the side, complete with lightening holes that can be seen on the real thing. Moving into the rear compartment, the interior of the fuselage is covered with a latticework of moulded in ribbing, but this doesn't represent the correct shape, which is an inverted T shape. Eduard's set includes these sections, and they are glued to the simple ribs to create the correct shape. The cockpit sidewalls are similarly updated with some rather nice additional parts too. Happily, the kit's ceiling panel is moulded with some nice quilting detail, but in addition, there were almost always narrow panels covering the join between the ceiling and the walls, which Eduard have included in the set. They need curving gently to shape, and gluing to the roof for installation during the build. The rear bulkhead has a doorway into a stowage area, but although the doorway is included with the part, there is no detail within, so the set includes a quilted material "door" that is pop-studded to the frame. These often sag and billow, so a little shaping with your fingers would enhance the realism here. A couple of boxes and racks are also added to the panel to augment the moulded in detail. The front bulkhead is stripped of detail save for the mating tab for the ceiling, and covered with some more accurate access-panels, a large C-shaped beam and racking on either side of the panels. The eight passenger seats are all given a set of lap-belts, and the triple suspension loops at the top of the back of the seat are replaced with more detailed PE parts. Interior Set Zoom! (FE622) This set includes just the self-adhesive, pre-painted fret for those that don't want to spend the time or money on the rest of the upgrades. It covers the instrument panels, various cockpit details and seatbelts for crew and rear compartment jump seats. Exterior Set (48754) Measuring 15cm x 7cm, this set contains a lot of the raised plates that are scabbed on all over the Wessex airframe, including window frames, crew steps, access panels, hinges, grab handles and more. It also includes the prominent mesh found on the intake "mouth" at the nose, windscreen wipers for the canopy door and landing gear details, mesh around the tail rotor head as well as stiffening plates and extra detail around the tail rotor. The landing gear legs are also treated to brake hoses, additional step-plates and details. Conclusion The big interior set should bring the detail on the cockpit right up to scratch, although the super-detailers will probably still find some wires and such to add to complete the job. The exterior set is perfect to giving the tail and fuselage that layered three-dimensional look that is typical of helicopter skins. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. Hello all, Kia Ora (as the locals say). In the middle of a couple of long projects (1:48 Spit IX, Hurri IIc & RF-4), none of which I've not posted here, because I forgot and like a lot of modellers with 'long-range' projects on the bench, I'm taking a quick divert into a 'quick OoB build just to keep the creative juices flowing. So here's my 'diversion': Using the sweet Italeri 1:72 F-100 - secured without packaging nor decals from eBay for £3.00 just before we left for NZ, and the excellent Xtradecal sheet 72-116 I hope to finish it as FW- 319 as you see in the photo from 'Colour & Markings'. I've made a start by first spraying the rear section with Tamiya glossy black acrylic straight from the rattle-can: I've also sprayed the cockpit 'bath' and the insides (dk. gull grey). Will probably be able to get the fuselage buttoned-up this evening (our time). Photo's tomorrow, hopefully. Total time taken so far: +/-70mins. More soon, thanks for looking. Ian
  3. Hi all Here's the result of my first kit-bash. This is the Matchbox Hawk 200 mated to the Italeri Hawk 100 wing. The wing fitted rather well, the Matchbox fuselage being just slightly narrower. I have used the Italeri undercarriage, air intakes and horizontal stabilisers. The box at the base of the fin is from the Airfix 100 (cheers to the person who donated it ), the RWR on the fin from scrap plastic. The camo and markings purely fictional, decals from the spares box. Certainly more cross-kitting in the future, i've got the folding Seafire XVII wing on the Seafire LIII and the Airfix Lightning F3 belly tank on my Matchbox T55 Cheers for looking Chris
  4. AugustaWestand AW101 Skyfall 1:72 Italeri The AugustaWestand AW101 is a medium lift helicopter developed in a joint venture between Westland Helicopters and Augusta, commonly know as the Merlin. Originally it was called the EH101 as EH industries was the name of the joint venture company. EH was dropped when Westlands and Augusta merged in 2007. Like many modern aircraft programmes the gestation for the Merlin has been long, and at some times difficult. As far back as 1977 the UK issued a requirement to replace their ASW Sea Kings which were deemed to be inadequate against the advances in Soviet submarine technology. Westland submitted a proposal for a new three engine helicopter, while at the same time Augusta was looking to replace the Italian Navys own Seakings. Thus the two companies began working together. The Merlin would follow a conventional helicopter design layout but feature new technologies, including the use of advanced composites. Other features would be an active vibration control system to reduce airframe vibration by up to 80%. A full digital cockpit would be installed along with armoured seats for the crew. Flight testing of the Merlin continued in the early 1990s with the first order from the UK coming in 1995. Since this date the Merlin has gone into service with the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Danish Air Force, Japan (Military & Civil), Portugal, Algeria, Italy, India, Saudi Arabia and Turkmenistan (VIP Transports). Skyfall Well if you have not heard of the latest in the James Bond film franchise, where have you been? Skyfall began filming on November 2011 and premiered in London in October 2012. The films release coincided with the 50th anniversary of the James Bond series. Skyfall has turned out to be the biggest selling bond film of all time (The first to gross more than $1 billion), the highest selling British Film of all time, and the 7th best selling film of all time. The AW101 features in one area of the movie, and Italeri have used this chance to tie their kit into the movie, this seems to be happening more these days. The Kit The kit arrives as 5 sprues in an olive drab plastic and 1 clear sprue. All the parts are well moulded and show no signs of flash. The kit has fine engraved panel lines and fine raised rivet detail. Though given the modular layout I am sure some of these will be lost on construction. Construction starts shockingly enough with the cockpit Fairly detailed pilots seats are provided, along with both control sticks. All of the instruments on the panels being provided for as decals. You can either use the supplied pilot figures or use decal seat belts for the pilot seats. Following the cockpit the forward main body of the helicopter is assembled; the seats go into the interior and the upper-deck to hose the rotor head are all placed in and the assembly buttoned up. Then the rear part of the fuselage is assembled and attached. The next stage is to assemble the tail of the helicopter along with the side sponsons and their enclosed landing gear parts. These are then joined to the main fuselage. Final stages include the addition of numerous antennas and external parts to the airframe along with a door gunner as seen in the film. The parts for the door gun, and gunner seem to be added onto the main sprue and as such seem to be additional parts for this boxing. After this the rotor blades need attaching the to the main hub. There seems to be a fiddly attachment with 2 additional parts holding the rotor blade in, hopefully this will lead to a strong join. Finally the tail rotor is attached. Canopy As this is a helicopter the clear sprue is larger than other kits. The parts are clear if a little thick. There is no evidence of any flash on the parts. Decals The only decal option privided with this kit is for the version used in the film. Conclusion A nice re-issue from Italeri. Like movies? Like James Bond? Like Models? well this one is for you. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Hello, does anyone know when the Italeri Stralis kit is being released? Any idea on price? Thanks, Andrew (Vehicle Modelling Newbie)
  6. Well here it goes...After what seems like a life time I finally have my man cave finished and its time to start something new for me and thats to finish a model. For my first foray into a WIP I have chosen the fab Italeri Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 depicting a 247 sqn machine, Flown by Sqn Ldr Bod Stanford Tuck, late 1940. I intend to use the Aires cockpit set, Brengun wheels, Sky models decals and all paints will be Tamiya acrylics thinned using Tamiya thinners. This is going to be my first build for a very long time, but I hope with comments, pearls of wisdom and snippets of information from you guys I WILL get it finished. So First off the obligatory Kit and accessories shot. I hope to make a start on her to night and I'll post regular updates as I go. Cheers gents and see you soon Woodster
  7. Sea Harrier FRS.1 Etch Detail Sets for Italeri Kit 1:72 Eduard The Italeri Sea Harrier is a tool first produced in 1983 under the ESCI name, but it still stands strong next to its rivals some 30 years on and gets favourable reviews from the modelling community. Eduard have released this set, however I suspect you can use most of the parts in an alternative kit if you have one of those in the stash already. As per usual, there is the full set on offer and a cheaper alternative known as the Zoom range. Set 73457 If you’re familiar with these sets, then you’ll know the format. Typically, with the full set you get a cockpit enhancement and usually, undercarriage and other external improvements too. Included in this set are the following: Seat belts, ejector handles, seat back pad (coloured Self Adhesive etch) Main panel, side panels including throttles, rudder pedals, HUD (coloured S.A etch) Rear cockpit, canopy frame, canopy detonation chord, windscreen wiper Replacement u/c doors, airbrake panel Exhaust blast plates Various exterior panels, antennas and tie down loops Boarding ladder Weapon mounting points on the pylons As normal with etch sets, there are some fine parts that will take some skill to handle and fix in place. Fitting the canopy denotnation chord will need to careful gluing, perhaps Kleer may be the best option. That said, apart from this rather delicate operation, the remaining parts are relatively straight forwards in assembly Set SS457 Just containing the pre-painted self adhesive fret as pictured above, you get most of the cockpit enhancements that are in the above set including the following: Seat belts, ejector handles, seat back pad (coloured Self Adhesive etch) Main panel, side panels including throttles, rudder pedals, HUD (coloured S.A etch) Rear cockpit, canopy frame, canopy detonation chord, windscreen wiper Conclusion For Harrier fans these are great packs. Obviously budget plays a part in your selection, but the larger pack with boarding ladder and many external improvements is the must have to produce a great little diorama. In fact I’ve got slightly distracted planning what mine will look like !! Review sample courtesy of
  8. That's a OOB project. I have used a brazilian brand of acrylics as base color plus, two highlights and two shadows. There is just one brown filter and one wash. Both enamel. The matt varnish is acrilic, also a brazilian brand.
  9. Here she is, finished over two months, which puts me on target to complete 6 models this year.... There are some things I'm not happy with, but rather than correct them I am going to make sure I overcome them in the next build, whatever that might be........
  10. Elco 80' PT-109 Italeri 1:35 PT-109 belonged to the PT 103 class of MTB’s, hundreds of which were completed between 1942 and 1945 by Elco. PT-109's keel was laid 4 March 1942 as the seventh Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB) of the 80-foot-long (24 m) 56 ton class, built by Elco and was launched on 20 June. She was delivered to the Navy on 10 July 1942, and fitted out in the New York Naval Shipyard in Brooklyn. The boats were manned by 3 officers and up to 12 crewmen. The Elco boats were the largest PT boats operated by the U.S. Navy during World War II, built with strong wooden hulls of two layers of 1-inch (2.5 cm) mahogany planking. Powered by three 12-cylinder 1,500 horsepower (1,100 kW) Packard gasoline engines (one per propeller shaft), their designed top speed was 41 knots (76 km/h). For space and weight-distribution reasons, the center engine was mounted with the output end facing aft, with power directly transmitted to the propeller shaft. Because the center propeller was deeper, it left less of a wake, and was preferred by skippers for low-wake loitering. Both wing engines were mounted with the output flange facing forward, and power was transmitted through a Vee-drive gearbox to the propeller shafts. The engines were fitted with mufflers on the transom to direct the exhaust under water, which had to be bypassed for anything other than idle speed. These mufflers were used not only to mask their own noise from the enemy, but to be able to hear enemy aircraft, which were rarely detected overhead before firing their cannons or machine guns or dropping their bombs. The principal offensive weapon was her torpedoes. She was fitted with four 21-inch (53 cm) torpedo tubes containing Mark VIII torpedoes. They weighed 3,150 lb (1,429 kg) each, with 386-pound (175 kg) warheads and gave the tiny boats a punch at least theoretically effective even against armoured ships. Their typical speed of 36 knots (67 km/h) was effective against shipping, but because of rapid marine growth build-up on their hulls in the South Pacific and austere maintenance facilities in forward areas, American PT boats ended up being slower than the top speed of the Japanese destroyers and cruisers they were tasked with targeting in the Solomons. Torpedoes were also useless against shallow-draft barges, which were their most common targets. With their machine guns and 20 mm cannon, the PT boats could not return the large-calibre gunfire carried by destroyers, which had a much longer effective range, though they were effective against aircraft and ground targets. Because they were fuelled with aviation gasoline, a direct hit to a PT boat's engine compartment sometimes resulted in a total loss of boat and crew. In order to have a chance of hitting their target, PT boats had to close to within 2 miles (3.2 km) for a shot, well within the gun range of destroyers; at this distance, a target could easily manoeuvre to avoid being hit. The boats approached in darkness, fired their torpedoes, which sometimes gave away their positions, and then fled behind smoke screens. Sometimes retreat was hampered by seaplanes dropping flares and bombs on the boats. The Elco torpedo-launching tubes were powered by a 3-inch (76 mm) black powder charge to expel the torpedo from the tube. Additionally, the torpedo was well greased so it would slide out of the tube. Sometimes, the powder charge caused the grease to ignite upon firing, and the resulting flash could give away the position of the PT boat. Crews of PT boats relied on their smaller size, speed and maneuverability, and darkness, to survive. Ahead of the torpedoes on PT-109 were two depth charges, omitted on most PTs, one on each side, about the same diameter as the torpedoes. These were designed to be used against submarines, but were sometimes used by PT commanders to confuse and discourage pursuing destroyers. PT-109 lost one of her two Mark 6 depth charges a month before Kennedy showed up when the starboard torpedo was inadvertently launched during a storm without first deploying the tube into firing position. The launching torpedo sheared away the depth charge mount and some of the foot rail. PT-109 had a single, 20 mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft mount at the rear with "109" painted on the mounting base, two open rotating turrets (designed by the same firm that produced the Tucker automobile), each with twin, .50-caliber (12.7 mm) anti-aircraft machine guns, at opposite corners of the open cockpit, and a smoke generator on her transom. These guns were effective against attacking aircraft. The day before her most famous mission, PT-109 crew lashed a U.S. Army 37 mm antitank gun to the foredeck, replacing a small, 2-man life raft. Timbers used to secure the weapon to the deck later helped save their lives when used as a float. The Model This large kit naturally comes in a large top opening box, with an artists impression of PT-109 at speed. On opening there is an internal lid which opens outwards from the centre. On the lid are the instructions, decals and information booklet. Pulling the internal lid apart the large single piece hull is revealed tightly held on a separate shelf. Pulling the hull and shelf out there are 5 large sprues of grey styrene and the single piece deck, a sheet of etched brass, a clear sheet of acetate with the various windows and windscreens pre-cut, and a small poly bag with screws and two thicknesses of string, one black and the other brown. All the parts are beautifully moulded with no flash and only a few moulding pips on some of the smaller parts. The one piece hull is a fantastic bit of moulding and must have come from one heck of a large mould, being nearly 700mm long and 180mm wide. There’s no sign of any sink marks and only a couple of gate marks on the keel which will be easily removed with a couple of swipes of a sanding stick. The flanges for the fitting of the propeller shaft supports and exit troughs have finely moulded bolt heads. The single piece main deck is just as well moulded, with planking, small mushroom vents and hatch coamings all included. Again there are no apparent sink marks and only the flashed over holes are faintly visible, but most of these will be opened up anyway or covered over with paint. Any ejector pin marks, and there are surprisingly few are all in locations that would not be visible once the parts are put together. The build starts with the drilling out of the indicated flashed over holes on the main deck, and the removal of the central sprue from within the deck opening. The hull is then fitted out with various drain hole outlets, fittings and keel strakes that go from the bow to the stern within a deep groove moulded in the hull sides. To the transom the six mufflers and control rods are fitted, three per side. The three prop shafts are then applied with their supports and fitted to the moulded indentations on the underside of the hull, the three propellers and surprisingly small rudders are fitted. Moving back to the deck the twenty three skylights, each consisting of an acetate clear part and styrene frame are fixed into their respective positions along with the bow foot rails, bridge step and bridge deck. The deck is then screwed into place on the hull part with the self tapping screws provided. The screws are covered over with circular blanks. The foredeck hatches are then fitted, with the option of having them open or closed. Giving those who want to go the whole hog and scratch build an interior to show it off. The next parts to be fitted to the deck are the torpedo tube mountings and front rails, along with three vents on the foredeck and two stops to the port and starboard beam amidships. The build then moves on to the bridge superstructure. Starting with the bridge front/roof section the windows are fitted as is a small skylight, using the acetate parts. To this is added the wheel house bulkhead, also with an acetate window fitted to the wheel house door, the steering wheel, and side bulkhead. In front of the steering wheel the throttle controls are fitted, as is the instrument panel made up of decal instruments, clear part and outer styrene switch controls. Two etched grab handles are also applied to the forward bulkhead either side of the wheel. The starboard bridge side with added life ring, handrail vents and clear window is then added to the bridge assembly. The port side is made up of the main side piece, with one half of the forward gun tub, to which the inner upper gun tub is added along with the radial seat beneath. With the outer parts fitted that pretty much completes the bridge. Construction moves aft to the engine room deck with the fitting of the six piece deck house/skylight, the windows for which are taken from the acetate sheet, the forward and aft hatches can also be posed open or shut. Either side of the skylight two ventilators are affixed to the deck. The completed assembly is then fitted to the aft end of the main deck opening, with the bridge assembly fitted to the forward end. The bridge assembly has further parts added, which include the rear bulkhead with additional shelves, and storage locker, entrance steps and curved entrance ways. Forward of the bridge an etched step and support is added to the starboard side, whilst on the bridge roof a compass binnacle, made up of styrene and acetate parts along with decals, is fitted, with a second right to the side of the instrument panel. The final part of the superstructure, the centre section is built up of the roof, with a hatch fitted to forward starboard position, fore and aft bulkheads, starboard side, and port side, with the aft gun tub with the inner radius and radial seat added. All windows are taken from the acetate sheet. Once the main parts are built up more detail parts are added, these include the port handrail, boat hook on the starboard side rotating ventilator aft, life ring and hook right aft and what look like starting handles, but I presume these are for manually rotating the normally powered gun tubs, are fitted to each side of the roof. The completed assembly can then be fitted to the main deck, with another etched footstep added to the port side and a styrene handrail to the outer part of the aft gun tub. Once the superstructures have been affixed to the deck two ammunition lockers with optionally open lids, three 20mm ammunition cans and rear wind deflectors are fitted to the engine room deck. With the hull, deck and superstructure complete the build moves on to the weaponry. This consists of the four torpedo tubes, each made up of two halves, four control rods, and rear gas release ring with associated accumulator, rear door, with each of the eight wingnut fastenings added separately, additionally there are a number of smaller fittings added to the top of each tube. At the front a cover can be fitted instead of the torpedo nose. Unfortunately no full torpedoes are included in the kit. The tubes are then fitted to their respective positions and the styrene “wiring” fitted. The .50cal machine gun mounts are made up of the central pedestal, gun mount, to machine guns, ammunition belts, inner and outer mount rings and the gun railing which prevents the gunners depressing their guns too far and shooting of parts of the boat when firing. Each of the two assemblies are then fitted to the gun tubs, followed by the two part outer shells of the upper tub. Aft of the engine room deck is the 20mm cannon mounting. This consists of the two piece main pedestal, hand wheel, deck plate, cannon, trunnion arms, shoulder fittings, ammunition drum and the ring and bead gun sight. Behind the cannon mount is another gun depression prevention rail. If the modeller so wishes the kit also comes with the 37mm Army cannon which the crew fitted the day before the fatal voyage. This consists of the barrel, breech, breech handle and muzzle, to which the breech cage and recuperator is fitted, followed by the trunnion and trunnion mounting plates. The elevation wheel is then added to the right hand side. The two trails, trail plates, grab handles and trail locks are then built up. The completed assemblies are then fitted to the axle assembly. The barrel assembly is then fitted to the axle pintle followed by the fitting of the shield and shield support rods. The completed cannon is then fitted to the foredeck on the baulk timbers represented by styrene parts and lashed to the deck with the brown rope in accordance to the instructions. The last elements of the weaponry are the smoke generator fitted to the transom and the two depth charges fitted to the foredeck. These are made of four parts and fixed to the three part rack. Using the black thread they are tied to the rack, again in accordance with the instructions. The final parts to be added to the model are the multi-part windscreen, port and starboard navigation lights, aerial, siren horn, main mast, with associated supports, Aldis lamp and pedestal, bow hawse pipe assembly and the various cleats and bits around the outer deck edge. Etch The small sheet of etched brass contains the small skylight frames, bridge front window frames and covers, bridge steps and supports, 20mm cannon ring sight, bow hawse pipe assembly, ammunition locker clips, instrument panel, torpedo tube panels, windscreen frame and struts, ensign pole bracket and siren bracket. Decals Since there is only one option with this kit, naturally there aren’t too many decals. Other than those mentioned above for the compass binnacles and instrument panel, there are also the hull depth markings, ensign and PT-109s codes for either side of the bow, the life rings, bridge front and the 20mm cannon pedestal aft. There are also two large decals for the stands nameplates. Conclusion Continuing their large model boat series I guess Italeri had to release one of the most famous PT boats in naval history, even though it was through its association with LTJG J F Kennedy who was to become President of the USA. As is the case with all the series this will build into an wonderful and quite large model. Whilst quite well detailed out of the box, there is plenty of scope for additional detail to be added, particularly internally as there are a few open areas that can be viewed from the outside. It is also crying out to be built as a radio controlled model, which could be done with very little conversion. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Hi all Have just got round to photographing this one. Not much to say about the kit that has not already been said. I really enjoyed this build seem to be developing a liking for 1/48 helicopters. Finished with humbrol enamels and oil paint washes, also first time I have used ez line. Thanks for looking Jon
  12. Decided to crack on with my next project sharpish as my stash is getting bigger. I was thinking the other day that my wife and daughters will get me at least three kits a year, Christmas, birthday and Fathers Day, probably five is more a more realistic minimum. That means I need to build at least five a year, assuming I don't buy myself any (really?). I think I finished four last year, I'd better crack on...... So, here it is......
  13. Slow beginnings, but I wanted to get the body shells painted so that they can cure properly before final polishing while other work gets under way. The Daytona is Zero's "Blu Dino"; the 599GTO is "Rosso Scuderia", and a matt (ish) black (ish) homebrew for the roof. These will go slowly while I work on some stuff for SMW 2012, but at least I've started! bestest, M.
  14. Having purchased the Italeri 1/35 Vosper MTB i was wondering if there are any good sites with detail photos etc? TIA
  15. Italeri Sunderland After a month or so on the bench, it's finally, well almost complete bar the astrodone and arial wire. The main challenge initially was the heavy panel lines, but plenty of primer and regualr rubbing down has tones them down quite a bit, I'm certainly happy with them, although it will be personal taste I guess. These things suffered a lot of weathering, so I wanted to capture some of this to bring out it's character. As you can see from the picture above of the aircraft I modelled, I've been rather reserved on the paint chipping along the hull and leading edges. Paints were Xtracrylics and Humbrol Aqua Colour matt varnish. Built mostly out of the box, I added some detail here and there such as the rear of the instruments on the panel as this is on show through the greenhouse. It's a good kit, most negative comments have been around the panel lines, but at least it doesn't need a rescribe Anyway, hope you like it... Thanks for looking, Neil
  16. Well, since my SAAB Safir never dries (see Swedish group build!) I'll quite likely bite off more than I can chew and try to participate in TWO group builds! I've already mentioned the kit in the GB chat, but here it is again: A Italeri Bf109 G-6 with some Eduard PE. Unsure about markings yet, but my guess is it will involve balkenkreuz and mottle... As you obviously saw right away, the kit is started - I cut out the wheel well shape from the bottom wings two months ago. I think I'm clear of the 25% rule! Sprues more in detail: Okay, next photo shoot I'll make an effort to remove the discarded tape... Finally a shot of the PE: As you see from the year stamped, it's quite an early effort from Eduard. Just bare bones PE, not pre-painted or self-adhesive or anything. Will probably not use all of it. Not least because I'm a bit anxious to get to the mottle - I've NEVER mottled anything before. This will quite likely end in a public disaster.
  17. Italeri's 1/35 Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 is now in stock. This kit accurately depicts the boat commanded by John F Kennedy, who would go on to become one of the most famous Presidents of the United States of America. http://www.wonderlandmodels.com/products/italeri-135-elco-mtb-pt-109-kennedy-model-kit/
  18. Hello all! I "won" the right to pay for an Italeri H04S-3 kit, which is apparently a Canadian variant of the friendly-looking H-19, and thus, by extension, some sort of weird cousin to the Whirlwind. My question to all of you is, how hard is it to get a Whirlwind from this kit? Do I need to buy the HAS.7 or HAS.9 conversion sets from A2Zee, or am I good building a HAR.3 right out of the box? And does anyone, anywhere, make decals for a Whirlwind serving in MUSKETEER?
  19. Hi guys, I'm building the 1:48 F-16C 'Barak' Italeri kit, and it doesn't come with a pilot. Can anyone suggest an unpainted pilot figure for this model, and where to get it.. Cheers! J
  20. Wessex HU5 Rotor Fold 1:48 ScaleWarship Ltd The new Italeri Wessex has brought the modeller a modern tooling of this elegant aircraft that is much loved amongst modellers and air enthusiasts alike. The initial HU5 variant was often seen with its blades folded however, but this option is not included with the kit. Scalewarship ride to the rescue with this set, which includes all of the parts you'll need to make the conversion happen. All you need to add is a little glue, paint and modelling skill, plus a few small pieces of thin styrene sheet. The set arrives in a well-stuffed ziplok bag, and inside are the Photo-Etched (PE) parts, al length of brass rod and a smaller ziplok bag containing the rotor parts, all taped to a supporting black backing card. Behind these are the instructions, which are printed on glossy A4 paper in full colour. It is clear from the outset that some modelling skills will be needed to carry off this job well, and you will have to cut the kit rotor blades as well as straighten them using heat of some kind. The instructions suggest hot water. Starting at the beginning, the aforementioned blade straightening must be the first job, after which you cut a small piece out of the blade at the rotor end, replacing the section with the two Rapid Prototyped (RP) hinge parts. For those not yet familiar with RP, it is a new(ish) form of 3D printing, that is allowing modellers to quickly create masters of detail and accuracy that was previously difficult or impossible. The parts are small and detailed in this instance, and are all attached to a very fine circular sprue, which must be cut off (leaving a small part on the larger hinge part) before you can proceed. The larger part fits into a hole drilled in the rotor end, and the smaller one to the cut base of the blade, aligning them so that the fingers of the hinge are at 90o to the blade surface. Four large blade holders are built up from PE parts, and take care here as the photos are a little dark and indistinct. A saddle-shaped blade holder is also built up from PE, and here you will need some small lengths of styrene strip. The supplied rod is cut into lengths, and glued into holes in the base of the blade support frame, and this assembly is then glued to the upper fuselage where the tail begins. The blades are clipped together using their hinges, and the blade holders are slipped onto the blades, which are then positioned on the support frame, at which point you can glue them and the hinges in place. This is repeated for the remaining blades, working from the inside out, and results in a very neat and realistic folded set of blades, as shown at the bottom of the instructions. Conclusion This set should not be attempted by the novice – get a little experience with handling small parts and working with PE before you tackle it. There are some fine and delicate parts involved through necessity, but the effort will be well worth it once complete. It will also save you quite a bit of room in your display cabinet! Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Robin at
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. Photo-Etch Detail Set for Italeri BF109G-6 Eduard 1:72 If you're looking for a 1/72 BF109G, there isn't a shortage of kits to choose from with Revell, Airfix, Hobby Boss, Academy, Hasegawa and Italeri all having their own take on it. Each one has its own merits and that's for another and probably quite interesting review. This set is aimed at the Italeri kit, although I know of others using the set for other kits, so the possibilities are there if you choose. There are two options available here, the first being the comprehensive pack 73434 and the second being the Zoom pack SS434. One of the challenges with a 1/72 injection moulded BF109 is the limitation of the moulding process on such a small scale so an addition of resin or etch (or both) is going to offer greater abilities to detail the kit. Eduard Photo-Etch Detail set 73434 Two frets are contained in the pack, the first being a self adhesive pre-painted one, the second being unpainted. Building the cockpit starts with removing the moulded detail on the side walls and replacing it with the two plates supplied. These are then built up with various parts such as the throttle quadrant, canopy locking lever and trim wheels and links which are all brilliantly formed and painted. The instrument panel is made up of no less than 4 parts giving a good 3D effect, with a further two parts building up the gunsight that fits to the panel. The whole cockpit interior is provided for in etch form. The floor and rear bulk head is one piece folded to shape with the etch seat, further detail and armour fitted to it. I should imaging that fitting the etch floor into the fuselage requires some patience to make sure that it locates correctly. Perhaps making some location tabs to hold it in place will assist before joining the fuselage up. Finally, with all the detail in place and the fuselage closed up, seatbelts can be located in place finishing the enhancements to the cockpit tub. Further framework and armour enhancements are provided for the canopy interior. These are very small parts, so some skill will be required to manipulate them, but you will be left with a rear armoured glass panel (using the supplied clear film) in the canopy as well as the hinge which will form a gluing point to leave the canopy open....and why wouldn't you after adding all this detail ? The undercarriage bays and radiators get the same intensive treatment as the cockpit. Removal of the kit wheel well detail will be necessary to fit the new parts, but well worth it. The replacement bay panels have a nicely riveted texture to them giving a greatly enhanced scale accuracy. The kit radiators require removal and the whole trailing edge is replaced with an etch part folded through 180 degrees with the opening mechanism and strengtheners attached. The undercarriage doors are replaced by much more scale accurate etch parts. A great touch is the inclusion of formed brake lines and attachment plate that fits to the rear of the wheel hubs. A few exterior enhancements are provided in the set too. The brackets for the enlarged engine intake on the side of the nose as well as exhaust shrouds add a great touch as do the fin reinforcement brackets for the bomb tail. Eduard Photo-Etch Zoom Set SS434 This is the single fret option that focuses on the cockpit interior. Here, you the self adhesive pre-painted fret giving a budget option to choose from. Conclusion I'm not sure how popular the Italeri kit is, certainly, there are newer kits on the market and the Airfix kit seems to be popular, but if you have an Italeri kit in the stash and want an excuse to dig it out, then this could be the excuse you've been waiting for. I can only commend Eduard for catering for such a wide variety of kits, indeed they also look after the other 1/72 BF109G kits too. There are some small and delicate parts to this set, so a sharp pair of tweesers will be vital in getting them most out of it. With that in mind, I'm confident that your 109G will be transformed and left looking much more scale accurate Review sample courtesy of
  24. In the framework of its ESCI kits reboxing policy, Italeri is to release very soon the 1981 vintage 1/48th Aermacchi MB.326K Impala kit (ref.2710). Source: http://www.italeri.com/scheda.asp?idProdotto=2104 V.P.
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