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  1. Hiya, this is my take on the Airfix 1/72 Messerschmitt BF 110. This is about my 5th model completed since my return, but the first one I'm really happy with. The kit is great in terms of fit, and she looks like a 110, but it lacks detail in places, and the panel lines are too deep, but that has been discussed to death!!! I had a number of problems of my own doing, hence I've had to replace all the guns on the kit. I would also say the decals performed brilliantly for me, I understand others have been less fortunate. Paints: Vallejo for all main colours, preshading and weathering in Tamiya Weathering: Flory's dark dirt, Tamiya smoke, Flory pigments on the engines PS I'm a rubbish photographer!! Please let me know what you think, I'm here to learn Cheers, Val
  2. Dear fellow modellers, this is Revell's 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf-109 G-10 with upgrades from Quickboost (Propeller, Air Intake), Eduard (Photo Etch), Rob Taurus (Vacu Canopy) and Eagle Cals (Decals). There are some colour pictures of this particular machine, which crash-landed behind American lines in 1945. The camoflage looks like RLM74/RLM75, but with reduced 'red' factor (as seen in Kagero's "Bf-109 G/K Vol.1") it could as well be RLM75/RLM83, which I chose. According to Eagle Cals, this aircraft belonged to I./JG52. The model was painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby colours with my Evolution airbrush. I decided to build this kit before AZ Model's new 109-series is expanded to the G-10. Otherwise, it would have probably been sleeping in my stash forever (a shame with all the aftermarket sets obtained already). Thanks for your interest. With kind regards from Vienna, Roman
  3. The latest batch of AZ Models 1/72 kits is here @ MJW Models and they are on our website available to buy now! We've got 4 new Bf109G-6's - JG52, JG53, JG54 and Italian Bf109's and 2 new Spitfire IXc's - Civilian and converted Mk IXc's. We've also started to stock the AH-1G Cobra (USMC and US Army) as well as the joypacks of the Spitfire IC and Cobra. Also now stocked is the colour etch parts for the Bf109G kits. http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/admiral-and-az-models-252-c.asp thanks Mike
  4. There's some interesting releases from Eduard in 1/72 and 1/48 in April for WW2 fans. All prices currently TBA. There's another variant of the Bf110 in 1/72, this time the Bf110C-6. I've not seen much about this kit but it's a limited edition kit and from the price Hannants are advertising it at (£28.00) I would suspect that there is some brassin parts (probably the 30mm cannon) in this as well as the usual mask/etch. I know it sounds expensive for a 1/72 but the Eduard Bf110 kits are really nice kits and I don't see a weekend version of this coming out, so if you want this version, this will be the one to get! Eduard are re-releasing 2 kits in 1/48 in April, first of which is the P-39L/N Airacobra Profipack and the Royal Navy Hellcat Dual combo set. Now if Hannant's prices are to be believed, these kits are much more sensibly priced! The P-39 is looking to be £16.70 and the Hellcats £28.00. For those who haven't seen the Hellcats, that's 2 kits for £28.00 with mask and etch for each one! You can make a Royal Navy Hellcat Mk I and Mk II from the set. The last release is another 1/48 Spitfire Weekend edition, this time the early Mk IXc. As for prices, we've not set any prices as we haven't got the prices from our supplier as yet but we've proved consistently that we can usually beat the Hannants 10% discount pre-order price. So if anyone wants any of these kits, please let me know. thanks Mike
  5. Greetings, good people of RFI threads, I come bearing gifts (or sacrificial material, whatever you please)... This is my little BF110E, Eduard's Profipack with some scratchbuilt details - engines, ventral guns, nose guns, a number of things in the cockpit... The kit itself is a treat to work with, I enjoyed every moment of it, pieces fit perfectly, panel lines are as they should be, highly recommended for beginners and experienced modelers alike... It took around 6 months to build it, mostly because my studies haven't left me much time in first 3 or 4 months... There's a WIP thread as well, you can find it here... Here it is next to a Bf109, one of my first models built, almost 10 years ago now, when I was 11 (11 and a half, halves were very important at the time )... This is the only picture of the actual plane I managed to find... Not much to compare from there, though there is a bird similar to this one, G9+HM, that also had sharkmouth nose art, so I made a B&W photo for a bit of comparison... It's a bit cloudy and windy today here in Belgrade, hopefully tomorrow it will clear so that I can take this thing outside for some shots on natural sunlight... This is my first RFI thread, so naturally - every comment, every critique, every advice is most welcome... Cheers!
  6. Messerschmitt Bf109E-4/N Trop 1:48 Airfix The Bf109E-4/N Trop kit is exactly the same kit as the Bf109E-4/E-1 kit I have previously reviewed here. There are some slight differences with engine filters etc but the sprues for the two kits are identical Decals Decals are provided for two schemes. Maj Eduard Neuman, 1/JG27, North Africa 1941-42 (As box art). Lt Peter-Paul Steindl, Stab II/JG54, Aradm Romania March 1941. Conclusion This is an excellent kit of a popular model choice from Aifix. The model makes into a great looking kit and is excellent value for money for a new tool kit. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Well its now finished. Although the scheme is based on the airfix Von Werra scheme, I have used a bit of artistic license, and done a side camo scheme too. I am very pleased with the end result, despite the obvious areas for improvement, though please remember this is only my fourth model. Link to work in progress thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234933782-airfix-172-messerschmitt-bf-109e-4-link-to-ready-for-inspection-on-page-2/ So here are the pictures:
  8. Messerschmitt BF109G-6/R6 AZ Models - 1:72 The Messerschmitt BF109 hardly needs an introduction. With nearly 34,000 built in 10 years, it is one of the most widely produced aircraft in history. Starting out in 1935, whilst broadly similar to the Spitfire in layout, monocoque construction and V12 engine, the engine is in fact inverted and famously fuel injected which in the early war years gave some advantage in combat over its British rivals which were carburettor fed. Initially designed as a lightweight interceptor, evolution led it to a variety of needs including bomber escort, fighter bomber, night fighter, ground attack and reconnaissance. Whilst the BF109E or ‘Emil’ is probably the most famous variant due to its involvement in the Battle of Britain, the G ‘Gustav’ which was first produced in 1942 was a quite extensively modified airframe and wing to accommodate a more powerful engine, greater internal fuel and armour. It was a dedicated reconnaissance / intercept aircraft. Whilst early 109’s were powered by engines delivering less than 700hp, some Gustav’s were pushing out nearly 2000hp with water injection and high performance superchargers. Within the Gustav series was quite an array of sub variants. Lack of standardisation was an issue that caused problems in the field as well as the ability to mass produce under wartime conditions. Some notable visual variations within the ‘G’ range included larger tail of wooden construction, odd number suffixed aircraft had pressurised cockpits for high altitude operation, Erla Haube clear view canopy with clear rear head armour, underwing points for tanks, cannon or rockets and larger main wheels resulting in ‘square’ fairings on the inner upper wings to accommodate them. The engine cowlings also had some obvious variations resulting from the supercharger and weapon set up hidden beneath. An obvious one is the Beule blisters found on each side of the cowling ahead of the cockpit to cover the gun breaches. The K series 109 was the final variant introduced in the effort to create a standardised 109 taking all of the improvements that had materialised throughout the aircrafts development. The kit Before I start this review, I’ll admit that I’m not a 109 expert , particularly with the G variant and it’s many sub variants. Having never built an AZ kit, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but on opening the box, I was immediately impressed with the quality of the kit. What was strikingly obvious on the two grey sprues was a variety of options included and well as some beautiful surface detailing. As well as these sprues, you get a full colour A4 fold out instruction manual and two decal sheets, the larger one holding the markings, with a smaller one holding the many stencils found on the aircraft. Assembly starts with the cockpit as you might guess. Despite the small size, there is plenty of detail to cram in there. Excellent painting guides are included within the instruction booklet. The exhausts are shown as being inserted from inside the fuselage prior to closing up which for some may be not ideal if you prefer to paint your exhausts before fitting. Looking at the design, it might be possible to affix a plate to the inner surfaces of the fuselage slots and with a bit of fettling, attach the exhausts from outside in a more conventional manner if this is a concern for you. With the cockpit assembled and affixed to one of the fuselage halves, the fuselage is ready for closing up. There has been some debate about the fuselage profile on the '72nd Scale Aircraft' website and the comments made were that the depth of the fuselage at the front section of the wing was too shallow by just under 1mm causing the profile of the cowling under the engine to look slightly horizontal. I checked the parts against some drawings and do agree with the comments made there, however comment is also made that the Fine Mould dimensions at this point are the same and this is regarded as an excellent kit. The fuselage halves have two location pins at extreme ends to assist line up of the parts. Next step is the wings. Some care and attention needs to be taken moving forwards with the construction due to generic instructions giving steps for different variants and the number of options contained. Some modification is required to certain kit parts too, in the case of this variant, you are required to sand a taper into the rear radiator faces. This is probably better done once fitted into place to ensure you don’t overdo it. It’s worth noting at this point the options contained within the kit (although most not used): • Standard and large tail / rudder • Beule blisters • Tailplanes – 2 options • Nose gun covers – 2 options • Tail wheels – 3 options • Main wheels – 2 options • Supercharger intake – 2 options • Propellers – 2 options • Square main wheel fairings for upper wings • Underwing 20mm cannon packs The radiator covers are moulded into the lower wing. This is superbly done, with the intake slot finely reproduced. Surface detail is finely recessed with rivets and panel lines. The radiator exit flaps can be positioned in either the open or closed positions. The undercarriage has separate legs and doors, again with moulded in detail that will show up well after a panel wash. The main wheels for this variant are the standard ones, not the larger ones contained as an option. With the rear armour fitted to the cockpit, the canopy can be fitted. Again, reports from those who have built the kit indicate the canopy is a fraction narrow on the fit to the fuselage, however having seen the stunning build by Libor on Britmodeller (see link below), I won’t be too concerned when I build mine. Given the excellent detail in the cockpit, an open canopy option would have been welcome to show it off. That said, the moulding is beautifully clear. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234951287-messerschmitt-bf-109g-6r6-172-az-model/ It won’t take long before the remaining parts are in place due to the simplicity in the kit to assemble. A good portion of the parts included are options. The decals Four Bf109G-6/R6 schemes are included in the kit and an additional sheet of stencils is included. Print is very sharp. Scheme 1 – 1./JG.302, Helsinki – Malmi, Finland, March ‘44 Scheme 2 – Stab 1./JG27, Fels am Wagram, Austria, May ’44 – flown by Ludwig Franzisket Scheme 3 – 8./JG54, Luneburg, Germany, Spring ’44 – flown by Gunter Sahl Scheme 4 – 11./JG27, Kalamaki Airfield, Athens, Autumn ’43 – flown by Heinrich Bartels Conclusion Whilst there has been some criticism of the forward fuselage profile in this kit, it really is a beautifully detailed rendition that can be favourably compared to the Fine Molds Gustav which is highly regarded. AZ have released a number of G versions recently giving Bf109 fans some great choices. Kit construction is quite straight forwards, although some care is necessary in studying the instructions before commencing. Sample courtesy of AZ Models Etch & Masks to compliment the kit If you’re wanting improve the kit, a pre-painted etch set is available to enhance the cockpit detail. This includes a replacement rear armoured headrest, seatbelts and panel. If you don't like cutting your masks out, then they also supply a canopy and wheel mask set too. Both the early framed canopy and Erla Haube canopy types are included.
  9. Messerschmitt Bf109E-4/E-1 1:48 Airfix There has been much written and published in print and in the web concerning the Bf109 which I will not repeat here. The E-4/E-1 model here was used in the high-speed fighter bomber role operating from France against targets in England. It was also operated in the Med, North Africa, and the Eastern Front. This is Airfix's new tool of the Bf109. I have built the club kit version of this in the markings for a captured Aircraft and found it a very easy kit to build. The kit comes in two sprues of what seems to be Airfix's choice of light grey plastic. The parts are well laid out, feature nicely engraved panel lines and restrained fabric effects were needed. The only two areas of criticism are that some of the sprue gates are a bit large, and the pilot figure is a bit generic. Parts are provided for the flaps and leading edge slats to be deployed or or which is a nice touch. Construction begins traditionally enough with the cockpit. The seat associated parts are assembled and added to the one part cockpit base along with the rudder pedals and control column. The instrument panel and gun-sight are then added. The modeller can chose to use the supplied pilot or paint the raised detail seat harness. Following on from this the propeller assembly is put together. A few parts are then added to the cockpit sides (which feature moulded on details as well). Once this is done the propeller assembly & cockpit are added tot he fuselage and this is closed up. Engine bearers can then be added to the moulded in engine if the modeller is going to want to display the engine cowling off the model. Finally for this stage the muzzles for the cowling mounted machine guns are added. The next stage involves construction of the wings. This is conventional in that the bottom wing is one part onto which the two top parts are added. The wing assembly is then mated to the fuselage. The engine radiator is then assembled and added along with the wing radiators. Tail planes and there struts are then added. The modeller then needs to decide if they want the flaps and slates down or up. The parts are moulded with the right tabs to mount these in the down position. If they are going to be closed up then the tabs need to be removed. Final touches are adding the moving tail surfaces and rudder which can be positioned how the modeller would like. The correct gun inserts need to be added then to the wings, and the appropriate engine intake added to the port side. The landing gear is then assembled and added. The tyre have a flat spot so this must be positioned in the correct place. A single bomb or a rack containing 4 smaller bombs can then be added as needed. lastly the correct canopy needs to be identified and fitted. The sprue gates on the clear parts are large and brittle. I know as I managed to break one canopy trying to remove it so care does need to be taken. Decals Decals are provided for two schemes. Oberleutnant Hannes Trautloft 2./JG77, Germany August 1939. Unteroffizer Ernst Poschenrieder, 7/JG53 Le Touquet-Etaples Sept 1940 . Conclusion This is an excellent kit of a popular model choice from Aifix. The model makes into a great looking kit and is excellent value for money for a new tool kit. Review sample courtesy of
  10. Messerschmitt Me109 G-10 Revell 1:32 The history of the Me-109 is written large all over the web and also included in the earlier review of the Revell Me109G-6 release, HERE, so I won’t go repeating it. As it is, its relevant to post the differences between the two aircraft as far as I can ascertain. In the Reich Luft Ministerium (RLM) vision, the G6 was designed to be the last version of the Gustav to be ever produced. Consequently, as early as 1943, Messerschmitt started working on an improved 109, the K. The K was essentially a refined G6 with emphasis on improving the aerodynamics, flight controls and cockpit ergonomics. There was no engine limitation and as with the G, a wide selection of versions powered with the DB605A & D families were forecast. Implementation differed from design, however, and in the spring 1944, the G6 was still the only 109 mass produced. It had evolved a bit from the first G6 produced, having seen the following changes: • Erla Haube • Glass head armour • DB605AS • DB605AM • Tall metal tail & Rudder • Tall wood tail & Rudder • Tall tail wheel • MW-50 Water-methanol over boost • MK108 axial canon Most of the above became standard as production continued. Because of these delays and other new high performance fighters entering mass production (Ta152, Fw190D, Me262), the conversion of all existing factory lines to the K production was meaningless. Having developed the type for some time, Messerschmitt was however allowed to switch from the G6 to the K4 as soon as possible. Sometime during June 44, a new interim version of the G was planned. It was supposed to incorporate the latest equipments found on the G6 and K4 (Erla Haube, tall tail, tall tail wheel, Fug 16ZY & MW-50) and to be powered by the same DB605D. The version number was the first available for unpressurized planes: G10. The aim of this new version was to provide a K4-level fighter without retooling existing production lines and to use up the massive stock of G6 components. The plan was to have the 2 licensed factories (Erla and WNF) switch to the G10. However, the lack of DB605D prevented the G10 and the K4 from becoming a reality for months to come. Externally, the G10 airframe was identical to the G6-MW50. It had the Erla canopy, the tall tail wheel, the extra hatch on the right side to refill the MW50, the Morane antenna and the “battery box” behind the head armour. As with many aircraft there is a lot of misidentification through the series due to different manufacturers adding their ideas. Erla manufactured G10s are one of these, and have been often referred as G10/AS in the past. A properly integrated flat panel replaced the previous faired panel on the port side, sometimes known as the “moon” fairing. The engine cowls were also different, in that they covered the nose without the requirement for chin bulges along with a different oil cooler which was slimmer yet larger than that used on the K4, and was probably designed for the H version. The Erla solution for covering the DB605D was much more elegant and streamlined. They were the only manufacturer to use this possibly due to the fact that the tooling had been pre deigned and built in preparation for building the H model. Since Erla started the G10 production quite early, the first a/c still used G6 wings with “small” wheels and the Erla canopy with antenna mast. Later, Erla used the same new wing with larger wheels as the other manufacturers. The Model Obviously based on the earlier release it comes with all the new parts to produce a G-10 such as the tall tail wheel, upper cowlings, aerial mast, taller fin and rudder. Instead of using the G6 fuselage and changing the side panels, they appear to have moulded a completely new one with the panel moulded integrally. The moulding of the fourteen sprues is, as you would expect of a modern release, really very nice. No sign of flash or moulding imperfections on any part and just a few moulding pips to remove and clean up. Details such as the engraved panel lines and rivets are very refined. The styrene appears quite soft and yet eminently workable so the modeller shouldn’t need to break a sweat when cleaning up the joins. Construction starts with the cockpit floor, onto which the rudder pedals and foot rests are fitted. Unlike the G6 there is only one choice of breech cover, and that is for the Mk108 30mm cannon with the two halves joined and fitted to the front of the cockpit floor, onto which the joystick is also attached. The cockpit is further built up with the attachment of the pilot’s seat to the rear bulkhead. The pilots harness is pre-moulded onto the seat pan and the bulkhead, with the bulkhead ones being slightly too short and will need to be lengthened or replaced completely with aftermarket items. Rather than having parts moulded onto the insides of the fuselage halves Revell have gone for separate panels for the cockpit sides onto which further parts are added. On the starboard side the clear part that represents the fuel feed pipe is to be masked off before painting so that the inspection tube is left clear, beneath the fuel pipe the fuel pump is fitted. On the port side there is a pair of trim wheels and control runs attached. The instruments dials for the panel are in decal form but with some softener/setting solutions they should settle down ok onto the individual bezels. The gunsight is then attached to the top of the instrument panel. The cockpits side panels and instrument panel are then attached together with the cockpit floor and rear bulkhead creating a sturdy and rather good looking tub. Underneath the tub the wing spar is attached, whilst on top the rear upper bulkhead is fitted, along with the battery box. With the cockpit complete several other assemblies need to be built up before the fuselage can be closed up. The long tail wheel strut is fitted into position along with the propeller shaft and oil cooler panel. The engine exhaust stacks also need to be fitted from the inside pre painted and masked of before full painting commences. The exhausts are a little bit disappointing in that they are solid and will need some very careful opening up due to their shape. There’s bound to be some aftermarket items released soon to replace these. Once the cockpit tub, propeller shaft, tailwheel and under nose radiator mount are fitted the fuselage can be closed up. The new upper nose panel is fitted with the machine gun barrels and affixed into position, followed by the two piece carburettor intake to the port side. Under the nose the two radiator grilles are fitted onto their mounting points before the radiator cover is fitted. The wing radiator grilles are attached to the upper inner wing panels which are then attached to the wing spar. Each main undercarriage bay is has the roof part moulded into the inner panels whilst the bay walls are made up of three separate parts. The one piece lower wing panel is then fitted to the upper inner wing panels and spar. While the model is upside down the two wing radiators have the forward intake lips added and two panels are fitted to the centre fuselage. With the model the right side up the upper outer wing panels are attached and the vertical tail unit is fitted along with the rudder. The rudder trim actuator is then attached to the starboard side of the fin and the horizontal tail assemblies are, with the optionally posed separate elevators, fitted. The model comes with the option of having the flaps posed up or down with each section being made up of upper and lower halves as do the ailerons. The inner and outer flaps of each wing are attached as per the modellers’ wishes after which the ailerons can be fitted. The leading edge slats are also fitted at this point and can also be posed open or closed, but being spring loaded they would normally be deployed on the ground. The main undercarriage legs are each made up of an inner and outer oleo parts onto which the axle unit is attached along with the scissor links and a small link near the top of the inner oleo. The main door is then attached to the oleo. Each tyre is in two halves into which the inner and outer hubs are fitted. The details are quite nice, but these may get a little lost with having to sand the seam around the tyre unless fitted well. With the wheels assembled they can be fitted to the axles. The two part tail wheel is then fitted to its yoke. Next in the build sequence is the assembly of the drop tank. Whilst he details on the tank are quite good it’s still a little pointy in the nose area and should be blunter. This may be rectified with a little surgery or sanding but most people will be able to live with it. The completed drop tank is then fitted to the adaptor plate and the four stays are fitted. The whole assembly is then fitted to the fuselage centreline. Unlike the previous release there is only one option of canopy, but Revell still provide two of them in case one gets damaged. The windscreen comes with separate armoured screen which would be best “glued” with a drop of Klear or similar. With the aerial masts fitted to the rear of the canopy the armoured plate can be fitted internally along with the locking handle. If the canopy is to be positioned open there are two blocks on the starboard cockpit side panel to provide a good strong joint. The propeller is now assembled out of the backplate, three individual blades, internal blade clamp and the boss. Unfortunately the join between the backplate and boss isn’t at a natural panel line on the real aircraft so will need to be carefully filled and sanded. The propeller assembly is then fitted onto the propeller shaft. With the addition of the pitot probe and underwing aerial for the late version, all that needs to be done is paint and adding a stretched sprue aerial wire for the model to be complete. Decals The decal sheet is printed in Italy for Revell, so presumably by Cartograph, although they don’t look up to the usual standard. They are well printed though, in good register and nicely opaque with very little carrier film except in each of the outline crosses. The decals are quite matt in appearance but should settle down well with the appropriate solutions. There two marking options provided:- Bf-109G-10 Erla W.Nr. 491446, flown by Major E Hartmann April 1945 Bf-109G-10 W.Nr. 152016 JG-300, Praha-Kbely AB, May 1945 Conclusion Revell should be very proud of themselves with these latest releases. They are beautifully moulded, appear quite easy to put together and have enough detail out of the box to satisfy most modellers. There is enough different in this release to be noticeable should the modeller have both versions, which of course you could since they are so reasonably priced. With the amount of aftermarket items released for the G-6 I can see the same happening for the G-10, so those modellers who want to gild the lily they shouldn’t have to wait long. Very highly recommended Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
  11. We've just had a delivery of kits n bits today including the latest from Airfix and AZ Models. From Airfix we have the new series 1 Hurricane kit (£5.20), which as the fabric wing version, with 3 bladed prop, in Battle of France markings. We also have the latest Airfix Lancaster (£21.50) which has options for a 'Tiger Force' Lanc with 50 cal machine guns, which tempts me greatly! From AZ Models we have the latest batch of Bf109G's. They are all Ltd Ed kits and each box has markings specific to one unit, JG3 Udet, JG5 Eismeer, JG300 Wilde Sau and non Luftwaffe (Romania, Yugoslavia, Slovakia), all priced at a mere £8.50 each!!! http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/airfix-105-c.asp http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/admiral-and-az-models-252-c.asp thanks Mike
  12. As well as the revised prices for the Hobby Boss 1/48 Ta152's and Fw190's, we've revised the prices of our remaining Me262 kits. The prices are as follows Me262 A-1a/U5 and U2 (V056) £9.25 each Me262 A-1a/U3 and A-1b £13.00 each. Please note that the UK RRP for these kits is £17! Our supplier of the really cheap Me262 kits has now run out of the Me262 A-1a/U5 kits (we bought the last ones!), so when we run out of them, that's it no more and we've only got a few left! Again like the other Hobby Boss kits, once we run out, we won't restock on any of them, unless any asks us for one or they are available extra cheap! We've got one A-1a/U3 and 2 A-1b's left and then they're gone too! http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/1hobbyboss-148--kits-117-c.asp thanks Mike
  13. This airframe is Me 163B-1a, Werknummer 191659 and RAF Air Ministry serial number AM215, "Yellow 15", was captured at Husum in 1945. Now at The National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, Scotland Pics thanks to Nigel Heath.
  14. When not building airliners, I do build other subjects... Like this one. An overall nice kit and my first attempt to paint mottle using the airbrush.
  15. We've just got in a few new kits from Special Hobby and AZ Models. Remember, they are all at discounted prices! First of all in 1/48, there's 2 new Special Hobby Firefly Mk I's, the first is the Royal Navy one, with 4 marking options from HMS Triumph, as used in the early part of the Korean War. The other has markings for foreign users - Netherlands, Ethiopia, Thailand and Canada. Also from Special Hobby in 1/72, we have the Royal Navy version of the Vought Vindicator - the Chesapeake, we also have a Post War PV-2D Harpoon and a captured Junkers W 34, used by the RAF as a hack aircraft. We've also now got the AZ Models 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf109G's in stock now. We've got the G-5, G6/R6, G-8 and G-14 in stock now. http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/ thanks Mike
  16. Hello, I´ve just finished my new kits. It´s 1/48 Eduard´s Bf 109 E-1. Pants: Gunze, Tamiya, Vallejo, Humbrol Lacquers: Gunze, Future. Happy new year to all :-)))))
  17. I'm thinking of getting some of these for myself, especially the G-5 and G-8, since I don't recall anyone else ever doing them. Would anybody else be interested if we stocked them? I would estimate the selling price for us to be about £11.50 each. If anyone wants any, please speak up and say which ones you would like and how many. Choices are as follows - G-5, G-6 (non Luftwaffe), G-6R/6, G-8 and G-14. They are supposed to be the new tech type kits similar to the Spitfire IX kits they did. thanks Mike
  18. Me.262 Wheels (648106 for Tamiya) 1:48 Eduard Brassin These wheels can be used for any boxing of Tamiya's 1:48 Me.262, and having used a set of Tamiya wheels on a Dragon 262, you can also use them on those, and that is a blessing, as the Dragon tyres are horrible. They have poor fitting hubs, and flexible "rubber" tyres that split and disintegrate in a surprisingly short time By the time I'd finished building my recent Dragon 262A-1/U4, the nose wheel tyre had fallen apart along the tread lines. I also have a few Hobby Boss 262s, and having just checked, they will also fit these kits, which is a good job, as I have four sets including the review sample! The HB tyres have a rather overdone radial banding on the sidewalls, and these replacements blow them out of the water. Arriving in a standard bubble-pack, inside are three highly detailed resin tyres, and three casting blocks containing six hub parts, two for each tyre. The tyres are superbly cast, with fine diamond tread blocks on the contact patch, and tyre data in relief on the sidewall. The hubs are similarly well detailed, with tiny spokes between the rim and hub body, axle holes, locking pins and brake hoses (on the main wheels) all moulded in. The hubs and tyres are both keyed, so that they fit together correctly, and if using the Tamiya kit, the keyed hole in the hubs will ensure correct positioning of the hub detail against the ground. There are no painting masks included in the kit, but they shouldn't be needed due to the separate hubs. Conclusion Lovely detail, simple construction and a vast improvement on the kit parts for all 1:48 262 kits really. You might need to do a little trimming or bulking out of the axles if you use them for other manufacturer's kits, but the effort will surely be worth it. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  19. Bf.110C-6 Zerstorer 1:48 Eduard The Bf.110 was twin engine heavy fighter of mid-30s design that was almost outdated by the start of WWII, but with successive upgrades was forced to continue right to the end of the war, although hopelessly outclassed by that time, and easy prey to later war designs. The C variant was the first production variant made in significant quantities, and ran with more powerful Daimler Benz 601 engines with the familiar upwards sweeping exhaust stacks. Seven sub-variants were built, the sixth having an experimental installation of a 30mm Mk./101 cannon in a blister under the nose, firing along a trough cut in the nose to give clearance for the short barrel and exiting shells. The standard lower nose armament was deleted, although the MG17s in the upper nose were retained, as was the MG15 in the rear of the cockpit glazing. Only a dozen airframes were converted to this specification, and saw limited service beginning in summer of 1940. They were quickly superseded, but flew on as second line aircraft in Russia and North Africa. The Kit Arriving in an standard Eduard box with an attractive painting of the subject, this is a standard 110C with resin and Photo-Etch (PE) additions to make the necessary alterations to portray this sub-type. Firstly, let's deal with my personal bias. Add a cannon under the nose to anything and I'll like it, even if this one is only 30mm! Now that's out of the way, the box contains seven sprues of blue/grey styrene, two of clear parts, a bag of resin parts, a sheet of PE, a sheet of yellow kabuki tape masks, two decal sheets, and of course the combined instruction booklet and painting guide. All-in-all a pretty comprehensive package, as we've come to expect from Eduard's limited editions. Construction follows along the same lines at the F model reviewed here, with a choice of two sets of fuselage halves, one having a longer tail fairing than the other. Both have the front section under the nose removed before any further work is done, in order to accommodate the resin parts. The cockpit is well detailed with a mix of styrene and PE parts, with a choice of PE or plastic instrument panels and side consoles, plus a set of PE seatbelts, all of which are pre-painted. The radio gear that the rear of the cockpit is assembled with PE faces replacing the moulded in detail of all the boxes, which must be sanded off before proceeding. The cockpit sidewalls are given a similar treatment, and it is all brought together to form a box that encloses the radio operator and rear-gunner's stations, to which the pilot's separate section is attached at the front. The pilot's sidewalls are detailed with more parts, and the fuselage is closed up with a mini-instrument panel added to the bracing between pilot on radio operator's stations. The gun-pack in the upper nose is built up and installed, and the lower bulkhead is adjusted with a C-shaped section cut out. The lower nose cowling is similarly butchered, with a large strip cut away, ending just short of the tip. Happily, this follows the line of a panel on the part (B10), so shouldn't be too difficult for even a relative newcomer to modelling. The upper cowling with two strengthening arches within is then added over the upper guns, and joined with the fuselage. A choice of rear guns and their fairings is included, as well as a gunsight for the pilot's use. The wings are standard, although a hole is drilled near the tip of part A1 for later use. The engine nacelles are made up from two halves with a pair of bulkheads trapped within, and the roof is moulded into the wing lowers, with some structure added before the nacelles are mated. Two sidewall parts add extra detail, and a choice of intakes in the underside is given by using different inserts. The wing mounted radiators are attached under the wings, just outboard of the engine nacelles, and have PE radiator faces added to the styrene parts, with a central brace, again made from PE. The wings and tails are added to slots on the side of the fuselage, and the ailerons are separate parts to be posed any way you like, while the elevators and H-tails have all their flying surfaces moulded in. A choice of tail wheel is included, with separate yoke to hold the single piece wheel in place. The main gear is nicely detailed and made up from eight parts plus a two-part wheel with radial tread. Scrap diagrams show the correct positioning of the wheels and the retraction mechanism for the landing gear, to assist with construction. Bay doors are added to each nacelle, pole, towel-rail and circular antennae are added to the underside of the fuselage, mass-balances to the ailerons, plus intakes and landing lights to the leading edges of the wings before the exhaust stacks are added to the nacelle sides. Made up from separate stacks of varying sizes and orientations, six assemble on four back-plates to be installed in the slots on the sides of the nacelles. The exhausts are not hollow lipped, and some small sink marks are present on the inner sides of the stacks, but this shouldn't show too much on the finished items. The props are single parts with a front and back part to the spinner, attaching to the nacelles with a short peg. Glazing on Old Ironsides is extensive, but Eduard have included a full set of masks for this and the wheels, so breathe a sigh of relief at this point. It is a complex arrangement, cherry-picking parts form two sprues, and adding some detail parts inside, which I'd suggest you use either PVA or GS-Hypo cement for. Separate parts are included to allow you to pose the canopy open or closed and the gun deployed with its glazing tipped back, so choose your parts carefully here. There are some options in antennae and armoured windscreen choices too, as well as a choice of the hinged panel around the gunner's position. Now for the fun stuff. At this point, although I'd seriously consider doing it before the wings are even on, you should have a nice trough running down the centre of the nose of your 110, into which the resin cut-out part should fit. The gun's suspension mount is included as a two-part assembly, which fits to the top of the combined breech and barrel part. The large circular magazine sits atop the breech, and could be changed by the crew if they were carrying spares. The gun is inserted into the fuselage with the barrel resting on a cradle, and a large PE part is laid around the opening in the lower fuselage, onto which the "boat" fairing is added. Two more PE strips interlock with the PE "gasket" to make up a hinge-like section. markings Only 12 airframes were made to this standard, and two of them are depicted in the decal options here. From the box you can build one of the following: Erpr.Gr.210 flown by E Beudel/H Diemer, Calais-Marck Air Bas, France, Summer 1940 – RLM70/71 splinter over RLM65 with blue/white ringed spinners. NJG1 Venlo Air Base, the Netherlands, February 1942 – all over black. All the decals are printed in the Czech Republic, with one sheet concentrating on the stencils, while the other larger sheet contains the national and unit markings. Broken Swastikas are included on the sheet, but in one corner are a complete pair, with dotted lines ready to be cut off depending on which territory they are heading into to comply with local laws. Decal quality is good, with good register, colour density and sharpness, although a couple of smaller red decals on the stencil sheet have some tiny smears on them, which could be cut off and would hardly then notice other than a slight blurring of the dotted lines. As mentioned earlier, a full set of masks are included for the canopy glazing, and for the wheels, which causes some consternation amongst our number. With these the task of getting a nice clear demarcation is greatly simplified. Conclusion Another great 110 kit, and a special edition with a big cannon to boot. The Eduard 110 is widely recognised as the best in this scale, and the quality of their resin is unquestioned, so this makes for a nice package. Don't hang about though, because it's a limited edition and won't be around forever! Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  20. We've just received the latest batch of Hobby Boss new releases in 1/48 and 1/72 and I think the 1/48 releases in particular are quite interesting! 1/48 First off we have the F-80 (P-80) Shooting Star. Looks very nice indeed in the box and comes with etch seatbelts. Next the Me262A-1a, finally Hobby Boss have released the standard fighter version of their excellent Me262 kit. Anyone who has any interest in the Me262 should get at least one of the Hobby Boss 262s! Lastly and I think the most interesting is the Fw190D-10. Fw190 uber experts may correct me but I think the D-10 existed only as a prototype with a different model of Jumo engine and the Ta152 tail. I'm also pretty sure that no one else (well mainstream anyway) does a kit of the D-10. It's a high quality kit, similar to their Ta152 series of kits and also comes with etch seat belts. http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/hobbyboss-148--kits-117-c.asp There is another 1/48 kit just out but I didn't think there would be much demand for it in the Uk and that is the YF-23 prototype. We haven't got that in stock but it can be ordered if anyone wants it. 1/72 In 1/72 all 3 releases are from the easy build range. Now I know a lot of people will stick their noses up at the easy build range but if you want a quick easy kit to practice painting on, then they are ideal. Some of them are reasonable models in their own right. I would also recommend them highly to anyone who wants to teach modelling to their kids (far better than ancient Airfix kits!) or anyone who is still new to the hobby and wants more practice before moving on to more complex (and expensive) kits. The trio of new releases are Peltyakov Pe-2, Ju87G-1 Stuka and Ju88C. http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/hobbyboss-172--kits-137-c.asp thanks Mike
  21. Hello fellaz, I have been away from the forum for quite some time cause of busy work schedule etc but I kept building models on and off so in the last few months I completed 4 and about to complete the 5th... Here is one of them: Regards
  22. BF110D & Bf110G-2 Weekend Editions 1:72 Eduard The menacing looking BF110 first took to the air in 1936 and despite performance shortcomings as opposing aircraft developed, it continued in production until near the end of the war. With delays of the DB600 series engines, it wasn’t until the C series that the performance was considered suitable in its intended role. The D model introduced the capability for much improved endurance in 1939 and initially the Bf110 notched up considerable success as heavy fighter and bomber escort over Poland, Norway and France,. When faced with the RAF in 1940 who were operating defensively over their own territory, tides were turned when it got mauled by the nimble single seat fighters during the Battle of Britain. The Bf110 was progressively improved by adding several refinements and significantly more power with the G model when the DB605 powerplant was introduced. Despite the improvements it was outclassed in Europe by day and relegated to night operations for the remainder of the war in this theatre where it found its niche attacking allied bomber streams. With the advent of airborne radar and the 110 being a stable heavy gun platform, it demonstrated significant success in this role. Following on from the Profipack sets, Eduard have released the D and G-2 versions of their superb Bf110 kits in 1:72 scale. The Weekend kits are simply the plastic included in the Profipack boxings but without the etch, masks and a stripped down decal sheet. There’s a great deal of extra and common parts included in both kits, so to save duplication, I’ll review the common parts first then review the unique elements of each kit following on. Both kits come in top opening boxes, although the G-2 kit is packaged in a much larger box for some reason. Instructions are provided in A5 booklet format with good clear diagrams to aid assembly. The sprues are bagged in pairs whist the clear sprue is individually bagged. Sprues common to both kits First impressions of these kits are excellent. The quality of moulding on the medium grey sprues is as good as it currently gets in injection plastic with a combination of fine recessed panel lines, rivets and raised detail where appropriate. There is virtually no flash and a pleasant lack of sink marks throughout. Ejector marks are restrained to areas that won’t be on show. There are several quite fine parts that will need some delicacy removing them from the sprues, however the attachment points are equally fine. Construction starts with the cockpit as you’d probably expect. The D & G versions have different cockpit arrangements, so each kit has unique cockpit floors and interior details. The cockpit assembly sits between the two fuselage halves which are again different for the two versions. The fuselage sprue for the G model however is also included in the D kit as it holds some common parts (as well as being the fuselage for the C Model on the C/D Profipack). With the fuselage assembled, the tailplane bolts straight to the rear with the two tails mating either end. The wing has a slight matt finish to the surfaces with beautifully recessed panel and restrained rivet detail. Separate ailerons are included if you choose to have these slightly offset. Whilst the cockpit framework differs on both aircraft, all the parts are located on a common sprue. The parts are thin with very flat panels giving minimum distortion when looking through them. The biggest drawback with the Weekend version in my opinion is the lack of paint masks. This is a rather complicated canopy arrangement and pre-cut masks would be a real contribution to retaining your sanity! Both treaded and untreaded wheels are included on the common sprues as is a selection of drop tanks and bombs, however given that both kits reviewed here are configured as heavy fighters, the bombs are surplus to requirements. BF110D Only The D version has a different fuselage due to having an extended tail to accommodate a life raft which I’m guessing was a welcome addition when operating over water for the crews. There is a cable visible down the port side of the fuselage to deploy the life raft. Another feature used on the D in some cases was a huge 1050 litre belly tank which was given the name Dackelbauch (Dachshunds belly!). The example modelled in this kit did indeed use it. As if this additional fuel wasn’t enough, the D could also carry a further two 900 litre wing drop tanks with fins which are also included on D model sprues. Whilst the instructions don’t show these being used, it does give the capability to show a rather well hung 110 should you so wish. The nacelles are contained on their own sprue. Separate intake inserts are included to mate to the nacelles. Panel lines are finely recessed to match the wings. The decals represent one aircraft, W.Nr.3148 of 2./ZG76 based in Norway in spring 1940. The content of the sheet are quite limited cared to the Profipack boxing, but I guess are to help keep the costs down. That said, there is no loss of print quality, register being spot on and print very sharp. BF110G-2 Only Whilst this utilises the common fuselage included in both kits, it does introduce a great variety in gun armament configurations. Unfortunately, due to the single decal option, only one set up is catered for. No less than 3 forward firing options are included on the sprues: 2 x MG 151s in a belly pack 4 x 21cm under-wing mortars 1 x 3.7 cm BK cannon a belly pack The version included in the decal option utilises the belly MG 151’s and rocket mortars. Given the greater power of the DB605B powerplant on the G series, wider chord props are provided in contrast with the rather skinny ones in the D boxing. Decals are included for an aircraft of 5./JG 1 based at Wells in Austria during 1943-44. Again, the decal sheet is rather reserved in quantity, but quality is superb. Conclusions The Eduard range of 1/72 BF110’s are quite superb. There are some small parts in the boxes, so probably not the best kit for beginners or young modellers, but Eduard have set out to produce the best kit in scale for modellers with some experience and succeeded. It’s good that they provide a low cost option in the Weekend guise as an alternative to the Profipack boxings, however as mentioned earlier, given the rather busy canopy framework, the lack of paint masks and reduced decal options may require you choose carefully as to which route to take. Review sample courtesy of
  23. Hi All, The first of my 3 (yes 3 ) builds will be the Heller 1/72 Messerschmitt BF109E.... First impressions of this kit don't seem too bad (for a kit older than I am - and not like the other two kits I'm building) the kit comes on 4 sprues and has the obligatory raised detail... The type of styrene used reminds me of recent new tool airfix kits - rather soft.... Seems to have minimal flash and a few nice details.... The kit will be built entirely out of the box (except maybe some nice new decals) Please find all sprue shots etc below - and please keep your expectations low....... Very very low......... The Box: Sprue 1 Sprue 2 Sprue 3 Sprue 4 The canopy (looking very thick) and decals (looking very yellow - the photo compliments them.....)........ Not forgetting the one sheet covers all instructions.............. Any help and advice from those who have already built this kit would be appreciated.... However accuracy isn't one of my priorities - finishing this to a decent standard (hopefully......) is............... Thanks Tuco
  24. Meng Model: http://www.meng-mode...x2ss.php?id=168 New 1/48th Messerschmitt Me.410B-2/U4 Hornisse by Meng (ref. LS-001) - on sale in October December 2012! Advertisement published in the German magazine Modellfan http://www.modellfan.de/ Source: http://www.master194...php?f=3&t=71577 And one day at LM and HE http://www.luckymode...em_no=MG-LS-001 http://www.hobbyeasy...jdiudpjiyu.html V.P.
  25. It's almost time to get our order in for Eduard's May releases and I need to know if anyone is interested so I can order enough in. The kits due for release are the 1/48 Bf109E-7/Trop and the 1/72 Bf110D weekend. Same as usual, we'll be aiming for 15% off UK RRP, it's not a guarantee but we usually are there or thereabouts! thanks Mike
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