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  1. After making my first model in 15 years, I have caught the bug again! (see my related post for my first Spitfire build)... I always wanted to do an Me109, so I bought the new tool kit: I wanted to improve on my Spitfire, and try new tips from various model forums. This time, I brush-painted with Humbrol Enamel paint. I also used the new Humbrol Clear varnish, applied after painting to help with decals, which were also applied using Humbrol DecalFix. To finish off, I sprayed a light coat of Humbrol Acrylic Matt varnish from a spray-can, to take it back to a matt finish; I painted according to the given instructions, in the colours of Franz von Werra's machine from the Battle of Britain. A few of the small parts were damaged trying to remove them from the sprue. One of the elevator supports snapped when trying to remove it from the sprue, so I had to do a fix, which worked fine. The aerial pole over the canopy also snapped, and is a bit crooked; and I didn't even attempt to fit the tiny fixings under the wings - these just disintigrated trying to get them off the sprue! I also left off some of the small stencil decals. As it is only 1/72 scale, I didn't want to make the finish too 'crowded'. Anyway, my second model after gap of 15 years...here are the pics: And here it is together with my first build, the Spitfire Mk1a...once enemies in the Battle of Britain
  2. As well as the new Eduard 1/72 Bf110G-4 and 1/48 F-15A/C 'Fighting Eagles' we have the latest Eduard Brassin in 1/48 and 1/72. This includes the 1/48 GBU-24 Paveway III's and Russian Alamo-C missiles, also in 1/72 the Ju88 Wheels. We also have the latest 1/48 and 1/72 Masks and Zoom etch sets, including both for the Trumpeter MiG-21F-13 kit. There's also a couple of new kits in - the Trumpeter 1/48 MiG-23MF Flogger B and in 1/72 the Hobby Boss Sukhoi PAK-FA T-50 stealth fighter. All at discounted prices! http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/ thanks Mike
  3. Messerschmitt Bf 110G2 Profipack 1:72 Eduard Designed to fulfil a German Air Ministry requirement for a long-range, twin-engined combat aircraft, the Bf 110 was Messerschmitts interpretation of the zerstörer or heavy fighter concept. Following the prototypes first flight in 1936, it saw off competing designs from Arado, Focke-Wulf and Henschel and was in service by the outbreak of war in 1939. Fitted with the same engines as the Bf 109E, the Bf 110 was a powerful aircraft and was very well armed in comparison with its counterparts. Despite early successes in Poland, the inadequacy of the Bf 110 as a fighter was exposed by the RAF during the Battle of Britain, resulting in heavy losses. The aircrafts Achilles heel was its lack of manoeuvrability. This aspect of the design was not improved to any degree in later versions, and for this reason the Bf 110 found itself utilised in other roles such as fighter bomber and night fighter. The aircraft was particularly successful in this last role, mainly due to its stability and heavy armament. The Bf 110G-2 was one of the last variants and was equipped with powerful DB605B engines. Although useful as a fighter bomber, the G-2 was capable of carrying a fearsome 37mm cannon under the fuselage, which turned it into an effective bomber destroyer. Such is the quality of their output these days, that each new kit from Eduard seems to find its way straight to the top of the pile. This was the case with their 1:72 Hellcat series, released in 2010, as well as their family of Bf 110s, of which this is the latest iteration. Put simply, Eduard kits have become a byword for exquisite detail and superb engineering. Their latest kit arrives packed into a surprisingly large top-opening box adorned with an attractive image of a 37mm armed G2 flying through a formation of B-17s. Inside the sturdy box are six sprues moulded in slate grey/blue coloured plastic. This makes a nice change to Eduards usual (but if Im honest, rather unattractive) light olive coloured plastic. There is also a single circular sprue moulded in clear plastic. As this is a profipack edition, the plastic parts are accompanied by a small fret of pre-painted photo etched parts and a set of die-cut paint masks. The instruction book is a glossy, stapled A5 affair and it includes full-colour painting diagrams. All together, the overall impression is of a superb quality package. There is plenty of spare room in the box though, so if you are planning on buying some of Eduards Brassin accessories for the kit, youll have plenty of space for them! The quality of the plastic parts is second to none. The mouldings are clean and crisp and there is no trace of flash and no sink marks. Eduard have packed in plenty of detail and parts such as the cockpit sidewalls and radio sets are comparable to resin items. The surface detail on the outside of the airframe is just as good. It is comprised of recessed panel lines and delicately engraved rivet and fastener detail, and it looks absolutely cracking. The cockpit is made up of what seems like dozens of plastic and photo etched parts. The cockpit floor serves as the platform for construction, and to this are added the seats, radio set, instrument panel, rudder pedals, control column and throttles. As this is a profipack edition, photo etch parts are provided to help things along, and as well as seat harnesses, there are replacement details for the instrument panel, rudders, radio and throttles. To save you filing the raised detail off of the plastic instrument panel, a blank version is provided for use with the photo etched parts. A nicely moulded twin-barrelled MG 81Z is provided, complete with a photo etched ring and bead gun sight. The wings are moulded with a single lower span and separate port and starboard upper spans. The ailerons are provided as separate parts, although the landing flaps are not. The engine cowlings are each moulded in two vertical halves with additional parts for the chin intakes. Once the wings have been assembled, the fuselage should just drop into place. The nose, which houses four machine guns, is moulded separately. The tail planes are nicely moulded but, unlike the wings, the control surfaces are moulded in place. Once the basic airframe is together, its time to fit the canopy. This is a complex jobbie, moulded in no fewer than eight parts. It can be posed in either open or closed positions, and quite frankly it would have been a travesty if this hadnt been the case, given all the detail in the cockpit. Care will need to be taken adding the armoured windscreen though, as any smears of glue will be obvious. As mentioned above, this is a profipack edition, so a full set of canopy masks has been included. Turning the model over, the underwing radiators are each made up of three parts and, as with the rest of the kit, they are beautifully detailed. The main undercarriage legs are each made up of no fewer than five parts, with optional photo etched scissor links thrown in for good measure. The main gear wheels are moulded in vertical halves. The airscrews and hubs look very good too, as do the engine exhausts. There are a number of small parts included to cover the final details, including the aileron balance weights and various aerials and antennae. An optional photo etched part is provided for the DF loop A good amount of ordnance is included. There are bombs and bomb racks for under the fuselage and wings, as well as auxiliary fuel tanks. There are also single and twin 21cm rocket tubes, the aforementioned 37mm cannon pack and a twin 20mm cannon pack. Eduard are usually pretty generous with the decal options in their profipacks, and this is no exception. Choices are provided for the following four aircraft: Bf110G-2 of 4./ZG 76, Prague, Czechoslovakia, Spring 1944; Bf110G-2 of 5./ZG1, Monte Covino, Italy, Summer 1943; Bf110G-2 of 10./ZG 26 (III.JG 5), Gossen, Norway, Spring 1945; and Bf110G-2 of 5./ZG 1, Wells, Austria, Winter 1943-44. Each option is illustrated with a four-view profile as well as a detailed illustration of the nose artwork. The decals look crisp, thin and glossy and the colours used are nice and bold. Conclusion Eduards Messerschmitt Bf110 series is now the definitive family of kits of the type by quite some distance. The level of detail Eduard have packed in is superb and the engineering is excellent. Add the photo etch parts and masks into the mix, and you have the complete package. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. We've managed to get our hands on 4 of the long discontinued Eduard Me410A-1/B-1 Schnellbomber Profipacks. The boxes are a bit worn but are intact and all the kits look to be complete and unstarted (still in sealed plastic bags). The kits are the excellent Fine Molds Me410 kits with a load of aftermarket thrown in. You get 2 additional Vac Form canopies (you still get the kit canopy too), a sheet of (non-colour) etch, loads of resin parts and what looks like 3 sets of canopy mask (hard to see but I think there is 3 masks!). They are ex shop stock from one of our suppliers and we got all they had left so once they are gone, we'll get no more! Price is £26.00, which isn't bad considering the Fine Molds kit sold for around £20! It's also less than they were being sold for by our supplier! http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/02eduard-172--kits---profipack-132-c.asp thanks Mike
  5. Well this is my second WIP thread, and will be my fourth model of the year. Many will not count my Revells Micro Wings as they are small simple kits, but as a returnee to modelling, they have helped me get back in the swing of things, and also my Tornado GR1 1/144. So in a bigger scale (and more than likely the scale I will stay with due to space/finance etc) this is my 1/72 Messerschmit BF 109E 4, from Airfix. I hope I am not biting off more than I can chew, as I have read about wing dihedralm issues, problems removing some of the smaller parts from the sprues etc, and also the fact that the Airfix painting instructions are incorrect apparently for the aircraft designation the kit portrays. For these reasons, I am going to be very careful removing any parts (something I thought would make sense all the time anyway), and it is also going to painted in a scheme I decide upon, using the kit decals, so will in effect be fictitious. So, as I am likely to start this tomorrow, for now, there is only the obligatory Box and sprue shot. More to follow tomorrow hopefully.
  6. Bf.109E Cockpit & Radio Compartment 1:48 Eduard Brassin The new Eduard 109 is (for me) the definitive 109 in 1:48, so I won't witter on about how good it is too much. It raises the level of detail to new levels for an injection moulded kit, but as always you can improve on the detail with some carefully moulded resin parts. The set arrives in Eduard's standard box for the larger Brassin sets, and once you've pulled out all the foam blocks and that usual bright-blue pan scourer (why?), you're presented with four bags of parts. Three of them contain finely crafted resin parts in two shades of grey, while the final bag contains two small (5cm x 3.6cm) Photo-Etch (PE) frets, one of which is pre-painted. The instruction booklet is a little more involved than the usual sets, due to the number of parts and relatively complex build process of this one. As usual with Eduard's resin, the casting blocks are sensibly placed and minimalistic, with the exception of the main cockpit tub, radio boxes and the front bulkhead. You will need a razor saw to liberate these chunks from their parts. Construction starts with the pre-painted seatbelts being built up and added to the superbly fine pilot's seat. This is then installed in the cockpit tub, and a pair of braces added in PE to each side. The control column is resin, while the perforated rudder pedals are supplied as PE parts with foot straps to fold into place. The cockpit sidewalls are thin resin sheets, curved to the shape of the fuselage, with ribbing and instrument detail moulded in. The O2 bottle, shroud and regulator are cast in one piece, but don't think that this means less detail. The part is very fine, and looks superb as it is, with only a short curved length of hose added to finish it off. The front bulkhead slots into the front of the cockpit floor, enclosing the area nicely, and the bottom section of the instrument panel is made up from two laminated PE parts, extra levers & switches, attached to a resin backing piece. The radio bay is next, and this is mostly complete, in a C-shaped 3cm section of the fuselage, complete with ribbing and wiring detail. To this is added the radio gear, on the floor of the fuselage, as well as suspended by a pair of mounts in the top and bottom of the fuselage. You will of course need to remove the radio bay access panel from the fuselage, and Eduard have sensibly provided a replacement made from two PE parts - the outer skin, and strengthening framework. The two sections are then installed in the kit fuselage, after the moulded in cockpit sidewalls have been scraped away to accommodate the resin replacements. Two different upper instrument panel sections are supplied for an open or closed nose, with the open nosed option having the choice of exposed instrument backs, or a cover protecting them from the rigors of being so close to the nose armament. The closed nose part is simply a flat backing piece, and all options receive the two-part laminated panel, and the kit gun-sight to finish them off. PE details are also included for the canopy, to replace the head-armour, adding some fine support brackets and resin head cushion, finishing off with a cockpit opening lever on the port side. Colour call-outs are given throughout in Gunze codes in acrylic or enamel, which are in turn converted to simple colour names and RLM numbers where appropriate. Conclusion This set is perfect for the super-detailer or the diorama builder, as it takes the cockpit to the highest level of detail, and adds detail in the fuselage that would normally be unseen in most models. The small door in the side of the fuselage to access the radio gear will lead to a rarely glimpsed area of the 109, and I only hope it lets in enough light to do it justice. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Messerschmitt Bf110C/D ProfiPACK 1:72 Eduard Also see Paul's review of the Eduard Bf110e ProfiPACK HERE Not as famous as it's more agile stable mate, the Bf109, the Bf110 has a mixed history of success. First flying in 1936 as a proposed 'zerstorer' (meaning destroyer), tests with proposed DB600 engines demonstrated that it was faster than the 109B as well as its rivals, however development issues on these engines delayed their availability resulting in the A/B versions being powered by the less capable Jumo 210 engines which significantly restricted performance. Interestingly, work was underway before the outbreak of war to replace the 110 with the 210, however development issues with this aircraft meant that the 110 soldiered on and remained in service throughout the war. The C version was the first major production series and made use of the DB601 engines when they became available giving an impressive top speed in excess of 330mph. Early experience was soon to prove the capability of the 'zerstorer' when unchallenged. Success in Poland, Norway and France in the bomber escort and heavy fighter role was achieved due to the class of aircraft it was up against. The tide was turned however when it was put to the same use over Britain. Escorting the bombers during the Battle of Britain, it suffered badly at the guns of the Spitfires and Hurricanes to the extent that as well as escorting the bombers, it became escorted itself by 109's. Its weakness against modern fighters resulted in it being withdrawn from offensive operations over Europe and moved to the night fighter role intercepting British Bombers in which it was well suited. Its airframe enabled the carriage of radar equipment and it was a stable gun platform to perform this role to which it did until the end of the war. The kit If you've come across any of Eduard's Profipacks then you'll probably be expecting this kit to be a little gem. Guess what ? You'd be right ! The kit comes in a sturdy top opening box with great artwork and side profiles of the variants included along one edge. Inside the box, you'll find no less than 7 olive coloured sprues and a rather impressive clear sprue. The instructions are provided on an A5 glossy coloured booklet which is another indication of the quality standards that you have here. Being the Profipack version, you also get a photo-etch sheet and paint masks for the rather complicated canopy. If you have used these before, you'll wonder how you ever managed without them ! Eduard has really set the benchmark here. The quality of the moulding is excellent. Where necessary, the fine parts are extremely thin so this probably isn't the kit to choose for beginners, so it does differentiate itself somewhat when compared to the more 'chunky' new Airfix kit. There are over 160 parts included to put some perspective on things. Building the kit starts in the traditional way with the cockpit. This really is one of the most comprehensive 1/72 cockpits I've ever seen. The impressive side walls are formed into the fuselage halves. You have the choice of using the etch parts or building without and the sub assembly is built up on the floor part to include three seats, bulkheads, radio gear and ammunition. Etch parts are available to replace the pilots panel, radio gear face panels, rudder pedals, seatbelts, throttles and even the sights for the rear facing machine gun. The cockpit subassembly locates between the fuselage halves along with yet more detail including inserts to fill the wing root and side control panels for the pilot. At this stage, you need to ensure that you've decided on the version you want to build. There are two different fuselages, the D version differing from the C version by having a longer tail fairing that housed a life raft. The exterior detailing on the fuselage continues with the same vein of quality. Very fine recessed panel lines and incredibly restrained rivets are visible. Whilst you could argue that any panel lines on 1/72 scale aren't realistic, I'm very impressed with what Eduard have achieved here, certainly something other manufacturers can learn from. The wings are mated together next. Unfortunately, there's no option to have the flaps lowered, but the ailerons are separate parts so can be fitted slightly offset if you choose. Engine nacelles are provided in two halves with the lower intakes being added after joining the halves up. The interior detail in the wheel wells is pleasing, however it will probably be easier to paint prior to assembly, so make a note to check at this stage what you intend to do. The radiators have both front and rear grills that sit in the recesses on the underside of the wings with the radiator housing fitting over the top on each wing. The nose gun pack is another sub assembly which is then fitted to the front of the assembled fuselage. If you want this open and the guns on display, it's not possible from the kit but there is a resin replacement to do this available from Eduard as part of their aftermarket range. The main undercarriage is quite a complicated affair. Each main gear strut has 4 parts to it, with the option of an etch oleo scissor. These are designed to be able to slot in after nacelle assembly which is useful. The high standard of detail continues with the additional parts. The wheels, props, gear doors and exhausts are all finely reproduced. A variety of external fuel/armament loads are supplied in the kit. A huge 'Dackelbauch' belly tank that was carried by some D versions as well as two large wing tanks and two bombs housed under the belly. Some additional wing tanks and smaller bombs are included too, I suspect generically for other versions sharing the same sprues. The prominent loop aerial is supplied in two guises, injection moulded as standard or you can use the etch replacement. On to the clear parts. With so much detail crammed into the cockpit, you wouldn't want to hide it all behind a closed canopy, so Eduard have provided the options to have both front and rear canopies open. The parts are superbly clear and distortion free and remember you have a set of masks to make painting a much more pleasurable experience ! Incidentally, paint masks are also provided to assist painting the wheels. The decals One of the great things about eduard's Profipacks is the decals they provide. No less than 5 schemes are available in this pack provided on two sheets. The quality of print is....as you guessed, superb, with some very fine details including a huge collection of stencils. One of the schemes has green squadron codes, these aren't quite as vivid as the other coloured codes for some reason when inspected under a daylight lamp close up. Decals are also included for the instrument panels as another option if you don't like etch parts and these are quite superb with very intricate detail and coloured where necessary. The instruction sheet provides a separate instruction for the location of the stencil decals such is the number that are included. The following options are included: Bf110d, W.Nr. 3406, 9./ZG 26 based at Trapani, Sicily in 1941 - carrying large wing tanks and bombs under the fuselage Bf110d, W.Nr. 3148, 2.ZG 76, Based in Norway 1940 carrying the huge Dackelbauch belly tank BF110c, "n+AP, 9./ZG 76 Bf110c, 1./NJG3, North Africa 1941 Bf110c, W.Nr.3602, Stab II./ZG 76, flown by Maj. Erich Groth Conclusion This is a very comprehensive kit and quite stunning in every respect. Being the Profipack, you get everything you need to make a stunning representation straight out of the box. The quality of the moulding, the clarity of the instructions and the additional contents really make this kit stand out. As mentioned earlier, this probably isn't a kit for beginners due to the many delicate parts included, but if you're not put off by etch and small parts, it would be rude not to have one in your collection ! You can see that Eduard have put a lot of thought into the kit and stamped their quality standards all over it. My only dilemma now is deciding whether to build this or the 1/48 one I have in the stash too ! Review sample courtesy of
  8. Messerschmitt BF 109E-4 Eduard 1:48 Profipack Edition The BF 109 has inherited quite a legendary status and when you look into its service career, it's certainly obvious why. Viewing the design in retrospect, it looks just like a typical fighter of the WWII era, but it was more than that, it was the very platform that the single seat fighter format was born from. Powerful engine, monocoque airframe, all metal construction, enclosed cockpit and retractable gear this was unheard of before hand, it was radical, not typical in the 1930's. Its birth wasn't perfect however, to achieve its performance, some sacrifices were made, particularly in the landing gear arrangement and high wing loading having a negative effect on landing speeds compared to the competition at the time. This inherent design issue was never fully cured and it's estimated that at least 10% of all 109's were lost in take off accidents. Early models (A-D) were powered by the Junkers jumo engine with outputs of around 700hp. The aircraft was first used in combat during the Spanish Civil War where many lessons were learned and these would be later put to good use in battles over France and Britain. The E or Emil model broke the mould in 109 development by changing to the more powerful Daimler Benz DB 601 engine of around 1080hp, a significant step in performance and also in armament due to the introduction of 20mm cannon. By 1939, all earlier variants had been replaced in frontline service. As the variants progressed, so did the level of armour protection for the pilot. Another critical element to improve survivability was the use of twin radiators with cut off valves meaning that if one radiator was damaged, the other could be used to keep it airborne. The Emil was the primary Luftwaffe fighter until 1941 when the F model became widely available with more powerful engine although a few managed to see combat in the Battle of Britain. For an aircraft that broke the mould with fighter technology and performance in the mid 30's, it's evolution meant that whilst it's design had exhausted improvement capability towards the end of the war, it stayed in operational use until 1965 in Europe in the guise of the Spanish licence built HA 1112 using the Merlin powerplant. During its 30 year career, more than 33,000 were built, a record that will probably never be beaten. The kit If you've come across the E-1 or E-3 kits from Eduard, then you will be familiar with the format here. You'll also know how damn good the kit is ! Packaged in the usual format, the top opening box is packed with goodies in the Profipack version. Two bags of brown plastic sprues (4 sprues in total) are complemented by a fret of clear parts separately wrapped, two photo etch frets and a sheet of canopy paint masks which if you've tried, you probably don't want to build a model again without them ! Even the instructions are beautifully produced in glossy paper using multi-colours. Let's look at the big bits first. The fuselage and wing panel detailing are some of the best available. Panel lines are carefully recessed, there's no over engineering here, pure precision. Not content with panel lines, Eduard have taken the detailing further by adding even finer rivets to the surfaces where appropriate so you won't be needing your rivet tool. You have the option of either having the engine on display or the cowlings closed which we'll come to later. All the control surfaces are moulded separately, so you get the freedom to fix them how you like so you won't be needing your razor saw either ! The fabric control surfaces are beautifully moulded with the taught fabric effect and detailed ribbing. After a good look for flash and sink marks, I couldn't find any worth noting. Construction starts with the cockpit interior and chin radiator. The instructions here are very clear and show using red colouring where plastic parts need to be sanded or removed to make way for etch parts if you choose. The detail in the tub is exquisite, no chunky plastic here, even the injection moulded trim wheels look to scale thickness. Panels, seatbelts and rudder pedals are brought to life with coloured etch additions. Moving onto the engine and nose gun pack, here you'll find the same attention to detail as in the office. The engine is fully replicated with precise plastic parts. Decals are even supplied to provide serial numbers for the engines. The rear bulkhead assembly that includes the nose guns is fitted to the completed engine and the whole lot fitted between the fuselage halves along with the cockpit tub. The exhaust stubs are individually moulded, again the quality goes as far as having the welded seams and cleverly manufactured openings. Be aware that these are intentional seams and not mould flash ! I had to read the instruction a few times to get my head around the options for either having the engine installed or not. Instructions to build the engine are on page 4, however if you choose to have the covers closed, you still need part of the engine building to secure the covers to. Instructions for this option are on page 10, so some flicking through the booklet is required to plan your build. With the fuselage assembled, attention moves to the wings. The radiators are blessed with etched mesh both front and rear. The wheel bay interiors are provided by means of separate parts that fit to the lower wing. With the wings sealed up, the flaps, ailerons and slats can be fitted unless you prefer to leave them off until after painting. Various external detailing delights include etch trim levers, aerials and balance tabs. The wheels are some of the best I've seen in a kit, separate tyres and two part hubs mean they will look pretty special when painted. There's some fine detailing even on the exterior of the aircraft, so care is needed if you want to have them all attached and not lost in the carpet. The clear parts are as good as the rest of the kit. Two windscreen options are provided, one with a hole for a gunsight to fit through. If you choose this option, even more care will be necessary as there are 3 etch parts as well as the sight that fit into the windscreen assuming you want to fit them. Gluing and painting them may produce a few words that the dictionary doesn't include ! More etch and rear armour give the hinged canopy a realistic look, again lots of care needed here, but well worth the patience. When it comes to painting, the instructions have good clear guides for applying the canopy masks. The Decals In keeping with the detail and quality provided on the sprues, the decals are stunning. Printed by Cartograf, the colours are sharp and in perfect register. The squadron emblems are some of the best produced decals I've come across for sharpness and richness of colour. No less than 5 schemes are catered for and a separate sheet of stencils is included. The markings sheet provides a number of different cross styles to cover the range of aircraft and Swastika's are supplied. The options are: 1. W.Nr. 5587, Ofw. Fritz Beeck, 6/JG 51, Wissant France, August 1940 2. W.Nr 5344, Maj Helmut Wick, JG 2, Beaumont France, November 1940 3. Lt. Josef Eberle, 9/JG 54, Netherlands, August 1940 4. W.Nr. 1480, Oblt. Franz von Werra, JG 3, Wierre-au-Bois, France, September 1940 5. W.Nr. 5819, Obstlt. Adolf Galland, JG 26, Audembert France, December 1940 Conclusion This really is a fine kit. The detail is second to none and what you get in the kit is excellent value. Bearing in mind that you get additional etch parts and paint masks as well as 5 decal options to choose from, it would be rude not to have one ! Eduard have produced an icon here, some of the best detail available in a kit yet still reasonably priced around the £20 mark. Some of the detail may challenge novice builders such as the etch and delicate fine parts, but the great thing is that you could omit some of this if you chose and it would still look great. Review sample courtesy of
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