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  1. I’ve stalled on the Zero I’ve been building for various reasons, but I’m planning on getting back on with that shortly, but in the meantime I wanted to get a little bit of building done, and had picked up the recent Wingsy Kits A5M Claude, and fancied putting it next to the Zero in the cabinet one day, as one led to the other – I’ll let you decide which one. I’d not heard much about Wingsy (another Ukrainian company - take care folks!) before, so I was interested to see what was in the box. It’s good stuff, actually, and there’s lots of detail in there, so I set off building it. The cockpit was a breeze to put together apart from the floor “window”, which I thinned down to get rid of a little sink-mark, then polished it up back to transparency before fitting it with GS-Hypo. I’ll cut a mask before I get to priming it – I hope! (edit: I did) The quantity of PE in the cockpit is good, and it all goes in well, especially now I’ve rediscovered my sticky-pick that I found on eBay some years ago for a few shekels. I also made up the engine, as that’s going to be put in pretty soon, and that too worked out nicely, apart from when I snapped off a couple of the push-rods, so had to replace those with 0.5mm rod, which should look identical once they’re painted. The cowling was prepped too, and the aft section that has the cooling flaps was thinned out substantially to give it a more realistic look, and I also separated the tips of the flaps too, just to finish it off. The exhausts are solid, or at least they were until I did a thing with my Galaxy Model motor tool, reaming them out with a rounded-end bit and finishing it off with a pointed bit to get the wall thickness somewhere near. They’re not as good as the genuine metal ones that Wingsy themselves made, but once I’ve painted them, they should look ok. A smoothed off the interior with some liquid glue and then went for my tea. I've been mucking about finishing off some sub-assemblies and preparing the instrument panel, as I'm using the PE and film option, so I thinned down the plastic panel, even though the instructions seem to tell you it's an either/or situation. I wouldn't have a clue how to use just the PE part, as there's nothing to attach it to the bulkhead with. I've thinned down the plastic IP as much as I dare and have attached it to the bulkhead under the gun breeches, ready to receive the panel and film once the paint is on. Speaking of wings (were we?), I glued them together after drilling out the holes I needed to, and was going to install the clear wingtip lights until I discovered they have sink-marks in the centres. Rather than try to fix that, I elected to replace them with clear acrylic, but as I can't find my sheet, I've had to order a new one. I'll cut small pieces, glue them on and file them back to shape, polish them, then put two-part masks on, as the Claud had a third strip of frame that ran along the leading edge, which is unusual for WWII type lights, but worth noting. I'll mask off the lenses and let the primer, top coats and varnish build up the frame thickness. Should work Not much to show for my effort yet, other than a bunch of sub-assemblies, which you can see below, a pic I took before I attached them mall to sticks for priming. More nonsense as it happens, or shortly after.
  2. Hi everyone! Culminating a very unproductive modelling year, I finished yesterday this one. It’s Wingsy kits Bf.109 E-1 model in 1/48, using some Kagero decals for the pilots personal markings, the white charging bull and the Mickey cartoon. The pilot was Oblt. Karl Ebbighausen, from JG 26 in the mid of 1939, few months/weeks before the outbreak of WW2, and who previously done a commission in Spain with Legion Condor (hence the markings). This is a great kit, only let down is the excessive use of PE for parts that could have been in plastic. Hope you like it and wish you a splendid 2022
  3. Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 Emil (05-07) 1:48 Wingsy Kits 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 the 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 power plant. During its 30 year career, more than 33,000 were built, a record that will probably never be beaten. The Kit This is a brand new tool form Wingsy. It is a shorter run kit in that the production run is not as large as other companies and the sprues themselves are smaller, and there are not as many tiny parts as some kits. The qality of the moulding is first rate though, better in fact than some other 109s in my stash. Construction starts with the cockpit. The rudder pedals are built up and added to the cockpit floor, followed by the seat complete with PE belts. The trim wheels, control column and oxygen regulator are then fitted. The front bulkhead complete with oil tank is fitted. To both side panels detail parts are added. The instrument panel has the gunsight fitted. All instruments are provided as decals. The complete cockpit can now be assembled, Next up a few subassemblies of the propeller, prop boss and main landing gear are built up. The fuselage can then be closed up with the cockpit going between the two sides, the rear deck for the cockpit then going on, the rudder and tail wheel part fitting at the rear, and at the front an engine block, and the front top deck with the two machine guns behind it. At the front the boss for the prop is fitted. The last item to be added here is the engine air intake. We now move onto the wing. There is a single part lower wing, with left/right uppers. Before closing the wings up the wheel wells need to be built up. Once assembled the wing tips can be glued on. The wings can the be fitted along with the front under engine cowling and its oil cooler. The tailplanes are fitted at the rear, and the radiators are fitted to the wings. At the front the engine exhaust stubs are fitted to either side. All of the flying control surfaces are now added with the flaps, slats, ailerons and tail control surfaces being separate parts that the modeller can fit as they want. To finish off the wheels are put on their axles, along with the canopies (the pilots head armour being added from PE and plastic parts), aerials, pitot tubes and balance horns go on, they lastly at the front, the propeller. Markings The glossy decal sheet is printed by Decograf and looks sharp and in register. There are four decal options available from the decal sheet; Stab I./JG51 - Josef "Pips" Priller. Speyer, Germany 1939 WNr. 3356, I./JG51 Heinz "Pritzl" Priller Bar, Early Battle of France, 1939. II./JG26 Staffelkaptin Fritz Losigkeit Werl, Germany 1940. WNr 3413, 5./JG26 Lt Hans Krug, Marquise, France 1940. Conclusion It is good to see a new tool of this most famous aircraft, which should do well for Wingsy. I'm not a 109 experten, but it looks to be a well detailed and engineered kit. Highly recommended. Review samples courtesy of
  4. Wingsy Kits is to release in 2018 a 1/48th Mitsubishi Ki-51 Type 99 "Sonia" kit - ref. D5-04 Sources: http://www.wingsykits.com/2017/01/11/happy-new-year-2017/ https://www.facebook.com/Wingsykits/photos/a.960175350764469.1073741827.942347975880540/1191339720981363/?type=3&theater V.P.
  5. The assortment of our store is replenished by the manufacturer Wingsy Kits! Japanese aircraft of World War II! Regards, Amarket www.amarket-model.com
  6. Hi comrades! Here is my build of Wingsy Kits Sonia. It's my second try on this kit, the first one is somewhere in the forum. The Sonia is not the simplest kit to build, but some rules and some tips may be helpful. So - here is the kit, the marking option and some references in use I followed two simple rules during the build: 1) Remove the micro-flash ( I marked it on the photo - before and after cleaning). It's limited run kit, and this is result of technology limitations. This micro flash looks not important, but it widens the part exactly to not allow it to sit on place... 2. Dry fit everything! 3. I deepened the intended places for cockpit ribs (see the picture) to make the cockpit assembly slimmer 4. The best way to dry fit the fuselage assembly - to do it on the assembled wing... The result so far - main assembly completed, some additional assemblies - propeller, engine - painted and almost ready. Important: I highlighted the gap on forward fuselage - it intended to be here! Thanks for looking!
  7. Hi comrades! I got this beauty from Hannants two weeks ago. I'll start it immediately (just one day to finish the Canberra). Everything I need is in the box-brass and masks. Plastic looks fantastic! I have two reference books. And, yes, I choose the crazy camouflage... Thanks for looking
  8. A new Ukrainian start-up, Wingsy Kits (http://www.wingsykits.com/), is to release a new tool injected plastic with PE 1/48th Mitsubishi A5M2b "Claude" (late version) kit - ref.D5-01 There's a similar project by Fine Molds for July 2016: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235000793-148-mitsubishi-a5m2-ab-claude-by-fine-molds-box-art-release-july-2016/ Source: http://www.greenmats.club/topic/1728-wingsy-kits-a5m2b-claude-late-version/ V.P. Thanks Tali!
  9. Wingsy Kits IJN Type 96 carrier-based fighter IV A5M4 “Claude” 1/48, assembly complete.
  10. Hi, some photos of my A5M Claud! Really nice kit from young Ukrainian company Wingsy Kits. Highly recommended! WIP can be found at our forum but there are not so many photos.
  11. After the A5M2b "Claude" (late version) (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235000512-148-mitsubishi-a5m2b-type-96-claude-late-version-by-wingsy-kits-released/) , Wingsy Kits is to release in February 2017 a 1/48th A5M4 Type 96 fighter IV "Claude" kit - ref.D5-02 Sources: http://www.wingsykits.com/product/d5-02-ijn-type-96-carrier-based-fighter-iv-a5m4-claude-148/ http://www.wingsykits.com/2017/01/11/happy-new-year-2017/ https://www.facebook.com/Wingsykits/photos/a.961746970607307.1073741830.942347975880540/1191337384314930/?type=3&theater V.P.
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