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  1. Peter Marshall

    1/32 F-104C Vietnam

    Completely missed the STGB, oops, but seems reasonable to post it here. Started this over the last couple of days, and finally got to the point where there's something to show I also have the full Brassin set - consisting of Seat, Nozzle and wheels Work unsurprisingly starts in the cockpit, the first stage with the Brassin is replacing the seat rails with the resin replacement, complete with a couple of PE spacers Then primed with Black Styrenex primer, followed by Mr Hobby Aircraft Grey as a base Then started painting and weathering the seat and cockpit floor - not started on the actual cockpit yet, and the seat is simply slotted in the rails for the moment Peter Today's work on the Missile with a Man in it - Added the final PE parts to the Seat Then finished off the cockpit - the moulding on the parts is a little soft in places but still effective Peter
  2. Fw 190A-5 Cockpit, Fuselage Guns, and Engine Sets 1:48 Eduard Brassin The newly improved Fw.190A kits from Eduard have been coming thick and fast, with additional detail added from the box. For those that want more, there are a range of PE and resin update parts from Eduard's own ranges that are pretty much guaranteed a good fit and have been engineered to replace parts that just can't be moulded to scale in injection plastic. These three sets cover the cockpit, fuselage guns, an the engine area, which isn't in the kit, but can either be simulated by adding a complete new engine with all the ancillary equipment that goes with it. Fw.190A-5 Cockpit (648390) As usual with Eduard's larger resin sets, this one arrives in the oblong Brassin box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched wrapped around, providing extra protection. Inside is a complete new cockpit for the A-5. A large complete cockpit casting dominates into which are fitted the seat, instrument panel, rudder pedals, control column, seat belts and a whole host of parts. As well as the resin there are PE parts and decals. Some of the detail here has to be seen to be believed. There is even a large resin part to fit inside the canopy for the pilots head rest and associated structure. Fw.190A-5 Fuselage Guns(648392) As usual with Eduard's larger resin sets, this one arrives in the oblong Brassin box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched wrapped around, providing extra protection. This one contains the complete structure and guns located above the engine in front of the canopy. If not fitting an engine set it also contains the rear of the engine which is seen in this area. Compete resin cowlings are included which can be displayed on or off the model as needed. Fw.190A-5 Engine (648391) As usual with Eduard's larger resin sets, this one arrives in the oblong Brassin box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched wrapped around, providing extra protection. Inside are a raft of engine parts in superb detail. Mike recently built one for the A-4 and reported the fit is astonishingly good. You can build the parts into sub-assemblies for painting, and if you approach it in a modular format the initial hesitancy of all that detail painting soon goes away. There are 22 resin parts, and sheet of Photo-Etch (PE), and only a small amount of trimming of the kit fuselage and lower wing panels is required, all of which is covered in the instructions. Placement of parts is important due to the accuracy of fit, so test-fit carefully and remove any paint from the mating surfaces to obtain the best, strongest join. With sympathetic painting and weathering the final result is unmatched by styrene moulding. Review samples courtesy of
  3. FG.1 Phantom Update sets, wheels & masks 1:72 Eduard for Airfix Kit The new Airfix Phantom kit is a great kit, however that has not stopped Eduard from wanting to add their own brand of magic to the kit. Update Set (73628) Inside there are two frets, one coloured and one not. The coloured parts are mainly for the cockpit including new instrument panels, sides panels, and various levers. Also supplied are seatbelts and ejection seat handles for both seats , as well as the seat tops and pads. For the rest of the airframe new exhaust rings are provided, along with the main airbrake interiors and the prominent aux intake doors. For the canopies mirrors are provided. If the modeller only wants the the cockpit parts then they are available as a Zoom set. Full Set ZOOM Undercarriage Set (72668) This set really does what it says on the packet it contains a parts for the kits undercarriage. For the nose bay a new interior and door are provided along with parts for the nose leg. For the mains new internals are provided along with new skins for the main gear doors and complete doors for the smaller ones. New links are provided for the legs. In addition to the landing gear parts new vents are provided for the tops & undersides of the main intakes something which is missing on the airfix kit. Wheel Set (672174) As it says on the box this is a complete set of both main and both front wheels for the kit. These are more detailed drop ins for the kit wheels. A set of painting masks is also included. Masks (CX506) Eduard provide masks for both canopies and the wheels. Review samples courtesy of
  4. Spitfire Mk V.III / IX / XVI Radiator Fairings (672173) 1:72 Eduard Brassin The wing radiators are distinctive on all Spitfire models, here the resin from Brassin gives more finesse to this part than the kit plastic (which TBH is pretty good). The pack contains two radiator housings, the flap (which can be added open or closed) and a small sheet of PE for the internal parts (be warned these are very fine). As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in a plastic box , with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts. Recommend if you want to add a little something extra to your 1/72 Spitfire. Review sample courtesy of
  5. AGM-154A/C Block I (672175) 1:72 Eduard Brassin The AGM-154 is a medium-range cruise missile, or Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) that is air-launched from a distance that saves the launching aircraft from having to engage with the target position's defences. It glides to its target from up to 17 miles at low-level launch, and 68 miles at high altitude launch, with a 1,000lb payload in a compact form factor. The wings fold back for storage and carriage, and deploy once launched to improve the weapon's glide-slope to the aforementioned levels. The A variant uses GPS and inertial navigation throughout its flight, and carries a cluster of smaller submunitions that are armour piercing incendiaries that are designed to penetrate and destroy armoured targets. The C variant adds infrared for terminal guidance and carries a single two-stage warhead that improves penetration by a fraction of a second so that the 2nd charge blows through the initial damage. There are two missiles in the pack, with resin parts for the body and wings, plus PE for the fins. A small sheet of decals for the stencils is also included. The wings are separate, so can be posed open or closed, and they are then covered by a top-section, which has one of the two suspension lugs on the top. The horizontal stabilisers are added to each side into depressions in the missile body, and the four diagonal vanes fit into similar depressions for a good snug fit. The colours are called out in Gunze codes as usual, and decal placement is detailed on the painting diagram for your ease. These are highly detailed units and recommened if you want to add them to your chosen kit. Review sample courtesy of
  6. AN/ALQ-184 ECM Pod (Short) (672169) 1:72 Eduard Brassin The 184 pod is an Electronic Countermeasures & Electronic warfare Pod designed to provide an aircraft with a dgree of self protection against radar threats. Its modualr design allows for multiple frequency band capabilities, the pod is available in two & three band configurations. As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the plastic box , with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts. The set includes a one piece pod with a small sheet of marking decals. This is a highly detailed unit and recommended if you want to add some protection to your chosen kit. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Typhoon Mk.Ib Fuel Tanks (648370 for Hasegawa/Eduard Kit) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Most fighters since WWII have always needed more fuel to either extend their range or loiter time, so it was common for additional tankage to be suspended under the fuselage or wings. The Typhoon had two hard-points under the wings, and often carried a pair of fuel tanks that could carry 45 gallons of extra fuel, and increase the aircraft's range by 400 miles, which was particularly useful once the beachhead was established after D-Day. Eduard As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. The contents consist of two resin tanks on one casting block, with a small sheet of decals. The tanks are attached on their trailing end cap, and the short pylons are moulded-in, requiring just a little careful sanding of the stubs once detached, after which they can be glued to the wings. The painting guide shows you where to position the small stencils on the sides, and the colour call-outs are in Gunze codes as usual. Review sample courtesy of
  8. Fw.190A-3 Exhausts and Engine Sets (648381 & 648364) 1:48 Eduard Brassin The newly improved Fw.190A kits from Eduard have been coming thick and fast, with additional detail added from the box. For those that want more, there are a range of PE and resin update parts from Eduard's own ranges that are pretty much guaranteed a good fit and have been engineered to replace parts that just can't be moulded to scale in injection plastic. These two sets cover the engine area, which isn't in the kit, but can either be simulated by adding a pair of well-detailed exhaust components around the cowling, or by adding a complete new engine with all the ancillary equipment that goes with it. Fw.190A-3 Exhausts (648381) This set arrives in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. Inside is a single casting block that contains the three sets of exhaust stacks on their retaining blocks, which are a direct replacement for the kit parts, adding better detail to the finished article. As they are attached to their moulding blocks at the rear, you don't even have to make a brilliant job of removing them, because all but the exhausts are invisible within the fuselage once installed. Fw.190A-3 Engine (648364) As usual with Eduard's larger resin sets, this one arrives in the oblong Brassin box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched wrapped around, providing extra protection. Inside are a raft of engine parts in superb detail, and from my experience of building one for the A-4 recently, the fit is astonishingly good. You can build the parts into sub-assemblies for painting, and if you approach it in a modular format the initial hesitancy of all that detail painting soon goes away. There are 22 resin parts, and sheet of Photo-Etch (PE), and only a small amount of trimming of the kit fuselage and lower wing panels is required, all of which is covered in the instructions. Placement of parts is important due to the accuracy of fit, so test-fit carefully and remove any paint from the mating surfaces to obtain the best, strongest join. With sympathetic painting and weathering the final result is unmatched by styrene moulding. Review sample courtesy of
  9. AN/ALQ-131 ECM Pods (Shallow & Deep) (672162 & 672163) 1:72 Eduard Brassin The 131 pod is an Electronic Countermeasures Pod designed to provide an aircraft with a dgree of self protection against radar threats. Its modualr design allows for multiple frequency band capabilities. As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the plastic, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts. An/ALQ-131 ECM Pod Shallow (672162) The set includes a one piece pod and two mounting lugs. AN/ALQ-131ECM Pod Deep (672163) If you were expecting something vastly different, you're in for a surprise because it's not massively changed, only deeper. Review samples courtesy of
  10. British Rocket Projectiles 60lb RP-3 F & SAP Sets (648393 & 648394) 1:48 Eduard Brassin As the name suggests, this was a 3" rocket projectile, unguided other than the pilot pointing his nose at the target, and the basic body could carry a number of warheads for different uses. The 60lb Semi Armour Piercing (SAP) head carried 12lb of explosives and could pierce a tank's armour if aimed carefully, bearing responsibility for many a Panzer losing its turret, wreaking havoc in the Failaise Gap. The F had a narrower 25lb head that was the original design. As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. Both types build up in exactly the same way, and contain the same number of rockets (eight), with just the heads being different sizes, and the stencils differing. The basic rocket is supplied in one piece with the moulding plug attached to the tail. With this cut off, you need to drill a 1mm diameter hole to replicate the exhaust and attach the shackles that attach it to the launch rails. There are two types of these, with a Y-shaped of a W-shaped part that you need to bend to shape. In addition there are ignition wires for the electrical firing mechanism, which are inserted into the rear of the exhaust. Painting is covered along with the decal placement in a separate diagram with the usual Gunze paint codes. Once you're done you have a full load of eight for your WWII RAF fighter. British Rocket Projectiles RP-3 60lb F. (648393) British Rocket Projectiles RP-3 60lb SAP (648394) Review sample courtesy of
  11. GBU-38 & GBU-38 Thermally Protected Bombs (648385 & 648386) 1:48 Eduard Brassin The GBU-38 is a 500lb iron bomb with JDAM kit installed that is considered "light" compared to others, and as such is used where dangers of collateral damage exist, to reduce the blast radius whilst still destroying the target. The core of the bomb is a Mk.82 casing, filled with tritonal explosive. The JDAM element is a bolt-on package that allows precision guidance once dropped, with a seeker head at the nose, and guidance vanes at the rear. It is currently in-use with a number of Allied countries. On-board a carrier they are usually coated with a thermal protection layer to prevent or delay cook-off in the event of fire. This gives the outer skin of the body a rough, stippled finish that is often grey in colour. As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. The two sets build in exactly the same way, with just the thermal coating differentiating them. There are four bomb bodies, four tail units and four of four types of seeker head, plus an additional four of three inserts for the tail unit. There is also a set of masking for the complex seeker-head attachment, which will save you endless hand-painting, and a small PE sheet with four tail-cap ends that cover the mounting point of the casting block. Scrap diagrams show the positioning of the masks, and the alignment of the tail fins with the transport lugs, with colours being called out in Gunze codes as usual for Eduard. Finally, there is a small sheet of decals that includes the stencils applied to the bombs, which are shown in a final diagram on the instructions. From the sets you can make four bombs of either the USAF, USN, or B-2A Spirit specific units that use the pointed nose cones, and have their tail fins aligned differently, presumably due to the constraints of the Spirit's bomb bays. GBU-38 Non-Thermally Protected (648385) GBU-38 Thermally Protected (648386) The texture of the thermal protection is in-scale, so is quite hard to capture in photos, but it is definitely present, as you can see from the additional picture. Review sample courtesy of
  12. AGM-154A/C Block I & AGM-154C1 Block II (648383 & 648384) 1:48 Eduard Brassin The AGM-154 is a medium-range cruise missile, or Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) that is air-launched from a distance that saves the launching aircraft from having to engage with the target position's defences. It glides to its target from up to 17 miles at low-level launch, and 68 miles at high altitude launch, with a 1,000lb payload in a compact form factor. The wings fold back for storage and carriage, and deploy once launched to improve the weapon's glide-slope to the aforementioned levels. The A variant uses GPS and inertial navigation throughout its flight, and carries a cluster of smaller submunitions that are armour piercing incendiaries that are designed to penetrate and destroy armoured targets. The C variant adds infrared for terminal guidance and carries a single two-stage warhead that improves penetration by a fraction of a second so that the 2nd charge blows through the initial damage. The C1 has avionics and cost-saving upgrades to the original C specification. As usual with Eduard's larger resin sets, they arrive in the oblong Brassin box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched wrapped around, providing extra protection. AGM-154A/C Block I (648383) There are two missiles in the box, with 24 resin parts in total, plus a small sheet of decals for the stencils. The wings are separate, so can be posed open or closed, and they are then covered by a top-section, which has one of the two suspension lugs added into the depression on the top. The horizontal stabilisers are added to each side into depressions in the missile body, and the four diagonal vanes fit into similar depressions for a good snug fit. The colours are called out in Gunze codes as usual, and decal placement is detailed on the painting diagram for your ease. AGM-154C1 Block II (648384) If you were expecting something vastly different, you're in for a surprise because they're not massively changed, just the odd panel line and fastener here or there, as the major changes are inside the fuselage of the missile. You get exactly the same number of parts, and they build up in exactly the same manner. They also use the same stencils, so the two are interchangeable. Review sample courtesy of
  13. FAB 100, 250 & 500 Soviet WWII Bombs (648376, 648377 & 648378) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Russian free fall iron bombs in three sizes, now referred to as dumb bombs in this age of laser or radar guided munitions might seem a blunt instrument to us, but during WWII that was pretty much all they had on all sides for the most part. As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. FAB 100 Soviet WWII Bombs (648376) You get eight of these diminutive bombs in the pack, with Photo-Etch (PE) fins, actuating spinners and a tubular support to the aforementioned stabilising fins. The bomb body is provided as a resin part, with the stand-off for the front fuse spinner, with another separate stand-off for the one at the rear. You have to roll up the tubular stiffener to fit between the fins, which will be aided by annealing the part in a flame and allowing it to cool naturally before you roll it on a suitably small rod. Decals are included, and these are shown in place in the painting guide, which uses Gunze paint codes for call-outs, as usual for Eduard. FAB 250 Soviet WWII Bombs (648377) You get two of these medium sized bombs in the pack, with Photo-Etch (PE) fins, actuating spinners and a bracing brackets to the aforementioned stabilising fins. The bomb body is provided as a resin part, with the stand-off for the rear fuse spinner, with another separate stand-off for the one at the front. Decals are included, and these are shown in place in the painting guide, which uses Gunze paint codes for call-outs, as usual for Eduard. FAB 500 Soviet WWII Bombs (648378) You get two of these larger sized bombs in the pack, with Photo-Etch (PE) fins, actuating spinners and a bracing brackets to the aforementioned stabilising fins. As with the 250s, the bomb body is provided as a resin part, with the stand-off for the rear fuse spinner, with another separate stand-off for the one at the front. Decals are included, and these are shown in place in the painting guide, which uses Gunze paint codes for call-outs, as usual for Eduard. Review sample courtesy of
  14. F-8E Crusader Ejection Seat & Wheels 1:48 Eduard Brassin - For Hasegawa Kit The F-8E was the most produced version of Vought's famous carrier fighter. The F-8 would serve for over 2 decades with the US as well as the French and The Philippine Air Force. As at the time the F-4 had missiles only it would become famous for being the "Last of the Gunfighters". Ejection Seat (648388) Inside there is a Martin Baker seat as used by the F-8E. There is the resin seat, head box and seat cushion. The harness and ejection seat handles as well as other smaller parts are included on a colour nickel plated photo-etch sheet. A small decal sheet provides seat markings. This is a drop in fit for the kit seat and extra detail will really make the cockpit stand out. Wheels (648387) Surprisingly this set contains the wheels! Two main units and the smaller nose wheel are included. The prominent main wheel brake units are also supplied. Casting is up to Eduard's usual excellent standards and they will be drop in replacement for the kit. Review samples courtesy of
  15. Spitfire Mk.VIII Top Cowl (648338 for Eduard) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Hot on the heels of the latest variant of the Mk.VIII the HF Mk.VIII, here's the answer to at least part of your filling fun on that ever-so-prominent top cowling. The kit parts have to be moulded as two due to their shape and the inflexible moulds used in injection moulding, whereas resin is cast in flexible resin moulds allowing for undercuts and some leeway when removing the parts from the mould. Goodbye seam and having to square it away whilst maintaining the details, and we all know that sometimes filler shrinks back and leaves a depression, even after the model has been painted, which grates immensely from personal experience. As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. There is only one part in this box, and it is protected on each side by resin rails that link to the casting block that terminates at the front of the cowling. The part is easy to remove from its block, and with just a little light sanding it is ready for installation. Check the fit and adjust as necessary, then CA it into place once you have dealt with the seam on the fuel tank in front of the windscreen of course. Detail is excellent, and knowing that seam won't come back is good news all round. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. L-29 Ejection Seats (648375) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Designed in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s, the Delfín was a two-seat military jet trainer used by the Warsaw Pact countries that is still in operation with some countries and in private hands today. It is simple in construction and cheap to operate, with a good safety record due to its pleasant handling characteristics, which endears it to the cost conscious and anyone wishing to stay alive. Inside are two seats which can be used with the AMK kit or the Eduard re-box. As well as the main seat parts there are separate seat pads, headrests, footrests, and photo etched parts for the harnesses & belts. These are pretty much a drop in replacement for the kit parts which really should make the cockpit pop out. Review sample courtesy of
  17. British 500lb Bombs (648368) 1:48 Eduard Brassin The British had a range of General Purpose bombs from 40lbs all the way up to 4,000lbs, with the 500lb unit being suitable for carriage either by single-engined aircraft in the ground attack role, or in large quantities in the belly of dedicated bombers in the area bombing role. As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. Inside the box are four bomb bodies on separate pouring blocks, four aerodynamic rear fairings and four more stabilising fins that slot into the rear of the bomb. Additionally there are fuses for the nose, with Photo-Etch (PE) ring behind it, and a small PE spinner at the rear of the fins. The painting diagram gives Gunze Sangyo colour call-outs, and a small sheet of decals provides the stencils and designation bands to finish off. You can build four bombs from the box, as you'd probably already guessed! Review sample courtesy of
  18. Ammo Belts 12.7mm (635006 1:35 & 648341 1:48) 1:35, 1:48 Eduard Brassin Better known as 50cal, or .50-BMG these belts of ammo have been used with Browning M2 machine guns on everything from half-tracks, Shermans, to B-24 waist gunners and many other aircraft either in turrets or in the wings feeding their armament. The same basic shell is still in use with modern armies, although it fell out of usage in aviation once the cannon and missile came into preference. There are many different types of cartridge, but it is often used in belts, which are held together with individual links that are discarded during the firing process, as is the brass casing. As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. Each box contains four belts of link of roughly the same length, but with the difference in scale you get more bullets in the smaller 1:48 scale. Each belt it attached lightly to a casting block by the rear, which can be sanded square once removed, making clean-up a simple task. The instructions show the shells painted with copper tips (a.k.a. the bullet), dark iron for the link, and gold for the shell casing. Brass would probably be more accurate, and check your references for the type of rounds typically loaded into belts in the circumstances you are depicting, as tracers, incendiaries and armour piercing round often have different coloured tips, as can be seen in the list on the Wikipedia page for the .50cal BMG cartridge page here. Detail is good, and improves with the larger scale but take care with the ends of the belts, as the fine bullet tips are very easy to bend or snap off. 1:35 (635006) 1:48(648341) Review sample courtesy of
  19. Pe-2 UBT Guns (648372) 1:48 Eduard Brassin We reviewed Eduard's reboxing of the Zvezda Pe.2 multi-role aircraft in January of this year here, and this set provides a detail improvement to the rear gunner's turret that sits prominently at the aft end of the canopy and in the belly of the beast pointing rearwards. As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. This isn't just a barrel set, but includes the mounting and ammo storage as well, replacing the whole assembly that slots into the turret before closure, and depicting the complex mount and ammo feed from the big box mag that rests above it for the belly gun. There are many resin and Photo-Etch (PE) parts included, and some of them are quite fine, so careful handling is a must. The turret gun retains just the gun mount frame, which is adjusted to fit a more realistic attachment for the gun, and the belly gun uses the kit ammo box as the meat between the PE sandwich to give it improved detail, with both receiving a new resin "dump bag" for the spent brass cartridges from their respective weapons. Overall a substantial improvement in finesse and detail over the kit assemblies. Review sample courtesy of
  20. Brimstone w/AGML III Rack & BRU-57A Rack (648339 & 648358) 1:48 Eduard Brassin As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. Brimstone w/AGML III Rack (648339) The Brimstone missile was originally designed as an anti-armour missile with a fire & forget targeting system allowing the pilot to get on with thinning out the massed ranks of Soviet armour ploughing across Germany. With the change of enemy, it has been used extensively as a bunker busting weapon against enemy strongholds in the Middle East, launched by Tornado GR.4s. It is carried on a triple ejector rack, allowing many to be carried by one aircraft, and one Tornado launched 12 missiles on a sortie over Libya. Future variants have been considered for the Apache replacement, and as of 2018 the Eurofighter Typhoon is scheduled to be able to carry up to six racks of three as replacement to the retiring Tornado. The box contains parts for two racks with three missiles loaded on each one. The resin parts comprise two racks, six missile bodies, adapter rails for the outer missiles (2 of each side), and clear seeker heads. The includes Photo-Etch (PE) sheet supplies parts for the steering vanes, aft stabilisers, and exhaust ring for each missile body, with the vanes fitting into tiny grooves in the resin. The decal sheet contains stencils for each missile and the racks, and everything is painted grey, which is Gunze H305 or C305. BRU-57A Rack (648358) The BRU-57A multiple carriage rack allows the F-16 to fit two 1,000lb JDAM munitions on a single pylon, which in an effort to minimise collateral damage means that an aircraft can tackle multiple targets with smaller yield smart weapons and loiter longer without returning to re-arm. Containing resin parts for two racks, each one begins with the main rack body, the suspension mounts with sway-braces, supports for the umbilicals and the umbilicals themselves. A sheet of PE supplies clips that hold the umbilicals to the weapon, and small pins on the mounts, both of which have a couple of spares each due to their size. Gunze colour codes are used throughout, and a small sheet of stencils are included, with both shown on the same scrap diagram on the instructions. Review sample courtesy of
  21. Fw.190A Resin Upgrades (for Eduard) 1:48 Eduard Eduard's newly issued early Fw.190A has been released in ProfiPACK and Royal Class boxings, and now we have another brace of new resin sets for those of you that love to add extra detail to their models, and aren't always satisfied by the ability of injection moulding to satisfy your needs. The earlier sets dealt mainly with the A-4, which you can read about here. As always it's a modular approach, and you can choose what you use, with a guarantee that it'll fit your model just so, as it's by Eduard for Eduard. As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. The larger sets are encased in an oblong box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched wrapped around, providing extra protection. Fw.190A-3 Cockpit (648357) Consisting of resin, PE, decals and a small sheet of clear acetate film, the largest part of which is the cockpit tub with the aft decking and side consoles already moulded in. The separate seat is prepared with its cushion and a set of pre-painted PE seatbelts, and fitted to the tub after the removal of some moulding flash that is indicated in red (already removed in the pics). Resin control column, resin and PE rudder pedals, and the instrument panel are made up next, with the latter having the choice of using the PE panel with pre-printed dials, or a detailed resin part over which you apply a decal of the instruments. Your choice! The panel fits on ledges at the front of the side consoles, and the resin gunsight with PE and acetate parts slides into a groove in the upper panel. The cowling fits over the top, and it too has cut-outs that need clearing of flash beforehand. To fit the new cockpit inside the fuselage a pair of plastic wedges are removed from the inside, to be replaced with a detailed PE and resin trim wheel. The assemblies should then fit neatly within, alongside the kit bulkhead, assuming you aren't taking advantage of any of the other sets I'll be mentioning in this review. The set includes the opening mechanism and the pilot's head armour, which has a warning decal added to it after painting. The interior roll-over frame is resin, and has delicate PE bracing wires linking to the rear, all of which fits inside the canopy after painting. The canopy then installs as normal. Fw.190A Propeller (648366) In order to fit this prop, you'll just need to shave the front off the housing at the front of the kit engine, before creating the prop on its jig, with separate central boss and blades, which fit snugly into the jig and should just lift out once the CA is dry unless you've overdone it. A PE template fits to the back of the boss to mark the centre-point for you to mark and drill a 2mm hole, after which the PE is discarded. The adapted kit part has a small resin pin added, and the prop with a choice of two types of cooling fan (large blades & small) is fitted to the tip of the pin protruding from the engine. If you wanted to portray a maintenance diorama there is a resin prop-shaft included with a detailed spindle that fits into either the kit engine, or one of the new resin engines that are out (648352 & 648335). A new spinner finishes off the set. Fw.190A-2 (648379) and Fw.190A-3/4 (648367) Undercarriage Legs BRONZE These two sets are functionally identical, but differ in the design of the inner gear bay cover detail. There are two cast bronze legs in each box, with four gear bay doors, consisting of two captive main and two inner doors that hinge along the aircraft's centreline. The casting of the bronze is superlative, and far better than white metal, as well as being much stronger. If you are planning on loading up your model with resin cockpit, engine, gun bay, etc., these may be just the ticket to support all that extra weight. Take your pick based on the variant you're modelling. Fw.190A-2 (648379) Fw.190A-3/4 (648367) Fw.190A Control Surfaces Early (648371) This is simply a new set of control surfaces with tab fitting that drop in place instead of the kit parts, benefitting from the fine detail that resin is capable, as well as super-fine trailing edges. There are elevators, ailerons and a rudder unit in the box, with attachment points for casting running along the leading edge, which will mostly remain unseen after construction. Fw.190A Pitot Probes Early (648373) This inexpensive set contains three resin pitot probes on a single casting block with a pair of rails on the sides to protect them from damage. The resin is quite flexible, and provides excellent detail, which is achieved by the addition of a small extension past the end of the probe to ensure complete filling of the narrow cavity and avoid bubbles. You can see that section in the photo at the tip of the arrow I have added. They're not as strong as a metal one, but you're also not likely to skewer yourself with a resin one. Having three on hand will be useful if you have a Royal Class boxing, or just for spares. Review sample courtesy of
  22. AN/ALQ-184 (short) and AN/ALQ-131 (shallow) ECM Pods (648363 & 648362) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Electronic CounterMeasures (ECM) has become a staple of modern air warfare, with survivability of an attack as important as being able to take out the enemy. Rather than build all this complicated electronics into each-and-every new design, a pod that takes up one pylon on the host aircraft can provide all the necessary equipment, and as it simply needs to interface with the avionics, it is much easier to change or adapt without hacking about the aircraft's structure. As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. AN/ALQ-184 (short) ECM Pod (648362) Developed from the AN/ALQ-119, this modern pod is usually seen on an F-16, and is more tubular in shape than the above, although it does have a gondola under the main body for additional equipment. There is a single resin part in the box, with four small PE plates that affix to the port side of the pod, with a spare of each just in case. There are no shackle or crutch pad details moulded into the top of the pod however, so if your kit (or aftermarket) pylons don't include these, you might need to consider fabricating some if an accurate connection is needed. This pod is also covered in stencils (with some printed silver included), which are catered for on a separate sheet, with a page of the instructions devoted to their placement, with paint colours called out in Mr Color codes. AN/ALQ-131 (Shallow) ECM Pod (648363) Flown on a number of Cold War and modern jets such as the F-4, F-15 and F-16, as well as the doughty A-10 since the 1980s, this box is designated by Eduard as "Shallow", even though it differs little from the "Short" -184 model below, mainly because there is a "Deep" variant with more internal space available to pack additional equipment into. The set contains just three resin parts on two casting blocks, with the largest being the body, which resembles an aerodynamic tube with an angular box-like extension along most of its length. The two smaller parts are the pair of shackles to which the pylon grabs on to hold it in place on the aircraft, and these are attached on the top surface of the pod. A decal sheet is included for the myriad of little stencils that cover the slab-sides (with some printed silver included), and colour call-outs are in the usual Gunze codes, with a choice of all-over Olive Drab, or Olive Drab with grey undersides. Review sample courtesy of
  23. P-51D 250Lb bombs & Uncuffed Propeller 1:48 Eduard Brassin - For Airfix Kit Eduard offer us two new resin sets to supply 250lb bobms and a new uncuffed Propeller for the new Airfix kit. 250lb bombs (648369) These are a two bomb units with PE fins and vanes. There is also a small decal sheet with markings. Hamilton Standard Propeller (648360) This is a new Hamilton Standard replacement prop unit with uncuffed blades.. The blades are individual and seat into the top of the hub via a provided jig. When this is removed from the pour block the modeller will have to drill a locating hole in it. The unit is then fitted to the base and the spinner added. A small PE part is then fitted to the front of the spinner, as it is a small part 3 are provided as its a given the carpet monster will claim at least one! Review samples courtesy of
  24. Well it's done - not sure what to make of this kit, it's full of 'niggles' and silly errors by Italeri but it does end up quite nice. If it was Revell pricing it would be great, but it's Tamiya pricing so feels overpriced for what you get, especially with the errors. Peter
  25. GBU-43/ B MOAB 1:72 Eduard The GBU-43 MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or 'Mother of All Bombs' if you have a propensity for chaps and cowboy boots) is a large air-dropped weapon, developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory for the US Air Force. The bomb is carried by specialist variants of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft and is guided to its target by GPS. The bomb has only been used once in combat, mainly because of the significant risk of unintended civilian casualties that accompanies the use of this type of weapon. Eduard's MOAB is a decent-sized kit in itself. The kit comprises eighteen resin parts and no fewer than five decent sized frets of photo etched brass. The main body and wings of the bomb case separately to the nose cone and tail unit, with the prominent grid fins case individually. The resin is quite simply superb, with flawless detail and casting. The photo etched cradle/platform is a much more complex affair, with lots of folding and gluing of small parts of brass. In fairness to Eduard, they have sought to simplify the construction process by maximising the use of folds to reduce the part count, but I'd be willing to bet that even the most hardy folder of small brass parts will be wishing that Eduard had tooled a sprue of plastic parts for the body of the cradle. Persevere, however, and you will be rewarded with an impressive item, particularly if displayed next to a MC-130E or H. Decal options are included for a museum example and an in-service weapon. Review sample courtesy of
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