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  1. In the Czech Modelforum it's mentioned that after the 1/48th MiG-21, Spitfire and Bf.109 families, Eduard has as long term project the North American P-51 Mustang in the same scale (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234974169-148-north-american-p-51-mustang-family-long-term-project-by-eduard/). But as another possible project, the Eduard's Boss, M. Sulc, has also mentioned the Hawker Hurricane! Maybe more news at the yearly Eduard's Novemberfest 2015. Wait and see. Source: http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=68170&start=5865 Strange considering Airfix is working on a new tool 1/48th Hawker Hurricane kit (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234972972-airfix-148-hurricane-mk1/). If not a Hurri then another British subject Mr Sulc? Like a Hawker Tempest or a family of Griffon powered (Mk.XIV...) Spitfire by example... V.P.
  2. F6F Wheels (for Eduard) 1:72 Eduard Eduard's resin rarely fails to impress, and this set is no exception. In the clamshell packed, you get a complete set of resin wheels for Eduard's very own 1:72 Hellcat, itself someone of a landmark kit for the Czech firm. The main wheels have excellent tread detail and flat spots cast in place, while the tail wheel actually includes a complete replacement strut assembly. Paint masks are included for the main wheels. Conclusion It's curious that Eduard have waited until now to release upgraded wheels for a kit that has been around for a few years, but that's no particularly unusual for them. The resin is up to Eduard's usual high standard and the new wheels will make a noticeable difference to the kit. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Viribus Unitis, OEFFAG Albatros D.III 1:48 Eduard (11124) The Albatros D.1 was the first of the series of single seat fighters that were developed up to the D.Va, featuring a semi monocoque wooden fuselage and equal span, equal chord upper & lower wings. By lowering the top wing and moving it slightly forward to improve visibility, the aircraft was re-designated the D.II. Impressed by the performance of the French Nieuport fighters with their sesquiplane layout (lower wing smaller than upper wing), new wings were developed by Albatros, with the aircraft now becoming the D.III. Later on, a new more rounded fuselage was designed and fitted with the new wings, becoming the Albatros D.V and D.Va. However, there was a major flaw with the lower wings on the D.III and D.V/DVa’s in that they only has a single spar. This made them weak and prone to shedding the lower wings during stressful manoeuvres. Despite this the Oesterreichische Flugzeugfabrik AG (Oeffag) selected the D.III to build under licence, as the Austro-Hungarian air force was in desperate need of modern equipment. OEFFAG made a number of changes, utilising the excellent Austro-Daimler 180hp engine, Schwarzlose machine guns, and most importantly, strengthened double spar lower wings. Three main versions were produced. Series 53. 64 produced, closely resembled the original Albatros design. Series 153. Improved 200 hp Austro-Daimler engine fitted. From Aircraft 112 to 281 a shorter more rounded nose was fitted, which increased the top speed and gave the aircraft its more familiar look. Series 253. Improved 225 hp Austro-Daimler engine fitted. The most noticeable change was that most were built with the guns on top of the fuselage rather than enclosed inside it. The Kit. Curious as to what ‘Viribus Unitis’ is I looked it up via google and found that it means ‘With United Forces’, and was the personal motto of Emperor Franz Joseph. Thus it is quite an appropriate title for a ‘Dual Combo’ kit containing two Austro-Hungarian aircraft models. The box artwork features two well known aces, Godwin Brumowski in his all red 153, and Friedrich Navratil following behind in a 253. As a ‘Dual Combo’ release, the large box contains two of all sprues, a sheet of masks, and four etched frets. The instructions are in colour with a sprue map, assembly sequence, rigging diagram, and nine different colour schemes, covering series 53, 153, and 253 machines. Sprue A and B. All the small and fine detail parts are provided on these two sprues. Neatly moulded in Eduards’ standard grey plastic they feature sharp detail, and delicate scale like appearance. A number of parts are not required and these are clearly marked on the sprue map. Attachment points are minimal, which always makes removal and clean up an easy job. Sprue C. The fuselage is beautifully moulded with delicate panel lines and perfectly formed brackets, panels, and louvres etc. The top decking in front of the cockpit is provided as a separate part, with alternatives for the enclosed guns (Part C3) and the external guns(Part D2) often fitted to the series 253s. However only part C3 is relevant for all the options here. Winter engine covers, tailplanes, ailerons, and elevator complete the parts provided here. Note that C5, C7 and C9 are the later wire scalloped ailerons and elevator for the series 253, whilst D3, D5, and D6 provide the same ‘smooth edged’ parts for the series 53 & 153 machines. Nice attention to detail here from Eduard! Sprue D. As mentioned, the alternative ailerons and elevators for the series 53 & 153 machines are found here, along with the rudder, unused external gun decking, and the wings. Trailing edges are very fine indeed, and the rib detail is well defined. The lower wings have a ‘tongue’ which fits into a matching ‘groove’ on the fuselage sides. These are both quite small. So be sure to clean off any primer/paint from the mating surfaces when fixing these parts together, if you choose to paint the fuselage and lower wings separately. Sprue X. A very nice little Austro-Daimler 6 cylinder in-line engine is provided, with separate rocker cover and cylinder head detail. Twin magnetos are also supplied, so if you have really good eyesight you could consider wiring them up to the plugs with fine fuse wire. Pre printed data plates fit on the crank case, making this one of the most detailed engines in any of Eduard’s 1:48 Great War range. Etch. A total of four etched frets are provided, two are the same pre printed set and cover the seatbelts and instruments. A third fret is 53/153 specific, whilst the fourth is for the series 253. There is not much difference between frets 3 & 4, the fuselage front plate for the 53/153 being the only difference I can see. It is not needed anyway, as none of the kit options are for a spinnerless 153. So you can in fact build any two of the options in this kit, without being limited to making a 253 and one other. Other items on the frets are the cockpit seat, engine details, undercarriage mounting strap, inspection hatches, wheel valve covers, control cranks with lines on, etc. All of the items are very useful, and will certainly enhance the finished model. Mask. One small sheet of Kabuki tape is provided, with pre cut wheel masks. These go on the hub, enabling you to brush paint the tyres and get a sharp dividing line. There are eight on the sheet to mask up both sides of all four wheels, with two per aircraft. Options. A total of nine options are offered, five for series 153s and a further four for series 253s. A and B are early 153’s with a propeller spinner, whilst all the rest have the spinnerless rounded ‘pug’ nose typical of the OEF 153/253. A. 153.11, flown by Oberleutnant Frank Linke-Crawford, Flik 41J, Aiello del Friuli, Italy, November 1917. B. 153.80, flown by Offizierstellvertreter Julius Arigi, Flik 55J, Pergine Valsugana, Italy, December 1917. C. 153.125, flown by Hauptman Lázsló Háry, Flik 42J, Pianzano, Italy, Spring 1918. D. 153.167, pilot unknown, Flik 2D, San Pietro in Campo, Italy, May 1918. E. 153.206, flown by Hauptmann Godwin Brumowski, CO of Flik 41J, Portobuffole, Italy, June 1918. F. 253.09, flown by Hauptmann Friedrich Navratil, CO of Flik 3J, Romagnano, Italy, July/August 1918. G. 253.12, flown by Oberleutenant in der Reserve Ludwig Hautzmayer, CO of Flik 61J, Ghirano, Italy, Summer 1918. H. 253.24, flown by Hauptmann Benno Fiala von Fernbrugg, CO of Flik 51J, Ghirano, September 1918. I. 253.117, flown by Oberleutnant in der Reserve Stefan Stec, Flik 3J, Romagnano, Italy, Summer 1918. Decals. the markings are slit across two sheets, one with all the black and white items such as the wing crosses & serial numbres, and a the other with all the coloured items for the personal markings. They are all beautifully printed, with sharp edges, good colours, and minimal carrier film. A mass of stencilling detail is also provided, which has its own page in the intruction booklet, to show where each individual item goes. Instrument dials and even propeller manufactures logos complete the sheets. One small gripe I have is the resealable bags used. When I extracted the decals from the bag and trying to keep the protective paper in place, the folded flap snapped back and the sticky strip attached itself to the decal sheet. Gently pulling it away resulted in slight damage to the large '5X' on the black and white sheet. Conclusion. This kit has been around for a few years now, but is still one of the very best 1:48 Great War models. I eagerly built a few when it first came out (see below), and found it to be an excellent model. The fit was faultless, and I do not remember there being any problems or pitfalls with it. I really like the look of the 153/253 with the rounded nose, it somehow makes the aircraft look more aggressive, and there some great colour schemes to go on it. These are not as obscure as might seem at first look, as RFC/RAF squadrons were posted Italy and took part in combat against these machines. Aces such as William Barker scoring the majority of his 50 victories on this front. Having two kits in the one box makes it slightly easier to choose which ones to do, and Eduard have done a good job in offering fairly simple schemes such as E and F, up to more complex ones like A and I, so something for everyone. This is a really lovely ‘Dual Combo’, with two superbly engineered kits covering some very interesting markings, plenty of etched details, masks, and super quality decals. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of Footnote. Digging around in the completed models stash, I have this one, It is not from this release, but is the same plastic. It is from 'Albatros D. III OEFFAG 253,Kit No 8242' which I built a few years ago. A lovely little models and a very enjoyable build.
  4. F-101B Update sets, Seatbelts & Masks 1:48 Eduard for Kitty Hawk Kit The new tool F-101B from Kitty Hawk was welcomed in this scale. Eduard are now along with some sets for it. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Interior Set (49941) This set has one pre-painted fret, and one brass one. You get cockpit details, instrument panels, and side panels. Parts for the seats & rails, canopy rails & mirrors, rudder pedals, and many other smaller cockpit parts. Zoom! Set (FE941) This set contains a reduced subset of the interior set (the colour fret) set, namely the pre-painted parts that are used to improve on the main aspects of the cockpit, as seen above. Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements. Exterior Set (48979) This set contains as the name would suggest parts for the aircraft exterior. This set is one sheet of PE. There are new landing gear doors and new parts for the landing gear bays, links and brake lines on the gear legs. There are new parts for the weapons pallet. For the prominent rear air brakes there are new internal parts and complete new air brakes to make up. There are new burner rings for the engines and a few external panels as well as fillers for the fuel tanks. Seatbelts (FE942) This set contains one pre-painted fret. There are seatbelts, in the now familiar steel material for both seats. Masks (EX631) Supplied on yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the exterior glazing and wheels. Tface Masks (EX632) Supplied on yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the interior & exterior glazing; plus the wheels. Review samples courtesy of
  5. This will be my effort for the Group Build: It's an attractive scheme for the early MiG-15, representing an aircraft that flew with the Forţele Aeriene ale Republicii Populare Română, or Romanian Air Force. As you can probably make out from the text in the picture, the blue arrow was painted on the aircraft for a film. The kit and decals come from this boxing from Eduard: I've had it for quite some time now so I'd do well to get on with it. The box is comprehensively packed with a Mig-15, 2 x MiG-15bis and a two-seater MiG-15UTI: I'll sort out what sprues/etched parts etc. I need nearer the start date. Since I bought the kit I have also accumulated a little aftermarket which I shall use for this build: These from Eduard - I believe the 'solid-hub' wheels are the early type and the 'spoked-hub' wheels the later type, so obvs I will be using the early ones. I also have this: Presumably I bought that on the assumption that I was too lazy or clumsy to drill out the kit gun barrels myself, which I am not*, but what's done is done. Anyway, that's me - back next week Cheers, Stew * Actually I might be
  6. This weekend at the E-Days 2013 the box art picture from the Eduard's future 1/48th Messerschmitt Bf.109 G-6 kit. Source: http://www.master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=78075. V.P.
  7. Eduard leaflet for May: http://www.eduard.com/store/out/media/distributors/leaflet/leaflet2016-05.pdf change digit in link for older issues
  8. Albatros D.III OEFFAG Overtrees 1:48 Eduard (8241X) Albatros D.III OEFFAG 153 PE-Set 1:48 Eduard (8241-LEPT) Albatros D.III OEFFAG 253 PE-Set 1:48 Eduard (8242-LEPT) Plastic ‘Overtrees’. From time to time Eduard offer some of their kits as ‘Overtrees’ editions. These contain just the plastic parts for the particular model with no instructions or decals, and come in a plain white box. The idea is that with the multiple options for markings in most Eduard kits, you can use these overtrees to build another of the options provided in the original kit. Also, you can use them with aftermarket decals, as even if you don’t have the original kit, Eduard provide the instructions in pdf format on their website. This release offers all five plastic sprues from the OEFFAG 152 / 153 kits, and will enable you to build one or the other, with the options of ‘prop & spinner’ , ‘blunt’, or ‘snub’ noses, and internal or externally mounted machine guns. It is therefore compatible with any of Eduard’s previous OEFFAG releases and can be used with any of the optional decals within them., for example the recently reviewed 'Viribus Unitis Dual Combo reviewed here. which contains two kits and nine finishing options! Note that this overtree box contains one aircraft. It is beautifully moulded with fine and accurate detail, and builds up very nicely with no issues. It is certainly one of the best 1:48 biplane kits available. Often when you buy a new kit, it can be hard to decide which option to finish it in, and you can find yourself dithering between your two (or three!) favourite choices. These overtree releases are a great idea, and offer a cheap and effective way to get another set of sprues, and build all the options you want!# Etched sets. Should you want to add the set of etched items to your overtree kit, fear not for they are also available to accompany it. There is a set each for the OEFFAG 152 and the OEFFAG 253 with quite a lot of differences between them, so you may need to decide which one you are going to build before you order. Two frets are supplied in each, and like the overtree kit they do come with any instructions. In both sets the smaller fret is pre-painted and holds the instruments and seatbelts, but the seatbelts are quite different styles. The main frets are unpainted and share some common parts, but the 153 has a complete seat, ‘blunt’ nose plate, and undercarriage mounting strap. Both have parts for the engine, inspection covers, elevator control horns & wires, propeller hub, wheels, and several minor details. Conclusion. A great idea, these sets are only available direct from Eduards own website. Get them while you can, they are always popular and sell out rapidly. Review samples courtesy of
  9. Victor K.2/SR.2 Update Sets (for Airfix A12009) 1:72 Eduard Released after the original B.2 kit, the K.2/SR.2 edition gives the modeller easy access to build the later tankers, and the strategic reconnaissance variant in addition. Eduard's new range of sets are here to improve on the kit detail in the usual modular manner. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Interior (73645) Starting with adding a full set of crew seatbelts, this set consists of two nickel-plated and pre-painted frets, with all the instrument panels replaced with laminated panels with painted details, in the more modern pale grey. The seats also get ejection handles, headbox details and rear structural frame, throttle quadrants for the pilots, additional instruments where they are missed from the kit, and detail skins to the footwell at the crew exit. The sidewalls are also detailed with additional instruments for good measure. Zoom! Set (SS645) This set contains a reduced subset of the interior, namely the pre-painted parts that are used to improve on the main aspects of the cockpit, as seen above. Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements. Exterior (72678) A large brass fret contains a full set of detail skins for the three gear bays and their bay doors, plus wiring looms to detail them further, and various additions to the gear legs themselves. This will require a portion of the moulded-in detail being removed beforehand, but this is fairly minor work and shouldn’t take too much effort. The final parts are some replacement/additional antennae and panels on the exterior of the airframe, plus two boomerang-shaped splitter-plates that fit between part H36, H37 and the wingroot. K.2/SR.2 Airbrakes (72679) Supplied on a single brass sheet, this set provides skins for the majority of the air brake surfaces, adding rivet and panel detail, as well as lightening holes in abundance. A little detail needs removing before construction, and the Y-shaped part of the actuator ram is removed and replaced by a folded-up hollow piece with a substantial improvement in detail. The air brakes themselves are also skinned, again increasing the level of detail immensely. If you're planning on displaying your model with the air brakes open, then this is the ideal set for you. Masks K.2 (CX529) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy and wingtip lights. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for all the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Masks SR.2 (CX530) Broadly similar to the set above for the K.2, but with additional panels for the reconnaissance pack. Review sample courtesy of
  10. L-39C Albatros Eduard 1/72 (7418) OOB except wing tubes, Vallejo acrylics,
  11. Torbjorn

    Indomitable Hellcat

    The Eduard F6F seems popular and I uderstand why. It is a wonderful kit. I’m afraid I’m going to be unoriginal and contribute with yet another. I will be building the Mk.I Hellcat on the left, FN430 of 1844 squadron. If I have not bungled, it took part in Operation Banquet in August ’44 as well as Operation Meridian in the following January. I willattempt to represent it as it looked during the latter: the attack on Palembang. Still searching for pictures - etienne posted some beautiful colour photos of planes of the same units, showing dirty planes and heavily faded paint jobs. Thread: I’ve spent the free hours of the Christmas holidays on the cockpit and engine. The kit is nicely detailed: to the cockpit I only added the black sheet under the head rest and some wires on the bulkhead behind the seat, plus some structure on the back side of the bulkhead that will (maybe) be seen through the little back windows. The space behind was apparently grey: I painted it gray white since it’ll be pretty dark.
  12. A new project - FW 190 W.Nr. 431007, flown by Heinz Bär.
  13. Reichsverteidigung Fw 190A-8/R2 & Bf 109G-6/14 1:48 Eduard Limited Edition This Limited Edition kit focuses on German heavy fighter aircraft Fw 190A-8/R2, and fighter aircraft Bf 109G-6/14 flown by Defence of the Reich fighter units. The Kits We have previously reviewed the profipack boxing of the Bf 109G-14 here, so will point you to that review if you want to see whats in the box. This duel boxing contains one of each kit with the masks and photoetch you find in the profipack kits. However it would seem at some point the Eduard have re-tooled the sprues for the Fw 190A-/R2 so we will show those below. Construction of the Fw 190 starts in the cockpit, which is augmented with pre-painted PE side consoles and instrument panels, but also retained are the decals that can be applied to flat panels, as well as the engraved panels for those that prefer to paint their details manually. The tub includes the sharply pointed rear deck, to which you add the rear bulkheads, control column, seat, plastic or PE rudder pedals, pre-painted seatbelts and sundry other parts in styrene and PE. In order to close up the fuselage the cockpit assembly is inserted along with a bulkhead that closes up the front of the tub, two exhaust inserts in the cowling, and the engine assembly, which is only an approximation of the front row of cylinders, plus the reduction gear, as not much will be seen once the cowling is in place. The lower wings are full width, and have a spar fitted that runs to the ends of the gear bays, with detail on the face visible through the apertures. This is augmented by the wheel trays, various ribs and the cannon barrels that protrude through, with the upper wings added after painting of the bay roof detail that is etched into their underside. There are different wings in this boxing depending on the decal options so the modeller will need to chose the right one. The completed wing assembly is then offered up to the fuselage, and the missing sections of the cowling with exhaust stubs, gun barrels and troughs are added to the top and bottom of the nose. The two-piece ring finishes the front cowling, and the flying surfaces are glued into to place, including separate rudder and ailerons, and fixed elevators. Two types of tyres are provided for the main gear, which have separate hubs, and fit onto the peg on the ends of the strut, with separate oleo-scissors and captive bay door parts. The retraction gear is installed on the inner side of the leg, and the centre doors fit to the central bar that splits the bays. The tail wheel slots into the rear, crew step, gun barrels and pitot probes are installed, then the three-bladed paddle prop is completed with spinner and fan behind it, with a peg at the rear fitting into a corresponding hole in the engine front. Different open and closed canopies are provided, and are outfitted with head armour before being added to the airframe along with the windscreen part. The last touch is to add the gear-down indicator pegs to the tops of the wings, which are made from tiny PE parts. If you are rigging the aerial wire to the tail, remember that if you pose the canopy open, the wire can appear relaxed, although many photos also show it taut, so check your references. Decals This really is the main reason to get this boxing, with 12 decal options. There are 7 for the 109 and 5 for the 190. The decal sheet is by Cartograf so quality is a given.There are also a sheet of stencils for each aircraft Bf 109G-14, 13./ JG 53, Bad Wörishofen, Germany, 1945 Bf 109G-14/U4, W. Nr. 512429, I./ JG 77, Euskirchen, Germany, 1945 Bf 109G-6, flown by Uffz. Klaus Lambio, 9./ JG 300, Jüterbog – Waldlager, Germany, June 1944 Bf 109G-6/R6, 9./ JG 54, Ludwigslust, Germany, January/ February 1944 Bf 109G-6/R6, 2./ JG 27, Trenčín, Slovak Republic, early 1944 Bf 109G-6/R6, flown by Hptm. Anton Hackl, CO of III./ JG 11, Oldenburg, Germany, January 1944 Bf 109G-6/R6, W. Nr. 20272, flown by Oblt. Heinrich Klöpper, CO of 7./ JG 1, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, November 1943 Fw 190A-8/R2, W. Nr. 682181, flown by Fw. Hubert Engst, Löbnitz, 6.(Sturm)/ JG 300, Löbnitz, Germany, early 1945 Fw 190A-8/R2, W. Nr. 682204, flown by Oblt. Klaus Bretschneider, 5. (Sturm)/ JG 300, Löbnitz, Germany, December 1944. Fw 190A-8/R2, flown by Uffz. Erich Keller, 5.(Sturm)/ JG 4, Babenhausen, Germany, December 1944 Fw 190A-8/R2, W. Nr. 682958, flown by Uffz. Paul Lixfeld, 6.(Sturm)/ JG 300, Löbnitz, Germany, December 1944 Fw 190A-8/R2, W. Nr. 681420, flown by Lt. Alfred Lausch, 8.(Sturm)/ JG 4, Welzow, Germany, September 1944 Poster There is also an A3 Picture of Fw 190A-8/R2, W. Nr. 681420, flown by Lt. Alfred Lausch, 8.(Sturm)/ JG 4, in flight/ Conclusion This is a welcome release from Eduard for those who like the aircraft which flew in the defence of Germany. Available at all good model shops Review sample courtesy of
  14. Harrier GR.7/9 Limited Edition (1166) 1:48 Eduard What does one say about the Harrier? It is the world's first and most successful operational Vertical Take-Off/Landing VTOL fighter aircraft that was originally designed back when jet engines themselves were new technology, so vectoring thrust was almost unheard off. Starting with a test rig nicknamed "The Flying Bestead", the engineers at Hawker Siddeley and Bristol Engines began design work on this inventive and ground-breaking jet during a period when Duncan Sands was putting the brakes on many manned aircraft projects in the mistaken belief that technology was ready for unmanned aircraft and missiles. The resulting airframe looked suspiciously like a Harrier, but was called Kestrel, and had some unusual features that wouldn't make it through development, such as the inflatable intake lips to shape the air at different speeds, which could give the aircraft a somewhat "jug-eared" look from the front. Some of the airframes were sent to the US for evaluation, and at the end of 1967 the Harrier as she became known first flew in its GR.1 guise. Various upgrades in service saw the GR.3 with an extended nose to house the laser tracker, with them seeing service in the RAF and US Marines as the AV-8A. As well as the substantially different Fleet Air Arm Sea Harriers, the Harrier II was developed between BAe and McDonnell Douglas, where it was known as the AV-8B. It had a new composite wing and heavily adapted composite fuselage, new more powerful Rolls-Royce Pegasus engines, as well as more modern avionics, while still remaining subsonic in forward flight. To confuse everyone, the RAF adopted the GR.5 as a continuation of the name of the original Harrier, and almost no-one refers to it as the Harrier II any more. The GR.7 added night operations capability, with the GR.9 finalising development and adding a whole host of new avionics to the platform. Sadly, and many would say before its time, the Harrier was withdrawn from service earlier than originally anticipated and barely after the upgrade programme had finished, leaving the UK without anything to fly off her remaining carriers while we wait for its eventual replacement, the F-35 Lightning II. The airframes were sold off to the US for a song, where they are still being used by the Marines, although some contention still remains as to whether they are flying or being used for spares. The Kit This is a reboxing of the excellent Hasegawa kit that is sometimes available and at other times harder to find, depending on where you look. Eduard have done their usual job of augmenting the original, and have included some additional parts in resin and Photo-Etch (PE), plus a new decal sheet with some interesting and colourful options. The tooling dates from 2004, so isn't up-to-the-minute new, but it has a good reputation as being accurate, with fine engraved panel lines on the surface, but contrary to the general rule with Hasegawa kits, it isn't short on weapons. Inside the colourful box are twelve sprues of light grey styrene of various sizes, which have AV-8B on the majority of the runners, and GR.5/7 on one. A clear sprue, a set of four poly-caps, two sheets of PE (one pre-painted), a slip of acetate for the MFD glazing, a bag of resin upgrade parts, kabuki masks, and a decal sheet are also included along with a glossy instruction booklet with painting and decaling guide at the rear. If you already have any of the later Harriers from Hasegawa you will know roughly what to expect, but the resin should address some of the kit's weaker points, and the additional parts that are available separately will take the detail up to the highest level, so you can put into it what you want in the areas that interest you. At time of writing, the following items are available, and I'll be reviewing these shortly, so will add links. TERMA Pod 648266 GR.7/9 Exhaust Nozzles 648267 Sniper ATP for Harrier GR.9 648273 GR.7/9 PE Upgrade 49784 Construction begins with the cramped cockpit, and here the additions start to make themselves known straight away, with a complete upgrade of the instrument panel and narrow side consoles with pre-painted PE that differs between decal options. The acetate sheet is applied behind the MFD bezels to give a shiny glazed look to the coloured parts behind, and later on a highly detailed resin seat with a full complement of resin cushions and crew belts is inserted once the majority of handling is over. The cockpit sidewalls are also upgraded with additional detailed skins, as well as some small control levers and canopy latching hooks. The nose is built up separately initially, while the main fuselage is closed up around the big Pegasus fan intake and the linkages for the vectored exhaust nozzles. They are brought together with the nose cone and the two intakes, which have their blow-in doors as separate parts at the top of the intake, which droop down after engine shut-down under gravity. The hot and cold nozzle pairs are built up from two parts each, and fix into the poly-caps within the linkages. They can remain mobile with careful gluing, and the rearmost nozzle pair have a protective heat deflecting plate installed behind them to protect the fuselage. The wings are next, with the top a single part, and the lower in two halves, with separate wing tips. The Leading Edge Root eXtension (LERX) programme gave the airframe additional lift by using either a partial LERX or full LERX, and both are included in the box, with your option dependent on which decal option you choose. The tail has a moulded-in rudder, while the elevators are separate parts with PE swash-plates between them and the fuselage. Additional small parts and mesh panels are added to the tail cone, and a number of small aerials, louvres etc. are dotted around the airframe throughout the build too. The airbrakes remain stock, although the ventral brake does receive an additional decal to detail it, even though it probably won't be seen. The landing gear of the Harrier is described as bicycle-style, with a single nose wheel and large twin tail wheel, both of which are replaced with resin parts courtesy of the goodie-bag that comes with the kit. The little stabiliser wheels half-way along the wing have their wheels removed and more detailed resin yokes and tyres added, with a number of small decals dotted about all the struts, which is a thing I'd like to see more on kits, as the devil is in the detail. The choice of weapons for the Harrier, as previously alluded, is fairly generous for a Hasegawa kit, with a pair of cannon pods, some Sidewinders, pylons, and of course additional fuel tankage for the centreline or underwing pylons. The AIM-9s would be better replaced by some from Eduard's Brassin line if detail is paramount, but the kit parts aren't too shabby. The two strakes under the fuselage centre that guide the jetwash downward when hovering without the cannon pods fitted are supplied with some small additional PE parts where they join the fuselage at the front, and a pair of adapter rails for the Sidewinders can also be found on the sprues. One of the most noticeable aspects of the Harrier when looking at it from the front is the large blown canopy that affords the pilot a good view. This is reproduced faithfully on the sprues, but it has to be done with a three-part mould, so there is a seam down the centre of the outside of the canopy. You can easily remove this by sanding it back with progressively finer grades of stick, finishing off with a buffing sponge and/or some plastic polish. If you're a bit wary of mucking it up, it's fine enough to leave and almost no-one will notice. The same occurs with the windscreen, so you might as well do the two at once. The additional parts include a decal for the det-cord canopy shattering device, a set of rear-view mirrors and some small levers for the inside front of the windscreen. These are installed at the last gasp along with the resin ejection seat and a bunch of intakes, antennae and a formation light. The masks are supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. In addition you get a set of masks for the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. A double mask for the HUD glass is also included to ease your painting experience Markings There are six options in the box, and the decals are by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. From the box you can build one of the following: Harrier GR.9, ZD 406, Royal Navy Naval Strike Wing, RAF Station Cottesmore, 2009 Harrier GR.7, ZG 479/69A, IV (AC) Squadron, Operation Telic, Ahmed al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait, spring 2003 Harrier GR.7, ZD 464/54, 20 ® Squadron, RAF Wittering Air Base, 2002 Harrier GR.7, ZD 379/27, 1(F) Squadron, Barduffoss, Norway, January 2004 Harrier GR.7, ZG 501, SAOEU Boscombe Down, 1996 Harrier GR.9A, ZG 478/68, No. 41 ® Squadron, RAF Coningsby Air Base, March 2006 There are also copious stencils that are marked out on a separate page each for the airframe, pylons and weapons, all of which adds that extra bit of realism to any model. Conclusion Add a Hasegawa Harrier, some Eduard goodies and some lovely decals into a box and you've got a winner. If you're prepared to go the extra mile and treat yourself to the extras mentioned earlier, you have a superbly detailed model that should keep you busy for a good long while. Very highly recommended, and don't dally, as they won't hang around on the shelves for long, as it's a limited edition in case you didn't notice. Review sample courtesy of
  15. In the Czech Modelforum it's mentioned that after the 1/48th MiG-21, Spitfire and Bf.109 families, Eduard has as long term project the North American P-51 Mustang in the same scale. Wait and see. Source: http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=68170&start=5865 V.P.
  16. B-52G Updates (for Modelcollect) 1:72 Eduard Many of us have been waiting for a new tooled B-52 for a long time, and ModelCollect have now obliged, starting with the B-52G that we reviewed here, recently. Eduard's new range of sets are here to improve on the kit detail in the usual modular manner. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Interior (73646) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels and side consoles are the primary parts on the painted set, with new rudder pedals and box; ejection seat details; a new crew-seats for the third top-deck crew; crew-harnesses for all three seats; a new floor skin, crew ladder and entranceway detail are also supplied along with a brand new lower hatch that fits into the existing hole. Zoom! Set (SS646) This set contains a reduced subset of the interior, namely the pre-painted parts that are used to improve on the main aspects of the cockpit, as seen above. Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements. Engines(72680) This larger bare brass set contains some important detail parts, such as the fans within the engines, beginning with the intake compressor, for which you are told to carve a piece of sprue to the shape of the stator cone – times eight, of course. Another fan is attached to the front of the internal tube, and an exhaust lip with three triangular(ish) flaps encroaching back into the trunk is glued to the rear of each exhaust. You will need to build them up in pairs due to the arrangement of the engine, with four pods making up the dreaded 8-engine approach. Landing Flaps (72677) To say that this is the largest set doesn't convey quite how much brass is in the bigger ziplok bag. There are two approximately A5 sheets, plus two other extra sheets that would normally be large enough for a whole set, which meant I had to scan the set in two parts as it wouldn't fit on my Letter sized plattern. The B-52's wings are enormous, so it's flying surfaces are bound to be too, which explains the hectares of PE we have here. Each flap bay is made up from a central slab that has many of the delicate ribs with detail layer captive initially, which are then folded, twisted and bent back into the etched lines, whilst meshing with the lateral parts to form the internal structure of the bay. Additional ribs are added, and flap-runs are fixed to the assembly along with 0.8mm rod from your own stock. The inner flap bays have masses of additional detail added around the root, plus a skin that matches the cut-out to the flap itself. The kit flaps are replaced by new ones all fabricated from PE, which is bent and folded over to the correct shape and detailed with small brackets, access hatches etc. once you have all four bays and flaps completed, the kit flap detail needs to be removed from the insides, with a scrap diagram showing you what to remove. The bays are then glued in place, and the linkages between the bays and flaps are finished off, allowing the modeller to join them to the model. Due to the realism of the connections, the flaps will be quite delicate, so the attachment is best done after all the major handling of the aircraft is over, so plan ahead. Masks (CX531) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, plus a set of hub masks for all the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Review sample courtesy of
  17. nionios_v


    Hi everyone and happy new Year ! My latest completion . I used the Eduard set for the cockpit and some Montex Masks for the decals . The 'net' is freehand airbrushed and the rest just simple masking . Hope you like it !
  18. Hi everyone, this is my first WIP on this site... I'm already some weeks into this build so no real 'in progress' pictures. I don't have too much time for modelling so my focus lies on building rather than taking pictures on the go. But now I found some time and thought I share some pictures. The kit should be well known, its the 1/350 Tamiya Tirpitz. I got it as a present from friends last year for my birthday and used the time to obtain some goodies for it: the eduard big ed set and a wooden deck from a chinese companie I do not know... So here we go: bridge assembly upper bridge full bridge assembly: and with radars all radars: funnel: scratchbuilt interior: ...aaaaand how little you see when the funnel cap is attached... I don't want to imagine how it looks after painting... At least I know its there! Now the hangars, first the only WIP I can show: side hangar before and after PE both done: big hangar: Now the big pieces: and everything together so far... looks like theres more brass than plastic and next the wooden decking... there are many issues with that... for example 1 easy to fix problems where eduard replaced the 'balconies'... 2 Big problem where eduard corrected wrong fittings on the deck... I still have no idea what to do with that... maybe fill in pieces out of sheet to simulate hatches... 3 Huge problem where shields where moved to the correct positions... see also the first picture of the wooden decking aft of the 2nd tower in front of the bridge... I dont know what to do... as shown on previous pictures eduard provides etched decking but I know my painting skills will never be good enough to stand up to the real wooden decking on the main deck... Any input is highly appreciated. Thanks for looking Konrad
  19. New years greetings to you all - my first completion for the year - mostly built last year of course. The Eduard Spit Mk 9 in 1/72. The kit was great and is highly recommended to those looking to fill the Spitfire 1/72 gap in your life. It was my first Eduard kit and I'm a solid convert after this. Looking forward to building many more. I used Tamiya Acrylics in the main, with some Vallejo Air Color and oils for the weathering. WIP is here: I lost the rear view mirror to the carpet monster - also I mistakenly put the stencils decals over the invasion stripes (doh!) though I'm blaming Eduard's painting guide for that. Thanks for bearing with me as I'm still trying to improve my photography skills - Thanks for reading..!
  20. Provisional Eduard 2019-2020 programme Source: https://nowosci.plastikowe.pl/aktualnosci/zapowiedzi-2019-2020-eduard/ Aircraft - 1/32nd - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-1/E-3 Legion Condor - Limited Edition - 2nd half of 2019 Aircraft - 1/48th - ref. 8227 - Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat - ProfiPACK - January 2019 - ref. 11125 - Bodenplatte: Focke-Wulf Fw.190D-9 & Messerschmitt Bf.109G-14/AS (Dual Combo) - Limited Edition - January 2019 - ref. 84151 - Supermarine Spitfire L.F. Mk.IXc (Late Version) - Weekend Edition - January 2019 - ref. 8103 - Dassault Mirage IIIC - ProfiPACK - February 2019 - ref. 82122 - Hawker Tempest V Series 2 - ProfiPACK - February 2019 - Messerschmitt Bf.109G-10 (Diana/WNF) - ProfiPACK - March 2019 - PANAVIA MRCA Tornado - Limited Edition - April 2019 - rebox of Revell kit - Dassault Mirage IIICJ - ProfiPACK - May 2019 - Messerschmitt Bf.109F-2/F-4 "Operation Barbarossa" - Limited Edition - May 2019 - Hawker Tempest - Royal Class - June 2019, although it may be postponed until early 2020 - McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet - Limited Edition - June 2019 - rebox of Hasegawa kit - Focke-Wulf Fw.190A-8 - ProfiPACK - 1st half of 2019 - Lockheed F-104J Starfighter - Limited Edition - July / August 2019 - rebox of Hasegawa kit - MiG-23BN "Flogger-H" - Limited Edition - October 2019 - rebox of Trumpeter kit (without resin set) - SPAD XIII (Early Version) - ProfiPACK - 2nd half of 2019 - Bell P-39 Airacobra - ProfiPACK - 2nd half of 2019 - Messerschmitt Bf.109G-6/AS - ProfiPACK - 2nd half of 2019 - Messerschmitt Bf.109G-10 (Erla WNr.15xxxx) - ProfiPACK - 2nd half of 2019 - Focke-Wulf Fw.190A JaBo - Limited Edition - 2nd half of 2019 - Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat - Weekend Edition - 2019 - Hanriot HD.2 (Float Version) - Weekend Edition - 2019 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-4 - Weekend Edition - 2019 - Focke-Wulf Fw.190A-3 - Weekend Edition - 2019 - Supermarine Spitfire H.F. Mk.VIII - Weekend Edition - 2019 - Messerschmitt Bf.108 Taifun - Weekend Edition - 2019 - Albatros D.V - Weekend Edition - 2019 - Focke-Wulf Fw.190A-5 - Weekend Edition - 2019 - Messerschmitt Bf.109G-14 - Weekend Edition - 2019 - Messerschmitt Bf.109G-10 (Erla WNr.48xxxx) - with the G-10 set ? (Erla WNr.15xxxx) - Messerschmitt Bf.109G-12 - three versions, based on rebuilt G-4, G-6 and G-10 - Messerschmitt Bf.109G-14/AS (Erla WNr.46xxxx) - Messerschmitt Bf.109K-4 - 2020-2021 - Avia S-199 - 2020-2021 - Avia CS-199 - 2020-2021 - North American P-51D Mustang - test samples should be ready in Spring 2019 - North American P-51D Mustang - Royal Class - 2019-2020 - North American P-51D Mustang Mighty Eight - Limited Edition - 2020 - North American P-51D/K Mustang IV - 2020 - North American F-6D/K Mustang - 2020 Aircraft - 1/72nd - ref. 7450 - Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat - Weekend Edition - February 2019 - MiG-21MF "Fishbed-J" - Czechoslovak, Czech and Slovak - Limited Edition - March 2019 - Fokker D.VII - Royal Class - Quatro Combo - spring 2019, may be postponed to early 2020 - Fokker D.VII (OAW) - ProfiPACK - May 2019 - MiG-21MF "Fishbed-J" Fighter Bomber - Weekend Edition - Spring/Summer 2019 - Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat - ProfiPACK - July 2019 - Fokker D.VII (MAG) - ProfiPACK - October 2019 - MiG-21MFN "Fishbed-J" - Weekend Edition - October 2019 - MiG-21PF "Fishbed-F" - ProfiPACK - 2nd half of 2019 - MiG-21PFM "Fishbed-F" - ProfiPACK - 2nd half of 2019 - Supermarine Spitfire H.F. Mk.VIII - ProfiPACK - 2019 - Fokker D.VII (Alb) - ProfiPACK - 2020 - Fokker D.VII (Fok) - ProfiPACK - 2020 Aircraft - 1/144th Eduard is to reissue 1/144 scale limited edition kits. Some will be Eduard upgraded models and some others from a Japanese producers (probably Platz). - Focke-Wulf Fw.190D - Limited Edition - 2nd half of 2019 - Grumman F6F Hellcat - Limited Edition - 2nd half of 2019 - Republic P-47D Thunderbolt - Limited Edition - 2nd half of 2019 - Douglas A-4E/F Skyhawk - Limited Edition - 2nd half of 2019 - Lockheed F-104G Starfighter - Limited Edition - 2nd half of 2019 - Vought F-8E Crusader - Limited Edition - 2nd half of 2019 V.P.
  21. 1/72 Fokker D.VII by Eduard confirmed here: http://ipmsnymburk.com/forum/viewtema.php?ID_tema=11559
  22. Kitchen Modeller

    The Redemption Spitfire

    Hi de ho folks - now that my current project is nearing the end, I've set my sights on the next one - which is the first in what I'm calling the redemption series. As some of you are aware, I'm not long back in this precarious hobby - After being bitten with a truly terrible attempt at building a scale model aircraft. Since then I have dived into the hobby with such abandon that it's scaring the family (as well as myself truth be told) But it's fine - I'm having a blast - those early builds where great fun and lead on to slightly better things - which brings us to the Mark V - my second attempt at building and painting a model airplane - an Airfix 1/72 Mark V It was built wheels up as I wasn't confident enough to attempt an undercarriage - this model was the first time I used filler and sanding, masking, clear coats, decal solution, washes and attempted getting the actual correct colours for the type (which still came out as a fail) In spite of it's flaws (of which there are oh so many) I still really like this kit - more due to the fact that I learned so much from it - it was a big discovery moment on what you could do with a few more bits in the toolbox. With later builds I probably took a few steps back but that's part of the learning process. But after building it, all I could think about was how I could have made a better job of it - another Spitfire was always on the cards. So this leads us to the next one which is going to be this baby I picked up on the Hannants website: Only 2 weeks all the way to New Zealand - I've ordered stuff from Aussie that took waaaay longer than that. And it was very reasonably priced.... a few beers on a friday night... browsing the internet... one thing lead to another and... I'll stop talking about hannants now. This will be my first Eduard kit - which is a treat to myself after my last build - A Dodge Charger from MPC that was the worst model I've ever built in my life. I'm won't get into it here but lets say I'm due for something that actually fits together without the loss of sanity points. I hoping this is the kit to get me there. Some sprues: There's a lot of plastic for a 1/72 model - there are 5 marking schemes and types from 5 different countries with specific parts for each one - pretty impressive. And the parts look good, can't see any flash or mold lines - again a refreshing change. The detail included is quite nice: No need to rivet - already included:) Some PE: Part 20 in the photo above is a trigger guard for the control column which made me smile - it's all insanely small so not sure I have the chops to implement this stuff but I'll give it a go. Some glassware: It's all very plush - I'm extremely happy with this kit and haven't started the build yet - hopefully things will continue in this vein. Lastly, I had to make a call on which version I'm going to build: Love this scheme - it's Czech, it's got invasion stripes and my favorite RAF camo. No contest. It might be a little while before things get started in earnest but hopefully not too long.... To be continued.
  23. Legie - SPAD XIII čs pilotů 1:72 Eduard(2126) Limited Edition In 1916 Georges Guynemer became well known in France as a flying ace with a rapidly rising score of kills, some 25 by the end of the year. He wrote to the SPAD company in late 1916 criticising their VII model for being inferior its German opponents, and his reputation ensured that his concerns were taken seriously. SPAD introduced a number of developments to the aircraft, enlarging it slightly and fitting a more powerful engine and increasing the armament. Two versions were created, the SPAD XII armed with a 37mm canon firing through the propeller shaft, and the more conventionally armed SPAD XIII with two Vickers machine guns. The XII / XIII was heavier and less manoeuvrable than the VII, but had a better climb rate and top speed. Of the two the XIII was produced in far greater numbers, and achieved widespread use by a number of air forces during and after the Great War. The kit. This Limited Edition release from Eduard concentrates on SPAD XIIIs flown by Czech pilots during and after the Great War. Presented in Eduard’s familiar sturdy box, the artwork features one wartime and one post war machine, both in the attractive camouflage scheme typical of French aircraft of this period. Within the box are two large grey coloured plastic sprues, protected in a re-sealable bag, a small clear sprue, a fret of pre-painted photo etched parts, a small set of kabuki tape masks, a decal sheet, and an instruction booklet. First impressions are of how small and delicate the model is in this scale, and how fine and detailed the mouldings are. Sprue A. This contains the main airframe parts for the wings, fuselage, fin/rudder, and cowling ring. All are superbly moulded with sharp detail and no sign of sink marks or flash. Like their 1:48 scale version of this aeroplane. Eduard have moulded the fuselage in two halves... ...with a third piece for the top, including the tailplanes. Having built a few of the 1:48 version, I can verify that this works extremely well and eliminates any possibility of a seam showing along the top of the fuselage. I wish a few more manufacturers would do this as it is very effective. The wings are beautifully thin with fine rib detail and well defined sockets for the struts to fit into. Final pieces are the front cowling ring, cockpit floor & top cutout, seat, and ammo chutes. Sprue B This has all the smaller detail parts such as wheels, guns, exhausts, struts, etc, all very neatly moulded. Several parts are marked on the instructions as not for use, either because they are options or because the etched fret contains replacements. The cockpit is provided with a wealth of very fine detail, and as it is a mixture of wood, brass, and aluminium colours, it should look spectacular. Also provided are decals for all the instrument faces, with the option of using the pre-painted items from the etched fret if you prefer. The etch fret also supplies pre painted seat belts, making this a very detailed cockpit indeed for such a small scale. Sprue C There are two very small windscreen, of which only no. 2 is applicable to all four options. Etch The photo etched fret contains many pre-painted items, such as the previously mentioned instrument faces and seatbelts. The aileron cranks are also provided, as are the louvered engine side panels. Mask On yellow Kabuki tape, pre cut masks are provided for the windscreen and both sides of the wheel hubs, which should make simple work of painting the tyres. Options Four options are give, two each from Czech pilots who flew as volunteers with French Air Force during the Great War, and two from the post war Czech Air Force with the large ‘flag’ markings replacing the French roundels. All four wear the attractive brown/sand/green French style camouflage, with the wartime machines having clear doped linen undersides, while the Czech machines have silver undersides. A. S2807, flown by Adj. Augustin Charvát, Spa.315, Chaux, France, September 1918. B. S 8875, flown by Adj. Václav Pilát, Spa.124, France, fall 1918. C. No. 9151, flown by Cpl. Bohumil Siegl, 33rd Squadron, Air Regiment 2, Lípa Airfield near Nemecký Brod, Czechoslovakia, September 1st, 1924. D. No. 9152, flown by Sgt. František Lehký, 32nd Squadron, Air Regiment 1, Blíževedly Airfield, Czechoslovakia, August 28th, 1924. Decals. Good colours, pin sharp printing, thin and with minimal carrier film. Well up to Eduard’s usual high standards. It is nice to see that the shade of French blue on the rudder stripe and roundels look correct. Conclusion. A well thought out and presented kit that should build up into a real little jewel of a model . It looks to be based on Eduards larger 1:48 scale SPAD XIII, of which I have made three without encountering any problems. Rigging in this scale is down to personal preference, but I would recommend fine heat stretched sprue as probably being the easiest. Just measure the lengths with a pair of dividers, and attach with small blobs of white glue, using fine tweezers to place each one. It is a very complete package with etched details and kabuki masks included, and a wise choice of colour schemes. The two post war Czech machines will appeal to those who like really unusual schemes, whilst the two wartime ones will satisfy those who like the more familiar. Probably better suited to modellers at medium skill level rather than the beginner, due to the struts and rigging. (Should 1:72 not be your scale, don't worry - Eduard have also released this in 1:48 scale with the same markings). Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Footnote. As a modeller I am as much interested in the personalities around the aircraft, as I am in the aircraft themselves. Given Guynemers’ connection to the SPAD XIII and the fact Eduard also do a ‘Weekend’ edition of this kit in his markings, I thought a few words here might spark some further interest. Like many Great War aviators, Georges Guynemer was a fascinating character. Born into an aristocratic family, he was rejected many times for military service due to his frailty and poor health. Through fierce determination and strength of character he got himself accepted as a mechanic, and later on to pilot training. He went on to become one of the Great War’s highest scoring aces, with a final tally of 53 victories. A very quiet and modest man who disliked publicity, but who believed very strongly in serving his country. Tired and exhausted, he was shot down and killed on 11 September 1917, at the age of 22. The whereabouts of his aircraft and his body remain unknown. Amazingly, one of Guynemers actual SPAD VII’s survives to this day, and I was able to photograph it a few years ago it in the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace at Le Bourget, Paris. It is an amazing museum with some very special and rare aircraft in its collection. Well worth the trip if you can make it. A priceless treasure; Those fiddly aileron cranks on the lower wing:
  24. Fokker D.VII OAW 1:48 Eduard Weekend The Fokker D.VII first appeared over the western front in the late spring/early summer of 1918, as the Great War was entering its final phase leading up to the November Armistice. Much has been written about it, but it was an outstanding fighter often awarded the accolade of being the finest such machine produced by any side in the conflict. It is also well known that it was the only aircraft specifically named by the allies in the Armistice agreement; such was its fearsome reputation as a killer. The Eduard Fokker D.VII has been around since 2005, and released in all major versions (Fokker, Albatros, and O.A.W). Much of the basic kits are the same but Eduard provides different fuselages on a separate sprue depending upon the version. In fact they supply two complete fuselage halves per kit. Although building the same aircraft, Fokker, Albatros, and O.A.W. each had their own variations, most notably in the front cowling panels and exhaust pipe location. And even within manufacturer, these features could vary, hence Eduard very welcome decision to provide two fuselage types per manufacturer. This is a much appreciated touch, as it makes building much simpler and easier. I find it sometimes irritating with other manufactures where you have to attach so many inserts and panel per version, that it is hard to get a neat airframe with everything flush, so full marks to Eduard here. I built this one from the Royal class boxing a few years ago. This latest release is a ‘Weekend’ edition which gives you a basic kit without the etched brass fret or kabuki masks of the top of the range ‘Profipack’ or ‘Royal Class’ kits. The simplified box art shows Jasta 19’s Wilhelm Leusch’s well known ‘Dragon’ scheme, and a side profile of Franz Meyers attractive MFJ III scheme. Lifting the box lid reveals the four familiar sprues, all of which are still as sharply moulded as ever and show no sign of flash or sink marks. The only change I noticed was that the usual olive coloured plastic has been replaced with a medium grey colour on three of the four sprues. Sprues A and B hold the wings and tail surfaces, with nicely defined rib detail. Also present are some interior parts and the Mercedes DIIIa engine. A selection of 4 propellers are provided, covering Axial, Wolff, Heine, and Niendorf types. Sprue C holds all the delicate parts such as struts, seat mountings, control column, rudder pedals, compass etc. Also included is Eduard's clever 'stitching' insert that fits in a channel on the fuselage underside, to represent the stitched fabric seam found there. Plus it has the benefit of hiding the fuselage join. Sprue D offers the manufacturer specific fuselage halves, other boxings have the Fokker and Albatros versions, but here we have the O.A.W ones along with the appropriate radiator and exhaust pipe. The Meyer machine uses halves 1 and 2 (with the semi-circle cooling gills) while the Leusch version uses fuselages 3 and 4 (with the long cooling gills). Meyer fuselage; Leusch fuselage; All the fuselages beautifully represent the fabric covering over the steel tube skeleton. There are subtly defined 'facets' of each section down the sides, which really need to be seen close up to fully appreciate. Decals. Most previous ‘Weekend’ kits I have seen offer only one decal option, but unusually we have two here. A. Wilhem Leusch, Jasta 19, October 1918. B. Franz Meyer, MFJ III, 1918. The welcome surprise is that a full set of upper and lower lozenge decals are supplied, along with a full set of rib tapes to go over them, in both salmon pink and blue. Having built many of these kits in the last 10 years or so, I can offer a few pointers to ensure a happy build; It is important to line up all the internal bulkheads to fit in their recesses in the opposing fuselage half, as the engineering is to very fine tolerances. Common sense really, but double check before committing to glue. Prime and paint the wings in a base colour such as pale blue underneath, and medium green on top. The lozenge decals need a painted surface to ‘bite’ onto and adhere properly. Putting them on to bare plastic won’t work. Glue all four undercarriage struts into the axle wing, and let it set before attaching to the fuselage. You can check right after gluing that the top of each strut finds its mounting hole on the fuselage, then put it aside. Depending upon final colour scheme, if possible attach the forward strut assemblies to the assembled, but bare plastic fuselage. This will ensure a strong join, and if like the two schemes here, won’t interfere with painting the final colours. Lozenge fabric colours are a minefield to wander in to, it seems everybody has a different opinion. I have a preference for toning my models down, just lightly. To this end I usually give lozenged surfaces a very light coat of thinned Tamiya ‘Smoke’, in one or two passes from my airbrush. I like the harmonised and blended look it gives, reducing the harshness of what can otherwise appear as a stark finish. It is however a matter of personal taste, and I offer it here as an opinion rather than a criticism. Conclusion. Eduards Fokker D.VII is one of the best 1/48 Great War aircraft kits ever produced. It assembles accurately and easily, and perfectly captures the look of the original machine. There is hardly any rigging (a cross brace in the undercarriage, and a few simple control cables), which further adds to its appeal for those who are put off by it. Stretched sprue will easily deal with this, and even a total absence is not very noticeable. It is in fact one of my all time favourite kits and subjects, and over the years I have purchased at least one of every release of it, from single kits, through Dual Combos, up to the beautiful ‘Royal Class’ edition. There are so many attractive colour schemes for the D.VII, many of them offered in the Eduard kits and even more can be found on aftermarket sheets. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Also available is a Wheel mask set
  25. F-14D Upgrades (Tamiya) 1:48 Eduard Tamiya's new F-14A in 1:48 caused a stir in the modelling community due to their reputation for high quality kits, and rightly so - It's a lovely kit, and now we also have a top quality later F-14D model to play with. Here comes Eduard to make it better with another host of resin and brass sets! As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. F-14D Interior (49933) Two frets are included in this set, one with nickel plating and pre-painted details, the other in bare brass for the constructional aspect of the upgrade. It included sidewall skins for the two cockpits; replacement rudder pedals; highly detailed side console skins that require removal of the moulded-in detail, as does the instrument panel replacement for pilot and RIO. Other details include switch panels on the sidewalls; small structural details; a hoop for the windscreen with built-in grab-handle, matching hoop on the canopy front with rear-view mirrors, canopy closure details with retention hooks and another hoop with mirror for the RIO, plus some additional details in the rear bracing panel. Zoom! Set (FE933) This set contains a reduced subset of the interior, namely the pre-painted parts that are used to improve on the main aspects of the cockpit, as seen above. Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements. Seatbelts STEEL (FE934) The new ultra-thin an bendy steel frets are becoming common in the Eduard line, and if you aren't going for the resin seats, you can get the PE from that set separately to improve the kit parts with pre-painted belts; anti-flail injury leg straps; ejection actuation hoops, and additional seat controls. Exterior (48970) A large fret of natural brass includes a host of additional detail to improve on the base kit, starting with the landing gear, which is given additional small structural improvements, hosing on the legs and inside the bays; structural elements; bay door details including the transparent part in the centre of the nose bay doors; a number of grilles for the exterior of the airframe; upgrades to the main bays including their covers; belly pylon end skins; mating surfaces for the wing mounted pylons; exhaust details for the included weapons; a very detailed crew access ladder replacement, for which you will need some lengths of 0.4mm rod for the rungs, and additional parts for the arrestor hook. Engines (48969) The title of this single fret of brass is a little misleading, as it contains nickel-plated parts for the afterburner ring; a small fan behind a grille in the airway; A series of small grilles that are found around the airframe, and an external replacement skin for the nose gear bay door. Quite a mish-mash, with some duplication from the exterior set. Masks (EX624) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Masks Tface (EX625) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with everything above, but also give you another set of canopy masks tailored to fit the interior of the glazing so that you can paint the interior and give your model that extra bit of realism. It's especially useful if you have also bought the interior set, as it will simplify painting enormously. Review sample courtesy of