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  1. In a bid to up my output and clear down the stash, I dug this out: I am planning on building both at the same time and doing them closed up . As you would imagine, there is a lot of plastic in the box including 2 wing sets with different armament and 3 complete fuselages. Two of them are straight A8s and the third gives you the option to build the R2 Stormbock version with the armour panels on the cockpit sides: In addition to the normal coloured photo etch, you also get a more comprehensive set for each aircraft, etched flaps and a set of tools which could be handy if dioramas are your thing. There is also an interesting booklet about the air battle over the Ore Mountains in 1944: And finally, you get a pice of scrap metal purportedly from an actual Fw-190 and a replica Ritterkreuz which could come in handy if you get invited to any 'Allo 'Allo themed fancy dress parties I'mon a Mr Paint delivery before I make a proper start but have started snipping bits off sprues and doing a bit of test fitting to remind myself of where the potential pitfalls are. Here is a test fitting of the engine bulkhead and gun platform with the cockpit tub in place: I'm off for the whole of Easter week so hope to get both built up before going back to work. Time permitting, i might start assembling the u/c bays into the lower wings tomorrow. More soon, Howard
  2. I have to make a confession first, I never finished a scale model of the Bf 109 So time to change this. As I had the three new kits in my stash, why not to do a "comparative" build of them. They are from largest to smallest box - Eduard, Tamiya and Zvezda. Upon opening the boxes, the Eduard box looks rather empty. The Tamiya box looks to have more in it. And the Zvezda box is full up to the rim! But this is a bit misleading as several frames are from the older F model. There are plenty online reviews of the three kits and they are all reasonably favorable. According to them, the Zvezda kit which is based on their F model lacks in details and looks rushed. Eduards Mk.II kit is now in 1/48 at last, but still has some shape issues. And Tamiya with the latest addition looks to be another shake the box kit to build it. So lets start the comparison with the wings. As can be seen, there is a slight variation in wing span. The Zvezda wing is actually a bit shorter still as it isn't casted with the dihedral in place. Here a close-up of the two bulges and the difference in shapes And here the a picture how these two bulges do look. Lets move to the top of the wing. Here the length diffrence is now more visible, with the Zvezda wing about 1mm too short. And the comparison of the undercarriage bulge. To compare the fuselage is a bit tricky due to the construction of the engine covers. The Eduard fuselage is maybe placed a bit too forward. Considering this, they are equal in length. Also note the different shapes and sizes of the bulge under the horizontal stabilizers. And these bulges on the real aircraft. It looks there was a bit of variation on the real aircraft too. But there are differences in the representation of maintenance panels. The res circle show the missing panels. I believe Tamiya has one too many, Eduard is correct and Zvezda has some missing. The Tamiya instructions have this to say about the panels above and the bulges below. And here the other side. The two bulges are very noticable on the Tamiya kit, very tiny on the Eduard kit and none existent on the Zvezda kit. Here a close up. One known issue with the Eduard kit is the fuselage height. In comparison with the Zvezda kit, it is 0.6mm too high. Comparing the Zvezda and Tamiya fuselage results in a perfect match. I am sure that all three kits will result in very nice models of the Bf 109 G-6. The Tamiya kit looks to be the easiest build. Eduard has some nice details and Zvezda needs a bit of work. My goal is to have the three models built in similar finishes prior painting. That means that I will rivet the Zveda and Tamiya kit. I may use after market parts for the wheel and exhaust which would also correct the other problem on the Eduard kit, the too wide opening for the exhaust. My next update will be a comparison of the cockpits ready for painting. I won't use the Eduard PE parts in the cockpit to have a fairer comparison. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers, Peter
  3. After P-40, -47 and -51 my dad builds a fourth and last USAAF subject, an Airacobra from Eduard in the sand livery of 46th FS on Makin Island. DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  4. My dad started the next 109 to make the Red Tulip trio complete. This time Eduards G-6 in Graf´s colours. DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  5. We've had several boxes of cheap Eduard and Hobby Boss kits delivered today and we now have a few Hobby Boss kits which are around half UK RRP! The following 1/48 Hobby Boss kits are about half price - A-4E Skyhawk, A-4F Skyhawk, Wildcatfish and the Hawk T Mk.67. We've got loads of other Hobby Boss & Eduard kits (1/48 and 1/72) on offer with around 1/3 or so off UK RRP in stock right now too. Check out the home page on our website for more details, before they sell out! http://mjwmodels.co.uk/ thanks Mike
  6. Heinkel He.111H-3 Upgrade & Mask Sets (for ICM ) 1:48 Eduard Promptly after completing a well-loved series of newly tooled Dornier Do.17/215 kits in this scale, ICM have now turned their attention to the Heinkel He.111. We reviewed the first of these brand new tooled boxings, the H-3 here (very) late last year, and they're every bit as good as their Flying Pencil kits. 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. Nose Interior (49886) 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 that will be prominent within the greenhouse are the primary parts on the painted set, with new rudder pedals; seat details; canopy internal structure; additional instruments; gun sights and extra details, and even a bomb sight also supplied. Zoom! Set (FE886) 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. Radio Compartment (49887) Two frets are included, one small nickel plated and pre-painted, the other larger one in bare brass. It involves a heavy upgrade to the level of detail within the compartment, adding racks for ammo; stowage boxes; racking; partial bulkheads; a huge range of radio boxes and other equipment; gun sights and ammo embellishments; a framework with instruments around the top gun hatch, and a base for the nearby antenna. Bomb Bay (48948) Unlike older kits in this scale, ICM have included the four bomb bay compartments within the fuselage, which this set details with a replacement set of baffles that drop down to allow the bombs free release untroubled by the airflow; stabilising strips that link the bomb fins together; bay framework details; a full new set of bay doors with detailed hinges that require you to provide lengths of 0.6mm rod to complete; a set of towel tail antennae, and oddly, a pair of radiator skins for the engines. Undercarriage (48947) This set is provided as a single large fret of brass, and creates a new internal skin for the box-shaped bays, with additional structural details added throughout. It also extends and details the firewall behind the engine that is seen from within the bay, adds some small parts to the landing gear legs, as well as brake hoses. Seatbelts STEEL (FE887) In case you don't already know, these belts are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. As well as the pilot's four-point crew belts, you also get two sets of lap belts for the other crew, plus a set of webbing for the top gunner's position. Masks (EX580) Supplied on two sheets of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the rather pane-fully faceted canopy (see what I did there?) and other glazed parts, 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 main and tail wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort, plus a landing light mask. Review sample courtesy of
  7. pipthepilot

    FW 190D-9

    After completing my Hawker tempest I thought it would be interesting to build a Dora as it was one of the adversaries of the Tempest. I also wanted a kit that didn't need much correction or scratch building so I could have a relaxing build so I chose to build the Eduard 1/48 FW 190D-9 kit. Cue obligatory photo of a box! Now, I did say I didn't want to have to have to scratch build but then as I started putting the cockpit together it really struck me how boring some of the PE parts are, especially the seatbelts. I had just seen a tutorial on how to build detail with Milliput so I thought I would have a go at creating my own belts rather than using the PE ones. Well, you know how it goes, one thing leads to another and the next moment I'm scratch building the instrument panel as well. So much for not wanting to scratch build anything this build
  8. Shar2

    HMS Belfast. 1:350

    HMS Belfast Eduard 1:350 The Trumpeter 1:350 HMS Belfast has been out some time now, in fact it was released in 2013, although rather late to the party, Eduard have now decided to release two sets of etched brass to detail the model. The two sets arrived in zip lock bags with the yellow card inserts. They are well up to the usual standard and provide a tremendous amount of extra, as well as replacement detail parts. Detail set- (53-210) comes on two sheets of relief etched brass and also includes a small sheet of acetate for the bridge windscreen. The sheets contains a myriad of parts such as watertight doors which can be posed open or closed, cable reels, for which the modeller will need to provide plastic rod for the reels themselves, flag lockers, replacement single and twin 20mm Oelikons, 20mm splinter shields, complete new mountings for the 2pdr Pom Poms along with replacement ammunition racks and even the ammunition belts. There are also replacement aerials for the Type 282 Yagi radar arrays and new mounts for fitting to the AA director mountings. The bridge receives a new shields, wind deflectors, ADF aerial and platform, while the searchlights are fitted with new mountings. The catapult is completely replaced with PE, as are the Type 279 radar arrays on the mast tops and the Type 284 aerials and their mountings. The detail continues with the 4” mounts being provided with new shields while the Type 271 radar in its distinctive lantern is completely replaced, as is the whole tower structure it sits on. The main directors are fitted with new Type 274 radar arrays, as well as new doors, hatches, and access ladders. The ships prominent platforms and supports on each side are replaced. The large, cranes for the aircraft and boats are also completely replaced with PE, including the, jibs, cables, hooks, all the mechanics and workings, in fact there is too much to mention, but each crane is made up from 30 parts. All the cradles for the ships boats will need to be removed, before being replaced with PE parts. The boats themselves are given new thwarts, gratings, gunwhales and oars where required. The motor boats also have new cabin tops, windscreens, rudders and propellers. Railings (53-211). With the title of this fret being so very descriptive, it’s not difficult to see that this provides ships railings which cover all sections of the ship from the main deck upwards, including the turret tops. There is a selection of three bar and two bar rails the majority of which are shaped to fit their specific positions. Also included in the set is a pair of accommodation ladders and platforms, deck extension beams for the ships boats, all the splinter shields around the 4” gun deck. The Carley floats get new inserts which represent the wooden tread boards. The funnels are provided with internal structures, unfortunately the funnels aren’t the correct size so they may not fit any replacements. The flat, plates you can see in the accompanying photograph are the main turret tops. The turrets also receive new ladders, surrounds for each main gun, and access doors. Each mast is fitted with new yardarms, although they are a little flat for the purpose, ladders, platforms, gaffs, and support frames. The Walrus also gets the Eduard attention and is fitted with a complete set of replacement struts, propeller, catapult cradle, transport cradle which is fitted with a turntable. > Conclusion It’s about time Eduard did something for the poor old Belfast, they aren’t usually this slow out of the block. The Trumpeter kit of the Belfast is very nice out of the box, but with these two sets you could dramatically improve the finished model. There are so many parts that you will need quite a bit of patience and care to fit them all, as with any etch set, but the results will be worth it.
  9. 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.
  10. Hello! Let's to start my another MiG! This is very quality ProfiPack edition set (PE, masks included). First time, I'm start to learn paint nozzle: Cockpit:
  11. Hi all. This will be my first WIP post and will actually be a bit of a catch up, since I started this build back in February and have made progress up to the point of painting. So, if anything glaringly wrong is found in these next few posts, it may be too late to fix! The subject aircraft this Bf109E-4B of 5/JG51 depicted below from the Kagero BoB Volume 3 Topcolours series. The rather unique inscription on the side says "Achtung Anfänger" which translates to a rather ambiguous "Caution or Beware Beginners". It could mean "if you are beginners, watch out!" or it may be "we are beginners so stay clear!"?The other interesting feature is what appears to be an unpainted (or lightly painted) cowl covering the MG17s. Recent discussions I've had Dave (tango 98) has led me to conclude that the cowl was likely a factory replacement part and that Kagero's interpretation that the cowl was painted entirely in RLM 65 is probably correct. The kit used for this project is Eduard's 1/48 Bf109E-4 which is rather nice. The cockpit and other areas are enhanced with penty of nice PE details including the pedals, scuff pads and oil cooler grilles. Eduard have provided a duct for the latter, a nice detail, so you won't see up into the engine. I didn't get Eduard's additional PE detail set but I went and embellished the cockpit walls a bit, adding oxygen tubing on the starboard side and a scratch built throttle quadrant and levers on the port side. The trim wheel and O2 regulator have been added here. Eduard would have you glue the trim wheel chains to the sidewalls but I decided to glue them to the floor assembly. I'll leave it at that for this first post and chuck some more pics up here soon. Thanks for watching. Andy
  12. German Schnellboot S-38 Eduard 1:35 It was great to see the release by Italeri of the 1:35 S-38 Schnellboot, adding to their impressive array of 1:35 scale MTB’s. The kit itself is very nice, but there is always room for improvement, and Eduard have a lot of experience in giving us modellers the sort of detail sets that will help do this. The three sets reviewed here are perfect for the task in hand, although I’m sure there is a lot more that can be added to the model, and not just in etched brass. 53212 – Schnellboot: Comes in a zip lock bag with a large sheet of etched brass and a small pre-painted sheet of etched steel. The brass sheet contains many new and replacement parts for the torpedo tubes both internally and externally, a new door and other fittings for the bow mounted 20mm cannon, plus a host of deck fittings such as gratings, hatch fittings and 48 stanchion plates. There are also new foot plates, brackets for the boot hook, skylight surrounds, ventilator grilles, plus foot pedals, sights and other fittings for the 40mm Bofors. Within the wheelhouse there are new fittings for the ships wheel, compass rose and surrounds for the two binnacles, and grille for the aldis lamp. All the dials and instrumentation are replaced with the well printed items on the etched steel sheet. For those modellers who wish to build a pre-war version with the 20mm cannon on the stern, then there are parts include for this weapon too. 53213 – Flag: This set is very simple in that it just contains are large pre-printed German flag. The flag comes complete with eyes top and bottom for you to add your favourite rigging line. If you don’t like to build your models with the swastika then you might not like to use this on your model. 53214 – Hatches: Also comes in a zip lock bag with one sheet of etched brass and a pre-cut acetate sheet. The sheet contains complete replacements for all the deck hatches. Each hatch is made of the hatch surrounds, the hatch itself with an acetate backing representing the glass, hinges, handles, clasps, and outside cover. Conclusion As mentioned above, the kit out of the box will make a nice model, but if you want something more, then these sets will certainly go toward making a model with more finesse and improved detail. Some modellers may want to go further, but for those with a limited budget you can’t go far wrong with these sets. Rieview courtesy of
  13. I started this around a year ago but for some reason just lost interest in it. So i'm hoping posting it on here will gee me up and get it finished. I've not got any in progress pics of the build but didn't encounter any problems with it, just plenty of dry fitting and taking your time is the trick with these kits. This is where i'd got to up till today. With careful work the wing root gun covers fit perfectly. National markings are sprayed on using Top Notch masks, codes and unit badge are from Owl. I wasn't veey happy with the fuselage mottling so tweaked it a bit amd applied the all important exhaust staining. Painted using Mr Paint. Weathered with oils. I've got some Master gun barrels to use and also some Brassin wheels. I've also got to try and find a couple rather important parts, namely the prop and spinner!!! Tim.
  14. Eduard leaflet for May: http://www.eduard.com/store/out/media/distributors/leaflet/leaflet2016-05.pdf change digit in link for older issues
  15. Hi all, this is a bf 109 g-2 trop of 6/jg53 based on sicily early 1943. The kit used was the eduard bf 109 g-2. All flying services, flaps tropical filter, cockpit & wheels have been replaced with self cast items ( as in the work in process) Masters gun barrels Eduard superfabric seatbelts Extracolor paints were used rlm 78,79,89 Decals were aero master for the balkenkreuz and code numbers. Extradecals for the swastikas Thank you for looking, comments are welcomed. Nick
  16. USS Iwo Jima LHD 7 Eduard 1:350 Big Ed Sets Eduard previously released these six sets individually for Revells USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 and now have packaged up into two Big Ed sets. The complete offering will go a long way to superdetailing your museum class model of this great looking ship. Set 1 includes:- Flags (53180) - The four flags are beautifully painted and will look great on either an ensign staff or in the battle ensign position. To use, just cut the chosen flag from the sheet and wrap it around your favourite rigging material. How you get the wavy flapping effect is entirely up to you, but it may take a bit of experimentation to get the desired effect. Part 1 (53181) - The LCAC’s each receive a whole raft of replacement parts for the superstructures on each side. Before the etched parts can be attached though, a lot of the plastic detail needs to be removed. The PE parts include a new control cabin, air intakes, exhausts, navigation radar and support, exhaust openings, watertight doors, railings, vertical ladders, superstructure brace supports, masts, and liferings. The cushion section and transport deck also receive new railings, along with stowage boxes, cleats, filter boxes and air conditioning units and the fans intake grills. The LCU’s are even more extensively modified with the whole superstructure replaced with a PE part which will require some very careful folding. Onto this there are new fixtures and fittings, such as watertight doors, which can be posed open or closed, upper steering position, complete with ships wheel, 50cal heavy machine gun and splinter shield, storage boxes, air intakes, vertical ladders and railings. The port side of the LCU is also replaced with PE and fitted with vents, liferings, intakes, which can also be posed open or shut, drainage ports, cleats, and railings. There is also a new bow ramp tread plate and two chains. Part 2 (53183) – This single sheet set contains a host of parts to super detail the kits aircraft and ground equipment. Each of the kits part receiving a greater or lesser amount of detailing as required. AV-8B – is given new undercarriage, pylons, fuselage lift fences, chaff/flare panels, airbrake, undercarriage doors, and refuelling probe fairing. CH-46 – gets new rotor head details, wheels, windscreen wipers, fuselage panels, additional armour, vents and grilles. SH-60F – gets new rotors, both folded and spread, new tail rotor, wheels, and tail skid. MW-22 – gets new wheels, aerials, wipers, and strakes. AH-1W – gets new gun barrels, fuselage panels, main and tail rotors and IR scatter system. CH-53E – gets new wipers, rear view mirrors, wheels, rotor details, aerials and fuselage panels. Nitrogen rig trolley is completely replaced with brass parts. Small fork lift – gets new forks, riser, seat, steering wheel, and roll cage. Large fork lift – gets new steering wheel, forks, riser, rear end, and roll cage. Deck crash crane, (Jumbo) – gets new ladders, driver cab, pullies, platforms, cable guide wheels, hook and cross beams. Each of the towing and crash trucks receive new steering wheels, front and rear end panels, with some getting coiled hoses and generator sets. Big Ed set 2 includes the following:- Part 3 (53184) – Apart from all the vertical, and inclined ladders, watertight doors and railings, which are all replaced with PE, this single sheet set also contains new observer positions at flight deck level, new platforms, FLYCO, windows, cable reels, netting, funnel vents and grilles. There are also a load of new sensors, replacement radars, such as the AN/SPN-43 air search radar, AN/SPS-48E E/F band 3D air search radar, and AN/SPN-43 air search radar. The Sea Sparrow launcher receives extra details, while there are also additional deck houses, platform supports, and crane details Part 4 (53185) – This two sheet set contains a full ships compliment of main railings and safety netting, as well as parts to detail more of the external parts of the ship. Several areas need to be removed before the etched parts can be added, namely the watertight doors, vertical ladders, cable reels, and several sections of various platforms. The largest replacement part in this set is for the complete stern ramp, consisting of inner and outer panels between which is sandwiched a latticework of horizontal and vertical beams. There are also replacement and new covered platforms and fittings to be added, the most obvious being that just aft of the starboard lift. The Sea Sparrow launchers also get some additional detail parts, as do the bomb dump chutes. Part 5 (53186) – This single sheet set provides the modeller with much needed detail for the ships boats, such as new rudder, skeg, propeller, although the modeller will need to provide a length of 0.3mm wire/rod for the shaft. There are also new cleats, lifting eyes, bow mounted bollard, windscreen, wheel, exhaust covers and an unidentifiable plate for the rear cockpit. The RIB is also given the Eduard treatment with the addition of a new engine cover, wheel, transom and drive unit. The rest of the sheet is filled with the numerous life raft canister racks. Each rack, from single to septuple is made up from a rear mounted upright and separate rack units. Once assembled and glued to the model the kits canisters can be glued direct to the racks. Conclusion If you absolutely need to have all the etched parts for the Revell Iwo Jima then this is the way to go as it does come out slightly cheaper than buying them individually. They will certainly go towards making a great model into a stunning one. You will definitely need a good set of optivisors and very good set of tweezers, not to mention patience and a steady hand. Rieview courtesy of
  17. Dear fellow Britmodellers, after a long time in-the-making (half a year, actually) my 1/72 Revell Lancaster B.III is finished. I added Aires resin wheels, Quickboost gun barrels and Eduard exterior set. Only few parts of the Eduard set were used, like the antennas. The model was painted with Gunze acrylics, decals are from the box, representing a machine of 100.Squadron in 1945. Main wings were cut on the upper sides for corrected dihedral. The Revell kit allows you to display the inner engines in an "open" position. To my disappointment, I made a series of mistakes, that spoil the results somehow. First, some dust residue from sanding has contaminated the inside of the canopy. Then, I only partially masked the front turret, forgetting the middle section (I still have no clue how I did this...) which is now Black instead of Clear. Also, the decal code letters on the fuselage side show some unpleasant 'silvering'. Well, we all know, sometimes you succeed, sometimes not! Even if this is not the best I ever presented in this forum, I hope you find my Lancaster acceptable. All photographs taken by Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. Exhaust stains created with Gunze H95 Smoke + H12 Black (outside lines) and Gunze Sand for the inner streaks Nose art - and the masking error on the front turret. Note the silvering of the individual code "Z". On the above image, you can see there's some dust settled inside the canopy. And the following image reveals silvering on the fuselage side decals: Left side engine displayed open, as provided by Revell. A very nice feature! Fully equipped bomb bay. Thanks for your interest, best greetings from Vienna! Roman
  18. We're still here and in business and putting out lots of special offers! Today the following kits have arrived at bargain prices! 1/48 Hobby Boss - Su-34 Fullback, A-6E Intruder and F-105D Thunderchief. 1/48 Eduard Ltd Ed kits - Israeli Spitfire IX, Finnish Bf109G Dual Combo 1/48 Eduard Profipacks - Bf110F, Bf109E-3, Bf109F-4, Bf109G-14, Spitfire HF Mk VIII, Roland C.II, 1/48 Eduard Weekends - SE.5a, Avia B.354 serie III, Hellcat Mk I 1/72 Eduard kits, Avia Bk.354 Profipack We've got loads of other bargains too and kits, paints, etch, mask and decals and more regular but still discounted prices http://mjwmodels.co.uk/ thanks Mike
  19. Shar2

    Naval Ensigns. 1:350

    Naval Ensigns Eduard 1:350 Quite a few maritime kits these days provide a selection of flags and pennants that are printed on paper. These can look ok, but generally always have a tired well worn look, like they’ve been left in the sun for a few months. Eduard have now countered this look with the release of this pre-painted steel sets, which supersedes the etched brass set previously available. Both sets are beautifully painted and will look great on either an ensign staff or in the battle ensign position. To use, just cut the chosen flag from the sheet and wrap it around your favourite rigging material. How you get the wavy flapping effect is entirely up to you, but it may take a bit of experimentation to get the desired effect. (53208) IJN Flags – Contained on a single sheet, there are twelve large Ensigns and twenty four Naval Jacks. They can be used on any vessel in the Imperial Japanese Fleet. (52209) US Ensigns WWII – Another single sheet with three very large US Ensigns, so large in fact I had to check they weren’t 1:200 scale. Probably to be used on Battleships, Fleet Carriers and perhaps Large Cruisers. Conclusion These are very nice and easy to use sets which would certainly add a dash of colour on your warships. Review sample courtesy of
  20. US GBU-11 Bombs 1:32 Brassin (632-112) - If you’ve fancied some really large ordinance on your finished models other than dumb bombs, then we have just the thing for you here in the form of the GBU-11. The GBU-11/B is a KMU-370B/B guidance kit, which consists of an MAU-157/B computer control group and an MXU-601/B guided bomb airfoil group, attached to a 3,000 pound M118 general purpose bomb. Arriving in the pretty standard cardboard box used for more fragile items the set has parts for two complete bombs. The casting is up to the usual standard, with some very fine details, such as the bomb lugs moulded onto the bomb casing. Unfortunately, even in the packaging they come in, one of the lugs on the review samples have broken. So be aware and open the ziplock bag carefully as they can be glued back on if required. Assembly is nice and simple, as once the fins and bodies are removed from the casting blocks and cleaned up it’s just a matter of joining them together, adding the separate front fins, fitting one of two types of seeker head then painting, (any colour as long as it’s olive drab or test white it seems), adding the supplied decals, and weathering as required. Conclusion As is becoming the norm for Brassin these bombs are really well manufactured. Great moulding, good attention to detail and an excellent addition to any modellers armoury. Review samples courtesy of
  21. Spanish Airforce F-104G / C.8 104 Esquadron Torrejon / Madrid 1/48 another GB, another try! The Mirage GB just finished, the Flanker started long time ago... ingredients: Decal detail: found an interesting photo of a Spanish C.8. it carries I guess Expal build MK-83 GP bombs probably BR-500s http://www.916-starfighter.de/Large/Stars/wS731.htm are the wing pylons provided by DACO correct for bomb loads? convering the white wings; top side only or bottom also in white?? Thanks, Werner
  22. Hi all, This is my first wip I've done for a long time. Has a few on here know I've spent the last 10-15 years caring for both parents so time for modelling and posting pics up has been hard to come by. Unfortunately my Mum passed away suddenly and totally unexpected last August, something I'm still having trouble coming to terms with. Dad has not long passed away, after developing Pneumonia whilst in hospital, 6 months after Mum went. To say those 6 months have been very trying time is a under statement! I will say modelling has been a great help in getting me through the dark times, not forgetting looking in on here of coarse. Anyway enough of the waffle and onto the build! As soon as Airfix announced they were releasing a Sea Fury I knew I was going to have to build one, originally I was going to build it as a Iraqi one as I remember the one based at Duxford in those colours being taken by the scruff of the neck and flung round the sky, however as one is already being built on here I didn't want to bore folk with yet another so I've decided to do mine as a Cuban one see here, http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235034521-cuban-sea-furies/ First job was to sort out some known problems with the kit whilst I waited for my replacement starboard fuselage half. So cowl first up the engine cowl Nice gap! Ali hadn't released his resin cowl when i'd started my kit. So I filled the gaps up on both sides of the cowl with CA/talc. Using what i'd found out after looking in on Ali's site I re scribed the joint line in the correct position using this scriber and tape. Got to say that scriber is the best I've used to date. Then using my verlinden scribing template I redid the latches on the cowl. Just got to tidy things up a bit now. Also on my kit the port wing fold was short shot so instead of waiting for Airfix to send out yet another replacement part I decided to fix the problem myself. Used plasticard for the said fault. The end result. Will most likely require a bit more fettling after a coat of primer. Can anyone explain to me why my pics are so big and how to shrink them down please. Cheers, Tim.
  23. Looking forward to this one. After searching through the stash I came up with this kit: I believe V-P is building the same kit but will make sure I don't do the same scheme. The sprues look up the usual Eduard standard. I am planning on building this more or less OTB but I do have this: Now the major decision left to be made is the scheme. As I said above I won't do the same as V-P but as I think he is not doing one of the kit schemes I may still have a bit of a choice. I am tempted by the Wespe. All thoughts welcome. Cheers Dave
  24. Su-17/22UM-3K Fitter Update Sets (For Kitty Hawk) 1:48 Eduard After a long time with no new toolings of the glorious Fitter, like London buses they all came at once. Kitty Hawk's range of variants has been expanding rapidly, and this set is designed for the UM-3K, which is shown in Polish Tiger-Stripe colours on the kit boxtop. 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 (49888) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels, side consoles, side walls and floor skins are the primary parts on the painted set, with ejection seat details; coaming instrumentation, HUD and canopy internal structure also supplied. Zoom! Set (FE888) 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 (FE889) In case you don't already know, these belts are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. As well as the two sets of crew belts, you also get a set of the pull-handles between the pilot's knees that gets him out of there in case of an emergency. Exterior (48951) This larger bare brass set contains some important upgrades, such as delicate new afterburner rings, with instructions for shortening the trunking for accuracy; new pitot vanes; filler caps for the fuel tanks; the recessed box for the sensor in the shock-cone; antennae on the nose, tail and the rest of the airframe; wing-root plates with the correct rivet pattern; weapons rail attachment surface skins; new strakes on the fixed inner wing as well as other details around the hinge point. The gun trough is replaced by a new detailed box, with breech details added to the gun, and a new door with ejection chute is provided to finish it off. Air Brakes (48952) The Fitter has four air brakes on the aft fuselage, and to detail the bays they must be squared off by removing the sections marked in red on the instructions, after which the new bays are folded up, internal detail is added, and they are glued in place instead of the kit parts. The kit brakes are then thinned, and a new detailed skin is glued to the inside face, while the kit actuator is used. Repeat until you have four and that's it. Masks (EX585) 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 all the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Masks Tface (EX586) 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. Review sample courtesy of
  25. So I had originally entered the Academy A-10 (Iraqi Freedom) kit in to this GB but unfortunately this has suffered from irreparable damage caused by me stupidly knocking it flying off the bench. After a fair amount of expletives and raised blood pressure, I have since gathered my composure and being the bigger man that I am have decided to continue with the GB but only this time with the following kit: This is a superb looking kit with some excellent detailing - particularly for the cockpit. It comes with a variety of options for paint schemes and I am drawn to 2 at the moment - either the one on the front of the box or this one: As always - your assistance and feedback on helping me choose the scheme would be much appreciated. So in the meantime I've made a start on putting the cockpit together in its basic form with a bit of detail painting in readiness for the washes and PE to go in next. So this is how things stand at the moment: I've follwed this up by getting the RLM02 base coat on the fuselage and undercarriage section on the wings: So more progress to follow soon - hopefully this time I'll be able to make sure that it stays firmly on the bench!!!