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  1. Hi everyone and sorry for starting this in the wrong thread earlier! So it all started like this - my modelling mate and all round good bloke Barry had bought himself this beastie last year.. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/115168-trumpeter-01601-tu-95ms-bear-h Me, I was at the end of a year of F-14 builds and was deciding what to build next. When I saw Barry's Bear, I dropped him a message along the lines of... Cool kit, nice purchase Just how big is that thing?! Wouldn't it be daft to see it 'intercepted' by a 1/72 Tomcat! We thought no more of it, except for sharing photos of Tomcats intercepting Russian Tu-95s until Christmas came and I happened to get the these two kits as a present..(cheers Daiske) And what with Mr. Putin starting to act the eejit with his flights around the UK, Ireland and Europe, it had all come together lovely. Just like an A-Team plan - an RAF Typhoon meeting a Russian Bear bomber, somewhere over the North Sea. (Source: Wikipedia Commons, public use) So that's our plan - Barry builds the Bear, I build the Typhoon and they both get displayed on a diorama that probably won't fit in either of our cars (damn, just thought about that one). And if that all that wasn't enough, I also planted a seed in Barry's poor head about maybe motorising the engines on the big Russian... More about the engines (and some WIP pictures) later this week. Thanks for looking. Dermot & Barry (who's still thinks I'm a bit of a nutter for this crazy plan)
  2. No 6 for 2019 : Hobbyboss base kit with spare Revell decals. Paints were Mr Color and Alclad as usual. This was a paid for build for a pilot friend and after he texted pix to other airline buddies, I’ve got orders for 4 more. That should make a dent in my bar bill for my upcoming trips to Milan and Cadiz. Interestingly my actual physical build time was 5.5 hours including the new angled stand. The next ones will be the actual Revell kit of which I’ve just scored five at a knockdown price, I thought I’d make one for myself for a change! I’ve had a few comments about no pilots, no weathering/open canopies etc. It’s down to who you build for: The folks who like and buy my stuff don’t care about microscopic etch, weathering, rivet perfect accuracy, etc. All of them are non-modellers, not interested in aviation history and most are real life pilots like me (sadly lapsed). To me and them, this brings back memories of a glorious sunny day at Goodwood as we watched the utterly charming Ben Westoby –Brooks chucking this Tiffie around in perfect blue skies with carefree abandon. I was never a fan of the Typhoon but looking at this, I have to say it’s a good looking, beautifully proportioned little plane that no doubt packs a serious punch. The British can do lovely lines on aircraft like no other; elegant is the word that comes to mind. The HB kit has accuracy issues as you would expect for a “snap tite”, worst is the overlong IRST fairing which means the pilot name decal is in the wrong place- it should line up with the slime lights. Revell left out the multiple grey lines for the wings, fin and airbrake which were sprayed decal film cut accurately with my Cricut Air 2. An interesting effect was using a black sharpie on the IRST tracker (a silica gel bead ground in half), it has the shimmery purple black effect the real ones have. The HUD was Hasegawa holofilm and I should have left the top circular. I struggled with this a bit due to a bit of trolling on another part of the form which temporarily sucked the joy out of making models, but that’s passed. Sadly the online world will always be a magnet for said folk, it best to just avoid the places they frequent. Because of that, I’m, taking a break from WIPs etc. as apart from the time, I feel a need to do other real world things, like flying, travel a bit more and playing jazz. There few more RFIs coming up but apologies if I don’t reply to any comments or questions immediately, I’m only logging once or twice a week if at all for a few months as a detox. Now to get ready for the arrival of @Nigel Heath, its my birthday and drink will be taken… Thanks for looking, have fun and stay safe, Anil WIP
  3. Eurofighter Typhoon T3 1:48 Revell Evening all, I finished this build over Christmas, but with the glorious weather we've been having this past week it felt like a good excuse to break out the camera. I haven't really got much to say about this build; despite the excess amount of flash and variations in panel line thickness, it builds upon into a good representation of a Typhoon. Paints, as usual, are Vallejo and the APU exhaust was done by spraying UMP dark dirt. -Thanks for having a look, see you next time! Best wishes, Sam
  4. Hallo! Well, the project is complete. I wouldn't say that I enjoyed the build. The kit goes together only when being asked politely with a gun in your hand. A LOT of cutting, sanding and so on. It looks like Eurofighter to me, but Revell was just l lazy engendering this kit. Manual is nicely printed but sloppy too. But it's a cheap kit, so no offence. Just don't pay more than 20 Euro for it. Anyway, it's a great opportunity to try new techniques and improve your skills. I've used some aftermarket parts. Eduard 49367 is adequate and helps a lot to detail the model. Reskit (from Ukraine I believe) wheels are really nice. They are a little bit smaller than those in the kit, I think they are correct. And now ModelMaker decals. It's a piece of crap. I almost decided that the model is ruined. Everything is wrong with this product, colours, fonts, size and so on. Instructions are laughable. Very sloppy job, simply don't buy it. I don't know about other products of this producer, may be they are better, but I wouldn't use anything from them. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! K.
  5. Hallo everybody, I started a new project, Eurofighter Typhoon with a lovely tail art. I used Revell's Tiger Day version, decals from ModelMaker and PE set from Eduard. So far I find the kit not as precise in fitting like many modern kits. Well, I don't know better kit in this scale anyway and Tiger was a bargain! K.
  6. Hello everyone, i started to build this kit: to realize these two airplanes: I used this PE : Wip-EFA#004 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr First Step: Wip-EFA#005 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr Wip-EFA#006 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr Wip-EFA#007 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr Wip-EFA#008 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr Step 2: WIPEFA-007 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr WIPEFA-008 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr WIPEFA-006 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr WIPEFA-009 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr
  7. Hello all, Here is my entry for this GB - Revell's 1/48 Eurofighter Typhoon (single seat) which will be marked as FGR4 ZJ932 of 11 Squadron, based at Conningsby. This particular jet has 4 intercept markings beneath the canopy - 2 Tu-95s and 2 Tu-160s. Seen here and here Kit: Extras: I'll be using an Airwaves MB MK16 seat, TwoBobs decals, Quickboost canopy mirrors and TwoMikes intake covers (painted red and pinched from a damaged build years ago). Full QRA load of 4x AIM-132, 4x AIM-120 (these will likely be from an Academy F-15 kit as the Revell examples aren't great) and 2x Fuel tanks. I know the Revell kit has a few issues but looking forward to tackling it again. Be a while before I get near it due to current projects. Dave
  8. 1/32nd Eurofighter Typhoon twin seater by Revell - ref.04855 - release September 2013. Source: http://www.themodellingnews.com/2013/09/revell-has-just-too-many-sub-types-to.html#more Skill 5 The kit features: - Two-seat Cockpit with Instrument Panel - Eurofighter with a detailed EJ200 engine - Finely structured surfaces with recessed panel joints - Detailed 11 Piece Ejection Seat - Detailed Cockpit - Moveable Canard Wings - Detailed Air Intakes - Two configurations for the Thrust Jets with individual Jet-pipes - Detailed Large Air Brake (extended or retracted) - Detailed Undercarriage with finely detailed retraction struts - Detailed Undercarriage Bay - Separate Ailerons and Flaps - Separate Ruder - Detailed ECM Pods - Air Refuelling Probe extended or retracted - Two External Tanks - Pylons - 4 METEOR Guided Missiles - 4 AMRAAM Guided Missiles - 2 Sidewinder Guided Missiles - 2 IRIS-T Guided Missiles - 2 ASRAAM Guided Missiles for the RAF Version - 2 Laser Guided Bombs - a choice of two TAURUS Guided Weapons - 2 STORM SHADOW Guided Weapons for the RAF Version - Super-detailed EJ200 Engine - Detailed Spacing Rings and Heat Shields - Servicing Rig for the EJ engine with detailed support profiles and suspension links - Super Decal Set for the Bundesluftwaffe and RAF versions V.P.
  9. I know this question that has been asked before but IIRC that was over 7 years ago. I know very little about our front line fighter and Wiki talks of 'tranche' and 'block' but I don't know how this is indicated in the kits that were/ are produced. I have read on here that Revell was 'the' standard years ago. Is that still the case? What tranche/ block was that? What are my options for an RAF aircraft? TIA Stuart
  10. Welcome to the RFI of my Revell Eurofighter Typhoon single seater 1/72. She is OOB except for the canopy which is a Pavla vac form one that I had to use as I killed the original. I scratched a few internal bits but apart from that she's box fresh. Painted in Tamiya acrylics and Vallejo metal colour with washes by Flory. The kit went together quite well a few bumps along the road but over all I'm pretty happy with the way she turned out. about half way through I decided to add the D-Day stripes which I'm really happy with. ( My first painted stripes ) I hadn't planned on taking the snaps yet but it was such a lovely sunrise this morning I decided to drag myself out of bed and take some snaps in the garden before heading off to see my old mum on Mother's Day. I think this one should be dedicated to her. The WIP can be found here. Without further ado let's get on with the pictures. I hope you like em. And that's your lot I hope you like them. Thanks to everyone for tagging along in the WIP and helping me through the tough bits and all the technical help. There are a few gaps and errors here and there but I'm happy and damned if I'm going back now. She's in the cabinet and that's that. I have started my new build thread here. If you fancy another joyous ride of the rum and uncanny. Take care and as always Happy Modelling. John.
  11. Latest addition is Hasegawa excellent 1/72 eurofighter typhoon of IX Squadron Royal Air Force. Per noctem volamus or There's always bloody something.. http:// http:// http:// http:// http:// http://
  12. My 14 year old daughter joined the air cadets last year & it appears that she has become mad keen on airplanes (swmbo is not impressed). Her favourite at the airshows we go to is the Eurofighter, despite my fondness for Lysanders, Hurricanes and the Miles Messenger. As it happens my step daughter gave me this kit for Christmas, so it seems it's time to build a kit that requires no ez-line. As with most of the planes I build, this one will end up hanging from the ceiling, so I shan't be bothering with any aftermarket bits & bobs. However, before it gets hung up & gets its' full load of weapons fitted, I'm going to try and photoshop it into this picture: Typhoon by Andy Moore, on Flickr It worked quite well with Sally-B, so I thought I'd give it another go. I can't remember the last time I built a Jet, so this could be a disaster. My paints of choice are Vallejo model-air, so if anyone has any thoughts on the shades of grey that I should use I'd be most grateful if you could share those thoughts. Here are some pics I took that are fairly self explanatory, initial progress should be posted tomorrow. Revell 1/48 Eurofighter by Andy Moore, on Flickr Revell 1/48 Eurofighter by Andy Moore, on Flickr Revell 1/48 Eurofighter by Andy Moore, on Flickr
  13. About to start the Revell 1/48 single seat Bronze Tiger Eurofighter. I have been reading about the intakes and they are meant to be nightmares. Is it work buying the Heritage resin intakes. Seen them for £14 online (plus £6 postage!!!) or just go ahead with the current ones. I've also read opening up the vent in the side and using a straw to make the pipe. How much do I open it up? One last thing! I bought a scriber as ther eneeds to be a panel on the side. Does anyone have a diagram of this or shall I just look at photos cheers Adrian
  14. Revell is to release in November 2016 a new tool (simplified new kit) 1/72nd Eurofighter/Typhoon kit - ref. 03952 Source: http://www.plastik-modellbau.org/blog/revell-neuheiten-2016/2016/ V.P.
  15. Hello i wlll post my proggres here step by step and will try to explain much as i can. First of all i will make eurofighter different, since i hate pure gray airplanes, i mean i like to bring some life and color to them. For this aircraft i will try to do some splinter desert camo. So to get some idea i do a little bit of a Research on the Internet. And then i find instructions in PDF format and open it in paint, crop it and paint model there first. I will try to make model similar to this one: So i started my build with cockpit, it had nice decals and it went pritty smoth and fast, still i need ejection seat but i will build it later. Model is full of Extra flesh , so i will have alot of fun with cutting and using putty !! When joining fuselage it was horrible at start some part just couldn't stick together. By looking at a texture of aircraft there will be alot of work with putty and i will need to rescribe panel lines to make them deeper. So i will use hobby knife for that purpose and revells PLASTO. I will put a picture of aircraft when i'm done with putty and then one later when i'm done with panel lines. If you would like i can do step by step photos if needed !
  16. Last year (2015) was important for all us WWII RAF fans being the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain (BoB). For me a highlight was the visit by our own Procopius and I took great pleasure in driving him around a bit, culminating in a visit, with Jon (06/24), to the BoB display at Duxford. What a trip... Jon encouraged me to buy the Hannants decals for the Typhoon, further encouraged by sending me a kit - thanks Jon. I would say I intend to do it justice but after my Beaufort build I need a bit of a rest... For the RAF it was a chance to show off their new aircraft by painting it in the scheme of the Hurricane flown by Flight Lieutenant James Brindley Nicolson VC DFC, the only Fighter Command pilot to be awarded a Victoria Cross medal during the battle. It's good to see they use the same techniques as us: The kit is well known (I think): and is the 2007 rebox (it's been in my stash since last year). This is what I'm hoping to achieve: Nice. Time for some sprue shots.
  17. Here are some photos of my recently completed Revell Typhoon dressed up in the livery of the RAF's No. 3 Squadron based at RAF Coningsby. The build was quite a challenge as the kit's quality was not up to the same standards as Revell's previous F-15E and Rafale kits. This was a fully OOB build. Painted with Gunze lacquers and weathered with Tamiya enamels and some pastel chalk. Hope you enjoy the photos! Mark
  18. Hello all, just started my new projekt, Revells Eurofighter Typhoon Twinseater. I started with the seats. I wanted to add some more details and scratched the harness. You can find more pictures in my blog: http://petesmancave.blogspot.de/ Pete
  19. This is my latest build. Revell 1:48 Eurofighter Typhoon single seat RAF 29Sqn Display Aircraft from the 2014 season. I have had this in my stash for several years and wanted to build it using the xtradecal Typhoon display decals to depict the 2014 display aircraft which I have always thought was stunning. I purchased the Olimp resin seamless air intake and exhaust can set so I could build a clean aircraft along with with the BigEd PE set. The build went relatively smoothly with the resin sets only needing some slight filling and sanding. I was impressed with the fit and detail of the it, only adding some scratch building in the wheel wells to add interest and depth. The Eduard set in the cockpit is a must as it really sets it alive and cannot be beaten. As usual I painted the aircraft using Vallejo Air colours finished off in a satin coat with a light wash and weathering as these aircraft are usually presented as pristine. I wanted to show the versatility of the aircraft and to do this I thought adding an array of ordnance would do it nicely. This particular aircraft would not have been operational in 2104, but would have continued to fly training sorties so to add some colour and interest I have loaded it with a variety of training ordnance. This is a sort after, discontinued kit and hopefully the re - issue in Sept will bring some more great examples of this single seat aircraft.
  20. My first ever entry into a BM group build. Started this one a couple of weeks back but unfortunately I did not manage to take too many photos of progress. So far I have painted and installed the cockpit and assembled much of the fuselage. It will be headed to the paint barn soon. I'm quite disappointed that the quality of this kit is not up to the same standards as Revell's Strike Eagle and Rafale kits. Detail is somewhat soft in certain areas, and fit issues have made the build challenging at times. Mark
  21. Last summer was the first time the "Tag der Bundeswehr" (German Army Day) was celebrated. The Luftwaffe invited the public to Manching AFB, near the Eurofighter Manufacturing Line from Cassidian. I took the opportunity and made a few pictures .. More pictures can be found here: http://petesmancave.blogspot.de/ Cheers Pete
  22. Hi! I'm going to order the single seater 1/32 Eurofighter Typhoon but it's going to be displayed In Flight. Any 1/32 seated pilot ideas? I can't find one anywhere to suit this aircraft. Thanks!
  23. Hi all, I don't normally do jets but this is simply the Airfix Eurofighter Typhoon everyone knows and has seen a million times before probably. Built OOB finished with Humbrol and I can guarantee every single decal and stencil was applied which took forever and nearly drove me mad! Here's the pics Thanks for checking it out Cheers Bruce
  24. Eurofighter TYPHOON (Twin seater) Revell 1:144 The Eurofighter EF2000 Typhoon started out as the EAP programme in the 1970s engineered entirely by BAe, but was later joined by a number of international partners due to an allegedly common requirement, with the partnership changing over time to end up with Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy remaining, while France went their own way with the Aerodynamics data to create the Rafale, which has a similar general arrangement. Delays and cost overruns seem to be a common factor in modern military procurement, and the Typhoon suffered many, resulting in the Germans taking delivery of the first airframe in 2003, Italy in 2005 and the UK in 2007. Operational airframes have since taken part in operations in Libya and under Italy's control in Albania. After the British Typhoons were initially ordered without guns, then with guns but without ammo, which was again overturned in due course, they were grounded in 2011 due to a lack of spares, which required the RAF to cannibalise grounded airframes to keep flying. The two-seat variant is used for training and conversion, although it is capable of going to war if needs required it, having all the systems in place to make it viable. The Tiffie is a great airshow crowd pleaser due to its agility at all speeds, and the impressive tearing roar of its twin EF2000 jet engines that propel it forwards with an impressive 20,000lbf of power per engine with reheat engaged. The Kit Revell have already given us Two Seat Eurofighter Typhoon in 1/32, 1/48, and 1/72; now its time for this excellent kit to be available to the 1/144 scale modeller. The kit arrives in a standard open end Revell Box (same size as their 1/72 Spitfire sized kits), inside you get 5 sprues of grey plastic and one small clear sprue. The parts are well formed with great detail for this scale. There is no flash on the parts that I can see. Construction starts with the cockpit, and as this is the two seater you get two. As the kit is obviously set up for both a single & double seater you do have to make both cockpit tubs. They are not difficult though. There is an instrument panel, control column and ejection seat to add to each. The seat can not be described as the best, and only bears a passing resemblance to an MB.16 even in this scale. All detail on the instrument panels and side consoles are provided as decals. Once the cockpit tubs are assembled, they are glued into the fuselage, and then the fuselage halves can then be joined up to complete the top section of the main fuselage. The next step is to install into the now completed top fuselage, the large plate section which forms the roof of the engine intakes. The lower section of the intakes can then be placed inside the lower fuselage section. This can then be joined to the top section to complete the main fuselage. The engine exhausts can then be attached to the completed main fuselage, as can the main wings which are single parts in this scale. The radar dome and pirate sensor (If building the RAF version) are then added, along with the console which separates the two cockpits. The aircraft spine is then added next, along with the front canards. The next steps involve flipping the model upside down and concentrating on the underside. The main gear, front gear and gear doors are all added at this stage. They appear quite fine in the sprue and care will need to be taken. Even though no stand is included the gear doors can be placed in the closed positions with the removal of a couple of mounting tabs. The last section involves the addition of the underwing pylons and flap actuators. Revel have done a good job here in providing the modeller with an array of weapons to fit, even if they have the names wrong (AIM-7L Sidewinder anyone?). You are provided with 2 x Fuel tanks, 4 x AMRAAM, 2 x AIM-9L Sidewinders, 2 x IRIS-T, 2 x Tarus Pods and 2 x Stormshadows. Once you have fitted your Eurofighter out the last thing to do is add the canopy and your model is complete. Canopy The canopy is clear and molded with no flaws. It can be posed open or closed as needed. Decals The decals are printed in Italy for Revell and its no surprise in this scale that the sheet is small. It is however packed with markings & stencils for both the airframe and the multitude of weapons supplied in the kit. It is good the weapons markings are there as a lot of manufactures miss these out. Decals are supplied for two aircraft. Typhoon T.3 of No.3 Sqn Royal Air Force, RAF Coningsby 2013. Eurofighter Jagdbombergeschwader 31, Luftwaffe, Norvenich, 2009 Colour call outs are given in Revell colours colourmixes. Its worth noting that the German aircraft have the radome and dielectric panels in the same colour as the RAF & Italian machines (British Colours) as these were moulded in that colour. Not as per the Revel instructions. Conclusion This should make upto a good looking model of the Eurofighter Typhoon. Its good to see a small scale kit packed with detail and weapons. Overall highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
  25. Eurofighter Typhoon Single Seater 1:72 Hasegawa With the need for a new combat fighter in the UK going back as far as 1971, failed collaborations between the UK, West Germany and France resulted in a new proposal by the British, German, Italian and Spanish for a new aircraft (EAP) in the mid 80's. France withdrawn due to their insistence on a design that was capable of operating from carriers; the ultimate solution being met by their Rafale programme. Eventually, agreement was made between the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain to share the development and manufacture for what would become the Eurofighter. Whist the project was plagued by political and financial problems; it's now in service with 6 nations with other possibilities under evaluation. Key features of the Typhoon are a Multi-role canard delta wing layout with an intake design under the fuselage much the same and the F-16. A glass cockpit using three main monitors in combination with HOTAS, voice recognition and HUD allow a reduced workload for the pilot, the voice recognition system only being used for non-critical functions. A key safety feature is the Low Speed Recovery System that is designed to prevent loss of control at low speed, high AoA situations as well as an auto recovery on the press of a button in the event of pilot disorientation. The aircraft is capable of super cruise (i.e. Supersonic flight without afterburner). In tests (both planned and unplanned), the Typhoon has demonstrated simulated kills against competition such as the F-22 and F-16. Whilst initial air-ground capability was somewhat limited, existing and planned upgrades will evolve this capability considerably. Air-ship ability is also needed by 2017, this all round ability adding to the aircrafts export potential. Whist not designed as a 'Stealth Aircraft', the radar signature is only about 25% of the tornado's emissions. The Kit Revell have already established themselves in the market with their rendition of the modern day Tiffie, but that hasn't stopped Hasegawa wanted their piece of the pie. Comparisons between Revell and Hasegawa kits often produce emotion where the retail price is concerned, indeed, current price for this kit is around £40, much higher than the Revell kit. Whilst the Revell kit is undoubtedly greater value for money, for some, this isn't the ultimate criteria for making a purchase. So what are the first impressions ? Well, you get a huge amount of parts for such a small aircraft. 195 to be precise with no less than 9 light grey sprues and two clear sprues, one containing a rather impressive stand. Detail is typical Hasegawa with very refined surface detailing. A criticism often made of Hasegawa kits is the lack of weapon options, however, they appear to have to have taken this on board here as I'll come to later. General assembly is similar to the Revell kit, the main difference being a separate tail. As with most kits, construction starts with the cockpit. The tub has some adequately moulded detail although the switch panels can be replaced with decals. The forward panel fits to the nicely detailed front combing section and again, can either be painted or decaled. The pilots seat is made in three parts and somewhat simplistic without any seatbelts. A resin replacement would be a good solution here or at least some additional seatbelts of some kind. With the cockpit assembled, it's then sandwiched between the two fuselage halves. Exterior detailing on the fuselage is quite stunning, more refined than the Revell kit which is a big plus on 1/72 scale. I can't see any evidence of sink marks on these parts. The tail goes on next, and again, I'm impressed with details here such as the small exhaust ports on the base of the tail, very sharply produced. Close up of fuselage halves & cockpit The relatively complex assembly of the lower fuselage and engines follows on. Exhausts are little basic but adequate. The airbrake inner surface is fitted followed by the front wheel well and an intake blanking plate. The plate blanks off the intake about 35mm from the inlet opening. The intake splitter arrangement is fitted to the fuselage and lower wing section. Before fitting the top halves of the wings, you will need to decide whether to open up the holes for the pylons. You will also need to decide whether you'll be fitting the centre tank or not as this will require either a blank or slotted part to be fitted. Again, surface detail on the wings is very nice with refined panel detail and recesses such as the chaff dispensers. With a suitable wash, this will come alive. The wing assembly now fits to the fuselage. Close up of lower wing sprue Close up of upper wings and tail With the basic airframe now together, focus turns to the smaller parts like the landing gear and quite an array of protruding parts such as FLIR pod. Hasegawa have managed to produce some very fine parts indeed, where necessary, the plastic is very thin retaining as much scale thickness as is possible with injection moulded plastic. The undercarriage looks solid with good detailing such as the brake callipers on the main wheels. The only complaint observed are two ejector pin marks on the nose wheel tyre which will need some delicate filling. You do have the choice of either having the undercarriage dropped or an ‘in-flight' option. Included in the kit is a pilot figure which can be added if you prefer to have figures in your builds. With a separate head and arms you have some scope for manipulating the pose too ! Close up of main wheels and pilot Now for the armament selection. There are 5 layouts given in the instructions: Close air Support Suppression of Enemy air Defence Multi/Swing Role - RAF Multi/Swing Role - Luftwaffe Air Superiority The following weapons/tanks are included in the kit: 1500 litre drop tanks x3 Storm Shadow Air Launched Cruise Missiles x2 3. Taurus KEPD350 Air Launched Cruise Missiles x2 AIM-120 AMRAAM x4 (carefully note instructions for fin removal) Meteor BVRAAM x4 (carefully note instructions for fin removal) Brimstone guided missiles x6 (3 per multi-pylon) IRIS-T AAM x4 ASRAAM x4 ALARM x4 The weapons are finely moulded with very thin fins and decals are supplied for where necessary on them. I suggest taking some time to dwell on the options, which obviously be somewhat determined by your chosen nationality, but no matter what you choose, you'll be accumulating some great spares. An example of the effort put in here is that the Taurus cruise missiles each have 11 parts to them.Brimstone & Storm Shadows IRIS-T, AMRAAM, Meteor, ALARM, ASRAAM Close up of AMRAAM, Meteor, IRIS-T Close up of 1500 litre drop tanks The instructions show the canopy to be installed in the closed position, however as the rear canopy combing is a separate part as is the canopy, it shouldn't be too difficult to fit it in an open position. The clear parts are free from distortion and apart from the windscreen and canopy also contain the array of lighters and HUD carried by the aircraft. There is a slight seam along the centre of the canopy which you may want to sand out, however it's very subtle so if you're not confident at doing this, you could leave it as is. Included in this boxing, but possibly not in future releases is a clear stand. The stand comes with a separate instruction sheet bringing me to this conclusion. You can either fit the stand into the slot that is used by the centre pylon or a second option is a cradle attachment that allows the centre pylon to be fitted. Markings A very fine decal sheet is included. It's a very busy sheet as not only are there many stencils for the aircraft itself, but several for the various weapons included too. Register and sharpness are superb with some quite intricate detail in the stencils and squadron markings. Options provided are: RAF -3 Sqn RAF - 17 Sqn Luftwaffe - JG74 as seen in the Red Flag exercise in 2012 Conclusion This is a great kit overall. There are a few criticisms I can make such as the detail in the seat and perhaps cockpit switch panels. Also some prominent ejector marks in the nose wheel tyre, however in my opinion, the finish is more refined than the Revell kit, particularly where surface detail is concerned. The weapon options are superb and a definite improvement for Hasegawa. The shape and general outline of the kit looks to be very good from what I can tell in doing the in-box review. Whether all this is enough to help you part with alot more money over the competition is personal choice. See Spence's excellent build of the kit HERE. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
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