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  1. Rumour: Great Wall Hobby (GWH) is reported working on a 1/48th Sukhoi Su-27 "Flanker" family. Source Yufei Mao aka Haneto facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=530620570788306&set=a.243061249544241&type=3&theater Wait and see. V.P.
  2. Llatest Great Wall Hobby announcement, a 1/48th MiG-29SMT 9-19 "Fulcrum-E" - ref. L4818 Release in May 2015? Sources: http://www.hyperscale.com/2015/reviews/kits/gwh4818previewbg_1.htm V.P.
  3. Great Wall Hobby is to release a 1/48th Sukhoi Su-35S "Flanker-E" kit - ref. L4820 Sources: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154746140309147&set=gm.1933263940222820&type=3&theater http://www.greenmats.club/topic/3850-su-35s-в-148-от-gwh-анонс/ Though THE question: Is there a new tool complete "Flanker" family in design by GWH? Considering the quality of the GWH MiG-29 "Fulcrum" family... V.P.
  4. I started this model a year ago so I'll have to appologize for the photos as I am already into the main assembly. I did capture some portions which I'll post. This is a daunting project even after all the complex camouflage schemes I have done in the past. I had a hard look at the decals for the digital camouflage that came with the kit as an avid modler I cant get past that they just dont look realistic. In the end they look like decals we have all seen the projects and read the frustrations. So I have come up with a method of doing the digital camo that will allow for pre and post shading and keep that painted on look. The kit is a dream well worth the cost great instructions, detail and it comes with fully detailed engins. I ordered a mask from Scale-pro and it tuned out I was scammed and the guy had nothing to sell lesson learned. So I researched and found that a company called Galaxy Models makes a template to cut squares in several sizes 2mm to 6mm and pre cut sheets for convenience. I did a few trials and yes its painstaking tedious work but the results are worth it. Here starting with scrap plasic and pre shading. First masking then sprayed with mid shade. Second masking and sprayed with lightest shade. Finally remove all masking. Another hurdle has been finding a reputable reference for the colours after alot of digging I found the right FS codes. Next it was onto the kit I purchased Eduards interior and exterior kit for the project. Interior Eduard kit applied and painted. Onto the engines More to come
  5. No it's not a joke. Great Wall Hobby (GWH) is also preparing a 1/48th Grumman F-14A Tomcat kit - ref. L4823 Sources: http://www.moxingfans.com/new/news/2018/0928/5025.html https://tieba.baidu.com/p/5896435363 V.P.
  6. My first completion of 2020 was built in less than 48 hours for a Group Build online. I chose the GWH F-15J Kids Kit as a mojo restorer. Built right out of the box and painted with Mr Color paints and Bare Metal Foil for the engine panels. A fun little kit with a lot of detail. Ideal for kids or for jump starting failing mojos like mine. I think I’ll have to build the GWH F-35 to keep this one company. Duncan B
  7. Great Wall Hobby (GWH) is to release a 1/72nd Sukhoi Su-35S "Flanker-E" kit - ref. L7207 Sources: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MilitaryModelingSRG/permalink/2441443966071479/ https://www.facebook.com/yufei.mao.940/posts/756092534907774 And a bunch of pics: https://www.facebook.com/yufei.mao.940/media_set?set=a.756092464907781&type=3 V.P.
  8. Hello friends, My apologies for the long period between postings. As you all are well aware of, life tends to get in the way of our hobby. Here is my latest project, the F-15I Ra`am from Great Wall Hobby in 72nd scale. Here are my thoughts of the kit......... 1. Built entirely out of the box. 2. Used acrylic paints for the airframe and weapons. 3. Used AK Interactive Extreme metal paints for the exhaust and natural metal sections. 4. Weapons ( GBU-31 JDAM, GBU-38 GPS guided, GBU-12 laser guided, AIM-120, & Python air-to-air missiles used from the kit ) 5. Tamiya tape for the seat belts. 6. Weathered using chalk pastels, washes, and paint. 7. The fit was very good apart from some serious issues with the front windscreen. Perfect Plastic Putty was used extensively to help correct the misaligned part. 8. The kit supplied decals were thick and I experienced some of the dreaded “silvering”. Much time was spent correcting the mishap. 9. Mold seam on the center of the both sections of the windscreen needed to be eliminated. 10. “F-15I Ra`am in IAF Service” ( IsraDecal Publications / Ra`anan Weiss ) used as reference. Hopefully my time between postings and visiting this excellent website will not be as long. Thank you in advance for all of your comments. Respectfully submitted, Mike
  9. Next Great Wall Hobby (GWH) F-15 variant in 1/48th is McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle - ref. L4822 Sources: http://www.moxingfans.com/new/news/2018/0627/4821.html https://tieba.baidu.com/p/5769954003 V.P.
  10. After the two seats F-15B/D (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234946867-gwh-is-going-to-do-a-f-15-bd-in-48th-scale/?hl=eagle#entry1408606), here's the single seat McDonnell Douglas F-15C MSIP II Eagle by Great Wall Hobby (GWH) - ref.L4817. Release expected in late June so probably available by July some time. Source: http://www.hyperscale.com/2014/reviews/kits/gwh4817previewbg_1.htm V.P.
  11. Hello, i wanted to build a Fulcrum in 1/48 scale since a long time and finally got around to do it. It is also my first WIP, hopefully of many. The kit has nice details, so i will build it OOB, except for some scratchbuilding here and there plus the ejection seat, where I´m currently eying the Quickboost one. I started with the cockpit, which was pretty straightforward, Decals for the IP, Vallejo Pale Blue gray on, detail painting, and then some drybrushing with light gull gray to add some highlights. I´m going to add some wires too, but I have to wait for the new Seat to avoid any fit issues. The other thing I did, was painting the engines. Those are really nice and in my opinion one of the Highlights of this kit, contrasting the burner cans, which are kind of a nightmare. So, that´s it for now. Thanks for looking and please excuse my english Alex (Edit: I think i fixed the photos)
  12. Hello all, Hot on the heels of my Su-34 build, here is GWH's great looking Su-35S 'Flanker E.' Will be marked as 'Red 06' which flew out of Hmeymim Air Base in Syria during 2016. Kit: The lovely single piece missiles: Extras: I'll be using a Neomega K-36 ejection seat and Kokopelli Scale Designs FOD inserts. Scheme and paints: I'll be fully loading it with 2x wingtip ECM pods, 2x R-73, 4x R-27 and 4x R-77. Dave
  13. Great Wall Hobby (G.W.H.) is working on its first 1/32nd kit a Curtiss P-40B Hawk 81/Tomahawk - ref. L3201 Sources: https://hobbylink.tv/the-latest-scale-model-news-from-the-all-japan-model-hobby-show-2018/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/MilitaryModelingSRG/permalink/2152742281608317/ V.P.
  14. Mig-29SMT 1:48 Great Wall Hobby The Mig-29M is an improved Mig-29, and has all the improvements over the original aircraft that you would expect in the shape of reduced weight, more powerful engines, increased fuel load and more modern avionics. It also has new radar, a HOTAS control system and other such modern bells and whistles that are en vogue in the 21st century jet fighter. Why do you need to know? Well, the SMT is a retro-fit package that upgrades existing Mig-29s to a similar standard to the M, and includes a pronounced humped dorsal spine containing additional fuel that gives it a range of 1,300 miles on internal fuel alone. Incorporated in the package are seven hardpoints that can carry a variety of weapons that the M can also carry, with the possibility for future upgrades for weapons developed by foreign companies, which must be firmly aimed at their export market. The Kit GWH pleased a great many modellers when they announced their new Mig-29 kit, and they are slowly bringing out variants as time goes by, with this their latest offering showing marked differences from the other releases, which will broaden its appeal. The kit arrives in an end-opening box (I know! The trauma!), but inside is a tray in which all the parts are held, so fret not. You might initially think that there is a white card lid inside, but that is a separate box for the large fuselage/wings part to protect it against damage. Below that is a plastic carton with six rather cleverly slide-moulded weapons in, and under that are the traditional sprues, of which there are fourteen of various sizes, all in a mid-grey styrene. The clear sprue is both separately bagged and protected by a clear sheet that is mildly sticky, which prevents any damage occurring before it is removed by the modeller, or in this case the reviewer to take the photos. A sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) brass parts are bundled in the same bag as the decal sheets, of which there are two, both having thick yellow paper to protect the delicate decal surface. The instruction booklet is printed in black and white on matt stock, while the painting and decaling guide is on both sides of glossy A3 paper, folded in half to fit the box. As always with GWH you get a sense of a quality product even before you have started looking at the individual sprues. The instruction booklet cites Alexander Dramnikov and Yufei Mao as being involved with the project, which is good to see. The cockpit is first to be built, and it is well-appointed with a detailed ejection seat that has PE seatbelts and leg-guides, a floor panel and stick, to which the side panels are added after they are detailed with side console inserts. The main instrument panel is a single part with raised detail moulded-in, to which you add a sizeable quantity of decals once it is painted. There are 15 in all, with optional on and off decals for each of the two main MFD screens, which is clever. It is attached to the underside of the upper fuselage later in the build after preparation of the major parts. A two part circuit-breaker box is attached to the turtle-deck behind the pilot, plus a piece of PE to add more detail. The gear bays of the SMT are all built up from separate panels to ensure that there is plenty of detail, while the main bays have ribbing on the upper areas for additional strength. Drill out the hard-points if you are planning on loading weapons later, build up the twin tails, which have separate rudders and PE slime-lights, and then you're almost ready to close up the fuselage. The flying surfaces are all separate, and are trapped between the fuselage halves to remain free, but the slats on the leading edges simply fit into a curved slot at the front of the wing, so check that you have them at the correct angle on both sides before the glue goes off, or you'll be very sad when you notice they aren't. The fins are added to the top deck by drilling out the flashed-over holes from inside, which is another task you don't want to forget. Similarly, you also need to drill out the holes for the chaff and flare dispensers that sit forward of the fins. The kit includes a pair of very nicely detailed Klimov RD-33 ser.3 engines, which are placed within the engine nacelles before the outer skins and intake ramps are added. There is also a trestle stand included for one engine in case you wanted to display it outside the aircraft. The detail is that nice out of the box, that it would be a shame to hide them away. The intake ramps were re-designed for the SMT, and they are provided here in two halves each, to which you add the integral FOD guards in styrene for closed, and PE for open/stowed. The upper section of the trunking is moulded into the lower fuselage, so to avoid seam-filling, it's probably easier to put the FOD guards down as they would appear when on the ground under normal circumstances. Some small parts, aerials and blade antennae are added to the underside and around the nose, as well as a pitot probe on the end of the separate nose cone. No mention is made of nose-weight, but you'd be well-advised to place a good quantity in there to be on the safe side. The canopy can be shown open or closed by the addition of a jack on the rear deck, which props up the separate canopy, while the windscreen goes on over the PE HUD for which a small slip of acetate film is included, with the outline printed on for your ease. With the airframe substantially complete, the landing gear is built up, with detailed legs, single-part tyres, and separate hubs, which cuts down on any seam filling. Bay doors are all well-detailed, and if you like your in-flight models you'll be pleased to know that they fit in the open or closed positions. The airbrake on the Mig-29 is a weird-looking hybrid of umbrella/clamshell, and sits between the exhausts. The brakes project up and down around a central strut, which is well-depicted, and can be posed open or closed by the omission of a few parts. As a final thought, a crew access-ladder has been included on one of the sprues, which is another nice addition. Weapons & external tanks are supplied along with a collection of engraved pylons and adaptor rails, with the following supplied in the box: 2 x PTB-1150 fuel tank 4 x R-73 AA missile 2 x R-77 AA missile The missiles are slide-moulded for detail, and are protected by a vacformed plastic carton, which takes up quite a bit of space in the box. The detail is really good though, and is further enhanced by PE fore-fins on the R-73s, and the waffle-textured steering vanes on the R-77s. A full set of stencils and painting instructions are supplied for both the missiles and their pylons. Markings There are two schemes included on the decals in the box, but both wear the same modern grey/light blue/darker blue splinter scheme with grey undersides that I associate with the T-50 Pak-fa, with little to tell them apart other than their aircraft numbers on the intake sides. The boxtop subject has a slogan and its tail-code on the tail (duh!), and it is interesting to note that it looks like the boxart was commissioned and printed before the correct serial codes were decided upon, as if you look closely at the box, there is an ingeniously disguised sticker with the correct serial placed over the wrong one. If you sneak a peek at the smaller images, they still read incorrectly RF-92235, rather than RF-92935. From the box you can build one of the following: Red 23 14th Leningrad's Guards Fighter Air Regiment, RusAF Airfield Khalino, Kursk region, 2010. Red 08 14th Leningrad's Guards Fighter Air Regiment, RusAF Airfield Khalino, Kursk region, 2009. The decals are well-printed in China, with very fine stencils being the order of the day. Registration, colour density and sharpness are good, and the satin carrier film is cropped close to the edge of the printed areas where practical. The Completed Model Conclusion This is a thoroughly modern tooling of the SMT, and is a welcome addition to the GWH line-up especially as it has that distinctive spine. Add the PE and clever moulding techniques used, and you have a well-rounded package that should appeal to anyone with an interest in Soviet fast jets. I would have preferred some variation in the colour schemes and squadron subject, but the scheme supplied is at least eye-catching to make up for it. Highly recommended. Available from all good model shops online and on the high street. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Good afternoon, friends! Now, the finish line of my F/A-18C build is near and i have to kits i wanted to build absolutely! Decision is yours AMK MiG-31 B/BS Foxhound (1/48) with Eduard mask and Eduard interior or Great Wall Hobby MiG-29 Fulcrum C 9-13 (1/48) with Eduard BigEd Both kits are superb, start from one of them will be in the next 2 weeks! As said before, decision is yours! Oliver
  16. A friend wanted me to build this kit for his dad's Christmas present, I have never built this scale before it was a great little kit which went together really well. It took longer to do the paintwork than actually build the kit.
  17. F-15I Upgrade Sets (for GWH) 1:48 Eduard Following the original F-15A/B release from Great Wall Hobby, new parts were added to allow them to release an updated Ra'am edition in 2015 and Eduard have adapted their sets for this edition. 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 (49772) This set consists of one fret of nickel plated brass that has been pre-painted, another in bare brass for constructional elements, and a small slip of acetate for the HUD glazing. The Ra'am is a two-seater, so the first port of call is to improve both ejection seats with handles, ancillary equipment and seatbelts, much of which is pre-painted for your ease, requiring only the smallest of areas to be removed from the front, and the perforated central column to be removed at the top rear. The side consoles are sanded back to receive new painted panels, as are the main instrument panels with their laminated instruments showing through the top layer. The pilot's coaming is upgraded with a new HUD unit with scale parts, and the opening side panel just forward of the cockpit side is detailed with a full set of fronts for the black boxes, as well as some pull-handles and interconnects to add life to the area. The radome is also detailed with a surface skin and more detailed T-shaped parts replacing the moulded in points for accuracy. The canopy is detailed inside with additional sill parts and a run of locking "fingers" on each side, plus a new roll-over hoop skin with integrated rear-view mirrors. Finally, to use up a little extra space on the fret, a couple of small vents are added to the deck around the canopy rear and forward of the main bays. Exterior (48888) This set is a single large fret of brass, starting with the nose gear bay, which receives a lot of attention. New panels, wiring looms and latch elements are applied to the bay, while a new skin is added to both of the bay doors, with prominent hinges added from brass to add further visual interest. The nose gear leg is fitted with a towing eye, and the main gear legs get new oleo-scissors, and a wiring/hose fit out, with a detailed ring around the outer hubs of the wheels. The main gear doors are also detailed with small hinges and catches. The dorsal air-brake is skinned with detailed panels, plus a little wiring, with additional grilles and blade antennae nearby and under the aircraft's nose. A new afterburner ring is applies to each engine face, a new set of slime-lights throughout, more surface panels, grilles and extra stiffening panels on the wing and tail tips. Detailed sway braces for the kit pylons are supplied, which also have the pylon's attachment points etched in for those leaving pylons unused. Masks (EX516) 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 masks for the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Review sample courtesy of
  18. Hey Everyone! Here's my latest video, a simple film that shows how to mask some straightforward shapes on a model aircraft. It's not groundbreaking as such, but will show you how I do things for Model Airplane International projects and in particular, the very new Great Wall Hobby T-33 Shooting Star, which I will show you once complete in a week or so's time. I hope that you like it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2tyki3A5zE
  19. I have had this lovely kit for several months now I picked it up at Milton Keynes IPMS show and have been desperate to start it and not had the time. Today I have started this lovely kit and wish to make a model of the Prototype B2 this will mean deleting the wings carrots , tanks and trimming the leading edge modifying the tail fin and intakes. I am using the Excellent article and Drawings by out very own Bill Clark from SAM August 2006. The Drawings are fantastic by Arthur L Bentley I wonder if there are Drawings for the B1 The initial B2 looked very elegant and similar to the B1 as I have made a model of XH533 the Prototype B2 Vulcan again being similar to the B1 I thought they would make a nice pair and I am fascinated with the early years at Farnborough. Cheers Rob
  20. Thanks Anton K55 (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234989178-55th-all-japan-model-hobby-show/) but I think it's better to open a dedicated thread. Great Wall Hobby is to release a new variant from its 1/48th Eagle kits ( F-15C/J: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234961656-148-mcdonnell-douglas-f-15c-msip-ii-eagle-by-gwh-cads-release-july-2014 & F-15B/D/DJ: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234956868-f-15bd-eagle-in-us-israeli-service-148/ http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234946867-gwh-is-going-to-do-a-f-15-bd-in-48th-scale/ the McDonnell Douglas F-15I "Ra'am" - ref. L4816 Though the question: is there a F-15E Strike Eagle variant in view? Sources: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1206169876076618.1073741833.275708712456077&type=3 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1148942795135165.1073741867.519867854709332&type=3 http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/blog/150928 V.P.
  21. Lion Roar Photo-etch and Upgrade Clearance We have just updated our stocks on all of our Great Wall Hobby / Lion Roar photo-etch, which we are selling at clearance prices on our website in the Great Wall Hobby Manufacturers section. All these kits are included in the spend over £30.00 and the postage is free for all Mainland UK. All prices have already been changed to show the discounted price. Click on the link to have a look. http://www.creativemodels.co.uk/great_wall_hobby-m-87.html Why not have a look and grab a bargain. Creative Models Ltd
  22. Great Wall Hobby 1/35 Zündapp KS750 with Sidecar (L3508) Private Stephens of 5th Northamptonshire Regiment rides a captured German motorcycle combination, Tunisia, 14 January 1943.
  23. Hi, I have the above kit, just wondering what the differences are between this and the late 9-12 version? Is it simply the deletion of the 2 ventral fins? As always any help appreciated. FF
  24. F-15B/D Eagle in US & Israeli Service 1:48 GWH The F-15 was designed as an Air Superiority fighter by McDonnell Douglas in the late 1960s as the eventual winner of the F-X programme, entering into service at the end of 1974. Since then it has undergone many changes, upgrades and adaptation to additional roles, and gained an envious reputation for ruggedness, as well as dishing out missiles and bombs by the thousand in service with the US Air Force and many foreign operators. The B and D models are the two-seat variants that are designated as trainers and built between 1972 and 1985, changing from B to D in 1979. A full set of pilot controls is duplicated in the rear seat for the instructor, but the ECM package is not installed, which means that the aircraft can still be used in action, and has indeed been used by the Israelis who fielded Bs during the Lebanon war. As the B was the two-seat variant of the A model, the D is the two-seat version of the C, which incorporates the improvements in capability. The following E and SE (Silent Eagle) made two seats the standard with the rear-seater taking on the role of weapons officer, the latter utilising fifth generation technologies to leverage the success of the basic airframe into the modern battlefield at a reduced cost over a genuine fifth generation fighter like the F-22 or Pak-Fa. The Kit A surprise release from Great Wall Hobby that has been available from overseas now since the New Year. It has now arrived in the UK and is available from our friends at Creative Models, from whence the sample arrived. It's a big box, and well packaged. It had to be, as I managed to sit on the review sample whilst wrangling a box I was sending out to one of the other reviewers. The parts inside were safe however, despite my bulk pressing down on them for an instant. Inside you are initially greeted by a trio of impressive clear vacform containers that each hold four missiles and a few delicate parts for the airframe. Under these are twenty sprues in mid grey styrene plus a large lower fuselage part that has been tooled using slide-moulding to provide detail on all sides. Additionally, there is one clear sprue, a small sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) brass, and four decal sheets of varying sizes. The instruction booklet is A4+ and quite thick, with a short précis of the Eagle on the front, and four pages of colour schemes on the rear. There is also a separate sheet in the bottom of the box covering some last minute amendments to the kit and corrected painting guide information for the US options. First impressions are always good with GWH kits, and there is some serious detail on each and every sprue. The slide-moulded missiles are pretty impressive, as is the lower fuselage part, and the overall level of detail puts the kit at the top of the heap when it comes to a satisfying out of the box experience. Two ejection seat systems have been included with the kit, as the Israeli airframes sported a pair of Escapac IC-7 seats, while the US aircraft used the ACES II seats. The detail on both sets of seats is excellent, although I would have preferred PE belts rather than the moulded in kind, which seem a little short and skinny. The seats fit into a single part tub after the addition of a pair of three-part seat rails to the rear of each pilot's tub. The detail on the side consoles is excellent, and has plenty of relief that will respond well to sympathetic painting. The nose gear bay is made up from separate sides to add extra detail, and fits to the underside of the cockpit on two pegs for secure location. The Rear instrument panel is simplified when compared to the pilot's panel, but is provided with a full set of instrument decals to detail it up. For the front panel, there is a choice of parts for Israeli or American, and again they are both provided with decals. The instrument detail moulded into the front panel is superb (again), and should look impressive once painted and decaled. The rear panel's coaming is added before the cockpit side walls are installed, completing the cocoon for the absent pilots. Straight away this is trapped between the halves of the nose along with the bulkhead for the radar, and the front coaming is added to the top, with a PE and acetate film HUD glass to finish it off. I'd either add the windscreen or leave the HUD off until later in the build though, as there is still a lot to do, and it may get damaged during handling. The radar is a two-part assembly that plugs into a socket on the bulkhead, and the radome can be displayed open or closed as you wish. To close it up, just trim the hinge-points off the inside of the radome, and glue it in place. Either side of the nose is the radar compartment, with two large opening panels, and GWH have decided to portray this in some detail. The various boxes and panels are moulded into the nose halves, and it is busy enough to show off with some sympathetic painting, and maybe the odd wire added here and there. The two doors (one each side of the nose) are supplied separately, and open upwards with a ram supporting their weight when open. They are also well detailed with strengthening rib-work, but this is likely to be spoiled due to the six ejector pin marks dotted around this relatively small part. The delicate raised internal structure and fine raised rivets will likely be lost in the process, which is a shame. If you're closing up the bays to preserve the sleek lines of the Eagle's nose, it's a non-issue of course. A pair of full-depth intakes are supplied with the kit, and it might be an idea to paint them before gluing each half together, as getting paint down the narrow trunking after the event will be tricky. If you're careful with alignment of the parts before the glue sets, you should have little clean-up, but ready your skinny sanders and wet'n'dry on a coffee stirrer just in case. Once complete they install in the lower fuselage, with a chunky socket that later accepts the nose section sat between them on large pins. Three holes need to be opened up along the centreline, which is best done before you have installed the intakes. Due to the complexity of the underside of the F-15, the "sills" at the side of each engine are separate parts, with the underside of the wing built-in, and installed on a large mating surface with four locating pins to get them aligned correctly. Here you need to drill out four more holes for the wing pylons before you add the upper wing. A pair of PE slime-lights on the side of the fuselage are added, with a scrap diagram detailing their location with measurements from convenient points and panel lines. The slide-moulding of the lower fuselage has resulted in two fine seams running along the length of it, and these seams would be best dealt with early in the build, possibly before you even start construction, if you remember. The upper fuselage includes the wing tops, as well as the tips, which have been moulded as one to get the requisite thickness to the part. The flaps and ailerons are separate parts and are glued into the upper wing at your chosen position if you plan on modelling a more candid position of an aircraft after landing. As usual, check your references to ensure you're not posing them in an unrealistic position, as you'll get imaginary internet points deducted by those that know! The barrel to the Vulcan cannon is inserted in the shoulder of the wing root, and you have a choice of open or closed by-pass air-spill ducts on the top of intake, which are supplied as separate drop-in parts. The main intakes on the Eagle change their angle of incidence to present more or less of the opening to the airflow, and two sets of intakes are included to allow you to model them fully raised or dropped, as is sometimes seen when parked up, taxying or during flight. In fact, a quick check of some references seems to indicate they're dropped a lot more often than you would think. The engine "humps" on the rear fuselage deck are often a source of problems with F-15 kits, and in this scale both the Academy and Hasegawa kits have been criticised for the shape. Having checked over a fair number of pictures, the difference in light and shadow, foreshortening of the shapes at an angle, and the fact that the tail fins block a good side view, it's more of a gut feeling or impression of whether they're right or wrong. For my part, I feel that the length and height is about right, but looking from above, I suspect that the taper is slightly more oval than the real thing. Watching some video yesterday, I was paying careful attention to the Strike Eagles on screen, and at times from a forward aspect, the humps looked spot-on, which is confusing. This view could change once the plastic is painted though, so I'm going to leave my final decision until I've built it (which could be soon, you never know). A pair of Pratt & Whitney F100 engines are provided in their entirety with the kit, and I'm fast running out of superlatives for the moulding quality of the parts. The engines are each made from two halves, with only two additional parts added to the outside, a fan that sits just within the tube, and a choice of stator blades with central bullet depending on whether you are using the 100 or 220 variant of the engine. The detail of the engine halves is excellent, and there is plenty of tubing moulded in to give the impression of a workable engine. Add a little extra to it and you could pose one on a trolley in front of the finished model. At the rear of the engine is an exhaust trunk with the aft fan in styrene and afterburner ring in PE. Four lugs on the trailing edge of the exhaust trunking receive each of the four exhaust petal parts, which link up and slip inside a delicate ring with fine actuator linkages moulded in. These are protected on the sprue by a surrounding ring of turrets, as they are otherwise fine enough to be crushed very easily, and quite an impressive moulding. Before installing the engines, the airframe is brought together in one step, starting with the upper fuselage being mated to the lower fuselage, then the nose being slipped into the socket that was installed in the front of the fuselage earlier. The fairing behind the cockpit slots in behind the nose assembly on four pegs, again ensuring good alignment. Following this, the intakes (dropped or straight) are added along with the windscreen, which is thin and clear as you'd expect. The engines simply slot inside their apertures in the rear of the fuselage, and I suppose there's nothing to stop you from leaving one loose if you wanted to show it off? With the airframe ostensively complete, the small and easily damaged parts are added throughout, such as the canopy with separate frames and PE rear bulkhead, which has a pair of actuating rams if you want to pose the canopy in the opened position. The airbrake that nestles behind the cockpit is also able to be posed open or closed, with the addition of another actuating ram for open, and the removal of the tips of the hinges for closed. The twin tail fins have separate rudders, and are topped by an aerodynamic sensor fairing, which is added from a separate part. The US airframes have a larger "cigar tube" on the starboard fin tip, so watch you don't confuse yourself here. The elevators are of the all-moving type, and are single parts that slot into a circular hole in the sides of the fuselage, with the tips of the tail sponsons devoid of ECM fit and capped with two small tapering parts that have slide-moulded hollow centres to save them from sink marks due to thick plastic. Happily for this modeller at least, the landing gear is added after main construction is complete, and its fit isn't compromised as a result. The nose gear leg is virtually complete as a one piece moulding with minimal seam-lines marring the finish, two landing lights added from the clear sprue, and of course the wheel, which is made up from separate halves. There's a Good Year logo moulded into the tyre, and hub detail is good, with a couple of red stencils added after painting for a little extra interest. The main gear legs have a one-piece main strut with a slight sinking of the styrene at the lower extremity, so you can decide whether to fill this based on whether you think it will be seen. A retraction jack and separate oleo scissor-link is added, and then the two part wheel on the axle. Detail is good here with defined tread on the wheels, but someone has reversed the BF Goodrich logos on parts J11 & J14, which might not notice if you don't paint them white, but is nonetheless incorrect. The hub and brake detail is some compensation, as is the subtle flattening of the bottom of the tyre to simulate the aircraft's weight, but once seen the reversed logo can't be unseen. All the bay doors have detail on their inner faces that will show up well under painting, but the aft nose gear door has a pair of ejector pin marks down the centre that will need work before completion. You will probably lose some of those nice raised rivets on the surface, so take a quick picture and replace them with Archer 3D rivet decals once you're done. The bay doors can be closed for an in-flight model if you prefer, which just needs the hinges cutting flush to achieve. Weapons & Fuel Tanks The F-15 is capable of carrying a sizeable war-load, and this is reflected in the quantity included in the box. The aforementioned slide-moulded missiles are each single parts with all four fins moulded in fore and aft, so can just have their seams cleaned up and you can then paint them. No fiddly fins to add, only to find you didn't line them up quite right later. There is also plenty of additional tankage included in the shape of three additional fuel tanks on pylons suitable for their location, with separate sway-braces. The full complement of weapons is as follows: 3 x fuel tanks 4 x Python 3 missiles with adaptor rails for side-mounting on the wing pylons 4 x Python 4 missiles with adaptor rails for side-mounting on the wing pylons 4 x AIM-7 Sparrow missiles with shackles to mount them on the belly racks Detail is good on the drop-tanks, which have raised weld seams on their surfaces, and the missiles are well moulded too. Their sprue gates are extremely fine, which caused one Python 4 to break free of its sprue during extraction from the plastic packaging, with no damage to the part. As well as the four seam lines to remove (slide moulding detail generates extra seam lines, sorry), each of the Pythons have three small ejector pin marks on one side, which are probably best hidden by placing them against their ejector rack. The Sparrows have only two each, and again they can be placed against the fuselage if you either don't want to remove the marks, or don't make a good job of their disposal. Each weapon, tank and pylon has a set of decals applied to it, which should improve the look of the build noticeably. As you'll probably notice, the Python missiles aren't standard US fit, but are instead indigenous to Israel, and are produced by Rafael Advanced Defence Systems to counter enemy air assets. The Python 3 was used extensively during the Lebanon War, and was improved to work with Helmet Mounted Guidance systems, as the Python 4, with limited fire-and-forget capabilities. A tail fairing between the engines, arrestor hook and housing, plus a few small aerials in the nose area, and that's construction completed. Markings Two sets of markings each are provided for Israeli and American aircraft, which seems fair. They are printed in China, which IIRC is a departure from their usual Cartograf sheets, but apart from a few corners that could have been cut off the carrier film here and there, there is very little to pick fault with, apart from a slight mis-registration of a muddy blue colour used on the largest sheet on a couple of decals, most noticeably the refuelling probe guide and a pair of yellow decals that are used on the wing tips. Registration is otherwise good, as is sharpness and colour density, and for sheer number of decals you certainly get your money's worth. There are lots. The Eagle is bespeckled with stencils over what seems like every panel, and it takes four busy pages of the instruction booklet to document them. You could argue that more pages are needed, as it gets a bit crazy on the topside, with arrows everywhere. Do not attempt to stencil your Eagle whilst hung over. It will not end well. Your markings options are as follows: F-15B (73-0113) No.113 Knights of the Twin Tail Squadron, 2006 – Grey FS36375 with FS36320 upper disruptive pattern. Eagle motif on outer fin & black band with eagle head on inner fins. F-15B (76-1524) No.704 Knights of the Twin Tail Squadron, 1982 – Grey FS36375 with FS36320 upper disruptive pattern. Eagle motif on outer fin & black band with eagle head on inner fins. F-15D (83-0046) 67th Line Jet 2009 - Grey FS36375 with FS36320 upper disruptive pattern. F-15D (79-0011) 65th Aggressor Squadron Nellis AFB - Grey FS36375 with FS36320 upper disruptive pattern. Striking eagle on outer fins with Oregon in the tip. The last option has since been retired to AMARC in June of 2010 for storage or reclamation of parts. Both US options have revisions in the addendum sheet, which covers the serial. for the last option, and something I haven't yet spotted for the other. The same holds true for the US markings on the top and bottom sides, with the alterations escaping my notice so far. Where's Wally/Waldo? Conclusion Aside from a few occasional minor gripes, this is a first rate kit that just cries out to be built. There is detail almost everywhere that will be seen, and on the engines and radar, that probably won't, which is a shame. A few spare exhaust parts would have allowed the modeller to set aside a completed engine for display by their model, to show off the detail that is otherwise lost to the dark. There is little that could be improved using styrene alone, and I'm hoping that fit measures up to expectations. Having built a few GWH kits already, they have been pleasant experiences overall, with good fit throughout. There are certainly a lot of F-15 aficionados waiting to build one or more of these kits, and for those folks, I'm sure the aftermarket companies will be rushing to bring the parts to super-detail your Eagle. I understand from internet sources that production on this issue has been stopped to concentrate on new boxings, so if you take that on face value, it may be wise to pick one up sooner rather than later. Watch for a build review soon. Review sample courtesy of
  25. Douglas TBD-1A Devastator Floatplane 1:48 Great Wall Hobby History The Douglas TBD-1A aircraft was a specially modified standard TBD-1, mounted on Edo floats. The very first production TBD-1 off the line, BuNo.0208, was selected as the test aircraft. It was originally conceived as a test bed for the Dutch Navy, as the Dutch were interested in procuring the type for their use in the Dutch East Indies. Events in Europe at the time precluded the order and it never materialised. However, the single aircraft converted was retained by the US Navy to test different torpedo variants. It was often joked that the TBD-1A dropped more torpedoes in testing than the entire fleet did in WW2. This may not be too far from the truth, as it saw service from the beginning of 1939 out of Newport, Rhode Island, USA, long before the US entered the war in 1941. The Model The kit comes in a very attractive top opening box with an artists impression of the aircraft presumably taking off from quite a heavy sea. On opening the initial impression is very good indeed. There are five sprues of medium grey styrene, a separate cowling, one sprue of clear styrene, all carefully protected in their individual poly bags. Also included is a small etched brass fret, two metal parts, a large sheet of masks and the decal sheet. The mouldings are superb, with crisp fine details in the form of rivets, panel lines, (raised where required), even the corrugated upper wings look more to scale than the some other manufacturers releases of the base aircraft. There is absolutely no sign of flash or imperfections on the review sample, and only a few moulding pips. Construction begins with the pilots, and navigators seats and there complex looking set of etched seat belts, followed by the radio operator/rear gunners rotating seat, made up of the seat pan, lower support bar and ring shaped top section. Onto the top section the race and gun traversing mechanism/mount is attached. The pilots’ seat is the attached to the supports, and then onto the bulkhead, which is then slide into position into the cockpit tub, followed by the control column, rudder pedals. The navigators’ seat is then fixed into place, followed by the mid bulkhead, foreward bulkhead, radio stack, the pilots throttle lever and torpedo release lever. The shoulder height cockpit deck is then fitted out with the gunners’ seat assembly from the underside, which requires the fitting of three PE brackets. Turning the deck over the fire bottle, DF loop aerial, and the 30cal machine gun, consisting of a one piece gun, firing handles, magazine tray and magazine, is fitted to the gunners’ seat mount. The machine gun can be posed either in the firing position or stowed. Before the fuselage can be closed up there are several fittings to be fitted to the cockpit sides, such as more pilots’ controls and the small side windows. With the cockpit assembly fitted to one half of the fuselage the upper and lower instrument panels are then painted up and glued into position. The instrument panels and side consoles have very nicely rendered instruments which will take some careful painting to make the most of them. With everything in place the fuselage halves can be closed up. The pilots’ headrest support is then attached, along with several other fittings on and around the headrest. The complex torpedo ranging sight in then assembled and fitted the front coaming. This is a very detailed and fiddly assembly and is made entirely of PE parts so take care not to feed the carpet monster. The engine, consisting of the two banks of cylinders plus two sets of control rods, is assembled. To this, the crankcase cover and air intake pipe ring is attached. The two exhaust manifolds are then fitted to the front of the fuselage, followed by the engine. At this point the two piece horizontal tailplanes are assembled and attached their respective sides. The engine cowling is mated to the gill flaps and then fitted to over the engine to the fuselage. The instructions call for the canopy to be assembled here, if the closed canopy is chosen then this can be done as it is a single piece moulding. If the open canopy is chosen, leave off the sliding parts an only fit the fixed parts, thus protecting the fragile internal structures. Construction of the wing begins with the single piece lower centre section being fitted to the fuselage, followed by the two upper inner sections can be attached. The torpedo bomb sight windows/doors are assembled with one layer of styrene and two layers of PE. The three piece oil cooler is also assembled, then attached to the lower wing, whilst the bomb sight doors are attached in either open or closed condition under the foreward fuselage. The separate flaps are also fitted at this point, presumably in either retracted or lowered state, but the instructions aren’t particularly clear on this. The torpedo mounting plate is then fitted to the fuselage centre section and the torpedo, made up of front and rear body sections and twin PE propellers, can be attached. Because the original aircraft was meant to be carrier based it was fitted with folding wings, well this wasn’t dispensed with just because they fitted floats. The inner wing fold joints are added along with some nice detail parts, whilst the tow piece outer wing panels are joined and fitted with the separate ailerons, the reciprocal fold joins and the pitot probe on the starboard wing leading edge. PE strengthening brackets are then attached and the wings joined with the two metal wing fold hinges, although it would be wise to leave this until later in the build, as the model will need to be set upside down to allow the fitting of the floats. I’m not sure how well the wings will fit if the option to have them extended will be, as there doesn’t appear to be optional parts to cater for this, being just a butt joint. It may be an idea to use some metal rod to give the join some strength. Each float consists of inner and outer halves with a separate top deck. To each there are a number of cleats attached fore and aft, followed by the nose tip and rudder. Each float is then fitted with their respective support struts, which when set firmly; the two assemblies can be attached to the underside of the model. Decals The decal sheet provides markings for the one aircraft produced. They are very nicely printed, with no sign of carrier film, in good register and nicely opaque. Along with the national markings, you also get the identification and serial numbers, plus some stencils, access walkways and the propeller blade tip stripes. If you’d rather paint the main markings, GWH have provided a full mask sheet just for this occasion, although how good the masks fit over the corrugations on the upper wings is any ones guess. The mask sheet also includes masking panels for the cockpit canopy/canopies. Conclusion Considering that only one aircraft was produced, it does come as a bit of a surprise that Great Wall Hobby decided to release it. That said they turned out what looks like a very nice kit and it’s certainly unusual. Being pre-war the colours are bright with the then standard yellow upper wings, but it would have been nice to have had a “what if” set of markings for the proposed Dutch operated aircraft. Overall a very nice kit that will get people talking at club meets or shows. Highly recommended. Available Soon Review sample courtesy of
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