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  1. Hi mates! Here my recently finished WWII project. The kit is very nice, except of decals (both research and quality, so I just painted most of the markings). Aftermarket used - Eduard etch, Armory wheels, Montex masks for insignia This specific aircraft was lost over Black Sea in 1944 with whole crew. Critics welcome!
  2. Xuntong Model Bobcat Hobby Model Kits is to release a 1/48th Yakovlev Yak-28P "Firebar" kit - ref. 48001 With short (early) and long (late) nose radomes. Source: http://www.greenmats.club/topic/415-bobcat-model-ex-xuntong-як-28п-и-як-28пп-рендеры-тестовые-отливки-обсуждение/?do=findComment&comment=3729 V.P.
  3. #18/2017 My dad´s newest completion, the Xuntong kit, painted with Tamiya Nato Black and Vallejo Model Air A-24m Green. EZ Line for the aerials. During construction the balance weight on the fin tip broke off, had to repair it with some scratch stuff. Also the landing light is scratch, kit has only a hole in the wing. Build thread here Model shows an aircraft of the Baltic Fleet, 1st Guards Maritime Torpedo Aviation Regiment, summer/fall 1944. DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  4. I'm joining in this GB with the Xuntong 1/48 Tupolev Tu-2S. Starting with the traditional open box shot: I had been on the lookout for one of these for a while - they seemed to have become as rare as the proverbial rocking horse poo for a while, and I saw a couple at exorbitant prices on a certain auction site - but Luckymodel seems to have recently got it back in stock so I snapped it up, and at quite a reasonable price. First impression is of quite a nice kit. The plastic is a little thick and some of the panel lines look a little deep, but not too bad. There are decals for 8 aircraft - 3 Soviet aircraft from the Great Patriotic War (seems more appropriate to call it that than WWII for this aircraft), and postwar options for Soviet, Polish, Bulgarian, North Korean and Chinese options. I'll be using the kit decals as there don't seem to be any aftermarket options, but not decided which yet - but leaning towards a postwar option, possibly North Korean. The box lid has a big yellow triangle proclaiming it to be a 'modified version'. Looking at reviews from when it was first released, I think it's been retooled. Two faults in the original release were a curved nose profile where it should be straight, and unrealistic fabric texture on the tailplanes and rudders, which looked like deep gouges in photos. The nose profile seems to have been fixed, and the fabric texture is nothing like as bad as I've seen in earlier sprue photos. So the two things I was planning on fixing have been fixed already! Sadly they didn't take the opportunity to translate the instructions into English - everything is in Chinese - but I think I can work everything out. There are a few different options - different canopies and a choice of three or four bladed props for example - and the instructions don't say anything about which go with which version (in English anyway) but I think I can work out which to use. I'm not going to use a lot of aftermarket, but have ordered some resin wheels and props and Eduard masks. Cracking on with it this afternoon - starting by preparing and airbrushing all the parts that will be in the interior colour. More photos later.
  5. Here's my Xuntong 1/48 Tupolev Tu-2S, built in the Radial Engines Rock group build. WIP is here. This was mostly from the box, the only aftermarket were resin wheels from Armory and props and spinners from Quickboost. It's quite a nice kit and an impressive size when done, it's got some nice detail, but quite fiddly in places, whilst others are pretty sparse and ripe for detailing (wheel wells, bomb bay, interior walls and floors are all pretty plain). Overall, a fairly satisfying build, but there are a lot of small, fragile parts that are a little more frustrating to deal with than they need to be. thanks for looking Z
  6. After the fatal crash of his An-2 model my dad started his next Soviet built subject earlier than expected. Not yet decided which version. Always thought this bomber was bigger..
  7. As luck would have it, after getting a Xuntong's Tu-2VS (it was on a sale after all) and doing some basic research on the subject it appears that this version did not really exist. Now, it is mentioned in one of the books I perused during the quick research I did as a small footnote, with no specifics. I know that Xuntong have released the more ubiquitous Tu-2S version. So what would be required to backdate/update the Tu-2VS to Tu-2S. Does the Xuntong provide all the details in the box to perform this update? (Or is this just a case of a manufacturer providing and naming what should've been an early and late configurations of the basic Tu-2) Thanks,
  8. DB-3F/IL-4/IL-4T Soviet Long Range Bomber 1:48 Xuntong Ilyushin began work on this twin engined long-range bomber long before the outbreak of WWII, and it was initially given the code DB-4 from the Russian for Long-Range Bomber. The designed was warmed over from one previously entered for another competition, and through constant changes to the structure, engines and other equipment it morphed into the DB-3F, which was re-designated as the IL-4, which benefitted from more improvements that resulted in a stronger, lighter aircraft that could carry more fuel, and with a lengthened fuselage it became more streamlined, further extending its range. With new engines the designers added extra armament, hoping one would offset the other, which of course it didn't, resulting in a slower top speed. This didn't seem to stop the Soviets from ordering more, and by the end of production in 1944, over 5,000 had been built. It was robust and could carry a substantial bomb load, which although bombing wasn't a high priority for the Soviets in WWII, meant that it was well used. It was also adapted to carry torpedoes, and used by the Navy for attacks on enemy shipping. As a footnote, it later gained the comical NATO reporting code of "Bob", which really tickles this reviewer for some reason. The Kit Xuntong have a liking for the lesser known Russian twins, which appears to be turning into their niche in our hobby with this release. They previously kitted the Tupolev Tu-2 was well received, and Bob seems to be getting the same response. Due to the slow-boat from China, Eduard have already released some aftermarket for this kit, which you can have a look at from the link at the bottom of the review. The box is fairly large, and is well stocked with parts on five large sprues of mid grey styrene, one of clear parts, and a large decal sheet. The instruction booklet is oversize A4 in portrait format, but on my issue at least is a little pale, with grey text and drawings. The fuselage is a large moulding with the frames for the glazed nose moulded in, and a good degree of internal structure such as ribs and frames moulded in, but with some ejector pin marks in between. The outer skin has a matt finish, and panel lines are engraved perhaps a little wide for some tastes. It is of standard construction, but with some useful twists (excuse the pun) such as the mid-upper turret that has a bayonet connector to facilitate installation after painting is completed by rotating it aft. The instructions are busy, with little text, but plenty of scratch diagrams to compensate. The build begins at the nose, with the installation of the cockpit sidewalls and side glazing, and it is interesting to note that the single glazing part has raised frames on the inside face, so you can pre-paint those before insertion to give a more realistic finish to the area. There are a lot of small parts added to the cockpit sidewalls, and this is continued onto the floor that is added later. The pilot's seat and armour panel, side consoles, rudder pedals, control column and oxygen bottles should make for a busy cockpit. Keeping with the theme of the crewed areas, the top turret is next, with a choice of armament. The first option is the 12.7mm UBT machine gun, which is well represented, complete with ammo feed and mount, with a leather strop across the base of the turret for the gunner to sit on. An ammo can is added along with a rear panel, and the finished turret lower is then encased in a three-part glazed dome, which has an alternative part with different framing as an option. The smaller option mounts a 7.62mm ShKAS machine gun with telescopic sight, and apart from the mount construction follows a similar path, with both ending up with a pair of swept "bunny ears" added to the top. Scrap diagrams show the correct positioning of the parts on the turret rings to reduce margins for error, which is always good to see. Attention then turns to the underside of the centre wing, which is a single part and needs a number of holes drilled, depending on which variant you plan on building, and what it will be carrying. Choose wisely and stick to your choice as changing once the wings are together would be tricky to say the least. If you can't decide things like this at outset though, you could always open them all, then close the unwanted holes later with some styrene rod and glue. The lower engine nacelle rears are moulded into the lower wing, and they have basic rib detail moulded into the area, on top of which the gear bay rooves are added, with a little extra detail added before they are fixed in place. Two scrap diagrams show how the parts should look once completed. The short upper wing panels are prepared next, with their leading and trailing root fairings added from separate parts, taking care to leave a 0.2mm gap to portray the panel lines between the parts. With these complete, they are added to the lower wing section to complete the assembly, which is then put aside for more work on the fuselage. The dorsal gunner must have had a torrid time in his position, as he was suspended on a tubular framework to which his gun was added. This is built up in a number of steps, and is added under the fuselage just before the two halves are closed up. There is a short section of wooden floor included forward of his position, plus a tubular rack that presumably carries his spare ammo. This is described much earlier in the instructions however, and just appears complete at this stage, as does the floor section for the nose. The cockpit floor is also added to the fuselage side, and a single part is added to the instrument coaming for one of the schemes. A scrap diagram again shows how all the assemblies should sit within the fuselage, so you can glue them together with confidence. The nose gunner/bomb aimer's seat is inserted just before the glazing is added, but you can install this earlier to save forgetting it if you feel the urge. The flying surfaces are standard fare with two halves for each outer wing, plus separate two-part ailerons and a pair of formation lights above and below the wingtip. The starboard wing has a small grille and landing light inserted on the leading edge, while the port does not. The elevators are built in the same fashion with trim-tab actuators added for extra detail. These and the separate rudder are added later after the inner wing panel has been installed and the engines completed. Xuntong have put a lot of effort and parts into the engines, which are a full-depth representation with collector rings and exhaust present, and ancillary parts such as the reduction gear, push-rods and mounting ring depicted. There is one engine installation for the IL-4, and an earlier engine set for the DB-3. They are mounted on a conical section that slips inside the open or closed cooling flap section, and again scrap diagrams abound to ensure you get it right, as alignment is critical in this close-fitting area. The cowlings are built from two halves, with the front a single part for reduced clean-up. An optional fan sits in the front of the cowling, and here the build diverges depending on which aircraft you are building. For the IL-4 a pair of small panel inserts are fitted around the exhaust stubs before being glued, and an intake is added to the top of the cowling, both of which are handed. The instructions for the DB-3F are separated by a page of instructions where the canopy is installed, and are broadly similar to the IL-4, but with different intakes and a few small parts added around the cowling. The canopy of the Bob sits on top of the fuselage, and has separate windscreen, canopy and aerodynamic teardrop rear sections. A different rear section is supplied for the DB-3F, and an additional part is added for the Naval version of the IL-4. The top of the nose is closed by adding an insert that has another glazing insert and a removable access hatch added before it is glued to the nose after removing four location pegs that must have been deemed unnecessary after moulding. The tip of the nose glazing has a single ShKAS machine gun added in a ball-mount, and it is then glued to the front of the fuselage, enclosing the operator's seat that you didn't forget to install beforehand. Landing gear is covered next, and the tail wheel is fitted to an insert on the underside of the tail for the DB-3F, which was removed for the later models, presumably to save weight. The main gear can be fitted in the retracted mode by assembling the twin legs and four-part tyres, then gluing them in place using an alternative horizontal hole in the bay, after which the two gear bay doors have their location points removed and are fitted to the bay margin. Fitting them in the deployed state involves adding the retraction mechanism which consists of two V-frames and a piston, the locations of which are made clear on another pair of scrap diagrams. The bay doors are fitted on their hinge tabs, and it's job done. The underside nose access hatch, exhaust extensions and addition of the props are buried in between installation of the munitions, as are the three sets of probes and aerials that are appropriate for the various marks. It seems a little confusing to do so, but as there is likely to be some handling of the almost finished aircraft in order to build the weapon mounts, it is understandable. Weapons! Bombs or torpedoes will be dictated by which decal option you are going for, but they are all suspended on fairly fragile mounts, to which the torpedo has an extension due to its length. The hole diagram earlier in the instruction will have you scratching your head a little, so check it twice, take notes and make sure you are fitting the correct mounts for your weapons choice. In the box you have the following: 2 x FAB-500 bomb 2 x FAB-1000 bomb 1 x 45-36-AVA/AN/AM Torpedo 1 x AMG-1 Sea Min 6 x RS-132 Rocket Each item is made up from a surprisingly large number of parts, which results in good detail. The torpedoes start with the same basic body, to which different rear sections are added. The mount can be improved by the addition of short lengths of wire to represent the steel cable that holds it in place for additional realism, although this is not included. If your head is still spinning about what mountings to use for your chosen weapon, check the diagrams on pages 24 and 25, as they give some additional side and head-on views that should prove helpful. Markings Xuntong have been generous with the decals, providing a surprising eleven options for you to choose from. Each option is depicted by a single side profile, plus upper and lower view for the placement of camouflage demarcations of the various fleets and schemes. From the box you can build one of the following: Baltic Frleet, 1st Guards Maritime Torpedo Aviation Regiment, summer-fall 1944. Black Sea Fleet, 2nd Torpedo Bomber Aviation Regiment, 1941. Northern Fleet, 9th Guards Torpedo Bomber Aviation Regiment, May 1943. Black Sea Fleet 119th Torpedo Bomber Aviation Regiment, 1943 Black Sea Fleet 5th Guards Torpedo Bomber Aviation Regiment, March 1944. 18th Guards Long-Range Bomber Aviation Regiment, Poland 1944. Northern Fleet, 2nd Guards Red Banner Aviation Regiment, 1944-45. Baltic Fleet, 1st Guards Torpedo Aviation Regiment, summer 1943. 3rd Guards Long-Range Bomber Aviation Regiment, March 1943. 3rd Guards Long-Range Bomber Aviation Regiment, March 1945. 10th Guards Long-Range Bomber Aviation Regiment, 1st Detachment, March 1941. The decals are printed anonymously, but are have good register, colour density and sharpness overall, but with some slight stepping visible on the stars under magnification. The density of the patriotic slogans is particularly important due to their size, and they look to have been double-printed to achieve the required level of opacity. A separate smaller sheet includes just a few red stripes that are applied to some of the decal options. Conclusion It's a niche subject partially due to the previous lack of kits available in the mainstream, but with this release and the distribution network it has achieved, that no longer applies, so what do we think of the kit? It's very nice overall, with plenty of detail, although some of the small parts will need a little clean-up due to some flash creeping in. If you fancy a little something that isn't grey or Spitfire shaped, this will certainly fit the bill. Construction should be fairly straight forward once you've got your head round the slightly confusing (to me at least) instructions, and the resulting model will be well detailed and fairly large in your cabinet. If you want to go all out with the build, you should have a squint at the Eduard sets that we reviewed a while back here. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of UK Distributors for
  9. Source: http://s362974870.onlinehome.us/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=263859&pid=2503073&st=0entry2503073 About the DB-3: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilyushin_DB-3 About the Il-4 : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilyushin_Il-4 Xuntong homepage: http://www.xtmodel.com.cn/a/English/ V.P.
  10. New in from Xuntong Model of China. The DB-3F was the most widely used variant of the DB-3 series. The DB-3F was put into production in 1940 and in March 1942 its designation was changed to Il-4, the torpedo version being Il-4T. Order now from your usual stockist or dealer.
  11. We present the new 1/35 scale M60A1 from AFV Club. This brand new model is bristling with detail. Also new is Schwere Panzerpaehwagen SdKFZ 233 with 7.5cm gun and the Russian T-34/85 with transparent turret and detailed interior. Hobby Fan's detail up resin figures sets for the AEC Matador and M60A1 have come in, and we have a small quantity of the premium "Ding-Hao" Churchill carpet layer type B. Xuntong of China has delivered their new Illyushin IL-4 (DB-3) in 1/48 scale, and this is now available too. Ask your usual stockist or dealer for these new releases. Visit our website http://www.pocketbond.co.uk for more details.
  12. After the Tu-2T - ref.B48003 (http://www.britmodel...8035&hl=xuntong) Xuntong Model is to release two new variants of this soviet tactical bomber, the Tu-2VS (ref.B48001) and Tu-2S (ref.B48002). A OOB Xuntong's Tu-2T: http://www.master194...5&hilit=Xuntong Soon at Lucky Model? Provisional (future) links: http://www.luckymode...em_no=XT-B48001 http://www.luckymode...em_no=XT-B48002 Source: http://www.xtmodel.c...Tu_2VSshuoming/ Source: http://www.xtmodel.c.../Tu_2Sshuoming/ V.P.
  13. Xuntong DB-3F/IL-4T detail set 1:48 Eduard The Xuntong DB-3F/IL-4T has been out for some time now but it’s good to see it hasn’t been completely forgotten by the aftermarket companies as Eduard have just released a nice set of etched parts and masks for it. The kit is full of very nice detail out of the box, but some of this detail can look quite chunky and would be better suited to the more scale thickness of the etched brass. Detail Set (49700) The two sheets contained in the standard poly sleeve provide parts for both the interior and exterior, so no need for separate sets. The majority of parts are on a medium sized relief etched sheet whilst the smaller sheet containing the cockpit parts is mostly pre-painted and self adhesive. For the cockpit the set includes a raft of replacement placards and auxiliary instrument boxes, panels, vents, levers and flying control cable wheels for both sides of the pilots and bomb aimer’s positions. The main instrument panel is made up of two layers with the instruments printed on the backing plate, as other sets of this nature a drop of Klear or Aqua Gloss will be needed to represent the instrument glass. The pilots area also receives new or replacement parts for the throttle box, complete with throttle and mixer levers, rudder pedal plates and straps, trim wheels, control column frame, and engine instrument panels. The bomb aimers floor has two doors that can be posed open or closed that provide access to the aircraft from the external door beneath the nose. Both the pilots and bomb aimer’s seats receive a full set of harnesses. To the rear, the radio stack has new control faces provided whilst both the mid upper and ventral gun positions have replacement fixtures and fittings added, these include ammunition belts, handles, links, and brackets. Externally the set provides new wiring harnesses for the engines, frames for the landing lights and wing intakes, new panels and bulkheads for inside the landing gear bays. The main undercarriage legs are fitted with new brake lines, whilst the wheels have new brakes attached. The upper turret receives new outer vanes and the nose mounted machine gun is fitted with a new ring sight. Interior Zoom Set (FE700) This zoom set contains only the above pre-painted sheet and allows the modeller to build a well detailed cockpit without the hassle of getting bogged down with detail that might otherwise be deemed superfluous. Masks (EX442) Since the kit has so many heavily framed windows around the nose, not to mention the cockpit windows, ventral gun position and upper turret most modellers will be glad of this mask set which makes the whole task of masking up a doddle . Conclusion This is another great set from Eduard, who seem to be churning them out like it was going out of fashion, yet managing to keep the standard high. The pre-painted parts for the cockpit and bomb aimers positions are particularly good and should be pretty visible even through the kits clear parts, although the ability to have the access doors and hatches open should help this. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Tupolev TU-2 Exhausts 1:48 Quickboost by Aires Containing four exhaust stacks on two casting blocks, this is an incredibly quick and easy way to add hollow exhausts to your TU-2. Simply liberate the parts from the casting block using a sharp knife, and clean up the back-side, replacing the kit parts D61 and D62 with these nicely detailed parts. What's not to like? Highly recommended. Available in the UK from Hannants Review samples courtesy of
  15. Tu-2T/S Update Sets (for Xuntong) 1:48 Eduard Xuntong appeared out of nowhere (as far as I'm concerned at least) with a couple of variants of the infrequently kitted Tupolev Tu-2. It's a nice kit actually (I have the S), irrespective of the fact that it's also their first kit as far as I know. These sets are tooled to fit this kit, and improve the details significantly over a number of mix-and-match sets. Three of the sets are suitable for either kit, while the other two sets for the interior are specific to the T or the S, but as the differences are limited to the instrument panels and small parts, I'll review them together. Interior Set (49632=T 49640=S) These sets comprise two etched frets, one of which is pre-painted and self-adhesive measuring 7cm x 6cm, the other bare brass and measuring 9cm x 7cm. A small acetate film is also included with printed shapes for the gunsight glazing. The cockpit's instrument panels are updated with laminated PE parts that replace the detail on the kit parts, which must be removed before application. The sidewalls are also updated with various boxes, structural parts, and on the left, a large control panel with levers and control wheels on a pre-painted base. The sides are given skins for additional detail, and panels are added to the cockpit sidewalls with extra controls and boxes installed. The pilot's rather chunky rudder pedals are removed and replaced by PE parts, and his seat is decked out with a set of seatbelts from the painted fret, with further parts detailing the back of his seat. The area behind his station is skinned with more brass for detail, and this includes a box with strengthening strips that runs up the sloped section. The other two seats are also given seatbelts, and the gunner's scarfe ring is detailed inside, with more realistic pivot points added to the side. The front bulkhead of the rear compartment is fitted with instrument boxes on a shelf, which is replaced by a folded PE part with lightening holes, and the oxygen bottles on the bottom left and nearby on the inside of the fuselage are given regulator wheels and retaining straps, but beware that Eduard have incorrectly named the parts D17. They are actually D15. Finally, a PE ammo box and a length of link is attached to the lower fuselage for the ventral gun position, the other gun positions receive a number of enhancements, plus link detail for their ammo feeds. The –S set is almost identical to the –T set, save for a few instrument boxes around the cockpit, and in the nose area. TU-2T (49632) TU-2S (49640) Zoom Sets (FE632=T FE640=S) If you don't want to go the whole hog as above, you can get the reduced part-count Zoom sets for the cockpit of either aircraft, which just includes the pre-painted and self-adhesive frets as shown above. TU-2T Zoom! TU-2S Zoom! Undercarriage (48778) This set is common to both airframes, and supplies a substantial upgrade to the detail of the nacelle mounted main gear bays on one large fret of brass measuring 16cm x 13.4cm. Much of the sheet is covered with a set of skins for the inside of the bays with ribbing detail etched in, as well as webwork that is visible between the roof of the bay and the underside of the upper wing. The upper wing is also skinned with rib work and rivets depicting the underside of the upper wing. The rear bulkhead is similarly skinned after removing the moulded in detail, and a prominent oval shape is pressed into the back with a ball-point pen. The skin for the bay roof has additional detail added to replace the chunky kit rendition, and various small parts are added to the sides . The landing gear legs are treated to a set of brake hoses and a pair of doughnut shaped hub-caps, plus a number of other small details around the gear leg, such as the oleo-scissor link, and the brackets holding it in place. In addition to the bay door actuators supplied with the kit, Eduard have included an additional jack that sits at the rear of the door, which is also skinned with internal detail. Landing Flaps (48777) The kit has moulded in flaps aft of the positionable dive brakes, and posable ailerons, and this set supplies all parts necessasy to pose the split flaps extended for landing or maintenance. The preparation is quite simple, requiring you to remove the two flap sections on each wing lower (one inboard of the nacelle, the other outboard), and thinning of the corresponding section of upper wing, taking care not to damage the rear of the nacelle that is moulded into the trailing edge of the upper wing parts. The inner flap bays and outer skin of the flaps are a single part, with the chordwise ribs folded in and glued into grooves in the bays, the rear wall folded up vertically, and the flap skin laminated to an interior section with a large spanwise rib added along the centre. Three spanwise ribs are slid into the bay from the side and glued in place, and then a trio of actuator brackets are added to the rear wall, with some 0.5mm rod used to complete the assembly, which you will need to supply. Chordwise ribs are also added to the inner flap either side of the spanwise rib, and the flap is then connected to the actuators by more short lengths of 0.5mm rod. The outer flaps are constructed in the same way, but without the chordwise ribs on the flap inner surface, and only two actuator brackets. Of course this has to be carried out on both wings, so you will be assembling four sets from the crowded brass fret that measures 16cm x 13.4cm. Bomb Bay Arriving on a large fret measuring 18.5cm x 13.4cm, this set provides a full set of skins for the insides of the bomb bay within the fuselage, a new roof and forward bulkhead skin, and bomb bay door skins. It also includes a number of prominent ribs within the bay that stand either side of the bomb load. The rear of the bay is replaced entirely, cutting a length of the cut floor, and substituting an oval section of the bay with bulkhead and rib work visible inside. A bomb-carrier is installed running down the centre of the bay, and bay door actuators to the aft of the bay. The huge bombs that are carried in and either side of the bomb bay don't escape attention, having a new set of fins, mounting lugs, stabilising brackets and fusing spinner to the rear, duplicated three times for the full load. Exterior (48762) This set is marked as for the TU-2T, but as it includes a new tail section for the -2S, and the balance of the parts aren't version specific, it seems to be suitable for either. The main focus of the set in terms of area of the fret is the engine bays, detailing the interior of the opening cowlings, the exhaust flaps, the wiring looms and the details on the outer cowling. As well as the fins for the torpedo, a boxed in bay and some small details for the tail wheel are supplied, including a hub for the tail wheel itself, and some extra detail for the external bomb carriage racks under the wing roots. Conclusion As usual with Eduard sets, the results will warrant the extra work, and the addition of flaps always adds extra candid interest to an aircraft, although this comes at the expense of a "cleaned-up" airframe. The base kit is of good quality, although I find the manual a little confusing, jumping from place to place on the build. Consequently, it's a bit of a struggle comparing stages between the kit instructions and Eduard's sheet. Some serious brass is included with each set though, and anyone that has seen the pre-painted sets know the level of detail that is included. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. A new chinese brand, Xuntong Model, has released or is to release a 1/48th Tupolev Tu-2T "Bat" kit. Source 1: http://scalemodels.r...-1-48-tu-2.html Source 2: http://news.hobby.ne...;st=0entry49457 The Xuntong Model homepage: http://www.xtmodel.com.cn/ http://www.xtmodel.c...a/Tu_2shuoming/ http://www.xtmodel.c.../a/Tu_2zhanshi/ If you've a look in the images herebelow you discover that this Tu-2T kit is quoted as B48003. So what about B48001 and B48002 kits? Other Tu-2 versions? The Tu-2: http://en.wikipedia....ki/Tupolev_Tu-2 V.P.
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