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  1. I bought another Eduard F6F-5 from @Duncan B a while ago. I didn't bother with any PE this time, so just used an Ultracast seat in the cockpit and tried to do a passable paint job. Due to lack of skill in painting instruments, I did buy @airscale's 1/48 US Navy instrument decals As with the last Eduard F6F I built, I sawed out and thinned down the cowl flaps for what is, in my opinion, a much enhanced appearance for very little effort and no cost. The kit parts have the cowl flaps the full thickness of the cowl piece so even closed they don't look like cowl flaps. It was bought with the intention of making a very ubiquitous ANA623 Glossy Sea Blue US Navy example as seen pretty much everywhere in the Pacific from 1944 to 1945. The trouble is that ANA623 was pretty good paint and therefore most of the stuff modellers do to models such as pre or post shading, panel line washes etc is wholly inappropriate for such an aircraft. Then again, we can't be having a solid, featureless finish because the real aircraft didn't look like that either. I decided to try mimicking the stressed skin appearance of a real aircraft to try to get similar light reflections from a glossy finish. Out with the paint mule! I cut narrow strips of masking tape. The Infini cutting mats made short work of that and got all strips consistent. I gave it two light coats with Halfords grey aerosol primer The tape was removed and I gave it a go over with an Infini 1500grit sanding sponge, the aim being to knock all the corners off and smooth the humps a bit. I then gave it a fairly heavy coat (in many very thin passes) of Colourcoats ACUS34 ANA623 Glossy Sea Blue this morning. This has had a polish with Infini 2500 and 4000 grit sponges and looks like this: Overall, and with more work with the 1500 grit prior to top coat, I feel somewhat positive about it and have decided to go for it. This may take some time! All comments / feedback welcome!
  2. Hi, Here is a selection of photos of my latest completion. Its built using the 2014 weekend edition of Eduard's kit. The kit is one of Eduard's older tools so not up to their current standard. Unfortunately as a weekend kit it lacks the Photoetch which presumably came with previous boxings, resulting it a lack of cockpit detail and in particular the main gear door actuators. These issues were remedied with a bit of scratch building using plasticard and albion alloys micro tubing. The kit does come with a set of Eduard's Superfabric seat harnesses. These work alright but are a bit flat because the buckles are printed the same as the straps. I prefer their Photoetch belts in general or making my own. The model is mainly airbrushed using Hataka red line paints for the camouflage scheme. It was my first time using these acrylic paints. I found they worked well with Vallejo Airbrush Thinner with Vallejo Flow Improver although there was still an occasional issue with tip dry. The star on the cowling is supplied in the kit as decals but I decided to spray it instead to better match the forward part of the cowling and spinner. I also had to touch up the white wing stripes as the decals were too short as I positioned them. To weather the model I used a combination of Ammo by Mig Panel line washes, Tamiya weathering sets and chalk pastel dust. I used Ammo by Mig Lucky matt varnish to give it its final coat. The aerial is made from Uschi van der Rosten rigging thread, painted aluminium. The Canopy was dipped in AK Interactive's Gauzy Glass Coat to improve its clarity. I had trouble in the past with this stuff drying to quickly and not allowing it to level out. That's until I decided to put the bottle in the fridge for ten minutes before using it. It may sound weird but it seems to make it slightly less viscous so it levels out before drying. Here is the cockpit precariously posed before the fuselage got closed up. Everything behind the seat bulkhead is scratch built apart from the yellow bottle and so is some of the detail on the cockpit side walls. This kit was originally designed to use photoetch for detail so it lacks moulded alternatives unlike more modern Eduard kits. I think it predates Eduard's Profipack/weekend edition philosophy. Accuracy wise the kit seems to match reasonably well to the references I could find online. Although I did reshape the wing tips and extend the tail wheel opening rearwards to better match the real aircraft. Hope you enjoy! Mark.
  3. Dear fellow Britmodeller, here's my 1/72 Hasegawa Ju-188E in markings of KG 66, in 1945. Built with the addition of Eduard photo etch and Kora resin wheels. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thank you for your interest, best greetings from Vienna. Roman
  4. We'll be trading at the Northern Model show again this year. It's on at the Parks Leisure centre in North Shields from 09:30 on Sunday 2nd June (more info in the shows section and from the IPMS Tyneside club). We'll have a smaller stand than usual this year due to falling sales and increasing costs but we're bringing our stock of Eduard mask and Etch (and Skymodels/Xtradecal, decal sets) as well as bargain kits and acrylic paint sets. So stop by our stand and have a look at what's on offer - many of the bargain kits have very limited stocks, so some will run out quickly, so don't delay! https://mjwmodels.co.uk/ thanks Mike
  5. Most likely now the last Emil by my dad for now Eduard kit with decals from the Hasegawa kit. DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  6. Besides the Slovakian Emil, my dad decided to build some more E´s. This time a JG51 bird with the "Spaziervogel" emblem using an Eduard weekend edition. Funny how old and new Eduard plastic are mixed in this kit. DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  7. 1/72 Fokker D.VII by Eduard confirmed here: http://ipmsnymburk.com/forum/viewtema.php?ID_tema=11559
  8. Hi all, This is my first wip I've done for a long time. Has a few on here know I've spent the last 10-15 years caring for both parents so time for modelling and posting pics up has been hard to come by. Unfortunately my Mum passed away suddenly and totally unexpected last August, something I'm still having trouble coming to terms with. Dad has not long passed away, after developing Pneumonia whilst in hospital, 6 months after Mum went. To say those 6 months have been very trying time is a under statement! I will say modelling has been a great help in getting me through the dark times, not forgetting looking in on here of coarse. Anyway enough of the waffle and onto the build! As soon as Airfix announced they were releasing a Sea Fury I knew I was going to have to build one, originally I was going to build it as a Iraqi one as I remember the one based at Duxford in those colours being taken by the scruff of the neck and flung round the sky, however as one is already being built on here I didn't want to bore folk with yet another so I've decided to do mine as a Cuban one see here, http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235034521-cuban-sea-furies/ First job was to sort out some known problems with the kit whilst I waited for my replacement starboard fuselage half. So cowl first up the engine cowl Nice gap! Ali hadn't released his resin cowl when i'd started my kit. So I filled the gaps up on both sides of the cowl with CA/talc. Using what i'd found out after looking in on Ali's site I re scribed the joint line in the correct position using this scriber and tape. Got to say that scriber is the best I've used to date. Then using my verlinden scribing template I redid the latches on the cowl. Just got to tidy things up a bit now. Also on my kit the port wing fold was short shot so instead of waiting for Airfix to send out yet another replacement part I decided to fix the problem myself. Used plasticard for the said fault. The end result. Will most likely require a bit more fettling after a coat of primer. Can anyone explain to me why my pics are so big and how to shrink them down please. Cheers, Tim.
  9. Eduard is to release a new mould from the 1/48th Focke-Wulf Fw.190A. Source: http://www.detailscaleview.com/2015/11/new-products-from-novemberfest-2015.html 3D renders V.P.
  10. Eduard leaflet for May: http://www.eduard.com/store/out/media/distributors/leaflet/leaflet2016-05.pdf change digit in link for older issues
  11. Which is the better kit, Dragon/DML or Eduard (old)(weekend) Fw-190A-8. If I go on a US website I get Dragon/DML, if I go on a Czech website I get Eduard. Now I would like to hear it from the UK crowd. I am looking at general fit and dimensional fidelity. They can both be gotten for about $17 here. I would like some justifiable opinions.
  12. Looking forward to this one. I hope Eduard add few extra fuels tanks for the wings, it always seems a little bare without them.
  13. Hello everyone...... This has been on and off my bench going back to 2012 when I picked it up off Ebay when I lived in the States. I finally summoned up will to try and get it built, as I'm stuck at the Zimmerit stage on my Elephant I just recently kicked off...... This Panther G has been a trial......It has a few upgrade sets involved. Tamiya Panther tracks Griffon Model Schurtzen Eduard Night Fighting detail set. FineMolds Vision blocks RB Barrel Masterclub resin bolts There's still a few details to add like the lower MG port cover on a chain, vision blocks (after main painting) and welds lines etc etc. It'll probably be on its way to completion by years end ....I hope. The paint scheme will I think be a vehivcle that has come back for a re-fit to get the night vision equipment and a new turret. So this will be in primer red where as the main hull will be in it's previous camouflage scheme prior to being sent back. The schurtzen will also be a mixed bag of new and a couple of old bent one's with original camouflage on them and battle damage.....well here's where we stand at present. Right side view. The gun rod cleaning tube is scratch built with 5mm brass tube, using the end caps from the kit parts with off-cut brass fret for handles and main brackets to the hull. Al the wiring is in super fine soldering wire. The connection point into the top of the turret for the electrics as well scratch built from bits and pieces. I decided to add additional camouflage loops to the main turret for branches etc they added in the field. I decided also not to go with the PE pins to hold on the spare track links and made them from Friul Track wire I had knocking around. The Masterclub bolt heads were a bind to add to the Schurtzen brackets rails, but I think when painted they should show up nice. Weld lines added for Night Fighting brackets. Well......try and finish all the remaining details and hopefully set up the airbrush next week for a primer coat to check for flaws etc to fix. Catch you all soon. Regards Simon.
  14. In the Czech Modelforum it's mentioned that after the 1/48th MiG-21, Spitfire and Bf.109 families, Eduard has as long term project the North American P-51 Mustang in the same scale. Wait and see. Source: http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=68170&start=5865 V.P.
  15. Here is my second Fw190D from Eduard dual combo kit. It is Fw190D-9 from JV44. Painting and masking the red/white underside was quite fun. Nanond
  16. Hi all, I'm looking at converting an Eduard Spitfire HF.VIII into a Mk.VII. (It seems to be a fairly easy conversion that even I should be able to manage.) These Eduard kits come with so many bits and pieces and are such marvelous little works of art that it seems to me to be the obvious choice for conversion. Pointy wingtips - check, retractable tailwheel - check, choice of rudder - check. I assume I only need to do a couple of other things to it. 1) Add a pressure bulkhead at the rear of the cockpit - easy fix with some plastic card 2) Add the cabin pressurization intake under the starboard exhausts - I'm thinking of fiddling with one of the clipped wing tips provided in the kit to produce this item. At this stage I'm not going to worry too much about the thicker canopy bracing and modified rails. Does this seem like a workable plan to the Spitfire gurus out there? I haven't missed anything or made any obvious clangers, have I? Cheers!
  17. I was keen on receiving Eduard's new 1/72 MiG-21MF last year and got one as early as I could. 6 weeks and 50000 (not really, but you get the point) decals later, I was done with what I think is the best kit I have ever made.. Its beautifully engineered and has details that would blow your mind, but does make you work hard to achieve the fidelity it deserves. As profiled here before, the Profi-pack boxing comes with a variety of schemes, but I chose to build a MiG that was a true war-horse in the Middle East. Painted in the Znamya Truda camouflage in which several Arab Type-96s were delivered from the Soviet Union, it represents an aircraft of the Syrian Arab Air Force in the days leading up to the Lebanon War when they were outclassed and outgunned by the Israeli Air Force. Not deterred by the daunting challenges, Syrian pilots took the war to the Israelis and made the best use of their versatile and agile MiG-21. SyAAF is a shadow of its former self these days, but continues to be one of the most secretive air arms in the world. Their pilots and their MiG-21s continue to defend the homeland, but the enemy is very very different. If you are a MiG-21 aficionado, look no further than this kit. Parked alongside my old Kopro MF. Incredible how far we have come with MiG-21 kits. [
  18. I decided to pick this one out of my stash to give me something small to do. Plus I haven't built a WW2 German plane before so is a first. The Kit is a few yrs old now but quality is good. Here are the start pics for you . The cockpit looks dark but it actually isn't. Chris
  19. I wanted to complete this build in time for the arrival of the first F35b in the UK. Boy I cut it close. This build was designed to show off the complex internal bay systems and array of weaponry it could carry. Using the KARL cockpit and weapons bay sets really enhanced the detail, along with the dream hobby engine nozzle and eduard PE set for the lift fan and brimstone missiles. All in all I enjoyed the build but need to source a new canopy as I am not totally happy with the finish.
  20. SUU-30B/B Munitions Dispenser (648444) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Used in Vietnam before the Cluster Bomb Unit (CBU) was banned by many countries, the SUU-30B/B and variants were the first in-flight munitions dispenser used by the US and could carry hemispherical fragmentation or incendiary submunitions. As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. Inside are four bomb bodies plus a choice of FOD cover or snub nose cone. The fins are PE, and are made up from a single half-thickness etched part folded over and with the finlets folded out to 90o to the fin. They then fit into grooves in the body and you must align them carefully. There is also a rear cover that fits over the cut-off mark where the pour stub was removed. Painting and decaling is covered on the front of the instructions with Gunze codes and the various stencils numbered for your ease. Review sample courtesy of
  21. K-13M/R-13M Missiles (648445) 1:48 Eduard Brassin This confusingly named missile shares a name (R-13) with a great big sub-launched ICBM, but there the similarity ends. It is a reverse-engineered Sidewinder missile that went home stuck in the back of a PLAAF Mig-17, and was rushed into service to counter the surprise introduction of the AIM-9 Sidewinder by the US. The K-13M was an updated variant with an infrared seeker head that was introduced in the 60s and was dubbed Advanced Atoll by NATO. It had a longer range, was more agile and had a more accurate seeker head with better proximity fuse that improved its chances of success. As usual with Eduard's larger resin sets, they arrive in the oblong Brassin box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions wrapped around, providing extra protection. Inside are three bags of resin parts and a small fret of Photo-Etch (PE) with a sheet of decals on the other side of the stiffener card. There are sufficient parts for four missiles, four adapter rails and a choice of clear or covered seeker head apertures. The missile bodies have the rear stabiliser fins moulded-in, and four separate steering vanes, with a PE exhaust ring, and either a clear resin seeker head, or if adding the FOD cover, the tip of the missile is cut off as per the diagram, then the cover is glued on instead. If the missile is to be in storage, a small PE tag is fitted to the top proximity "bump", which is removed before it is wheeled out to an aircraft. The adapter rails are single parts, and have lots of stencils applied after paint. The missile is painted and decaled as per the diagram on the front page, which shows the location of each stencil, and the colours called out in Gunze codes. Review sample courtesy of
  22. B-52G Bomb Bay & Undercarriage Update Sets (for ModelCollect) 1:72 Eduard We reviewed the new kit from ModelCollect here, and although it has a few faults (don't all kits?), it's still an impressive chunk of plastic. Eduard have leapt on it and already produced a bunch of sets, which we had a look at here, and now they're filling the gaps with another two, and they're both LARGE. As usual with Eduard's larger Photo-Etch (PE) sets, they arrive in a flat A5 Ziplok bag, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. B-52G Bomb Bay (72682) The weight of the bag is due to there being three sheets of PE, as the B-52's bomb bay is hardly small. There are two options provided in the set, depending on whether you have the landing flaps deployed or not. If the flaps are deployed, the inner bay doors only are opened, and you leave the fuselage around the bay intact. If you're not deploying the flaps, the bay can be posed entirely open, with the outer edge of the bay also folded out so that the bay doors extend out and up for better visibility and easier access to the bay. This isn't abundantly clear in the instructions if you didn't already know this already, but the pictures of the set installed on their site soon clear that up, one of which you can see below. Construction for the flaps-down option begins with removing the detail on the insides of the fuselage and replacing it with a more detailed skin with lots of additional braces and stringers added. The retraction mechanism and short bulkheads are installed within, and the roof "tray" has its moulded-in detail removed and replaced by more detail that improves the look substantially. The bulkheads are also cut back and replaced by more detailed skins, plus a set of "ears" that the inner bay doors later attach to, hanging almost vertically down. For the flaps-up option, the moulded-in outer doors are removed, and a new bay door panel is fabricated from a number of PE parts, with a little careful bending required to mimic the shape of the removed section. These are then attached to the bay sides in a deployed position, and the inner doors are made up (also curved to shape) and fixed to their outer edge. There is a scrap diagram showing the correct angle for this option, but not for the other option, which would have been useful under the circumstances. Check your references and the picture from the Eduard site below if you're unsure. Either way, the improvement in this important area is well worth the effort. B-52G Undercarriage (72683) The smaller of the two sets, with only one large sheet in the bag, it nonetheless improves the detail of an important and open area by adding ribbed sidewalls, stringers and equipment boxes to all four wheel bays, with only the moulded-in bases of the kit boxes needing removing from the insides of the fuselage, and the meagre moulded-in detail on the bulkheads, which again is replaced by a more realistic ribbed internal skin. Having put my head inside one or two full-sized wheel bays a while back, they will look much better with some more detail in there, and installation should be pretty straight forward. Review sample courtesy of
  23. Jagdpanther G1 Update (36406 for Meng) 1:35 Eduard We're very lucky modellers to have a raft of new tool Panthers of various types from a number of manufacturers at the moment, and Meng's G1 Jagdpanther is one of my favourites. Put "Jagd" in front of any of the later German tanks and I'm all over it. Eduard's new Photo-Etch (PE) set, arrives in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Arriving on a single fret, it's a pretty standard set for an AFV kit, comprising a new set of grilles for the rectangular and circular louvres on the engine deck, all with a realistic under/over texture etched into the "wire" areas. A full set of replacement pioneer tool shackles and attachment loops are provided too, with the moulded-in versions removed before fitting, a number of retaining pins with their own safety chains are fitted to the towing eyes, spare track racks, and side-mounted pioneer tool racks, and chains are added to the barrel cleaning container at both ends. Structurally, a pair of curved exhaust shrouds are added at the rear, which react well to dents and other damage much better than plastic, and a small vision block on the glacis is replaced with a more in-scale PE assembly, although how it folds up isn't documented all that well in the instructions, so don't cut off the kit one until you're sure you've got it right. Review sample courtesy of
  24. Hi everyone, this is my first WIP on this site... I'm already some weeks into this build so no real 'in progress' pictures. I don't have too much time for modelling so my focus lies on building rather than taking pictures on the go. But now I found some time and thought I share some pictures. The kit should be well known, its the 1/350 Tamiya Tirpitz. I got it as a present from friends last year for my birthday and used the time to obtain some goodies for it: the eduard big ed set and a wooden deck from a chinese companie I do not know... So here we go: bridge assembly upper bridge full bridge assembly: and with radars all radars: funnel: scratchbuilt interior: ...aaaaand how little you see when the funnel cap is attached... I don't want to imagine how it looks after painting... At least I know its there! Now the hangars, first the only WIP I can show: side hangar before and after PE both done: big hangar: Now the big pieces: and everything together so far... looks like theres more brass than plastic and next the wooden decking... there are many issues with that... for example 1 easy to fix problems where eduard replaced the 'balconies'... 2 Big problem where eduard corrected wrong fittings on the deck... I still have no idea what to do with that... maybe fill in pieces out of sheet to simulate hatches... 3 Huge problem where shields where moved to the correct positions... see also the first picture of the wooden decking aft of the 2nd tower in front of the bridge... I dont know what to do... as shown on previous pictures eduard provides etched decking but I know my painting skills will never be good enough to stand up to the real wooden decking on the main deck... Any input is highly appreciated. Thanks for looking Konrad
  25. Hi all, this is the eduard fw 190 d-11 (weekend kit) the markings are of a versuchsmuster aircraft. (<57 w. Nr. 220011) which may have been taken on by jg 101. This aircraft was found at schongau May 1945.(Used to test the use of R4M rockets by the fw 190 d). These were due to be uses opperationally in the summer of 1945. The model is eduard fw 190 d-11 (weekend) Decals are by Eagle cals True details wheels Seat belts added Eagle Editions R4M rocket rails Brass tube for gun barrels. Extra colour rlm 76, 82,83 Exhaust stains are pastles Streached sprue aireals Thank you for looking. Feedback and comments are welcomed. Nick
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