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  1. AN/AVQ-26 PAVE Track Pod (648449) 1:48 Eduard Brassin The Pave track pod was developed for the US Air Force by Ford Aerospace. It is an electo optical targeting pod. It uses forward looking infra red to find the target and a laser to designate it for laser guided weapons. The sight picture from the POD is fed back into the aircraft to a cockpit display. The head with the sensor rotates to hide the sensors when not in use. While it was developed in the 1970s it only became widely available in the 1980s. It was first used in operations against Libya and the in Gulf War I. This version is of the pod is one used on the F-4 as opposed to the semi recessed one used on the F-111. Due to its size crews referred to t as PAVE DRAG. As well as the USAF the Korean Air Force also used the pod on their Phantoms. The pod comes as three resin parts with an additional mounting pylon. A sheet of decals is also included. All part are cast to Eduard's high standards. Review sample courtesy of
  2. BODENPLATTE Fw 190D-9 & Bf 109G-6/14 1:48 Eduard Limited Edition For this limited edition boxing the kits are focused on German aircraft that participated in the Operation Bodenplatte on January 1, 1945. This was an attempt by the Luftwaffe to gain air superiority over the stalled Ardennes battlefield. The operation achieved surprise and initial success, however it ultimately failed. While many allied aircraft were destroyed on the ground actual aircrew casualties were light and most of the losses of aircraft were easily replaced. This would be the last strategic operation mounted by the Luftwaffe in WWII. This boxing contains two full kits, PE and masks (not shown). BF 109G-14A/S This edition from Eduard is the very very first release of Bf 109G-14/AS version in this scale. The G variant of the 109, colloquially known as the Gustav was one of the primary fighters available to the Luftwaffe during the closing years of WWII, and saw extensive active service, all the while being upgraded to combat the increasing Allied superiority in the air. Happily for the Allies, the supply of experienced pilots was fast running out, so as good as the upgrades were, they couldn't make an appreciable difference to the outcome. The G-14 was brought into service at a crucial time for the Axis forces, as the Allies pushed inland from the beachhead at Normandy, and it had an improved water injection system that gave the engine extra performance, plus the new clear-vision Erla-Haube canopy as standard. It was also an attempt to standardise the design to ease the job of construction, which had become decentralised due to the ferocity of the bombardment of the industrial areas by the Allied bombers at that stage of the war. As a result, few sub-variants were made of the G-14 even though over 5,000 were built, with command fighters and high-altitude variants the main exceptions, but the U4 had a high powered 30mm MK108 cannon fitted through the engine and firing through the centre of the prop. At the start of the build the modeller will need to decide to build the G-14 or the G-14/AS as two different fuselage sprues are in the box for both aircraft. Once the is done construction starts in the cockpit, which has a number of PE controls added to the floor, and a full set of PE instruments that are ready to add to the painted cockpit, as well as the fuel line part that is supplied on the clear sprue because it has a glass section as it runs through the cockpit to allow the pilot easy access for checking if there's fuel getting to the engine. A choice of humps between the pilots knees cater for the cannon fitted U4 sub-variants, and a full set of painted crew belts are supplied on the PE fret, plus rudder pedals for good measure. More PE is attached to the cockpit sidewalls, and with all that glued and painted you can close up the fuselage around it, not forgetting the retractable tail wheel used in one of the decal options, with a spinner back-plate fitted to the front of the fuselage, and the exhaust stubs with their slide-moulded hollow tips inserted from inside into their slots. The nose cannon insert, supercharger intake and cannon bulges in front of the windscreen fit into their respective areas, and a set of flame deflectors made from PE are added over the exhaust stacks to prevent blinding the pilot in low light flying. The G-14 had a couple of options for the tail fin, with the increased use of non-strategic wood, so the fin base is moulded to the fuselage, while the tip is one of two separate choices, with a straight rudder hinge, or the more familiar cranked hinge-line. The fixed tail wheel for four of the decal options is fitted to a recess under the tail at this point too. The wings are full span underneath, and depending on your decal choice you may need to open up some holes for a centre-line rack and on the port wing for the forward-raked antenna carried by most decal options. The wheel bay sides are modular and mate with the inner surface of the upper wings to give an excellent level of detail once finished. A small pair of rectangular panel lines are scribed into the fuselage just in front of the windscreen using a PE template that is provided on the sheet, and a pair of teardrop masks are supplied for the wingtip lights, which are moulded into the wing, but can easily be replaced by cutting out the area and fitting some clear acrylic sheet of a suitable thickness, then sanding it to shape and polishing it back to clarity. A depression depicting the bulb can be drilled in the clear part before gluing to further enhance the look if you feel minded. Separate leading-edge slats, ailerons and flaps are supplied, with the latter fitting around the radiator bays under the wing, which have PE grilles front and rear. A scrap diagram shows the correct orientation of the parts to ensure that both layers align correctly as per the real thing. The narrow-track landing gear consists of a single strut with moulded-in oleo scissor, a captive cover that glues against it, and the two-part tyre with separate hubs on each side. A choice of radial or smooth tread is offered with no decal options suggested for each, so check your references, or just make a random choice. The legs fit to scokets in the wheel bays, and horn balances are fitted to the ailerons, the antennae under the wing are added, and a small PE access panel is glued under the fuselage behind the wing trailing edge. Before fitting the canopy, the clear gunsight must be partially painted and fitted to the top of the instrument panel, and a pair of PE grab handles are attached to the inside of the windscreen, which should be partially painted RLM66 inside or outside before the exterior colours. The canopy opener also has PE parts added plus the pilot's head armour and an aerial on the rear, with a PE retaining wire included for posing the canopy open. A manual starter handle is also present in case you wanted to show your G-14 in a more candid pose on the ground. The prop is a single part and is sandwiched by the back plate and spinner before being inserted into the hole in the front of the fuselage. Two styles of additional fuel tank are supplied, one with a flat bottom edge for ground clearance, and the other with a smoother exterior. These fit on a rack that sits on the centreline for two of the markings options, a rudder trim actuator is fitted to three of the options, and a small twig antennae is fitted to all options with a tiny circular base, both of which are made of PE. . Conclusion These are superb kits from Eduard, and they are priced well, considering the detail and markings options included. They don't bother with novelties such as magnets to hold cowlings in place, but if you should perchance want to show off your engine, you can get a superbly detailed resin one separately and those that don't want to show off their engines don't have to pay for parts they aren't going to use. The G is my personal favourite, so I'm more than happy to see another one from Eduard. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Fw 190D-9 This edition from Eduard is a reboxing of their original kit from 2011, and depicts a late airframe, and in this boxing the aircraft have been fitted with Ta.152 tails, which is suggested by some to be due to a shortage of the correct Dora tail. It is noticeable because it has a more sloped leading edge and less square profile. Construction starts with the cockpit, and here the majority of the PE is used to upgrade the instrument panel and side consoles. The styrene parts have detail on already, which must be removed if you use the PE, and the areas to be removed are helpfully marked in red on the instructions. The instructions are typical Eduard style, leaving no vagaries as to the location of parts. Forward of the cockpit is the nose machine gun bay, which can be detailed with a large number of parts if it is to be left open, or with the omission of the MGs and their ammo boxes, the bay can be closed up with the use of a pair of MG stubs that glue into the bay cover. As the engine ancillary units (including the super-charger and engine mounts) are in the same bay as the MGs, leaving it open also shows off the nicely detailed parts. The main part of the engine is not depicted in this kit, but the exhaust stacks are mounted from the inside of the fuselage in their own recesses, and are held in place by the front bulkhead of the MG bay. The detailer will want to open up the exhaust stubs to add a little realism here, or stump up a few shekels for the resin parts that are available from Eduard. Once these are installed, the modeller can close up the fuselage after choosing which type of tail wheel to use, depending on which tail unit the fuselage has. Eduard are helpful in providing a key to which type to use based upon the paint schemes. The wing underside is a single piece unit, with a long spar running along the back of the landing gear bay, to which additional ribs are added to detail the gear bays themselves. The wing mounted cannons go through the bays here, and must be added at this point due to their tapering shape. It may be wise to chop off the last section and replace it later in the build with a piece of fine tubing if you are a tad clumsy like this reviewer. The upper halves of the wings can have the cannon bays left open to expose the breeches of the 151/20 cannons, or if left closed, a blanking section can be substituted. The flaps are moulded integrally, but the flying surfaces can be posed at an angle to give a little extra visual interest, and are added after the wing halves are joined. The whole wing is then offered up to the underside of the fuselage, so test fit before applying glue. The rear empennage is standard, irrespective of which tail you have opted for, and the rudder for both tails is poseable, while the elevators fit to the fuselage with a large attachment tab, so should stay horizontal, but check anyway. The landing gear on the 190 is long and canted in slightly, which is shown by the helpful diagram, and the modeller has a choice of two wheel types here with either smooth or treaded tyres. The wheels themselves should be installed at an 8o angle to the oleo strut, which would be fun to measure if it weren't for the 1:1 scale drawing that is provided. The retraction jacks fix within the bay to large contact points, so a strong landing gear should be the result. The modeller can choose to pose the cowling flaps open or closed, which are provided as separate rings that slot in behind the main cowling onto a large cylindrical spacer. The super-charger intake is installed at this point, as are the gun troughs on the forward fuselage. The nose gun bay cover is installed, along with the wing mounted gun bay covers, which if modelled closed, receive a nice set of PE piano type hinges once installed. Although the clear sprue includes four canopies, only two are actually used, with the choice being open or closed. The head-rest & armour is installed in the canopy, as well as a tiny PE grab handle, and a standard windscreen mounts over the coaming to complete construction, other than choosing to mount a bomb or fuel tank on the centreline pylon. Decals This really is the main reason to get this boxing (along with the first AS kit release), with 8 decal options. There are 4 for the 109 and 4 for the 190.There are also a sheet of stencils for each aircraft. Decals are in house fro Eduard and should pose no problems. Bf 109 G-14/AS, W. Nr. 784986, flown by Ofw. Paul Schwerdtfeger, 11./JG 6 Bissel, Germany, January 1st, 1945 Bf 109G-14/AS, W. Nr. 784993, flown by Uffz. Herbert Maxis, 13./JG 53, Stuttgart - Echterdingen, Germany, January 1st, 1945 Bf 109G-14, W. Nr. 781183, flown by Uffz. Werner Zetzschke, 4./JG 4, Darmstadt - Griesheim, Germany, January 1st, 1945 Bf 109 G-14/U4, W. Nr. 512335, flown by Othmar Heberling, 2./JG 77, Dortmund, Germany, January 1st, 1945 Fw 190D-9, W. Nr. 600161, flown by Gefr. Hans-Karl Götz, 7./JG 26, Plantlünne, Germany, January 1st, 1945 Fw 190D-9, W. Nr. 500093, flown by Ogefr. Dieter Kragelöh, 3./JG 26, Fürstenau, Germany, January 1st, 1945 Fw 190D-9, W. Nr.210194, Fw. Werner Hohenberg, Stab I./JG 2, Merzhausen, Germany January 1st, 1945 Fw 190D-9, W. Nr. 210079, flown by Lt. Theo Nibel, 10./JG 54, Varrelbusch, Germany, January 1st, 1945 Conclusion This is a welcome release from Eduard for those who like the aircraft which flew in the last major operation of the Luftwaffe brought together in one boxing. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Hello The warship virus is back and i have dusted my naval projects. While my Hood is still on hold, i have made progress on another project.I have started building Revells Schlachtschiff Bismarck a while ago and made also a start on the Tirpitz, also from Revell. Like so often building has started quite spontaneous and i think its now time to present them. Both are quite new kits and well detailed, to enhence this, i am using the Eduard BiG Ed set, a wooden deck from Pontos and turned metal barrels from RB and Master, i am not sure if i add more stuff. Depends on my budged. Building warships is complex so i am progressing on Bismarck first. Some pictures contain also parts from her sister ship. Both kits have some fit problems but nothing some putty and sanding can t cure. The first pics showing the hull of Tirpitz, with some sanding and filling. I am still fighting with with the different shape of her bow. Some fit problems and a new keel made from putty. I had started to build parts of the super structures. Quite different. Tirpitz on top. Some images of the pe parts, wooden deck and gun barrels Now on to Bismarck. The paint work on her hull is done but could need some touch ups. The decals for the water pass, and camo stripes were not used. Its more easy to match the the color of the baltic scheme stripes in her super structure. The poster from the Kagero books are a good back up for photos and a very helpful reference. It has also some flaws too. The Pontos deck is on, the red stripes are painted, the aft one is too small. Decals will do the rest of this detail. That was the point of the re start of the build. The main modelling time in the last 10 days were adding, folding and glueing on photo etched parts and removing and sanding away plastic details. But that is only the beginning. The bow. Still lots of details are missing here. The forecastle in the area of ht e first break water, the louvers got details. The barbette from turret "B" or Bruno got platforms around. Not every handrail of these platforms made it onto the model... Some midship details. Eduard has supplied the modeller with only some part of the steel decks before the catapult, Hope it looks good under the paint. I have also started to add watertight doors and the covers for the portholes. Very fiddly ! The roof of the aircraft hangar. Many of her boats were stowed here. The kit part before ...and after cutting and sanding every detail away and replacing them with pe parts. The hangar door was glued on after the pe parts were added on the roof top now i have a seam ( and also a damage ) And details around turret Caesar The turrets of the main guns have seen some work as well, more on those later. Thanks for looking Bernd
  4. #8/2019 My dad´s newest rollout, continuing the captured aircraft theme. Eduard kit with Rising Decals, brake lines with plastic rods and lead wire, paints used from Tamiya, Gunze and AK Real Color (RLM78/79). This aircraft was originally "Black 14", assigned to 2.(H)/14, Aufklärungsgruppe 14, and equipped with a Rb50/30 camera. It was shot down on February 20th 1943 in Tunisia. After a belly landing it was captured by British troops and later given to the Americans. Members of the 79th FG restored it to flying condition, the camera was removed at some point and the hole covered with a panel. In November 1943 the aircraft was sent to Wright Field for tests and afterwards written off. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235050201-under-new-management148-messerschmitt-bf109g-2-79th-fg-usaaf/ 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_0013 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
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  6. This will be my effort for the Group Build: It's an attractive scheme for the early MiG-15, representing an aircraft that flew with the Forţele Aeriene ale Republicii Populare Română, or Romanian Air Force. As you can probably make out from the text in the picture, the blue arrow was painted on the aircraft for a film. The kit and decals come from this boxing from Eduard: I've had it for quite some time now so I'd do well to get on with it. The box is comprehensively packed with a Mig-15, 2 x MiG-15bis and a two-seater MiG-15UTI: I'll sort out what sprues/etched parts etc. I need nearer the start date. Since I bought the kit I have also accumulated a little aftermarket which I shall use for this build: These from Eduard - I believe the 'solid-hub' wheels are the early type and the 'spoked-hub' wheels the later type, so obvs I will be using the early ones. I also have this: Presumably I bought that on the assumption that I was too lazy or clumsy to drill out the kit gun barrels myself, which I am not*, but what's done is done. Anyway, that's me - back next week Cheers, Stew * Actually I might be
  7. Soon to be started, one of possible several Latin American subjects to come this year. DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  8. So, now my dad also started the fourth and last captured 109, maybe another one follows this year at a later time.... Eduard weekend edition with once again Rising Decals. DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  9. Eduard leaflet for May: http://www.eduard.com/store/out/media/distributors/leaflet/leaflet2016-05.pdf change digit in link for older issues
  10. This build is complete! Very enjoyable, nothing to complain about but my very own lack of some skills. Several mistakes were made, but this is what learning is all about. Anyway I want to thank Eduard for improving their already very good kit. Next time I'll stick to a new one, probably with some resin pats thrown into the mix. And thanks for all encouraging comments that helped me along the way! MFG Kibar
  11. I'm currently involved in a duel with a mate of mine involving some VF-84 planes. I'm building the Eduard 1/48 F-4B/N from the 'Millenium Phantom' kit. I stumbled upon an omission in the instruction which I after a long and hard search found the solution to. ' So as to help you avoid the same situation here's a teeny weeny bit of help: The same part is not shown in the instructions for the 'Good Morning, DaNang' boxing either. Cheers Hans J
  12. 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.
  13. Hi All, I knew the time would come when I did an Eduard Spitfire. I've had a couple in the stash for a year or so, but all the parts in that huge box scared me off. Eventually I decided that in order to get one done, I needed to decide which airframe to model, then set aside the parts I wouldn't need to use. That way the task would seem more manageable. Whilst I love the Spitfire, I must say that the ubiquitous Mark IX is not top of my list of favourites. The fixed tailwheel detracts from an otherwise sublime shape, so for me the Marks VIII and VII surpass it in the 2-stage Merlin beauty stakes. But there are a couple of Mark IXs that are special. One is MH434 which Ray and Mark Hanna displayed so spectacularly for many years. And the other is the Spitfire used by Douglas Bader to lead the 1945 Battle of Britain Day flypast - RK917. So here is my interpretation of that, using the excellent Freightdog decals. I'm not shy to say that this is the best kit that I've ever built. As it was going together, the thought came to me that I didn't realise modelling could be like this, particularly after the travails of a succession of Sword Spitfires. The cockpit is a bit complex, and the four-part wheels are over-complicated, as are the radiators. But you find that everything slots into place beautifully and before you know it, it's ready to paint. I used xtracrylix with blu-tack sausages to get the soft lines on the camouflage. I also used a falcon canopy centre-section. There is a really interesting article on the paint-scheme of this aircraft at https://www.scalemodellingnow.com/douglasbader-last-spitfire. Initially I wasn't convinced of the conclusions, but after many hours of looking at photos, I decided to go with the two-tone scheme of Medium Sea Grey and Dark Green. Having read somewhere that the cannon stubs may have been painted red, and seeing some hints of that in the Pathe film of the time, I went with that too. The absence of stencils on this freshly repainted aircraft, and the lack of a gunsight, were added bonuses. Anyway, enough chatter, here are the photos: And so it joins the other recent builds on the shelf: Thanks for looking, and bon weekend! Justin
  14. 1/72 - MiG-21 Fishbed family project was finally officially confirmed by Eduard http://www.eduard.com/store/out/media/InfoEduard/archive/2015/info-eduard-2015-01CZ.pdf (english version soon) MF, bis and SMT versions expected first
  15. Spitfire Mk.IXe 1:72 Eduard ProfiPACK When the prototype Spitfire took to the air for the first time on 5 March 1936, few involved could have foreseen where the development of the type would lead. By the end of the Second World War, the type had earned itself a place in the history books as well as the nation's psyche. One of the ultimate Merlin powered variants was the Mk.IX. The Mk.IX was a response to the appearance of the Focke Wulf Fw190, which proved itself more than a match for the Spitfire Mk.V. Powered by the two-stage supercharged Merlin 61, the performance of the Mk.IX was a quantum leap over its forebears, enabling the Spitfire to meet its German foe on equal terms. By the end of the War, over 5,600 Mk.IXs rolled off the production line at Castle Bromwich. The Kit Eduard have earned an excellent reputation in recent years with world-class models such as their 1:72 Hellcat, Bf110 and MiG-15. Their models typically feature a mixture of exquisite detail and superb if complex engineering which puts them right at the pinnacle of modern kit manufacturers. The latest all-new 1:72 kit to roll off the Prague production line is the Spitfire Mk.IXe. The e here referring to the wing type which housed a pir of 20mm cannon out board of a pair of 0.5" calibre machine guns. Inside the sturdy box are five sprues of parts moulded in the blue-grey plastic often used by Eduard and a single sprue moulded in clear plastic. Altogether there are well over 150 plastic parts and, as this is a profipack edition, the plastic parts are accompanied by a small fret of pre-painted photo etched parts and a set of die-cut paint masks. The instruction book is a glossy, stapled A5 affair which includes full-colour painting diagrams. The overall impression is of a really premium quality package. The quality of the mouldings is up to the usual Eduard standard, with clean, crisp details and no flaws anywhere. As with other recent kits from Eduard, there is plenty of fine detail, with parts such as the cockpit comparable to high-end resin items (which, in turn, should tell you how good Eduard's resin cockpit is). The surface detail on the outside of the airframe is exquisitely rendered, with fine recessed panel lines and delicately engraved rivet and fastener detail. It's clear from the outset that Eduard have taken an uncompromising approach when it comes to detail. The cockpit is fabulous, particularly so in this Profipack edition with its extra photo etched parts. I don't think I've ever seen a Spitfire kit in this scale with a seat made up of three parts, so it's just as well that a set of pre-painted harnesses have been included too. There is a choice of plastic or photo etched parts for the pilot's armour, and further tiny photo etched details for the control column and throttle controls. The instrument panel also benefits from the addition of photo etched parts, with a detailed plastic alternative provided if you don't fancy using the metal parts. Unusually, the cockpit sidewalls have been moulded separately. I can only think that Eduard have done this in order to maximise the amount of detail they have been able to pack in, as well as paving the way for their resin cockpit, which uses the same approach. Once the cockpit has been assembled and painted, it can be fitted between the vertically split fuselage halves, along with the engine firewall, a blank part into which the propeller is fitted later on, and the pilot's head armour. The leading edge wing root also has to be fitted at this stage. The fact that these parts have been moulded separately to the rest of the kit is testament to Eduard's commitment to detail, if not buildability! The breakdown of the wing is no less complex. As you might expect, the lower wing has been moulded as a single span, with separate upper wing surfaces. Between the two you must sandwich seven parts which together make up the walls of the main landing gear bay. The ailerons and wing tips have been moulded separately, which allows multiple version to be built from the same moulds (alternative parts are included but marked as not for use for the aircraft depicted on this kit's decal sheet). The same applies to the rudder and elevators. Multiple alternatives are included on the sprues, so make sure you use the correct version for your intended subject. Choice is good though, as it makes for a very comprehensive package. The upper and lower cowlings are moulded separately, with the former split along the middle. Even the wing radiators are made up of six parts each, with the surface of the radiators themselves picked out in photo etched metal in this boxing. Turning the model over, the undercarriage is just as detailed as the rest of the kit. Each of the main landing gear legs is made up of seven parts, with the tyres moulded separately to the hubs and photo etched parts to represent hob covers (where fitted). The separate tyres will make painting easier, which is just as well as the included paint masks don't cater for the landing gear. A long range fuel tank and a couple of small bombs are included, as are a two different types of slipper tanks. The wing cannon barrels are moulded separately, which means they can be added at the end of the build in order to avoid accidental damage. Decals Decals are from Cartograf(main sheet) and Eduard (supplemental and should pose no issues. Markings are provided for 5 machines. 2003 (ex TE531), 105th Tajeset, Ramat David Air Base, Israel, September 1953 SM147, No. 73. Squadron RAF, Prkos Airfield, Yugoslavia, April/ May 1945 RK856, flown by Maj. C. Golding, CO of No. 3 Squadron SAAF, Italy, 1945 SM 26, Vorderings Vliegschool/Ecole de Pilotage Avancé, Brustem Air Base, Belgium, 1952 PL124, No. 312 Squadron RAF, B-10 Airfield Plumetôt, France, June 1944 Conclusion This is a welcome release from Eduard in 1.72 for all the Spitfire fans out there. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. I will start at the beginning,bought this model at a model show with parts missing,for only £10.The trader had tried everything.I tried one of my sellers on eBay,bingo, he was able to get the part.That was 2yrs ago.Bought extra aircraft cheap,yes like cheap.One of the boxes were SB2U scout bomber,the first monoplane aircraft to serve on Saratoga. The research started,first the etching from Eduard ,the bridge is upgraded to 1940,which mean I could put more modern aircraft on board. Sb2U-1 Vindicator x12 TBD-1 Devastators x20 F2A-2 Buffalos x12 F3F-1 x12 the biplanes are tiny when, compare to the modern aircraft. VS-3SBC x12 Next problem was a display box ,most were showing to be £200.Fainted .At another show in Aberdeen.there is a trader who will make then much cheaper.The catch he will not post any(too many were getting damaged),or bring to shows,not enough space in his van.I,m in luck because he lives in Glasgow, which is only an hour for me each way.Same price as postage,which would have been,when he did post.That's why it's taken two yrs to get round to making this monster 90cm in length,height 23cm and width 20cm.
  17. I picked up the Eduard 1:48 scale Tempest Mk V in its original Profipack guise very cheap at a local model expo. It came with the Airwaves Tempest II conversion, and the previous owner had already done a pretty neat job of cutting out the sections on the kit plastic, so an ideal subject for my second resin conversion. I managed to get hold of the Model Alliance 1/48 Hawker Tempest Mk.II/F.2/F.6 Post War # 48902 online as well. Considering my lack of experience with resin conversions I decided against the tail correction that is available (I suspect my skill levels are not quite ready for that). Completed as an aircraft from 33 Squadron RAF based at RAF Kuala Lumpur in 1951. Brush painted with Tamiya acrylics (with my own home brew attempt at PRU Blue - and no I can't remember the recipe. It was pretty much a bit of this and a bit of that from what I had in my paint collection). Also my first attempt at highlighting panel lines/weathering with artists' oils on a larger scale (my first serious attempt being the two 1:72 Hurricanes I posted yesterday). I finished with with a coat of Tamiya Flat Clear from a rattle can (TS80) - which its fast becoming my favourite way to provide a matt coat. I still have another Eduard Tempest V in my stash (second hand again), and still have enough decals to do a Tempest VI (I am drawn to the 213 Squadron machine on the Model Alliance sheet). Anyone had any experience with the MDC conversion for this kit? I would need to cut the plastic myself this time though! Thanks for looking. And some photos taken outside in the morning sun.
  18. 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
  19. Here is an Eduard 1:144 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21SMT "Fishbed K" I built back in 2012. It represents "Red 92", of the 296th IAP, in the Soviet Union. It was built OOB and painted fully with brush. Thanks for looking. All comments welcome. Miguel
  20. A new project - FW 190 W.Nr. 431007, flown by Heinz Bär.
  21. This weekend at the E-Days 2013 the box art picture from the Eduard's future 1/48th Messerschmitt Bf.109 G-6 kit. Source: http://www.master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=78075. V.P.
  22. Provisional Eduard 2019-2020 programme Source: https://nowosci.plastikowe.pl/aktualnosci/zapowiedzi-2019-2020-eduard/ Aircraft - 1/32nd - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-1/E-3 Legion Condor - Limited Edition - 2nd half of 2019 Aircraft - 1/48th - ref. 8227 - Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat - ProfiPACK - January 2019 - ref. 11125 - Bodenplatte: Focke-Wulf Fw.190D-9 & Messerschmitt Bf.109G-14/AS (Dual Combo) - Limited Edition - January 2019 - ref. 84151 - Supermarine Spitfire L.F. Mk.IXc (Late Version) - Weekend Edition - January 2019 - ref. 8103 - Dassault Mirage IIIC - ProfiPACK - February 2019 - ref. 82122 - Hawker Tempest V Series 2 - ProfiPACK - February 2019 - Messerschmitt Bf.109G-10 (Diana/WNF) - ProfiPACK - March 2019 - ref. 11126 -PANAVIA MRCA Tornado - Limited Edition - April 2019 - rebox of Revell kit - Dassault Mirage IIICJ - ProfiPACK - May 2019 - Messerschmitt Bf.109F-2/F-4 "Operation Barbarossa" - Limited Edition - May 2019 - Hawker Tempest - Royal Class - June 2019, although it may be postponed until early 2020 - McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet - Limited Edition - June 2019 - rebox of Hasegawa kit - Focke-Wulf Fw.190A-8 - ProfiPACK - 1st half of 2019 - Lockheed F-104J Starfighter - Limited Edition - July / August 2019 - rebox of Hasegawa kit - MiG-23BN "Flogger-H" - Limited Edition - October 2019 - rebox of Trumpeter kit (without resin set) - SPAD XIII (Early Version) - ProfiPACK - 2nd half of 2019 - Bell P-39 Airacobra - ProfiPACK - 2nd half of 2019 - Messerschmitt Bf.109G-6/AS - ProfiPACK - 2nd half of 2019 - Messerschmitt Bf.109G-10 (Erla WNr.15xxxx) - ProfiPACK - 2nd half of 2019 - Focke-Wulf Fw.190A JaBo - Limited Edition - 2nd half of 2019 - Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat - Weekend Edition - 2019 - Hanriot HD.2 (Float Version) - Weekend Edition - 2019 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-4 - Weekend Edition - 2019 - Focke-Wulf Fw.190A-3 - Weekend Edition - 2019 - Supermarine Spitfire H.F. Mk.VIII - Weekend Edition - 2019 - Messerschmitt Bf.108 Taifun - Weekend Edition - 2019 - Albatros D.V - Weekend Edition - 2019 - Focke-Wulf Fw.190A-5 - Weekend Edition - 2019 - Messerschmitt Bf.109G-14 - Weekend Edition - 2019 - Messerschmitt Bf.109G-10 (Erla WNr.48xxxx) - with the G-10 set ? (Erla WNr.15xxxx) - Messerschmitt Bf.109G-12 - three versions, based on rebuilt G-4, G-6 and G-10 - Messerschmitt Bf.109G-14/AS (Erla WNr.46xxxx) - Messerschmitt Bf.109K-4 - 2020-2021 - Avia S-199 - 2020-2021 - Avia CS-199 - 2020-2021 - North American P-51D Mustang - test samples should be ready in Spring 2019 - North American P-51D Mustang - Royal Class - 2019-2020 - North American P-51D Mustang Mighty Eight - Limited Edition - 2020 - North American P-51D/K Mustang IV - 2020 - North American F-6D/K Mustang - 2020 Aircraft - 1/72nd - ref. 7450 - Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat - Weekend Edition - February 2019 - MiG-21MF "Fishbed-J" - Czechoslovak, Czech and Slovak - Limited Edition - March 2019 - Fokker D.VII - Royal Class - Quatro Combo - spring 2019, may be postponed to early 2020 - Fokker D.VII (OAW) - ProfiPACK - May 2019 - MiG-21MF "Fishbed-J" Fighter Bomber - Weekend Edition - Spring/Summer 2019 - Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat - ProfiPACK - July 2019 - Fokker D.VII (MAG) - ProfiPACK - October 2019 - MiG-21MFN "Fishbed-J" - Weekend Edition - October 2019 - MiG-21PF "Fishbed-F" - ProfiPACK - 2nd half of 2019 - MiG-21PFM "Fishbed-F" - ProfiPACK - 2nd half of 2019 - Supermarine Spitfire H.F. Mk.VIII - ProfiPACK - 2019 - Fokker D.VII (Alb) - ProfiPACK - 2020 - Fokker D.VII (Fok) - ProfiPACK - 2020 Aircraft - 1/144th Eduard is to reissue 1/144 scale limited edition kits. Some will be Eduard upgraded models and some others from a Japanese producers (probably Platz). - Focke-Wulf Fw.190D - Limited Edition - 2nd half of 2019 - Grumman F6F Hellcat - Limited Edition - 2nd half of 2019 - Republic P-47D Thunderbolt - Limited Edition - 2nd half of 2019 - Douglas A-4E/F Skyhawk - Limited Edition - 2nd half of 2019 - Lockheed F-104G Starfighter - Limited Edition - 2nd half of 2019 - Vought F-8E Crusader - Limited Edition - 2nd half of 2019 V.P.
  23. 1/72 Fokker D.VII by Eduard confirmed here: http://ipmsnymburk.com/forum/viewtema.php?ID_tema=11559
  24. Redecided and gave this another chance as ghost in the attic. Once in a while there comes a time when you need new free shelf space. With a heavy heart my dad chose another one that bites the dust. I took some final pics to pay it tribute Eduard overtree parts, decals from the sparesbox, streamlined tank racks from an old Monogram kit. The Model shows one of the a/c from SKG 10 that were used for dusk/night raids against England in 1943. On June 19th 1943, the pilot of this aircraft, Unteroffizier Werner Öhne, accidentaly landed, because of a defect radio, bad weather and lost orientation, on a RAF airfield instead of a German airfield in France and was captured. DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0009 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_0015 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  25. 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.
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