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  1. back to planes ! I am initially an airplane kit builder. When I resumed modeling 4 years ago, it was with this F4 C and i discovered the forums and their members who are not ultimately that big perverts ... (apart from Basket, whom i met then, but I would have the opportunity to come back to it) Anyway, time for pics : the entire montage, wich took me five months (a lot of scratch was done), is here :http://fighters.forumactif.com/t78359-f-4c-phantom-ii-nam-1968-557th-tfs-12th-tfw-cam-rahn-bay-air-base See you! Fabrice
  2. In August 2020, Eduard is to release in August 2020 - just in time for the 80th Anniversary of the BoB - a new tool 1/48th Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I limited kit - ref. Source: https://www.eduard.com/out/media/InfoEduard/archive/2020/info-eduard-2020-01.pdf V.P.
  3. But not at the same time! (apologies if you were expecting Spitfires in USAAF service) Some time ago I found an Eduard 1/72 Spitfire Mk IX "The Longest Day" dual combo in a local bookstore that also deals some kits. I snapped it up since I knew these Eduard kits were fantastic and I didn't have any Mk IXs in my collection. I really wanted a D-Day striped Spitfire, but also dreaded the masking and painting. I knew for sure I couldn't stomach two, so I scrounged up some spare decals and built one straight away as a IXe in Soviet service. It's slightly fictitious, in that the number "51" on the side was just what I had lying around, but the rest of the markings are based on known aircraft. After a long time and many detours, my build craving looped back around to Spitfires and I mustered the courage to do the stripes. I picked Mk IXc "ZD-C" from the Eduard decal options in the box. Long story short, these kits really are amazing in every way, definitely more on the wish list (an VIII and a XVI). Now that both are finished, I decided to photograph and upload them together. Two kits from the same box that ended up very different indeed, but I am pretty happy with both. I'm less happy with my photography in this case but I'm still tweaking setup. The amount of white on both of these really wasn't helping! Thanks for looking!
  4. How time fly's. Five years ago I participated in my first GB - the 75th Battle of Britain anniversary GB where I built a Spitfire and a Hurricane. This time I like to change sides and build a Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 from the 9th Staffel, Jagdgeschwader 26 flown by Staffelkapitän Oberleutnant Gerhard Schopfel. The unit was stationed at Calais during August 1940 and the aircraft received its 12th kill marking on 18th of August. There is a nice colour photo of the Bf 1-9E-3 flown by Walter Blume with the same early theater markings. Gerhard Schopfel was born in on 19th December 1912 and died 90 years old on 17 May 2003. He achieved 45 aerial victories all at the western front. There is a lengthy Wikipedia page covering his life which makes interesting reading. I will use the 1/48 Eduard Bf 109E-4 kit and Techmod decals to build this aircraft more or less OOB as I really like to finish this model within the time frame of this GB. Cheers, Peter
  5. Well with the KGV nearly done thought I would make a space ready for this one just received my Big ED set for this today courtesy of Starling Models but I have had the kit as loft insulation for a while beefy
  6. I seem to recall that I wasn't to start any new kits for a while, but rather finish the ones that I was working on. That sort of went out of the window, but in my defence this is not an actual build, this is just a way for me to gain confidence in using Mission Models paint. Honest! And I also need to do a proper test of this little gem. The God Hand Sprue cutter. It's not their top of the line model that costs about as much as Tamiya F-14D in 1/48 but the slightly cheaper one, that is about as expensive as an AMK F-14D. I got mine used for half the price So far I can say that I love it. It slices through the plastic, but leaves a tiny tiny piece still on the part so you cannot shear it off as good as with the top of the line stuff. However, a few swipes with a sanding stick solves it. Compared to cutting the pieces of with a scalpel feels very outdated now, since the precision is as good or even better, and the parts doesn't go ping as easily. So that's excuse number one for digging into a new kit. For excuse number two, well I've bought a lot of Mission Models paint during the last year, but so far I've just painted a few areas with it. It is a paint that requires you to think and act differently, but from my previous attempts I know that I can airbrush and paintbrush details from same bottle and have a finished result that is very close in both tone and shade. Ok, here goes! Since we have a Spitfire GB I toyed with the idea od doing a Airfix Mk22 in 1/72, but after looking at it in the box and fondled the sprues for a while I felt that it was almost the same amount of work with that, and I wouldn't have tested as much paints so out came the old Eduard IXc Popular subject in this GB that for sure, and I also note that @Dansk will do just the same machine as I intended. But whocares eh? _I'm here for testing the paint... (I am thinking of add full invasion stripes just to be a little different) I did get a nice surprise when rummaging through the box though. There was an Overtrees IX in there too! When did I order that one? And here I was hoping that this would clear the stash a little... Oh well. But lets focus on painting, since that's the whole point. After a cuick concpit construction sequence where I didn't change a lot, just added a few cables I used my trust UMP black primer. That's not Mission Models primer I know, but in this case I felt that UMP is what I want to use, and it was black too! First paint to be used is the newish RAF High Speed Silver MMM-09. I haven't tried their metallics before, but I seem to recall that their chrome stuff requires something extra, but the result is good enough for car modellers. My first attempt was to treat it as a normal MM color, so to 4 parts paint I added 1 part thinner and 1 part Poly (that stuff is like a retarder, flow improver , glazing +1 adhesion-thingie) That was too thin and also looked kind of bath in the airbrush cup, almost like it didn't mix properly. Out with that batch, and make a new one without the Poly then. It worked a bit better, but it was still spluttering like my Airbrush needed a good cleaning . I should probably strip down the AB and do a thorough cleaning any day now... Still, this was not giving med what I wanted so I cleaned out the brush again and just added the paint stright from the bottle. In this form it's VERY thick but amazingly it is still possible to airbrush it. This probably has something to do with the size of the pigments or something, but any other paint would've just clogged it all. Finally it sprayed well -ish enough to use. Yesterday the grains looked quite large but today it feels like they are a lot smaller? The finish is not stellar in any way since there are some specks of dried paint in there. Why that happened I have no clue. Verdict: Compared to the Vallejo Metal colors I usually use, this is a little trickier to use, and the result is similar. Now, this is High Speed silver, a metal paint not an attempt in simulating metal so how the other metallic colors behave I have no idea of. I definitely need to practise more with it to see what I did wrong.
  7. 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.
  8. Eduard has just announced 1/48th MiG-23MF "Flogger-B" & MiG-3ML "Flogger-G" in Czechoslovak service. New tool? That's the question. Frankly I hardly imagine Eduard reboxing the Trumpeter's MiG-23 kits. But who knows. If they're new tool and from the same barrel as their 1/48th MiG-21 "Fishbed" Source: https://scontent.fbru2-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/22382055_1823842124297393_5421894630712582162_o.png?oh=3b46bbc2e5e4abf84b990a1a4b7b5aba&oe=5A403F00 V.P.
  9. So with a week to go I thought I'd set out my placeholder... I'll be building (and hopefully finishing this time) the Eduard Bf109E-3 in 1/32 using the markings for Black 11+- of 5/JG3 based at Brombos in early August 1940 which are part of the Kagero Battle of Britain Part 2 set and which were very kindly sent to me by @Silver Fox and for which I would like to record my gratitude: thank you Andy Trying to dig out the history of this aircraft and the pilot has produced very little apart from a few pictures on Asisbiz, so any further information about either would be gratefully received, but in short Black 11 was one of the aircraft assigned to the schwarm led by Unteroffizier Josef Heinzeller and I believe that all four aircraft received the stylised profile of the dog 'Schnauzl' in the cowling, 'Schnauzl' being Heinzeller's nickname for both his childhood dog and, apparently, his wife. What a charmer. Similarly I have been able to find out little about Unteroffizier Fritz Mias beyond the fact that he existed, his first kill was a Potez 631 or 637 on 17th June 1940 near Lecaude and he was himself shot down in 'Black 8' on 19th June 1940 in what may have been a 'friendly fire' incident whilst escorting Stukas to Cherbourg - the plane was a write-off but Mias returned safely to his base the next day. The Kagero markings for Black 11 show two kill markings, but I have not been able to find any record of the second kill, or indeed anything else about Fritz Mias. Incidentally the same markings were provided as one of the options included with the Dragon 1/32 Bf109E-3. The Eduard kit is, as far as I know, pretty well thought of, with no glaringly obvious problems reported in the reviews I have read apart from the fact that as the DB601 engine is more-or-less scaled to size rather than to fit under the cowling, you have to decide early on if you want the engine on display or the cowling fitted, as you can't have both. I'll have my cowling fitted, thanks Here's the box for this particular edition of the kit, it is the Profipack version that I picked up for around half the current price: Instructions: Clear parts: Wings and fuselage sprues: Control surfaces etc.: Various cockpit, engine and undercarriage parts: Etched parts and masks: ... and decals: That's what comes in the box - I've also got a... well, a raft of aftemarket stuff, to follow... Cheers, Stew
  10. Evening all, Here is my latest finished effort. It’s the Eduard 1:72 Mig 21 MFN of the Czech Air Force respelendent in its Tiger markings celebrating 45 years of Caslav Air Base in 2002. Its the first Eduard Mig that I have made and it does live up to its reputation of being an excellent kit. The fit is superb, panel line engraving is wonderful, etc, etc, you’ve heard it all before but it is a pleasure to build – well almost. I found the level of detail to be a bit overwhelming, you have to be so careful when handling not to damage any of the tiny parts. Although this is a Weekend boxing it does come with a small PE fret with some of the parts being frankly microscopic. The more I try to work with PE the less I enjoy it! The Tiger marking decals went on with no great issues although looking at the end result I could have settled some of them a bit better over the numerous aerials and intakes. Its painted using Mr Hobby Aqueous acrylics and finished with a coat of AK matt varnish. Saying that I would definitely recommend it – but get yourself a good magnifying glass, a sharp pair of tweezers and a steady hand. [/url]IMG_20200701_134028395 [/url]IMG_20200701_134011661 [/url]IMG_20200701_133950303 [/url]IMG_20200701_133936508 [/url]IMG_20200701_134247642 [/url]IMG_20200701_133922726
  11. What can I tell, everybody knows that all familiar Silver bullet that raced around the world in 4 months ... As I am Dutch I had a bond with that plane as I saw it too often in the Aviodrome museum in Lelystad. My hart was a littlebit broken when I heard it was sold to the UK but that’s how it goes, you win some you lose some! But then they anounced it to go around the world and my hart raced again and hoping to see it back in the Netherlands and it did It did a honourful tribute in December when it visited the Aviodrome in what was to be the starting point for the last leg to Goodwood https://www.silverspitfire.com/about/route-map/ Now finally the plastic! This is going to be from Eduard in a weekend edition box and XVI profiboxing, this boxing was needed for the top wing as it has two versions in the box and one is needed for the ease of conversion... I am also going to use the profipack cockpit for this kit as it doesn’t really differ from the IX cockpit in Eduards case.. From these wings I am going to use the lower one as it has the correct bulges for G-IRTY above the wheel well, I only need to get rid of the cannon blisters.. I figured that it was easier to remove these than adding the fiddly bits Decals are provided by Modeldecal complete with a masking set.. cheers, Jan
  12. Part two of the lifecycle for MJ271. Delivered to 132 Sqn in october 1943, MJ271 served an uneventful career up until a Cat.B wheels-up landing at RAF Ford in may 1944. After repairs and post-op shakedown, it was only in November 1944 that she appeared again on strength with 401 Sqn RCAF - as part of 126 Wing, 2TAF. During that time, the Squadron was based in the liberated South of the Netherlands. First at B.84 De Rips, a forward improvised airstrip or ALG, near Helmond, but over a week (and 568 operational flights btw) the low-lying former farmland proved too soaked and the Wing moved temporarily to B-80 Volkel (still an active AB today) and after work was finished in December to B-88 near Heesch south of the river Meuse. Today, streetnames serve as reminder to the presence of the Canadians: 126 Wing weg, Vliegveldweg. The pin is the approx. location of the former airfield, now the A50 Motorway between 's Hertogenbosch and Nijmegen. All very familiar locations, as my family originates from that area. Back to MJ271. As part of 2TAF, 401 Sqn was tasked with missions where the Spitfire was not particularly well-suited for: Rail transport interdiction by dive-bombing. Loadout for 126 Wing Spits varied, but mostly consisted of either 2x 250lbs bombs under the wings, or a single 500lbs bomb on the centerline - occasionally combined for a total 1000lbs bomb load. It was one of those missions that proved to be the end of the war for our airframe. On a sortie in mid-December during bad (or 'typical Dutch') weather, MJ271 probably pulled too many G's and suffered overstressed wings as a result. She was shuffled off to a repair & service unit and would not see active RAF service again.
  13. 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
  14. F-14D Upgrade Sets (for AMK) 1:48 Eduard Brassin After much delay the AMK F-14D was released (reviewed here), and here we have some rather nice detail and upgrade sets to go with it from Eduard, who have a long history of first rate resin and Photo-Etch (PE) sets for those hungry for more detail in their models. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE), small resin and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. The larger set arrives in the new shallow Brassin cardboard box, with the resin parts safely cocooned in bags, and the instructions folded around acting as padding. F-14D Seats (648535) The Tomcat is a two-seater, and both SJU17A NACES seats (AKA Martin-Baker Mk.14) are supplied in the set with additional resin parts for the canopy breakers; seat cushion; umbilical, and a full set of pre-printed PE seatbelts, pull-handle and leg restraints. The instructions include painting guide with Gunze Mr Color call-outs, and after main painting the stencil decals are applied for the ultimate in realism. The seats are identical, so applying the seatbelts in a slightly different pattern will assist with realism, giving the impression that the crew have just departed for the mess. F-14D Wheels (648530) Kit wheels are generally in two halves, which means you have the resultant joins to deal with, possible mould-slip issues on single part wheels, and sometimes less than stellar detail due to the moulding limitations of styrene injection technology, especially in the tread department. That's where replacement resin wheels come in, with their lack of seamline and superior detail making a compelling argument. They are also usually available at a reasonable price, and can be an easy introduction to aftermarket and resin handling, as they are usually a drop-in replacement. In this Brassin set you have two highly details main wheels with separate brake detail and a duo of smaller nose wheels to cope with the harsh carrier landings. You also get masks for the hubs/tyres to cut perfect demarcations. Upgrade Set (491053) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels, cockpit wall and side consoles are the primary parts on the painted set, with new rudder pedals and floor skins; boarding ladder; chaff & flare boxes; refuelling probe covers; slate end skins; canopy internal structure and rear-view mirrors; fold-down foot pegs for the pilots; slime-lights on the nose and sides; additional vents with backing fans, plus a set of delicate, detailed afterburner rings to slip inside the two exhaust trunks also supplied. Seatbelts STEEL (FE1054) The new ultra-thin and bendy steel frets are becoming common in the Eduard line, and if you aren't going for the resin seats, you can get the PE from that set separately to improve the kit parts with pre-painted belts; anti-flail leg straps, and ejection actuation hoops Tface Masks (EX673) Supplied on two sheets of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. On the second sheet there is another set of canopy masks tailored to fit the interior of the glazing so that you can paint the interior and give your model that extra bit of realism. It's especially useful on kits of this level of detail, as it will simplify painting enormously. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Stage 3. Resuming the story after the events in December 1944, MJ271 underwent repairs and on June 21st 1945 was delivered to 29 Maintenance Unit at High Ercall. By that time, negotiations were already underway with the Air Ministry to buy surplus aircraft in accordance with 'Plan Target One' - the reconstruction of the Dutch Air Force, or LSK (LuchtStrijdKrachten). Starting mid 1946, twentyone low-hour Mk.IXc Spitfires were tested from RAF airfields by Dutch pilots, and when accepted, transfered to the Netherlands for use with the Fighter Training School (JachtVliegerSchool) at Twente AB. Amongst which, in November 1946, MJ271. Initially the new arrivals were kept in the familiar RAF scheme, although with (mostly) Dutch markings and a plethora of spare parts exchanged between airframes: In August 1947 she would receive the registration code H-8, but major overhauls at Fokker (Schiphol) would see her wings clipped, redone in all-aluminium and with the code 3W-8. By the early 1950s however it was clear that the Mk.IX was no longer suitable for first line use and was succeeded by the Gloster Meteor Mk.4. MJ271 did not get sold to Belgium, pushed on the scrapheap, or as target on the shooting range (as was the fate of many former Dutch Spits) - rather she was used for a time as a decoy on Volkel AB, then ended up on a playground and a rooftop, looking worse for wear. tattered and forlorn, dressed up as TA-26 'Opa'. Images courtesy of Collection Netherlands Institute of Military History.
  16. Dear Fellow Modellers The cut down later Spitfires with bubble canopies have a potent and beautiful look all of their own. This is Eduard's elegant post-war MkXVI with their markings for 501 Squadron at Filton (Bristol). Nice that they somehow held onto their sky European theatre band! I opted for the easy life with their one piece resin cowling and Barracuda resin pilot door. I think being based at Filton does qualify for it being placed in my usual hanger setting! Figures are from Gunthwaite if I remember correctly Hope you like it? Regards Andrew
  17. Hello all, Here is my recently completed 1/48 Eduard Spitfire MK. IXc, marked as MJ296 of 312 (Czechoslovak) Squadron during August 1944. Flown by the then F/LT Otto Smick, who was credited with 8.5 'kills' and 3 V-1s downed by September 1944. He was shot down in this aircraft on 3rd September 1944 over Holland, safely making it back to England. Sadly he was later killed after being shot down on 28th November 1944. Pretty much straight out of the box, bar a set of AML vinyl camouflage masks. Paints are from MRP and weathering is a mixture of Abteilung oils, AK pencils and Tamiya weatherings sets. The build thread is here Quite happy with it, only my second 1/48 Spitfire. Thanks for looking. Dave
  18. Decided to kick off another build in these long lockdown day's of April, as I'm at the painting stage on many projects at present and need some time away from the spray booth...So....had this in the stash for some time with a PE fender set from Eduard, and tracks from Friul. Hopefully will post first build stage sometime this week. Cheers
  19. I'm start another Mig -) This is limited edition - repack of Trumpeter 05801. Changes: 1) Very cool brochure. Photos, texts, artdraws... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMExnk_42MA in czech, but google translate can help. 2) 9 decal options (Cartograph printing) 3) PE, resin. All fine, but... This model is wrong. Trumpeter make this kit from MiG-23M/MLD changing only the nose, but this is not enough. All front part of fuselage has the wrong geometry. For fix this error Cold War Studio made resin kit: I decided to buy some corrections and additions: chassis, nose, weapons. Let's start:
  20. Hi all. I received the 1/48 Eduard Hawker Tempest Series 2 kit from my folks for Christmas last year along with the book “The Big Show’ by Pierre Clostermann. Rather than let it sit in the stash for an extended period of time I thought that it was best to get cracking on it before the year is out. From recommendations from mates who had read the book, I knew the book was a good read. They certainly weren’t wrong. I’m still undecided on doing Clostermann’s 3 squadron machine or the D-Day striped 3 squadron aircraft JF-Z. I’ll let you know what I decide when the time comes. The build has been slower paced than my recent builds due to the additional detail in the cockpit by way of photo-etch and nicely molded details which need care and attention when painting and assembly. I’ve chosen to grab a bunch of resin for the kit, the most noticeable is the replacement radiator face and the annular ring on its face. It’s a noticeable feature on the aircraft so one that was a necessity. Kit part on the left, resin replacement on the right. The gear bays have a wealth of detail which come to life with some paint. No additional details required here. Three options are provided for the instrument panel. I chose to paint the kit plastic with raised dials, switches and bezels with the kit decal for the IP. A few coats of mark softener and the decals settled nicely onto the raised instrument faces. This was the first time I’d used the Mr Mark Softer product and I think I’ll be making the switch to it from the Micro set/sol combo. Later in the assembly of the cockpit I found that application of a flat coat onto the etch parts almost eradicated the dot matrix appearance of the coloured printing. It was Mr Color Flat Clear that I used here. Cleaning seams in unnecessary places is my lease favourite part of a build. I think Eduard could have put a bit more thought into the location of this one. The seam that runs through the middle of the flap on the wing underside is one of those annoying ones. The wing parts were glues and left to dry for 24 hours. The following night I laid some tape along the join to minimise the amount of the CA/talc mix that I applied. Five minutes of sanding and polishing and voila. The lost rivet detail was reinstated with a rivet wheel. I’m happy with the result but I'll apply some primer on it to assess if any more tidy up is required. the line you see is a ghost mark of the CA and talc mix. I can't feel it when I run my finger nail across it. Since these parts were finished the cockpit could be installed and the fuselage closed up. Don’t forget the part for the tail wheel well roof and walls. Cheers, Mick
  21. I'm pleased to present my latest build, the Eduard 1/72 Bf110. It's a lovely kit which goes together with no issues at all. I've made it pretty much out of the box including the PE provided by Eduard - look at the sight on that rear gun! The only extras are the riveting, a bit of plasticard to add some detail in the wheelbays and aerial wires from stretched sprue. She's airbrushed with Tamiya and Mr Color acrylics and weathered with artists oils. The huge school boy error I made early on in the build was to use the wrong fuselage parts for the 110D I wanted to complete but I've made peace with the mistake and glad I stuck with the scheme even if the life raft compartment at the rear is missing... I'm happy with how this turned out in the end and enjoyed trying some new things along the way, especially with the weathering. The WiP is here, thanks to everyone who dropped in along the way: Enjoy the pics! Thanks for taking the time to take a look, any comments or questions, let me know!
  22. Here with my Eduard 1/48 Fw 190A-3 Weekend. I thought it would be interesting to see how long it took to build totally OOB - the only additions being an etched harness from an old kit and an aerial wire. Well it took a couple of weeks so even when I try to be quick, I still can't build fast! Very much enjoyed this kit - very little to complain about at all. The only thing I didn't like was the decals which wouldn't respond to any of my softeners too well and I got a little silvering on the wing walk markings which I had to touch up afterwards. I've always liked the early short nosed 190's and this kit is far far superior to the Hasegawa and Tamiya offerings - for one thing the surface detail is absolutely outstanding! Finished as Yellow 11 from JG.2 and based as much as possible on the picture included - found on the net. Hope you like it Cheers Malcolm
  23. Morning all! In these strange times I seem to be getting more modelling done than usual - I'm working from home and life continues but no socialising or sport means more time at the bench... I've just finished Eduard's lovely Fw190 and while I've got my eye in thought I'd go for another Luftwaffe subject, Eduard's Bf110. As is traditional I've started with the cockpit. After assembling the main parts I gave it a coat of flat black and then aluminium: I sealed this in with a coat of gloss, sprayed some hairspray and then covered it with RLM02. After letting it all dry, I used an old, stiff brush to chip away some of the top coat. I've then been weathering with artists oils (thinned and unthinned). Here's where I've got to so far, the side wall is nearly there and I've started the rear section of the cockpit: The kit comes with photoetch parts and the control panel goes together great: I used a nice trick I saw on here recently (sorry, can't remember who it was) where you apply gloss varnish to the back of the etch to form shiny, see through covers for the dials. It's a bit hard to photograph but this made me irrationally happy . For the paint job I'm going to represent the aircraft on the front of the box: I like the look of the bombs and fuel tanks and the yellow keeps the theme going with the other Luftwaffe aircraft on my shelf: Thanks for looking, more to come soon. Look after yourselves! Sam
  24. Now the Harrier's are complete the next kit out of the stash is Eduards Fw190 Grunherz dual boxing. Another of Eduard dual combo kits with sprues to build 2 complete aircraft, but it not... The box has 2 of what Eduard call small parts trees, all the common parts needed for all variants from A3 up to A8, there is an additional sprue for the F series which is mostly weapons. and 2 canopy trees, again cover all Fw190 variants A3 to F8 but has 4 main trees, one each of sprue C, G H and J. each one slightly different so you can build the Fw190 A5 light wing. I have pictured the lower wing of each sprue has this is the most obvious difference, there are others but not an expert in Fw190 marks yet. Fw190 A8 light wing Fw190 A8 heavy wing and Fw190 A5 heavy wing The kit has 6 options, 3 A5's and 3 A8's so you can build any two but if you order extra small part over trees you can build all four. So I have an extra small parts over tree set. A very reasonable £3.85 when I ordered them. So I will be building options A, C and D The kit also comes with 2 sets of etch one each for an A5 and A8 variant so the third aircraft will just have some etch seat belts. The decal sheet has enough for the 3 I'm doing plus some left so I might be able to get another A8 done if I can get another small part over trees set. And 2 sets of stencils. I haven't decided if I will build all 3 together or one after another but I need to get to my LMS for some more paint as I've gone through a fair bit recently and would like to have it all to hand before start construction.
  25. I don't think I actually signed up for this STGB, though I have some 50 (stopped counting) Spitfire kits in the stash, mostly 1/72, and have built around ten Spits since returning to modelling. I'm going to join in with the Eduard Profipack Mark.VIII, which was the first Eduard kit I bought some years ago though in the usual fashion not built yet, having said that I've done a few of the 1/72 ones. Hopefully it'll be fairly straightforward, at least the PE should be easier to see than on 1/72! Although fortunately I am still working (reduced pay), this is from home so modelling time has gone up due to no commute and less other things to do, other than walk the dog. So if this kit goes well (if I apply myself I can do a Spit in two weeks) I should be able to work on another more unusual version later...we shall see. I think I'll build the lovely aircraft on the box art, though the US MSG over PRU Blue one looks nice. I've got the Aussie 8 1/72 boxing in the stash for when I want a nurse...oooooh, Matron! Cheers Will
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