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Taking a break from some "therapeutic" resin builds and conversions I decided to go smaller scale with this Mossie. Will build as PR variant. Current WIP's SH Tempest Mk.V, TAM A6M2b and TRU P40B tucked away while I tackle this project.
Just started on this last night. I had originally intended to do this one "buttoned up", but the cannon isn't half bad and with a bit of plumbing and wiring I think it might look impressive to leave the cannon bay open. Test fitting of the kit implies excellent fit. [/url]
German WW1 Airspeed Indicators GasPatch Models Available from GasPatch Models Greek company, GasPatch Models are really beginning to cater to large scale WW1 modellers in a very unique way. We recently took a look at their excellent turnbuckles, produced in a number of styles, using a sintered metal power system. Modellers are now catching on that these are probably the ultimate solution for their rigging. Since then, they have released some 'Albatros-specific' which we hope to be able to bring to you. GasPatch have now turned their attention to accessories for WW1 aircraft, in both 1:48 and 1:32 scales. Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce to you the German WW1 Airspeed Indicator, or as it's more correctly known, the anemometer. These are a real treat for the eyes before you even open the package. Both scales are packed into the same back-opening blister packaging, with attractive artwork and presentation. The four parts which make up the anemometer are sat within a precisely milled out foam piece, and I mean precisely. This aspect along is well worth mentioning. The anemometer is broken down into four basic parts. A small piece of white plastic contains two anemometer faces, so you get a spare, just in case. The other parts are a photo etch bezel to attach to the front of the instrument face, a delicate and precisely cast red resin instrument body, and lastly, probably the most amazing aspect of this....the anemometer wind vanes, which contain the 4 wind cups and associated frameworks, all as a SINGLE PART! I'm not sure exactly what this is made from, but the production method must be very involved. No resin casting could produce such a fine and complex shape in one part. Again, is this made from sintering? I'm not sure, but the finish is fine,and also looks to have a metallic black hue. Assembly is suggested with white glue on the instructions. Those instructions carry full colour assembly and painting detail. How you mount the anemometer to your model is your affair though, due to the numerous positions in which these were mounted. The instructions suggest the vanes to be in bronze, while the body is in black or light grey-green. The bezel should be either black or left in natural metal. I would affix the bezel to the instrument face using a drop of Klear or similar. Conclusion This is a very simple aftermarket accessory, but of of the most detailed and finely produced that I've seen for this genre. You will need to be seriously careful how you handle the anemometer vane assembly, and I would suggest you add the vanes with forceps, once the instrument body is attached to your model. As for the price, I think it represents excellent value for money. You simply will not get anything as detailed as this anywhere, let alone for under 8 Euros. You want to seriously enhance your model? Invest in one of these! Very highly recommended Our thanks to GasPatch Models for the review samples. To purchase directly, click THIS link.
The Fusilier – The Great War Specialist in Miniature`s (1:12 Bust/ 1:24/80mm, 1:32/54mm and 1:48 scales – price tag: £25 , £30, £15 and £5) A couple a days ago I received a package with four items – two bust, two 80mm and one in 1:48, all from The Fusilier. The Fusilier is a brand of one man: Steve Warrilow. He dedicates to sculpt beautiful figures, only of the Great War. The Fusilier was established in 1992 after some Great Years Sculpting & Casting. The Figures were in the scales of mainly 1:24th 75/80mm and 1:32nd and a large Trench Store Accessories List, all Cast in white metal in number about 150 items. There was also a side show of U.S. Civil War, and The Plains War figures but the Main Range was Dedicated to the Great War. Having Stopped Sculpting/Trading for a short period Steve was Sculpting for Peter Jackson & Wingnut Wings and a few Sculpts for Wings Cockpit Figures. Steve Warrilow own Range which are new figures released in resin (object on this review) due to the high cost of metal. The Fusilier website is now under way and should be live very shortly, which is a very good news to all modelers, because in that away it would possible to see the entire catalogue in full color. The figures we are looking at, in this review, are : British RNAS Pilot Officer 1915 (Bust 1/12 – Ref. Fus 12/01) German Pilot 1915 (Bust 1/12 – Ref. Fus 12/2) Bristish RFC Pilot (long Leather Coat) 1916 (Figure 80mm – Ref. Fus 80/12) British RFC Pilot (Winter Wollies) 1916 (Figure 80mm – Ref. Fus 80/04) British Pilot (figure in 1:48 – Ref. Fus 48/01 All the figures (with the exception of 1:48 that came on a zip-lock bag, but very well secure inside of the postal package) came in small but sturdy hard plastic box. All contain a color picture with painting instruction as well included. That color picture is also the box art. Parts were safely secured in a sort of cotton with any additional parts being put in a separate bag (as in Fus 12/1). All the resin are very well cast, smooth, and with no bubbles at all or imperfections. *** Starting with biggest ones, the molds marks on the bust head are almost unseen and it would be quite easy to remove it without damage anything. Both busts come in two pieces (body and head) and no clean up is need put both together. (German Pilot bust) The British RNAS Pilot Officer 1915 bust also bring two accessories pieces and a stick in resin to display the bust (this display piece is not present in the German Pilot Bust). The facial expression is very well achieved and the detail on the face and both busts are quite well achieved. *** The smallest figure in 1:48 (British pilot) it`s very well cast in light grey resin, also with no bubbles at all. A perfect figure to stand along your 1:48 WWI aircraft, with lots of details for 1:48 and a great posture, a typical one in WWI, a "gentleman war". Also have a little base attach, that can be easily mix into a large base to put along with a 1:48 aircraft. The nose seams a little big… No problem for me, just a guy with a big nose… I just love this figure… It`s a great addition at a beautiful price and it will look great along my 1:48 Eduard Brisfish. *** The 80mm figures are exceptional. The pose, the facial and body expression are very outstanding. Inside of the box of the British RFC Pilot (Fus 80/12) comes four pieces – head, body, left arm and a base. This figure also brings two maps, very well printed - I actually didn`t put the left arm.. it`s on its way! Cast is beautiful, with very little to clean. ** My favorite one – British Pilot witn Winter Wollies. My first impression when I see this one was: WOW!! Awe-inspiring. This figure is in one piece and also bring a base. The sculpt of this figure is exceptional. I see it and I can fell the cold winter, and strong wind hitting the face and whisking the long leather coat. See this facial expression (and the awesome detail)… The full figure is brilliant, very very smooth, with no bubbles at all. The best of all. In conclusion, all of the figures and bust are quite smooth (this ones and one 80mm figure just need a little bit of cleaning, test fitting and superglue) it`s just wash and prime and away you go. The poses of theses two figures are very lifelike and natural. These are perfect to stand on your shelf along with other stuff on WWI, mainly WnW. See some examples full painted (pictures courtesy from The Fusilier – Steve Warrilow): As someone said on the WNW Fans facebook page, “these figures make most others cartoons by comparison.” Highly recommended. My sincerely thanks to Steve Warrilow, the man behind The Fusiler for the review samples. (You can buy by send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org – and if you do don`t forget to mention WNW Fans in Facebook and LSM) Cheers Francisco
1:48 Bf 109E 'BIGSIN' Eduard Catalogue # SIN64807 Available from Eduard for 78,75 € The set, for the time being at least, signifies the last of Eduard's releases for super-detailing their own quarter-scale Bf 109E kit range. Each of the resin sets within this box, have been released separately in the recent past, and indeed, we've reviewed them on the SP&R website a short while ago. The BIGSIN packages offer a way to buy all sets, all at once, and for a slightly reduced price. Let's see what resin goodies are 'under the hood'. Bf 109E 'BIGSIN' contains the following sets 648058, Bf 109E wheels 648059, DB 601A/N engine 648060, Bf 109E MG 17 mount 648074, Bf 109E cockpit & radio compartment I have left a link in each of the above item lines so you may reference the original reviews. Essentially, there is no difference in any of the included sets, but we will use this article to summarise this BIGSIN release. Eduard's BIGSIN range have some very attractively priced and presented product lines for those modellers who wish to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, at their particular project. Packaged into an attractive, generic satin finish, top opening box with lid and edge product specific labels, the interior of the box is heavily lined in bubble-wrap, with each original upgrade set parts being packed into their own zip-lock wallets. Photo-etch parts and masks for these sets are sealed into a separate zip-lock wallet, with card stiffeners to protect the frets from damage. Instructions are supplied for each individual upgrade set by means of colour printed, folded sheets. 648058, Bf 109E wheels This set comprises FIVE parts, cast in a combination of light and dark grey resin. Each wheel is cast onto its own block, with the external hub 'star' being a separate part due to the undercut design of the assembled parts. This produces a very accurate representation of this aspect of the 109, which is sadly lacking in the majority of other Bf 109E kits. The tail wheel and strut are integrally cast, with excellent detail, and a minimum of flash to remove from the strut itself. Masks are supplied for the hubs on both main wheels and tail wheel. Single sheet instructions are provided for clarity, and no kit surgery is required to install this set. Parts are a direct replacement. 648059, DB 601A/N engine I suppose I could say that the only downside of the BIGSIN packaging is that the items in each detail set are included in one zip-lock bag, whereas the original release would have had multiple packets to prevent part damage. Still, nothing in this set is damaged at all, given the capacious interior of the main packaging and bubble-wrap. This set contains TWENTY-FOUR resin parts, cast in a combination of light and dark grey resin, with most parts occupying their own casting block. This comprehensive set includes a multi-part, highly detailed engine, complete with glycol tank, plumbing, engine bearers, exhaust stacks, oil tank, supercharger and external intake, as well as a replacement engine cowl. The latter is cast superbly thin, with interior constructional detail which will be a real bonus if you decide to display this off the model in a diorama situation. The levels of detail are seriously exquisite for such a small set, and the engine is also cast with ignition leads. These form webs, but wit some deft painting, you should be able to make them superb. The more fastidious amongst you may want to remove this detail and add the leads from fine lead wire. A single photo etch fret contains parts for engine lifting lugs, exhaust port stiffeners, cowl fasteners and supercharger intake grille. The instructions are excellent, and again, it looks like no surgery is needed to fit this set, although I recommend much test-fitting while you do assemble. 648060, Bf 109E MG 17 mount Moving backwards from the engine, this set is designed to replace the plastic kit parts associated with the cowl mounted MG 17 installation. This set comprises EIGHT resin parts, with a ninth part, an ammunition bin, classed as a 'free bonus'. Cast again in a combination of both light and dark grey resin, all parts are separately cast to their own blocks, needed only minimal work to remove as a whole. The main bulkhead and bin assembly will require a little more work to remove a large casting block. A gun cowl is also included, thinly cast in dark grey resin, and incorporating internal constructional detail also. Thin resin walls hold this to its casting block, and removal will be easy. The cowl itself is superb, with gentle external detail, requiring only a couple of flashed-over openings to be cut. Internally, the bulkhead has ammunition bins pre-cast in place, and the weapons tray which sits atop this is stunning. Eduard's depiction of the actual MG 17's is both sharp and refined in execution, with fantastically detailed breech and fine cooling 'holes' in the barrel itself. A small etch fret is included, holding various cowl latches and MG brackets. The instructions show that a small amount of surgery will be required to fit this upgrade to the host kit, but nothing that can't readily be performed by a modeller of average ability. Bf 109E cockpit, radio compartment. This is a pretty intensively detailed set that will require a degree of surgery to be performed on the kit plastic parts. The main work is involved in scraping away the moulded side wall detail. For some reason, Eduard didn't see fit to produce the plastic walls separately as they did in their 1:32 release, so you'll need to be careful that you don't scrape these too thin. The rear fuselage radio compartment insert requires no such surgery. The cockpit contains FOURTEEN resin parts in both light and dark grey resin, on separate casting blocks. Generally, casting blocks should be very easy to remove, connected by thin walls or membranes. The cockpit module will require s razor saw to remove it from its block, but the connection point design makes this very easy. Two instrument panel rear plates are included; one with the leather instrument access shroud, and one without. The cockpit interior is supplemented by a photo etch fret, printed in colour. This includes a laminated instrument panel, instrument detail, and a full set of colour seatbelts. Other non colour parts include rudder pedals, seat brackets, rudder trim wheels and coupling chains, to mention a few. The radio compartment is based around a semi-tubular insert for the read fuselage, inclusive of rib and stringer detail, as well as some very fine wiring and junction box detail. Internally, two radio sets are provided, with colour photo etch fascias, an are supported on resin frameworks which old the radios in position with rubber bungees, provided as brass parts. An amount of other detail is also provided internally, such as a battery and other avionics sets. The fuselage access panel is provided as a photo etch part. The instructions for the whole set are excellent, with all drawings being clear in depiction. Apart from removal of the access port, the radio compartment needs no surgery to install. Conclusion There's enough resin in this set to sink a battleship, and the inclusion of all the available sets for the 1:48 Bf 109E as discounted set, is a very welcome addition to Eduard's web-store. Whilst this set isn't cheap as a single purchase, it represents excellent value for money over the original individual releases, providing your intention is to use all aspects of it. Resin quality is superb, and the detail unsurpassed. This is a one way ticket to a seriously great looking Emil, and one you should consider if you fancy a project with a few more hours in the man cave. Very highly recommended. My sincere thanks to Eduard for the review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link.