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  1. Trumpeter 1:32 Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat VF-4 USS Ranger (CV-4) Atlantic Early 1942 The Grumman Wildcat began service with the United States Navy in 1940. First used in combat by the British in Europe, the Wildcat was the only effective fighter available to the United States Navy and Marine Corps during the early part of World War II in 1941 and 1942; the disappointing Brewster Buffalo was withdrawn in favor of the Wildcat and replaced as units became available. It had a top speed of 318 mph (512 km/h), the Wildcat was outperformed in the Pacific theatre by the faster 331 mph (533 km/h), more maneuverable, and longer-ranged Mitsubishi A6M Zero. However, the F4F's ruggedness, coupled with tactics such as the Thatch Weave, resulted in a claimed air combat kill-to-loss ratio of 5.9:1 in 1942 and 6.9:1 for the entire war. Often forgot is the USN involvement in the Atlantic theatre, where the Ranger was the largest carrier in the Atlantic after being transferred from the Pacific, deemed to be too old, slow and small. Starting initially with Neutrality Patrols in the area of Trinidad and Tobago. She was heading for her home port at Norfolk in December of 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. After leaving Norfolk she took up patrol duties in the South Atlantic. From there she moved to more northern duties as an escort carrier although she mainly took part in training exercises. She was also called on to deliver Curtis P-40s to Africa for onward transportation to the famed Flying Tigers. She was first equipped with the Wildcat F4F-3 in December 1940, replaced with the F4F-4s as they become available. The Wildcats didn't see much action until Operation Torch in December 1942 The Wildcat I have reproduced is one of the early deliveries to the Ranger And thus looks very new and clean. Painted with Mr Paint and after market decal from Techmod. The decals, although thin didn't want to pull down with normal setting solution so in the end I ended up carefully applying Tamiya X20A thinner to gather to pull down into the detail. The base is one provided for review by Costal Kits being one of their new circular range available in 200mm and 300mm diameters. Thanks for looking
  2. I got my hands on this a few weeks ago and I immediately binned the A29 and the Mossie, new canopy ordered. That said after a through wash I broke out the sprue cutters and got to work. See James Hatch's outstanding review. This is going to be an out of box build. With exception of markings which will be masked and painted. The decals have some spots and are not usable. Details on that later. Test fit looks good. There will some seam work and scribing needed. Obligatory ejector hole fills needed. A little 500 Mr. Surfacer did the trick. Using my shaping tool I addressed the flare racks and flare gun rack. Tedious work. Common variable when working with photo etch. Using Gator Glue The flare racks are secured. Flare gun rack on and done. Port side complete as far as I can before painting. Starboard side ready for paint.
  3. 1:32 Fighter and Mechanisn of the WWI BLACK DOG Catalogue n.º F32003, F32006 and F32012 Price Tag:€23,50 The name Black Dog is a well know name for all AF modelers with their AFV accessories and conversion. So WWI figures and in 1:32 is a new thing from Black Dog and a very welcome to WWI scenario as Black Dog is known for the quality. Today we got the chance of reviewing 3 sets of two figures each. They all come in a small flip side box with each figure in zip-log bag. The box art are the figures full build and painted (with the exception of the mechanics set). Parts were safely secured in small pieces of sphincter and all the resin are very well cast, smooth, and with no bubbles at all or imperfections. Starting with the first set of German fighter pilots (F32003), both figures are in a standing position, one looking for a map and the other looking to the horizon with a thoughtful look. Both figures have several parts. The pilot with the binoculars is made by 5 parts. A single part is the all body (torso, legs and arms). The head and the left hand are in separate. Also two sets of binoculars are given, a short and a long version. The other figure (pilot with the map) is made of 5 parts, being the torso and legs in one piece. The head and both arms are in separate parts. The connections points are quite good, with a bit of cleaning. There`s only one head for each figure. The facial expression although is very well achieved. The hard cover to put the map is in single piece but no map is given. So you have to get some WWI maps to add to this figure. Both figures have some very good posture and great facial expressions. The second set of pilots has the same quality casting. The resin blocks are easy to remove with a small saw. The body posture is quite well achieved, being natural and credible. Both figures have little cleaning and construction to do, as the main body (torso and legs) is in one piece. The clothes details are at the highest level, among of the best. I love some fines touches like the glove inside the jacket pocket or the movement of the scarf. The last set, a pair of mechanic. As the other two pairs, the main torso and legs are in one single piece. Only one head is given. I love the look and body language of one of the mechanic with the cigarrete in one hand and the look like: “I`m totally wrecked… How I´m going to do with this?” The other figure is also very cool. And in the head, tool in the pocket… he`s saying: “What the ….?” I`m screwed….” Just love this pair. Conclusion: These sets have tremendous quality, maintaining the highest quality of these figures, showing why Black Dog is so loved by AF modellers. All the figures are quite easy to assemble and because of their posture/body language and facial expression, they will easily fit in any diorama with a Wingnut Wings. Highly recommended. My sincerely thanks to Black Dog for the review samples and for the patience. (You can buy directly here and if you do don`t forget to mention Wingnut Wing Fans and Large Scale Modeller) Francisco
  4. 1:32 Ansaldo A.1 “Balilla” WW1 Italian Fighter Aeroplane AVIATTIC (catalogue n.ºATTKIT006) Price Tag – £ 160 ( resin parts, PE sheet with parts) One day, I got a surprise waiting for me… a package with the Aviattic logo on it!! An excitement get over me and I was just like a 5 years old kid with a brand new toy Ansaldo A.1 Balilla in 1:32. Knowing Richard and all the products release by Aviattic the “Balilla” would be top noch in quality and detail. Richard from Aviattic is a devoted modeler and a WWI passionate so all their projects will come at their very best and a truly dedicate product. The love for their products is well patent on all their work. The Balilla is the best example of that. In a first glance I can tell that this is the most complete multimedia model kit that I ever seen. Utterly amazing! The all package. I had the chance to saw it, a first run full build “Balilla” and I was blow away with the detail. But just before going to open the box, here`s a bit of history of the tail slim and elegante aircraft. “The Ansaldo A.1, nicknamed "Balilla" after the Genoan folk-hero was Italy's only domestically-designed fighter aircraft of World War I to be produced in Italy. Arriving too late to see any real action, it was however used by both Poland and the Soviet Union in the Polish-Soviet War. The A.1 resulted from continued efforts by the Ansaldo company to create a true fighter. Their SVA.5 had proved unsuitable in this role, although it made an excellent reconnaissance aircraft and had been ordered into production as such. Ansaldo engineer Giuseppe Brezzi revised the SVA.5 design, increasing the size of the lower wing, and redesigning the interplane strut arrangement, abandoning the SVA's transverse Warren truss interplane strut layout, which had eliminated the need for spanwise-exposed flying and landing wires, which the new rigging scheme re-introduced to the Balilla's airframe design. While this produced more drag, it increased the stiffness of the wing structure and reduced stresses in the airframe. Engine power was increased to 150 kW (200 hp) and a safety system to jettison the fuel tank through a ventral hatch (in case of onboard fire) was installed. The first prototype was completed in July 1917, but acceptance by the air force did not occur until December. Test pilots were not enthusiastic in their evaluation. While they found a marked increase in performance over the SVA.5, the A.1 was still not as maneuverable as the French-built and designed types in use by Italy's squadrons, most notably the Nieuport 17, which was also produced by Macchi in Italy. This resulted in a number of modifications, including a slight enlargement of the wings and rudder, and a further 10% increase in engine power. This initially proved satisfactory to the air force, and the modified A.1 (designated A.1bis) was ordered into service with 91 Squadriglia for further evaluation. Reports from pilots were mixed. While the fighter's speed was impressive, it proved unmaneuverable and difficult to fly. Nevertheless, with a need to clear a backlog of obsolete fighter types then in service, the air force ordered the A.1 anyway. The first of an original order of 100 machines entered service in July 1918. The A.1s were kept away from the front lines and mostly assigned to home defense duties. In the four months before the Armistice, A.1s scored only one aerial victory, over an Austrian reconnaissance aircraft. It was during this time that Ansaldo engaged in a number of promotional activities, including dubbing the aircraft as Balilla, flying displays in major Italian cities, and in August donating an example to Italian aviator Antonio Locatelli as his personal property amidst a press spectacle. (This latter publicity stunt backfired somewhat when one week later a mechanical fault in the aircraft caused Locatelli to make a forced landing behind enemy lines and be taken prisoner). Despite all this, the air force ordered another 100 machines, all of which were delivered before the end of the war. At the armistice, 186 were operational, of which 47 aircraft were ordered to remain on hand with training squadrons, and the remainder were to be put into storage. The A.1 found a new lease of life, however, when a purchasing committee from the Polish army visited Italy in 1919 in search of new weapons. A contract for ten evaluation aircraft was signed, and these were delivered to Warsaw in January 1920. The initial impression of pilots there (mostly American volunteers) was extremely favourable, on account of its high speed and fuel capacity and, curiously, the maneuverability disdained by Italian airmen. On May 25, the A.1s were deployed to the front line. All but one of them were destroyed during the Red Army counterattack in the Ukraine. Nevertheless, the Polish government had already purchased another 25 aircraft and a licence to locally produce another 100. The new aircraft only arrived after hostilities had ended, and in July 1921 the first of 36 licence-built machines rolled out of the Lublin factory. The Lublin-built machines were some 80 kg (180 lb) heavier than the original Italian design and exhibited frequent problems with their engines and with the quality of their welds. Numerous accidents ensued, including at least nine fatal crashes. In 1924, the production order was reduced to 80 machines, and soon thereafter to 57 (the number actually constructed at the time). The following year, the armament was removed from all A.1s then in service, and by 1927, the type had been withdrawn from service completely.” – wikipedia courtesy. I got the Italian version with a beautiful box art featuring n.º 16553 Balilla of Tenente Antonio Locatelli. Richard was too kind and also send all the parts and decals for the polish version. Back to the Italian version, the design of the box is very well achieved, with the sides boxes with color profiles and a very vintage look. Opened the box, a truly gem is inside with a professional and passion packing with resin parts popping every ever and some RB seatbelts in the middle at a first glance. The package is the best I ever seen. The resin parts are separate in several zip log bags, but separate by groups of parts of the same part of the aircraft: cockpit, engine, engine cowlings, undercarriage etc. In each zip log bag, a small business card with reference photos of the corresponding parts of the aircraft. As example: the tail wing. A fantastic treat for the modeler. The wings and flying surfaces are taped to a foam-core sheet on the bottom of the box to keep them flat and protected. The foam-core is bent on one end creating a space for the main fuselage, made by two parts. Everything is made to prevent any damage to the parts. First job: counting all the resin parts… I confess I give up after counting 130 but I`m sure that it goes up 150… All the resin is in grey color and with some outstanding casting and sharp detail. No a single bubble… quality control with A+. The professional packing just prevents any broken part being all in their perfect shape attached in the resin block. Let´s check a few of the parts. The fuselage is made by 3 parts: a large tub piece side and bottom in one part, separate upper decking and tail. The separate upper deck has also part of the cushion of the pilot seat. The other main parts, the wings are solid parts, the upper in a single piece with the upper wings ailerons in separate and the lower wings are in two parts Also the tailplane has the flying surface in separate. The detail on the wings is very well achieved with subtle accurate wing rib strips that will enhance the look of the wings. Passing to another main point of all WWI, the engine. The S.P.A. (società piemontese automobili) 6A is a 6-cylinder inline engine, 14,6 litre, 200hp and it`s just gorgeous with tons of details. It`s a the level of the Taurus engines ones. It`s that good. Its all there, the valve springs, camshaft gear tower, magnetos water pump, oil lines… everything is there in all 63 resin parts and PE parts. You can decide to put inside or not with this details level. In fact is quite a good idea, a stand with the engine with the Ballila at side, engineless. But if you want to put the engine on the Balilla, the engine cowlings parts are separate parts, cast in very thin resin parts. The cooling vents are not totally open so you need to sand off gentle the thin areas inside. To cover or not all the details, the engine cowlings are beautiful cast with all the shape and details on these so evident part of an aircraft… the nose! The radiator and propeller are also beautifully cast and with high detail. As for the armament, the machines are included in beautiful cast parts. The polish version has another version of machine guns, two British Vickers guns. The cockpit just like the rest of the model has exquisitely detail, with lots of attention to instruments/levers and cockpit gauges. The instruments decals are very well register. This sheet is in continuous film so the ideal tool to take then off is a punch and die set. (The fuel tank is a fantastic piece with tons of detail) The seatbelts are made by RB Productions giving modeler fabric belts and PE buckles. There`s the indication of interior color: if you do the presentation aircraft (Antonio Locatelli and Natale Palli) a quite challenge you will face with the white and blue painted cockpit. If not, plain and bare wood. The cockpit is quite complete with lots of resin and PE parts, showing again that this model is not for beginners. The resin parts with attachments like wings and wings struts have wire inside of the part to assure good and solid attach. The undercarriage is also reinforced with wire to assure a good holding structure and no resin bending. But not all resin made this beautiful package: two brass sheet (a large very large brass PE, with tons of detail parts and another small), a much smaller nickel steel PE sheet with spokes for the wheels. All sheets are designed by Ron Kootje. On the large brass PE you got handles pedals, engine details, turnbuckles, etc. The medium one, the wire wheels. And small details on the smaller one. The package parts only finish with a white metal tail skid and a length for spark plug wire. On the box, there´s not instructions. Those can be found here, in a PDF download format build log. The build log is quite good, with clear indications and simple and quite understanding step-by-step constructions. I fully understand that the non-inclusion of a print instructions version was an economic reason to keep the model at the lowest PVP possible and even so this exclusive model still not cheap. However and being the Balilla a bit obscure airplane type of WWI, Aviattic decided to include (instead of the instructions) a 28 page reference booklet. This little booklet is quite fantastic with quite a lot of white and black pictures, a brief history and several walkaround color pictures. Another bonus is a frameable four view color artwork with some decals options. A beutifull artwork. Checking the decals, they are made and design by Pheon Decals, ehci means quality at all levels. The decals are like all Pheon Decals in continuous film, so the modeler need to cut the decal by the edge. The colour registration is top noch. The Italian decals includes six markings (with the two presentation shemes). The spectacular hand-painted “St.George” made originally by Venturi Having the luck of getting also the Polish version, the decal sheet for the Polish option gives seven options, six Polish and one Mexican version. Besides the markings, Aviattic also provide walnut graining for the fuselage for both types: dark wood (Italian version) and light wood (Polish version). Being Aviattic the main source for linen decals, clear doped decals are provide for the wings and the colourful top wing of the Italian version, along with instrument decals. And on top of all that, a set of nail-head decals made by HW. This version of the Balilla (32007) have a reproduction of a statement/letter from Marian C. Copper, Captain of the US Army to the Polish government offering his services to fight in the Polish-Russian conflict. Conclusion: I can say for sure that it`s the most complete resin kit that I ever seen. I already review others resin kit (armour and aircraft, including Cutaway Catalina form HpH) and any of them is as complete as Aviattic Balilla. Tons of work and love is on the jewel. Yes, it’s a jewel… for 160£ you get some precious resin parts, tons of PE, booklet with fantastic pics, fantastic decals sets from Pheon, nail decals from HGW etc. Checking the pictures from the booklet and others sources, all the parts looks quite accurate. The casting is outstanding as there´s no distortion or bubbles, all are in perfect shape. It`s without any doubt, the most complete and comprehensive resin model kit that I ever had the pleasure to get my hands on. Now to the bench to start cutting some resin!! I do hope in finish this beautiful Balilla until the end of the year. Very High Recommend Our truly and sincere thanks to Richard from Aviattic for the review samples.
  5. Special Hobby 1:32 Yakolev Yak-3 "Onward to Berlin" Following the German attack against the Soviet Union, it's soon become clear Soviet fighter aircraft lacked performance against the invading German types. The German attack came during a period when the new Soviet types were just being introduced into both production and service. Types such as the Yak-1, Lagg-3 and Mig-3. Apart from the Mig-3 high altitude aircraft, all the other types were inferior to German machines. Soviet designers were struggling with the storage of high quality raw materials, insufficient equipment, poor performing engines and lastly with directives from the Communist leaders. The Yakovlev design bureau were developing new subtypes based on the Yak-1 fighter, trying to meet the VVS requirements. However, all the versions that emerged from the Yak-1 development, which was designated as Yak-7, were still lacking in performance compared with their German contemporaries. In 1942, a new fighter type known as the Yak-9 was introduced. This type, originating from the Yak-7 seven, was the first of the Yak heavy fighters family. Simultaneously in 1941, a new type was being developed. A nimble and light weight design with smaller dimensions and of mixed wood and metal construction. It utilised a new wing design as well, with a shorter span and the oil coolers moved to the wing root. This type was latter to be known as the Yak-3 and formed the light weight family of Yak fighters. Of interest is that the Yak-3 designation had already been used by the Yakovlev bureau. However it belonged a heavier armed fighter prototype built back in 1940 which, had not progressed be on the prototype stage. This second Yak-3 also had it quite tough from the outset, and development was not easy. The acceptance trials not being completed until October 1943. The new Yak was equipped with the Klimov M105PF – 2 engine. However, because of poor performance and production standards, the overall weight exceeded the limits specified for the test aircraft, which meant that the first production aircraft were armed with only one 20 mm cannon firing through the propeller shaft and 12.7 mm machine gun mounted in the forward fuselage above the engine. Later production machines received the full designed armament of 120 mm cannon and two 12.7 mm machine guns. The new machines were not introduced into service until 1944, and the first units to receive them were the elite units of the VVS plus the French volunteer unit known as the Normandie Niemen regiment. This French unit made its return to France in June 1945 and the Yak-3 remind with them and in service with the new France Airforce for some time after the war. Besides the Soviet and French Air Forces, the Yak-3 saw service with Poland and Yugoslavia. The Yakolev bureau tried to develop the type further, but with no great success because of lack of dedicated engine development. It was only after the war that a small series of Yak-3 M–107 planes were produced. This type was fitted with a Klimov M-107 engine and was of an all metal construction and metal skin. Yet another version appeared, the Yak-3RD with a rocket engine mounted in the rear fuselage. Also the Yak-3 M–108 and the Yak-3U appeared, all of the types failed to progress further than the prototype stage. The Yak-3 fighter is considered amongst some to be one of the best World War II fighter types of soviet design and is the one of the very best to see action over the eastern front. Hot on the heels of their non Hi Tec version of the Hawker Tempest Mk.V. Special Hobby have released a similar version of their Yak-3. It comes like the Tempest in a similarly style of box and as there isn’t any resin or Photo Etch parts the box isn’t too full. Once you get the very tight fitting box lid off, you’ll find five sprues of grey styrene packed into a plastic bag, a separate, smaller bag contains one clear sprue, and lastly there is one bag with two decal sheets be very careful when opening the bag with the decals in as there is a very small plastic bag stapled to it containing a gun blanking piece for one of the decal options. At the bottom of the box is a lovely glossy, colour A4 manual. Sprue A This has both the fuselage halves, the upper gun cowl and two parts of the lower radiator housing. The overall finish on the parts is good, with nice surface detail with finely engraved panel lines (there isn’t too much detail to be seen as the aircraft is of metal and wood construction). The moulding has a satin finish rather than a super smooth finish found on other kits. You might want to give the surfaces a light buffing before applying any paint to the kit. Inside the fuselage there is some sidewall cockpit detail, but not much as the cockpit is inside of a tubular framework. There is also some tail wheel-well detail moulded in the rear of the fuslage. The cowl that covers the machine guns looks very good, and has some lovely detail such as rivets and panel lines Sprue B This sprue has the upper and lower wing, and the sprue is split into two parts to allow it to fit more easily in to the box. As the wings are moulded in full span there will be no issues trying to judge the right dihedral etc. Both flaps and ailerons are moulded in, which would which would require you to cut and reposition them should you wish to pose the aircraft on a base or diorama. Surface detail once again is very minimal as the wing is of wooden construction. However, the ailerons have good rib detail. The wing fairing is nicely blended and has well defined fastener detail. There is two holes in the upper wing, these are for the wing mounted fuel gauges. They are supplied as decals that you fix to the underside of two clear plastic lenses (located on the clear parts sprue). The centre section of the upper wing has the moulding for the cockpit floor with foot plates and control column base. The radiator housing is moulded on the lower wing, and you will need to add the radiator parts before fitting the upper wing as none of this area will be assessable after the wing halves have been cemented. There is more detail on the wing undersides, these are the recesses for the main great wheel well walls, and the inside of the upper wing has detail for the upper surfaces of the wells. Sprue C This has the horizontal stabiliser and elevators, all moulded in the conventional way. The elevators and stabilisers are of a two part construction of upper and lower halves. Once again as the horizontal stabiliser are of wooden construction there is no detail moulded on them. However, the elevators and the moving rudder part has the same ribbing detail as the ailerons. Also on this sprue are the separate propeller blades along with a two part spinner, and the main undercarriage doors, once again with very good rivet and internal detail. Sprue D Contains is the ‘smaller parts’ sprue, on here you will find some of the main gear well walls, the undercarriage ‘legs’, the tail wheel strut, instrument panel, cockpit seat tub and the seat backrest. Also there is the cockpit sidewall panels, main instrument panel, tailwheel mounting plate, radiator actuator parts, and other small parts for the cockpit and wheel wells. There is also parts for the wheels and exhausts. Sprue E This has the cockpit tubular assembly, control column and numerous other small parts for the cockpit and the forward walls of the main gear wells. Before moving onto the clear parts sprue, it is with noting that the kit styrene does seem to be of quite a soft nature. I don’t remember other Special Hobby kits styrene being quite this soft. However with out digging a box out from the stash I’m not sure and I may well be wrong. Sprue CP Sprue CP has the aforementioned clear parts. The canopy of which there are two option one to have the cockpit canopy open the other to have it in the closed position. There is also the two clear parts for the wing fuel gauges, again mentioned earlier. Decals The decals are on two sheets, both very finely printed by Cartograf, and as expected the decal quality is excellent. The larger sheet is a colour sheet with the various markings along with some very nice silver printed borders for the red stars.,The smaller sheet has the the red stars mentioned above, instrument decals, stripes for the tail of one option, the wing fuel gauges and various ‘stencils’. There are three schemes offered in this boxing and they are: Aircraft 15 flown by, Lieutenant Semyon Rogovol of the 64th Guards Fighter Regiment, 4th Guards Fighter Division, 2nd Baltic Front, Autumn 1944. This aircraft was presented to Rogovol by sailors of the Alum River Flotilla located in the Far East. Aircraft 114 flown by Senior Lieutenant Valentin Gregoryevich Ernokhin of 402nd Fighter Regiment, 256th Fighter Division, 1st Belorussion Front, Spring 1945. Aircraft 10 flown by Colonel Boris Nikolaevich Eryomin, Deputy Commanding Officer of6th Guards Fighter Division, 2nd Ukrainian Front, Spring 1945. This aircraft was being Eryomin’s second was paid for by Ferapont Petrovich Golovatyi and was an early production machine with one cannon and one machine gun. Instruction Booklet The instruction booklet is a glossy, colour printed 16 page A4 affair, that started with the history of the Yak-3, the sprue ‘maps’. The construction is listed in 36 steps, with very clear line illustrations with the paint numbers for Gunze-Sangyo paints. The last pages of the instructions are the three scheme illustrations, in colour, with the decal placement guides. The lat three pages of the booklet contain some more of special Hobby’s offerings, several of which have caught my eye! A PDF of the instruction booklet can be seen here. Also in my box but not included in the kit was a replacement resin radio by CMK. Nice crisp moulded replace meant for the kit part. Two Vacform Canopies for the Yak by MH Models, one for an open cockpit and one for a closed canopy. Both come with inner and exterior masks and look very thin and clear This boxing of the kit is well worth waiting for as it give a cheaper and easier option than the Hi Tec boxing as it omits the Resin and Photo etch parts of the previous boxing. I highly recommended this kit. My sincere thanks to Special Hobby for the review sample
  6. 1:32 Highly Detail Bombs by Kellerkind Miniaturen (from Martin Hille) In this review, we had the chance to take a close look to the new set of WWI Bombs in 1:32 made by Kellerkind. Once again, these ones are full committed to WnW models kits and lets see if they are a really improvement aftermarket. But first, I asked Martin to give us a small background history about Kellerkind Miniaturen and it’s a quite fascinating history. “Founded in 2004 and started with some historical and fantasy figures in different scales. Main scale at this time: 28mm figures and 54mm figures. sculpted the first 3 WWI aviation figures in 2010 (after I had seen the fantastic Wingnut Wings kits) after making the first years since 2010 only German and British figures I did in 2014 the first French aviator in 2015 the first accessories (like aerial bombs and pilot clothing) added to the “knights of the sky“ range made in 2015 the first Russian aviator figure I like the “Pirate style“ of this early pilots. Not really uniforms but more a mix of different clothings and styles. So a lot of possibility’s for me as an sculptor and no change for boredom”. 1:32 Sprengbombe P.u. W. 50 kg (Kaiserliche Fliegertruppe 1916-1918) Kellerkind Miniaturen (from Martin Hille) Catalogue n.º 062 Price tag: € 18,95 This set came in a quite small plastic box, and inside of it you got 4 resin parts in a zip-lock bag and protect by soft foam, 40 (yup, forty) PE parts, painting guide and a drawing with constructions indications. In the box art, there`s a pic with the four bombs where we can see the extensive details on them. The resin is a gray color, with exquisite detail and no distortion or bubbles whatsoever. Only a few and smalls seams lines to clean with care to not clean all the rivets re are very well cast giving a true real appearance to these bombs. The PE sheets gives 40 parts, being 10 parts to each bomb, so a single bomb in 1:32 has 11 parts (one resin and 10 PE). The PE sheet has its own details with the rivets on it, and very delicate parts that will turn each of these bombs almost a model by its self. The painting guide is quite complete in the information giving the modeler the light of the controversial about the paint used: “light blue” or “light gray”. The drawing with constructions tips is in fact the only less good aspect of this little set being a little confuse and hard to read… Its more helpful the box art with the four bombs made, by Martin (I presumed) 1:32 Brandbombe Carbonit 10 kg (Frühe Ausführung) (Kaiserliche Fliegertruppe 1914-1917) Kellerkind Miniaturen (from Martin Hille) Catalogue n.º 063 Price tag: € 12,95 Passing along to the small ones, this set also comes in a small plastic box with the resin parts in a plastic zip-lock bag and a protective soft foam. Also the “box art” is the four bombs very well painted. Like the other, this gives the modeler four resin parts, 8 PE parts, painting guide and a drawing with constructions indications. The resin is flawless, with all the details you can get in 1:32, that along with the PE parts will turn these bombs in high details ones. The only cleaning is also the very light seams lines. The painting guide also gives the modeler several options according with contemporary pictures and the color interpretation that have been made of then. In this set, probably because its only two PE per bomb, the construction guide is much more modeler friendly because it’s a assembly text with the bomb next to it and not a construction drawing. I personally prefer this option. Conclusion: These two bombs sets really are something of the best I ever seen in bombs. The detail is exquisite and will turn out a small vignette with the beloved WnW model kit, much more attractive because it will enhance the final look of it. No doubt that I will be using these ones in very near future. Highly recommended. My sincerely thanks to Martin Hille, the man behind KellerKind for the review samples. (You can buy directly here and if you do don`t forget to mention Wingnut Wing Fans and Large Scale Modeller and join Kellerkind on their facebook page) Francisco
  7. Under a Moonlit Sky - Ju88 C

    Date 24th October 1940 Location Gilze-Rijen Airport - The Netherlands Squadron 3./NJG2 Pilot Fw. Hans Hahn Hans Hahn was born on 9 February 1919 at Rheydt in Rheinland. Hahn trained as a bomber pilot and was assigned to a Kampfgeschwader in January 1940. In May, he sank a 4,000 BRT freighter off Dunkirk. Shortly thereafter, Hahn transferred to the Nachtjagd. Hahn was posted to NJG 2 on its formation in September 1940. Feldwebel Hahn was assigned to 3./NJG 2. He gained his first victory on the night of 24 October 1940 on an intruder mission over England shooting down a RAF Whitley twin-engined bomber as it took-off from Linton-on-Ouse. He gained considerable success operating over England in the intruder role being awarded the Ritterkreuz on 9 July 1941 for 11 victories, the first night-fighter pilot to receive this decoration. His success did not come without cost.On four occasions he returned to his base at Gilze-Rijen with his Ju 88 operating on one engine only. On one occasion he returned with a British balloon cable wrapped around one wing. Leutnant Hahn was slightly injured on 31 July 1941 when his aircraft crashed on take-off from Gilze-Rijen. He shot down a RAF Wellington twin-engined bomber over Scunthorpe on the night of 16 August 1941 but debris from the bomber hit his aircraft putting one engine out action. Once again he had to bring his aircraft back to base on one engine. On the night of 11 October 1941 he attacked a RAF Oxford twin-engined trainer over Grantham. During the attack his aircraft collided with the target and he perished with his crew in Ju 88 C-4 (W.Nr. 0851) R4+NL. Hans Hahn was credited with 12 victories. All his victories were scored on night intruder missions over the Bristish Isles. I've been awaiting a moonlit evening for sometime now. On the occasions previously its been too windy or raining to risk taking the model outside. Last night the sky was clear and no wind, but still nerve racking having to balance it on a small table 3ft in the air! Camera on a tripod, ISO 200, Manual exposure and focus and shutter speeds from 8 to 20 seconds. I'll get some proper studio type shots before the GB finishes. Aaron
  8. German Aviator 1918 THE FUSILIER Fus 54-19 1:32nd scale Price Tag: 15£ (Steve Warrilow picture) Steve Warrilow has been a busy bee in expanding his catalogue. Not only to the figure modeler, as such, but also to 1:32 scale, in order to give some figures to our WnW. I got a small box in the mail box and I was quite excited with it because I knew that was this particular figure that is made to fit WnW Albatros. A small plastic box, with three resin pieces, and one small sheet with painting instructions. The resin parts are the torso (all body and head) left arm and the ladder. Starting off with the non figure part, the ladder. This ladder is a basic ladder, not a four legs ladder, so this one would have to be leaning to the plane. My samples have a little warp in the first two steps but nothing serious. A little clean have to be made to remove flash and a little resin block. Now to the main character: The left arm is easly fit into the figure, so no major cleaning or dryfitting or putty is need. Checking close the figure, no seam mold or flash is present… Such a fantastic cast that give the modeler an almost primer ready figure. It`s also a figure with some great details in clothing, such as scarf, gloves, boots ... the details that makes the high quality picture. Meanwhile what makes this figure special is his posture and his facial expression. The body compassion with the pilot just getting in to the plane, almost forced to complemented with the heavy facial look, like a guy that its just walking to his fate, whatever it was… The night level of concentration and body tension is full present in the figure. Note that something that is only at reach of few… and Steve Warrilow is one of them. Here`s the pictures to you to know what I talking about (these pics do not make a real justice to the figure) The painting instructions is only a list with appoints to use in the several pieces of wear, like the helmet, gloves, scraft, etc. Conclusion. The figure is simply one of the best I ever seen in one 1:32. All the war drama is in it! While WnW doesn’t release their loooong announce figures, Steve Warrilow, is filling the gap with fantastic figures in 1: 32nd, perfectly symbiotic with WnW model kits, in this particular case with Albatros but I think That Is Also suitable to the Fokker D. VII. The only low part of this figure is actually not the figure but the ladder. Really a simple one, with some cleaning to do and a little warp. Nothing that average modeler can deal with. Highly recommend My thanks to Steve Warrilow, the men behind “The Fusilier” for the review samples and all the support given. Just visit The Fusilier website (here) – and if you do don`t forget to mention LSM and WNW Fans). Fran
  9. well, sonofabit..

  10. Kitty Hawk 1:32 OV-10D “Bronco” HH32003 The Bronco - Wikepiedia Entry The North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco is a turboprop light attack and observation aircraft. It was developed in the 1960s as a special aircraft for counter-insurgency (COIN) combat, and one of its primary missions was as a forward air control (FAC) aircraft. It can carry up to three tons of external munitions, internal loads such as paratroops or stretchers, and can loiter for three or more hours. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Rockwell_OV-10_Bronco The Kit. Well, as soon as I heard about this I knew I had to get it. It’s been on my pre-orders since day one and today it arrived. I have to say that, so far, Im not disappointed. Some have said they’d rather Kitty Hawk had started with the OV-10A and worked through the various models. They also say that the various bumps and extras on the D model make it ugly. Well for me it just looks right, yes its fugly but so is the A-10 and it never did that aircraft any harm. So onto the fun bit, the kit breakdown. The box is big, not WnW Duellist big just big. Its about 60cm wide, 20 deep and thickness of about 15cm. Its also packed to the gunnels with plastic. There are 9 sprues of grey plastic that’s as good as any I have seen (including Tamiya) and 1 of clear. A nice touch is that the clear sprue is housed in a special box of its own. There is also a metal nose weight that seems quite heavy and a fret of small PE along with 2 sheets of decals. The Sprues: Spue A has main engine parts, some panels for the engines and some cockpit elements too. Sprue B is the main outer wings and the flaps associated with that and the tail Sprue C is the main inner wings and again more control surfaces Sprue D is the main engine pylons and the small stub wings that fit below the cockpit Sprue E is the tail, some panels and some cockpit elements too Sprue F and J are the tail booms, cockpit parts and various under wing stores, missiles and bombs Sprue GP is the clear parts and this kit has a big cockpit, Sprue I (there are two) is weapons and the engine parts Sprue H (there are two) is more weapons, some engine parts and ancillary equipment. The Instruction Manual The Instruction manual is very good. It has bi fold out front and back covers and full colour guidance on the colour schemes, more of those later. It’s very well printed, clear and up there with the best. Whilst I’d say it’s on par with Tamiya its not up there with WnW But you can see that Kitty Hawk has really worked hard on these and to make them as clear as possible. The Colour Schemes I think I many need at least 3 of these kits, as I love all but one scheme. They are: US Marines VM)-4 airframe tail-number 55498, which is 3 tone wrap around scheme in Green (FS34102), Greyish Blue (FS35237) and Grey (FS36801 a very attractive scheme. US Marines VMO-2 airframe tail-number 55468, which is the main box cover Brown (FS30219) and Sandy Brown (no FS Callout but C19 in Gunze Sangyo) with an underside in Grey (FS16640). US Marines, VMO-2 airframe tail-number 55479, which is in a 2 tone grey wrap around scheme in Grey (FS3618) and Greyish Blue (FS35237). US Navy unidentified squadron tail-number 55172, which is Field Green (FS34097) over Grey (FS3662). This one is my least favourite and probably the only one I wouldn’t build personally. All of the schemes are also referenced, as is the whole kit in Gunze Sangyo colours. Personally I’d like some other callouts too but that’s just me, I always use Vallejo and convert using their colour charts anyway. Overall Impression This for me is a dream kit. I remember years ago buying the Testors 1/48 kit and the Paragon Details update with wings and pylons and I loved the look of the aircraft as much as I do now. For me it’s highly recommended. On all the sprues the detail looks great and where it exists there is some very fine riveting detail and great panel lines, which look to be mostly even and clean. Its currently being built by someone on a Facebook page and I think he has nothing but good things to say about it so far, though only into the cockpit area so far. There are also two full engines, removable panels and it’s all visible if you leave these off. A nice touch I think. The rear cargo door is accessible too and can be posed open as can the nose giving access to the hardware in there including the Optic systems in the nose. I’ve not been lucky enough to see Kitty Hawk’s earlier Harvard and Texan kits in 1/32 but from what I have read they are just as good and if they look as good as this does in the bare plastic I don’t see where anyone but the most choosy could have a problem with this kit. There is a very good selection of drop tanks, air to air and air to ground weapons. There are also some very nice cannons for the stub wings and they have full detail down to the bays in which they sit. A super details person could go mad with all the open panels and could build an absolute blinding kit from this. That said even OOB this is going to look great. I got it from Hannants at £59.99 but it should be available from all good model stockists. Highly Recommended.
  11. 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.
  12. As Jeroen suggest, I present my DH-82 Tiger Moth from Revell in 1:32 scale, finished last year: Please be mercyful... All your comments are very appreciate. More pics at: http://ipmsbogotaar.net/blog/?p=463 Regards.
  13. AVIATTIC (1:32 Lozenge Decal (4/5 colour upper & Lower, Fokker D.VII) Available from Aviattic for £9.75 each +P&P (full width 54”) and £ 10,90 (Fokker D.VII Lozenges Tapes) The first time I heard of Aviattic, I did not care much because I`m a WnW hardcore fan and is the WnW decals are made by Cartograf. And Cartograf means quality! Then I saw some reviews about their decals . However I still thought to myself and as a WnW hardcore fan: decals kit are great and more than enough... Meanwhile I saw several reviews on the internet, all with high statements about Aviattic and their decals. Still I grab myself as a WnW hardcore fan and keep saying to myself: Decals are great and more than enough… Then I saw SP&R review, made by my good friend James Hatch and was the first time really shaken my conviction as a hardcore fan: seem to me fabulous and much better in color and texture than the WnW lozenges decals. Then I fortunate enough to get in touch with Richard from Aviattic, as sponsor of the 2.º Contest of WnW fans facebook page (that will take place in January 2014) and to be fortunate to get some samples. At this time I was very curious and eager to see the Avittic decals and if they actually will shaken my belief in lozenges WnW. I received in my mailbox, a well- packaged A4 envelope, with the symbol of Aviattic. Opened immediately and the decals come in a large zip -log bag (size A4) along with application instructions, a small flyer with the history of Aviattic and a beautiful postcard with Fokker D.VII build by Ray Rimmel signed by Richard . Thanks! J . Before examining the decals I read with much interest and attention and study the history of WWI german camouflage printed fabric created by Herry and Richard, in which is explained the reasons for the camouflage, the application and the reasons for glaze weathering and degradation been quite educational. Also we were able to get the brief idea of ​​long and hard work performed by Richard and Henry and the hundreds of hours of researching and study. No doubt that`s a long and loving job. Then I turned my attention to decal application hints and tips. Are clear, precise and very useful instructions. These instructions must be on your side when you apply the decals! Then the real amazement ... the decals. My skepticism and fanaticism were fully dethroned as I saw with my own eyes, the lozenges from Aviattic. Decals fabulous , with a fantastic tone , a record of unblesmished color, and a finesse that the total security in income on the application model . Also the fabric texture is incredibly realistic. Received samples for this review nothing less than 8 sheets : · 32/4U (faded) full width 54” · 32/4U (factory fresh) full width 54” · 32/4U (Brown varnish effect) full width 54” · 32/4-5 Upper & lower reserved pattern 54” · Fokker DVII 32/4U&L Factory fresh (lozenge tapes) cp · Fokker DVII 32/5U&L Factory fresh (lozenge tapes) cp · Fokker DVII 32/4U&L Faded (lozenge tapes) cs · Fokker DVII 32/5U&L Faded (lozenge tapes) cs (32/4U (faded) full width 54”) (32/4U (factory fresh) full width 54”) (32/4U (Brown varnish effect) full width 54”) They all have subtle but noticeable way of a different color and finish of the lozenges This differentiation is in different states of wear depending on the actual situations from factory fresh, brown varnish or faded . Decals are translucent, which compel apply a primer light color ( white, light gray), and gloss varnished surface. Then a careful thought and application of pre –shading can be essential for achieved a range of colors important to give an even more realistic. This one is printed in reverse because it what would be seen from the interior of an aircraft. A really nice touch and a very useful sheet! (32/4-5 Upper & lower reserved pattern 54”) The next one are cookie-cut for WnW Fokker D.VII and they are design almost in the same way of WnW decals but Aviattic present wingtips printed separately, which is a nice touch because that`s a really trick area. So it`s nice to have a spare part. (Fokker DVII 32/5U&L Faded (lozenge tapes) cs) (Fokker DVII 32/5U&L Factory fresh (lozenge tapes) cp) (Fokker DVII 32/4U&L Factory fresh (lozenge tapes) cp) The general looks of the decals is outstanding… The color, the texture and the geometry are outstanding. All decals are laser printed onto high quality decal sheet from extremely high resolution computer generated graphics. Sum up… Ten thumbs up!! I can now say that I will never build a WnW model without Aviattic Decals. It was quite hard for me to this review because these decals sheets are simply perfect, a huge improvement of the lozenges decals of WnW, and I lacked the words to describe the quality of this product. Just AWESOME! So if you don`t yet your Xmas present, Aviattic decals is a very good option!! Very High Recommend Our truly and sincere thanks to Richard from Aviattic for the review samples sheets. To buy these directly go to www.aviattic.co.uk
  14. My first post here......so an introduction would be nice. I'm Ulrich Schütt, live in the Netherlands, I build mainly Japanese WW2 stuff with wings in 1:32 scale and (sometimes in 1:48 scale). Best regards; Ulrich Schütt build report ( in Dutch) can be found here; http://plakkers-inc.nl/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=2165
  15. Hasegawa's 1:32 P47D Jug for this double build. Russian 255 IAP, Northern Fleet and "Slick Chick" 368FG/395FS. The Russian Jug will get the PE treatment/wheels/blast tubes while Slick Chick will be OOB with exception of belts/wheels/blast tubes. Aftermarket items include: Eduard Big Ed for the Russian Jug HGW Belts for Russian Jug Eduard Belts for Slick Chick Barracuda Wheel set for both Jugs Hasegawa brass Blast Tubes for both Jugs AML decals for Russian Jug Kits World decals for Slick Chick TEST FIT General fit seems pretty good with no issues projected on seams, wing roots...however about 1mm difference between lower cowling and fuselage. i have a plan... IN THE PITS Eduard PE for the Russian Jug pit... A nice comparison of the Eduard PE enhanced cockpit on left with HGW textile seatbelts for the Russian Jug and Out Of Box construction of cockpit for Slick Chick with only enhancement being the PE seatbelts, will give the pits and belts a drk brown/black wash... Ready for some assembly line painting. Wheel wells, cowlings and PW-R2800 being cleaned and prepped for painting...
  16. F4U1 Birdcage Decals

    EagleCals has released these decals for the1:32 F4U1 Birdcage. Three sheets will be available June 2013. EagleCals #150-32 F4U 1 Part 1 EagleCals #151-32 F4U 1 Part 2 EagleCals #152-32 F4U 1 Part 3
  17. 1:32 Hannover CL.II Wingnut Wings Catalogue # 32024 Available from Wingnut Wings for $99.00, with FREE Worldwide shipping The Hannover CL.II was a two-man escort fighter, built by Hannoversche Waggonfabrik, and entering service in 1917. The CL.II was a fast and lightweight aircraft which was more than capable of matching the manoeuvrability of some RFC fighters, given the right combat conditions. The machine itself had a lightweight construction, skinned by a very thin layer of plywood veneer, typically less than 2mm thick. The 'L' in 'Cl' stands for leicht, or 'light', in direct translation. The fuselage of the CL.II was quite deep in comparison to other machines of the time, but the crew positions were such that the low-profile position of the upper wing gave a good, unobstructed field of view for the crew, as did the shorter span, biplane arrangement tail plane. The Hannover Cl.II was powered by a 180hp Argus As.III inline engine. This was the same engine employed for use with other two seat aircraft, such as the Rumpler C.VII, Albatros C.VI and single crew types like the Roland D.II and D.III. To say this release was a surprise would be the understatement of the year. We were already reeling from the release of the brand new Sopwith Triplane and a suite of not one, but THREE Fokker D.VII's from this iconic New Zealand model company, when a large announce of the front of their website informed us of a Christmas surprise. A quick click of the banner took me straight to the page for the new Hannover Cl.II release. Now we know that Wingnut Wings say they have around 50 models in development, so we can expect the odd type to go under the radar, but this was certainly a very welcome and totally unexpected release. This pack, due to the size of this two-seat machine, is a little larger than the regular fighter kits, and more akin to the size of the Rumpler and LVG box. Another atmospheric and beautiful Steve Anderson artwork of Rumpler Cl.II 9295/17 'White 2' in combat with SE.5a's above a dusk cloud base, is edged with a metallic foil trim, whilst the box edges depict the other schemes available in this kitset. We'll take a look at those later in this article. Inside the box, TEN sprues of light grey styrene and ONE sprue of clear styrene are separately packaged, along with a wallet containing a thick instruction manual, and a sleeve with no less than THREE large decal sheets and an accompanying etch fret with sixteen metal parts. The actual kit plastic parts-count, according to my literature, is 261 parts. There are a number of optional parts and also some accessories for you dioramists too, spread over two sprues, but again, we'll come onto that later. SPRUE A On this sprue, you'll find a large number of key parts for both the pilot and gunner offices, in terms of seats, bulkheads, main cockpit tub, with a separate rear floor and camera port door, forward Spandau MG ammunition bin, rudder pedals and control column with throttle. The cockpit in this two-seater is certainly a busy affair, and Wingnut Wings have captured every single element in superbly intricate detail. If a detailed pilot's office is at the top of your agenda, then this release certainly doesn't disappoint. The rear gunner's position is no less well-appointed with a number of parts on this sprue, such as a sidewall framework which holds the wireless set generator handle, and photographic plates storage box. The Telefunken Type D Wireless and downward facing camera are part of the German Accessories sprue G, as is the plates storage box. The interior of the Hannover CL.II is a little different in comparison to many of the other aircraft of the time, with the ammunition bin being able to be directly accessed via the cockpit forward instrument bulkhead, via an access hatch which can be posed either in an open or closed position. The rather unusual open-back framework chair is superbly moulded and detailed, with a separate upholstered cushion with a hollow centre. My strange mind thinks that would be useful in worryingly heavy combat with relation to the pilot's bodily functions! No, stop that! The forward instrument bulkhead has the ammunition rounds moulded into position in the hatch area, and the other detail on the front of this panel is both sharp and filigree. There isn't much in the way of instrument detail on this panel, with a number of instruments being remotely located in other pit areas. Instruments themselves are supplied as decals. The rear of the panel has a little wiring detail. There are two foot recesses at the bottom of this panel, to which foot guard/shrouds are attached. The pedals sit within these shrouds. The cockpit is also supplemented by a number of photo etch parts, including full seatbelts, and a couple of 'W' shaped brackets which I can't identify. There is more than the cockpit represented on this sprue, with the main 'V' undercarriage struts and horizontal axle being present, as well as one of the alternative pairs of upper wing ailerons, and both the upper and lower horizontal stabilisers which form the biplane style tail-plane which gave the gunner such an excellent field of view. The lower stabiliser has separate elevators, but the upper elevator is moulded in situ. I can't understand the reasoning behind that, but if you wish to pose it, a few swipes with a blade will mean that this thin flying surface will bend into the position you want. Fabric and ribtape/cap strips are beautifully recreated, whilst the lower tail-plane is simply smooth to replicate the ply skinned surfaces. The engine bay oil tank can be found here also. Two types of radiator are supplied. These are the Teves & Braun and Daimler-Mercedes types. You will need to choose early in construction just which scheme you are going to go with, as there are a small number of important and fundamental changes. SPRUE B This sprue contains the entire suite of both upper and lower wing panels, moulded as four individual parts. The lower, narrower chord wing has no ailerons, with only the upper wing having control surfaces. The hollow shape of the undersides is superbly created, with the lower wing having a scalloped trailing edge which is formed when the taught fabric of the wing pulls inwards and contracts against the wire-form trailing edge. The moulded effect is subtle. Fabric and rib detail is exquisite with the strut holes being individually shaped to help the builder with strut orientation. Rigging point holes are also clean and provide excellent location points for either bare rig cord or your own choice of turnbuckles. The four inter-wing struts are also moulded here. The connection points look fairly fragile, so some care will be needed in assembly. I'm probably being too cautious here as I recently built the Wingnut Wings AMC DH.2, and that was a surprisingly robust airframe despite the apparent fragility of the parts. SPRUE C Oddly, the clear sprue isn't placed as the last in the set, and instead only the third sprue. Containing the windscreen and camera lens, this sprue is perfectly moulded, with excellent clarity. I don't even think a dip in Klear is required by me, which is a real break in tradition! SPRUE D Two of these sprues are provided, and they hold not only the beautifully detailed tyres, with a fantastically neat 'CONTINENTAL' logo, but also the separate inner and outer hubs, with laced access ports for the air valve. Numerous other very small parts are to be found here, such as the Fliegermaus bomb and flare rack (and individual flares!), tail-plane struts and louvre vents which install to the underside exterior of the nose. SPRUE E Making its first appearance for Wingnut Wings is this sprue for the Argus As.III engine, complete with Neindorf, Reschke and Germania airscrews. All three can be used for the various schemes provided within this kit. Two starboard cylinder head parts are provided. One of these has the cylinder pushrods integrally moulded, whilst the other allows the modeller to choose their own pushrod solution, such as rigid wire. The part with the rods moulded looks a little clunky as the void between the rod and cylinder is filled in, creating a web. Still, I can understand and applaud WNW's rationale in supplying this part for modellers who don't feel comfortable in adding their own fiddly parts. The engines associated plumbing is to be found here too, again, all superbly moulded and requiring little to no clean up on these shapes which are fairly complex to tool for injection moulding. SPRUE F Now we are talking! The classic lines of the Hannover CL.II are to be found here in the shape of that feat of aero-engineering, the ply-moulded fuselage. Provided in the classical 'halves' style, both cockpit and gunners positions have their coamings integrally moulded, unlike the WNW LVG C.VI kit. Despite the smoothness of the exterior fuselage, there are a number of moulded foot stirrups and hinged access ports to put some life into an otherwise plain exterior. Louvered ports are moulded into both port and starboard engine areas, with the larger port louvers being 'open'. Cable rig holes for the rudder are superbly created and just need a micro drill to open out the end a little further. Inside the cockpit, ejector pins have been thoughtfully placed away from the visible detail areas, with the exception of a couple in the engine bays. These are shallow and should remove fairly easily. The ones within the crew position look to coincide with the placement of equipment. Crew area detail is excellent, with integral framework, plumbing and con-rod detail. The engine bay also has internal access port detail. The Hannover's upper wing centre section, being relatively thick in section, is provided as upper and lower halves, with tab inserts into which the wings slide. Radiator detail is separately moulded, and moulded onto Sprue A, as previously mentioned. The various louvered cowls look superb with the open louvers, but a couple of awkwardly placed ejector pin marks exist within. Luckily, these are very shallow and should rub away with ease. Other parts to be found here are two types of immediate nose cowl and also both cabane struts, moulded are single parts, and with positive location points. SPRUE G1 This generic sprue concerns itself with the Parabellum machine gun, and the sprue is sub-labelled as such. A variety of Parabellum exist here, but there are a small number of parts, including some MG themselves, which aren't for use with this release. Various styles of ammunition drum and feed are to be found here, again, with a small number of these being applicable to other releases, and not the Hannover CL.II. Moulding is excellent, with only the faintest trace of flash to be seen, if you look closely enough. Again, options are given to build your model with a 'simple detail' Parabellum, with a moulded air-cooled jacket, or you can opt to use the version with just the barrel, and instead fit a jacket made from a rolled piece of photo etch, included in the kit. A handy plastic rod with the correct diameter is included for you to roll the jacket around. SPRUE G2 This is the first of the so called 'German Accessories' sprues, and contains a number of different small munitions such as bombs, grenades, oxygen pouch and stepladders and wheel chocks. SPRUE G3 Although there are four airscrews on this sprue, none of them are for use in this kit, but would still look great on a diorama, for spares. This sprue is actually quite a mish-mash of various parts such as flare racks, larger workshop ladders, gunner MG ring, various radio sets, pistols, flare pistols, various aero-camera types, pigeon carrier, first aid kit, baragraph, and even a little teddy-bear! A wing anemometer and undercarriage-mounted generator for the wireless sets and pilots heated suit is also included, and to be used with this release. Quick summary of plastic parts The moulding and detail in this kit is every bit as good as previous Wingnut Wings releases, with minimal and negligible flash, mostly unobtrusive ejector pin marks, no sink marks and nigh-on invisible seams. There really is nothing to quibble about with respect the styrene. PHOTO ETCH This small 16 part fret contains the Parabellum jackets, radiator shutter, seatbelts, various MG reticules and also the brackets I mentioned earlier for the gunner compartment. Finish is bare brass, and production is excellent, with small tags holding everything in place. Please remember to anneal the various parts which need to be sculpted and rolled. The seatbelts are quite superb, with stacks of etched detail, such as buckles, stitching, reinforcement rings and connection points. INSTRUCTION MANUAL I suppose it's a cliché to say that Wingnut Wings manuals are exquisite, and despite hating clichés, I have to say that it really is a fantastic production in its own right! This glossy, full-colour, 30 page production is printed in A4 portrait format with cleverly rendered and coloured CAD images which make use of colour for both actual representation of the interior, and also in shade form to illustrate parts location. Rigging drawings are included for both the interior and exterior, which thankfully for the Hannover, aren't very complicated. A few cross-tail braces and some control cabling supplements the minimal wing and undercarriage brace wires. Again, throughout the manual, a number of period images are used to illustrate the Hannover CL.II, in both general imagery and also in some detail, such as for avionics etc. Paint references are given throughout the manual for all painting, and Wingnut Wings provides codes for Tamiya, Humbrol and Misterkit paint types. The FIVE schemes provided in this kit are provided in profile format by the amazingly talented Ronny Bar, with historical and colour notes given for each machine, as well as historic photographs. Decal placement locations are clearly given, and there are a LOT of decals. Let's take a look at those now. DECALS THREE decal sheets are provided with this release, all printed by Cartograf. Having built Wingnut Wings kits before, I know their decal specifications work well with decal setting solutions, such as the aggressive Mr Mark Softer & Setter than I choose to use. The decals are thinly printed and with the most superb colour representation. Carrier film is minimal and all printing is in perfect register. One decal sheet contains all of the national markings, stencils, instrument decals, and all of the various personal machine markings. Markings, such as the main wing crosses contain holes where the rigging wires etc protrude, aiding placement perfectly. The remaining two sheets contain the various flying surface lozenge panels, with pre-printed rip tapes. Arrows on the sheet aid the modeller with the direction in which to lay the various panels. Some test-section blocks are also given so the modeller may use them to touch up any part they may damage, or need to hide. This is a nice addition. The five schemes provided are: Hannover CL.II 9295/17, 'White 2', Ltn. Ruhr(?), FA A286b, Late 1917 Hannover CL.II 9339/17, 'Red 5', FA 7, winter 1917 – 1918 Hannover CL.II 13189/17, FA 287b, early 1918 Hannover CL.II 13274/17, 'White 4', Schlasta 25, mid 1918 Hannover CL.II (Rol) 690/18, FEA 8, late 1918 Conclusion Words fail me with this release. I have a number of favourite WW1 types, and I never thought I would see this one being kitted in my favourite scale. The package itself is just amazing, with some of the very best detail you're likely to see in 1:32 today, coupled with both excellent and thoughtful engineering, and some superb schemes from which to choose. If rigging frightens you, then don't fear the Hannover CL.II, as this can be rigged by a newcomer, plus the method of strutting and adding the upper wing to this model means that you really can't fail unless you're totally cack-handed. I love this one, I really do! Very highly recommended. My sincere thanks to Wingnut Wings for the review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link.
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