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  1. I have to brag because I have still new from FLY 32022 - SAAB J 29 F "Tunnan" in 1:32 scale. FLY has released "Tunnan" in B and F versions and I managed to get both of them and both will be shown here. For this model FLY has also released masks to paint cabins (artm32011) and wheels (artm32014) which I also have. This is a quick in-box of the kit. I will do rest of in-boox pictures as soon as I have some time.
  2. I have to brag because I still have a brand new 1:32 scale SAAB J 29 B "Tunnan" from FLY 32023. FLY has released "Tunnan" in B and F versions and I managed to get both of them and both will be shown here. For this model FLY has also released masks to paint cabins (artm32011) and wheels (artm32014) which I also have. This is a quick in-box of the kit. I will do rest of in-boox pictures as soon as I have some time.
  3. Fokker F.I/DR.I. By Ray Rimmel with Richard Alexander Volume one Anthology Series Available at http://www.windsockdatafilespecials.co.uk/ The new Windsock book is a most expecting one by Ray Rimmel, with an extra collaboration of Richard Alexander, former Wingnut Wings General Manager. Dedicated entirely to Fokker DrI, it has been directly think for the new Meng Fokker Dr.I 1:32 and 1:24 scale. Yes, both of these were to be release by Wingnut Wings before it went down. Thankfully, Meng pick them up and release them to the market. As you can see in the cover, this is the volume I so more is to come in the future, probably with a full construction of 1:24 Meng Fokker Dr.I and with new fantastic pictures and profiles. Speaking of cover, in this case it is a digital composite from Jerry Boucher with Ray Rimmel models, representing Rittmeister Manfred Von Richthofen flying his newly-painted DR. I 425/17 in a dogfight with a British SE5 in March 1918. Let`s see what do you get with this book. So there`s several parts: 1:32 and 1:24 F.I/Dr.I kit reviews from Andreas to Meng. Detailed painting notes from Richard Alexander with a model paint comparison chart. The pre-production Triplanes with archive photos and Ray Rimell's highly detailed build log of the Meng F.I in Voss' colours-all supported by Juanita Franzi's multi-view artwork. How the original WNW kits were designed-a unique Q & A with Richard Alexander. Colour close-up images of Mikael Carlson's superb airworthy Dr.I replica. Authentic diorama incorporating the Roden Dr.I with a railway transport wagon. Fully detailed build log of the Meng Dr.I finished as von Richthofen's iconic red-painted DR.I 425/17 by Ray Rimell with fabric analysis and colour profile. Detailed and authentic all-new 1:32 scale colour profiles of 10 early production aircraft by Ronny Bar-all supported by reference photos and Meng modelling notes. Gallery of archive portrait and close-up photos chosen with modellers in mind. Appendices with bibliography, manufacturers' web links. With 73 pages on gloss paper of which at first glance has the typical structure and winner receipt of the previous datafiles but with almost the double of pages of a normal datafile. In the opening (back of the cover), as usual, a fantastic profile by unique and unmistakable Ronny Bar. The particularly profile is from Fokker F.1 103/17, flown the famous Werner Voss. After the foreword (Richard Alexander) and author introductions, the opening chapter is about modelling Foker DR.I history. All, or almost all existent or pre-existent models are reference here. Then the first “tecnichal” article on this book and a very interesting one to all modelers: “Streaking to the finish line” by Richard Alexander where talks extensively about the colors of the Fokker Dr.I, in the various operational moments. Its "new" appreciation is with the appropriate historical justification. Richard also doesn't escape the supreme controversy: the unique cowling of the Fokker F.1 103/17 – Werner Voss plane – yellow or grey?? Well you will need to got this book to know which Richard thought is. To end this article, a fantastic and very useful model paint conversion chart for Fokker Dr I is given by Richard Alexander. Next, the reader get a F.1 Pre-Production folio, a very interesting reading and several pictures of the three pre-productions examples: F.I 101/17, F.I 102/17 and F.I 103/17. Then the author takes us to a full build 1:32 Meng Fokker DRI representing the F.I 103/17 with some after markets included from Fokker Nutz, Master and HGW. All steps are cover with a full text explanation and several pictures of the ongoing build with close-ups and real pictures in detail to help the modeler out with location and specially, with detail. On the final part of this building, the new Hangar from Aviattic was built and I must say that, after seeing it, in a pre-production phase, it`s an fantastic addiction to a WWI diorama. Not a cheap hangar but a fantastic one. The next chapter is “Recreating a Legend”. It´s an exclusive interview with Richard Alexander, the first one after Wingnut Wings closure. I have had the pleasure to interview Richard in the past, while he was WnW General Manager and it`s was a blast to talk to him, back then, about wingnut wings and how Wingnut Wings fans got me that chance. After that I have had a better yet, a personal meet in Telford and the opportunity to “work” in WnW stand in Telford and its was crazy. I can call Richard a friend now and it was amazing to meet him. I even got, thanks to him a picture with PJ with a Wingnut Wings T-shirt. Back to this interview, the major subject is, of course, the work that was made to turn the Fokker DR. I reality and a dream come true to many WWI modellers. The "under the skin" chapter has some great pictures of an undress Fokker DRI Next, one of my favourite parts: Ronny Bar Profiles!! And several ones, eight to be more precise, and all with a picture or two of the real aircraft. All the profiles are from Ronny Bar. Now, the reader is bring back to modelling with Ray Rimmel upgrading a 1:32 Roden Fokker DRI with several scratch building, and display in the top of a railway wagon. The article is to be concluded in the second volume) A marvelous modeling article comes next: Fokker DR.I 425/17. Ray immerse in building this iconic plane from the Mengnut Fokker Dr.I, and as many, we assume that it could be straight from the box… ahhh, looks like not, and if you want be totally accurate, you will have to get this book!! The next article contains several amazing pictures with more the 100 years and in very very good condition with tons of history and details. Finally, two appendix are given with tons of information with productions changes and recommended reading. Conclusion: A fantastic book for historians and for modeler, with great pics with amazing quality and very inspirational. If you have a Fokker DR.I in your stash or you want to get a Fokker DR.I (the new Meng one or Roden ones) this book is a must have. If you`re not a WWI modeler but a WWI lover/liker, this is a must have!! Worth every penny. Very Highly recommend. My sincere thanks to Ray Rimmel and Windsock for the opportunity and the review sample.
  4. 1:32 Fokker Dr. I/F.1 (Early and Late type) Meng (Ex-Wingnut Wings) Kit No. QS-02 Available from Ak-Interactive for €59,95. Well, there it is… the Meng Fokker Dr. I. The box has its fair size, well packed with plastic and in the side with some profiles and information. I confess that this review and this release is a bittersweet for me, as I have been a WnW Fan since day one… since April of 2010. Personaly, Wingnut Wings gave me a lot… new knowledge, a new modelling perspective and an all new modelling world. Also gave me friends, very good ones from across the world and literally from the other side of the world. So WnW dismiss in 2020 shocked the modelling world. There were several WnW projects that probably will never see daylight (Lancaster, 0/400, 0/100), but one did: The Fokker Dr.I. The test shots in Scale Model World 2019 (held in Telford) were pretty much the final test shots and the model looked fantastic. Wingnut was preparing to release two boxes with the Fokker F.I/ Dr.I (early type) and the Dr. I (late Type) and the web page still on (at least for one of them) http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/product?productid=3205 At Telford, the test-shots could be the final ones or not… Richard Alexander was a perfectionist so I really don’t now if he was not totally satisfied with it… well probably we will never know. One thing I know for a fact: The only sprue in this box that wasn’t design by Darren Mildhenhall was the sprue E (Engine). So let`s start with the engine. The original engine was tooled in Korea in the same place that were tooled the Camel so Meng had to do an all new engine for this Fokker Dr.I And the sprue design was different. Check the differences: The original WnW engine: Meng engine: Checking close this sprue, the details are well represented and very sharp. One thing that caught my attenttion in the attachment point between the parts and the sprue… WnW moulding strategy is different with less attachements points making a bit easier the removal and making less risk the detail damage. Anyway it´s mould option but shows how WnW was a totally modeller friendly. Anyway Meng gives two type of engines: Le Rhone 9J (Part E1) Oberursel UR.II (Part E7). Fokker Dr.I, on field sometimes were powerfull with the Le Rhone engine and also with the Clerget 9b engine. Curious is the fact that the propeller given, in the WnW sprue, you get 3 propeller types for each engine, so yes, there`s the propeller for the Clerget engine if you want to build a Dr.I with a Clerget engine. I assume, that WnW would have provide all 3 engines (I`m almost certain of this as WnW already had a Clerget engine for the Camel) and markings option for all 3 engines. But that`s only speculation now… Cheking other sprues and knowing that there were several cases report of damage, specialy the cockpit fairing moulded with the middle wing, I found out that my example is totally intact. Thanks AK-Interactive for the nice and very protective package that assure that all remain intact to the customer. Here`s the remaning sprues: There`s not much more to say about the plastic sprues. The wings do have a seam line on the wing edge that could not be quite an easy task to remove it but doable. The wings do have more attaching point that other WnW models, but the wing is quite stick and heavy and that the explanation (given By Richard Alexander himself). The plastic quality looks very good and with nice surface details and with construction strategy well defined, being well patented the WnW fingertip left here. I only notice a bit (incomprehensible) flash on the aileron edge... Checking all the options given in this box, you got 3 cowlings to use (One specific for the Red Baron, on for the Werner Voss F.1 Prototype and another for the Göring and Göttsch airplanes.) I will only highlight, as for sprues are concerne, the sprue F. Being a prototype, the Fokker F.I (fitted with a Le Rhone engine) has several differences and are all concentrated in the sprue F. So the ailerons are in different shape and much wider with larger mass balances, a different shape rudder, curve edged tailplane, smaller wheels, and a different cowling. So the parts engineering, the sprue study and part display (for example the option for the LMG08/15 machine guns with PE or in injection), it’s without a question a Wingnut Wings Model. But that`s all, as nothing more even assemble to a Wingnut Wings model. It`s probably one of Meng best model kits but they still have a long way to go to match Wingnut Wings. However, there`s only one particularly point that this Meng model is superior to WnW model, The Photo-etched sheet. Yes, it has the classical WnW configuration, was design by WnW (with seatbelts, buckles, covers and cooling jackets of the twin Spandau MG08/15 8mm), flawless surface details but Meng did it without connections points to the sheet turning the removal way more simple and practical with no cutting and sanding. So, in this particulary aspect, Kudos to Meng. But, let`s check all the box contents. Starting for the decals. The sheet brings you the instruments dials, several balkenkreuz for the 4 scheme options and the numbers for he Dr.I and F.I Voss but remember that, as the engine, the decal sheet was design by WnW. Schemes given, I think that are good ones but with no surprise. A Jagdgeschwader (JG) I, #425/17 (Freiherr von Richthofen, Manfred Albrecht) 1 March 1918. B Jagdstaffel (Jasta) 10 103/17 (Leutnant Werner Voss) September 1917. Werner Voss C Jagdstaffel (Jasta) 27 206/17 (Oberleutnant Hermann Göring) D Jagdstaffel (Jasta) 19 202/17 (Leutnant Walter Göttsch) 1 February 1918. The decals do have a good colour registration but I do have two little thing that I must say: First, the decals looks a bit stick and not as thin I was used to with Cartograph but they can do work just fine. Secondly, Werner Voss Fokker F.I face looks a bit off, specially those eyebrows… Look at these pictures: Different faces no?? And the million question: That color cowling… Its dark olive or yellow?? I`m not going down that road on this review that’s for sure! I know that I probably will be using WnW decals available on the 32601 Alb. D.V MvR with a Dr.I 127/17 or a Montex scheme. Or even Goering Dr.I. Now, inside along with the instruction, theres some A4 paper sheets in English and mostly in Chinese with information about the Dr.I, Manfred Van Richthofen, and maybe other info. I keep under what the use of this… really… I can`t see any use from it... Instead that could put a better effort in the instruction, with historical detail on it as we were use to… Moving along to the instruction. Anyone who have a Wingnut Wings model kit know that WnW set the bar way up with their instructions. Meng`s Fokker Dr.I instructions are not bad… its such a normal instructions that we, WnW Fans can`t be happy with… No history data, no historical and actual pictures of the plane, no historial information of the chosen schemes, no identification of the parts with the full name, no identification of the team behind each project…. So it`s plain and simple instruction with good part indication and where to they attach in An A3 size coloured instruction booklet of nineteen simple steps and twenty pages. However there`s one thing that Meng just forgot: Rigging… We all know that Fokker Dr.I is not knowed for its rigging but it does have rigging.. Meng does not make any whatsoever reference to the rigging (even when the plastic parts have hole to being made either is Dr.I or F.I. So is incomphensive that lacking of information or rigging drawings. The Fokker Dr.I had visible rigging in front of the cockpit, undercarriage, and in the tail Another point that is not wrong but I think that could be better: color indication. You only get AK and another brand (not knowed to me). The code colour directs you to Meng color, made by AK to Meng. I understadn why Meng made this direct reference to thier "own" paints but I do love theReal Color and the 3rd acrylics generation from AK and I would be delighted to see them on the color chart. Verdict Well, it’s a great model kit but one thing is for sure: it ain`t a Wingnut Wings Model! It sure is a really nice Meng kit, probably their best one but it`s not a Wingnut With care and some good references for the rigging and the colours, it will turn into the Best Fokker Dr.I (F.I) in any scale that you can get, that’s for sure, and that`s is the beauty of this models, and the last legacy left by Wingnut Wings. Highly recommended. My sincere thanks to AK-Interactive for this review sample. Francisco Guedes
  5. ReXx Exhaust 1:32 Albatros D.V/D.Va AEG G.IV Roland D.VIb Today we have are taking a look to the new items form ReXx catalogue, all in 1:32 scale. ReXx produce exhaust from metal "galvanically”. I really have no idea how theses beauties are produce but it´s my first time I look in flesh to these exhaust so it’s really a premiere for me. Today we will be looking to the latest ReXx release: AEG G.IV and Roland Vb exhaust in 1:32, suitable directly to Wingnut Wings and Albatros D.V/DVa also for Wingnut Wings. Looking at the packaging, all the exhauts REXx exhaust sets in a small clear plastic bag, with a little piece of foam to give extra protection. To finalize all are packed in a small clear box with a cardboard surround. All the three model kits that these sets are design for, are all from Wingnut Wings so all of the models are excellent and need so little extra to add. Let`s see if, in fact, the ReXx aftermarket pieces give any extra live to the fantastic Wingnut Wings models. RX32.058, 1:32nd Scale AEG G. IV – for Wingnut Wings The AEG exhausts is a complex one with a small “hat” on one end. The kit exhaust comes in two pieces, so the exhaust is cut in half and some work has to be done to get a “solid” round piece with no marking. The “hat” system in the kit model is a bit of scale but resulting of the injection moulding limits. The main problem is how to make the exhaust hollow? It´s quite difficult, as the only way will take lots of time, patience and skill from the modeler. It´s not only drill a hole in it as most of the exhaust and the success is not granted. The only thing granted will be the time it will takes. The ReXx exhaust also comes in two pieces each, so the “hat” is a separate piece and the connect hinges are very very thin. The main part of the exhaust is in a single piece and fully hollow which makes a huge improvement from the Kit part, beside of being extremely thin, replicating the scale. The ReXx also has those tiny bolts but are really too tiny. The ones on the kit model look better to me but those bolts are quite easy replicate with the appropriate tool. RX32.059, 1:32nd Scale Roland D.VIb – for Wingnut Wings. Next up is the Wingnut Wings Roland D.VIb. This time the exhaust is a single piece, with no metal blocks to cut it off like the AEG Exhauts. The detail is very suttle but fantastic with a great reprodution on the exhaust tip The exhaust looks very thin and fragile and totally hollow… Its hyper realist… if unbelievable!! Attetion its really delicate as its look like the real thing but only 32 times smaller. It’s a fantastic extra to Roland DVIb. RX32.016, 1:32nd Scale Albatros D.V/D.Va – for Wingnut Wings. RRP US$ 9.20 / € 6.60 / £5.50 The last but not the least, the Albatros D.V/D.V.a exhaust. This is not really a new release from ReXx but I used already this beauty on my Alb. D.V that will appear on SAM Publications. Comparing with the exhaust kit, the upgrade is immediately. The fit is not as good as the kit part but with some care, it´s easy to get it in place. The exhaust is extremely fragile and all hollow with real looking. You just can work with this by using a real flame to get it burn, but be careful, its get really hot in just a few seconds. The effect is great and real! Atenttion, do not touch with your bare hands on the exhaust as your fingers will leave your fingerprint, so work with gloves. Conclusion Longtime ago, there was a brand called “Moskit” that have some exhauts that would be similar to these ones. I say “similar” has I never had any Moskit exhaust in my hand. I don’t know if ReXx and Moskit are “related” any how too. Returning to our ReXx exhaust, what can I say? Grat looking rust/platina look will save you from painting and you just can weather it more with pigments or natural fire! Or you just can put it on the model!! Its will look like the real thing! Totally hollow and very thin, these REXx sets are worth every single penny as they are very realist and will be a total plus to your model, at least a Wingnut Wing Model.! By the way I also love ReXx Logo! VERY HIGHLY recommended. Francisco Guedes My truly thanks to Oleg from ReXx models for these review samples. To order theses beauties, just go and email Oleg at osrexxxx768@gmail.com or via facebook: REXx scale model accessories
  6. LukGraph has release two Dragon Rapide, one of them in Scottish version. I haven´t see the profiles from this version so LukGraph send us pic of the second scottish version. Cheers
  7. 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.
  8. PLUSMODEL AERO line 1:32 Tempest Pilot Catalogue number - AL3001 Price tag: $23,90/€16,80 Available from Plusmodel Another pilot on this Easter day and once again from Plus Model A couple of years now, Plusmodel was a new line called “AeroLine” with figures, details sets and others accessories for aircraft and here on Lage Scale Modeller we have the honor of review almost every item of this line. Let´s see the box. The usual clear plastic box, shows what you get, three resin pieces containing a 1:32 representation of a WW2 Tempest pilot in a relaxed pose, retaining one hand a cup of coffee or more probably, a cup of tea and another the helmet. This figure comes in three pieces with both arms separate from the main body (Head, Torso, and legs). The main body, cast in a single piece, with sharp details in the cloths. The detail is really awesome and just continues to prove that Plusmodel knows what is doing. The sculptor did a hell of a job on this (love the relaxed look and the cup of tea!!) and Plusmodel did a fantastic casting of it. The figure of the pilot has a good attitude and a great facial expression. For painting instruction, the label’s back is printed with a large full-color draw of the figure. Conclusion: The figure is spectacular with a very cool look and full and genuine details making it a must have to be right at SP 1:32 Tempest. Undoubtedly, a great figure with a great style that will look great next to a 1:32 Tempest. Very Highly recommended. Our thanks to Plusmodel for the review samples and all the support given. To purchase this directly, click THIS link
  9. PLUSMODEL 1:32 F-14 Tomcat Crew (6 resin pieces) Catalog n.º AL3005 Price tag: $38,20/€26,80 – directly from Plusmodel. Plus Model was established in 1990 in the Czech Republic. Their product range is comprised primarily of 1/35th scale resin kits, conversion sets, and accessories which are vacuum cast from polyurethane plastic. For many years up to today that Plusmodel was creating in a clear and serene form, their own space in modeling, especially for 1/35 scale with fantastic resin kits and accessories for dioramas. A few years ago, Plusmodel started a new line: AERO line. The new line work in all 3 main scales: 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32. Today we are going to take a look into 1:32 F-14 crew. The clear plastic box, typical in AERO line, shows what you get, six resin piece containing a 1:32 representation of an F-14 Tomcat crew, walking away for their plane or going to the mission. My first impression is that they are walking away after the mission but after close looking, I do have my doubts because of their facial expression. Checking closely, you will get two main bodies, only without arms. On my sample, I did get an extra arm. The body part has the flight suit and G-suit, LPU, survival vest, combat boots, and torso harness. I do like body posture and balance, giving the correct proportional to the figures. My reserves are on the facial expression and in the head. They look almost alike… the facial expression is almost the same and they have the same hair. I would like to have a different type of hair and distinct facial. The arms look like to have a good fitting, and both have on both hand the helmet and parachute. All the parts are very well casted and the details are very sharp and really awesome and just continues to prove that Plusmodel knows what is doing. The detail inside the helmet is quite outstanding and a really stand up. However, I do love the detail and the final posture of the figure. There`s no indication of colors to use but Plusmodel joins a painting (similar to "boxart" but bigger) as a guideline. However, understand that the indication of colors is actually unnecessary because of the dozens of good references in countless books and on the internet. Conclusion: A 1:32 F-14 Tomcat is a quite impressive and large bird but in a base and the set of crew it´s just the perfect combination. I do have some reservation about the facial and head of both figures, not of their quality but of their similarity. Probably it’s a minor thing because a proper paint job will get it a great result and distinct looks. As for the product, the quality is of the highest level, with castings at most higher standard and detail is one of the best in the modeling world, as resin concern. Very Highly recommended. With my sincere thanks to Plusmodel for this review sample. To purchase directly, click this link. Francisco Guedes
  10. PLUSMODEL AERO line 1:32 F4U Corsair Pilot Catalogue number - AL3002 Price tag: $23,90/€16,80 Available from Plusmodel for the prices indicated below on the text Plus Model was established in 1990 in the Czech Republic. Their product range is comprised primarily of 1/35th scale resin kits, conversion sets, and accessories which are vacuum cast from polyurathane plastic (Plusmodel web introduction) A couple years now, Plusmodel was a new line called “AeroLine” with figures, details sets and others accessories for aircrafts. Let´s see the box. The clear plastic box, shows what you get, one resin piece containing a 1:32 representation of a WW2 Corsair pilot in a relax pose, retaining one hand on the hip and another one nice a big cigar. He`s celebrating another victory. This figure comes in two pieces with the left arm (the one with the cigar) as part n.º 2. All the rest of the boy is cast in a single piece, with sharp details in the cloths. The detail is really awesome and just continues to prove that Plusmodel knows what is doing. The sculptor did a hell of job and Plusmodel did a fantastic casting of it. The figure of the pilot has a good attitude and a great facial expression. It is a figure with great detail in clothes and face. Despite no painting guide is supplied, the label’s back is printed with a large full color draw of the figure. Lots of inspiration on this subject through a quick internet search using your favorite search engine. However, understand that the indication of colors is actually unnecessary because of the dozens of good references in countless books and on the internet. Undoubtedly, a great figure with a great style that will look great next to a 1:32 F4U Corsair. Conclusion: The figure is spectacular with a very cool look and full and genuine details making it a must have to any 1:32 WWII Corsair out there! A simple base with the bird and pilot is always a perfect duet. Very Highly recommended. Our thanks to Plusmodel for the review samples and all the support given. To purchase this directly, click THIS link
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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...
  24. 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
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