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  1. Hola Señhoras y Señhores, finally the Hellcat is done. It was thought as an in between project, but took longer than expected, what I should have been expecting, knowing me . The kit is very good, but if you would be interested in, there could be a bit more cockpit detail. I was going for painting and finish with this build and left it as it was with the supplied PE detailing. I added the Brassin PW-2800 engine, which is a kit in the kit and an absolute gem. A little surgery was needed, to saw away the engine cowling panels, which are to be substituted with resin ones and a PE-framing. Painting was primarily done with Gunze acrylics and a heavy dose of multiple layering coats of oil colors for different effects. Chipping was done by brush in different colors too. The only real trouble was caused by the HGW wet transfers, I intended to use as a substitute for the supplied decals. They are incredibly fragile, when it comes to removing the carrier film, and I destroyed some of them, specially the eyes and fangs. After some repairs, I switched to the supplied Cartograph decals, which worked fine, phew. So here she is, the Hellcat with the cat mouth of VF-27 Cheers Rob
  2. Brassin 1/32 F-104A/C/G "Early" Exhaust Nozzle Available at many good online-stores or directly from Eduard for €14,95. The Starfighters from the YF-104 up to and including the F-104G were fitted with this type of exhaust nozzle. At one time the German Air Force put their F-104G engines through a modification process that also resulted in the adoption of a longer -and different design- of exhaust nozzle. The same type of "late" nozzle was also used on the F-104S. Brassin also has parts for that exhaust, see the review by Jeroen Peters. In any case the Original design has been used on the majority of (T)F-104G's throughout their life and on all F-104A's, F-104B's, F-104C's and F-104D's. The set is superbly cast with very fine detail. I just consists of 2 parts that are used in conjunction with the afterburner section of the kit. The outer nozzle: And the inner nozzle (the one that is responsible for the legendary Starfighter whistle): Compare that to the original kit part (although that also includes an inner nozzle, not pictured here): Dave Williams, Largescaleplanes It's evident that the resin parts are much finer than the kit parts. Check it out against these photos of the real thing from the SBAP website: Serge van Heertum / SBAP Serge van Heertum / SBAP SBAP have a very fine walk-around of a Belgian F-104G on their site. As you can guess, this product from Brassin comes Very Highly Recommended. My thanks go to Eduard for providing the review sample.
  3. Eduard/Brassin 632 046 F-104G/S wheels for 1/32 Italeri kit Available from many online-stores or direct from Eduard for €11,25 With the arrival on the scene of the Lockheed F-104G Starfighter, a wider main wheel was designed as the F-104G was from the outset meant to be not only a point-defence interceptor but also a ground-attack aircraft. As can be understood, extra fuel tanks and air-to-ground weaponry put a larger strain on the landing gear than a clean configuration with two Sidewinders or with only tiptanks and Sidewinders. Did the earlier F-104A and F-104C have closed wheel hubs, this variant did feature (cooling) holes in the hubs. The Brassin resin is again stunning in it's detail and features two halves to the hubs and separate tires with excellent tread detail. I think that pictures do say more than 1000 words in this case. The outside hubs of the main gear: The insides with the brake details: The MLG tire with all logos and moulded-in tire information: For the nose wheel you have the choice between a "spoked" version and a closed version. The kit nose wheel is incorrect in that it has spokes on one side and is smooth on the other. And the nosewheel tire: There is one thing to keep in mind with this type of wheel; because it was wider than preceding wheel, the larger of the main landing gear doors were finished with a nice bulge to create room for the wheels. However, the Canadian CF-104's and the Japanese F-104J's were fitted with the same pattern hubs, only these were as slim as the earlier designs. Consequently, the CF-104 and the F-104J did not have the bulged main landing gear doors. Of course, there are Always exceptions to the rules; as far as I have understood, the Danes did retrofit their CF-104's with the wider wheels. The Norwegians, who also bought surplus CF-104's from the CAF didn't and kept the narrow wheels and the flat doors! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhdAX8WHzBk Those wishing to make the correct wheels for the CF-104 or F-104J might consider getting Brassin 632 045: ...and using the slimmer tires with the hubs from this set. I don't have 632 045 but presume that the MLG tires are indeed slimmer! Of course, you might have to sand down the backs of the hub-parts to make them fit the tires... Very Highly Recommended! Our thanks go to eduard for supplying the review sample.
  4. 1:32 F-104 exhaust nozzle late Eduard For Italeri kit Catalogue # 632044 Available from Eduard for €14,95 Bunny Fighter Club price: €12,71 Eduard has jumped on the new Italeri 1/32 F-104 Starfighter and gone to town! A total of 28 sets have seen the light, including two Big Sin sets that include all you need to spice up your Starfighter. (Almost) All of these sets are or will be reviewed here on Large Scale Modeller so you can decide for yourself whether you need or just plain want it J79-GE-19 Here we take a look at the late exhaust nozzle. First of all: calling the nozzle of a F-104 is a little bit confusing since it’s not a common description for a certain type of 104. So more accurately this nozzle was used on the 104 that had the J79-GE-19 engine. You can find this info on the back of the packaging, so look there to check whether a set fits your particular 104! All in all about 23 variants of the J79 engine were born and (are) used in jets like the F-4 Phantom, B-58 Hustler, F-16 and IAI Kfir. With this nozzle you can either make the italian build Aeritalia F-104S or the retrofitted F-104A belonging to the 319th FIS. The italian F-104S was perhaps one of the most capable of the 104-series, with the ’S’ standing for Swallow. The J79-GE-19 engine allowed for a faster climb than the F-104G and was capable of reaching Mach 2. The Aeritalia F-104S Looking inside the engine. Lots of detail you don't want to miss. Don't just spray one colour Alclad. Use different shades... What do we get? This set comes in the usual Edaurd Brassin blister pack with the added foam to protect the resin from damaging during transport. The Eduard Brassin sets usually contain both resin and PE, but this particular set consists of two resin parts that fit together. You will have to saw the moulding block on the rear of on both pieces in order to fit them together. The instructions. Cut and fit. That's it. The detail is like we have come to expect from Eduard: sharp, computer rendered (so no flaws or tool marks) and printed and accurate. You may be able to get an even higher level of detail by folding the entire nozzle from photo etch, but there are better ways to torture one-self. If you look at the photo’s of the real thing you’ll see the engine is made up from small overlapping plates, but I believe that with a nice dark wash the detail really pops up. What is not included in this set is the engine nozzle with closed vanes. Only the all open position. But since this is the way the nozzle is normally position on the ground, that’s OK. (For me that is). Conclusion A very simple way to add a lot of visible detail and accuracy to your blowtorch. An all resin solution with one nozzle in the all open position. Very highly recommended My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link. Jeroen Peters
  5. 1:32 F-104 undercarriage wheels early Eduard For Italeri kit Catalogue # 632045 Available from Eduard for €11,25 Bunny Fighter Club price: €9,56 Eduard has jumped on the new Italeri 1/32 F-104 Starfighter and gone to town! A total of 28 sets have seen the light, including two Big Sin sets that include all you need to spice up your Starfighter. (Almost) All of these sets are or will be reviewed here on Large Scale Modeller so you can decide for yourself whether you need or just plain want it The early wheels The significant difference between the early and late rims on the F-104 wheels are the spoked or smooth hub. Most F-104’s had the late spoked wheels, but the earlier F-104C and A types still had the smooth hubs with 9 round holes. The insides feature the brake system. The Goodyear tires between the early and late types are different too, so make sure you buy the right ones’! The nose wheel is a one-option open styled hub, whereas with the late type nose wheel you get the option to opt for a closed version. The real deal! What do we get? Six pieces of resin, packed in the typical Eduard blister packaging with a piece of foam to protect them during transport. Also included is a sheet of wheel masks. You might think: the hubs are separate so why not paint first and glue later?? I guess this is just a matter of personal taste. I like to glue as much together as I can, because I don’t want to mess with glue once and risk my paint job. The main wheel hubs: Inside brakes on the main wheels: Main tires: Nose wheel hub: Nose wheel tire: Mask: The resin is as sharp and crisp as we can expect in this material. Visible in one of the 9 holes in the main wheel is the air valve. The Goodyear logo’s on the tires are sharp and clearly readable. And the inside brakes are works of art. The hexagon bolts look like you can twist them right off. You can just make out the flattening of the weighed tires. When studying photo’s of the real thing this looks to be right. Conclusion When modeling an early F-104A or C this is really the way to go. On a kit this size you really want some detail in a visible place like this. The casting and mastering is first class, which makes this little set another step towards a show stopping 104. Very highly recommended My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link. Jeroen Peters
  6. 1:24 Typhoon guns Eduard Catalogue # 624002 Available from Eduard for €14,95 Bunny Fighter Club price: €12,71 Eduard have released a whole suite of PE and resin sets for Airfix’s 1:24 masterpiece, and we’ll bring you a look at the wheels and photo-etch parts in the very near future. In the meanwhile, this rather nice set has arrived, designed to replace the four 20mm Hispano cannon that packed a punch with this brutal-looking bird. Having built the Airfix 1:24 Typhoon, which I have to say is magnificent in everything from its engineering, to the depth of detail and rendered surface finish, there are only a few things which generally let it down, and one of them is the rather lacklustre set of cannon. Eduard’s new replacement resin parts are supplied in their familiar Brassin blister pack, and the set itself contains replacements for the entire gun, including the barrel and ammunition feeds. In total, there are SIXTEEN parts in this set, cast in a combination of light and medium grey resin. All parts are safely protected within the package by pieces of foam, with the barrels packed in between the layers themselves. Therefore, you won’t see these from the front of the pack, but they are included. This set is designed to simply replace the kit parts, and as a result, there is no surgery required. Probably the worst aspect of the Airfix parts are the ammunition drums that have an awkward seam along them which you’ll struggle to remove. The fit of these, and the ambiguity of their position, along with the spent chutes, makes fitting these quite tedious. With this release, not only do we have excellent gun detail which was lacking in the Airfix parts, but the drum feed is moulded as part of the main gun section. This saves so much time in getting things right, and it goes without saying that the detail on these could simply never be recreated in injection form, as a single part. For the gun bodies, there is a small casting block to the rear underside, extending upwards slightly to protect the rear of the gun. Removal should be very easy. As the guns are ‘handed’, the ammunition feed enters the chamber from opposing sides, depending on installation. As a result, there are two R6 and two R6 parts here. Two blocks contains the spent shell chutes, connected to their casting block via a thin membrane of resin. Again, clean-up will be minimal, swift, and very easy. Unless you find a way of building your model without the external fairings, the barrels within are going to be completely hidden, except for the protruding muzzle. However, Eduard has supplied four far nicer barrels than those in the kit. I found that a lot of the Airfix parts seemed to have seams which indicated that the moulds weren’t aligned, or they’d slipped. This included the thin barrels. Eduard’s replacements are excellent, with good recoil sprint detail, and a slightly flared, open-ended muzzle. The rear end is also keyed to ensure correct orientation into the main body. Lastly, replacement ammunition feeds are included. These are a big improvement over the kit parts, with beautifully defined shells, and also with the tips of the lower shells being seen in between the upper feed. Cap detail is also included. The instructions clearly show where everything needs to fit, and Gunze paint codes are supplied too. Conclusion A very simple and very well-priced update to the one area on the Typhoon which I did fell was a little under par. As always this set is beautifully produced, and is actually easier to install than the kit parts, with the added bonus of detail that wasn’t provided in the kit, and no seam removal hassles. In my book, it’s worth it for the last reason alone! Very highly recommended My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link. James H
  7. 1:32 Bf 109G-6 engine Eduard Brassin Catalogue # 632025 Available from Eduard for 44,95 € Bunny Fighter Club price: 38,21 € That time has begun. In the months now proceeding the release of Revell's highly anticipated Bf 109G-6 kit, we are starting to see a whole swathe of aftermarket accessories arrive for this superb kit. It started with a correction set from Alley Cat which took into hand certain accuracy aspects of the base kit, such as the rather anaemic looking bueles, amongst other things. Now we have Eduard weighing in and adding their super-detailing expertise to this model, making it more than a viable proposition for the hardcore 109 nut. Today we look at possibly the most impressive detail set for this so far, namely the Daimler Benz DB605 engine. This release is packaged into the neat, top-opening Brassin box that Eduard uses for many of its more complex and parts-numerous releases. Finished in satin black, a label is affixed to the top to indicate the set within, complete with a CAD rendering of the two assemblies supplied within. Yes, two assemblies. Not only does this set provide the engine itself, but it also supplies the MG mount/tray system to the rear of the engine. Oh, did I not say? There's also a set of engine and MG mount cowls, incorporating that correct size buele too. One cowl part not in this kit is the lower radiator cowl. This set is designed to be used with the forward fuselage moulding still intact. We'll look more closely at this soon. This is a rather heavy box, hinting that it's chock-full of Eduard resin goodness within. That assumption certainly wasn't wrong. If you like lots of parts to your projects, then there's no element of disappointment to be found here. In fact, this set contains SEVERTY-THREE parts cast in a combination of both light and dark grey resin, plus TWO photo etch frets containing over THIRTY parts more. Six zip-lock bags have been used to bag up the resin parts, whilst a large casting block containing both engine cowl halves, is provided un-bagged. Protective layers of foam are used to cushion the parts within the box, and the instruction manual is provided folded over the contents. Tackling the first and most obvious packets that catch my eye provide some data for your use. Firstly, the engine isn't designed to be displayed without the lower engine tray/cowl in place. It is specifically designed to be used with this kit part in situ. This is because below the engine exhaust level, there is no detail provided, such as the shape of the cylinder banks, the plumbing or the fuel injector assembly. This is by no means a criticism, as this is designed to be seen from the level of the exhausts, upwards, and the detail provided here is just mouth-watering. Eduard has done an amazing job with the DB605's ignition leads, cast complete with their connector detail, and the conduit through which the leads run. The forward hub is cast separately, as is the rear ancillary equipment, but the main body is cast with a lot of sharp and very accurate looking detail, such as the breather which sits atop the crankcase, and various plumbing connectors and equipment mounting points. A large casting block needs to be removed from below the engine, but as this is the 'dead zone', there's no concern about hitting any detail by accident. One other part is given in this pack, and that's the rear cowl for the weapons area, complete with partial buele. This has full internal detail too, and it designed to be posed 'off the model'. The second pack also provides some useful information for the builder. Eduard has designed this set to be used with both the 109G-6 and 109G-6/U4 variants. There are quite a lot of differences internally, and both options are provided here in amazing detail. Optional parts include two full rear engine bulkheads, two different style weapons trays and a number of other ancillary parts. The bulkheads and weapons trays just have to be seen to be believed. I think this is probably some of the most detailed resin upgrade stuff that I've ever seen. Dripping in detail such as plumbing and wiring valves, connectors and other avionics. The various sections are also designed to be modular, with the completed engine locating positively to the MG sheath which protrudes through the bulkhead. It's pointless detailing every single part within each bag without this article becoming increasingly irrelevant and dull, so let's take time out here and look at just a few key pointers when it comes to detail, and follow with some images of what to expect when you open this substantial box of resin components. Exhausts: all individually cast, and with hollow ends Engine hub is cast with engine shaft in situ. Shaft is keyed for fitting the propeller Highly detailed spent ammunition chutes. Highly detailed glycol header tank supplemented by photo etch parts. Each MG built from two parts, with forward section incorporating MG mount. MG's have semi-hollow muzzles Superbly detailed multi-part engine mounts Separate oil tank and external engine plumbing Separately cast external air intake which neatly sites into rivet edged recess on cowl side Of special note are the cowl sides. These were actually damaged in my sample, but Eduard's customer service saw them send out a replacement immediately. This is the same level of service I've come to expect off these guys since I've been dealing with them. The cowls themselves are quite exquisite, with finely riveted external detail and neatly defined gun troughs. You will need to remove a small lip at the barrel side of the channel. This is simply a small web from the casting process. Each top edge has a finely reproduced set of hinges which were quite obvious on these machines. Internally, the detail is every bit as thorough, with excellent constructional elements all sharply defined. All resin parts are connected to their blocks either by means of an easy to saw-through stub, or in the case of some of the finer parts, via a thin wall which could easily be removed with either a saw or a fresh knife blade. Some areas, such as the gaps in the engine mounts, are flashed over and this will of course require removal before assembly. All resin is superbly cast, with absolutely no flaws on our sample, and no with seams which are nigh on negligible. TWO PE frets are included, produced in bare brass. The parts on these include rear glycol tank strip, lifting lugs, linkages and connectors, exhaust flame deflector plates, intake grille etc. All parts are superbly manufactured, and tags are minimal. A small amount of folding will be required, but nothing onerous. A comprehensive detail set will require comprehensive instructions, and the ones for this set are printed over four double-sided A4 sheets, containing a total of 37 constructional sequences. The drawings are line based, and are easy to follow. Coloured ink is used throughout to highlight newly assembled areas and those kit parts that need to be modified. You will need a little plastic strut and lead wire to complete the assembly of this set, and all this is clearly shown on the instructions. Some surgery to the base kit will of course be required, but nothing too complicated. Colour call-outs are also supplied by means of GSI/Mr Hobby codes. Conclusion Another winner of a set, which is chock full of detail and surely cannot fail to impress. This is no five minute project, as both the respective cost and parts count should tell you, but when installed to Revell's new kit, must surely go the best part of the way to producing the most impressive Gustav there is to be found anywhere. A mini project, all in itself. Very highly recommended James H Our sincere thanks to Eduard for the review sample used here. To purchase directly, click this link. Consider joining Eduard's Bunny Fighter Clubprogramme for further discounts on your purchases.
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