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  1. Lancaster B Mk.I, R5868, PO-S (S-Sugar) It's been a week or so since I tool delivery of the test shot for HK's soon-to-be-released Lancaster kit, and despite some pretty crap illness last week, I made some headway this weekend and snipped some plastic. Most of what you see here is dry-fit, with a very small number of glued components. I've read on another site that this model has soft detail and soft edges. Perhaps that's the impression my photos gave, but actually having the plastic here, I know it's not the case, and is no better/worse than recent and contemporary releases, and is every bit as sharp as I would expect from a modern tooling. There was also a hint towards 'brand loyalty' too, suggesting that I would happily write nice words where none were really justified (in not as many words). My answer to that is bullshit. There's no such thing as a perfect kit, and this is far from a perfect kit. However, the Lanc is my thing, so here we go. From the RAF Museum: Building a Lanc As I have said, work at the moment has simply to snip some plastic and do a little test fitting. This time it's quite nice to be furnished with some instructions as I was building blind with the test shot fuse I received in Shizuoka. Unlike that test, this one required me snipping off all of the injection points which double as pin towers, from the circumference of the fuse halves. These are connected to the joint faces, which I prefer, and you'll notice that because of this, there are no pin marks within the fuse halves. Of course, the nose is a separate unit too. Hers's a couple of basic mock-ups of the cockpit area, minus many key details which still need to be installed. This kit does have a serious lack of wiring moulded into the cockpit areas, linking up the various avionics panels. This will need to be added with some lead wire before I can start to add some paint. When complete, things should look quite different. The bomb bay is around 12 inches long and is constructed as two parts. No other items fit into here apart from the sidewalls. The munitions plug directly into these plates. 18 bombs and 1 cookie. I also did a little turret work too, and here you can see the rear turret sat in position on the rear fuse. Note the tail spar boxing and the walkway. There will also be internal fuselage doors installed here, which I'll add when the interior is painted. More soon!
  2. 1:32 Avro Lancaster B Mk.I Hong Kong Models Well, it’s almost here. After a few short (some would say long!) years of delay, the gargantuan Hong Kong Models’ 1/32 Avro Lancaster B Mk.I is soon to hit the shops, and is in final production as I write this. In a few weeks, the decals will be printed, as will the instruction manual and glossy box with its artwork by Piotr Forkasiewicz. There’s no doubt that this will be an impressive product, and certainly one that will make many a heavy-bomber fan very pleased indeed. HK’s kit has 817 parts, a wingspan of 972mm and a length of 664mm, so you will need some decent place to display it when completed. The wings have been designed to detach in the same way as the B-17, with a slide and lock mechanism, and looking at the instructions, and parts, it does look like you may be able to also detach the substantial tail and fin assemblies. The final model will also come with three schemes, one of which is S-Sugar (PO-S) which adorns the box art. Stencil decals will also be supplied. \ My test sample is by no means the final version. A small number of other modifications have already been applied since mine was pulled from the tooling, including an improved wing-locking system via tweaking the wing tools. Arriving by DHL Express from HK, the kit you see here arrived in a plain card box with all parts bound in a many layers of bubble-wrap. However, the clear fuselage/nose parts were actually ready in their heat-sealed packets, and these will be included in the Limited-Edition release. At this point, I expect that the standard grey parts will also be included with this Limited-Edition. The clear parts are also covered in a peelable protective film to lessen the chance of any scuffing on that crystal clear and shiny surface. A relatively small quantity of Limited-Edition kits will be released, and I imagine that a fair few of these will have been sold on kit pre-order. HK’s kit has FIFTY-ONE (fifty-five for Limited Edition) sprues, a number of which are interconnected on my sample, and may or may not be on the final production release. A number of these aren’t sprues in the most literal sense, but are themselves large, single pieces, such as the fuselage, nose and wings. Two standard clear sprues are included, and everything else is moulded in light grey styrene. The fuselage is split at a joint just inboard of the wing leading edge, as per the actual aircraft, which was sort of built in modules. As for the wings, these are moulded as a single piece, so no need to glue upper and lower halves together. This is produced in the same way as the Mosquito’s innovative single-piece wing. Wingtips are separate items, and these are again moulded as single-piece, hollow parts. Note the openings for the engine nacelle modules to be installed. The latter can be more or less completed and then plugged into the wing, complete with undercarriage for the inboard nacelles. Whilst it was an original intention to depict oil-canning on the exterior surfaces, HK has decided not to take that approach, and have stuck to their fine panel lines and rivets finish as per today’s standard. The WNW kit will have the quilted appearance on their release which is scheduled for late next year. Internally, the Lanc’s fuse has a complete set of formers and stringers moulded in situ, with no pesky ejector pin marks that need removing. Instead, a series of tabs will need to be cut from the perimeter of these large parts, and a couple from selected windows. Fit of these large parts is excellent, and I can testify to the fit quality of the cockpit too as I built an early test shot just after Japan’s Shizuoka show. Internally, detail is excellent, with a fully fitted-out cockpit, radio operator, engineer, bomb aimer stations, as well as the infamous main spar which proved such an obstacle to crews which had to abandon their damaged aircraft. Ammunition containers, feed belts, doors to access rear turret, main hydraulics tank, flap jack, flare tube, turret hydraulic pressure recuperators, and even the Elsan toilet for those awkward in-flight moments! As you will imagine, the interior is spread around a number of sprues, and the completed model should look quite amazing. Note that the kit will come with some photo-etch, including such things as the seatbelts, but this test shot doesn’t have that. Those turrets are also nicely detailed within, and the joint lines on the forward and mid-upper follow a natural frame line. The rear turret glazing is moulded as a single piece item, and all turrets can be positioned/moved when installed. Barrels in this kit are moulded from styrene and the use of slide moulding has created hollow muzzles. Cooling slots are micely depicted. I do know that Master Model will produce a set of barrels specifically for this model. A small sprue contains the mid-upper fairing, and also a blanking plate, but the latter isn’t for use with this release. Another key external part that isn’t scheduled for use with this kit is the bulbous H2S housing that sits under the belly. So, it’s obvious that HKM has plans for the Lanc, as alluded to on the box art (Avro Lancaster Series). Four detailed engines are included in this kit, plus their respective oil tanks, mounts and firewalls. A little extra lead plumbing and wiring, and these will look very nice indeed. Of course, the intake radiators are included, with their very fine textured finish. Looking at the engine nacelles, HK do seem to have got the shapes correct after a failed few first attempts, so kudos to them for persevering with that. The nacelles, undercarriage and engine installations can be completed as separate units and then installed later. The appearance of the gaping mouth of the intake looks correct, and of course, the engine panels can be posed off the model to reveal the workmanship within. Exhausts are separately moulded stubs with semi-hollow, detailed ends, thanks to slide-mould technology. You will notice that both paddle and needle type prop blades are included, and both look slated for use with this release. The flying surfaces of the Lanc are pretty large. To strengthen the tail areas, the inside of the parts have a series of ribs that will stop any accidental compression from cracking the seams, and also provide more basic rigidity. Elevators and rudders are moulded separately and can be positioned. A large bomber needs a substantial payload, and this is supplied by means of 5 sprues of bombs and two which contain parts for the cookie. Plenty of construction work here to fit out the working face of the Lanc, but construction is very simple here. These are moulded with their plungers in situ, as well as fins, and you just need to add the ring to the fins. The instructions show the bomb bay doors and actuators being fitted at fuselage completion, which would be correct as the wings are separate modules which will install later. Clear parts are exceptional, with well-defined framing and no distortion, visually. Blisters are supplied to fit the main canopy sides, and the forward side canopy windows are separate too. Note that two different bomb aimer blisters are included in my sample, with only one for use with this specific release. I don’t know whether these extra unused parts will be supplied in the general release. My sincere thanks to HK Models for sending out this test shot for this article, and to build for the Military Illustrated Modeller magazine. In the meantime, check out the Facebook page for building the 1:32 Avro Lancaster, here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LancAssemblyLine/
  3. 1:32 Do 335 B-6 Night Fighter Hong Kong Models Catalogue # 01E021 Available at Hannants for € 177,- After our preview of this kit here by James Hatch, we thought it would be a good idea to take a more thorough look at the final kit, now. 2014 saw the release of the first Do-335 kit by HK Models: The Do-335 B-2 Zerstörer. This was followed by the Do-335 A Fighter Bomber in 2015 and A12 trainer in 2018. I guess that as long as the Do-335 family is selling, more versions will be covered. Like the B-6 Night Fighter we have here in front of us. I won’t bore you with the complete history and design of the Do-335, but I will say a few words on the Night Fighter version, which we have here. Also I will try to help you in choosing between this kit and the Zoukei Mura version, or between the B-6 night Fighter and let’s say the Zerstörer. In short there were two main designated series of the Do-335. The A and B. The B was basically a strengthened version of the A. An armoured windscreen, a larger nose wheel and certain internal equipment changes. Eight versions of the B-series were planned and to be powered by either the DB603E engine or LA engines. In order: Do-335 B-1 – A single seat day fighter Do-335 B-2 – A Zerstörer – Heavily armed version with 30mm wing canons Do-335 B-3 – The same as the B-2 but with the more powerful DB603LA engine. Do-335 B-4 – Reconnaissance version Do-335 B-5 – Two seat trainer Do-335 B-6 – Night fighter Do-335 B-7 – More advanced night fighter with larger laminar airflow wings. None were completed. Do-335 B-8 – High altitude night fighter. The Do-335 B-6 was to be built by Heinkel in Oranienburg. A total of fifty were ordered and were due in April 1945. The early models would have carried the FuG 220 radar. It is unlikely that a single one of these were ever built… If you look at the list of produced Do-335’s, you see a whole list of V (Versuchs) and A-series and just a small list of B-series. Actually you’ll only find that 6 were partly assembled at Oberpaffenhofen. The Werknummer 230017 (also 240116) was captured by the French. It featured the flat rear canopy and was painted fully olive green and received French markings for post war testing. The only surviving Do-335 today is an A-0 (Werknummer 240102) which was captured by the Americans during ‘Operation Lusty’. (You know: the operation where high tech German planes were captured to speed up American Aviation and Rocket research). Today it resides full restored at National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. The kit Having built the Zerstörer I know how good the quality of this kit is. Two things stand out: the amazing fit. So tight that (like with Wingnut Wings kits) you have to be careful not to paint mating surfaces and the engineering. The hollow slide moulded wingtips for instance and leading edges. Mind you: I have built a test-shot of the Zerstörer kit. Hardly any instructions, no decals, just a plain box with sprues. The kit I built from this has been built with the wings, props and tail unglued so it’s easier to transport. When you slip the main wings on, no seam is visible. Quite remarkable. It has survived numerous shows without a scratch. Having said that: let’s see how this retail ready version stacks up against my Zerstörer test shot! This is the model I built from a test shot: The box contains both the AK Interactive logo and the… Large Scale Modeller logo! Why you may ask? Because both parties aid Hong Kong Models in research, copy and pure modellers advice. When looking deeper into this box I can say I’m proud our logo is on it. The Do-335 is a big plane. Translated to 32ndscale, that means a wing span of 431mm and length of 433mm. Almost square in dimensions. Let’s scroll through the sprues and see what we find. The sprues that are unique for this kit are: Sprue L:with the canonless leading edges for the wings. I saw that HK Models removed the leading edges with the canon mounts from the E sprue. Not sure why. Perhaps to save weigth or space in the box? Sprue U:With the fuselage spine with the radar operator canopy opening, external fuel tanks, flame dampers, FuG 217 and radar operator cockpit. Sprue Y:two canopy options for the radar operator. The Cockpit The cockpit is intricate with quite a few parts that make up the ejection seat. I like the leg rests and engineering of this seat, but I would really recommend replacing the photo etch seatbelts for the HGW fabric seat belts. The detail on the instrument panel, control column, sidewalls and pedals is adequate, but again: I would use the Eduard interior set to make this area a little bit more interesting. One funky detail is that the arm rests of the seat are moulded in the upward position. This ofcourse would only be the case while stationairy on the ground, but it would have made more sense to mould these parts as separate parts. This goes for both the pilot and radar operator seat. The Eduard interior set only profides you with new instrument panel, side consoles, levers and pedals. A set which does address the arm rests is Profimodellers interior set: 32211. What you can also do is what I did: cut them loose and reposition them The second cockpit, that of the radar operator, is pretty basic and will have to be detailed up, based on common sense. On the basis that the B-6 carried a FuG 217 J Gerät you can figure out what instruments it would have in the cockpit. The French captured M17 version did not carry a FuG 217, so beware not to install the radar sight during construction (parts U25, U22). The clarity on the clear parts is something to praise HK Models for. They are supplied in separate bags and additionally covered in clear film. The only fiddly bit are the two windows with the bulges that need to be glued in the main canopy frame. It’s quite a step up from the separate bulges that were in my test shot of the Zerstörer and needed to be glued on top of the glass. But glueing in this window panel can still cause stress! Be careful here. One detail you might want to add are the small rearview mirrors that should go in here and are not present in the kit. I scratched mine. Sprue A: fuselage and tail: Clear sprues. Additionally protected by clear film: The radar operator's canopy and the M17 canopy: The engines What I like about the HK Models interior over, let’s say, Zoukei Mura’s, is that it is not over-engineered or gives you too much detail never to be seen again. The engines in the HK Models kit are examples of this. The insides of the engine cowlings offer detail. This allows you to pose them open and show those only areas that become visible. It is in these areas where HK Models provide you with enough detail to produce a respectable engine in 32ndscale. Most of the piping is there. The weld seams on the oil tank. The engine bearers, electrical wiring, etc… The fit is excellent, but again I need to warn you to not get any paint on the mating surfaces. It will cause parts not to fit properly anymore. No force should be needed during the construction of this model. The front engine receives a solid block of white metal to prevent tail sitting. On a model this big, this isn’t enough. That’s why a second block is provided to go behind the firewall. Sprue N: wheels, gear legs, under carriage parts: Wings These are just a work of art. As said, this model can take a punch when finished. Well, maybe not the FuG antennae. The wings have strengthening ribs inside them and a whole bunch of locating pins. The plastic is thick and heavy, and really clicks together. The wingroots on the fuselage have a square beam that slots in the wingsocket. Like I said: on my model this fit and bond is so perfect it doesn’t need any glue and poses no seam. This enables me to detach the wings when I take the model to a show. It has been discussed on many a forum and review before on the other versions of this kit, but the wingtips are a marvel of injection moulding engineering. They are hollow. A genius piece of slide moulding. The same go for the leading edge. This part is a separate piece and replaces the wing mounted canon version of the Zerstörer. A model this heavy and large, calls for a sturdy landing gear. Please don’t bother getting brass or metal legs. It really doesn’t need them. The main gear legs are moulded in one piece and can take some weigth. Another feature I like are the slightly flattened tyres. By the end of WW2, many runways in Germany were damaged or provisionally made. Softer tyres would help with take offs and landings on poor terrain. Overall this kit has really sharp and refined surface detail. You can make out different types: fasteners, screws, rivets etc… On a model this big, this really brings the larger surfaces to life. No exterior part has been skipped. Sprue M: cockpit parts, props, firewall, prop shaft: The props are made out of one single piece: Prop shaft for aft engine: Sprue U: This sprue is unique for this version. It features the fuselage spine with opening for the rear cockpit, flame dampers, external fuel tanks and FuG 217. It also contains a smaller fuel tank, since the radar operator cockpit needed space. Smaller fuel tank: Hmm... Moulded on, upward positioned arm rests... Flame dampers: Sprue B: wings. How's this for rivet detail? This is what makes the HK Models Do-335 a STRONG model: Internal detail on engine covers: Sprue P: 2x. DB603 engines. Delicate openings and weld seams on exhaust stubs: Sprue C: seat, cowlings, etc... I love the detail in the inside of the gear doors and cowlings: Sprue E (and L): leading edges, instrument panel, canons,... Love this single piece moulded leading edge part: Sprue D, K, O. Engine bearers, cowling ring, main gear doors... Sprue G, H: The single piece moulded wingtips. Lovely... Nose weight, white metal: Photo etch seatbelts.Nice, but I still recommend HGW: Decals, printed by Cartograf: Instruction booklet: Painting schemes Three painting schemes are provided. Two of these are actual Night Figther schemes. Bear in mind that none of these actually saw war (or even the light of day!). More a ‘What if’ kind of affair. As said only about 6 B-versions of the Do-335 were (almost) completed. That’s why the third painting option is so interesting. The French captured Do-335M17 (the basis for the B version) with a second, but flat canopy. The closest thing you’ll get to the night fighter that actually flew. When the French captured this plane, it actually wasn’t ready. So the French finished it and flew it a couple of times, until it crashed during taxiing trials. There is a great photo somewhere of this accident, which presents a good diorama subject. It was painted all over khaki and received French markings. Not so much a feast for the eye, but at least it is historically correct and I’m sure you can weather the hell out of it to make it look more interesting. I told you I would try to give you reasons to buy the B-6 over let’s say the Zerstörer. The whole idea of a cool Night Fighter scheme is appealing to most, but I myself prefer to model subjects that actually flew and try to get as close to them as I can. Scheme A: Scheme B: Scheme C: A colour profile of the French captured M17 version: Aftermarket I know you, like me, can’t start a kit without hording some decent aftermarket sets. By this time a few nice sets are on the market to spice up this kit. Profimodeller and Eduard being the biggest producers in town. If I am allowed to make a recommendation I’d say: - HGW fabric seatbelts. - Do335B wheels by Eduard - Do-335B interior by Eduard - Do-335 interior by Profimodeller - Do-335 exterior by Eduard - Brass pitot tube by Profimodeller - Master barrels Mg 151 barrels (2x) and one MK103 30mm (1x). Well, at least the Mg151 barrels, since they will be clearly visible. - You could opt for Eduard exhaust stubs, but actually the HK Models version is not that bad. - I haven’t found a good aftermarket set for this particular FUG 217 J gerät yet, but I’m sure there’s one out there. Master? Conclusion This kit has to be a success for HK Models. The fact that they now have four versions kinda proofs this. In terms of versions I think this has to be the highlight everyone has been waiting for, so it should be interesting to see how this kit does sales wise. We already knew the fit, engineering and surface detail is great from our experience with the earlier releases of this kit. Three new sprues enable you to make the B-6 version. Again, good research has been done and intelligence was offered by our own James Hatch and AK Interactive’s Maciej Góralczyk. If you’re into Luft’46 subjects or want to do your version of the Franch captured M17 version, this kit is the perfect basis. There’s not much to complain about here. I won’t bring up the upward moulded arm rests anymore. With just a little bit of after market detail this kit is a showpiece that gets there and back home again in one piece! My sincere thanks to Neil Yan from Hong Kong Models for the review sample. You can purchase your Do-335 B-6 Night Fighter here.
  4. 1/32 de Havilland Mosquito B Mk. IX / B Mk.XVI Hong Kong Models Catalogue # HK01E16 Available from MJR Hobbies for £139.50 The Mosquito was probably one of the RAF’s most versatile aircraft designs, and indeed, an aircraft that we may never have had at all if it wasn’t for the perseverance of its designer, Geoffrey de Havilland. It was actually the simplicity of de Havilland’s design that could well have seen the project being stillborn. To meet Air Ministry requirements for a high-speed bomber, de Havilland proposed a new airframe, composed mainly of non-strategic materials, and powered by twin Rolls Royce Merlin engines. Unlike designs which were submitted by other manufacturers, de Havilland envisaged that his machine would be fast enough to be totally unarmed, and with a smooth, aerodynamic exterior. For the Air Ministry, this perhaps seemed a little too much like a flight of fancy, and de Havilland was asked to simply act as a contractor for designs from other manufacturers. Undeterred, Geoffrey de Havilland took on his design under a private venture arrangement, using a small design team led by Eric Bishop, and work began under strict secrecy at Salisbury Hall, Hertfordshire, in October 1939. The aircraft was to be designated ‘DH.98’. Even though de Havilland’s proposal was for an unarmed bomber, his team created a design, which would allow the installation of four, forward firing cannon that would sit in the forward belly of the aircraft, and fire through blast tubes. With the war now in full swing, and changes in Air Ministry requirements, which saw a general acceptance of the DH.98 for a reconnaissance role, a full size mock-up was inspected by the Air Ministry in December 1939; only 2 months after the project began in secrecy. The foot was now firmly in the doors, and from this point, the Air Ministry made demands of the DH.98 which saw it being developed for a high-speed bomber and also fighter role. The Mosquito, as it soon came to be known, was one of the most versatile airframes in frontline service, with it eventually being used for roles such as night-fighter, long-range fighter, photo-recon, fast bomber, and maritime strike aircraft. No potted history of the Mosquito can be complete without a few words about its construction. The main airframe itself was composed of wood, with the fuselage being formed over a concrete buck, as halves, using a sandwich of balsa in between birch layers. These rigid shells required no internal framework, and once fitted out, were glued together and strengthened by simple bulkheads. The wings were also all-wood, being constructed from spruce and plywood, mainly. This highly successful design was also operated by the US, as well as Canada, Australia, China, France and New Zealand etc. and nearly 8000 had been built by the time production ceased in 1950. The kit This is of course HKM’s second incarnation of the Mosquito, with this particular kit version, the Mk.IX and Mk.XVI differing from the original release, mainly due to being fitted with the two-stage Merlin engine. This B Mk.IX was derived from the PR Mk.IX machine, and there are parts in this kit, albeit unused, for such a machine. I’m pretty sure that type could be cobbled together with relative ease. There are TWENTY-FOUR sprues of light grey styrene, all individually wrapped, a further THREE slide moulded main parts (wing, forward fuse, rear fuse), and THREE sprues of clear styrene. If you like a nice part’s count, despite some of the single piece parts included, then you won’t be disappointed. A total of 375 plastic parts are included, with options for both standard and bulged (cookie/blockbuster) bomb bay. These are supplemented by TWO frets of PE parts, and a single decal sheet from Cartograf. Tomek Wajnkaim’s atmospheric box art is superb and would certainly catch my eye if I was in the local hobby store. At this point, I do have to state that I have had an input on this kit, as with the previous Mosquito release, and this extends to a few design touches and also work on the manual. My extended team at LSM has also contributed with the box art and box design, instruction illustration and decals. The box carries the LSM logo too, stating our input. I don’t want anyone to be of the impression that I will write my article based on something I hadn’t declared. This kit, as with any other, isn’t perfect. No doubt about that. I will also state from the outset that there has been no re-tooling of either the wing (intake shape), or the nose section. These remain the same as the original release, along with any respective clear parts. For an review of the previous release, take a look at Jason Gill’s article HERE. Ok, onto business. Many a paragraph has been written about the previous release, both in modelling communities and on social media. Instead of doing an entire review for this new kit, I’ll do an overview, and describe the differences that are to be found with the B Mk.IX and B Mk.XVI. This is perhaps the first kit where I have seen slide moulding being used so widely, and for main parts. A full span wing is included again, and this incorporates both the upper and lower panels as a single piece. That’s certainly a very advanced way of using slide moulding, and definitely the most impressive. All there is to do to complete the basic wing structure is to add the trailing edge spars and wingtips. As far as clean-up goes, a faint moulding line exists around the leading edge, and that’s it. A few swipes with a sanding sponge, and its history. Wing detail is excellent, with not only the various filler and access panel details on the underside (remember that this was a wooden-skinned wing), but also the extremely fine laser-etched wing panel tapes. You’ll need to tread carefully with paint, or these will disappear. HK has also moulded the stabiliser as a full span part, with the same sort of trailing edge spar insert. In fact, all of the control surfaces and fin are also hollow and have a simple mould seam to remove only. I did say that slide-moulding was extensive. Surface detail on these parts is limited, by very nature, but what there is, is beautifully rendered. With the wing being a single part, if you wish to fit the underwing tanks, you will need to actually mark the locations yourself, and then drill holes. A plan is included to show you exactly how to do this. When you open the box, it’s hard to ignore the two fuselage sections, moulded as front and rear, and connected along the fuselage stiffening joint that runs circumferentially around this area. This perfectly hides any connection you will make. As with the wing, very faint moulding seams exist, and these will just need a few seconds to eradicate them with a sanding sponge. These parts are very impressive in their execution, with the minimal external details being nicely applied. The cockpit entry door and the equipment port in the lower rear fuse, are separate parts, and the side walls that sit underneath the wing, are also separate. This is to facilitate the fit of the wing to the fuselage, as per the real aircraft. Assembly at this point is not too dissimilar from that in the de Havilland factory! A detailed bomb bay is included, and two different styles of bomb door are available. These are the standard, straight doors, and the bulged doors for the cookie-carrying machine. Front and rear fairings are included for these, and these fit beautifully (speaking from previous experience). Of course, there is a major change in this kit, and that is inclusion of the two-stage Merlin engines. To accommodate these, longer nacelle panels have been included, as well as newly-tooled parts for the upper cowl, that plug into the upper wing. The new engine parts are moulded onto two identical sprues that also hold the longer engine bearers, glycol tank and supercharger etc. Detailed engines are supplied for both nacelles, as are two versions of the propeller. The exhaust sprue is the same as in the previous release, but this time, we build it as a 6 stub version, and not the 5 stub. All new sprues for this release concern the engine area. A total of six newly-tooled sprues account for this part of the build, and help to produce that recognisable nacelle profile. Photo-etch louvres are supplied for the side of the lower intake cowl. As far as I can tell, there are no cockpit changes in this release. Having built this one for the box art model on the previous release, I can say that the cockpit it very nice out of box, but would benefit from Eduard’s detail set, or the Profimodeller PE release. Some lead wire for wiring also wouldn’t go amiss. PE seatbelts are included too, but you might hanker after the textile ones from HGW. You’d have to go a long way to beat those for realism. Looking at the instructions, you are advised to install the bomb bay door actuators around the time you build the cockpit. My advice is NOT to do this, but to wait until the model is more or less complete, otherwise you will bend or snap them whilst handling the Mosquito. In fact, I would attach them after painting, at the same time you fit the bomb bay doors. If you want to see what can be done with the HKM kit, take a look at this link on The Modelling News. Probably one of the finest cockpits I’ve seen, albeit with a lot of dedication from the builder. I quite like the undercarriage on this kit. Looking at the real thing, HK has produced a superb replica, and it does actually articulate when built…..right up until the point where you have to install it to the model. Removing the seams on the wheels is a little tedious, but isn’t it always, unless you fit a nice resin replacement, such as Eduard’s Brassin parts. The undercarriage bays are highly detailed, with nice constructional detail and some wiring/plumping. A little extra wiring would be good to add, but the bays are quite narrow, and vision will be limited. Gear bay doors have the correct internal detail representation. The last newly-tooled sprue in this release concerns the canopy. This sprue holds just two parts which are for the side panels. All clear parts fit around an internal framework, and they do fit just great. Clarity is superb, and the frame lines are nicely defined. I would use Eduard’s masks for this canopy though. When I originally built the prototype, I had no such luxury, and it took hours. There will be a small change in the masks to represent this kit, but nothing too different. Two PE frets are included, with parts for the louvres, intake grilles and seatbelts. There isn’t anything to tax you too much here, and PE quality is very good. If you, like me, want to add some extra detail, then of course it would make sense to change the belts, as previously mentioned. There are three schemes for this release. These are: B Mk.IX, ML897/D, No.1409 Met Flight, Wyton, late 1944 B Mk.IX, LR503/F, No.105 Squadron, Calgary, May 1945 B Mk.XVI, MM199/M5-Q, No.128 Squadron, Wyton, December 1944 A single, large Cartograf-printed decal sheet is included. Printing is superb, with decals being nice and thin, with minimal carrier film, authentic colour, and perfect register. They are also glossy, which is preferable to matt, as I find they conform far more easily. The glossy A4 instruction manual is printed in greyscale, but it easier to follow that the early HK manuals, with shading being used on solid areas. Construction takes place over 44 easy to follow stages, with some sub-stages included. Parts options are clearly shown and paint call-outs are supplied in Gunze, Tamiya and AK codes. This kit is a partnership between AK, LSM and HKM. The latter pages of the manual have profiles for all three schemes, from multiple angles. These are printed greyscale too, and I admit that I would have liked to have seen these in colour. A profile is included for stencil placement too. Conclusion Whilst not a perfect kit (is there one?), I do profess a love for this one, ever since I saw it on the Pocketbond stall at Telford in 2014. That was when I was working with HKM, along with the other LSM team, and I took the prototype home to build for a magazine, and the box art. There is a respectable parts count, some nice engineering, and a finely detailed kit to be had with this release, and no doubt we’ll see more sets released to coincide with this hitting the shelves. Being the B Mk. IX / B Mk.XVI variant, this of course opens up more neat options schemes. I wonder when we’ll see the PR version… My thanks to Hong Kong Models for the sample seen here. To purchase directly, check out your preferred hobby store. In the UK, MJR Hobbies will sell this for £139.50. Click here to hit their page. Completed model of previous HKM Mosquito kit, built by author
  5. So I am ready to start off my new project - Hong Kong Models 1/32 Mosquito B Mk. IV Series II
  6. I'll take part with a Meteor F.4 from the (then) Dutch Air Forces, as they were still part of the Royal Army at that time. The Air Force only became the Royal (Netherlands') Air Force in 1953.... In any case, the Dutch Meteors weren't the most colorful variants to ever see the skies, but hey... There aren't many photos of the F.4 around on the internet either, so you have to make do with some early ones, BEFORE the introduction of squadron and base-colors. www.strijdbewijs.nl www.gahetna.nl / fotocollectie Anefo, J.D. Noske The second photo is from September 28th, 1949, showing a Meteor that made a crash-landing near the fishing town of Volendam, showing the squadron code "3P", meaning it was from 324 Sqn. The trigger to start the kit was a scale modeling day, organized by the Aviodrome Aircraft Museum on Lelystad Airport on June 20th. http://www.aviodrome.nl/dagje-uit-aviodrome?gclid=CjwKEAjwwZmsBRDOh7C6rKO8zkcSJABCusnbJ2GHPWa1iPn7Qk2rK6rPNFwMpY9N3MDpD_AI33QnFhoCtLTw_wcB The first thing to keep in mind is that the sprue attachments are on the contact surfaces of the fuselage halves and have to be carefully removed. If that is don, it's advisable to treat both contact surfaces to a little sanding with a sanding stick as there are some slight irregularities around the aligning pin holes, as you can see. To be continued.
  7. Hi there, BIG... WIP will focus on a first stage : the internal sub-assemblies. The ball-turret is on stage followed by the dorsal turret / set of parts. Please feel free to ask questions or leave comments. Thanks for checking-in. Cheers, Laurent.
  8. Ladies and gentlemen, Within a couple of months, or thereabouts, the new B-17E/F will be released by HK Models. I sort of get the impression that this is the one that everyone wants to see, as Memphis Belle can be built from this (and will be included in the decals), plus there will be an option to build another as yet un-named famous machine (with specific glazed part), and parts will be there to build standard E and F variants. Jeroen will be doing a more thorough assessment of the kit, along with Cees, within the next week, so my post here will just take a look at the new parts in this kit. Please remember that there is always the possibility that there could well be some refinement of the model as of yet, including the reduction of internal ejector pin marks etc. This kit contains no decals or PE parts. The final kit will have three schemes (2 x B-17F, and 1 x B-17E). First of all, there are around 15 to 16 new sprues! So, this isn't just a minor rework. The first one up is a whole new starboard fuselage. This is superbly packed in order to protect the delicate fin to rudder connection. How is this part different? Well, firstly, you will notice that the crew access door is now moulded separately, giving the modeller another display option. I couldn't understand why this wasn't the case with the initial 'G' version, and HK have obviously listened to comments. Secondly, the waist gun window has now moved in line with the one on the port-side. The old position can still be seen, but faired over. One great feature of this model is the ability to unplug the wings. To attach, you just clip them to the fuselage, and push them forward to lock into position. Here you see the chunky connector. This model needs to filler in this area, so rest-assured that this is a practical feature. New internal bulkheads are supplied. One of these is for the radio operator station, and one for the forward cockpit. These was certainly enough in the way of change to merit these being re-tooled. Of course, new parts are included to further furnish these areas. The E/F had quite a different upper turret, with a slightly lower profile, and what looks to be far more in the way of glazing panels. The turret internals are also markedly different, having built up the cutaway model for the HK stall at Telford last year. The instrument panel is also different, and here it can be seen, along with the plug that fits into the rear of it, sandwiching the instrument decal. Here we can see the earlier engine cowls that have a squarer front radius. New prop blades are also included. HK haven't simply done the most obvious in the way of changes. There are of course refinements in the original design, such as that fuselage crew entry door, but there are also new internal parts, such as new crew seats, and details that seem to be specific to the E/F, some of which can be seen in the waist gun areas. Here, we appear to see a fairing for the upper nose area of the 'F' version, maybe to convert the model to a late 'F', or perhaps even an early 'G' without the chin turret........ New internals for the E/F noses. Also included is the rear part for the new tail turret. The E/F didn't carry the Cheyenne tail turret that the later 'G' did, and here you can see that earlier tail, plus new internals for the various crew stations. New parts for the B-17E nose, inside and outside shots. And if the B-17F floats your boat, here are the specific nose parts for this, including internal shots. No less that FOUR new clear sprues here, containing new noses (although you should see another in the production kit, designed for another 'F' machine). New parts for Memphis Belle will also be tooled. Note the small astrodome for that fairing we saw a earlier. Also of note are the different waist gun windows, and the canopy for the tail turret. You can usually glean a lot about a kit from looking closely at the options, such as that astrodome. So, there you are. Expect to see far more in the next week when Jeroen and Cees will really look in depth at the whole kit, including the common sprues. Danke!!
  9. Many of the people who look here will already have seen this work on another forum. As I am no longer a member of that particular forum, I thought I'd put up some of the work done here. I will start by saying that this thread is not a kit bashing rant or intended in any way to disrespect the work of HK Models. We are all aware that there are issues with the kit and we are also aware that many people are happy with the way it looks out of the box, I for one am not happy with the appearance, so I am pulling out all the stops to correct it and make it a little more pleasing to my eye. I want to build this model as little Miss Mischief, but may have to change my mind as the NMF will be very difficult to achieve with all the cutting and modifications that are being done to the fuselage. We'll have to wait and see..... The first thing we notice if we want to build LMM (Little Miss Mischief), we need to move the starboard waist window back to create a non-staggered waist window fuselage. The recessed area for the glazing will be very difficult to reproduce, so I have decided to cut the window aperture out, along with a corresponding piece of plain fuselage and simply swap them over.... This is the inside of the fuselage, where I have marked out the lines I will cut. Note I've used the ribbing as a guide to keep everything square. Following some careful scoring and cutting with my razor saw, I have a £250 model with a big hole in the side!! Now, if we turn the cut out part over, we can refit it into the hole and hey presto, job done... No.. note the moulding for the clear part is different top and bottom... We need to cut the removed section in half and replace the front with the rear and vice versa... here's an interior shot to show what I mean. the plastic stock is there to lift the aperture into the correct position and to fill the gaps resulting from the saw cuts. Here we are, a non staggered waist window fuselage.. If you intend to build this kit this mod should be considered as it will really open up your options for the finished scheme, especially if you don't want to build it in NMF.
  10. Pepper-Mint

    Do 335-C - Civil post war version

    Hello Gents ! Will be in with the Dornier Do335 ; one of my top-3 favorite German airplanes. AM : Eduard Brassin wheels, Eduard masks, RB productions seat-belts. Nose engine panels removable, guns hatches closed, cockpit open, 2 aft engine panels in open position for current ground maintenance. Bomb bay closed. I usually build my models out of war context, and this one won't be an exception. No svatiska and no guns, just a beautiful and powerful Dornier Do335. Most likely and partially bare metal, with a home drew Nose Art inspired from ESHER's work : Nose-art base : Free-style artistic licensed for personal civil version of the Dornier. Scheme is still in progress, but main idea is : 3 or 4 tone livery with at least 60% of the fuselage in NMF. Lately found something very inspiring : Will see... Thanks for checking in. Cheers, Laurent.
  11. Hi All, Finally finished the cookie monster! Basically a test shot that misses the fabric patches surface details and didn't include decals. I used Mal's perfect masks for the codes, roundels and No Step indications and also the ProfiModeller stencil decals. These include some typo's and are huge in numbers, but they definitely add some life to the otherwise dull surface of the wooden wonder. I took my time with the weathering part. Using a grey sharp colour pencil for scratches and a silver Prisma pencil for the scratches on aluminium parts, like the cowlings. Overall I'm pleased with the result and love the sleek lines of this machine. At the time I started this kit little after market was available, so limited to the HGW sutton harnesses and ProfiModeller Pitot tube. Ah! And almost forgot. I used Airscale decals for the instrument panel. Cheers! Next!
  12. Hi All, Here we go! Yet another Mosquito being build here on LSM while the kit is not even on the shelves yet. This kit arrived wrapped in bubbles, no decals and no instructions. Got these in PDF from Jim to help me out, since I'm not big with puzzles. Having already seen the sprues and kit at Telford the shock of all the slide mouldings wasn't big, but still impressive... Borrowed a few Mossie books from Cees (since I'm not an RAF expert) and just bought an HGW Sutton harness. My plan is to start with the instrument panel (some Airscale will help me out here) and see where I'll go from there! Let the journey begin...
  13. 1/32 Mosquito Mk.IV Series II HK Models Catalogue No: 01E015 Available from all good model suppliers priced £149.99 Anyone who, like me, saw this kit at Telford 2014 will have been awaiting this kit with baited breath. Well its here and all I can say is Yes, its as good as one hoped and from handling at Telford expected of this release from HK Models. A certain Japanese company has also announced a Mosquito so its soon to have some company but I think it'll stand up to that if only for some of the major assemblies and their quality. More of that later. The kit arrives in a very shiny, nice artwork adorned, large box. Its very impressive and also has something Ive not seen before as it says its made in co-operation with AK Interactive and the one and only Large Scale Modeller. I think this, if nothing else puts HK Models where most modellers want them and thats listening to their customers. This has to be the future and I can only see HK going from strength to strength by doing this. The box is very full, nothing is going to rattle around in here and get damaged, in fact everything is very well wrapped and contained in plastic bags that support and protect the pieces. Also as this is one of the first run of these kits it comes with a little gift from HK Models. A resin crew thats sculpted by Steve Warillow. More on these later in the review. Kit Contents. The box contains the previously mentioned figures, 28 sprues including the clear ones, a sheet of decals, a small etched fret and the instruction booklet. The instruction booklet is also backed up by a one sheet that covers all colours with reference to a number of paint supplier including AK Interactive and Vallejo. This is a great idea as flipping back and forth in the instruction manual to find that colour chart often gets to be a pain, first world problems I know but when a manufacturer puts so much thought into it one has to give them credit. The Sprues Sprue A: Sprue A is the 1st surprise for those who didnt see the Telford moulds. Yes its a single piece nose as a single moulding. Slide moulded and very high standard its really a lovely piece. I really like the fact that there is a very small mould line that needs a quick waft with a snading stick and its ready to go. This has to be the future. Sprue B: Sprue B continues the surprise. Its a whole single piece fuselage. Again beautifully moulded, only needs a quick waft with the sanding stick and all those old worries about getting rid of fuselage seams is gone. Magic. The seam you see on the side is supposed to be there. These were tape lines on the real thing. These have been added to the kit by, once out by laser etching the kit moulds. This is a first and really adds a touch of class to this part, the other fuselage part and parts of the wings. Sprue C: Well as far as single moulds are concerned, HK have kept the best for last. Both wings, straight through the fuselage, as a single moulding with top and underside all as one piece. Amazing. No other words, you just have to see it for yourself and no picture will ever convey how good this is. Sprue D (x2) on left, Sprue E (x2) on right: Sprue D of which there are two are mostly engine, undercarriage and ancillary parts for those lovely merlin engines and the nacelles in which they are kept. Its all up to the standard of the other mouldings, very good, and looks great on the sprue. Sprue E again of which there are two is the bombs and the underwing fuel tanks. Sprue F (x2) on the left and Sprue G (x2): These sprues are a pair of propellers, 2 of each and of different types. In the instructions G are the ones used and F is for a later release. There are also some smaller nacelle parts here. Sprue H: Sprue H has the Merlin engine nacelles, control surfaces for both wings and tail and some panels for those 1 part wings. Its one of the largest single sprues in the kit. Sprue K: Sprues K and L are more parts to finish of those lovely wings. Sprue M: Sprue M is mostly cockpit parts. What surprises here is the cockpit frame. Its a single piece and has no glass in it, its actually the internal roll cage on the real thing and is a nice touch here. This looks like a great idea and the glass parts are added later so will make painting the roll cage easier and potentially make painting the seperate clear part frames easier too. Sprue N: Sprue N contains more parts to finish off the fuselage itself. Sprue P (x2): Sprue P is the very large (Big Boy?) bomb. Sprue Q (x2): Again more fuselage parts for the engine nacelles. Sprue S: This contains panels for the nacelle sides Sprue T: Sprue T is another sprue with more tail components and some contents of the engine nacelles. Sprues U, V, W and X These are the clear glass components and are primarily for the cockpit, though there are some wingtip anti-collision lights too. Sprue Y: Sprue Y has the exhaust stacks for those 2 merlin engines. Theyre very fine and included hollow ends which should look great under a coat of paint. Sprue Z: This is the final sprue and has the bomb bay doors (there are bulged and non-bulged in this kit depending on the bomb payload) and some of the bomb bay actuator parts. Etched Fret: The single, small etched fret contains the seat straps for both the pilot and co-pilot/bomb aimer. These have great detail in them, sadly for now you'll have to take my word for it as I photgraphed the back, not the detailed front, of them. Doh!!! Decals: The Decals are on one very large sheet, this is very well printed, and includes a full set of stencils for the aircraft. They look to be very well produced and in register. There are 3 attractive schemes included: Marking A: Serial DK296, No.3 FTU, Errol, Autumn 1943 (in Russian Markings), Marking B: Serial DZ637/P3-C, No. 692 Sqn, Graveley, Spring 1944 in night bomber colours, Marking C: Serial DZ627/AZ-X, No. 627 Sqn, Woodhall Spa, Summer 1944 in daytime colours with invasion stripes. Instruction Manual: The very large almost A3 instruction manual runs to 28 pages, including colour schemes and the callouts for the stencilling and decals. I often think that a good instruction sheet makes me want to build a kit and this one certainly does that. And Finally Those Pilots. They are really well sculpted, great poses and will look marvellous next to the kit. I cant wait to paint these. Im not very aware of Steve Warillow and his sculpting work but if everything he does is this good he's a seriously talented figure sculpting master. These will look great under a coat of paint, and I cant wait to try them out. Final Thoughts. Well if you haven't worked it out yet I love this kit. from the advances single piece mouldings, the instruction sheet and throughout the whole presentation it just oozes class and its something that I think will fly off the shelf. It'll be hard to beat and I think at this point anyway it could well be the best 1/32 kit on the market. Its Highly recommended to all and even though its pricey I think it'll give you enough pleasure to justify the price. Thanks to HK Models and Neil Yan for supplying this review kit.
  14. Hi gang, I actually started this model a few months ago, but in light of a workshop disaster on the production line, I've decided to put it to the front again and accelerate the build. As you might be able to tell, this kit isn't yet released by HK Models, and as far as I am aware, this is the only 335A-0 test shot that exists outside of HKM. I will build this for Tamiya Model Airplane International. For this build, I'll complete it as the machine currently on show in the NASM, but in American colours, as she was evaluated at the end of WW2. This will need the new Eagle Editions decal set which is currently in transit between Montanna and northern England! This is the scheme I will do: So what are the differences between this and the previous Do 335B-2 kit? Ok, this is a brief list: No wing-mounted cannon and gun pods (smooth leading edges) No fuel tank in weapons bay. A bomb is included, but not to be used with my build. Curvier windscreen, as opposed to the more angled, armoured screen of the B-2, and no side bulges either. Different nose undercariage strut with mudguard. For this build, I will use a combination of both Profimodeller and Eduard sets, with HGW seatbelts into the mix. There is a LOT of metal in this one, and unlike some of my tardier updates, I promise to post some photos of this one tomorrow. Thanks for watching.
  15. Dave J

    Do-335 B-2 V13 (RP+UP)

    Here is my build for the GB.. Do-335 B-2 V13 (RP+UP) Not sure what Aftermarket I am going to add just yet... But I will be adding the following for sure - Brassin Wheels Brassin Exhuasts HGW Harness
  16. Hello Gentlemen, Decided to start here on LSM in the coming couple of weeks this amazing kit. This will be my second 1/32 build. And believe me, It's going to take time ! I opened the nice box while drinking the second morning "Dharkan" coffee. Yeah, conclusion was that i had a very nice gift in my hands and that it deserves my greatest full attention. She's one of my favorite German airplane. I usually build my models out of war context, and this one is no exception. No nazi svatiska, no Luftwaffe attributes and no guns, just a beautiful powerful Dornier Do335 B-2 with Mercedes DB603 stern and aft engines. Most likely and partially NMF, with a home drew Nose Art. Free-style artistic licensed for personal use Dornier... "OOB" with just the Ed. masks, RB Productions appropriate seat-belts ant the -MDC manufacturer duralumin stamps- decals. Don't know yet what is going to be closed or open since i want to keep the most seductive Do335's silhouette. She will be grounded with open cockpit. That, is at least 100% sure. That's it for now folks, Regards, Laurent. PS.: Reference book will be "VOM ORIGINAL ZUM MODEL : Dornier Do 335"
  17. Morning folks! I've been busy beavering away on the HK Models Mosquito for the last week. This has been an exercise in understanding how the 350 parts go together. Thats right...I have no instructions Ideally, I want to build the version which carries a cookie, and also one with shrouded exhausts. Another thing I'd like to include are the invasion stripes. Matt suggested this: This is a possibility, but you'll notice un-shrouded exhausts. That's no big deal, but if anyone can suggest additional schemes with cookies and stripes, can you post here? I promise I'll include a couple of build images later today, or tomorrow, depending on how things go.
  18. Hi folks, Behind the scenes, LSM have been very proactive in working with HKM. Mostly on the Lancaster, but we have had a reasonable input to the forthcoming Mosquito kit too. If you'd like to see what we've been up to, then here is the box art, featuring my model, with the rest being done by LSM's graphic than division ( ) Pleased that we can finally announce it. Hope you like it!
  19. Hi guys and gals, The Mosquito is now finished, and all material submitted to Brett for publication in next month's Military Illustrated Modeller. A great kit to build. Pure fun, and no fussiness. Do yourself a favour...when this is released, buy it and share your work here. Here's mine, complete with Miracle Masks markings:
  20. 1:32 Do 335 detail sets (For HK Models kit) Profimodeller Catalogue # see article for price and code Available from Profimodeller I was lucky enough to recently build a test shot of the new Dornier Do 335B-2, from HK Models. This was, apart from an HGW seatbelt set, an entirely out of box experience which was published in issue #43 of Military Illustrated Modeller. It had to be an OOB build, simply because there were no specific aftermarket sets out for it at that time. That's the beauty of working with test shots. However, the first company, to my knowledge, to release upgrade/detail sets is Profimodeller, and today we take a look at these four new sets, and what they offer, above standard kit detail. 32209, Do 335B-2 barrel set, 599,00 CZK 32210, Do 335 pitot tube, 119,00 CZK 32211, Do 335 interior, 159,00 CZK 32212, Do 335 exterior, 590,00 CZK Do 335B-2 barrel set Out of all four sets, this is the only one specifically classed as use for the B-2 variant of the Do 335, and for good reason. This specific version had an MK 103 mounted within a large pod which extended from the wing leading edge. The standard fighter version (A-0 as supplied soon from HKM), didn't have this. Having built the B-2, I found that I really needed to drill out the muzzle brake, as for some peculiar reason, HKM had seen fit not to actually mould this with the openings already there. Of course, with the plastic part, you also lack a little of the sharpness and attitude that the real muzzle brake had. This set actually comprises of TEN turned and machined parts which directly replace all four of the Heavy Fighter's guns. The muzzles will connect to a set of brass barrels, but you will only see the forward-most point of this, where the barrel protrudes through the end of the pod. One very weak area of the kit are the two cowl mounted barrels. In a kit where so much is slide-moulded, these barrels look quite weedy, and aren't hollow at the end either. On my kit, these were replaced with aluminium tube, but this set also now supplies these for you, and of course, at the correct length. A small sheet of instructions shows you the parts included in this set, which are bagged within a small zip-lock wallet, and also gives the kit part number which will need to be replaced. A direct, drop-fit. Do 335 pitot tube This very simple, but highly effective upgrade takes the rather lifeless looking pitot tube in the HKM kit, and replaces it with a spangly hollow-ended one which is beautifully machined. Before you can install your pitot, you will need to fill the small area at the wing leading edge, which is moulded with the plastic kit pitot. Once filled and sanded to shape, you can drill it and insert your replacement part. The real deal here is that there are TWO pitot options. I have to assume that reference indicates that both types were employed on the limited number of Do 335s that flew. Either way, at least you have an option. Do 335 interior Whilst this set isn't specifically slated for the B-2, there are elements within it that can't be fitted to the A-0, such as the rear view mirrors that fit within the B-2's canopy blisters. You really will have to check your reference for the minutiae. This set contains one fret of photo-etch parts, and a small length of neoprene tubing and copper wire. If I'm honest, I do think the HKM kit cockpit is actually very good, and all I added to mine was a missing ejection handle. Having said that, I was aware that there was a certain amount of detail which hadn't been replicated. This is where this set will pretty much redress that balance. Here, you will find substantial upgrades for both the seat and control stick. The seat will be fitted with a cushion, as well as new armrests and brackets. I'm not really convinced by the cushion, and would perhaps use a little putty to recreate this. For the control stick, there is a little photo etch, and you will also fit the neoprene tube to this too, bracketed with a PE clip. One area I did find lacking on the HKM kit were the rudder pedals. These were poorly detailed and grossly undersized. This set includes a replacement set, plus brackets on which to mount them. Quite a lot of the interior, whether it be the walls or floor, are sheathed in PE, beautifully detailed with rivet and fastener detail. One anomaly in the kit is the gun breech block near the pilot's feet. This is disconnected from the forward bulkhead, where the gun mould be mounted. This is also redressed too. Other detail included is the ejection handle I mentioned, and the linkages associated with it (that I didn't add to my build!), and also a little console lever and bezel detail. You will also find new rear bulkhead detail in this set, as well as canopy release handles. This set is more or less a complete transformation of the kit parts. Do 335 exterior This is by far the most extensive and complex upgrade set out of the four that we have, containing THREE photo etch sheets, which appear to be stainless steel. You first need to get it out of your head that anything in this set is really classed as 'external', maybe apart from the front engine radiator mesh. Essentially, more or less everything in here is actually still internal, with the exception of the cockpit set we've just looked at. That's actually just as well, because I did feel that I needed to add more detail to the interior of the Do 335 as I was building, but I simply didn't have the time to do so. I seriously wish I'd had this set when I was building that. So, what are these other interior areas that are catered for with this build? Well, these are the rear engine bay, intake areas, and crucially, the belly bomb bay. Curiously, there is no detail here for the main gear wells. Perhaps it doesn't need any, or maybe there will be a forthcoming set..... The rear engine bay is changed quite dramatically, from interior bulkhead detail, to a COMPLETE sheathing of the bay floor. This is actually one area that I did feel needed the detailer's touch, and I couldn't have asked for more. There is also supplementary detail to add to the floor, in the shape of various plates and brackets. Sidewall detail is also supplied, sitting against the floor. One very imposing part of this area is the separate fuselage spine. Internally, this is devoid of detail. Well, not anymore! A quite fragile, structural framework will sheath the inside of this area, creating the illusion of a framework and riveted metal. This alone will help to totally transform this area, which is actually visible if you look upwards into the bay. The intake area also now has a mesh grille on both front and rear faces, and a whole new rear facing duct system which extends through to the rear cooling flap openings. These themselves have a photo etch framework to sit within them. Lastly, the bomb bay also undertakes a partial transformation. There are some replacement fuel tank straps included here which are only suitable for the B-2, but the rest will also apply to the A-0 standard fighter. Numerous parts are supplied which will detail the load-carrying framework, and a good quantity of sidewall detail is also included, as well as whole new detail sections which were missing from the HK kit. This includes bracket detail, and also a part for what appears to the underside of an engine-bay sump. In all, this is one hell of an upgrade set, and really gets my juices flowing to start the A-0 very soon. All PE is superbly made, and the instructions are perfectly clear to follow. Conclusion Despite only completing my Do 335 a couple of months ago, these sets are sort of spurring me on to build the not-yet-released Do 335A-0 very soon. They offer heaps of refinement and extra detail that I was so keen to add to my first build. I do feel that building the model again, will offer an entirely different and even more pleasurable experience than I first had. Some areas will be quite finicky to detail but the reward will be very good. Others will entirely propel the model into a different class of detailing. In all, I am very impressed. VERY highly recommended My sincere thanks to Profimodeller for these review samples. To order directly, click the links in the article. James H
  21. It is a pleasure to start my new airplane now.... I built some other stuff (ships, military, ...) in the past days that's why I wasn't here onlie with news for longer time .... but now I received a pre-serial sample of HK-Models brand new DO-335 monster in 1/32 scale. Together with the brand new metal parts and photoeteched parts by profimodeller I will build the airplane with all hinges open...... Daimler-Benz DB 603 - Engines of the DO-335 First of all I glued together all the engine parts before paintig it all in black. Then I painted the details with a paintbrush before adding some oilcolor washings in black, brown and beige. After all drybrushing with Iron. Then adding Mig-pigments in beige on the engine and fixed them. Finally added oil on it with Tamiya smoke and worked with some different colors of Tamiya Weathering sets (Silver, beige, rust, black)..... Cheers Michael
  22. Hi folks, I've already started to cut plastic on this one, and as soon as the Revell Spitfire Mk.IIa is completed for deadline, the Do 335 will move ahead at full pace. Does anyone have any schemes to suggest for the Do 335? My reference is severely lacking, so all input here appreciated. This build will be for Military Illustrated Modeller, but I will share progress in this forum.
  23. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, After a hectic Telford this year, finally arrived home mid afternoon and took the photos of the sprue shots for the forthcoming bomber version of the DH Mosquito, from HK Models. Plenty of slide-moulding on show here, including elevators, ailerons, rudder, flaps, wingtips, and that stunning fuselage and SINGLE PIECE wing! Yes, you read that correctly....the entire wing (except tips, with two options), is ONE part!!! No joints to remove....just a fine moulding seam. Notice optional canopy parts, and choice of cookie and regular bomb load, with the bay doors to suit. There will be a 2 stage engine option, but that's being worked on. What you see here is for the single stage Merlin. Despite plenty of slide moulding genius, this model still has over TWENTY sprues! Enjoy!!
  24. JeroenPeters

    Do335 B3 (M13)

    Hi all, I couldn't help it. Even with all the builds I have going on... Started work on the Do335. I will build this kit out of the box with almost no additions. Since this goes entirely against my nature, I will build this plane in flight. Gears up. Hatches secured. I took a figure from an old Hasegawa FW190D kit and will modify it to fit. Well... here goes! The scheme I'm going for is the M13 (or M20). An early designated B3 version. Heavily armed and armored. Still doing research on the armament... Anyway... this is what I'm going for!!
  25. Tally Ho! Despite the 1:32 Do 335B-2 being released soon, and the Do 335A-0 following in the not too distant future (already here with us at LSM!), HK Models has now painted in its plans for the release of the Mosquito (bomber version). There will actually be a few versions of this, and I can't confirm if several versions will be in the same box, but we thought you might like to see some renders of this great looking machine. For all you impatient types, pre-orders will be taken for this at Telford in November, and release looks to be happening in the first half of January 2015! I bet that took you by surprise! Any questions, ask away and I'll get you some answers. Enjoy!