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  1. INTRODUCTION PART #1 Hi all ... One of the most annoying things in life is watching people have a great deal of fun, while standing on the outer as you're wishing you could participate (for whatever reason)! There are always Group Builds (GB's) going on ... and although my skill set is as dodgy as a $3 bill, I've always wanted to have a go - provided I have something that fits within the subject matter - which is usually not the case! This year, more than any other, has been busy as all get out and I've usually only had time to pop into the forums to check the mail and post the odd comment - never mind Group Builds, I haven't even had time to dust any kits off and fondle plastic!! ... I've watched in frustration as LSM has had no less than 3 current Group Builds that all give me an entry point ... and they all end on 31st December. Work has now changed (I was informed of this while on Annual leave with my wife-to-be in the Philippines back in November) ... and with the end of the FIFO contract work, I'm back on the road locally - which means that, along with the rest of the technicians I'm on Christmas break from Dec 24th to Jan 3rd ... which sparked an idea ... As per the below discussion thread started a couple of weeks ago: http://forum.largescalemodeller.com/topic/4272-tools-for-resin-and-photo-etch/page-1 I'm going to attempt this mission ... to build a Bf.109E-1 (1940) with a full Eduard Brassin upgrade, before the Dec 31st deadline! This build contains a number of "Firsts" for me ... * It will be my first ever public build - I've never posted my work online before ... largely because my skill set fits firmly into the beginners category ... and when you're just gawking at the amazing work of others posted online, while learning some new techniques, you're also learning how far behind the rest of the pack you really are! ... no matter - everyone has to start somewhere, right??!! * It will be the first time I have ever worked with resin - I've bought a number of resin kits (and a couple of mods) for the stash ... but apart from having a look inside the boxes, I've never touched them. * It will be the first time I've used Photo Etched metal parts this extensively - Previous metal components have been limited to brass barrels from various manufacturers and the odd sticky (self adhesive), pre coloured Photo Etch detail. In reference to my first point above, I decided that I'd document this build in detail - hopefully so that more "First Timers" or beginners will gain some understanding from my experiences on the "How To's" and gain some confidence to have a go in future. ** so bear in mind as you read AND comment that this thread is worded and targeted for BEGINNERS ** ... I mentioned above that there were 3 Group Builds going on simultaneously ... I wanted to at least have a go at the "Spitfire" GB as well so I was thinking of a simple, straight Out Of Box (OOB) build of the 1/32 Tamiya Mk.IXc ... but then I figured I might not have enough time. With the sad passing of Edgar Brooks (a leading specialist on the aircraft and an irreplaceable reference, really!) a "Tribute" Spitfire GB has started on the LSP (Large Scale Planes) forum - so even if I can't complete a build here, I'll have time to finish it off over there! Then I also thought of this resin upgrade caper, I also thought of my Hobby Boss Mk.Vb - and the HpH resin correction set I have on the shelf ... and that's when the idea was born for Build #2. There was no way I was going to have enough time to get involved in the HK Models GB ... BUT (Merry Christmas to me!) ... there's a new "HK Models Official Contest" arcing up as of January 1st - so I get another opportunity! Thanks guys - Build #3!! ... I digress ... Back to the the 109 and Build #1 ... It's Christmas Day ... and I have to do some family stuff etc ... I've run out of time for the moment ... Introduction Part #2 to follow later today! Rog
  2. 1:48 F6F-5 Hellcat Jasmine Model Catalogue # 202006 Available from Jasmine Model for $169.00 With a more or less full PE model, one thing that will instantly hit you is how it can be packed into quite a small box, compared with an injection styrene model. Compare this with an Eduard kit release, and this will fit in there 3 to 4 times, with space left over. However, what you have here is a model that is infinitely more detailed, simply because of the skeletal nature of the kit. This really panders to the technical voyeur amongst us, with a morbid fascination for internal structures and guts of one of WW2’s most respected and lauded US fighters, and hero of the war in the Pacific. This quite slender little box is around the same size as the 1:72 Valkyrie that I reviewed on Scale Plastic & Rail (R.I.P.), back in May 2014, and contains THREE sheets of stainless steel photo etch that has 321 parts. That’s right…..321 parts! Not exactly a weekend project. The box art shows the Hellcat with wings in flying position, but as you can see here, these can also be folded, which looks extremely cool. Opening the lid, the first thing you see is the manual. Remove this and there are the three stainless PE frets that are covered each side in a protective, self-adhesive film. All of these are packed into a re-sealable cellophane sleeve. Remove these too, and there is a cardboard shelf that also needs to be lifted out. Underneath lies a section of black foam with two cut-outs. These hold four bags that contain the various cast parts. These are made from resin that has been cut with an excellent metallic pigment. For all intents, they look like metal, but the lack of weight tells you these are not made from that material. If you see elsewhere that these are white metal, then they have either never seen that material, or they are ill-informed. As with the Valkyrie, reviewing a PE kit is not an easy job. We can’t talk about specific, beautifully moulded detail and how things might just need some lead wire to complete. This model, apart from those resin parts, is entirely a flat-pack affair, and it will be your keen eye, judicious folding skills and patience that will create the final look of this model. Rushing it, or using sloppy skills, will be noticeable as you can’t rely on moulded detail to hide any slackness on behalf of the builder. Looking at those three metal frets, everything does look all rather two-dimensional, but that's quite deceptive. This model is very much a three-dimensional affair, and it'll come as no surprise that you'll need to do a fair bit of bending of metal, as with the previous Valkyrie and Ho 229 kits. These could generally be built with nothing more than a pair of tweezers to bend the various parts, but I highly recommend a quality photo-etch bending tool. I regularly use a Hold 'n Fold 5.5, as this creates a consistently sharp fold over the numerous long lengths of PE. The quality of the photo-etched parts is of the highest. The tiniest of tags hold each part in place, and these will be easy to sever, despite being made from stainless steel. I would also suggest you avail yourself of some small jeweller’s files to remove any remnant that could detract from the finished result. You can pick up a cheap set of files for around £3, so in relation to the kit cost, it’s a worthwhile purchase. All parts are clearly numbered, but there isn’t much in the way of rhyme nor reason as to their location, so I guarantee you will spend a lot of time actually searching them out before you can use them. Some parts are easy to locate due to both their size and shape, but many are far less so, and look unrecognisable in their unfolded state. All I can suggest is that you spend a little time studying the frets and acquainting yourself with the location of the parts, and their relationship to construction. Jasmine has tackled construction in a way that many of us would recognise. With this kit, it starts with the cockpit, and contains 18 stages of folding and slotting work. All parts within the cockpit are from flat PE, including the seat and seatbelts. Next up is the fuselage, and this is of course using the cockpit as its reference part for adding the various ribs, formers and stringers. As nothing here is quite as straightforward as simply moving to the next area of construction, you will add various other assemblies, such as the tail wheel bay and arrestor hook, and then proceed with the fuselage again, and even back to the cockpit in order to enclose it within fuselage formers etc. You will note that the tailplanes are built from flat sections and you will twist the ribs through 90 degrees to the vertical, thus creating a 3D item. The wings, however, are composed of individual ribs that slot into the various spars and other constructional elements. Care needs to be exercised on the wings, fin and tailplane, as the control surfaces are moveable and therefore may be posed however you wish them, providing their weight doesn’t droop them naturally. Surface detail on the metal is very good, with nice relief etching and rivet/fastener detail. Many parts are very fragile until they form a more solid overall part of the model construction, so please treat them with a little reverence and respect. It’s true that a number of parts can’t be made from flat pieces of photo-etch metal, and where that is the case, Jasmine has included those parts as a resin material with the metallic pigment I mentioned earlier. These are so amazing in appearance, as to have a high metallic sheen and look like some expensive cast metal. For this model, these parts include the engine and its various ancillary fittings, plus the propeller, forward cowl ring, machine guns, tanks, undercarriage struts, and of course, the wheels. There are around 50 parts spread over 4 bags, and all with some great detail. The engine itself will take a little while to assemble as it has separate cylinders and exhaust piping. A glossy 16 page manual is included, with both photographic assembly images and drawings to help you on your way. Coloured ink is added to show you specific details on the photographic steps, Whilst I find the images pretty good, I think some larger photos would have been useful for some areas. You will also find the manual on the Jasmine website, and if you print these, or merely display on your screen, you might see them as larger images that will help further. Conclusion Firstly, I think the thing you really have to say is that if you aren’t a fan of photo-etch, but like the appearance of this, you aren’t going to have an easy time. This encompasses most of the skills required for this particular discipline, including various folding techniques, slotting, manipulating complex frames and structures. Thankfully though, there is no need to solder anything here, and if you take things step by step, and methodically, then the model is actually simpler to build than its appearance might betray. That’s quite a statement for a model whose control surfaces are all working, but I hope to prove that before too long with a build of this. You might read of some other forums and websites/Facebook, that the cast parts are white metal. That, as I have already said, is wrong. They are resin that is mixed with metallic pigment, and are lighter and easier to work with. All you will need to accompany this miniature masterpiece is a bottle of thin/medium CA, a sharp scalpel, folding tool, and a small set of files to remove any tag remnants. This isn’t a cheap model, but that’s because of being a niche product with a long development time. It is, however, a stunning kit, and very worthy of consideration if you have a penchant for the engineering side of an aircraft. This particular model fulfils that particular interest perfectly. Go on, it’s new year, so treat yourself! Highly recommended My sincere thanks to Jasmine Models for this review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link.
  3. 1:32 Fokker Eindecker wing conversion set For Wingnut Wings E.II/E.III/E.IV kits RB Productions Catalogue # RB-P32032 Available from RB Productions for €55,01 World War 1 modellers spend so much time creating painting and finishing effects that make their plastic creations look like fabric covered, timber airframes. But, what if you actually wanted to show those interior structures for real? What if you wanted to build a skeletal or semi-skeletal version of your subject? What if you wanted to create a diorama of a crashed or damaged aircraft? I’m sure we’ve all thought of the possibilities, but unless you’re endowed with amazing talents and plenty of time, it’s pretty much beyond the scope of most modellers. Well, RB Productions must’ve been thinking along those lines, and have now released a set for the WNW Fokker Eindecker kits; specifically for the E.II/E.III and E.IV releases. E.I machines had a shorter span and aren’t compatible. This set is erroneously called a ‘wing conversion set’, where to most accurately name it, I’d call it a ‘skeletal wing replacement set’, as nothing is actually converted. It simply replaces the plastic wings, tail plane and rudder with photo-etch ribs, spars and cap strips etc. This would be ideal for showing the model in a factory diorama etc. If you want to go further and make a framework fuselage, Radu has included instructions for you to be able to do that too. However, that isn’t the actual remit of this kit, so let’s look further. RB Productions’ Eindecker wing conversion set is packed into a sturdy but very shallow corrugated box, with a CAD render image of the completed parts on the lid. Inside, several folds of bubble-wrap cover two small zip-lock bags, each containing a single PE fret. Underneath this is a piece of thick black paper that covers a large zip-lock wallet in which there is the main PE fret and a card stiffener that has a copy of the box artwork printed on it, and TWO download links. One of these is for the PDF instruction manual, and the other is a reference PDF with many colour photos of an actual Eindecker airframe. Very useful indeed! Lastly, two lengths of plastic rod are included, of different diameters. This is quite an unusual review simply because of the nature of the product, but I’ll certainly try. WINGS Every constructional element of the Eindecker wing has been meticulously recreated here. Construction starts with the front and back spars, and as PE is of a certain thickness, the spars will be made from photo-etch laminations. To help you get everything in the correct position, some PE ‘keys’ have been supplied. Slow cure glue is also suggested for this construction, and the use of clamps to keep things together along the length of the parts. Getting this right is imperative. To hide those laminations, cap strips are added to the spars, and all parts are numbered directly, so you can’t get them mixed up once removed from the fret. Ribs are provided as three parts; leading edge, main, trailing edge, and of course, these accurately represent the structures of the real thing, or this would be a pointless task! All rib parts interlock at the spars, creating a solid joint whose parts are correctly placed. Remember to occasionally lay the structure flat to ensure that you don’t in-build any warp. This can still be tested flat, despite the wing having an under-camber. Onto the wing, you will now add some fitments, such as rigging points, tread-plates, internal/wing-warping wires and bracing turnbuckles, compass, gimbal and housing, and anchor points and plates for the wing warp mechanism. You will need short lengths of the styrene rod that is included in this set too. To help define the various constructional elements within the wing, the instructions use colour ink on the CAD drawings, making everything plainly obvious. Whilst the wings look terribly complex structures, this set has been engineered and explained so as it won’t cause the modeller any headache. TAILPLANE & RUDDER Construction of these is again faithful to the original machine, with the separate ribs hugging the main spar/tail post items. The ribs are made as single pieces, whereas they would have been upper and lower elements on the real machine. The overall appearance will look no different though. Those spars will be made from the styrene rod that is included. If I’m honest, I would prefer a length of brass tube here, but I’m sure this solution will work just fine. As per the original, you will need to fit control cable horns, and other associated fitment hardware from the PE sheets. FUSELAGE This set is designed to be fitted to the Wingnut Wings fuselage, but if you actually want to have a totally skeletal machine, then drawings are supplied of the fuselage frames, and how to cut the kit fuselage so that you can graft it onto the forward section of the plastic fuselage parts. This would look incredible, and I think this set really deserves that level of attention in order to get the very best from it. You will need to reference the internal bracing etc. so that you get this as accurate as possible. INSTRUCTIONS/REFERENCE The instructions are a joy to read, and totally comprehensible, despite the complexity of the structure. I don’t feel that anything here will be difficult to build. Now, an important mention is made of priming the parts before assembly, due to their fragility etc. It is also suggested that you use an adhesive such as Gator Glue etc. The reason for this is because the wing and tail structures could flex slightly due to weight etc. This would cause CA glue to crack. Another option is to solder the parts, if you have those skills. I’m a big fan of the reference material supplied here too. This contains not only further links to online reference, but also a suite of superb colour photos of a surviving Eindecker, with great reference showing the internal inter-rib tapes etc. Conclusion Certainly one of the most original and innovative PE sets I’ve seen in a long while, and one that I’ve always dreamed of eventually seeing. Radu’s design and production are excellent, and whilst not a cheap set, the cost probably doesn’t even reflect the actual work that’s gone into designing this excellent release. All you need is a Wingnut Wings E.II, E.III, or E.IV, and you’re ready to go! Very highly recommended My sincere thanks to RB Productions for sending over this review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link.
  4. 1/35 Cargo Cabin detail set for Trumpeter Mi-24V Hind E Helicopter Part Photo Etch Poland Catalogue number S35-018 Available from JADAR Model.s.c. for USD $21.42 Part, a Polish PE manufacturer for all scales and genre's of scale models, make PE sets for many kits and are well respected in the world of modelling. I have heard of them being described as the Aber PE for aircraft? There's no pre printed parts or self adhesive parts, but the sets they make are very nice indeed. The Trumpeter kit, number 05103. It's one of Trumpeters best large scale kits available in my opinion. PE make four sets of PE for the 1/35 Trumpeter Mi-24V kit, Weapons, Exterior, Cabin Interior and Cockpit Interior. So, onto this set, the comprehensive Cargo Cabin detail set. As mentioned earlier, there's no pre-painted PE or self adhesive parts, but the multi layered construction of the panels and locations for plastic rod here and there will give a very 3 dimensional cabin. The set is delivered in a sealed envelope measuring 85 x 130mm. there are three frets of brass and one small sheet of acetate included along with an instruction sheet. The two larger frets each measure 61 x 122mm. There are more than 500 PE parts in this set, CRAZY!!!. Lets look at some of the detail on those parts. Here we can see the main switch panel located between the cockpit and cabin. This will be visible with the doors open and is very complete. I recommend replacing the PE handles with brass wire. I assume it is deigned so you glue the faces onto the back panel in one piece, then cut away the joining tabs?? here's more detail on fret one, this time looking at the lower half. This is gonna look great painted and weathered!! Moving on to fret 2, we can see all the fuselage ribbing supplied, all with lovely rivet detail, crying out for a wash!! Again, moving down to the bottom half of the fret, yet more gorgeous detail.. Just look at those gorgeous window frames!!! Close up detail of some of the buckles and brackets, the parts above them are mounts for the machine gun rails.. This is the third fret, measuring 61 x 31mm. Note the right side of the fret, marked, spare parts. Thank you Part.. , I wish other manufacturers of PE would do this!! On to the acetate for the cabin windows and some other small parts. A single sheet measuring 28 x 59mm. The instructions are supplied as one off A4 sheet of paper folded in half to give four A5 sides of black and white printed pages. Page one, giving a schematic view of the frets and starting on the assembly of the switch panel and opposite wall. Page 2 covers a selection of sub assemblies and sidewall construction. Similar sub assemblies are covered on page 3, then we start to put it all together into the fuselage. Finishing up with page 4, the final pieces are fitted to the bulkheads and the panels are fitted between the floor and roof of the cabin interior. All in all, this is a lovely set, if a little complex, that will greatly enhance the kit interior, especially if being displayed with open doors. All the buckles, clamps and eyelets will really pop under some weathering and dry brushing. You may have noticed a small amount of flash between some of the more intricate parts, it's actually like gold leaf and is very easily removed. Thanks to my pocket for the set, which I purchased from Model-art.eu.. delivery was £3.50 for four sets, packaging was brilliant and the sets only took 3 days to arrive!!
  5. 1/35 Cockpit Detail set for Trumpeter Mi-24V Hind E Helicopter Part Photo Etch Poland Catalogue Number S35-017 Available from JADAR-MODEL.s.c. for USD$15,40 Part, a Polish PE manufacturer for all scales and genre's of scale models, make PE sets for many kits and are well respected in the world of modelling. I have heard of them being described as the Aber PE for aircraft? There's no pre printed parts or self adhesive parts, but the sets they make are very nice indeed. The Trumpeter kit, number 05103. It's one of Trumpeters best large scale kits available in my opinion. PE make four sets of PE for the 1/35 Trumpeter Mi-24V kit, Weapons, Exterior, Cabin Interior and Cockpit Interior. So, onto this set, the comprehensive cockpit set. as mentioned earlier, there's no pre-painted PE or self adhesive parts, but the multi layered construction of the panels and locations for plastic rod switches and knobs will guarantee a very 3 dimensional cockpit indeed. With the glazing and door open on the finished model, all this work will pay dividends. Once we unpack the small 85 x 130mm packaging we find all this inside. There are over 200 PE parts in this set alone!! The main fret measures 61 x 123mm. Upon closer inspection we can see how 3 dimensional the panels are. they will take some skill to paint, but will look incredible if well done. At the top of the main fret we can see these beautifully etched panels. The centre section of the fret... note the multi layer parts and holes and slots for switch gear. The second, smaller fret measuring 56 x 30mm contains 25 parts and carries on with the beautiful etch work found on the main fret. The clear acetate sheet is printed with all the gauges and dials. It measures 48 x 90mm and has 22 separate parts. Once painted behind with white paint it will really pop. ] The instructions are very small, being made from one sheet of A4, folded in half to give four sides of A5 instructions. There is no colour and the printing could be better, but none of the instructions are illegible. page one, showing the frets laid out and dealing with sub assemblies. Note the bottom left corner shows how the lovely switch panels will be assembled. Moving on to page 2 we can see the main instrument panel coming together and the gunners side panel and pilots starboard console. Page 3 covers the pilots port side panel, more IP work and some canopy details. Page four covers the main assembly of all the parts into the kit fuselage. Surprisingly, no harnesses are included??? In summary, this is a lovely set which will take a lot of work, but will be well worthwhile in my opinion. The fact that there are no belts included is a little disappointing, I guess I'll have to get the Eduard set as well?? Thanks to my pocket for buying this set. I purchased my sets from Model-art .eu.. The postage for all four sets was only £3.50 and they arrived, beautifully packaged in only three days!! Highly Recommended Watch this space for the other three sets reviews.
  6. 1:32 Me 163B interior and masks Eduard Catalogue # See article for code and price Available from Eduard Do you ever build a model as soon as it's released, and then just wish you'd waited a little while to see what aftermarket sets would be released. You knew there would be some, but impatience takes over. That's exactly how I felt when I recently built the Komet for Tamiya Model Magazine International (to be published March 2014), especially considering that the base kit lacks in detail in a good number of areas. Eduard to the rescue with these new sets that have been sent for review. The exterior set will follow in our next samples package. Now, I'm pleased I have another Komet in stash... The sets that Eduard have sent to us are: #32802, Me 163B interior, 22,95 € #33130, Me 163B interior ZOOM, 18,75 € #JX161, Me 163B masks, 9,95 € Essentially, the Zoom set is a cut down, and cut price version of the full detail set, but tackling on certain, key elements of the main set. We'll come to that in a moment. All of these sets are packaged into the standard Eduard re-sealable thin sleeve. #32802, Me 163B interior Meng's Komet cockpit is pretty deficient in many key areas of detail. There was simply no excuse in missing out the amount of key detail that can be seen in just about every photograph and drawing you see on Google. When I built mine, I had to address a number of basic omissions in the kit, but thankfully Eduard have tackled every single one of those, plus the things which I simply hadn't got the time or inclination to sort myself. The rear cockpit bulkhead is pretty bad in terms of accuracy or scale, and it will take a lot of determination to put this right without an aftermarket set. Thankfully, this set doesn't shy away from fixing this poor area of the kit. You'll need to do some major surgery to remove the moulded plastic structures first though. With the plastic gone, you can now install an entirely new seat framework, complete with the various fine girder sections and seat installation rails. Of course, a seat is also included, produced in two parts, and including a set of belts to replace the poor ones supplied in the kit. Bulkhead detail also includes the rather obvious control surface linkages that protrude from this area and into the wing roots. If you thought the bulkhead needed work, then the same can certainly be said of the cockpit floor and side consoles. An entire photo etch floor is supplied to fit over the plastic one which is pretty much devoid of detail. Another strange anomaly in the kit, but thankfully corrected here are the side console straps. The consoles were actually fuel tanks, and they they were secured with fabric straps; 2 vertically and 1 horizontally. Strangely enough, Meng didn't include the horizontal on in their moulded detail, so Eduard have included entirely new sets for here. You will of course have to remove the moulded detail for the ones they did include though. There is also extra detail to add to the console avionics units, by means of coloured photo etch, and other parts. This level of detail also spills onto the separate inner cockpit sidewalls whose detail is more or less replaced with PE alternative parts. Having built this kit, I can say that this new detail is 100% worth the effort it will take in removing original detail and fitting this. Other internal cockpit detail includes the rudder pedals, control column wiring, gun sight and mounting deck, and the small canopy opening handle. Eduard are well known for their instrument panel parts too, and the same is included here. The kit dies actually give the option for either a moulded plastic IP, or a simple plastic base with PE parts, but of course, these aren't coloured, unlike these from Eduard. When it comes to making my next Komet, I'll use this version as it's a massive improvement over what is offered in the kit. The IP is produced from a layer with printed instruments which is overlaid with the instrument panel fascia. The effect does look very good. Oddly enough, there is no detail for the engine in this set, so assume it might be in the exterior set, but there are two more parts included here in colour PE, or should I more correctly say 'two alternatives of two coloured parts'? These related to the ammunition saddle, and are an indication of the ammunition used in this, dependent on whether you use the MK108's or MG 151 option. #33130, Me 163B interior ZOOM As mentioned, this is a cut down version of the previous set, with only the colour fret included. It is worth mentioning here that the colour frets in both this and the set above are SELF-ADHESIVE too. #JX161, Me 163B masks Another set I wish I'd had when I built my first Komet. This includes masks for the main canopy, rear external windows, and also the internal, armoured quarter-light windows which sit in the pilot's rear bulkhead. The main canopy mask is provided as an external outline only, with the suggestion you use masking fluid to fill in the centre. DON'T do this if you use Klear or similar for your canopies, as they WILL fog in reaction to the latex/ammonia. Instead, use scrap pieces of mask sheet to infill. Instructions All three sets have clear and concise instructions, with any surgery required, readily illustrated and easy to follow. Conclusion Eduard have done as good a job with this as they did with their set for the old Hasegawa kit, but of course the base Meng kit is infinitely superior to the Hasegawa one, so this set can onl go a long way to produce the very best Me 132 in 1:32 scale. Some scraping and hacking will be needed in that cockpit, so I wouldn't recommend this for an absolute beginner. Detail levels supplied are perfect in order to fix what Meng decided, in their wisdom, to leave out. The only things not included are two fuel lines running from the consoles to the rear bulkhead. Just get some lead wire out, and the job's a good 'un, as we say in this part of the UK. Very highly recommended James H Our sincere thanks to Eduard for the review samples seen here. To purchase directly, click the links in the review. Consider joining Eduard's Bunny Fighter Club programme for extra discounts on your purchases.
  7. F4U-1 Birdcage Interior Detail Set Eduard Catalogue # 32 781 Available from Eduard for €14.38 Bunny Fighter Club price: €12.23 Continuing with the reviews of all the Eduard sets currently available for the Tamiya F4U-1 Corsair, we now take a look at the Interior set. This is the full interior set, #32781. There is also a "Zoom" set available which does not include much of the pre-painted panelling or most of the second fret. For the extra cost, this set is by far the better choice in my opinion. So, what do you get for your money in this one?Two frets of brass is the answer, one plated and painted fret measuring 70 x 59mm with 75 parts and one unplated fret, measuring 111 x 70mm with 81 parts. The instrument panel and associated gauges are made up by laminating the gauge faces behind the panel itself. Sealed off with a drop of clear to replicate the glass, these panels will look awesome and really bring your cockpit to life. Fret 1.. As you can see, most of the parts are pre-painted, saving time as you build and giving you that superdetail that it would be near impossible to do with a paint brush. Much of this fret is also self adhesive.. Moving onto the larger unplated fret, we can see that much of the cockpit structure and ancillary equipment is included here... All of this thin sheet metalwork will raise your cockpit detail even higher than the wonderful Tamiya kit already does.. remember, the Corsair has a very deep cockpit with no floor as such, so is a major feature on any model, especially at this large scale. Here we can see the multi laminate design to accurately replicate the lever block attached to the starboard cockpit sidewall. More detail parts... The set is supplied in the usual clear plastic envelope with card insert. Also included are 4 sides of black and white printed A5 paper instructions. I have downloaded and printed off the instructions in colour, All Eduard instructions are available on their site as pdf. files. Sheet 1, Side consoles and rudder pedals are covered here... Sheet 2 looks at the bulkhead, IP, seat and "floor" structures. Sheet 3 covers yet more detail on the cockpit sidewalls and canopy framing. Notice top right the lever block we looked at close up earlier... Sheet 4 covers how to use the self adhesive panels. So there we have it, a very comprehensive detail set for a very comprehensive kit. I will be using all of the reviewed Eduard sets on my Corsair build here on LSM very soon. This is one section of the model I am really looking forward to, as it is such a major part of any Corsair model. Is this set worth the money? You bet it is!! Sincere thanks to Eduard for supplying this and all the other F4U review sets seen here on LSM.
  8. F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair Placards Eduard Catalogue # 32 795 Available from Eduard for €7.10 Bunny Fighter Club price: €6.04 Yes, another Photo etch set from Eduard for the brilliant Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair. This time we look at the Placards set which consists of one plated and pre-painted fret of brass measuring 70 x 39mm with 74 parts on it. As can be seen, the set includes much of the detail panels around the cockpit, some detail for the Instrument panel shroud, some engine detail and a couple of placards for the main U/C legs. If you have looked at my review of the cockpit set, you will have noticed that most of this set is supplied with that set, so you may decide not to buy this one? However, the engine placards and undercarriage leg placards in this set are not included in any other set. You may also want to buy this one if you have the Eduard "Zoom" set for your cockpit. The instructions are supplied in the set as an A5 "printed on both sides" sheet. I have downloaded and printed the instructions in colour on A4 paper for this review. Sheet 1, covering cockpit detail and IP shroud instrumentation. Sheet 2, more cockpit detail, engine and undercarriage placards. As mentioned earlier, you may want to mix and match to get all the detail you want for your Tamiya Corsair, remembering one thing, any surplus parts from this set can be used on other kits of the same era. I'm sure some of the parts could find a home in the cockpit of a Hellcat, Avenger or Wildcat?? Thanks to Eduard for supplying this and all the other sets for the Tamiya 1/32 Corsair. All the sets will be used on my build of this wonderful kit here on LSM.
  9. F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair Seatbelt Set Eduard Catalogue # 32 784 Available from Eduard for €7.10 Bunny Fighter Club price: €6.04 Yet another upgrade set for the Tamiya F4U-1 Corsair, this time we look at the seat belts. This set is made from plated and painted brass, at the time of writing Eduard had just released the fabric belts, but they were not available for review. This set comes packaged in the normal clear sleeve with card insert, containing one plated and painted brass fret and one A5 sheet of instructions printed on both sides. The brass fret measures 70 x 34mm with 36 parts. As can be seen here, the stitching detail on the belts is nothing short of incredible. If you've ever used this medium for seatbelts you will know that they can be great or awful!! In my experience a gentle warm with a hair dryer before carrying out any sharp bends helps prevent the paint cracking. These instructions have been downloaded from the Eduard site and printed in colour on A4 paper... Sheet 1.. Sheet 2.. With care in the assembly process this set of belts will be very realistic. I will use them on my F-4 build and add a little wash to weather them and a coat of matt varnish to really make them pop. Sincere thanks to Eduard for supplying this review sample.
  10. F4U-1 Birdcage Exterior Detail Set Eduard Catalogue # 32 344 Available from Eduard for €12.74 Bunny Fighter Club price: €10.83 Eduard wasted no time whatsoever in releasing all the Photo etch and Resin wheels for the amazing Tamiya F4U-1 Birdcage kit. This lovely Exterior set is one of those releases. I know what you're thinking right now... "The Tamiya kit is amazing, surely it doesn't need more detail"?? Yes, the Tamiya kit is a masterpiece and probably THE best engineered kit out there, in my opinion, but injection moulding does have limitations. Eduard have stepped in here to add the finest of details to the areas that even Tamiya couldn't produce in their amazing kit. Did I mention I like this kit?? This set of Photo etched parts is presented in the usual Eduard plastic sleeve with card insert, containing one unplated sheet of brass measuring 139mm x 70mm. Although the set is titled "Exterior", it consists mainly of parts for wells and the wing folds. The fact that the set contains a comparatively small number of parts is testament to the detail provided in the box of the Tamiya kit. So, what do we get in this lovely little set? Here's the Fret with 78 parts of etched brass... As we can see, there are many small brackets and pipes along with some larger panels. In this picture, we can see the panels that go onto the walls of the undercarriage bays. The kit parts have no rivet detail in these areas Along the sides of the large opening in the tail for the tail wheel and arrestor hook there is no detail in the kit. Eduard have provided these slim panels to add interest to this are. There are also many parts to superdetail the tail wheel bay internals. If you want to display your Corsair with flaps dropped, they look great this way in my opinion, you may want to add some detail to the outer edges of the plastic parts? Eduard provide the parts you need in this set, pictured here.. The wing fold area of the kit is lovely, with many beautifully moulded parts. Eduard have supplied all the necessary pipework and retracting elastic/springs to make this area of your model really come to life. Here's an example of what you get... The instructions for the set are supplied as two sides of black and white printed A5 paper. I have downloaded the instructions from Eduard's site and printed them in colour on A4 paper... Sheet 1, Tail wheel bay detail, oleo detail and flap end finishers. Sheet 2, Wheel bay detail and pipework for the wing fold. Note parts 3 and 4, the springs which pull the cables into the wing fold when retracting. So, we have a little set provided here which will enable us to build a masterpiece from an already amazing kit. If you are building your model wheels up, on a stand, there's no point in buying this set, however, if like me you will build your model on the tarmac with flaps down, this set is worth every penny. I will be using this set on my forthcoming build of this kit here on LSM. Thanks to Eduard for manufacturing and supplying this set. Watch this space for more reviews of Eduard sets for the Tamiya F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair.
  11. F4U-1 Birdcage Engine Detail Set Eduard Catalogue # 32 343 Available from Eduard for €14.38 Bunny Fighter Club price: €12.23 Eduard wasted no time whatsoever in releasing all the Photo etch and Resin wheels for the amazing Tamiya F4U-1 Birdcage kit. This lovely Engine dress up set is one of those releases. I know what you're thinking right now... "The Tamiya kit is amazing, surely it doesn't need more detail"?? Yes, the Tamiya kit is a masterpiece and probably THE best engineered kit out there, in my opinion, but injection moulding does have limitations. Eduard have stepped in here to add the finest of details to the areas that even Tamiya couldn't produce in their amazing kit. Did I mention I like this kit?? So, on to the set.... supplied in the usual plastic wallet with card insert containing two frets of unplated brass measuring 139 x 70mm each holding 57 and 89 parts respectively. Thanks go to Eduard for stopping the nickel plating on their brass frets, this makes soldering so much easier!! The set allows complete replacement of the cowling in a, "far more realistic than plastic" sheet metalwork assembly with crisp and precise inner and outer detail. There is also some beautifully rendered flap detail which is absent on the kit parts. This is Fret 1, covering the cowling inner framework and some smaller clamps and pipes... Fret 2, covering the outer cowling skins and cowl flap detail... So, now we will take a closer look at this lovely photo etch.. starting with the inner cowl detail.. Note the parts fold over to double the thickness adding more realism. Once rolled and mated up with the outer skins these will be very strong and realistic, and would look even better with added dents and corrosion ? Staying with Fret 1, here we can see the ring clamps to be added to the ends of 9 of the inlet manifold pipes. To the lower right, we can see the castellated nuts which will be rolled around the other 9 pipes. Stunning detail if you are showing your engine off. Moving on to Fret 2 we can see some of the finer cowl flap detail. Here we can see the inner flap skin and the three parts which make up each actuator!! Remember, all this is very visible on the Corsair with flaps open, it would look even better if one added the cabling between each actuator!! More inner flap detail.. The instructions are supplied as four sides of black and white printed A5 paper. I have downloaded the instructions form Eduard's site and printed them in colour on A4 paper. Sheet 1, covering removal of some of the plastic detail, drilling and adding the ignition cables... Sheet 2 , fitting of the hose clamps and inner cowl flap detail... Sheet 3, cowling assembly time.. Sheet 4, advertising their other sets, which will be reviewed fully here on LSM. This detail set is a valuable addition to an already well detailed kit, turning an amazing OOB model into a masterpiece. The set provides you with absent detail in the kit, and those beautiful cowlings will really bring a diorama to life. The cabling and pipework may not be to your liking, but it could always be coated in PVA, thick Gloss Enamel or even replaced with lead or copper wiring. I will be using this set on my forthcoming Tamiya F4U-1 build, along with every other Eduard set available for the kit.. Thanks to Eduard for designing, manufacturing and supplying this review sample. Watch this space for more Eduard reviews.
  12. 1:32 Desktop Mustang Imcth Catalogue # IMCZ-002 Available from Hobby Link Japan for ¥30,000 The North American P-51 Mustang enjoys one of those places in aviation history, along with the Spitfire, Hurricane, Mitsubishi Zero, Fw 190 and Bf 109 etc. Without a doubt, it is one of the most recognisable aircraft in the history of warfare. Its appearance over Berlin in the latter stages of the war, was lamented by Reichsmarshall Göring, who pretty much admitted that he believed the war was lost to Germany. Designed to a specification issued by the British Purchasing Commission, the P-51 Mustang, designed and built by North American Aviation, rolled from the drawing board and into the air in a little over 3 months. Originally powered by an Allison engine, the initial design had a relatively poor performance in relation to the Merlin powered variant that would eventually see mass production. The bubble-hood P-51D which was introduced in order to rectify the poor rear visibility of the earlier variants. A number of other main modifications were also present in the 'D', including a redesigned wing. This kit represents the P-51D We are all used to seeing a little photo-etch added to a model. Some of us love the stuff, and some of us are a little ambivalent. I admit to having a preference for resin over PE, and that sometimes, I get a little frustrated with the finer details I'm trying to add. Perhaps I'm getting a little more ham-fisted as I get older. I recently tried to break a little of my PE 'deadlock' by building the rather amazing Jasmine Model Horten Ho 229. It looked daunting, but it built like a dream. So what could possibly challenge me further? Let me introduce Imcth to you. Imcth is perhaps not a company you've heard of before, and that would be a shame. We hope to redress that a little here. These guys produce some of the single-most, amazing PE and cast metal kits you've ever seen. If you've often wondered why the hell Zoukei-mura add high detail into their models, only to close it all up, then perhaps the creations from Imcth would be more up your straße. Unlike Zoukei-mura though, the internal constructional detail in the Imcth kits is far more representative of the actual aircraft, and because it is photo etch, is also more in scale than anything that could be achieved in injection plastic form. Imcth currently have a Desktop Zero and Desktop Mustang available, with a Messerschmitt Bf 109F in development. Today, we'll look at the Mustang, and later in the year, we'll publish the Zero for you. The 109F will be next year. When this kit landed here, I was rather surprised by how compact the box actually is, but then you have to remember that this kit isn't restricted by large moulded parts on sprues. The box is still quite heavy though. To say the appearance of the packaging is understated, would be an understatement in itself. Packaged into a glossy black box, with the kit name on the lid, we open this one from the side, with a huge flap which then peels back the lid. Peering in, there are two cardboard boxes, surrounded by a carefully folded bubble-wrap edging. Lift these out, and you'll find a third, large box. Underneath this are the numerous instruction sheets. Opening the first, and lighter of the two boxes, we have a number of various lengths of metal, some coiled solder-style wire in two different diameters, and a vac form canopy. I know that some modellers can be put off by vac-form, but there really is nothing here to worry you. The mouldings for both windscreen and hood and on the same piece of plastic, and are crystal clear. Excellent definition of the parts will mean that it will be easy to accurately remove them from the sheet. What about the frames, I hear you say? Well, these are represented here, and in fine, well-defined lines. The actual framing is supplied as die-cut parts, on a sheet of self-adhesive chrome tape. Instructions within the kit show how this is to be applied. Also on the chrome sheet are the Browning MG barrels. The idea is to wrap this around the pre-determined lengths of wire which are stipulated in the drawings. I'm not convinced I could get the wire absolutely straight, so perhaps you wrap these around piano wire, or even replace them with barrels from the MASTER series. Whilst on the subject of wire, Imcth have made the plumbing of this model very easy with supply and shiny lead-based solder/wire, which you cut to the various lengths shown within the constructional stages. No guesswork leading to any wastage here! A set of rubber tyres are supplied, and these are far better than some I have seen with recent injection moulded kits. Instrument panel dials and gauges are included on a small sheet of colour printed paper, and another small sheet of material is here for you to make your seatbelts from. The parts are printed onto this and will need cutting out. For extra protection, this first box is also lined with bubble-wrap in order to protect these parts to the max. The second small box is far heavier, and also lined in bubble-wrap. In here, we have seven bags of cast white metal parts, labelled F, G, H, I, J, K, and L. Imcth have, for ease of use, grouped specific areas of construction into these bags, and within these bags, the parts are grouped into yet smaller, more group-specific groups. The instructions clearly show these various parts in drawing format. Unlike some companies, the drawings do indeed look like the parts. Full marks! The parts are also numbered, so identification on the drawings will be very simple. I do expect that you have seen some white metal aftermarket parts which look poor. Well, NOT in this release. All casting is done by Model Factory Hiro, and is about as good as you could ever expect to see, especially on such a high-end kit. Generally speaking, all castings are free of any pitting defect, and flash is extremely minimal, and almost non-existent. Across the parts, you might find the odd, hairline seam from where the mould was pared, in order to release the parts. Detail is amazingly sharp, and about as good as some of the best injection kits available. The instructions do say that a limitation in casting means that you will need to drill a few locating points a little deeper. As this is white-metal, this will be very easy. Test fitting some parts, such as the engine cylinder bank halves, shows that the fit is astounding, with little to no gap to be seen anywhere. Any seams will be easily sanded away. Some parts contain a small 'sprue' which you will need to remove and clean up the connection on the part. A number of pouring spout remnants also exist. You can cut these off with sprue cutters and use a small file to eradicate any trace from the parts. These spouts also tend to be on joint surfaces, and not on the actual face of the part. The design of this kit is superbly thought out. If any specific parts are 'handed', then the sprue will contains the letters L and R, in order that you get things right first time. It is Imcth's expectation that you will probably leave this model in its unpainted form. In order to maximise this effect, it is advisable to polish the white metal parts with a rotary tool and polishing/buffing compound. You should be able to achieve a high sheen effect using this method. The company website shows something similar HERE. I would advise that polished parts are perhaps coated in a clear metal lacquer so that they don't tarnish easily. The stuff from DIY stores usually works well as they are made with chemicals with low levels of oxygen with them, stopping any future corrosion. Even if you decide to paint the internals, consider polishing before you do any priming. This will remove any minimal mould release powder and oxidation that might be lurking on the surface. No matter how good the fit is of these parts, you will of course need glue. I would opt for medium viscosity CA and longer setting CA Gel for a number of parts. You might also be advised to buy some CA Activator too. I really don't see it being feasible to solder anything here due to the actual material used, and also because it would tarnish a great looking metallic finish. The instructions supply detailed information on how to prepare your metal parts for finish and fit. This information is accompanied by easy to understand English, as well as the writing also being in Japanese. Now, it really would be rude not to take a look through the individual bags of white metal, so here goes: PACKET F This packet contains a further THREE bags, all concerned with the Packard-built Merlin engine. The Merlin is split down into crankcase and cylinders, supercharger air intake and glycol tank for one packet, supercharger and large ancillary equipment in another packet, whilst the last small bag contains magnetos, plumbing, and the smaller detail parts that go to build this rather amazing assembly. As previously mentioned, I test fit a number of parts, and the fit was pretty exacting. Very little overall clean-up will be needed, apart from the occasional seam to be sanded, and a buffing with a polishing disc. PACKET G This contains only one wallet of parts, such as the engine bearers, engine bracket, front nose intake and exhausts etc. The exhausts are semi-hollowed, and would benefit from being carefully opened up a little. Casting really is excellent. The engine bearers are devoid of much detail because you will add internal and external PE detail laminations to this very cleverly engineered and thought-out area. PACKET H By any standard, the largest packet of white metal parts in this kit, consisting of a further FIVE bags of parts. Two of these bags are actually identical, in the sense that they carry one set of extended and retracted undercarriage struts and doors each. That's right, you can choose to model your mustang in a flying attitude, or grounded. The bay doors are single pieces for the flying version, and obviously two-part for grounded. The hinges on the smaller inner door are also in different positions too, to indicate whether the doors are dropped or raised. Those rather large wing fuel tanks are supplied in upper and lower halves, with some beautifully sharp filler port detail. The fit on these is generally excellent, with just one lower half needed to be levelled on a sheet of abrasive paper. Locating pips align beautifully, and these will look rather good when polished/painted. Whispering Death gained its name for the sound air made as it entered the Mustang's gun ports, was channelled inside the wing, and exited through the rear wing area. Imcth have packaged all the weapons bays and armament into a separate packet consisting of the bay frames, Browning MG's, and ammunition belts etc. Two of the six Brownings are 'handed', and they are easily recognised as such with the L and R sprue designation. The last packet in the H bag contains inner and outer wheel hubs, wheel bay detail, undercarriage door clips, and actuated/non-actuated undercarriage deployment hydraulic pistons. PACKET I Two packets comprise this area, and they are both concerned with the cockpit and services area of the Mustang. Very well-represented in one packet are the large internal fuel tank, battery, radio, equipment tray, compressed gas cylinders, control column mount, oil tank, and the rear instrument panel face, which would look great with a little bit of wiring. The second packet contains the meat of the cockpit; side walls, instrument panel, control column, seat and frame components, and the instrument anti-glare shroud etc. What isn't too apparent from my photos is just how sharp the detail is on these parts. The mould release talc somewhat obscures this in the macro photos, and with this removed using a polishing drum, this should shine out at you, literally. If you intend to build this with a painted cockpit, please consider the BarradcudaCals Mustang interior decal set. PACKET J One of the most obvious featured of the P-51 is the huge intake under the mid fuselage. This packet contains all the parts for that assembly, in the smallest of details. A couple of seams will need to be cleaned up, here and there, but in all, the quality again is quite superb. The use of locating pins will ensure that things fit together flawlessly. PACKET K As this model can be posed with the undercarriage raised or lowered, the packet supplies the tail wheel in both extended and retracted positions. Parts for the rudder post, trim tab, tail tips and inner elevator face are included. Where the model cannot be represented in PE, nicely cast parts are included to depict these sections. PACKET L This very last packet contains the propeller and spinner. The prop is broken down into two interlinking parts. A couple of seams will need to be removed from here, and the edges of the blades carefully finished off. The prop parts interlink beautifully at the hub, and then fit easily into the spinner rear part. As you can see, the main spinner part just drops into position. Perfect. Now it's time to take a look at the Photo Etch parts in this rather remarkable kit. FRET A As you will imagine, a skeletal fighter plane in 1:32 is going to need a large number of accurately presented wing ribs, and this is where you'll find them. The ribs are etched with face detail, neat slots for assembly, and the multitude of lightening holes which were stamped into the real thing. The PE sheets in this set appear to be made from stainless steel, which is not only very attractive in how shiny it is, but is also of a quite thick, scale gauge. Some parts, as on this fret are also assembled as laminates, making them even thicker and extremely rigid. Tags which hold parts to the fret are extremely narrow, which is great news when it comes to trying to cut through them. Consider a good pair of photo-etch scissors for this project. Other parts on this fret are a small number of fuselage formers, the armoured plating for the pilot's seat....AND....a superbly PRE-SHAPED part for the engine cowl underside. If you were wondering how these curves were achieved, well, now you know. The shaping is seriously good, but I admit it frightens me to hold these frets and lie them down with these attached! Just be careful when handling them, although they do seem very robust. FRET B Again, this one mostly consists of parts for the flying surfaces, but this time the ailerons, elevators and rudder. Spars are included here for the horizontal stabiliser, as are the various mini-ribs for the moving surfaces. A number of parts for the wing gun bays are also to be found on this fret. Flying surfaces have the mini-ribs cast in between the frames, and for these, a quick 90 degree twist of those ribs will automatically create an authentic 3D section. FRET C # This is where you will find the fuselage, in all its perfectly flat, etched beauty. The fuselage is built up from various formers and bulkheads as per the real thing, and some of these, such as the engine firewall, will need to be bent. Imcth has introduced two names to describe inner and outer folds. They have called these Valley and Mountain, and determine whether you fold inward to create a 'V' (Valley), or outwards to form a ridge (mountain). Get used to these, and the symbology Imcth uses on their instructions, and all will be crystal clear. Cockpit and internal floors are included on this fret. Wood was used in the construction of some of these, so if you want to paint, consider Uschi's superb wood grain decal. Those engine bearer external laminates are also here, and again, these will need a subtle bend or two to make them fit to the white metal parts. FRETS D & E These are almost identical except for one containing parts for a starboard wing and fuselage, and the other being for the port-side. A small number of specific parts apply onto to one fret too, such as spars etc. The upper and lower panels of each wing are represented in large, single pieces which are pre-curved to shape the rib profile of the wing, so again, no tricky bending to undertake. Detail on these panels is excellent, and the upper panels have the gun already cut out. A number of protective stiffeners will need to be snipped out first. As the gauge of the metal is relatively thick, using a file to clean up any tags should be very easy. The fuselage side panels, spanning the fuselage from the firewall, though to the tail section joint, are also pre-bent. Imcth really have thought of everything to ensure that this is a very enjoyable build. FOIL FILM 'T' This foil film is self-adhesive, and the canopy frames and Browning barrel sleeves are sharply die cut into it. I have my reservations about the barrels, as previously mentioned, but the canopy framing looks very good, and despite the photo, this film is high chrome finish. I had to tilt the camera to avoid glare, as I did with the PE frets themselves. STAND A small acrylic stand has been included with my sample. I'm not sure if this is standard. It is recommended that the model should perhaps be sat on this stand in order to take any weight from the undercarriage parts. First, you must peel the protective paper from the face of the Mitsubishi-made plastic, and then plug them together. Nice and simple, and non-intrusive so it won't ruin the overall constructional effect of the model INSTRUCTIONS This hasn't been produced in a typical manual-style format, with stapled pages and consecutive sequence numbers. The first two A3 pages are folded, and provide a pictorial view of the parts, with them being numbered for ease of identification in the build sequences. Instructions on how to best use PE and white metal are also included. The actual sheets pertaining to construction, are supplied as individual A4 sheets. The engine's sequence of build starts at '1' and goes through to '31'! From there, the next sequence starts at '1' also. To help you keep track, the pages are numbered for you, so it's obvious what section of construction should come next. Drawings for the various steps are easy to follow, with the images looking a lot like those that Eduard use. Imcth have also used coloured ink in order that you can recognise the various sub-assemblies and new-to-sequence parts. All parts are numbered along the way, and where you need to drill parts, this is also shown. Despite the overall apparent complexity, the actual breakdown looks very simple. In total, there are THIRTY-ONE pages of instructions! Enough to keep you occupied for a reasonable amount of time. Also included are instructions for adding the frames to the canopy, and notation on the best way to assemble the wing with regards to slot sizes etc. Conclusion I've seen some kits in my time, and whilst this is very different to just about every one, it's by far one of the most incredible releases I've ever had the fortune to see. Granted, you can't compare it with a Tamiya or Wingnut Wings kit, as it falls into a category all of its own, but that doesn't stop you being simply overawed at both the complexity and engineering that has been employed here. Not only do you have a stainless-steel skeleton of the Mustang, but also a completely detailed engine bay, cockpit, undercarriage etc. For those of you that have pondered a ZM kit, but the thought of sealing up all that work was simply too much, then consider a Desktop Mustang from Imcth. Not only will you have many enjoyable hours assembling it, but when complete, you'll really never tire of admiring it. I believe that Imcth are developing a metal skin set for this, which provides you with endless opportunities when it comes to using the model for diorama purposes, such as a maintenance scene, or a damage scene as I recently saw for Imcth's Desktop Zero. AND, I can tell you that later in the year, we'll be bringing you a review for that too. Simply outstanding and amazing James H Our sincere thanks to Imcth for this review sample. To purchase directly, head on over to Hobby Link Japan.
  13. B-17 Placards Eduard Catalogue # 32 790 Available from Eduard for 15,47€ Bunny Fighter Club price: 13,15€ Eduard have really gone to town with Aftermarket accessories for the HK models 1/32 B-17G and one of their latest sets is this one, B-17 Placards. The set is packaged in the normal clear envelope with card stiffener, containing one fret of plated and pre painted etched brass. The plated and painted fret measuring 93mm x 59mm contains no fewer than 115 parts. The painting on my sample is perfectly in register and very sharply printed. The set contains information labels, radio equipment faces and even a fist aid box, all of which are dotted all over the fuselage, from nose to tail. Many of the parts go into the cockpit, including sidewall and overhead console detail. There are also details for the bomb aiming equipment and electronic equipment in the nose section. The bomb bay is covered with all the bright red bomb loading instructions at each station included. There are even parts for the tail gun area!! Here are some close up pics, displaying the quality of printing on this lovely little set.. By now you may have noticed that all these parts are included in the various other sets, dedicated to each section such as Bomb bay or Front Interior sets, but this is where Eduard have helped if you want to add a little fine detail to your model, but don't want to go to the expense of all the other sets. This set contains enough to add "that little extra" to your model for a very reasonable cost and with little effort. The instructions in the set come as 4 sides of Black and white printed on A5 paper. I have downloaded the instructions from Eduard's site and printed them out in colour on A4 paper. Sheet 1... Sheet 2... Sheet 3... Sheet 4... To summarise, this set is of no use if you have all the other Eduard sets, but it will be greatly received by those who don't want to spend the time or money on all the other fantastic Eduard sets for their HK models B-17G. Thanks very much to Eduard for supplying this review sample.
  14. B-17 Seatbelts FABRIC Eduard Catalogue # 32 796 Available from Eduard for 18.02€ Bunny Fighter Club price: 15.32€ Here we have Eduard's lovely set of fabric seatbelts for the HK models B-17G. Eduard also make a set of etched seatbelts, so if you prefer that medium, you are catered for with that set. The set is packaged in the normal Eduard fashion, in a clear sleeve containing a card stiffener. The set consists of one sheet of fabric belts measuring 51mm x 83mm with 52 separate parts, and one sheet of plated etched brass measuring 40mm x 35mm with 39 pieces. The set includes enough straps to make 5 full size lap belts as fitted to the cockpit seats, covering the cockpit, nose section leaving two spare, perhaps for the belly turret? There are also two simple lap belts, which the instructions tell you to fit to the navigator and rsdio operators seats. Check your references for the correct placement... The buckles are beautifully etched and plated, so will not require any further finishing, just assemble and apply... Here we can see the great stitching detail on the belts themselves. The instructions are supplied as two A5 black and white sheets. For this review I have printed the instructions out on A4 paper in full colour. All Eduard's instruction sheets can be printed out from their website. Sheet 1... Sheet 2... There is no mention made of screwing the belts up between ones fingers, but it may make the belts look more realistic?? All in all, this set will greatly enhance the very visible cockpit and nose section of the HK models B-17G and are a great improvement over the standard kit parts. Thank you very much to Eduard for the review sample.
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