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  1. Fw 190's over Europe Part II (Painting Schemes and Decals) Maciej Góralczyk, Janusz 'Swiatlon Kagero Books (Topcolors series #38 / 15038) Available from http://www.shop.kagero.pl/en/fw-190s-over-europe-part-ii.html for €14,10 I really like the format of these books. Or is it decalsheets with deluxe instructions? Nevertheless, the profiles are always a treat to look at and the decals are extremely well done. There are 8 options featured From Fw 190A-2 to Fw 190A-9. I'd think that everyone should be able to find something to their liking in this package! Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-2; W.Nr. 0125228, 'Chevron L', flown by Ofw. Erwin Leibold of Stab I./JG 26, St. Omer-Arques, France, July 1942, An early machine with interesting "Stab"-markings. Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-2; W.Nr. 0125299, 'Blue 2', flown by Lt. Leopold Wenger of 10.(Jabo)/JG 2, Caen-Carpiquet, France, mid-August 1942, A fighter bomber outfitted with the centreline bomb rack. Also note the 10.(Jabo)/JG 2 emblem of a red fox with a blue ship in it's mouth. Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-4/U7; W.Nr. 0147092, flown by Hptm. Wilhelm-Ferdinand Galland, Kommandeur of II./JG 26, Vitry-en-Artois, France, spring 1943, This aircraft was flown by one of Adolf Galland's younger brothers. Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-7; W.Nr. 430170, 'Yellow 5', flown by Lt. Hans Ehlers, Kapitän of 3./JG 1, Dortmund-Brakel, Germany, late December 1943, A "standard" JG 1 scheme with the red recognition band of the Geschwader. Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-8/R6; probable W.Nr. 171172, 'Black 8' of 3./JGr 10, Redlin near Parchim, Germany, January 1945, My favourite! An A-8 with a wicked snake down the fuselage and Rüstsatz 6, a pair of W.Gr. 21 rockets, employed against the bomber streams sent over "the Reich" by the USAAF. What is a bit puzzling is that the profile of "Black 8" shows the 8 as dark grey while on the decal sheet it is pitch-black... Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-8/R2; 'Red 10', flown by Ofw. Karl Rusack of 5./JG 300, Löbnitz, Germany, January 1945, An A-8 with a dark scheme where green was used to overspray the top and sides to better conceal the aircraft on the ground for prowling Allied fighter bombers. The R2 means that the outboard 20mm MG151's were replaced with 30mm MK108 cannon. Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-8; W.Nr. 737435, 'White 20' of 9./JG 5, Herdla, Norway, 8th March 1945, An A-8 fitted with a "bubble" canopy and in winter camo. The emblem of III. Gruppe isn't featured on the artwork but is included on the decal sheet as a bonus. Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-9/R11; W.Nr. 206000, 'White 2' of III./KG(J) 27, Wels, Austria, spring 1945. The last option is a nice Fw 190A-9. Keep in mind that this version was 30mm longer than the A-8 (almost a whopping 1mm in 1/32! ) It did however have a 14-blade ventilator instead of the usual 12-blade. The type should have been fitted with a wooden broad-chord "paddle-blade" propeller, made by Heine or Schwartz. In practice almost all Fw 190A-9's were fitted with the standard metal VDM props. As Murphy dictates; this one did have the broad-chord propeller fitted, though. The R11 means that the aircraft was "optimized" for night and adverse weather with modifications as heated windshield panels, landing light and a PKS 12 autopilot. Every profile has a short description of the plane and it's most noticeable features. The decals are in 3 scales and printed by Cartograf which means that you don't have to worry if the decals are in register! Because of the rich printing of the decals they may be somewhat thicker than decals from other printers, although that will not extend to the decalfilm. It's the consequence of making beautiful opaque decals with fine details! Conclusion A very nice selection of Fw 190A's that I haven't seen before. The Hasegawa Fw 190A-8 that still languishes on my worktable will get some very nice snakes on it's fuselage! Very highly recommended Our sincere thanks to Kagero Publishing for the review sample. To purchase directly, click http://www.shop.kagero.pl/en/fw-190s-over-europe-part-ii.html Erik Bosch
  2. Last Hope of the Luftwaffe Me 163, He 162, Me 262 (Painting Schemes and Decals) Jacek Pasieczny, Simon Schatz, Arkadiusz Wróbel Kagero Books (Topcolors series #37 / 15037) Available from Kagero for €12,50 Lets take a look at one of the latest releases of Kagero books featuring profiles and decals for three Last Hope weapons of the Luftwaffe. This book marks the 37th release in their amazing Topcolors series. For only €12,50 you not only get the book with profiles, but also a quality sheet of decals to build them. Not only in our glorious 1/32 scale, but also in 1/48 and 1/72. Earlier volumes in these series feature both armour and planes. Sometimes linked by topic, like Panzerwaffe 1941-1943 or Fighters over Japan. Sometimes by particular subject, like the P-38 Lightning or Pz.Kpfw III. What amazes me is the €12,50 is a fair price for a sheet of Cartograf decals. Right? But with these series you get the book as a nice bonus. Or you get the decals as a bonus with the book. Depends on how you look at it. In this case we get 10 beautiful color profiles of the Me 163 (Super Timing!!), He 162 and the Me 262. The book is size A4 and counts 18 pages. The language is featured in both Polish and English. The first 3 profiles feature: << Needless to say, but the next three profiles could not have come on a better time. The new Meng kit will be a perfect platform to try one out on. Click here to read James Hatch' review. >> • Me 163 B V53; W.Nr. 16310062, 'White 9'. Flown by Uffz. Kurt Schiebeler of 1./JG 400, Brandis Germany, Early August 1944. This plane really did see a lot of action and held a score of downing 6 bombers at the end of the war. • Me 163 B; 'White 10'. Flown by Lt. Hans-Ludwig Löscher of 1./JG 400, Brandis, Germany, Late February 1945. This plane has some mystery clouding it's Werknummer, so a good subject to sink you teeth in. What strikes is the interesting presence of a DF loop antenna on the spine. • Me 163 B V52; W.Nr. 16310061, 'Yellow 1', flown by Lt. Reinhard Opitz, Kapitän of 7./JG400, Nordholz, Germany, April 1945. If you can't decide between normal camo and mottling, then this is the profile for you! • Heinkel He 162 A-1; W.Nr. 310003, 'Yellow 5' of 3./JG 1, Leck, Germany, May 1945. This plane has three nice small badges on the left side of the fuselage, of: 1./JG 1, 3./JG and JG 1. • Heinkel He 162 A-2; W.Nr. 120067, 'White 4' of 1./JG 1, Leck, Germany, May 1945. The wingtips show the thin green flowery lines. Difficult to get right with free hand airbrushing, but an interesting feature. • Heinkel He 162 A-2; W.Nr. 120028, 'White 3' of 1./JG 1, Leck, Germany, May 1945. An early production aircraft with lots of RLM 76 on the fuselage. A nice break from the more seen later schemes. • Heinkel He 162 A-2; W.Nr. 120231, 'White 6' of 1./JG 1, Leck, Germany, May 1945. Yes! This is my favorite. Not just because I dove into this scheme quite deep and used it for my own build, but mainly because of the un-painted fuselage and filler lines. The are quite a lot of different interpretations of this plane, but I do believe this profile knocks it out of the park. • Messerschmitt Me 262 A-2a, W.Nr. 110613, '9K+DK', flown by Ofw. Hermann Wieczorek of 2./KG 51, Rheine-Hopsten, Germany, 25th February 1945. You better set your airbrush to 'fine' for this snaky mottling. Very interesting scheme. Especially with the white outlined swastika on the tail, which is not common for this production batch. • Messerschmitt Me 262 A-1a, 'Yellow 2' of 3./KG(J) 54, Prague-Ruzyně, Czechoslovakia, May 1945. Very interesting scheme with a blue/white checkered band on the fuselage and thin RLM 81/82 lines between the camp patches. A small unit badge with a Totenkopf tops it all of. And last but certainly not least: • Messerschmitt Me 262 A-1a, 'White 34' of III./EJG 2, Brunnthal, Germany, May 1945. The next 262 I'll build will most definitely be in this scheme. Unpainted wings. Filler over panel lines. Natural metal. Primes. A nose donated from a different plane, as well as the left wing tip. This has Frankenstein written all over it. I'm sold. Every profile has a short description of the plane and it's most noticeable features. The decals themselves are printed the way we can expect from Cartograf. Perfect in register and true of color. Conclusion Basically the most comprehensive set of decals to be found. And with the new Meng Me 163 this set could not have come at a better time! Very highly recommended Our sincere thanks to Kagero Publishing for the review sample. To purchase directly, click HERE. Jeroen Peters
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