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  1. 1:32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVIe (E-wing) Weapon bays (TAMIYA) Kopecky Scale Models Catalogue # 32015 Available from Kopecky Scale Models for $28.00 Kopecky Scale Models are a very new name to our hobby, and from the Czech Republic, and you may not even have heard of them unless you frequent Facebook etc. Jan Kopecky is the very genial guy who runs this new enterprise, and his work so far has been nothing short of superb. KSM caught my eye a few months ago when they were offering a gun bay set for Tamiya's Spitfire Mk.IXc with the 'C-Wing'. As I was planning to crack open my Mk.XVI with an 'E-Wing', I contacted Jan and asked if this was in his plans. Luckily for all us late Spit fans, he planned to release it within months. First of all, here's a couple of extra promo photos from KSM. Last week, the latest fruits of his labours dropped through my letterbox, and here it is! For me, the Tamiya XVIe has always been in need of this addition to perk it up a little, and I don't think anyone will be disappointed by what is supplied here. Kopecky's new Spitfire Mk.XVIe gun bay set is packaged into a series of ziplock wallets, and then stapled as shown. Inside the packaging is a folded A4 sheet of instructions. There will be some very minor modification to the host kit, and certainly nothing that a total beginner to aftermarket, couldn't handle very easily. That will include cutting away the outboard panel of the main gun bay. Of course, this set does supply two new panels for each side, with detail both inside and out. The bare gun bays themselves are cast in single pieces with a beautiful level of detail inside. Here you can see the inboard wing rib and the river detail, plus ribbing and plating on the floor under where the guns will sit. In the narrow forward area, more plate and rivet detail. The casting blocks on these are quite minimal, but you will need to carefully grind these away from the main part to avoid any damage. Here you see then guns themselves and the level of detail this set provides. These are cast in the same dark grey resin, on traditional casting blocks with parts numbers in place. Here you also see the feed chutes, Hispano gun feed belt units, and the fillet that sits between the guns at the front of the bay. Casting blocks will be very easy to remove here as the connecting webs are reasonably thin. Two different type of gun requires two different ammunition belts, and here they are. The larger rounds are the 20mm Hispano cannon ones, and the smaller are the 0.50' Browning (1.27cm). All are cast in stackable rows, complete with their clips. Here you see the gun bay doors with the blister shapes which look correct, and also internal detail, fasteners etc. Kopecky have even included the hinges as separate parts, and these are cast in a different resin, presumably with more strength to prevent any accidental breakage. The hinge detail is clearly seen in the above photo. Instructions are simple yet clear, with all parts easily identified. There is no mention of the kit modification needed, but for this, it's very easy to see what's needed to fit this detail set. Conclusion I have to say I'm massively impressed with this set and also with Kopecky Scale Models themselves. The detail in this set really does mirror the guys who've been doing this for years, including the quality of the castings. A very easy set to fit that will massively enhance one of Tamiya's finest 1:32 kits. There's everything to like about this set, and the price is very reasonable too. My sincere thanks to Kopecky Scale Models for the set you see reviewed here. To purchase directly, click the link at the top of the article.
  2. Alternative beaching trolley wheels for your 1:32 german seaplanes (Hansa-Brandenburg W.12 / W.29) are available to order. As usual, for pure printing cost. Kit contains 4 wheels: http://shpws.me/MzTK
  3. 1:48 Heinkel He 177A undercarriage set CMK Catalogue # 4176 Available from CMK for €31,80 It's taken me a little time to fathom out this specific detail set. We recently reviewed the He 177 engine set, and of course, this protrudes into the wheel well area of this behemoth. Now we have the undercarriage set itself, with a significant area of overlap. What we'll try to do here is to explain to you this set from two standpoints. The first will be fitting this set without the engine detail set, and then we'll look at what you'll need to do if you wish to install both of these into your MPM 1:48 He 177. As with the engine set we've just looked at, this set in packaged within the same style yellow and black trademark box that we are used to seeing with many of the more intense CMK resin detail sets. This sturdy little box has a top opening flap, and within, there are TWO bags of resin parts, and a single A4 instruction sheet, folded into an A4 size mini booklet. Opening the first, smaller bag, I'm getting a sense of Déjà vu. A quick glance at the instruction booklet does nothing to destroy that impression. The construction of this set starts in the very same way as that of the engine detail set, i.e. in the forward spar area which of course doubles up as the bulkhead section for the engines, but of course.....there are no engines in this set (or so you might think!). Does this make sense so far? The construction of that spar area is about 90% identical to that of the engine set, so you will already appreciate that if you wish to install both sets, you will have a significant number of spare, duplicate parts left over from the first stages of construction. Onto the spare are fitted many of the same parts as the previous sets, including the inner ribs, but now we see a change. Instead of fitting the plastic, outboard ribs that are supplied with the kit, instead a resin rib with an integral gear well roof, is now installed, creating a unit that has both an enclosed inboard and outboard section. Normally, the engines would fit into the centre area. It's at this juncture where you can of course go down two different paths. If you wish to install the engines, then you would fit the engine module to the spar in the same way that you did with the parts in the engine set. However, if you don't want to use the engine set, then the undercarriage set comes complete with a module which represents the rear detail of the engine. It is cheating, but of course, you do need to still see this detail in the wheel well. Unlike the engine set though, no resin exhausts are included here. There is another, larger bag of resin here, and with the exception of a few parts which are used for the 'common' assembly and dummy engine block, the rest are very specific to the undercarriage area itself. The most obvious parts are the replacement wheels. These are 'weighted' and treadles, therefore look correct in that aspect. The hub detail, including the hydraulic line, is perhaps a little rudimentary, but are certainly good enough for this set. I would maybe replace that line with a short length of wire. Replacement undercarriage doors are also included here too, which are thinly cast, with some very nice internal detail. The one issue I have with all of these particular parts is that the casting block connection protrudes onto the exterior face. On the larger door, the inner recess makes the wall so thin that you will need to pay particular care in removing the parts and cleaning them up. Building the kit out of box, the outboard gear doors are moulded closed. Of course, with this set, you can now pose them open, revealing those wheel bays. Parts are also included here for the hot air ducting that fits in these outboard wells. As with the previous set, resin casting is excellent, with everything manufactured in creamy, yellow resin, with the exception of the wheels which are a little darker. Some casting blocks will need careful removal, so take your time. Again, instructions are printed on a single A4 sheet, folded into an A5 booklet. A parts map and colour reference chart (Humbrol), are supplied, and all illustration is given as simple line drawings that are easy to follow. Conclusion With the amount of visual detail generated in the actual wheel bays, I would say that this set is really aimed at those who want to super-detail their model, as the main, outboard gear doors were commonly closed anyway, with the aircraft on the ground. Maybe this set is more applicable if you want to produce a maintenance diorama etc, or if you like to pose your models on mirrors so you can see the detail underneath. The inclusion of the rear engine module is a nice touch though, and the gear doors and wheels to offer something over the standard kit parts. For me, this is still a nice set, and it does make sense for me to add it simply because I'm also going to display the engines. Apart from that, it is a reasonable extra cost to a model that will already cost you €100. If you like the whole enchilada, then go for it! Recommended My sincere thanks to CMK for this review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link. James H
  4. 1:32 Spandau, Lewis , Vickers machine guns Gaspatch Models Catalogue # see article for code and price Available from Gaspatch Models After some simply astounding releases in both kit form and in aftermarket, Gaspatch Models had been relatively quiet for a period of time. Apart from the turnbuckle releases which this company is famed for, over the last year, we've reviewed their 1:48 Salmson kit, and also a suite of their 3D printed Lewis guns. It was this latter product which signalled the start of a new product range for Gaspatch, and the one we were certainly keen to follow up. Today, I'm pleased to be able to bring to you the very latest machine gun releases from this exacting company. The items we've received are: 13-32043, Vickers Colt-Built, €12,50 13-32046, Vickers British Hyland Type B Loading Handle, €12,50 13-32047, Vickers British Hyland Type E Loading Handle, €12,50 13-32056, Lewis Mk.II, €12,50 14-32060, Spandau 08/15 Extended Loading Handle, €12,50 14-32061, Spandau 08/15, €12,50 All gun sets are comprised of TWO machine guns to enable a complete port/starboard installation, and they are packed into attractive blister packs which contain a rendered image of the gun on the back. The delicate parts within are recessed into pieces of soft grey foam which has had the part shapes cut from the foam with heat, ensuring a snug fit and minimum risk of any breakage. To help further, whenever Gaspatch have sent me these sets, they also come packed into a sturdy cardboard box. Buy with confidence. Vickers Guns This machine gun has perhaps one of the longest service records of any machine gun ever invented, being used for almost 60yrs in various countries around the world. Conflicts that it served in range from the Great War through to the Korean War etc. The gun itself was a water-cooled, .303 calibre, medium machine gun which first entered service in 1912. Produced by Vickers, the ground-based version of this required 3 men to operate it in combat, whilst deployed to a team of six to help transport it around the battlefield, and then deploy it. The Vickers also had a good reputation for reliability, and was well liked by those who had to use it. The easy synchronising ability of the gun made it the standard gun to be fitted to both British and French aircraft during WW1, and the resultant airflow over the jacket, rendered the weighty water cooling system redundant. This of course greatly lessened the weight of the weapon too, again making it idea for air combat. Several slots were machined into the external jacket, increasing the effectiveness of air cooling. I have by no means requested every Vickers gun from the new range. There are actually NINE guns in this range, but felt that the ones that we've been sent are going to be very representative of this particular range of weapons. These particular sets are packaged into the smaller blister packs due to the smaller number of component parts per gun; and as stated there are two machine funs per packet. Each of these sets contains FOUR parts each. The Vickers gun itself is a single piece item, and there are of course ammunition feeds for both guns. Differences between the guns are quite subtle in most respects, but still identifiable. The Hyland Type E version has its loading handle pointing slightly downwards, towards the pilot's abdomen, ensuring that cocking the lever looks a little more natural, despite probably needing a little more moment force than the others. Each of the other types has their loading handle pointing slightly skyward, and each type has a different handle grip. It is also noted that the muzzles across these guns are slightly different too, depending on their manufacturer. Gun detail is simply jaw-dropping. Those ex-water cooled jackets have their air-cooled slots beautifully represented, and the loading handles actually look operable. What's more, the jackets on these are hollow, and there is actually the entire barrel length within them. That is just INCREDIBLE! Only 3D printing in ultra-high resolution would allow such a feat of production. The ammunition feed to the breech is also hollow, all the way through. Also visible are the mounting lugs with open bolt holes, and constructional riveting. Gorgeous, is the only word I can use to begin to describe these guns. Production is in light grey plastic. Lewis Gun The Lewis Gun was a light machine gun which entered service at the start of WW1, and continued in operational use until the early 1950s. It was also known as the Lewis Automatic Rifle. A wide cooling tube was usually fitted around the barrel when used on the ground, but this was omitted on aircraft due to natural airflow air-cooling. This gun, American in origin, was also of .303 calibre, and ammunition was fed into the chamber from a cylindrical drum which could be removed and quickly reloaded. Continual operation of the gun relied on the expanding propellant gas from the barrel, driving a piston which drove a cam track to the firing bolt, allowing for continual fire. The Lewis was also the first fixed machine gun to be fired from an aircraft, and was extensively used throughout the Great War, both on forward firing mounts and via cupola-ring mounts for observer/gunners. This release occupies on of the larger blister packs, containing EIGHT parts. These are two guns, two spent cartridge bags and four ammunition drums. The Lewis could take two drums of different capacities, but all four of these look identical. I don't know if the drums themselves looked different externally, but Gaspatch have indeed supplied those extras. Each drum, highly detailed, also has a superb leather strap handle! The guns are again exquisite. They contain what can only be described as filigree detail, including the sighting mechanism, wooden grip, hollow muzzle and textured wooden pistol grip. A mounting pip sits on top, onto which you fit the ammunition drums. A canvas spent shell bag with metal chute, is included as a separate part which just needs affixing to the side of the gun. Spandau 08/15 Without a doubt, THE name in German aircraft-borne weapons, along with Parabellum. The Spandau was probably the most numerous air combat weapon employed by the Germans in the Great War. Known as the MG08 (Maschinengewehr), the type was actually the standard German machine gun in WW1, and a lighter and slightly more compact version, the MG08/15 was deployed in large numbers. This gun had a calibre of 7.92mm, and the aircraft-specific version had a cooling jacket with a large number of slotted perforations, creating an extremely cool-firing weapon, Aircraft versions of both the MG, known as IMG08 and LMG08/15 were also now the standard weapon for German aircraft, as well as infantry, and were usually deployed in pairs, except for some Eindecker machines which carried just one or even three weapons (latter being prototypical). Both Spandau sets are of the 08/15 format, and both occupy the larger blister packs. Each set also comprises EIGHT parts. These are two guns, two barrels, two padded cushions, and two ammunition feeds. The guns themselves are essentially the same except for one type which has an extended loading type handle which was seen on some installations. It's hard to talk about the gun itself, without using many superlatives. Please remember the open, slotted nature of the Spandau cooling, and to see this replicated in the most amazingly fine detail is something I'm still getting used to. The gun jacket incorporates the forward stiffening plate and cross-reticule gun-sight. A hole exists here for you to slot the barrel through, with integral open ended muzzle. Loading handle mechanism again looks as though it would operate, and if this was regular plastic, this would need many separate parts to create the same effect that these guns have. A mounting bracket is also included as part of the gun, and detail, overall, is probably the highest of seen of any contemporary item. All parts across all sets are produced in the same colour plastic, except for the barrel/muzzle assembly in the Spandau sets. These are produced in dark grey plastic, with open, flared muzzle. Threading these into the barrels is very easy too, with just a little fiddling to make it locate into the hole within the rear of the gun. The remaining parts are for the cushioned pads at the rear of the gun, protecting the pilot's head from striking the metal chassis, and also the very detailed ammunition feed belts. Instructions All sets have a simple set of rendered illustrations within, showing assembly and general painting for the guns. Whilst there isn't too much variety in terms of colours to use, always check any online references for minute detail which you can apply with your paints. Conclusion Each time I see Gaspatch's latest releases, I'm bowled over by the finesse and attention to detail that they seem to cram into such small parts. Production of these sets is second to none, and they are probably amongst my favourite aftermarket sets for WW1 aircraft. Just absolutely astounding, in every aspect. These sets cost €12,50 each, so they aren't cheap, relatively, but what they add to a model, with the absolute minimum of fuss, has surely got to be worth a few of your hard-earned coin. Very highly recommended My sincere thanks to Gaspatch Models for these review samples. To purchase directly, click the links in the article. James H
  5. 1:32 Heinkel He 219 'Detail Up Set' Mk1 Design Catalogue # MA-32004 Available from Hannants for £83.40 Revell's Heinkel He 219 kit, released in 2012, was more than a bit of a mixed bag. A concoction of incorrect shapes/angles and spurious detail seemed to show a wanton lack of research from Revell, and the kit has been universally panned on the numerous modelling forums. I may be noExperten on the He 219, but even I could see that things weren't right. However, if you're willing to ignore these issues, the model does actually build up beautifully. Numerous companies have released upgrade and correction sets for the kit, but here's one you may not have heard of before, fromMK1 Design. This release is packaged in a slim, clear plastic box measuring 215mm x 155mm and roughly 15mm deep. Inside the pack can be seen many PE, colour PE, turned brass, resin and white metal parts. Some of the more delicate parts are fixed to the internal card backing, whilst others are bagged into ziplock wallets within the main box. Flip the box over and you'll find a full colour, photographic instruction sheet. Now, let's see how this will improve the standard kit. PE (Part A) This is certainly a wide-ranging set of parts, covering many areas of the airframe, both internally and externally. Revell made a big mistake with the lack of detail on the engine cowl flaps. MK1 have supplied these here as individual PE leaves, which need to be carefully arranged around the circumference of the cowl. I just hope they meet up at the end point! You may need to induce a shallow curve with these. I just can't tell. Inside the engine cowl ring, you will normally see the radiator faces, which under normal circumstances would have a sort of mesh texture. Here, a full set of individual plates has been supplied. Due to the open nature of the texture, consider applying these with Klear/Future, or something similar. CA may look a little messy unless you're very careful. Oddly, seatbelt straps are included here, minus buckles (found on colour PE fret). I can't understand the rationale in making these in regular brass and having to thread nickel-plated buckles over them. Single piece colour PE would have been preferable, or some material such as that used by HGW. Other parts on this fret include weapon pack gun blanking plates and channel caps, undercarriage compression strut jackets, exhaust tube forward grilles, windscreen armour plate, rudder pedals, nose gear bay plumbing and also finishing strips which you will fit into the rear of the stabiliser, before you add the elevators. Colour PE (Part A) I don't suppose it will come as any surprise to see that MK1 have tackled this in the same way that Eduard have with their own colour-printed parts. There is nothing on this fret to say this has been made by Eduard, and the style doesn't look typical of them, but I suppose it is possible. Parts on the colour fret include full cockpit instrumentation, including radio set fascias, and a multi-layer instrument panel, as we see with Eduard releases. A liberal smattering of PE covers everything from oxygen regulators, to other smaller sidewall detail. Quite impressive. Other parts on this fret includes the dipole array from the 219's spine, and a whole series of etch buckles for the belts which are presented on the first, brass fret. Resin Wheels Each of the 219's wheels is presented here as a single resin piece, with integral hub. Tread detail looks excellent, and the hubs are cast with the hydraulic lines in place. It is only the main tires that have a tread pattern, with the nose wheel being smooth. Detail is generally excellent, and of the wheels are very realistically weighted too, which is a vast improvement over the standard kit parts. The wheels exhibit some writing around the flat face. This says 'AVION and 'NACIONAL FIFELLI' (Pirelli?) . That all sounds a little strange to me. There are some tire sizes cast in situ too. I can't vouch at all how the detail is portrayed on these wheels in terms of tread or that odd writing. Perhaps you can make more sense of it? Casting is excellent, and the product appears very high quality. Casting blocks are connected to the parts via a thin wall which falls on the flat, weighted part of the wheel. Turned Brass parts These parts are quite impressive. Revell's exhaust flame damping tubes are a little weak to be honest (but still better than those in the ZM kit), and could do with replacing. MK1 have supplied superbly turned, thin wall brass replacements, complete with their straps, and with holes machined in the side into which he exhaust stubs will locate. A front cap is supplied for these tubes. For a night-fighter such as the He 219, you'll need an impressive radar array. Again, the kit parts are average, but you are limited with injection plastic. This set provides a whole new set of turned metal dipoles for the nose and tail of the aircraft. These look incredibly detailed. Other turned brass parts are included for the gun pack barrels in the belly, as well as for the upper firing MK108 guns too. A metal pitot is also included. White Metal Parts This is the last pack within this set, and contains no less than EIGHTEEN parts, all of which appear to be superbly cast, with no poor surface as seen on many SAC undercarriage sets. Main gear struts and actuators are included, as is the forward nose gear strut, with separate oleo scissor and two-piece fork, where the wheel would be sandwiched. It also appears that MK1 made the same mistake as Revell here and produced the undercarriage struts as they would look without any load, leading the model to sit too high, and with the wrong attitude. A full suite of prop blades is also included, but to me, they seem to lack any proper aerofoil curvature to the rear. The shapes to look right, however, but some fine seams lines could do with being polished away. The last metal parts here are for a replacement radio bank for the rear cockpit, and a simple ballast weight. These will certainly help push the centre of gravity forward and prevent your model being a nose-sitter, but please check the CoG before you seal everything up! Instructions A single, full-colour A4 sheet clearly shows the parts in the kit to be replaced, and where the extra details need to fit to the existing plastic. MK1 have done a very good job of this aspect, with everything being clearly labelled/numbered. Conclusion Like the Revell kit, this upgrade set is a bit of a mixed bag. Some parts have been carried off extremely well, such as the PE parts (with the exception of the seat belts), and the turned brass parts. Others less so. The wheels look great, but the bizarre text on them leaves me puzzled. The white metal parts are a general let-down in several areas. This is also quite an expensive set for what you get, and for me, you'd better channelling your money into the Eduard upgrade sets. Average James H My sincere thanks to KA Models for this review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link.
  6. 1:48 Bf 109E 'BIGSIN' Eduard Catalogue # SIN64807 Available from Eduard for 78,75 € The set, for the time being at least, signifies the last of Eduard's releases for super-detailing their own quarter-scale Bf 109E kit range. Each of the resin sets within this box, have been released separately in the recent past, and indeed, we've reviewed them on the SP&R website a short while ago. The BIGSIN packages offer a way to buy all sets, all at once, and for a slightly reduced price. Let's see what resin goodies are 'under the hood'. Bf 109E 'BIGSIN' contains the following sets 648058, Bf 109E wheels 648059, DB 601A/N engine 648060, Bf 109E MG 17 mount 648074, Bf 109E cockpit & radio compartment I have left a link in each of the above item lines so you may reference the original reviews. Essentially, there is no difference in any of the included sets, but we will use this article to summarise this BIGSIN release. Eduard's BIGSIN range have some very attractively priced and presented product lines for those modellers who wish to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, at their particular project. Packaged into an attractive, generic satin finish, top opening box with lid and edge product specific labels, the interior of the box is heavily lined in bubble-wrap, with each original upgrade set parts being packed into their own zip-lock wallets. Photo-etch parts and masks for these sets are sealed into a separate zip-lock wallet, with card stiffeners to protect the frets from damage. Instructions are supplied for each individual upgrade set by means of colour printed, folded sheets. 648058, Bf 109E wheels This set comprises FIVE parts, cast in a combination of light and dark grey resin. Each wheel is cast onto its own block, with the external hub 'star' being a separate part due to the undercut design of the assembled parts. This produces a very accurate representation of this aspect of the 109, which is sadly lacking in the majority of other Bf 109E kits. The tail wheel and strut are integrally cast, with excellent detail, and a minimum of flash to remove from the strut itself. Masks are supplied for the hubs on both main wheels and tail wheel. Single sheet instructions are provided for clarity, and no kit surgery is required to install this set. Parts are a direct replacement. 648059, DB 601A/N engine I suppose I could say that the only downside of the BIGSIN packaging is that the items in each detail set are included in one zip-lock bag, whereas the original release would have had multiple packets to prevent part damage. Still, nothing in this set is damaged at all, given the capacious interior of the main packaging and bubble-wrap. This set contains TWENTY-FOUR resin parts, cast in a combination of light and dark grey resin, with most parts occupying their own casting block. This comprehensive set includes a multi-part, highly detailed engine, complete with glycol tank, plumbing, engine bearers, exhaust stacks, oil tank, supercharger and external intake, as well as a replacement engine cowl. The latter is cast superbly thin, with interior constructional detail which will be a real bonus if you decide to display this off the model in a diorama situation. The levels of detail are seriously exquisite for such a small set, and the engine is also cast with ignition leads. These form webs, but wit some deft painting, you should be able to make them superb. The more fastidious amongst you may want to remove this detail and add the leads from fine lead wire. A single photo etch fret contains parts for engine lifting lugs, exhaust port stiffeners, cowl fasteners and supercharger intake grille. The instructions are excellent, and again, it looks like no surgery is needed to fit this set, although I recommend much test-fitting while you do assemble. 648060, Bf 109E MG 17 mount Moving backwards from the engine, this set is designed to replace the plastic kit parts associated with the cowl mounted MG 17 installation. This set comprises EIGHT resin parts, with a ninth part, an ammunition bin, classed as a 'free bonus'. Cast again in a combination of both light and dark grey resin, all parts are separately cast to their own blocks, needed only minimal work to remove as a whole. The main bulkhead and bin assembly will require a little more work to remove a large casting block. A gun cowl is also included, thinly cast in dark grey resin, and incorporating internal constructional detail also. Thin resin walls hold this to its casting block, and removal will be easy. The cowl itself is superb, with gentle external detail, requiring only a couple of flashed-over openings to be cut. Internally, the bulkhead has ammunition bins pre-cast in place, and the weapons tray which sits atop this is stunning. Eduard's depiction of the actual MG 17's is both sharp and refined in execution, with fantastically detailed breech and fine cooling 'holes' in the barrel itself. A small etch fret is included, holding various cowl latches and MG brackets. The instructions show that a small amount of surgery will be required to fit this upgrade to the host kit, but nothing that can't readily be performed by a modeller of average ability. Bf 109E cockpit, radio compartment. This is a pretty intensively detailed set that will require a degree of surgery to be performed on the kit plastic parts. The main work is involved in scraping away the moulded side wall detail. For some reason, Eduard didn't see fit to produce the plastic walls separately as they did in their 1:32 release, so you'll need to be careful that you don't scrape these too thin. The rear fuselage radio compartment insert requires no such surgery. The cockpit contains FOURTEEN resin parts in both light and dark grey resin, on separate casting blocks. Generally, casting blocks should be very easy to remove, connected by thin walls or membranes. The cockpit module will require s razor saw to remove it from its block, but the connection point design makes this very easy. Two instrument panel rear plates are included; one with the leather instrument access shroud, and one without. The cockpit interior is supplemented by a photo etch fret, printed in colour. This includes a laminated instrument panel, instrument detail, and a full set of colour seatbelts. Other non colour parts include rudder pedals, seat brackets, rudder trim wheels and coupling chains, to mention a few. The radio compartment is based around a semi-tubular insert for the read fuselage, inclusive of rib and stringer detail, as well as some very fine wiring and junction box detail. Internally, two radio sets are provided, with colour photo etch fascias, an are supported on resin frameworks which old the radios in position with rubber bungees, provided as brass parts. An amount of other detail is also provided internally, such as a battery and other avionics sets. The fuselage access panel is provided as a photo etch part. The instructions for the whole set are excellent, with all drawings being clear in depiction. Apart from removal of the access port, the radio compartment needs no surgery to install. Conclusion There's enough resin in this set to sink a battleship, and the inclusion of all the available sets for the 1:48 Bf 109E as discounted set, is a very welcome addition to Eduard's web-store. Whilst this set isn't cheap as a single purchase, it represents excellent value for money over the original individual releases, providing your intention is to use all aspects of it. Resin quality is superb, and the detail unsurpassed. This is a one way ticket to a seriously great looking Emil, and one you should consider if you fancy a project with a few more hours in the man cave. Very highly recommended. My sincere thanks to Eduard for the review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link.
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