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  1. 1/32 Bf 109G-6s EagleCals Catalogue: EC#171 & EC#172 Available from Eagle Editions for $24.50 each Today, we have not one but TWO brand new decal sets from Eagle Editions, both concerning the Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6, in 1/32 scale. These add to the already vast catalogue of decals for this legendary fighter aircraft. These releases are packaged into re-sealable zip-lock sleeves that contains a single, folded instructions and scheme sheet, plus two decal sheets per releasethat are printed by Cartograf. The instructions are colour-printed, and the front cover shows three port-side profiles and one starboard profile for the FOURschemes in each set. Eagle Editions have yet again managed to single out some of the most stunning schemes that adorned the Gustav. The four schemes included with EC#171 are: Bf 109G-6, “Yellow 6”, W.Nr. unknown, pilot unknown, Eastern Front 1944 Bf 109G-6, “Red (or Black) 11” W.Nr. unknown, 2./JG 302, pilot unknown, Jüterbog, Feb 1944 Bf 109G-6, “Blue 14”, W.Nr. unknown, 12./JG 2, pilot unknown, Beaumont le Roger, France 1943 Bf 109G-6, “Black 1”, W.Nr. unknown, 8./JG 54, pilot unknown, Lüneburg, Germany, Spring 1944 The four schemes included with EC#172 are: Bf 109G-6, “Red (or Black) 7”, W.Nr. unknown, 2./JG 302, pilot was Xaver Neumeier, Jüterbog, Feb 1944 Bf 109G-6, “Blue 17”, W.Nr. unknown, 12./JG 2, pilot unknown, Beaumont le Roger, France 1943 Bf 109G-6, “White 3”, W.Nr. unknown, I./JG 300 Wilde Sau, pilot unknown, Bonn-Hangelar, March/April 1944 Bf 109G-6, “White 11”, W.Nr. unknown, 7./JG 54, location and pilot unknown, Spring 1944 Each set has the main scheme profiles reproduced within the instructions sheet, which is superbly printed and crystal clear. These profiles are annotated to show all decal placement for the national, unit and emblem markings, plus each set contains a single machine with their wing root fairing edged in white or dark blue. These edgings are also, thankfully, supplied as decals, meaning less time in such frustrating masking tasks. These profiles also contain notes for where specific decals need to be over-sprayed slightly before the application of an overlying decal. Inside the instructions sheet, notes are given for the individual scheme paint application, plus any particular fitting-out notes for aircraft physical details, including ETC racks, drop tanks, FuG 25 antennae, cockpit/canopy armour, antennae masts, underwing cannon, Erla or standard canopy, Wr 21cm rockets, etc. These machines have been meticulously researched so that you don’t have to trawl your library or the internet to find out specific details pertaining to them. It’s well known that Jerry Crandall is one of our foremost aficionados when it comes to this subject, and references are supplied to state that reference is from his personal collection, or in a specific published book. When it comes to marking dimensions, these are also supplied, but you’ll need to work out the width of the fuselage/tail band. That really isn’t a problem either. The notes also state that the stencils are all factory standard, and in one case, overpainted. Each of these sets contains a complete set of stencil decals too, and a full page of the instructions is dedicated to this, with various line drawing profiles offered for your decal placement. Each stencil is highlighted with a green line pointing out its precise location, including the multitude of tedious cowl latch decals! Stencils are supplied for drop tanks too. As stencils are factory standard, box of these decal sets carry the same illustrations for this purpose. The rear of each instruction sheet carries illustrations which show the schemes from above, to help with laying paint, and also includes partial underside illustrations that help with further decal placement. Decals As previously stated, there are two sheets with each set here, and the first contains the identifying markings of each machine, and in some cases, alternatively coloured numbers, where research was inconclusive. Where the numbers have a yellow edging, the yellow number if first laid down and then the actual colour number is overlaid to give the edge effect. This sheet also contains the wing root edgings, spinner spirals, emblems etc. The second sheet contains the national markings, with the swastika being supplied as a two-part affair to comply with archaic rules in some supposedly democratic countries. At least these have been split so that the outline is complete and allows accurate placement instead of the guesswork that sometimes happens when the outline is split into two. A complete set of stencils is printed here too. All printing is Cartograf, and is extremely thin, has minimal carrier film, solid and authentic colour, and is glossy in finish. Registration is perfect. Conclusion Another two superb decal options for your Gustav. Beautifully illustrated, researched and printed, and offering you something that your regular kit manufacturers wouldn’t. When you look through their catalogue of current 109 decals, you can sort of see why you get some real fanatics when it comes to this machine. Most of the schemes here are also fairly easy to pull off, with maybe one or two needing a braver approach and higher skillset, but in all, these are excellent releases. They are also available in 1/48 and 1/72. Here are some links for your purchases: Bf 109G-6, EC#171 LINK Bf 109G-6, EC#172 LINK Highly recommended My sincere thanks to Eagle Editions for the decal sets that I reviewed here.
  2. We thought we would share three of the new eight profiles for the Mossie Mk VI EagleCals we are currently developing. Our Decal Engineer is now wrapping up the decal designs based on Steve Deisley's terrific profiles. Enjoy - Judy, Eagle Editions http://www.eagle-editions.com/decal-page/?___store=default
  3. 1:32 Focke-Wulf Fw 190D upgrades EagleParts Catalogue # see article for code and price Available from Eagle Editions You will perhaps note that most of these sets aren’t exactly what you could call new releases. In fact, these sets range from being 11 to 12 years old. So, why look at them again, you may ask? Firstly, this is for two reasons. Judy Crandall kindly sent them over to me for a future magazine project where I will do a full detail build of the Hasegawa kit, and more importantly, these are still probably the very best resin sets available for the 1:32 Hasegawa ‘Dora’ kit. As we stand at the moment, that particular kit is still the only mainstream Dora in 1:32. Another reason to look at these sets now is that they are now joined by another release; namely a brand new set of Fw 190D-9 propeller blades! Whilst we are all flooded out with choice for the Me/Bf 109, there is simply a real lack of new Fw 190 releases for large scale. Of course, Revell has slightly readdressed this recently with a new-tool F-8, and of course, ZM are promising a range of Würger too. The four sets I’ve received are: EP#40-32, Fw 190D series cockpit, $34.50 EP#42-32, Fw 190D ‘3-piece’ gun cowling, $11.50 EP#43-32, Fw 190D radiator cowling, $9.50 EP#64-32, Fw 190D-9 propeller blades, $14.50 Fw 190D series cockpit Yes, there were differences between the cockpits of the main variants of the Fw 190, and this set is only suited for use in the Dora. This release is packaged into a quite large blister packet which contains not just the resin, but a fret of photo-etch parts too. Two instruction sheets are folded and placed within too. If I have any reservations about the packaging, it’s that the resin parts are loose within, and possibly prone to damage amongst themselves or in contact with the PE fret which is in a small zip-lock and not protected with card. The package itself is sealed with a product label which requires cutting or tearing away. This set comprises of TWENTY-EIGHT pale grey resin parts, cast both separately and in combination with a small number of casting blocks. The largest part is the cockpit tub, which extends from the forward bulkhead, backwards to the rear of the radio bay to the rear of the pilot. There is no block as such to remove here, but you might need to thin the floor a little. Detail on this part is exceptional, with some great detail on those busy-looking consoles, and with a map case and map moulded onto the starboard console side. This blows away any injection moulded Fw 190 pit I’ve seen, including the new tool F-8 from Revell. Rails exist to the rear of these, and the seat will slot into place just in front of the shoulder armour. The floor contains control linkage and box, foot plate, secondary instrument panel and a good deal of wiring and plumbing. A cockpit-builder’s dream. Both sidewalls are separately cast. One of mine had a warp in it, but a few seconds in hot water, and this was fixed. Again, detail comprises of stringers, rails, fuel and electrical port rear areas, wiring looms, and of course, the interior of the radio access door. When it comes to the seat itself, Eagle have given a couple of options here. You can choose to either use the part with the cast seatbelts in situ, or a bare seat onto which you can add your own belts. A set of PE buckles and clasps are supplied, but not the actual belts themselves. Made up with a textile set from HGW, this would look amazing, but don’t underestimate the look at the seat with cast belts. This looks great, and I may even decide to use that part instead of attaching separate belts. Options are also given for you to choose to install either early or late versions of the foot pedals, which are supplied as PE parts. You can also choose to model the pit with or without the chronometer. The pilot would usually remove this when he exits the cockpit, but the option is there, or you could use as part of a dio, with the pilot holding it. As the Dora can be built as a JABO machine, a separate bomb control panel is also supplied. Even the control stick ‘boot’ gets the options treatment with both a standard part and an animated one, allowing you to display the control stick cocked over to one side. I think that covers all bases!! To fit this cockpit, the biggest job will be to thin the kit cockpit sides, removing the moulded detail. The instructions DO state that this isn’t a drop-fit, so please be aware of that. A certain degree of plastic butchery will be required, and a little patience. Having already fitted one of these, I can tell you that patience pays dividends. Part of that butchery will involve removing the instrument panel coaming. A corrected resin part is supplied, with detail moulded both on the inside as well as the outside. Whilst a much improved instrument panel is supplied in this set, Eagle suggest you use the kit decals to detail it. I suggest you don’t, as they are pretty crap. Instead, consider the superb sets that Airscale sell, including cockpit placards. That will really help to make this a masterpiece. Even the PE parts provide further options for you here. To the rear of the pilot is the battery and radio compartment, and above this sits a photo-etch turtle deck. Parts are supplied to either complete this with a standard lid for this area, or with a vented lid. You’re spoilt for choice. All resin here is beautifully cast, with no visible flaw anywhere that I can see. Fragile parts are protected by walls on their casting block, and those blocks will be easy to remove in every case. The PE fret contains around 40 extra parts, such as rudder trim wheel, foot pedal options, turtledeck, battery compartment lid options, seatbelt buckles, and also the two undercarriage indicator sticks which fasten to the wing! PE production is also very good, and should present no problems, as long as it doesn’t get banged in transit. Pictorial instructions are supplied, with plenty of text to guide you. Read this carefully. I know it will pay off, having once used this set on a previous project. All parts have labelling too, for easy identification. Fw 190D ‘3-piece’ gun cowling An area that few companies manage to portray properly on the Dora, is the forward gun cowling. Hasegawa also failed to get this correct. Thankfully, we have folks out there who can indeed do this, and these replacement parts are available through Eagle Editions. Eagle actually sell both the three and five piece gun cowls, but my project called for the three-piece part. Hasegawa’s attempt leaves the cowl looking a little odd with pronounced gun bulges creating a sort of plastic ‘cleavage’. The three-part cowl, moulded as one piece, was the type fitted to the later Fw 190D machines, so you will need to check your references to see whether you will need the three or five part item. Jerry Crandall’s Fw 190D volumes are an excellent reference. The number of parts actually refers to those used on the fore, gun cowl, and not the forward trough section. The replacement part is quite literally a single piece of light grey resin which simply needs removing from its casting block, with no further modifications required. Removal will be easy as it’s connected to its block via a thin resin wall that is connected to the canopy side of the part. A few small resin ribs will need to be shaved away too. As even this cowling could vary due to the numbers of small bulges on them, all are cast here, and you just need to nip and sand away those that don’t pertain to your own machine. Fw 190D radiator cowling Again, this is another ‘drop-in’ part that directly replaces the incorrect kit component. The problem with the Hasegawa part is that the front section of the cowl opening doesn’t properly depict the aerodynamic profile of the real thing, and it simply moulded as a rounded edge. Eagle’s part addresses this and corrects it. The side profile of the Hasegawa part is also too rounded, giving a slightly incorrect character to the final appearance. Another aspect of the Dora cowl that Eagle have included, are the plates on the cowl sides, which are used to join the cowl ring together on the real aircraft. These had a common interlocked hole, by which insertion of a pin was the means by which the cowl halves were secured to each other. The kit part omits this detail entirely. This replacement part is connected to its casting block by a very narrow wall of resin, and you’ll need to be extra careful when removing it. Fw 190D-9 propeller blades A very simple upgrade, designed to fit the Hasegawa D-9 (is there any other?). This addresses the inaccurate paddle-blade prop parts in this kit, with a newly sculpted option that more accurately captures the appearance of the real thing. In fact, the basis for this correction set is an original 190D-9 prop which is in a private collection. These are packed into another blister packet, and each blade is cast in light grey resin, on its own casting block. Casting is excellent with no flaw, and these will look real good in conjunction with the replacement cowl parts. Conclusion Even after a decade, these upgrade parts for the Fw 190D simply cannot be beaten. Their casting is as sharp as I remember them when I used my first set about 8 years ago, and the detail is just amazing. I love the cockpit work on a project, and this simply cries out for some special care and attention. Even if you don’t bother too much about the cockpit, I really do recommend the gun cowl, prop blades and radiator ring. These help to transform the front end of the Dora. Very highly recommended My sincere thanks to Eagle Editions for the samples you see before you. To purchase directly, click the links in the article. James H
  4. 1:32 Do 335 Pfeil EagleCals Catalogue EC#164 Available from Eagle Editions for $19.50 For me personally, if there ever was a decal set that arrived at just the right time, it’s this particular one from Eagle Editions. Last year, I built a test shot of the HK Models Do 335B-2 ‘Heavy Fighter’ for the Military Illustrated Modeller magazine, and recently I began work on the standard Do 335A-0/1 which is slated for release later this year. As this is a test shot too, I have no decals. Luckily for me, this new decal release is also designed for this particular variant. As with all Eagle Editions releases, this is packed into a small zip-lock wallet, with the main instructions being folded, and also forming the product image page. Also inside the package is another sheet with some reference photos, and TWO decal sheets. The front sheet illustrates the profiles for the FOUR schemes that are possible in this pack, published in a smaller format. Actually, I am not entirely correct in saying that only four schemes are available. One of these is for the heavily weathered, captured machine in US markings. This is the one which resides at the NASM. Even though the scheme shows this in those markings, it also carries obliterated Luftwaffe markings, and as these are supplied in an untarnished form, you can opt to build this as it flew with the Germans. So, in effect……FIVE schemes (or at least 4 ½ schemes!) When you fold out the main sheet, strangely enough, two of the pages show the four profiles again, in larger scale, with their decal placement codes. Both pages are totally identical. On one facing page, some historical and colour notation is supplied for each machine. I note that the underside colour is given as RLM65. I built my previous Do 335 with an RLM76 underside, which I thought to be correct, but this tells me otherwise. As I ran out of RLM76 though, I’m not complaining. I know that Eagle Editions sets are meticulously researched, with this set being aided by the talents of Marc Proulx. All schemes are very similar with the exception of one machine which has a natural metal finish to the rear fuel tank panel. Another machine is shown to have no forward firing guns over the cowl, so you will need to modify the kit for this scheme. However, this is a very simple modification. If you choose to build the captured machine, you will need to add some heavy weathering to the standard Luftwaffe scheme, including of course, those overpainted markings. One image I have seen of this also shows it without its undercarriage doors, so that is always an option too. The rear of the sheet shows the placement of the wing decals, and unlike the B-2 kit, none of the underside wing codes run into the main gear door areas, so this will be a little easier to complete. However, you still have the rear engine doors to negotiate for the fuselage codes and Balkenkreuz. These are supplied as intact items, and will need slicing if you wish to pose those engine doors in an open position. A single sheet is also included, showing two black & white photographs of two machines from the chosen schemes. Lots of very good weathering and diorama ideas can be gleaned from these, and again, it’s Marc Proulx who supplied the images. Colour profiles are created by Simon Schatz. Eagle Editions continue to choose Cartograf to print their decals, and we really have no complaints there. Printing is amazingly thin, but with good, solid colour and minimal carrier film. The decals also have a high gloss finish to them, plus, they are in perfect register. All of the various serials, codes and the American markings, are found on the first sheet. With one machine, it can’t be determined whether the code suffix is ‘PN’ or ‘PO’. In this case, decals are provided for both options. A small suite of stencils is also provided. I don’t think the Do 335 had many stencils anyway, so these are probably pretty complete. The second sheet carries the German markings, including swastikas. However, these are two part decals, so escape the ironically fascist laws that some post-fascist governments now employ. Thankfully, Eagle have created these with a complete outline, making it easy to properly position. You then add the central portion to complete the nasty Nazi symbol. The machines depicted in this release are: Do 335A-02, VG+PH, W.Nr.240102, December 1945 (captured) Do 335A-02, VG+PH, W.Nr.240102, April 1945 (under German use) Do 335A-0, W.Nr.240105, München-Riem, April 1945 Do 335A-0, VG+PN (PO?), W.Nr.240108, December 1944 Do 335A-1, W.Nr.240162, Oberpfaffenhofen, April 1945 Conclusion As I said, for me, these are perfectly timed. In fact, until the HK and ZM releases of the Do 335A-0/1 later this year, we won’t see too many of these appear in 1:32 projects, but remember that Eagle also sell these in 1:48 and 1:72 scales too. Production is excellent, and despite the lack of general variety for the Do 335, I think these particular choices are inspired. The accompanying historical and scheme notation is better than anything you generally see on the market at the moment. Very highly recommended My sincere thanks to Eagle Editions for sending this sample to us. To buy directly, click THIS link. James H.
  5. Wings of the Black Cross No.10 Mark Proulx Eagle Editions Available from Eagle Editions for $19.95 For those that do not know this series, Wings of the Black Cross are short books (this one is 36 pages) covering the Luftwaffe, containing many rare and previously unseen photos. Compiled by Mark Proulx, these books are from the Eagle Editions stable run by Jerry Crandall, which many of you will already know from the Eagle Cals decal series. The format is a relatively simple one: there are typically two pictures per page, accompanied by a brief description, of a particular Luftwaffe subject. The aircraft are not displayed in any particular chronological order, or indeed by type. There is a particularly heavy emphasis on late war subjects, with the pictures often taken at Allied 'dumps', where airframes were quite literally piled up after the war. That being said, the spread of subjects in this volume stretch from various transport, reconnaissance and bomber types, to the more common fighters that one would expect to see. Some of the aircraft are experimental prototypes or quite rare production models, and there are pictures from North Africa and German occupied Europe, as well Germany and Austria immediately post war. Some of the pictures are quite grainy, whilst others are of stunningly good quality. In addition to the photos, there are also some beautiful colour profiles at the end of the book. There are six here, and they are all of subjects whose photographs are in the book. The profiles are side-on, single side only, but come with short descriptions as to colours and particular features. I am usually rather suspicious when it comes to profile renditions - experience and research has shown the majority of profiles one sees are inaccurate and sloppy, but in this case I think that Ms Proulx and Crandall have enough experience of Luftwaffe subjects that we can use these profiles with a fair degree of confidence. Of course, one can never be 100% sure unless one has pictures covering a subject from a number of different angles, so there is scope for a bit of modellers discretion and interpretation should you wish. Understandably I won't describe all the pictures in the book, but here is a list of just some of the types covered - it is quite large as you can see: Bf109 E, G and K Fw189; Fw190 A and F Fw200; Me262 Bf110 D and G Me262; Me410 He111 H He177 Ju88 A, G and R Ju288 Ar196 Ar232 Ju52 Ju290...and so on In amongst all of the above there were a few subjects that really stood out for me. There is a Bf109 G-6 with short tail, Erla haube and large upper wing bulges which makes for a most unusual combination, but nonetheless eminently doable in all of the main modelling scales given a few spare parts. For fans of jets and natural metal finishes, there is a Me262 which was surrendered by a 'defecting' test pilot near war's end, although how you represent the puttied and in-filled panel lines will require some thought and perhaps additional references. The Ju52 looks almost like a Luft 46 creation - it appears to have a Bf109 G series nose section and engine grafted on the front in place of its regular engine! Finally, I quite like some of the Luftwaffe's larger aircraft, and there are quite a number of shots of both Fw200 and also the He177. Conclusion A great little book. If you just like perusing interesting photos of Luftwaffe subjects, then you'll find plenty to keep you occupied. I think the book's real value, however, is to modellers: for those seeking to make something that isn't a Marseille 109 or a Rudel Stuka, or if you are just looking for inspiration, then this book - and this series - is well worth it. Highly recommended With thanks to Jerry and Judy Crandall at Eagle Editions for the review sample. To buy directly, click THIS link. Nicholas Mayhew
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