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  1. 1/32 Me 262B-1a/U1 ‘Nightfighters of NJG11 EagleCals - Eagle Editions EC#170 Available from Eagle Editions for $22,50 This new release from Eagle Editions is designed to accompany, although not exclusively, the new Me 262B-1a/U1 kit from Revell, reviewed here. Of course, these will suit the earlier Trumpeter or Hasegawa kit, should you have them at all. A quick note to add here is that whilst this review looks at the 1/32 set, this specific release is also available in 1/48 and 1/72 scales, increasing your options considerably. Check out the Eagle Editions website for this and other Me 262 decal sets. This release is packaged into a re-sealable zip-lock sleeve that contains a single, folded instructions and scheme sheet, plus two decal sheets that are printed by Cartograf. The instructions are colour-printed and the front cover shows the port-side profiles for the THREE schemes in this set. The Me 262B was never a machine that was adorned with a variety of paint jobs. Many of them were very similar with RLM76 upper surfaces that were mottled with a combination of these various colours - RLM02, RLM75, RLM81, RLM82. The undersides were painted RLM22 black, as befitting night-fighter aircraft. Despite the limited variety of options, Eagle Editions has chosen three relatively different schemes from which to choose, including a captured machine that was flown by Watson’s Whizzers after first being surrendered to the British. The three schemes included here are: Me 262B-1a/U1 “Red 8”, W.Nr.110305, 10./NJG11 Me 262B-1a/U1, “Red 10”, W.Nr.110635, 10./NJG11 Me 262B-1a/U1, “Ole Fruit Cake”, W.Nr.110306, Watson’s Whizzers The last machine is quite interesting in its history, Originally operated by NJG.11 and previously identified as “Red 9” or “Red 6” (more than likely the former), this aircraft had a FuG 350Zc Naxos passive radar fitted in the rear cockpit, and the lower cannon barrels were extended. Please check references with this particular machine. The Luftwaffe surrendered this aircraft to the British as Scheswig in May 1945, where it was given the code FE-610. Applying the same scheme, this aircraft could always be modelled as it was in British hands, but you would need to sort the code yourself. Images of the this aircraft in British hands will provide you some important camouflage tips for completing this under American colours. Inside the instructions, the three profiles are given in more detail, specifically for decal placement, and decal options are given for the starboard “Red 10” where it is possible that a different style and proportional of number was applied. Another nice are the multiple W.Nr and numerical code decals that are printed slightly differently, with good to sloppy alignment, to reflect how these were applied at this late war stage. Opening the instruction sheet up fully, you are supplied with notes for each scheme, with details as to colour application, plus historical and reference notes. On the opposite page, line drawings are supplied to indicate stencil locations. The last page of the instructions contains colour illustrations for the upper and lower surfaces, with notes for decaling. These illustrations are perhaps a little less aesthetic that the side profiles, and should be used in conjunction with photographic material for when it comes to scheme application. TWO decals sheets are supplied, printed by Cartograf as I mentioned earlier. The first sheet contains the American markings and nose art, German codes and Werknummers, plus a full suite of stencils and various dashed walkway lines. This sheet is divided into sections for clarity so you know exactly what you need for a specific scheme. The second sheet contains the German national markings, including swastikas. The latter are printed in two parts to as not to offend the sensibilities of at least one European country. These have the centres separate to the main outline, so that the larger portion will easily allow you to correctly place the decal. Decal printing is excellent, with nice glossy, solid colour that has been thinly printed. Carrier film is minimal and registration is perfect. Of course, depending on scheme, it is possible to build more than one of these machines from this set, ignoring stencil use. Conclusion A hard subject to tackle for the best of researchers, this Me 262B-1a/U1 decal set does cover a number of bases when it comes to the extra options available for some of the decals, leaving the ultimate decision to the modeller, whilst offering a rationale for their inclusion. These schemes also represent probably the most variety in schemes for this aircraft, with one German machine with entire upper RLM76, and the other with splinter camo wings. Of course, the American option provides that unusual element to this set. Coming from Eagle Editions, you know that the research here will have been thorough. Highly recommended. My thanks to Eagle Editions for this review sample. To purchase directly, click 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
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    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.
  4. We are working on new EagleCals for the Corsair F4U-1a, and will release them in 1:32, 1:48 and 1:72 for those interested! There are two sheets and we have just approved the profiles. Here they are in no particular order: We'll be putting them on the site soon for pre-orders, thanks! Judy - Eagle Editions Ltd.
  5. Hi All, We will have the new Spitfire Rotol spinners and props along with the corrected oil coolers here next week., Visit our site for details! http://www.eagle-editions.com/eagleparts/all-parts-for-the-spitfire-1-32-mk-i-and-mk-ii.html With thanks to Jim Hatch and Jeroen Peters of Large Scale Modeler for their help in preparation of the Masters for our newest EagleParts! Cheers, Judy
  6. Just thought everyone would enjoy the newest review of our Tiffie EagleCals, this one from The Modelling News: http://www.themodellingnews.com/2014/07/a-new-look-for-your-big-typhoon.html Team Eagle
  7. Hi All; We are excited to announce a new scale for EagleCals - two new sheets featuring the Hawker Typhoon in 1/24th scale: Here is the link to our page: http://www.eagle-editions.com/eaglecals/24.html And here are the profiles:
  8. Hi everyone; With the arrival of the new HK B-25H kit, we thought we would remind everyone of our EagleCals for the kit. The link is here: http://www.eagle-editions.com/eaglecals/32/b-25j-and-b-25h-click-to-view-all-available-markings/eaglecals-146-32-b-25h-detail.html Thanks!!! Judy and Team Eagle
  9. Spitfire MK IX Decal Sets in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 EagleCals Today I will look at three decal sets by EagleCals for the Spitfire MK IX. These are available in the three main scale, but were originally inspired by and designed for the Pacific Coast Models version of the iconic British fighter. As we all know the PCM offering was eclipsed by Tamiya's über-kit in 1/32, and there is no reason why these decals should not perfectly well with the latter, especially given there are no wrap around decals in any of these sets. For the smaller scales, I am not that familiar with what is out there, but Hasegawa, ICM, and Occidental are among the base kits recommended. All three sets have a strong Canadian theme - none of them are regular RAF birds, despite the camo - and there is also the almost ubiquitous Polish Fighting Team representative. All but two of the aircraft depicted are MK IXc - there are two IXe. As we have come to expect from EagleCals, the decals themselves are of high quality. But for me where they really stand out is the quality of their research. I have confidence in their profile artwork and technical information in a way that I just don't have with most other manufacturers. The profile depictions in these sets comprises coloured line drawings rather than digital airbrush effect 'paintings', but given there are no complicated Luftwaffe mottle schemes here, I am not sure it matters much. The first two samples were provided in 1/48 scale, where national insignia are provided for two aircraft, whereas in 1/32 full insignia are provide for only one. In each of the sets, there are full stencils for one subject. EagleCals #114 MA585 KH-B 403 Sqn RCAF P/O Buzz Beurling But for the kill markings, an ordinary enough looking aircraft but an extraordinary pilot - Beurling was Canada's leading ace of WWII with 31 victories; probably more famous for flying the MK Vb over Malta earlier in the war. EN354 WD-W "Doris June II" 52nd FG Lt Leonard V. Helton Originally a MK V and rebuilt into a IX, this aircraft flew out of La Sebala, Tunisia. Field applied Dark Earth and Middlestone upper surfaces, whilst retaining original Medium Sea Grey undersides; also brown used to overpaint original British insignia and markings. Distinctive '8 ball' motif. MH454 FU-N 453 Sqn RAAF F/O J.Boulton Full D-Day stripes This aircraft is listed as "provisional "E" wing". Full Invasion or 'D-Day Stripes', crudely applied and not touching codes. The IXe can be modelled in 1/32 by either using parts from Tamiya's XVIe kit or using Alley Cat conversion. EagleCals #115 BS104 YO-R 401 Sqn RCAF F/O T.K.Ibbotson 1942 That rarest of commodities on British fighter aircraft - nose art! The instructions acknowledge that the torso is provisional, and was probably obscured in the photo on which the decals are based. MK636 2I-E 443 Sqn RCAF S/L Wally McLeod June 1944 Another "E" wing, and again with full Invasion Stripes. Narrow cannon blisters and an extended carb air intake are noted. EN459 ZX-1 145 Sqn RAF Polish Fighting Team Spring 1943 North Africa Considering there were only a handful of them, the Polish Fighting Team or 'Skalski's Circus' as they are often known, remain extremely popular with modellers. Field applied Dark Earth and Middlestone upper surfaces, but with Azure Blue undersides. EagleCals #116 BS152 AE-W 402 Sqn RCAF S/L L.M.Cameron March 1943 Standard RAF camo, but with distinctive skeleton / hand logo on red background. MK826 GC-K 412 Sqn RCAF W/C George Keefer Highly decorated and high scoring, being a Wing Commander Keefer got to have his initials as the aircraft codes. Interesting for non-standard Invasion Stripes, which do not reach wing leading edge and do not cover landing gear doors. EN398 AE-B 402 Sqn RCAF Ian Keltie. Possibly the most interesting of all the nine subjects? Distinctive Popeye cartoon figure on cowling; no outer .303 guns fitted. EN398 went on to become the mount of Johnnie Johnson, and is likely the single highest scoring Spitfire airframe ever produced. Conclusion If you like Spitfires, Canadian subjects in WWII, or maybe both then these decal sets will be a must. I really like that technical info is called out (where known), and also that they cite the references used. As mentioned earlier, EagleCals pretty much set the bar where accuracy are concerned. Personally, I often chose modelling subjects by the airfield they flew from, even if the subject itself is rather dull and obscure so, if I was being picky, I would like the date and location of each subject formally listed. But that's pretty much all I can find fault with. One final thing, the bags these sets come in are slightly larger than both the decal sheet and the instructions - thank you EagleCals; why manufacturers persist in using bags which require Houdini-like extraction skills is beyond me! Recommended without reservation - excellent With thanks to Jerry and Judy Crandall at EagleCals for the review samples. To purchase directly, click THIS link. Nicholas Mayhew
  10. EagleCals has released these decals for the1:32 F4U1 Birdcage. Three sheets will be available June 2013. EagleCals #150-32 F4U 1 Part 1 EagleCals #151-32 F4U 1 Part 2 EagleCals #152-32 F4U 1 Part 3