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  1. Another model goes to my shelf. This time, the design that appears at the competition quite rarely, namely the P-39 Airacobra. The model itself is pretty cool, but I've added Eduard plates, HGW straps, Master barrels and Eduard exhaust pipes. Markings painted from templates drawn by Mr. Decal and cut Maketar
  2. After some "Outings" lately concerning building other scales than 1/32 or 1/35 I took all my pride aside and confess, I do 1/48 Jets sometimes , I even built a tiny 1/72 Mig-17 and had fun . To me the most hindering reason Building 1/48 Jets is not the scale or the lack of interesting subjects, it's about STENCILING. Some years ago I built a F-15 and lots of time were put into stenceling and the follow-up problems, like silvering, not setting perfectly, you name it. I have one of the Eduard 1/48 "Good Morning Da Nang" F-4 Phantoms in my stash, which is in fact an Academy kit and some resin- and pe-am-stuff. Decals are designed by Furball and are printed by Cartograph and looking great, BUT the sheer number of stencils made me shiver, there are hundereds of them. Two weeks ago I noticed that the Chech Company HGW not only provided Phantom stencils (No. 248020), but that theese are GROUPED wet transfers. That reduces the amount of transfers enormously. How they fit and if they are good to work with has to be tested. What I did notice is that there are lots of differences between the Cartograph stencils and the HGW ones, sizewise and in clarity and Colour. Even the words (yeah you can read them) are different sometimes. I didn't go deeper into research yet about who is right and who is wrong, but I was at least surprised by the fact. Compared on the contact paper the Cartograph stencils look clearly sharper. If I recommend the HGW Stencils remains open till further research is done. If they are not too wrong I will use them, if only to reduce the stress factor of stenceling. Cheers Rob Sheet No. 1 Sheet No. 2 In the Manual you can see the groups of stencils (blue areas) Number 619 (Cartograph) should be the same like Number 29 (HGW) Again the same stencil, left is HGW and Right is Cartograph
  3. Date 24th October 1940 Location Gilze-Rijen Airport - The Netherlands Squadron 3./NJG2 Pilot Fw. Hans Hahn Hans Hahn was born on 9 February 1919 at Rheydt in Rheinland. Hahn trained as a bomber pilot and was assigned to a Kampfgeschwader in January 1940. In May, he sank a 4,000 BRT freighter off Dunkirk. Shortly thereafter, Hahn transferred to the Nachtjagd. Hahn was posted to NJG 2 on its formation in September 1940. Feldwebel Hahn was assigned to 3./NJG 2. He gained his first victory on the night of 24 October 1940 on an intruder mission over England shooting down a RAF Whitley twin-engined bomber as it took-off from Linton-on-Ouse. He gained considerable success operating over England in the intruder role being awarded the Ritterkreuz on 9 July 1941 for 11 victories, the first night-fighter pilot to receive this decoration. His success did not come without cost.On four occasions he returned to his base at Gilze-Rijen with his Ju 88 operating on one engine only. On one occasion he returned with a British balloon cable wrapped around one wing. Leutnant Hahn was slightly injured on 31 July 1941 when his aircraft crashed on take-off from Gilze-Rijen. He shot down a RAF Wellington twin-engined bomber over Scunthorpe on the night of 16 August 1941 but debris from the bomber hit his aircraft putting one engine out action. Once again he had to bring his aircraft back to base on one engine. On the night of 11 October 1941 he attacked a RAF Oxford twin-engined trainer over Grantham. During the attack his aircraft collided with the target and he perished with his crew in Ju 88 C-4 (W.Nr. 0851) R4+NL. Hans Hahn was credited with 12 victories. All his victories were scored on night intruder missions over the Bristish Isles. I've been awaiting a moonlit evening for sometime now. On the occasions previously its been too windy or raining to risk taking the model outside. Last night the sky was clear and no wind, but still nerve racking having to balance it on a small table 3ft in the air! Camera on a tripod, ISO 200, Manual exposure and focus and shutter speeds from 8 to 20 seconds. I'll get some proper studio type shots before the GB finishes. Aaron
  4. Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 Super Riveting Set HGW Catalogue # 321016 Available from HGW for 996Kč Now, this release is maybe a little spuriously named, and what is contained within this pack is mostly not entirely new, perhaps except for HGW’s new ‘Wet Transfer’ inclusion, but that alone is reason enough to look at this new, comprehensive Riveting Set upgrade for the Hasegawa/Revell Fw 190D-9 kit. This is probably the most comprehensive non-scheme decal set for this release, also containing a set of laser-cut microfiber seatbelts. This release is packaged into a clear, re-sealable sleeve that is just a little smaller than A4 in size, and also contains a thick card insert to prevent damage to the set whilst in your postman’s hands. HGW’s attractive presentation is carried over onto these super-releases, and all contents are clear to see over both the front and back of packet. A summary of what’s included is: 321001, Riveting Set 262004, Wet Transfer decal set 132501, Standard Luftwaffe seatbelts Riveting Set This is essentially split into two parts, and forms the main component of this product. The rivets themselves are described by HGW as ‘positive rivets’. That of course means that they stand slightly proud of the surface, but no so much as to look wrong. Each rivet is an individual dot of glue, and every single area of the external airframe will be covered with these. To make things far easier for you, the exterior is broken down into sections, which are easily identifiable on the two rivet sheets that are supplied here. A separate sheet of illustrations shows where the specific panels fit to the model. Before you can apply these, you must prime your model and ensure the surface is smooth. Each panel must now, in turn, have its backing film removed and then applied to the model as a regular decal, using decal setting solution. The latter is highly advised. After buffing down the panel onto the model, you leave this, and the carrier film in situ for 3 to 4 hours. After that time, you carefully remove the film, leaving ONLY the rivets on the surface…..nothing else! Any adhesive residue can be wiped away with water and a cotton bud. It’s that simple. I’ve used these before with excellent results. When you paint your model, you will see slight variations in the finish, where the rivets lie, and if you softly micromesh them, removing a little paint in places, this will look like some rivets do when the paint partially chips away from them. As a sort of bonus, extra decals are also supplied for the control surfaces, specifically tailored in shape and size, to fit perfectly. When applied, these give the rib structures a better definition than is already moulded. Wet Transfer decal set This is HGW’s new technology which provides decals that are very much akin to how they would be if you were to apply masks and paint them. Of course, you can’t really mask for stencils due to the limitations of the cutter. Weeding out stencils, if they could be produced as masks, would also be tedious and cause raised blood pressure. HGW’s new system is to apply stencils exactly as with their rivet sets, meaning that all that’s left on your model is the link, and NO carrier film. Sound good? Along with masks for markings, this must be the ultimate finish. Stencil printing is excellent, with all text perfectly readable, even to my poor eyes. As well as stencils, there are dashed walkway lines and also options for stencils where records show they could vary. Absolutely top marks! Now, along with the stencils, HGW have extended their decal technology to actual national markings, and a set are provided here too. These include Balkenkreuz and Hakenkreuz, with both size and style options available. Again, these are applied as per the stencils and rivet decals, and will leave no carrier film behind. Printing is first rate, with solid colour and perfect registration. Standard Luftwaffe Seatbelts These will be no stranger to you. We’ve seen these many times before here on LSM. This packet contains one full set of laser cut, colour printed seatbelts on a paper backing (which must first be removed), and a single Eduard-produced PE fret. If you’ve never used HGW seatbelts, then you really are missing out on an opportunity to add more realism to your projects. The new generation of their seatbelts are now all laser-cut, meaning you only need to snip them from their micro-fibre ‘fret’ The first thing you need to do (and some forget!) is to peel the thick paper backing from the textile sheet, and as you snip the various parts from the fret, scrunch them up in your fingers and then open them out again. This breaks any tension in the material, and allows them to be more realistically posed. You can now assemble the belts using small drops of CA, best applied on the end of a toothpick, or similar. Assembly is always very easy, with both textile and PE parts being identified by different colour markers on the assembly drawings. Unlike the RB Productions belts which are adjustable when complete, you will need to get a measure of your own specific model before setting any buckles and clasps into position, and then gluing them permanently. Now, you can apply your belts to your model, using a little CA, and draping them in a realistic fashion. Once set, apply a coat of gloss varnish to them and weather them with oils. Apart from the extra realism, you will notice another little quirk. A whole range of laser-engraved stitching will now be easily seen! It’s quite difficult to see these unless you apply a wash. Conclusion In the near future, I plan to build a Hasegawa Fw 190D-9, in Russian colours, incorporating obliterated German markings. As these wet transfers seem to be thinner, I’m sort of hoping that they will be perfect for lying the Russian stars over. Anyway, they’ll certainly be tested, as will the entire set. So please watch out for that build here at LSM, and Military Illustrated Modeller magazine. HGW are a pretty innovative company, and I quite like to use their products where I can, so this will be an interesting build, and hopefully I can show you these products to good effect. VERY highly recommended My sincere thanks to HGW for this review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link. James H
  5. 1:32 Laser-cut seatbelt sets and mask set. HGW Catalogue # see article for code and price Available from HGW We like to keep you up to date with the very latest releases from HGW. We are big fans of these guys, here at LSM, and if you’ve ever used their products, then you’ll know why. Today, we have their latest releases which focus on seatbelt sets for those newly released kit, and also a very welcome canopy masking set. 132564, Arado Ar 196A-3 seatbelts, 299 Kč 132565, SE.5a seatbelts, 132566, Felixstowe F.2a/Hansa Brandenburg W.29 (The Duellists) seatbelts, 499 Kč 632029, Felixstowe F.2a masks, 119 Kč I generally do a recap as to general usage for HGW’s seatbelt sets, and I’ll do that again here. Each set is packaged into an attractive, narrow sleeve, with a card stiffener. The Duellists set is obviously packed in a larger sleeve in order to accommodate belts for both the Felixstowe and W.29. Where we have a little difference here is that the Arado set comes with a number of resin items which are bagged and placed within a blister pack. This is slid over the regular narrow sleeve, but the stiffening card within the pack is narrower to allow for the blister. Please be careful so as not to damage this pack, as it is generally easier to bend. HGW’s seatbelt sets are a two component solution. They both comprise a printed, laser-cut microfiber sheet with all of the parts ready to assemble. All you need to do is to first peel off the paper backing sheet and then each part in turn, from the textile sheet, as you use them. Printing quality is excellent, with serials, data labels etc. (where appropriate), and then there is the generally unseen laser-etched stitching which will become visible when a wash is applied. Before any assembly, you should take each textile piece in turn and repeatedly scrunch it up into a ball and open it out. This breaks down any rigidity in the material and allows you to pose the parts in a natural looking way. Assembly should typically be with CA. As these parts are laser-cut, the heat of the laser has an unexpected but surprisingly neat effect on some parts, with the edges of them being ever-so-slightly darkened. Almost like in-built shading! These belts can also be weathered with oil paints etc, and then flat varnished and dry-brushed. A metal fret contains all of the relevant fasteners and buckles, with this part being produced by Eduard. Always go for there only being enough parts to make once belt set, although I have worked with these where there were actually as many as two whole sets of parts included, despite only one set of belts being packed. Etch quality is always high, as you would expect from Eduard. Each set also contains an instruction sheet. The use of red and blue colour on the instructions denotes the difference between the textile and PE parts. Drawings are also typically ‘Eduard’ in their approach, with excellent clarity, although no further annotation other than parts numbers, is supplied. Each sheet also explains the weathering process to you. Arado Ar 196A-3 seatbelts This set is supplied with resin parts. There are three in total, designed to replace the plastic parts within your Revell Ar 196A-3 kit. Whilst I’m unsure who makes these, they look similar to the style of part that HPH uses in their releases, and cast from the same colour of resin. One part replaces the pilot’s seat, and is beautifully mastered and cast, with just a little clean-up needed on the reverse. A large casting block will need to be carefully removed, and you will need to carefully profile the curvature of the seat underside, where the block is removed. Another part, not shown in the instructions, appears to be a padded cushion for this seat. The last resin part is for the observer/gunner seat and incorporates the mounting brackets. As with HPH resin parts, this is cast onto a thin, flat sheet which will need to be carefully ground away. All else looks pretty normal for an HGW set, except for a large metal part on the fret. This isn’t shown on the instructions, but was originally intended as a template for cutting the back rest for the original Arado Ar 196 kit. For this release, it won't be used. SE.5a seatbelts A simple yet effective set which replaces the photo-etch lap belts of the WNW kit. Confusingly, this it titled as having two sets included, yet first glimpses of the parts seems to show two kits in that there aren’t two identical sets. This is correct. What this set provides are two OPTIONS for the SE.5a, and indeed, if you have two kits in your stash, then there WILL be enough parts for both (as long as you use different types of course). One part, printed in brown, does appear to be out of register on my sample. No problem to fix it though. Felixstowe F.2a/Hansa Brandenburg W.29 (The Duellists) seatbelts Both of the sets in this dual release are available separately, but this is of course a nice set to acquire if you are lucky enough to own the impressive WNW ‘Duellists’ release, containing both the Felixstowe F.2a (Early), and Hansa-Brandenburg W.29. A single piece of textile and a PE fret is included for each of these aircraft, and the instruction sheet is simple to follow for both assembling the belts and installing them to your model. Felixstowe F.2a masks Whilst this set doesn’t actually stipulate this, it appears that that the ‘Early’ release of the WNW Felixstowe is the kit this is designed for. The ‘Late’ version has only small windscreens due to the cut down rear deck and absence of a forward canopy enclosure. The intended kit does have a LOT of panels to mask, so this release is most welcome. It’s not just canopy masks included here either. You will also find masks for the propeller tip sheathing. This is another very welcome addition due to the complex curvature of these items. Now you may airbrush the sheathing first, mask it off and apply your wood grain finish to the rest of the blades. Another nice feature are the masks for the prop hubs, allowing you to mask the timber areas and finally blow some metallic paint over the hub. As is normal, these masks are made from kabuki tape, and are sharply cut. The instructions are very clear about the location of each item. Conclusion I’m beginning to find HGW’s seatbelt sets almost a staple of my regular modelling diet. They look great when assembled, and are nice and easy to assemble, and in a reasonably quick time frame. I know of no other seatbelt solution which looks as authentic and is resistant to the rigours of weathering. They are also reasonably priced, and provide a great focal point for your detailed cockpit. Oh, did I tell you that I really like them? VERY highly recommended My sincere thanks to HGW for sending these samples for review. To purchase directly, click the links in the article. James H
  6. 1:32 German seatbelt sets (various) HGW Catalogue # see article for code and price Available from HGW The latest flurry of new seatbelt releases from HGW are aimed at the recent flurry of German model aircraft kit to hit the market, from both major conflicts. Recently on LSM, we’ve seen reviews of the Fly Model Arado Ar 234B-2, as well as the Horten Ho 229, and also the beautiful Hansa-Brandenburg W.12 from Wingnut Wings. Jan Bobek, forever with his finger on the trigger, has catered for those who are now looking to build these latest releases, and of course, he has sent us these to look at today. The sets we have, all in 1:32, are: 132542, Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10 (Orlon, Ersatz), for Revell kit, 240 Kč 132556, Arado Ar 234B/B-2/N, for Fly Model kit, 272 Kč 132557, Horten Ho 229 (Orlon, Ersatz), for Zoukei-mura kit, 240 Kč 132558, Hansa-Brandenburg W.12, for Wingnut Wings kit, 240 Kč 132560, Messerschmitt Me 262 (Orlon, Ersatz), for Hasegawa/Trumpeter etc, 240 Kč Overview If you’ve never used HGW seatbelts, then you really are missing out on an opportunity to add more realism to your projects. The new generation of their seatbelts are now all laser-cut, meaning you only need to snip them from their micro-fibre ‘fret’ The first thing you need to do (and some forget!) is to peel the thick paper backing from the textile sheet, and as you snip the various parts from the fret, scrunch them up in your fingers and then open them out again. This breaks any tension in the material, and allows them to be more realistically posed. You can now assemble the belts using small drops of CA, best applied on the end of a toothpick, or similar. Assembly is always very easy, with both textile and PE parts being identified by different colour markers on the assembly drawings. Unlike the RB Productions belts which are adjustable when complete, you will need to get a measure of your own specific model before setting any buckles and clasps into position, and then gluing them permanently. Now, you can apply your belts to your model, using a little CA, and draping them in a realistic fashion. Once set, apply a coat of gloss varnish to them and weather them with oils. Apart from the extra realism, you will notice another little quirk. A whole range of laser-engraved stitching will now be easily seen! It’s quite difficult to see these unless you apply a wash. Of course, there is no need to paint these belts, as they are all pre-printed, and contain excellent detail, such as serial numbers and data patches etc. Laser cutting has also provided another nifty effect too, and that is that the edges of the parts have an extremely subtle scorched effect which darkens the ink. This is perfect as it looks just like shading, and helps to add some weathering, albeit unintentional. Now, you will notice that some sets are very similar, and in some cases, they may be identical. The reason that HGW release sets such as these, and not generic ones is that some belts, their fasteners, and securing, may have been slightly different. When you buy a set for a specific model, you can be assured that it will be perfectly compatible. However, if your specific, named set is out of stock, you may be able to substitute it for a different named set. Just check that the components are the same, and all will be well. Each set is packed into a re-sealable letterbox sleeve that has a stiff piece of card to protect the contents. In the front, a rather attractive packing slip denotes the contents, and onto this, both the textile sheet, and the Eduard-manufactured PE parts are tacked into place with easily peel-able glue. To the rear, a slip is included which shows construction. Everything appears to be easy to follow, and indeed, I have made many of these without any problem. 132542, Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10 (Orlon, Ersatz) Please note here that these are the late-war green Orlon material, and may not necessarily be good for your model. The caveat here is to check your references. If you can’t find information to the contrary, showing beige belts, then these green belts look rather good. 132556, Arado Ar 234B/B-2/N This set caters to both single and two-seat Ar 234 kits that Fly Model recently released. If you are only building the single seat machine, it’s still worth buying this dual set, as having a spare set of belts will prove to be a cheaper option than purchasing a second set for a different, compatible model. This set of course represents the lighter, beige belts which were pretty universal during the war. 132557, Horten Ho 229 (Orlon, Ersatz) The beauty of the Ho 229 is that its ZM kit incarnation never actually flew. As it never existed beyond prototype stage, it’s entirely likely that it would have had the newer, green Orlon belts, unless there was a supply chain shortage. Who knows?! As a result, HGW have printed these to represent those later style belts, and they sure look good to me. 132558, Hansa-Brandenburg W.12 A departure from WW2 as we look at belts for a Great War aircraft. This time, we see a set designed for this attractive sea-borne biplane, consisting of two lap-belts for both the pilot and rear gunner/observer. For this specific release, I would look at perhaps burnishing the PE parts, or washing it heavily in black/dark grey enamel. 132560, Messerschmitt Me 262 (Orlon, Ersatz) If you buy an Me 262 kit, the chances are it will state that the seatbelts are beige. Again, it’s not inconceivable that these late war fighters may have been fitted with the green Orlon belts, and this set helps to cater to that possibility. I can’t see any difference between this and the Ho 229 set, so if this specific is out of stack at your LHS, you can use the Horten, and vice-versa. Conclusion I’m a big fan of these sets, and really don’t like to build a project without a set of compatible belts from HGW. I’m pleased to see this range expand and cater to new releases almost as soon as they are announced, and HGW’s reference means that you know your set will indeed work specifically for your project. Superbly produced and at a more than reasonable price. Give them a try! Very highly recommended My sincere thanks to HGW for the samples seen here. To purchase directly, click the links in the review. James H
  7. I had it long time waiting till starting this wonderful kit..... the HANSA BRANDENBURG W.29 in scale 1/32 by Wingnut Wings. There is nothing unsaid about this amazing kit so that I do not want to loose time.... and start directly with the first pictures of it..... The engine.... I added some wire and replaced some parts with thin plastic pipes ..... and painted all in black / iron. The iron was polished aferwards before adding some oil paint, drybrushing and pigments to it ..... All interior parts got a primer with brown lifecolor, before making the wooden parts with oil colors. I wanted to give it a darker look on the inside and used mostly dark brown colors. The tanks and other metal parts were painted with Revell Aqua colors and received some polishing and oil color washing after it. Next I have added more and more parts to the interior ..... Do not wonder about the missing seatbelts... I am waiting for the lased cut parts from HGW right now ..... Hope you like it so far .... Cheers Michael
  8. Finally done... I´m not 100% satisfied, but that´s life... thanks for moral support in "in progress" section!
  9. It is a pleasure to start my new airplane now.... I built some other stuff (ships, military, ...) in the past days that's why I wasn't here onlie with news for longer time .... but now I received a pre-serial sample of HK-Models brand new DO-335 monster in 1/32 scale. Together with the brand new metal parts and photoeteched parts by profimodeller I will build the airplane with all hinges open...... Daimler-Benz DB 603 - Engines of the DO-335 First of all I glued together all the engine parts before paintig it all in black. Then I painted the details with a paintbrush before adding some oilcolor washings in black, brown and beige. After all drybrushing with Iron. Then adding Mig-pigments in beige on the engine and fixed them. Finally added oil on it with Tamiya smoke and worked with some different colors of Tamiya Weathering sets (Silver, beige, rust, black)..... Cheers Michael
  10. Hello, Roland D.VIa is finished.... the base is ready... Roland D.VIa - 1/32 by Wingnut Wings plus gun barrles by Master Models and a figure of a German "Vizefeldwebel der Luftwaffe" by Kellerkind Miniaturen is done. The painting was made with acrylics by Lifecolor and oil colors .... More pictures on my website - hope you like it! Now let's think which Wingnut Wings model will be next .... BR Michael
  11. 1:32 AMC DH.9 interior (for Wingnut Wings kit) HGW Catalogue # 132123 Available from HGW for 159 Kč HGW's collaboration with Eduard is well-known, and for a long time, we've seen a good stream of upgrade detail sets from this Czech company, and also their own version of Eduard's BIGED sets, where a modeller can buy all the related sets for a specific model, at a reduced price. Today we take a look at a set designed to upgrade the cockpit of Wingnut Wings' recent AMC DH.9 release. That actual kit was reviewed HERE. As per the recent seatbelt sets we took a look at, this set is also packaged into an attractive, slim sleeve which is reinforced with a rigid card insert. A single, small photo etch fret is attached to the black satin face paper within the packet, and a sheet of folded instructions are included to the rear. This release is one of HGW's simply sets, designed to complement an already excellent plastic cockpit. You really don't need to do much to the WNW kit, and this is reflected in this upgrade. The focal point for this interior set is the instrument panel, and more than half of the parts included are destined to end up there. To install this, you much grind away the moulded detail on the plastic instrument panel, leaving a smooth face. I would also reduce the thickness of the panel itself by the equivalent thickness you will add, by means of the etch replacement. The first step, once you apply the metal face to the plastic part, will be to add the wood-grain detail you wish to add. A perfect candidate for this is the Uschi van der Rosten or HGW wood decal product, as the surface, without bezels, is completely flat. Once done, you then need to add some backing discs to the etched instrument locations, followed by the WNW instrument decals which will sit atop these. These will then be followed by the numerous bezels which can first be airbrushed before assembly. A few other minor details are also then to be added. Other cockpit detail includes various sidewall equipment, such as throttle/mixture quadrants. You will need to add a little thin wire or plastic rod to these to act as control cables for these various items. Lastly, a set of leather straps are included, which you'll fit to the rudder pedals. The instruction sheet is very typically 'Eduard' in style, with line drawings being supplied for the various assembly stages, and coloured ink to denote newly fitted parts and those that require surgery. Nothing here will be difficult. Conclusion A very simple and affordable upgrade path which will ultimately produce a great looking instrument panel for your DH.9, and throw a few extra refinements into the mix too. Everything here could be achieved by a novice too. There really wasn't much to do to improve the DH.9, but HGW still found a few areas that they could work their magic on. Highly recommended My sincere thanks to HGW for this review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link. James H
  12. 1:32 and 1:48 Wet Transfer Stencils (Various) HGW Catalogue # see article for code and price Available from HGW This, of course, isn't the first time we've looked at the new series of Wet Transfer from HGW, but this series is now expanding quite rapidly. We have been sent the latest releases in 1:48 and 1:32, so we'll take a look at each set independently, and what they offer the modeller, over the standard, traditional decal. 'But surely, these are decals', I can hear you say. Technically, yes they are, but that's where the comparison ends. These are like a halfway house between the regular decal and the dry-rub down decals that have made appearances over the years. Where these differ is that you get all the benefits of a carrier-filmless decal (as per the rub down stencils), but with all the convenience of the traditional decal that you apply with water and setting solution. Of course, masks are always another option for regular decals, but certainly not for stencils. That solution is totally unworkable. Adding regular stencil decals to a model, means you will always have that excess carrier film present, that you so desperately try to hide with setting solutions, gloss varnish etc. If you use masks for the remainder of your model, then this compromise in realism is something you've had to live with. Well, no longer! When these decals are added, there is NO carrier film whatsoever. All you are left with is the stencil....... The sets we have in 1:32 are: 232001, Spitfire Mk.IX Stencils, 159 Kč 232006, Messerschmitt Bf 109E Stencils, 295 Kč 232008, P-51D,J,K Mustang Stencils, 295 Kč Those in 1:48 248001, Spitfire Mk.IX Stencils, 159 Kč 248008, P-51D,J,K Stencils, 159 Kč 248009, Messerschmitt Bf 109F,G,K, 159 Kč 232001, Spitfire Mk.IX Stencils This set is presented in a slim, re-sealable wallet, with a tough card stiffener to stop it getting bent, and damaging the contents. Like all sets, the basic instructions are shown on the cover. These are: Cut out the required decal Soak in hot water (tepid!!) and wait until the decal loses its base paper Apply as a regular decal Push the water from below the decal Leave to dry for 3 to 4 hours Remove the transfer foil and remove any glue residue with water You will note I inserted the word 'tepid' into there. I would never advise you use hot water for decals, and as I've previously used the rivet decals, which work on the same principle, I know you can use tepid water. Also not mentioned here is the use of a decal setting solution. With the rivets, I do use this, but I don't know what the result would be here. You're best testing a spare decal first. This particular set contains a complete set of stencil decals, including the narrow wing walkway lines. Being fastened to the carrier whilst you apply them does mean that decals such as these are far easier to apply than regular decals. HGW has produced a very comprehensive stencil set here that could completely remove the need to use those in the Tamiya or PCM kits etc, and the result is that when they are applied, they will literally look like they have been painted onto the model. What's more, these decals are so fine and sharp that you can read the test on just about every single one! A decal placement guide is obviously included, and this shows in detail where everything needs to be applied, using a regular numbering system. All very self-explanatory. 232006, Messerschmitt Bf 109E Stencils Now, here we see something very different. First of all, this sleeve is much larger than the Spitfire stencil set, and secondly is that this is far MORE than a stencil set. Yes, the stencils are included here in their entirety, including fuel tank decals and wing walk decals in both black and red, but here we see a radical departure from the 'stencil only' set. The same small, narrow sheet also contains kill tally markings and other items such as the Mickey Mouse that adorned Adolf Galland's JG26 machine. I'm presuming the other markings here are for the same. They certainly look like it to me. Now, there is a second, LARGER sheet. In fact, it's twice the size of the first, and this contains no stencils whatsoever. What it does contain are many common markings and unit emblems. All of these are in the same format as the stencils, meaning the decal should look like the next best thing to applying masks. This is quite an extraordinary set which will no doubt satisfy the requirements of many Luftwaffe builders. There are also kill tallies etc. As with the Spitfire set, drawings are given for the location of the stencils, but NOT for the aircraft markings. You'll have to check your references before you use those, as they are simply designed to replace what you may be using for your scheme anyway. You still won't get away from using regular kit decals for the national markings, but in this case, I would suggest you go for masks for those. 232008, P-51D,J,K Mustang Stencils One thing you can say about the P-51, it was FULL of stencil data! Again, this set comes in the larger size wallet because it also includes more than simple stencils, although only one sheet is used here. About half of the sheet is taken over to stencils (and there appear to be hundreds of them), and there are a few decals that are optional, depending on which variant of Mustang you are building. The remainder of the sheet is taken over again with personal markings and emblems/codes for actual schemes. In this case, I can identify these aircraft: P-51D, 473305, 4th FG, 334th FG, 'Blondie', flown by Lt. Marvin W. Arthur, February 1945 P-51D, 411622, G4-C 'Nooky Booky IV', 362nd FS, 357th FG, Major 'Kit' Carson', Suffolk, England P-51D, HO-M, "Petie 2nd" As with the Me 109E set, you will need to source your own information for the placement of these non-stencil decals. I will only briefly summarise the 1:48 sets, as most has been covered above. All sets are packaged into the narrow wallet, and the Mustang set appears to be identical to the 1:32 version, with everything simply scaled down. What is remarkable is that I can STILL read the stencils, at 1:48 scale!! All the same stencils are included, as well as the scheme markings. As per the 1:32 version, the 1:48 Spitfire set contains stencils only, while the Bf 109F,G,K set contains both Balkenkreuz and specific machine markings, to compliment the comprehensive stencils set. I'd go as far as to say that there are enough stencils for two models here also. Conclusion I very much like the concept of stencils with zero carrier film. I've not actually used any of these in anger yet, but intend to on future builds. What's really pushed these for me is the inclusion of scheme markings too. Perhaps we'll see scheme sets released by HGW in future? I'd like to think so. By themselves, the stencils make a great addition to your Spitfire/Bf 109E and Mustang builds, and I hope HGW extend this to include the Fw 190, and also generic stencils to cater to those kits which simply don't supply them in regular form. Highly recommended My sincere thanks to HGW for these review samples. To purchase directly, click the links in the review. James H
  13. 1:32 Spitfire Mk.IX Stencils HGW 'Wet Transfer' series Catalogue # 232001 Available from HGW for 159,- Kč Today we have the first product from a brand new line by HGW; the Wet Transfer stencil series. Basically, this means they are water-slide decals, but this really is an area that HGW have never previously tapped, and what better a way to start than to release a set for the iconic Spitfire Mk.IX. This set is packaged into the same letterbox format sleeve as the seatbelt and detail sets which we see from HGW. To protect their product further, a stiff cardboard insert does the honours. Now, when I say these are water-slide decals, they do have a difference from the regular kit options, and that is that these leave NO CARRIER film in place when they are attached. These work in very much the same way as HGW's wood nail and rivet decals. In case you haven't seen an article on these, this is how they work. Cut out required decal Soak in warm water and slide from backing paper Apply to your model using a decal setting solution such as Mr Mark Setter Leave for two hours, then remove carrier film Use a wet cotton bud to remove any glue residue/marks Simple as that! This is almost the equivalent of having masks for your stencils, which of course is impossible due to the nature of the stencil size etc. These should look almost entirely sprayed on! The decal sheet itself is pretty comprehensive, including wing walkway lines, trestle points, etc, and of course the beauty of applying the walkway lines in this format is that they will be perfectly straight each time due to the application method, and only removing the carrier film once the decal is attached. Printing is excellent, and everything is in perfect register, despite there only being two ink colours in use. When all decals are in place, I would seal everything over with gloss varnish in order to protect the delicate inks. An A4 sheet is included which clearly shows all decal locations, with everything clearly numbered, and where a specific decal is only to be used with the early Mk.IX, this is clearly indicated. Conclusion That's it. Not a lot to say really, except this really is quite a ground-breaking product for the modeller. I have never seen stencils which come in this format before. Having used the rivet and wood nail decals, I just know these will be excellent. It makes me wonder whether whole national marking decals could be produced in this way, without the need for carrier film adding their thickness to the result. Very highly recommended James H Our sincere thanks to HGW for this review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link.
  14. 1:32 Fokker E.I and Fokker E.IV Super Detail Sets HGW Catalogue # and price: see article Available from HGW The old saying goes that there are only two certainties in life; death and taxes. However, there is a third and that is an HGW full detail set release for each Wingnut Wings kit release. Unlike the first two certainties, this one is something which we certainly won't complain about here at SP&R. The wonderful and highly innovative Jan Bobek from HGW has sent us the very latest sets for the Fokker E.I and E.IV kits. #132116, Fokker E.I Super Detail Set, 609 Kč #132117, Fokker E.IV Super Detail Set, 644 Kč Unlike some of the Fokker Eindecker types where some changes weren't as apparent as others, the biggest revisions in the airframes could clearly be seen between the first and last in the series. Whilst this sounds obvious, it was made more so by the fact that the E.IV was a seriously major revision in terms of appearance and power-plant. The E.IV retained the same wings as the E.II and E.III, but these were longer in span than the E.I. The E.IV fuselage was also a full bay longer in order to re-establish the centre of gravity, due to the installation of the heavier Oberursel U.III engine. Cockpit changes were also notable between these versions, so please know now that you really do need the specific set for the type you are building. You simply can't 'make do' with whatever you can find. Now, onto each set and what they offer the modeler. Fokker E.I Super Detail Set Each of these sets comprises a number of previous releases, but packaged into HGW's equivalent of Eduard's BIGED sets. This specific release includes the following items: 132536, Fokker E.I seatbelts 132114, Fokker E.I PE set 132118, Oberursel U.0 engine 632022, Fokker E.I mask Looking at the seatbelt sets on both the E.I and E.IV releases, they look identical except for the colour of the fabric parts, which look to be a darker beige on this specific release. They are also labeled differently, despite the similarities between the two. This isn't uncommon for HGW. The textile parts are manufactured from a plasticized micro-fibre textile sheet, and the individual parts are colour printed and laser cut. This means you only have some small tags to remove in order to free the parts. Unlike HGW's earlier sets, you also don't need to worry about the width of these not passing through the buckles due to cutting them too wide. Colour printing is also very neat, and the localized heat from the laser cutting has shaded the edges quite realistically. Whilst there is printed stitching, there is also laser etched stitching which comes out best when you apply a wash. All textile parts have a paper backing which must be peeled off first. A small Eduard-produced PE fret includes the various buckles and clasps requires, all beautifully produced to the high standard you expect from this manufacturer. The instructions card which is ensconced in the rear of the stiff cardboard backed re-sealable wallet, is dead easy to follow, and should give no worries. Use CA or similar to assemble. The PE set incorporates detail from both interior and exterior of the model. Internally, detail is supplied for the internal framework wires/turnbuckles, instrument panel (bezels, wiring and toggle switches), control column firing trigger, and fuel mixture control. A little surgery will be required to fit a number of these parts, but nothing major. Externally, there are PE replacements for the under-fuselage stitching, pylon cable pulley and bracket, and also for the strap which fits to the rear of the engine cowl. Again, a little surgery will be required for some of these additions. HGW have also supplied a PE ammunition belt feed. Consider pepping this up a little with some dilute white glue, so that it doesn't look as flat. PE cable grommets for control wires are also included. A single fret is included for the Oberursel U.0 engine. Looking at this, it looks identical to that given in the E.IV set for the Oberursel U.III, except the latter obviously has two of these due to its dual engine format. The parts included here replace the kit armatures, ignition cables and prop hub. For the armatures, you will need to supplement this with a little plastic rod. Of course, surgery is needed again for this, but in my opinion, it is very much worth the effort. Depending on which prop you use on your specific model, 3 hub options are provided. As this fret is identical to the U.III ones, the ignition wires will need to be trimmed to the correct length for this single rotary unit. Of course, the double U.III would have longer wires to reach to the forward-most rotary section. The masks for this kit are provided on a cleanly cut piece of kabuki masking sheet, and include inner and outer parts for the various windscreen options provided by Wingnut Wings. As is customary with HGW, they have also provided a small sampler of decal, and this time it's wood grain. The printing of this is on a transparent base, meaning you will need to lay down either a white or tinted paint job in order for this to look realistic. The transparency of these does leave a lot of flexibility for the modeler to create his/her own specific tailored finish. The various instruction sheets and cards in these are included in the rear of the packaging. For the PE sets, you'll immediately notice these are produced by Eduard, in their familiar, easy to follow style. Fokker E.IV Super Detail set This set comprises the following individual components: 132537, Fokker E.IV seatbelts 132115, Fokker E.IV PE set 132119, Oberursel U.III engine 632023, Fokker E.IV masks As discussed earlier, the seatbelt and engine parts here are identical, and of course don't need describing again. However, the PE set is subtly different. Apart from the lack of instrument panel in the E.IV, this fret is too almost an identical item, with only perhaps an instrument here and there, plus a bezel for the wing mounted compass. Again, the kabuki mask sheet includes interior and exterior parts for the various windshield options that WNW provides. The decal sheet in this release is again another transparent base item, but has a fabric texture on it. This could be quite useful for overlaying onto a green painted interior. Don't quote me that it would perfectly. I would test a very small piece first. You could perhaps mist some thinned green over it to give it a more suited appearance. Conclusion These sets are pretty much the only game in town when it comes to PE for your WNW kits, and they rarely disappoint. These particular sets don't disappoint in the slightest, and provide some excellent upgraded detail of which I think all parts are worthy of being included in your project. Great news is that none of the parts here are beyond the scope of most modellers either. Very highly recommended James H Our sincere thanks to HGW for the review samples seen here. To buy direct, click the links in the article.
  15. One of my favorite planes... Strong, diverse, rugged and diverse in versions and scheme's. I bummed this kit of Jim (thnx buddy!) and Cees dropped off (as usual) some great reference books. At first I wanted to do one in Dutch markings of the LVA. Number 266 (as can be seen in our militairy aviation museum - see walkaround posted by Erik) or number 265 (as can be seen at the hangar of 'Early Birds' in Lelystad). Both of these planes are in a two colour scheme. Green and blue. Linky to 'Early Birds' BUT... then Cees gave me something that changed everything and made me decide to do the scheme below. More later. Yesterday I visited the 'Early Birds' hangar at Lelystad airport. It's a collection of mostly WW1 planes. Most of them are replica's but with many original parts. Their Fokker DVII features an original Mercedes DIIIa engine, prop, radiator, fuel tank, etc... As soon as a hole and dent in the wing are fixed, it should be able to fly again. They also have a Sopwith Pup, Fokker DR1, Camel and amazing Nieuport 28 on display. Cheers, Jeroen
  16. I’m both delighted and very excited to announce that well known and respect aftermarket company HGW have agreed to become the Main Title Sponsor of the Great War Group Build with Arrow Wolf serving as junior partner and co-ordinator. As part of this sponsorship agreement we thought long and hard about what could be done to mark the modellers’ achievements and because of the build being 12 months in duration we decided that was too long to wait for a prize of sorts. So, as Sponsor, HGW have agreed to: Provide each modeller (entrant to the GW GB) with one free, complimentary set of seat belts applicable to the aircraft model being built. If the current build has gone past the point where seat belts would normally be added then a set of exterior detail part equal to the value of the seats belts can be substituted. Please PM Grant of Arrow Wolf with the details of the seat belt set you would like or the exterior detail set as a substitute (but to roughly the same value of the belt set). Please note, this offer is limited to one gift per entrant, not to each model. Your message should include an address to where the set may be posted. Meanwhile , we have created a sponsors’ GW GB signature banner which can be found <See Below> and we would ask that you add it to your personal GW GB signature (and, if possible, use it elsewhere to fly the flag for LSM) I hope you will agree that this sponsorship is both prestigious and a very welcome act of generosity on behalf of HGW and I equally hope you will join me in thanking Jan Bobek of HGW by “flying” the Sponsors’ banner in your personal Post Signatures. or
  17. P-47 Thunderbolt Seatbelt Sets HGW Catalogue # See article for price and code Available from HGW If Jugs are what get you going, then HGW sure hasn't forgotten you among their release schedules, with these very latest sets being brought to us in not one, but TWO scales; namely 1:48 and 1:32. Let's take a look at Mr Bobek has created for us here: The two new sets we have been sent are: 148526, P-47D Thunderbolt, 169 Kč 132532, P-47D Thunderbolt, 229 Kč As both sets are essentially the same, my description of these below will pertain to both releases, with any differences being noted for you. The P-47 seatbelt sets are presented in HGW's standard, sturdy but attractively letterbox style, re-sealable sleeves, with the micro-fibre textile parts and photo etch fret on display in the front of the package, and the instructions packed into the rear. Again, and as is now standard, the textile parts are laser cut, meaning you only need to snip the small tags holding them into position on their carrying sheet. The method that HGW uses for printing is exceptional. These were always very good, but since their products have been laser-cut, the printing process seems to have ramped up significantly, with the individual parts looking incredibly real. The laser-cutting process includes two new dimensions to these sets too. Firstly, localized heating caused by the laser actually creates a warm shadow around the edges of the parts, which looks like shading. I absolutely love this effect. Secondly, HGW have used the laser to etch stitching into the various straps. This is quite difficult to see without applying a wash, but rest assured, it is there, in both scales. As you remove each part from the sheet, you'll need to peel away the backing paper, and then scrunch the parts into a ball until they become pliable. Once you're there, you open them out and assemble, along with the photo etch parts, with CA, before applying a gloss varnish, wash, matt varnish and some dry-brushing to finish off. A small fret of Eduard-produced photo-etch parts are included. Whilst the 1:32 set has enough parts for a single construction, the 1:48 contains a good number of extra parts. This is probably due to the minimum fret size, and the fact that you're probably more than likely to lose parts from the smaller set. In essence, it's all good that you do have spares to fall back onto. Instructions are printed onto a card at the rear of the packet, with both PE and textile parts being colour coded for ease of assembly, and the drawings themselves being very easy to understand. You certainly shouldn't have any issue in assembling these, except for any possible dexterity problems you might have, and I know I have a few! Conclusion Both of these are simple sets, which for minimal cost will elevate the cockpit of your Jug to the very next level. Other seatbelt solutions pale into insignificance compared with these, and I can recommended them without any hesitation whatsoever. Very highly recommended James H Our sincere thanks to HGW for the sample sets seen here. To purchase directly, click the links in the review article.
  18. 1:32 Micro-Fibre Textile Seatbelt Sets HGW Catalogue # see article for prices and code. Available from HGW HGW have sent us some of their latest seatbelt sets for recent kit releases, produced from their now famous micro-fibre textile. All of these sets pertain to 1:32 scale releases. These latest releases are: 132534, B-17 Flying Fortress, 499 Kč 132530, Junkers Ju 88A-4, 279 Kč 132527, F4U-1 Corsair (for Tamiya kit), 229 Kč B-17 Flying Fortress: A BIG kit of a BIG bomber is going to require some serious detail sets if you want to do something other than an OOB build. And let's face it, if you're going to put money into a kit which is that big, then it makes sense to sprinkle a little extra love into some of those interior areas. HGW know that too, and as a result, have released this rather spiffy set designed to cater to the comfort of your bomber crew. As with other HGW seatbelt sets, this is packages into a stiff, narrow wallet with some attractive artwork. The belt parts sit in the front of the wallet, whilst the resin parts and instructions are to the rear. This particular HGW set is certainly an epic in itself, as it contains not only seatbelts, but also seat and backrest cushions, and decals to suit also. First though, let's look at the belts themselves. As with all new releases of HGW sets, this one has the various micro-fibre textile parts laser cut into the main sheet. Provided are belts for the pilot and co-pilot alone, but are certainly not going to be short of parts to assemble. The full colour-printed textile sheet contains no less than FIFTY-TWO precisely printed and detailed seatbelt parts. This textile sheet has a paper backing, and you'll remove this as you snip the individual parts from the sheet. Printed onto the sheet are various stitching patterns and also some text. While it's quite hard to make it out to the naked eye, it is unmistakably writing! Most parts are olive drab, whilst the lap belts have a leather colour material. An added bonus to the inking process is the very mild way the laser heat has affected the edges, giving a very unique, natural shading which looks superb. As this is not there by design, it certainly can't be faulted. Before you assemble these parts with CA, you must remove the backing paper and scrunch the parts into a small ball until you feel it become very pliable. At this point, you open them out and you should find they are easy to manipulate into a natural looking drape. When everything has been assembled, you can gloss varnish the parts before applying your favourite wash, followed by matting them and then dry-brushing. If you like a good parts count to your project, then the PE fret will now disappoint. Beautifully produced by Eduard, and with THIRTY-NINE parts, this fret has excellent detail and small connecting tags meaning easy parts removal. Two pale grey resin blocks are packaged into the back of this set, and each contains a padded seat and back cushion parts. HGW have made these look highly realistic with both the material creases and texture. The photo of these parts on the card insert show them painted in yellow, with what is probably an oil wash. In the front of the package is also a small decal set which needs to be applied to the cushions; one per back cushion and one for each seat. The latter can't even be seen on the photo, but at least you know it's there. A single instruction sheet is included, with a colour code being used to identify the different PE and textile parts. Construction is shown via a number of clear, line drawings, and assembly should prove to be no problem, even for the relatively inexperienced modeller. Junkers Ju 88A-4 We don't have any resin parts with this release, but what we do have are belts for ALL FOUR crew positions. These are the pilot, rear gunner, engineer and gondola gunner. A single, large piece of micro-fibre textile is superbly colour printed, and contains FORTY-ONE individual laser-cut parts. Printing detail is excellent, with a combination of both printed and laser etched stitching, and some rather neat data/manufacturer plates and serial numbers. The photo etch fret containts FORTY-EIGHT neatly produced and detailed parts which have small attachment gates, meaning easy and clean part removal. Constructional images are broken down into easy to follow diagrams, with it being easy to locate which style of belt needs to be fitted to the various crew locations. F4U-1 Corsair Obviously, a smaller set this time, comprising THIRTEEN textile parts which are superbly printed and laser cut, with that distinctive and attractive heat affected edge which produces warm, rich shading. All stitching is laser engraved and will only really show up when you give the belts a wash treatment. The photo etch fret contains THIRTEEN more parts, again professionally produced by those wonderful guys at Eduard. Assembly again looks a breeze, with a card insert breaking the various assemblies down into easy to follow drawings. All parts, textile and PE, are colour coded for easy reference. Conclusion. For the B-17, One of the criticisms of the HK Models kit has been the seatbelts, and this set goes 100% of the way to rodressing that issue. Even if the kit belts had been high standard, you would have had to go a long way to beat the appearance of the parts included in this set. If cockpits are one area that you like to lavish attention on, then please consider this release. Put it together properly and weather it, and it should be eye-wateringly superb. Both the Junkers Ju 88A-4 and Corsair sets are also up to HGW's impeccable high standards, and can't fail to impress once assembled and installed. I also find all of these sets to be very reasonably priced, and as with the B-17, the latter sets should also be able to be tackled by someone new to this aspect ogf upgrading their model. Very highly recommended James H Our sincere thanks to HGW Models for the review sample shown here. To purchase directly, click THIS link.
  19. 1:32 Fokker D.VII Super Detail Set HGW Catalogue # 132112 Available from HGW for 929,- Kč (approx £30) There is no doubt in my mind that Wingnut Wings' Fokker D.VII kits are among the very best in what is already an amazing range of kits. The models themselves are addictive to build. I'm building two of them as I write this review. Built OOB, the D.VII kits are simply stunning, but of course, you can always improve upon them and add detail which suggest themselves in their own manual, such as bracing wires etc. HGW's comprehensive new release take a serious look at the D.VII and throws more etch at you than you'll know what to do with! The parts in this set are available separately from HGW. The breakdown of the Fokker D.VII Super Detail Set is as follows: 132516, Fokker D.VII seatbelts – laser 132101, Fokker D.VII interior 132102, Fokker D.VII surface details 132023, Mercedes D.IIIa engine 132073, Spandau 632020, Fokker D.VII mask As this set consists of the above, in a single package, we'll take a look at each set individually. 132516, Fokker D.VII seatbelts – laser This set consists of a single sheet of microfibre textile parts containing eight parts, and a small photo etch fret with 10 parts. The textile sheets is laser cut, so you only need to snip the narrow tags to free the parts. This is a vast improvement over the previous releases where you needed to cut the parts out entirely. If this wasn't done accurately, then the strap could be too wide for the buckle. No such problem here! The parts are colour printed, with a pleasing darkening of the edges where the heat has slightly affected the colour. Instant weathering! Stitching is also laser engraved. The PE parts, produced by Eduard, are excellent, with narrow tags to remove them from the fret. An instruction card is supplied which shows the belt construction in pictorial form, with textile and etch parts being designated a different colour. To make your belt set, you need to scrunch the parts up and then straighten them out. Now you can make them lie naturally. It's suggested you add a little varnish to them and then a wash which will help weather them and bring out the extra detail. I've used these on my current Fokker D.VII. These are my results. 132101, Fokker D.VII interior I'm a sucker for interior detail. For me, I simply have to get this right before I can continue, or I lose impetus. HGW seem to know what it's like for those of us afflicted with this problem. Their interior detail set comes on a single Eduard-produced fret measuring approximately 65mm x 35mm, and containing 25 parts. The interior of the D.VII kit is already bursting with detail, so what's provided here just refined the moulded detail, and also adds what WNW suggest too, such as the interior frame cross bracing wires. Depending on which Fokker kit you build (OAW, Fok, Alb) determines which instrument panel you'll fit. This set provides an amount of bezel and selector switch detail which can be fitted to most of the WNW range of kits. The fuel tank gauge which protrudes through the upper cowl is also to be fitted with a bezel. Take care to ensure you align this properly so you can fit the gauge cowl afterwards. Other cockpit instruments which are fitted to the forward corner tubes are also kitted out with bezel detail. This is the only real thing, instrument-wise, that the D.VII range really lacks in terms of detail. You will need to remove the narrow rim from the forward instrument face. Detail item built by Jeroen Peters, Large Scale Modeller Internally, we are also supplied with throttle levers, replacement foot pedal hoops, control cable attachment points for the rudder pedal assembly, and a compass face detail, etc. As I said, the kit interior is already brimming with detail, so these parts will just add the icing. Remember to add a couple of control cables from the throttle too. These aren't shown on this set, or in the WNW booklet. To see this model built by Jeroen Peters on Large Scale Modeller, using this set, click THIS link. 132102, Fokker D.VII surface details The surface detail sets are always the ones I'm at odds with. The WNW moulded detail is crisp already, and what this set calls for is the removal of that detail in order to replace with a PE part. The fret measure 130mm x 35mm, and contains around 110 parts. There is a difference to the legitimacy of this surface detail set, however. Not all parts on this are to replace kit detail. Some parts are additional surface detail, whilst others aren't strictly surface detail at all! The D.VII's numerous cowl combinations can lead the modeller into a nighmare. This set provides a number of replacement access port parts which of course can also be used to add to those already given, depending upon the specific permutation. You may want to remove the plastic detail and pose these panels open, instead of leaving off whole side cowl panels. The options are many. HGW have provided a length of lacing too, for the fuselage underside. This is thinner than the kit part, and certainly looks more authentic. A very nice touch indeed. For the fuselage, there are control cable grommets and wing spar bolting plates. For the tail, we have rigging turnbuckles, and control cable pulley detail. For the wings we have replacement walkways, and extra access port plates, with a choice of two different types. There are a number of other access ports and strut hard point plates too. The undercarriage bracing wires have turnbuckles too, whilst the wheels themselves have laced access points for the hubs. Just check your machine references though. Lastly, other detail includes prop hub plate parts, and some anemometer detail. Instructions are also by Eduard, and are both clear and concise, with use of coloured ink on their drawings, helping to define what is required. 132023, Mercedes D.IIIa engine This set obviously caters to all D.VII kits with the exception of the D.VII F, which was powered by a BMW engine. The detail supplied on this single, small fret, contains magneto straps, crankcase data plates and engine shaft flange, as well as throttle control linkage and coolant pipe straps. Of course, this wouldn't be complete without ignition wires and magneto wiring harness. All are included here, on a high quality fret made my Eduard. If you are perhaps a little too wary of the flat etched wires, try bushing some white glue/water onto them when installed. This should beef them up quite nicely, yet still retaining their narrow profile. 132073, Spandau WNW already supply two MG options in their kit. You can choose the all plastic Spandaus, or those where you need to add the photo etch, rolled cooling jackets. So why do HGW supply this as a set? Whilst the WNW parts are extremely good, these are perhaps a tad more refined. The sighting reticule is also positioned off-centre, as opposed to centered. Check your references. Other PE parts for the Spandau include the cocking lever, v-notch sight, brackets and end plate, although the latter wouldn't normally be fitted due to the padding employed in this area on the D.VII. This small, eduard-produced fret measures around 50mm x 30mm and contains around 20 parts. Production quality is excellent. A small card insert shows the construction of the Spandau guns. Nothing here is too taxing, although you will need to conduct the smallest amount of surgery to remove moulded detail. 632020, Fokker D.VII mask This mask set is sharply die-cut from Kabuki material. It includes parts for masking wheel hubs, windscreen options (interior and exterior), and also the prop hub. As a bonus, HGW have included a small sample of their transparent base linen decal. Perhaps not a very good choice for a lozenge fabric D.VII, but I'm sure you'll find a use on one of your other kits. Conclusion I'm very pleased that HGW have included extra detail in the Surface Detail aspect of this kit. That really is a massive bonus. The individual sets themselves are high quality and will most certainly add that extra sparkle to the superb WNW Fokker D.VII kit. The inclusion of them all in a set with a reduced cost, must surely push you to now go for one of these sets to compliment your work. Definitely a great set, and one I expect will be a top seller for HGW. Very highly recommended James H Our sincere thanks to HGW for this review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link.
  20. 1:32 Fokker Eindecker seatbelts HGW Catalogue # See article for price and code Available from HGW The last Fokker Eindecker kits from WNW were always going to end with us seeing a number of upgrade sets hit the market. Whilst we are about to1 see the new resin Taurus engines for these new kits, HGW have got the ball rolling with some initial micro-fibre seatbelt sets for those of us who don't like the photo etch ones that are supplied in the kit. Today we look at seatbelts for both the Fokker E.I and Fokker E.IV kits. It's true. Not everyone likes photo etch seatbelts. They do take some practice to make them look natural when they drape, and of course, you need to paint them. Wouldn't it be great if we could add real textile belts in miniature? Well, that's exactly what we are doing here with these latest micro-fibre textile belts from HGW. 132536, Fokker E.I, 229 Kč 132537, Fokker E.IV, 229 Kč Whilst we have two sets here, both are nigh on identical, except for the colour of the belt fabric itself. Of course, this can be an important factor. I'm currently building the E.IV, and I know from the manual that there are two colour options for the belts, so the first thing I'll say is 'check your references'. If you can't find any specific reference for your machine, which is more than likely to be the case after almost 100 years, then go with the HGW flow. Each seatbelt set is packaged into a narrow, but very rigid and attractive letterbox-style wallet, and contains a single piece of colour-printed and laser cut micro-fibre textile sheet, and a single photo etch fret, produced by Eduard. I have to admit to being a fan of HGW seatbelts for a while now, so when they turned to laser cutting them out, whilst making the printing even more lifelike, it is pretty much a no-brainer for this modeller. The micro-fibre sheet contains NINE parts, authentically printed and with laser-cut stitching too. This is quite difficult to see until you apply a wash, but then, all detail just pops right out. All parts are secured to the sheet by means of narrow tags, and the laser cutting process produces a unique effect too. The localized heating of the sheet whilst cutting, tinges the ink a little at the edges, creating a subtle weathered, shading effect which I really do like. There are TEN parts on the small photo etch fret. These of course are the buckles, clasps and anchoring points for the belts. You do not need to thread the belts in a conventional manner, as they are non-adjustable, but instead, you look the textile parts around them in the manner shown on the construction diagram insert in the back of the packet. The drawings themselves look easy to follow, and they give a supporting written section which explains construction and also weathering. When the individual parts have been removed from the textile sheet, you need to remove a paper backing. With all parts removed, scrunch them up and make them pliable. Next step is to straighten them out and assemble them, complete with the metal parts. You should now find that the belt set actually will drape quite realistically on the pilot seat. I use CA for construction overall. The next step is to apply gloss varnish, then you may apply a wash with oils, or other product such as those from AK Interactive. When dry, flatten the finish and perhaps add a little dry-brushing. Overall, the quality of both textile and PE parts is superb. Conclusion These sets are designed as a direct replacement for the kit PE belt set, and perhaps might be a little easier for the modeller to make them look more naturel than the metal WNW parts. Assembly is easy, and these really do look exceptional when assembled. I've used a few myself over the last couple of years, and I really can't praise them highly enough. Go on, treat your WNW kit. It's worth it! Very highly recommended James H Our sincere thanks to HGW for the review sets used here. To purchase directly, click THIS link.
  21. This is just a reminder about our Main Sponsor HGW's generous offer to supply a free set of seat belts (or similarly priced detail set) to each person who has entered an aircraft in the Great War Group Build. (See the New Sponsor Announcement in the GW GB Thread) If you would like to partake of this kind offer then please would you PM me and include your full name and address PLUS your choice of item. Thanks everyone ... this is a cracking Group Build and I hope that HGW's products will help !! Grant.
  22. 1:32 Hannover Cl.II Super Detail Set HGW Catalogue # 132111 Available from HGW for 839,- Kč (approx £28) We recently reviewed the Pheon decals Hannover Cl.II decals. It's typical. This kit has been around for 8 months, and nothing, then like buses, two aftermarket sets arrive at the same time! Don't get me wrong, I really am not complaining. This is modeling nirvana for me, as the Hannover is one of the trio of WW1 aircraft which really sparked my interest in this genre. Today, we take a look at the HGW Full Detail Set for the 1:32 Wingnut Wings kit. As with the Fokker D.VII Super Detail Set, this comprises of a number of sets previously released, and offered in a package with a reduced price. The individual sets within this are: 132519, Hannover Cl.II seatbelts – laser 132103, Hannover Cl.II interior 132104, Hannover Cl.II surface details 132113, Argus As.III + LMG 08/15 "Spandau" 632019, Hannover Cl.II Mask 132519, Hannover Cl.II seatbelts – laser The Hannover Cl.II was a two seat aircraft, so obviously, we have two sets of belts here. Both sets are printed in full colour upon a microfibre textile sheet. The parts are also laser cut, meaning you just need to snip the narrow connecting tags to free your part. As well as being laser cut, they are also laser engraved. You can barely see this detail until you apply a wash over them at a later stage. At that point you realise how amazing these look. The laser cutting process has also darkened the edge of the parts, giving a natural shaded appearance. Twenty-four pieces of textile make up this set of belts. The photo etch fret for this, again produced by Eduard, contains THIRTY crisply etched parts. An instructional card is included which depicts the assembly in clear illustration, with red and blue numbers to give both etch and textile part some differentiation. Assembly looks straightforward, and the instructions also show installation. 132103, Hannover Cl.II interior Again, this is my favourite area of any build. Nail this and it tends to give good karma for the rest of the project. As the Hannover had a moulded wooden fuselage shell, there's obviously no need for bracing wires in here, but there is plenty more to keep you occupied. This set is produced on a single etch fret measuring 70mm x 35, containing around 26 parts. Both interior and forward facing MG parts are included here, as well as a small number of Spandau parts on the Argus engine detail set. The Spandau gets quite a radical makeover, with a photo etch ammo drum and ammo feed belt, as well as drum housing bracket. Other MG parts include cooling jacket, reticule, sighting arm, and cocking lever. The other MG sports a drum bracket assembly too. Moving away from the armament, the camera gets a slight makeover with PE lens plates etc, and the fuel tank gains a PE filler port ring. I suppose you really have to hand it to the WNW design team that HGW weren't able to improve the interior further, but this set will just add the cherry to what is already a superbly detailed and engineered model kit. 132104, Hannover Cl.II surface details The majority of this set is designed to replace externally moulded access port and louvre detail across the kit, as well as some cable exit points, aileron hinge plates, wing walkways and wheel hub lace panels. A LOT of surgery is required in terms of removing that moulded detail, and I don't fully know if you'll really gain much in the way of an improvement. Of course, there is a small amount of new detail to be added also, so you can't dismiss this set outright. The etch fret contains around 36 parts, superbly produced by Eduard. For the louvers, you will need to rub the raised metal from behind, with a ball-point pen, whilst supporting the part on a rubber mat, or similar. 132113, Argus As.III + LMG 08/15 "Spandau" Apart from a cocking handle for a Spandau, and some sight and bracket parts, associated parts, this set looks to be composed of parts entirely for the Argus As.III engine. This of course means no cooling jacket, so you'll have to use the WNW etch part for that. Very odd! For the engine, we have ignition leads and magneto wiring looms only. You can spruce these up a little with some 50:50 mixed white glue and water. The ignition leads have the spark plugs etched in situ. I think I would snip those off and connect the etch to the moulded spark plug instead. As the instructions show, this set is easy to install, and a minimum, if any, surgery is required to fit it. 632019, Hannover Cl.II Mask Lastly, we come to the masking set, sharply die cut onto a piece of Kabuki sheet. Parts are included for the windscreen forward and rear face, as well as the prop boss and camera lens. Funnily enough, no masks for the wheel hubs, as with other sets. Instructions are provided which show the mask set in plan form, with shading and part reference as to where they are to be placed. Very simple to follow. As a bonus, a small piece of transparent-backed lozenge decal is included. This isn't specific for this release, but can of course be used on your other projects. You will need to lay down a base coat of white or off-white, with shading etc, in order to really see what these decals can achieve. Conclusion This is a bit of a mixed bag for me. Only one Spandau jacket, and no wheel hub masks. Apart from that, this is still a superb set, offering some rather nice touches to which will certainly enhance the base model kit. The surface panels, for me, are something you really don't need to add, but of course do offer options for those who want to perhaps pose panels in an open position. A simple set to install, and one worthy of your consideration. Recommended James H Our sincere thanks to HGW for this review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link.
  23. 1:32 Sopwith Snipe 'Super Detail Sets' HGW Catalogue & Price: See article Available directly from HGW HGW have now turned their attention to the two Wingnut Wing Sopwith Snipe kits, with Super Detail Set releases for both 'early' and 'late' versions. Whilst both sets are almost identical, the one item that does separate them in terms of 'difference' is the seatbelt set. These were very dissimilar. Let's take a look at the standard set parts, and what they add/replace, then look at those belt sets. #132109, Sopwith Snipe (Early), 539,- Kč (approx £17) #132110, Sopwith Snipe (Late), 539,- Kč (approx £17) Each set is packaged into a re-sealable clear wallet, with a rather attractive HGW artwork cover onto which the separate detail sets are attached with low-tack adhesive. The pack is protected further by a very stiff card insert. At the rear of the wallet are the various instruction sheets and cards for the separate sets. The most obvious part of each set, and identical in each one, is the large, nickel-finish photo etch fret. This contains both interior and exterior detail parts. Measuring approximately 70mm x 70mm, there are around 145 parts here, and some are very small, with many multiples of the same part, for things such as engine ignition wires (two per cylinder!), and rigging attachment anchor points. The quite diminutive Snipe kit already has an incredible amount of detail moulded out-of-box. Check our Early and Late reviews via these links. HGW though has thought these releases through particularly well, and added extra and refined detail just where it is required. Internally, the cockpit has a number of PE instrument panel upgrades. Some plastic detail will of course have to be removed in order to fit the new bezels etc, but this is minimal. New PE rudder pedal foot straps are supplied to replace the plastic moulded ones too. These exhibit some superb buckle and fastener detail. Rudder pedal linkages are also included, as are one piece cross bracing wires for the cockpit interior framework. The fuel tank forward face also gets some cosmetic treatment, with a detailed fascia that will also hide the join line on these parts. The Snipe's Bentley BR2 rotary engine is the recipient of a reasonable amount of detail too, with those ignition leads, data plate, and rocker head parts which locate to the kits own pushrod assembly. Parts have also been included for the propeller hub. Again, a certain amount of detail will need to be expunged from the plastic before you can fit a number of these parts. Other parts on this fret include 'leather' grommets for control cable outlets, access panel detail and of course those numerous rigging points. The PE fret is duperbly made by Eduard, and the detail is as sharp and crisp as you would expect it to be. Tags are also minimal, meaning easy part removal. Just don't lose any to the carpet monster! There is a double-sided A5 sheet which clearly explains part location using Eduard's own system of illustration. Nothing at all looks difficult here, with everything being clearly defined in different colour inks. A small mask set is included in both releases, again identical. Masks are given for the prop hub, prop blades and wheel hubs. A small number of access panel masks are also included. This set is sharply die-cut onto the popular Kabuki take material, and you shouldn't expect to encounter any issues with these as a detailed instruction card is given, with each part mapped and explained. Each set contains a set of microfibre parts for the seatbelts. Printed in full colour, these are different, depending on which Snipe you are building. The Early belts are very typically a lab belt affair, consisting of seven microfibre parts, and a single, small fret of photo etch, containing just 3 parts. The Late Snipe also has a single sheet of microfibre parts, but these build up to create both a lap belt and shoulder harness system. The lap belts are also a different style to those in the Early machine. There are a total of six belt parts in this set, with TWO photo etch frets containing fifteen parts, such as eyelet straps, buckles and clasps. Colour printing of the textile parts is superb, with the local laser cutting heat producing a nicely subtle shaded edge to the parts. The strap stitching is also laser engraved. The parts are also connected to the sheet with small tags. To use these textile parts, you need to screw them up between your finger, then unravel them so they drape naturally. You can add washes to these which will help to define that stitching. An instruction card is included which is easy to follow and defines both textile and PE parts in different colours, as not to get confused with the part numbering system. Each set also includes a decal 'tester'. In the Early set, the tester decal is for linen, whilst the Late set has a wood decal. Both are produced on a clear carrier film, which means you will need to prepare your surface with a base colour before you add these. Instructions are carried for these on a sticker on the rear of the packet. Conclusion Again, HGW deliver with two very nice sets aimed for the superb WNW releases. Whereas in some HGW sets, you might question the validity of some parts, those in this set seem to designed to make your experience as simple as possible, yet adding a very reasonable amount of extra detail to your masterpiece. Pricing is also very competitive, and the inclusion of tester decals is a nice touch, and no doubt you'll find an area on your project in which to use these. Highly recommended James H My sincere thanks to HGW for the review samples used here. To purchase directly, click the links in the article.
  24. Hi Guys, Here we go again! First bits are seperated from their sprues. No way back.. Soo... I managed to finish the Ninak AND start a new kit. All before James fixed his puter.
  25. 1:32 Seatbelts for Sopwith Snipe, RE.8 and DH.9a HGW Catalogue # and price: see article Available from HGW HGW are busy filling in the back catalogue of Wingnut Wings releases with laser cut editions of their excellent seatbelt sets. These microfibre and photo-etch belts really are in a league of their own. The sets we've been sent are: #132520, Sopwith Snipe Early, 229,- Kč #132523, DH9a "Ninak", 229,- Kč #132504, RE.8 "Harry Tate", 229,- Kč There's no doubt that HGW's packaging is very sturdy, yet attractive too, with the microfibre sheet and photo etch fret being affixed to a decorative display inlay using low-tack adhesive. The inside of the clear, re-sealable wallets also contain a very stiff card to prevent damage. Essentially, these sets contain the same components, as the belts themselves (lap belts) were of the same pattern for these different machines. Of course, the RE.8 and DH.9A were two seat machines, and the Snipe a single seat fighter, so the parts count per set reflects this. Despite the RE.8 and DH.9a containing the same number of microfibre parts, the sheet layout of the parts is slightly different. This means that if you have either of these sets, they can still essentially be used for either machine. The same applies if you have one of the two seater sets, yet with to complete two single seat Snipes. The photo etch frets for the two seaters are also identical, except for the product etched label. Curiously, the frets for the two seat machines actually carry enough parts for FOUR belts, so if you are a little savvy, you could use these with home-made paper/foil parts at a later date. The Snipe set contains only enough photo etch for a single belt set. HGW's microfibre belt sets really are a revolution in modeling. I've always struggled a little to get photo etch belts to look correct, and if they are colour printed, then extra care must be taken. Tin foil belts have generally worked better for me, but of course, you need to paint them. HGW's microfibre belts are printed in full colour onto a synthetic fabric. These are then precisely laser-cut, leaving you with only a small number of tags to cut through to release the part from the sheet. The laser cutting process also has the pleasant after effect of slightly discolouring the inks around the edges of the parts, giving a superb organic look. The laser process is also used to etch stitching, where applicable. These only tend to show when you apply a wash, giving a thoroughly authentic look. The actual colour printing process reproduces the material appearance of the real thing, with printed stitching too. To prepare these parts, you must first scrunch them into a small ball and manipulate them between the fingers for a couple of minutes. This makes the material pliable and easy to form. When straightened out, you assemble the belts using tiny spots of CA. I prefer to use gel for this purpose as it's easy to precisely assemble the parts when you have a few moments before the glue finally cures. The belts can be weathered and washed using oils and pastels also, without any risk to the integrity of the assembly. The photo etch parts, manufactured by Eduard, are first rate, with just a little folding required for the clasps. All parts are easy to remove from the fret due to small connection tags. The instructions for all three sets are identical, being printed on an insert in the rear of the packet. Microfibre and photo=etch parts are distinguishable with red ink used to denote the fabric parts, and ble for the metal. Alternative connection parts are supplied, depending on whether you connect the belts to the seat direct, using an etch clasp, or via a fabric sling arrangement. So what do we think? Three more sets which are very likely to please Wingnut Wings fans who have not only the recent Snipe, but also the older releases too. Again, quality is excellent, and the price very reasonable. Certainly nothing to criticize at all with these releases. Very highly recommended. My sincere thanks to HGW for the review samples used here. To buy directly, click THIS link. James H
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