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  1. Kitty Hawk P-39Q/N Aircobra KH32013 Available from many online-stores around £53.99 The Bell P-39 Airacobra was one of the principal American fighter aircraft in service when the United States enteredWorld War II. The P-39 was used with great success by the Soviet Air Force, which scored the highest number of individual kills attributed to any U.S. fighter type. Other major users of the type included the Free French, theRoyal Air Force, the United States Army Air Forces, and the Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force. Designed by Bell Aircraft, it had an innovative layout, with the engine installed in the center fuselage, behind the pilot, and driving a tractor propeller via a long shaft. It was also the first fighter fitted with a tricycle undercarriage. Although its mid-engine placement was innovative, the P-39 design was handicapped by the absence of an efficient turbo-supercharger, limiting it to low-altitude work. As such it was rejected by the RAF for use over western Europe and passed over to the USSR where performance at high altitude was less important. Together with the derivative P-63 Kingcobra, the P-39 was one of the most successful fixed-wing aircraft manufactured by Bell. The above taken from Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_P-39_Airacobra The Kit and Contents. The kit comes in a sturdy box, with some great artwork on the front and sides showing the various painting and markings options. The box isnt particularly large or particularly stuffed with parts and there is some room inside for the parts to move about. The breakdown of the parts in the box is: 8 Standard Grey Plastic Parts, 1 Clear Plastic Parts, 1 PE Fret, 2 decal sheets (one large one small), 1 Set of Instructions with attached painting guides. All the sprues are individually bagged and there are two sprues attached to each other for the grey plastic parts. The plastis seems to be up to the usual Kitty Hawk standard and there is no sign of flash on any of the parts. The clear parts are very clear and come in a protective cardboard box as well as the usual bag. The decals look to be very well printed, in register and there are some really nice schemes included in the kit, more of that later. The small PE fret is a couple of what looks like intake grills and the pilots harness straps. The build is pretty standard in that it starts with cockpit interior, the fuselage and then wings, undercarriage and weapons. Whats different is the location of the engine which is behind the pilot seat and there is a full engine included here in the kit. The usual limitations of plastic are there in the cockpit and some of the smaller parts. The engine looks good and the maybe the engine cover panels themselves could be a little thinner in etch but Im sure the usual suspects will create some update sets for this kit. The Sprues. The 9 sprues are as follows: Sprues A and B: These sprues are joined and they consist of the wings, some undercarriage pieces and the control surfaces for the wings. Sprues C and D: These sprues are joined and consist of cockpit and fuselage interior pieces. Sprue E and F: These sprues are joined and cosist of the Fuselage sides, panels and the the propellor and its spinner (of which there is a choice of two). Sprue G and H: These sprues are joined and they consist of more fuselage interior parts included the engine and its parts. They also include the horizontal tail surfaces and some of the other exterior appendages including bombs. Sprue GP the 'Glass Parts': This sprue is the Cockpit Glass and the side widows for the car style doors. It also includes the anti-collision and wing marker lights. The small PE Fret: This fret has two intake grilles along with the majoirty which consists of the harness straps for the pilots seat. The Decal Sheets: There are two decal sheets. The larger has all of the national and airframe markings along with stencilling. A second smaller decal sheet contains the Artwork shown on some of the schemes along with the cockpit decals for all of the various panels within the cockpit. The Instructions: The Instructions are really clear, well printed and include colour callouts for Gunze Sangyo Mr Color and in some cases RLM which was a surprise to me as none of these aircraft have German Markings. I cant speak to the accuracy of the marking as yet, Ive yet to do any research on these but all of the choices are very colourful and interesting. I can see myself wanting to do a couple of these. The French and Russian ones are particularly attractive to me. The Painting Guidance: As mentioned above there are some great schemes here. The one I do recognise is Snooks 2nd, the only US marking option here. Again all colour callouts are for Gunze Sangyo Mr. Color and RLM (?) so you'll need conversion charts if like me you use other paint manufacturers. The Choice of colourings are: P-39Q-5-BE "Snooks 2nd", 71st TRS 82nd TRG 5th Air Force USAAF, P39Q GC III/6 "Travail", Armee de L'Air, La France Combattante, P39Q-5-BE, 1st AE, 30th GvIAP, 6th IAK. Co of 1st AE 1st.Lt.A.P.Filatov, 1945, P39Q, 1st AE, 213th GvIAP, Co of 1st AE assistant 1st.Lt.M.I.Orlov, Germany, Summer 1945. P39N-1-BE, 9 Gruppo, 4 Stormo, Italian Co-Belligerent AF, June 1944. Conclusion: This is yet another welcome large scale release from Kitty Hawk. The kits just seem to get better and better and with the included engine and schemes I think it will fly off the shelf. Granted the aftermarket will probably release plenty updates for this but one can, I believe, build a great representation of an important and often ignored WWII aircraft type. Highly Recommended to all.
  2. 1/48 Bandai Star Wars Snowspeeder. Bandai Kit Ref: 996692 Priced Yen 1,920 (about £15 before pnp and customs if they get you). Anyone who knows me knows I love Star Wars. I have done since I was 6 and saw it in the cinema in 1971 when it was released. When Bandai said they were the new official kit suppliers my heart kind of sank, the kits that were done by Fine Molds were great and I had high hopes for more. Given Bandai's reputation as a toy manufacturer I cant say I held out much hope. How wrong was I! Ive had the lot on order since I saw the 1st reviews and this is my 1st review here of one of these kits. I have the rest. It is just that Jim seems to have beaten me to the gig every time. Must have less to do than I do Though he's a bit busy right now so I figured I'd jump in and review this whilst I can get a word in edgeways. The Box. The Kit comes in a great sturdy glossy little box with what I think is really nice cover art. Oh how I wish they would do the At-AT walker in the background in the same scale. That'd make a great diorama. The box looks like this: The Instructions. The Instructions are up to the same standard as the other kits. That is that they are in Japanese and anyone who wants to read them needs a translator. The pictures and markings for each part though are very clear, the build looks really easy and they have put in some good presentation on the diagrams and illustrations. The Sprues. There are only 5 sprues. This isn't a big kit. What is there though is exquisite. I have built the Fine Molds kit in the same scale and this is up there for detail. I'd say its almost a copy but there are subtle differences and the feel of this kit is of a much more modern one (who'd have thought the original Fine Molds one is about 6 years old now?). As Jim mentioned in one of his reviews that somehow on the 1st sprue Bandai have managed to mix black kit parts with clear. It is amazing how they did this and some may see it as a gimmick. I guess it is but it doesn't make it any less impressive to me. There is a base and stand included on one sprue and in all cases the moulding detail and the panel lines are very even, crisp and up there with any other manufacturers kits I have seen. All the other sprues are as standard, except the clear Red/Pink one. This has some simulated laser shots on it so once can show the ship in action firing the forward guns. Pictures of the sprues are below: The Decals. These are really nicely done, thin and look to have little carrier film if any in some cases. Final Thoughts. Because I don't read Japanese and given the coloured nature of the sprues it makes me wonder if Bandai, like the other kits they have released recently, give the less experienced modeller the chance to do the whole kit unpainted with the sprues being coloured and no need for paint? This does seem the case when you look at it and from a viewpoint of encouraging less experienced and young people into modelling I think its to be applauded. Of course those amongst us who like a bit of fun can really go to town on Star Wars. Everything is weathered to within an inch of its life and that battered lived in look (at least for Rebel items) is almost encouraged. There were rumours that Bandai were going to ban shipping outside Asia Pacific (Revell have the Star Wars Franchise rights in Europe and the USA). I really hope they don't as these are some great little kits. I myself, as I wrote above, love Star Wars but having built the Fine Molds one in the same scale (and having enjoyed every second of that) did wonder if I wanted to build this kit too. Then I saw the following picture.... Its a promotional image from the Computer Game Star Wars: Battlefront and as soon as I saw it I knew I needed a 2nd Snowspeeder. This'll be my inspiration for the next build. If anyones interested the Fine Molds one I built is this one: In summary anyone who loves Star Wars will be thinking of getting this Im sure. If you are not you should. For anyone else I guess its down to whether you like the look, fancy something different or just want to weather the life out of something and if you do I think this is the one, or one of the ones, for you. Highly Recommended. I bought this from Hobby Link Japan but it can be found on some importers sites.
  3. Eduard Update Set 32835 F-86D Interior Self Adhesive for 1/32 Kittyhawk kit Available from many online-stores or Direct from Eduard for around £13 Ive already reviewed the two Seat sets (Seat itself and Interior here: http://forum.largescalemodeller.com/topic/3884-eduard-f-86d-ejection-seat-for-kittyhawk-kit/ http://forum.largescalemodeller.com/topic/3885-eduard-f-86d-seatbelts-fabric-for-kittyhawk-kit/ Ive also built this and started a Build log of the whole kit here: http://forum.largescalemodeller.com/topic/3905-132-kitty-hawk-f-86d-build/ My intention is to review as I build to make it more interesting for you, the reader, and for me. I really enjoy doing the reviews of these updates and doing build logs but doing a lot of one or the other can get a bit dull I think so trying the reviews as I build idea just for fun. This update is for the Eduard interior, which basically covers the cockpit and canopy other than the Ejector Seat and its belts. I remember (sounding old now) when Eduard Interior sets were all of the interior and covered the whole cockpit. Im not sure if I miss that or give Eduard kudos for allowing the modeller exactly how much they way to update (and spend). I will leave that to you to decide. The update set itself consists of two etched frets, the Coloured Etch and the standard brass etch. As usual the coloured etch covers the cockpit elements of the instrument panel and the various side consoles in the aircraft. The brass more deals with areas you will more than likely paint anyway, the cockpit rails, some small details and the canopy details too. Its a really nice mix and whilst some dont really get the coloured frets I like them. The multipart nature means you get depth to the etch itself and also still allows the modeller to add those little extras like gloss coat on instrument faces and washes that should make the detail pop. Enough of my words, time for some pictures of what you get for your hard earned cash: As you can see there is some really nice detail here. One thing worth of mention is the 'Self Adhesive' side of things. The coloured etch is on a self adhesive backing that should make it easier for the modeller to attach to the kit parts. I say should as I often do some remedial work in adding a little CA glue here and there to ensure that it not only sticks, but will stay there more permanently in the long term. This isn't necessarily required, I just do it for piece of mind, that may say more about me than the etch itself. Where I can say it helps immeasurably is that there are less cases of what I call 'Etch Ping' when one removes the etch from the fret. So many times have I made that last cut on that smallest of pieces that the action of cutting pings the part into the ether, never to be seen after its eaten by the carpet monster. This happens a lot less with this adhesive backing, to the point that I even now fold masking tape behind small parts when I cut them off normal etch to try and make sure the 'ping' doesn't occur. Sometimes I look at the really small parts and wonder if its worth the bother. In most cases I say it is, and once you've done a whole cockpit with Eduard it really shows, its just that some of the smaller parts really do make one wonder now and then. This isn't an attack on Eduard as they have done a really great job across all of their releases, I just wonder if we sometimes expect too much of such small parts in the search for accuracy. Something maybe for a greater debate not a review. The instructions are up to Eduard's usual impeccable standard and make sense to the viewer as soon as you see them. Conclusion As in all things Eduard I think they are to be congratulated here on these sets. They really help the modeller create a more realistic and pleasing to the eye model. Some will always want to paint the detail, me I have a foot in both camps. That said when I see a set like this I really just want to get on with the building of the kit and enjoying that rather than all the small intricacies of cockpit interiors. I really look forward now to getting on with the build of the Interior/Cockpit phase. Keep an eye on the build log for an update. So, as you may guess this set is Highly Recommended and I must thank Eduard (and Jim for sending them on from Eduard) for the review samples.
  4. 1/48 Bandai Star Wars Scout Trooper and Speeder Bike. Bandai Kit Ref: 0196693 Priced Yen 4,000 (about £30 before pnp and customs if they get you). Once again Bandai answers a long standing wish of mine. Since building the AMT/ERTL kit of the same subject when I was a child I have always wanted to get another kit of this subject and do it some justice. Well my dreams have been answered and this kit is really a great one from my point of view. Like all of the other Star Wars Bandai kits reviewed here by myself and Jim these are only available for import from Japan. I use the well known HLJ for this and every time a new kit comes up I add it to my wish list/warehouse there and just wait for release. The reason its only import is that the license for Star Wars in Europe is held by Revell whereas its held by Bandai in Japan and I guess the two companies have a non-compete clause across the world with respect to Star Wars. Personally I think this is a bad move but thats between LucasArts, Disney, Revell and Bandai to work out. There were rumours that Disney may block shipping Bandai out of Japan and Revell out of Europe, I hope not and so far its still a good (if expensive if the Tax Man gets you) route for these kits. The Kit. The box art (above) is really evocative of the Speeder Bike from the Star Wars movie (Return of the Jedi) and shows the Speeder in pursuit of its foes through the forests of Endor. Its a really nice, shiny and well built box. Its packed to the full with kit pieces too. Effectively this is two kits in one. One of the Scout Trooper himself. Personally I think this is the coolest armour of any of the Imperials in Star Wars, maybe the Tie Fighter pilot comes close but this wins it for me, so just for the Trooper I'd have paid a premium, but with the Speeder Bike its just a win win for me. Given its two kits my review will take two parts, the Scout Trooper and the Bike as two mini reviews. The Scout Trooper. As all of the previous kits the trooper builds from multi colour multi media pieces, some sprues have more than one colour on them, something that continues to surprise me in a good way. The Trooper is predominantly gloss white (needs some weathering for a good representation of an Endor Trooper) and black. His armour being white and the under suit being black. In this kit there's also some brown in there for the soles of his boots. A decent touch. The main parts are contained in the 1st three sprues pictured below whilst there is a fourth sprue that is made of a softer rubber style plastic which is all the joints in the figure. This allows one to either display the figure standing or in an action pose or he can be placed upon the bike itself. A nice touch I think. This also seems to follow other Japanese manufacturers who often allow posing of figures and models, this reminds me of Wave Ma.K kits I've built in the past. There is a separate base for the Trooper and Ive noticed that all of the bases of the figures so far are the same and are inter-lockable. I guess Bandai are allowing for figure collectors who'd like to display all their figures together, another nice touch. The Main Figure Sprues (above) and the rubber 'joints' (below). The Speeder Bike. As mentioned above the Speeder Bike could be considered a kit in itself. Its very nicely moulded, as all of the other sprues is completely flash free and is again coloured, just like the Scout Trooper. In the case of the Speeder Bike the plastic is a deep grey and a brown colour. These match closely the colours of the 'real' thing and so for a more casual modeller they could suffice. Of course most of us, including me, will paint these but as a means of introducing younger or less experienced modellers to the hobby I think this is a great move. Again this comes with its own base, this time consisting of a forest floor piece and what looks like the lower half of a tree. This allows a small, invisible from one side, support to attach to the bike and give a sense of the bike either hovering whilst at rest of flying through the sky with the Scout Trooper posed onboard. The Speeder Bike and its components arranged on three multi colour sprues (above). The Decals. There are decals for both the Trooper and the Bike but there are two options here. For the less experienced modeller there is a set of self adhesive decals available (on the green backing paper) and for the more experienced a set of slide decals (on the blue backing paper). Again a great option that allows the less proficient modeller to still build a representative kit. The Decals. Waterslide (left) and Self Adhesive (right). The Instructions. Being for the Japanese Market the instructions are completely in Japanese other than the odd title here and there. This shouldn't give too many issues as we can all Im sure work out the colour scheme. Whats also common with the other Bandai kits is the quality of the instructions, they're great. Very well presented, illustrated and annotated (though I wish I could read Japanese). The Colour Callouts on the back page are great and show a weathered bike to give the modeller a few ideas, again a great touch. The Bases. As I mentioned above there is a seperate base for the Trooper (black) and one for the bike (brown). These are a great touch and the interlocking of each to each other or to other ones in the series is a great little feature. The Bases for the Speeder Bike (left) and Scout Trooper (right). Conclusion. Well you probably already guessed, I love this kit and cant wait to get to the build itself. The Trooper is cool, the bike is cool, two together is super cool so I'll be building these at the soonest opportunity. The bonus is that for someone who enjoys weathering these two also have endless opportunities for fun. Highly Recommended. Available from Hobby Link Japan (HLJ.com) and other Japanese Importers.
  5. 1/32 Mosquito Mk.IV Series II HK Models Catalogue No: 01E015 Available from all good model suppliers priced £149.99 Anyone who, like me, saw this kit at Telford 2014 will have been awaiting this kit with baited breath. Well its here and all I can say is Yes, its as good as one hoped and from handling at Telford expected of this release from HK Models. A certain Japanese company has also announced a Mosquito so its soon to have some company but I think it'll stand up to that if only for some of the major assemblies and their quality. More of that later. The kit arrives in a very shiny, nice artwork adorned, large box. Its very impressive and also has something Ive not seen before as it says its made in co-operation with AK Interactive and the one and only Large Scale Modeller. I think this, if nothing else puts HK Models where most modellers want them and thats listening to their customers. This has to be the future and I can only see HK going from strength to strength by doing this. The box is very full, nothing is going to rattle around in here and get damaged, in fact everything is very well wrapped and contained in plastic bags that support and protect the pieces. Also as this is one of the first run of these kits it comes with a little gift from HK Models. A resin crew thats sculpted by Steve Warillow. More on these later in the review. Kit Contents. The box contains the previously mentioned figures, 28 sprues including the clear ones, a sheet of decals, a small etched fret and the instruction booklet. The instruction booklet is also backed up by a one sheet that covers all colours with reference to a number of paint supplier including AK Interactive and Vallejo. This is a great idea as flipping back and forth in the instruction manual to find that colour chart often gets to be a pain, first world problems I know but when a manufacturer puts so much thought into it one has to give them credit. The Sprues Sprue A: Sprue A is the 1st surprise for those who didnt see the Telford moulds. Yes its a single piece nose as a single moulding. Slide moulded and very high standard its really a lovely piece. I really like the fact that there is a very small mould line that needs a quick waft with a snading stick and its ready to go. This has to be the future. Sprue B: Sprue B continues the surprise. Its a whole single piece fuselage. Again beautifully moulded, only needs a quick waft with the sanding stick and all those old worries about getting rid of fuselage seams is gone. Magic. The seam you see on the side is supposed to be there. These were tape lines on the real thing. These have been added to the kit by, once out by laser etching the kit moulds. This is a first and really adds a touch of class to this part, the other fuselage part and parts of the wings. Sprue C: Well as far as single moulds are concerned, HK have kept the best for last. Both wings, straight through the fuselage, as a single moulding with top and underside all as one piece. Amazing. No other words, you just have to see it for yourself and no picture will ever convey how good this is. Sprue D (x2) on left, Sprue E (x2) on right: Sprue D of which there are two are mostly engine, undercarriage and ancillary parts for those lovely merlin engines and the nacelles in which they are kept. Its all up to the standard of the other mouldings, very good, and looks great on the sprue. Sprue E again of which there are two is the bombs and the underwing fuel tanks. Sprue F (x2) on the left and Sprue G (x2): These sprues are a pair of propellers, 2 of each and of different types. In the instructions G are the ones used and F is for a later release. There are also some smaller nacelle parts here. Sprue H: Sprue H has the Merlin engine nacelles, control surfaces for both wings and tail and some panels for those 1 part wings. Its one of the largest single sprues in the kit. Sprue K: Sprues K and L are more parts to finish of those lovely wings. Sprue M: Sprue M is mostly cockpit parts. What surprises here is the cockpit frame. Its a single piece and has no glass in it, its actually the internal roll cage on the real thing and is a nice touch here. This looks like a great idea and the glass parts are added later so will make painting the roll cage easier and potentially make painting the seperate clear part frames easier too. Sprue N: Sprue N contains more parts to finish off the fuselage itself. Sprue P (x2): Sprue P is the very large (Big Boy?) bomb. Sprue Q (x2): Again more fuselage parts for the engine nacelles. Sprue S: This contains panels for the nacelle sides Sprue T: Sprue T is another sprue with more tail components and some contents of the engine nacelles. Sprues U, V, W and X These are the clear glass components and are primarily for the cockpit, though there are some wingtip anti-collision lights too. Sprue Y: Sprue Y has the exhaust stacks for those 2 merlin engines. Theyre very fine and included hollow ends which should look great under a coat of paint. Sprue Z: This is the final sprue and has the bomb bay doors (there are bulged and non-bulged in this kit depending on the bomb payload) and some of the bomb bay actuator parts. Etched Fret: The single, small etched fret contains the seat straps for both the pilot and co-pilot/bomb aimer. These have great detail in them, sadly for now you'll have to take my word for it as I photgraphed the back, not the detailed front, of them. Doh!!! Decals: The Decals are on one very large sheet, this is very well printed, and includes a full set of stencils for the aircraft. They look to be very well produced and in register. There are 3 attractive schemes included: Marking A: Serial DK296, No.3 FTU, Errol, Autumn 1943 (in Russian Markings), Marking B: Serial DZ637/P3-C, No. 692 Sqn, Graveley, Spring 1944 in night bomber colours, Marking C: Serial DZ627/AZ-X, No. 627 Sqn, Woodhall Spa, Summer 1944 in daytime colours with invasion stripes. Instruction Manual: The very large almost A3 instruction manual runs to 28 pages, including colour schemes and the callouts for the stencilling and decals. I often think that a good instruction sheet makes me want to build a kit and this one certainly does that. And Finally Those Pilots. They are really well sculpted, great poses and will look marvellous next to the kit. I cant wait to paint these. Im not very aware of Steve Warillow and his sculpting work but if everything he does is this good he's a seriously talented figure sculpting master. These will look great under a coat of paint, and I cant wait to try them out. Final Thoughts. Well if you haven't worked it out yet I love this kit. from the advances single piece mouldings, the instruction sheet and throughout the whole presentation it just oozes class and its something that I think will fly off the shelf. It'll be hard to beat and I think at this point anyway it could well be the best 1/32 kit on the market. Its Highly recommended to all and even though its pricey I think it'll give you enough pleasure to justify the price. Thanks to HK Models and Neil Yan for supplying this review kit.
  6. Kitty Hawk 1:32 F-86D Sabre Dog HH32007 The F-86D - Wikepiedia Entry The North American F-86D Sabre (sometimes called the "Sabre Dog" or "Dog Sabre") was a transonic jet all-weather interceptor of the United States Air Force and others. Based on North American's F-86 Sabre day fighter, the F-86D had only 25 percent commonality with other Sabre variants, with a larger fuselage, larger after-burning engine, and a distinctive nose radome. The Kit. After my review of the Kitty hawk Ov-10D Bronco I was contacted by Glen of Kitty Hawk. He asked what I thought of the plans for the F-86D which of course my reaction was I couldn't wait for it. It's a great looking aircraft, from the classic days of Fighter Jet Development and I was really looking forward to it, especially given a chance to try some Alclad finishes on it. Well I didn't know Glen at the time was from Kitty Hawk so when he asked for my address I was really surprised and when he told me why even more so. So, first of all thanks to Glen for this review sample. Now the box it came in said "Commercial Prototype" and I must say if this is a prototype its a pretty good indicator for what we can expect as it just pops out of the box. I love the cover art, really dynamic with a good realistic look, it also has some nice shots of the various schemes on it (there are 5 to choose from!) and they all look great, more of that later though. The box is standard Kitty Hawk, very well bagged, individual sprues, individually bagged decals and some etch and a box which contains and protects the bagged up clear parts. There are of course also the instructions which are great, easy to read and where necessary colour callouts are in FS and the Gunze Sangyo Mr Color Range, so let's see whats in the box. Kit Breakdown and Instructions. The fuselage is split into 3 here, a forward, centre and rear section, the wings are standard upper lower as are the tail control surfaces. There is a full engine and one could imagine a super-detailer having a ball here, especially if the rear end of the kit is left off. There is no cradle here for the rear end if it is left off but again for a super-detailer that's probably not beyond research and scratch building. There is also a split top and bottom full air intake all the way from the mouth to the engine forward section. The fuselage really hints towards other models and looking at the pre-order releases available on some websites it does look as if a few different models of the Sabre are on their way. Whilst I can't (yet) vouch for the fit all joins in the fuselage fall on panel lines and I don't suppose assembling this kit is beyond the abilities of the readers here. Some care may be required in lining up the sections but again with care and patience I don't see this being a problem. There is also a full radar set under the nose which can be posed open as well as what looks like very detailed, multi part wheel wells and a weapons. Interestingly here the 24 FFAR Rocket pack that was considered more effective against enemy bombers than standard aircraft cannon is replicated, which I think is a nice individual touch for this type. Underwing fuel tanks and early model sidewinders are also available as is open speed brakes on the rear section with a very detailed bay. All very welcome additions Im sure you all will agree. The breakdown of the kit and detail involved looks really good and looks like it'll go together really quickly and easily. Of course this is yet to be proven but I don't think any of it is beyond the skills of readers of this website and the really talented people will have a stunner even if built straight out of the box. So, onto the individual sprues. The Sprues. There are 7 grey plastic sprues, 1 clear and 1 small photo etch. The plastic is I would say of a great standard up there with the best including Tamiya, not particularly soft and not particularly brittle either. The clear parts are crystal clear and there is no sign of flash anwhere, theres also little to no sign of any ejector marks. Where these do necessarily exist they seem to be in areas which are invisible once the kit is complete. Sprue A is the main upper and lower wings and shows that there is scope here for the flaps and every other leading edge or trailing edge control surface to be positioned. The riveting and panel lines here is very subtle and from what I can tell they are all in scale. The detail will just pop under a thin coat of good paint I think. Sprue B has the control surfaces for the wings on sprue A and again the panel lines and rivets are very subtle, again it'll look great under a layer of paint. Sprue C is the front fuselage section along with all the separate panels for this section. Sprue D mostly consists of the engine parts and some of the fuselage elements including the nose radar assembly. Sprue E includes more engine parts, the cockpit and other ancillaries, effectively closing off the forward 2/3 of the airframe. Sprue F is the rear section of the airframe including the rear fuselage, control surfaces and fin with its separate posable rudder. Sprue G is undercarriage bays, weapons, drop tanks and the wheels and wheel gear bay doors. Sprue GP includes the clear parts including cockpit transparencies, anti-collision lights and other clear parts. The cockpit parts here really are 1st class with great rivet detail, no seams to clean up and they are crystal clear. Really nice to see them protected in a dedicated box too. The PE fret is the parts for the cockpit and a few smaller items only really scale correct in PE for the airbrake bays. Decals The main decal sheet is huge, quite literally the full footprint of the very large box. Of course aircraft of this era were very colourful (if only we could say the same today) and with that in mind the register of these decals looks to be up there with the best. The chosen schemes are varied and colourful and I for one can't wait to try the decals out, if I had a preference It'd be the Texas ANG aircraft with its Day-Glo orange panels but I'm sure we can all find a scheme we'd like to build and I'm also pretty sure that the AM market will soon have schemes flying out of warehouses. The available Schemes are: Scheme A: Bare Polished Metal, Red and White of the 82nd FIS (the box art), Scheme B: Bare Polished Metal, Orange and Red of the 325th FIS USAF "Sabre Knights" Aerobatic Team, Scheme C: Bare Polished Metal, Day-Glo Orange of the 181st FIS, Texas Air National Guard, USAF (my personal favourite), Scheme D: Bare Polished Metal, JASDF Scheme, Scheme E: Bare Polished Metal, ROKAF Scheme, Scheme F: Barley Grey FS16440, ROKAF Scheme. Final Thoughts Well I do believe we are really in the golden age of modelling, especially in 1/32. Kitty Hawk has grabbed this by the scruff of the neck and has started producing kits I think we have always wanted and thankfully hasn't stuck to the old favourites we can all name, do we need more Spitfires or ME-109s? I love them both but its time for the more obscure and interesting kits to start flowing I think. On this alone I have to congratulate Kitty Hawk. Who'd have expected 2 years ago a 1/32 Harvard, 1/32 OV-10 of any variant, with more variants rumoured to be coming, or even this Sabre Dog kit. I cant wait personally to see what comes next and whilst Kitty Hawk keep releasing these I think they will keep having a dedicated following of 1/32 modellers. I can't wait to see their upcoming P39Q for instance, Ive hoped for that aircraft in a large scale for some time. The after-market will make a killing here too I'm sure. I don't suppose it'll be long before there is a resin cockpit, some metal undercarriage (it could be a heavy kit so I hope it is coming from someone) and some stunning decal schemes. What would I replace if I could? Well Im a sucker for a good bit of coloured (Eduard?) PE Cockpit and a BrassIn Ejector seat, the rest however would just be polish on an already great kit I believe. So, highly recommended and if it comes in at the price level of the Harvard and OV-10D (circa £50 - £60 is a guesstimate) I'd say this is a must have. I think this just jumped to the top of my build list once my current build is over and that says a lot for me as I have quite a few waiting in the stash. Thanks to Glen at Kitty Hawk for the review kit and I assume it'll be available soon (is already available to pre-order) on any number of good model stockists. Highly Recommended.
  7. Colani Airbrush Harder and Steenbeck Item # 124003 Available in the Netherlands for €207. For dealers around the world, please click this link for further information. Introduction When it comes to airbrushes I’m not to type to experiment. I own three airbrushes but always seem to fall back on my venerable trusty Tamiya trigger airbrush. The trigger enables me total control over the amount of paint I let through. I’m left handed, but not consistent. I’ll explain: I draw and write and airbrush with my left hand, but cut with scissors and use a computer mouse with my right hand. As a member of the local gun club I shoot right handed too. This means that my trigger finger is on my right hand. And the best control is on my left hand. The Tamiya trigger airbrush however seems to fit me best. So when I was handed this ergonomic Colani airbrush I was a bit sceptic. In the box: • nozzle 0.4 mm • color cup with lid 15 ml • universal spanner • two hand distance rings • additional integrated air connection for ultra-fine work The design Looking at this airbrush gives you the feel like it was left by a Klingon after the shooting of a Star Trek episode. Purple plastic and a visible free floating needle. This airbrush was designed 50 years ago by Luigi Colani. It really makes the airbrush fit your hand like a glove. The back part can rotate, making the fit even more adaptive. The distinctive single action trigger on top can be taken out and turned around so a lefty like me can use it. (See special tool that removes the trigger screw below.) This was the first thing I did. Still I sensed I lacked a bit of control like I have with a single trigger. Not knowing how to fix this, I visited my local airbrush store: Airbrush Services Almere. As a matter of fact the owner of the store was fixing a Colani airbrush when I walked in. I asked him for some pointers and advice. He told me the most important thing in getting control over the trigger is to add the „hand distance rings” that come with the airbrush. It’s important that your trigger finger is fully stretched when resting on the trigger. This gives you maximum control. In my case this meant adding both rings. The Colani airbrush is fitted with a fast coupling for the air hose. So that was another reason I needed to visit the Airbrush store. I bought one for € 14,50. Quite a practical little item I had not used before. No more unscrewing the air hose from my airbrush in the middle of a paint job causing… a mess. Just pull back the ring on the fast coupling to detach the air hose. So the below shown quick release coupling is not included with the set. What also strikes on this airbrush is the enormous 15 ml paint cup. I will never ever have the need to fill this up completely, so I bought a smaller 5 ml cup (€ 9,90). The large paint cup gives away a little on the characteristic of this airbrush. With it’s 0,4 mm needle it’s not specially suited to spray those really thin fine lines. This brush is great for spraying larger camo areas and middle fine work. But! It can be fitted with a 0,2 mm needle. For that you need to change the nozzle too. Or, if you need to spray larger areas you can get a needle set in sizes: 0,6 mm / 0,8 mm / 1,0 mm and even 1,2 mm. As a matter of fact many accessories can be added or changed on this airbrush. And that’s a great plus. Action I’ve used this airbrush for the main part of my latest build now. A Luftwaffe subject with mottled pattern. The type of pattern that demands a fine airbrush. I managed to get fairly thin lines in the first run. About 2,5 mm across. You can adjust the amount of air that is let through, before it shoots paint with the tool that comes with the airbrush. (See photo below.) I discovered that I could probably use this airbrush for about 90% of my work. Just great. And when I buy the extra 0,2 mm needle set, I might be able to use it for all of my work. It might not be needed, since I was also told you can spray even finer lines with a 0,4 mm needle when removing the crown cap (shown on the right, in the photo below.) Maintenance The cleaning of this airbrush is quite simple too because of the free floating needle that can be immediately removed by unscrewing the tightening screw. My Tamiya airbrush is much more difficult to open up and clean properly. With the special tool the Colani comes with you can easily remove the trigger and virtually reach every nook and cranny of the brush. If you shoot very thinned Gunze paints like me, you can normally clean this brush by shooting some thinner/terpentine or Aceton till it’s clean. Then remove the needle and wipe it. Conclusion This airbrush has deserved it’s merits over the years. It’s in use by a wide range of industries and modelers all over the world. A huge range of accessories and spare/replacement parts are at it’s disposal. The typical german quality of materials and fabrication can be felt straight away. And the results of my first run with it are superb. Everything you should expect from an airbrush of this brand and price range. If you are not a huge fan of the standard double action button/lever airbrushes, this might just be a great option. If you have a good airbrush store in your area, ask if you can test one. If I had done so, I would have bought it Very highly recommended (for the quarter and large scale modeler) With sincere thanks to Harder & Steenbeck for this review sample. See this link for dealers around the world. or you can get yours here: http://www.airbrush-services-almere.nl/shop9/shop9.html Jeroen Peters
  8. JG 2 Jagdgeschwader „Richthofen” Marek J. Murawski Kagero Books (Units 5 / 97005) Available from Kagero for €16,71 A lot has been written on one of the most famous Jagdgeschwaders: JG 2. Enough to fill a small library. And that’s exactly when I like to have a compact writing that sums up highlights and gives oversight. This small book does just that! It chronologically covers the units’ actions in 28 pages, flanked by 43 photo’s. Starting with the units pre-war history (May 1, 1934 - August 31, 1939) until the end of WW2 (June 6, 1944 - May 1945). The text is in english and reads very well. Like with their Topcolors series, Kagero includes very nice and large colour profiles of 4 JG 2 airframes. Left and right view. The aircraft covered are: • Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 W.Nr. 5159, 'White 9', flown by Oblt. Hermann Reifferscheidt, Kapitän of 1./JG 2, Beaumont-le-Roger airfield, France, October 1940 • Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2/B 'Yellow 3', flown by Uffz. Richard Übelbacher of 6.(Jabo)/JG 2, Abbeville-Drucat airfield, France, summer 1941 • Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-2 W.Nr. 0120 333, 'White 8', flown by Lt. Jakob Augustin of 7./JG 2, Théville airfield, France, early June 1942 • Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 W.Nr. 400 271, 'Black 4' of 10./JG 2, Großostheim airfield, Germany, spring 1945 The decals themselves are printed the way we can expect from Cartograf. Perfect in register and true of color. They come in 1:72, 1:48 and off course… 1/32! Conclusion As said: with a unit so overly covered as JG 2, I find it comfortable to have a summary of highlights and timeline to freshen up on the subject when modeling on the subject. The photographs are large and clear, the text reads quick and comprehensible and the colour profiles are of the quality we have come to expect from Kagero. And not unimportant, the decals are printed by Cartograf. One of the best decal printers around. Very highly recommended Our sincere thanks to Kagero Publishing for the review sample. To purchase directly, click HERE. Jeroen Peters
  9. 1:32 Hawker Tempest MK.V Short Run Injected Plastic, Photo-etch and Resin Manufacturer: Pacific Coast Models Catalogue # PCM32016 Available directly from Pacific Coast Models (www.pacmodels.com) Finally, a Hawker Tempest in our scale! The wait has been long but now we have a 1/32 kit of the Hawker Tempest V. Since it hit the shops early july it has been subjected to a lot of webdiscussion. Talk about loose and damaged parts, wings and fuselage halves being warped, non-fitting radiator inserts and spinners etc. It seemed like this kit was rushed to get it in the shops as soon as possible. The Tempest was dead in the water before it even had a chance to be fully appreciated. This review is intended as an unbiased in box review of PCM’s latest offering. What’s in the box? The kit comes packed in a large box with artwork showing a Tempest overflying a steamtrain. The box is is big enough to contain three kits. Our sample was packed in a zip-lock plastic bag. The transparency sprue is separately packaged avoiding damage. The parts count is surprisingly low for such a large model. despite this the interior detail is quite comprehensive with various levers, fittings etc. Photo-etch is included care of Eduard. This consist of coloured instrument panels, consoles, trimwheels, chains, seatbelt and non-coloured oval radiator faces. Resin parts are provided for the rudder pedals, exhausts with hollowed out ends and wheelbays. The designers really do know their Tempests. ] Oversized box The oversized box allows the parts to shift. This could cause parts to come loose from their sprues. In our example the chair and radiator back plate came loose. The plastic The plastic parts have been made by Sword and come in dark grey thickish plastic. Being limited run low pressure injected there is quite some flash but that is unavoidable with this kind of kit. Some hefty sprue gate towers show this. Most parts must be cleaned up to remove moulding seams or flash. The plastic is what we have come to expect from PCM and that is a good thing. Not too soft and not too brittle. It's easy to work with .This is no shake and bake kit though, and should be treated as such to avoid disappointment. If you want an easy kit then this is not for you. Panel lines These look very good compared with the various drawings. They are a bit on the heavy side but a coat of paint (or light saniding of the surface) should make them less obvious. The elevator and aileron separation lines are a bit faint. They could have been deeper. Apart from some areas such as inspection hatches and the starboard inboard leading edge there are no rivets. Aside from this the oiltank was located in the port side leading edge and had a distinctive rivet pattern which is nicely rendered here. The cockpit It is very well furnished with almost nothing left out. The basic framework is present with the various consoles, boxes, chains etc. The seat has the characteristic quilted backpad and adjusting levers. Controlcolumn and rudderpedals are rendered in plastic and resin and looks good.The attention to detail is impressive as even the undercarriage emergency kick-down pedals are included. Although not much can be seen through the small cockpit opening. Some points are noted below: Gunsight The Tempest did not use a gunsight with reflector glass. The graticule projected directly onto the windscreen. A primitive head up display. This has been correctly depicted in resin in the kit. See photo below. Also in this photo are the resin rudder pedals. Nicely detailed. Heelboards There’s been some controversy recently about the heelboards sloping or not. They are in fact sloping down towards the nose. The pilot would push them down. Fuselage The Tempest is a large aircraft and it shows. The rudder is separate and can be positioned at an angle. The radiator intake consist of a large oval opening. Herein the radiator assembly needs to be fitted. This is detailed with photo-etch parts.But it's the standard radiator core, no cuckoo doors are provided. After D-Day various dust filters were tried in the field. The radiator shutter flap is fixed. This should be cut out and fitted with an actuator (not provided). There was no warping present on our sample. However a dry fit is recommended before glueing. The wings These are large mouldings consisting of five parts. Two upperwing halves and three underwing parts. There was no warping present on our sample. There are no separate flaps or ailerons. The aileron hinge is not pronounced enough. This version has the earlier long barreld cannon shrouds making it a series II. The shell ejection openings are moulded as shallow indentations. For realism they should be filed out. In the two outer wings a lamp is fitted. The pitot tube is provided as a separate part. Exhausts No need for after market or hollowing out plastic yourself (which can be exhausting . The resin exhausts are nice. Thin edges. Sharp detail. Weld beads lines. Spinners and propeller Two spinners are available in the kit but one propeller The shorter version was used on earlier airframes and the longer version on later airframes. But it is possible that these were retrofitted to earlier airframes as well. The Tempest V used De Havilland Hydromatic or Rotol variable pitch constant speed four bladed propellers. The kit has four separate blades and a hub. This is the De Havilland version. They look a bit think with flash. When choosing your aircraft check which spinner is needed. Canopy The windscreen and canopy shape are well rendered with good clarity. One thing missing is the flared rear that blends it into the fuselage lines. The surface detail is sharp which makes it easy to mask. The Tail The tailplanes are in two pieces but no separate elevators. According to photographs the elevators did not droop. The elevator hinge is not pronounced enough. A point of note: Navigationlights rear stabilizer There’s something missing in the instructions. The tail navigation lights are located in the wingroot fairings. The kit has the cutouts in this area. The transparency sprue has two spurious items numbered CP2 which seem to fit here. The instructions however do not mention these in stage 26. Droptank One cool feature that at first had me scratching my head are the droptank fairings. You will find them on the transparent sprue. Cees however found this logical since many of these were made of transparant accetate. On the inside reinforcement strips were visible. You'll find these on the small decal sheet. See photo above of transparent sprue. See photo below of small decal sheet with reinforcement strips. With the fairing being transparent you may want to add some fuel lines. See diagram below. Gear(bay) The geardoors are depicted quite nicely and have (almost) all the details you may expect in this scale. Rivets, reinforcements, strips, etc.. For the accuracy nuts: Some additional rivets could be added and the structural holes on the bottom of the door don't match up. The maintenance hatch shown open in the photo below is depicted on the outside of the door, but not on the inside. However: not much surface detail would show. All in all, it's an accurate door. The wheelbays are provided as one large resin casting with good detail. Care is needed fitting these into the wing. Check twice before glueing. Some kits had badly warped wheelbays but ours was flat as it should be. When warped they can be straightened in hot water, Resin has a memory. The undercarriage legs are provided in one piece. They look basic but acceptable and should look good with the finely detailed undercarriage doors. Wheels The wheels have the correct four cavity wheel hubs and are of the smooth version. Later Tempest had block thread tyres. The wheels themselves look to be a bit undersized and too fat in cross-section. According to photographs the side walls should be flatter with a thinner cross-section. I have no detailed drawing of the wheels themselves, but then Barracuda Details hit the market with new resin replacement wheels. When seeing these wheels next to the PCM wheels, you can clearly see a difference. All I could do was comparing the Hyperscale photo's to an actual Tempest wheel photo and it looks like Barracuda Details is more accurate. A pity these Barracuda Details wheels did not make it into the kit, but if this is the only after market you need to get, you're still not spending big bucks. Tailwheel The Tempest uses a characteristic anti-shimmy tailwheel. The groove inside prevented the tailwheel from oscillating causing structural failure. The kit correctly depicts this. The rim is closely fitted against the tyre. Sprue shots Our sample had little flash and practically no sink marks. Not even on the props where you'll often find them. The gear legs are pretty complex for a WW2 fighter and need to be carefully cleaned up with a sharp blade. Decals One big decals carrier is supplied as well as a colour printed booklet showing the different schemes. The sheet covers 5 individual aircraft. The semigloss decals are perfect in register and printed by Cartograf. Easiest way to check the register is to look at the outer border of a roundel. Colours are on the mark too and from experience I know the PCM decals respond well to Micro Set and Micro Sol. Photo etch 'Missing' parts What we did not find in the kit is the retractable step situated in the lower part of the fuselage. Easy to scratch though. Here's a detail pic to help out. On late production airframes the starboard fuselage just behind the cockpit there should be a static pressure plate. This was unpainted aluminium or steel. It is not certain to us if all airframes had this.(See photo below - source: www.iwm.org.uk) So check your references. Overall shape The airframe in the box looks good and certainly captures the brutish look op the Tempest very well. Panel lines match the drawings from the reference books we used (see below). We however did not scale these to 1/32 to see how the matched up as this is an inbox review. We did however check the total length and width. The Tempest had a 41 foot span (1249,68 cm). Scale this down to 1/32th scale and that gives you 39 cm. This matches the kit! Construction This being a limited run kit, presents the usuall 'pitfalls' and attention areas. First of all: limited run kits often do not feature locating pins. This means a bit more dry fitting and extra attention when glueing. One tip when fitting the wings: I find it easier to first glue the top wing to the fuselage, before glueing the bottom wing to the top wings. This almost always eliminates gaps in the wingroots. Thickness in plastic may vary between models. Therefor it may well be possible that your wheelwell needs sanding to be able to fit between the lower wings and upper wings, while someone else on some forum has no problem at all fitting it all in. Which brings me to the radiator. In our sample the radiator fits snug between the fuselage halves. If yours doesn't you may need to trim / sand 1/32 inch around the edges. And last but certainly not least: the short chord spinner is not right. If you are choosing a scheme which uses that (most do), contact Pacific Coast Models. Sword (who supplies the plastic parts) have corrected the spinner and bulk head. Further: make sure your example does not have any warpage. If so: contact Pacific Coast Models. Reference used in this review The Hawker Page by Christer Landberg (thanks Christer for you assistance) Hawker Tempest Mks I, V, II, VI, TT Mks 5,6 4+ Publications The Hawker Tempest by Richard Franks Airframe & Miniature No.4 Verdict The Tempest is a beast of a plane, which becomes apparent when opening the box. Even though the box is pretty much oversized. I have built several PCM kits, so I know the standard of plastic, resin, PE and decals. This kit, even with some flaws, surpasses all of them in terms of research, surface detail and attention to detail (like the transparent drop tank fairings and gun sight that correctly uses the front windshield as reflector). Yes the wheels are a bit donut shaped and you might want to get Barracuda Details resin ones'. Yes, you might have to check if your kit has no warpage or wrong spinner, but if your kit is like our example you now have no excuse whatsoever to finally build your Large Scale Tempest. We can recommend this kit and would like to give it a 7.5 out of 10. One last tip: when ordering it from overseas: ask the store / reseller to put some soft packaging foam / material inside the box. That way you can snip the parts out of the sprues yourself Thanks to Ken Lawrence from Pacific Coast Models for choosing to cover this subject and providing us with the review sample. Cees Broere and Jeroen Peters
  10. 1:32 B-25J Mitchell No. 16 and 18 NEI Bomber Squadron ML-KNIL/RNEIAAF Limited Run Manufacturer: Dutch Decal Catalogue # 32012 Available from Dutch Decal: www.dutchdecal.nl Celebrating their 25th birthday, Dutch Decal has been around since 1986. It is run by the Dutch graphic designer Luuk Boerman and has been producing decal sheets of aircraft from all Dutch armed forces. Every now and then a foreign nationality slips through. More than 100 sheets have been released to date. Most of them are sold out now but a few much requested sheets will be reprinted in the near future depending on demand. The decal sheets are silkscreen printed and accompanied by English instructions. Dutch Decal sheets come in all scales: 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32. The 1:32 sheets can be identified by the broad black band at the bottom of the packaging. Let´s have a look what we get: In a well packed zipped plastic bag you will find one sheet of decals protected by a folded colourful sheet of paper. On here you will find the various schemes for Dutch B-25J Mitchells. All of these subjects operated in the former Dutch East Indies by the ML KNIL (Militaire Luchtvaart/ Koninklijk Nederlands Indisch Leger) or RNEIAAF (Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force). As you may have guessed this sheet is to be used with the HK Models B-25J model kit. At the time of conception of this sheet it was planned to be used with the Wingscale B-25J kit. Luuk Boerman was co-operating with Wingscale at the time. The Wingscale logo on the booklet proves this. The decals are well printed and register is perfect on our sample, there is no mismatch. The finish is gloss. Covered liveries: The various scheme options are olive drab with grey undersides, The sheet give the Federal Standard numbers as FS34088 for Olive drab and FS36173 for Neutral Grey. Other aircraft have partly removed paint exposing the natural metal finish. And some aircraft in natural metal finish overall. Very dark blue paint: What struck us was the dark tone of blue used in the Dutch nationality roundel. This is very dark, at first we thought this was a misprint. After pointing this out to Dutch Decal, Luuk informed us that this actually is correct. The Dutch roundels were applied at the North American factory where they simply used the same blue paint to apply the American star and bar. Dutch nationality markings: In the colour artwork it can clearly be seen that the former American star and bars have been painted out with a darker colour of green. Over this the Dutch flags were applied. Some had these flags bordered in white to make them better stand out to the population below. The wartime Dutch nationality marking is the black bordered orange triangle. These were removed for service in the Pacific Theatre of Operations because it was felt they resembled the Japanese “meatball” too much. To avoid confusion the Dutch flag was used. After 1947 the flags were replaced by the current tricoloured roundel with the orange dot. Dorsal turret deleted: Also note that only N5 245 carries the dorsal turret just after the cockpit, the others have the turret removed and the hole faired over. This was because after the cease of hostilities there was no Japanese threat and these were deleted. Only N5 245 on this sheet was used during the war, the others post war. Weathered camouflage: It is obvious that these aircraft were worked hard and the paintwork suffered heavily in the hot humid climate. If you like exotic subjects and go to town on heavily weathered liveries then this sheet is right up your alley. The sheet covers 7 individual aircraft: • NA B-25J Mitchell N5-245 “Lienke” No. 18 NEI Bomber Squadron, Royal Neth. East Indies Army AF. Batchelor AB Australia 1945 • NA B-25J Mitchell N5-246 No. 18 NEI Bomber Squadron, Royal Neth. East Indies Army AF. Tjililitan 1st AB Batavia Java Dutch East Indies 1947 (See photo below. Source: See reference) • NA B-25J Mitchell N5-257 No. 16 NEI Bomber Squadron, Royal Neth. East Indies Army AF. Talang Betoetoe 12th AB Palembang Sumatra Dutch East Indies 1947 (See photo below. Source: See reference) • NA B-25J Mitchell N5-264 No. 16 NEI Bomber Squadron, Royal Neth. East Indies Army AF. Talang Betoetoe 12th AB Palembang Sumatra Dutch East Indies 1946-1948. This machine was returned to the Netherlands during 1971 after an official request by HRH Prince Bernhard and is on display at the Military Aviation Museum, Soesterberg. • NA B-25J Mitchell N5-258 No. 16 NEI Bomber Squadron, Royal Neth. East Indies Army AF. Talang Betoetoe 12th AB Palembang Sumatra Dutch East Indies 1946-1948 • NA B-25J Mitchell M4 34. No. 18 NEI Bomber Squadron, Royal Neth. East Indies Army AF. Tjililitan 1st AB Batavia Java Dutch East Indies 1947-1948 • NA B-25J Mitchell M4 51 No. 18 NEI Bomber Squadron, Royal Neth. East Indies Army AF. Tjililitan 1st AB Batavia Java Dutch East Indies 1947-1948 (See photo below. Source: See reference) • NA B-25J Mitchell M-434. No. 16 or 18 NEI Bomber Squadron, Royal Neth. East Indies Army AF. Dutch East Indies 1948 Conclusion: The overall quality and accurancy is spot on. Using our reference we could not find any faults. We tried, honestly. This sheet is available directly from Dutch Decal or the Aviation Mega Store. It's a limited run edition, so If you want it get it while you can. Highly recommended Cees Broere and Jeroen Peters Our sincere thanks to Dutch Decals´Luuk Boerman for providing the review sample used here. Reference used: De nederlandse Mitchells by Gerben J. Tornij ISBN nr 90-9013058-6 This book covers the operational service of the Mitchell in the Dutch airforce
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