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  1. Hi guys! I am back to working on my Bleriot11 and I thought that I would share the fun of this build.Actually, this airplane is part of a large-scale diorama involving a full-scale Peregrine Falcon woodcarving which I will get into explaining later.Cheers! John.
  2. 1/35 German WW1 - 25 cm Schwerer Minenwerfer Heavy Mortar CMK Resin Armor Catalogue # RA058 Available from CMK Kits for € 60,00 Introduction Another artillery piece (well technically mortar) from CMK. See our review of the 24cm Mörser here. This new range of WW1 artillery subjects is of the highest quality. Both in design and execution. As is common these days this kit was designed in 3D, subsequently 3D printed and then casted. More on the quality later. Let it be said that I was not able to spot any printing lines on the parts in this kit. 3D renderings by CMK: The subject of this kit is the 24cm Minenwerfer. A weapon designed by Germany before the first world war and after the Russo-Japanese war in 1904-1905. The ‘aim’ was to develop a weapon that could be transported on detachable cart wheels, drawn by horses or mules. Before firing it had to be placed in a trench or pit, at least 1,5meters deep. This way the Minenwerfer became a hard target to hit, while at the same time it was able to hit difficult targets. Both in terms of line of sight and shell-resistance. The explosive power of the shells was impressive. Reason for this was the low velocity of the muzzle. This enabled the shell casing to be thinner, and thus to contain much more TNT. 47kg to be exact. The highly destructive power of these shells, was somewhat diminished by the ample range: 540meters. Still this weapon proved very successful. This is underlined by the fact Germany entered the war with 44 pieces, which rose to 1234 pieces at the end of the war. With the Minenwerfers weight (768kg) it needed a crew of at least 4 engineers to set up and fire. The rate of fire was maxed at 20 rounds per minute. Quite an achievement, taking into account this was a muzzle loading weapon. In 1916 the Minenwerfer underwent a modification with a longer barrel. This gave the Minenwerfer a longer range. I love the fact that both barrels are included in this kit. Both the shorter old pattern (alter Art) and new pattern (neuer Art). I did some searching to see where you can see one surviving example with your own eyes, and found a few museums: - The Belgian Army Museum, Belgium (Legermuseum Brussel) - Australian War Memorial, Canberra - Waterford, Ontario - Hahndorf (near Adelaide), Australia - Imperial War Museum, Duxford, UK - Warsaw, Poland Be sure to check the link I included above! Great reference photo's. The Kit The box this kit comes in is pretty small. Upon opening you’ll find a plastic bag, sealed with 4 compartments, filled with grey resin parts. The first two compartments contain the larger parts. Two barrels (new and old pattern), wheels, baseplate, ammo (both bare and in transfort container) and carriage. The last two compartments contain the small parts (like sights, eyelets, etc…) Like the Mörser I reviewed the resin is very crisp, contains no imperfections whatsoever and hardly any flash. Actually the only part that needs cleanup are the openings in the wheels, which should be pretty straightforward. That’s it. I can see this kit being cleanly placed on a wooden plinth or in a diorama. What I love is that CMK did not only model the gun itself, but also provides ammo. Both with and without their transport baskets. And also the tripod that was used to lift the ammo into the barrel. Pretty cool. The first bag segment. Two barrels, ammo and carriage: You've got to love this. The whicker transport case for the ammo: The carriage: Other big parts from the second compartment in the bag. Wheels, base plate: Base plate: The tripod, used to lift the ammo into the muzzle: Optics, traverse, adjustment wheels: Toolbox: Small parts from the fourth bag compartment: Hydro-pneumatic recoil: The instructions give you one colour scheme: Dark Green. If you look at the surviving example in the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, you can make out remnants of a camo pattern. So there is a choice! Overal: This is a lovely kit of an important subject. Before this kit there was only one way to go: The Fine Scale Factory kit. But to be honest: I wasn’t able to find it. I love the quality and completeness of this kit and when comparing the pieces to walkarounds of the Belgian Army Museum, I can only conclude that CMK did their homework. Well done. Now go buy one! Highly recommended. Our sincere thanks to CMK Armor for providing this kit for review. To buy directly, click here.
  3. Just finished this up this morning, after lack of Mojo for 9 months... Used AK Interactive WW1 British Tank Colours, Washes and pigments. Really fun build!
  4. 1:32 AEG G.IV Early Wingnut Wings Catalogue # 32034 Available from Wingnut Wings for $229.00 with FREE Worldwide Shipping An AEG G.IV has the significance of being the only two-engine WW1 German aircraft that survives in a museum today, having been on display in the Canada Aviation & Space Museum. First flown in 1916, the G.IV was a more refined version of its predecessor, the G.III, and was capable of carrying a heavier bomb load. This rugged machine differed in many aspects of its construction, being of an all metal, tubular welded frame (including metal inter-plane struts), with a moulded plywood nose, giving the machine a stubby, awkward appearance. Manned by three crew on typical operations (although often operated at night by two crew), the AEG.G.IV was very much liked by its pilots who praised her handling abilities over other large bombers such as the Gotha and Friedrichshafen machines. Ahead of its time in some respects, the AEG offered a power supplies for the crew’s electrically heated flight suits, and the type was also fitted with the very latest in modern radio technology. The rear gunner could also fend off aircraft pursuing from below, by means of a glazed hatchway through which he could fire his Parabellum machine gun. Bomb stores on this type were also carried internally, as well as on external racks. The robust G.IV, which was powered by two 260hp Daimler-Mercedes D.Via engines, could carry over 800kg of PuW bombs, and had a maximum speed of just over 100mph. Landing accidents were common too, especially at night, with the aircraft frequently tipping on its nose and crushing the forward ‘pulpit’ position. Due to this, it was common for the commander to sit alongside the pilot on both take-off and landing. The improved G.V entered the war too late to make much of a difference on offensive operations, and by the Armistice, 320 AEG G.IV had been built. As with a number of other releases over recent years, Wingnut Wings decided to surprise us with not one, but TWO versions of their AEG G.IV kit. Today, I will take a look at the ‘Early’ production variant, and Jeroen will follow this shortly with his review of the ‘Late’ release. If you’ve seen the box for the Gotha release, then this one is around that size, and like the Gotha, it’s brimming full of plastic sprues, and decal sheets. Both AEG releases have got starkly contrasting artwork, with this kit box being graced with a beautifully elegant Steve Anderson painting of two G.IVs being attacked by SE.5a aircraft. There had been a little consternation about the price of this kit when WNW published it on their website. I’m sure we’ve all been real impressed with previous pricings, and the free delivery we’ve come to expect. The kit price was measured against the Gotha, being around $80 less than the new AEG. Comparisons were obviously drawn. Here’s what Richard Alexander actually said regarding the pricing for the AEG: Because a direct comparison to the cost of our earlier model 32005 Gotha G.IV (currently priced at just US$149) is inevitable I encourage you to consider these significant differences; AEG G.IV tooling is 1.3x the cost of the Gotha G.IV. AEG G.IV plastic injection moulding is 2.3x the cost of the Gotha G.IV. AEG G.IV decal printing is 2.75x the cost of the Gotha G.IV. The Gotha G.IV is probably priced too low. If you like high sprue count, then this is for you, with SEVENTEEN grey sprues, and a single clear one. Three sprues are duplicated twice though, and one sprue is included no less than three times. If you open this to have a look through, then intend to put it in your stash, then be careful as it’s difficult to get everything back it. You don’t want to exert any force either due to the frighteningly fragile-looking engine gondola frames. So full is the box, that a small number of small sprues have been tucked down the side. All that plastic is individually bagged too, and the FIVE decal sheets contained within are also in their own sleeve, along with the single PE fret. The manual is un-bagged, as we have tended to see since the release of the Fokker D.VII kits. Here are some statistics from our pre-release info email, shared here so that you can see a summary of what this kit offers, before we go onto look at it in more detail. 57cm wingspan. 423 high quality injection moulded plastic parts. 2 highly detailed Daimler-Mercedes D.IVa engines which can be displayed exposed or fully enclosed in their nacelles. Optional bomb load of 12.5kg (x48), 50kg (x7) and 100kg (x2) bombs. Optional front gun rings, propellers and weighted tyres. Optional painted day or hexagon night camouflage. 17 photo-etched metal detail parts. Tail skid trolley for diorama display. 36 page fully illustrated instruction manual. 5 high quality Cartograf decals including 4 sheets of night hexagon camouflage and markings for 5 aircraft SPRUE A As tends to be normal for WNW sprue nomenclature, the first one contains a good number of internal cockpit details. The first thing that strikes me is that the instrument panel is moulded with a separate rear face. To the front, detail consists of a reasonable number of instruments, and also toggle switches. These will be supplemented by a significant number of decals too. The read of the panel obviously contains the instrument bodies, plus wiring and plumbing, and it’s all very neatly moulded. No need for lead wire here. Wingnut Wings did actually make an error here with the instrumentation itself, and they acknowledge this in the manual. For some reason, a British instrument found its way onto the panel, and you will need to scrape this away. I have to say that the pilot and commander seats look seriously nice. Whilst the pilot’s seat has an appearance of grandeur with its flared arms and separate cushion, the commander’s throne is more spartan, but has some intricate strapping to the rear. Moulding this has necessitated the seat being angled on the sprue. There are a serious of internal bomb racks moulded here, but a number of these aren’t to be used, despite the options provided in this release. Other internal parts here include fuel pressurising hand pump, engine control rods, rear bulkhead to gunner, crawl-board, forward and rear bulkheads, Telefunken radio set, lower bomb bay panel etc. Also included are a number of external items, such as engine exhaust parts, yoke wheel, gravity fuel tank and the rather curvaceous ailerons with their beautifully thin trailing edges. SPRUE B Whilst we’re on the subject of wings, both of the outer, main wing panels are moulded here. These are probably some of the finest wings I’ve yet seen in a WNW release, with very fine rib cap strips and rippled forward edge that hints at the ribs within. Along the leading edge are a series of small pads. These are meant to be there, despite them looking like tags. Again, the trailing edge is ultra-fine, with a neatly scalloped edge. Rigging points and strut placement points are sharp, with the latter being almost full depth of the wing. I would perhaps drill the rigging points a little deeper so you can insert your wire or whatever other rigging solution you use. Apart from the fin and rudder with their extremely subtle fabric finish, the only other part here is an internal fuel tank! SPRUE C C again, stands for ‘clear’, and here we have the sprue containing the transparent parts. The largest and most obvious is the clear gunner trapdoor with its fine framework. Here’s something really neat. It appears that the glazing on the real aircraft must have been Cellon, or another plastic material. When installed, this had a ripple, and WNW have replicated that effect on this part! Other parts here are the dual windscreens, and barograph. What the final clear part is actually eludes me. It must be on the instructions somewhere! SPRUE D1 (x2) & SPRUE D2 (x2) These sprues contains parts for which there are multiples, such as wing struts, bombs, stabiliser & elevator (one side for sprue), and also wheels. Bombs are moulded as halves, with delicate fins. There are a number of these to construct, depending upon the specific bomb-load that you choose to depict. Wingnut supplies alternative wheels too. One set are weighted, whilst the others aren’t. This is idea, dependent on how you’ll model your AEG (full or no bomb load etc). Those wheels also have GOTHANIA moulded neatly on them too. The outboard hub is moulded as a separate part, allowing the captive locking nut to be fitted to the axel first. Two of the engine gondola side panels can be found here, with their agricultural-looking panel fasteners. You can actually opt to build your machine without any covers whatsoever, with the filigree style frameworks supporting your finished engine. Three propeller options are also supplied on these sprues (Behrend, Wolff and Anker), with a fourth option on sprue ‘I’. SPRUE E (x2) As is tradition with WNW releases, this sprue contains the engine, and in this case, there are two identical sprues supplied, each of them containing the parts for one full 260hp Daimler-Mercedes D.Via. Compared with some of the other German aero-engines, this one appears to have fewer parts, and should assemble quite quickly. It essentially consists of upper and lower crankcase, left and right hand cylinder banks, rocker cover, manifold, magnetos, flywheel and water pipe. Of course, more parts will need to be added, to fit out the engines for installation, but as these parts are specific AEG parts, we will find these spread across numerous other sprues. SPRUE F For the first time, we get to see the portly shape of the AEG, and get an idea of its size. Both fuselage halves are moulded here, and in full length. Externally, there aren’t too many features, except for some ribbing and lacing. Of course, the commander’s pulpit was a moulded plywood section, whilst the fuselage was a welded steel tubular structure, covered in taught, doped fabric. Internally, the AEG is almost devoid of detail due to the nature of the detailed interior module that fits within. There are a number of light ejector pin marks, but these will be totally hidden by the interior section. Both of the interior walls are moulded here, with some rather nice detail. Notice that these are slab sided, and not frameworks as commonly seen on many WW1 aircraft. These parts extend from the gunner position, through to the pilot, and onto the tubular frames that form the interior of the pulpit. Moulding is excellent, with some details provided for the commander. Detail is sparser for the pilot, as extra parts need to be fitted to the cockpit wall. Also note that the starboard side wall has a partial bomb rack moulded in situ, for the PuW bomb-load that is common to all machines within this release. Lastly, the interior floor, with integral dual fuel tanks/filler caps is included on this sprue. From the very beginning of assembly, you MUST decide which machine you will build, as there are two options which include extra bomb storage racks within the pulpit. Once you cut out the plastic for these, bases for these new racks will be installed from underneath. As one of the rear racks is common to all machines, you need to open up another cut-out to incorporate the dual bomb rack in the rear, as well as an optional hole into which the commander’s plug-in rudder bar would install. This is a very nice feature, and I would consider incorporating this myself. SPRUE G (x3) This time, ‘G’ stands for GUNS, as not one, but THREE Parabellum sprues. About half of the parts on each sprue won’t be used for this release, but the LMG 14, and LMG 14/17 will be used in various options. The LMG 14 is provided with both a moulded cooling jacket, and as an option for a high detail version, with PE jacket. A former is included around which to roll the jacket. SPRUE H The AEG is so designed that both the upper and lower wings have the outboard main panels as separate parts. This of course makes construction far friendlier on a model of this size. Again, options dictate that you need to cut away a little plastic from the lower centre panel, for three of the scheme options. This needs to be done before you affix the individual upper panels of the lower wing mid-section. The centre upper wing is also moulded as upper and lower. External detail is beautifully refined, with a totally convincing fabric and rib representation, and positive locating positions for both cabane and lower fuse to lower wing strut assemblies. Other parts moulded here are for the separate pilot and gunner upper fuse coamings, negating any possible trouble in seam removal around these key areas. These two parts plug together before being fitted to the fuselage. SPRUE I Here you will find the last of the largest kit parts, namely the outboard lower wing panels, with their beautiful rib and fabric finish. These parts, as with the upper, outboard wings, are relatively heavy, but of course I trust WNW to have engineered these so that they don’t sag over time. As well as the last propeller option, which is actually a counter-clockwise Wolff, in case you opt to build a machine with whose propellers rotated in an opposite direction to each other. Lastly, a number of engine gondola parts are included here. SPRUE J This is the last of the large sprues, holding the more intricate fuselage – wing strut assemblies and also the last of the engine gondola frames. I really can’t stress how fragile the latter are. Please take care in replacing the sprues to the box if you take them out to fondle the plastic. In fact, I would remove this and both sprue D and put them safely somewhere else! WNW have also supplied a rather nice tail skid support trolley, of which you’ll find parts for here. This isn’t vital to your model, but would be good to build up anyway. For a diorama modeller, this is essential fayre! SPRUE K Wingnut Wings love to supply the modeller with options, and with this sprue, we have a choice of either an early, or VERY early pulpit coaming. I suppose I’m torn here, as I like the very early version, but this isn’t applicable to the lozenge-finish machines…..decisions, decisions, decisions….. Other parts here include extra bombs, pulpit frames and seat etc. SPRUE L This sprue is common to both the early and late releases of thea AEG, with another ‘late’ option for the pulpit coaming, but gun mounting ring. Parts not used are for the rear gunner coaming and MG mounting ring. PLASTIC SUMMARY As with all WNW kits, parts are moulded without defect, and of course, there is a distinct lack of flash, pin marks in key areas, and seam lines. An absolute joy. No sink marks to be found on my sample. Just cut, remove gate remnant, and assemble. Certainly nothing negative to write about any plastic here. PHOTO ETCH One fret is included for this release, and as well as the Parabellum cooling jackets and crew seatbelts, you will also find the pulleys and drive chains for the pilot’s yoke/wheel, plus bomb straps and locating points for the tail skid trolley. Decals As mentioned in the first part of this review, this release contains FIVE sheets of Cartograf-printed decals, would undoubtedly add an extra premium to the cost of this release. All sheets are also substantial. The first of these contains the individual markings for each machine, separated on the sheet by a series of dividing lines for clarity. One set of markings also has the late cross with obliterated portions being printed as part of the main decal. One section of this also contains a set of stencil and instrument decals. Three of the five machines in this release have hexagonal night-lozenge, and the whole model, quite literally, will be covered in this. The remaining four sheets supply this in panel form, broken down where necessary, for ease of application. I’m quite interested in seeing how this will wrap around the forward commander’s pulpit nose section! I have faith in WNW that they will have broken this down in the best way possible. There are of course two other machines which have no lozenge needed, and you’ll need to be nifty with the airbrush to mimic those. Decals are superbly printed, and are quite thin. Carrier film is minimal and all colours are solid. Registration is also perfect. The lozenge machines are a serious decal-o-rama, and I look forward to seeing these being built online. The schemes offered in this release are: AEG G.IV 155/16, early to mid 1917 AEG G.IV 157/16, Kagohl IV, August 1917 AEG G.IV 1118/16 ‘V’, Bogohl IV?, 1917 to early 1918 AEG G.IV 1125/16, Bogohl III?, Bosta 15?, December 1917 AEG G.IV 1131/16 “III”, mid 1918 Instructions As you would imagine, a release of this nature is going to merit a few extra pages in the instructions department. This booklet is a whopping 36 pages, and is printed in a classy, satin A4 format, in full colour. Containing a history on the front page, and paint references and parts plans over the next three pages, the following constructional sequences are shown in shaded greyscale format, with the use of blue colouring to denote parts and assemblies which have just been added. These sequences are punctuated by illustrations of subassemblies in full colour, helping further with painting information. All sequences also carry painting notes. The manual has a number of both period and contemporary images of the AEG for reference, with the sole Canadian survivor being the one we are treated to in colour photo format. A full rigging diagram is included, and the rear of the manual is taken over with the schemes, including the wonderful Ronny Bar profiles. Historical scheme notation is also included, and decal placement is easy to follow. Conclusion It seems like we’ve been waiting an eternity for the AEG to be released, but was it worth it? Absolutely! There’s no doubt at all there. Despite WNW’s releases always being high quality, there is certainly a refinement in releases as time goes by, and this model is far more complex than the Gotha, if I’m to draw a comparison. The finesse of the AEG shows the upward trend that Wingnut still has in relation to their design and engineering approach, and the AEG is without doubt, one of their very finest releases. With over 400 parts and a wingspan in excess of 500mm, this is no small project either, and the ability to build the model with exposed engines will add plenty of visual interest to an already busy-looking aircraft. Rigging is mostly straightforward with this generally being cross brace wiring on the wing, and the same on the main gear struts. Certainly a project for those that like lots of detail, but not that difficult so as to be off-putting. VERY highly recommended My sincere thanks to Wingnut Wings for this review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link. For hints and tips for building this and other Wingnut Wings kits, click THIS link. James H
  5. 1:32 Spandau, Lewis , Vickers machine guns Gaspatch Models Catalogue # see article for code and price Available from Gaspatch Models After some simply astounding releases in both kit form and in aftermarket, Gaspatch Models had been relatively quiet for a period of time. Apart from the turnbuckle releases which this company is famed for, over the last year, we've reviewed their 1:48 Salmson kit, and also a suite of their 3D printed Lewis guns. It was this latter product which signalled the start of a new product range for Gaspatch, and the one we were certainly keen to follow up. Today, I'm pleased to be able to bring to you the very latest machine gun releases from this exacting company. The items we've received are: 13-32043, Vickers Colt-Built, €12,50 13-32046, Vickers British Hyland Type B Loading Handle, €12,50 13-32047, Vickers British Hyland Type E Loading Handle, €12,50 13-32056, Lewis Mk.II, €12,50 14-32060, Spandau 08/15 Extended Loading Handle, €12,50 14-32061, Spandau 08/15, €12,50 All gun sets are comprised of TWO machine guns to enable a complete port/starboard installation, and they are packed into attractive blister packs which contain a rendered image of the gun on the back. The delicate parts within are recessed into pieces of soft grey foam which has had the part shapes cut from the foam with heat, ensuring a snug fit and minimum risk of any breakage. To help further, whenever Gaspatch have sent me these sets, they also come packed into a sturdy cardboard box. Buy with confidence. Vickers Guns This machine gun has perhaps one of the longest service records of any machine gun ever invented, being used for almost 60yrs in various countries around the world. Conflicts that it served in range from the Great War through to the Korean War etc. The gun itself was a water-cooled, .303 calibre, medium machine gun which first entered service in 1912. Produced by Vickers, the ground-based version of this required 3 men to operate it in combat, whilst deployed to a team of six to help transport it around the battlefield, and then deploy it. The Vickers also had a good reputation for reliability, and was well liked by those who had to use it. The easy synchronising ability of the gun made it the standard gun to be fitted to both British and French aircraft during WW1, and the resultant airflow over the jacket, rendered the weighty water cooling system redundant. This of course greatly lessened the weight of the weapon too, again making it idea for air combat. Several slots were machined into the external jacket, increasing the effectiveness of air cooling. I have by no means requested every Vickers gun from the new range. There are actually NINE guns in this range, but felt that the ones that we've been sent are going to be very representative of this particular range of weapons. These particular sets are packaged into the smaller blister packs due to the smaller number of component parts per gun; and as stated there are two machine funs per packet. Each of these sets contains FOUR parts each. The Vickers gun itself is a single piece item, and there are of course ammunition feeds for both guns. Differences between the guns are quite subtle in most respects, but still identifiable. The Hyland Type E version has its loading handle pointing slightly downwards, towards the pilot's abdomen, ensuring that cocking the lever looks a little more natural, despite probably needing a little more moment force than the others. Each of the other types has their loading handle pointing slightly skyward, and each type has a different handle grip. It is also noted that the muzzles across these guns are slightly different too, depending on their manufacturer. Gun detail is simply jaw-dropping. Those ex-water cooled jackets have their air-cooled slots beautifully represented, and the loading handles actually look operable. What's more, the jackets on these are hollow, and there is actually the entire barrel length within them. That is just INCREDIBLE! Only 3D printing in ultra-high resolution would allow such a feat of production. The ammunition feed to the breech is also hollow, all the way through. Also visible are the mounting lugs with open bolt holes, and constructional riveting. Gorgeous, is the only word I can use to begin to describe these guns. Production is in light grey plastic. Lewis Gun The Lewis Gun was a light machine gun which entered service at the start of WW1, and continued in operational use until the early 1950s. It was also known as the Lewis Automatic Rifle. A wide cooling tube was usually fitted around the barrel when used on the ground, but this was omitted on aircraft due to natural airflow air-cooling. This gun, American in origin, was also of .303 calibre, and ammunition was fed into the chamber from a cylindrical drum which could be removed and quickly reloaded. Continual operation of the gun relied on the expanding propellant gas from the barrel, driving a piston which drove a cam track to the firing bolt, allowing for continual fire. The Lewis was also the first fixed machine gun to be fired from an aircraft, and was extensively used throughout the Great War, both on forward firing mounts and via cupola-ring mounts for observer/gunners. This release occupies on of the larger blister packs, containing EIGHT parts. These are two guns, two spent cartridge bags and four ammunition drums. The Lewis could take two drums of different capacities, but all four of these look identical. I don't know if the drums themselves looked different externally, but Gaspatch have indeed supplied those extras. Each drum, highly detailed, also has a superb leather strap handle! The guns are again exquisite. They contain what can only be described as filigree detail, including the sighting mechanism, wooden grip, hollow muzzle and textured wooden pistol grip. A mounting pip sits on top, onto which you fit the ammunition drums. A canvas spent shell bag with metal chute, is included as a separate part which just needs affixing to the side of the gun. Spandau 08/15 Without a doubt, THE name in German aircraft-borne weapons, along with Parabellum. The Spandau was probably the most numerous air combat weapon employed by the Germans in the Great War. Known as the MG08 (Maschinengewehr), the type was actually the standard German machine gun in WW1, and a lighter and slightly more compact version, the MG08/15 was deployed in large numbers. This gun had a calibre of 7.92mm, and the aircraft-specific version had a cooling jacket with a large number of slotted perforations, creating an extremely cool-firing weapon, Aircraft versions of both the MG, known as IMG08 and LMG08/15 were also now the standard weapon for German aircraft, as well as infantry, and were usually deployed in pairs, except for some Eindecker machines which carried just one or even three weapons (latter being prototypical). Both Spandau sets are of the 08/15 format, and both occupy the larger blister packs. Each set also comprises EIGHT parts. These are two guns, two barrels, two padded cushions, and two ammunition feeds. The guns themselves are essentially the same except for one type which has an extended loading type handle which was seen on some installations. It's hard to talk about the gun itself, without using many superlatives. Please remember the open, slotted nature of the Spandau cooling, and to see this replicated in the most amazingly fine detail is something I'm still getting used to. The gun jacket incorporates the forward stiffening plate and cross-reticule gun-sight. A hole exists here for you to slot the barrel through, with integral open ended muzzle. Loading handle mechanism again looks as though it would operate, and if this was regular plastic, this would need many separate parts to create the same effect that these guns have. A mounting bracket is also included as part of the gun, and detail, overall, is probably the highest of seen of any contemporary item. All parts across all sets are produced in the same colour plastic, except for the barrel/muzzle assembly in the Spandau sets. These are produced in dark grey plastic, with open, flared muzzle. Threading these into the barrels is very easy too, with just a little fiddling to make it locate into the hole within the rear of the gun. The remaining parts are for the cushioned pads at the rear of the gun, protecting the pilot's head from striking the metal chassis, and also the very detailed ammunition feed belts. Instructions All sets have a simple set of rendered illustrations within, showing assembly and general painting for the guns. Whilst there isn't too much variety in terms of colours to use, always check any online references for minute detail which you can apply with your paints. Conclusion Each time I see Gaspatch's latest releases, I'm bowled over by the finesse and attention to detail that they seem to cram into such small parts. Production of these sets is second to none, and they are probably amongst my favourite aftermarket sets for WW1 aircraft. Just absolutely astounding, in every aspect. These sets cost €12,50 each, so they aren't cheap, relatively, but what they add to a model, with the absolute minimum of fuss, has surely got to be worth a few of your hard-earned coin. Very highly recommended My sincere thanks to Gaspatch Models for these review samples. To purchase directly, click the links in the article. James H
  6. 1:32 DFW C.V Mid Production Wingnut Wings Catalogue # 32040 Available from Wingnut Wings for $99.00USD, with FREE Worldwide shipping If you know anything about World War 1 aviation, it's that the DFW C.V was one of the most numerous types built, and also that it had an key bearing on how both war in the air, and war against ground forces, was conducted. For Germany, this was undoubtedly one of their most important aircraft, if not the single most important. It's true to say that, for such an important aircraft, not a lot is known about the development of it, except for that it was designed by Heinrich Oelerich and first flew around May 1916. The premise of the aircraft was simple. It was a two-seat reconnaissance machine, able to direct deadly ground-to-ground fire into the heart of enemy emplacements, with ferocious ease. DFW's C.V machine was, like the C.IV and C.VI that followed, of regular biplane format, with fabric covered wings and plywood sheathed fuselage. This exceptionally strong design had a fully enclosed 230hp Benz Bz.IV engine, hidden behind shaped aluminium cowls. Control surfaces were built from welded tubes, whilst regular wood was used for the main flying surfaces; an approach that Fokker used on numerous types. Like many reconnaissance types, the DFW C.V could also carry a small bomb load internally, totalling around 50kg. It was armed with n internal, forward facing Spandau IMG 08, or alternatively an LMG 08/15. For defence, the observer had an LMG 14 Parabellum, mounted on a moveable gun ring. The DFW C.V was built by Aviatik, Halberstadt, and LVG, as well as DFW, and around 4000 had been built at the time of the Armistice. They say lightning never strikes the same place twice. Well, that's obviously wrong anyway, and is most certainly wrong when it comes to Wingnut Wings. Not only have they released this 'Mid Production' DFW C.V, but they have also released in in 'Late Production' form too. I do know that this is one kit that many had perhaps hoped for, but also that no one saw coming! In that light, it is most certainly a privilege to crack open these boxes and let you see what's inside. Today we'll look at the Mid, whilst Martin will follow shortly with the Late kit. When we were kids, our imagination was always let loose with the superb, action-packed artworks on the kit packets or boxes. WNW continues this tradition with superb Steve Anderson artworks on their releases. This release has a painting of on LVG-built C.V banking away from the background action, featuring an Albatros D.V and a Sopwith Camel. Edged in silver, WNW artwork is always something to look forward to. The box edge contains the customary Ronny Bar scheme profiles. We'll come to these later. Again, a warning. Removing these sprues could mean that you can't fit them all back again afterwards! Yes, this is a box that is crammed with a significant amount of plastic. In fact, there are no less than FIFTEEN sprues. Some of these are minor sprues, and are moulded with a connection to another small sprue. Nevertheless, this is a kit that you're not going to finish in a rush. There is some serious value for money here with regard to parts count and the resultant time to complete. All sprues are packed individually, or in moulded groups, with one exception. Sprue L is packed doubly with co-joined sprues M and N. In the botton of the box lies a sumptuous instruction manual, and a single, large decal sheet which is also enclosed in cellophane. Within this, a small PE fret is included, in its own sleeve. SPRUE A This sprue is common to all DFW C.V releases, and Is marked as such. Detail freaks; here is where the lions share of the DFW C.V's cockpit and observer station are found, centred within a bulkhead and framework module. Construction for this area is very typical of WNW releases, meaning you will need to decide which serious of optional parts and detail you will wish to display, from the very outset. Two floor parts (moulded on sprues L and M) will determine whether your model will have a hatch over the camera port or not. There are other small internal details that we'll look at on the fuselage interior parts later, so now we'll focus on this specific sprue. The largest and most obvious parts here are the interior cockpit side wall frames, complete with integral levers, plumbing, brackets and quadrants. All ejector pins points are moulded externally to the framework, and will just need snipping away. This also applies to minor sprue tracks too. I very much like this method of kit design, as it allows us to do what we enjoy doing, without bothering about annoying, remedial donkeywork. Instrument panels/boards are one of my favourite parts of a build, and this one is comprised of many parts. The forward face contains the instruments and some pipework runs, as well as the openings for the rudder pedal foot wells. Instruments themselves are supplied as decals. Detail is then attached to this panel, including the empty belt container, magazine parts and synchroniser gear from this sprue. The rear of the panel is faced with another bulkhead with the moulded foot well recess and also instrument gauge rear faces, with plumbing. A rear bulkhead is provided, containing the internal cable rigging holes. Four out of six require opening up, meaning there must be subtle internal differences from version to version. I don't know if you can consider your seat also being a fuel tank, but that's what the pilot of this machine had to sit on. This is very akin to the Junkers J.1. The DFW also comes with a reserve tank that forms the pilot's backrest. Lucky guy! Thankfully, this is tempered with an attached cushion, and separate leather, studded cushion for the seat. You have the option of posing the observer's seat in a deployed or folded position also. Detail is excellent throughout. Other parts on this sprue include forward cockpit floor, rudder pedal bar, wireless aerial tube and aerial winder, internal bomb racks, engine bay bulkheads, engine bearers, IMG 08 mounting bar, lever detail, hand pump, ammunition drum shelf, minor engine detail and undercarriage spreader bar, to name but a few. All parts on this sprue are slated for use with this release. SPRUE B The familiar outlines of the DFW C.V's fuselage are recreated here, with total authenticity. Understandably, the exterior of the fuselage is very sparse due to its plywood finish. Small plates for lifting positions are sharply moulded and a slot extending from the rear tail post indicates that a large, single piece stabiliser is to slide into here, as opposed to individual port/starboard parts. Whilst the fuselage has the area below the observer as a separate part due to kit options, the whole upper rear deck is integral, stopping at the coaming for the pilot position. Engine panel access panels are separate due to parts options. The lower engine cowl is separate, sitting on the top of plastic structure underneath. If you build scheme A, then you'll need to open out a port here. Depending on which machine you build, there is a very small amount of detail which needs removing, related to whether you use the IMG 08 or LMG 08/15 guns. There is very little detail within the fuselage too, as the cockpit module almost exclusively supplies this. Again, there is a little raised detail within the cockpit area which must be rubbed away, depending on whether you build an LVG/Halberstadt or an Aviatic machine. Holes will need to be drilled for both types, irrespective, but this is all clearly shown on the instructions. A couple of amazingly minor ejection pin marks can be seen in the engine bay area and will easily be removed in a matter of seconds. This is the first time that I've seen raised nail detail on a WNW, presumably because it's specific to this type. Nail detail can be seen around the edges of the pilot's coaming. The leather trim and cut out is also asymmetrical, allowing for the forward facing gun. As the engine is also fully enclosed, you will find the majority of the various cowl panels here too. Some modification will be required, dependent on your scheme/machine choice. Cowls are moulded with delicate open louvers, while other external plates are detailed with some of the sharpest and finest minor detail I've seen. Other parts on this sprue include the undercarriage V struts, with superbly moulded bungee detail, spinner and separate back-plate with hole detail, two MG options (standard, and high detail to incorporate the PE cooling jacket), two versions of gun mounting ring, tail control cable access plate, and rear cabane strut 'V'. This sprue is also a common sprue for all versions of this kit. SPRUE C As is customary, this is the clear sprue. Three parts are included here, moulded with exceptional clarity. These are the camera lens, forward windscreen, and a windshield for scheme E. Frame lines are nice and sharp, so masking should be easy. SPRUE D (x2) Wingnut Wings tend to mould the parts which are supplied as multiples, across two identical sprues. Another common sprue, this one contains wheels with separate outer hubs (2 choices), wing struts with their delicate attachment plates, various louvered plates, control horns, radiator housing options, and also bombs for the internal carrier. Detail is exceptional throughout, including the fine meshes for the radiators. Another common sprue. SPRUE E This sprue is supplied co-joined to sprue G, and of course, packages together. The powerful Benz Bz. IV engine is supplied here, in amazing detail. Although the instructions show that only two cylinder head parts are to be used, you can indeed use the ones that are shown not for use. These are the same as the intended ones, except that they don't contain moulded pushrods. This will allow the detailer to add his/her own rods for more 3D realism. A small number of other parts are not for use with this kit. Rocker heads are supplied as separate parts, and you MUSTN'T use the carburettor intakes supplied on this sprue. Alternative parts are supplied on a different sprue. SPRUE F Only four parts on this common sprue, but they are the very substantial wing panels. One of the things I like about WNW kits are the fine trailing edges of the wings. This is no different. These edges are scalloped, to represent the tautening of the fabric against the wire that formed the wing trailing edge. Ailerons are only specific to the upper panels, and are separately moulded. Hinge plate detail is very fine too. Again, wing detail is excellent, with a very realistic drum-skin tight fabric between the ribs, and the ribs being finished with capping strips. Shorter length ribs can be seen between the main ribs, disrupting the tight finish between them. Most excellent! Biplanes can seem daunting with those struts, but WNE have ensured you can't locate these into the wrong positions, simply by adding different connecting shapes within the strut location point. Upper wing panels are jointed together with an insert which fits into the underside of the wings, and also provides the single rib bay which sits between the dihedral panels. The cabane strut location will also click into this joint. This has all been so designed with maximum joint surface area so that the wings won't sag. Detail also includes some access ports and walkways, as well as wing – fuselage locating plates. A compass is moulded into the lower port wing, and it is so good, you would swear it was a separate part! SPRUE G1 A very small sprue, this deals with the Parabellum, and includes parts for the standard gun, and also the High Detail version which uses the PE cooling jacket. Here you will also find a mounting bracket and the various ammunition drums and a direct gun feed for the one which you'll display clipped to the gun. I have seen this sprue in other kits, and it's not common to just the DFW. It comes moulded to the engine sprue (another non-specific aircraft sprue), and packaged within the same sleeve. If you're looking for other parts labelled as being on sprue 'G', then there is a secondary Accessory Sprue that we'll look at later, carrying almost the same nomenclature. SPRUE H You will find this small sprue attached to sprues J, K and O, and it contains two engine cowls, and a couple of access ports. A two-part exhaust is to be found here too, with a delicate, open-ended aperture. Depending on whether you pose the cowl panels closed, you may need to remove a little plastic and form a slot. SPRUE I Yes, this exists, but no, you won't use it for this kit, despite the parts being for the Halberstadt-built machine. The parts plan shows this missing entirely from the kit, but it isn't. Don't get confused. Remove it and toss it in your spares box immediately. A part on my sprue was sprained and bent, but that doesn't matter here! SPRUES J & K These are quite similar to Sprue H, in that they carry some engine cowl parts. They also both carry the forward cowl ring too, as well as extra engine enclosure cowls and some louvered port detail. Not to highlight the finesse of detail on the various cowl pieces would be to do WNW a disservice. Some of the most beautifully fine louvered ports and hinge detail can be seen. SPRUE L This sprue is packed in a sleeve with two other-co-joined sprues. A little stressing of the plastic can be seen were the cabane strut meets the sprue. There is no damage though, as it is right at the point of junction. This is another stress mark where it really isn't important, as all these cabane parts aren't for use in this release. In fact, very few parts are to be used here. Those that are, are the rear observers floor with shuttered camera port, and also the lower external fuselage. Depending on your scheme option, you may need to drill a hole here for the camera port. Unusually, you'll find a solitary cockpit component here too; the control stick, and this will need modification for this release. Another odd circumstance of development means that this sprue is also labelled as one for use with the LATE version of the DFW C.V SPRUE M Aha! This is a MID-specific sprue! Here you will find the cabane struts you actually will use for this model, as well as alternative observer position floor and exterior fuselage underside panel. Other parts include radiator water pipes and header tank, radiator interior parts, and flywheel/radiator water pipe part for the engine assembly stage. SPRUE N Back to another common sprue now, and one that includes the stabiliser, rudder, ailerons and fin. Look at the forward edges of the stabiliser. You'll notice small protrusions along the length. These are actually nails. You will need to remove these for Scheme A, but it's optional for the other machines. I'd be inclined to leave them in situ for other machines, if for nothing else than the unusual factor. All surface detail superbly represents the rib and fabric structures of the real thing. SPRUE O There are a good number of exhaust options presented here, but only ONE is to be used, in conjunction with the option available on Sprue H. The carburettor intake can be found here, as well as Astra, Wolff and Wotan prop options. All are slated for use with this release. SPRUE G3 (German Accessories) We've seen this sprue in other two-seat German aircraft kits before, and it contains a good number of diorama parts, as well as a few which need to be fitted to the model, such as wireless wind-driven aerial generator, anemometer and radio gear. Other than that and a few extras, you'll find cameras, ladders, pistols, flare racks, and even a teddy bear mascot! A number of parts aren't to be used here though, and those include the four propeller options. PLASTIC SUMMARY Nothing to fault at all. Ejector pin marks were never going to be an issue. Flash is non-existent, and perfect moulding means no sink marks. Seams are negligible too. Detail is as meticulous as ever, and the kit is intelligently designed from start to finish. A real builder's kit. PHOTO ETCH A single fret is included. Cooling jackets are provided for the Parabellum, and both Spandau variants, as well as gun sight reticules, and two sets of lap belts. A couple of parts are not to be used with this release. Production quality is first rate. Remember to anneal the belts and MG jackets before you use them. INSTRUCTION MANUAL WNW produces the very best assembly manuals in existence. Seriously, they do. Nothing can touch them. The various constructional sequences are look almost hand-drawn and are illustrated in grey, with newly attached parts being highlighted in blue. Sub-assemblies are shown in full colour to illustrate the overall appearance. Colour call-outs are given throughout assembly, giving Tamiya, Humbrol and FS paint codes. Rigging drawings are also included, and the manual is punctuated with many very useful period images. The rear of the manual is taken over with Ronny Bar's exquisite scheme profiles, which also come with some colour and historical notation, as well as specific machine images. There are five schemes supplied here, with one of these having a sub-scheme The schemes are: DFW C.V (LVG) 5203/16, Habsheim, April to May 1917 DFW C.V (Av) 5920/16 "Red 6", Kurt Wesser?, FA (A) 275?, September 1917 DFW C.V (Av) 5927/16, Hans Huppertz & Friedrich Neumüller, FA 18, April 1917. Photos are also supplied which show this machine under captured colours, as a possible scheme. DFW C.V "Grenade", FA 48b, 1917 to early 1918 DFW C.V "Stripes", FA (A) 282?, 1917 to early 1918 DECALS A single, large decal sheet is supplied, printed by Cartograf. Printing is superbly thin, and carrier film is minimal. Registration is perfect. Wing crosses are printed so that they contain cut-outs for aileron hinges etc. The aileron portions are also separate. 'Red 6's' number is printed in both red AND black, in case you disagree with the fact that it may not have been red at all. Trim lines are also supplied for the wing and tail-plane edges for the last machine. Other white and black stripes are included for this machine too. Numerous stencils are also supplied, as is a whole section for propeller decals, and many interior/cockpit/engine decals. Notice the decal sheet gives its date as 2013 too........ Conclusion Yes, and YES! This one, whilst not immediately anticipated, is most definitely a very welcome release. WNW have released both this and the Late Production kits, meaning there will undoubtedly be the squarer-nosed Early Production kit out in the not too distant future. This release has everything; amazing internal and external detail, and five very good scheme choices which provide something subtly different for an aircraft whose schemes were not generally very varied. As usual, there are a number of interesting parts options too. This model is a very reasonable size too, and contains 320 parts, so is no weekend project. Yes, there's rigging, but it's not too complicated. Again, WNW are releasing this kit for a very reasonable $99.00, including their famous FREE Worldwide shipping. Go on, you know you want to! VERY highly recommended Our sincere thanks to Wingnut Wings for this review sample. To purchase direct, click THIS link. James H
  7. Hi guys, Looking at Wingnutwing's instructions for their E.III I get a bit confused. Are the cables to warp the wing only attached to the control stick at the underside by the moving bracket on the U/C framing? Or also from the upper side at the pulley? See the front/rear schematic to see what I mean; in this case if warping is only induced at the bottom side of the wing and the opposing wingtip is pulled up because the top wires slip over the pulley by the tug of the downward warping wing:
  8. Dave J

    1/35 Mk.IV Male Tank

    So here is my first entrie to the WW1 GB... Emhar's 1/35 Mk.IV Male Tank... Its the only game intown... its not to bad of a kit, but it does have some issues with a couple of things, mainly the tracks... To address that problem, I have got Panzershops upgrade set....
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