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1122 Totseguki Raigeki!


Genda’s Lightning Attack
1106 THE BIG BUILD By Mark Taylor 1156 Panavia Tornado IDS
Cutting Corners… Revell’s 1/48 Masterpiece
Building a dirty Crusader the old By Colin ‘Flying’ Pickett
fashioned way
By Sam Hall

1112 NEWS
News and forthcoming products 1136 CLARK’S FIELD
from around the world, including The Only Way Is Up
our At a Glance look at this month's Experiments in VTOL
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1174 ACCESSORIES
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Part 4 – Colours and
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Markings 1180 DECALS
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Our Monthly look in the Attic
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CUTTING
CORNERS...
Building a dirty Crusader the old fashioned way
By Sam Hall
n aircraft that looks kind of notice anything obviously wrong when easy conversion were raised when I noticed
TECH DATA
F-8E
CRUSADER
VF-111
SUNDOWNERS
SPECIAL
EDITION
A wrong at times - check out
footage of Crusader carrier
landings on YouTube to see
what I mean - but also very
right, the Crusader is one of my
favourite post-war jets, both for looks
and reputation. The Crusader was the
comparing it to references during the build.
The variable incidence wing is for many the
Crusader’s most distinctive feature. While
often described as variable incidence, more
accurately it is a two-position wing, being
either raised or lowered (whether it was the
wing that went up or the fuselage that went
the leading edge droops were moulded
separately, only to be dashed when I saw
that the flaps and ailerons weren’t, and the
separate droops were more to facilitate
production of later versions like the F-8P/FN.
Moreover, the way the droops were
moulded did not make them easy to lower
SCALE: 1/72 last US Navy Fighter designed around down in flight, though, was apparently a long without modification.
KIT NO: 12434 cannon as the primary armament, and standing debate). The wing is a more Having resigned myself to the fact there
TYPE: Injection as a saying in the F-8 community went, complicated structure than it first appears, was going to be a bit of work to do anyway,
Moulded Plastic
“When you’re out of F-8s, you’re out of and more reminiscent of a modern fighter I then thought ‘why not fold the wings as
MANUFACTURER: fighters”. than the era in which it was designed. Like well?’, figuring that would look even better
Academy
Academy’s kit is beautifully moulded, and many manufacturers before them, Academy than just raising and dirtying the wing on
packed with the kind of detail that would includes raising the wing as an option and it its own. While not a common sight, it wasn’t
only have been seen on larger-scale kits only is here that an accuracy issue does arise. unknown either, and upon spotting a photo
a few years ago. I didn’t deeply scrutinise it for Academy’s wing is moulded and intended to of an F-8E in a twenty-year-old issue of
any accuracy failures shape- and detail-wise, be built ‘clean’ with everything retracted, Airplane not only in that configuration, but
but apart from the radome profile being not which creates a problem when posing it from the same unit I intended to depict, it
quite right (it should have a slight upward raised. The leading edge ‘droops’ - Vought’s in- was game on.
bias rather than being symmetrical) I didn’t house term, since technically they are neither There are various aftermarket options for
slats nor flaps - and flaps and ailerons were this kit either to fold the wings or dirty them
mechanically linked to the raising mechanism (including entire drop-in replacement wings)
and when the wing went up, the droops, flaps but not both. After some contemplation, and
and ailerons went down automatically. A partly inspired by Gary Jarman’s DIY Super
clean wing is fine when the wing is lowered, Hornet wingfold in a previous issue of Scale
but if you want to raise it with this otherwise Aviation Modeller International, I decided just
excellent kit there is some work to do. to do it myself without using any aftermarket
Having already reconfigured the droops items. ‘How hard could it be?’ I thought. . .
and ailerons to permit a raised wing on a With that in mind, construction on this
previous build of the Hasegawa kit, after build started not with the cockpit, but with
some thought I decided to do the same with the wing, as that is where the bulk of the
this one. On initial inspection hopes of an work was going to be. Academy moulded

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F-8E Crusader

After some careful cutting the


first outer wing section is
separated

After a few more deep breaths,


cutting complete, with the
other half of the wing for
comparison

Small wedges of
plastic card were used
to bookend the droops
and help set the
correct angle before
filler was applied to
the gaps

the wing as a full-span upper unit, with the using photos as a guide, I added
underside spanning between the some piping in the form of fuse
wingfolds. Armed with a brand new scalpel wire and some sections of plastic rod to
blade and some calming thoughts and depict the wing-lock mechanism. It is more
steady hands, I set out to dismember these representative than accurate, but for the scale
beautiful mouldings slowly and carefully. it is enough. Once filled and smoothed the
Fortunately the wingfold lines in particular ‘open’ ends of the mainplane were similarly Rear of the wing showing the bevelling required
are well defined, and a couple of slow and detailed with plastic rod, and lightening holes to fit the altered control surfaces
patient sessions saw two pieces broken up drilled to match the real thing.
into twelve, with only one errant scalpel Attaching the flaps and droops was the
slip to clean up. The hinge on the upper next undertaking. Simply butt-joining those
surface I cut cleanly in half, so that in the in the down positions would leave
folded configuration the hinge detail unacceptably large gaps. Sanding the back
would still be present on both the folded of the surfaces where they attach to the
and main parts of the wing. wing was considered, but that wouldn’t
Cutting done, the flaps and aileron halves work either. The droops hinge at the bottom
were carefully matched and cemented with an extended section of skin on the rear
together, along with the now considerably of the upper surface of the droop pulling Partly assembled wing
smaller original wing parts, and the cut lines out to cover the gap as it rotates forward. with white filler in the
cleaned, filled and sanded smooth. The way Sanding them back ran the risk of removing gaps at the front, and
the outer wings were moulded made too much detail, as well as creating a step plastic half-rounds
cleaning them up a lot easier, these being between the thinned droop and the wing. I filling the gaps at the
complete sections once separated from the decided to attach the droops unaltered rear
upper wing. To represent the open part of using small pieces of plastic strip as wedges
the wingfold a small section was removed on the mating surfaces both to set the
from the underside with some careful correct angle and provide attachment
sawing. This meant a small part of the wing points. One drawback of not sanding down
underside permanently vanished, but it isn’t the droops was that since the angle was
noticeable. perpendicular to the swept leading edge,
The outer wing sections were detailed first. rather than directly fore and aft, a slightly
First a flat area was filed on the topside part overscale gap between the droop and the
of the hinge section to provide a solid point fuselage end of the wing resulted once they
of attachment to the mainplane ends. Then were in place. I’m still scratching my head

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slightly as to how the real thing avoided this, things about the Crusader is that the wing
Outer section of wing showing but such is life. and fuselage can be built and finished as
added fuse wire and plastic rod Both to book-end the gap and further two completely separate items without any
to represent the wingfold secure the droop, small wedges of plastic compromise before final assembly. No
innards card were inserted at each end. The gap was wing-to-fuselage seams to worry about on
then filled and sanded (repeatedly) to this build!
produce a smooth surface, with appropriate The rest of the build was completed
panel lines carefully scribed. almost out of the box, and after messing
To get around the same gap problem, around with the wing so much it was
the trailing surfaces had sections of half- relatively simple. There is lots of aftermarket
round strip attached to their mating resin in particular available for this kit
surfaces to depict the curved hinge section besides the wing replacements mentioned
of those surfaces that appear when they earlier, so you can go to town with upgrades
are lowered, with square notches filed in if you want. Aside from the wing
the appropriate places to depict the hinge modifications, though, I was looking for a
Wing end-on showing the attachment points. To accept the half fairly simple out-of-the-box build, so
detailing and reattached rounds, the internal upper and lower parts essentially did just that. The kit goes
ailerons and droops of the mainplane trailing edge were together almost flawlessly and quite cleverly
bevelled to hollow it out. Care must be at times, and with only a couple of minor
taken when doing this to avoid digging too exceptions everything went where it should
deep and removing sections of the trailing with no dramas. With the number of sub-
edge itself and external wing surface detail assemblies to put inside the fuselage I was
(I know this because I managed to do it). expecting trouble when bringing it all
The outer sections were attached first, together but it all clicked into place quite
leaving the inboard sections to be fettled happily. For the particular Marine version I
once the wing was closer to being attached modelled the warning radar on the trailing
to the fuselage. With the aid of a protractor I edge of the fin needs to be removed, and
made angled cardboard templates for each this is relatively simple to do and clean up.
surface to set the attachment angle correctly. The locating pins for the ventral fins are
The figures I found on an internet forum after a little too fine, and the fins themselves
a bit of searching were: inboard droops 20°, don’t quite match the fuselage contours for
outboard droops 25°, flaps (inboard) 45°, their location, resulting in a positive firm
ailerons (outboard) 40°, and this matched location for these items at the correct angle
reference photos I had. The configuration being difficult to achieve. There also isn’t
could vary though, so the way I set them up any guidance in the instructions as to what
certainly isn’t the only option. Long after the angle they should be set at – they should
build was finished I found another reference angle down slightly rather than be
that contradicted my settings, and also perpendicular to the fuselage. The central
indicated the whole configuration was only belly part that encloses the airbrake and
right for an aircraft powered up with undercarriage bays also required some
someone in the cockpit, a pilot not being a fettling to locate properly, and while a tight
feature of my model. Oh well, I made my fit, gaps can result where the undercarriage
decision and I’m sticking to it! bays meet the fuselage as well.
Assembled and finished wing looking for a fuselage to be attached to The inboard flaps also required a bit of The cockpit and ejection seat build to
reshaping in order for them to hang reasonable representations out of the box,
without fouling the fuselage, and for this with the exception of the oversized ejection
The kit seat with reason they were only attached right at the handles, which if scaled up would be of a
replacement end of the build. I’m not sure why that is - size even the manliest F-8 pilots would have
ejection handles perhaps the fuselage is too wide at that trouble grabbing. Curiously though, while
point, but I had the same issue with the old no pilot is included in the kit there is no
Hasegawa 1/72 Crusader as well. moulded strap detail on the seat cushions
That done the wing sections were put either, meaning Academy either expect the
aside for final assembly after painting, builder to improvise their own or replace
decaling and weathering. One of the nice the seat with an aftermarket item. The
cockpit tub and panel dry-brush well, and
there is some nice rear decking detail,
which won’t be seen if the canopy is closed

The finished seat with


masking tape belts

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F-8E Crusader

and weather them a bit in keeping with the


subject. The bombs were painted in the Underside view showing some of the
standard olive drab and yellow, with brass kit undercarriage and air-brake detail,
at the extreme nose to represent the fuse and the modified Zuni launchers with
casing and arming wire, and then attached plastic rod rockets
to the racks. Once attached the bombs
were given a light dusting with medium
green pastel chalk to dull them down a bit.
This boxing includes markings for either
the carrier-based US Navy VF-111 or the
shore-based Marines VMF(AW)-235, with
two options for each unit. The Crusader
was renowned as ‘The Last Gunfighter’,
(and positioning it open is potentially tricky, even though most of its combat kills were
as the canopy is moulded to fit closed). I achieved with the AIM-9 Sidewinder, and
replaced the ejection handles with fuse for being a dogfighting machine, but it also
wire, and added straps from masking tape gained a good reputation as a ground
with reference to photos of the real thing. attack and close air support aircraft in
The kit comes with a full complement of Vietnam. Since by Crusader standards the
weapons, including four AIM-9 Sidewinders VF-111 markings are actually a bit bland on
and four LAU-33 Double Zuni launchers for this type, to my eye, I opted for the more
the fuselage stations, and eight 500lb high- eye-catching star spangled Marine aircraft.
drag Mk 82 bombs for the underwing The base 1960s USN/USMC scheme of
pylons, with nicely moulded Multiple light grey over white was applied using a
Ejector Racks (MER) to mount them on. Tamiya AS-16 spraycan, over fine grey or
There are also a couple of Matra AAMs white primer, again from Tamiya spray. The
applicable to the French Navy version for afterburner section of the rear fuselage was
the spares box. brush painted metallic grey, with burnt iron
The LAU-33 tube launchers are a slightly for the interior, dry-brushed with metallic
mixed bag. The rocket warheads at the front grey to highlight the details.
and the body of the launchers are nicely While the instructions specify a black
moulded, but the rear is just a blunt end with radome and a white fin tip, looking at The kit cockpit after painting
no detail. To make these look more like the references for VMF(AW)-235 Crusaders of and dry-brushing
tubes they were representing I drilled out the this era almost any combination of the two
end of each one, painted the inside black, is possible. I liked the white nose, and opted
then added an appropriately sized piece of for the black tail just to break up the colour
plastic rod to represent the tail of the rocket. a bit, with the leading edge of the fin tip
It isn’t 100% accurate, but it still looks better detailed with a strip of gull grey as per
than it did. After seeing it done on another photographs. The leading edges of all the
build of the same kit (shamelessly copying flying surfaces were given a thin strip of dull
someone else’s good idea), to represent an aluminium paint to represent the Corogard
empty unit and add a point of interest I drilled protective coating usually applied to
out the front of one dual launcher as well. Crusaders and other USN aircraft of the era.
On dry fitting the underwing pylons I This isn’t mentioned in Academy’s painting
noticed I must have attached a droop at instructions, nor is there any reference to the
slightly the wrong angle, as the pylon dark grey or black walkway areas that would
wouldn’t fit. To rectify this I filed about a often be seen either side of the vertical fin,
millimetre off the pylon leading edge or on the horizontal stabilizers. After a lot of
before rounding it back into shape. It’s looking I couldn’t find any evidence that
visible in the photos, but as you can never showed this particular Crusader had them,
see the pylons right next to each other it so I didn’t add any.
isn’t obvious unless you are looking for it, Also not mentioned in the instructions
which no doubt people will be now after are the trapezoidal scuff plates (for lack of
reading this! Curiously the pylons also butt a better term) forward of the horizontal
join to the wings – while there is a moulded stabiliser pivot. I’m unsure if these were
outline to aid location there are no locating actual panels or merely unpainted areas on
pins despite the presence of flashed-over the real thing, but I masked out the Fuselage assembled and painted and on its feet awaiting decaling
holes for them in the wing. appropriate areas and painted them in
The racks were painted white, and then metallic grey with a dry brushing of steel to
given a dark wash to bring out the details dirty them up a bit. The real things

Checking the fit of the flaps


before painting and attaching

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Fitted (right) and unfitted


flap showing the amount
of shaping required to get
them to locate properly
and the half-round rod
(white) that would depict
the hinge

apparently could show traces of green model such as the gun muzzles, before
sealant in this area, but that would have sealing the entire finish with Testors
been a bit garish to reproduce in 1/72. dullcote to tie everything together.
Once the painting was complete a thin Theoretically a gloss or semi-gloss finish for
coat of Future was applied to ready the this scheme would be more appropriate,
model for decals. The Cartograf decals were but again looking at reference images from
perfect, as good as any I have ever used out the time, these aircraft were a long way
of the box. Having previously had issues with from being fresh as far as the paint was
Academy decals, I started with the concerned, so I’m happy with a flatter look.
prominent decorations that adorn the nose With the weathering done it was time to
as a test. There are some complex curves to bring everything together. First the bomb racks
Completed and decaled sub-assemblies cover in this area, and if the two wraparound and pylons were added to the wing, and then
about to be washed to dirty them up a bit decals provided didn’t work, I could use the the folded sections carefully attached. Despite
less complicated VF-111 scheme as a fall- all the cutting and fiddling with these the fit
back. This wasn’t necessary, as the decals was still reasonably snug, so this proved easier
settled perfectly with no silvering over a light than expected. Then the anti-collision light was
coat of Future, and further snuggled down added, the red and green wingtip navigation
well with the use of the Micro Sol/Set lights picked out with the respective Gunze
combination. One thing to be wary of with clear colours and with the exception of the
the VMF(AW)-235 option is that a set of aforementioned flaps the complete wing, now
slightly different markings is provided for the looking like something out of Thunderbirds or
ventral fins of each of the two options from Terrahawks, was set aside while the rest of the
that unit, and it’s very easy to mix them up. model was put together.
While a nice touch, I didn’t add the The undercarriage was added prior to
prominent sealing decal around the canopy decaling, both to keep the fuselage off the
frames as it wasn’t visible on all Crusaders, bench in the absence of any wings to help
including the one I was modelling. Once all prop it up, and to enable the ventral fins to be
Wing attached and it’s just about done the many stencils and other tiny decals were attached. There are decals provided for parts
added, a thin coat of Future was applied to of the main undercarriage but these are
seal them and provide a base for weathering slightly tricky to get to conform to such a
Cardboard templates to aid setting effects. small radius structure, and I wasn’t successful
the droop and aileron/flap angles The shore-based Marine Crusaders in in getting them all to stay put. With the
correctly Vietnam were hard-used and got quite dirty. undercarriage doors, airbrake, and fuselage
Weathering isn’t something I have done a lot pylons attached, one of the most fun parts of
of, or consider myself particularly good at, so the build, when the complete sub-assemblies
this was a good opportunity to try a couple all come together, proceeded rapidly.
of things with my ambition being to replicate The horizontal stabilizers were attached
a well-used aircraft rather than an extremely in a slightly nose-up position to represent
weathered one. First thing was a sludge the natural sit they would rotate to when
wash using dark grey pastel to bring out the the aircraft was unpowered on the ground.
panel lines, and introduce some subtle While rapidly running out of places to
streaking and variation, particularly on the pick up the model safely, the wing was
upper wing surface. I’m not normally a fan of finally attached, fitting snugly enough that
highlighting every bit of engraved detail as I glue was almost unnecessary. At this point
feel it often doesn’t represent the real thing, the reshaped inboard flaps were fitted.
Head-on view highlighting the asymmetric arrangement but in this instance the real things did show The canopy and pitot tube were then
of the fuselage pylons that ensured adequate clearance a lot of this kind of grime. The wash was added and then it was done. One almost but
for the refuelling probe on the port side, and the near more heavily applied around the nose and not quite out-of-thebox Crusader. It’s no
full-length intake provided in the kit rear fuselage, as these areas showed more contest winner, it isn’t super accurate or
staining in reference photographs. For some super detailed, but it’s mine and I had a lot of
reason the wash didn’t take to the canopy fun with it, which after all is the point!
frame very well, so it stands out a bit. I could
argue it represents a replacement item, I References
suppose. • Scale Aviation Modeller International
A dark acrylic wash was also run into the September 2009 Vol.15, Issue 9
control surface hinges and undercarriage • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft
and airbrake bays to add further to the Part 151, Orbis Publishing 1984
grime. Once happy with the sludge I dirtied • Osprey Combat Aircraft 7 F-8 Crusader
things up more with dark grey and black units of the Vietnam War, Osprey
pastels applied to various parts of the Publishing

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in December 2014

TWENTY YEARS?
You cannot be serious?

I
t seems that SAMI has read, and the ‘magazine’ format
managed to slip out the
final issue of its twentieth
ensures your sprues will receive our
readership’s attention over and
Bunny Fighter Club
volume without fanfare, and again. Got your Bunny Fighter yet? The
with a display of modesty SAMI is designed to be almost new release from the BFC is now
almost vulgar to contemplate. We impossible to read in a single sitting. available as the entry kit for club
were so busy producing a quality There is simply too much in it. Our membership and by purchasing and
magazine full of interesting, readers come back time and again to receiving this product – or the BFC
informative and newsworthy each issue, and your advertising, or MiG-21 - you will become a member
material that we forgot to blather press release, is effectively plastered of Bunny Fighter Club as soon as
on about our longevity. Seems like to the wall of a busy street, and you receive Eduard’s confirmation
we are not the obnoxious teenager remains visible all through the email. By adding this kit to
on the block any more, although month to passers by, so bear us in purchases on Eduard’s website you Fans of eBunny will by this time
Heaven forfend we should ever mind next time you email a picture of will automatically receive a 15% have booked their place on Eduard’s
dwindle into elder statesmanship your latest CAD model to be discount on all other products in the amazing Novemberfest tour of all
or respectability. dismembered online. We have had shopping cart. Visit the official BFC the places in Prague that really
Given our survival in the changing twenty years of experience in page and see Terms for more matter – chiefly Eduard’s factory, a
face of mass-communications it objectively showcasing your product. information. nice restaurant or two, and of course
seems an opportune moment to We look forward to twenty more. Check out the website for full a personal encounter with Mr Jan
remind manufacturers and importers Send all press releases/information details and get on board with the Bobek, who will no doubt be
that we are still very much a widely to the Editor at BFC! You know it makes sense... drawing rabbits until his arms ache.
read forum, and our news pages are gary@sampublications.com He’ll see www.eduard.com/bfc On which note, as this month’s
studied by many people both you right… exclusive cartoon commemorates
alongside and in preference to the the Great War Centenary, it seems
Internet, so do bear in mind that only right to conclude this column
while it is comforting to have the Subscribers’ Monthly Prize with a poem by a celebrated WWI
same half dozen people compliment
your sprues on an Internet site and
Draw – November 2014 poet. Inexplicably we are reminded
once more of this little gem by
declare their inevitable intention to Mr Vallier, UK – Winner Robert Graves:
buy six of the finished kit when it Mr Sublemontier, France – Winner
comes out, while simultaneously Mr Parsons, UK – Winner Epitaph Of an Unfortunate Artist
regretting that it will not be in a Entry to the monthly prize draw is
‘He found a formula for drawing comic rabbits:
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Till in the end he could not change the tragic habits
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This Month in – Robert Graves

Model Aircraft
• David’s Shield – The Avia S-199 in
Israeli Air Force Service
Xuntong Models
• Night Fighters of the Red Army Very pleased to note a third Soviet
Air Force bomber lining up over at Xuntong
• ‘Raiders from the Lost Ark’ – An following the Tu-2 and the Li-4. Now
archive look at flight deck we can look forward (at last) to an
operations from HMS Ark Royal SB-2 in 1/48 as well.
• Out of Africa – D.H.60 in scale
• Mil Mi-10
• Platz F.1 in 1/72 – The JASDF’s
Supersonic Strike Fighter By Lucas
Rizzi • Operation Telic – Introducing the
Italeri
• Airfix’s Swordfish Mk I converted Raptor Factor Promised for a
into a Mk II By Tony O’Toole • Airwars in Focus – No.809 December release
• Global Defender – BN-2s in Squadron NAS from Italeri is a 1/48
Military Service Wessex HAS.1.

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Tan Model AT A GLANCE


Plenty of good cheer for the approaching season, although our chief delight this
Production of the TAI Hurkus-A kit is month is the sudden appearance of several 1/48 Walruses from Special Hobby. We
almost complete, and we have suspect the Classic Airframes kit. Good news indeed for modern man. Elsewhere
received new images of the CAD the Czechs continue to delight us in all major scales, and one is sometimes moved
design for the RF-84F, which is under to wonder if the rest of the world isn’t simply content to let them…
preparation. Keep watching this
AZ Model #7240 1/72 Rogozarski IK-3 ‘What If’
space for further news.
A Model #72150 1/72 de Havilland D.H.60G
A Model #72268 1/72 Tupolev Tu-134UBL NATO code 'Crusty B'
A Model #72287 1/72 Kalinin K-5

Kinetic A Model #72288 1/72 Kh-28 & Kh-28E rockets NATO code 'AS-9 Kyle'
A Model #72289 1/72 Kamov A-7-3A
A Model #72299 1/72 Tupolev Tu-134AK ‘Balkani’
Kinetic continue their delight in Armory #14301 1/144 Polikarpov I-16 type 24
things French with a new release, AFV Club #48S09 1/48 ‘MiG-28’ F-5E Tiger II as seen in the 'Top Gun' movie
K48050, a 1/48 MIRAGE IIIE/O/R/RD. Art Model #M7216 1/72 Mikoyan MiG-27D
Markings - designed by Syhart Decal Attack Squadron #72020 1/72 MQ-8B Fire Scout EZ-Set
and printed by Cartograph – Airfix #05123 1/48 Folland Gnat
include: AZ Model #74084 1/72 Bell AH-1G Cobra ‘What If’
• Mirage IIIE 4-BL ‘La Fayette’ AZ Model #74085 1/72 Spitfire Mk XVI Early, RAF, French AF, Belgian AF
(Aluminium) French LAU-32, RP19R and Matra RPK10 AZ Model #74086 1/72 Spitfire Mk IXC/Mk IXE Italian, Greek, Cz. Police
Brengun #72013 1/72 Zeppelin Rammer
• Mirage IIIR 33-TD ‘Cocotte’ (Speed with Mk82 bomb.
Brengun #1440221/144 Fokker E.II/E.III
world record) French So, a comprehensive and
Decarli Model #7210 1/72 Yakovlev Yak-18T 'Arctic Yak'
• Mirage IIIRD 33-TL ‘Cocotte’ French colourful release – hope you saved
Eduard #7425 1/72 Lavochkin La-7 Weekend Series
• Mirage IIIO 3-7 2 OCU RAAF (Grey all those articles from Model Aircraft
Eduard #8203 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 110E
scheme) Australia back along? Eduard #8256 1/48 Siemens-Schuckert D.III
• Mirage IIIEE 11-06 ALA11 Spain Also of note are images of the Fly #14410 1/144 McDonnell Douglas DC-9 Venezolana
Options include AIM-9B, Matra 1/48 AMX – and about time too! Fly #14411 1/144 McDonnell Douglas DC-9 Italian Air Force
550, RP30 1700L tank, Matra JL-100, Fly #32007 1/32 Focke Achgelis Fa 330 - German Gyroglider
Fly #32009 1/32 Focke Achgelis Fa 330 - Captured German Gyroglider
Fly #48017 1/48 Jet Provost T.3
Fly #48019 1/48 Jet Provost T.4
The One True Scale Great Wall Hobby #L4817 1/48 McDonnell F-15C Eagle MSIP II
Hasegawa #00987 1/72 G8N-1 Renzan 'Rita' with Goh Guided
Bomb and Shinden kai
Chris from Shed Models tells us he is
Hasegawa #02048 1/72 H6K5 Type 97 Model 23 ‘901ST Naval Flying
hoping to make up for missing last Group’
year with several new metal releases Hasegawa #02099 1/72 P-47D Razorback/Bubbletop ‘Operation Overlord’
in 1/200, and hopes to have the Hasegawa #02100 1/72 McDonnell F-15J Eagle MSIP Configuration II
following available, although some Hasegawa #02101 1/72 Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet VFA-41 Black Aces CAG
kits may have basic decals initially: Hasegawa #02102 1/72 Chengdu J-7 Chinese Air Force
• A W Meteor NF.11/13 £18 Hasegawa #02107 1/72 Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II 'Prototype'
• A W Meteor NF.12 £18 • Cessna 172/T-41 Mescalero £16 Hasegawa #02108 1/72 Mikoyan MiG-23 & Mikoyan MiG-27
• A W Meteor NF.14 £18 • Cessna O-2 Skymaster £17 Hasegawa #02109 1/72 Lockheed P-3C ORION 'JMSDF Fleet Air Wing 5'
• Hunter F.6 and FGA.9 £19 • Douglas Skylancer £19 Hasegawa #02111 1/72 Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet 'Chippy Ho 2014'
Hasegawa #07378 1/48 Kawanishi N1K1-Jb Shiden Genzan Flying Group
• Supermarine Walrus £20 • Sikorsky S-51 £17
Hasegawa #07379 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 'Super Experten'
• Short Shetland I S35 £39 • Westland Dragonfly £17
Hasegawa #07380 1/48 Kawasaki T-4 'Red Dolphin'
• Short Shetland II S40 £39 The Shetland is a mixed resin and
Hasegawa #07381 1/48 North American F-86F-40 Sabre 'Blue
• Saunders Roe SR.N1 Hovercraft £20 metal kit as it is too large to do in Impulse Early Scheme'
metal. These will all have been Hasegawa #108071/200 Boeing 787-8 Demonstrator 1st Aircraft
available in limited numbers at Hasegawa #A10 1/72 Vought F4U-1D Corsair
Telford, but if you are interested in Hasegawa #B08 1/72 Vought A-7A Corsair II
this fascinating range then check Hasegawa #B09 1/72 Douglas A-4E / A-4F Skyhawk
out the website at www.the-one- Hasegawa #E44 1/72 Sukhoi Su-35S
true-scale.co.uk Hasegawa #SP321 1/48 Mitsubishi F-2A Detail Up Version
HR Model #72037 1/72 Sopwith Pup Royal Navy Air Service
HR Model #72038 1/72 Sopwith Pup Whitehead-built
HR Model #72039 1/72 Sopwith Pup Standard-built

Arma HR Model #72040 1/72 Sopwith Pup Naval Type 9901a


HR Model #72041 1/72 Sopwith Pup Japan
HR Model #72042 1/72 Sopwith Pup Belgium
Arma Hobby just released a 1/72 ICM #48252 1/48 Polikarpov U-2/Po-2VS
PZL P.1, the full metal monocoque Italeri #1355 1/72 EF-2000 Typhoon Single Seater
high wing fighter prototype first Italeri #2740 1/48 FIAT G.91 P.A.N
flown in 1929. It was the first of the Jach #14404 1/144 Lippisch P.20 Night Fighter 2 in 1
‘Pulaski Wing’ fighters, that Jach #14405 1/144 Lippisch P.20 2 in 1
culminated in the P.11c and P.24. JBr Decals #LE003 1/144 Czechoslovak Fishbeds
Two boxings offer the PZL P.1/I, a plain natural metal scheme, and Kinetic Model Kits #3207 1/24 Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Bubble top
the first prototype as an EZ kit, with the PZL P.1/II, the second prototype, Kinetic Model Kits #48041 1/48 BAe Sea Harrier FA.2
which was painted with spectacular Kinetic Model Kits #48057 1/48 USN Deck, T-45 Goshawk , figures and vehicles
red and white arrows. This model is Kitty Hawk Model #80129 1/48 Grumman TF-9J/F9F-8T Cougar
released as a Pro-set with decals and Kitty Hawk Model #80132 1/48 Lockheed-Martin F-35C Lightning II
photo-etched parts. Kora #72001 1/72 Focke-Wulf Ta 152 V3/V5 and Compass-Swing
Kora #72002 1/72 Focke-Wulf Ta 152H-0

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A2Zee Models Lukgraph


The following has been issued dated A new Polish company, Lukgraph,
31st October 2014: have advised us of their initial
'Firstly I would like to thank release, a Boulton & Paul P-12
everybody for their support not only Bodmin Experimental Bomber.
over the last few weeks but for many The Boulton & Paul Bodmin was
years, direct customers, trade one of the few multi-motor
customers and to my suppliers, all of Rotor Craft propeller-driven aircraft to have its
whom have helped in many ways. I am pleased to announce that a deal engines in its fuselage. The concept
Closing of A2Zee Models was not was secured through Colin Burgess arose immediately after World War I,
an easy decision for me to make but (Rotor Craft) and Colin Strachan of when The British & Colonial
it was one that had to be made for a Freightdog Models, so the Rotor Craft Aeroplane Co. (soon to be renamed
few reasons. I can now say where patterns and name will now be in the Bristol Aeroplane) began thinking
things are at and what will be hands of Colin. Once again I wish about large transport aircraft
happening in the future. I will be Colin well and will assist him in the powered by steam turbines mounted
breaking this down into three areas same way for a smooth transition. in an ‘engine room’ in the fuselage
so please take note of each. Freightdog can be contacted via and driving wing mounted
freightdog@btopenworld.com propellers, and obtained Air Ministry
Alley Cat support for this project - the Ministry
I am pleased to announce that most Alistair McLean appreciating the extra safety of an
of the Alley Cat patterns have been Lastly a quick note about my future. aircraft whose engines could be engineer's room and the power from
purchased by Alec Smith and he will Well a few weeks ago it was very serviced in flight. Consequentially, each was taken to the airscrews by
be continuing the Alley Cat brand in uncertain, and as of now it looks like I the Ministry also issued Specification two drive shafts at right angles to the
the future. Alec has decided to now will still be around in the model 9/20 for a smaller aircraft of the same fuselage. The two from the front
call his company Alley Cat Models, so making world, so you have not got configuration and placed orders for engine drove a pair of two-bladed
in time the name A2Zee Models will rid of me as yet. I hope to continue to two prototypes with both Boulton & tractor propellers ahead of the
be no more. I wish him all the best do some casting work, mainly clear Paul for the twin-engined Bodmin leading edge via a pair of gearboxes
and I will be doing my best to casting, but some general casting as and for the single-engined Parnall half way between the wings, just
transfer all products and information well. However quite a few Possum. These were described as beyond the first interplane struts.
to him to enable a smooth start. opportunities have opened up for ‘Postal’ aircraft to cover the Ministry's Their mountings extended rearwards
There are still some final me to do pattern making for other intents, but were clearly bombers. to carry a similarly driven pair of four-
arrangements to be made between companies and this includes possibly The ‘engine room’ arrangement bladed pusher propellers driven by
Alec and me so the Alley Cat range developing new products for Alec came with a weight penalty owing to the rear engine. Port and starboard
will not be available immediately, but and Colin. There are other prospects the gearing, clutches, drive shafts and airscrews rotated in opposite
please be patient, and I am sure Alec as well for other companies so it supports, plus the need to strengthen directions and the fore and aft pairs
will keep you all informed as his new looks as if I could be extremely busy, the wings, but Boulton & Paul's chief did likewise, so that either engine
venture progresses. I do hope that all and I am looking forward to using designer argued that the airframe could be shut down without any
of you will support Alec in his new more of my creative ability and weight would be reduced by 10% power asymmetry.
venture, and he already has some of hopefully I will start building models due to the all-metal construction, as The first of two Bodmins flew early
his own ideas for future releases. In again for my own enjoyment. My pioneered in the Boulton Paul P.10, in 1924. It flew well, though with
the meantime Alec can be contacted new contact email address is as which used tubes produced in-house some drive and cooling problems,
at the following email address follows, uc27studio@gmail.com from steel sheet, the airframe then and showed that the fuselage-
AlleyCatModels@outlook.com covered with fabric. mounted engine arrangement was
The Bodmin was a large three-bay workable and the safety bonus of
biplane with unswept and engines that could be adjusted and
unstaggered square-tipped wings of mended in the air, the most
Fox One equal span and constant chord. The
fuselage centre section contained
important reason behind the layout,
was achieved. The maximum speed
New 1/144 resins from Fox One: the two 450 hp (336 kW) Napier and climb rate of the Bodmin was
• A059 JMSDF U-36A Learjet Lions in tandem, one ahead of the marginally better than those of the
• A058 JMSDF Fuji T-5 wing leading edge and the other at identically-powered though slightly
the wing centreline, with an smaller metal-framed Boulton & Paul
• A057 Saab SF 37 Viggen enclosed, illuminated space between Bugle II.
• A056 Saab SK 37 Viggen them where the engineer could The first prototype was written off
• A054 DARPA ARES stand upright and monitor and due to undercarriage failure and the
manage them. The engines were trials were completed with the
mounted on the upper fuselage second. The ‘engine room’ concept
longerons, leaving a crawl space did not catch on, but all-metal
beneath. The Lions were oriented airframes served later aircraft well.
Platz with their gearboxes away from the Lukgraph have come up with a
marvellous choice for a first kit, and
New kits from Platz in 1/144 will be we look forward to presenting a full
available in January 2015: build of this fascinating machine in
• PLAPF20 JASDF T-6 Texan due course. This kit will not be sold
(Contains 2 Kits) by model shops and suppliers
• PLAPF21 JASDF T-34 Mentor anywhere in the world, only directly
(Contains 2 kits) from the producers. Contact details
• PLAPF22 JASDF MU-25 Search and are:
Rescue Aircraft (Contains 2 Kits) Łukasz Sznajder: Tel. 602 535 122 / 12
658 96 39 Email: biuro@lukgraph.pl
Website: www.lukgraph.pl

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despatch and space for re-works. We
AT A GLANCE
have three loading bays to ensure the Kora #72003 1/72 Focke-Wulf Ta 152H-I
In the run-up to Telford Airfix were smooth operation of inbound Kovozavody Prostejov #7208 1/72 Avia S-199 'Diana' Early CzAF
keeping their cards so close to their containers from the Far East and Kovozavody Prostejov #7216 1/72 Letov S-20 Early CzAF
chest that not a single word about a India. There is also a large yard to the Kovozavody Prostejov #7218 1/72 Sh-20 Late CzAF
1/72 Shackleton leaked out. In fact back of the warehouse for container LF Models #72103 1/72 Spartan 7P-1 Executive in China service
the only information divulged from unloading to avoid road congestion LF Models #72104 1/72 Spartan 7W Executive in USAF service
HQ was the promise of a new kit to into the site’. MAC Distribution #72125 1/72 Phoenix D.III / Phoenix D.III / FVM Phoenix J.1
MARK I Models #14418 1/144 Shenyang J-6C/F-6C Farmer C
be announced at Telford and the The move enables Hornby
MARK I Models #14429 1/144 Aero L-29 Delfin 'WarPac Trainer' 2in1
following press release about a Hobbies to improve upon
MARK I Models #14430 1/144 Aero L-29 Delfin 'Foreign Users' 2in1
warehouse move: turnaround times and creates an
MARK I Models #14431 1/144 Aero L-29R/RS Oko 'Recce Delfin'
‘Hornby Hobbies has successfully infrastructure that provides a MARK I Models #14432 1/144 Aero L-29A Akrobat and Special schemes
completed a warehouse move to new platform for growth while improving MARK I Models #14433 1/144 Mikoyan MiG-19S Farmer C Czechoslovakia
facilities in Hersden, Canterbury, our service to both consumers and Micro-Mir #144-03 1/144 Vickers Valiant Mk I
which will be run by specialist firm, DS customers. No jobs have been lost Micro-Mir #48-005 1/48 Lavochkin La-9
Logistics. The new warehouse is a as part of the move. All the Micro-Mir #48-006 1/48 Lavochkin La-11
state of the art facility comprising permanent Hornby staff employed Micro-Mir #72-004 1/72 NIAI-1 ‘Fanera-2’ Soviet light passenger aircraft
100,000 square feet, 60% of which is as part of the distribution Modelsvit #7214 1/72 VVA-14 Soviet experimental hydroplane
fully racked and capable of holding warehouse team were offered a Roden #062 1/72 Fairchild HC-123B Provider
7,000 pallets. The remaining 40% of transfer to DS logistics and the team Roden #321 1/144 Fairchild C-119C Boxcar
the facility is set up as a pick pack are now working at the new site.’ RS Models #92161 1/72 Marcel-Bloch MB.152 Battle of France 1940
RS Models #92162 1/72 Marcel-Bloch MB.151 Vichy
RS Models #92163 1/72 Marcel-Bloch MB.152 Vichy
RS Models #92164 1/72 Marcel-Bloch MB.152 Early
Unicraft RS Models #92165 1/72 Yak-11 / C-11 ‘Moose’
RS Models #92166 1/72 Yak-11 / C-11 ‘Moose’
Revell #04891 1/48 McDonnell F-15E Strike Eagle
Unicraft, home to both the weird and the
Revell #04893 1/72 Dassault Mirage 2000D
wonderful, offer two new kits in 1/72: Revell #04901 1/72 de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter
Revell #04903 1/72 Vickers Wellington Mk II
Revell #04904 1/144 Grumman E/A-18G Growler
Special Hobby #32057 1/32 Bristol M.1C ‘Wartime Colours’
Special Hobby #32060 1/32 Bristol M.1C ‘Checkers & Stripes’
• Martin-Baker 12-gun fighter (WWII Special Hobby #48161 1/48 Supermarine Walrus Mk I
British heavy fighter project) Special Hobby #48162 1/48 Supermarine Walrus Mk I Battleships Eyes
• Junkers EF.50 (German WWII VTOL Special Hobby #48163 1/48 Supermarine Walrus Mk I Air Sea Rescue
aircraft) Special Hobby #72279 1/72 de Havilland Vampire Mk 3 'RAF Service'
Special Hobby #72298 1/72 Curtiss P-40F / P-40L Warhawk ‘Checkertails’

Revell
Thanks to IPMS Deutschland for
sharing images of the new Revell
Anigrand
1/72 Gripen – although no doubt Movement from Anigrand in their
many of you will have seen it at and be assured their temple will ‘future releases’ – a 1/72 Miles M.30
Telford, along with all the other new have been among the first stands X-Minor, and a 1/144 Shorts Belfast
treats in the familiar glass tower. we went to visit after unloading the SC.5 RAF Heavy transport, this latter
This, of course is written just prior van on the Friday! delight scheduled for imminent
to the show, so for all we know they Oh and by the way – look out for release in December 2014.
might have exhibited nothing but a a new-tool 1/72 C-54 in April.
nice display of hand-crocheted Nuremburg looms, and the rumour
quilts, but we somehow doubt it, mill is starting to churn them out…
HobbyBoss
Big news from this source is the
HK Models impending arrival of the P-61 in
1/48. Two options are included in
Fans of 1/32 can rejoice in the arrival the kit, which looks to be nicely
of the Do 335 from HK Models, and detailed, but not over-engineered.
as if that was not enough at long UK importer is Creative Models
last we are getting a modern tool of www.creativemodels.co.uk
the Mosquito in the same scale too!
Bomber first, but who knows how
many to follow!
Trumpeter
Trumpeter’s first 1/48 de Havilland
Hornet will be the F 1 (#02893), and
we sincerely hope to see a number
of boxings following it up – check
out the thimble-nosed chap in the
background. Sea Hornet anyone…?

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Czech Out
Our monthly look at News from the Czech Republic
By Colin ‘Flying’ Pickett

MPM
First up from MPM this month is the
1/72 ASJA/ SAAB B-5 (#72514),
which is a limited run of five
hundred kits. Before WWII Sweden
bought a licence from the USA to
produce the Douglas DB-8 (A-17)
bomber, and this Swedish version natural metal finish. which was the armed version used
was significantly improved. It Another re-release is the 1/72 for gunnery training with
included the installation of a Bristol Breda Ba.88B Lince (#72538). Just operational training units. The
Pegasus engine, revised before the outbreak of WW II the identical parts of this model are
undercarriage, cockpit canopy and Breda Ba.88 achieved several speed accompanied by a new decal sheet
other details. The machines served records, although combat with markings for three machines in
throughout the war, but as Sweden assignments revealed the unreliability RLM 02 grey - VH+OZ / yellow 3,
was a neutral country, they did not of the engines and other systems. WNr.4326, which served with night
take part in combat. The model Despite this Ba.88s served until the training unit I./NJS 1 in Schleissheim,
contains two sprues of plastic Italian armistice and even then Germany, and two machines that
accompanied by a large set of resin several machines flew in Luftwaffe flew in occupied France with 1./JG
parts, including a detailed engine. colours. The kit contains three sprues 107and 3/JG101.
The model also contains an injected of plastic parts and an injected Future releases announced
gunner´s canopy, vacform canopy canopy. Decals included offer three include:
for the pilot’s cockpit, and coloured machines in the four-colour Italian • SH48135 1/48 AF-2S Guardian
photo-etch. The kit offers all three camouflage of the early WW II period. ‘Submarine Killer’
options for the aircraft’s The latest Cobra release is • SH48158 1/48 AF-2W Guardian
undercarriage, as the machine flew SH72277 AH-1S Cobra ‘IDF against ‘Submarine Hunter’
either with wheeled undercarriage, Terrorists’. Israel obtained and • SH72250 1/72 N-3PB 330
with its aerodynamic covers or subsequently converted the AH-1G (Norwegian) Squadron RAF
without them, or with skis. The decal to the AH-1S version. This was • SH72299 1/72 N-3PB Little Norway
sheet offers three machines. It is equipped with TOW missiles. • SH32061 1/32 Fiat G.50-II ‘Regia
possible to build the model with its Following the two kits seen last Aeronautica’
white winter camouflage, or in month we note with interest a third • SH72313 1/72 Caproni Ca.311
standard camouflage scheme or in 1/72 Ar 96, #72315 Arado Ar 96B-3, ‘Foreign Service’

Brengun Mark 1 / +4 Publications


Joining what is becoming a growing Mark 1 have a host of 1/144 releases
field of Great War subjects in 1/144, ready this month, including four
is Brengun’s Fokker E.II/III (#144022) new boxings of the L-29 Delfin
in resin, which also includes a (previewed elsewhere), based on
selection of etch brass parts to add the former Attack tooling. The
fine detail to this exquisite WWI Mikoyan MiG-19S Farmer C in
monoplane. Czechoslovakian markings (#14433)
is also a re-release of the Attack
moulding, with new decals.
The MiG-19 was licence-produced
HPH Models in China and then sold to other
nations, and Mark 1 have produced
Following on the heels of their 1/48 a kit depicting this too, the
Concorde kit announcement, the Shenyang J-6C/F-6C Farmer C, which
release of a 1/32 D.H. Sea Hornet includes markings for China, Egypt, magnificent 1/144 Westland
NF.21 kit in time for Telford will Pakistan and Cambodia (#14418). Wessexes are a Wessex Commando
almost certainly produce similar It’s worth noting that Mark 1 also Mk 1 (#14426) and a Wessex
ripples of excitement, especially as produce a number of upgrade sets HC.2/HCC.4/HU.5/Mk 52, which
the kit includes 3D printed parts for these kits as well, allowing you to includes decals for an aircraft of the
alongside the usual high quality detailed Radar Operator's cockpit as make a really spectacular small-scale Queen’s Flight. These will all be
resin components and etched parts. well, all to HPH’s usual very high model. available to buy at Telford.
The model will feature a fully quality. Also added to their range of

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AZ Model RS Models
Following on from the recent New from RS in 1/72 this month are
Spitfire additions in 1/72 AZ release two boxings of the Yak-11 / C-11
a Bell Huey AH-1G ‘Cobra’ in ‘What ‘Moose’ the first with four sets of
If?' markings (#7484), providing a markings including Czech and
model of this long-serving war Polish machines (#92166) while the
horse in spurious Czech, Hungarian, second includes five sets of
Swedish and Finnish markings, bringing a bit of colour to markings including those for East
proceedings. German aircraft (#92165). Also new (#92164) depicting the French
The Admiral range also joins in is a 1/72 Bloch MB-152 ‘Early’ fighter in its early days, whilst the
the ‘What If?’ party with the Bloch MB-152 ‘Vichy’ (#92163)
Rogozarski IK-3 getting markings for depicts the type’s use later in WWII.
Italian, Czech, Romanian and Continuing in a similar vein is the
Croatian Air Force use, and Bloch MB-151 (#92162) and Bloch
providing a bit of light MB-152 (#92161), while jumping up
entertainment for those dark winter to 1/48, we have the arrival of the
months ahead. Dutch Fokker D-XXIII (#48001) a
single-seat 1940s era fighter aircraft
with unusual tandem engines. 

Eduard
The long awaited, new mould 1/48
Siemens-Schuckert D.III (#8256)
from Eduard is very close to hitting
Scale Resin
the hobby shop shelves. The kit Previously mentioned on these
features five stunning decal options pages, the trio of 1/72 glider models
printed by Cartograph, each from Scale Resin are now available.
bringing a dash of colour, along with colour etch and a mask set.
A re-release next, this time the
2007-vintage Messerschmitt Bf 110E
(#8203) including masks, etched These are the Slingsby T.53 (#7201),
details and high quality decals, and the Slingsby Skylark 3B (#7202) and
it looks like the famed Dachshunds Slingsby Skylark 3F (#7203). It’s
will make a reappearance too. certainly worth looking out for
future releases from this emerging
Czech producer.

Jach
If you like Luft’46 subjects, but space
is a major problem to you, then Jach
MAC Distribution
may just have a solution for you, in Re-releases from MAC this month
the shape of their 1/144 range of include three 1/72 injection
moulded Great War subjects, the
injection moulded kits. The latest Phönix D.I (#7235), Phönix D.II
addition to their range is the (#7236), and Phönix D.II K.u.K
Lippisch P.20 (#14404) and Lippisch Kriegsmarine (#7238). All colourful
P.20 Night Fighter (#14405), which and interesting additions to any
are both released as 2-in-1 kits, WWI modeller's collection.
allowing you to build two of the four
colour schemes included in the box.

Kovozavody Prostejov
Sword Kovozavody Prostejov continue to
increase the number of new 1/72
There have been a couple of kits in their range, with a further
welcome re-releases from Sword this release of their excellent AVIA S-199
month, the first being the BAe ‘Diana’ (#0008). This is joined by an
Harrier T Mk 4/Mk 4N (#72062), enhanced version, the AVIA S-199
which includes decals for No.20 (R) ‘Mule’ (#0018), which also adds
etched parts, metal gun barrels, and
Squadron Harrier Operational
Conversion Unit, Gutersloh, RAF film for the instruments.
Germany, November 1992 and a Another pair of arrivals in the KP
No.899 Naval Air Squadron, Yeovilton range are the Letov Š-20 1.Serie
1992 in special markings celebrating (#0016) and Letov Š-20 2nd Series
the 50th anniversary of the unit. (#0018), giving us the chance to
This is joined by the Lockheed build a highly attractive inter-war
T2V-1 Seastar, (#72072). Czechoslovakian biplane.

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Project
‘Forest Gate’
The Plane with No Name By Tony Grand

I
TECH DATA
“ magination is the one weapon in
the war against reality.” - Jules de
Gaultier. Yeah, that and a lot of
General Electric F110, the F-16’s powerplant.
The ejector array in each wing occupied less
of the chord than the original DHC design
GENERAL
DYNAMICS E-7
work. I don’t mean my modelling and a ventral nozzle provided lift and a CONCEPTUAL
but the scientists and engineers measure of pitch control during the DESIGN
who didn’t give up when, with the failure powered lift phase. The cruise nozzle in the SCALE: 1/72
of the Rockwell XFV-12, supersonic tail was to be vectorable through a small TYPE: Injection
V/STOL using ejector augmentation (EA) angle. Moulded Plastic
seemed to be a dead duck and was The E-7 was one of four potential V/STOL MANUFACTURER:
Scratchbuilt from
abandoned in 1981. (The Great concepts being studied under a formal Hasegawa/Academy
Helmsman was good enough to publish US/UK programme established in 1983. The parts
my article on a conjecturally revitalised intention was for the most promising of the
duck in March 2014.) I thought they had four concepts to be selected in 1988, with a upper fuselage, intake, rear fuselage round
given up, till I saw the sizeable section on view to development on an operational exhaust) scratchbuilding some features (mid
continuing EA studies in Bill Rose’s aircraft starting in 1995, service entry 2000- ventral area, ejectors) and finding the wings
’Vertical Take-Off Fighter Aircraft’, and 2010. However, by 1989, the effort seemed from another source.
then Bill Sweetman’s fine summary in to be grinding to a halt, lost in what
‘Joint Strike Fighter’. Sweetman has dubbed ‘a developmental Wings
A key player in this work was de Havilland valley of death’. Each concept had Comparing its wings to the E-7 drawings, I
Canada, who had begun EA work in the ‘ineradicable limitation’ (Sweetman): a deal- decided a Hasegawa F-106A kit, in the stash,
1960s. Their concept of large ejectors built breaker as far as the customer was would be a suitable donor. I removed the
into the roots of a delta wing was greatly concerned. In the case of the ejector lower wing halves from the ventral fuselage
favoured by NASA’s Ames Research Center at concept (again, according to Sweetman) it section, blocked off the wheel-bay openings
Moffett Field, California. The Center had a was the transition from vertical to forward with plastic card, then cemented the upper
huge low-speed wind tunnel (40ft by 80ft), motion, though my own investigations have and lower halves together. To make them
which could take full-size fighter aircraft and not located a reference to this. But never let the correct size in chord, I added pieces of
was at the forefront of work in computational it be said that the fact that a plane might plastic card to the trailing edges. These were
fluid dynamics, modelling and predicting never have worked, stopped Tony Grand blended in later and the ailerons/elevons
aerodynamic performance. from modelling it! scribed in in the appropriate positions.
Working with DHC and Ames, General
Dynamics, beginning in 1980, produced a Revitalising another Duck F-16 lower fuselage
series of S/VTOL designs. The 400 ft take-off From a series of research papers easily The donor kit was an Academy F-16A
would, it was stated, triple the payload. available on the web, and which came to my (boldly labelled ‘YF-16A’ on the instruction
General designation was E-X, based on F-16 attention through a thread on the Secret sheet): cheap and cheerful. I fitted the
components. The plane was designed as ‘for Projects website, I was able to find three- intake, then a shortened section of the
fighter/attack roles’, on the model of the F- views and glean further details from section immediately aft of it. I built up the
16. DHC built a full-scale model (complete photographs of the full-scale model and lip of the intake (as it is noticeably thick on
with jet engine: a Spey) of the final iteration earlier, smaller, wind-tunnel models. the E-7D) with Contrail styrene strut. A strip
in the series, the E-7D, which was tested at Looking at these, I believed I could build the of styrene was laid on a little further aft, as a
Ames. The E-7D would fly initially with the plane, using an F-16 kit as a basis (nose, guide for building up that area later. The

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fuselage section forward of the ventral fins Now back to the wings, where I marked
and including the main gear wells, was cut up and cut out the ejector duct openings,
out with saw and scalpel. adding streamlined edges to the openings
I was reminded at this point of a period I with Contrail strut. Somewhere around this
spent in Australia, and when I asked a friend point, I realised I’d not cut the openings in
for advice on cooking a yam. ‘Ah, a yam. the wings for the new undercarriage bays.
Looks like a tree root? (That’s right, Bob) Done with surprisingly little collateral The F-106 wings on the sprue
Well, you boil it for an hour. (What then, damage: a slitting saw on my little power
Bob?) Then you throw it away and eat the drill and a file and scalpel. Fuselage lower surface Wing halves joined and wheel
pan!’ I was watching the F-16 go the same Not wishing to rely on a butt joint solely showing first stage of wells filled
way… However, I turned at this point to for fitting the wings, I fitted two lengths of changes in shape
construction. The rear belly of the fuselage stout brass wire through the fuselage,
has a distinct step in it, where the exhaust which would slide into brass tubing
from the ventral nozzle exits and to prepare positioned in the wings. The ejector ducts I
for this, I added a section from a fuel tank in made as a three-sided enclosure, with slats
the spares box. for the vanes. I fitted eleven slats at first,
The mid ventral area (the big bulgy bit) I hoping to get away with that for
formed by crash moulding over a balsa appearance, although I knew there were Balsa block in position ready to
plug, planed and sanded into shape. In double that number. However, it didn’t look be rough-planed to shape
retrospect, I could have made life easier for right and I later fitted extra slats.
myself by appropriately shaping the balsa The wings were now fixed on and gaps
plug, filling the surface and using that. made good with plastic strip and filler.
However, I wasn’t sure at that stage what Some further jobs were done, like fitting the
the fuselage sides looked like and whether radome, making the undercarriage fairings
there might be see-through sections. In (including plug-moulding the doors), the
fact, I had a (partial) F-104 engine ready to undercarriage units and assembling the
pop in! In the event, perusal of all the Dream main exhaust. The latter added a bit
material I could find seemed to show that of quality to the build. The main
the large panels forming an aerodynamic undercarriage fairings consist of the nose
dam for the ejected gases folded out from from a bomb to represent the forward part,
a shallow recess in the fuselage sides, pieces of plastic card each side, and a
leaving a flat surface behind. I could still modicum of filler. The nose gear leg is that
have made the assembly from balsa but I from the F-16 kit (moulded-in wheel)
didn’t think of it. lengthened with aluminium tube. The main
With the use of copious filler of various legs are scratchbuilt from tubing and wire. Ventral fuselage plug mould
sorts, and half a fuel-tank front end from the I haven’t a separate picture of them but Moulding plug roughly shaped and new belly
spares box, I completed the step where the they have a central main leg, with retraction
ventral nozzle exhausted, drilling in it a hole struts to the rear. The wheels are from a CF-
of what seemed to be a reasonable size. 105 kit, used as the F-16 wheels are rather
Note: the photos of the one-third scale smaller than those shown on the E-7
wind-tunnel model show the ventral drawings. I had fitted the pitot probe and
opening as like a box. Drawings of a this lasted quite well but eventually had to
conjectural service machine in flight show be replaced with a Master probe. Dry fit of new belly section
it rounded as I have rendered it. The nozzle Wings increased in area and with extension of nosewheel bay
itself was made from a small brass bush that Painting and Decals F-16 wing fillets removed cut into it
came in a box of stuff from a friend’s The canopy being superglued on and
workshop. The little that can be seen of it masked, courtesy of Mr Eduard, I went
seemed to fit what the drawings showed. I through the usual primer/make good
fitted it onto another fuel tank end, again routine before applying the main paint job.
little of which can be seen but which The problem with building a plane that
matches up with the cross-sections, which didn’t fly and didn’t have a definite
show a structure diverting gas flow to the customer is how to paint and mark it up? I
nozzle, branching off the duct taking the could have gone for an obvious customer,
exhaust to the rear nozzle. I then fixed the the US Marines, but I decided to go really
fuselage upper and lower sections together. fantastical and allocate it to the US Air Force.
I had already cut back the F-16 wing Simply, dear reader because there are some Opening for ventral nozzle Mounting for ventral nozzle
fillets on the upper fuselage, so I could now really cool Wolfpak decals (#72062) for an F-
prepare the roots for the eventual fitting of 16CM of 148th FW based at Kandahar in Random item from spares
the wing. I first put in spacers to make them 2012. Right period, and an interesting paint used as ventral nozzle
correspond to the F-106 wings, and then scheme. Overall Gunship Gray, FS36118,
made a flat surface by adding pieces of with FS36270 Gray radome. To that is added
plastic card, cut to shape after tracing on to the so-called ‘Have Glass fifth generation’,
them the F-106 wing section. radar absorbing paint, similar to that on the
Having through lack of forethought left F-35.
rather large holes in the fuselage sides, I had The Gunship Gray came from a
to fill them. I marked off where the ‘dam’ Modelmaster rattle can and the FS36270 is
panels would fit, then at the rear end of that Mr Color acrylic brush painted. Wheelwells,
area fitted pieces of plastic card flush with u/c legs ejector openings etc are Mr Color
the fuselage surface (black in the picture). white. I painted the canopy with Humbrol
Then, strips of thin plastic card were fitted Transparent Orange, as the prototype’s
round the inside of the ‘dam’ openings, canopy is tinted gold for further stealth
against which could be set a further piece efficacy. The decals are thin and strong, and
to fill the openings whilst being slightly everything went on very smoothly. They Upper and lower fuselage halves
recessed (i.e. to allow for the folding in of include large bulldogs for the fin, which assembled and spacers added to wing roots
the panels). make a change from big letters.

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Roughly worked dam panel Prior to decals and fitting ejector duct
recesses Extensions to wings faired in doors and weaponry
Underside showing main undercarriage
fairings Works engineer, Paul Bevilaqua, patented the
forward lift fan (not a turbojet), which has
Final Stages found its place in the Lockheed Martin F-35B.
The final construction stages included To my mind it would be obvious that the
fitting some weaponry, namely Sidewinders lift fan, powered via a clutch by a main
on the wingtips, using the launch rails engine, the thrust from the tail-pipe of
removed from the F-16 wings, and some which could be vectored, trumped the
Ejector ducts opened up smart bombs from a Hasegawa weapon set, ejector system. It would offer ‘cool’ thrust at
Wings marked up for opening fitting the ejector doors/dams, and fitting the front of the plane, the fan’s exhaust
up of ejector ducts the gear doors. You may notice that there working to prevent the hot air from the
are no rams to open the ejector doors, main engine being ingested by the forward
simply because I’m not enough of an intakes, in arguably, a less complex way
engineer to know where they would have than the DHC/GD design. Two further
to be fitted to act properly. There are no things, again to my mind, boosted the
indications on the drawings. I then tried to design of what would become the F-35B:
reproduce, if only vaguely, the metallic the work on automated control during the
sheen resulting from Have Glass. I did this take-off, hover and landing phases carried
Contrail strut to form shaped Ensuring firm connection with by mixing a very small amount of Mr Color out by NASA during its work on the E-7, and
edges to the ejector ducts brass tube and wire Aluminium into some Klear and brushing it the help given to Lockheed Martin by Yak,
very thinly over the whole surface. Some who had developed the vectoring rear
Ejection duct success; it has, as I’ve seen it described on nozzle for the Yak 141.
structure the web, added a dirty, faded, weathered
appearance. References:
• Vertical Take-Off Fighter Aircraft: Bill
Conclusion Rose, Classic Publishing 2013
The build went better than I had any right • Joint Strike Fighter: Bill Sweetman, MBI
to expect, given my occasional lack of Publishing 1999
forethought and the finished plane looks • Powered Lift: Still a Long Way to Go:
much like the illustrations that exist. What Flight Magazine April 9th 1988
do I know, but it seems this design could • Configuration E-7 Supersonic
Underside of plane with have succeeded but events went in another STOVLFighter/Attack Technology
main undercarriage bays direction? Program:
opened up In 1988, what Bill Sweetman called the • John E. Jenista and Arthur E. Sheridan,
‘Pentagon’s patron saint of lost causes’, the General Dynamics Fort Worth Division,
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency 1987
(DARPA) grabbed the dormant/moribund • Assessment of Aerodynamic
US/UK S/VTOL effort by the scruff of its neck, Performance of V/STOL and STOVL
applying stringent requirements. Then, in Fighter Aircraft: W.P. Nelms, National
1993, General Dynamics’ military aircraft Aeronautics and Space
division (Fort Worth) was bought by Administration,1984
Lockheed when General Dynamics briefly • Study of Aerodynamic Technology for
moved out of aviation in 1993. And Single-Cruise-Engine V/STOL
coincidentally, in the same year, a Skunk Fighter/Attack Aircraft Phase I Final Report:
W. H. Foley, A. E. Sheridan, C. W. Smith,
General Dynamics Corporation, 1982
• http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/
forum/index.php/topic,2643.15.html?PH
PSESSID=55genql5c8623oj45f9f1pqmh6
• The Doors of Perception and Heaven
Moulding the main and Hell: Aldous Huxley, 1954, 1956,
undercarriage doors Completed doors Harper & Brothers

Basic aircraft complete, canopy


masked and Dream nozzle 'dry-fitted'

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Totseguki Raigeki! Genda’s Lightning Attack By Mark Taylor

TECH DATA Europe in 1940 and having seen first hand the Watch and Electric Manufacturing Company).
AICHI D3A1 aerial conflicts between the RAF and the It began its aircraft manufacturing in 1920
‘VAL’ Luftwaffe. He also recorded a great deal of first initially relying on technical help and
SCALE: 1/72 hand pilot personal accounts while in London experience from the German Heinkel
KIT NO: 5045 as part of the British-Japanese Naval Accords. Corporation, although later it also gained
TYPE: Injection Genda had taken a great interest in the British technology and support from Short Brothers
Moulded Plastic attack on the Italian Fleet whilst at anchor on in the UK for manufacturing seaplanes. In 1943

M
MANUFACTURER: the Port of Taranto on the night of 11th to the aircraft branch of the company separated
Cyber-Hobby 12th November 1940. He had a meeting with to become Aichi Kokuki Co. Ltd. (Aichi Aircraft
ost people will be aware of Lieutenant. Commander Takeshi Naito, who Company). After the war it was dissolved but
AFTERMARKET: Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl was the attaché in Berlin, and had travelled to then re-emerged as Aichi Machine Industry
EDUARD: #73448 Harbour on the morning of Taranto to see the aftermath of the attack. Co. Ltd., manufacturing automotive parts for
Aichi Type 99 ‘Val’ Sunday 7th December 1941. I Both Taranto and Pearl Harbour were shallow the car manufacturer Nissan.
Dive-Bomber details
for Cyber-Hobby kits
therefore, will not take the time water ports and the knowledge gained was In 1936 the Japanese Navy issued a request
EDUARD: #CX321
to detail the whole attack, but will give a put to use in developing the shallow water for a carrier based dive bomber to replace the
Aichi Type 99 ‘Val’ brief outlining of the need for and the torpedoes needed by the Japanese Navy to existing Aichi D1A biplane. Three aviation
Dive-Bomber masks planning for the air strike. carry out their attack. companies Aichi, Nakajima and Mitsubishi
for Cyber-Hobby kits
The main Japanese objective of the attack Genda was responsible for much of the submitted preliminary designs. From these
PAVLA: #72065 was to put the whole of the United States training plan for the pilots prior to the the Navy asked Aichi and Nakajima to
Gloster Meteor F.3
Seat Pacific Fleet out of action to give them time to operation, especially for developing the produce two prototypes each. Aichi’s design
TECHMOD: #72116D make all of their planned conquests in Asia. tactics needed with the shallow water was clearly inspired by Heinkel’s elliptical
Japanese Hinomarus This was necessary as the Japanese were so torpedoes and also the bombing tactics. wing; the aircraft was powered by a 9-cylinder
AVIAEOLOGY: short of raw materials at home, due to a US As an aside most people will be fully aware radial engine producing 710 horse power.
#AOO72C21 Japanese led embargo, that they only could sustain a of the Japanese code word of Tora, Tora Tora, Ironically this engine was built by Nakajima.
Tail Codes
full offensive capability for about nine months from the movie of the same name, as the The aircraft flew slowly enough with this
and needed to occupy areas in Asia to be able indication of a complete surprise attack. engine that it was decided to dispense with
to source the materials needed to prolong Though many have interpreted this in the complexity of a retractable landing gear
any further actions during the war. translation as Tiger, Tiger, Tiger, this is in fact and have fixed gear instead.
Fleet Admiral Isoruku Yamamoto called on incorrect and the correct derivative of the December 1937 saw the completion of the
Air Staff Officer Captain Minoru Genda and word comes from a contraction of Totseguki first prototype and flight testing began in
others to put together a plan for a strike on Raigeki meaning Lightning Attack. January 1938. Initial flight tests were
the island. Genda was chosen due to his disappointing as the aircraft was
background of having served with Yamamoto The Aichi Type 99 underpowered and suffered instability in
on the carrier Ryūjō in 1933, and also for his The Aichi Company was established in 1898 as wide turns. What was even more of a problem
experience of being a Military Attaché in the Aichi Tokei Denki Seizo Co. Ltd. (Aichi was that when the aircraft was put into tight

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turns it tended to snap roll. It also had canopy and a multi-part canopy allowing you
problems with the dive brakes, which tended to have it fully open. The main airframe pieces
to vibrate heavily when they were extended have to be the redeeming feature as they
at their design speed of 370km/h. Added to exhibit some good detail and appear to be
this the Navy were already asking for the dimensionally accurate, though the ribbing
aircraft to have a faster diving speed of on the control surfaces is way over scale and
440km/h. The second prototype was incorrect. The engine is also a good moulding.
modified to try and address all the problems The impression one gets is that the kit was
identified, and the engine was changed to an designed and produced by many different
840hp Mitsubishi Kinsei powerplant, which people who at no time had any contact with Eduard’s etched pre-painted
necessitated a redesign of the engine each other to see who was doing what and detail set Resin Japanese Type 92
cowling, while to prevent the instability what impact it would have on the finished machine guns and magazines
problems the tail and the wings were model. from Kora Models
enlarged. To take account of the greater
operational diving speed the dive brakes Extras Needed
were strengthened. These changes went to As pointed out above, the cockpit detail is
cure all but the directional instability and as lacking so some assistance was bound to be
a result the Aichi design was chosen to go required, and it was Eduard to the rescue with
into full production. a cockpit set. As the decals were decidedly off
The aircraft was put into production as the colour new ones were required, and the
Aichi Navy Type 99 Carrier Bomber Model 11, Hinomarus were replaced with items by
though it was more commonly known as the Techmod and the red tail codes from
Aichi D3A1 as well as its US given code name Aviaeology. A set of Eduard canopy masks
of ‘Val’. Production aircraft had engines were also acquired. I was also able to source
producing up to 1,070hp giving a maximum a resin rear Type 92 machine gun that came
speed of 389km/h. Usual armament from Kora. The final items that were needed
consisted of two forward firing 7.7mm Type were replacements for the seats. Going from
97 machine guns and one rear cockpit- references for the shape I searched eBay to
mounted 7.7mm Type 92 machine gun. The see if there was anything similar that could be
payload consisted of one central-mounted modified. After an evening looking at
250kg bomb on a trapeze mechanism, which numerous resin seats I decided to purchase
would swing the bomb clear of the propeller two seats that were intended for the Gloster
blades in a dive. Two smaller 60kg bombs Meteor made by Pavla. The replacement decals
could also be carried under the outer wings. compared with those supplied in
Building the Beast the kit - note the marked
The Dragon Cyber-Hobby Kit Starting with the cockpit I proceeded to glue difference in colour
For a long time if you wanted a model of this the front firewall, middle divider and rear wall
aircraft in 1/72 the main players were the old- to the floor. The rear of the machine guns
tooled Airfix kit that is still in production, or were glued into the firewall and the basic
that by Fujimi. Having built the Airfix kit in my radio boxes to the floor aft of the middle
youth I was tempted a few years back to divider. Using photos and illustrations of the
purchase the newer manufactured kit by cockpit and gunner’s position I proceeded to
Dragon Cyber-Hobby. Having built some detail the interior further, though not before
tanks and vehicles by this manufacturer I addressing the need to fill in the numerous
expected much of this model. On opening the ejector pin marks on the sidewalls. In the
box, and at first glance, the model appeared gunner’s compartment I built up the rear
to be up to date and well manufactured, but bulkhead using layers of plastic card to match
closer scrutiny revealed some issues. The the references and glued one of the spare The port cockpit interior wall with some of the etched details added
instruction sheet is poor, the diagrams in machine gun magazines into its position. To
some instances bear no resemblance to what the right side of this are the ends of three
is in the box, and it is full of misnumbering and compressed gas cylinders (which I assume to
misidentification of parts. The sheet shows the be oxygen bottles) so the ends of these were
cockpit as a complete separate tub though fashioned from the tips of 1/72 2.75cm
this is not the case. rockets.
The parts come on three grey sprues and I then put together the machine gun
one clear and there is a decal sheet with cradle using brass rod glued into holes in the
markings for eight aircraft from the Pearl floor and then the joining pieces were cut to
Harbour attack. Sadly the mid-red colour on length and angled prior to being superglued
this sheet was more in the range of an to the vertical rods. This structure in reality is
orange/red, making them unusable and far more complex than I have built, but for my Starboard interior sidewall under construction
necessitated the sourcing of both national purposes this would suffice. A further large
insignia and tail codes from other compressed gas cylinder is located to the
manufacturers. right of the radio boxes, strapped to the
This kit off the shelf is by no means cheap divider, and again a 2.75 rocket was used and
but the interior is lacking in detail, consisting the end shaped to represent the cylinder
of just eight parts and it does not even better.
include a joystick (more joys of after-market Whilst all this was going on I was also
detail and scratch building). Some other fitting out the sidewalls of the cockpit with
reviews have stated that part D2 is actually various boxes and levers and details from the
the joystick and while it appears designed to Eduard set, as well as more spare magazines
fit there, it bears absolutely no resemblance for the rear gun. All of the metal details added
to the actual control column seen in the at this stage were the unpainted items from
references I sourced, while the seats are too the set. The seats were modified to resemble
small and the wrong shape. those in the illustrations and a pad was made The cockpit insert showing further details, both commercial and
The clear sprue includes a fully enclosed for the gunner’s seat. At this point the interior scratchbuilt, in place

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was primed using Vallejo Light Grey Primer the mating surfaces. Once dry all the joints
(as opposed to my usual rattle can of Halfords were inspected and in some areas a little
grey primer) and this went on well and filler was still needed. The horizontal
appears very durable. Also by using an stabilizers were attached next and while
airbrush it is so much more controllable. these fitted better than the wings a little
When all of the parts were dry the interior filler was still required.
was painted using Tamiya Cockpit Green Once dry the elevators and rudder were
(IJN). This was then given a quick black wash glued in place, and I took a sanding stick to
and dry-brushed with a light grey to round the mating edges as without that they
Interior seating, on the left the kit-supplied part, in the middle the accentuate the recesses and highlights of the would have glued almost flush with no visible
unmodified Pavla Gloster Meteor seat, and on the right the modified interior structures. The coloured etched parts joint to allow for movement. The control
Pavla seat were then fitted and in some cases I used surfaces are canvas covered metal ribs on the
blobs of superglue to give more definition to real aircraft, though in all the photographs I
the various handles, as being etched they are have looked at they are barely noticeable so
quite flat. These parts then had additional I sanded away all the overscale rib detail and
painting carried out on them. The rears of the made them smooth.
machine guns were painted black and then I then moved onto the folding wing tips
dry brushed with Citadel Paints Bolt Gun only to find the mating face of each tip was a
Metal; the handles were picked out with few millimetres wider and also deeper than
Citadel Dark Flesh. the corresponding wing. Out once again with
The instrument panel pieces were carefully the sanding sticks, and eventually I had them
lined up so that the faces matched the holes fitting in all dimensions and proceeded to
in the outer panel before being carefully glue them in place. After this it was a fairly
glued together. The completed panel was quick job to put all the ailerons and flaps into
then glued to the kit part prior to being fitted their respective positions.
to the forward firewall. The radio panels had The engine was then put together and the
The cockpit walls following painting and fitting of the pre-painted their etched faces fitted and the extra one wiring harness from Eduard’s detail set was
etched parts above the main group was then fitted. When attached using small spots of superglue. This
these were in place I used some plastic card was then fixed to the mounting block at the
to create the flat section above the radios and front of the completed fuselage. The cowling
added the mount for the compass that would looks to have the gill flare too exaggerated.
be fitted later due to its fragile nature. These There is a two-piece cowl with the gills closed
later additions were also painted with interior on the sprue but the instructions do not
green. point this out, so this item was used.
The large cylinder was painted blue to The exhausts were then fitted, but not
match my references, with brass on the top before they had been hollowed out a bit. The
to simulate the control wheel. The gunner’s locating point for these is not very good and
seat pad was painted black and then both they needed careful alignment so that they
Two views of the finished cockpit interior seats had their harnesses fitted, and were matched the cowl openings. The cowl was
glued into place. The final piece of this interior then glued in place.
jigsaw was to be the missing joystick, and this The undercarriage legs were both glued
was built from scratch using plastic rod, wire together, and I modified the wheels so that I
and some shaved plastic for the trigger lever. would be able to put them in place later so as
When painted and put into place it finished to utilise the flattened tyres to their best
everything off nicely. The entire interior now effect. When the legs were dried the seams
looked much better than when I started. The were cleaned up and they were glued into
floor and bulkhead section was glued to the the holes in the lower wings. Again these are
port fuselage wall prior to closing up both not a great fit and filler was needed to
sides. eliminate the gaps. The mounts for the dive
The interior glued to the left cockpit wall, everything looks brakes were attached to the wing and then
suitably busy Fuselage and Wings the brake panels were fixed onto them. The
I began to close up the fuselage by gluing the tail wheel was fixed into place. At last I had
halves of the tail section first and allowing something that resembled an aircraft and
them to harden before proceeding to do the was ready to paint.
same with the front. When dry the joints were
cleaned up with a variety of sanding sticks, Painting Time
wet and dry, and finally a polishing stick. Any The whole aircraft was given a final check
lost panel lines were carefully rescribed using over for any gaps or seams that had not been
a combination of a sharp knife blade and a attended to, then using the Vallejo Grey
dentist’s metal pick. primer the whole aircraft was given a couple
Fuselage and main wing The main wings came next. I did not of coats and left to dry. On returning a few
assembly showing some of the Wing section being glued to follow the instructions (in many ways it was hours later and examining the model, it
plastic card fillets needed the fuselage. best not to) and proceeded to glue the seemed to me that the primer had not fully
upper wings to the lower one-piece section dried and that the surface of it seemed soft. I
first. When ready this was dry-fitted to decided to leave it longer to dry and
check the fit against the fuselage, and the adjourned to my computer to check on the
resulting gaps were corrected by the Internet on any problems using this primer. It
attachment of plastic card shims to nearly seems from various forums that it should not
all of the mating faces between the wings be thinned (my first mistake) and that it
and the fuselage. Once the glue had dried needs to be run through an airbrush at a high
these shims were trimmed and sanded to pressure at around 30psi (my second
match the kit dimensions before once again mistake). Apparently the use of thinners
The aircraft after fitting the The engine detailed with the trying a dry run to check the fit. This time it retards the drying time and by not using a
rudder, horizontal stabilisers, Eduard wiring harness prior to was much better and so I decided to fix it high enough pressure the paint does not
flaps and ailerons painting into place, using liquid poly applied onto all atomise enough to coat well. I left the model

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for a day and returned to check things and that are usually shown in illustrations. I chose
found that there were still some joint issues what appeared to be the appropriate sizes
with the main wing and a few other from the decal sheet from Techmod and
blemishes shown up by the primer. Some applied them to the aircraft and they went on
more filler was applied to the upper wing fine, were easy to move into position and
joint in very small, thin applications. When reacted well to softening and setting agents.
this was dry, using a very fine grit wet and dry I had decided to model an aircraft from the
paper the whole area was smoothed out Carrier Soryu’s second wave that was flown
again and then the panel lines cleaned up. by Petty Officer Second Class Takeo Yamazaki
Two more coats of primer (unthinned and at along with his gunner/observer and the
the right pressure) were then applied. This I aircraft commander Petty Officer First Class The one-piece canopy moulding is not the best fit
was glad to see dried perfectly. The model Tadashi Endo, and I applied the relevant BI-
was then pre-shaded using Vallejo Model Air 263 tail codes. The model after the
Black Grey 056. The engine was hand painted Rather than airbrushing the blue undercarriage legs and dive
in Citadel Bolt Gun Metal and given a black identification stripe I decided to use the one brakes have been fitted. The
wash to help pick out the details; it was then supplied by Dragon, which comes in two cockpit was blocked with foam and
masked off prior to applying the main colour. parts. A little difficulty was encountered then primed with grey undercoat
A lot has been learned over the years trying to keep them straight vertically and to
about the colours of Japanese Naval Aircraft have them conform to the shape of the
and this has been put to good use by some aircraft. Lots of patience and a couple of
of the major paint manufacturers. Most applications of setting solution cured most of
Japanese aircraft manufacturers (Mitsubishi, the problems, though they were still not
Nakajima and Aichi etc.) would have their quite straight. The technical specifications
own stocks of very similar paints. At this stage panel just aft of the stripe on the left side of
of the war most aircraft were painted in what the fuselage is not supplied by Dragon, so I
is called Ameiro or Tsuchi Iro. This colour has sourced one from an Airfix Zero kit, so my Pre-shading is applied
often been described as a greenish concrete apologies to any Japanese readers who can
colour and in the past modellers have either tell that it does not refer to this aircraft. To my
had to mix it by eye or use a close substitute. way of thinking, though, it looks better than
Gone are the days of the old Airfix and nothing at all.
Matchbox kits that showed Japanese aircraft Once the decaling was finished the model
as being white or very light grey! I decided to was given a further two coats of Klear to seal
try out Tamiya’s Grey Green (IJN) XF-76. I used the decals and in preparation for a brown
this with thinners only for the initial panel-line wash., I chose brown as I thought
application to see what the colour looked like black would be too stark a contrast against
when on the aircraft. The pre-masked canopy the light paint scheme. Once I was happy
parts were also painted at this point having with the look of things the whole aircraft was
already been given a spray of the interior sprayed with Vallejo Matt Varnish.
green first. When dry and examined under a
good daylight bulb it appeared a little too Finishing Off
dark to my eye, so the next two coats were It was now just an issue of fitting the last small Underside details, showing the 250kg Type 99 Ordinary Bomb in
lightened with a couple of drops of Tamiya details. The foam protecting the cockpit was light grey with green nose and tail markings identifying it as an anti-
White, which seemed a better match for my removed and the heads-up compass ship, armour-piercing bomb
reference sources. Once this was fully dry I between the pilot and gunner’s position was
masked off the area to be able to paint the added and painted. With the masks removed
blue-black nose marking along with the the multi-part canopy really does look good. Well, I finished it! There were times when it
separate nose cowling. For this I used a mix Surprisingly it fits together well, there being was doubtful that I would. I am very pleased
of Vallejo Black Grey 056 and Dark Sea Blue very small locating pins that are used to with the finished item, although it was the
087. The results give a good impression of the position each retracted part of the rear pieces result of much hard work and patience.
black with a hint of blue. in the right place. Looking back over the experience of the
The fragile parts and extras to be added The aerial and pitot tube were glue into whole build I can only recommend this kit to
later such as the pitot tube, propeller, aerial, position as was the bomb. The propeller was a dedicated modeller, who is prepared to go
bomb and arrestor hook, were also painted push fitted into place, and the final item was the extra mile and spend money on
at this point. The propeller was painted silver, a piece of black nylon filament from an old additional items to improve the standard of
Klear coated and decaled with the stripes pair of tights glued in place for the aerial wire. the model.
from the kit. The Type 99 250 kg bomb was
painted light grey in accordance with many
of the latest references on Japanese
ordnance; the nose was picked out in a bright
green as were the fin straps. These markings
identify the bomb as an anti-ship, armour-
piercing bomb

Applying the Decals


It was then time to apply the gloss coat in
preparation for decaling, and again I used my
tried and trusted Johnson’s Klear, applying
three thin coats and allowing each to dry
before application of the next. After being
allowed to dry overnight the surface was
polished using a Squadron polishing stick to
enhance the smooth surface further. Looking
at my photographic sources it seemed that
the actual Hinomarus on the wings and
fuselage appeared to be smaller than those

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A Cold Warrior’s worst nightmare. As can be seen, the weapons


load on this Su-34 is somewhat extreme, but then again what
other 1/144 kit gives you so many weapons to choose from?

FULLBACK
Trumpeter’s Su-34 Strike Flanker By Adam Rehorn

TECH DATA Originally and ostensibly designed for The Kit


SCALE: 1/144 carrier training, and originally called the Su-27 This 1/144 Fullback is called a ‘Strike Flanker’
KIT NO: 01329 KUB, the Su-34 is really a potent strike fighter on the box. It is offered by Trumpeter and
TYPE: Injection in the same mould as the Su-24, Tornado and seemed, at first, to be the answer to all my
Moulded Plastic F-15E. As the age of the Fencer continues its prayers. Here was a kit of a plane I’d always
MANUFACTURER: inexorable advance, the Russian Air Force is wanted to build, and it was even in 1/144!
Trumpeter
counting on the Fullback to replace it and This last part is important, because anything
serve in the interdiction and strike roles. bigger than 1/72 and I don’t have room for a
The Su-34 has a new nose section that replica Flanker. Also, 1/144 is a scale I build in
incorporates pilot and co-pilot in a side-by- both aircraft and science fiction, so it adds a

T
he fall of the Soviet Union side arrangement similar to that on past nice bit of realistic scale to my other projects.
and the attendant decline of interdictors like the F-111 and Su-24. This Upon opening the box, I was immediately
the Russian military is a story new nose results in a huge hump on the excited to see engraved panel lines, no flash,
that is very well known. At aircraft’s back, and this is surely what led to nice looking parts and lots of weapons. This
the time that the Iron Curtain the NATO codename. In addition to its new particular kit comes with an ‘airshow’ load-
fell, the USSR was developing all sorts of front office, the Su-34 has a long, fat tail out, namely a ridiculous amount of
interesting projects. Examples of this are stinger as well as tall fins and new double- weaponry designed to reflect what can be
planes based on the Su-27 Flanker bogie rear landing gear. carried, rather than what would be carried
family. The Flanker is a big plane, and in Strangely enough, the Su-34 is still a very under normal operational conditions.
true Russian form is quite readily attractive aircraft, despite being something Clearly, getting a ton of 1/144 Russian PGMs
adaptable to a variety of modifications. of an odd-looking collection of wings, fins and guided missiles is an opportunity not to
Indeed, the past decades have seen a and metal panzarottis all flying in formation. be missed.
huge number of wild variations on the I’ve always been a fan of the Flanker family, Further inspection, though, laid bare
Flanker theme. One of the most dramatic and, given my penchant for oddball aircraft some troubling facts. The fit of the parts was
of these is the aircraft now known as the and unusual variants, I have always wanted only so-so in most places, and the gap along
Su-34, NATO reporting name ‘Fullback’. a kit of this particular version. the underside of the nose chines was

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It’s not all roses. As you can see, the nose pieces don’t even get close
to fitting. To make things worse, you can see right through the landing
gear bays, and there’s nothing even close to an engine in there. This is
where the spares box and sheet styrene can save the day

This shows the very simple


cockpit, including my custom-
All the recognition features, such as the tall fins, big stinger and double rear bogies can be made instrument panel. Sure, it
seen in this view of the finished Fullback. Interestingly enough, the Fullback is the only Su-27 looks childish, but it was fast and
derivative that does not usually have bare metal this far up the fuselage. Of course, I only easy. I wasn’t about to go trying
found that out after I was done… to look up a picture of, and then
attempt to replicate, the real
thing, especially on a 1/144 kit.
abhorrently huge. In addition, there was no magazine, I judged how far forward they Another ‘feature’ of note is the
instrument panel and no rear gear bays. You should be. lack of a control stick. I guess this must be using some kind of
could look right through the airpcraft as To go along with my new engines, I advanced ‘brainwave control’ that is totally hands free. Scary what
there were no compressor faces for the needed some internal intake trunking. For those Russians can do, eh?
engines, either. In many ways, the model this I used really thin sheet plastic that had
was a lot like an old FROG or Heller kit. At come with a printer cartridge. This was so Here is the prototype for
first, this was a bit off-putting, but since I’ve thin that I was able to curl it to fit into the fixing the intake trunking issue.
built worse, I decided to plunge right in. intake simply by wrapping it around a You can see the airliner tyre that
pencil. Once I had everything glued in place, has been cut down to fit, as well
Building the Fullback I then sanded down what little protruded. as the very thin sheet styrene
Clearly, despite its small size and low parts The advantage of the inner intake trunking that was rolled with a pencil to fit
count, kit was going to require a lot of work. is that not only did it close off the emptiness into the intake trunk. If the
Firstly, an instrument panel was fabricated of the model when it is viewed from the styrene was any thicker, it
from some sheet styrene, and some MFDs front; it also gave me walls for the main gear wouldn’t have rolled properly, so
were drawn on to make it look a bit more bays. Two birds with one stone. less is more in this case
convincing. At 1/144 no one is going to be The rest of the kit was a fairly simple build.
able to see inside the cockpit, but at least I Surprisingly, the vertical and horizontal
know that there’s something there, even if stabilizers went on very well. There was
no one else does. some trouble getting the wings to integrate
The main thing to do was find something smoothly with the stub that projected from
that would look like compressor faces, since the lower body. The big problem was, as
looking straight through the intakes wasn’t previously mentioned, the chines on the
something I fancied. Looking through the front fuselage. These required multiple
spares box, I found a couple of old airliner sandings and fillings using CA, Tamiya putty
landing gear sets. The wheels had a fin-like and whatever else I could find. Eventually,
center section that looked a lot like turbine the gap was closed, and I used a top layer of
faces, and the tyres were almost exactly the CA to try and prevent sinking. This also
same size as the intake trunks! With a little made for a good hard surface into which
sanding, I had the two ‘engines’ in place, and new panel lines could be etched; it was
using a cutaway from a Combat Aircraft definitely necessary to carve in new lines to This shows the completed and painted ‘compressor faces’ and
internal intake trunking in place. The intakes and ‘engine support’
around the compressors are painted light blue, as appears to be the
custom. The rest of the surroundings are painted black to reduce the
chance that anyone sees anything else

This is how much it took to get the nose look like one piece. There
Subdued but gaudy all at the same time: now that’s Russian camouflage! This top view was a lot of work involved in smoothing this part out. The large
shows off the Fullback’s oddly-coloured paint scheme. This is all done by hand, although the valleys between the upper and lower parts of the nose gulped putty
final flat coat is airbrushed. No masking of colours was involved voraciously, and several iterations of filling were required

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Painting the Su-34 it a lot, but on a smaller airframe like this,


Unlike the Americans and Europeans, with where the detail is quite pronounced, using
their dull air superiority grey paint schemes, hand-painting techniques can be easier than
the Russians have persisted in using very all the masking involved with spraying the
eye-catching multicolour camo schemes for paint. Also, I love to paint, especially to brush
their jets. (This has been true at least up until paint; I feel more connected with the model
very recently, when they began using a dark when I do.
grey-black for the upper surfaces and a The landing gear was painted with Testors
gaudy blue for the undersides.) The Su-27 Model Master Acrylic Light Ghost Grey, and
family and the various demonstrators that the wheel hubs used Model Master Acrylic
have grown out of it are almost as interesting Medium Green. The cannon blast plates and
from a paint scheme point of view as a the little panel that represents the tip of the
technical one. One of the more restrained retracted refuelling probe were done in
schemes of recent times is found on the aluminum oil paint, the kind from the 7Ml jar.
Fullback, and consists of a three-tone light Once the paint was smooth, I traced all the
blue-medium blue-blue grey scheme. panel lines with a filed-down 0.5mm
Granted, I say ‘more restrained’ only mechanical pencil. This adds some depth
because of the wild desert and black-grey- without being overbearing. I decided not to
white camouflages Sukhoi uses on some use pastel shading on this plane since the
other demonstrators. The Fullback’s camo is photos I’d seen showed all the Fullbacks
still quite bright, and I’m really not sure it painted in this scheme to be quite clean. With
would work as well as the paint on a Gripen the pencil on, I coated the plane with Tamiya
or an F-22. Still, it looks cool, and I like it gloss coat first, and then Future. This was
better than the more current scheme, so I sanded smooth with 6000 grit before decalling.
decided to go with it. The decals with this kit are very few and
Of course, I didn’t have anything that was simple. There are some red stars, the Sukhoi
the correct shade right out of the bottle. OKB winged archer for the tails, and some
Thus, every colour on this model is a mix. numbers for the nose. However, the decals
Model Master Acrylic Gunship Grey, do work well
Intermediate Sea Blue, GM Engine Block Once the decals were on, they were re-
Blue, White, Light Grey and Light Ghost Grey glossed with Future and sanded smooth.
all contributed to the various colours that They were then pencilled over where they
were eventually used. crossed panel lines, giving the impression
The wheel bays were done in black to hide they were painted, not just stuck on.
Look at all those connect the upper and lower fuselage their lack of detail, but the inside of the gear The weapons were painted using Model
Russian missiles panelling. doors are done in white. In looking at some Master Acrylics and were outlined like the
and bombs! There’s Other than the issues already discussed, photos in Combat Aircraft, it seems that this plane. Since the weapons load reflects a
a veritable arsenal the little Fullback built up rather nicely, and it is actually the colour of the bays, which is demonstration aircraft, I did not do any
included with the was amazing to see just how big it was! There greatly helpful on the part of the Russians. aging or shading on them. I simply outlined
Fullback, one of its was a slight issue with the landing gear - the The Russians used hard-edged camouflage them to continue the ‘clean’ theme of the
redeeming nose gear is a tiny bit too short to touch the on their Su-34s, and this presented me with a plane. No sense in aging one part but not the
features. Note, too, ground, and the plane tends to balance on problem. Should I bother to mask the plane, other, is there?
the white gear door the double bogies at the rear. To avoid having or just paint freehand? The answer was The final coat of flat was done using
insides but the this problem, it’s best to attach all the gear actually to paint freehand. The paint was put Gunze acrylic flat coat. This stuff dries
black gear bays legs at once and use a slightly slower setting on quite thickly so that when I sanded it extremely matte, and gave me the exact
liquid cement, like Ambroid Pro Weld, rather down, I didn’t get any of the wrong colours finish I was looking for. Unfortunately, my
than a quick-setting glue or a CA. Doing this bleeding through where they didn’t belong. local stores no longer carry this product, but
will allow you to ‘pitch’ the plane slightly on I am sure the airbrushing purists out there I’ve found that I can replicate the effect with
its gear and force the legs to dry in an every- must be gnashing their teeth, but it’s Ceramcoat Matte Indoor/Outdoor Urethane
so-slightly forward canted direction, giving important to go back to basics every once in Varnish. This is much cheaper and quite easy
you a model that sits properly. a while. Airbrushing is wonderful, and I use to use once you get the hang of it. However,
if you can find the Gunze stuff, I’d say just
take the easy route.

Conclusion
The Trumpeter Su-34 is not what I expected
in many ways. On the one hand, I was
amazed such a kit existed, and was very
pleased with the array of weapons that came
with it. On the other, I was disappointed by
the somewhat amateur fit of the nose and
the lack of any kind of internals, including
intake trunks, gear bays and compressor
faces. However, despite the amount of work
it took to get it looking good, this little model
really is a fun build. Sure, it’s not the newest
kit from Trumpeter, but it’s still a neat little bit
of the company’s history and is an interesting
counterpoint to some of their newer models.
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this to
anyone with a lack of patience or poor
This view of the starboard side of the Fullback shows the steel plates for the cannon (although said gun is not eyesight. That having been said, for anyone
marked in any way, shape or form on the kit) and the odd conformal aerial built into the leading edge of only one of the who loves new-generation Russian hardware
tailfins. This is one instantly recognizable feature of the Flanker family. This wasn’t marked into the kit either – I had to or anyone who builds 1/144 subjects, this kit
etch it in myself is an excellent addition to your collection.

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The reddish brown wood of the Camel

IPMS GREAT WAR SIG


Guide to WWI
Aircraft Modelling
Part 4 – Colours and Markings By Dave Hooper

T
here are many reasons why it comes to colours from the World War two and two together and hoping it adds up
World War One aircraft are One period and even those that have to four as there is nothing in most cases to
appealing to modellers, but studied the subject in intense detail can tell us with absolute certainty what the
A typical perhaps one of the most only provide best approximations based colours were. Unfortunately two and two
orthochromatic common reasons is a on available knowledge. Colour can often make five, and in some cases
period photo of a reflection of the variety of colours and information is usually gleaned from a create huge divisions of opinion, the most
captured Pfalz. markings that were used during the Great combination of historical references, famous of which is undoubtedly Werner
Note that the red War period (which perhaps goes some study of surviving fabric, careful study of Voss’s cowl, which has fascinated modellers
centre of the British way to explaining the enduring photographs and from previous and split opinion for a very long time. Both
cockade is the same popularity of German Fighters). The good interpretations. For example, a Sopwith camps use historical and photographic
shade as the tail news is that unlike many other modelling Camel with a red and white fuselage evidence to back up their claims, but the
colour and fuselage genres there are very few ‘colour police’ stripe might have been interpreted in the truth is that neither camp can ever be
marking. But are populating the WWI modelling following manor: 1) the Camel is British certain whether Voss’s cowl was olive green
these areas red or community. This is because there is no and was manufactured by Bolton & Paul or yellow unless genuine and indisputable
black? such thing as an absolute certainty when in Nov 1917 – therefore its most likely that evidence comes to light.
the upper surfaces are PC10. 2) The dark
part of the fuselage stripe on the black Interpreting Photographs
and white photograph is a very dark or Photographic interpretation is not
black colour in similar shade to what we necessarily as hit and miss as it might
know is red on the rudder stripes, initially appear, as in most cases you can be
therefore it is fair to assume (rightly or reasonably certain of some, if not most
wrongly) that the dark area of the stripe aspects of the photo as in the PC10 example
is red. 3) Previous interpretations show above, or perhaps a certain squadron’s
the Camel with a red and white stripe. 4) colour is known. You can certainly make an
Red and white stripes were a known accurate guess of any national markings. It
marking used by the squadron. is then just a case of filling in the gaps.
As you can see we are in effect putting Educated guesses can be made where

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Typical British clear doped fabric. Note the translucent effect…

A variety of German finishes

colour shades of an unknown area match on a theme. For instance the early Fokker
colour shades of something that is known. Eindeckers are often depicted as having a
However Black on a photograph was not darker, almost mustard coloured fabric
necessarily black and is likely to lead to the covering.
biggest source of uncertainty. Most period
film was orthochromatic film, which has Protective Coverings and
little or no response to orange or red light, Camouflage The translucent effect on this very poor example is not visible from
so in particular Yellows and Reds were often By 1917 the majority of aircraft on the the upper side because the source of light is above the wing
as not depicted as black in these early western front had protective coverings.
photographs. A good example of this can While these protective coverings tended to
be seen on many period photograph of a be in camouflaged colours (eg; dark greens
Belgian air force aircraft where the cockades and browns) their main purpose was to
of black, red and yellow simply show up as provide greater protection from the
black disks. This is why some kit elements and in particular damage from
manufacturers and aftermarket decal the sun than the early clear varnished
printers provide red and black options of dopes could achieve. The British tended to
some markings. standardise on PC10 and PC12 as the main
two protective coverings. The French
Clear Doping moved from CDL to Aluminium doping and
Most early-war aircraft from all belligerents then began experimenting with four- and
were covered in a clear varnished dope of five-colour schemes. German camouflage
some kind intended to stretch the fabric
and protect it from the elements. Variations
in the type of fabric and varying ageing
properties of the doping would result in
different shades of clear doped fabric and On this example the PC10 covering on the upper side of the wings
therefore it is very likely that no two aircraft limits the amount of light through the fabric and therefore what we
would be exactly the same, and there see are the lighter rib tapes
would certainly be differences between
manufacturers, which would be impossible
for any modern modeller to replicate. What
we can do is separate aircraft of different
nationalities with different shades of CDL.
For instance, clear doping on British aircraft
tended to produce doped fabric of a
creamy beige colour with a hint of pale
yellow, while CDL on German and Austro
Hungarian aircraft tended to be closer to an
off-white, linen colour. I would tend to
depict a French aircraft somewhere in the
middle between the British and German
colours or with a slight brownish hue. The An innovative idea from Aviattic – fabric
above is a generalisation and should not be covering decals – these are two examples of
taken as gospel as there are many variations PC10 (photo by Richard Andrews) This replica R.E.8 has a typical British PC10 finish

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tended to contain two or three colours, so the only part showing is the rib or rib
which would often be specified by the tape. The easiest way to do this is by cutting
manufacturer creating a large variation of your masking tape into small lengths just
colours, even across batches of the same over half the width of the area that you wish
aircraft type. Some German manufacturers to mask and fit one straight side against the
also finished aircraft in single colours such edge of one rib tape and the second to the
as Pale Blue used by Gotha and early Roland edge of the opposite rib and in that way
aircraft and Silvergrau typically used by build up a completely masked wing. Once
Pfalz. Detailed descriptions of each of these the masking is complete, lightly spray the
colours are beyond the scope of these exposed ribs with a darker colour such as a
articles and respectable references should muddy brown. Remove the masks, which
be consulted for detailed information. will reveal ribs that are likely to be too
Unlike World War 2 aircraft many of the prominent. Lightly spray the base colour (or
multi-colour camouflage schemes were a similar shade to the base colour) across
applied by hand and as such soft edges are the whole wing until the colour of the
These wings have been masked off and lightly sprayed a slightly more often than not inappropriate. There darker ribs melts into the base colour and
darker colour each side of the rib tapes so that when the mask is are exceptions and careful research is has a translucent appearance. The same
removed the rib tapes will be paler recommended. effect can be used with national markings.
Masks can be made by photocopying your
Colour Choice decal sheet and using cut-outs from this.
Choosing colours is really a matter of Some photos appear to depict the
personal preference. There are currently opposite effect, with the rib tapes being
very few dedicated WWI paint products on lighter than the fabric, in which case you
the market and those that are available are could use the same technique as above
not necessarily that accurate. The most fitting thin masks to the rib tapes areas and
notable range of dedicated paints is the lightly spraying the exposed fabric areas. If
Mister Kit range. This is a mixed bunch of you are trying to create an entirely realistic
The result after a further light spray of the base colour is colours, which range from good to bad, and effect, the upper sides of wings would have
something like this while as I have already noted colour is in paler rib tapes as there is effectively no
many ways a matter of personal preference, source of light under the wings to highlight
to my mind Mister Kits PC10 and PC12 the framework.
renditions are particular poor, while some
of their German colours are very good. For Natural Wood Effects
larger-scale modellers there is an up and Most WWI aircraft have areas of natural
coming alternative to painting in the form wood, whether as part of the fuselage, struts
of fabric and protective covering decal or propeller blades. The creation of a realistic
sheets, which will be available very soon wood effect using paints can create a
from Aviattic. challenge but is actually very simple to
achieve and most wood simulation painting
Depicting the effects of Light techniques are a variation on a theme.
The majority of photos of early aircraft Usually a base coat is followed with lighter
appear to show clear doped linen as having coats of one or more darker paints.
a slightly translucent appearance, showing Consequently choice of the initial base
Cockades can sometimes be seen through the wing. This effect can ribs and sometimes the underside of colour is of paramount importance and will
be achieved by making masks from a photocopy of the decal national markings. In reality CDL does not depend to a certain extent on what type of
look this way but what we are effectively wood you are intending to simulate.
seeing is light through the wings because Plywoods, such as the type of wood used on
most photographs taken are looking up at the German Albatros group of aircraft,
the wings towards daylight. This can easily should be fairly pale and as such a light beige
be simulated using an airbrush. Begin by colour would be suitable. Darker stained
spraying the underside of your wing with woods such as the forward fuselage section
the base colour (usually a CDL colour). Then of many of Sopwith fighters could have a
comes the laborious bit: mask off each rib base coat of a light tan. Once the base coat

Masking and painting can provide a finished appearance such as this

This LVG illustrates a variety of panel shades although the grain appears to runs
Aviattic fabric decals can be used to achieve a realistic rib tape effect consistently along the fuselage (photo by Neil Crawford)

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A similar variety of panel shades can be seen on this Albatros replica


Most late-war French aircraft sport a five-colour camo scheme

has been applied a darker (usually brown, as Windsock are used to determine which
tan or orange) coat can be applied over the type of lozenge was used on the aircraft
base coat. The two most popular choices for that you wish to depict. It is not a simple
the second coat are either washes or oil case of saying all Albatros D.IIIs had four-
paint. Washes can either be purpose-built colour lozenge and all Fokker D.VII’s had
products, inks or diluted paints, which when five-colour lozenge. Very often there was a
brushed over the base coat will produce a variation of lozenge between different
streaked or translucent quality, depending manufacturers of the same aircraft or even
on the strength of your wash. The brush between batches. In addition these
stroke direction should always be the lozenges could be applied in a variety of
direction in which you want the grain to be. ways: chordwise, spanwise or diagonally.
Light washes can be built up in layers, which Rib tapes also varied from each
can look effective. Some diluted paints will manufacturer. Some would use rib tapes
produce tide marks when dry, which can made from the lozenge fabric, others would
have either a beneficial or detrimental effect use various coloured rib tapes, some of the
on the appearance. Tide marks that are too colours of which are still regularly debated. Panels can be masked off and treated slightly differently……
prominent can be blended in using simple While many modern kits include lozenge
dry brushing techniques. Oil paints are decals, typically these are not particularly
usually smudged over the base coat in the good with regards colour and as such one
direction of the grain. This can look very of the best ways of improving the overall
realistic but has the disadvantage of being a appearance of your German aircraft model
very slow process as you may have to wait is to use a good aftermarket lozenge.
two to five days for the oil paint to dry Probably the best of the currently available
completely. The best advice I can give is to lozenges are produced by Aviattic, which
experiment using different colour base coats are available in all popular scales. These
and different types and strengths of wash or products are excellent for both colours and
oil coats. Alternatively you can use wood usability. I would also recommend Pegasus
decals, of which currently the most popular lozenge decals, which while not quite to the
are produced by Uschi van der Rosten. These standard colour-wise of the Aviattic decals, The masked panel effect can result in a fuselage that looks like this
decals still require a large amount of painting are very simple to use. HGW produce Naval
preparation and post-application work but hex lozenge, although I cannot comment
give very realistic results. Lifecolor produce on its accuracy or usability. Lozenge decal
an excellent set of six ‘weathered wood’ application is best tackled in small sections
paints, which are very suitable for painting rather than try to cover a whole wing using
WWI aircraft. one piece.
For aircraft with veneer or plywood In some cases it may be necessary to seal
covered fuselages or wings, such as edges of lozenge decals with varnish or
Albatros or Lloyd, individual panels can be Johnson's Klear. Use references to determine
masked off and treated separately by the direction in which the lozenge was
slightly altering a specific of each panel, positioned and whether the rib tapes were
whether that is the base coat, wash coat or made from lozenge or single-coloured The wood effect on this Albatros W.4 has been achieved by
grain direction. fabric. Because of its thin width, rib tape painting decal paper and then applying each panel separately (photo
An alternative method is to paint a sheet application can sometimes be a problem if by Steve Cox)
of decal paper with the base coat, then you are using decal stock with low adhesion
‘damp-brush’ over with the second colour in properties, in which case varnish applied
your grain pattern. Then choose the best immediately prior to decal application to
bits to cut out and apply to the model improve the adhesion is advisable.

German Lozenge Mottled Camouflage Effects


In the later war years various irregular or Some German and Austro Hungarian
regular camouflage patterns that were aircraft sported mottled colour schemes.
printed onto fabric or in some cases painted The lighter stipples of the type used on
directly onto aircraft were commonly in use some Halberstadt C types and Austro
in the German Air Force. The most common Hungarian camos such as the ‘Autumn
of these were four- and five-colour lozenge scheme’ can be simulated using an old
patterns, but there were at least two Naval brush with splayed, stiff bristles simply by
lozenge patterns made up of regular removing most of the paint from the brush
hexagons and various night lozenges. It is and then lightly dabbing the brush into the An example of Uschi van der Rosten wood decals in progress
recommended that good references such model to create a mottled appearance. (photo by Steve Cox)

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A selection of 5-colour lozenges – note


the difference

Four-colour lozenge, again on a Fokker


D.VII (photo by Richard Andrews)

Typical Naval Lozenge possible, although you might well find some
mud on the tyres and some light dirt stains
on the underside. Paint might be chipped
around the cowlings or cockpit and there
would almost certainly be wear and tear
around the footholds. If an aircraft has seen
It is possible to create a Painting a lozenge - two sides action and survived there are likely to be
lozenge by spraying, but it is a of the hexagon are fairly easy to repair patches of fabric, and aircraft that
long process mask... have been in the field for a while would be
likely to have replacement parts that do not
match the colour of the originals. In
addition, paint and dopes would discolour
Caster oil could damage the protective as a result of age and exposure to light,
finish if not removed however many aircraft did not last long
enough to age in this way. There are always
Thicker mottles such as were thought to be exceptions and this is where careful study of
used on some Phnix D type fighters can be available photographs really pays dividends
achieved by using a small piece of foam, - for instance, some Russian aircraft in
The whole process is which like the brush technique, requires particular appear to have been poorly
replicated, building up colours Painstaking work – but the partial removal of the paint before maintained compared to those Allied and
from light to dark end result will justify the effort application. With both techniques it is German aircraft on the Western Front.
advisable to practice on a piece of paper
before committing to the model. Conclusion
An entire book could be written about WWI
Weathering colours and markings and how to simulate
This is always a controversial subject and these in scale form, and as such this article
everybody has their own opinion, but has only scratched the surface of the subject,
generally WW1 aircraft needed to be kept but hopefully it has provided a useful
fairly clean. Take a look at most photographs overview of what is a very complex subject.
of WWI aircraft in the field and you will In the final part of the IPMS Beginners guide
generally see an absence of large scale wear to WWI modelling we will take a look at all
and tear in most cases. However, aircraft the areas not previously covered in this series
Finished lozenge scheme looking very effective would suffer from oil stains, which in rotary such as engines, wheels, armament etc.
powered aircraft could be found as far back
as the tail. Caster oil could be particularly GWSIG (Hints, Tips and Suggestions
detrimental to the condition of the fabric compiled by Dave Hooper with the help of
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The Only Way Is Up


Experiments in VTOL By Dick Clark

W
e will probably never At roughly the same time Convair were quality. Cockpit detail is minimal, but very
know who first began working on their project, the French little is visible under the small bubble
to dream of a heavier- SNECMA company began to develop their canopy. I enhanced the look with masking-
than-air aircraft that own, unique take on the VTOL problem. tape seat belts but did no more than that. I
could leave the ground Working with their former enemies, the built the main airframe in three sections:
vertically, transition to level flight, fly at Germans (everyone was at it!) and utilising a nose, wing and tail. It is possible to build the
the speed of any conventional aircraft developed version of the BMW 003 turbo-jet, TECH DATA model with the wing section able to rotate,
and then land, again, vertically. Certainly the French project became the most FOCKE-WULF but it makes life a lot easier to glue it fixed. I
the concept offers many advantages over futuristic of all, with a short fuselage inside TRIEBFLUGEL just fixed it in a random, off-centre position.
the need for a long, straight, preferably an annular wing. This project ended in SCALE: 1/72 I left the main wheel and wheel-covers off
level runway, especially in a war zone disaster during its first attempt at KIT NO: 3502 until after painting.
where runways can be bombed. transitioning from vertical to horizontal TYPE: Injection This is one of those models where the
In World War Two the Germans turned flight, when the aircraft achieved an angle of Moulded Plastic colour scheme is really up to the builder. I
their ever-inventive minds to the problem. 36 degrees from the vertical. On trying to MANUFACTURER: chose Luftwaffe Light Blue, Grey-Violet and
Although never more than a paper concept, return to the vertical the craft became Huma Modell Black-Green, using my usual Tamiya spray-
designers at Focke Wulf came up with the unstable. Test pilot A. Morel was forced to cans. Decals came from another Focke-Wulf
Triebflugel. This was to feature ramjets at the eject and the aircraft was destroyed in the drawing-board project in the form of Revell’s
end of rotor-like wings, these wings rotating subsequent crash. A study into the costs Flitzer.
freely on a central roller-bearing. I have to likely to be incurred in developing the
admit I do not understand how this Coloptre into a real fighting aircraft led to the The cockpit interior on Planet’s
arrangement was expected to maintain lift cancellation of this project, too. resin kit is clearly visible so some
in level flight. Answers on a postcard, please. details are required. Instruments are
After the war the Americans conceived all Huma Modell Focke-Wulf decals from the Revell Flitzer;
sorts of ideas to address this problem. One Triebflugel seat belts are
that came closest to success was the Convair Huma produce a range of WWII German from Airwaves
XFY-1 ‘Pogo’. This machine did actually fly, and projects, although I am not sure this kit is
quite successfully at that. It seems that what currently available. I built this model some
killed it ultimately was a realisation that only time ago, although it languished unfinished
very highly skilled, specially trained pilots on a shelf for more than a year until this
would ever be able to fly the thing, and the project inspired me to finish it off. So forgive
perceived role of combat aircraft changed me if I have to work from memory as far as
more rapidly than such a highly technical the build is concerned.
development project could keep pace with. It is quite a basic kit of typical short-run

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This makes a nice model of one of the


more esoteric WWII German design
concepts, and a unique addition to any
‘what-if’ collection.

Kopro Convair XFY-1 ‘Pogo’


Of all the designs featured here, the Pogo is
the one that came nearest to success,
making a number of successful flights at the
hands of Convair test pilot James ‘Skeets’
Coleman. Kopro’s model dates from 1993
and features recessed, though rather heavy,
panel lines and a very basic cockpit. I The Coloptre's fuselage section and annular wing ready for painting
enhanced the cockpit a little, making a
correctly-shaped control stick from wire and we can begin in earnest, and as usual we Masking tape
brass tube and adding an etched seat and begin with the cockpit. There is a delicate was stretched
belts (though the headrest was taken from sub-assembly making up the instrument across the bottom
the kit seat. The canopy can be posed open, panel, rudder bar and control column. The of the wing section bottom of the wing in a cross shape, to
but a much more accurate cockpit would instrument panel is devoid of detail and no to support the support the fuselage while I glued the inner
look a lot better in this case. decal is provided, so I added some imaginary fuselage while it winglets to the wing. In retrospect, I might
This model is also somewhat basic in the dials and switches using decals from that was glued in place have been better finding something the
main construction. Filler is needed along the Revell Flitzer again, just for appearance’s right height to give a firmer, flatter surface
wing roots and the wingtip pods need filling sake. Note that parts #11 and 12 are not side for the fuselage to sit on since, try as I might,
and rescribing to match up the panel lines. consoles but footrests. I followed the I didn’t quite get the fuselage square in the
It is also necessary to cut out the channel instructions for painting the interior apart wing. I have to admit, as well, that the
behind the canopy, though I have not from picking out what looks like seat winglets do not line up exactly. Once this
attempted to reproduce the pulley-and- padding in leather brown. I added some was all set and the tape removed, I fitted the
cable canopy operating gear that sits in this Airwaves etched seat belts, too as the nose probe as straight and square as I could
channel. I assembled and painted the interior is quite visible under the clear TECH DATA get it.
contra-rotating prop separately. canopies, so some detailing improves the C-450 There should be some sort of vanes on
I primed the model with black and white look considerably. Lastly, I fitted the side COLOPTRE the tip of the nose probe. These are shown
auto primer to create different shades of windows before closing up the fuselage SCALE: 1/72 in the drawings but not included in the kit.
bare metal as seen on photos of the original. halves. KIT NO: PLT 261 Since these would be very small and
Tamiya TS-17 Gloss Aluminium was spayed The fuselage closes well, needing just a TYPE: Resin delicate, and I was not sure how they should
over this, followed by several coats of Tamiya light sanding to get rid of the joint seam. The MANUFACTURER: look, I made no attempt at replicating these.
Gloss Clear in preparation for the decals. two-part exhaust nozzle will fit after the Planet Models This is a lovely little model of a very bizarre
These are thin and rather fragile, but settle fuselage has been assembled. I differed from prototype, not too difficult for a resin project.
down very well, even over those deep panel the instruction sequence now, fitting the If you’re into prototypes and/or strange
lines. The only weathering used was a wash intake panels and the rest of the glazing aircraft, as I am, then this is a must for your
in the control-surface lines, finishing off with before fitting the winglets that support the collection.
a final sealing coat of Gloss Clear. fuselage inside the annular wing. I did need
This is an odd-looking bird in any position. the spare canopy as I nipped off one corner Conclusion
The kit is a simple build out of the box, with during my first attempt. I found also that the So there you have it … or them. Three
scope for much extra detailing if one is so main canopy was a little too wide, so it decidedly bizarre aircraft which, while not
inclined. Another great addition to the doesn’t quite fit flush on one side. successful in their own right, all represent a
‘nearly’ collection. The wing section consists of a large, one- step along the road to workable VTOL
piece casting to which only the outer aircraft. As we all know, this research
Planet Models C-450 Coloptre winglets and white metal wheels have to be culminated indirectly in the Harrier, the Yak-
And so to the main attraction for this review added. Holes do need to be drilled in the 38 Forger and, most recently, the F-35,
- Planet Models’ brand new resin Coloptre. undercarriage legs to accommodate the though we have yet to see how the latter will
Being resin, this model may be considered a wheel struts. perform in the long term. The only way is
little more advanced, but there is nothing I decided to paint the two main sections up!
too daunting about it. and the nose probe separately, simply for
The sturdy box contains twenty-four resin ease of achieving an even finish inside the
parts, four white metal, one sheet of clear wing. I masked the canopies with Bare-Metal TECH DATA
vacforms (two of each) and a small decal Foil as I feel one can treat this material more CONVAIR
sheet. The instructions are clearly laid out on delicately, especially with regard to cutting XFY-1 POGO
A4 sheets, with a brief history of the project. the edges to the frame. The model was SCALE: 1/72
There is a curiosity in the instructions; I had primed with Hycote grey auto primer, then KIT NO: 3136
two sheets, but should there be three? Sheet sprayed with Tamiya TS-17 Gloss Aluminium. TYPE: Injection
one covers the history, parts layout and, on I achieved such a smooth finish with this I Moulded Plastic
the other side, Stages 1 to 5. The other sheet applied the decals direct to the paint, with MANUFACTURER:
covered stages 9 & 10, and on the reverse the no hint of silvering. The decals looked very Kopro
painting and decaling guide. So where are thin on their backing paper, so I coated them
stages 6, 7 and 8? Even more curious, I could with Microscale Liquid Decal Film before
only not find a home for two tiny resin parts, applying them, to be on the safe side.
numbered 8 on the parts plan and, apart I applied very little weathering, this being
from these two parts, there doesn’t seem to a very short-lived prototype; just a very light
be anything missing from the instructions. wash around access panels. I still refrained The Pogo prior to
So we’ll ignore that and get on with the from applying any gloss coat, so fine was the getting its finishing
build. First thing, as with all resin kits, is to finish I had already achieved, so all that coat – the black and
wash the parts to cleanse them of release remained was to bring the three white sections ‘pre-
agent. I wash them using a soft brush dipped components together. shaded’ some of the
in surgical spirit. Once they’re thoroughly dry I stretched some masking tape across the panels

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BLACK LABEL

‘Dambuster’ Lancaster
By Alec Smith

T
here are times when the style of a goal keeper.
inspiration for a model build In order to replicate the main gist of the
arrives as a combination of advert it was a given that both a Lancaster
events and links, and these and a dam were needed, and certain
can occasionally cause a modifications would be needed all round. I
model to be built that is a little bit also decided that in order for the model to
different. This is very much the case be fully in keeping with what was able to be
here. Our club table display for Telford seen on the screen then everything would
this year was ‘At the Movies’, where items be in ‘black and white’ or rather greyscale.
were to be modelled and displayed as The only source in 1/72 of a dam that was
they appeared on the screen. This would even remotely close was a vacform section
mean that certain items would be fairly that was included by Airfix in their older
standard and others would be quite tooling Dambuster Lancaster gift set from
different and impersonating something about ten years ago. In order to portray the
completely different. one used, an extra walkway section needed Guns were fitted to both the front and rear
One of the items that I decided on doing to be added by the waterline, along with a turrets but no crew, and the propellers were
for the theme, ended up being off at a slight railing and set of steps. There were also cut off in line with the spinners to imply the
tangent (no surprises there, I hear people doorways, and sandbags around them, engines were running. Various aerials were
say!). This is due to the fact that every time added to each tower section, along with omitted as they did not show up, I added
a film/movie is shown at a cinema there are the all-important goal keeper soldier. Out the balances to each rudder, and then
always adverts prior to the main event. Thus of the work done here, I myself did all of the promptly knocked one set off and lost
a representation of a memorable and painting bar the soldier, and added the them! The others might well follow shortly.
humorous advert from around 1991 was steps. The rest of the modifications were The final touch to the Lancaster was to
created. The advert in question being added to my dam base by fellow club add a grey scale pilot and complete the
depicted is that for a brand of beer, member Derek Griffiths, so thanks Del. paint scheme in the required pattern but as
portraying a German soldier saving a dam The Lancaster I used was a standard close as possible to the grey scale as seen in
from a succession of bouncing bombs, in Hasegawa kit, due to certain options and the black and white imagery on the screen.
extras included in the box, but with some To facilitate this the completed model bar
bits also altered or simply left off. After glazing was sprayed Satin Black from a rattle
watching the advert many times it was clear can, after which the camouflage pattern was
that a combination of animation and model painted on using AKAN/AKAH acrylic Soviet
footage was combined with footage of the WW2 era A-14 Steel Grey along with AMT-
BBMF Lancaster. In order to make the best 12 Dark Grey. The various national markings
combination representation of what is seen were deliberately left off as none are visible
on screen the following were incorporated in any of the screen views of the aircraft.
into the build: Lastly a ball bearing was added into the
The top turret was left off with the water to simulate a bomb ready to be caught.
blanking section added, and the normal There you have it. A model and diorama
bomb bay doors but in the open position. of a subject that both did and did not exist.
The belly H2S radome was left off but the It was, and is, a great dollop of fun and
‘towel rail’ aerial was included, along with amusement and that is surely what this
standard open exhausts without shrouds. hobby is all about.

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detail. The overhead glazing on the real


thing is flush with the exterior skin, but the

Edited by
thick kit parts are deeply recessed, so I

Paul Bradley
decided to replace them with white glue,
resting the model upside-down so the glue
set where it should.
Firstly, may I take the opportunity to wish readers a very Merry Christmas I had to reprofile the struts and
and a Happy New Year! By the time you read this, there will have been new undercarriage legs to give them an aerofoil
releases announced at Telford, and I’ll be bringing a report on classic kit- section, but other than that, main assembly
related news, as well as photos of some classic kits from the club and SIG proceeded smoothly, with no more seam-
tables, in the next issue. filling than is normal for a kit of this vintage.
This time around sees Andy Hazell embarking on a new project, one which Optional parts are limited to a large blade
I am looking forward to, having seen many a Heron in my childhood as they aerial for the USAF version, and two pairs of
made their way to and from HMS Daedalus, in sunny Lee-on-Solent. Heady underwing marker rocket launchers.
days…. The kit measures spot on in span and
length, and looks in all respects like a Bird
Dog. No problems here.

Finish options
• 1). USAF O1-F, Vietnam, late 1960s.
Overall ADC Grey FS36473 with matt
black anti-dazzle panel, wing bands and
rudder tip
• 2). Canadian AF L-19, serving as a glider
tug with 10 Tactical Air Group Mobile
Command, 1974. Overall Bronze Green
with black anti-dazzle panel
• 3). Republic of Vietnam AF O-1E, late
1960s. Overall Olive Drab with Grey
FS36473 wing uppersurfaces and matt

Airfix 1/72 Cessna O-1E/F


black anti-dazzle panel.

BIRD DOG
All colour call-outs are given, as ever, as
Humbrol paint numbers, and are pretty
By Chris Hall accurate. Hu166 Light Aircraft Grey is given

F
as a match for FS 36473, and is not far out. I
irst flown in December 1947, forward bulkhead fit where they touch, chose the Vietnam AF version, because of its
over the next decade more than Making this kit as a kid in the early 1970s, colourful fuselage chequer band, but used
3,400 Bird Dogs were acquired and using only tube glue, I remember this to the now-delisted Hu146, an exact match for
by the US Army and US allies be no fun at all. Today, gap-filling CA and FS 36473, for the grey, and Hu155 for the
and client states. Used in the FAC role in accelerator make lighter work of the task. Olive Drab.
South-East Asia, some astonishing acts of I installed the pilot, and made belts for Painting was straightforward. However,
courage were achieved by Bird Dog the rear seat from Tamiya tape. I also added the larger decals broke up when I tried to
aviators. rollover framing fore and aft from thin apply them to the model, despite having
This reissue of the classic kit includes two plastic rod. Although the glazing is thick, it soaked them in warm water for more than
grey and one clear plastic sprues providing is also quite clear, so any added detail will be 30 seconds, and using all usual decal
a total of thirty-seven parts. The instructions visible. application precautions. I was able to save
cover construction in six stages, and The kit would have you paint the cockpit all but the wing uppersurface code letters,
painting/decalling in three more. interior light grey, with light olive seat which I had to replace with items from the
Considerable work is needed to clean up covers. However, all the pictures I found decal bank.
the kit’s mouldings. In particular, there are showed USAF interior green with khaki drill If you want a 1:72 Bird Dog, this is still the
many raised ejector towers, which covers, so that’s what I went with. only game in town. But it’s also a relaxing
compromise fit and need to be removed. It required a lot of sanding and trimming build, producing an attractive model, with
The cockpit consists of a floor, bulkheads to get the wing underside panels to fit flush, plenty of detailing potential if desired. The
fore and aft, two seats and a pilot. The but I only needed to use Tipp-Ex for filler, glazing requires a certain amount of fettling,
forward bulkhead has an instrument panel, and was thus able to avoid too much and you may well want to rescribe the
for which a decal is provided. The floor and damage to the flap and aileron surface surface detail.

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in the floor, because I’d discovered that he also


had a downward firing Lewis gun mounted
ventrally, like a Gotha G.III. Then I separated
the halves and sanded and cut away all the
interior bits that shouldn’t be there, and filled
the old rear windows with plastic card.
Moving to the cockpit, I made a rear
bulkhead and a new floor. The Vimy had a mix
of metal and wooden tubing used for its
framework, so I added this where I thought it
would show, throughout the fuselage. Various
bits then had plywood panels on the inside of
this, so I used 5 thou to simulate it. All wood
structure was painted with various Humbrol
brown colours and finished with very dilute
Tamiya clear orange.
I made a control panel and various fittings,
plus a bench-type seat for pilot and observer,
fold-down chairs for front and rear observers,
and a padded palette for the rear guy when
he used the lower Lewis, all from odds and
ends of scrap. Belts came from masking tape,
cross bracing from rolled copper wire and
HSP. I used the kit control wheel, cut off and
stuck on an HSP column.

Frog 1/72
After this, I gingerly joined the fuselage
halves, filled and sanded, added the rear

VICKERS VIMY BOMBER


windows from clear acetate sheet, and
scribed a few of the visible seams back in the
correct places. This lot was painted in RFC
green overall, with coamings in Testors red
By Paul Thompson leather.

I
Then it was time to add the lower wings.
wanted to set about correcting the consist of raised lines that I don’t think look These slot into a gaping hole in the underside,
elderly Frog Vimy kit to bomber too bad. I also left the wing walkways alone, and also form the bottom of the fuselage at
configuration. The original kit, in the though they really are too heavy. I marked off this point - except they didn’t meet, by 2 mm.
Trailblazers series, was a perfectly all the rib and riblet positions using the So I skinned this area with 5 thou card. The
adequate (for the time) representation of Datafile plans and a pencil. After remedial empennage went on trouble free, thanks to
the Alcock and Brown airframe that still sanding and re-marking of the rib stations the good fit of the original kit in this area.
resides in the London Science Museum. (the undersides had escaped most damage) I I’d already decided to use the kit struts
Later reissued as a bomber, Frog added a used sundry Xtradecal transfer strips over a because they’re quite good, I think, and fit
pair of gun rings moulded into openings in coat of some Humbrol near-PC10 colour to very positively. However, those supporting
the nose (correct position) and the dorsal prime the plastic. The lot was oversprayed the engine nacelles try to emulate the
fuselage (missed by over a centimetre). with Xtracolor RFC Green and left to dry. The originals and fail. Metal tubes are faired with
They also put the rear fuselage windows in same was done for tailplane, elevator, rudder, wood, with a gap in the vicinity of the engine
the wrong place. There’s also the further fins and ailerons, except that some of the mounts, but unfortunately the kit efforts
problem that the Science Museum's smaller parts needed detail removing on both make this gap far too large for a fully-cowled
example has a much larger fuel tank and sides, and I replaced some of the rib stations engine - I replaced them with Contrail stock.
its covering behind the pilot’s cockpit. For by scoring lines using 2 No.11 scalpel blades At the rear of each nacelle is a vertical
a bomber this needs correcting. Frog’s taped together and secured with a drop of member in the middle of the opening. The kit
other move was to replace the nose wheel CA. The undersides were painted with Mr Kit part is far too big, so I replaced it with HSP. I
with the bomber’s skid. A bit clunky, but British CDL. also tucked a cylinder of steel-painted tube in
mostly okay. And so to work. And so to the fuselage. First fix was to make the back of each nacelle, as this is about all
The Frog bomber version is still findable at a new fuel tank and upper rear decking/ rear you can easily see of the engine. I painted this
reasonable prices, but also in editions from gunner’s position. The way laid out in the PAM lot up and then added the exhausts. This
NOVO (‘orrible plastic and flash, poor decals) article is probably best – carve a new one and particular aeroplane had larger, flattened
and Chematic (less flash, better plastic, usable plug-mould it. I was going to try this, but then rears to the exhausts, so I cut the back ends
decals). after comparing the tank I’d cut away with the off the kit items and added some flattened
I used the Windsock Datafile Special, which desired outline thought of an easier way for a tube.
has several good interior photographs and klutz like me. I shortened the kit tank to the I added some generic Pegasus instrument
one of the machines the kit decals are for, and new length on the plan, then glued it Paul put a lot of decals to the dial locations on the inboard
an article in the ancient but wonderful PAM together and filled it with Milliput. Then it was work into the Vimy side of the nacelles, then glued them to the
News magazine. This goes through a mere five hours sanding away (through the fuselage lower wings, with lots of checking to make
everything you need to do to make an plastic in places, hence the Milliput) until I had
accurate version, be it bomber or Transatlantic something close to the right shape. I used
machine, with some colour notes on several decal strips to show the stringers.
examples. Having marked off the top decking that
I first assembled the top wings, filled joints needed removal, I taped the halves together
and blemishes, then sanded off all rib detail, to aid alignment, then razor sawed and knifed
which was of the starving cow variety. The away until I had the top decking off from the
same was done for all flying and control rear gunner’s position to just behind the
surfaces. Then I started on the fuselage while cockpit. I also cut one large opening for the
my hands recovered. I decided to live with the bomb-aimer’s glazing in the nose. I cut new
underwing rib representation, as these windows for the rear gunner, and an opening

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The underside was bedecked with a


representative assortment of bomb carrying
gear, and I added a Lewis underneath, and an
Aeroclub Scarff ring and spare Roden Lewis for
the bomb-aimer/observer. I painted the
airscrews, assuming them to show laminations
purely to make it more interesting. Base colour
of Humbrol sand, laminations drawn on with a
dark brown watercolour pencil, then a bit of
graining with a lighter brown pencil, the lot
topped with Tamiya clear orange, and hub
bosses painted Citadel Boltgun Metal.
I chose to use the kit decals because there
was a photo of the real thing available, it was
a camouflaged example made in 1919 or so,
and there was information on it in the PAM
sure the top wing would sit right. loose, then decalled everything. article. Early Vimys were (maybe) PC10,
The top wing was then attached with no The Chematic decals assume the top wing segueing later gently into NIVO, before ending
bother, and I used rolled copper wire for the had very small roundels, and the lower had up finally painted silver. I took the easy option
rigging round the nacelles, secured with full-chord ones. I think it more likely they were by choosing overall RFC Green with CDL lower
white glue, then added the centre section equal, and large, so used some old Blue Rider flying surfaces.
struts. These were then rigged. The interplane decals. The kit decals were used for everything And so it was done. Would I do this again?
struts just popped into place and the rest of else. Everything was sealed in with satin Yes. In fact, I will; I’ve still got enough bits left
the rigging was done relatively painlessly. I varnish, then control horns, and the ailerons to make a ‘tweenies parachute trainer. I’ve
popped the model on its back, dropped the added. The pre-installed rigging lines were learned what not to bother with, and how not
undercarriage in place, added bracing, re- then completed, and the others added, again to do certain things, so maybe I can get the
secured the six or so long wires that had come with invisible thread. next one right.

Marvellous Magna...
I have built many Magna Models kits and
conversion sets over the years and can
recommend them highly. They may come as
a bit of surprise to those familiar with the usual
injection moulded products from the market-
leading manufacturers but they are just in
materials that are a little different from the
norm. The cream coloured resin is very easy to
work with, holds detail very well, and air
bubbles are virtually never encountered. The
white metal parts are a somewhat harder
compound than the competition but respond
The parts, showing The set offers parts for two builds – look well to the use of fine metalworking files. Their
their 1959 vintage at all those lovely armchairs! decals are well printed and always in register,
however, they are very thin and require careful
handling. But they do deliver that ‘painted on

HERONS ABOVE! look’ that most us strive to achieve.


The key point about Magna is that they are
able to satisfy the demands that others firms

Airfix and Magna combine for


can’t afford to, due to the set-up costs
involved. Magna’s products are always just

a 1/72 Heron By Andy Hazell


that little bit different and at times obscure or
just plain quirky and are all the more

I
interesting for it.
know, I know, dreadful title, but it floor). After a few minutes I successfully located So what challenges lie ahead? Well, I plan
was the best I could come up with. one Heron from the Airfix ‘Classic Airliner’ to build a Series 1 Heron in the Dan Air livery,
So what do we have? Well something range. As to be expected, it was typical vintage to sit alongside the Dove I completed last year.
completely different from the Airfix. Lots of rivet detail, movable control This will involve fitting the full Magna interior
A recent previous three long, painfully drawn out surfaces and a total lack of interior detail. What and cockpit, plus the modifications to fit the
incarnation of the sagas, with which I have tortured SAMI I believe Mr Bradley refers to as ‘Classic Plastic’? fixed landing gear. My biggest concern will be
classic Airfix 1/72 readers with over the last eighteen While pondering what actually to do with the cabin window glazing. I plan to ditch the
de Havilland months. This I promise will be by my inept this milestone of cultural history I noticed kit transparencies and opt for removable
Heron kit standards, a ‘quick build’. that Magna had released an upgrade set for internal masking, then I will use Clearfix
this kit - well actually two upgrades in one. windows applied at the end of the build.
A second de Havilland... There is sufficient white resin and metal to This project has sat on the back burner for
Readers of Model Aircraft may remember that build, with the assistance of the Airfix donor years and now is the time to get it finished
I wrote an article on my build of the Magna kits, either a Series 1 Heron with fixed landing finally, the issue of the Magna upgrade set
Model’s de Havilland Dove about twelve gear or the later Series 2 that had wheels that being the stimulus needed to get things ‘kick
months ago. This got me thinking about the went all the way up. In addition there is a set started’. I promise to get this job finished
Andy is using Airfix DH Heron from the 1960s, so I went on a of decals for a Series 1 in Dan Air livery or expeditiously, but other commitments always
the Magna Models hunting expedition to the depths of the some additional decals to work with those seem to crop up unexpectedly. Yes, for those
detail and wardrobe, where I keep my stock of kits (I keep from the original kit to create a Series 1 of of a sceptical nature, the Saab is indeed
conversion set my clothes on the backs of chairs or on the Jersey Airlines. broken again.

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Hawk and Frog noses compared

SPIT XXI IN 1/72


By Brian Derbyshire
Moulds cast from the Hawk kit’s nose

I
f you want a 1/72 Spitfire XXI
nowadays, there’s a passable
Special Hobby kit just a few quid
away, and there are decent Mk XIVs
and Airfix’s Mk 22 to cross-kit, but it
wasn’t always so. I started mine back
when the Frog Mk XIV was new, and
stopped almost straight away. The
cowling’s oversimplified, the wing-root
fairings are rubbish and the canopy’s Castings made with an eye on the Airfix
terrible. Vb for conversion
I was lucky enough to be given some
time-nearly-expired silicone moulding
rubber by a firm I visited on business, and
further lucky to have a friend with a Hawk Spits. Thus inspired, I had a go at turning the Early efforts to
‘Spitfire 22.’ This had a slightly better nose, Frog wing into a 21. The planform and wheel modify the Frog
in parts, so I set to with plaster of Paris to wells were unexpectedly easy but the wing
produce a modified three-part cowl that bulges looked too hard. Work and family
was rather better than either, and even had interrupted again, and more decades Solid resin
scribed panel lines. I scratch-built some passed. castings with sprue
exhausts to go with it, and cast my master Those who remember my B-26-1 will integral to allow
moulds. The idea was to splice the result know that I never throw anything away, not polystyrene
onto the then-new Airfix Spit Vb fuselage, even old projects, so the Spit 21 has been cement to be used
so a card ‘lengthwise bulkhead’ was resurrected (for a group build, as it
planned to fit into same just forward of the happens.) I cleaned up the best of my nose The project
windscreen. The resin ‘cheeks’ (with bits of castings and grafted them, much as resurrected for a
sprue cast into them to allow the use of planned, but to a Frog 14 (which has the group build, and
‘proper’ cement) would attach each side, correct fin) choosing my cut line to get the one of the original
and the ‘cranium’ on top. A crafty 40 thou’ length right. The root fillets were a pig, as nose castings
square gap down the middle would take expected, but skills and tools accumulated finally gets put to
the prop shaft. since 1975 helped, as did resin gull-wing use
Did you ever try to make anything with inserts intended for the Matchbox Mk IX. As
art-shop casting resin? It was very this kite had a contraprop, it also had a Frog’s Mk XVI is
expensive, especially when the tin set solid larger rudder: and this I robbed from the the base kit this
immediately after first use (or even earlier.) Special Hobby Seafire 47. time round
It was too thick to pour well, and loved to The interior was scratched-up somewhat
include bubbles, so the failure rate was (it’s amazing how little shows inside Spits
high. Once set it was rough and brittle, with and Hurris in small scales, especially if you
the added bonuses of being very hard to don’t like interiors much) and a vacform
file or sand, and sticky for up to twenty canopy fitted. Framing is by strips of
years. Aaargh! I put it away and built some transfer sheet and lots of Klear. All the raised
kits, again. panel detail needed rescribing, and for this
A couple of years later I acquired a I use a burin - a knife with the pointed tip
Rareplanes Seafire 47, complete with added ground off. It gives a cleaner finish than a
Aeroclub undercarriage and contraprop. needle, and - unlike the commercial
(Not that I actually built it). Also, in various products that cut on the pull - it lets you see
magazines, messrs. Cooke & Robinson what you’re doing.
published definitive drawings of various late Back to the wing, and despite what

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Resin gull-wing
fillets intended for
a matchbox Mk IX
found their way
into what was
becoming a very
convoluted project

A rudder was
sourced from a
Special Hobby
Seafire 47

Acetate templates copied straight from


Vacform gear doors produced from the the drawings are very useful items to keep
Bulges added to masters to hand throughout the project
the upper wing

Masters for the muzzles. The inside of the wheel bulges was
main undercarriage scraped out with the aid of a half-round
doors lino-cutter and detailed with stretched
sprue. The outside bulges, wheel and
breech, are of card, mounted on a tab, so the
profile can be worked to a feather edge all
round with file and sandpaper. This goes for
Alfred Price was told (Spit at War 3) the U/C the masters for the moulded, bulged U/C
pivot points stayed put throughout the doors too. I extended the U/C legs at the top
type’s life. However, the legs got longer for end and added torque links, because I have
the 20-series, so the wells extended into the other plans for the Aeroclub items!
inner gun bay. Isn’t it useful that Frog’s 14 I find acetate templates, traced straight
has the ‘E’ wing? Leave the cannon, add off my working drawings and progressively
another outboard and aft, noting the cut up as I go, indispensable for reshaping,
continued use of long-barrelled Hispano rescribing, and marking (e.g.) where the Shaping the radiators with the aid of
Mk IIs, and rescribe the ejector ports. radiators ought to go. more acetate templates to check the shape
I replaced all the guns for consistency: Many thanks to These radiators were off the Academy Mk
find a suitable diameter of rod or tube, heat IPMS/UK’s Spitfire 14. Well, they’re squished and horrible so
slightly over a very small flame, and pull just SIG for details of they might as well be used as the basis for presumably by the then C.O., from their base
a little; with luck that’s two, joined at the the colour scheme something completely different. Added at Church Fenton. Yes, it was harder work
card was heavily filed to shape, ending up than it needed to be, but just feel the
shorter, deeper, wider and bulgier than satisfaction!
before; note the use of templates again.
From here it was a straightforward matter Essential references:
of filling, sanding, priming, (and repeating) • Scale Models for October (?) & November
until the surface was good enough for the 1978, for Peter Cooke’s drawings of Spit’
silver finish: not exactly bare metal because XIV etc: Fuselage & tail are OK for XXI
those parts not painted Speed Silver were • Scale Models for October 1979, for Harry
highly polished. Transfers – mostly old stock, Robinson’s drawings of the Mk 22: Wings,
Frog Firefly sheets supply good roundels U/C, radiators, guns all OK for Mk XXI
and flashes – were laid on Klear, and bedded • Spitfire Story (Price) P. 228 – near exact
in with the faithful hairdryer. I had to print plan photo of under port wing, which
my own Squadron badge. (with a bit of scan-and-scale to known
The result is 41 Sq’s otherwise anonymous dimensions) proves HR’s drawings to be
‘D’ as raced around Blackpool in 1947, absolutely correct.

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MODELLERS Portfolio Messerschmitt Bf 108

Taifun
Come Fly with Me
A Breath of Fresh Air in 1/72 By Colin ‘Flying’ Pickett

M
odel kits of the Bf 108Taifun the Taifun in post-war service.
(Typhoon) have been few The kit is made up of a creamy brown sprue
and far between, which is of finely detailed injected plastic parts
surprising for such a widely accompanied by a smaller clear parts sprue and
used aircraft in both a casting block holding numerous finely cast
military and private hands.TheTaifun first saw resin parts as well. This is accompanied by a
TECH DATA service with the Luftwaffe as early as 1938, colourful decal sheet encompassing the six
Messerschmitt having been designed in the early '30s as a options illustrated on the outside of the box.
Bf 108B/D light sports and touring aircraft, a role in which The kit offers two versions of the aircraft so
Taifun it excelled, whilst the Luftwaffe adopted the the first decision is which to build, the B or the
Post-War type in the liaison and personnel transport D, as propeller spinners and rudders vary and
Service  role.The Bf 108 proved to be so successful that need altering accordingly. I decided to build
SCALE: 1/72 examples are still sought after and flying a Czechoslovak D-10, simply because I have a
KIT NO: 72029 today. collection of Czech Air Force Aircraft, however
TYPE: Injection For many years the old Heller kit of the Bf 108 all of the other schemes included in the kit are bath of Klear floor polish and allowed it to
Moulded Plastic
was the staple should you wish to model this very appealing, and that’s before you consider cure, a process that gave a suitable finish to
MANUFACTURER: Fly
Models aircraft, so Fly’s introduction of a limited-run the decals available on the aftermarket. them. The cockpit canopy was then masked
model of the type is very welcome indeed. Fly With a plan in mind I set about painting with Tamiya tape before installation. Again a
produce two versions of the Bf 108, the first and preparing the interior parts. Realising that small amount of work with a sharp knife blade
depicting the type in military service during the Taifun has a very visible interior I set about and sanding block ensured a neat fit. Note
WWII, the second, and the subject of this article, carefully applying washes and dry brushing that you’ll need to install the two quarter-
to draw out the fine detail. I also added a set round windows before you join the fuselage
of harnesses made from masking tape and halves together as they fit in place from the
brass buckles from a Reheat etch set I had in inside, I fixed mine in place with a coat of Klear
my stocks. I’m very happy to say that the to both sides before allowing it to cure fully
cockpit went together very well and looks and applying a dab of masking solution to the
quite convincing, with only the cockpit walls outside.
needing a small amount of adjustment at the With the fuselage closed up I added the
front edges to allow the fuselage halves to front of the engine cowl and its tiny front
close around neatly. It’s worth spending a bit section of the Argus engine before progressing
of time test-fitting and marking the cockpit to fitting the wings. Again a small amount of
location as the instructions aren’t too clear on adjustment was required to get an acceptable
its position and it’s not immediately obvious fit, but it’s nothing that you wouldn’t expect
from the parts where it fits. The bulkhead at with a limited-run model. The tail surfaces went
the rear of the cockpit tub goes behind the in place without drama. In fact the only area to
quarter-circle windows. Again nothing that cause any issue was the fit of the exhausts and
would be a surprise to anyone who’s built a their mounting plate, but really just care and
limited-run kit before. time was the order of the day to get a tidy
The transparencies were not as clear as I’d solution.
have liked, so I gave them a dunk in a small
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With the main construction complete I set Regiment, Prague Kbely airfield 1946-53 this. Likewise the top surfaces are ‘Olive Green’
about using Mr Hobby’s white putty to fill the • Bf 108B-1, Swiss Air Force, Dubendorf so I used Olive Drab as the closest
very few small indentations between the kits airfield 1945 approximation that fitted in with my references.
parts before gently sanding with a fine • Bf 108B-1, Swiss Air Force, Payerne airfield The glossy surface left by the paint meant that
sanding pad to give a suitable finish. I then set 1943 the model was ready for decal application.
about reinstating the fine panel lines over the As previously mentioned, I choose the forth As always with Fly, the decals are a delight
joins with a fine razor saw and scriber. option, so set about applying a coat of light to work with, being thin enough to settle into
The kit comes with some delightful blue grey to the undersides of the model. My the panel detail, but having enough opacity
schemes, which will be of interest to interpretation is that RLM76 is the closest match not to allow the colour underneath to bleed
modellers of civil as well as military aircraft: so I used the Xtracrylix paint I had to hand for through. A black wash was used to highlight
• Bf 108D, SE-BZN, privately owned the fine panel detail, which would otherwise
machine, Sweden 1954 have been lost under the Olive Drab upper
• Bf 108B-2, SP-AIO, Central staff of the surface colour
Aviation League, Poland 1947-48 A small hole was drilled under the tail to
• Bf 108B-2, 9th Independent Liaison allow the tail wheel to be fitted, and the main
Squadron, Polish Air Force 1949 undercarriage struts were installed before the
• D-10 (from 9/1947 redesignated K-70), doors and wheels were fitted at the correct
originally Bf 108B, LDP Air Transport angle. I’d purposely left off the struts to the tail
surfaces to facilitate masking and these were
cleaned up and installed before being painted.
Likewise I added the pitot tube under the wing
and the two mass balances to the ailerons.
I carefully cleaned the paint from the
wingtip navigation lights and then painted
them the appropriate clear green and red to
bring them to life, as well as painting the
rudder-mounted position light silver. The
propeller was assembled from the rounded
spinner and the thinner blades as indicated in
the instructions before being mounted directly
to the nose, resulting in a completed model.
This is a very tidy and well detailed model
of a much underrated subject. The model
captures the 1930’s Teutonic styling perfectly
with a decent level of fine detail, which is
commensurate with the scale. There is scope
for the modeller to add their own stamp in
terms of small extra details such as harnesses,
but that is more of an observation and
certainly not a criticism. I would heartily
recommend the Fly Bf 108 series of model kits
to anyone who has built a few mainstream
models and is looking for their first limited-run
kit, as with care and patience you wouldn’t be
disappointed and it certainly needs less effort
than the older kits that are on the market.
Certainly modellers of the WWII and
immediate post-war period should need no
excuse to buy and build one of these kits.
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Modellers Portfolio Messerschmitt Bf 108

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-0 Taifun D-IOIO


Utilised as a personal transport for Willy Messerschmitt, D-IOIO was painted in RLM 05 Cream with black nose, code and
line. The line appears to have a gold edging. Chrome edging to the window frames

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-0 Taifun D-IONO


In June 1936 D-IONO was transported in an airship to South America, it was later flown over the Andes by Otto
Bindlinger. Window frames were chrome, codes were in RLM 05 Cream, painted in RLM 24 Gloss Dark Blue

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun D-IMTT


Another personal aircraft used by Willy Messerschmitt, D-IMTT was finished in RLM 63 Hellgrau with chrome frames
and tip of the spinner in natural metal

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun Legion Condor 4403


Painted in RLM 63 Hellgrau and RLM 65 Hellblau undersides with white wing tips, this aircraft served with the Legion
Condor in Spain during 1937

Colour artwork by Chris Sandham-Bailey/Inkworm www.inkworm.co.uk

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun RI+AY


A Bf 108 painted in a single all-over colour of most likely RLM 02 Grau or RLM 63 Hellgrau with RLM65 Hellblau
undersides. Codes in black
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Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun TI+EY


Utilised by 1. JG27, Innsbruck, Summer 1941 this aircraft has the unit badge on the nose and was painted in splinter
upper of RLM 70 Schwarzgrün and RLM 71 Dunkelgrün with RLM 65 Hellblau undersides

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun FE-4610


Captured and taken to the USA after the war for evaluation, this aircraft received a new scheme of yellow and a shade
of orange. Balkenkruez on lower port wing and code on lower starboard wing

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun Bulgarian Air Force


A total of six Bf 108s were sold to Bulgaria and wore the number on the rear fuselage. White 5 served with the Courier
Squadron during 1943 and 1944. Painted in all-over green (exact shade unknown). Nose, tail and wingtips painted
yellow

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun Czechoslovakian Air Force


Operated by the Czechoslovakian Air Force this is a typical scheme of overall dark green with roundel on the tail and
wings, both sides. Code in white, the D signifying Transport Command

Colour artwork by Chris Sandham-Bailey/Inkworm www.inkworm.co.uk

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun Danish OY-DMI


Placed on the civil register in 1942 this aircraft continued to operate with this code until 1966, all-over gloss finish in
light grey with black markings
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1/48 Scale Plans B-2 Front

Messerschmitt Bf 108
Scale Drawings by
Chris Sandham-Bailey/Inkworm
www.inkworm.co.uk

D-1

B-2 Top

B-2
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B-2 Underside
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B-2 Front

1/72 Scale Plans


Messerschmitt Bf 108

B-2

B-2 Underside

B-2 Top

D-1
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Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun Hungarian Air Force


One of seven aircraft originally having civilian codes but pressed into military service, G.351 was originally HA-XCA.
Military codes were originally applied in black but later repainted in white after the war. Upper surface Grey with Blue
underside and soft demarcation line

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun Japanese


Originally used by Manchurian airlines, this aircraft was pressed into service by the Japanese military and had civilian
markings over-painted. Aircraft painted in cream. The aircraft was discovered by Soviet soldiers at Chanchung airfield,
Mancuria following the war

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun Manchukuo Aviation Company


One of fifteen Bf 108s operated by the Manchukuo Aviation Company primarily for company executives and officers of
the Kwantung Army, the roundel was yellow, black, white and blue with red centre. Finished in a Light Cream

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun Polish Air Force


Finished in a Dark Green with Light Blue undersides, national markings on the tail and wings, one of several Bf 108s
operated by the 9th Independent Liaison Squadron

Colour artwork by Chris Sandham-Bailey/Inkworm www.inkworm.co.uk

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun RAF AW167


Originally operated by the German Embassy and located at Croydon, it was impounded at the outbreak of hostilities on
3rd September 1939 by placing a packing crate in front of the hangar doors. RAF Taifuns were named ‘Aldons’. The S6-K
code is for 41 Group’s Communications Flight
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Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun Romanian Air Force


Many Romanian Bf 108s saw service in standard green/blue finish but this aircraft wore a Light Grey with national
markings on the fuselage and tail

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun USSR


One of two aircraft supplied by Germany in 1940, this aircraft was used for courier purposes. Finished in Light Green
and Light Blue with national markings on the wings, fuselage and tail

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun Spanish Air Force 22 3


Having served with the Legion Condor the Spanish Air Force acquired and repainted this Bf 108, code in White, roundels
on the fuselage and wings, the rudder remained as it originally was

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun Swiss A-208


Used by the Swiss Air Force during the war the aircraft had striking markings, finished in a high gloss Light Grey with
red/white bands on the wings and fuselage

Colour artwork by Chris Sandham-Bailey/Inkworm www.inkworm.co.uk

Nord 1000 Pingouin 14


Originally built in France by SNCAN (Nord) during the war as the Bf 108, production continued after the war with
developments and used by the French Air Force. Finished in all-over Dark Green with roundels on the fuselage and
wings, high visibility stripes were applied to the rear fuselage and wings
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1/48
SCALE

Panavia Tornado IDS.


A 1/48 ‘Revell-ation’ By Colin ‘Flying’ Pickett
TECH DATA least going to be a complicated build. It looks years of JaBoG 33, based at Buchel in 2008.
SCALE: 1/48 as if Revell plan to kit various versions of the The actual aircraft is emblazoned in a highly
KIT NO: 03987 Tornado from this mould so it is necessity that colourful decorative scheme in a very
TYPE: Injection drives the complication. With this in mind it’s European style. This results in a huge decal
Moulded Plastic worth sitting down with the sprues for a while sheet full of markings and stencil detail. I
MANUFACTURER: and working out which bits go where. suspect many of these kits will end up painted
Revell Gmbh&Co.KG
The parts themselves are beautifully in other schemes, though, as there are a vast
detailed, with finely scribed panel lines and number of aftermarket decals available for
smooth textures; any ejector pin marks are in Tornados.

F
or so many years the Tornado areas that can’t be seen and there were no Colour call-outs are for Revell’s own paints,
modeller has waited for an moulding defects on my sample. and in some cases this results in mixing
accurate 1/48 kit of the swing wing, The instructions are Revell’s standard A4- various colours to get the expected shade. I
Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) sized affair of numerous black and white opted to cheat a bit and match the colours to
as the Tornado was originally titled, and it is exploded diagrams covering sixteen pages. the various shades I already had, based on the
with great expectations that we welcome the Whilst each part is numbered in the diagram, plethora of images I found of the airframe in
new Revell Panavia Tornado IDS (Interdictor the numbers on the sprues are not sequential, question on the Internet. I also took a copy of
Strike) kit. so, for example, part 12 could be sat amongst the paint chart, which I pinned above my
The first thing that strikes you when parts 123 and 45, making it hard to find the bench, to save constant flicking back and
Not bad at all opening the large box is the vast amount of bits you want. A minor gripe I know, but forth through the instructions to see which
straight from the plastic, as the box is jammed full of numerous things can get confusing, especially late at colour was what.
box, just additional light grey parts spread across fourteen sprues, night. It would be lovely if Revell could see References were Verlinden’s Lock On No.12,
etched harnesses which actually can be quite intimidating. their way to printing colour instructions with and the Mark 1 Dozen series book on the
from Eduard to give There is no discernible fuselage section and a a better layout on their larger kits, though I Tornado, which would also be a good source
a suitable level of multi-part wing so my first impression was of guess that would have cost implications too. of alternate markings as it has 12 decal
detail a kit that had been over engineered, or was at A couple of the parts are shown wrongly options with it.
installed but I’ll cover this in more detail later. I started by painting a number of the parts
The missiles have all the fins moulded on on the sprue before commencing with the
already, and are certainly close to scale, which build in depth. It’s worth mentioning that the
gets rid of that fiddly job, and even if they kit has several optional features to choose
aren’t used on the aircraft option supplied from, these being wings forward or swept
with the kit they make a welcome addition to back, flaps, slats and spoilers extended or
the spares box. closed, air brakes open or closed, thrust
Yes, you read that right, there is only one reverser ‘bins’ open or closed, cockpit canopy
decal option included in the kit, that of 45+44 up or down, undercarriage up or extended (a
of the Luftwaffe, marked to celebrate fifty stand isn’t included). With these in mind I

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The complexity of the wing The fit of the front of the intakes is a weak
sweep mechanism in its full point; cutting out the front edge and fitting The mystery gap
engineering glory an infill of plastic card soon solved it beside the cockpit,
thin plastic card is
your friend here

I managed to hide
this gap
decided to check my references and pose the underneath the
model as per the actual aircraft. intake, a dab of Mr
The cockpit depicts a German IDS, which Hobby white filler
does differ from an RAF GR.1 so if that’s the and a session with a
target of your build you’ll need to change this sanding board did
for an aftermarket item or modify the kit parts the trick
to suit. In my case I wanted to use the kit decals The wings are a bit of a mixed bag of tricks,
so no modifications were needed, just some in that they have a swing mechanism inside,
careful painting. The kit comes with decals for Again the same problem on the base of the which not only ensures that both wings are
the instrument panels, which are supposed to tail, and the same plastic card solution too kept at the right angle, but that the pylons
be laid over the raised detail. I find this looks have the right position as well. This makes
messy so carefully cut out each dial and screen building them a little fiddly and once they are
and fitted them in place individually. This may just to tip things in my favour. Whilst the nose in place the wings are fixed in location by the
sound like an arduous task, but it is well worth undercarriage leg looks substantial enough wing glove (of which there are two options,
the hour of so effort required. I also added a to take the weight I’d be tempted to look at a one for fully open, one for swept back), which
clear green edge to the HUD to make it look like set of SAC metal legs on future builds as it’s then makes the mechanism null and void,
thick layered glass as well as a circle cut from a quite a weighty beast when completed. unless of course you want that ‘Swing Wing’
piece of confetti to the base to imitate the Working step by step the build progressed action, in which case you’ll need to modify the
projector inside. The rest of the cockpit looks pretty quickly with reasonably good parts fit, wing gloves a little and live with the minor
very good indeed with the detail picked out in though some components do exhibit an inaccuracy.
appropriate colours with shaded and amount of flash, which needs cleaning up, and In keeping with my references, the wings
highlighted detail as required. The instructions test fitting is the order of the day. A word from were closed up, that is, slats, flaps, and spoilers
would have you paint the cockpit floor green, the wise (after the event) is to be certain of tucked away. On the whole these dropped in
however the references I used show it as a matt which holes you drill when instructed, as some place easily enough and when glued were left
black finish so I went with that. of them, particularly the ones for the refuelling to cure fully before I progressed further. It’s
The kit ejector seats look pretty good from probe, have no relevance for 45+44, though a worth reducing the width of the wing top
the box but come with a weak moulded-in short length of plastic rod filled the erroneous spoilers and wing root slats to ensure a flush
representation of the harnesses. A dig openings. It’s also worth checking the holes fit. The wings were then fitted fully forward.
through my spare etch came up with a set of needed for the pylon installation as these vary The afterburner cans and thrust reverser
Eduard pre-painted harnesses (#49 547) from version to version. bins were painted with Mr Hobby’s buffable
intended for the HobbyBoss ADV Tornado but One area of concern was the fit of the iron paint, which I find is just perfect for this
they fitted this kit with no problem and intakes, which wouldn’t sit with a straight application, and then left to one side as the fit
upgrade the seats into fine representations of front edge on my kit. I opted to have a decent is good enough for them to be fitted at the
Martin Baker Mk 10s. Eduard already have fit to the fuselage and then cut off the leading end and save a small amount of masking.
several sets released for this kit, but they edge to the top of the intake and fixed a Likewise the undercarriage legs were made
arrived too late for my build, but these suited section of plastic card to make up the up and painted before being set aside. It’s
my needs perfectly. Certainly the cockpit is difference and tidy up this highly visible area.
more than adequately detailed from the box The doors inside the intakes are also a bit of a
and little effort would be needed to make it poor fit and it’s worth adding a plastic card
rival a resin replacement. wedge to help keep them at the correct angle.
The fuselage itself is formed from a box of Another area of concern arose when it
plastic panels surrounding the intake and came to fit the tail fin. No matter how I tried I
exhaust trunking, whilst the cockpit section ended up with a 2mm gap each side of the
slots into the centre. This actually sounds and cockpit and at the front of the base of the tail.
looks more complicated than it is, it’s just In the end I used plastic card to fill the gap and
worth taking time to ensure the best fit sanded it to fit. A hunt around the Internet
possible and taping and clamping things as found similar issues with some builds but not
you go. others, so it is either a batch issue or several
It’s worth mentioning nose weight. Revell modellers have made the same mistake
suggest 40g, and I decided to fill the whilst others avoided it. It looks like I’ll have
nosecone with lead shot, assuming this to make several Tornados just to be certain.
would be enough, however this actually As a point to note, the instructions would
equated to 25g. The nose area under and in have you fit part 79 (page 9, step 38) on the
front of the cockpit tub received a further 20g tail fin upside down.

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light grey acrylic (Light Aircraft Grey), followed legs and may well be something I add later. The
by freehand airbrushing the darker grey areas front undercarriage doors are moulded as one
(Medium Grey) as per the diagram in the piece and as such need to be cut with a razor
instructions, before applying gloss black to saw to represent them in the open position.
the tail surfaces as indicated. The rear of the The afterburners slotted in place and the
underside of the tail surfaces was painted rather fiddly brackets for the thrust reversers
yellow over the course of a couple of coats. were followed by the thrust reversers
After the paint had fully dried, a coat of gloss themselves.
varnish provided a uniform smooth finish for I opted to replace the kit pitot tube and
the decals to slide onto. angle of attack sensors with turned brass
The decals are designed by Syhart, who are items from Master (#48-032) as any plastic
famed in modelling circles for their exquisite part, no matter how good, looks way out of
decals of special and complicated colour scale in comparison to them and they are, of
schemes. Credit is due here as the fit of the course, less prone to damage by wayward
decals is exemplary and the effect of the fingers.
painted design found on the actual aircraft is The appropriately decorated fuel tanks
beautifully reproduced. I started with the were then added to the wings, resulting in a
Careful work with huge tail fin decals as these would be the completed Tornado.
the airbrush and a worth taking your time and test fitting the most challenging, and I need not have
decent coat of gloss main legs as the fit isn’t obvious from the worried as they proved sufficiently strong to Conclusion
varnish produced a instructions, though when built they are quite withstand handling, whilst being thin enough What a bargain! At a shade under £23.00, the
model ready for the strong, especially for an area I’ve found weak to conform to the contours of the aircraft. UK retail price makes this kit quite affordable
huge sheet of on previous Tornado builds. If you have After being floated into position on a film of and it is worth more than its low price tag
decals concerns then go with some SAC white metal water the large decals were given a treatment would have you think, with rival, less
items. of Daco’s medium decal setting solution to accurate 1/48 kits costing at least twice as
The main wheels look a little odd and wide, ensure they conformed to the fine panel much.
but when compared to Paragon’s aftermarket detail. There was a small amount of decal film Whilst the emphasis of the kit is
parts the width is fine - they are just a little overhanging the tail which I carefully understandably on building a German IDS
‘square’ and lack any tread pattern. A session trimmed off with a very sharp scalpel blade Tornado, Revell being a German company,
with a sanding board cured the small and then used to infill the very small areas looking through the kit parts it wouldn’t take
squareness issue and also added a flat spot on which were missed by the decal itself. I then a huge amount of effort to convert this to a
the bottom to represent the tyres under load. touched in the decal with carefully matched GR.1 as the targeting pods, RWR and other
Of course if you want to replace the wheels mixes of paint to finish. parts are included so only small details and
there are a host of aftermarket options In all I think the decaling process took two the cockpit alterations are needed along with
already available that would fit with a little evenings, including decaling the fuel tanks appropriate ordnance.
modification. and pylons, with each decal getting a coat of Accuracy-wise this kit is the closest to a
The kit comes with the one colour scheme, Klear floor polish as I went along to seal it in. perfect off-the-shelf Tornado IDS we’ve had to
which I found a little disappointing as, whilst When decaling was completed the whole of date, with the profile and shape being correct
it’s a bright, colourful scheme, it really does the model received two coats of Klear before to my eye and bearing comparison to the
depend on the modeller using an airbrush to a coat of diluted matt acrylic varnish was used photographs and references I have.
get the most accurate representation of the to produce a more realistic sheen. As a build it could have been made simpler
real aircraft as it would be very hard to get the The individual markings each have a with better laid-out instructions and parts
blended edges using a paintbrush. meaning, which the instructions explain in breakdown, however this is entirely due to the
The Tornado needed very little in the way detail, and this is a nice touch, providing some flexibility in the mould needed to allow other
of filling, just a small smear here and there to background to the scheme. versions to be kitted, and I’ll suffer a little over-
disguise any gaps before a gentle sanding One mistake I made was not to emphasise complication to allow this.
with a fine grit sanding board to smooth the additional intake doors on the sides of the The colour scheme is very eye catching and
things off. main intakes as these are quite ‘softly’ exciting, however this comes at the cost of
Before I started work with my airbrush, I represented on the kit parts, but mainly simplicity and the inclusion of a second,
masked off the intake openings with a couple hidden by the heraldic decals, so will be perhaps more mundane and simpler option
of cubes of foam rubber, and likewise did the something I address fully in my next build. would make the kit more appealing to those
same to the exhausts. The cockpit canopy was I decided to keep weathering to a without the facilities to replicate the paint finish
masked with Tamiya tape and the front minimum as 45+44 looks to be well seen on the actual aircraft. Sadly, to achieve this
section glued in place, whilst the rear portion maintained and clean on the whole, so a wash you’ll have to buy a further, different decal
was temporarily fixed in place with ‘worms’ of of black in major panel lines was my limit. sheet. The inclusion of additional ordnance for
Blu Tack. The undercarriage bays were With painting complete the canopy was a German IDS does at least allow flexibility. But
masked with lumps of Blu Tack pressed into removed and the masking taken off. I wanted to considering the value of the kit there’s very little
place. paint the inside of the canopy framing black, space for complaint as some 1/72 kits of the
That cockpit again. I kicked things off with an all-over coat of and to make this easier I used some thin strips Tornado are far more expensive. I know I’ve
Very little effort of black decal film to outline the edges before mentioned the cost of the kit a few times
produced an painting in between them black, resulting in a during this article, but it’s great value for
acceptable result nice sharp edge in a very exposed area. The kit money, especially considering the huge parts
includes the pipework for the canopy demister count and quality. As it stands I love the
and a set of mirrors for each crew member as gaudiness of the kit markings and the overall
well as the supports for the open canopy. The presence they give the model amongst a sea
undercarriage dropped in place without issue, of grey and green.
with my only addition being a 2.5mm light lens Revell have produced a very good kit of
from Little-cars replacing the kit clear part, whilst Europe’s premier bomber aircraft, which with
the landing lights inside the main undercarriage care and a little patience builds into a fine
doors received the same treatment to give a model, and as such it’s one for the modeller
little more‘bling’to my build. In truth a few small with a few kits under their belt, and a great
lengths of lead wire to represent brake and basis for the experienced modeller to go all out
hydraulic lines wouldn’t have gone amiss in the to produce a super-detailed masterpiece.
undercarriage bays and on the undercarriage

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for many there are quite simply techniques choice for the beginner, and can also be done with the Custom-Micron. I am no airbrush can be. For
and schemes that an airbrush can achieve considered by the more experienced user genius when it comes to airbrushing, but the optimum
that are simply not possible with a brush. looking for a new tool. UK importer The proof of the pudding is, as in most cases, in performance it is
That is not to denigrate brush-painting, Airbrush Company stocks the full range of the tasting, so I whiled away an interesting recommended the
which can produce effective and satisfying brushes and equipment, and offers hour experimenting with the tool to see what whole head is
results, but one cannot drill a hole with a comprehensive servicing and warranty for all could be achieved. I was agreeably purchased, or if a
hammer, and the two tools are completely Iwata brushes purchased. impressed… new nozzle is
different and are designed ultimately to required then it is
achieve different ends. Iwata Custom Micron CM-C Plus Conclusion sent in for qualified
Ironically it has been this modeller’s (version 2) airbrush So in conclusion I can only say what a experts to fit
experience that it is easier to achieve a fine [IW-CM-C2-PLUS] £370.00 remarkable piece of equipment this is! Iwata
smooth finish, even on the simplest of The latest item received for review is the airbrushes have been my preferred option
patterns, using an airbrush. Despite the updated Custom Micron CM-C Plus, now for some years now, and as an average The CM-C Plus
seeming complexity of the tool to a improved with a taller, more comfortable modeller, and certainly not a ‘professional’ package arrives on
newcomer, once the basics are mastered you trigger, offering more precise control and a airbrusher, I find them hard-wearing and the workbench.
will never look back, and much can be number of revised design features making it their ease of cleaning and maintenance an Rest assured you
achieved with careful masking, even with even more user-friendly in all applications. absolute must. I’ll look forward to producing have not heard the
only a very simple airbrush. Imagine then The redesigned shape offers improved some finished results with this. last of it!
what can be achieved with a professional comfort and control, while the brush is now
equipped with a one-piece needle-chucking
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Doodling with the brush enabled this assembly for easy cleaning and incorporates
modeller to produce finer lines than ever Iwata's new Micro Air Control (MAC) Valve
before with an airbrush – and with a pile of enabling fine adjustment of the airflow at the
Fw 190s in the pipeline he is suffused with a head of the airbrush for more control of
strange confidence in his ability now to paint stippling, fine detail and finely atomised
spots on them. But fear not – there is plenty background spraying.
more room for error, after all The Custom Micron Series come in a

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SAMI Spotlight First Look

First Look

1/48
SCALE

Spotlight Sea Harrier


Kinetic’s Latest Tooling By Rick Greenwood
TECH DATA Harrier. Kinetic suggest Humbrol 127 for the parts next, I added them to the fuselage
SCALE: 1/48 cockpit tub but this is too light as the parts parts in advance of the suggested sequence
KIT NO: 48041 should be Admiralty Grey. Switches and as it would aid any remedial work needed in
TYPE: Injection knobs were picked out in light grey and these areas and avoid damaging the now-
Moulded Plastic others highlighted with red and yellow to painted cockpit. Sink marks and flash
MANUFACTURER: make the office look busy. needed to be dealt with first and then some
Kinetic
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details and looks good in this scale, only the parts to complete the intake. The fit was
needing some straps creating to finish off. If not brilliant and I found removing the
you intend to use an aftermarket resin aligning pins a help as they were too long for
example then check the seat will fit as there the holes they were to sit in.

I
don't know why, but it must be a is a small raised area for the kit part to sit on, A little work was required to blend
Harrier thing that I greeted this kit which might make an aftermarket seat sit everything together and I used white
with the same excitement found in too high - so check now before it's too late. Milliput for the task, as it can be shaped with
children the world over on Christmas Before moving on to the intake assembly a wet finger to match the surrounding area.
day, much to the family's amusement. I, like I had a flick through the instructions and Once happy with the cockpit and intake
many modellers, I'm sure, seem to have had decided to change the sequence a little. fit the fuselage parts were glued together
a new-tool Sea Harrier on their wish list for Instead of assembling the nose gear bay and using Revell Contacta adhesive for a strong
quite some time. intake parts as suggested by the bond. After this I built up the main gear bay
manufacturer, I elected to add each side to as per the instructions, but had to sand and
So does it live up to the fuselage parts first. Kinetic suggest scrape the parts for a good fit.
expectations? Humbrol 127 for the nose gear bay, but I The ventral airbrake was next up, and
Construction commenced with assembly of used Tamiya White as it is more in keeping once added to the fuselage the fit was found
the cockpit, ejector seat and the unmistakable with the colour found in this area. to be a bit hit and miss. I found once in
bell mouth intake so characteristic of the My attention turned to the fuselage intake position it was easier to add some superglue

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First Look SAMI Spotlight

I chose the parts to represent the blow-in


doors in the open position
I dry-fitted the internal intake parts to check
alignment and fit, and there was some
bending and cajoling needed to get the parts
lined up to an acceptable standard

Kinetic have correctly included the panel Once dry both the
from the inside to secure the bay in place lines that make up this area but they break side consoles and
securely. Once the superglue had dried, the radome just forward of the lighter grey the instrument
liquid poly adhesive was generously applied retaining strap. This caught me out too late panels were lightly
to make for a strong and safe bond. The main for me to fill the join where the radome dry brushed with a
gear bay suffered the same problems and attaches for this model, so I just painted the medium grey colour
again working from inside the fuselage it narrow band with the rivets a slightly lighter to highlight the
was secured in the same manner. shade using Xtracrylix Dark Sea Grey and raised details a little
Breakdown for the wing section is logical Some effort was needed for a good fit of the Xtracrylix Neutral Grey for the Hinge line.
for the subject and a single-part upper wing internal parts - a small price to pay for a near With the main airframe now painted it
is provided to which the two remaining lower perfect intake assembly on what is a highly was again given a few coats of Klear and left
sections are attached. The fit was found to be visible part of the completed model to dry.
quite challenging at the front end and a step The A4-sized decal sheet includes full
was to be seen at the rear, so I sanded the rear airframe stencilling for all schemes included,
section of both the insides of the upper-wing layers of paint slowly to get a ‘wet look’ to the along with the ordnance and drop tanks. I
section and the recess in the fuselage until I model’s surface before moving on to the next went along with the 800 Sqn markings to
achieved a good level fit to the parts. I then area paid dividends, and in under an hour I portray ZD610 as seen in March 2004.
securely glued this to the model and left it had a fully painted airframe. I adopted a methodical approach, and
overnight for the glue to cure. The Sea Harrier shows a particular pattern starting at the tail on the port side worked
Work then commenced on achieving a of weathering on the upper wing surface that my way forward applying all the required
good fit at the front end. The resulting seam leaves the tips and leading edges lighter than decals in order. I then applied Daco Red
left a lot to be desired and more filling and the rest of the wing. I replicated this first by strong Decal setting solution to the
sanding was required until an acceptable fit looking for a shade of grey slightly lighter markings, a quarter of the airframe at a time.
was achieved. than the main colour used. Having completed
Grey Alclad filler primer was used as a this step the upper surfaces of the model I set about
base for the work to follow, restoring the were then sprayed Humbrol 165, which is rescribing the
detail lost in the sanding process. With lighter than the Xtracolor and gives a faded panel detail using
satisfactory results obtained, the area was look to the upper surfaces. Tamiya smoke was a sewing needle
again coated in grey primer and checked then used to define the panel lines and to held in a pin vice,
before proceeding with the build. create stains in the direction of airflow from Dymo tape and a
The Aden gun pods were added to the the vortex generators on the wings. Hasegawa
belly next and the fit here was a lot better The aircraft I had in mind had an Extra scribing template
than the wing with just a touch of Mr Dark Sea Grey radome with a slightly lighter
Surfacer needed to blend in the fit. The band at the rear retaining strip and then an
radome was also added at this point before even lighter band on the fuselage hinge line.
giving the whole model another coat of grey
primer in preparation for painting.
To start off, the model was first sprayed A lot of superglue and brute force were
with a thinned mix of Alclad Grey primer. needed to make everything line up
After a few touch-ups with Mr Surfacer and
a quick polish I was happy to progress to the
next stage. Using 12000 grade Micro-mesh
cloth the whole of the model was polished
and any rough areas of primer buffed up.
Once completed the model was washed in
warm soapy water and scrubbed with an old,
soft, children's toothbrush, which removed
any trace of residue in the panel lines and
slightly abraded the surface for better paint
adhesion, conflicting the smooth surface left
by the Micro-mesh.
I used Xtracolor X003 Medium Sea Grey for
the next step, as when thinned sufficiently
you are rewarded with a super smooth and
glossy surface to work with. Building up the

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SAMI Spotlight First Look

Once dry Humbrol weathering powder was


used on the open parts of each nozzle to
Once I was satisfied A nice touch provided concerns the roundels To confirm which decals I had applied I impart a burnt dirty look
with my results a for the intakes, which are split with a section crossed off the numbers on the stencil
30-70 mix of provided separately for the blow-in doors in marking diagram supplied in rectification of the issue. They just would
Xtracrylix Medium the open position. not fit the location points on the wing as
Sea Grey and With the build now at the mid point, the seems to line up with the correct parts of the suggested and I had no other choice at this
thinner was applied smaller parts of the airframe needed to be fuselage. It may well be something I have late stage of construction but to add them
overall to blend in completed. First up the nice one-part jet done during construction but test-fitting the best I could. Next time I would be
the effects I had nozzles were removed from the sprue and prior to painting may be of benefit next time, inclined to add them when the wing is
created cleaned up before applying a mix of Alclad as any remedial work needed won’t affect constructed and deepen the location groves
Jet Exhaust and Steel to represent the colour the finished paintwork. with a scriber to ease the issue.
of the nozzles and heat shields. Gunze Tyre Black was used for the wheels A new pitot tube was constructed for the
I elected to use only the large drop tanks and a darker shade used for the hubs on the tail out of wire and secured using superglue,
hung on the inner pylons and empty outer main gear as they portray extensive and a whole host of aerials and sensors were
pylons mostly because of the time restraints weathering and grime on the real thing from painted their respective colours as noted in
on putting this article together. I built up the such things as brake dust and jet efflux when the instructions or from reference photos.
tanks as suggested and then first painted the the aircraft is in the hover. This was added These were well moulded but once added to
forward portions in chromate yellow. The with pastel chalks and weathering powder to the model they appear a little chunky. A
remainder of the tank bodies were sprayed the outer and inner face of the wheel hubs quick coat of Klear was then added with a
and weathered to match the airframe. before sealing with a sprayed coat of Klear. brush to the clear formation lights to combat
The rear tailplanes were built up next and All the undercarriage legs were painted the matt coat and to complete the build.
proved a little tricky to get the correct angle light grey (Humbrol 127) before being added
of dihedral, as the mounting pins are to the more or less complete airframe, before Conclusions
included with the tailplane sealing plates and being sprayed with a dilute mix of thinners I really enjoyed the build from start to finish.
are separate from the main flying surface. and Tamiya Smoke to help the detail stand In terms of construction, time was spent
The canopy was next on my list, and the out. Undercarriage bay doors are only open mostly on the painting, weathering and
clear parts are well moulded and distortion on the Harrier when the gear is cycling decaling aspects and not the more easily
free, but the main sliding part is separate through retraction/deployment or for achieved construction.
from the frame and needs careful alignment maintenance. I fitted them in the open This has to be Kinetic's best release to
as the frame is quite flexible without the position again only to save time, but it date, and I would recommend this kit to all
support of the clear part. The MDC cord is should prove easy to install them closed by but a complete novice due to the sheer
moulded in the canopy and Kinetic also removing the hinges. amount of detail provided in terms of the
provide a decal, but I elected to just leave the Having spent an extraordinary length of plastic parts and the decals. Taking into
canopy as is. time on this model, it was satisfying to see account aftermarket prices for a decal sheet
The windscreen is presented with the the end result taking shape but the photo- of the type included in this kit and the vast
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found to not be too clever on the starboard suggested, but as the model was now This modeller will definitely be building
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DECAL OPTIONS: 2
PANEL LINES: Recessed
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TYPE: Injection Moulded Plastic
TECHNICAL DATA PARTS: Plastic 139, Clear 11
SCALE: 1/144 KIT NO: 14430 MANUFACTURER: Trumpeter
PRICE: £12.50 US$25.99 UK IMPORTER: Pocketbond
DECAL OPTIONS: 4 US IMPORTER: Stevens International
PANEL LINES: Recessed
STATUS: New Tooling This is a very welcome new tooling that will
TYPE: Injection Moulded Plastic update the old Monogram kit and provide a
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Training Regiment, United Arab
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TYPE: Injection Moulded Plastic
PARTS: Plastic 31, Clear 1
Aero L-29R/RS Oko Recce Delfin MANUFACTURER: Mark I
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Reviews
fuselage, but such is the quality of the
moulding that this isn’t really an issue. I
found a slight gap with the wing-fuselage
joint, but I believe that this was down to
my own carelessness and not cleaning up
the wing sub-assembly properly.
The intakes come with the vanes
moulded into them and I have read some
criticism of these as being too small and
the vanes too thick. Eduard’s fret provides
alternate vanes.
I was unsure about the intakes being
too small until I tried to fit them to the
wing root. Whilst the fit on the one
surface was good, it was less so on the
other. I chose my upper surface to be the
better one and added a piece of thin
Plasticard to build up the lower surface. I
imagine that if the intakes were the right
size all round, then other modellers might
not be seeing the openings as being too
small. Regardless, they will still benefit
from some careful work with a file.
One common issue, faced by
modellers building twin-boom aircraft, is
that of ensuring that the tails are properly
aligned. My own method is to assemble
the tail as a sub-assembly, taking care to
ensure that the tailplane and booms are
perpendicular to each other. With this kit,
this was especially easy, due to the very
positive fit of parts. Some kits then have
problems uniting boom with the main
De Havilland D.H.100 Vampire FB.52 airframe. Whilst there was some slight
gappage, this was dealt with, easily
‘Over Northern Skies’ By Bruce Leyland-Jones enough, by some superglue gel,
accelerated with my trusty Zipkicker.
Vampire became a Swedish aircraft and The Vampire, like all of its boomed
TECH DATA
I’m not overly keen on natural metal brethren, is a tail-sitter. Having got the
SCALE: 1/72 model onto its undercarriage, I stuffed
finishes, I chose to build mine as a
KIT NO: 72281 the still-open nose space with lead and
Norwegian example.
TYPE: Injection Moulded Plastic So on with the cockpit and, if I’m added Liquid Gravity to the nose gear bay
MANUFACTURER: Special Hobby honest, the kit provides enough, bar the and it still wanted to be Champion the
lack of a harness. The etch fret does add a Wonder Horse. A small chunk of lead,
lot of nice details, however, and, if you pretending to be a gunsight, solved the
I’ve built a few Vampires and Venoms in problem.
my time. The old Airfix (ex-Heller) is good paint it all in a dark grey, as opposed to
the prescribed black, you’ll have some Humbrol H48 was recommended for
enough, but has some fit issues and, the underside blue and looked the part.
depending upon vintage, the decals may room to manoeuvre with stainless dry-
brushing and the black of the etch Humbrol H30 was suggested for the
be of questionable quality. The older green and this also looked good enough.
FROG, although one of the earliest FROG instrument panels will show through well
enough. Remember, as I’ve said, the The decals were fine and I was very, very
toolings, is actually a very, very good kit. happy with my finished model. It is
Its simplicity belies its general accuracy transparencies are very clear and it’s an
easy option to display your model with certainly an advance on all previous
and a good model of the Spidercrab can releases, with the possible exception of
be built in less than twenty-four hours, if the canopy open. All the better to see
your fine, metal, origami. the CMK kit. That said, the basic Special
you put your mind to it. Decals may be an Hobby kit is more affordable and I’m
issue, but the aftermarket will provide. The fuselage is split horizontally and,
as a consequence, there’s very little clean- certainly tempted to acquire more of the
Latterly, AModel have made good wee beasties.
attempts, but their short-run nature up required and, despite the added
reveals itself in some fit issues. So…what extras, everything fitted together as it
of this kit from Special Hobby? should. It’s worth noting that the exhaust
In a word, ‘outstanding’ and that would is moulded as an integral part of the
make for a very short review and one that
may not necessarily be helpful to the
and give a good view of the cockpit. That
modellers out there. Fortunately for me, it
said, the cockpit is of its time and is a
isn’t quite a perfect kit and required some
coalhole of an affair. Detail is sufficient,
modelling input. This review also includes
although many may feel compelled to
photo-etch and masks from Eduard, as
add a harness of some description, if only
the planets had clearly lined up and
to add a little colour. (The photo-etch
allowed them to arrive simultaneously at
provided this, amongst other useful
the office.
details).
Are such extras necessary, or even
Back to the transparencies and yet
required? Let us see…
another nice touch is the provision of the
So, to begin with, let’s look at the
wingtips as transparent pieces,
plastic. No flash or seams and surface
incorporating the wingtip navigation
detail is beautifully crisp. Clever
lights. Other versions are catered for by
engineering allows for Special Hobby to
the provision of a different canopy and a
provide for different Vampire marks,
transparent nose piece.
without creating all sorts of fit problems.
Decals are in perfect register and,
Another interesting approach is with the
whilst not overly festooned with stencils,
presentation of the engine intake area,
there are enough to add a certain degree
with nicely reproduced trunking and a
of noise to your model’s surface. As my
clever ‘smoke and mirrors’ approach to
boxing was for ‘Over Northern Skies’,
the engine facing itself.
decal options are for Norwegian, Finnish
The transparencies, as I’ve come to
and Swedish aircraft. As my FROG
expect, are suitably thin and crystal clear

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Spitfire Mk XVIe Early By Andy Brook


TECH DATA
SCALE: 1/72 KIT NO: 7485
TYPE: Injection Moulded Plastic
MANUFACTURER: AZ Model untless
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AZ Model keeps pumping out 1/72 Spitfires. The 04928 P-51B Mustang
version here is the Mk XVIe, the Castle Bromwich-built,
but Packard-engined version of the Mk IX. Fitted with
the ‘e’ type wing. This Spitfire packed a hefty punch of
two 20mm cannons and two 0.50inch calibre machine
guns in the wings, and could carry centreline and
underwing bombs. Early Mk XVIe aircraft had the
standard Spitfire fuselage, but later versions adopted fuselage, or on the wings, so the modeller needs to be
the cut-down fuselage with teardrop canopy. careful about the fit. You also need to remove the
The kit comes in AZ’s standard end-opening box. remains of the stubs, which connect the part to the
The back has the three decal options in full colour, and sprue, as they impinge on the surface to be joined. The
wings are a three-part construction, with the wheel 1 Corsair
the front artwork has the Belgian option flying high 04930 F4U-
above the clouds. To be pedantic, the artwork wells separate. The broad chord rudder is a separate
incorrectly shows gun ports in the outer wings: fine for piece and the tailplanes are a butt-join to the fuselage.
the ‘c’ wing, but not for the ‘e’. The parts come on what A bit of filler was needed at the wing-to-fuselage joins.
is a generic Mk IX sprue, in a shiny light brown plastic, That said, all goes together well, and the main model
with a separately bagged one-piece canopy. Panel builds up very quickly.
lines are finely engraved. AZ also provides resin parts Less good were the undercarriage assemblies, and I
for the cannon and machine gun barrels. managed to break both link fittings. The fit of the legs
Because the kit is AZ’s standard high-back Mk IXc, the to the wells was also not easy, and it might be worth
modeller has to adapt the wing by filling various holes using Superglue to make sure all is fully secure. As
and panel lines to convert it from the ‘c’ to the ‘e’. Added noted above, the gun barrels are resin. That’s good
to that, the cockpit doesn’t have the fuel tanks behind except I managed to break both 0.50 calibre barrels, so Also Available:
the seat, which were a feature of this Spitfire mark. had to modify the Mk IXc plastic stubs after all. 04931 F6F-3 Hellcat
As usual, construction starts in the cockpit. There’s a AZ offers three options, all in the usual Dark 04932 P-40E Warhawk
good level of detail and decals for the instrument Green/Ocean Grey/Medium Sea Grey scheme. One 04933 F4F-4 Wildcat
panel and seatbelts. Other than the lack of fuel tanks, looks British, but is actually TB137 5A-K from the 04935 P-39Q Airacobra
it will build up into a nice replica. The location of the French-manned 329 Squadron in Spring 1945. The
cockpit sub-assembly is obvious and it’s quite possible second is TD153 2Y-F, wearing French roundels, from
to fit it before joining up the fuselage halves. November 1945 when its squadron, 345, had Available from your local
Unfortunately, although the canopy is very clear, most transferred to French control. The third option is similar,
of the detail eventually disappears once it is fitted! in that it represents TB252 MN-J of 350 Squadron, after Toy and Model retailer
Like other AZ kits, there are no location pins on the its transfer to Belgian control in mid-1946.
The decals are very good quality and go on with no
silvering over a couple of coats of floor polish. The
stencils are a delight, though the sheet is marked for
the Mk I/II. The red and blue of the RAF markings is too
bright, so I replaced the fin flash with items from the
spares box, and code numbers and letters should be
Sky but are slightly too yellow, so should be replaced
for a more accurate model.
Though a Spitfire fan, I didn’t really fall in love with
this kit. My main gripe is that it’s a Mk IXc with a few
decals for a Mk XVIe. Making the modifications isn’t Visit our international web site at www.revell.eu
difficult, and I appreciate that the manufacturer needs to
get the most out of its moulds. I shouldn’t really Revell GmbH, HP23 5AH.
complain, as there aren’t any other plastic 1/72 Mk XVI Tel: 01442 890285. Email: ukbranch@revell.de
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upper wing, adding the wheels was a


simple affair and I added some plastic
going well…too well, as it happened. tubing to represent the rather prominent

IAR-37 By Bruce Leyland-Jones


At this point, I had to do some proper
modelling. Obviously, this is a biplane and
exhaust, which was strangely lacking from
the kit.
I’d also studied the nice box art and
there was going to be the challenge of
TECH DATA sticking the struts onto a wing. At first decided to add the nice etched bomb
SCALE: 1/72 glance, it appeared that Special Hobby racks. This was a mistake, as these will
had at least indicated where to place the actually sit over the underwing roundels
KIT NO: 72290
struts, but I was to be soon disappointed and I had to temporarily remove them,
TYPE: Injection Moulded Plastic later on. Doh!
in this regard. Whilst there were nice side-
MANUFACTURER: Special Hobby elevations, a really useful front elevation Some final photo-etch details were
was missing. The box art showed me that added and I had a model ready for paint,
Aaaaah…the IAR-37. Just rolls off the the struts not only leant forwards, but that after making a special journey to buy
tongue doesn’t it? they also had a marked outward rake. That some Humbrol H116.
And, if you’re like me, you may never said, the instructions provided no Of course, being a biplane, it has to
even have heard of it, as it is highly about that glazing. Normally, I would be guidance whatsoever. have rigging and so I spent a contented
unlikely it would ever have featured in happy to secure the pieces with Evostik Fortunately, the Internet is my friend evening with my lycra thread, cocktail
your Big Boys Book of Aeroplanes…unless ‘Serious Glue’. This dries clear and hard, and I soon found a helpful front elevation, stick-applied superglue gel and Zipkicker
you happened to have the Rumanian after giving you a couple of minutes which I gratefully printed off. With this in accelerator. One minor complication with
edition! ‘wiggle-room’. However, I didn’t want the my possession, I was able to make some this was that the rigging was joined to the
Consider this to be akin to our windows to be pushed inside, by careless cardboard guides, against which I could aircraft via mountings and these were
Swordfish, except that it’s from Romania handling, at some time in the future and so lean my struts. My favourite glue is replicated by small pieces of thin
and it wasn’t found on aircraft carriers and decided to use superglue. (I can hear the superglue gel. Whilst this sets good and plasticard. I’m sure there’ll be some
it wasn’t a torpedo bomber. Designed in cries of anguish now). Don’t worry…I’m hard, it does give me some time to arrange technical name for these, but the boxart
1936 and flown the year after, this three- well aware that superglue fumes will cloud pieces and, as soon as I think I have it right, illustrates them well enough.
seater was intended to be a unprotected transparencies, so I coated I can apply some accelerator to set Once the fuselage had been built, this
reconnaissance and tactical bomber and mine in Johnson’s Klear beforehand. everything securely in place. became quite a challenging kit. I’m quite
apparently served this role well, being a Having done so, I then discovered that Having got the angles right and taken comfortable with biplanes but I found the
stable machine with great visibility and the windows were too big for the holes some measurements, I discovered that the lack of guidance on strut placement
handling. In spite of it being easy meat for they’re supposed to fit into! Some careful location points seemed to be inaccurate. unhelpful and I didn’t expect to have to
the fighters of the day and only fifty being measurement told me that I needed to Had I used these, then the upper wing scratch my own cabanes. The short
produced, many survived fighting the remove a horizontal frame and, once I’d would have been way too high and, as it lengths of the cabane struts, compared
Russians and, after the 1944 coup, fighting done this, they fitted fine. was, I still had to scratch my own cabanes with the main struts, together with the
the Luftwaffe. The aircraft was given a With the large side windows installed, I from some plastic strut material. over-sized windows, might suggest that
more reliable BMW engine and became was happy to add the internal structures Of course, the proof is in the pudding, someone, somewhere, got their
the IAR-38, but that’ll be the subject of and even remembered to add the nice as we say in Blighty, and I was pleased to measurements wrong. Of course, it is
another review. resin gun for the floor. see that, when I offered the model to the possible that I was at fault.
This is a fairly typical Special Hobby kit, It is also worth pointing out, as the upper wing, everything was as it should All that said, I now have a satisfactory
albeit one that doesn’t quite seem to have instructions are not too clear, that the large be. Phew! model of a different aircraft, previously
the more modern innovations of its horizontal framing is supposed to sit atop After the challenge of the struts and unknown to me, so my thanks to Special
contemporaries, such as their excellent the side framing, as per my photos. A dry- Hobby for the experience.
Vampires. The plastic is nicely moulded, fitting of the large canopy reassured me
with good surface texturing and that it would still fit and, if you try and place
reasonable levels of detail. The the framing between the two side pieces,
transparencies are beautifully clear. There then the fuselage halves will not join up.
is some nice resin and useful photo-etch. One thing I did leave off at this stage
Decals allow you to model aircraft that was the large rear gun. This is a very fine
fought throughout the war, either against resin piece and I just knew it would’ve
the Russians or the Luftwaffe and, as I’ve broken off at some stage of the build
come to expect, the decals appear perfect process.
in all regards. So, fuselage assembled, I turned my
Whilst the subject itself may be attention to the engine and cowling and, I
unfamiliar, the process to build the model have to say the supplied resin engine is a
most certainly isn’t and I began with a truly gorgeous example of the resin
fairly complex and detailed interior, which caster’s art and brushes up really well. Care
utilised plastic, resin and etch. Bit of a daft was taken in placing it without the
statement, this - as I’m yet to find a model cowling to ensure that the prop stuck out
that has you building the insides long after just enough, and the whole sub-assembly
you’ve built the outsides! fitted rather snugly to the front of the
Any road, time and care was taken with fuselage. Happy days.
the insides, as I was aware of the amount of At the other end of the model, the tail
glazing this aircraft had and that most of had a good enough fit and some etch
what I made would be highly visible. Whilst struts added some nice detail. The canopy
waiting for paint to dry, I began to worry was masked and added and things were

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SAMI Spotlight Accessories

Accessories
Aerobonus by Aires
This month Aerobonus have
expanded their range with their first
figure releases in 1/72, which means
they are now producing figure sets
in all three main scales. All of the
other new releases are airfield
accessories that will be very useful
for bringing life to any airfield
diorama as well to anyone using Conclusion
some of Tamiya’s 1/48 vehicle sets. I particularly like that many of these
diorama items come with decals for
1/72 the painted markings and also more animated, caught in process of
Soviet Air Force Fighter Pilot – Winter include a few spares in case of boarding his aircraft, which is
FOD Buckets
Suit accidents. One thing to note is that actually far more interesting.
Product No: 480 907
Product No: 720 001 not all of the figures match the Check out the website at
Fire Drums
USAF Fighter Pilot – Vietnam War 1960- painting guides - in the case of the www.aires.cz to see the full range of
Product No: 480 102
75 109 pilot the illustration shows a Aerobonus and other products.
Product No: 720 002
standing pilot where in fact he is far
1/32
1/48 35Ib Lubricating Bucker Pump USAF
German Luftwaffe Pilot WW2 Product No: 320 047
Product No: 480 093 5-Gallon Waste Oil Drum Tank
USAF Fighter Pilot – Pressure Suit 1960- Product No: 320 048
75 35Ib Lubricating Bucker Pump USN
Product No: 480 096 Product No: 320 047
German Luftwaffe Pilot for Bf 109 Late Compressed Gas Bottles –Acetylene
Versions Product No: 320 053
Product No: 480 907
Oil Drained Dolly
Fire Buckets Product No: 320 054
Product No: 480 099
Russian pilot WW2
Product No: 320 061

each jar includes a stainless steel agitator to

Ammo by Mig Jimenez facilitate mixture. Dries completely in


twenty four hours. Colours are:
• A.MIG-200 FS 33531
Armour modellers will be no been gaining a reputation for • A.MIG-201 FS 34424 Light Gray
strangers to the name Mig Jimenez innovation and quality, has released • A.MIG-202 FS 30219 Tan
– as the MIG Productions range was a first set of authentic aircraft • A.MIG-203 FS 36375 Light Compass
Ghost Gray
a very popular source of weathering colours, starting with a very popular
and other products. Now the new subject, and one that is ideal for a
company ‘Ammo’, which has also boxed set like this – the Israeli Air Conclusion
Force desert camo scheme. A useful one-stop package from a
reliable source. With the
#7200 IAF Desert Colours proliferation of kits and interest in
This pack of four colours includes the three this subject, Ammo’s first release in
main camouflage tones for most Israeli this field is very welcome. Check out
fighters and the undersurface grey. Colours
the website at
are based on Federal Standards, are acrylic,
and are formulated for maximum www.migjimenez.com and keep an
performance both with brush or airbrush. eye out for further releases.
Water soluble, odourless and non-toxic,

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Accessories SAMI Spotlight

SBS Models
Going to many of the big events
around the world gives us a chance
to catch up with local cuisine and
beer – sorry - gives us a chance to
catch up with manufacturers like
SBS models from Hungary, who
EE Lightning Wheels
were in Prague for EDay in Part No 72020
September. Designed for Airfix
Their latest sets maintain their This month they are concentrating
reputation for high quality resin and on 1/72 Airfix kits, including a
etched brass at reasonable prices. choice of wheels and a stunning 1/48
representation of the Bristol IAI Kfir C2 Cockpit Set
Mercury for the Gloster Gladiator. Part No : 48043
And of course the Mercury has a supply a cockpit that is far superior Designed for Kinetic
number of other applications due to to the kit parts.
its large production run and use on Conclusion
nearly forty different aircraft types. 1/72 SBS have really expanded the range
Also for a new Airfix kit is a set of Gloster Gladiator Engine Set with their first full aircraft kit as well
main wheels for the recent Airfix Part No 72015 as some beautiful armour sets. But
Lightning, which includes etched Designed for Airfix aircraft accessories are still the core
brass disc and brake details. Gloster Gladiator Covered Wheels of the range and long may it
Moving up to 1/48 we have a Part No 72018 continue. Take a look the website
Designed for Airfix
simple but comprehensive set to www.sbsmodel.com to see the full
upgrade Kinetic’s IAI Kfir C2/F-21, Gloster Gladiator Spoked Wheels catalogue, and in the UK the SBS
Part No 72019
which combines seven resin parts range is now being stocked by
Designed for Airfix
with etched brass and photo film to Hannants.

Model Scene
At EDay in Prague we revisited
Model Scene. This manufacturer
produces a wide range of diorama
foliage and grass mats that just have
to be seen to be believed.
I will start with the grass mats. These
are available in a selection of styles like
‘summer meadow’, ‘late summer’, and seen on the box art. The leaf set is Conclusion
‘autumn’, all showing different shades just jaw-dropping and the sample Though obviously aimed at the military
and colours just like the real thing. You we received was for dead Canadian modeller I have used a number of the
also have various lengths from a close- maple leaves, These are pre-cut and mats attached to a simple wooden
cropped meadow or one with small pre-coloured in autumn shades and base to display my WW2 and earlier
tufts of grass suitable for an airfield show leaves in various stages that aircraft for a number of years. Out of
diorama to scrubland with high have started to rot away. These are the packet these mats are far superior
bushes and mountain pastures with clearly identifiable and the to anything that I could have created
small rock and stone. representation of the internal leaf and really look like I have made a lot of
These mats can be easily cut up structure is amazing - easily the best effort, where really it is Model Scene
and used to add detail to a specific I have seen in 1/35 - 1/32. who have done all the hard work.
area of a diorama or attached to a To see the full range from this
wood base to make a simple and 1/72 and 1/87 manufacturer visit their website at
quick base for your latest model. Asian Fern www.model-scene.com where you
The leaf and planet sets are Part No VG7-035 can also place your order for
equally as useful and the samples Tropical Fern delivery worldwide.
we have are divided into two styles. Part No VG7-036
The plants are moulded on green Ground Asian Palm
card and can be easily removed with Part No VG7-036
a sharp scalpel and then folded up
and painted to produce some really 1/35
amazing looking plants, as can be Maple Dead Leaves
Part No L3-301

No Scale
Summer meadow with small tufts
Part No F517
Wild Area with Bushes
Part No F572
Late Summer Meadow with Calc stones
Part No F713

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SAMI Spotlight Accessories

The Airbrush Company


New Accessories from Iwata
Cleaning and maintaining your
airbrush is essential if you are to get
the best – or indeed any –
performance out of it, and these
dedicated items from Iwata are ideal
for making sure you keep your brush
in peak condition. Designed with
the tiniest openings and crevices of your
the Iwata range in mind, they can be airbrush (brush colours vary)
used with any brand. Fifty Pipe Cleaners - With non-shredding
Your airbrush will make a world of cotton fibres
difference to your modelling, and Artool Studio Wipes Pouch (x12 wipes) -
deserves looking after, so these Wipe down your airbrush or needle and
items are definitely worth one less keep your work surface clean
1 oz bottle Medea Airbrush Cleaner
unbuilt kit in the attic! (28ml) - Highly concentrated and ready-to-
use for airbrushes and most surfaces Medea Airbrush Cleaner with invertible
Iwata Airbrush Cleaning kit Medea Super Lube (2ml) - A small drop 360 Nozzle 16oz
essential tools to look here first. The
IWCL-100 £22.50 keeps your airbrush parts moving smoothly website offers a comprehensive look
I-6360-16 £14.00
This complete kit comes in a compact Iwata Nozzle Wrench - Easily remove at the available range of products,
The invertible 360 degree nozzle releases
plastic box with a hinged lid and includes a your nozzle without damage the solvent in a solid steam or a fine spray with advice, back-up, and servicing
selection of material and tools to perform Iwata LED Magnifier - See parts up close right-side up or upside down for airbrushes, offered, and with a wide choice of
that most essential of functions – cleaning at 30x/60x with white and blue LED lights work surfaces and studio tools. Use the tools in the catalogue there is
the airbrush. The set includes: Iwata Case with Latch and Hang Loop - powerful stream setting to flush and rinse
Cleaning Kit Instructions - Step by step All your cleaning tools in one convenient the airbrush cup, fluid cavity or siphon
something to interest modellers of
process to guide you through the best case all skill levels.
joint.
routine The Iwata Airbrush Cleaning Kit Refill You can also use the spray setting for
Three Extra Small Cleaning Brushes - For Pack is also available, which will allow you cleaning art materials, airbrush bodies,
to replenish the disposable elements of the work surfaces and studio tools.
kit.
Iwata Raised Ridge Cleaning Mat
IWCL-200 £19.50
Conclusion
Airbrush parts are small and easily mislaid, Iwata products are designed to work
but using this dedicated cleaning mat as a together to ensure the best possible
base for operations will keep them safe, performance from your equipment.
and prevent them disappearing into the The full range is available from UK
gaping maw of the carpet monster, or importer The Airbrush Company at
sinking beneath the flotsam of your
possibly untidy workbench. Dimensions are
www.airbrushes.com and we
11.75” x 10.75”. The mat has a raised edge to recommend anyone considering
retain components and a non-slip backing. starting out with one of these

Aires
A varied mix from Aires this month,
which includes a beautiful multi-
media set for Meng’s 1/32 scale Me
163 that is a miniature model in its
own right. But as usual Aires do not
only offer cockpits, and we have sets
for speed brakes and undercarriage
bays, replacement wheels, and
control surfaces all flawlessly cast in
this manufacturer’s grey resin.

1/32
Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Control Surfaces
Messerschmitt Me 163B Cockpit Set Product No: 7312
Product No: 2198 Designed for: Airfix
Designed for: Meng
Il-2 Shturmovik
Product No: 7313
1/48 Designed for: Tamiya
Supermarine Attacker Wheel Bay Messerschmitt Bf 110 Flaps
Product No: 4626 Product No: 7314
Designed for: Trumpeter Designed for: Eduard
F-101C Voodoo Speed Brake Hawker Typhoon Ib Control Surfaces they cover the full range of scale
Product No: 4643 Product No: 7315 and subjects as well as supplying
Designed for: Kitty Hawk Designed for: Airfix items that detail areas neglected by
other manufacturers.
1/72 Conclusion To see the full range check out
Mil Mi-2 Hoplite Wheels and masks Aires are the benchmark for high the manufactuer’s website at
Product No: 7307 quality resin aftermarkets sets as www.aires.cz
Designed for: Any

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Quickboost
This month we have some very
useful and I may even essential
upgrades to new and old plastic kits.
Due to moulding limitation items
like exhaust pipes and air intakes are
either plain blank-faced pieces of
plastic that need hollowing out - a
bit of a challenge in 1/72 - or have
awkward seam lines that are hard to
Avro Lancaster gun barrels
remove in a very obvious place like
Product No: 72457
the HobbyBoss Tucano exhausts. Designed for: Airfix
Quickboost supply simple
Douglas C-47 Skytrain propeller with
replacement parts that are far assembly tool
superior to the kit items at a very Product No: 72458
reasonable price, that less skilled Designed for: Airfix
modellers like me, or time-
challenged modellers, can use to get Conclusion
an outstanding result. I really like Quickboost sets and the
inclusion of a tool to insure correct
1/32 alignment of the propellers on the
Lavochkin La-5/5F/5FN Seat with belts
Fokker Wulf Fw 190A-2/A-6 Gun Barrels Product No: 48611
Skytrain set just shows the attention
Fokker Wulf Fw 190A-7/A-9 Gun Barrels
Product No: 32158 Designed for: Zvezda to detail that the company use on
Product No: 32161
Designed for: Hasegawa their products to make it easy for
Designed for: Hasegawa EMB-314 Super Tucano Exhausts
P-40E Warhawk Exhausts Product No: 48612 modellers. As always the casting on
Messerschmitt Me 163B Seat with Belts
Product No: 32159 Designed for: HobbyBoss these sets is to a very high standard
Product No: 32 163
Designed for: Hasegawa EMB-314 Super Tucano Control Stick
Designed for: and makes for a notable increase in
P-40E Warhawk Undercarriage Covers Product No: 48613 quality when compared to the kit
Designed for: HobbyBoss
Product No: 32160
Designed for: Hasegawa
1/48 parts.
EMB-314 Super Tucano Gun Barrels
MiG-3 Early Gun barrels and pitot tubes Product No: 48614
To see the full range have a look
Product No: 48604 Designed for: HobbyBoss at the website at www.aires.cz
Designed for: Trumpeter

Lavochkin La-5 Control stick 1/72


Product No: 46 607 A-4B Skyhawk Undercarriage covers
Designed for: Zvezda Product No: 72451
T-38 Talon Air scoops Designed for: Airfix
Product No: 48608 EE Lightning air intakes
Designed for: Trumpeter Product No: 72454
Designed for: Airfix
DH Vampire FB Mk 9 pitot tubes
Product No: 48609 EE Lightning F.2A pylons
Designed for: Trumpeter Product No: 72455
Designed for: Airfix

Scale Aircraft Conversions


This month SAC have released
upgrades for some of the newest
kits on the block like Revell’s
Tornado, Kinetic’s Sea Harrier and
Trumpeter’s F-106 Delta Dart in
1/48, a real classic in the old Revell-
Monogram F-4 Phantom and a kit
F-106 Delta Dart Landing Gear
from a few years ago, Trumpeter's
Product No: 48272
1/32 scale Wildcat. Designed for: Trumpeter
As always preparation is simple, 1/32 Price: $17.95
needing just a few minutes' work F4F Wildcat Landing Gear F-4C/D/J Phantom II Landing Gear
with a jewellers' file to remove any Product No: 32089 Product No: 48273
trace of flash from the edge of the Designed for: Trumpeter Designed for: Revell/Monogram
Price: $18.95 Price: $16.95
castings, and then attach with
superglue or epoxy.
1/48 Conclusion
Panavia Tornado Landing Gear The SAC range is rapidly approaching
Product No: 48270 500 items from classic kits to the
Designed for: Revell latest plastic, and no subject seems www.oxonianplasticfantastic.co.uk
Price: $16.95
to have escaped receiving metal legs The manufacturers also have their
BAE Sea Harrier Landing Gear though I am sure there are a few own website at
Product No: 48271
more still to do. Available in the UK www.scaleaircraftconversions.com
Designed for: Kinetic
Price: $16.95 from Hannants and

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SAMI Spotlight Accessories

Eduard Brassin
The big news from Eduard this
month is, of course, the long-awaited
MiG-21PF tooling, which has had its
initial release in the ‘Silver Arrows’
boxing. This, unsurprisingly, has
spawned a number of Brassin items
in its turn, and we are pleased to note
interior, airbrakes, and an ejection
seat to add to the new arrival.
Elsewhere in 1/48 a couple more
excellent armament sets increase the
range, while in 1/72 the Airfix C-47
gets the treatment from Eduard this
month, with a number of etched sets
in the regular line, and a set of resin
wheels from Brassin. Conclusion LSA in the UK, and from a wide
Brassin aims to offer complete range of mail order houses in both
1/48 solutions for super detailers, while at the US and worldwide, while the full
• 648144 MiG-21PF interior for Eduard kit the same time making available range can be obtained from the
• 648145 MiG-21PF ejection seat for
simple drop-in improvements like website at www.eduard.com
Eduard kit
• 648146 MIG-21PF/PFM/R airbrakes for the wheel sets and the weapons.
Eduard kit The range also enables
• 648164 AGM-12C Bullpup B comprehensive kits like the Eduard
• 648173 UB-16 rocket launcher profiPacks to be topped up ‘in
house’, and enables customers to go
1/72 to town without the need to shop
• 672044 AGM-45 Shrike elsewhere.
• 672046 C-47 wheels for Airfix kit
Eduard products are available
• 672047 F-16CJ Block 50 ejection seat for
Tamiya kit from Creative Models, Hannants and

Aero-line By Plus Model


New from Aero-line at EDay was a
whole range of 1/48 access ladders.
Now, having seen many sets from
this manufacture I was fully
expecting to open the box and find
some resin and etched brass.
Instead I was very surprised to find
injection moulded plastic sprues Conclusion
containing a mix of very delicate Older modellers will remember PP
plastic parts for the steps and some cardboard box, which does a good Aeropart’s brass ladders and though
more substantial plastic frames with job of protecting the contents. these could look stunning if you had
very nice moulded rivet detail. the skills I never managed to
Assembly instructions and colour 1/48 assemble them well. These ladders
guide are supplied on the robust Ladder for MiG-21 look far simpler to assemble even
Part No. AL4037 for someone with basic skills like me
Ladder for MiG-23 and will certainly add that little
Part No. AL48027 something to your model. I really
Ladder for F-105B/D Thunderchief hope that if they sell well enough
Part No. AL4039 Aeroline may consider producing
Ladders for F-105F/G Thunderchief these ladders in other scales.
Part No. AL4040 If you are interested in this range
Ladder for F-16A/C you can purchase them direct from
Part No. AL4041 the manufacturer at
Ladders for F-16B/D www.modelchoice.net, and in the
Part No. AL4042 UK this range is now available from
Hannants

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Eduard
Specific kits in each major scale
come in for the treatment this
month. In 1/32 both the Dragon P-
51K and Italeri’s F-104C get ‘across
the board’ treatment, while in 1/48 it
is the turn of the HobbyBoss Super
• 32363 F-104C exterior for Italeri kit
Tucano and Academy’s Flanker. • 32819 F-104C interior for Italeri kit • CX375 MiG-15 Masks for Eduard
In 1/72 the Airfix C-47 gets full • 32821 P-51K interior for Dragon kit Weekend kit
three times first…
coverage, and with masks popping • 32824 F-104C seatbelts for Italeri kit • CX398 Blenheim Mk I Masks for Airfix kit Eduard products are available
up for this manufacturer’s Blenheim • 33140 F-104C interior ZOOM for Italeri kit • CX399 F-35 masks for Hasegawa kit from Creative Models, Hannants and
Mk I, it seems reasonable to assume • 33141 P-51K interior ZOOM for Dragon kit • CX400 F-15C MSIP II Masks for Academy LSA in the UK, and from a wide
that etch will follow shortly for this • JX173 P-51K Masks for Dragon kit kit range of mail order houses in both
• JX174 F-104C Masks for Italeri kit • CX401 C-47 Masks for Airfix kit
very well-received kit. the US and worldwide, while the full
1/48 Conclusion range can be obtained from the
1/32 • 48819 Do 215 landing flaps for ICM kit Another useful batch of items from website at www.eduard.com – and
• 32361 P-51K wing armament for Dragon • 48820 EMB-314 Super Tucano exterior for
Eduard, including another set for the don’t forget Eduard’s ‘loyalty’ club,
kit HobbyBoss kit
• 48821 S-30M-2 Flanker exterior for Do 215 as well, fo those looking to which will enable a wide range of
• 32362 P-51K exterior for Dragon kit
Academy kit add even more detail to the ICM kit. discounts to be accessed online and
• 48823 La-5FN upgrade set for Eduard kit Looking ahead we note sets at model shows…
• 49694 S-30M-2 Flanker interior for announced for the 1/24 Airfix
Academy kit Typhoon, so if you have one in hand
• EX437 S-30M-2 Flanker Masks for
you might want to sit on it until
Academy kit
• EX439 Bf 109E-1/E-3 Masks for Eduard kit December! Also due is a full set and
• FE694 S-30M-2 Flanker Interior ZOOM for masks for that HobbyBoss BV 141
Academy kit the Editor has been champing at the
• FE692 MiG-21R ZOOM for Eduard bit to get started. Maybe now the
Weekend kit aftermarket is in sight he will get a
1/72 move on with it! Hopefully that
• 72588 C-47 landing flaps for Airfix kit Valiant Wings book will help him get
• 73513 C-47 interior for Airfix kit
over his customary indecision and
• 73514 C-47 cargo seatbelts for Airfix kit
• SS513 C-47 interior ZOOM for Airfix kit.
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Decals Print Scale


New sets from Print Scale received
cover Allied twins in 1/72 with a wide
selection of options for the PV-1 and
the A-20. Sheets are small and concise
and instructions are in full colour. The
Luftfahrtverlag-START A-20 sheet includes stencils and wing
walk markings for one aircraft.
Spezial-Decals
Two sets of decals have been 1/72
released in conjunction with books #72081 Lockheed PV-1 Ventura.
from this source: • 1. PV-1, Bu No 34741, flown by LT Bill
Scarborough of VB-144 on glidebombing
and low-level attacks against Japanese
Luftwaffe im Focus – Decals
bases in the Marshall Islands. Squadron
Editions 9 - 24
operated from Tarawa and Roi-Namur,
1/48 January to September 1944
This pack of decals contains the pertinent • 2. PV-1 No. 145 Bomber Reconnaissance
markings for ten aircraft featured in Sqn, RCAF, Torbay, Newfoundland 1943
Luftwaffe im Focus editions 9 to 24 (even • 3. PV-1,GR V 2263 endured a wheels-up
though Edition 24 hasn’t been published landing at RCAF Port Hardy, in British
yet!) comprising a pair of Bf 109Es, a Bf Columbia, on 2 February 1944
109F-2, a Bf 109G-14/AS, an Fw 109A-8, a Ju • 4. PV-1 'Black 125-B-6' flown by Lt Tom
87D-3, an Hs 129B-2, two Bf 110Gs and a Ju Kinaszczuk, VB-125, Argentia,
88A-4, all based on Claes Sundin’s excellent Newfoundland, 27 April 1943
profile illustrations, taken from eight • 5. PV-1 Bu No 33253 flown by J H
different Luftwaffe im Focus editions. Wehman, VMF(N)-531, Russell and
The decals themselves are superbly Treasury Islands, South Pacific, February
printed by Cartograf in Italy – my only 1944
concern being the shade of the blue • 6. PV-1, Bu No48891, VB-135, LT ‘ Butch’
numerals for the Fw 190A-8 ‘Blue 12’, which Mason, Attu, 1944
seems much darker than those on Claes • 7. PV-1 2195 of No 149 Sqn, Prince Rupert,
Sundin’s illustration. Apart from this and the British Columbia, 1943
somewhat ‘hefty’ €16.50 price tag, this is an • 8. PV-1 ‘White 34’ of No 1 Bombing
excellent sheet offering markings for some Operational Training Unit, Ohakea, New
very interesting and ‘different’ Luftwaffe Zealand 1945. No 1 BTU was assigned the
aircraft. task of training crews for all bomber
reconnaissance squadron. Based at
Gerhard Barkhorn – Das Vergessene As Ohakea, the unit performed this function
This particular special decal sheet features until June 1945, when it began training
markings for no less than fifteen aircraft transport crews
flown by Gerhard Barkhorn during his long
wartime career, based on the profile
illustrations by Claes Sundin in the #72084 Douglas A-20 Havoc.
hardback book of the same name. • 1. A P-70 of Detachment A, 6th Night
The sheet starts with a couple of Bf Fighter Squadron at 3 Mile Airstrip, Port
109Es Barkhorn flew in 1940, first with JG 2 Moresby, New Guinea during May of 1943
and then JG 52, followed by a quintet of Bf • 2. Boston Mk IIIa of the 88 Squadron, 2nd Group, 89th Bomb Squadron during 1944
109Fs he flew from the summer of 1941 to TAF, Hartford Bridge. • 4. Douglas Boston III Al290/OM-K of
the summer of 1942 with JG 52 on the • 3. A-20G 'BIG NIG’ III of the 3rd Bomb No.107 Squadron, Great Massingham,
Eastern Front. There are six ‘Gustavs’ on the April 1942
Again superbly printed by Cartograph,
sheet, of various sub-types, four of which • 5. Boston Mk III (A-20A) 22 Sqn, RAAF,
the sheet offers the opportunity for a
sport the Gruppen Kommandeur’s double Ward's Strip, Port-Moresby, New Guinea,
modeller (or group of modellers?) to
chevron marking, rounded off with an Fw July 1943. This aircraft flew a total of 186
produce accurately a selection of
190D-9 Barkhorn flew briefly when he was combat sorties during its career
Barkhorn’s aircraft, but again, at €15.80 you
promoted to Geschwaderkommodore of • 6. Douglas Boston III Z2221/OZ-F of 24
would need to be a fairly dedicated
JG 6. Finally, there is a ‘representative’ Me Squadron South African Air Force,
Luftwaffe modeller or at least a fan of the
262 operated by JV 44 in early 1945, as no Western Desert Late 1942
‘ace’ to embark upon such a project.
record survives of any of the unit’s Me 262s
that Barkhorn actually piloted. Neil Robinson
Conclusion
Print Scale offer a wide range of
interesting marking options, with
something for everyone in their
catalogue. Check out the website at
www.printscale.org UK importer is
Hannants and both Linden Hill and
Scotts Model Workshop carry their
products in the USA.

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Decals SAMI Spotlight

Aviattic
Take some of the world’s most
knowledgeable modellers on World
War One subjects and give them
access to collections in the UK,
Belgium, Canada and France, and
what you will end up with is Aviattic,
a manufacturer dedicated to 1/48
producing the most accurate decals • AT482020 Fokker D.VII (Fokker Built)
Four- and Five-Colour Lozenge (Factory
possible for World War One subjects
Fresh)
to date. This sheet supplies enough decals for
Launched at Telford was a large one aircraft in each pattern.
selection of new sheets, which I am • AT482021 Fokker D.VII (Fokker Built)
going to cover in three sections Four- and Five-Colour Lozenge (Faded)
rather than our more traditional This sheet supplies enough decals for one
aircraft in each pattern.
approach by scale.
• AT482022 Fokker D.VII (Alb/OAW/ Built)
Four- and Five-Colour Lozenge (Factory
Plain Colour Fabrics Fresh)
These A4 sheets are printed with a Lozenges Five-Colour Lozenge Pre-shaped This sheet supplies enough decals for one
perfect match for the original fabrics Produced in all three major scales is The Fokker D.VII is a popular subject aircraft in each pattern.
and include both factory fresh or a range of Five-Colour lozenge and Aviattic’s new release includes
faded colours, but these are not just fabrics, and what is immediately both Four- and Five-Colour lozenge Conclusion
solid colours as they include a fine noticeable is that these decals are fabric in faded and factory fresh These sheets are printed to an
representation of the fabric weave far more subdued than the very finish in both 1/72 and 1/48. incredibly high standard both in
underneath the colours to very bright colours included in many Being pre-shaped all you have to colour matching and in the subtle
good effect, though I am not sure model kits, as well as being far more do is remove each image from the fabric effect achieved on the single-
how well these will reproduce in the accurate in terms of colour sheet and apply to your model. As this colour sheets. The 45-degree
attached photographs. representation. These are produced sheet has an overall carrier film you lozenge in 1/48 is also a very
in two styles – joined, where the will need to trim closely to the image. welcome release for anyone
1/32 pattern covers the whole of the A4 Separate squares of each colour are building the just released Siemens
• ATT 32076 WWI German Blue Linen sheet, or in strips for application, also supplied to cover up any errors Schucket D.III from Eduard.
(Factory Fresh)
just like at the factory. and a real nice touch is the inclusion Modellers interested in WWI
• ATT 32077 WWI German Blue Line
(Faded) of a number of brown handprints, an aircraft have never had it so good
• ATT32080 PC10 ‘Light’ WWI RFC /RAF 1/72 interesting idea that I can see having a with the release of so many new-tool
Doped Linen • ATT72015 Five-Colour ‘Night Lozenge’ use on a few of my armour projects as kits and supported by aftermarket
• ATT32089 PC10 ‘Light’ WWI RFC /RAF Joined for upper surfaces
well as WWI aircraft. manufacturers like Aviattic.
Doped Linen • ATT72017 Five-Colour ‘Night Lozenge’
Full Pattern Width for upper and lower By the time you read this, Aviattic
• ATT32090 PC10 ‘Medium’ WWI RFC /RAF
Doped Linen surfaces 1/72 will also have announced at Telford
• AT72020 Fokker D.VII (Alb/OAW Built) a whole new range of 1/32 resin kits
• ATT32092 PC12 ‘Light’ WWI RFC /RAF Four-Colour Lozenge (Factory Fresh)
Doped Linen 1/48 This sheet supplies enough decals for
starting with an Ansaldo Balilla A1.
• ATT32080 Khaki WWI RFC /RAF Doped • ATT48029 Five-Colour ‘Lozenge’ 45 This will be a combined effort from a
Degree Joined for upper surfaces (Factory four aircraft.
Linen • AT72021 Fokker D.VII (Alb/OAW Built) number of manufacturers including
• ATT32080 PC12 ‘Dark’ WWI RFC /RAF fresh)
• ATT48030 Five-Colour ‘Lozenge’ 45 Four-Colour Lozenge (Faded) Gaspatch and Pheon decals so you
Doped Linen This sheet supplies enough decals for
Degree Joined for lower surfaces (Factory just know that this will be a very
• ATT32094 Clear Doped Linen WWI RFC four aircraft
/RAF Doped Linen fresh) high-class product - and bearing in
• AT72022 Fokker D.VII (Alb/OAW Built)
• ATT32095 WWI German / Austro- mind the very colourful markings
Five-Colour Lozenge (Factory fresh)
Hungarian Linen (Light) 1/32 This sheet supplies enough decals for carried by the A1 it should be a
• ATT32096 WWI German / Austro- • ATT32100 Five-Colour ‘Night Lozenge’ striking model.
four aircraft.
Hungarian Linen (Dark) Full pattern width for upper surfaces
• AT72023 Fokker D.VII (Alb/OAW Built) See the full range at
• ATT32097 WWI French Linen • ATT32103 Five-Colour ‘Night Lozenge’
Joined for lower surfaces
Five-Colour Lozenge (Faded) www.aviattic.co.uk and for the
This sheet supplies enough decals for latest news as it is announced follow
four aircraft.
them on
www.facebook.com/aviattic

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we have a complete set of masks to


MH Models produce the complicated three-
colour splinter scheme applied to
At EDay we caught up with MH the V2/A4 rocket, designed to fit the
Models, who supplied us with a Special Armour kit from CMK
selection of their latest mask and
decal sets. 1/48
We start with a very impressive LET C-11 Aeroklub Mlada Bolesav
1/48 decal and mask set to produce LET C-11, OK-JIK, 1511
LET C-11, OK-JIL, 1312
LET C-11, OK-JIM, 1706
any of the four LET C-11s (Czech
LET C-11, OK-KIO, 2428
produced Yak-11) of the Aeroclub
Messerschmitt Bf 109G/K Spinner Spiral
Mlada Boleslav. These aircraft are
Airbrush Mask
finished in an attractive red, white
and black scheme to which you can 1/72
choose to add the Skoda markings, A4/V2 Ragged Late 1944 Airbrush
which were carried for a couple of Masks
seasons. These include a large Skoda
badge for under the fuselage and you Conclusion can be purchased from a number of
have the choice of using a decal or If you are into aerobatic schemes Czech model shops as well as from
the masks supplied to reproduce this. you should really search out this the CMK stand at major model
The other two products we decal sheet as the Yak-11 is an shows, and they also have their own
received are both mask sets. The attractive aircraft before you add the site at www.mhmodels.cz a s well as
simplest supplies masks for three colourful markings, and if you fancy a shop at MH Models, Viničná
styles of spinner spirals for the a 1/72 V2 this makes painting a 1308/III 293 01 Mladá Boleslav,
Messerschmitt 109G and K variants complicated camouflage scheme Czech Republic.
in 1/48, while moving down to 1/72 easy, though not quick. This range

Dutch Decal
This month Dutch Decal have
released three sheets, all of which
unsurprisingly have a Dutch
connection. In 1/72 we have two
sheets, the first provides a selection
of types operated by the RAF and
FAA during WW2 and most of the
aircraft carry the orange triangle of
the Dutch Air Force, though one, a
Typhoon, has an orange spinner
instead.
The second sheet at first look
covers aircraft used by the USAF
from bases in the Netherlands and
these include an F-86, F-100, F-102
DDS-72074 Westland Lynx UH/SH-
and an F-4E, but on opening the 1/72 14A/B/C/D
1/48
instructions you will find options for DDS-72072 Dutchies in the RAF/FAA • MLD/Royal Neth.Naval AS. ‘Soesterberg DDS-48055 DO21B-2 Fokker D.XXII, Fokker
no less than sixteen Westland Halifax, Mosquito, Mitchell, Swordfish, Eagles’ D.XXI LCA Dutch ArmyAF/ML-KNIL/RNEIAAF
Lynxes flown by the Dutch Navy Dakota, Typhoon, Tempest, Spitfire • F-86F Sabre, F-100 Super Sabre, F-102A, F- • Fokker D.XXI. 223
• Mitchell II, FR207, NO-U 4E Phantom, USAFE • Fokker D.XXI. 235
between 1976 and 2012. In most
• Mitchell II, FR189, NO-E Eve • F-86F, FU-418 • Fokker D.XXIII.998 Fokker factory, Schiphol
cases the Gloss Blue over Sky • Mitchell II, FR199, NO-M Mother Monque The Netherlands 1940
• F-102A, FC-032
camouflage is the same, but this is • Mitchell II, FR207, NO-G Riding High • F-100C, FW-41871 • Dornier Do 215B-2. 866/874 (first series),
brightened up by some impressive • Mitchell II, FR157, NO-D Hollandse • F-4E Phantom II, CR-443 ML (Military Airforce)
artwork, from small individual Nieuwe • Lynx SH-14D • Dornier Do 215B-2. 875/883 (second
markings to the final flight schemes • Mitchell II, FR141, NO-B Ouwe Jongens • Westland Lynx SH-14D 2(61) series), ML (Military Airforce)
• Mitchell III. KJ596, NO-Z • Lynx SH-14D • Dornier Do 215B-2, 866/874 (first series),
using a black and white chequered
• Dakota NI, 208 • Lynx SH-14A/B ML (Military Airforce)
finishing flag as inspiration. • Halifax B Mk III Bambi, C8-N • Dornier Do 215B-2. 875/883 (second
• Lynx SH-14A/B
Moving up to 1/48 we have a • Halifax B Mk III Popeye, MZ500 C8-P • Westland Lynx (Mk 25) UH-14A 261 series, ML (Military Airforce)
whole selection of types from the • Spitfire Mk Vb, AA866, YO-R • Westland Lynx (Mk 27) SH-148 270 • Fokker D.XXI. FD-322
early days of the second world war • Spitfire Mk XII, MB880 • Westland Lynx SH-14B 267 • Fokker D.XXI. 213
where the majority of aircraft carried • Mosquito F Mk XIII, HS365 • Westland Lynx SH-14D 2(67) • Fokker D.XXI. 227
the orange triangle as a national • Mosquito FB Mk VI, MM408
• Swordfish Mk II, S2/LS437
• Westland Lynx SH-14D 2(65) Conclusion
insignia, combined with an orange • Westland Lynx SH-14B 269 A really good selection of subjects, and
• Swordfish Mk II, 03/LS298 • Westland Lynx SH-14D 2(68)
rudder, though some Fokker D.XXIs • Tempest F Mk V, SN1645, 5R-U • Westland Lynx SH-14D 2(77)
I am particularly impressed by the high
had the more familiar red white and • Spitfire F Mk IX, PL255, 5R-A • Westland Lynx SH-14D 2(70) quality artwork on the Lynx sheet. I
blue roundel with the orange dot • Typhoon F Mk Ib MP126, XY-Y, 247 Sqn, • Westland Lynx SH-14D 2(66) would love to see some of these scaled
still used today. RAF Eindhoven, Netherlands 1944 • Westland Lynx SH-14D 2(64) up to 1/48 or even 1/32 in due course.
• Spitfire LF Mk Vb, ‘Noordwijkerhout’ • Westland Lynx SH-14D 2(68) Items can be purchased from
AA918, VL-Z • Westland Lynx SH-14D 2(80) Hannants in the UK or Dutch Decals’
• Westland Lynx SH-14GTI 2(79)
own website at
www.dutchdecals.nl

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Upgraded Fortress
Revell Monogram’s Boeing B-17G with
CMK upgrade sets By Andy McCabe

TECH DATA

T
his kit is a new tooling based
on the parts by Revell- SCALE: 1/72
Germany and right from the KIT NO: 85-5861
start the quality is very TYPE: Injection
impressive with the sprues Moulded Plastic
containing a massive amount of highly MANUFACTURER:
Revell-Monogram
detailed injection moulded plastic parts.
Paint numbers are, as usual, for Revell’s
own brand which in this particular build AFTERMARKET
were of very little use. The instructions CMK: #7204 B-17G
Bomb Bay for Revell
are however excellent, as is customary gunners' compartment. kit
from Revell. Obtaining the correct colours for the B-17 CMK: #7205 B-17G
I was fortunate to receive the CMK is a project in its own right. The interior of the Waist Gunners'
upgrade kits for this kit, including the Bomb B-17, depending on the aircraft, was Compartment for
Revell kit
Bay, Waist gunners' compartment, Port outer predominantly natural aluminium with the
Engine and Radio compartment. I then exception of the cockpit which was, as far as CMK: #7206 B-17G
Port Outer Engine for
purchased the cockpit and forward nose I can make out, painted in a dull dark green. Revell kit
compartment to complete the set. The instructions state that the interior was CMK: #7207 B-17G
The comprehensive build begins with the entirely green, which I am not sure is correct Interior for Revell kit
cockpit, where the kit parts build into a very as it appears that they all varied. I had CMK: #7208 B-17G
nice cockpit on their own, but the CMK researched this for my two previous B-17 Navigator’s The CMK nose and cockpit set really does
Compartment for
resin/etched set is far more detailed and has reviews and I do not think that there is a add some nice detail to this more visible area
Revel kit
a pre-painted etched main instrument panel. definitive interior colour scheme. of the B-17
The cockpit set also includes the bomb The rest of the kit, apart from the port
aimer's compartment. outer engine is made up straight from the
The next replacement parts are for the box.
bomb bay, which replaces the kit parts Section 6 and 7 involves the assembly of
entirely, as does the radio operator’s the ball and upper turrets, which are as
compartment although it does seem smaller detailed as the rest of the kit. Stage 8 is the
than the kit parts. Getting these assemblies assembly of the ball turret suspension
to fit into the fuselage requires some mechanism, and this was fitted into the
modifications to the walls of the plastic parts fuselage minus the ball turret and a cylinder
of the fuselage. was fabricated out of round styrene rod and
Replacement guns, ammo boxes and glued onto the support as this was evident CMK’s bomb bay is a fairly simple addition
walkway replace the kit parts for the waist on photos I have referenced. Worthy of a that upgrades the kit parts nicely

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The three Revell


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reviewed in these
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Colour FS 595A/B ModelMaster Enamels ModelMaster Acryl Polly Scale


USAAF Olive Drab ANA 613 (fresh) FS34087 (~) 2050 Olive Drab ANA 613 4842 Olive Drab ANA 613 F505080 US Olive Drab A/N613
USAAF Olive Drab ANA 613 (faded) FS34087 2051 Faded Olive Drab 4728 FS34087 Olive Drab F505370 Olive Drab
USAAF Olive Drab 41 FS34079 1710 Dark Olive Green 4726 Dark Olive Green F205080 US Olive Drab 41
USAAF Neutral Gray ANA 603 (fresh) FS36118 1723 FS36118 Gunship Gray 4752 FS36118 Gunship Gray F505086 US Neutral Gray A/N603
USAAF Neutral Gray ANA 603 (faded) FS36270 1725 FS36270 Neutral Gray 4757 FS36270 Neutral Gray F505384 US Neutral Gray
USAAF Neutral Gray 43 FS36173 2035 Air Mobility Command Gray 4754 Dark Gray (~) 205007 Neutral Gray 43
USAAF Natural Aluminum FS17178 1781 Aluminum 4677 Aluminum F414299 Aluminum
USAAF Medium Green ANA 612 FS34092 1764 FS34092 Euro I Dark Green 4729 FS34092 Euro I Dark Green F505082 Medium Green A/N612
USAAF Medium Green 42 FS34092 1764 FS34092 Euro I Dark Green 4729 FS34092 Euro I Dark Green F205006 Medium Green 42
USAAF Interior Zinc Chromate Yellow 4851 Yellow Zinc Chromate F205001 Zinc Chromate
USAAF Interior Zinc Chromate Red FS30109 F414293 Zinc Chromate Primer
USAAF Interior Zinc Chromate Green FS34151 1715 FS34151 Interior Green 4736 FS34151 Interior Green F505308 RLM 67 Green (~)
USAAF Interior Zinc Chromate ANA 611 FS34151 (~) 1734 Green Zinc Chromate 4852 Green Zinc Chromate F505096 US Int. Green A/N611
USAAF Interior Oxide Red FS30076 F414354 Special Oxide Red
USAAF Interior Neutral Gray 43 FS36176 (~) 2036 FS36176 Dark Gray 4754 FS36176 Dark Gray F205007 US Neutral Gray 43
USAAF Interior Dull Dark Green FS34050 (~) 2080 Schwarzgrun RLM 70 (~) 4780 Schwarzgrun RLM 70 (~) F205002 Dull Dark Green
USAAF Interior Bronze Green FS34092 (~) 1764 FS34092 Euro I Dark Green 4729 FS34092 Euro I Dark Green F205003 Bronze Green
USAAF I.D. Red FS31136 1705 Insignia Red 4714 Insignia Red F414128 Caboose Red
USAAF I.D. Black FS37038 1749 Black 4768 Black F505350 NATO Tricolor Black
USAAF I.D. Yellow FS33538 1708 Insignia Yellow 4721 Insignia Yellow F505282 Deep Yellow
NOTES: (~) = approximate
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mention is the plate and ring that fit to the the ammo tracks. them before they are fitted to the fuselage. I
top of the ball turret mounting. This is so that The rudder was now fitted to the tail and could see these two guns being broken off Here the various
the ball turret can rotate but it is very difficult if you are very careful it can be made to move, before the model was finished. sub-assemblies
to glue the ring to the stub without gluing if you are into that sort of thing, that is. After many stages the main fuselage have been added to
the plate as well and the plate has to go into Another option is the clear glazing part assembly is virtually complete and the build the fuselage
the fuselage one specific way otherwise it will that fits above the wireless compartment and
not fit correctly. can be either open or closed or have one of
The two fuselage halves were now joined two closed glazing parts - either way the gun
thus hiding all of that lovely interior detail for assembly method is as previously described.
ever, such a shame, at least I have plenty of The cockpit and nose glazing also give two
photos! options, again check your references.
The tail gun position assembly was now Incidentally I masked each and every clear
commenced. Revell again provide two part before I glued it into place as doing it
options, one for the early tail gun and also the afterwards would be quite difficult.
later Cheyenne version, so check your Parts 76 and 77 are the clear parts that fit
references before assembling these parts to either side of the forward fuselage alongside
ensure you get the correct one. Yet again the the bomb aimer's/navigator's positions,
detail is excellent even down to the bullets in which have two machine guns glued into

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moves on to the wings. The rear lower fuselage was now masked Three options are supplied with the kit :-
The flaps can be portrayed dropped if and the grey was sprayed on. • B-17G-35-VE S/No. 42-97880, DF-F Little
required, which entails cutting them away The engines are nice little assemblies with Miss Mischief 8th Air Force 1st Air Division,
from the lower wing parts 98 and 112, but on excellent detail, each one made up from six 1st Combat Wing, 91st Bomb Group,
this occasion I chose not to show them parts, and when painted and detailed they Bassingbourn UK Feb.1945
deployed. The main landing gear wheel wells really do look very nice indeed. Once again a This looks like a complex paint scheme
are built up into each respective upper wing lot of this detail will be hidden after the cowls with various panels in various shades,
half and are very nicely done and while at first are fitted. The port outer engine was replaced predominantly natural Aluminium with what
they seem quite complex they are really quite by a CMK resin/etched set, which is an may be a Green Zinc Chromate rear fuselage,
simple and effective and incorporate the extremely intricate assembly that requires Carmine Red vertical and horizontal tail
engine mounting bulkheads. extra wire/rod to complete. I have to say I had surfaces and wing tips and Matt Olive port
There are six intake ports on each wing problems assembling this engine and did not upper wing and inner engine cowls
leading edge and two intake tunnel parts make as good a job as I would have liked. • B-17G-65-VE, False Courage, 7th Bomb
ensure that they do not appear to just go into The engines were glued into position and Squadron 34th Bomb Group, Mendlesham,
a hollow wing – neat! The wing halves were the exhausts were sprayed using a 1945. Aluminium overall with Insignia Red
now joined and set aside to dry and then the combination of various metallic shades to get Fin, wing tips and tailplanes
ailerons were fitted. that burnt, stained look. These were then • B-17G-35-BO, Good Deal, 815th Bomb
The tailplanes were now assembled and fitted to the engines and the the cowls were Squadron, 483rd Group, Tortorella, Italy,
fitted, which also have movable parts if you sprayed, dirtied and fitted. January1945. Predominantly Olive Drab
wish. Moving on to the undercarriage, the main overall with Light Grey under-surfaces and
The model was now ready for a coat of wheels have separate hubs that allow them Insignia Red rudder and elevators
primer, which revealed very few gaps that to be painted before fitting them to the tyres.
needed filling which is a testament to the These have nice tread patterns to them that Once the decals had been applied I
quality of this kit. really show up well when dry brushed. I then sprayed a bit more exhaust staining. Final
My chosen subject, Little Miss Mischief fitted the gear legs into the wheel wells in the assembly now commenced, the chin and ball
was rebuilt after battle damage, hence the engine nacelles, and although these parts are turrets were fitted and the machine gun
two different colours to the fuselage. The delicate once assembled they are quite barrels glued into place and then both turrets
forward section was masked off and Olive robust and sturdy. The tail wheel was also were fitted to the aircraft. Lastly the waist,
Drab was sprayed onto the tail surfaces and assembled and fitted and the model now sat upper and tail gun barrels were fitted along
port upper outer wing panel. The tail fin and on its undercarriage for the first time and was with the various aerials and antennae.
tailplanes were then masked off and looking mighty good!
Model Master 31136 Insignia Red was The decals were now applied, and as Conclusion
sprayed on. expected no problems were encountered. This is the third Revell B-17G I have built and
reviewed and each one has been as good as
the last. This one differed in having the CMK
upgrade sets for the interior and engine.
There is much more work involved with
the upgrade sets, especially the engine, and
it all comes down to whether you really want
to upgrade something that will remain
largely unseen such as the waist gunner and
radio compartments. Only a small amount of
the cockpit and bomb aimer's cabins can be
seen, and whilst there is no doubt that they
improve the interior of the model they also
increase the build time considerably. I
personally think it is worth the extra time and
expenditure to do this. It is down to how the
individual chooses to build, view, and
experience their models.
The basic Revell kit is excellent without
aftermarket accessories and this release from
Revell-Monogram has decal options that
differ from the Revell-Germany release.
This build comes some time after the kit
was released, but I enjoyed making the last
two and enjoyed this one just as much!

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The white option on Superscale’s sheet


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Finished to my satisfaction at last. The pitot on the port wing is


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his month, once again, I am and I set it down here now as a lesson to display scheme on the decal sheet – are the
pleased to report that I have those plagued with the same indecision three chief reasons I have been modelling for
finished a kit. It would not, that has been the bane of my history as a some sixteen years now and have only ten
however, be true to say that I modeller. What to do next? finished models currently on display. All the
actually started one, and the As I recall, I had commenced the current rest fell victim to various compromises and
chief reason this particular project came 1/48 Luftwaffe project, and had allowed ended up ‘superseded’. I have yet to meet a kit
to fruition was because it was all over bar myself to become carried away building Bf with folded wings, for instance, that I was able
Aeromaster’s the shouting already – and had been so 109Es to the extent that the collection to build to my satisfaction with them spread,
sheet also includes for some time past. It is not a new kit, and included five of the things, plus a single Bf nor, correspondingly, one with an out-of-the-
Red ‘F’ and a couple for many readers will probably not even 110. There was an overriding need for a twin- box wingfold that did not require further
of Romanian be a particularly interesting one, but the engined machine to balance out the display, attention and detailing to satisfy my personal
machines process it went thorough to get from and I was still naïve enough to believe that tastes. As for transparencies, the multi-part
model shop to model cabinet threw up there was such a thing on this planet as a kit affairs that are designed to pose open, and
some interesting issues along the way, that could be built quickly and easily and defy closing, are a bane.
with minimum fuss. But I have had this rant before, and am
I occasionally have these spells of aware that manufacturers need to maximise
innocence and folly during which fantasy revenue from the major expense of tooling a
fleets of model aircraft are assembled and kit, and pandering to my personal tastes and
lined up in a virtual collection surpassing all inadequacies as a modeller is unlikely to be
others. It is usually dispelled by opening a kit factored in. What I would hope would
and starting it only to find some grindingly become more widespread would be the idea
tedious piece of scratchbuilding is necessary, of tooling a kit with the options more
or some horrible task of filing and sanding ‘optional’. The scribed lines on the inside of

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The kit itself is a beauty, and deserved to Eduard’s resin MK101 cannon is a beauty,
fall into better hands than mine. Fit is and is such a focal point of the Hs 129 that I
perfect, and the engineering a delight. The was able to justify ‘borrowing’ it. Hopefully a
canopy benefits from sitting over the Brassin release will appear before too long?
fuselage so is an easy fit

the wings common on recent Airfix kits are a landing light needed addressing, so I pulled
perfect example. The open wing does not off the props and undercarriage, bit the bullet anyone to follow any three-view of a The nose of the
need to be a perfect fit cosmetically – but the and made a better job of fairing in the Luftwaffe splinter pattern anywhere to the Hs 129 is a unique
two parts separately tooled will never make transparency. This, of course, completely letter, and that goes for the original RLM aspect of the
a truly seamless match. Open doors and messed up the wing, so I decided to rethink instructions as issued to units at the time. aircraft, and the
hatches are another scourge – especially the colour scheme and at the next Especially unhelpful is the way instructions yellow theatre
when they involve gluing together bits of opportunity revisited Paul’s tables at The print a side view with the engine obscuring markings detract
clear plastic – but I digress… Northern Show and picked up more the front end of the fuselage, so you have from its shape and
Essentially I was looking for a kit that I Superscale and Aeromaster sheets in the absolutely no way of telling what they expect rob the aircraft of
could build quickly and easily, with no hope of finding some inspiration to pull the you to do. I rather suspect they generally some of its essential
scratchbuilding and as little aftermarket project through to completion. don’t know themselves. It’s another one of character. I suspect
required as possible. The perfect choice leapt I am sure most modellers by now would those bizarre contradictions whereby we that is what I found
out of one of Dean’s stacks at the US have moved on and finished three further bust a gut to make an accurate model and lacking in both the
Nationals two years ago – Hasegawa’s 1/48 kits, and indeed I did turn to other projects then paint anything we like because we think rejected schemes,
Hs 129. It ticked all the boxes – just the right and got a few things done during this hiatus, that is what it might have been. and why this third
size, easy to build with no ‘options’, user- but the Henschel remained in its box for a My splinter pattern is a vague approximation one has enabled me
friendly transparency that fits perfectly, and year or so before I cast around again for of what the various decal manufacturers were to complete the
even the Eduard set I picked up at the same another twin-engined machine to add to the trying to convey. In fact the Aeromaster model
time is pretty straightforward. I got the kit now Bf 110-heavy collection in the cabinet. instructions suggest the aircraft I modelled is
home and set to with aplomb. Remasking the canopy and the yellow nose I all-over RLM 71 on the upper surfaces, but I
The build went well. The only extra work had the brilliant idea of painting it in an all- rather suspect this might have been based on
needed was adding the etch to the cockpit over white scheme found on a Superscale an interpretation of a photograph that simply
and a couple of grills to the cowlings. I built sheet. This – while not being perfect – would looks that way. Informed sources advise me that
the entire aircraft indecently quickly and enable me to finish the model without there is no evidence to suggest that this
pretty soon came to a point at which I was having to remask the splinter pattern, and I scheme was applied to any Luftwaffe machines
ready to paint. Here is where I came unstuck. set about with some enthusiasm, even trying in the field, and that it is based on the same low-
I had picked up a couple of decal sheets the rock salt method to add some interest to contrast black and white imaging that allowed
from Paul the decals man at a show, and was the upper surfaces. Sadly, this second colour us all to overlook the brown stripes on German
in a dilemma. There was a nice-looking scheme failed to impress me, and I put it armour in the French and Polish campaigns for
option with blue spinners, a black Schlacht away again, this time fully painted and so many years. I hope this is the case – as I would Eduard’s MK101
triangle and coded ‘H’. This was on an glossed ready for the second lot of decals, but hate to have masked up that dratted pattern for cannon is an
Aeromaster sheet and appealed to me once more lacking any spark of enthusiasm nothing… improvement on
strangely, but unfortunately I took another to get it finished. So it was painted, decaled, and finished. the kit part and is
path. ‘The Hs 129’, I assured myself, ‘needs to Until last week. A chance slot in my Pretty much from the box, except for the an easy fit
have a yellow sharp end and the Infantry modelling programme (something started Eduard set in the cockpit (sadly it pre-dates
Assault Badge on its snout, otherwise I am and put away half-built in despair) brought it the pre-painted stuff), and the resin gun and
not doing it properly’. I am not sure how I to the top of the pile again. Opening the box bomb racks. The MK101 cannon was pinched
arrived at this reasoning, but what essentially after nearly a year I sorted through the from an Eduard Bf 110C-6 and looks
happened was that I somehow talked my various parts. The undercarriage had all come marvellous. The bomb racks were SAM’s
way into modelling an aircraft that I didn’t off intact, was nicely finished, and all that Resinair items, cast by the fair hands of Colin
want to model, but one that I felt I ought to. stood between me and a rapid completion ‘Flying’ Pickett, and are little beauties. I left
It went downhill from there. was the painting and markings. Props, them empty and they look perfect in place.
I finished it in the end as the well- cowlings, wheels, cannon – everything was So that was it – another finished model in
documented Red ‘J’ of 8./SG.1, complete with finished and ready to re-attach. All it needed the cabinet, and where do we go from here?
kill markings on the tail and assault badges was painting. I pulled out the decal sheets Well there is still plenty on the boil. By the
on the nose and fuselage sides. It was again. time you read this Telford will have come and Resinair bomb
completely finished and added to the display Looking through there was really only one gone, and my shopping list may or may not racks in place.
cabinet, painted, decaled, done and dusted option. The original Blue ‘H’ leaped out at me have borne fruit. High on the list at the Wonderful little
in every respect… Except that I didn’t like it. immediately. Without further hesitation I moment is an F6F-3 with folded wings, an Fw things and well
It didn’t look right. rubbed the whole airframe down with some 190A-5 for which I am having the same worth adding to
Perhaps it was the mix of colours – red, Albion sanding cloths and coated it with dilemma of colour scheme, and ICM’s Do any model you
yellow and green – that bothered me. That Halford’s finest Grey before repeating the 215B-5, which has an all-black scheme with don’t want
and the lousy job I had made of the landing laborious process of masking and painting. it that demands my immediate attention. festooned with
light in the wing. Anyhow, I put it away in a First the white undercoat for the wingtips I will probably have been stalking Telford’s bombs, as they are
box and turned my attention to another Bf and fuselage band, then the RLM 65 halls in search of radar for this latter, so if I was a vast improvement
110 for solace. There it lay for a few weeks undersurfaces and finally – my pet hate – the browsing at your stand muttering ‘FuG 202, over the railway
until I decided to pull it out and reconsider. splinter for the upper surfaces. FuG 202’, then I hope you didn’t think you sleepers usually
The colours didn’t work for me, but also the It all went painlessly well – although I defy misheard me. I was only shopping. provided in kits

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Books Zeppelins at War 1914-1915


TECH DATA
AUTHOR: R L Rimell
PUBLISHER: Albatros Productions Ltd
ISBN: 978 19067 983 90
FORMAT: Softback, 72pp
Luftwaffe im Focus Edition
23/2014 There cannot be many aircraft
enthusiasts that are not familiar with
Zeppelins. However although there
TECH DATA have been many publications that
EDITED AND COMPILED by Axel Urbanke mention such machines, I have not seen
any others that cover the subject so
PUBLISHER: Luftfahrtverlag-START
well. Albatros have already produced
ISBN: 978 39414 372 34 two volumes on the subject, with a third
FORMAT: Softback, 50pp to come. This book is a prequel to these,
covering Zeppelins of 1914 to 1915 and
includes pre WW1 airships used for
Another fascinating and eclectic mix of
civilian purposes.
World War Two archive photos of
Each airship is documented
Luftwaffe aircraft accompanied by
individually and this includes some allied aircraft. You will find such actions
detailed and explanatory captions in
excellent photographs. Although some fully described, complete with colour
dual German/English. This particular
of these machines were built in profiles of their aircraft. I suppose the
edition covers aircraft types such as KG
peacetime it was not long before they most publised action was by Sub-
54’s Ju 88s, some of which are in rare
were co-opted for military service. This Lieutenant RAJ Warneford who
colours, followed by photos of the Bf
subsequent service is described in the bombed and brought down LZ 37. This
108, Fi 156, Me 262, Ar 234, Fw 189, Ju
text. action is described in great detail. What
88D, Ju 290, DFS 230, Ju 87B, Bf 109G-
It is amazing to me how such a large is really fascinating is the story told by a
14/AS including a colour profile
on 7.(H)/12, a combat mission by KG 55 number of photographs have survived survivor, who landed in a Nunnery and
illustration, KG 28’s He 111s, again some
against a Russian tank factory, and the for a century and, what makes them even then had to fight his way out as
in colour, Hans Philipp’s Fw 190A-5
story of a KG 30 Ju 88A-4 and crew, more interesting are shots of air the building collapsed around him.
‘Minke + Pinke’ accompanied by another
which was shot down over Murmansk. personnel. One photograph brought There are two sets of drawing and
colour profile illustration, and features
Neil Robinson back memories of an early film I saw, these include an 'O' class and 'N' class
when a crew member was lowered machine in 1/350 scale and others of
below the clouds in a gondola - a job I various gondolas in 1/96. This is just a

Das Vergessene As – der should imagine that the crew members


would hide from when volunteers were
brief description of a very detailed book
and one I can recommend to any
asked for! anyone with even the slightest interest
Jagdflieger Gerhard Barkhorn Of course there were well known
encounters between Zeppelins' and
in airships.
Ernie Lee
(The Forgotten Ace – Fighter Pilot Gerhard Barkhorn)

TECH DATA
AUTHOR: Bern Barbas Avro York - Warpaint Number 98
EDITED BY: Axel Urbanke
TECH DATA
PUBLISHER: Luftfahrtverlag-START
ISBN: 978 39414 372 27 AUTHOR: William Harrison

FORMAT: Hardback, 208pp PUBLISHER: Warpaint Books Ltd


FORMAT: Softback, 48pp
Written in dual German/English (split
into two columns on the pages, the At last Warpaint have produced what I
one on the left in German, that on the believe is the first monograph on this
right in English), this exceptionally well aircraft. Certainly the first I have seen
produced and presented hardback JG 6, before being ‘rested’, after four and I must admit I am a little biased
covers the flying career of 301 ‘kill’ ace, years of continuous combat flying, towards it, as it was the aircraft that
Gerhard Barkhorn, from his flying which only lasted a few brief weeks brought me home for demob on the last
training on He 51s in Luftkriegsschule before he volunteered to retrain on the leg of my journey from the Middle East
at Dresden-Klotshe in the late 1930s Me 262 with JV 44, until the arrival of in 1951.
through his first operational postings American troops, which overran the In WW2 it became obvious that we
first to 3./JG 2 ‘Richthofen’ from airfield at Ainring. had no viable transport aircraft, and
whence he transferred to 6./JG 52 The landscape format of the book after victory we would certainly need
during the Battle of Britain, followed lends itself admirably to the clear, such. The British have always been very
by his meteoric rise within the large size reproduction of the good at making do with what we had
Jagdwaffe on the Eastern Front where hundreds of photos, invariably one to and so the York was created, using the
his score mounted dramatically. a page, many of which are in colour, of flying surfaces of the Lancaster married
Barkhorn’s aircraft and unit personnel. there is even more colour with four-
Starting as 6./JG 52’s Staffelkapitan, to a new fuselage. views of two more examples, one being
then II Gruppe’s Kommandeur, The accompanying dual The text chronicles the development
German/English text is enhanced by of a 'Berlin Air Lift' machine and, not only
Barkhorn served on the Eastern and military service with the RAF and its that, but a two page spread covering the
Front with the unit until the fifteen superb full colour profile extensive use by civilian operators, post
illustrations by Claes Sundin of Duxford example.
last months of the war
when he was promoted to Book many of the aircraft flown by
war. However it is the huge number of
illustrations that I find most interesting.
This book will also be useful to the
of the Barkhorn during the war. They range from RAF aircraft in both
research brigade. They will find details of
Month!
Geshwaderkommodore of all RAF units and commercial companies
At €54/£55 it is not a cheap camouflage and post war colours to the
book, but you pay for quality and details of Yorks used in trooping.
coloured liveries of the civilian Lastly the centre spread has 1/72
and this is definitely a quality operators. Each of these are dealt with
production, which covers the drawings of both the C.I and C.II
separately in the text and many are There are both 1/144 and 1/72 kits
extraordinary combat career of reflected in the colour profiles. There are
Gerhard Barkhorn in exceptional out there, so there is no excuse for you
thirty of these, starting with the not to add this excellent monograph to
detail. prototypes, then in RAF service and
Unreservedly recommended. your library.
finally examples of French, South African Ernie Lee
Neil Robinson and commercial machines. However

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took first place in Class 1 (1/85 and smaller)

And Another Thing...


By Geoff Cooper-Smith

A bit of a cornucopia this healthy entry, plenty of clubs, plenty


month! of traders and plenty of imaginative
Expo 2014, Southwell Racecourse, competition classes. Our Mark
Sunday 12th October 2014 Housley took second place in one of
Organised once again by Newark the classes with a WWI tank on a
and Lincoln Model Clubs, this was muddy base crossing a trench with
one of those rare shows your cowering soldiers (and how many of
columnist was unable to attend, he those are we going to see over the
being away in Cornwall to celebrate next twelve months, I wonder?). As
his 25th Wedding Anniversary (and it’s a ‘target’, it won’t be shown in the
yes, Mr Hatcher, I did go with my hallowed pages of this esteemed
wife). Consequently this report has publication so if you really must see
been compiled with the help of 580 it please visit the 580 website.
stalwarts Dave Foxall and Mark Unfortunately the table free-for-all
Housley, who transported persists, which really does need
themselves and the stand to and addressing; I have a very strong
from the event in The Shadow, preference, when setting off at
having a somewhat foggy drive goodness knows o’clock on a Sunday This out-of-the-box 1/72 Eduard Bf 110C took first place in Class 2 (1/84 – 1/70
down the A1. I’m happy to report morning to support a show and help basic kit)
that little has changed, with free them turn a buck, for confirmation of
admission, most excellent catering table space, even a floor plan (which
yet again, leather Chesterfields in is provided by an increasing number Photo Shopping Travesty going?? Well go look at the images
which to relax while imbibing beer of clubs) so we know what space we There was once a well used adage accompanying the 580 report in
from the bar, a great competition have to display on and have around that ‘the camera never lies’ which Volume 20 Issue 10. Cannot see
area flooded in natural light and a us and can load the car accordingly. probably held true when Mr Editor anything unusual? No? Well it took
Hatcher and I, in former lives, used me a month to realise that I am
to stand out in fields waiting for certainly not in possession of a T-
trains to turn up hoping to capture shirt with a Teletubby on it. And to
them on celluloid. There was no make it worse the scoundrels have
instant review either so you made it Dipsy! The ignominy
didn’t know whether you of it! And all because I
had a ‘belter’ until you gave them an honest
finished the reel, had it caption! That dastardly
processed and Mr Hatcher has been
received the images suitably admonished
back a week or so later. but what he doesn’t
Now I first became aware know is that I have been
that digital cameras sticking pins in an
allowed lying during my latter authentic model of his
years as a serious railway modelling workspace; his
photographer when a steam special Benchmarks success is at an end
appeared in the railway journals at after a run of one, and he is
exactly the same location as I had condemned to a new streak of non-
been but with considerably more completions and failures that shall
steam emanating from the subject thankfully never see the light of day.
A most used-looking Finnish Buffalo was awarded first place in Class 13 (Foreign than my images. So you are Some would say that normal service
Forces) wondering, where on earth this is will be resumed...

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580 Modellers SAMI Columns

UK Model Show Calendar


Compiled by Geoff Cooper-Smith of 580 Modellers

Shows for the remainder of 2014 and the


traditional opener for 2015
Sunday 23rd November family, £4 UK Armed Forces Personnel (with
Now in its seventh year, the ID). Free parking, disabled access,
Museum of Army Flying demonstrations and refreshments. See
presents their Aircraft Enthusiasts Fair & themodelshow.co.uk for further details
Model Show at the Museum of Army Flying,
Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 Sunday 7th December
8DY. Doors open at 10m and the show closes Coventry & Warwickshire IPMS in
at 4pm. The museum entrance fee is reduced association with the Midland Air
to just £5 for this event. Further details can be Museum
obtained from presents a Winter Fayre and Model Show at
mark@roberts15863.fsnet.co.uk. the Midland Air Museum, Rowley Road,
Baginton, CV3 4FR. Doors open at 10am and
Sunday 23rd November the show closes at 4pm. Normal museum
The Bristol Area Branch of the entrance fees apply and include entry to the
British Model Soldier Society & event. There is free parking and a cafe. For A lovely Royal Navy Hellcat dressed for Pacific operations won Class 5 (1/69 and
South West Figure Modellers further details please contact the Midland Air
present Bugle Call 2014 at The Pavilion, North Museum on 024 7630 1033. larger modified)
Parade Road, Bath, BA2 4EU. Doors open at
10am and the show closes at 4.30pm. Sunday 07th December
Admission is £4 adults, £2 Children under 12, Guideline Publications
£3 OAP, £8 family. There will be exhibitions of present the London Plastic Modelling Show at
sci-fi, aircraft, ships as well as miniatures, the Islington Business Design Centre, 52
figures and demonstrations. Further details Upper Street, London, N1 0QH. Doors open at
can be obtained from Kevin Peart at 11am and the show closes at 4pm. Admission
napoleanpeart@yahoo.co.uk. prices tbc. Free parking on surrounding
streets, demonstrations and a competition.
Sunday 30th November Further details via stella@regallitho.co.uk.
Paul Fitzmaurice and Matt Irvine
present HaMeX 6 at Hanslope Village Hall,
Newport Road, Hanslope, Buckinghamshire, 2015
MK19 7NZ. More a kit sale and trading event Sunday 25th January
than a model show but well established in the
Probably the only model show to
calendar. Doors open at 10am and the show
closes at 4pm. Admission is £2 per adult with have its date set by the football
accompanied children, 16 and under, free. calendar, Bolton IPMS
See  http://www.hamex.co.uk/Index.html for present their Scale Model Show 2015 at St.
further details. Joseph’s RC High School, Chorley New Road,
Horwich, BL6 6HW. Doors open at 10am and
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th December the show closes at 4pm. Admission is £4
The Model Show adult, £3 OAP, £2 child (under 16) and £10 for
a family of two adults and two children. Free
a scale modelling exhibition at Poynton
car parking, disabled access, hot and cold
Leisure Centre, Yew Tree Lane, Poynton,
drinks and snacks and the usual single
Stockport, Cheshire, SK12 1PU. Doors open at
themed competition class, which is “Victory”
10am and the show closes at 5pm (4.30pm
this year. Further details can be obtained
Sunday). Admission is £5.50 adult, £3.50 child
from Rob Monfea at hawksig@gmail.com. Class 9 (RAF/FAA) was won by this gorgeous North African marked P-40
14 to 18 years, free child under 14 years, £15

If you would like your event listing then please contact Geoff Cooper-Smith on 07841
417680 or at 580Modellers@gmail.com. Full details of all coming shows and photo
reports on those attended can be obtained by visiting www.580Modellers.co.uk.

2015 Show Calendar scene and desperately needs an


It is that time of year again and erstwhile, responsible and respected
compilation of a comprehensive organisation to take up the role of
listing of 2015 shows is once again clearing house for the good of the A Lancaster in the twilight took a couple of awards including first place in Class
under way. Consequently I will be hobby. 10 (Bombers any scale) and the Richard Powell Trophy
‘doing the rounds’ at Scale
ModelWorld trying to make this
listing as complete as possible. The
fruits of this labour will of course be
published in this magazine as in
previous years, something which has
always received positive feedback. If
you are involved in organising a
show for 2015 I would love to hear
from you via the 580 Modellers e-
mail address or telephone number,
and please don’t be reticent for I
would rather hear about a show
twice or more than not-at-all.
Furthermore, if anyone is considering
dates, including starting up a show
from scratch, then this listing will be
a good place to start as it will enable
‘open dates’ to be determined. If you
cannot wait until late January then
please feel free to ask for a preview
and advice as we have an intimate
knowledge of the workings of the
show scene. Accommodating every
model show on the calendar is a very Wow! This Wingnut Wings Albatross D.VA, with its nonchalant pilot, scooped a clutch of awards including first place in Class
important aspect of the modelling 11 (Stick and String), the Sheffield Trophy, the Peter Westbrook Memorial Award and Best in Show

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