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Kent Karlsen’s Dispersal Diorama
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The Henschel Hs 123 was a single-seat bi-plane dive bomber and close-support attack aircraft flown by the German Luftwaffe during the Spanish Civil War and the early to midpoint of World War II. It continued to see front-line service until as late as 1944. Used also by Spain and China it was the first combat aircraft flown by the famous ace Adolph Galland. The Hs 123 was intended to replace the Heinkel He 50 biplane as a reconnaissance aircraft and dive bomber as well as acting as a "stop-gap" measure until the Junkers Ju 87 became available. As such, production was limited and no upgrades were considered, although an improved version, the Hs 123B was developed by Henschel in 1938. The aircraft entered service with StG 162 in autumn 1936. Its career as a dive bomber was cut short when the unit received its first Ju 87A the next year. By 1939, despite its success in Spain, the Luftwaffe considered the Hs 123 obsolete, but in 1944 was near to restarting production.
I have always been fascinated by the Hs 123, a kind of heavyweight bi-plane that was already looking dated in the early stages of World War II. Until now building a 1:48 model of this aircraft was possible, but not an easy task. In a striking contrast with almost every other Luftwaffe aircraft, there has been poor coverage of the Hs 123 in any scale. The vintage ESCI kit was the only one really available in 1:48 and to build an acceptable replica by today’s standards, it needs a lot of expertise and aftermarket corrections to produce a detailed replica as I did myself some years ago. I was never entirely happy with the look of my reworked 1:48 Hs 123 so when I heard that GasPatch Models, planned to release two new state of the art kits in 1:48 I was very excited!
Simply holding the box you gives you the
less experienced modeller here. All the
In another very commendable feature of
impression immediately that this could be
packaging is very well presented. The
the detailed cockpit, the dials on the
a serious kit. GasPatch Models has packed
instruction booklet is printed in full colour
instrument panel are offered as individual
over two hundred plastic and etched parts
with an accurate painting and marking
inside. Every sprue is individually bagged.
guide. Every assembly stage is very well
Overall, this new kit confirms a trend of an
In addition, we have something unusual: a
explained. To facilitate the painting of such
increasing number of recent 1:48 releases,
cardboard jig to perfectly align the landing
a complex airframe as this, the building
where they are reaching, and in some
gear, some canopy masks, and markings
process is divided in sub assemblies. As
cases exceeding, the level of detail typical
for five very interesting aircraft. All the
usual with most kits the instructions start
of 1:32 kits. As a consequence, the cockpit
plastic parts are very finely moulded and
with the building of the cockpit.
interior builds out of the box into an astonishing representation of the real thing.
detailed. There is no flash or extractor marks worth a mention. Both metal and
Looking at the instructions, I was quite
My only ammendment was to
fabric surfaces are faithful reproduced and
amused by the apparent complexity of the
replace the photoetched seatbelts
the surface detail matches any other
cockpit as biplanes are usually far less
provided by GasPatch with some Eduard
manufacturer for finesse. In brief, this kit
complex than later aircraft. But this is due
pre-painted ones. I painted the cockpit in
ranks amongst the best 1:48 kits I have
to all the exceptional detail packed in. The
Gunze RLM O2 (H-70). Unsurprisingly, the
ever seen. In my opinion, capturing in scale
seat is a good example of the level of
assembly of the fuselage halves was
the lines of a biplane is always difficult. It is
finesse from GasPatch. In this scale, the
trouble free. Usually I don’t spray a primer
even more difficult is to engineer the kit in
Pilot’s seat is often presented as a couple
on my models, but here I felt it a
a way that the fit is easy and ultimately
of parts. Here not only it is nicely shaped,
worthwhile process as I was desperate to
requiring no thinning, but it is detailed by
see the detail under a coat of paint.
about seven additional plastic parts, not to
The result was outstanding, no filling was
mention the photoetched ones.
required and the surface detail looked
My first test was to dry fit the main
airframe parts, checking one against the other. I found that they fit together with great precision. GasPatch appear to have a kit suitable for experienced and also the
With only one full kit (Salmson) in their catalogue, GasPatch have made an outstanding job of the Hs 123 kit, I for one can’t wait to see
what they have planned next! Check out their range of superb, highly detailed accessories at www.gaspatchmodels.com
Three choices of undercarriage legs are provided in the kit.
The wing struts have very firm location points and excellent fit allowing the modeller to leave the kit in sub-assemblies until the last stage post painting, essential on a biplane.
The biggest difficulty in mating together the fuselage with the lower wing is simply to choose the correct lower wing of the two versions included in the box. A little bit of attention is needed as the difference is subtle to suit the choice of spatted, semi spatted, and un-spatted undercarriage legs (one for the spatted and semi spatted, another for the unspatted legs.) Again, the detail of the wheels and landing gear is excellent making this kit a real ‘out-of-the-box’ build for even the fussiest of modellers!
Features such as separate control surfaces are expected with newly tooled kits.
GasPatch include a jig to help locate the undercarriage legs in their correct position.
GasPatch have produced a separate pre-cut mask set to help with the hard-edged splinter pattern on the upper wing
The surface detail and textures are as good as you’ll see in any scale.
Engine detail would shame many 1:32 kits! No need to search for aftermarket parts here, just considered painting to enhance the detail.
With the lower wing attached to the
The internal detail of the cowl sections
and Cocoa Brown (H-17) because they
fuselage, and most of the airframe
allows the option of a maintenance scene
match well with the RLM colour references.
painted, my next important step was
should you wish to show off the BMW
For the upper and lower fuselage surfaces
securing the wing struts.
radial engine. Prototypes of the 123 show
Gunze RLM 71 (H-64) and Gunze RLM 65
Again, any worries were unfounded; the fit
smooth cowlings but the production
(H-67) were and easy choice.
was perfect and the sub-assembly strong.
aircraft have the characteristic ‘humps’ to
Panel shading and highlighting was
The same was true for the undercarriage
clear the valve covers.
achieved by the usual lightening and darkening of the tones and controlled,
legs.The only area of this kit requiring some attention is the engine and cowl
As soon as I saw the five different markings
gradual airbrushing. Finer details and panel
assembly. GasPatch have produced an
included in this kit, I knew that my choice
lines were enhanced by oil paint washes.
excellent engine, you really have
was the last option: an Hs 123 late in
no reason to look for a resin one, all it
the Russian campaign with only the upper
Finally, I simply loved the kit decals. After
requires is careful painting and a dark
wing painted in the older three-tone
checking them carefully, I didn’t feel the
wash to enhance the detail. Mine is
splinter camouflage. All the painting was
need to put them aside and paint the
finished with a gentle dry-brushing of
done using Gunze aqueous acrylic colours
markings and codes as I often do. They
aluminium. Securing the engine to the
according to the very well researched kit
adhered perfectly to the Gunze paint finish.
forward fuselage is a problem-free
process, but lots of very careful dry fitting is
For the three upper wing colours (RLM
required to perfectly assembly the three
60/61/62), I used Gunze Light
main parts in which the cowl is divided.
Aircraft Gray (H-332), Dark Green (H-320),
After a final fitting of the upper wing, wheels and antennae I finally had one of my favourite aircraft in my favourite scale that I was satisfied with. GasPatch have really delivered with this superb kit; with levels of finesse to please the experienced modeller and thoughtful design and engineering to help more novice builders achieve great results. I can’t wait to see what their next kit might be!
iG-23 was a single-engine interceptor with variable geometry wings which was designed in the 1970s. At the time, the Soviet Air Force was pushing for a new interceptor. The MiG-23 was born In 1972, after several attempts with other subversions, the Mig.23'M' was created. What made it superior compared to the previous versions was not only the introduction
production, the KM-3 ejection seat. During it’s service, the 'M' version had Sapfir-23L radar, which was later modified to the new Sapfir-23D before reaching its final version - Sapfir-23D-III. The 'M' version was a substantial improvement compared with the previous ones, even though it did not achieve perfection. It was very complicated both for the ground personnel and the pilots,
of the new Tumanskij R-29-300 engine with an afterburner, but also a wing design if compared with the 'SM' version, which featured the insertion of slats. It was possible to carry under both wings an 800 litre fuel tank, but when these were fitted the wings could not be folded. The SAU-23A autopilot-control was introduced as a new navigation system. Moreover, a rearview mirror was added and, only towards the end of
giving problems with manoeuvres mainly in high angles of attack, which did not contribute towards agility. The main issue was having to throttle back the engines when ventral missiles were launched! The folding wing system was very delicate easily creating problems for the pilot while manoeuvring the aircraft. The only positive note seemed to be found in its speed and in its good qualities as an interceptor.
Aftermarket materials: EDUARD photoetched parts: 48-755 Exterior for MIG-23 M7MF/ML AIRES: 4575 - Cockpit Set for MIG23MF Flogger-B EDUARD BRASSIN: 648-105 - MIG23M7MF main wheel bay EDUARD BRASSIN: 648-104 - MIG23M/MF exhaust nozzle EDUARD BRASSIN: 648-089 - MIG23M/MF wheels EDUARD MASK - EX375 - Mig. 23M QUICKBOOST - 48486 - Antennas QUICKBOOST - 48487 - Air scoops MASTER MODELS - 48058 - Pitot
The kit seems to fairly well reflect the real aircraft, but certainly not without flaws. Several problems can be easily spotted, such as the misalignment and the interlocks of the fuselage component parts. Additionally, in my kit I found a severely
wings appear inaccurate, but this wasn’t as frustrating as
crooked tail and some incorrect shapes in the interlocking of
finding out that the geometry
the upper fuselage. It is very hard, if not impossible to correct the trailing edge of the wings in the parked position (which are presented in the kit in an upward position). Beginning assembly as usual with the cockpit I was hoping that the purchase of the
in the area between the fuselage and wings - where the opening/closing movement takes place - were completely incorrect. I had to make radical changes and
Aires resin set would make my work in this area easy, but I was wrong. It was difficult to fit the resin block into place. After several attempts I finally made it work but at the expense of a perfect fuselage join. As previously mentioned the back of the
rebuild the rubber parts of the related reinforcement components. Many details were improved by an Eduard photoetch set and much time was saved detailing the air intake areas.
The internals of the air intakes must be smoothed of ejector pin marks before adding the Eduard photoetch. A new internal panel
Eduard’s photoetch ads a high level of detail to the intakes although it’s difficult to assemble.
Thin styrene strips help the rear edge of the intake section fit properly.
was detailed from plastic card.
I’d decided to remove the ammo compartment cover and scratchbuild the internals with wiring and the feed pump.
This detail is barely visible when the aircraft is stood on it’s landing gear!
The completed compartment painted and weathered.
Thankfully Trumpeter have produced the nose-gear bay in sections which helps when adding detail. My plentiful reference was from Russian websites. As with the armaments bay, plenty if dry-fits of the fuselage halves prevented any unwelcome surprises later. Eduard’s resin landing gear bays are a superb addition and fit very well. As with the armaments bay these are fully painted and weathered prior to being masked. Dark washes from AK Interactive really help the detail stand-out especially as these areas are obscured on viewing the finished model.
Aires cockpit is the usual tricky fit and required several trims and dry-fits. The key with this project was the feel of an abandoned aircraft, pillaged of parts and exposed to the weather conditions. The tattered seat padding was made from epoxy putty and numerous wires and cable conduits constructed from soft copper wires.
The instrument cowl panel was detailed to add to the ‘stripped’ appearance with new wiring and the removal of the HUD unit leaving only the housing. Note also the lens added to the housing which has been hollowed-out. The base colour of the cockpit is a mix of Gunze H26 and H46 which is heavily weathered with washes and coloured watercolour pencils. The Aires cockpit walls are well detailed and add to the busy clutter of the stripped cockpit.
As I wanted to display the control panel angled I took my finest razor saw to each half of the tail and fixed these pieces together...
The next area to tackle was where the folding wings meet the fuselage, Trumpeter have fallen short on a few levels when I studied my reference...
The resulting edges of the tail were tidied but I had a bigger issue to find a solution for; the whole tail section would not sit square to the fuselage... something to think about while I continued with other modifications.
Many of the kit’s larger sections were showing gaps when dry fitting. Strips of Evergreen styrene kept the use of filler to a minimum.
Not obvious at first, but the actual pivot axis of
Working to my reference I was able to create something much closer to the actual MiG than what the kit offers.
the wings (circled) is around 3mm out. This had to be modified as it alters where the wings sit completely.
The rubber ‘seals’ were also suggested by styrene strips.
The problem of the crooked tail was solved by inserting round pins of Evergreen under the fuselage with the use of CA glue, this brought everything into alignment. I must say that Aires has made a beautiful set reproducing the exhaust and the cone area, even though inserting all of this was an adventure! Various dry tests were conducted before I was forced to build a support to make it fit and stay in the right position.
Ready for paint at last!
The aircraft was originally a ‘livery grey’ colour, which differs from Gunze H308 that I normally use. I discovered that the aircraft was actually painted in black, starting from
reference pictures of the aircraft. I then started airbrushing to create shades, using diluted black blends, to emphasise the more evident panels and alter the tones
After the 'chipped' areas were finished, I applied a layer of black MIG wash diluted with white spirit so that I was able to allow it to flow easily into the details but especially
behind the wheel-bay compartment to the engine exhaust and part way up the fuselage. In order to be able to reproduce the ‘Blue 21' in a state of neglect, due to its exposure for several years in severe weather conditions. Working from my reference photos I had to reflect on where to start from. I decided to paint the entire airplane with no
of aluminium. After this I sprayed layers of AK Heavy Chipping fluid working on small areas with the airbrush. Once dry, the areas were painted with a lightened H308, and then treated with a stiff bristled brush soaked with water. By making irregular scrubbing movements, I gently removed selected areas of the colour revealing the yellow primer and aluminium finishes. This
around the paint chips to make them more clearly visible. There were many details to get correct leading to an accurate rendition of the MiG in the photographs. The plexiglas windshield assumed an orange colour after having been exposed outside for so long. The cockpit was replicated as faithfully as possible to the real one. That is why it looks
grey camouflage uncovering the metal and yellow primer underneath. I used aluminium from Alclad II and yellow/green Tamiya XF-4 as a primer tone, changing the colour tones to have a more realistic effect based on my
technique was concentrated mainly on the upper surfaces where the weathering would effect the surface the most. The fuselage sides were treated with a more subdued effect airbrushing different shades of grey.
cannibalised with the remains of the ejection seat, without the parachute normally fitted in the headrest. It was given a tattered and faded look by using Vallejo acrylic colours.
Alclad’s ‘Honey’ base primer was the first layer to be airbrushed followed by Alclad II White Aluminium. Once the base aluminium was thoroughly dry I could begin to mask panels and start to add the Tamiya XF-4 primer yellow and
The different panels were replicated working from my reference photos gradually building up the tones in airbrushed layers. To avoid the appearance of a factory production aircraft note how the primer colour is faded by mixing lighter shades and the weathering of the aluminium finish.
start the darker tone work. Between each layer of colour is a coat of AK Interactive ‘Heavy Chipping Fluid’.
The images of ‘Blue 21’ show a build-up of algae on the lower surfaces and rust coating non-aluminium components, the weapons pylons in particular showed a heavy coating of rust.
Fuselage sides and under-sides of the aircraft have been sheltered from the weather to some degree and still show the grey paint finish. This was gradually faded into the upper surfaces by controlled, gradual airbrushing.
The finished surfaces with the ‘chipping’ process already started on the wings.
I used a small area of gloss varnish on the tail to place the red-star decal. Once dry, the decals were sanded with fine paper until the red colour started to fade. Then with watercolour pencils I emphasized the ‘run’ of the white, blending carefully by airbrushing with heavily diluted white. The undersides of the aircraft were treated with AK panel liner, lighter on the rear black panels and darker for the remaining grey areas.
Here we can see the effects of the AK Chipping Fluid
The ‘21’ was drawn and cut from masking
The blue was left stronger towards the bottom
starting to work exposing the different layers of colours.
film on a plotter.
producing a faded look.
From looking at pictures of the main landing gear, I could see how they were a jumble of rubber and rigid tubes, chaotically fixed with clamps. Since the main landing gear is divided into various sections with the relative joints, it was necessary to indicate the plumbing for the hydraulic fluids. ‘Blue 21’, which is now exposed in an open-air
museum, has been treated to a protective coating of silver paint over all of the landing gear and bays. This is the reason why the main undercarriage structure was all painted with Alclad II aluminium colour without masking the rubber tubes. I then applied a wash to the entire are with very diluted black to give it a more three-dimensional effect.
Many photos of abandoned Russian aircraft show a very strange opaque orange on the transparent plexiglass. I first painted the interior frames of the windscreen. Once dried, I masked them and gave a coat of Tamiya transparent orange/yellow followed by matt varnish on the external surface.
The exhaust external components and nozzle were base-coated in Humbrol ‘Metal Cote’ HU27003. When dry this was polished with a cotton bud and oversprayed with Tamiya transparent colours (Smoke, Yellow and Orange) with excellent effects.
Starting with a wooden base, the runway was made from scribed plastic card which was coloured and textured matching to the photographs. Grass and foliage were added although not to the degree that appears in the photos, this would have obscured too much of the aircraft.
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As I already explained, Trumpeter did not help me work very quickly with this project. Many times I was tempted to stop and throw it all away, but I managed to continue and after eight months of hard work, this is the result. I knew from the start some groundwork would be needed to place the aircraft in context with it’s abandoned state. In reality, ‘Blue 21’ was almost buried in grass, this would detract too much from the model so I decided to use grass as a backdrop to the scene. The ivy growing from the cracked runway, emphasizes the state of abandonment. Finally, I added some human interest to the scene with traces of litter left on the ground and a curious photographer. This is produced by Reedoak which creates its figures by scanning real people in 3D and then laser prints them in all scales.I find this particular process to be fascinating and he ads the final touch to my scene.
The new range of 1:32 scale airplane models from Tamiya is considered by many modellers as “best in class” and is used as a quality baseline for this scale. Tamiya have so far released in their new series, five core WWII fighter types: Zero, Spitfire, Mustang, F4U Corsair and Mosquito. Upon opening the model’s big sized box and being amazed at the contents supplied, I was immediately seduced into to building this 1:32 scale model of the F4U Corsair American Naval fighter plane.
So far Tamiya offer two versions of this
should be straightforward. However
aircraft – the early F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair and its successor F4U-1A, which visibly differs from the early models mainly by replacement of the framed canopy with a new bubble
anyone who has seen previous aircraft builds of mine, will know that I prefer to open up access panels and covers wherever possible to show normally hidden detail on a finished model – thus
hood, giving much increased pilot visibility. From a quick glance through the assembly instruction booklet and a scan of the parts in the box, it was clear that the construction of the model
complicating my build – in the F4U-1A Corsair’s case by opening up the engine compartment to expose the super-detailed engine and the gun bays in the wings.
During the whole construction process, I was pleasantly surprised by the cleanness and fit of the parts and assemblies, there was no real need for filler or corrective work, everything fits just perfectly. For example, the fuselage consists of several separate parts that are joined in places where the original panel lines are supposed to show (fuselage back behind the cockpit, vertical tail stabilizer, bottom part of the fuselage, fuel tank…). You simply joint the parts together and use the extra thin plastic welding glue to connect the parts. No need for further sanding and re-scribing the panel lines. The individual sub-assemblies consist of multiple parts, however the system of interlocking locators prevents the inadvertent swapping of symmetrically mounted parts. I have to admit, that I have not enjoyed such a
pleasant build in this scale for quite some time! Eduard has produced several photo etched and Brassin sets designed to enhance further this beautiful model. Despite the fact the cockpit interior in the original model is fairly complex and well detailed, the resin replacement from Eduard production (catalogue Number 632053) is much more detailed. The supplied coloured photo etched seatbelts I replaced with textile seatbelts designed for this model from HGW production (originals supplied being the usual etched metal belts). In the case of the instrument panel you have an option to choose from resin one or Eduard classics colour photo etch. I decided to use the resin replacement because, I find it more realistic in its 3D representation, with multiple additional detail effects (such as instrument frames,
switches and bolts). I also decided to cover the inspection glass window in the cockpit floor, as it was removed in later production series of the F4U-1A and replaced with metal sheet. Some pictures of earlier machines show this detail frequently covered with paint. Cockpit interior colour used for these later production machines was the colour ANA 611 Interior Green. I have used colour MRP-131 from the MRP Paint range. The windscreen interior frames and the top section under the windscreen that shielded the instrument panel, were painted black. The clear plastic parts of the canopy are simply perfect, clear and adequately thin. The only additions I made were to add the photo etched edges to the windscreen and sliding canopy section from the Eduard set, along with the hood locking mechanism.
The Tamiya model is provided with very nice well detailed air intakes in the wing roots, the only addition I made was to replace the cooler grills with a better representation from photo etched parts from the RB Productions range. All movable wing parts are already provided in the model, ready to be positioned in an open configuration – especially in the case of the landing flaps, as the open configuration looks very good, plus the lowered flaps are a typical feature of this particular type.
Most of the work on this model was devoted to installation of the armament wells in the wings. The only available detail set of this item is the one from Aires production, but it is designed for the Trumpeter model. As the particular area of the two models is quite different in size, this set does not fit correctly on the Tamiya model. I have therefore used only a very small part of the set. From the actual well I have used only the bottom and front part. Based on my references, I built completely new sides and added additional details. The open ammunition boxes were also made totally new from scratch. All the cover
panels are from photo etched parts that I have designed myself. The actual Browning guns are from the original Aires resin detail set however, I have replaced the perforated barrels with the brass ones from the Profimodeller range (catalogue number 32288) that were originally designed for Trumpeter model – but in this case there was no problem at all with size or fit.
The engine installation in my build is provided by the Eduard Brassin set (Catalogue Number 632032). The Pratt & Whitney R2800 engine itself is very detailed and at the same time easy to assemble. On top of each individual cylinder there are photo etch
these parts purely as a base and added new surface details by scratch-building them. The additional small tanks in front of the oil tank were created completely anew. I also created new cover panels for the area from metal sheet, as the resin ones provided
covers of specific shape, that, when all cylinders are installed to the engine frame and fully assembled, form the complete mounting ring. I have not seen such a simple and elegant solution for this detail in any previous resin sets for this particular engine. In this set there are also included: the front ring and cooling gills
were far too thick. All the interior areas of the Corsair, with the exception of the cockpit and wheel wells, were painted with zincchromate base colour, for which I again used the MRP-129 colour from the MRP Paint range. The aircraft I have decided to represent was equipped with a later,
located behind the engine. Everything fits together well thanks to the cleverly designed locks on individual cylinders, which finally forms into a very compact and strong assembly. The resin removable engine covers are very nice but, I have chosen instead to use the photo etched ones from the Eduard Exterior set
wider type of paddle-blade propeller, which was also fitted on F6F Hellcat aircraft. Unfortunately this variant detail is not included as part of the Tamiya model – only the early, thin propeller blades,
(catalogue number 32365), which I found even thinner and easier to form into desired shape. Unfortunately the very positive words I have used for the engine itself however, do not apply when it comes to the representation of the open area behind the engine at the firewall. Instead I have replaced this with a resin detail set
as used on F4U-1 and the early production series of F4U-1A, being included in the kit. Therefore I had to resort to using a
from Grey Matter Figures production range (catalogue number GMAL 3203) designed to represent this area. Two separate versions are offered to cover both F4U-1 and F4U-1A versions. The surface details of the parts are unfortunately very rough and lacking an appropriate level of detail. Moreover, some of the parts
replacement propeller from my spares box, a leftover from a Trumpeter model of the F4U Corsair I built
do not correspond with available references. I have therefore used
some time ago.
The tailwheel well interior is adequately represented and detailed, all I have added are a few wires and rods. The tailwheel structure itself, including the arrestor hook that is supplied with this model, is very impressive. I have used it as is, without any additions. The
the undercarriage. I haven’t used the rubber tyres that are included with the Tamiya model. Instead I have replaced these with resin wheels from the Barracuda Cast range, as this is the only company that produces the slick, tread-less tyres that were
same can be said about main wheel wells and undercarriage legs that include beautifully moulded spring mechanisms for folding of
actually used on the aircraft I have chosen to represent.
From the beginning of this build I knew that my model would represent an aircraft in the markings of famous VF-17 “Jolly Rogers” fighter squadron. A few years ago, Polish publisher AJPress (unfortunately no longer in existence) had produced a twopart monograph of the F4U Corsair. These publications are specifically aimed at modellers, which include a great number of photos and individual camouflage schemes, plus on top of that each of them is supplied with a high quality decal sheet in A4 size, printed by Techmod. These publications correct one long, lasting error connected to the red outlines applied to the national insignia on the aircraft of the squadron. Even Tamiya provides in the kit one colour scheme that includes the red outlines: the famous Aircraft named Big Hog, flown by the commanding officer of the VF-17 squadron. Based on latest information, the “red” outlines were over-painted even before the squadron was deployed to the Pacific theatre of operations in September 1943: firstly with Intermediate blue colour and later by Navy blue (dark blue). I eventually decided to represent the aircraft coded white No.9, carrying the inscription “Lonesome Polecat” on the tail fin. This particular aircraft was flown by Lt. Merl Davenport, during the second deployment of the squadron in February 1944. This aircraft was fitted with the later type of wide, paddle-bladed propeller, had the glass window on the bottom of the fuselage covered with metal sheet and only two antennas fitted – one on top of the fuselage behind the cockpit and one on the underneath of the fuselage.
Original photographs showed an interesting detail of this machine, in that sealing tape was applied along the edges of the fuel tank panels in front of the cockpit and that these had been overpainted with a darker blue colour. However on the majority of the aircraft of the squadron, the sealing tape remained in the original pale colour of the tape material. After masking the sub-assemblies, I first covered the whole model with light grey surfacer from MRP Paint range (catalogue number MRP-84). Then I covered the exposed areas with aluminium and zinc-chromate colours as base for future scratches and weathering. I used simple hairspray (local brand to me, Lybar) to support the future weathering of these areas. Then the camouflage was applied using MRP range colours. The under surfaces were painted using white colour Insignia White ANA 601 (catalogue number MRP-135), with the undersides of the outer wing parts, fuselage sides and vertical fin being painted with Intermediate Blue ANA 608 (MRP136). The camouflage scheme was concluded by spraying dark blue colour Sea blue ANA 623 (MRP-014) on the upper surfaces. Then, by using a toothpick and scalpel on the surface dampen with water, I have reproduced multiple scratches and wear marks. Based on the reference photographs, the most exposed area to wear was the wing root on top of the air coolers, where the colour peeled off significantly. The model was then covered by a layer of gloss lacquer from GSI production (GX-100). National insignia and part of the markings came from the Techmod sheet. Once the GSI production decal solving and setting solutions were applied, the decals perfectly followed all the surface details. I had to alter a bit the White No.9 to correct the overall size and shape – it was sprayed using masks. For the stencils I have, with great pleasure, 28 used the wet transfers produced by HGW (catalogue number 232012). These wet transfers include not only the airframes stencils (both for the interior and exterior of the model) but also markings for
several machines, including the aircraft of the VF-17 squadron. The process to apply wet transfers is similar to applying conventional decals, by using Mr. Mark Softer from the GSI Range. After drying for a minimum of about three hours, you simply peel off the transparent transfer foil, which leaves the stencil on the surface without any mark or carrier film, unlike normal water-slide decals. I then sealed all the decals with another layer of gloss lacquer. Weathering was applied using the Dark and Neutral Wash products from the MiG Production range to accentuate the panel lines. Finally I sprayed two types of lacquer – matt and satin (semi-matt) – to visually differentiate the metal and fabric covered parts of the wings and control surfaces.
Tamiya’s new series of 1:32 scale models represent the absolute top in our hobby and this was confirmed to me during the build. The model is not intended for beginners – starting perhaps with the vast number of parts included. However, if you carefully read the very comprehensive instruction manual (containing no less than 56 pages!) and follow its recommendations and order of build, you shouldn’t meet any unpleasant surprises, so resulting in an enjoyable build. I didn’t follow this during the wing assembly, which resulted in a complicated quest for alternate parts. I learned
the hard way that in the case of such complex models, you cannot afford to neglect the instructions. Thinking that I have seen them all; built enough models and everything is clear to me, just remember someone has spent a great deal of time developing assembly instructions specifically to avoid ending up with a pile of parts left over on the bench at the end of the build!
No.74 SQUADRON C l a i r m a r a i s F r a n c e 1918 modelled by Kent Karlsen
This diorama has been in the making (in the back of my
Royal Flying Corps Squadron of S.e.5a’s which have come
mind) for a very long time and has been an adventurous
back from an early morning patrol over enemy lines. One of
journey into the history of 'The Great War' almost 100 years
the planes had a crash landing and is brought back by RFC
ago. The diorama was originally inspired by the film 'Aces
‘Fitters’ on a RFC trailer with a Crossley Tender.
High' (a 1976 TV movie). When I watched this film as a
74th RFC Squadron (Tigers) first operational fighters were
teenager, the seed for doing a S.e.5a diorama, at some time
S.e.5a’s in March 1918. The Squadron served in France from
in the future, was planted. Although it would get to be the
April until February 1919, when it returned to England and
better part of 40 years before I finally returned to this old
was disbanded on 3 July 1919. During WWI their tally was
dream project. I think the movie catches the atmosphere of
140 enemy planes destroyed and 85 driven down out of
the RFC during WWI, although 'Aces High' is showing its age
control, a total of 225 victories. Seventeen aces served in
today, it stayed with me and made a lasting impression. So
the squadron, including Victoria Cross winner Major Edward
a year ago I took up the challenge, trying to get this project
Mannock, Ira "Taffy" Jones, Benjamin Roxburgh-Smith, future
to finally come to life.
Air Commodore Keith Caldwell, Andrew Kiddie, Henry Dolan,
The whole project hinged on one single big challenge I had
Harris Clements, Frederick Stanley Gordon, Sydney Carlin,
posed myself: Would it be possible to scratch build a 1:32
Frederick Hunt, Clive Glynn, George Hicks, Wilfred Ernest
Crossley Tender & Trailer? The whole basis for the project
Young, George Gauld, and Frederick Luff.
depended on this to succeed. The initial idea was to depict a
1: 3 2
one bite at a time... The construction, detailing and painting of the 3 (and a half) S.e.5a’s and the scratch building of the Crossley was a massive undertaking, daunting to say the least! I’m prompted to quote an old joke: ‘How do you eat an Elephant? One bite at a time’. As mentioned, this project started out as little more than an experiment. Learning new skills, pushing myself out of my comfort zone. As I had not been able to locate plans of the original Crossley tender, I had to draw up my own build drawings/sketches, using the many photos of an extensively restored Crossley 20/25 aviation tender at the Australia War memorial dating from 1918. The riveted and bolted construction of the Crossley was scratch build using plastic card in different grades and thick aluminium sheet (mudguards and bonnet). The chassis of the vehicle has a leaf spring suspension and very narrow tires. The wheels are steel spoked with dual tires at the rear. A spare double wheel with two tires is fitted to the driver’s side between the cabin and front mud guard.I must admit that, at this point, I didn’t expect to be able to complete this
build at all! After a lot of trial and error on the spoked wheels, almost at the point of giving up, I finally 'cracked the code'. I was able to make a couple of jigs to construct the spokes in a pattern resembling the real wheels. Trying different materials, I found the right material and strength for the spokes (fishing line), I was able to set up a 'production line' for building the many wheels and tires (the tender has 8 wheels and tires – the trailer has double wooden wheels and 4 tyres of a different kind) The tires and rims have been produced with a master made from plastic card and a silicone mould was cast to be able to make copies of the wheels, cast in resin. The interior of the driver's cab consists of a padded leather bench seat and single backrest. The canopy is made over a dummy from paper tissues and white glue detailed with some eyelets on the canvas. The canopy extends from the cargo section over the cabin section. The top section of the windshield can be opened or closed with the windscreen having a single wiper fitted. The tailgate -is hinged and drops down showing
the cargo section. The tray floor, sides and tailgate are made from styrene with timber grain engraved by dragging the surface with very course 80 grain sandpaper. The benches in the back and everything else, is detailed with bolts and hinges from thin styrene sheet and rod. I did also build the engine but I never got around to displaying the bonnet open. Some exterior details were added, two large brass and glass headlamps are fitted to the front mudguards which were done using some thick aluminium sheet, two smaller ones are fitted to each side of the cab. All in all, after the wheels were done, the rest of the build went pretty smoothly. The trailer was a lot easier as I had some very detailed photos and 3D drawings for the construction.
The next project was to build the crashed S.e.5a without wings, for the trailer. The major difference to the WNW ‘Hisso’ Kit, is the different radiator on the front and the removed gearing of the engine.
Early on I decided to convert the Hispano Suiza geared engines, into the later, more reliable Wolseley Viper direct drive engines, used on the S.e.5a’s late in 1918. This involved removing the gearing of the engines. I used Roden’s Wolseley Viper engine as a guide for this conversion. The engine was detailed with some scratched spark plugs and wires.
For the radiator I used some fine aluminium mesh to recreate the cooler front. The grill on the Wolseley Viper front was really a challenge. I could have used MDC’s resin conversion, but I really wanted to try and replicate the Wolseley front with the look-through louvers of it. Part of
Poland, produce a very nice photoetch set, with the louvers as single parts!. I gave up using these, because I wasn’t able to get a nice result. Reverting to good old plastic card, I finally was able to produce something acceptable. The new cowling coverings were made from thick aluminium foil,
using ‘Rosie the Riveter’ to simulate the hinges and rivets. The broken Propeller adds to the realism, produced using a bamboo skewer broken and ‘frayed’ to simulate the impact with the ground and adapted to fit the kit propeller. The interior framing of the kit was completely removed and rebuilt using thin styrene strips. Framing was painted with acrylics and the wooden texture added using burnt umber and siena oil colours.
inside information... All of the internal rigging was redone with some black monofilament. At the anchor points, 0.5mm brass tube, cut to 1mm length, was used as turnbuckles. The seat cushions were done with Milliput, painted with acrylics as a base and oils were used to simulate the leather surface. The early type British Sutton Harness seatbelts were ‘scratched’ using Tamiya masking tape for the belts and some fine lead wire for the buckles. I did some experimenting while constructing the instrument panels, over and over, using different techniques and with various results. In the end, I ended up using a fine grained piece of real wood, stained with oils. A scratch build magneto, some copper wire, brass tubes and a scratch build Creagh-Osborne compass. The instruments are Eduard photoetch. I tried to add some extra details to the control columns, using thin lead wire for the handle wrapping. The wooden texture to the interior framing etc. was done using
oils over an acrylic ‘Deck Tan’ base colour. Some pulley wheels were prepared for the control wires close to the floor. After completing the Crossley tender/trailer S.e.5a combo, the next huge task was to get started on the three full builds of S.e.5a’s. With all the techniques rehearsed on the ‘half’ S.e.5a, I began setting up a ‘production line’ for these builds. Working my way through the different build steps, doing every step at least three times, before continuing on to the next ... but it’s really not that bad, it doesn’t take that much extra time, once you get the hang of the techniques, you’re flying! 1. Fuselage assembly 2. Tail assembly 3. Lower wings glued in place 4. Top wing details replaced with some brass wire for the fuel lines etc. Slowly but steadily I was getting closer and closer to beginning the paint job. As I wanted to do the S.e.5a’s as very late
versions, I was planning on using the late type PC12 clear dope colour, which was more towards chocolate brown than the earlier PC10 Khaki or olive drab. Initially I did order some paints from Misterkit: Their PC-12 RFC/RAF and Clear doped linen RFC/RAF. I wasn't happy with the nuances, so I ended up mixing my own colours for the PC-12 and the doped linen. Both lower and top wing surfaces were painted with a base colour, before continuing on to masking all of the wing ribs for some shading. I must admit, it was a bit of a nightmare masking all of the wings, and it took most of three days and nights for this! But, I think, this work is quickly rewarded later, with a very realistic look of the wing shading. Dark shadows around the ribs and a lighter paint mix for some highlights between the ribs. The fuselages were also painted with three different shades to add some life to the PC12 surfaces.
Next step was the decals. I haven’t been able to find any 1:32 decals for 74th Squadron, but I wanted to make at least some of the subjects as a tribute to the wonderful kits done ‘down under’ in New Zealand by Wingnut Wings, by choosing to focus on the story of some of the NZ pilots. The markings were done with a mix of masked letters by cutting my own vinyl masks, kit decals and a homebrew of markings printed with decal paper. The checker tail on Keith Logan’s tailfin was masked with Tamiya masking tape. The three aircraft I chose to depict in the diorama are the ones of Squadron Commander Keith 'Grid' Caldwell (NZ), D6864, James Ira 'Taffy' Jones (GB) C1117 'T' and of Frederick Stanley 'Freddie' Gordon (NZ), D3438 'Z' - The last one without the wings, is done as C6459 'C'. It could have been the one flown by Sydney Carlin, but I have not yet been able to confirm this.
Rigging is the step that most modellers fear. I’m not sure if I had started this project knowing how great a challenge this would prove to become being the first WWI models I’d attempted in this scale, this was a step which I was unaware of the amount work required, maybe that was just lucky! But as with all of the other building steps, if you get over the first initial trial and error stage, you will find the ‘rhythm’; the rest tends to go without any problems. The rigging was done using Prym elastic thread for the larger wires and monofilament for the secondary. I used micro brass tube cut to 1.2 mm lengths and tiny homemade eyelets from thin steel wire for the turnbuckles and anchor points.
illusion working. Besides the Crossley Tender & Trailer with the crashed S.e.5a, one of the planes has its Wolseley engine being serviced by a RFC fitter from a ladder complete with toolbox and oil canister. A scratch build hand cart, often seen at RFC Aerodromes, is used to carry parts, a Vickers machine gun transit chest and the toolboxes required for the repairs. Some of the Pilots of the 74th Squadron are exchanging information/planning the next patrol using their aerial maps. ‘On July 30. 1918, 'Taffy' Jones brought down three German planes, a Rumpler C and a LVG C around noon and a Fokker D VII at 17:50 in the evening. The Squadron Commander Keith ‘Grid’ Caldwell also brought down a Fokker D VII on this day...’
The diorama is a depiction of a day in the No. 74 ‘Tiger’ Squadron based at Clairmarais, France 1918. To get the ‘feel’ of a Squadron, I knew that it would require several completed S.e.5a’s to get this
The base is 38 x 78 cm’s. It’s really not that large, maybe even a bit cramped, but I think it adds to the atmosphere. The ground work is done by using a coarse acrylic wall filler/putty on a 5 mm foam sheet glued to 12 mm fibreboard. A spare wheel was used to create some tracks from the car. When it was dry, the structure was painted with some basic oil colours (green and earth). The grass area was covered with static grass of different types and length, using a static grass applicator. The road/earth was given a ‘dusty’ look by using different pigment products.
N o . 74 S Q UA D R O N
The figures for the diorama are a mix of different producers, Model Cellar, Kellerkind Miniatures and DDay Miniature Studio, with some minor alterations and additions. Some RFC ‘fitters’ are created from old Airfix Multipose figures and some parts from the spares box. Figures are painted with acrylics and shaded with oils.
This diorama tested my skill and patience on many levels but I feel ultimately the effort involved has paid off with this unique display.
Tamiya 1:32 Vought F4U-1D Corsair
If Zdenek’s build of Tamiya’s Corsair has made up your mind that you must have one here’s some good news, another choice is now available in the form of the 1D version. The Hobby Company (Tamiya’s UK distributor) have kindly sent us the new sprues, decals and some copies of the instructions. The F4U-1D was able to carry 1000lb bombs at the wing root (folded wings are provided again) and mount rockets on the outer wings responding to the demands of the Marine Corps providing ground support from the carrier based fighter-bomber. Obviously the kit reflects the changes with drop tanks, 5 inch rockets, bombs and the modified wings to carry these stores. Another new sprue provides a new fuselage and there’s a new canopy, as the other Corsair kits the moulding is as good as it gets with the most restrained and delicate moulding and detail. The kit contains the same goodies
as the previous two releases with rubber tyres, photoetch, canopy masks and even a self adhesive name plate; these kits leave the modeller wanting for nothing and build a beautiful replica straight from the box (or of course push things to the limits as Zdenek’s feature in this issue!). Two options of markings are included for PTO aircraft in 1945 and a very detailed set of stencils as previous releases, both in the dark blue finish overall. If you’ve an interest in the Corsair there’s every chance you’ve invested in one of the two previous versions of this kit (the ‘Birdcage’ or the 1A) as they’re held in such high esteem with modellers Worldwide, and with very good reason. Some may wince at the retail price, no one can deny the range of Tamiya 1:32 aircraft are expensive but they’re an example of ‘you get what you pay for’ representing the pinnacle of our hobby.
Arma Hobby In the ‘Attack Squadron’ range of resin and photoetch upgrades there’s a new crop of upgrades which we have a selection of, starting in 1:72. 72115 is a detailed fuel tank for Eduard’s F6F and a highly detailed engine for the same kit is offered with set 72129. 72116 is a neat Polish Air Force upgrade set for Hasegawa’s and Revell’s F-16C and still on a Polish theme is 72119 for Arma’s own TS-11 to produce a Novax conversion. 72127 is a set of detailed engine nozzles for Hasegawa’s Harriers, 72128 is also for a Hasegawa kit converting the AV-8B with a night-attack nose. Another engine is in set 72130 to suit Tamiya’s F4U Corsair and again designed for the Revell or Hasegawa F-16 is set 72131 providing a detailed tail cone with drag chute. Finally in 1:72 is 72133 providing two 75 Gal. fuel tanks for Hasegawa’s P-51.
In 1:48 is set 48064 which are an impressive set of resin flaps for the mighty C-30 Hercules, quite a sizeable and impressive piece of moulding, and as the 1:72 version 48058 is a conversion for Tamiya’s F-16C to Polish Air Force spec and 48073 a tail cone with drag chute for the same kit. If you fancy some detailed wheels for an F4U or F6F look no further than a choice of six tyre tread patterns; 48067 diamond, 48068 block, 48069 ribbed, 48070, ribbed/diamond, 48071 cross and 48072 to suit late 1950s aircraft (ribbed pattern). A final treat for the F6F (designed for Eduard’s kit) is 48065, a detailed fuel tank. Very impressive high quality products from Poland, www.armahobby.com or www.armahobby-pl
Italeri 1:48 Hunter F.6/FGA.9 Aerobatic Teams Collection Originally an Academy kit and also boxed several times by Italeri this kit seems to be regarded as the best Hunter in the scale. The kit appears unchanged so this means the shallow cockpit and undersized seat will still be an issue to some who’ll be looking to aftermarket corrections in the front office. Surface detail and moulding in general is still pretty good and sharp, options include positionable flaps, rudder, ailerons and speed brake with the option of a F.6 or FGA.9 fuselage. Air intake trunking is good and leads to a compressor face all mounted before closing the
fuselage (some nose weight is also suggested but probably not necessary if you are going for a resin cockpit). The ‘Aerobatic’ decal sheet is a highlight of this release with some great schemes; Swiss markings ‘Patrouille Suisse’, Belgian team ‘Les Diables Rouges’, an FGA.9 of RAF 45/48 Squadron ceremony at RAF Wittering and ‘Blue Diamonds’ and ‘Black Arrows’ RAF schemes. The large A4 sheet is printed by Cartograf and looks excellent, certainly something to brighten-up the display cabinet.
Italeri 1:48 Hurricane Mk.I Trop
On the market for a good few years now it’s time for Italeri’s Hurricane to take a holiday in the sun with this release of a ‘Tropical’ version sporting it’s distinctive chin-mounted air intake and filter housing. This feature is moulded in two halves and tagged onto one of the existing sprues. The Hurricane’s distinctive airframe materials are well rendered with some fine panel lines and the stretch of the fuselage covering looking good. Options of posable control surfaces, cockpit door and engine cowls are offered and there’s the hangover of the fuselage belly section provided as a separate part (allowing a Sea Hurricane version with
minimal tooling changes). The cockpit is very nice from the box with a small photoetch fret including seat belts and instrument facia. Just as nice is the Merlin engine which has good basic detail and could be easily improved with some plumbing should you wish. Landing gear includes ‘weighted’ tyres and decent wheel wells. Decals are top-notch as we’d expect from printers Cartograf with no less than six options, three in brown / tan and three in green / tan upper surfaces. With strong competition on the market Italeri’s Hurricanes are still very much worth consideration, really nice kits with lots of marking options.
Arma Hobby 1:72 PZL.P.7A Polish producers of photoetch and resin refinements, Arma, also have a growing range of injection moulded kits and very nice they are too. Kit 70005 is the ‘Deluxe’ version of the 1:72 Polish PZL P.7A. Not that the tasteful box art shouts it but there are actually two full kits included complete with photoetch and resin wheels. The single sprue has a typical ‘short-run’ appearance but certainly
B-25J Mitchell in combat over the Pacific and CBI By Marek Katarzynski Published by Kagero Soft back format, 108 pages, English and Polish text. ISBN 9788365437518 www.casematepublishers.co.uk
not short on detail with superb surface textures and delicate panel lines. The engine and cockpit have superb finesse and there’s no less than seven schemes included on the Cartograf decal sheet. A very nicely produced instruction booklet finishes off a top-quality package and a nice change from the more mainstream subjects.
The durable workhorse that was the B-25J is presented here in a pictorial format with some excellent period images, many in true colour providing the ultimate modelling reference if you like to dabble in a little weathering. An introduction catalogues the individual operational aircraft and gives details of the operating bomber groups and then we’re straight into the photographs; if you’re a fan of noseart there’s an absolute feast with many of the black and white images presented as colour illustrations and profiles including the bomb group insignia. More colour images of interest are the author’s discovery of a downed B-25J wreck near Biniya mountain on Cream island. A little bonus is the inclusion of some ‘stars and bars’ masking stencils (which we’re presuming are 1:48 scale). A recommended modelling reference with some excellent ground crew scenes and all of that nose art…now where did we put that HK Models 1:32 B25?..
Italeri 1:48 AH-64D Longbow Apache Italeri’s Apache has been kicking around for sometime now, the box art on this latest release includes the ‘Fully Upgraded Moulds’ icon, so what’s changed? The two largest sprues look unchanged but there’s a new one included which does look a lot sharper than the older two. The old gripe with this ‘D’ version kit is that the large side sponsons are fixed over the top of the ‘A’ version main fuselage (which has much smaller sponsons) this hasn’t changed, and these parts are upgraded on the new sprue along with some updated ordnance and finer detail parts to produce versions
We can’t recall featuring products from Perú in AIR over the years, so here’s a first! Antarki are producing top-quality conversions and decals for South American subjects. The latest resin sets have been sent to us direct and have a quality, professional presentation. Instuctions are available on-line and a QR code is included in the pack for quick access to the comprehensive pictoral assembly guide. Both sets are designed for the 1:48 Kinetic Mirage kit, ATK 48R008 provides seven pieces to convert to an M5 COAM and set ATK 48R009 is a M50CN ‘Pantera’ conversion. Both sets include brass Pitot tubes by Master and use the latest production technology. Top quality stuff which is available direct by emailing [email protected] with payment via paypal. Also you can visit the guys over on Facebook for more information.
applicable to the five countries versions offered which is welcome. The raised rivets of the Apache’s airframe are still well captured and detail in general is decent. Due to the delicate and exposed nature of a helicopters’ construction, a little photoetch and resin upgrade does go a long way and would help here for modellers demanding the highest levels of detail. Decals (and airframe details as mentioned) allow RAF, U.S. Army, Japan, France and UAE aircraft to be modelled. A good value kit still with the bonus of new parts.
72142 Scale Aircraft Conversions
Some recent releases have been added to SAC’s huge catalogue of landing gear upgrades which are cast in white metal which allows fine detail and fine tuning along with inherent strength. In 1:72 is 72142 for Trumpeter’s MiG 29 and 72143 for the S&M Models Bristol Sycamore including the rotor head as a bonus. In 1:48 are two sets for the Hobby Boss Russian Su’s; 48331 for the Su-27 and Su-30MKK with set 48332. Up to 1:32 with a set for the Special Hobby Yak-3, 32122, and finally 32123 for the Wingnut Wings Rumpler C.IV. It’s difficult to keep up to speed with SAC’s rapid rate of releases but the place to go is www.scaleaircraftconversions.com
New from Barracuda is sure to feed any fetish for Spitfires, namely super-detailed wheels beautifully cast in cream resin. For postwar Spitfires and some Seafires is a pair of four-slot main wheels with ‘block tread’ pattern on the tyres available in 1:72 (BR72316), 1:48 (BR48318) and 1:32 (BR 32319). The same wheel rims but with a smooth tyre pattern for Mk VII through to Mk 21 (more suited to wartime aircraft) are available in all scales again with sets BR72316, BR48317 and BR32335. All of these sets include an axle adapter to suit most kits should you need it. In 1:72 is a handy set of canopy masks if you’re looking to build Monogram’s mighty B-1 with both styles included (set BR72324) and right up to the minute for the new Wingnuts Sopwith Camel is BR32332, a superbly cast wicker seat and cushion. Finally BR24325 in whopping 1:24 is a set of Bf 109G main wheels with superb detail to replace Trumpeter’s vinyl kit versions. Top quality from the U.S.A. www.barracudacast.com 49
648 330 FE844
Look no further than the Czech masters of Eduard for superb detail upgrades for your next project, we’ve a selection from their latest releases. For their own 1:48 kit of the Bf 109F is a wonderful Brassin cockpit set 648330 (early seat version) and also in 1:48 is set 648312 for Tamiya’s F-14A Tomcat both contain photoetch, resin and decals. Revell’s latest large-scale Spitfire, the Mk.IX comes under the spotlight with a Brassin wheel set (including masks) 632107, seatbelts in pre-coloured photoetch 33173, 33172 is an excellent pre-coloured cockpit set and Brassin set 632108 provides resin fishtail exhausts. Finally for the Mk.IXc in 1:32 is set 632109, a set of cast bronze landing gear legs and covers. Still with 1:32 for the new Italeri F-35 is 32404 providing external photoetched detail and 33168 gives a hike in detail for the cockpit with pre-coloured photoetch, JX201 (not pictured) is a pre-cut canopy mask set for the kit and 33169 pre-coloured photoetched
648312 seatbelts. Cast your mind back a couple of issues when we enjoyed the build of Meng’s P-51D, Eduard have a few sets to push the detail with FE850 pre-coloured cockpit detail,48928 providing sensible external details and FE851is a set of their superb seatbelts. Another new kit we featured recently is the Wingnut Wings Sopwith Camel, 33170 is a superb seatbelt set and available for the same kit (not pictured) is JX202 providing pre-cut masks for the windscreen, prop and wheels. Set 648 is a set of four highly detailed cluster bombs in 1:48 which also include decals. Finally for Luftwaffe fans is FE844 designed for their own ‘109F-4 (Weekend) with photoetch for the cockpit and exterior and some very delicate Pitot tubes for ‘109s with Brassin set 648332. In 1:32 is a set of photoetch Luftwaffe rudder pedals. Get over to www.eduard.cz for the very latest news on releases.
Eduard 1:48 Bf 109G-6 MTT Ragensburg Weekend Edition More super value from Eduard with another Weekend release providing the modeller with the basics of their latest generation tooling of the ‘109 family. With many versions available and coming in the near future there’s the bonus of plenty of spares on the sprues with several tails, props,canopies, fuel tanks, exhausts and wheels which are well worth hanging onto. Detail is beautiful throughout with some of the most delicate surface detail you could wish for and Eduard should be commended for answering criticism of their initial releases and re-tooling many of the features to have
a Me 109 that stands proudly along side their Spitfires in 1:48 as renowned ‘best of breeds’. As with the Hellcat below there’s the treat of two schemes offered on the decal sheet along with full stencils common to both, Ofw. Alfreda Surau (JG 3) and Oblt. Emil Josef Clade (JG 27) fighter aces’ markings are provided with some nice background information on both aircraft. Superb kit in it’s own right which can be enhanced to whatever level you wish with Eduard’s accessories.
Eduard 1:48 Hellcat Mk.I Weekend Edition Another outing for Eduard’s ever popular Hellcat in another ‘Weekend Edition’ release of the Mk.I. As a no-frills production the box is void of any photoetch or resin as we often see from Eduard but we do have two marking options and the tooling still looks fresh with some beautifully crisp detail. As suggested, the build is deliberately simple with the cockpit relying on decals for the seat belts and instruments but multi-part detail should still look decent through the limited glazing. The canopy has optional parts to display closed or open and the engine looks good for what can be
seen though the cowl. Control surfaces are separate but will require a little extra work should you wish to pose them far off neutral. Landing gear and wheel wells are nicely done but a set of resin wheels would be a nice addition as the tyres are void of tread. If you’re a fan of these Hellcats the decals will be of interest with two very tempting schemes; No.1844 Squadron FAA, HMS Indomitable, Indian Ocean 1944 and No.800 Squadron FAA, HMS Emperor,Aegean Sea, 1944. Great kit and great value.
Zvezda 1:72 MiG-29 SMT Zvezda have now released their expected SMT upgraded ‘Fulcrum’ 9.19 based on their beautiful little MiG-29 kit. Much of the kit remains but there’s a new sprue done to the same superb levels of detail containing a new upper fuselage with enlarged ‘spine’, new tail fins, fuel tank and smaller details relevant to this version. This is quite a busy kit with close to 300 parts in total offering excellent detail which would shame many larger scale productions such as full intake trunking, multi-part engines and delicately detailed landing gear and cockpit (even a seated or standing pilot is provided, and very nice
they are too!) Panel lines and surface detail in these kits is second to none and as close to in-scale as you could deem possible in seventy-second. An excellent selection of multi-part ordnance is offered but you’ll need to plan ahead as the initial construction phase includes drilling holes for the hard points and looks a little confusing. Finally, the decals which to be perfectly honest look terrifying! A full quota of stencils in 1:72 is not for the faint hearted…two Russian schemes are offered, both in the handsome splinter pattern. You really couldn’t ask for more, superb quality and value from Zvezda.
It’s some time since we’ve had samples from Aires and it’s great to see the quality is still first rate with some superb upgrade and conversion sets. We’ll start with some great 1:48 figures, not something all aircraft modellers relish is the thought of painting figures but these guys would prove an excellent start as the sculpting and casting is excellent; 480179 depicts an Allied pilot in WWII in tropical gear with his foot on a wooden crate giving his mascot a treat, 480180 is a modern Russian pilot wearing a HUD and 480197 comes ready for take-off in his seat to suit USAF F100C/D. For 1:72 modellers there’s a healthy bundle of new ‘Quick
QB72542 Boost’ releases; QB 72358 is a pair of Porcupine exhausts for the Beaufighter as is set QB 72540 providing air intakes and fuel drain and QB 72541providing coloured position lights and antennas. For the Zvezda kit of the Ka-27 QB 72542 is a set of seats with belts and also for Zvezda’s (or Academy) Ju87 is a pair of detailed resin seats with belts in set QB 72543. QB 72545 is a pair of seats with belts for Hasegawa’s F-14A and QB 72546 is the same seats without belts, also recommended seating for Hasegawa is QB 72548 for their AV-8B Harrier and finally QB 72550, a pair of seats with belts for Tamiya’s Mosquito.
In 1:48 there’s more in the Quick Boost range, QB48739 is a refueling probe for the A-37B Dragonfly, QB48747 another probe for the Super Etendard and QB48748 is a arresting hook for the Hasegawa FGR Mk.II Phantom II. QB48750 is a set of finely cast gun barrels for Revell’s Tornado IDS, QB48752 provides a pair of radiator cowls for Eduard’s ‘109G, QB48762 is a set of marker lights for the Gloster Gladiator, QB48766 a lovely set of exhausts for the P-40B and QB48773 is a set of landing gear covers for Airfix’s Defiant Mk.I.QB48771 is a beautifuly cast FM-2 Widcat radial for the Hobby Boss kit.
In the regular Aires range is 4703 a set of finely cast control surfaces for Eduard’s 1:48 Lysander Mk.III, 4723 is a superb cockpit set for Monogram’s A-37A Dragonfly and 4717 provides a pair of detailed resin wheels and paint masks for 1:48 Gloster Gladiators. In 1:32 is an airbrake set for Kitty Hawk’s T-28 Trojan with the catalogue code of 2213 and also in the Quick Boost range for the same kit is QB 32188, a beautifully cast propeller. Also in 1:32 for the Hasegawa Fw 190D-9 is QB 32186 a correct profile cowl and QB 32187 providing three superb prop blades. Catch up with Aires and their latest news at www.aires.cz
With a somewhat chaotic design due to
moulds from Dragon date back to 1991!
everything into line. A tube of putty had
conflicts between the manufacturer and
I remember at the time, at the age of
to be introduced to the engine nacelles
the Nazi Air ministry, it was ultimately
eleven, having spent much time in front
and the underside of the fuselage but
the Allied bombing that most delayed
of the window of my local model shop
nothing too nasty compared to some of
the He 219’s commissioning. Originally
drooling at the beautiful box-art
the poorer contemporary kits available.
planned as a multi-purpose twin-
illustrated by the great Shigeo Koike
My particular kit which dates from 1992
engined aircraft, it ultimately gained a
knowing one day I’d build this kit. The
has yellowed decals over time so an
reputation as a night fighter with aces
model is still very respectable despite its
OWL aftermarket sheet will replicate a
like major Werner Streib demonstrating
age, however the injection moulding
He-219 A-2 of the 3./NJG3.
the potential of the aircraft during the
techniques of the time don’t offer the
This particular Night Owl was discovered
nights of the 11th and 12th of June of
finesse expected today, meaning some
damaged in Denmark, May 1945.
1943 by shooting down five British
extra work. The other flaw, which affects
Repaired, it was transferred to England
aircraft in a prototype 219. Despite it’s
all the Dragon kits of the time, is the
to be tested but finally scrapped 2 years
qualities, power did not match it’s
orange-peel effect that covers all
later. The camouflage is composed of
elusive opponent, the Mosquito.
exterior surfaces, however a 600-grit
coils of RLM76 on a background of
abrasive paper quickly removes the
RLM75 with the black lower areas. I
In 1:72 the Owl is shunned by the
texture. A small fret of photoetch parts is
have (personal choice) chosen the
current manufacturers unlike other larger
included but an Eduard upgrade is
fuselage in entirely grey RLM77, the
scales where there have been kits from
preferred here. Small adjustments were
decals from OWL offer a variant with the
Revell and Zoukei- Mura in recent years.
necessary to achieve straight wings,
letter ‘B’ in yellow. Now I had to find a
In seventy-second nothing approaches
those present in my box were twisted, a
solution to realize the camo realistically
the current standards. The most modern
stiff metal rod between the wings pulled
in this small scale.
Use of Eduards pre-coloured photoetched parts would no doubt have saved me the ten
Dark contrasting washes in the ‘Spanish’ style work well in tight, small scale cockpits to show the detail at it’s best.
hours of detail painting with a 5/0 brush and a ‘wet’ pallet of acrylics, I do prefer the effect of the painted details. The He219 was the first operational aircraft with ejection seats. Using compressed air the ejection would have been a violent one!
Modelling time is precious, I try to rationalize my time by organizing myself. Here is how I break down my builds:
1. Unpacking and removal of molding joints (I put everything in small boxes by sub-assembly) 2. Improvement / detailing of kit parts 3. Internal paints and sub-assemblies 4. Wing / fuselage assemblies 5. Preparation of exterior paint 6. Painting 7. Weathering 8. Final fixing "Small Parts"
Given the size and scale of the cockpit, the accessories provided
I take the time to clean my work-space
by Eduard are sufficient, however
between each step so as not to clutter it
the oxygen hoses were remade
and to have on hand only useful tools for
with 0.6mm wire.
each phase of assembly without
To give a little relief detail on the
spending time looking for them in the
seats, a cushion was created with
middle of a mess!
DML kits of this vintage suffered with an ‘orange peel’ surface texture which is easily smoothed with 600 wet and dry abrasive paper. Overal fit is pretty good with minimal filler required.
The kit’s canopy doesn’t give the option to
The landing lights are often overlooked by
One of the trickiest parts of the project
pose it open, Squadron came to the rescue
manufacturers, stretched clear sprue is a
is the antennaes. As these are a focal
with their set 9152 to which I also added the
solution although it takes multiple attempts to
point on the nose of the ‘219 I used the
internal upright of the windscreen section. As
get two identical shapes by ‘melting’ the end
superb Master set AM-72016. These
always, time spent carefully masking pays off
into a domed shape. Clear acetate sheet
were positioned with pva glue to allow
works well for the protective glass cover.
fine tuning of alignment. Silicone fishing float sleeve served as a painting mask.
The He-219 sported several colour schemes in it’s short career,
The next step was highlighting panels and giving variation to the
an excellent article on the ‘Hyperscale’’ website explains
base grey, white was used in the RLM 75 and heavily diluted by
everything in detail:
http://www.clubhyper.com/reference/he219cw_1.htm. Step one was a uniform coat of RLM 75 Gunze H69 50% diluted with Tamiya X20A Thinner.
Now the serious work begins. I found Gunze H417 the perfect match in this scale for the camo swirls, heavily thinned with lemon scented alcohol to help with my ‘zen’ during the long Some contours of selected shapes and panels are defined with Tamiya Smoke diluted by 80% and built-up very gradually.
spraying session! My Evolution airbrush has a 0.2mm needle set finely on the trigger stop and after some practice on some card the process isn’t too difficult.
Night fighters throw-up the problem of representing black ‘in-scale’. My method is as follows: 1- Uniform layer of matt black (Tamiya XF1) 2- Some panels are shaded with Tyre Black (Gunze H77) diluted by 80% 3- Same principle as 2 but this time with Tamiya NATO black XF69 Exhausts were first given a coat of matt black then with a fine brush and rust pigment the seams and outlets were highlighted. Finally some graphite (9B) was ground on abrasive paper and rubbed over the surface with my finger.
Next comes an overall pass with the airbrush of Prince August Air gloss varnish, this helps to settle the decals and helps the flow of the oil paint washes,mixtures of black and burnt umber thinned with turpentine for the upper surfaces enhances the panel lines and finer details. Paynes Grey and White oils were used very subtly to highlight the surface detail on the lower black finishes. Some ‘Micro’ painting with a 5/0 brush ads subtle traces of surface wear and fluid deposits; my reference of these aircraft in service shows them to be very well maintained and generally quite clean. A few areas were treated with oil paint ‘filters’ (tinted thinners which give a very subtle shift in tone) adding to the realism and interest. Final weathering work was with pigment powder which, when placed, was dragged in the direction of the airflow by a damp brush.
Eduard’s photoetch set comes in very handy for adding detail to the landing gear and bays. The fret contains the inner surfaces of the doors so these were used as a template to create the outer skin from plastic card. The kit’s landing gear is a decent starting point to add Eduard’s parts and new springs which I wound from 0.4mm copper wire and brake plumbing added with 0.5mm wire
So to the satisfying final fit. After removing any remaining masking tape the landing gear was fixed in place, canopy posed open and the antenna lines added with black fishing line. The nose antenna is a great feature but difficult to fit, PVA allows good time to position everything as I’ve already mentioned, but even taking the greatest of care I still managed twice to knock off some of the sections. Until we’re treated to a brand new ‘219 in 1:72 Dragon’s kit provides a good base for a little extra work and the help of some aftermarket parts results in a fine looking replica. I hope you agree!
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