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Editorial Comment A privileged position Editing a magazine about scale aircraft modelling, as with all jobs, has its fair share of ups and downs. Among the ups - and this is something that readers very often ask me about - is seeing all those lovely review kits, often some weeks before they reach the model shop shelves. One of the major downs is having to give them all away to SAM's eager team of reviewers. If I reviewed more than the one or two a year that I tackle, the Kit Reviews section of Marketplace would amount to a 200-word occasional column! The major up is when something astounding comes about. This happened recently when a lady e-mailed the office to see if SAM might be interested in publishing some of her father's photographs. The scans that she enclosed were good enough to arouse my interest; it's not often that previously unseen images of Sea Hornets and Panthers emerge from the ether. We corresponded and she sent the set in. They were very nice indeed and definitely the makings of an interesting photo-feature. Then I started looking more carefully. The photographs were taken on and around HMS Perseus, that much I knew. Researching the ship revealed that it had been a key player in early steam catapult trials and that the photographs tied in exactly with that period. The resulting feature now records a key moment in post-war military aviation and one of the major developments in the history of naval aviation. I am utterly privileged to be able to bring them to you.

Contents The In Tray T. E. Bell, Paul E. Eden, Ernie Lee and Mike McEvoy take a first look at the latest releases, with additional material supplied by Hannants


Aircraft in Profile: The 'new' Luftwaffe at 50 Thomas Newdick recounts the history of the 'new' Luftwaffe in its 50th anniversary year, while David Howley provides colour artwork


Pacific Fleet Avenger Mk III: Part 1 Tony O'Toole converts Trumpeter's 1:32 scale TBM-3 Avenger into a Fleet Air Arm Mk III


Modelling Masterclass: Part 15: External details In the fifteenth installment of this important monthly series, Vic Scheuerman continues his back-to-basics look at scale aircraft modelling


Events Calendar SAM's monthly diary of modelling-related events worldwide


SAM plans: Avro Ans'on Mk I Peter Green draws 1:48 scale plans


CT-4 Airtrainer: Building a 'Plastic Parrot' Julian R. B. Edwards made the acquaintance of the PAC Airtrainer at the Warbirds Over Wanaka show earlier in the year. Inspired by what he saw, he tackled the Kiwi Resin Models kit to produce a colourful replica


680 A camera aboard HMS Perseus In this Scale Aircraft Modelling exclusive we present a selection of photographs taken aboard HMS Perseus as it performed steam catapult trials in the early 1950s

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Also at Pearl Harbor. .. Sikorsky JRS-1 684 To mark the 65th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Editor asked some regular contributors to see what could be done to recreate some of the less well known aircraft types involved in the action. Alistair McLean tackled Sword's JRS-1 amphibian Occasional Colours: Indo-Pakistan air war Thirty-five years ago, in December 1971, India and Pakistan entered into bitter conflict. Mark Rolfe commemorates this war, and previous clashes between the countries, with a special artwork feature


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Front cover: Main picture: The F-4F Phantom has been the backbone of the Luftwaffe for the past two decades. It will continue to serve for some time yet, as EF2000 works up to its full potential. (Luftwaffe); Inset left: Tony O'Toole's remarkable allblue Avenger Mk III was converted from Trumpeter's 1:32 TBM-3 kit. (Tony O'Toole); Inset right: Julian R. B. Edwards built Kiwi Resin Models' CT-4 Airtrainer into a delightful little model, but not before tackling some serious problems along the way. (Julian R. B. Edwards) Features planned for next month include: Aircraft in Profile: In the third of a four-part series, Adrian M. Balch relates the history of US Army, Navy and Marine Corps aerobatic teams, while David Howley provides colour artwork Plus: Type Evolution: Hawker Hunter; Michael Ullmann builds Hasegawa's 1:48 scale TF-104G in Luftwaffe colours; Tony O'Toole explains how he finished his conversion of Trumpeter's 1:32 scale TBM-3 Avenger to represent an Avenger Mk III of the British Pacific Fleet; Mark Rolfe illustrates the first of two features on the People's Liberation Army Air Force; and much more

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MRC has announced the release of Academy's 1:48 scale CH-46A/D 'U.S. Marines-Vietnam' kit in the US, with an MSRP of US$55.00.


dlmo'ilel Amodel has released a 1:144 scale C-8A Buffalo at £10.25. To 1:72 scale the company has Avro 504K/U-1 (£7.35), de Havilland DH.60G (ex-FROG, £5.65), Lavochkin La-5FN (exKopro/KP, £6.10) and Myasishchev 3M-D tanker (£136.70).

Classic Airframes has two 1:48 scale releases. Its de Havilland Vampire NF kit costs £29.99, while the newly-tooled Boulton Paul Defiant TT.Mk IjTT.Mk III is priced at £26.99.


Eduard, still working on the remaining entries in its already popular Fw 190 series, has only one new kit release for the month. The firm has released its earlier 1:48 Nieuport 17 in conjunction with the movie 'Flyboys'. The kit (1125, £11.75), comes without any photo-etched parts, but has a large decal sheet with markings for the fictitious French fighter squadron portrayed in the film. Markings are included for four machines flown by the major characters. This is the first of three kits to be released in markings and box art inspired by the film. Two other kits, both in 1:72 scale, are also scheduled for release, including a new tooling of the Ni 17 (which will later be released in accurate markings, according to a company spokesman), and a re-release of the Fokker Dr.1 triplane in movie markings.

Steven Mandich of High Planes Models reports that owing to pressures of work High Planes is a part-time concern - the High Planes range will now be disappearing from model shops. However, the range will still be available direct from Steven at High Planes Models, Thowgla Road, Thowgla, Victoria 3707, Australia, or telephone 61 02 60 771144, fax 61 02 60 771145, or go to www.hiplanes.dragnet.com.au. In the meantime, the company has five new releases. 1/144 PLASTIC MODEL AEROPLANE n"I.\' IU:qUlIU;SW.\jfC:UrJISG.S,\Sl)l1'l"C




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Dragon has released two more of its 1:144 scale double kits, both featuring the F-14D Tomcat and newly-tooled parts for GBU-16 Paveway II LGBs and their racks, LAU-138 Sidewinder launch rails and the AN/AAQ-14 LANTIRN target pod. F-14D Tomcat VF-31 Tomcatters includes decals for 164603/101-AJ with red fins and 164342/100 with black fins, both aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt, Mediterranean, 2006. F-14D Tomcat The Final Tomcat Cruise VF-213 Black Lions includes decals for 164602/213 with light blue trim and 164601/200 with dark blue trim, both aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt, Mediterranean, 2006. Dragon also has a 1:72 P-61A Black Widow (£15.50) and a 1:48 Bachem Ba 349D with launch tower (£29.99).

Hasegawa has a number of releases. To 1:72 scale they include 8-25J Mitchell 'Solid Nose Part 2' (£19.99), F/A-18E Super Hornet 'VFA-22 Fighting Redcocks' (£13.99), F-14D Tomcat 'VF-2 Bounty Hunters Last Cruise' (£18.99), F/A-18F Super Hornet 'VFA-213 Black Lions' (£13.99) and F-14B Tomcat 'VF-143 Pukin' Dogs Last' (£18.99) and Junkers Ju 88A-4 (£19.99). To 1:48 scale the company has F-8J Crusader 'VFP-63 Eyes of the Fleet' (£23.99), AH-64D Apache Longbow 'Iraqi Freedom' (£19.99), Junkers Ju 87D Stuka 'Rumanian Air Force' (£16.99), Canadair Sabre Mk.5 'Canadian Armed Forces' (£23.99), F-104G Starfighter 'JBG34 Special' (£17.99), P-51D Mustang 'Petie' (£16.99) and Macchi C.202 Folgore 'Italian Aces' (£16.99). Finally, to 1:32 scale look out for Messerschmitt Me 262A 'Galland' (£23.99) and Junkers Ju 87D Stuka (£34.99).




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A First Look at the Latest Releases Nesher Israeli Fighter. At Aus$45.00, the Canberra includes decals for three early RAF machines, resin detail parts and two Falcon canopies. It also adds a new nose and cockpit to High Planes' existing Canberra moulds. Costing Aus$35.00, the Nesher kit has decals for three Israeli machines, metal, resin and etched-metal detail parts and a pair of Falcon canopies.





ICM has a 1:48 scale Bf 109F-2 WWII German Fighter kit at £13.99. Its very detailed components include full engine and bearer detail and decals are provided for the aircraft of Ltn. Detlev Rohwer, Technical Officer of I./JG 3, Bila Cerkva, Ukraine, summer 1941; 'Black outline white 1+1', flown by Obltn. Egon Mayer, Staffel Kapitan, 7.jJG 2 'Richthofen', St Pol, France, summer 1941; and 'Black outline white 2', flown by Ltn. Max Hellmuth Ostermann, Staffel Kapitan, 7.j JG 54, Siwerskaya, Leningrad area, autumn 1941.

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DECALS FOR RAAF 2 OCU To 1:48 scale, CAC Avon Sabre adds a new Avon fuselage to the Academy Sabre parts. It includes decals covering six options, with sufficient serial numbers to make many more. It is priced at Aus$45.00. High Planes also reports that its 1:72 scale Me 110 kit (No. 7211) is available again, with the addition of etched-metal antennae. For the future a number of new releases is planned, but no dates can be given for any. Due 'soon' in 1:72 scale are Beaufighter Mk 21 with resin rockets, a correct observer's canopy and codes in the correct colours, none of which have been depicted accurately before. An Argentinian Falklands (Maldives) Canberra release is also expected, along with a Seafire L.Mk IIC (the low-altitude variant with four- ·bladed propeller) and an Avon Sabre 2 OCU RAAF kit, with similar options to the equivalent kit in 1:48 scale. Other new items for the longer term are likely to include 1:72 scale kits of the Spitfire Mk VC, PC-9 and MB.5 and 1:48 scale kits of Rare Bear and the original Precious Metal. The late-turreted Bostons 'may appear eventually' in 1:72 scale.

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Italeri's 1:72 A-26C Invader kit includes highly detailed interior parts, a fullyfurnished bomb bay and optional underwing gun pods. At £11.99 it includes decals for two USAF aircraft of the 37th BS, 17th BG, Pusan, Korea, November 1952 and 8th BS, 3rd BG, Korea, July 1953; and two Armee de l'Air machines of CIB 328, Costantine, Algeria, 1958 and GB 1/25 'Tunisie', Cat Bi, Indochina, December 1953.

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Buying & Selling Kits? Call Collectakit on: 01932 840766 pm only E-mail: [email protected] Italeri has included a 48-page fullcolour 'reference manual' with its 1:48 scale CR.42 AS kit. Another finely detailed kit, it includes decals for four Regia Aeronautica aircraft: 'Black 45', Scuola Caccia Assalto, Ravenna, April 1942; 'Blue 20', 20° Squadriglia, 46° Gruppo, 15° Stormo d'Assalto, EI Adem, North Africa, October 1942; 'White 152 ', 15° Stormo d' Assalto, Barce, North Africa, October 1942; and '387-9', 387" Squadriglia, 158° Gruppo, 50° Stormo d'Assalto, Libya, August 1942. Expect to pay about £16.99 for the package.

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F.43/37 kit to represent the aircraft as fitted with a Centaurus engine. Again the kit consists of resin and metal parts. It is priced at £24.50.

rocket pods and decals for 'Yellow 38', 1997; 'Blue 209'; and 'Red 66', 2000; all Russian navy. The kit is priced at £8.95. Revell has also re-released its 1:144 Junkers G.38 at £8.99, while to 1:72 scale A-26B Invader (£13.99) and RF-4E Phantom 'Tigermeet' Luftwaffe (£8.99) kits should be available. To 1:48 scale an F4U-5 Corsair (£13.99) kit has been released.


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Stratosphere Models is releasing three new resin spaceplane kits. Its 1:144 scale Lockheed SSTO Space Shuttle is 26 cm (10 in) long by 26 crn wide and has 10 parts. It costs US$98.95.

Mirage has added a 1:48 PZL/TKF P-24A/C Turkish Air Force kit to its catalogue at £16.99.

@/ MPM has a 1:72 AFJA/SAAB 8-5 for £15.25.

lim: Two new kits have been received from RS Models, depicting two variants of the Arado Ar 65 in 1:72 scale. The first contains decals for two Luftwaffe machines, at the DVS Riegerschule Schleibheim, Germany, 1935 and of Erg.Gr(S) 1, LLG 1 Eastern Front, 1942-43. The second kit has decals for a Bulgarian air force machine, at Bozuriste in 1938 and another of Luftkriegsschule 3, Borgheide, Germany, 1941. The kits cost £11.60 each.

To 1:48 scale the company has a McDonnell Douglas DC-X rocket, at 26 cm tall and with 19 parts. It is priced at US$98.95. Also available is NASA X-38 CRV Crew Rescue Vehicle (above), in 15 parts at US$75.00. Stratosphere can be reached at [email protected], or go to Picturetrail.com/stratospheremodels



Tamiya's 1:72 Vought F4U Corsair 'Bird Cage' is available at £12.99.

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New 1:72 aircraft releases from Revell include A-1E/AD-5 Skyraider and Kamov Ka-29 'Marine'. A re-release of a relatively elderly kit, the Skyraider features raised panel lines, but is nonetheless welcome for the rarely kitted variant it depicts. Decals are provided for an A-1E of the 4407th CCTS, 1st SOW, USAF, Hurlbert Field, Florida, c.1966 in SEA camouflage; AD-5 133929j500-M, VA-65 , US Navy, NAS Alameda, California, 1956 in sea blue with green trim; and A-1E, 132437j076-NJ, VA-122, US Navy, NAS Lemoore, California, c.1968 in grey over white. The kit costs £4.99 and Revell is to be congratulated for including F.S. references for most of the external paint colours needed. Like the Skyraider kit, the Ka-29 kit includes a single point towards Revell's 50th anniversary promotion. In what looks to be a very complete kit, the Kamov includes a full load of four

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Special Hobby has released a 1:48 Fairey Barracuda Mk 5 at £29.99.

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Vintage Fighter Series has revealed the decal options for the second of its forthcoming 1:24 scale Republic P-47 Thunderbolt releases. Carrying the product code VF2405, the kit will include decals for 'HV-A' flown by 'Gabby' Gabreski, 'LM-S' flown by David Schilling, 'SX-B' flown by Bill Bailey, and Donovan Smith's 'HV-S'. The availability of a limited number of final shot production sample kits has now been given a November 2006 pre-order date. These kits will include free post and packing and an autographed profile of the 56th FG's Russ Kyler, who shot down an Me 262. Interested readers should go to www.vintagefighterseries.com or e-mail [email protected] to place an order or for further information. Compiled by T. E. Bell, Paul E. Eden, Ernie Lee and Mike McEvoy

The 'new' Luftwaffe at 50

Few modern air arms have ever met such challenges as those faced by the Luftwaffe during its formative years. From its Cold War peak as NATO's largest European air power, the current Luftwaffe is a sleeker force now undergoing re-equipment.

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Following the establishment of the West German state in May 1949 it soon became dear that NATO membership would follow as a matter of course, and with it the return of the republic's armed forces, including the Luftwaffe. As superpower relations deteriorated, West Germany's strategic position on the frontier of the 'Iron Curtain' meant that significant defences would have to be established, and rapidly. However, it was not until May 1955 that West Germany was permitted to enter NATO. Significantly, the same month also saw the lifting of restrictions on aircraft production by West German industry, but the re-armament of the Luftwaffe remained a daunting task. In September 1955 the West German aircraft industry was restructured, and local firms were soon contracted to manufacture Noratlas transports, Piaggio P.149D trainers and Do 27 liaison aircraft for the 'new' air arms, but it was clear that local production would not be able to meet the Luftwaffe's demands. In January 1956 the Luftwaffe announced its intention to acquire 324 Hawker Hunters, in addition to F-84Fs, F-100Ds and F-I02s. The Hunter, however, was soon rejected and only the

F-84F was delivered from these original plans. At the time, these called for 670 combat aircraft to be in service within five years, equipping eight fighter-bomber and seven air defence wings, from a total of 20 wings. Before any combat aircraft could be delivered, the Luftwaffe needed to train some 1,300 airmen. While an initial cadre of officers trained overseas, in January 1956 the first prospective pilots arrived at Landsberg to begin training. After progressing to the Harvard Mk 4, the first pilots had convened to the T-33A by May 1956, but the Luftwaffe was still yet to receive any aircraft. The following month the first machines were delivered, with 27 L-18C

Colourful 'special' schemes have long been a popular Luftwaffe theme, as evidenced by these three F-4Fs and single MiG-29, which in summer 2001 commemorated the 40th anniversaries of (from nearest the camera) JG 74 'Molders', 2./JG 73 'Steinhoff', JG 72 'Westfalen' and 1./JG 73. (Luftwaffe)

Super Cubs arriving at Furstenfeldbruck; the same base accepted its first Harvards in July. The official reformation of the Luftwaffe followed on 24 September 1956, the ceremony held at Furstenfeldbmck featuring the handover of single examples of the 'new' Luftwaffe's first three trainer types (L-18C, Harvard and T-33A), while the first 10 pilots received their wings.

The 'new' Luftwaffe's initial day-fighter equipment was provided by 225 Sabre Mk 6s. The aircraft illustrated display the pre-196B serial system, which indicated the wing (the two-letter prefix) and the Staffel (the initial numeral '1' for the first Staffel, '2' for the second, and so on). JB-112 (left) indicates an aircraft belonging to 1./JG 72, while JA-1XX codes (above) and red trim were worn by the first Staffel of Erich Hartmann's JG 71. The latter wing - the first of the post-war Jagdgeschwader - was also identified by the tulip markings that had adorned Hartmann's aircraft during the war. (AirDOC Collection via Vetter; Art-Tech)

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Aircraft in Profile After this modest beginning, the pace of re-equipment soon accelerated, and before the end of the year the Luftwaffe had taken over its first new base, at Memmingen. The first operational aircraft were received in November 1956 when Waffenschule 30 (WaSLw 30) accepted the first of 375 F-84F Thunderstreaks. After working up on the F-84F, WaSLw 30 provided the nucleus of the 'new' Luftwaffe's first operational wing, Jagdbombergeschwader (JBG) 31, formed at Bi.ichel in September 1957. Col Gerhard Barkhom's JBG 31 was declared to NATO in June 1958, by which time it had moved to its permanent location of N6rvenich. By 1961 the F-84F equipped a further five wings (JBG 32 at Lechfeld, JBG 33 at Buche!, JBG 34 at Memmingen, JBG 35 at Husum and JBG 36 at Hopsten) sharing a primary nuclear strike tasking. In July 1959 the 'new' Luftwaffe received its first reconnaissance wing when Aufklarungsgeschwader (AG) 51 was established at Erding. The wing soon moved to Manching with its RF-84F Thunderflash aircraft, while a second wing, AG 52, stood up at Manching in 1960 before moving to Eggebek; between them, the two wings shared the bulk of 108 RF-84F deliveries. While the F-84F Thunderstreak provided initial equipment for the Jagdbombergeschwader, the F-86 Sabre was selected to fulfil air defence duties. The Sabre was acquired in three versions, beginning with 75 refurbished Sabre Mk 5s provided by the RCAF. The first of these were delivered in February 1957, but the type was limited to a training role pending the arrival of the Sabre Mk 6. The latter became the 'new' Luftwaffe's first intercep-

Despite official interest in the Gnat, and Adolf Galland having tested the Jet Provost, the CM.170R Magister was selected for the Luftwaffe, chiefly as a result of Fouga's offer of licence production. AA-142 was built by Messerschmitt. (Luftwaffe)

tor, with 225 examples equipping three Jagdgeschwader. The first of these units was Maj. Erich Hartmann's JG 71, formed at Ahlhorn in June 1959. The remaining front-line Sabre Mk 6 operators were JG 72 and JG 73. Finally the Luftwaffe received 88 Fiat F-86K all-weather fighters, the sole operator of which was JG 74 at Neuburg in Bavaria. The F-85K's period of service was unspectacular, and its service entry delayed until 1961, while around 30 examples of the order remained in storage.

Right: Squadron identity is not normally displayed on the aircraft of the modern Luftwaffe, which are pooled within wings. The situation was different in the 1960s, this F-84F of 1./JBG 33 displaying the red trim that signified a first Staffel, and with 1./JBG 33's ghost insignia on the nose. Below: A total of 88 F-86Ks was received from Fiat's Turin plant, although many were never put to use. Plans had called for JG 75 to be equipped with the type at Zell, and although this wing never stood up, the 'JE' codes intended for the unit were applied to the aircraft. In the event these were handed over to JG 74. (both AirDOC Collection

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The early years of the Jagdgeschwader saw wings exchange bases on several occasions, before the interceptor units became established at Wittmundhafen (JG 71), Oldenburg (JC 72) and Pferdsfeld (JC 73). Training programme During the first decade of the 'new Luftwaffe, pilot training was arguably the most pressing concern, initially addressed by USAF-run courses in West Germany. The first three post-war Luftwaffe units to be

The 'new' Luftwaffe at 50 Below: Germany's close military ties with Portugal were reflected in construction of an air base at Beja, used for training. Fitted with practice bombs and rocket pods, this JBG 34 F-104G was at Beja in October 1980. (AirDOC Collection via Zetsche)

Above: F-104G 22+91 received the 'Silver Star' scheme to mark the disbandment of Kommando F-104, the luftwaffe's final Starfighter operator, in September 1988. (AirDOC Collection via Zetsche)

established were all F1ugzeugfuhrerschule (pilot training schools), based at Landsberg (FFS-A with L-18Cs and Harvards), Furstenfeldbruck (FFS-B with T-33As) and Memmingen (FFS-S with L-18Cs). The original three training types were joined from 1957 by the P.149D and Magister, both also locally built. In 1958 responsibility for training was handed over entirely to the Luftwaffe, which now also schooled transport aircrew. Soon after the arrival of the F-104, however, it became clear that fast-jet training in West Germany was unsatisfactory, and the effects of airspace restrictions and poor weather conditions saw the decision to move the training effort to the US. In July 1966 the first three T-37s were accepted for West German training at Sheppard AFB, and at the same time Luftwaffe training in Germany was gradually reduced, with the Harvard and Magister disposed of by 1966. There were exceptions, however, since pilot selection continued on the P.149Ds of JBG 49 into the 1990s. Secondly, the 'Europeanisation' of aircrew on their return from graduation in the US continued in Germany, initially with WaSLw 10 (F-104) and WaSLw 50 (G.91) and more recently

under the guise of JBG 38, responsible for introducing Tornado aircrew to the vagaries of central European weather. Enter the F-I04 For the Luftwaffe, the 1960s was the decade of the Starfighter, an aircraft that commanded great respect from its pilots but which was demonised in equal measure by the media. Selection of the F-104G variant

was announced in November 1958. Fighting off competition from 13 other types, the F-104G was to be employed in three distinct roles and its selection proved pivotal for the revival oflocal aircraft industry. The first orders were placed in February 1959, with Lockheed to provide 66 F-104Gs (later increased to 96) and 30 twoseat F-104Fs. A month later ARGE-Sud (comprising Messerschmitt, Heinkel,

Right: Although most TF-104Gs were used for initial type training in the US or 'Europeanisation' with WaSlw 10 at Jever, small numbers were also distributed to front-line wings. 27+08 wears the insignia of JBG 33. (AirDOC Collection via Zetsche)

lechfeld-based JBG 32 was the first 'new' luftwaffe combat wing to stand up in Bavaria, and retains strong links to its homeland. The wing's 25th anniversary in July 1983 saw this special scheme applied to two single-seat F-104Gs. (AirDOC Collection via Zetsche)

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Aircraft in Profile Photographed during a stop-over at Hopsten in 1977, Dornier-built G.91R/3 32+90 wears the viking ship insignia of LeKG 43 on its fin. Of all the light combat wings, LeKG 43 had the most complex heritage, being formed in 1966 from both AG 54 and JG 72. IAirDOC Collection)

Dornier and Siebel) was contracted to licence-build an additional 210 F-104Gs. While industry geared up for the massive production effort, which by now included Belgium and the Netherlands, Gunther Rail led a team to the US in February 1960 to begin F-104 conversion. In West Germany, meanwhile, the Starfighter era began in earnest with WaSLw lO's establishment of a fourth training Staffel at N6rvenich, which received its first F-104F in May 1960. Pilots from WaSLw 10 would then form the nucleus of JBG 31, the first operational wing. A total of 700 F-104Gs was eventually ordered, providing the Luftwaffe with 605 single-seaters, including 107 interceptors and 103 reconnaissance machines. Lockheed retained responsibility for production of two-seaters and supplied 137 TF-104G trainers, most of which were used byWaSLw 10. In the early 1970s a further 50 single-seaters were ordered from MBB as attrition replacements for the Luftwaffe and Marineflieger. Ultimately, the Luftwaffe deployed the F-104G within five fighter-bomber wings each of two Staffeln (JBG 31, 32, 33, 34 and 36) charged primarily with nuclear strike, although by the early 1970s JBG 32 and JBG 36 were operating exclusively in the conventional role. In the air defence role, the first unit to convert to the F-104G was JG 71, which received its first examples in April 1963 and which was followed by JG 74. The - third task for the Starfighter was low-level reconnaissance, in which the unarmed RF-104G variant replaced the RF-84F with AG 51 and AG 52. Restricted to clearweather operations, the Starfighter was not best suited to this role and had been withdrawn by the early 1970s. The other significant operator was WaSLw 10, which left N6rvenich for Jever in February 1964. From here the unit conducted 'Europeanisation' after type conversion had been relocated to Luke AFB.

In contrast to the RF-104G, the RF-4E represented a quantum leap in reconnaissance potential, introducing IR sensors and terrain-following capability. This aircraft wears the insignia of AG 51, based at Bremgarten and assigned to NATO's 4ATAF. The two RF-4E wings were each nominally assigned 42 aircraft, compared to 52 RF-104Gs. (Luftwaffe)

Concerns over the F-104's safety were raised as early as June 1961 when four aircraft crashed while preparing for an aerobatic display; the result was a permanent suspension of Luftwaffe aerobatic teams and the beginning of a smear campaign against the Starfighter. Admittedly, losses in the early years of operations were high, but a wide-ranging programme of improvements and revised operational and training procedures saw losses fall from a high of 27 in 1965 to a more normal level by the decade end. The damage to the F-104's reputation had already been done,

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however, despite the type suffering proportionally fewer losses than the F-84F. The Luftwaffe's final front-line F-104 operator, 2.fJBG 34, flew its last sortie from Memmingen in October 1987, leaving the type to soldier on with Kommando F-104 at Erding, which maintained pilot proficiency with the type until September 1988. Before NATO's 1967 doctrinal shift from 'Massive Retaliation' to 'Flexible Response', the F-104G fleet had been optimised for the nuclear strike role, and to fulfil the requirement for conventional ground-support and battlefield reconnaissance West Germany

The 'new' Luftwaffe at 50 turned to the Fiat G.91. The Luftwaffe's first order was for 50 Fiat-built G.91R/3s, but the requirement was extended to cover 295 more R/3 aircraft to be licence-built by Domier. To these totals were added 44 Fiatbuilt G.91T/1 two-seat trainers, and 50 G.91R/4s diverted from cancelled Greek and Turkish orders and which were also employed for training. The Rj4s were also the first 'Ginas' to be disposed of, survivors being sold to Portugal in 1966. A further 22 G.91T/3 two-seaters were subsequently built by Domier during 1971-73, the majority being enlisted by WaSLw 50. The 'Gina' eventually equipped four Leichtenkampfgeschwader (LeKGs), although the establishment of these units was protracted, with the LeKG designation being introduced in the period 1966-67. First of the wings was LeKG 44, ultimately based at Leipheim. This originated as AG 53, established with the G.91R as the Luftwaffe's third reconnaissance wing in October 1960. LeKG 41 at Husum originally emerged as the successor to JBG 35, which gave up its F-84Fs in favour of the 'Gina' in 1963, changing its identity to JBG 41. LeKG 42 at Pferdsfeld was formed from JG 73, a former Sabre operator. JG 73 was redesignated JBG 42 on receipt of the G.91 - this type initially operating in a mixed wing alongside the Sabre - before becoming LeKG 42 under the 1966-67 reorganisation. Based at Oldenburg, LeKG 43 stood up from the remnants of

In mid-2006 the F-4F ICE remained the Luftwaffe's primary interceptor, with two armed aircraft kept on ORA status in the north (JG 71, pictured) and south (JG 74) of the country. (Stefan Petersen)

JG 72, previously a Sabre wing, while one Staffel had originally been assigned to the co-located AG 54 - the Luftwaffe's fourth recce wing. JG 72 and AG 54 were unified in October 1964 to create JBG 43, later redesignated LeKG 43. In their definitive form, the G.91 units deployed two Staffeln, responsible for attack and reconnaissance respectively. The other major operator was WaSLw 50, which handled G.91 training at Fiirstenfeldbruck. The Phantom era The Luftwaffe began the 1970s with a change of command as Lt Gen. Rail replaced Lt Gen. Steinhoff as Inspekteur der Luftwaffe in December 1970. Previously, the now familiar four-digit serial system had been introduced, this coming into effect in January 1968. Variants ofthe F-104 and G.91 now equipped front-line formations, but successors planned in the previous decade - including the VJ-101C and VAK 191B V/STOL warplanes - had come to nought by the early 1970s. New equipment was to emerge, however, in the form of the F-4 Phantom II. Phantom acquisition was confirmed at the end of 1968, when the Luftwaffe revealed plans to replace the RF-104G with

Left: Tornados of JBG 31 and JBG 34 over Canada. Low-level training detachments operated at Goose Bay from 1980 to 2005. Below: AG 51 operates the Tornado IDS as the Luftwaffe's reconnaissance specialist. The nearest aircraft wears the insignia of Einsatzgeschwader 1, which saw action in Allied Force. (both Stefan Petersen)

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Aircraft in Profile 88 RF-4Es. These subsequently re-equipped AG 51 at Bremgarten from January 1971, followed by AG 52 at Leek, with the final RF-104Gs being retired in May 1972. The RF-4E remained in service until 1993, when both AG 51 and 52 were disbanded. The arrival of the RF-4E paved the way for the purchase of the F-4F, 175 of which were ordered in August 1971. At this stage the F-4F - which had been tailored as a simplified fighter for the Luftwaffe - was intended as interim equipment pending the arrival of the Tornado. Plans called for the two Starfighter interceptor wings, JG 71 and JG 74, to be equipped first, followed by two dual-role wings, which emerged as JBG 35 and JBG 36. The first of these dualrole wings was derived from LeKG 42, a former G.91 operator, while the second replaced its F-104s with the Phantom and subsequently served as the type OCU. The first F-4Fs arrived with an operational unit (JG 71) in May 1974. JG 74 began conversion in October 1974 and in 1975 the two fighter-bomber wings began their reequipment with the Phantom. While the F-4F had originally been viewed as a Tornado stop-gap, by the early 1980s it was delays to the Jager 90 programme (the future Eurofighter EF2000) that were concerning the Luftwaffe. In 1983 the F-4F fleet began to undergo the Peace Rhine fighter-bomber upgrade, and improvements were soon extended to produce the Improved Combat Efficiency (ICE) standard, divided into separate upgrade packages for air defence and attack variants, the former providing 110 aircraft with AN/APG-65 radar and AMRAAM capability. The last upgraded F-4F ICE was returned to Luftwaffe service in 1987, and, while JG 74 has begun conversion to

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Period of use

Jagdgeschwader 71


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the EF2000, JG 71 will retain its Phantoms until they are replaced by the EF2000 around 2012. The 1980s: modernisation The 1980s began with the first deliveries of the Alpha Jet light attaek aircraft to JBG 49 (the former WaSLw 50) at Ftirstenfeldbruck in March 1980. A total of 175 Alpha Jet As had been ordered to replace the G.91, and the type went on to serve with JBG 43 at Oldenburg (renamed from LeKG 43) and JBG 41 at Husum (exLeKG 41). Meanwhile, an Alpha Jet training detachment was maintained at Beja, this unit carrying the 'shadow' designation JBG 44. The fall of the Iron Curtain signalled the end for the Alpha Jet, with all three fighter-bomber wings being disbanded in the mid-1990s. The final examples of the type remained in use for training with a Fluglehrgruppe (pilot

training group) that continued to operate from Ftirstenfeldbruck until 1997. Designated as replacement for the F-104G in the fighter-bomber wings, the Tornado IDS also began to arrive in service in the early 1980s. West Germany had considered taking as many as 700 Tornados for the Luftwaffe and Marineflieger, but introduction of the F-4F saw this reduced to 322, including 210 for the Luftwaffe. In July 1983 JBG 38 at Jever (the former WaSLw 10) took on responsibility for continuation training of Tornado crew coming from the Trinational Tornado Training Establishment (TITE) at Cottesmore. The same year saw the first Tornado deliveries to a front-line unit, with JBG 31 being the first to re-equip in July 1983. The definitive Tornado IDS composition consisted of four front-line wings (JBG 31, 32, 33 and 34). In 1993 AG 51 was reformed at SchleswigJagel to operate the Tornado IDS in the reconnaissance role, later taking over the anti-shipping mission from the navy. In June 1986 Panavia received an order for 35 of the Tornado ECR variant, these aircraft being dedicated to the electronic reconnaissance and SEAD missions and serving as replacements for the RF-4E. The aircraft first saw service with 2./JBG 38 from July 1990, but all 35 were later taken left: A MiG-29 of JG 73 launches an R-27R missile. Undoubtedly a capable dogfighter, the luftwaffe MiG-29 was put to good use in dissimilar air combat training. (USAF)

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The 'new' Luftwaffe at 50 JBG 41 put up this Alpha Jet two-ship from Husum in 1988. The wing had originally formed as JBG 41 in 1961 with the 'Gina', and was subsequently reclassified as LeKG 41. The eagle insignia worn on the fin was inherited from its antecedent, JBG 35, which had previously flown the Thunderstreak from Husum. Noteworthy is the later-pattern Norm 85 camouflage of the rear aircraft. (AirDOC Collection via Stefan Petersen)

Left: Identifying features of the Tornado ECR include its lack of cannon, the black ELS coverings on the inner portions of its wing glove leading edges and the infra-red linescanner under its fuselage. (Luftwaffe)

over by JBG 32, which became a dedicated defence suppression wing. Reunification and after Immediately prior to German re.unification in October 1990 the Luftwaffe had some 1,120 aircraft on strength, including over 630 combat aircraft. Soon after reunification the Luftwaffe planned to re-role ]BG 35 and JBG 36 as air defence wings. In January 1991 ]BG 36 was redesignated as JG 72, while ]BG 35 merged with the MiG-29 evaluation unit in 1994 to become JG 73. JG 72 was disbanded as a front-line formation in January 2002 and the Fluglehrzentrum F-4F activated as its successor at Hopsten, where it continued 'Europeanisation' of Phantom crews until the end of 2005. Laage, the Luftwaffe's first base in the former East Germany, became home to JG 73, with one Staffel of MiG-29s and one of F-4Fs. In March 2002 the F-4Fs were retired, 2./JG 73 being reformed as the first EF2000 unit in February 2004, tasked with conversion training. Meanwhile, the last of 22 MiG-29s were transferred from l./JG 73 to Poland in August 2004. It was during this period of post-Cold War transition that the 'new' Luftwaffe went to war for the first time, ]BG 32 and AG 51 providing aircraft and crews for Einsatzgeschwader 1, which flew 504 sorties during Allied Force. In February 2003 it was announced that

the Tornado fleet would be reduced from almost 300 aircraft to 85 by 2013. ]BG 38 was disbanded in Augus(2005, leaving four front-line wings, of which JBG 31 and 33 are due to receive the EF2000 in the next decade. Germany has threatened to withdraw from the EF2000 project on more than one occasion, but the Luftwaffe remains committed to acquiring 180 examples. The first of these entered front-line service when the initial operational wing, JG 74, began to re-equip in July 2006. Transport assets Among the first aircraft orders for the 'new' Luftwaffe were 200 Noratlas transports,

later reduced to 173, with the first 25 built by Nord. The first transport wing was Lufttransportgeschwader (LTG) 61 based at Neubiberg and initially equipped with the C-47. The Noratlas became available in late 1956, with LTG 62 becoming the first operational unit, followed by LTG 61 and LTG 63. While the majority of the Noratlas fleet had been assembled locally, the type's successor was a Franco-German project from the outset. The C.160D Transall was first delivered in April 1968 and continues to serve with three wings. A total of no C.160Ds was originally received, although 20 examples were transferred to Turkey in 1972. The type will remain in service after the planned arrival of the A400M in 2010. Selected together with the Noratlas and P.149D in October 1955, the Do 27 was the first post-war West German type to attain quantity production; deliveries continued until 1960 and the type saw widespread employment as a Geschwader 'hack'. January 1970 saw the arrival of a new communications aircraft, when the first Do 28D-2 was handed over, most wings eventually receiving four examples. The Flugbereitschaftstaffel (FBS) based at K6ln-Wahn is responsible for VIP and staff

The EF2000 will spearhead the Luftwaffe in the coming years, with 147 single-seaters and 33 two-seaters on order to equip a total of five full-strength wings. (Luftwaffe)

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Aircraft in Profile Right: The first Pembroke C.Mk 54s arrived with the FFS-S at Neubiberg in June 1957. A total of 34 examples was delivered in 1957-59 for the Luftwaffe, Marineflieger and Heeresflieger. This aircraft was on a pre-delivery flight. (Art-Tech)

transport duties. In February 1957 the first of two DH.1l4 Herons was delivered and six CV-440As arrived from March 1959, these ultimately being supplemented by four DC-6s. The Heron was superseded by the JetStar, three of which were operated. In 1968 the FBS saw the arrival of four 707-320C long-range personnel transports. For shorter range requirements six Hansa Jets were ordered in 1966, and the type was also used for ECM training by 3.jJBG 32. Three VFW 614s were taken on charge in 1977 and served until 1999, while in 1984 the first of seven CL-60ls arrived; six of these latter remain in use in 2006. A shortlived transport wing was LTG 65 that operated various ex-NVA equipment in the early 1990s. After reunification, a number of former East German transports were taken on charge, but only three ex-Intertlug A3lOs were retained long-term, two of these serving as long-range VIP transports. Further A310s were acquired in the form of four ex-Lufthansa machines now configured as Multi-Role Tanker Transports. In summer 1957 the Luftwaffe received its first helicopters in the form of the Sycamore Mk 52 for the FFS-S. At the same time, the FFS-S received the first of 26 H-34s, and a number of H-21C Shawnees was also diverted to the Luftwaffe. In the future, however, transport helicopters would be the preserve of the army, and the last H-21Cs and H-34s were retired by Workhorse of the Luftwaffe transport fleet since its service entry in 1968, the FrancoGerman Transall is seen here wearing the insignia of LTG 61 at Penzing. (Art-Tech)

1973. However, the helicopter was soon put to use by the Luftwaffe on SAR dl1ties. Such missions were initially handled by the Hubschrauber Rettungs und Verbinclungs Staffeln, mainly operating the Sycamore. The third 'first~generation' type was the Agusta-Bell 47G, used for training. The Luftwaffe established a dedicated helicopter wing in 1964, HTG 64, with four Staffeln headquartered at Landsberg, with detachments at satellite bases. HTG 64 relocated its HQ to Ahlhorn in 1971, but was disbanded in 1993, its UH-1Ds being dis-

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Post-transport career, the C-47 remained in use until 1976 on navaid calibration and VIP communications duties. CA+015 was one of 20 examples delivered. (Art-Tech)

tributed to the Lufttransportgeschwader. The 'Huey' remains the Luftwaffe's primary helicopter for utility and SAR duties, with the survivors of 132 Dornier-assembled examples due to be replaced by the NH90. In the meantime, the latest rotary-winged addition to the inventory are three AS 532 Cougars, used as VIP transports by the FBS. Thomas Newdick

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Lockheed T-33A JA-396, JG 71, Ahlhorn, c.late 1950s Aluminium overall with Dayglo panels.

North American Harvard Mk IV AA+666, FFS-A, Landsberg, Germany, c.1956 RAL 1006 Gelb overall. Original US serial 52-8537, making this a CCF-built aircraft.

Lockheed T-33A-5-1 LO 9485 (58-0515), LKG 41, Husum, post-1968 RAL6014 Geiboliv/RAL7012 Basallgraul RAL7001 Silbergrau.

Republic F-84F Thunderstreak DC-127, JBG 33, Biichel, c.early 1960s Natural metal.

Republic F-84F Thunderstreak DF-365, 2.1JGB 36, Hopsten, c.1963/64 RAL6014 Geiboliv/RAL7012 Basaitgrau/RAL7001 Silbergrau. Note replacement canopy and red tip on drop tank.

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash EA-117, AG 51, Ingolstadt, c.early 1960s Natural Metal overall.

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Aircraft in Profile Republic RF-84F Thunderflash EB-112, AG 52, Eggebek, c.early 19605 RAL6014 Geiboliv/RAL7012 Basaitgrau/RAL7001 Silbergrau.

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Canadair Sabre Mk 6 JA-114, JG 71 'Richthofen', c.early 19605 Natural metal overall. Note that the 'Richthofen' name was applied (like 'Immelmann to AG 51) to JG 71 in April 1962, hence it may well not apply in this case.

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Lockheed F-104F Starfighter BB+373 (ex-59-5007), WaSLw 10, Norvenich, 1962 Natural metal overall.

Lockheed F-104G Starfighter JD+234, JG 74, Neuburg, summer 1966 RAL6014 Geiboliv/RAL7012 Basaitgrau/RAL7001 Silbergrau. The 'Molders' title did not apply to JG 74 at this time.

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The 'new' Luftwaffe at 50 Lockheed F-104G Starfighter 21+98, JBG 33, based at Buchel but attending the NATO Tactical Weapons Meet, RAF Wildenrath, 1978 RAL6014 GeibolivlRAL7012 Basaitgrau/RAL7001 Silbergrau.

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Lockheed RF-104G Starfighter 24+65, AG 52, Leek, c.1970 RAL6014 GeibolivlRAL7012 Basaitgrau/RAL7001 Silbergrau.

Lockheed F-104G Starfighter 21+42, JBG 36, Hopsten, 1971 RAL6014 GeibolivlRAL7012 Basaitgrau/RAL7001 Silbergrau.

Lockheed F-104G Starfighter 22+57, JBG 34, Memmingen, late 1970s RAL6014 GeibolivlRAL7012 Basaltgraul RAL7001 Silbergrau.

Lockheed F-104G Starfighter 25+23, JBG 34, Memmingen, 1986 RAL6003 Olivgrun/F.S.34079 Waldgrunl RAL7021 Schwartzgrau.

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Fiat G.91R/3 30+39, LKG 43, Oldenburg, c.1970s RAL6014 GeibolivlRAL7012 Basaltgraul RAL7001 Silbergrau.

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Aircraft in Profile Fiat G.91T/3 34+52, based at W5-50, Fiirstenfeldbruck but seen at RAF 5t Mawgan, August 1975 RAL6014 Gelboliv/ RAL7012 Basaltgrau/ RAL7001 Silbergrau.

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McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II 38+22, JBG 35, Pferdsfeld, 1978 Norm 72 scheme of RAL6014 Gelboliv/RAL7012 Basaltgrau/RAL7001 Silbergrau/RAL2005 Leuchtorange. Dayglo panels fading to yellow/orange.

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McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II 38+32, JG 74 'Molders', Neuburg, c.1981 Norm 81Ascheme of RAL7035 Lichtgrau overall with RAL7037 Grau, RAL7039 Quarzgrau, RAL7009 Grungrau and RAL7012 Basaltgrau on the uppersurfaces and RAL7030 Steingrau on the undersurfaces.

McDonnell Douglas RF-4F Phantom II 35+26, AG 52, Leek, 1991 Tiger stripes added for the 1991 Tiger Meet. RAL6003 Olivegrun/RAL7021 SChwartzgrun/F.S.34079 Waldgrun to Norm 83B pattern.

DassaultiDornier Alpha Jet A 41+19, German Training Detachment, Beja, Portugal, October 1985 41 +19 carries the badges of LKG 43 and Reserve LKG 44. RAL6014 Gelboliv/RAL7012 Basaltgrau/RAL7001 Silbergrau.

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DassaultiDornier Alpha Jet A 41+67, JBG 49 (ex-W5-50), Fiirstenfeldbruck, mid-1980s RAL6003 Olivgrun and RAL7021 Schwartzgrau.

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Mikoyan MiG-29 'Fulcrum-A' 29+12, JG 73 'Steinhoff', Laage, JlIly 2004 Uppersurfaces F.S.35237 (Middle GrilY) with F.S.36320 (Compass Gray) pattern and F.S.36375 (Shadow Gray) undersurfaces. Radome F.S.36320, originally RAL7012 Basaltgrau.

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Dornier Do 27 57+23, AG 51, c.1960s RAL6014 Geiboliv/RAL7012 Basaltgraul RAL7001 Silbergrau

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Dornier Do 280-2 58+50, JBG 31 'Boelcke', based at Norvenich but seen at RAF Greenham Common, 22 October 1982 RAL6014 Gelboliv/RAL7012 Basaltgraul RAL7001 Silbergrau.

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Nord Noratlas GB+114, LTG 62, Ahlhorn, c.early 1960s RAL6014 Geiboliv/RAL7012 Basaitgrau/RAL7001 Silbergrau. RAL2005 Leuchtorange on engines and rudder - note fading on nose, rudder and engines. Transall C.160D 50+97, LTG 62, Wunsdorf, September 1995 RAL6014 Geiboliv/RAL7012 Basaltgraul RAL7001 Silbergrau. RAL2005 Leuchtorange on sponson, engines and rudder - note fading on rudder and engines.

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Transall C.160D 50+92, LTG 61, Penzing (Landsberg), April 2006 RAL6003 Olivgrun/RAL7021 Schwartzgrun/F.S.34079 Waldgrun.

Canadair CL-601 Challenger 12+06, Flugbereitschaft BMVg, Koln-Wahn, May 2006 RAL9010 White with RAL7035 Grau lower fuselage and wings. RAL5010 Blue and black cheatline.

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Pacific Fleet Avenger Mk III Part 1: Converting the Trumpeter TBM-3 It is relatively common knowledge that the Royal Navy operated earlier versions of the TBF/TBM-1 as the Avenger Mk I and Mk II and that these wore the British Temperate Sea scheme camouflage colours of Extra Dark Sea Grey, Dark Slate Grey and Sky. It is, however,

much less well known that during the closing stages of the war the Fleet Air Arm also used a later Avenger Mk III version that was painted overall Sea Blue Gloss, and it is this variant that Tony O'Toole has modelled in 1 :32 scale using Trumpeter's very large kit.

In July 1944 the Royal Navy finally agreed to accept US-manufactured aircraft into Fleet Air Arm service wearing the standard US Navy scheme of overall Glossy Sea Blue, instead of the previously applied Temperate Sea scheme. This new overall blue colour was soon to be commonly found on later versions of the Corsair, Left: The filled-in rivet detail is displayed in this view, together with the flare chute and ventral gun position apertures that had to be filled in order for the model to represent the lightweight TBM-3E variant.

Wildcat and Hellcat in British service, but it is a little known fact that this directive also applied to batches of the latest TBM-3 Avenger. The British received this version, with its more powerful engine, as the Avenger Mk III with the standard modifications that also applied to the Mk 1/11, such as a manned cockpit position behind the pilot to house the observer, bulged windows in the waist position and British radios and oxygen systems. While the first 16 aircraft were equivalent to the TBM-3, which retained

Left and above: The observer's cockpit was converted from the supplied kit configuration by adding a new seat, radar controls, an instrument panel, a seat harness and a chart table, complete with map. The turret has been fitted above, and the lack of a ventral gun and flare tubes is also noticeable. (all Tony O'Toole)

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Pacific Fleet Aven er Mk III left: The completed dorsal gun turret with its single 0.5-in Browning machine-gun. Right: The cockpits and wing spars seen after the fuselage halves had been joined. Below right: The interior of the starboard wing is pictured after having been painted with Humbrol 181 Glossy Sea Blue. The Browning gun has its ammunition track in place, while the weapon's blast tube has has been cut down to prevent it from protruding beyond the wing leading edge - note the piece cut out over the wheel bay. Extra holes have been drilled into the wing fold section of the upper wing half (seen on the right). The etched-brass ailerons and flap hinges are also in place.

the ventral 'stinger' gun posltlon, the remainder were of the improved and lightened TMB-3E subtype that incorporated many changes including an AN/APS-4 radar fitted in a pod below the right wing. Removing the ventral gun position and many of the internal fixtures lightened the airframe. Although the first batch of early Avenger Mk Ills was delivered to the UK for trials purposes and went on to be used by various second-line units well into the 1950s, most of the remaining delivery of wartime Mk Ills went directly to Australia to replace earlier Avengers used by the British Pacific Fleet. Although a number of squadrons had started to convert to these new Avengers by the summer of 1945, the war ended before they could see any action. Some of the squadrons that had re-equipped with the Mk III were disbanded while others continued to use them until the. end of the Lend-Lease scheme meant that the Royal Navy was forced to get rid of all of its US aircraft, and most were taken to sea and rolled off the decks of aircraft carriers.

Trumpeter's TBM-3 When Trumpeter announced the release of a pair of Avenger kits in 1:32 scale I must admit that I was a little dubious of them ever coming to fruition, but both have emerged as fabulous kits. Unfortunately the asking price of £79.99 was a bit steep for my limited finances until Transport Models in Preston announced a sale and sold me the TBM-3 at a more than reasonable price. Since I had already built the TBF/TBM-IC version of the kit as an Avenger Mk II, I decided to finish this kit as a Mk III in Pacific Fleet roundels. As Trumpeter only provides parts for a US NavyTBM-3, quite a few modifications need to be made to the kit for it to represent a British-operated Mk Ill, especially one ofthe ai ra·aft used in Australia, as most of these were of the TBM-3E subtype. The various changes would have to be made using my own resources, and as details of the changes made to the British Avengers by US-based working parties from the Blackburn Aircraft Company are not exactly thick on the ground, finding out what they might have looked like took quite a bit of time and effort. Rivet treatment Before construction began I had to fill in most of the deep-looking holes covering the model that are supposed to represent rivets. When viewing a full-sized Avenger it becomes apparent that most of these rivets actually fit flush with the skin and only


really show up as flat circles under raking light or when dirt has accumulated around their edges. If these holes are not filled the result will be a model covered in unrealistic 'spots'. The first stage was to cover almost all of the outer surfaces of the kit, including the wings, fuselage, tailplane, bomb doors and undercarriage doors, in filler. Once it had dried this was sanded away to leave a smooth surface. After a couple of filling and sanding sessions I was happy with the look of the surfaces of the parts. After the panel lines had been re-scribed, test painting of a couple of areas confirmed that the desired effect had been attained. While the filler was being applied the first of the changes to convert the model into a TBM-3E was carried out by filling in the holes for the flare chutes on either side of the tail wheel bay (these were deleted in this version in favour of a lighter single tube). The next modifica-

left: One of the modifications required to convert the TBM-3 parts provided in the kit to TBM-3EIAvenger Mk III standard involved the cowling flaps. The lower two flaps on the TBM-3 have a tapered cut-out, but on the TBM-3E they are all the same size. In his efforts to reproduce this, Tony cut the upper two flaps from the set of optional closed flaps that the kit provides. These were used in place of the tapered lower flaps in the kit-provided open flap parts. The result was a set of similarly-sized flaps, but unfortunately they would not fit onto the model, forcing the TBM-3 configuration to be retained. Below left: Here the additional holes that need to be drilled into the Avenger's upper wing halves are clearly seen. The wing part to the right has not yet been treated, while that on the left has had all its holes drilled through. Below right: The wing root stubs were given additional detail through the use of wire, as shown on the completed port section at left. The hinged parts for the wing fold are also in place.

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1:32 Scale Modellin~ Left: The deleted ventral gun position was reproduced using the kit-supplied glazing, which was painted in the interior colour on its inside. Its external surfaces were covered with filler and plasticard. A hole was drilled out through the card covering the area where the TBM-3's gun would have emerged. This simulated the TBM-3E version's relocated (single) flare chute aperture, while a length of tube was secured to its inside rim to provide depth.

tion saw the triangular side windows of the ventral gunner's position fitted and then covered over with filler from the outside and paint on the inside. These were deleted on the TBM-3E, along with the rest of the gunner's position.

headrest.) There was also a seat for the observer in the British version and possibly a folding chart table. Having come to these conclusions, a radar console with a viewing visor was built up out of scrap plastic and parts from the spares box. An instrument panel was made up from plasticard and some old instrument decals and fitted inside the triangular hole, while a seat came from the replacement sprue provided by Trumpeter to correct its Wildcat kit. The chart table was made from more plasticard with a map coming from an old magazine cutting. The radio and radar boxes were cut away from the rear compartment and relo-

Fuselage and interior With the messy filling and sanding out of the way, construction could now start on the cockpit after the many parts had been pre-painted on the sprue. I believe that the cockpit area of Grumman-built Avengers was painted Bronze Green with the remainder of the fuselage interior painted US Interior Green. However, when production switched to Eastem Motors, US Interior Green was used throughout. As Eastern Motors built all the TBM-3s I elected for the single-colour interior, but was forced to use Humbrol Grass Green to represent the US Interior Green, as I had run out of the required colour. The various boxes, wiring, air canisters and the instrument panel were painted black and dry brushed using white and silver, while the rear of the clear instrument dials were painted white and attached to the panel using Humbrol Crystal Clear. As this was going to be a British Avenger it would need an observer's position to be constructed in the 'glasshouse'. I obtained as much information as I could possibly find to determine what this area would have looked like and even contacted an exAvenger observer via the FAA Officers' Association. One of my main queries was whether the radar would have been operated from this position or from the rear fuselage as in US Navy aircraft. My eventual conclusion was that a moveable radarviewing console was normally mounted on a bracket in front of the observer, to the right of a small instrument panel in the rear ofthe pilot's headrest that had been used in the TBF-l version and retained by the British. (Later US versions had the panel removed, leaving a triangular hole in the Above right: By this stage construction is well and truly underway. The engine and starboard wing are in place, the propeller has been dry fitted and the cowling is almost ready for installation over the engine. A clamp is holding the wing firmly in place while the cement dries. Right: In this image the engine cowling has been fitted and filler applied. The etched-brass plates around the starboard wing fold have also been attached.

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The model's Wright R-2600-20 engine was further detailed with the addition of an ignition harness made from fuse wire.

cated in the gap just in front of the new observer's seat's leg space. In their place, one of the kit's radios was relocated on top of the rear end of the bomb bay. Another of








Pacific Fleet Aven er Mk III the modifications made to British Avengers was the replacement of the US Navy seat straps with British Sutton harnesses, and a pair of etched-brass items was obtained from MOe. These were painted Humbrol Satin Oak, while the buckles were scraped over with a knife to reveal the brass underneath. The harnesses were given a wash with Burnt Umber oil paint before being attached to both seats. A nice touch in the kit is the inclusion of etched-brass 'knobs' for some of the controls on the pilot's instrument panel and side consoles. Although these need care to set in place, they add a lot to the appearance of the cockpit area. Before these fragile items were attached, the entire interior was given a wash using a mix of Burnt Umber and Payne's Grey watercolour paint. This was rubbed away using a piece of damp kitchen paper, leaving just enough of the paint behind to enhance the look of the pal1s. Simulated paint chips were added using dabs of Humbrol Metalcote Polished Aluminium, especially on the floor. Due to the fact that the TBM-3E did not have the double flare tubes or a gun fitted inside the rear fuselage, both of these parts were left out and this just left the impressive dorsal gun turret to be constructed. The Browning machine-gun has an etched-brass sight and nicely detailed hydraulic pipe work. Once

this was completed the turret was left aside and the two fuselage halves were joined and held together to dry using tape. To create the look of the removed ventral gun position, the main glazed part (K1S) was firstly fitted as normal. The open area that the gun would normally project through was then blanked off using a piece of plasticard that was larger than the hole. Filler was applied along the lower fuselage from the area of the previously fitted triangular windows to meet the overlapping plasticard. Once the filler had dried the whole area was sanded to give it a more squared-off appearance. A semi-circular plasticard strip was then added to the curved bottom edge of palt K1S to create a prominent lower rim, and a hole was drilled into the flat piece of plasticard to act as the new, single flare chute exit. R-2600-20 Double Cyclone engine With 94 pal1S, the engine is almost a kit in itself and careful preparation will result in a very nice end product, although the multitude of small items can be a bit of a bind. I revel1ed to my various references, especially Squadron/Signal's Detail and Scale book on the Avenger to help with the various detail parts. The cylinders were painted black with a heavy dry brushing of silver, the exhaust pipes were painted Humbrol Gun Metal which was

later polished up to a nice sheen, the coolant pipes were painted Humbrol Tank Grey to represent rubber hoses that had been discoloured by heat, and part 013, with its con rods, was painted silver. The reduction gearbox housing, which is the part that the propeller fits into, was painted using Xtracrylic Extra Dark Sea Grey. Unfol1unately; the ignition harness is not included among the engine pal1S, so I decided to make one by cutting various lengths of fuse wire and then winding them around the distribution ring (part 014) that fits around the gearbox housing, before routing them over each of the cylinders and into the area of the spark plugs. Each strand of wire was painted light green to represent the colour of the cloth that covered the harness wires. Once the engine was mounted onto the silver-painted firewall, construction of the engine cowling could commence. The cowling flaps of the TBM-3E were slightly different compared to the earlierTBM-3: on the TBM-3E version they are all the same size, as opposed to the cowling flaps on the TBM-3 which have a kink cut out of the lower two, making these narrower than the top flaps. The cut-out in the fuselage for the exhaust pipe was also slightly smaller on the TBM-3E. There are two separate sets of cowling flaps provided in the kit allowing portrayal in either the opened or closed

Below: The completed AN/APS-4 radar pod, painted white and attached to one of the underwing bomb racks; the vacformed side blisters; the wheels, with their rubber tyres suitably weathered; and the long-range fuel tank, ready for fitting in the bomb bay, are all illustrated here. The wire was used to 'strap up' the radar pod, as well as to simulate brake pipes found on the undercarriage.

Above: The ANI APS-4 radar pod was made from the front of the kit's torpedo and the rear parts of a drop tank. In each case lower parts, without moulded rims, were used. These front and rear sections were joined and two lengths of plastic strip were wrapped around the middle of the pod that resulted. Below and below right: After a disaster with the sprayed on primer, the model was sanded before a first coat of Aeromaster US Sea Blue was applied, using a wide, flat sable brush. After three or four coats of the blue, the entire model was given a coat of Humbrol gloss varnish ready for the decals to be added.

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1:32 Scale Modellin Below: Once the decals were in place, the gloss scheme was dulled down with the aid of Polyscale flat varnish. The model was weathered using a watercolour wash, Mig pigment powders and Humbrol Metalcote Polished Aluminium. Under the wing can be seen the bomb bay doors, with the part-built wing fold actuator beside them. The entry door, radar pod and left wing await fitting. The waist blisters are in place, along with the rest of the glazing, and the access panel for the starboard wing machine-gun is open.

Above: Before the folded port wing was attached, this shot was taken to demonstrate the model's appearance with wings spread.

position. I decided to tIy and alter the cowling flaps by cutting the lower flaps with the kinked sections out of the extended set of flaps and replacing them with the upper straight sections from the closed set, hopefully resulting in a set of cowling flaps that were of uniform size with no kinks. Unfortunately the different sections of cowling flap just would not fit together overthe contours of the nose. Eventually a decision was made to reassemble the open flaps in their original TBM-3 kinked configuration and fit them to the model like this. As the TBM-3 cowling flaps were now being used I decided not to alter the fuselage cutout either and left it as it was in the hope that some of the earliest TBM-3Es might just have retained TBM-3 type cowlings! This difference in cowling details is hard to see on most photographs anyway, and the assembled cowling was added to the fuselage with the lower ends being cemented into the fuselage joints. The top section was simply perched upon the top of the firewall, with filler needed to smooth it into the fuselage contours. Wings The kit provides the option of having the wings folded or spread. I had toyed with the idea of folding both wings but decided against this and went with one wing folded and the other extended. The wings were often in this configuration when they were being manually folded or unfolded while the aircraft was being ranged on deck, since the automatic wing fold only worked with the engine running. Construction of the wings looked to be relatively straightforward, apart from the intricate etched-brass hinges for the ailerons and flaps that need to be held in place by small metal rods. With care and by following the instructions these hinges were not as daunting as I had feared. All of the control surfaces were built up together in a single batch, with their hinges in place, making it much easier to sand and paint them before they were fitted.

After closely viewing the Corsair and Hellcat at Yeovilton I had noticed that although the Sea Blue Gloss on the exterior had faded, the paint in areas such as the wing folds, the insides of the flaps and on the undercarriage legs had remained fresh and shiny. To replicate this on my model I painted these areas in I-Iumbrol 181 Glossy Sea Blue, which is the best representation of this colour I have yet found. The Mk III was the first British Avenger capable of carrying rockets in squadron service. This makes construction of the Mk III faster than that of the Mk II, since the entire rocket mounting plates and the holes for the rocket stubs can be retained. The pre-built flaps and ailerons were fitted to the wings next. Superglue was used to fit the etched-brass hinges in place and as one of the wings was going to be folded the flaps were fixed in the raised position. Inside each wing of the Mk II and Mk III was a single Browning machine-gun, and these are provided in the kit, along with their ammunition tracks and ammunition boxes. These can be seen if you are willing to cut open the hatches, but the blast tubes that carry the projectiles from the end of the gun barrel to the outside of the wings are far too long, since they project way out of the wing instead of ending flush with the leading edge as they should. As the ends of the kit's blast tubes are hollow, I wanted to retain this feature. Instead of simply chopping the end off each blast tube level with the leading edge they were instead cut in half further back inside the wing at the point where they pass over the landing gear recess, and then trimmed to fit until the hollow ends finished level with the leading edges. I have seen a few Trumpeter kits that have not had these blast tubes corrected and this error does rather spoil the appearance of what would otherwise have been excellent models. With this job completed, the top and bottom halves of the outer wing sections are all but ready to be joined. To make the wing fold look more realistic, a few additional holes were drilled out using a pin vice in between the triangular frames of the wing fold that are moulded as

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part of the upper wing halves. These holes are very visible on the real airo-aft with the wings folded and there is otherwise only a blank wall of plastic provided in the kit. In between the various jobs being done on the outer wing sections, the inner stubs were also built up and again a bit of extra work is needed in the wing-fold area to prevent it from looking too bare. To replicate the wiring and pipe work visible in and among the various wing ribs, fuse wire was threaded in between the holes in the triangular wing ribs, while lengths of copper wire were bent to shape and fitted into place to replicate larger hoses. The different wires were painted in various blacks, greys and silvers. With this completed, the wing stubs were attached to the fuselage, together with the tailplane, ruddel; windso-een and propeller. The outer wings were trial-fitted and the fold mechanism tested. I found that the wings sag, so they really do need fixing into position. The right wing was attached in the spread position while the left wing was going to be folded, but first it was removed and left to one side to simplify painting later on. Final assembly With the wings assembled, the etched-brass plates were fitted along the edges of the folds. These were faired into place along the inside edges of the right-hand wing fold using filler to make them look more like sections of the wing. Now that the main airframe components were in place, construction began to progress at a rate of knots. The hefty looking undercarriage, which had been pre-painted using Humbrol 181 Glossy Sea Blue (as had the wheel wells), was soon assembled and fitted. Using pictures as reference, the undercarriage was given a set of brake lines, using more fuse wire that was run down each main leg, with a loop around the back of the oleo to cater for the extended stroke; this wire eventually led into the wheel hub. Other items such as the large overload fuel tank in the bomb bay, the tailwheel and the bomb doors were next to be assembled. Next the main seam lines of the model were sanded to try and ensure that they were totally smooth, ready for painting. Tony O'Toole

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Technioues Modelling masterclass Part 15: External details Vic Scheuerman continues his back-to-basics series using a Seafire Mk XV as his example, providing examples of the types of photographs he used to help him detail the exterior of the model.


1. Here one can clearly see the two different matrix configurations of the port radiator. The outboard matrix serves the oil cooler, while the starboard face has a uniform pattern. Also note how the row of rivets in front of the intake stands out in this photograph.

was simulated on the model with fine strips of O.OlO-in card. 3. In this photograph of the rear of the port radiator housing, the outlet pipe that attaches to the radiator (note the oil cooler to the left) can be seen, as well as the curved 'roof in this area.

2. The framing for the oil cooler matrix

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4. The detail of the port radiator flap was represented on the model with a combination of card and brass wire. The flap is automatically controlled by the temperature of the coolant. 5. A view of the intake area. 6. Note the small round access plate aft

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., .on the lip of the carburettor air intake.

attached to the top of the mast. 10. The port elevator and tailplane mirror the starboard units shown here. Note the location and configuration of the trim tab and its actuating arm and fairing.

7. The Seafire photographed has the early rudder featured on those aircraft equipped with the 'A'-frame arrester hook. Later rudders were of wider chord to compensate for the new fixed lower section that anchored the 'stinger' type arrester hook.

11. Details of the trim tab actuating assembly can be seen here. It is the same on both sides and is located on the uppersurface of the elevator/tab.

8. Rudder control arm (port side only).

13. Spinner.

15. Port side exhaust.

9. As mentioned photographs that tional Canadian raked mast show

14. Note the flange at the root of the propeller blades and their sectioned leading edges.

Next month Dealing with the model's canopy and clear parts.

in Part 14, all of the I have seen of operaSeafires featuring the an aerodynamic shape

12. The elevator hinge passes through an opening that is a little large in diameter.

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The CT-4 Airtrainer is probably not known to many in the Northern hemisphere, but for a generation of military pilots in both Australia and New Zealand this is the aircraft on which they learned to fly. Julian R. B. Edwards 'met' the aircraft at the Warbirds Over Wanaka air show in 2006 and set out to build a 1 :48 scale replica, using the Kiwi Resin Models kit.


CT-4 Airtrainer Building a IPlastic Parrot' The story of the Airtrainer goes back over 30 years, the aircraft being a development of the earlier Gr/2 Victa Ailtourer and CT/3 Aircruiser, designed by Henry Millicer in Australia. Aero Engine Services Ltd (AESL) in New Zealand acquired the rights to these designs in 1966 and Pat Monk then further developed the design into the prototype Gr/4, which first flew in February 1972. Later that year AESL merged with Air Palts NZ to become the Pacific Aerospace Corporation Ltd, based in Hamilton, North Island, and in 1975 the prototype, ZK-OGY, was shown at the International Air Salon at Le Bourget. Initial production (24 aircraft) was taken by the Royal Thai Air Force, with an

order for 37 machines following shortly afterwards for Australia. This was supplemented by an additional 14 aircraft in 1981. A further order for three aircraft went to the Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force, and one to the Thai Border Police. Partly due to the somewhat gaudy colour scheme of green and yellow which adorned the Australian aircraft, the type became known as 'The Plastic Parrot', something of a misnomer, since it is of all-metal construction. A partial re-design, featuring structural improvements and other changes emerged as the Gr/4 B, and this resulted in an initial order for 13 for the Royal New Zealand Air Force, the Thais taking a further six.

A turboprop version, the Gr-4C, aimed at winning a USAF contract for a basic trainer, flew in 1991. This was actually a borrowed RNZAF aircraft (NZ19490 c/n 088) re-engined with an Allison 250-B170 turbine, and this engine is still offered as an option in current production. Following successful testing, but an unsuccessful marketing programme, the prototype was returned to Gr-4 Bstandard. Current production is of the Gr-4E, which is significantly different from earlier versions, with a new cowling covering a 300-hp (224-kW) Lycoming engine, a three bladed Hal1zell propeller, a revised cockpit and instrument layout and a slightly lengthened fuselage.

Left: A CT-4E Airtrainer of the 'Red Chequers' display team taxiing back after the flying display at Warbirds Over Wanaka 2006. Below left and below: NZ1997 in the static display at Wanaka '06. Note that the CFS badge on the fin has no white surround, that th"ere is a small aerial just above it, and the very clean appearance of the whole airframe. (all Julian R. B. Edwards)

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CT-4 Airtrainer The contents of the Kiwi Resin Models 1:48 CT-4A kit are displayed here. The CT-4E kit is similar, except for a revised engine cowling and decals. Kits of this aircraft are also available in 1:72 scale.

The RNZAF operates the CT-4E with two units, the Central Flying School (CFS) and the Pilot Training Squadron (PTS), both at Ohakea. New pilot entrants to the PTS undergo a 34-week course, which includes some 108 hours of dual and 38 hours solo, while the CFS undertakes training for instructors for the PTS and for operations at squadron level. In addition, the CFS operates a four-ship display team, the 'Red Checkers'. In addition to the RNZAF, this latest version of the Airtrainer is also operated by the Singapore air force and in Thailand, while in Australia BAE Systems Flight Training Ltd uses the type in fulfiling its contract for the ab initio training of pilots for the Royal Australian Air Force. As this more powerful version of the Airtrainer has come into service over the last ten years, a number of the earlier CT-4B machines have come onto the civilian market, examples being ZK-CTA and ZK-L]H in ew Zealand. Around 30 aircraft are on the Australian civil register. Apart from the original Australian 'Plastic Parrot' green and yellow scheme, later changed to orange and white, CT-4s, in their various marks, have carried a variety of colours. The RNZAF aircraft were originally delivered in light grey and red, but in 1994 a number of 'hi-vis' schemes were tried, including yellow, red and white, and black, with the current yellow and black scheme winning out. The model I first came across Kiwi Resin Models' kit of the Airtrainer while researching for my trip to the Warbirds Over Wanaka show at

easter 2006, and subsequently corresponded with the kit maker, David Lochead. I later had the pleasure of meeting him and visiting his home to view what is a genuine 'garage industry' kit making facility. The 1:48 scale Kiwi Resin Kit of the PAC CT-4E Airtrainer comes in a stout cardboard box, which copes well with international shipping, and consists of the components moulded in a buffcoloured resin, two beautifully clear vacform canopies (moulded by Falcon Industries), a multi-page instruction sheet and a decal sheet, of which more later. The main resin components are separate, with the smaller parts coming on 'pancake' moulds, with some duplicate parts. The instruction sheet has a parts list, which helps to check out which pieces will actually be used in the model. Moulding quality is fair, with some air bubbles, which results in a few of the smaller parts not being completely formed, and a little surface dimpling in places on the larger components, which will need attention from your favourite filler. Construction begins with the cockpit interior, consisting of a floor with various items of equipment moulded in, two seats, control columns, duplicate rudder pedals, a rear bulkhead and instrument panel. Once this is complete it will slide into place between the fuselage halves, however, you have a bit of work to do before you get to thai stage. Since the canopies are so well moulded all the interior detail can be seen, so it is worth spending some time getting the interior right. The instructions give a side view sketch to indicate where various parts go, which is very helpful. I made my own instrument panel using instrument face decals and bezels from the Reheat Models range, which had been lurking in my spares box for some time. If you have not got any of these, and cannot pick any up from vendor's stands at hobby shows, then try the new instrument decals from Mike Grant Decals. The kit instrument panel is not bad, but mine had a few bubbles and pinpricks in just the wrong places, so making a new one was quicker than repairing the original. One thing that has come to light since completing my model is that CT-4 panels seem to vary quite considerably in layout, so if you can, check out references before making yours. The next stage is joining the fuselage halves. These consist of left and right mouldings, open at the front to accept the

upper forward fuselage panel and engine nacelle. Two problems immediately become apparent. Firstly the fuselage will need to be ground out to accept the cockpit interior, and second, the fuselage halves do not exactly match, either in depth or length. The size problem is not serious, and can easily be overcome by some applications of filler, but you do have to work hard to thin down the interior side walls of the fuselage to accept the cockpit floor and rear bulkhead. A power tool with a grinding attachment is almost a necessity, but do not forget to use a mask while working. I also found that the exterior fuselage sides in the cockpit area are not equal, one being a little more bowed than the other. However, once the model is completed this is not noticeable. There is some nice panel detail moulded in, but because of the differences between the two fuselage halves and the enthusiastic use of filler needed to correct this, you will have to re-scribe this later on. Bringing it together At this point I decided that the wings and tailplane should be attached, before fitting the cockpit and front cowling. This was a wise decision, since the airframe was in for some hard handling, which might have done the finely detailed interior no good. The problem is that the two wings are of differing thickness. This is only apparent when they are viewed from the front, but meant that some compromise had to be made at the wing attachment point. I chose to ensure that the upper wing/fuselage joint matched, and used filler, and considerable use of riffler files and flexible sanding pads on the underside. A further problem, which had been pointed out to me by David Lochead, in a moment of honesty, was that he had unwittingly made the flap/aileron detail on the underside of the port wing about 2 mm deeper in chord than on the starboard wing. What to do about it? There are really two options. Firstly to remove and fill the unwanted detail, and then rescribe, or just leave it alone, and, since it falls on a colour demarcation line, adjust the painting line so that it is even on both sides. Being lazy, I did the latter, and unless you look closely it does not show, especially as it is on the underside.

Left: Use a razor saw to separate the moulded parts from the extra moulding block. It helps if the workpiece can be placed on a piece of scrap wood to give better access for the saw. Right: Here a straight edge is being sanded at the base of the fin. I find it helpful to glue some wet and dry paper to a flat board, which then ensures a straight line to any sanded surface.

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1:48 Scale Modellin Use PVA adhesive to fix canopies in place. Apply it with a fine probe or pointed cocktail stick and wipe any excess away with a damp Q-tip or similar. It will dry clear, and additional layers can be built up over it as a filler if necessary.

The wing fences are provided on two of the 'pancake' mouldings, but look a little thick, so I substituted etched metal items from a 1: 144 airliner set by Fotocut, having first made slots in the wing leading edges with a razor saw. Alternatively, make up new ones from 5-thou plasticard. One item missing from the kit, and which I also forgot until after it had been completed, is the prominent landing light situated in the port wing leading edge. This is easy' to make. Just cut out the area where the lamp should be, cement a piece of clear polystyrene in place and sand it to shape. It is worth adding a locating pin to the wing/fuselage joint for added strength. Simply drill a small hole through the wingroot, and a corresponding one in the wing, and fit a length of metal rod into the fuselage side. Trim this off on the inside, so that it does not foul the cockpit floor, and then offer up the wing for fixing. After all the drama with the wings, the tailplane and rudder went on with a minimum of fuss and filler. The cockpit interior should now be fitted and if you have done your preparation it will just slide into place. Do not put the instrument panel in yet. It is much easier to locate accurately once the forward upper decking is in place. This latter needs a little trimming to fit properly, but is no problem. If you ensure that the front of the fuselage is square, the cowling will then fit nicely in place, with a minimum of filler needed. The intakes on the front of this are nicely moulded, but their appearance will be improved further if they are deepened using a fine chisel. One thing that had become very apparent while I worked on the fuselage was that in its natural form this model would be a definite tail sitter. There is very little room forward of the rudder pedals to put anything into the cockpit, so I

drilled and ground out quite a large hole in the rear of the solid cowling and fitted as much lead as I could into the space created. Having acquired a quantity of printer's type lead a few years ago, this did the job, just. At this point mask off the cockpit interior and spray with filler; Halfords yellow-coloured plastic filler primer is ideal, since it covers small imperfections and is an excellent base colour for future topcoats. Attention now turns to the undercarriage. Although 'there were some minor

Right: The almost complete model, with a close-up of the empennage before the addition of horizontal aerials just above the unit marking. Note that the PTS marking of an owl should not have a white background, but I could not resist putting it on!

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imperfections on all three wheels, these were quickly dealt with. The main undercarriage legs have a metal rod moulded in, which helps considerably with their strength. I had a problem with this though, largely of my own making. The kit does not contain accurate 1:48 scale drawings and I was unable to locate any elsewhere, so had to judge the position of the undercarriage legs by eye. As a result, I did not splay them enough and the finished model appears to be standing on tiptoe. I suspect that the kit parts are also slightly too long. However, fitting them was no problem. Just drill out locating holes on the undersides of the wings by the fairings, and also on the brake fairings moulded into the mainwheels, and attach . everything. Allow it to set and then fair in the various parts With a little filler. For the nosewheel, make a leg from plastic tube of the appropriate diameter, fit a pin to the upper part of the wheel yoke, and place the pin into the tube. Drill a small hole on the underside of the cowling to take the whole assembly and then give everything a further coat of primer. It is at this point that you need to decide whether to fit the canopy open or closed. It really is a moulding masterpiece, well up to Falcon's usual standard, and just in case

CT-4 Airtrainer you misjudge cutting out the first, you are thoughtfully given a second one. The canopy needs a little trimming to encourage it to sit correctly, but work carefully and this can quickly be achieved. A useful tip when cutting a vaeform canopy from the surrounding plastic, is to always use a new, sharp scalpel blade, and go gently. This will ensure that the knife does not slip and mar the finish. If you are completing the model with the canopy dosed, now is the time to put any final detailing into the cockpit, such as the throttle quadrant and map case, both of which fit on the side walls. Although cyanoacrylate adhesive had been used for construction up to now, I prefer to put transparencies in place with PVA adhesive, which dries dear and also acts as a filler to hide any minor imperfections. Painting and decals I chose to depict the current RNZAF colour scheme of yellow and black. After masking off the windscreen and cockpit area, I sprayed the whole airframe with Halfords Vauxhall Mustard Yellow, an almost exact match for the original colour. The other colour is black, applied to all the control surfaces, as well as forming the wingtip trim and covering the front upper cowling. There are lots of straight lines here, so it is a relatively simple, if tedious job to mask off all thedemarcation lines, or, alternatively, use black decal trim to ensure straight edges, and then fill in the rest with black paint applied with a brush. Thin decal strip was used to produce all the canopy framing, being sealed with a coat of Johnson's Klear. I had hoped to use the kit decals, which depict a machine from the 'Red Chequers' team, but was thwarted in this as the sheet had been printed on white decal paper. This would have been fine for the chequer markings and lettering, but would have left an unacceptable surround to all the other markings, so I had to adopt 'plan B', and rummage around in my spare decal files. To be fair, I understand that David, who produces the

decals on an inkjet printer, was experimenting with different decal papers at the time that these particular items were made. It is worth remembering that all decals produced on inkjet printers will need a coat of varnish to seal them and then require careful individual cutting out from the sheet since the carrier film is continuous. Fortunately this problem worked in my favour, since the lettering and numbers on the kit sheet are of the wrong style, whereas the letters and numbers from Modeldecal Sheet 36a are spot on. Kiwi does not supply New Zealand roundels, but these can be found on the 1:72 Roodecal post-war RAAFjRNZAF sheet. Once the decals were in place the whole model was given a coat of Klear to seal it and produce a light gloss finish. Final tasks included adding a few small items to the rear cockpit transparency and cementing this in place, again using PVA adhesive rather than superglue to ensure that there is no fogging of the canopy. Kiwi provides three spinners, so ensure that you select the correct (longest) one,

and gently drill this out to take the three propeller blades. The kit blades are a little heavily moulded, so some gentle sanding was required to fine them up before painting them black and white. Note that the stripes are not the same on each blade, but staggered to produce a spiral effect when the propeller is turning. The twin exhau~t stubs under the cowling were cut from suitable diameter plastic tubing and fixed in place. Aerials were made from stretched sprue. This is not a kit for the beginner, and at times the frustration factor was quite high, but it is worth persevering with, since a very colourful model results, with good overall accuracy. Kiwi does not claim that the mouldings are of the finest quality, but I would give them a 'B+', and hope that the company can reduce the number of air bubbles present in the finished castings, particularly now that a new casting machine has been obtained. I had a lot of fun building this model, and it developed skills that are not needed for the 'shake the box' type of kit. Finally, a note of advice. Kiwi only produces its kits in limited quantities. This can mean that delivery times are sometimes somewhat extended, although David Lochead does his best to keep customers informed as to progress. Also, he has no credit card facilities, so payment must be made in cash, money order or cheques drawn on a New Zealand bank, in New Zealand dollars. For prices, and a full list of current and proposed products, in a variety of scales, log on to www.cambridgeairforce.org.nzjKiwi_Resins, or write to David Lochead, 101 Wither Road, Blenheim, New Zealand. Julian R. B. Edwards This view of the cockpit area shows the very clear canopy, scratchbuilt instrument panel and additional interior items, such as the roll bar.

References Kiwi Air Power - the history of the RNZAF www.kiwiaircraftimages.com/atrainer http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/CT-4 Scale Aircraft Modelling - December 2006

A camera aboard HMS Perseus

A camera aboard HMS Perseus Stephanie Knapp's father, Patrick Shaffer, served aboard HMS Perseus from July 1950 to May 1952, working as a Leading Aircraft Mechanic (Engines). Thanks to Mrs Knapp, Scale Aircraft Modelling now offers an exclusive look at his photographs from the period.

Above: Of the ten 'Colossus'-class carriers, HMS Perseus (illustrated) and HMS Pioneer were both completed as non-combatant maintenance carriers. Perseus was commissioned on 19 October 1945 and passed into reserve status in June 1946. However- from the summer of 1950 the vessel was used during experiments with the new steam catapult gear. Early in 1952 US Navy aircraft were launched from the ship's catapult. This interesting period in the ship's short career coincides with LAM Shaffer's duty aboard the vessel.

Apparently taken when Perseus was taking its complement of aircraft aboard, Shaffer's photographs reflect the variety of types employed for the catapult trials. Here a Supermarine Attacker F.Mk 1 is being manoeuvred onto the catapult launching platform. For its test role the ship's modifications included the installation of a large raised platform along the centre of its f1ightdeck. Here the Attacker is being winched up its aft end into launch position, while the forward end of the ramp can be seen above right.

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A camera aboard HMS Perseus Left: This incredible photograph includes Sea Hornet PR.Mk 22 WE246/008, wearing the 'FD' codes of RNAS Ford, just lifting off the dockside under one of the ship's cranes. Behind it is Mk 22 WE247/007-FD and Sea Vampire '076-FD', possibly EMk 21 VG701, followed by a blue Avenger and a Sturgeon TT.Mk 2. The latter is coded '004' and may be TS477, which was at Ford in the period 1948-55 on the strength of No. 703 NAS. Indeed, all of the 'FD'-coded aircraft were serving with this trials unit, which had formed as the Naval Flight of the RAF's Air-Sea Warfare Development Unit in 1945, adding the work of No 778 NAS, the Service Trials Unit, to its mission in 1948 to become the NASWDU/STU. With a move to Ford from Lee-on-Solent in April 1950 it became simply the STU and continued its trials work, including catapult trials, into 1953.

Fighter, and the relatively rare photoreconnaissance variants of the Sea Hornet were present during the trials. The aircraft above is most likely PR.Mk 22 WE246, while that at left is Sea Hornet F.Mk 20 WE239. Air-Britain's The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm notes WE239 as being on the strength of No. 778 NAS at Ford coded '009-FD', in the period 1946-48 and with No. 703 in the same codes between 1948 and 1955. Interestingly the aircraft was photographed here minus its numerical code and the code letters of its station, perhaps after a respray. Right: This Firefly Mk 5 was being prepared for a catapult launch. The pilot is just entering the cockpit, while the launching strop is already engaged in the catapult's launching shuttle. The shuttle moved down a slot in the deck, underdeck machinery attaching it to a pair of pistons that were driven down their cylinders by steam pressure. At the limit of the pistons' travel the shuttle was braked and the aircraft launched, the strop falling over the carrier's bow into the sea. The strop attached to the Firefly's underside at two points beneath the wingroots at their junction with the fuselage. The large crane in the background is that featured in other photographs here where aircraft are being loaded.

Left: Careful examination of the original print shows the underwing yellow/black banding of a target tug on this Sturgeon TT.Mk 2. This aircraft is presumably the machine shown awaiting embarkation in a previous image. Again it is on the raised platform that was added to Perseus for the catapult trials, while considerable activity goes on around it in preparation for a launch. Aft of the platform a Sea Fury and Avenger are ranged. No. 703 Naval Air Squadron was one of just three units to fly the Sturgeon, the others being Nos 728 and 771 Sqns. With its loaded weight in excess of 22,000 Ib (9,970 kg), the Sturgeon was almost certainly the heaviest of the Fleet Air Arm aircraft used in the Perseus catapult experiments. Its importance to the development work would have been great, especially since heavier jet aircraft were coming on line.

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A camera aboard HMS Perseus Left: This view, taken just a few minutes after the opening image, but looking in the other direction, shows Sea Hornet PR.Mk 22 WE246/008 almost aboard. Behind PR.Mk 22 WE247, still waiting its lift, is Firefly AS.Mk 5 WB259, apparently fitted with a replacement, or repainted nose section. On the original print this is in a somewhat darker shade than the Extra Dark Sea Grey of the uppersurfaces, but lighter than either the red or the blue of the fuselage roundel. Trailing the Firefly are a pair of Sea Furies, FB.Mk 11 VW543 and FB.Mk 10 TF922. The aircraft in front of the hangar is another Firefly Mk 5, most likely the aircraft being prepared for a 'cat shot' in a previous photograph. WB259 has been recorded as '025-D' with No. 703 NAS, but any codes are obscured in this photograph by its folded wings. The Firefly in the distance seems to have a replacement rudder, in a lighter shade.

Right: Once Perseus had reached American waters· a number of US Navy aircraft were launched from its experimental catapult installation. Douglas AD-4 Skyraider 123908/512 was a relatively early aircraft from the first production batch of the variant. The US Navy tested the steam catapult at sea and from installations ashore at the Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia and the Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia. This AD-4 appears to be preparing for launch, although the cranes and buildings in the background seem at odds with this. Note the hold back extended from the Skyraider's fuselage, aft of its tailwheel.

Left: Here Sea Fury FB.Mk 11 VW664 shares deck space with a host of the most modern US Navy aircraft types. To starboard are ranged a Grumman Panther, a pair of Douglas F3D Skynights and a Piasecki HUP Retriever. The BuNos of the Skynights cannot be made out, but both aircraft wear NATC (Naval Air Test Center) titles, while the closest machine has the legend 'PATUXENT' below its fuselage 'NAVY' title. To port another Panther leads four McDonnell F2H Banshees. The BuNo of the third in line is visible as 123252, indicating that this aircraft at least was an F2H-2. The combination of an 'R' code and pale fin tips suggests that the Banshees might hail from VF-172, but the lack of a squadron identity beneath their 'NAVY' titles may preclude this. Right: Increasing aircraft weight as the new jet-powered machines began to enter service was the driving factor behind catapult and arrester gear development in the early post-war period. The Royal Navy developed the steam catapult and exported it very early on to the US Navy, which installed its first service example on USS Hancock. the first aircraft launched from Hancock's steam catapult was an S2F, in June 1954. Here a Panther is mounted on Perseus' catapult platform, but is not preparing to launch. The figure in the cockpit, his arm hanging out alongside the fuselage, is not in flying gear, while the aircraft has its hold back in place and also appears to be lashed to the platform. Behind, the Banshees, Skynights and HUP are all in evidence, crowding the deck of the small carrier.

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Not the world's most famous fighter, the Supermarine Swift failed to reach the required standards for a front line fighter at altitude and was therefore relegated to fast low-level photoreconnaissance work

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Also at Pearl Harbor... Sikorsky JRS-1 With the 65th anniversary of the Imperial Japanese Navy's attack on Pearl Harbor in December 2006, the editor asked some regular contributors to take a look at the modelling possibilities for one or two of the more esoteric aircraft that were involved. Alistair McLean built Sword's Sikorsky JRS-1. The Sikorsky S-43 was developed in 1935, and was used by Pan American throughout the Caribbean and South America. It operated alongside the larger S-42 fourengined aircraft from which it was developed. The US Navy and Marine Corps purchased 17 S-43s, for service under the designation JRS-I. Some of these aircraft were stationed at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 and the aircraft modelled here was one of those that survived the Japanese attack. Indeed, shortly after the raid it was sent out on a reconnaissance mission to locate the Japanese fleet. Pearl Harbor survivor I used the original Sword kit, although this has now been packaged by Special Hobby. The kit is a very typical limited run injection moulded product, with resin and photo-etched detail parts. The main plastic parts are very well moulded, but some of the smaller parts are not as crisp, these including the struts and the undercarriage. Some other smaller parts such as aerials and handles are replaced with either resin or photo-etch, and the numbering of some of these parts is a little confusing during the build process. Assembly starts with the interior, including the cockpit and main cabin.

The latter is laid out airliner style. I'm not sure if this is correct for the military version, but I stuck with what was available. In hindsight, you can see very little of the interior once the model is built, so it doesn't really matter. A few struggles The assembly of the fuselage is quite complicated and it was here that I struggled with the kit. Some of the problems may have been my fault, but it was difficult to assemble the parts and get good neat joints, as well as maintaining the detail. The ~ rest of the kit went together relatively well, with just some minor modifications and some careful adjustments needed on the undercarriage and struts. The main wing struts require considerable time to be spent on their correct positioning, and patience is required. The model was painted using the

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Alclad range of metallic paint and Hobby Color. The decals are very good and work exceptionally well. I finished the model in a fairly weathered condition, as I prefer to do. I think that any aircraft undertaking a mission around this time would have been left velY open to the elements and quite mistreated. The Sword/Special Hobby kit offers the potential for a really good model, but don't think that you will be able to bash this one together in an evening or two. It is well worth the effort required though, since it makes up into an interesting and unusual model. Alistair McLean Acknowledgements

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HAL HF-24 Marut 0-1196, IAF The HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) HF-24 Marut (Wind Spirit), was India's first home-produced combat aircraft. Designed by a team led by Kurt Tank of Fw 190 fame, the Marut first flew in June 1961. The type was finally phased out in 1985, after many years of service. A supersonic version was planned, but never proceeded with.

Oassault Mystere IVA IA 1334, No.3 Sqn, IAF One of India's first French jet types was the Ouragan. It was replaced by the excellent Mystere IVA, as seen here.


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Sukhoi Su-7BMK 'Fitter-A', IAF Sukhoi's Su-7BMK was one of the IAF's most loved aircraft. Immensely strong, and, for such a large aircraft, manoeuvrable, the 'Fitter' was nevertheless hampered by extremely short range, thanks to its thirsty Lyulka AL-7F turbojet. Its weapons load was also limited. Initially the 'Fitters' were left unpainted in IAF service, as on B897 below, but later received hastily applied disruptive camouflage (above).

Hawker Hunter FMk 56 BA273, IAF Wherever the Hawker Hunter served, it left a lasting impression of excellence. India used the F.Mk 56 and T.Mk 66, both types proving to be extremely popular in IAF service. The FMk 56 racked up an impressive mission tally.

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Indo-Pakistan air war Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21F-13 'Fishbed-C' BC821, IAF One of the principal Indian fighters of the 1971 war was the MiG-21. The IAF used a number of variants, including the F-13, PF and MF. This F-13 was one of the original batch delivered to India in the early 1960s.

Shenyang F-6, PAF Pakistan was the first operator of the Shenyang F-6, breaking its tradition of importing American aircraft. Initially, the F-6s were finished in overall painted aluminium, as on '1817', a No. 15 'Cobras' Squadron aircraft. This soon gave way to a variety of different schemes, including that on sharkmouthed '1015' shown below, which belonged to No. 11 Squadron.

Canadair Sabre Mk 6 '54987', PAF By the outbreak of the 1971 war, Pakistan's Sabre Mk 6 were increasingly outclassed by India's fighters, notably the MiG-21 and Gnat (and later the Ajeet). At this time, they were still in natural metal finish. The type soldiered on until the early 1980s.

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Lockheed F-104 Starfighter 56-803, PAF Pakistan was the only nation to use the F-104A in combat. Roughly comparable to the MiG-21, the Starfighter's high-altitude air-to-air capabilities were rarely utilised, due to the IAF engaging at lower altitudes where the F-104 was less effective. 56-803 scored a kill on an Indian Navy Breguet Alize in December 1971.


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VA[OM Kit: Supermarine Walrus Mk I Scale: 1:72 Kit type: Injection moulded with resin and etched-metal parts Decal options: (two) L2253/J9G, HMS Manchester, 1939; P5668 ALICE II, HMS Gloucester, March 1941 UK price: £21.40

Valom has recently added the Supermarine Walrus MK I and the Seagull MK V to its 1:72 scale range. Having the occasion to examine them both, I can confirm that they are practically the same kit and come from the same mould. Each is moulded in medium grey plastic and includes resin and etched-metal parts. The kits mainly differ in the colour scheme and markings options that they offer. The Walrus can be finished in the Temperate Sea Scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Dark Slate Grey over Sky, or as overall aluminium L2253/J9G. It comes in a standard Valom box, featuring a beautiful painting of the kit's camouflaged option. On opening the box the first impression is that this is a detailed kit, its parts being contained in a large sealed bag with two sprues of grey plastic containing 77 injectionmoulded pieces and eight pieces in clear plastic. There are also two combined sealed bags containing creamcoloured resin detail parts. These include the main wheels, a detailed radial engine, four bombs, crew seats, two control columns, machine-guns, etc, for a total of 15 pieces. Some of the parts exhibit fine flash. The 20page instruction booklet includes a history of the type in Czech and English and 18 stages of construction. This begins with the assembly of the engine, propeller and nacelle, and of the fuselage interior, including a detailed cockpit and adjacent wirelessoperator's compartment. The injection-moulded parts have engraved panel line detail and the fabric wing covering is well represented, reflecting the variety of tensions in the canvas covering of the flying surfaces. The wing and fuselage parts con-

tain runner and ejector pin marks that protrude on their inner surfaces. Based on previous experience with short-run kits, I would strongly recommend removing these excess plastic areas carefully and completely, since some of them may hamper the fitting of interior details, or prevent the main wing parts fitting together. The kit includes twoinjection moulded cockpit canopies. They are clear and similar in shape, but with one difference. One is in a single piece, while the other has a separate skylight, allowing the cockpit detail to be seen more effectively. The interior detail, some of which comes in resin, includes seats, a chart table, cockpit instruments, a floor and bulkheads, control wheels and other less visible details, including spare ammunition magazi nes, a winch drum, rudder pedals, etc. The interior is fitted to the port half of the fuselage once painted. There are two clear side windows that I preferred to replace with Kristal Klear, since I guessed that the wireless operator's cabin would be invisible if the clear pieces were fixed in place. The cockpit is well catered for, its three seats being complete with etched seatbelts. Etched instruments fit into the port half of the fuselage. The copilot's seat is folded, as is the co-pilot's control wheel, which is fixed flush with the starboard fuselage wall. Other detail fits into the rear fuselage space. It includes a set of oars mounted against the fuselage wall and visible through the aft gun opening. Various ammunition drums are fitted close to the open gun positions. Unlike the front gunner, the rear gunner has the provision of a seat. A detailed gun ring is delicately repre-

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sented in brass etch for each of the front and rear gun positions and looks excellent, particularly when the gun and its mounting are fixed in their respective places. External detail includes the engine; exhaust pipe; nacelle, made up of several pieces; floats under each wing; undercarriage legs; and tail wheel/ water rudder. The only drawback here is deciding the exact location of the engine pod and its struts, once the lower wings were already thoroughly dry in their place. I found this needed several dry runs, as it is quite a complex assembly. The engine pod is also tilted to one side and reference to the colour plan view and the colour artwork on the box gave me some form of clue as to correct position and angle of sideways tilt. Any experienced modeller will sort this it out one way or another. Rigging the model was a time consuming operation, but it reinforces the wings and adds a lot of strength to the structure. I represented the float rigging with thin steel strips cut to the correct lengths. For the wing and nacelle rigging I used invisible

thread. Thin fishing line works equally well. The instruction booklet has a diagram to assist with rigging placement, but this is rather limited in detail and is not quite complete. Reference to the rigging shown on the box art is not helpful and can confuse an otherwise not overly complex layout. My suggestion is to refer to photographs and scale plans from other sources. This is an interesting kit and the more detail you add, such as drilling small offset drain holes in the wheel covers, etc, the more complete the resulting model will be. Other observations that I made during assembly were: 1. The tail struts, items 20 (leading) and 21 (rear), should be labelled as items 21 (leading), since these are longer. 2. The slots where the wings and tailplanes fit need to be adjusted slightly in order to allow their parts to fit properly. 3. The two antenna locating holes on the wings are too far forward. I replaced the antennae themselves with steel pins. They should be placed right above and inline with, the forward outer struts. 4. The four outer struts (two on each wing) are of the correct length, but the inner two struts, one on each side close to the wing root, need to be shortened by 2 mm in order to remain upright when fitted. 5. The rigging wires at the wing trailing edges should start at the lower struts and connect to a point in line with the vertical strut close to the wing root at the leading edge, but not to the upper engine pod strut. For some reason the two struts close to the

Kit Reviews wing roots at the leading edge are not shown on the drawing at stage 23. 6. I had to add two rails to the rear turret cover, which slides forward. 7. I added two lights to the lower wing tips. 8. The 'foot step' decals were placed near the leading edge of the camouflaged

Walrus (Scale Aircraft Modelling Volume 8, No. 7 shows them on camouflaged aircraft as well as aluminium machines). These markings may, however, not always have been added to camouflaged machines. 9. I added two wave deflectors forward of the side windows. Some early aircraft were without these.

The decals provided are of very good quality and adhered well. All in all this was an interesting kit, but it is not one to rush. A certain amount of perseverance during assembly results in a fine model. Having completed the Walrus Mk I, how about tackling the SeagUll Mk V in overall light grey as used on Australian Navy ships?

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type, dating back a dozen years or more, is still as fine an E.V/D.VIII as a modeller could want, but it's not for everyone. And the Eduard kit, while nicely engineered and moulded, is no pushover itself. For example, the monoplane Fokker had a great deal of tubular structure in its cockpit, from the overall framework and rear bulkhead, to the seat supports. Eduard, with hardly a hint of a seam line, has captured this tubing as close to scale diameter as one could hope for. This is a blessing and a curse. It gives the completed cockpit the desired delicate appearance, but it is extremely brittle, and I broke virtually every piece at least once before completing the well appointed cockpit (be especially careful assembling the seat supporting structure). It's a shame that, as in all too many World War I subjects, most of your hard work to this end will be hidden after the fuselage halves are closed. The largest of the PE parts, the 'pan' that fits under the forward fuselage and wraps around either side by about 4 mm, should be carefully fitted, because several struts terminate in the same spots on this part. I painted it German Light Gray from the MisterKit line of purposemixed World War I paints. I used MisterKit paints throughout the build, which made colour matching a breeze,

these Italian-made since acrylics are carefully researched and are as accurate as one is likely to find. The upper fuselage, the only other sheet metal portion, was painted Fokker Olive Green, as was the upper wing (about w~ich more later). The two Spandau machineguns, with their PE cooling jackets (be very careful rolling these fragile PE parts, or leave the plastic ones on) and tiny colour PE ammunition counters attached to both butts, fit well on the forward fuselage, as did their feed chutes and spent-cartridge channels. These small assemblies with few parts give the illusion of great detail, a tribute to the engineering of the model. It is at this point that the overall lozenge camouflage decals should be applied. Fortunately, Eduard has precut these and they fit nicely. Depending on the version you are modelling, they cover the entire fuselage from the cowling back, excepting the metal areas, and the tailplane on some versions. I then over coated them with a mixture of flat and gloss Testor's clear coat so the decals would stand up to handling while the model was completed. While the instructions would have you install the fin and rudder early on, I left this off until I was ready to apply the rigging due to its fragile attachment points. The engine

is Eduard's patented threepiece (two injected parts with PE push rods), and still quite nice, little rotary unit. It was painted in Model Master NonBuffing Aluminium with MM Brass applied to the manifold, then given a wash of black with burnt umber run between the cooling fins. Over this went the cowling, around which wraps a long PE retaining strap, requiring care to make certain it is attached uniformly all the way around. I had to pull mine off and try again after finding it lopsided the first time. Eduard has included two wings with this kit. One is an idealised Wing, while the other, according to the instructions, has the bowed appearance that the extremely thin plywood displayed on most LV's. Unfortunately, I'll have to take Eduard's word for it that the wings are different, because even after two coats of MisterKit Fokker Olive I could not tell the difference between the two, so I just picked one at random and attached the PE control horns to the ailerons. While getting the struts all to line up with their attachment points while keeping the wing perfectly horizontal was a bit of a challenge, it had more to do with mistakes I made earlier in the build, and with care I finally got it right. There is an option to paint the wing in the 'streak' finish, since

Alternatively, one may complete it in overall yellow as used by an Australian team in Antarctica and the subject of a rebuild in recent years at the Point Cook Museum, Melbourne. Carmel J. Attard

Kit: Fokker E.V Scale: 1:48 Kit type: Injection moulded with photo-etched parts Decal options: (four) Jasta 8; Jasta 36; Capt. Stefan Bastyr, Polish air force; Friedrich Altemeier, Jasta 24 UK price: £15.50 Website: www.eduard.cz Also used: MisterKit paints German Light Gray, German Fokker Olive Green, French Roundel Blue, French Oil Black, German Clear Doped Linen Website: www.misterkitUSA.com

Given its almost non-existent service history in World War I, it is difficult to understand the basis for modellers' attraction to the Fokker E.V/D.VIII. A good guess would be that it's just a great looking aircraft. And it would have been a stellar performer, at least according to some sources, had it just been given more time to prove itself. Unfortunately, when the type made its combat debut in August 1918, it made its one and only kill and then promptly suffered a series of fatal catastrophic wing failures. These were later blamed on shoddy construction, and not on Anthony Fokker's revolutionary cantilever wing design. By the time the E.V returned to the front, only about two weeks before the Armistice, it had been renamed Fokker D.VIII, a biplane designation probably meant to disassociate the machine from its perceived reputation as a man-killer under the E.V designation. Eduard's kit, comprising three injection-moulded sprues of 52 parts, plus a colour photo-etched fret with about 60 more parts, is without a doubt the best mass-market release of this aircraft ever kitted. Purists will point out, correctly, that the Koster vacform/mixed-media kit of the

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Market Place there is an ongoing debate among World War I historians and buffs about whether this aircraft wore such a paint job. I believe some aircraft bore the solid olive and some the streaked, brushed-on scheme seen on the Dr.1 triplane and Fokker D.VII. But my two photographs of the example I built, from Jasta 36, showed a clearly solid green cofour on the wing surfaces. Finally, the decals are in perfect register and opaque, though quite thin. This, like the tUbing, can be both good and .bad. I originally planned to build the option from Jasta 8 with a snake running the length of both sides of the fuselage. However, I ruined the decal and had to settle for

other markings. When applying this serpentine decal, I recommend first laying the decal with backing paper still attached against the fuselage side. Then, pulling just the tail from the backing paper, carefUlly pull the backing away a little at a time while simultaneously blotting down the decal. This prevents the distortion and tearing I experienced. All the decals, by AVI Print, responded well to Micro Set and Micro Sol. I painted the propeller with Testor's Model Master Wood and Burnt Umber in a laminate pattern, and when this was dry I added a coat of Tamiya clear orange (it simulates the oldfashioned varnish) before applying the Axial logo decals. A

handy tip: Even if your skills at simulating wood grain· are marginal, a bit of this Tamiya colour over your 'wood' work will make you look like a pro painter. Finally, after painting the cowling MisterKit French Roundel Blue to match the Jasta 36 colour, I applied the many small decals and stencils and turned to the thankfully brief rigging job. This involved only a wire 'X' supporting the undercarriage struts, and short wires to the aileron horns, and more short wires running from the aft fuselage to the horns on the rudder and tailplane. I used beading wire, and painted it with a black pen. I used the tiny, scale PE horns, but styrene parts are

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Kit: Hughes lB Scale: 1:72 Kit type: Resin Decal options: (two) NR258Y

(short-wing) and R258Y (Iongwing) UK price: £26.65 This racing aircraft, designed by Howard Hughes and Richard Palmer, was not meant to race against other aircraft, but against the clock. It was later rebuilt with a longer wing span. CMR offers a double kit of the type, enabling the modeller to produce both versions. I built the two in tandem, basing the review on the earlier version and adding comments on the differences. As with all CMR kits these days, the instructions are excellent and there is no need to guess about the required colours, since they are noted for every component. After washing the parts in MEK, I began work on the subassemblies. The engine is a single moulding which needs to be separated from its pouring core and then painted. Its various pipes were painted and attached to the engine

and left to set. The cockpit interior came next. This consists of floor, seat, bulkhe.ad and control column. After a couple of pouring cores had been sanded off each fuselage half, I painted the fuselage interior, fixed the cockpit assembly in place in one half and added the instrument panel. The fuselage could then be. closed. The wings are single mouldings and slot positively onto the fuselage. The horizontal tail surfaces are also single mouldings, but butt joint in place. With this assembly ready for painting I returned to engine/cowling. The the engine itself is fitted from the front, followed by the cowling ring. To support the cowling on the actual aircraft there were a

number of rods connected to the engine front by a ring. These are replicated on the cowling front in fine resin. Unfortunately I damaged some of them when attempting to trim the ring. Rather than try to repair the damage I removed the whole lot, intending to replace them later. The main assembly and the cowling were painted and the rest of the details added, these being the undercarriage and tailskid doors. As to the cowling supports, I fabricated those using fuse wire and, because on the real aircraft they are metal coloured, they were not painted. The cowling was fixed in place and the canopy and decals were added. To finish off, the whole model, including the canopy, was given a cou-

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No. 206 Sqn, RAF Manston, c.1939; K6298/V-EY, No. 233 Sqn, RAF Leuchers, c.1939 UK price: £37.50 Website: www.hannants.co.uk

with resin, etched-metal and film parts Decal options: (three) K6321/Y-269, No. 269 Sqn, RAF, c.1937; K8754/T-VX,

I remember that the old Airfix Anson was one of the first models I built, probably 35 years ago. How time flies.

I've always had a soft spot for the aircraft and now that my preferred scale is 1:48 I was delighted to hear that Classic Airframes was producing a family of Ansons. Apparently the 19/21 series is to follow. Of course there are also the usual tell tale signs in the box anyway, such as alternative engines and the





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provided and look fine. The instructions do not show the aileron control wires that run from the fuselage to the lower wing, and I left them off, but they should be installed using photographs or drawings as reference. Overall, this was a satisfying build of an intriguing and attractive subject. Eduard has become, in the space of a decade, the company that now sets the standard in the opinions of many World War I modellers. I would tend to agree, and this kit is well up to that standard. T.E. Bell Thanks to Eduard and MisterKit USA for the review samples

pie of coats of Johnson's Clear to give it the high gloss finish of a racing machine. After adding the propeller the model was complete. On the long-span version of the model the undercarriage is slightly different and the machine sports slightly longer tail planes. The only other difference is in the aircraft's registration - the 'N' is missing. As a regular reviewer I am used to tackling a wide range of aircraft subjects, but I must admit that this one had me scrambling for reference material, since I have not made a large number of racing aircraft. Having said that, the instruction sheet, which includes numerous photographs, is all you really need. These models make a nice addition to my growing collection of CMR subjects and I can recommend them to anyone acquainted with resin kits; Ernie Lee Thanks to Czechmaster Resin for the review sample Suggested reference The National Air races in 3-views, 1929-1949, Pylon


way certain parts have been moulded to allow future marks to be produced. As usual with my build method, I chose to build up all the subassemblies first and so started with the wings. To these need to be added the undercarriage bay bulkhead and roof, parts A5, 6, 14 and 16. Take care when fitting the

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Market Place forward bulkhead to ensure that it's forward enough so as to allow the undercarriage legs to sit correctly. If you think it's necessary a small shelf can be added to help locate it. Unfortunately, no positioning gUide is featured in the instructions. A nice touch, should you be building a very early production aircraft, is the inclusion of extended-length ailerons. My particular version didn't need these so I can't comment on how easy it would be to cut out the short items. This time though, a drawing is provided showing the operation. Next the engine nacelles are fitted, being sure to get them orientated correctly with regard to the well cut out on the main wing. I chose to open up the optional landing light rather than paint it silver as it's quite large and a very noticeable feature. It's not too difficult to do and if you take it a little at a time the resin insert and lamps fit quite snugly. The small photo-etched actuators I left off until just before spraying. The tailplanes were assembled next and these were just lightly sanded, before being set aside with the wing assemblies to dry for a couple of days. The main task now ahead was to deal with the very comprehensive cockpit assembly. This is a true gem and is very visible through the copious glazing of the Anson. Including the tiny photo-etched parts and resin framing there are over 40 parts to the whole construction. I started work on the cockpit by putting all the bulkheads and flooring together, followed by the resin sidewalls and framing. I found it easier to tape the fuselage halves together and then 'jiggle' the framing to suit. I cut slots in the sidewalls and fuselage halves to accept some modified main spars (C18 and 19) as there is no provision to fit the wings other than a butt joint. These were made from aluminium to the same size as the kit parts, except that they were lengthened so that about 2 cm protruded out of the fuselage. Their overall length ended up at just under 7 cm. The instrument panel is very convincing and can be seen easily through the glazing. Instead of using the rear part (C8) I made another one from white plasticard, since I find this gives a much clearer appearance to the acetate dial

work. The acetate film is then sandwiched between the plasticard and photo-etched panel. To this are added some delicate throttles and switches. Three resin seats came next, complete with photo-etched belts. No fixing positions are shown for them on the cockpit floor, but they're easy to work out in relation to

the instrument panel and radio gear. Small switch panels are located at a couple of points on the fuselage sides. The various radio gear items are attached to resin struts, as are the two map tables. I chose to separate the machine-gun barrel from its body, fixing the body in place and then fitting the barrel from outside later. Check your references with regard to the nose windows too. The fuselage halves were joined next and gave no problems. The only part I found slightly annoying was the resin roof framing (R3). My example was slightly twisted and proved a little reluctant to stay in place. There is a nice turret to be fitted next and again this features some rather thin (and easily broken) resin struts, framing and a seat. Again differing from the suggested sequence, I only fitted the fuselage plug (A3) and left the turret assembly until last. It's quite easy to get at the internal parts and fit them later if you so require, just remember to put the underside pieces on first though. Next I came to the part I thought would be the most troublesome, the extensive glazing assemblies. Rather than fixing the two parts separately I decided to join them together first. This I found gave me the chance, if required, to get them in line first. Interestingly, I found them to be a good 1.5 mm short at the front of the instrument panel. This was easily cured by fitting a plastic spacer in the resulting gap. I decided that there would

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be more strength and a more positive fit if I were to glue a very

thin shelf from Microstrip all around the edges of the interior where the glazing fitted, particularly the main one (CP2). This proved to work better than I had expected and although there was a small step on the starboard side, the glazing fitted pretty well and was more secure too. I now slotted the wings onto the fuselage, forming a joint which, fortunately, required no filler at all. This was also true of the tail plane joints, which· I strengthened with brass rod. One problem that I encountered throughout was that during rubbing down I removed some of the ribbing detail. As this is fairly distinctive it was necessary to replace it. I don't know how long it will be before it peels off, but I chose to replace the lost detail by cutting varying widths of Tamiya tape and continuing the ribbing detail with these to its next undamaged point. The main parts requiring attention were the underside of the fuselage, the tailplanes and the leading edges of the Wings. Obviously the tape needs a good su~ face to stick to and hopefully the paint and varnish should hold it in place. Only time will tell. I tried the same idea with the thinnest plasticard I could find, but this looked too thick. Moving onto the Cheetah engines, these fit neatly into a pair of resin cowlings and then onto a spacer which inserts into the nacelles. The cowlings are a little awkward though, since they suffer from rather large pour stubs which require some care to remove. Be careful here too, so as not to end up with flat fronts to them. The propellers feature small brass plates to represent their fixing bolts and are nicely done. The undercarriage, as on the

original, is rather basic, but nicely produced and features plastic legs and resin door assemblies. The wheels simply clip into the forks. The final part of the assembly was to fit all the photo-etched balance weights, actuators and fences. The exhausts and coolers I left until after painting. The model was then given the once

over with a grey primer to find all the little holes and scratches in its surface. The glazing was timeconsuming to mask, but the masking was fairly easy to put in place, since all the framing is quite well defined. I used a roll of Tamiya tape and a sharp knife blade. Three finishing options are provided in the kit. Two are for green/brown camouflaged aircraft from Nos 233 and 206 Squadrons, and the third is for a No. 269 Sqn machine in aiuminium, without a turret. Or was it? I say this because on page 45 of the Anson File from Air Britain is a photograph of Y-269 with a turret fitted. Of course, I suppose there could have been a similarly-coded aircraft with a different serial, but I can't make out the serial in the photograph. After painting was complete it was time to add the turret, exhausts and all the small antennae. I can thoroughly recommend this kit, not only because its an aircraft I like, but also because it fills a big gap in any collection of RAF World War II aircraft. Classic Airframes is to be congratulated for producing an Anson in 1:48 scale at last. Of course, what we need now is an Airspeed Oxford. Keith Sherwood Thanks to Hannants for the review sample Suggested reference Avro Anson, Warpaint No. 53 The Anson Rle, Air Britain


Kit Reviews .~.~P


Kit: North American P-51D Mustang Scale: 1:144 Kit type: Injection moulded Decal options: (four) Red Dog XII, PETIE 2ND, Scat VII and This is It! UK price: see web for details Website: www.hlj.com

This is a value for money kit since you get two complete kits in the box. They are identical kits, but with a very small amount of modification can be made into two variants. All you have to do is remove the dorsal fillet from the fin and rudder of one and you have a P-51D-5NA, complete with suitable decals. Otherwise the model depicts a P-51D-l0NA,

Kit: Dornier Do 24T Scale: 1:72 Kit type: Injection moulded Decal options: (five) DJ+ZM, Seenotstaffel 7, Sebastopol, February 1943; CM+IS, Seenodienstfuhrer 3, Cherbourg, France, summer 1942; Q8+EA, Seenotstaffel 6, Athens-Phaleron, Greece, February 1944; J9+FA, Seenotstaffel 7, Syracuse, Sicily, March 1944; KO+JT, Seenotgruppe 4, Netherlands, February 1944 UK price: £12.99 Website: www.revell.de

This most welcome release by Revell is a reissue of the Italeri mouldings of some years ago, and they still look good. The majority of the kit parts are moulded in an easy to work light grey plastic. As regards surface detail, this is a relatively clean model. The panel lines are recessed, and most appear on the Wing's undersurface. Initially, they appear rather heavy, but give a better account of themselves once the model is painted. The parts are flash free, but the four outboard struts had prominent seam lines which ran their whole length, although these were very easy to clean up. The remaining parts consist of transparencies, turrets and a four-piece display stand. The turrets' framework is best masked and painted before they are positioned, but the

-15NA, or -25NA, depending on your choice of decals. The kit provides two identical sprue frames. The surface detail and fineness of the flying surface edges are quite superb. Although most of the instructions and information is in Japanese, clear instruction diagrams illustrate assembly well, not that they are really needed. All the parts are numbered on the sprue and on the diagrams. The propeller is assembled from four blades and a hub, and if you are very sparing with cement it is designed to rotate. Underwing stores take the form of 75-US gal drop tanks. All the parts fit so well that no filler is required. There are four canopies in the box and since the canopy fits well you are left with two spares.

Five decal options are provided and the decals are of excellent quality. Four of the machines are in polished metal overall, except for an anti-dazzle panel on the nose, but the -5NA has Olive Drab upper surfaces. Each machine has its own individual adornment in addition to the national markings. 44-14151, -10NA PETIE 2ND has a light blue nose and spinner, -15NA 44-14911 This is it! has a yellow nose and spinner, -25NA

44-73108 a red nose, spinner and rudder, and -10NA 44-72922 Scat a yellow rudder. The text for this latter colour scheme is wrong, since it describes the aircraft as PETIE 2ND again. The box art gives colour views of three of the options and provides F.S. numbers for the colours. This is an excellent set. Brian Thorne

tail turret can be popped in place after the model has been completed. The turrets' armament is representative only, and further attention to these areas would be needed for a more accurate depiction of the real thing. Several subassemblies can be attended to independently of each other, thus cutting down on build time. I started off with the cockpit, which is rather basic, but as the cabin transparency is rather thick not much of the interior can be made out. I understand that both Squadron and Falcon manufacture vacform replacements, which would greatly enhance the completed model's appearance, but bear in mind that if they were used, you'd have to make the interior busier and more representative of the full size aircraft than it is at present. Once I'd glued the fuselage halves together, and yes, the turrets do rotate, I set them aside while I assembled the lower wing, or sponson, halves, main wing components, engines and tail surfaces. After attending to the fuselage joint line with a touch of wet'n'dry, I positioned the main cabin transparency, since it was easier to deal with it at this stage rather than later on. The lower wings were attached next, followed by the horizontal and vertical tail surfaces. Throughout the whole build, the fit of parts was very good, with what little filler I used being confined to the joint between the main wings

and the centre section. I'd recommend that the wing be assembled as a complete unit before being offered to the fuselage-mounted support struts, as this allowed me to get the dihedral correct and it gave me easier access to the joint line to clean it up. For the upper decking support struts I used tube cement, which gave me time to align everything before the glue set. My approach was to cement the main angled strut, part No. 39, to the upper fuselage, and the 'V' struts, part Nos 38 and 40, to the main Wing's lower surfaces. The slow-setting tube cement gave me time to carefully offer the wing to the fuselage to check that everything was as it should be before it was all left well alone overnight. The outer struts, part Nos 41 to 44, were attached after the main wing and fuselage had been brought together. This minimised the risk of gaps

appearing between the joining surfaces. That only left the engines to be fitted, along with the mass balances, hinge actuators and various aerials. Overall the build was uncomplicated and a huge pleasure to undertake. Revell provides colour details and decals for five aircraft, all in the same scheme of RLM72 and 73 uppers with RLM65 undersurfaces. The decal sheet is beautifully printed. However, despite applying the decals to a gloss surface and using the usual solvents, some silvering was encountered. Having said that, it was an easy enough matter to resolve. You've probably already guessed that I enjoyed reviewing this kit. It's good to see it back in circulation once again, and it is thoroughly recommended. Robert Humphreys

Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for the review sample

Thanks to Revell for the review sample

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Market Place Kit: Kamov Ka-52 Alligator Scale: 1:72 Kit type: Injection moulded Decal options: (one) Demonstrator aircraft Website: www.revel!.de The Ka-52 Alligator is a side-byside two seat version of the Ka-50 single-seat attack helicopter. Only the one prototype/ demonstrator was built and the kit represents just one stage of its development and equipment fit. The text on the instruction sheet states that some have been ordered by the Russian forces for special purpose units and I seem to remember reading that the prototype now resides in a museum. Within Revell's standard box there are 150 parts on four black, mostly flash-free sprues, with both raised and engraved lines, and one very clear sprue for the three-part canopy and light lens. The kit appears to be a re-boxing of the Zvezda kit (it's definitely not the Italeri or Amodel kits). There is a small decal sheet containing 77 items, two of them for instruments, the remainder stencils and Kamov house markings. The A4 instruction sheet is of the 'exploded' but not totally logical variety, with a potted history, parts plan, safety hints, Revell paint index and a colour and markings section detailing decal placement onto the overall black finish. Detail painting is called out as construction progresses. Cockpit and gun bay detail is good, although the raised-detail instrument panel is a poor representation of the 'glass' cockpit. The decal is a good representation, however, so I used that. Both seats have mould shrinkage marks which need filling if the pilots aren't used. Options provided are canopy open/shut, moveable gun, land-

ing lights and undercarriage up/down (there is no stand, although there is a flashed over slot on the rear underside insert). Note that the photograph of the finished model on the instruction sheet shows the exhausts pointing down when they should point upwards. Construction starts with the cockpit and after attaching its bulkhead to the floor, an instrument console to each nose side and the instrument panel to one nose half, I painted it all with Revell No.9. I then mounted the two seats, R9, with 'sand' cushions and black belts painted on. The instrument decals went on and were sealed with Klear/Future (note that decal 19 should go on the bulkhead between the seats, not inside the nose wheel well as shown), then the two cyclic sticks were added (collectives are not provided). When dry the cockpit was fitted between the nose halves, the top of which needed some filler after joining, then the complete cockpit received a medium grey wash. Although no mention is made of the need for nose weight, I slipped several thin lead seals into the nose before fitting tre underside insert, which needed trimming to get it flush, with lipp-Ex correction fluid used to tidy the join. The rear fuselage halves were joined next, not forgetting to trap the rotor support bar (Al0 and All) between them. I didn't follow the instructions here, since I leave the rotors on my models removable. Very little cleaning up was required, except above the engines, where some mould shrinkage required filling. Then the cleaned up nose section was attached to the rear fuselage, aligning via a cut-out/raised half-disc, after some trimming, before locking together without any mismatch. The join is disguised by panel lines, or

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hidden behind the intakes. The lower rear insert just dropped into place with a trace of lipp-Ex to tidy it up. The rotor pushrods are delicately moulded and each one has a well defined attachment point, but I found it easier to replace the tiny ones (A13) with fine white rod and allowed each section to set before progressing. The central spindle was painted silver, with everything else black. Before I attached the blades they were painted dark grey, Humbrol No. 67, with white leading edges and some blade droop was set by drawing and flexing them through my fingers before attaching them to the rotor heads. I next assembled the wings, exhausts, intakes and tail assembly. The wings and exhausts fitted tightly with no gaps or steps, while the tail assembly needed a touch of lipp-Ex, but the intakes required considerable work to get them flush. Attention now turned to the undercarriage. This is extremely delicate, but after leaving it overnight to set it seemed strong. In hindsight the undercarriage should have been attached prior to the wings, since there is not much room to manoeuvre with the wings in place. There are four tiny vents (A38) for the top of the engine compartment, but these weren't used since one shot off into the ether, followed by a second lost on my bUilding board. Since the thin and clear canopy has one of the best fits of any that give the open/shut option, it was attached in the closed position. The armament, consisting of two rocket pods and six anti-tank(?) missiles was assembled, attached to its pylons and painted black. The lenses for the landing lights are provided in clear plastic, but again they are really tiny so they were replaced with silver paint inside the light housing, followed by a blob of Krystal Klear after the model was finished.

Several grab handles/steps, pitots and aerials were added now, not prior to joining the aft and forward fuselage sections as the instructions advise, when they can be knocked off. The completed airframe was brush painted gloss black and the pre-painted wheels were attached. The decals are of sufficient density to prevent the black paint showing through and, as I had used gloss paint, went straight on. They help to brighten up the model by providing a myriad of white, red and yellow markings and not a trace of silvering or wrinkling was found anywhere after using Micro Set/So!. With the decals set I washed off the fluid residue and masked the canopy with Humbrol Masko!. The pre-painted cannon was now attached, followed by the loaded pylons, then a coat of Xtracolor satin varnish was sprayed overall and the Maskol removed. The tiny clear anticoli ision strobe light was detached, but followed the lost vents into a parallel universe never to be seen again. This is a kit which has, like the curate's egg, its good points. It captures the mean look of the original, but is significantly over-campi icated, with a plethora of tiny parts. I didn't enjoy the build and it became a chore, rather than a pleasure. I am loath to recommended it to the novice or patience those short in because of its fiddly nature. I also feel that grey plastic would have been easier to work with. How does the model scale out? Revell's text and the internet agree on a length of 51 ft 2.80 in (15.60 m) with rotors turning and a wing span of 24 ft 1 in (7.34 m). The model is 8.45 in (21.50 cm) long with the rotor pointing forward and has a span of 4 in (11 cm) so it is very close to scale. Derek Reeve Thanks to Revell for the review sample

Book Reviews Reviews of the latest books received by Scale Aircraft Modelling

Zerstorer Volume 2 John J. Vasco Ian Allan/Classic Publications

£16.99/US$29.95 Website: www.ianallanpublishing.com

Luftwaffe's 'destroyers' from 1941 until the end of the war, though they seem to have seen little action after the end of 1944. The text gives a narrative account of Zerstorergeschwader operations, with substantial pictorial support. Some of the photographs are in colour and there are 13 large colour profiles, two of them of aircraft in 'desert' finish. No other service went as far in its use of this category of warplane, and these two volumes by a specialist in the Bf 110 give it full coverage, though they leave me with one question: was I wrong to expect the Me 210 and 410 to be included as well? This is an excellent addition to the series, and one that no Luftwaffe buff will want to miss.

Camouflage and Markings of the US Navy/USMC Vol. 3 1. 976-present Model Art Modelling Magazine ¥2,400 Website: www.modelart.jp

Mike McEvoy

Following the same author's first volume in this series, this book carries the story of the

Bomber Command 1. 936-1. 968 Ken Delve Pen & Sword - Aviation

Thanks to Ian Allan for the review copy




Website: www.pen-and-sword.co.uk


This book encompasses a big subject and the author has done well to cover it in such detail. The book is divided into five chapters - Introduction and Overview, Operations, Operational Groups, Aircrew Training and Aircraft of Bomber Command. Added to these are some 18 appendices. Chapter 1, for example, discusses the Command's origins and also the capability of the British bomber force before Bomber Command was formed. It soon becomes obvious that having new aircraft that



could carry larger bomb loads was not the full answer for Bomber Command, since it was calculated that only one in three bombers got within five miles of the target. World War II operations are

F-86 Sabre Aces of the 51.st Fighter Wing Warren Thompson Osprey Publishing

£12.99/$19.95 Website: www.ospreypublishing.com

With the F-86 one of the first two jet fighters, along with the MiG-15, to see serious combat, account of its operations in the Korean conflict with the 51st Fighter Wing is an essential for any student of air warfare; a companion volume

27/7 (September 2005). This time the main title of the work is a little misleading, since although the F-14 is featured heavily, the book actually covers all the types operated during the period indicated by its subtitle. Once again, every profile, plan and scrap view is blessed with an English heading that gives, at the very minimum, aircraft type and period, with BuNos for specific machines. In addition to a huge number of artworks, the book also includes many colour photographs and a decal sheet. The latter has markings for a VMF-321 F4U-1A, VMF(N)-532 F4U-2, VMF(N)-534 F6F-5N, VMFA-115 F-4B and VF-11 F-14B, the jets being to 1:72 and the pistons 1:48. PaulE. Eden

I reviewed the first volume of this series from the publishers of Model Art magazine in SAM

Thanks to Model Art for the review copy

given extensive coverage, the author focussing on the real heart of Bomber Command its aircrews. Some of their exploits were unbelievable; you would doubt them if they had been created by Hollywood. For instance, one action described led to the posthumous award of the VC to P/0 Andrew Mynarski of No. 419 Squadron. Mynarski was a mid-upper gunner and when his aircraft was attacked a fire broke our in various places, one of them between the upper turret and the tail. When the crew was ordered to abandon the aircraft he saw that the tail gunner was trapped in his turret. Regardless of his own safety he went through the flames and attempted a rescue. Being told by the gunner that it was not possible he went back to the escape hatch,

turned, saluted his comrade and bailed out. He landed safely but died of his burns. By a strange stroke of fate the gunner survived when the aircraft crashed. There is far too much in the book to completely summarise it here. There are tables covering squadrons, other units, losses and, in the aircraft type section, some sobering threeview drawings, obviously produced for German fighter pilot use. Each basic view indicates gun positions, armour and the locations of the bomber's fuel tanks. If you are interested in the RAF, then this is a book you should read.

on the 4th Fighter Wing Sabres is also now available. Accompanying the operational accounts in the 51st FW book a large proportion of the contemporary photographs are in colour, and 33 colour profiles are followed by three pages of overlapping nose art, in a style that has become established in Osprey's B-17 and B-24 volumes. Many of the colour schemes will be familiar to modellers, and this book puts the likes of THE HUFF and MIG MAD MARINE

into context, and will perhaps attract the interest of decal producers. There are six sideview line drawings in 1:48 scale, but the main thrust of this book, as with its companion volumes - this is number 70 in the Aircraft of the Aces series - is on those who flew and maintained this most charismatic of the early jet fighters.

Ernie Lee Thanks to Pen & Sword for the review sample

Mike McEvoy Thanks to Osprey Publishing for the review copy

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Market Place

Steam in the Air Maurice Kelly Pen & Sword - Aviation

£19.99 Website: www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

To many people this must seem a strange title; the thought of a steam engine in a flying machine seems almost comical. But serious attempts were made to produce a steam engine suitable for use in a flying machine. In the

Windsock Datafile 1.1. 7: Pomilio PD/PE Gregory Alegi Albatros Productions Ltd

19th century there were designs for airships and lighter-than-air machines with steam powerplants and, indeed, in 1851 Henry Giffard flew a full size airship powered in this way. Obviously the internal combustion engine changed all that - but not completely. In 1933 the Besler brothers converted a Travelair biplane to steam power. The engine was entirely noiseless and the aircraft attained a speed of 100 mph (161 km/h). This book is packed with information covering all the early steam engine designs and the aircraft projected to use them, and it comes right up to date with the idea of putting such an engine into a Rutan aircraft. This is a fascinating book to read and I am sure it will guide many readers into uncharted waters regarding their aviation interests. Ernie Lee Thanks to Pen & Sword for the review sample


DDjPE By Gregor)' Alegi

£10.50 Website: www.windsockdatafilespecials.com

This book covers yet another rare subject and as far as I know the only kit available is a resin product in 1:144 scale, but that means little given the vibrant Eastern European manufacturing base. Yesterdays un-kitted subject could be tomorrow's kit of the year! These machines saw widespread service with the Italian air force and this monograph follows the well-tried Datafile formula by providing a short

WINDSOCK DATAHLE 117 history and a large number of photographs. Although the PE looks fairly standard, the PD must have been a nightmare

Aeroguide 34: Canberra PR9 Roger Chesnau

£14.95 Wyvern from the Cockpit Michael J Doust Ad Hoc Publications Website: www.adhocpublications.com

Ad Hoc is starting to flourish. As well as the latest in the revived Aeroguide series, its other new title opens a whole new series with an aircraft that's a favourite of many modellers and even more aviation enthusiasts.

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.... SEPECAT Jaguar in Worldwide Service by Glonn Sands lllu$l:r8ted by Jon Freeman



On Target Profile 1.0: SEPECAT Jaguar in Worldwide Service Glenn Sands with Jon Freeman Aviation Workshop Publications Ltd

£15.00 Website: www.theaviationworkshop.co.uk

In the familiar style of the Aviation Workshop's On Target Profiles this book consists of a large number of colour pro-

files of the Jaguar by Jon Freeman with substantial explanatory captions, accompanied in this case by some backing text and five pages of colour photographs. It is divided into roughly equal parts covering British and French use, with a section on 'International Jaguars', principally those with the Indian Air Force. The French Jaguars are already withdrawn from service, and with No. 6 Sqn now the RAF's sole Jaguar unit this is a timely production. There are already decal sheets from the Aviation Workshop covering some of the RAF aircraft, notably some recent 'special' schemes, and there are at least three French schemes in the same category. For modellers, a Jaguar 1M resin nose and a sheet of IAF decals with some very colourful unit markings are in preparation. Mike McEvoy Thanks to Aviation Workshop Publications Ltd for the review copy

in combat, let alone on landing. Forward visibility was extremely restricted; the only direct forward vision, above the engine, was blocked by a large radiator. As usual the majority of the photographs are of excellent quality and the close-ups a boon to the modeller, as are the manual drawings, which cover nearly three pages. There are the usual 1:72 and 1:48 scale drawings, of both types, plus three colour profiles. One of these seems to me paradoxical. National insignia was carried on aircraft so that they could be easily identified in fast combat. One of the profiles of the Pomilio PE has the usual fuse-

lage roundel with a large 'panther' motif across it, completely obliterating the red centre. But of course that's what makes modelling so interesting, you never know what you will find. There are two types of World War I aircraft enthusiast, those who collect these profiles, and those who are not familiar with them. The first category needs no encouragement from me, this book is an automatic purchase, as for the others - you don't know what you're missing. Ernie Lee Thanks to Productions Ltd review copy

The appearance of the Canberra PR.Mk 9 volume coincides with the type's final withdrawal from RAF service, 55 years after the first grey/black B.Mk 2s joined Bomber Command. Roger Chesnau, who is behind Ad Hoc Publications, has written and illustrated this one himself, starting with brief coverage of the PR requirement and the service of the PR.Mk 3 and PR.Mk 7. That of the PR.Mk 9 is largely photographic, with sufficient text to give the essential background;

much of the illustration is of the sort of detail beloved of modellers, and the centrespread unfolds to reveal eight very large colour profiles, backed by two four-views (top, under and both sides) of early and late colour schemes. The whole begs two questions; how many Matchbox kits have you salted away, and will Revell ever re-release it, not only as a kit in its own right, but also so that the aftermarket firms can release resin lumps and bumps to bring it up to the final standard, and

Albatros for the

Book Reviews additional decals? These would doubtless include the special tail art applied to the last service example, though this book went to press just too late to include it. As a guide, the blue on the young lady labelled Eastern Promise should match exactly that of Manchester City, of which the navigator was an avid supporter! The 1:72 scale line drawings of which there are five pages include many scrap views, particularly showing the variations at either end of the aircraft; this exemplifies the book, which has very obviously been put together by someone who knows what modellers want. Another volume covering the B.Mk 2 and T.Mk 4 is due any time, and will be eagerly anticipated, not least by me, just in case another 1:72 kit appears. This is an excellent book on a widely admired air-

craft, and one which should give rise to many models. If you do a diorama, don't forget the leaks underneath! The Wyvern, subject of the first From the Cockpit book, is one of those aircraft that seems to have an attraction for modellers far beyond its numerical importance during its brief service, even if an episode in that was the yellowand-black banded Suez 'police action'. One of the surprise successes in the last year has been Trumpeter's 1:72 kit, recently joined by a 1:48 equivalent. The author of this first in the new series has already produced an autobiography, Phantom Leader (see SAM 28/8, October 2006), and has pooled his experiences with those of several of his surviving colleagues. The text gives an enlightening account of the Wyvern's development, not

least of the problems with its Python powerplant. Many of the illustrations come from personal collections, an excellent complement to its pilots' stories. Not unsurprisingly the photographs are all black and white, but there are four colour pages, with illustrations by Roger Chesnau, numbering ten side profiles and a four view. Squadron histories, both frontand second-line, are given and there is full coverage not only of the 'plums and custard' colours on No. 830 NAS' finlets, but also the definitive account of the application of 'Flook' to No. 831's Wyverns; and the tale of those folding wing tips is told. This is a most entertaining book, both to read and to leaf through, and the many naval aviation modellers will leap at it (I'm told that there's a big FAA following in the US as well as among the

turboprop engines. Further chapters deal with design, test programmes, modifications and crew training, etc. For the technically minded,

there is a section covering the airframe and its performance, much of the information, including illustrations, coming straight from the aircraft manuals. It is impossible to detail all the chapters, suffice it to say that every possible fact you might want to know about this aircraft is included. Its war service is documented as are its 'operations on ice. A list of tail numbers is provided and even details of where to find survivors. The book is also about the people who flew the C-133, and many of the illustrations acknowledge this. It has a large number of photographs, mostly in black and white, but

with some in colour. It also has eight fold-out diagrams, all but one facsimiles of official documents, giving full dimensions of the different variants and internal details. This book was surely a labour of love. The research must have been enormous, even for an author with 26 years of experience in the USAF in a number of roles, including flying in this machine as aircrew. It is doubtful if this aircraft will get this sort of treatment again and this book is one for the USAF enthusiast. Ernie Lee

Reading the 2.3 kg of Yefim Gordon's Mikoyan MiG-29 (the second volume in Midland Publishing's Famous Russian Aircraft series) I feel somehow unsure what I have got hold of. It feels like a book certainly, the pages are traditionally sewn into a well made case binding, but the typography, mean margins and unfortunate blue band at the head of every page speak more of something ephemeral, a trade journal perhaps. Yefim Gordon deserves better than this. In more than 500 pages, containing over 1,000 illustrations, the author has charted the development of the MiG-29 from its conception in the late 1960s to its status today as one of the world's most successful tactical fighters. His

research and scholarship do, on the whole, survive the presentation, but this is at a cost and at times his work seems, like the aircraft he describes, to be working in an alien environment. It is, however, aided by some good photographs, many from the author's own camera, and by some fine artworks. Other images though are less inspiring: drab product shots of components often tell me nothing and the diagrams from Mikoyan's own documents (in the chapter called The MiG 29 in detai~ should have been redrawn before being even considered for publication. Add to this some sloppy editing leading to a few factual errors - some of the armaments are incorrectly captioned and the rather indis-

tinct photograph of a Chinese MiG-29 is reproduced without question, even though its existence is thought dubious by some authorities. The fact that the credit for the picture is 'via internet' only exacerbates the doubt, even though we are told here that the aircraft was: ' ...obviously operated by the China Flight Test Establishment'. Who knows? I have a more personal criticism of the book, however. I was at the IAT at Fairford on 24 July 1993 and I saw the two MiG-29s of the Russian Flight Research Institute disintegrate in a mid-air collision. My lasting memory of this is that these monumental machines are actually about as substantial as kerosenesoaked tissue paper when

Remembering an Unsung Giant: The Douglas C-1. 33 Cargomaster and its People Cal Taylor Firstfleet Publishers

£23.95 Website: www.aviationbookcentre.com

As the author says, the C-133 has not received much coverage, but this A4, 420-page soft back certainly redresses the balance. The book is divided into 24 chapters. The first is a summery of the growth of US military airlift from 1918 to the present day. It is followed by a brief history of the transport unit used to evaluate the new

Famous Russian Aircraft: Mikoyan MiG-29 Yefim Gordon Midland Publishing

£35.00 Website: www.ianallanpublishing.com


UK domestic market). Next from this author and publisher is Scimitar from the Cockpit, let's hope that Trumpeter sees an early copy. Mike McEvoy Thanks to Ad Hoc Publications for the review copy

Thanks to the Aviation Book Centre for the review copy

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Market Place something goes wrong. That memory does not need reinforcing by the reconstruction, in 12 pictures, of the event, which is included in the embarrassingly titled chapter



Wrecks & Relics Ken Ellis Midland Publishing

£15.99 Website: www.ianallanpublishing.com

the publisher's press release calls 'a monumental work'. In many ways though, this remains a fine book but, as I said earlier, Yefim Gordon deserves better than this and,

This title has been around almost long enough to qualify for a preservation order, this being its 20th revision, and looking through this edition made me wonder why it hasn't been a constant companion in my car, at least since my retirement. I think the answer, quite unfairly, is in the title (though I'm sure it's too late to change it now). I have this aversion to crashed aircraft, which is implied (to me) by 'Wrecks', though at my age I have no quarrel with 'Relics'. However, to quote the accompanying release: 'in its forty-five years of existence it has deservedly become the standard reference on preserved, instructional and derelict airframes in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and its continual updating and regular

appearance is a tribute to Ken Ellis and his information-gathering and organising system'. The list of contributors must take almost as much time and upkeep as the aircraft entries, and the state of the aircraft covered in this book is continually changing; it should be taken, therefore, as a snapshot in time and there's always a chance that the aircraft you really want to see will have moved on by the time you get there. For me there is, if it's possible, no substitute for seeing the aircraft currently taking shape on my cutting mat. Careful use of this book's index and maps, and its organisation by English county though Scotland, Wales and each part of Ireland are

treated as single entities could lead you to the original of your choice. What condition it might be in is another matter; in the two excellent colour 32 page photo sections, some aircraft are in a state that only diorama addicts will find attractive. Having the chance to review this publication, I shall now have to think seriously about more expeditions on the mainland, not least to some of the museums and collections I haven't previously considered; and I shall keep it in the car on the off-chance of an unexpected opportunity or sighting as I travel from air show to folk festival. Mike McEvoy

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appendices to the period 1945-1951 in Czech, but with bilingual captions to the logbook entries illustrated. This section is followed by a comprehensive directory of unit badges on specific aircraft. The first part covers foreign aircraft, and actually presents a list of aircraft by type, giving serial number, code and unit. Similar information covers 'war booty', and then aircraft of the 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Both the Czech and English chapters are well illustrated and are followed by a

colour profile section, covering 21 aircraft. There is a considerable variety of subjects illustrated, from aircraft such as the Piper Cub and Auster, through the C-199, to various ex-British military machines, Soviet aircraft and war booty. The second section covers the remaining period in a similar way, this time with 24 profiles. With this book it is possible to build up a very comprehensive collection of models in Czech markings and it fills yet another niche in the market. Ernie Lee

rapher Russell Adams, some of whose photographs of Meteors, usually passing through the vertical, were iconic in their day - but with a colour section of 27 pages. Variations and one-offs such as the 'Reaper', the deflected-thrust and the prone-pilot Meteors, are given their due coverage, there is a table of technical data and an appendix with contract and serial details. This is a splendid book, and a credit to those who have researched, written and produced it. It only increases the pangs felt - at the time of writing - over the lack of a 1:72 F.Mk 8. I do have two small personal quibbles. In the squadron marking colour pages, those of Nos 11 and 74 should be yel-

low and black, rather than an odd shade of brownish mauve (though this could be an error in the printing process) and No. 80's were surely maroon rather than black. And I still don't know the number codes of the Meteors of No. 4 frS that blighted my unpromising career; does anyone know what T.Mk 7s VW480 and WH191 and F.MK 8 WK741 were numbered at Worksop in 1958? This book is a must for any student of British military aviation, and will, I hope, encourage both publisher and authors to produce other publications in this field. Mike McEvoy

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£13.99 This seems to be the first in a series of camouflage and markings books, written in both Czech and English. The book is set out in two distinct sections, the first covers the period 1945 to 1951, with a chapter in Czech repeated in English. These are followed by a further chapter entitled Comments and

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In 1:48 scale Eduard offers a full set for the Eurofighter Typhoon single-seater by Revell (49367, £13.50).

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1:32 scale, colour sets are available for the Trumpeter SBD Dauntless forward cockpit (32587, £15.50) and rear cockpit (32586, £15.50). Eduard has replaced its old non-colour Trumpeter P-38L interior set with a new colour set (32567, £15.50), as well as a colour seatbelt set (32590, £5.60, above).

In 1:32 scale, BIG3242 (£25.80) contains six colour fret sets containing seatbelts and harnesses for combatants on both sides of World War II.

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Non-colour frets In 1:48 scale Eduard has produced a PE flap set (48551, £10.50) for its vaunted new Fw 190A-8 kit.

Colour photo-etch sets

Deluxe Materials has released a new diorama material called Scenic Shovelled Snow. The product is a unique type of snowflake-simulation system developed for creating special snow effects where 'bulk' snow is required for added realism. It is ideal for piled, heaped, and shovelled snow as well as for making snowballs and snowmen, a capability which has not been possible with other types of snow system. The easy to apply white flake powder rapidly creates the effects of heavy and deep snow falls on both ground surfaces and foliage. Packed in convenient 500 ml containers, Scenic Shovelled Snow can easily be dispensed from the specially designed pack and brushed into place. It is safe to use and can be bonded in place with Deluxe Materials Scenic Spray and Scenic Bond products. Priced at £10.99, Scenic Shovelled Snow will be launched at Scale ModelWorld in November 2006.


A 1:35 scale set has been cut for the Trumpeter CH-47A Chinook exterior (32153, £10.50).


In 1:32 scale, there are new masks for the Revell EC135 helicopter (JX060, £5.60). Thanks to Eduard for the review samples

Among Eduard's new colour photo-etched sets is one for the 1:72 Hasegawa F/A-18C Hornet (73273, £13.50), as well as set 73272 (£19.99) for the FineMolds Bf 109K-4.


Among the new budget colour ZOOM frets, in 1:72 scale Eduard has released sets for the FineMolds Bf 109K-4 (55272, £3.99, above) and the Hasegawa F/A-18C (55273, £3.99). In 1:48 is a ZOOM set for the Revell Eurofighter Typhoon single-seater (FE367, £4.99). Masks In 1:48 scale, new adhesive masks have been cut for the Trumpeter Wellington Mk I (EX195, £5.60), the Classic Airframes Anson (EX196,

From little-cars.com SAM has received a Safety Face Mask, complete with anti-paint cartridge. It retails at £5.00. Thanks to little-cars.com for the review sample

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Cockpit set plus new nose for the Revell/ Matchbox Halifax GR.Mk II (£18.60). In 1:48 scale Pavia has released U 48-14 Control surfaces F4U-5/7, Revellj Hasegawa kit (£4.65, above).

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Warbird Productions, whose products are distributed by Model Design Construction is working on a 1:24 scale Spitfire floatplane 'production'-type tail and rudder set for Trumpeter's kit. The set will be listed as WA2410, but no details of price or availability are yet available. Thanks to MDC for the review sample

To 1:72 scale the company has U72-73 RATOG for Seafire (£1.75), C 72053 BAC TSR.2 Cockpit set (£9.30), S 72051 Ejection seats for BAC TSR.2, U 72-72 Engine set for the B-26K (Late) (Italeri), C 72051 Cockpit set for the Westland Wessex HU.Mk 5 (Italeri, £5.60), C 72052 Cockpit set for the Bell OH-58D (Italeri, £7.50, above) and C 72054

Finally, to 1:32 scale check out C32001 Cockpit set and vacu canopy for the Trumpeter MiG-19P (£18.60), C32002 Cockpit set and vacu canopy for the Trumpeter MiG-19PM (£18.60) and C32003 Cockpit set and vacu canopy for the Trumpeter MiG:21F-13 (£24.80).

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Also new is a full set of undercarriage parts for the recently released Revell 1:32 scale Hunter (32014, US$18.95). Aside from the main and nose gear legs, SAC also provides segments of silver solder to simulate the hydraulic brake lines on the mains. It is a nice improvement over the kit's moulded-in lines. Thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions for the review samples

Decal Reviews F-100D 55-2879, flown by the CO of the 531st TFS, 21st TFW, Misawa, Japan, 1962.

The two aircraft featured on this sheet are F-100D-25-NA 55-3668, 20th TFW, 55th TFS, RAF Wethersfield, UK, 1958 and F-100D-65-NA 56-3020, 390th FBS, 366th FBW, England AFB, Louisiana, 1957-59.

Aeromaster 48792 ' 1 :48 Tomcats Supreme pt 1 www.aeromaster.com sheet 48792 are F-14D BuNo. 159630 (and F-14A rebuilt to 'D' standard), VF-2 'Bounty Hunters', USS Constellation, 1996; F-14B, BuNo. 163610, VF-103 'Jolly Rogers', photographed at NAS Key West; and F-14B BuNo. 163224, VF-103 ~Jolly Rogers', USS Enterprise.

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This sheet covers F-100D 55-3640, 8th TFW, Itazuke, Japan, early/mid-1960s and

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Three aircraft feature on this sheet: F-14A BuNo. 160656, VF-111 'Sundowners'; F-14A BuNo. 162302, VF-84 'Jolly Rogers', October 1989; and F-14A BuNo. 161621, VF-103 'Black Knights', USS Independence.

Decal Reviews way lines, national insignia, stencils and other odds and ends (not illustrated). I was able, however, to account for seven complete sets of stencils and other secondary markings, so one could build more than half a squadron from this sheet alone. Overall, this decal set must have taken a tremendous amount of research to catch these constantly changing aircraft at a certain moment in time (in this case, all within the past year), and the result has been well worth the labour. If you like the Viper, but are bored with the same old grey machines, you can't do better than Afterburner's new 1:48 sheet.

Thanks to Eduard for the review samples

The four aircraft featured on this sheet are a D.VII (Alb), Jasta 43, 1918; D.VII (Alb), flown by Un. R. F. Jakobs, Jasta 43, 1918; D.VII (Alb), Jasta 46, 1918; and a D.VII (OAW), flown by Ltn. R. A. Merz, Jasta 28w, 1918.

Thanks to Afterburner for the review sample

This sheet covers four aircraft: P-47D-30-RA Stinky, flown by 1st Lt Don Volkmer, -365th FS, 358th FG, base Y-79, Germany, 1945; P-47D-27-RE, The Trojan War Horse, 79th FG, 12th AF, Italy; P-47D-28-RE Gladys, flown by Lt Ernest Sprouse, 512th FS, 406th FG; and a P-47D-30-RA, flown by Lt Elson E. Rodewald, 392nd FS, 367th FG, Eschborn, Germany, April 1945.

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It's been a while since Eduard released any decal sheets, and these new lozenge decals will come in quite handy. Both sheets represent generic fourcolour German lozenge for World War I subjects. Check references to see if your model requires four- or fivecolour lozenge. Sheet D48004 (above, top) is printed in colours used on the top sides of aircraft, while D48005 (above) is in the lighter shades of the fabric applied to the undersides of wings, tailplanes and fuselages. The lozenge is presented here in four 1% x 7~in (2.9 x 19 em) swathes per sheet, close to the

This sheet has five subjects: a D.VA, flown by Un. Max Nather, Jasta 62, early 1918; a D.VA, flown by Ltn. Brauer, Bogohl 6, Staffel 19, 1918; a D.VA (OAW), Jasta 18, 1918; a D.V, flown by August Delling, Jasta 34b, 1918; and a D.1I1 (OAW) , flown by Ltn. Paul Strahle, Jasta 57.


In this young Texas-based firm's most ambitious project to date, this very large doublesheet provides all markings for numerous machines from various 'aggressor' units. Afterburner is noted for its dead-on accuracy, and nowhere is this showcased more than on this set. The aircraft that can be modelled here include machines from the 64th AGRS (the sister squadron, the 65th AGRS, flies F-15s in the aggressor role), 57th Fighter Weapons Wing and 414th Combat Training Squadron, the latter bearing the Red Flag insignia. Each of the F-16s is painted (and flown) so as to simulate a potential adversary of Russian make, such as the Su-27 or MiG-29. All of the sheet's aircraft combine airbase - in this case, all wear 'WN - and squadron codes. Each bears Russian-style numbers (the latter drawn from the last one or two digits of the US serial number). With these small, bordered numbers, register is critical, and Afterburner has ensured that register is spot on. Also, the many squadron badges, Air Combat Command insignia and other unit markings benefit from this same excellent register, and many are provided with a white backing decal to ensure opacity. Others are done in two-parts so the builder can ensure his or her own register. I was unable to determine exactly how many different machines could be modelled from this sheet, which is 7 x 11 in (17.8 x 28 em), with a secondary 5 x 8-in (12.7 x 20.3-cm) sheet of black walk-

scale width of rolls of the preprinted linen cloth used in the factories.


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Market Place II in both black and white characters. These replicate the numbers found on most modern US jets, where each panel on the aircraft, including inspection panels, has its own numerical designation. HobbyDecal, which also sells these numbers for the F-15, has now provided them for the Phantom, with somewhere between 400 and 500 individual numbers on the sheet. It is not necessary to use them all, however. As the aircraft went through various colour and markings changes, the numbers tended to get left off, so the modeller, by using numbers on selected panels, can give the illusion of significant detail with these transfers. Thanks to HobbyDecal for the review samples

This sheet includes markings for five of the early model 'Emils', based in Germany during 1939. They are all in the period scheme of RLM70j71j 65. However, they bear the colourful squadron and personal markings of the time. 'Yellow 15' is a Bf 109E-1 of 6.j JG 26 at Dusseldorf in August 1939; while another E-1, of 2.jJG 20, the 'Black Cat' squadron, is represented by 'Red 9'. 'Red 6' is also an E-1, of 2.jJG 3. The two Bf 109E-3s represented on this sheet include 'Yellow 3' of 3.jJG 51 in late 1939, bearing a large skeletal hand in the yellow colour of the 3rd Staffel. The other -3 is represented by a machine bearing no number, but in the livery of 2.jJG 1 in November 1939, and bearing oversize wing and fuselage crosses.


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squadron, the 'Orange Tail' Squadron, has an F.S.22544 Orange curved arrow applied from atop the vertical fin to its lower leading edge. Since a flat-pattern decal cannot match the contours of the vertical fin's upper aft end, a self adhesive paper mask is provided. To prevent possible lifting of the fin's base paint, it is advised to apply a coat of Future Klear prior to applying the mask. Thanks to IsraDecal for the review sample

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This interesting sheet contains markings from four air forces for five machines. The first is an RAAF Gladiator Mk II that sports the attractive four-colour Dark Green and Dark Earth over Light Green and Earth countershaded scheme, flown by FjO Peter Turnbull, No. 3 Sqn, Libya, early 1941. Gladiator Mk I K7903, No. 80 Sqn, RAF, Ismailia, spring 1939, is finished in overall aluminium with a wooden propeller painted partially grey. Gladiator Mk II N2288jA-GO, No. 94 Sqn, RAF, is field finished in Dark Green and Dark Earth over a black and white underside. Also included on the sheet are markings for Gladiator Mk II L9033, NO.5 Sqn, Royal Egyptian Air Force and a Mk I operated by Groupe de Chasse 'Alsace', Free French Air Force, early 1942. Thanks to Iliad Design for the review samples

IsraDecal IAF-54 1:48 Block 52 F-16D/F-161

£12.99 www.isradecal.com Ra'anan Weiss of IsraDecal has pushed the plastic model decal envelope to new bounds with his latest release dedicated to the two seat Block 52 F-161 Sufa airframes used by the Israeli Air Force and the F-16D of the Republic of Singapore Air Force. The Sufa decal package is unique in offering the modeller a CD containing three sub-folders entitled Instructions, Walk Around and Wallpaper. The instructions folder is a PDF file that should be opened with Adobe Acrobat

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version 7.0 for optimal viewing. The instructions file contains five pages of colour painting and decal application instructions. Right and left side profile views are shown of two 'Negev' Squadron aircraft, No. 421 with a recent Lebanon war bird motif and pre-war non-bird motif. Two 'Bat' Squadron aircraft are shown and two 'Orange Tail' Squadron machines are also included, in Lebanon war markings. Although only six IAF Sufas are illustrated, numeral decals are provided to build any Sufa the modeller may wish. In addition to the Sufas, a single Republic of Singapore Air Force Block 52 F-16D is offered, '672' of No. 145 Squadron. The Walk Around folder contains 100 jpg images sized 800 X 600 pixels. These images will aid the modeller in locating, painting and decaling the Sufa resin conversion set soon to be reissued by IsraCast, in combination with this sheet. The reissued Sufa conversion set will replace the previously issued set 48001 which is no longer in production. The icing on the cake is the Wallpaper folder, in which two additional files are enclosed with 19 images of IAF Sufas in current markings to be used as wallpaper or screen saver images. The decal sheet is printed by Cartograph and retains the exceptionally high printing standards we have become accustomed to from IsraDecal. The number of printed decals is too numerous to be counted, although multiple stencil decals abound, enabling the modeler to build one IAF Sufa and one RSAF F-16D. The IAF's latest Sufa

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Kits at War K4/16 1:48 Canberra, Vickers Wellington, Skyraider

£7.50 www.kitsatwar.nl This sheet contains decals for Canberra B.Mk 1 WD988 'Moby Dick', No. 73 Sqn, RAF EI Adem, September 1958; Wellington T.Mk 10 RP389, No. 201 Advanced Flying School, RAF Swinderby, 1950; and Douglas Skyraider

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Here is yet another Mike Grant set that caused us to wonder 'Why hasn't anyone done this before?' It consists, quite simply, of two sheets - one in natural aluminium colour, another in dark grey - of simulated rivet heads. They are quite delicately printed, and will work well in both 1:48 and 1:32 scale. The rows of rivets come in straight lines, in arcs for curved surfaces, and in all manner of round, oval, square and rectangular access panel shapes, which often lose the paint on their fasteners after only a few hours of flight time. Grant recommends the grey rivets specifically for black airframes, but they could work on any dark colour.

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Jaguar in Worldwide Service book and covers eleven aircraft: Jaguar A '3-Xt\, EC3/3 'Ardennes', Armee de l'Air, Nancy, France; Jaguar 1M JM252, No. 6 Sqn, 'The Dragons', Indian Air Force, Poona, India, 2001; Jaguar IB JT057, No. 27 Sqn 'Flaming Arrows', Indian Air Force, Bangalore, India, 1980s; Jaguar T.Mk 4 XX838/FZ, No. 41(F) Sqn, RAF Coltishall, 2005; Jaguar BN NAF703, Nigerian Air Force, Makurdi, Nigeria, 1980s; Jaguar SN NAF705, Nigerian Air Force, 1983; Makurdi, Nigeria, Jaguar ES FAE327, Escuadron de Combate 2111 'Aguilas', Fuerza Aerea Ecuatoriana, Taura, Ecuador, 1980s; Jaguar GR.Mk 3A XZ112/GW, No. 54(F) Sqn, RAF Coltishall, August 2005; Jaguar OS '222', No. 20 Sqn, AI Quwwat al Jawwlya al Sultanat Oman, Masirah, Oman, 1982; Jaguar IS JS138, No. 14 Sqn 'The Bulls', Indian Air Force, Ambala, India 1980s; and Jaguar E E25/7-IK, EC3/7 'Languedoc', Armee de L' Air, St Dizier, France, 1980s.


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This set is in Model Alliance's Premier Plus Range covers four Tempests: F.Mk 2 '5R-v', No. 33 Sqn, RAF Kuala Lumpur, Malaya, 1949-50; F.Mk 6 '0', No. 213 Sqn, Deversoir, Egypt, 1949; Mk II 'EG-D', No. 16 Sqn, RAF Fasburg, Germany, 1946-47; F.Mk 2 '5R-D', No. 33 Sqn, RAF Kuala Lumpur, Malaya 1951. MAS-729028/MAS-489028 has decals for Bf 109G-14 'White 1', 9./JG 26, Lille-Nord,

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France, May 1944; Fw 190D-9 WkNr 210194, flown by Wemer Hohenberg, Stab/JG 2, Merzhausen, Germany, 1 January 1945; Ta 152 'Yellow 1', 7.jJG 301, Alteno, Germany, February 1945; and Bf 109G-l0 WkNr 150816 'Black 4', ex-II./JG 2 and Fw 190A-9 WkNr 490044 'Red 22', 6.jJG 301, both at Langensalza, Germany, April 1945. Thanks to The Aviation Workshop for the review samples

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Force service from the 1948 war through to the 1956 war. No. 21 is a double sheet in 1:48 scale and No. 22 is its 1:72 equivalent. In addition to the decal sheets, each set contains a 16-page instruction booklet printed in colour. Three years of research have gone into the making of these sheets, working from rare photographs and through the conflicting information found on these subjects, especially the S-199. The instructions provide detailed building, painting and marking information on each specific version of the aircraft to be modelled, thus enabling the modeller to build a trio of the IAF's first fighters in a specific time frame. Nine different Avias are described, while the markings for 19 Spitfires include '14' and '18' credited with kills, natural metal No. 58 with a red lightning bolt, and overall black Spitfire No. 57, known as 'Ezer's Black Spitfire'. Markings for 12 P-51Ds are supplied, including the three different number styles applied to natural metal Mustangs '2301' and '2302' credited with kills. Suez veteran Mustangs Nos 19 ~nd 31 are shown with complete three view drawings for camouflage and markings application. To enable the modeller to depict any of the subjects offered on this sheet, as well as to depict any IAF aircraft in service during this time period, Sky's Decals also provides nine different number styles. Thirty-five Star of David roundels are provided, enough for up to seven different aircraft from the sheet. Registration and colour accuracy is to be commended. For the first time the red chosen for No. 101 Sqn's rudder stripes and insignia is the correct Insignia Red. Also for the first time, the blue used on the roundels, empennage and wing white-blue-white recognition band, and early identification numbers, is of the same shade. Spitfire rudder markings are provided for four aircraft, red stripes for No. 101 Sqn, black stripes for No. 105 Sqn and blue stripes for No. 107 Sqn, with vivid red stripes for 'Ezer's Black Spit'. For direct purchase of these sets contact Sami Dekel of Sky's Decals at telephone/fax 011-972-2-6454543 or the email address above. Thanks to Sky's Decals for the review samples

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wingmen of two squadrons of early-mark Vindicators. The colourful machines represented are from VB-2 operating from USS Lexington and VB-3 of USS Saratoga. As with all type-specific decals by Yellow-Wings, there is a chart included which matches the proper aircraft serial number to its place in the section and squadron, giving the appropriate colours as well. The decal sheet includes squadron insignia, fuselage bands, wing chevrons and even the three,colour propeller tips used by the USN at the time, along with other standard markings.

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Mike McEvoy trespasses lightly on others' territory At the end of October's Tailpiece I mentioned that there were a couple of Spitfire-orientated events coming up at Duxford, though when I wrote that I hadn't really thought much about the first. In fact, given that their September flying display was promoted as a Spitfire commemoration event, I wondered what the mid-August Spitfire Day could add (other than the opportunity to listen to, and perhaps record, a little more RollsRoyce music). An e-mail from the very helpful PR section at Duxford convinced me; I discovered that a feature of the day was to be a pair of addresses on Spitfire history from Michael J. F. Bowyer. I was already familiar with his writing and I remember very clearly his series on 'Fighting Colours' in the Airfix Magazine. This was then published as a book which I still use as a constant reference, and which was updated in a second edition to take in the Lightning and early Phantoms. Bombing Colours duly followed it, with the early years from 1914 to 1937 covered by another of the early gurus of model colours, Bruce Robertson, finishing with Hart and Heyford. Mike Bowyer's volume took the story from the Wellington to the Vulcan, albeit not quite as far as 'Beetham's Bomb' and the Great South Atlantic Filling Station. His books were based on the notes he made at the time, and his name on the programme was enough to make me change my mind and decide that another Sunday at Duxford would be well spent. The theme of his talks was the reasoning behind the origins and birth of the Spitfire, and the requirements and needs that led to the successive stages of its development in airframe, powerplant and armament. The jumping-off point was the Air Ministry's specification F.7/30, which called for a

speed of 250 mph and the use of the Rolls-Royce Goshawk, a steam-cooled variant of the Kestrel. I think that this specification can be seen as a major landmark in British fighter development and it deserves a book, or at least a series of learned articles by Tony Buttler, all to itself (and a couple of resin kits of the Blackburn and Westland prototypes at least). But as a preamble to the Spitfire story, Supermarine's response was the Type 224, the appearance of which gave no hint that its designer could be responsible for anything as elegant as his Type 300. But it did convince RJ Mitchell that he could do better than this clumsy looking, gUIIwinged aircraft, even if it was a monoplane; and it didn't help that the Goshawk was one of the products that that august company would rather pass over very quickly indeed. ...fit new airframe The Supermarine design, and its equivalent from Hawker that had started its gestation as the Fury Monoplane, impressed the Ministry sufficiently for them to draw up a new specification tailored closely to each aircraft (the original spec., or at least its successor F.5/34, was met by the Gladiator). The subsequent development of the Spitfire is too well known to need outlining here, but long before 1945 the design had progressed beyond the 'jack up windscreen, fit new airframe' stage. The Hawker line (Ahh, Sir Sydney!) has been criticised for not being continuous, but to my mind the difference between the Hurricane and the Tempest is almost matched by that between the prototype Spitfire and the F.24. The steps may be less abrupt, but the changes made by each drawing office - new, thin wing, more power and heavier and more disposable armament seem similar. Mike Bowyer's accounts took us through to the Spiteful, and I had hopes of the accompanying talk on what the various Spitfires had been like to fly. I would very much like to have heard how the Marks 21 to 24 compared to the I or II, but unfortunately the presenter had only reached the XVIII, and I don't remember him mentioning the XII, the first of

the Griffon marks to enter production. I have always thought that, although an interim version until the XIV came on stream, this must have been - like the F.2A Lightning - the sports model. A Dutch Spitfire There were a few Spitfires parked near the tower for us to walk around and chat about, and a couple that flew later. One of the statics was in Dutch markings, recently transferred from a Dutch museum in exchange, it is said, for the ex-Swedish Firefly I, a type which flew with the Royal Netherlands Navy for a while after the war. The Spitfire carried the serial MH424 and was coded H-53, and had a small Donald Duck emblem on its cowling. I was told that it's hoped to restore it to flying condition. One of the joys of the warbird display scene for me is that - unlike displays of contemporary aircraft - there is almost always something new to admire, sometimes just on the ground, but with a little luck on the flightline and in the air. Spitfire Commemoration This was evident again at Duxford's Spitfire Commemoration display at the beginning of September. Sitting in the almost-sunshine was an Earth/Stone/Azure Mk VC, with a four cannon wing and coded 'T-B'. By the time this appears not only should it have flown - it had already carried out some engine running - but its assumed identity should have been revealed. I suspect it represents a Malta-based aircraft, but I have a feeling that some codes of this type were carried forward into Italy. It carries a 'Saint' device under the windscreen, though I'm sure this must have been a personal emblem rather than an association with 16 Squadron; JG891 is the serial of a Mark V that went to Australia in 1943, and some of those were delivered in 'desert' colours. New to me, but not to many others, was '161', the Irish Air Corpsmarked two seater in a shade of green that has been the subject of much speculation by modellers for as long as I can remember. For some reason I'd always missed this T.9 on its previous appearances, and I was glad to see it on the flightline, but we were

denied the chance to see it in the air. The sky was reasonably clear but there was a strong wind at an acute angle to the runway. While I expect to see - and saw - liger Moths parked with their noses to the prevailing wind, to see Spitfires in the same position is not that usual. It was sufficiently strong for the BBMF to decide not to come down from Coningsby - the original plan was for a gathering of 15 Spitfires - and for the flypast that was to close the show to be abandoned. I am told that there was some flying on the Sunday [almost a full programme - the Editor was there], but I had committed myself to take SAM and a few binders, to the IPMS Brampton show at St Neots. I missed out on one of my aims for the visit, that of getting the sounds as well as the sight of Spitfires recorded. I'll just have to be sure to be at Flying Legends 2007. While I'm trespassing on another editor's territory and Edgar Brooks' for that matter - I have a query about RAF Spitfires in Australia. It isn't just for me, you understand. I met this excellent singer at a folk club this summer who mentioned that her father had been on Spitfires with the RAF in Australia, and she thought that his aircraft had been named' Dorinda'. No. 54 is the only RAF squadron that fits the timescale, and although an excellent article, Spitfires Down Under, appeared in Model Aircraft Monthly earlier this year, there were only one or two aircraft featured with names. So please, if there's a SAM reader at either end of the world who can shed a little more light, do let me know; not only could I be one up, however briefly, on MAM's editor and Ed in their specialist subject, but it would make Miriam very happy to find out a bit more about her dad. And a Spitfire with blue/white roundels and a name would make a very good subject! Not, as you well know, that I'm interested in Spitfires as a model subject, but they will crop up again next month, along with a Lancaster B.I Special; and while you're preparing for that seminar, consider the name and works of C. Rupert Moore. Mike McEvoy

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YELLOW HAMMER Decals (military aircraft) YH32013 1:32 AA/100 CAG Capt Dana Potts USS George Washington 2002. Afghanistan/Iraq veteran. San Antonio Rose Nose Art Requires YH32010 for basic squadron markings £3.50 YH32014 1:32 Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero Type 21 (7) AI-154, POlc Takashi Hirano, Akagi, AII-l05, It Yoshio Shiga, Kaga fighter leader, both Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941; 53·102. POlc Tetsuzo Iwamoto. 253rd Air GrouP. Rabaul, late 1943; 01-108. POlc Tadayoshi Koga, Ryujo, Dutch Harbor on 4 June 1942; USN A6M2. formerly Koga's aircraft, with a standard USN two-tone camouflage scheme (stencils only); AI-155, lCDR Shigeru Itaya. first wave fighter leader, Akagi, Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941; V·l03, POlc Saburo Sakai. Tainan Air Group, Dutch East Indies, February 1942. INCLUDES BlackMagic painting masks £11.99 YH32015 1:32 Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero Type 21 (6) V-128, POlc Saburo Sakai, Tainan Air Group. Rabaul, New Britain Islands, 7 August 1942; BII-124, Sealc Hajime Toyoshima, Hiryu, Darwin, Australia, 19 Feb 42; X-183. P02c Yoshiro Hashiguchi. 3rd Air Group, Bali, Dutch East Indies, February 1942; V-141, P02c Yoshisuke Arita, Tainan Air Group, Bali. Dutch East Indies, February 1942; EI·111, It Hideki Shingo, squadron leader, Shokaku fighter squadron, battle of Santa Cruz, 26 October 1942; BII·120, POlc Shigenori Nishikaichi, Hiryu, Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941 £9.99 YH48031 1:48 Farewell Tomcats Pt 1 VF-213 (2) 164347 AJ/200; 164602 AJ/213 Blacklions Final Flight NAS Oceana 10 March 2006. Inc paint m.ask £7.95 YH48032 1:48 Farewell Tomcats Pt 2 (2) 164342/100 VF-31 Tomcatters Final Flight NAS Oceana 10 March 2006; 164601 AD/I 60 VF-101 Grim Reapers Squadron Disestablishment 15 Sept 2005 £8.95 YH48033 1:48 Superbug CAGs and Skippers Pt 1 (2) F/A-18 E 165782 NK/201 VFA-115 Eagles; F/A-18F 166620 AG/200 CAG or 166621 AG/201 Both VFA-l03 Jolly Rogers with black fins USS Dwight D.Eisenhower £7.95 YH48034 1:48 F/A- 18F Superbugs CAGs and Skippers Pt 2 (21 166663 AJ/200 VFA-213 Blacklions CAG; 166632 AA/l00 CAG Black fin or 166632 AA/l0l VFA·11 £7.95 Red Rippers NEW YELLOW WINGS Decals 1:72 Scale YW72001 US National Insignia Pre 1942 PT· 1 Star with Red Centre, 6 sizes YW72002 TBO-l Devastator Section Leaders VT-2 and VT-3 YW72004 SB2U-l/2 Vindicator Section leaders VB-2 and VB-3 1:48 Scale YW48001 TBD~l Devastators. USN Section leaders aircraft from VT-2 and VT-5 YW48002 TBD-1 Devastators. USN Section leaders aircraft from VT-3 and VT-6 YW48003 TBD-l Devastators. USN Wing Chevrons and Fuselage Bands in 6 section colours VW48004 Black and White linch Pin Stripes YW48005 US National Insignia. Pre 1942 Star with Red Centre YW48006 TBD-l Devastator. USN Complete markings with green or black section bands YW48007 SB2U-l Vindicators USN Section leaders aircraft and 24 wingmen from VB·2 and VB-3 YW48008 SB2U-l Vindicators USN Section Leaders aircraft and 24 wingmen from V8-4 and VB-72 YW48009 SB2U-l/2 Vindicator USN Wing Chevrons and Fuselage Bands in 6 section colours YW48011 S8D-l Dauntless USMC Section leaders aircraft and 24 wingmen from VB-2 and VS-13 YW48015 F2A-l/2 Buffalo USN Section leaders aircraft and 24 wingmen from VF-2 and

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£136.70 £10.25 1T1259 Italeri A-26C Invader

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MAGNA MODELS Aircraft conversions (resin) MAG7284 1:72 Stirling 43/47 (Ailiix kits) £18.25 AEROCLUB Aircraft detailing sets (resin) ABV034 1:72 4 x Halifax Gallay Radiators and Oil Cooler units Aircraft detailing sets (metal) ABV219 1:48 Auston Target Tow Winch ABV228 1:72 4 x Halifax Morris Type radiator units Aircraft detailing sets (injection) ABV230 1:48 Spitfire Mk.IX correction kit without fuselage AX Includes propeller, tails, rudders and gun blisters ABV231 1:48 Spitfire 30 gallon tank & PR.II Under Cowl AX

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AIRWAVES Etched parts (aircraft) Designed for use with the make of kit mentioned. AEC48035 1:48 Re-released! Focke Wulf Ta 152C (Dragon and Italeri kits) £4.99 AEC72060 1:72 Re-released! F3H Demon interior/exterior (Emhar kits)

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BRITISH AIRWAYS. AN AIRLINE AND ITS AIRCRAFT. VOLUME 1 1919-1939 THE IMPERIAL YEARS RDavies With profile drawings, paintings and photos HB 106pp £25.00


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