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WARPAINT BOOKS CELEBRATE THE AUTHOR CHARLES STAFRACE

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arpaint Books are pleased to announce the launch at Scale Model World 2014 of our 100th title the F-84F Thunder Streak/Jet & RF-84F Thunderflash

Warpaint Books started production of the current series in 1996, in conjunction with the title originator and Editor Alan W Hall, aided by his elite team of authors and artists. This series from its inception proved to be very popular with the aircraft enthusiast and modeller, rapidly growing from strength to strength. Alan W Hall died suddenly in Malta in 2008 at the age of eighty, just after completing Warpaint No 69 on the Marauder. Alan’s death left a void which we were not confident we could fill with his thoughts, ideas and inspirations being locked away somewhere in his home in Malta. After much research, we built up sufficient knowledge and regained our confidence, starting production of the series in earnest just 3 months after Alan’s death. I asked Chris Hall, Alan Hall’s son to give an over view of Alan’s early life (1932 – 2008) highlighting the events that affected and directed him into his publishing career. I found the whole exercise fascinating and hope that this will be of as much interest to you all. The series has grown with some welcome additions to the existing team of authors. Richard Caruana has become our resident artists and we are spreading our net to cover, German, Japanese and Russian subject matter and are looking at covering aircraft from WWI.

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hris Hall says I am humbled by the high regard in which my father is still held within the aviation and modelling community. As important a part of my Father’s life, but one with which people are less familiar, is the period when his love of aviation first developed. He spoke a few years ago of his early memories which led him to become a pilot and of his first encounter with an airplane at the age of 10. Every year, his Father took the family on holiday to the Isle of Wight but in 1937, they did things a little differently by flying in an Airspeed Courier of Portsmouth, Southsea and Isle of Wight Airways. This 15 minute flight cost 7s 6d and having insisted on sitting next to the pilot, my father was duly rewarded by being given the job of winding-up the undercarriage! This encounter with flying left a huge impression on my Father, his interest being further cemented in 1938 when his Father took him to the Hendon Air Day. That Christmas, he received his first model aircraft made by FROG - This was an Interceptor Mk.4 semi-scale, rubber-band powered, flying model and Christmas day was spent flying it in the park. September 1939 brought the onset of war with Germany, but my Father then aged 11, did not necessarily appreciate the implications of this calamity. The war presented him with opportunities due to schools being closed, allowing him to indulge his fascination with flying to a degree that would otherwise not have

THE F-84F THUNDERSTREAK been imaginable in peacetime. With major airfields nearby (North Weald, Hendon and Hatfield) reachable by bicycle, he and a friend spent most of their days up trees observing the movements of military aircraft at the height of the Battle of Britain until school reconvened.

My Father joined the Air Training Corps in April 1942 giving him access to flights in Tiger Moths operating out of RAF Panshanger, where he logged up quite a few hours flying time with the airfield instructors. He set up a school club affiliated to the National Association of Spotters Club, which eventually became the Enfield Branch. The title Aeroplane Spotter provided the inspiration for Aviation News but it was at this club that his first steps at model making took place, albeit crafted from wood. When it came to National Service in 1944, my Father’s desire to become a pilot was thwarted as this role was well oversubscribed. My Father thought that by extending his time in education he could defer entry into the RAF, hoping that by doing so the bottleneck would have eased, thus opening up opportunities for him to realize his dream. Alan had done well at English, History and Geography at school, but it was a Saturday class studying art that presented Alan with the idea that this may provide him with a career. In 1945 Alan was called up to do his National Service, at this time the war had drawn to a close and there was now a surfeit of trained pilots, again thwarting his ambition. After basic training at RAF Padgate he was offered the position of Wireless Operator, and at the time he decided that whatever the RAF threw at him he was going to get more out of them rather than vice versa Alan was posted to RAF Compton Basset in Wiltshire to learn his trade in signals. The camp was back logged, resulting in a delay on transfer to advanced training at RAF Cranwell so to avoid boredom and general duties, he volunteered for the Advanced Drill Squad at RAF Halton. Instruction in advanced drill followed and shortly he found himself representing the RAF at events throughout the country, including parading at the British Legion Memorial Service at the Albert Hall.

from Docklands, London, he unexpectedly found himself in Malta where the ship was commandeered to take army troops to India to help with the unrest. This this was my Father’s first taste of this island. Their ship returned to pick them up some 10 weeks later, taking 3 weeks to dock at Durban and thence by train to Bulawayo. From there the contingent were split up, some staying at RAF HQ at Kumalo, my father and others being sent to RAF Thornhill near Gwelo in central Rhodesia. The base had been put on care and maintenance at the end of WWII, their initial task involved helping to get the base operational again. Once back in shape, aircraft, mainly Tiger Moths and Harvard AT-6s, began to arrive in crates. Gradually more aircraft and pilots started to arrive and life on the station became busier. There were two Ansons operational on the base and my Father found himself a seat on the first flight of Anson (WK376). The base continued to expand with four W/Ops running a rota on T20’s operational duties. The arrival of Anson MK 20s afforded him more flying time and although the layout of the aircraft had changed this gave Alan more opportunities to persuade the pilots to change places. The posting to Rhodesia enabled my Father to keep his vow to get more out of the RAF than they did of him. During this time he enjoyed some great adventures with like-minded colleagues, visiting Victoria Falls, travelling to Mozambique, and quite by chance finding himself invited to some very liberally minded beach parties near Durban in South Africa.

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My Father was posted to RAF Cranwell, the spiritual home of the RAF and Radio School. Training intensified and it was here that he first encountered an aircraft that was to become his favourite, the Avro Anson. His flying log book recorded 12 hours flying at Cranwell in a variety of Ansons before the passing out parade and his coveted Wireless Operators flying badge. Alan was then posted to the Empire Test Pilots School at RAF Cranfield but this time fate had been kind to him. Duties included flying in multi-engine aircraft while sharing some air traffic control duties. My Father was in heaven. RAF Cranfield was a wonderful posting which enabled him to get in in as much flying as he could such as high altitude tests in Lincolns and Lancasters, low level runs on Mosquitos and air traffic control, which although less exhilarating, was no less interesting. Thanks to the reorganisation of the Empire Test Pilots’ School to RAE Farnborough, my Father found himself posted to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Setting off

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HE LAUNCH OFF THEIR 100TH TITLE AK & RF-84F THUNDERFLASH In September 1946 he had completed his National Service and was ordered back to Kirkham in Lancashire to be demobbed. Here discharge certificates and civilian clothes were issued and he was given 3 months part pay but what of the future? He decided to enter a two year National Design Diploma course, choosing lithography and bookbinding as his core subjects at Hornsey School of Art. There he wrote his first book on the architecture of the south coast between Southampton and Winchester which earned high praise despite its short print run of 25 copies! He also enrolled for a 3 year, part-time course at Camberwell School of Art. On passing his exams he took a one year teaching course after which he got his first civilian job at the age of 24 at Malvern School of Art.

To finance his living expenses while waiting to take up the job at Malvern my Father went to the Isle of Wight, where he worked as a waiter at the Shanklin Hotel. He also applied to join the RAF Volunteer Reserve and was only accepted on the basis that he remained a signaller. He therefore had no option but to get his pilot’s licence privately.

Alan in Rhodesia

At the Isle of Wight Flying Club, Sandown airfield*, he took as many flying lessons as he could afford. The school was run by two women one of which, Vera Strod, became his instructor with flights to Croydon, Southampton and Shoreham. It was a wonderful summer and although he had

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not completed the full training, he had amassed 30 hours of dual and solo flying before leaving to take up his post at Malvern. Shortly thereafter he completed the course and qualified at nearby Staverton aerodrome. His passion for aviation and his chosen career in graphic arts led him into journalism in the 1960s, and by the early 70s he had the skill and confidence to share with others, the passion that had captivated him at the age of 10 in that short 15 minute flight *Note: At his request his ashes were scattered on the airfield after his death in November 2008. Some 80 years on, I am delighted that my Father’s legacy continues as we reach issue 100 in the Warpaint series. Under the wise and steady hand of Alan’s long time friend Regis Auckland, the principles and ideas associated with Warpaint Books continue in this well established publication. Not only do these publications provide the reader with authoritative service histories, the camouflage schemes and line drawings provide a valuable information source to both model-makers and enthusiasts alike. Warpaint Books were the last publications that my Father edited, and they probably best encapsulate what he enjoyed most about indulging his passion. It is tremendously satisfying and makes me very proud to see that it endures and continues to meet the needs of the aviation enthusiast and modelling community.

Chris Hall

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December 2014 Vol.36 Issue 10

Table of Contents P.8 - 26:

Scuttlebutt Lodge The Editorial team, with the help of the SAM regulars, compiles our examination of the world of modelling, bringing us the latest news and reviews along with all of the regular features you can expect every month.

Compact Build Reviews P.28 - 39: Our dedicated team of expert modellers examine recent kit releases for your reading pleasure.

This Month: James Ashton brings us the 1:32nd scale Fisher Models Ryan PT-20. Seb Videc builds his second aerial refueller in as many months, this time the Minicraft 1:144th scale KC-135 Stratotanker. Ángel Expósito González presents the Hasegawa 1:72nd scale F-18F, with a mind-blowing replication of weathered paint. Fear not, I have asked him to re-create the process in far more detail in a future article… Gary Bottoms is back with his unique take on the High Planes Models 1:48th scale Mustang racer. Yoav Efrati makes a rare diversion from Israeli subject matter, this time around finishing a pair of Fujimi 1:72nd scale Phantoms in British markings. Mike ‘M-Dubz’ Williams presents the Italeri 1:48th scale Sea Hurricane. Jeremias Luchina finishes the 1:48th scale Italeri (exAccurate Miniatures) TBM Avenger in Brazilian markings.

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Annual Spectacular

Aviation in Profile: P.40 - 51

Fokker D.VII By: Ray Rimell We are very pleased (and proud) to bring you this very special feature by “Mr Windsock” himself.

Features: P.52 - 58

1:32nd scale Wingnut Wings Fokker D.VII It is almost as if the editor planned it well in advance, but Dai Williams brings us his fantastic take on the sublime Wingnut Wings kit to accompany Ray’s historical feature. P.60 - 65

1:32nd Revell Spitfire Mk II James Ashton presents the recently released Revell Spitfire Mk II. P.66 - 70

1:48th scale Czech Models XF-85 Goblin Sjon van der Heiden is back with another mouth-watering diorama, this time using the Goblin as a centrepiece. P.72 - 74

1:72nd Airfix Bristol Blenheim Mk I Nino Gakovic returns with this late addition to this issue, the new tool Airfix Blenheim Mk I in Croatian markings. P.76 - 80

1:32nd Wingnut Wings Fokker Eindekker Chris Fleet puts the “K” into kits as we present our second Wingnut Wings feature this issue, the Fokker E.1 (Early).

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elcome to the Scale Aircraft Modelling IPMS UK Nationals Special Edition. This year is dedicated to commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War and we have a few articles dedicated to the subject. I am very proud to say that this month’s Aviation in Profile feature has been written by none other than Ray Rimell himself. I thought about attempting to write my first AinP feature on a WWI subject, but then saw sense and figured “Who knows the subject better?” For those of you not attending the show for whatever reason, who are reading this a few weeks later when the magazine has its general release, I apologise. All of the above will be irrelevant. However, if you do ever have the opportunity to attend Scale ModelWorld, I strongly recommend it. This show is one of the world’s premier modelling events and a showcase for not only some of the greatest modelling talent from the UK and beyond, but also for British hospitality at its finest. The IPMS UK are gracious hosts, something that is evidenced by the healthy attendance from all over the world. Guys like Ra’anan Weiss from Isradecal makes the trip from Israel, Roy Sutherland and Mike Belcher make the trip from North America, Zoukei-Mura come from Japan, just to name a few. I could go on for this entire column citing from the rather impressive list of manufacturers the IPMS UK gather every year for your modelling acquisitions, but I think you get the idea. All would be for nought, though, if it weren’t for those IPMS members (and non-IPMS members as well) who pass through the turnstiles and continue to make the event what it is, year after year. Attendance seems to creep up by a thousand or so every year; a testament to the organisation and appeal the show has. Magazines and the internet modelling websites can promote the show as much as they like, but it is the word of mouth from satisfied modellers that carry the most weight, in my opinion. In the six or seven years that I have been attending the show I have seen evidence of this in the way the overseas section has grown. So much so it has had to be moved in order to keep the flow of traffic around the halls moving. These far flung modellers from Belgium, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Germany (and my mate Pete Mossong from New Zealand always manages to make the trip) and beyond have all gone home and told their mates about the show and in doing so, inspire more and more modellers to make the trek. Which brings me to one of my favourite aspects of a show like this. Yes, the competition is important; however, a show like this gives us the opportunity to expand our friendship circle beyond our national borders. Yes, we all have x amount of friends on facebook, many pals from overseas on the modelling discussion groups, but nothing makes for a more sincere friendship than shaking hands in person and hoisting a malted beverage. As you peruse the tables, take the opportunity to chat to the person sitting on the other side. Get to know some of the modellers who have made a long journey to the show, or even those who popped down the road. It could be the start of a lifelong friendship. Until Next Month,

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Scuttlebutt Lodge Compiled by Karl Robinson, With contributions from James Ashton, Neil Pinchbeck, Massimo Santarossa, Shaun Schofield, Dai Williams and Mike Williams. If you have something that you would like featured in Scuttlebutt Lodge, please email me at: [email protected]

A PURE THOROUGHBRED Tamiya 1:48th scale North American P-51D Mustang Tamiya stockists via www.tamiya.com The Hobby Company – www.hobbyco.net Selected by: Karl Robinson No list of this type could be complete without including the Tamiya 1:48th scale P-51D Mustang. It is regarded by many modellers as

one of the most perfectly building kits available, incorporating the legendary Tamiya moulding quality throughout. The recessed panel lines are as perfectly rendered as it can get. Another endearing aspect of this kit is the blemish free surfaces, making it ideally suited for the many natural metal finishes that can be applied to the Mustang. Although the kit is well endowed with details straight out of the box, it has not stopped the aftermarket from producing a plethora of resin and photo-etched detailing sets with which to take things up

NUMBER 03 to another level. In addition, many decal sheets are also available in the scale covering just about any famous Mustang out there, as well as many other standard squadron aircraft. This kit ticks all of the “out of the” boxes, with a wide variety of aftermarket products available to enhance it. You can put away the putties, fillers and sanders, and just get on with the pleasure of building a kit that is so well engineered. Everyone should build one at some point.

THE SHOW SCENE By: Shaun Schofield

As we move into the autumn, the number of shows tends to die down. Fortunately the quality of these shows remains as high as ever, and this was no more evident than at Old Warden for Shuttleworth’s military pageant. Held on a stunning summer’s evening, beneath clear blue skies and with only the hint of a breeze, the magic of Old Warden was unleashed.

A full and healthy line-up of the resident aircraft and the odd visitor entertained the crowds for a full three hours of superb flying. All very good, but the more dedicated members of the audience who stayed well after the flying ceased were rewarded by one of the highlights of the season, overshadowing the

1st December 1934 – The School of Army Co-operation at Old Sarum takes delivery of the RAF's first rotary wing aircraft, the Avro C.30A Rota Autogiro. 78 examples of the C.30A were built by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd under licence from the Cierva Autogiro Company.

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normally show stealing appearance of the Edwardians. As the sun set, for the first time in two decades, the collection’s D.H.88 Comet flew in a public display. It has been a long time coming, and for those there, certainly did not disappoint. The following weekend saw the IWM at Duxford host its September show. Although a fairly standard affair compared to

2nd December 1980 – The first Chinook HC.1 helicopters for use by the RAF are officially handed over in a ceremony at RAF Odiham

recent years, there were nevertheless plenty of highlights. In their penultimate display weekend, the pair of Lancasters once again wowed the huge crowds that had piled into Duxford on the Sunday. By far the rarest aircraft on show was the 727, the type's first UK display for many a year, and flown with plenty of verve in the capable hands of pilot Dan Griffith. The bulk of the flying programme was made up of the resident warbirds, superbly flown as ever, especially the trio of US Navy warbirds- Corsair, Hellcat and Bearcat. All in all, a fine end to Duxford’s season.

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Voyage to VeldhoVen: Scale Model challenge 2014 By: Jay Laverty magical combination of being located in the NH Conference Centre Konigshof, with on-site accommodation in a superb hotel, meaning the nightlife and social aspect is fantastic.

What is the recipe for a perfect model show? You have a pretty good idea if you are reading this after having picked up the magazine at the IPMS UK Nationals… Take one part Telford and one part Scale Model Challenge, and you cannot go wrong. I have been making the trip to Veldhoven for several years now and would not miss it unless circumstances conspired considerably against me. Over the past several years I have seen this show grow in not only scope but concept as well, and it promises to grow even further. It has traditionally been considered an armour and figure show, however under the guidance of Robert Crombeecke, the aviation side has expanded considerably. The competition is intense and the level of modelling on display astonishing. What makes this show really special, however, is the organisation. Scale Model Factory put on a clinic of organisational skills year in and year out, and there are only a couple of shows I attend where there is such a positive sense of community. The show has a 6th December 1997 – The RAF takes delivery of the first Chinook HC.2A's from Boeing. Thirteen more HC.2A and HC.3A models were delivered over the next three years.

EVENTS CALENDAR UK Sunday 23rd november AIRCRAFT ENTHUSIAST FAIR AND MODEL SHOW Museum of army Flying Middle Wallop hampshire So20 8dy web: www.armyflying.com SAM Sunday 7th december LONDON PLASTIC MODELLING SHOW Islington Business design centre 52 Upper Street london n1 0Qh web: www.guidelinepublications.co. uk

This year I had the honour of presenting the first Scale Aircraft Modelling “Best in Show” Aircraft model to Aitor Azkue for his astonishing diorama called “The Winners are Coming”, in which he utilised the Zoukei-Mura He 219 and Trumpeter Me 262. I have included some images of the diorama with this report, however it is not unless you see it in person that you can grasp the sheer talent that went into its production.

SAM Sunday 14th december BELGIAN SCALE MODELLERS CONVENTION 2014 Klien Boom, Mechelbaan 604, 2850 Putte, antwerp, Belgium. Special guests: Philippe Roger, Roger hurkmans, JM Villaba web: www.bsmc.be Sunday 4th January 2015 CROYDON AIRPORT AVIAITON, AIRLINE, MILITARY & MODEL COLLECTORS FAIR hallmark hotel Purley Way croydon Surrey cR9 4lt email: [email protected]

SAM contributor Yves van den Brouck took Silver with his 32nd Tamiya Spitfire (soon to appear in SAM) as well. As I mentioned earlier, it is a genuine pleasure to make the trip to Veldhoven every year, and I have to thank all of the guys at SMF for their hospitality. Especially Margot Crombeecke, who organises the annual Saturday trip to the historical sights. She was a little annoyed with me this year though, as I was late for the bus to Amsterdam after partaking a little too much in the social festivities on Friday night (I blame Alex “Uschi van der Rosten” who broke out the Jägermeister late in the evening…). Sorry Margot!

Sunday 15th February 2015 HUDDERSFIELD MODEL SHOW huddersfield Sports centre Southgate huddersfield hd1 1tW web: huddersfieldmodelshow.co.uk Sunday 1st March 2015 PETERBOROUGH SCALE MODEL CLUB SHOW the Voyager academy Mountsteven avenue Walton Peterborough Pe4 6hX new Venue! traders, competition and refreshments web: www.peterboroughscalemodel club.co.uk

This year saw the largest UK contingent I have seen yet, so if you can make it, add to next year’s English speaking crowd… You will not regret it. 12th December 1992 – Two RAF Hercules aircraft and four crews took part in Operation Vigour, the relief flights into Somalia. Based near Mombassa, Kenya, the aircraft flew missions to Mogadishu and Kismayu airports as well as to several rough fields within Somalia. 90 RAF personnel were deployed in this operation, working closely with the USAF in theatre.

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FOR THE TOOLBOX… airbrush Maintenance Iwata stockists via www.iwata-medea.com The Airbrush Company - www.airbrushes.com IWCL-100 Iwata Airbrush Cleaning Kit Do you produce a 'cool tool' that deserves to be featured here? Do you use something that other modellers would find essential? Let us know at: [email protected]

Plastic sanding needles (assorted Pack) Albion Alloys stockists via www.albionalloys.co.uk Stock Code: 4444 Price: £5.50 Available individually in 8-pack sets of 150, 240 & 320 grit needles, this set sees all grits combined in a convenient multi-set. I have to confess I was originally sceptical of the applications for these sanders. However, after trying them out on the Typhoon’s locating points for the rocket rails, I was duly impressed with them. The pointed end makes cleaning a variety of sizes of holes a breeze and they will prove infinitely useful when it comes to sorting out irregular shaped openings such as exhausts, canopy framing and air intakes, for example.

£22.50

In my opinion proper airbrush maintenance is one of the most grossly overlooked aspects of modelling and the reason for 99% of the difficulties we encounter when spraying. It is not a lack of ability that keeps us from consistent success with the airbrush, it is a maintenance issue. However, obtaining the right tools to make cleaning simple is not always easy as we generally acquire what we need from a variety of places, making it difficult to consistently have the tools we need to hand on a regular basis. Iwata-Medea have finally addressed this problem with their superb Airbrush Cleaning kit. Collected into one convenient package is everything required to keep your airbrush in first rate condition. Included are: • • • • • • •

Three small cleaning brushes (dental style) 50 Pipe Cleaners (non-shredding cotton fibre) Artool Studio Wipes (x 12 wipes) 1 ounce bottle of Medea Airbrush Cleaner Medea Super Lube Iwata Nozzle Wrench Iwata LED Light Powered Magnifier

Jay Laverty

IWCL-200; Iwata Airbrush Cleaning Mat

£19.50

Storing parts whilst cleaning has always been a precarious proposition for me, as I have spent more than a few hours of my life looking for a nozzle cap or chuck that has rolled off the table and into the realm of the unforgiving 'Carpet Monster'. This large non-skid surface mat eliminates this problem with ease. The raised edge keeps all of your parts in one place until the airbrush is ready to be re-assembled.

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THE EXORCIST CLEANER I-6360-16; 16 Ounce Medea Airbrush Cleaner with Invertible 360 degree Nozzle £14.00 While the 360 degree rotating nozzle is convenient, what makes this container so useful is the ability to regulate the flow between a spray and stream setting.

Special Limited Time Offer Crown Cap For a limited time from the 1st of November, the Airbrush Company is giving away a free 'Crown Cap' worth £6.35 with every purchase of a ‘Neo for Iwata’ CN or BCN Airbrush. According to the Airbrush Company “The crown cap allows you to get closer to your work and thus achieve finer detail, whilst still protecting the needle. It also decreases paint build-up on the needle and in the nozzle cap, preventing spitting.” You cannot argue with free! • Please note that this offer is only available from the Airbrush Company and their authorised UK dealers. Jay Laverty

STICKY SITUATION Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For details visit www.revell.de/en, @RevellGermany or facebook.com/Revell

KILLER DRILLERS Uschi van der Rosten stockists via www.uschivdr.com Albion Alloys - www.albionalloys.co.uk

39694; 10m x 6mm Masking Tape

£2.25

4001; The CA-NDLE CA Glue Applicators,

€10,50

39695; 10m x 10mm Masking Tape

£2.99

Drill Set; 10 x Micro Drill Bits,

€10,90

39696; 10m x 20mm Masking Tape

£3.50

• • • •

New low-tack masking tape from Revell that does exactly what it says. Very similar to the leading Japanese Kabuki tape types that are ideally suited to modelling needs. All rolls are 10 metres in length, which means that there is a healthy supply on each roll that will last you quite some time. Karl Robinson

3x 0.2mm drill bits 3x 0.25mm drill bits 2x 0.3mm drill bits 2x 0.4mm drill bits

Alexander Glass made a splash on the modelling market a few years back with the release of his spectacular Woodgrain Decals and he has proven that he has the ability to continually innovate with a steady stream of imaginative and extremely useful products. I ran into Alex at Scale Model Challenge in Veldhoven and he passed some superb items onto me there. The application of superglue is always problematic as I generally tend to stick my fingers together more than I do parts, so the CANDLE photo-etched applicator will come in very handy. The various sized tips allow for a capillary action to take the glue to the part, much more effectively than the toothpicks I have been using thus far. Breaking bits is another ongoing frustration for me, and Uschi’s durable steel bits are of the highest quality and will last much longer than most. You can buy the bits in a combo set that includes an Archimedes twist drill as well. Alex has some wonderful demo videos on this website, so a virtual trip there is well worth it. Jay Laverty

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INNOVATIVE THINKING HAVE GLASS, WILL TRAVEL

SUPER FABRIC HARNESS Eduard stockists via www.eduard.com

AFV Club stockists via www.afvclub.com.tw

Creative Models, Hannants & LSA Models

Pocketbond - www.pocketbond.co.uk AC32001 1:32 Anti-Reflective Canopy F-16B/F-16D/F-16F (Academy / AFV Club) £11.99 AC32002 1:48 Anti-Reflective Canopy F/A-18D Hornet (HobbyBoss) £9.99 AC32003 1:48 Anti-Reflective Canopy A-10A (HobbyBoss)

£13.99

Future Releases: AC32006 1:48 Anti-Reflective Canopy F-18C (HobbyBoss)

£TBC

AC32007 1:32 Anti-Reflective Canopy F/A-18E (Trumpeter)

£TBC

AC32008 1:48 Anti-Reflective Canopy F/A-18F (Trumpeter)

£TBC

From the “I cannot believe no one thought of it before…” files come the “Have Glass II” tinted canopies from AFV Club. So impressed was I with these, that they inspired me to create a feature highlighting the most innovative and interesting products to pass across my desk in any given month. The Blue/Green tint is subtle, yet noticeable and will make for an extremely realistic addition to your model. Jay Laverty

73022 1:72 Super Fabric Harness Luftwaffe Fighters

£3.30

73024 1:72 Super Fabric Harness Imperial Japanese Navy

£3.30

73025 1:72 Super Fabric Harness RAF Early

£3.30

73026 1:72 Super Fabric Harness RAF Late

£3.30

If there was one aspect of using Eduard’s superb colour etched harnesses (regardless of scale) that I did not relish, it was assembling the tiny buckles and latches. Eduard continually prove they are innovators of the highest order, while listening to the demands of their customers as well. That is obviously the case here as these new pre-painted harness sets are the culmination of the best elements of the different approaches taken by different manufacturers to harness detail sets. These are fragile and great care needs to be exercised when removing them from their backing sheet. I recommend using a scalpel to lift the part and tweezers when handling it. The instructions also quite prominently warn against using CA glue, so I imagine using acrylic varnish or White glue to fix the harness in place is the best option. Jay Laverty

NEW ARRIVALS FOR THE METEOR

Eduard stockists via www.eduard.com

Profimodeller stockists via www.profimodeller.com

Creative Models, Hannants & LSA Models

Hannants – www.hannants.co.uk

632041; 1:32 Gloster Meteor F.4 Resin Wheels (HK Models), £8.40

Dutch Profile stockists via www.dutchprofile.nl

1:32 Gloster Meteor F.4 Complete Etched Set + Masks (HK Models), £33.40

Res-Im stockists via www.res-im.cz Hannants – www.hannants.co.uk

G-Factor stockists via www.g-factormodels.com

Hannants – www.hannants.co.uk

32191; 1:32 Gloster Meteor Resin & Etched Engine Set (HK Models) £51.20

Hannants – www.hannants.co.uk

CM48003; 1:48 Gloster Meteor F.1 Canopy Masks (Tamiya), £4.80

DD32025; 1:32 Gloster F Mk 8 Meteor LSK/ RNeth.AF. (2014), £11.99

32193; 1:32 Gloster Meteor Gun Bay + Barrels (HK Models), £19.85

3228; 1:32 Gloster Meteor Mk IV Brass Undercarriage Legs, £27.20

MG4814; 1:48 Gloster Meteor F.1 Wheels & Markings Masks (Tamiya), £4.40

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ON THE VERGE & ON THE SHELVES Recommended Reference:

ON THE PROWL Kitty Hawk Model stockists via www.kittyhawkmodel.com

www.detailandscale.com

Hannants - www.hannants.co.uk KH80129 1:48 Grumman TF-9J/ F9F-8T Cougar (New Release)

COMPREHENSIVE COUGAR FILES Detail & Scale Digital Volume 2; F9F Cougar, $9.99

£32.99

£32.99

By: Burt Kinzey & Rock Rozack The digital format is infinitely useful to modellers, particularly on a tablet or iPad, as it makes for a convenient and easily accessible source of reference. And loaded with reference the two volumes I have thus far seen are. Free from the limitations of producing a reference manual constrained to a set number of pages, this digital book goes on for some 400 of them… 530+ Photographs, 43 full colour profiles, colour detail drawings and an intriguing collection of pilot’s reports make this an essential addition to the reference library for anyone either building a kit of one, or simply interested in US Naval aviation.

Markings Options (4)

Jay Laverty

Lightning Strikes Thrice… The F-35C (Naval Variant) rounds out the Lightning II range from Kitty Hawk, incorporating new and improved parts, along with a comprehensive photo-etched fret providing canopy details, exhaust burner ring and of course the harness for the ejection seat. The following armament is also included: • 2 x AIM-120 • 2 x AIM-9X • 2 x GBU-12 • 2 x GBU-31 & 31B • 2 x GBU-38 Markings comprise three of the test airframes, along with production airframe 001, in the markings of VFA-101.

Suzie Q

KH80132; 1:48 Lockheed-Martin F-35C Lightning II (Re-Release – New Parts)

£44.99

Markings Options (4) Hitting the shelves just as this issue is wrapping up are two eagerly anticipated kits we have been closely following the progress of here in SAM. After having a look through the Cougar, it is immediately evident that the cooperation between Detail & Scale and their Chinese manufacturer is paying dividends on the detail front. The only weak point in my opinion is the rendition of the wheels, whereas aspects such as the ejection seats are outstanding, the external surface recessed detail both accurate and restrained, the clear parts are superb and a healthy collection of ordnance is included. • 2 x External Drop Tank • 4 x AIM-9B Sidewinder Missile • 4 x 2.75 Inch Rocket Pod

Last month we announced the P-39Q in 32nd (KH32013) scale was due from Kitty Hawk in 2015 – described by Kitty Hawk as a VJ Day commemoration release, and this month we have some fresh CAD drawings to bring you. Kitty Hawk noted on their Facebook site that this was one of two 1:32nd scaled kits to be released celebrating VJ day, although nothing has been mentioned as yet to the identity of the other type.

The markings options are varied and colourful, comprising three US Navy schemes and one from the Argentine Navy.

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CIVVY STREET Scale Aircraft Modelling Assistant Editor Karl Robinson examines the latest and future releases, useful accessories and items of interest in the world of civilian air modelling., this month with some help from Jay Laverty & Massimo Santarossa.

Awesome Airbus

All JApAnese AffAir

Zvezda stockists via www.zvezda.org.ru The Hobby Company - www.hobbyco.net 7003 1:144 Airbus A320 (New Release)

Fine Molds stockists via www.finemolds.co.jp Modelsforsale - www.modelsforsale.com £19.99

Zvezda’s new Airbus A320 kit continues their excellent range of airliners in 1:144th scale. Stunning crisp and clean mouldings are the first thing you notice on opening the box, as well as the finely recessed panel lines. Internal details are provided for the flight deck and entrance vestibule which can be seen through the left front door, moulded separately to allow it to be modelled open or closed. The one thing that sets this kit apart is the option for having the flaps and slats opened on the wings, as well as a separate poseable rudder, features seldom offered out of the box with airliner kits. Two sets of landing gear legs are also offered, one weighted for on the ground, and a second fully extended as when in the air. Sadly only one decal scheme is offered, albeit the attractive Aeroflot livery. Top marks to Zvezda for what looks to be a lovely kit throughout.

Even though the actual prototype is yet to be completed, let alone fly, Fine Molds are to release a 1:200th scale kit of the new Mitsubishi Regional Jet MRJ90 airliner in Japan by Mid-December. This is the first all-Japanese produced airliner since the YS-11 turboprop back in the 1960’s and, despite a number of setbacks, should be taking to the air in 2015. At present the markings feature just the prototype, but with orders already placed by launch customer All Nippon Airways, as well as SkyWest, Eastern Air Lines, Air Mandalay and Japan Airlines, it will not be long before further decals appear, following the kit's release. Karl Robinson

revell-o-rAmA Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For details visit www.revell.de/en, @RevellGermany or facebook.com/Revell 01111 1:144 Boeing 747-8 Siegerflieger Fanhansa Gift Set (Re-Release)

£29.99

04901; 1:72 de Havilland Canada DHC-6 ‘Twin Otter’ (Re-Release)

£9.85

Hours after Germany’s World Cup victory, Lufthansa began working on the “Siegerflieger” logo for the team's return journey home and the livery will remain until the Euro 2016 Championships. This special edition release includes paints, glue and a brush alongside the brilliant Revell 747-8.

A Selection of Other Liveries:

Recently Released Related Products:

Two Six Decals stockists via www.26decals.com Hannants - www.hannants.co.uk STS44149 1:144 A320 America West

£10.80

STS44151 1:144 A320 LAN - inc. 80th Anniversary Markings

£10.80

STS44185 1:144 A318/319/320/321 British Airways

£10.80

STS44212 1:144 A319/320/321 British Airways

£10.80

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Brengun stockists via www.brengun.cz Hannants - www.hannants.co.uk BRL144099 1:144 Boeing 747-100 Exhaust nozzles Jay Laverty

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TIJUANA TRANSFERS

BPK TAKE IT DOWN A NOTCH

Decales Global stockists via www.joydecals.com DG14290 1:144 Jet Blue ‘I Luv NY’ Airbus A320

$8.00 (USD)

DG14158 1:144 Allegheny Boeing 727-200

$8.00 (USD)

DG14801 1:144 Virgin/British Island Airways BAC-111

$8.00 (USD)

14401 1:144 Bombardier CRJ-200 (New Release) $23.50 (USD) Markings Options (3):

DG14422 1:144 Total Linhas Aereas Cargo Boeing 727-200F, $8.00 (USD) Decales Global are a new name to me, although after some investigation it was obvious they have been around a while, as they have a considerable catalogue of decals in their range. Manufactured in Mexico, these decals are of a high quality; inkjet printed on a continuous decal film. One nice aspect is that each sheet contains a set of cabin and cockpit window decals so that you can use these, rather than masking up all the clear plastic parts. No instructions are provided, other than the single colour profile on the cover sheet, meaning a little research will be needed. These look to be promising decals, and I will hopefully get my hands on appropriate kits in order to try them out and report back soon. Karl Robinson

Big Planes Kits stockists via www.bigplaneskits.com Victory Models - www.victorymodels.com

• Comair, Delta Connection • Delta Connection, flying wedge livery • Air France by BritAir BPK surprised the airliner community when it released its first model, a 1:72 Boeing 737-200, and what a pleasant surprise it was. They have since added four other versions of the -200, including a USAF T-43A. With their latest release they have taken it down a scale, the more traditional 1:144th for airliners, for the Bombardier CRJ-200. The plastic parts are crisply moulded and of course feature nicely engraved recessed panel lines and surface details, but also additional parts in the form of resin exhausts, tail and intakes, as well as a photo-etched fret comprising parts too small to realistically replicate in plastic, such as the Angle of Incidence and Pitot probes, and Antennae. Three marking options are included as well as pre-cut masks for the clear windows. The CRJ-200 is widely used around the world, making this kit an ideal canvas for any number of projects, or in fact a fleet build. Massimo Santarossa

BALKANI CRUSTY AModel stockists via Hannants - www.hannants.co.uk AMU72299 1:72 Tupolev Tu-134AK "Balkani" (Re-Release - New Parts)

£64.80

This is the sixth variant of the Tu-134 to be released by Ukrainian manufacturer AModel, so they must be onto something with these moulds. As we constantly remind you, AModel kits are trickier to assemble than most kits and are intended for those with experience in assembling short-run kits. Jay Laverty

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GREAT WAR & GOLDEN YEARS Dai Williams and Neil Pinchbeck provide an insight into the latest news and new releases focusing on the early days of aviation, this month with a little help from Jay Laverty. Recently Released Related Products:

MILITARY AUTOGIRO AModel stockists via:

Quickboost stockists via www.quickboost.net

Hannants - www.hannants.co.uk 72289 1:72 Kamov A-7-3A (New Release)

Hannants - www.hannants.co.uk £16.80

Markings Options (2): 72287 1:72 Kalinin K-5 Soviet Airliner (Re-Release)

QB48619 1:48 Po-2 Landing Light & Venturi Tubes (ICM) £4.50 Jay Laverty

£29.99

Markings Options (2): Last month we brought you news of the A-7 Bis, promising the military version was due for imminent release, however we never expected that “imminent” meant a couple of weeks… As with the previous release, the detail is excellent Jay Laverty

CONTINUING TO ADVANCE Special Hobby stockists via www.cmkkits.com Hannants - www.hannants.co.uk SH32057 1:32 Bristol M.1C "Wartime Colours" (New Release)

£33.30

Markings Options 3: • 3 airframes that served in Macedonia, Mesopotamia and the Western Front SH32060 1:32 Bristol M.1C "Checkers & Stripes" (New Release)

SOVIET WORKHORSE ICM stockists via www.icm.com.ua Creative Models - www.creativemodels.co.uk ICM48252 1:48 Polikarpov U-2/Po-2VS, WWII Soviet Light Night Bomber (Re-Release) £11.99 Markings Options 2: • Po-2Vs; 23rd GvNBAP, Spring 1945 • Po-2Vs; 2nd Polish NBAP ‘Krakow’, Lublin, Summer 1944 Something of a ‘Soviet Swordfish’, the Po-2 was obsolete at the outbreak of hostilities in 1939, however it forged itself a role in the conflict as a matter of necessity. Originally a trainer from the late 20’s though the 30’s, the U-2 was converted to a night bomber to be piloted predominantly by female crews. It was renamed the Po2 in 1944, following the death of N.N Polikarpov. The ICM kit is an impressive bit of moulding, particularly the engine, (thankfully, as it is such a predominant feature), the wheels and surface detail.

£33.30

Markings Options 4: • C4995; No. 2 Aerial Fighting School, Marske Airfield, 1918 • C4994; No. 2 Aerial Fighting School, Marske Airfield, 1918 • C5017; No. 1 Aerial Fighting School, Turnberry Airfield, 1918 • C5017; South-Eastern Area Flying Instructors School, Shoreham Airfield, 1918 Special Hobby have made considerable improvements in technology over the past few years and deserve to be respected as a serious “mainstream” producer, who happen to incorporate some “short-run” technology in their production process. Part of the injection moulded sprues was designed using 3-D CAD technology, as was the superb resin wicker seat. This is a true multimedia release, as also included is a small photo-etched metal fret comprising the harness and other small details for the cockpit and exterior. Special Hobby have raised their game throughout the entire production process, with full colour instructions printed on glossy paper. The “Wartime Colours” kit features three markings options for frontline service airframes, whereas the “Checkers & Stripes” presents four very colourful trainers. As I mentioned earlier, placing Wingnut Wings expectations on this kit will lead to disappointment, however approaching it with an open mind and the anticipation of a highly detailed, reasonably easy building experience, will lead to ultimate satisfaction. Jay Laverty

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LONDON’S TERROR RAIDERS Windsock Datafile stockists via www.windsockdatafilespecials.co.uk Zeppelins At War!, By: Ray Rimell Format: A4, 72 pp, Softvover

Price: £26.00 The first two volumes in the Zeppelin series covered the wartime use of P and Q class ships while the second covered the larger R class machines. A third volume is still under development and will cover the subsequent classes up to the final L70 type. This volume is a ‘prequel’ to these three covering the earliest wartime use of the Zeppelin including the three civilian machines pressed into military service.

FIRST FORAYS Aviattic stockists via: www.aviattic.co.uk Aviattic have just been in touch with us and let us know about a highly exciting and extremely ambitious release schedule for 2015 that will see them established as one of the masters of the WWI modelling scene, in my opinion. Firstly is their first full kit, a resin and multi-media affair of the Ansaldo Balilla A.1 Italian Fighter of 1918 that should be available in the spring of 2015. Some test shot elements may be on the Aviattic stand at Telford. Speaking of on display at Telford, test shot previews should also be available of the 1:32nd Daimler Marienfeld WWI German transport lorry (Which will include a specially sculpted figure by Steve Arrilow) and the resin extras for the Wingnut Wings D.VII including the wings and tailsurfaces, photo-etched details and a spectacular “strip-down” master modeller set for those wishing to take their Fokker into another dimension… .

I suppose that like many people I was aware that the Zeppelins were used on raids against British cities during WWI, but until reading this book I was unaware of the full extent of their use. The book covers the history of 19 machines from the early Viktoria Luise (LZ11) up to the LZ39. In doing so it describes the use of the Zeppelin on the Russian Front, the raids on Belgium and France and the battles against Royal Navy surface ships and submarines in the North Sea. There are some fascinating first-hand accounts detailing personal experiences of the crews of the Zeppelins and from those on the receiving end of their raids. The human cost of the war is brought starkly home by a harrowing account of the destruction of LZ37 by RAJ Warneford by the one surviving crewman. There are over 140 period photos including some of the defensive machine-gun positions, 1:350 plans of N and O class Zeppelins,1:96 plans of their gondolas by Martin Digmayer, and colour profiles of LZ37 and Warneford’s Morane monoplane. The photos are excellent showing the sheer size of the Zeppelins, their structure and some of the internal features. The photo of the one of the ‘sub-cloud’ cars in which a crewman was suspended beneath the clouds several hundred feet below the Zeppelin to relay information to the ship hidden above the clouds is frankly terrifying! I found this a fascinating book and it can be highly recommended to anyone with an interest in early aviation. Dai Williams

Available for Scale ModelWorld is the 1:32nd scale Siemens Halske SH.III WWI German rotary engine as used in the Siemens Schuckert D.III and D.IV as well as many experimental types. There are so many other things to tell you about, however I am out of time and space this month, so please check back in next issue to find out what Aviattic are planning… Jay Laverty

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AWESOME ALCHEMY Eduard stockists via www.eduard.com

Creative Models, Hannants & LSA Models

Injection Moulded Kits

1187 1:48 Stříbrné šípy (Silver Arrows) MiG-21PF, PFM and R £59.99

84120 1:48 Fw 190A-8 (Weekend Edition)

Markings Options 32:

Markings Options 2:

£13.99

7423 1:72 MiG-15 (Weekend Edition)

£9.50

Markings Options 2:

Brassin Resin Detail Sets

648144 1:48 MiG-21PF interior (Eduard) £19.50

648145 1:48 MiG-21PF ejection seat (Eduard) £10.99

672044 1:72 AGM-45 Shrike £7.20

648146 1:48 MiG21PF/PFM/R airbrakes (Eduard), £5.60

648164 1:48 AGM-12C Bullpup B £8.40

672046 1:72 C-47 wheels (Airfix), £4.50

Big Ed Photo-Etched Combi sets BIG3341 1:32 Gloster Meteor F.4 (HK Models) BIG3342 1:32 T-6G (Kitty Hawk) BIG7288 1:72 PBM-5/PBM-5A (Minicraft) Big Sin Combi sets SIN64815 1:48 MiG-21PF/PFM/R Weapons set Photo-Etched 32361 1:32 P-51K wings armament (Dragon) 32362 1:32 P-51K exterior (Dragon) 32363 1:32 F-104C exterior (Italeri) 48819 1:48 Do 215 landing flaps (ICM) 48820 1:48 EMB-314 Super Tucano exterior (HobbyBoss) 48821 1:48 S-30M-2 Flanker exterior (Academy) 48823 1:48 La-5FN upgrade set (Eduard) 72588 1:72 C-47 landing flaps (Airfix) Photo-Etched (Self Adhesive) 32819 1:32 F-104C interior (Italeri) 32821 1:32 P-51K interior (Dragon) 32824 1:32 F-104C seatbelts (Italeri) 49694 1:48 S-30M-2 Flanker interior (Academy) 73514 1:72 C-47 cargo seatbelts (Airfix) Photo-Etched (Self Adhesive - Zoom) 33140 1:32 F-104C interior (Italeri) 33141 1:32 P-51K interior (Dragon) FE692 1:48 MiG-21R Weekend (Eduard) FE694 1:48 S-30M-2 Flanker (Academy)

£33.40 £38.99 £49.99 £20.60 £12.80 £18.40 £13.99 £16.70 £18.40 £18.40 £10.99 £18.40 £18.40 £18.40 £10.99 £18.40 £7.20 £13.99 £10.99 £10.99 £13.99

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648173 1:48 UB-16 rocket launcher (x 2), £5.60

672047 1:72 F-16CJ Block 50 ejection seat (Tamiya), £4.50

1:32 P-51K 1:32 F-104C 1:48 S-30M-2 Flanker 1:48 Bf 109E-1/E-3 1:72 MiG-15 Weekend 1:72 Blenheim Mk I 1:72 F-35 1:72 F-15C MSIP II 1:72 C-47

(Dragon) (Italeri) (Academy) (Eduard) (Eduard) (Airfix) (Hasegawa) (Academy) (Airfix)

£4.50 £8.40 £7.20 £4.50 £3.30 £7.20 £5.99 £5.60 £7.20

Master Detail stockists via www.masterdetails.com 32040 1:32 USAAF Bombardier, European Theatre $14.95 With the sudden proliferation of 32nd scale US Bomber kits on the market, thanks to our friends at HK Models, the release of related figures is very welcome indeed. Cast in resin and white metal (4 optional heads are included in metal) this is a superbly sculpted figure. Jay Laverty

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ON THE VERGE & ON THE SHELVES… SEAWINGS SEASON Aoshima stockists via www.aoshima-bk.co.jp/english/ There must be something in the air of late, as it seems that a few manufacturers have caught the flying boat bug and are in the process of producing kits of varying types much ignored until now. First up we have a new 1:144th Scale Shin Meiwa US-2 from Aoshima, seen at the recent 2014 Tokyo Hobby Show. This is the latest modern incarnation of the indigenously produced Japanese flying boat that is in service with the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force, and also currently in development for sales to the Indian Navy. At the moment details are sketchy, but we will try and bring you more about it as soon as we can.

MODELSVIT Modelsvit stockists via www.hannants.co.uk Popping up on the competition tables at the Lviv Scale Model Fest this year was a very interesting 1:72nd scale Beriev Be-12 Mail. Information on the Russian Internet forum, scalemodels.ru, has it that this was built from a test shot of moulds in production by Modelsvit of a fully injection moulded kit. One can only hope that this is correct as a decent kit of this venerable seaplane is long overdue.

LATEST NEWS FROM HOBBYBOSS TRUMPETER Trumpeter stockists via www.trumpeter-china.com Pocketbond - www.pocketbond.co.uk Also appearing at the 2014 Tokyo Hobby Show was the latest test build of Trumpeter's long awaited Beriev Be-6 Madge (01646) in 1:72nd scale. Having been in their catalogue for at least the past two years, it is good to finally see it in production. With a few tweaks it is also possible they could produce the Chinese licencebuilt Qing-6 turboprop-powered variant as well.

HobbyBoss stockists via www.hobbyboss.com Creative Models - www.creativemodels.co.uk Rolling in from the East, courtesy of HobbyBoss, is a new family of 1:48th scale kits of the BAe Hawk. Three different kits are due for release, including a BAe Hawk T.1A (81733), plus a BAe Hawk 100/102 (81735). Most welcomed of all will be the third kit (81737) featuring the single-seater BAe Hawk 200/208/209 which will be the type's debut in this scale, having only once been kitted before, rather poorly, by Matchbox many years ago in 1:72nd scale. November should see the release of the latest 1:72nd scale SEPECAT Jaguar A (87258) from HobbyBoss. This should soon be followed by the Jaguar E (87259). Knowing HobbyBoss, these kits should also provide an array of stores appropriate to the Jaguar.

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TURKISH DELIGHT Tan Model stockists via www.tanmodel.com

Tanmodel of Turkey have recently revamped their website and company owner, Boris Tansoy, has made a bold statement of intent for their future. Previously only known for the attempt to get a 1:48th scale Northrop F-5A to the market, which was subsequently released by Tiger Hobbies Ltd. of the UK, Tanmodel are yet to release a kit under their own branding. Included in their list of future projects are: 1:72 Blackburn Buccaneer Family 1:48 Republic RF-84F 1:48 Lockheed SR-71 Family

1:48 Casa CN-235 & C-295 Family 1:48 Bristol Blenheim Family 1:48 ‘Code Name: 2304’ Special Project 1:32 Northrop F-5A 1:32 Northrop F-5B 1:32 Northrop T-38 Talon 1:32 General Dynamics F-111 Family Initial development CAD images of the RF-84F, which will be the first projected release, are included here. If Tanmodel can pull off half of the list in the future then they will please many modellers.

INTRODUCING THE BLOCHHEADS… RS Models stockists via rsmodels.cz Hannants - www.hannants.co.uk 92161 1:72 Marcel-Bloch MB.152 Battle of France 1940

£15.80

Markings Options: 4 • 4 x Battle of France airframes 92162 1:72 Marcel-Bloch MB.151 Vichy Markings Options: 4 • France, Vichy France, Greece, Luftwaffe 92163 1:72 Marcel-Bloch MB.152 Vichy Markings Options: 4 • Vichy France (x 2), RAF, Luftwaffe 92164 1:72 Marcel-Bloch MB.152 Early Markings Options: 4 • France (x3), Vichy France 92165 1:72 Yak-11 / C-11 "Moose" Advanced Trainer £15.80 Markings Options: 5 • Austria, DDR (x 3), German Civilian Registration 92166 1:72 Yak-11 / C-11 "Moose" Advanced Trainer £15.80 Markings Options: 4 • CSSR, Hungary, Poland, Mali RS Models have just released a series of newly-tooled Bloch MB.151/152’s, much to the relief of fans of the subject with the age-old Heller/SMER kit in the stash or the notorious Azur model. Moulded with separate underwing cannon bulges and a separate cowling, a variety of options are available throughout the range. RS Models are very much a “short-run” producer, meaning some intermediate modelling skills are a requirement, although the level of detail represented is far above what has thus far been produced. In careful and patient hands, a superb model can easily be achieved. Jay Laverty

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ON THE VERGE & ON THE SHELVES… MARCHING TOWARDS A CENTURY

PEACETIME VENTURAS

Warpaint Series stockists via warpaint-books.com Warpaint Books 98 Avro York

£15.00

Warpaint Books 99 McDonnell F3H Demon

£15.00

Warpaint Books 100 Republic F-84F Thunderstreak & RF-84F Thunderflash

Aviaeology stockists via www.aviaeology.com Hannants - www.hannants.co.uk AOD72012 1:72 “First Kill” Hudsons

£9.60

Marking Options: 8 £17.50

Available just in time for Scale ModelWorld is a trio of Warpaint titles, including the 100th addition to the ever-popular series. Be sure to visit the Guidelines Publications stand to see the deals and special offers, celebrating not only the IPMS UK Nationals event, but the centenary milestone for the Warpaint titles as well. Jay Laverty

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Hudson Mk I EA-Y, 145 (BR) Sqd RCAF, Torbay, Nfld,1942 PBO-1 Hudson 82-P-9, VP-82 USN, Argentia, Nfld, 1942 PBO-1 Hudson 82-P-8, VP-82 USN, Argentia, Nfld, 1942 Hudson Mk IIIA LM-S, 113 (BR) Sqd RCAF, Chatham, NB,1942 Hudson Mk IIIA LM-C, 113 (BR) Sqd RCAF, Yarmouth, NS,1942 Hudson Mk IIIA LM-L, 113 (BR) Sqd RCAF, Yarmouth, NS,1942 Hudson Mk IIIA LM-B, 113 (BR) Sqd RCAF, Yarmouth, NS,1942 Hudson Mk IIIA LM-K, 113 (BR) Sqd RCAF, Yarmouth, NS,1942

AOD72035 1:72 Venturas in Canada Part 4

£8.70

Marking Options :4 • • • •

Ventura GR.V GM-N, RCAF Trenton Ventura GR.V 2222 (target tug), RCAF Sea Island Ventura GR.V DK-Q (target tug), RCAF Trenton Ventura GR.V DK-R, RCAF Trenton

In the post-war RCAF the Lockheed Ventura found a new role training aircrew in the art of aerial warfare, and Aviaeology have captured these aircraft in the latest of their Ventura decal sets. The print quality is up to their usual high standards, so they will make a welcome addition to any build. In addition to the markings a wealth of information comes with them, and once purchased a full colour set of this research is available. Included in the PDF version are colour plates, fully scalable drawings, period photos, and valuable reference information. It is simply the whole package, and you can even get them in 1:48 if that is your scale. Massimo Santarossa

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classic re-releases Special Hobby stockists via www.cmkkits.com

Hannants - www.hannants.co.uk

SH48161 1:48 Supermarine Walrus Mk I “Early Warriors” (Re-Release) £35.40 Marking Options: 2 SH48162 1:48 Supermarine Walrus Mk I “Battleships Eyes” (Re-Release) £35.40 Marking Options: 2 SH48163 1:48 Supermarine Walrus Mk I “Air/Sea Rescue” (Re-Release), £35.40 Marking Options: 2 SH72295; 1:72 Lockheed C-60 Lodestar ‘Pacific Transport’ (Re-Release), £22.80 Marking Options: 4

This month starts with the re-release of the Classic Airframes 1:48th scale Walrus in three guises which, if the prices paid on eBay are anything to go by, will be widely well received. The kit is shortrun technology of about 10 years ago, so expect an intermediate skill build. The Lodestar is a more modern tooling and a wellregarded kit, this time released with new markings for a variety of Pacific based operators including the US, New Zealand, Australia and the Dutch. Rounding out this month’s kit parade is the second release of the impressive 1:72nd scale Vampire (third including the original Xtrakit) which is probably Special Hobby’s finest release to date. This version includes remoulded intakes and a new horizontal stabiliser. Jay Laverty

SH72279 1:72 D.H. Vampire F Mk 3 (Re-Release – New Parts),

£22.80

Marking Options: 4

Dutchies everywhere Dutch Decal stockists via www.dutchprofile.nl 72072 1:72 Dutchies in the RAF/FAA

Hannants - www.hannants.co.uk Tactical Fighter Squadron ‘Wolfshound’ 17th AF USAFE SoesterbergAB, The Netherlands, 1978

£11.99

Marking Options: 21 • Dakota NL208, No.1326(Dutch) Communication Flight, RAF Croydon, 1945/46 • Halifax B Mk III, ‘Bambi’ MZ500 C8-N, 640 Sqn, RAF,No4 group, RAF Leconfield, 1944, P/O. Wijnbergen • Halifax B Mk III, ‘Popeye’ MZ500 C8-P, No.640 Sqn, RAF, No.4 group, RAF Leconfield, 1944, P/O. Bierens de Haan • Mitchell II No.320 Sqn, RDNAS 2nd Tac AF RAF Dunsfold 1944-45 (7 different Mitchells can be made from this sheet all with nose art) • Mosquito F Mk XIII HK365, No.488 Sqn RNZAF, RAF Hunsdon, 1944 Pilot: Christian Vlotman • Mosquito FB Mk VI MM408, No.613 Sqn, RAF Lasham, 1944 Pilot: Rob Coden DFC • Swordfish Mk II, S2/LS437, S flight, Nl.680 Sqn, FAA, MAC Ship MS Macona 1944 72074 1:72 Westland Lynx, MLD/RNethNavy/'Soesterberg Eagles', McDonnell F-4E Phantom, North-American F-86F, North-American F-100, Convair F-102A. USAFE £11.99 Marking Options: 17 • Westland Lynx UH/SH-14A/B/C/D : 13 different machines • NA F-86F, FU-418, 512th Fighter Day Squadron, USAFE, SoesterbergAB, The Netherlands, 1954 • NA F-100C, FW-41871, 32nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron, USAFE SoesterbergAB, The Netherlands, 1959 • Convair F-102A, FC-032, 32nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron, USAFE SoesterbergAB, The Netherlands, 1960 • McDonnell F-4E Phantom I, CR-443, 32nd

48055 1:48 Dornier Do 215, Fokker D.XXIII, Fokker D.XXI Dutch Army AF £11.99 Marking Options: 8 • • • • • • • •

Dornier Do 215 B2, 866/874 Dornier Do 215 B2, 875/883 Fokker D.XXI. FD-322 Prototype Fokker D.XXI, 213, Militare Luchtvart, The Netherlands, 1938 Fokker D.XXI, 227, Militare Luchtvart, The Netherlands, 1939 Fokker D.XXI, 223, Militare Luchtvart, The Netherlands, 1939, 1e Java Fokker D.XXI, 235, Militare Luchtvart, The Netherlands, 1939, 2e Java Fokker D.XXIII.998, Fokker Factory, Schiphol, The Netherlands, 1940

Something for everyone here, it seems, from those great guys at Dutch Decal. The Lynx sheet covers plenty of options with some fantastic markings and special nose art all beautifully printed allowing you to make almost any Lynx in service with the Royal Netherlands Navy, also on this sheet are some interesting USAFE subjects offering that little different look to your USAF models. The other two sheets (72072 & 48055) are more specialised, aimed towards those interested in the Dutch ArmyAF machines and the RAF aircraft flown by Dutch aircrew during WW2. All of these decals are thoroughly researched with plenty of notes on the markings colours and pilots, making for some very interesting machines to be modelled. Mike Williams

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ON THE VERGE & ON THE SHELVES… MuLtI-StAge IMpRoveMent on neAR peRfectIon

Special Hobby stockists via www.cmkkits.com Hannants - www.hannants.co.uk SH32050 1:32 Lockheed T-33A T-Bird 'Over Europe' (Re-Release)

Great Wall Hobby stockists via www.lionroar.net Creative Models - www.creativemodels.co.uk L4817 1:48 McDonnell F-15C Eagle MSIP II (Re-Release - New Parts)

euRopeAn t-BIRd

£75.99

Markings Options: 2 • F-15C MSIP II; 131st Fighter Wing, Missouri ANG, Lambert International Airport • F-15C MSIP II; 104th Fighter Wing, Massachusetts ANG, Westfield AB There is no question that this is one of the finest model kits ever released, and it only improves with the addition of parts to make the MSIP II configuration. For those wanting a Japanese version, Pit Road have released one.

£45.60

The sample of this kit did not hang around for long, as James Ashton practically had my arm off when I offered the T-33 to him. The kit itself is a reboxing of the Czech Models model, originally released in 2010. For those not duly inspired by the markings options on offer in this kit, thanks to the age of the original tooling there are plenty of options readily available. James will be finishing ours in Canadian markings for this year’s Canada Day special edition.

Jay Laverty

Recommended Reference:

WARpAInt BooKS IMMInent LAndIng

Warpaint Series stockists via warpaint-books.com

Academy stockists via www.academyhobby.com

Warpaint 88 Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star £13.00

Pocketbond - www.pocketbond.co.uk 12118 1:32 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18D Hornet VMFA (AW)-242 (Re-Release - New Decals) £115.00 12120 1:48 US Navy MH-60S HSC-9 ‘Tridents’ (Re-Release - New Parts)

£47.99

Due to hit the shelves as this issue goes to print is a pair of wellrespected kits from Academy. The Hornet is regarded as one of the finest achievements in 32nd scale modelling technology and an eminently buildable model, whilst the 48th Blackhawk is one of the most versatile moulds ever produced. By adding new parts to the kit, Academy could churn out these superb helicopters forever. Jay Laverty

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MARK1 Mark 1 Models stockists via www.4pluspublications.com Hannants - www.hannants.co.uk Mark 1 Dozen Set 32008; Lockheed T-33 Thunderbird colours and markings £22.00

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ISRAELI DISPERSAL Noy’s Miniatures stockists via [email protected] Hannants - www.hannants.co.uk 1440191 1:144 IDF/AF Airbase Set V.1 (Approx. dimensions of base and backdrop: Length: 39.5 cm / 15.5 (Concrete Wall) with Bonus 3D Component £TBC inch; Width: 28 cm / 11.02 inch) (Approx. dimensions of base and backdrop: Length: 14.8 cm / 5.8 inch; Width: 10.5 cm / 4.1 inch) 1440192 1:144 IDF/AF Airbase Set V.2 (Earth Wall)

£TBC

(Approx. dimensions of base and backdrop: Length: 14.8 cm / 5.8 inch; Width: 10.5 cm / 4.1 inch) 72191 1:72 IDF/AF Airbase Set V.1 (Concrete Wall) with Bonus 3D Component

£TBC

(Approx. dimensions of base and backdrop: Length: 31 cm / 12.2 inch; Width: 22 cm / 8.66 inch) 72192 1:72 IDF/AF Airbase Set V.2 (Earth Wall)

£TBC

(Approx. dimensions of base and backdrop: Length: 31 cm / 12.2 inch; Width: 22 cm / 8.66 inch) 48191 1:48 IDF/AF Airbase Set V.1 (Concrete Wall) with Bonus 3D Component

£TBC

(Approx. dimensions of base and backdrop: Length: 39.5 cm / 15.5 inch; Width: 28 cm / 11.02 inch) 48192 1:48 IDF/AF Airbase Set V.2 (Earth Wall) £TBC

This unique and innovative set is aimed at the many enthusiasts and admirers of the modern Israeli Air Force the world over, and is provided in 2 authentic versions: • Version 1 includes 3 prints: The first print depicts the concrete/asphalt surface upon which the modern IAF jets roll; the second print is a backdrop depicting a concrete revetment with the airfield view and an IAF F-16 taking off, afterburner ablaze, while the Israeli desert mountains tower in the background; the third print is an additional bonus component that enables the modeller to create the concrete revetment wall in 3D. • Version 2 includes 2 prints: The first print depicts the concrete/asphalt surface upon which the modern IAF jets roll; the second print is a backdrop depicting an earth & grass revetment with an airfield view and the Israeli desert mountains in the background, while a diamond formation of 4 F-16s crosses the sky above. Jay Laverty

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Hasegawa round-up Availability: Hasegawa stockists via www.hasegawa-model.co.jp

Amerang - www.amerang.co.uk

HA02115 1:72 Focke Wulf Fw 190D-11/13 Combo (Two kits in the box), ’ £39.99 Marking Options: 3 1) Fw190D-11, Luftwaffe Verbandsführerschule Code: << Germany May 1945 2) Fw190D-11, Luftwaffe Verbandsführerschule Code: 61 Germany May 1945 3) Fw190D-13, Luftwaffe stab/JG26 Yellow 10 Major Franz Gotz Germany May 1945

HA02123 1:72 F-14A Tomcat “Miss Molly”, £37.99 Marking Options: 1 1) U.S. Navy USS Carl Vinson VF-111 "Sundowners" CVW-15 CAG NL200: Miss Molly 1989

HA02125 1:72 Kawasaki T-4 “Blue Impulse 2014” (Two kits in the box) £34.99 Marking Options: 6 1) J.A.S.D.F. 4th AW 11th SQ. Aerobatic Team "BLUE IMPULSE" 2014, All Aircraft

Marking Options: 1 1) U.S. Navy USS Harry S. Truman VAQ-130 "Zappers" CVW-3 CAG Code: AC500 2012

HA02131 1:72 F-15J Eagle “J.A.S.D.F. 60th Anniversary £32.99

HA35201 1:72 Russia Aircraft Weapons Set £39.99

Marking Options: 1 1) J.A.S.D.F. 2nd AW 201st SQ J.A.S.D.F. 60 years anniv. special marking Code: 943 Chitose AB July 2014

Contents: Air to Air Missiles – R-60, R-73, R-27ET, R27R, R-77 Air to Ground Missiles – R-8, Kh-31, KAB1500

HA60506 Eggplane CV-22B Osprey “US Air Force”, £14.99

HA02124 1:72 Kawasaki Ki-48-II Otsu Type 99 Light Bomber (Lily) “8th Flight Regiment” £26.99

Marking Options: 2 1) U.S.A.F. Special Operations Command 58SOG Code: 58OG:0027 2) U.S.A.F. Special Operations Command Code: 0026

Marking Options: 2 1) Type II Otsu : I.J.A.A.F. 8th F.R. 2nd S.Q. Burma early 1944 2) Type I : I.J.A.A.F. 8th F.R. 3rd S.Q.

Kinetic energy Kinetic stockists via www.kineticmodel.com K3207 1:24 Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Bubble top (Re-Release) £89.99 Markings Options (2): • P-47D-44; 44-20437, 'Phyl Darling' 2Z-J, Pilot Lt Robert E. Wagner, 9th AF, 510th FS - 405th FG, Dizier, France 1944 • P-47D-25; 42-26947, 'BUZZIN CUZZIN' 6B4, Lt Richard Sulzbuch, 12th AF, 346th FS 350th FG, Pisa, Italy 1945 Make note of the fact that despite the stock code, the P-47 is the ex-Vintage Fighter Series mould in 1:24th scale. This is a superb model kit, originally produced with the technical assistance of P-47 expert Chris Sherland of LSP, with decals produced for this version by Kits World Decals. K48057 1:48 Nimitz Deck with T-45 Goshawk (Re-Release) £64.99 Markings Options (2):

HA07390 1:48 EA-18G Growler “VAQ-130 Zappers” £59.99

Hannants - www.hannants.co.uk

The Nimitz deck is impressive to say the least and something that is long overdue, in my opinion, as it is a convenient packaging of the T-45, the deck and a variety of accessories comprising: • MD-3 Tow Tractor • Fire Engine • NC-2A Engine Starter • 4 x Deck Crew It is hard to argue an asking price of £64.99, when all of that is included! If you were looking for an ideal Christmas present for a young modeller, this is it. I can think of more than a few older modellers who would appreciate this as well… Jay Laverty

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James Ashton builds a “sporty little number” from Fisher Models, in the form of their recently released 1:32nd scale Ryan PT-20/STM-2

Ryan PT-20/STM-2

A Flying Start

Distant Admirer

Availability: Fisher Models stockists via www.fishermodels.com

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For some years now I have been a distant admirer of Paul Fisher’s kits, particularly because early US Navy jets are among my favourite modelling topics and my preferred scale is 1:32nd. It was certainly a surprise when his latest release turned out to be a pre-war trainer, which is quite a departure from the ‘Panther’, ‘Cougar’ and ‘Skyray’ that have been the trademark of his previous production catalogue. Nevertheless, when I had the opportunity to build a Fisher model I jumped at the chance, regardless of the subject. Training aircraft are not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’, as they often take a back seat to the more glamorous and exciting fighters. However, they do have an important place, not only amongst any model collection but also, in the hearts of the many pilots that learned their craft in them. To this day the Ryan has

Stock Code: 3213 Scale: 1:32 Price: $149.95 (USD) Paints Used: James uses Testors Model Master Enamels

Availability: Testors stockists via www.testors.com Creative Models www.creativemodels.co.uk MM2054 Dark Earth MM2060 RAF Dark Green MM2063 RAF Trainer Yellow MM1715 Interior Green MM1749 Flat Black MM1768 Flat White Weathering Agents: Warpigs Pigments MSTWPG05 Earth MSTWPG06 Light Earth

riginally designated ST (Sports Trainer) the Ryan PT20/STM-2 was developed as a civilian aerobatic aircraft and first flew in 1934. By 1939 it was accepted into the US Army Air Corps and this was when it received the ST(M) for Military designation. Prior to the outbreak of World War Two, the little Ryan became a successful export to many countries around the world. The outbreak of war only served to increase demand. The STM-2 and PT-20 variants served with the Netherlands East Indies Army and Navy and also the Royal Australian Air Force, these aircraft being fitted with the more powerful Menasco C4S inline engine. This engine in particular gave the nose of the Ryan a more than passing resemblance to the similarly purposed Miles Magister, as was commented on by a number of my fellow contributors.

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become a much sought after collectible amongst classic aircraft enthusiasts.

Getting to Grips Resin kits do present a different set of construction challenges and to the uninitiated modeller reared on a steady diet of injection moulded plastic kits they can prove quite intimidating. This was the case for me, as this mindset had put me off attempting all-resin kits in the past, even though I am comfortable with the use of resin aftermarket upgrades. It is strange really, as putting an entire injection moulded kit together is often far easier than having to manoeuvre a resin cockpit into a model, with all its incumbent sanding and trimming. What is most predominant during the first examination of the kit is that it has been cast in such

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I was pleasantly surprised by the low parts count for a 32nd scale model, in an age where it seems some manufacturers deliberately increase the parts count for a variety of reasons.

IPA is an excellent, and easily obtainable product, for cleaning the mould release agent from the kit and also as a solvent for removing excess filler.

The decals are excellent and respond well to setting solutions, conforming perfectly to both raised and recessed detail.

While Epoxy resins are a brilliant way of ensuring a durable bond, superglue, such as Deluxe’s Roket Rapid are just as good and reduce drying time substantially.

A coat of Alclad Grey Micro Primer exposes any areas that may need remedial attention. It also polishes to a smooth finish and bonds to the surface preventing the top coats from peeling.

A set of PCB drills is invaluable when it comes to making the locating holes for the rigging. Choose your favourite material for the bracing wires, as suggested in the instructions.

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Weather or Not? When it comes to the painting and weathering of models it is purely a matter of personal choice, regardless of what the common perception of it is. While there are conceptions of how much weathering a trainer should have, or an active fighter, a jet or airliner, the simple way to do it properly is to work from evidence. In this particular case, I went with a more subdued approach than with my recent builds. Pictures of the particular aircraft I decided to make from the markings options showed that it suffered from sun bleaching, general chipping and an accumulation of dust, before ending up in a crumpled heap after an accident.

Clear winner Although not my first full resin kit, this was my first experience with resin windscreens and I was very pleasantly surprised. The thing that struck me about them was that they were very thin and clear, as I my

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existing conception of clear resin was that it was thick and murky. When masking, handling and painting resin canopies, I would recommend shoring up the interior with Blu Tack, as they are fragile. Everything that makes up this kit is of the highest quality, including the decal sheet, which is in perfect register and has good colour saturation.

No Hesitation It is a tired cliché now, but I firmly believe that this model would make an ideal first fullresin kit. It ticks all of the appropriate boxes. The master pattern is superb, meaning the fit is excellent and assembly is not overly complex. There is some minor rigging to be done, which will provide some experience in this field without the intimidating requirement of manoeuvring the wires between two wings.

The model is extremely accurate and the end result looks every bit the part a Ryan PT-20. 1:32nd is the perfect scale for a model of this size, as it is not unmanageable and makes a bold impression when finished. However, where this model scores most highly and what is possibly the most important element to any model kit, is in the overall experience. It is a pleasure to build, from start to finish. This is certainly a worthwhile addition to a model collection and we owe a lot to Paul Fisher for boldly going where other kit manufacturers fear to tread. To give us significant subjects such as this, in this scale, is a bold move indeed and one that deserves to pay off. The only question left to be answered is, will Paul consider the de Havilland Chipmunk as a future project?

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USAF KC-135E Availability: Minicraft stockists via www.minicraftmodels.com Creative Models, Hannants & LSA Models

Sebastijan Videc builds the first in a series of soon-to-be-released Minicraft 1:144th scale C-135 variants, the KC-135 Stratotanker.

Stock Code: 14627 Scale: 1:144 Price: £34.99 Paints Used: Seb uses Testors Model Master Enamels Availability: Testors stockists via www.testors.com Creative Models www.creativemodels.co.uk Model Master: 2035; Air Command Grey Revell: 9; Anthracite Grey Weathering Agents: Winsor & Newton’s Artists Oils: Raw Umber & Payne’s Grey

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ny aviation fan has to admit, the Boeing 707 was not only a ground breaking design and an attractive aeroplane to look at, but its stability, long range and reliability made it the perfect choice for military service as well. The airframe went on to be used as AWACS, JSTARS, various intelligence and reconnaissance gathering platforms and last but not least, the first jet aerial refuellers.

Filling a Gap

Complementary Products: SAC14417 Boeing KC-135 Landing Gear (Minicraft) £10.50 www.scaleaircraft conversions.com www.hannants.co.uk & www.oxoniansplastic fantastic.co.uk Recommended Reference: Walkaround 25066 KC-135 Stratotanker £16.99

Minicraft have filled a wide gap in the injection moulded market, as apart from the Welsh Models resin and vac-form kits, no C-135 variants of any description have been available to this point, as far as I am aware. The KC-135E is the first kit released, soon to be followed by A and R versions of this tanker, with Minicraft promising us further C-135 based Air Force airframes. A quick inspection of the plastic revealed beautifully engraved surface details, with a further scan of the instructions promising a quick and easy build. Unfortunately that was not the case. The first problem I encountered

Squadron/Signal stockists via www.squadron.com ADH Publishing www.adhpublishing.com

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with this build, which remained persistent right through to the end, were the massive sprue gates. While they can be a simple nuisance when it comes to the larger parts, they proved a nightmare with smaller parts, particularly with the delicate landing gear assembly. The number of them can get frustrating at times; a small part like the refuelling boom having nine of them, for example. This is not a fatal flaw however, as taking extreme care when removing parts is the simple answer. It is just a major inconvenience.

plan was to sand the framing away, polish the part and carefully mask the windows, thus spraying frames in the correct shape. This plan worked well until I discovered that the part was too narrow for the fuselage after a test-fit. Using liberal amounts of putty, I managed to blend the clear part into the fuselage, while solving the wrong window shape by cutting the decal to the correct shape. After dealing with the above problems, the kit actually went together rather well.

50 Shades of Grey Oddly Shaped The turbine faces have a strange oval shape and the exhausts, with their thick walls, are not much better either. The fuselage ribs at the aft of the fuselage are moulded slightly heavier than I would have liked, although this is a simple problem to fix, as a few swipes with a sanding sponge is more than sufficient to rectify it. Perhaps the largest problem with this kit lies in the cockpit windscreen. Firstly, the side windows are the wrong shape, which spoils the look of the front of the aircraft, in my opinion. My

Making a monotone Grey camouflage interesting can be hard. Shading effects were created by adding Black or White paint to the base colour, while streaking the fuselage and subsequently picking out certain panels. The Cartographprinted decals also proved their worth over the Alclad Aqua Gloss treated surfaces, with artist oils providing the final wash. Minicraft have to be applauded for choosing to kit the C-135 line of aircraft in this scale. While there are some shortcomings to this kit, with a bit of patience and some modelling experience, an excellent model can be achieved.

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Angel Expósito González builds the Hasegawa 1:72nd scale F-18F Super Hornet, magnificently reproducing a weathered finish.

Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet Availability: Hasegawa stockists via www.hasegawa-model.co.jp Amerang www.amerang.co.uk Stock Code: 02081 Scale: 1:72 Price: £32.99 Paints Used: Gunze Sangyo Aqueous: H12 Black, H77 Tyre Black, H78 Olive Drab, H80 Khaki Green, H306 Grey FS36270, H307 Grey FS36320, H308 Grey FS36375, H316 White, H317 Grey FS36231, H331 Dark Sea Grey, H337 Grayish Blue, H338 Light Grey Humbrol: 14 French Blue, 27 Matt Sea Grey, 34 Matt White, 83 Matt Ochre, 86 Matt Light Olive, 166 Light Aircraft Grey, 27002 Polished Aluminium Revell: 361 Olive Weathering Agents: Van Gogh Artists Oils: 701 Ivory Black

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s can be expected from Hasegawa, we are provided with an accurately shaped and respectably detailed high quality kit, spread across 14 Light Grey sprues. As can also be expected from this Japanese manufacturer for a release from 1995 through 2010, the kit suffers from a lack of the fine detail we have come to expect with releases since 2010, especially internally in the cockpit and externally with the nozzles. Hasegawa have consistently managed to effect a good compromise between detail and parts count, their models always being simple to assemble and not overloaded with construction. While the cockpit is not a problem for all but the most detail obsessed, I chose to replace the ejection seats with a resin set from Aires. While they may not have gone overboard with the cockpit, aspects such as the wheel wells, bay doors and exterior riveting and recessed detail are superb.

Weathered Finish Hasegawa offer two different schemes flying from the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (2013), both in two shades of

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grey. I chose the 70th anniversary scheme commemorating the formation of the 'Jolly Rogers'. I decided I would make some effort getting to know the aircraft in order to represent the finish properly and therefore spent a considerable amount of time studying the unit through online photographs. Aircraft such as this one, Tomcats, Corsairs and Vikings generally sport a heavily weathered finish, which presents modellers with a great opportunity for weathering. It is an effect I have always wanted to transfer to plastic, while not doing it to excess. The first thing I did was to give the model a base of Dark Sea Grey (H331). Then, starting with the lower sections, various spots were sprayed with H308. Once this was dry, the panels were lightened with H308, itself lightened with White, with an emphasis on curves and panel lines, while also trying to keep the effect somewhat random. The upper surfaces were treated exactly the same way, using H307 as the base colour. The contrasting effect achieved creates some interesting variations as a result of the Dark Sea Grey pre-shading. The key to executing a finish like this is paying close attention to the photographic evidence at hand and

taking care to slowly build up the finish until it matches. The decal sheet is typical Hasegawa, printed perfectly and loaded with what must be every stencil from the actual airframe. They also go onto the model perfectly.

Gradual Application Studying the photographs is equally important when it comes to re-creating the various leaks and streaks across the entire airframe, as these exist on every airframe I have seen, although subtlety is the key. To avoid overdoing it in one go, I recommend working with a heavily diluted mixture of colour and applying it in several applications. In this instance I worked primarily with Olive Drab (H78), applied with a fine brush. Once the weathering was complete, the model was given a couple of coats of matt vanish. I have to say that this is a model I can easily recommend to anyone, although I do so with a warning about the tail assembly. The end result is undoubtedly a fantastic and highly detailed rendition of the Super Hornet.

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With apologies to J.R.R. Tolkien, Gary Bottoms has put the hard yards in and produced a spectacular rendition of Precious Metal II, using the High Planes Models 1:48th scale kit. P-51A Mustang 'Precious Metal II' Availability: P-51A Mustang 'Precious Metal II' Freightdog Models www.freightdogmodels.co.uk Stock Code: HPR048015 Scale: 1:48 Author's Additional Investment: Aires stockists via www.aires.cz Hannants www.hannants.co.uk Eduard 648092; P-51D Resin Wheels, £4.50 Quickboost QB48551; P-51A Mustang/Mk IA Resin Exhausts, £3.30

Rob Taurus stockists via www.rob-taurus.cz Hannants www.hannants.co.uk Rob Taurus RBT48012; P-51B Vac-form Canopy, £1.70

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8082U, or to give it its proper name ‘Precious Metal II’, is a replica North American P-51A built by Air Racer extraordinaire, Gerry Beck. The “ultimate home-build” as he referred to it as, came together at his Tri-State Aviation facility in Whapeton, North Dakota. First flown in 2006, its racing career was drastically cut short only the following year when on

July 27th at the Oshkosh Air Show, it clipped the rudder of a taxiing P-51D, rolled and crashed, tragically killing Beck. However, it has been said, many times, many ways, “The Show Must go On” and indeed, the legacy of Beck and his gleaming Mustang may once again grace racing circuits over Reno. Beck’s wife Cindy stated in a 2011 interview that a restoration of the P-51A was under way.

Legacy in Scale High Planes Models have also given the modeller a chance to keep that legacy alive. Based around the ICM pressing of the P-51A, they have added a few choice resin goodies, such as the passenger seat, to ‘civilianize’ the warbird. That being said, thanks to a fairly rough tooling from ICM, this High Planes kit is not exactly 'plane sailing'! There is a lot of remedial work required of the modeller to knock this bird into shape. The gun ports and landing lights need filling, and given that many will chose to finish the model in Alclad, you will be required to lavish a great deal of attention to the recalcitrant seam lines to ensure a blemishfree surface. Unfortunately, (and through no fault of HPM) my fuselage was slightly warped which made anything that had to

be attached to it (i.e. everything), look a little offkilter. Even so, I made the decision to build it with what I was given and pressed on regardless. Something to do with carrying on with the show... This also forced my hand where the rigid injectionmoulded canopy was concerned, meaning I was left with little choice but to source a vacform replacement. Rob Taurus (who sounds like he should be in an entirely different business) came up trumps. As a result, I was able to show the canopy open, thanks to its wonderfully thin crosssection. I also opted to use a set of Eduard’s Brassin wheels to replace the ICM blobs and according to photographic references, you will need to replace the cylindrical exhaust stubs with a pair of the flared variety. Quickboost came to the rescue here. After all is said and done – and believe me, as I was ‘doing’, there was a lot of ‘saying’ - this build was always going to be about that bare metal finish.

Legacy in Metal Testors’ Willow Green enamel may have behaved impeccably on the wings, but who does not relish the chance to get out their Alclad? All four of them. Of the Aluminium flavour, I used White, Airframe, Polished and good old regular to

produce the patchwork of panels. Once applied, however, I still felt the overall effect was lacking realism so I set about ‘roughing’ it up a bit with a variety of Mr Metal Colours. Away went the Iwata, out came the hairy stick! This was a method I stumbled upon before – another ‘Happy Accident’ – where the brush, half-way between loaded and dry is applied in a rapid circular motion. As the paint instantly dries the continuous swirling has the effect of smoothing and polishing in one. Central to this method is that fact that, although I own a T-shirt with ‘Hasta la Vista’ on it, I am no robot, so the pressure and motion applied by a feeble human is constantly varying, meaning the resultant finish is too. You know, just like the real thing! Weathering is not an issue here as this show aircraft would have been kept in pristine condition, and although photos do exhibit some exhaust staining and the odd oil streak, I decided to keep it squeaky clean. This kit was not without its challenges and had I kept a swear jar handy, I would have had next year’s holiday in the can PDQ! I just remembered the words of Sir Edmund Hillary; “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” In that case, I’ve been well and truly conquered. In a good way of course!

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Yoav Efrati decides that Fujimi's 25 year old 1:72nd scale F-4K/M is the perfect choice for an out-of-box modelling project.

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ujimi's Royal Navy Phantom comes with markings for an F-4M with the identification number 007, a number made famous by Ian Fleming's fictitious secret agent, James Bond. Fujimi's recent reissue of their Fleet Air Arm (FAA) F-4 Phantom II in Silver Anniversary markings, coincides with the kit's initial release 25 years ago. By current standards Fujimi's Phantom stands the test of time well, exhibiting finely recessed panel lines, an excellent fit, accurate outline, raised cockpit detail, ejection seats with moulded-on harnesses and overhead ejection handles, complete fuel tank and missile fit, a decal set with three marking options, and optional black rubber tyres with separate hubs and optional one-piece clear canopy and four-piece open canopy clear parts.

Raiding the Stash When my Fujimi Fleet Air Arm Jubilee F-4K/FG.1 Phantom arrived, I dug up another Fujimi F-4M/FGR.2 Phantom I had stashed away more years ago than I can remember, along with an old Modeldecal sheet with markings for a Royal Air Force 25th Jubilee 92 Squadron GR.2. The Modeldecal sheet, along with Fujimi's decal option for a Fleet Air Arm Jubilee F-4K, gave my latest project the common theme I was looking for: Royal Jubilee

Phantoms. Given its age, the kit (or kits) went together extremely well, with no major foibles to report. The only areas requiring any filler were the intake-tofuselage seam and just aft of the rear canopy. These were both easily remedied using .010 plastic strips. Do not attach the kitprovided APU doors shut, these doors were left partially open when the aircraft was on the ground, wide open during taxy and take-off and closed only when the aircraft was in flight. I noticed the error only after painting my model, unfortunately. This was rectified by scratch building new doors from sheet styrene, curved up over a brush handle and attached to the fuselage in the open position.

Disruptive Pattern Firstly, it should be noted that the radome attachment ring was painted black on FAA Phantoms, while it was painted in the fuselage colours on RAF airframes. The natural metal tail section, exhaust pipes and horizontal stabilizer were sprayed Humbrol 270003 Polished Steel, and lighter areas Xtracolor X502 Natural steel. The FAA F-4K upper surfaces and the leading edge lower surfaces were painted Humbrol 123 Extra Dark Sea Grey. The rest of the undersides were sprayed Testors Model Master Flat White.

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The RAF FGR.2 was first painted Humbrol 164 Dark Sea Grey atop and below the wing leading edges. This was followed with Humbrol 163 Dark Green for the disruptive pattern. With the upper camouflage completed, the lower surfaces of the wing leading edges were masked and the lower surface painted Humbrol 166 Light Aircraft Grey. Last to be painted were the white wheel wells and speed brake recesses.

Pleasant Surprise For my Royal Air Force Jubilee Phantom, I chose a 92 Squadron Phantom on a 25 year old Model Decal sheet. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the sheet, with graphic detail comparable to that seen in current decal sheets. The prominent segmented Yellow border framing the canopies was made by painting the background colour on thin yellow decal strips. The 1mm wide spacing was achieved by applying a metal straight edge adjacent to the decal. The final assembly of my naval Phantom consisted of attachment of the kit-provided fuel tanks, Sparrows and Sidewinders. The centreline stores position was left empty, as seen in photos showing the naval Phantom with extended front landing gear during catapult launch.

Silver Jubilee Phantoms Availability: Fujimi stockists via www.fujimimokei.com Amerang www.amerang.co.uk Stock Code: H18 + H32 Scale: 1:72 Price: £19.99 Paints Used: Humbrol: 1 Primer White, 21 Gloss Black, 33 Matt Black, 123 Extra Dark Sea Grey, 163 Dark Green, 164 Dark Sea Grey, 166 RAF Light Aircraft Grey, 270003 Polished Steel. Testors Model Master: MM2142 Enamel Flat White. Xtracolor: X502 Natural steel Author's Additional Investment: Modeldecal 54; 1:72 scale British Tactical Red/Blue Roundels & Fin Flashes Modeldecal 64; 1:72 scale RAF Phantoms: 19, 23, 43, 56 & 92 Sqns Xtradecal XPS-5; Assorted Yellow Stripes & XPS-1 Black Stripes. Weathering Agents: Van Winsor & Newton’s Raw Umber & Payne’s Grey The RAF Phantom was configured for the air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, using kit-provided Sparrows, Sparrow bay camera, centreline gun pod and air-to-ground rocket pods (with a third coming from a spares box).

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Mike Williams gets down and dirty with oil paint weathering on Italeri’s natural continuation of the Hurricane family in 1:48 scale Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk I

Logical Progression

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or a variety of reasons, modellers each have their preferred subjects or aircraft types that they rarely veer away from, one of mine being carrier borne aeroplanes. Whether designed for ship use from the outset, or converted when needs must, anything with an arrestor hook is “my bag”. If they are British then even better, and the Sea Hurricane’s rugged good looks only adds to its appeal. This model is a natural logical progression from Italeri’s previous release of their Hurricane with the necessary parts, such as the arrestor hook along with its housing, provided as a separate sprue. Whether scratch-building or using an Eduard set as I did here, cockpit detailing is always a bit of a double-edged sword with single-seat fighters. While it is great fun doing it, it gets all but lost once the fuselage halves are joined.

which paint brand(s) you use. Tamiya and GSI Aqueous are my preferred brands, although neither have exact matches for Dark Sea Grey or Dark Slate Grey. As a result it was a matter of mixing the colours to my own approximations. The underside was far easier though; Tamiya XF-21 Sky is a great colour match. The weathering process begins with the pre-shading of the undersides using Tamiya XF-25 Light Sea Grey. The upper camouflage is more complex. Using the aforementioned paint brands, the Dark Sea Grey was created using GSI H333 Extra Dark Sea Grey which is actually a modern RAF colour, however lightened using Tamiya XF-21 Sky it changes hue and lightens significantly giving a far more authentic match to wartime Dark Sea Grey. The same applies for the Dark Slate Grey; here a mix of XF-21 and GSI H52 Olive Drab produces the desired effect.

Construction, for the main part, is relatively formulaic. It does throw up a couple of easily overcome obstacles when installing the wings to the fuselage, though. The front does not fit too well, so some superlgue and talcum powder was mixed used to fill the gap and then sanded flush, with just a small

Combat Colours 2: The Hawker Hurricane 1939 - 45 in RAF- Commonwealth and FAA

amount of rescribing needed afterwards. The same method was employed for the ill-fitting wing gun inserts.

Availability: Combat Colours stockists via www.guidelinepublications.co.uk

The Royal Navy Temperate scheme can be interpreted many ways, depending on

bulletproof, high-shine finish within a couple of hours of application. Being an acrylic based varnish, artists' oils can be applied on top without worry of damaging the paint work. To the model, a wash was applied, which was followed once dry by some oil ‘spot’ weathering. The latter was blended with a soft artists' fan brush. Good references are mandatory here and internet search engines are one of the quickest and easiest ways of doing this, although nothing beats a good oldfashioned book with well captioned photographs. Exhaust staining was distinctive area of weathering on the Hurricane so this was carefully replicated using the airbrush.

Worthy Addition After adding a coat of matt varnish, all that was left at this point was to unmask the canopy and add the undercarriage and prop

assembly.

Having been a user of the ubiquitous, yet sadly discontinued, Klear acrylic floor polish for many years, Humbrol piqued my interest with their new Clear gloss varnish as a replacement. It can be brushed or airbrushed straight from the bottle and dries to an almost

While this kit is not perfect, as there are a couple of difficult stages in the assembly, it is a great rendition of Hawker’s workhorse and a worthy addition to the display shelf.

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Jeremías Luchina finishes the ex-Accurate Miniatures 1:48th scale TBM Avenger in Brazilian markings.

TBM-3/TBM-1C Avenger Availability: Italeri stockists via www.italeri.com The Hobby Company www.hobbyco.net Scale: 1:48 Stock Code: 2644 Price: Not Current Stock Code: 2644 Author's Additional Investment: Eduard FE287 Moskit Exhaust 48-17 True Detail wheels 48044 Paints Used: Humbrol Testors Model Master Alclad II Weathering Agents: Oil paints, pastel chalk

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ne of the most cherished memories of my childhood involves the Saturday afternoon modelling sessions with my Dad. I still remember most of the kits I built with him, such as the Karas and P.11 from Heller and the Gloster Gladiator, both in 72nd scale. I cannot forget one of my favourite kits, the Academy Grumman Avenger; I think I built 3 or 4 over the years. Even after I passed into adulthood, I still loved the looks of the Avenger, but my scale of choice had changed and also my modelling subjects. So when a friend of mine offered me the Accurate Miniatures 1:48th scale kit and I found out that Brazil and Uruguay flew the type, I knew I had to build one. I do not know very much about the Brazilian machines, but a quick web search provided me with the history of the Brazilian Avenger, along with a few pictures and profiles.

Squadron/Signal 10255: TBM/TBF Avenger in Action, £11.99 Squadron/Signal stockists via www.squadron.com Warpaint Books 87: Grumman TBF Avenger, £16.00 Warpaint Series stockists via warpaint-books.com

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Test of Time As most of you are probably already well-aware of, the Accurate Miniatures kit is an amazing piece of engineering and almost 20 years after its initial release, it sets the standard that kits are produced with to this day. Not that the model needs it, but I decided to add Eduard’s Zoom colour etched cockpit details (instrument panel, consoles etc.), along with a few treats that were already in the box I when I received it from my friend: True Details resin wheels and Moskit exhausts. The build is

complex, yet straightforward. There are no difficult elements to assembly, it is merely a matter of patiently assembling the kit and following the instructions closely. The Eduard set adds a great deal of realism to the instrument panel and the harnesses (the kit supplies them as decals), although I did enhance a few areas using styrene sheet, Evergreen strips and copper wire, once I realized that those areas are quite visible from the exterior.

Colour Deviation I found an excellent reference for the interior colours at the IPMS Stockholm site:

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http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/ magazine/2004/01/stuff_eng_in terior_colours_us.htm As a result of the information gleamed from this site, I chose to deviate from the Accurate Miniatures colour recommendations for the interior (assuming that these machines wore standard US Navy interior paints). I could not resist the temptation to replace the turret machine gun barrel with a metal part from Master Barrels; they really are unrivalled in quality. I chose not to use the kitsupplied ignition harness and pushrods for the engine, replacing these parts with copper wire for the ignition cables and needles cut to fit for the pushrods. The fit of every component is perfect, using very little filler throughout (I am still convinced that what I did use was down to “user error”) Deciding I did not want to spend hours masking the large greenhouse style canopy and turret, I purchased a set of

Eduard masks and was pleased that I did, as they worked brilliantly.

could. I should mention that FCM now print their decals with Microscale, an assurance of first-rate quality.

Custom Colours

Masked Codes

I custom-mixed the colour for the topside Grey, although it ended up a little too dark. I have the bad habit of painting at night, so I did not notice until the model was almost ready for the decals. Not wanting to strip the paint, I decided to simply shade some areas lighter to alleviate the problem.

I employed two methods for my paint masks. For the small “MARINHA” stencil I scanned the decal sheet and printed it on a sheet of paper covered with Tamiya tape, using a laser printer, subsequently adding a few coats of Testors Decal Bonder aerosol to protect it. For the larger codes, such as the letters and numbers on the wings, I printed the previously scanned decal sheet and glued it over a piece of clear film. I worked painting one marking at the time, using Tamiya White Acrylic. The end result, while if not perfect, is far better than I could have accomplished using the decals. I used the decals for the national round markings (my attempts with the compass

When the paint job was completed I applied a coat of Model Master Clear Gloss and the model was ready for decals. A friend from Brazil sent me an out of production set of decals from FCM, although, as I have experienced in the past, early releases from this manufacturer are poor in quality, so I decided to paint all the markings I

cutter were fruitless) and for the anchors. After another clear coat the model was ready for weathering. I used different oils, water colours and pastels to simulate oil streaks, dust and grime. I also used a silver pencil to simulate some chipping on a few areas. A final satin coat sealed the model. The final assembly involved adding details such as the antennae and pitot tube and clear parts for the lights. I also added the torpedo (which I painted in different shades of Alclad), the landing gear and the Moskit exhausts.

Super Saturdays The finished model looks amazing on the shelf and I had a lot of fun working on it. It brought back some very fond memories of all of those Saturdays modelling alongside my Dad.

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he four Fokker D.VII kits released by Wingnut Wings in late 2012/early 2013 have opened up the WWI aeroplane field to whole new groups of modellers. With virtually no rigging to worry about and an almost unlimited choice of dazzling colour schemes on offer, these 1:32 scale kits have proven unsurprisingly popular - and deservedly so. For those wishing to add a few extra details to these stunning models, some additional photo reference from our extensive archive, squeezed out of our new Special for reasons of space, are presented here exclusively for the benefit of SAM readers.

Jasta 6’s final Staffelführer was Leutnant der Reserve (Ltn.d.R.) Ulrich Neckel, here posing with his well-known black/white striped OAW-built D.VII - the entire painted length of its fuselage being an extension of the unit’s distinctive slanted nose and wheel markings. The Fokker’s wings were covered in four-colour printed fabric with light-coloured rib tapes and outlining possibly blue. The twin ‘Spandaus’ are mounted well above the coaming panels, a characteristic of D.VIIs powered by the 185-hp BMW D.III engine. The teddy bear mascot and rear view mirror were popular accoutrements, and thanks to Wingnut’s thoughtfuladditions in several of their WWI German aircraft kits, quite easy for modellers to replicate.

Familiar Jasta 71 image, but included again here for the benefit of modellers wishing to incorporate those little extra touches. Among these, the metal OAW identification plaques, both on the upper wing centresection cut-out and to the rear of the cockpit, the somewhat crude rear-view mirror mountings (in this case), and the well-forward position of the besmirched windscreen. The pilot of D.VII (OAW) 6428/18 was Leutnant (Ltn.) Hans Joachim von Hippel who had the nickname Ludé applied to the fuselage sides: more on this machine in Anthology 3, page 39.

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AVIATION IN PROFILE F O K K E R D. V I I Model The most recent WNW Fokker was the D.VIIF version, released earlier this year. For the author's build the kit has been enhanced with additional internal details and personal markings created using a PC programme and clear/white decal film. Finished as a Jasta Boelcke example, the model's major areas were covered in Aviattic's excellent four-colour D.VII tailored decals which look truly authentic in every way. The scratchbuilt laminated wood airscrew was made by Doug Craner. A full description and the build log for this model - and the three other D.VII versions - may be found in the newly-published Building the Wingnut Wings Fokker D.VII by this author.

Presumed to be Vizefeldwebel (Vzfw.) Wilhelm Hippert (the chequerboard D.VIIF was his in Jasta 74) seen here demonstrating the Ahrendt and Heylandt breathing apparatus lashed to the side of his Fokker’s cockpit. Liquid oxygen in the container was valve-regulated from the bladder, thence to the ‘hookah’-style mouthpiece. The canisters came in a number of sizes - that shown being one of the larger capacity tanks. Smaller versions are provided in Wingnut kits such as the Gotha, Hannover and Rumplers, and would need to be modified to accurately replicate the unit shown here. If all that paraphernalia was not enough, Hippart also appears to be wearing a Heinecke parachute.

Recommended Reference: Building the Wingnut Wings Fokker D.VII by Ray Rimell, Albatros Productions, Ltd., 2013. Fokker D.VII Anthology 1 (Fokker-built), 1997. Fokker VII Anthology 2 (OAW), 2000. Fokker VII Anthology 3 (Albatros), 2002. All Albatros Productions, Ltd.

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AVIATION IN PROFILE F O K K E R D. V I I Here we are at Jasta 78b with D.VII (OAW) 4464/18 as flown by Ltn. Hans Jungwirth. This cropped version of the photo reproduced on page 50 of Anthology 3, reveals several points of interest. The typical ‘patch-work’ OAW camouflage applied to the nose cowlings; the well-lagged engine manifold pipes; pale grey/green struts; style of mid-production OAWbuilt D.VII cowling louvres and the pale rib and edging tapes applied to both wings.

One for the diorama enthusiasts! Here are some fresh Fokker D.VII airframes being transported to the Front. Of interest is the means adopted when stowing the interplane struts with plenty of binding ropes. The three-point central strut units formed part of the welded fuselage structure to provide a strong platform for the upper wing - a feature not lost on Wingnut Wings' main D.VII kit designer Jason AcAdam...

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This is an early Albatros-built D.VII serialled 527/18 which features the low-exit position for the twin-branch exhaust pipe on the starboard side: this was raised on those aircraft built from 677/18 onwards. Evident here are the use of light-coloured wing rib tapes over the four-or fivecolour printed fabric covering; central radiator filler cap and the striking, contrasting laminations of the Garuda airscrew. Six leading edge clips for the twopiece undercarriage axle wing and offset wheels were Albatros Werke traits.

Despite the double exposure, here's a revealing image of an unidentified D.VII (the Werke Nummer may have been 3384) with upright air pump that's fairly unusual on a late engine. The lower cowling undershield has a flared trailing edge; variations were commonplace between the three factories and the Wingnut Wings kits offer a selection of them to offer modellers plenty of choice, along with myriad side and upper cowling alternatives.

Here's an OAW-built D.VII in Allied hands - the light colour of the wing rib tapes suggests they were of plain uncoloured linen. This late production example has the final form of cowling louvres, high-level exhaust and doubled rudder horn. The British have fitted a standard pitot head to the port 'N' strut, the lines for which are routed along the upper wing leading edge down the central struts and thence to the ASI mounted inside the cockpit. The airscrew is Germania with the company's decal augmented by an Iron Cross out towards the tips.

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RAF Museum technicians gingerly ease the newly-restored D.VII through the hangar doors and out into the sunshine for the first time in years - a memorable day for all concerned. The D.VII is finished in typical representation of OAW factory style.

Carefully-replicated louvres in the cowling panels are representative of lateOAW-built D.VII examples although not every aircraft was identical in all respects - there were inevitable variations. Singlehanded 'turnscrews' keep the cowlings in their rightful place the pale grey/green primer of the struts was common, the colour usually extending to the entire welded fuselage frame.

Here's the opposite side revealing typical strut end connexions and one of the aluminium treadplates on the lower wing attached to the forward spar - its rear spar partner is just visible at far right. (The drilled holes at the ends of each cowling louvre are not typical.)

The typical Fokker axle wing, the configuration of which differed between Fokker, Albatros and OAW-built D.VIIs. As might be expected from Wingnut Wings, all three are catered for across the relevant kits.

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Business end of the RAFM D.VII displays the extra 'straightthrough' vents (to cool the ammunition) of its radiator unit; above, the tips of both flash guards peep over the upper casing. These are provided with a PE mounting in the WNW kits that demands care during assembly.

Under the engine bay. Here, the leather uniform 'sleeve' prevents undue chafing of the crossed undercarriage bracing wires. Their upper ends are looped around the lower longerons, encased in leather, returned, and then firmly wired together at their opposite ends turnbuckles connect to the axle wing fittings. All such features are fairly easy to simulate on a 1:32 scale model.

One of the restored LMG 'Spandau' guns had yet to be fitted when this photo was taken, its absence exposing a few oft-hidden aspects: the closely-cowled tachometer; the empty cartridge deflector chute under the ammunition belt feed and the twin-forked gun clamps. The port MG has one of the circular-style rounds' counters fitted - not supplied in any of the WNW D.VII kits but easily fabricated from plastic scrap or Albion Alloys brass/aluminium tube.

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AVIATION IN PROFILE F O K K E R D. V I I Not only the fuselage frame, but also the cross-bracing was treated to the pale grey/green primer - the turnbuckles on the cables shown were usually bound with fabric or leather strips. Almost everything you can see here has been faithfully replicated in the WNW D.VII kits, only the rudder bar requiring the addition of extra braces and rudder cable loops - as fully described in the new WNW D.VII Modelling Special.

Several minor internal components had yet to be installed when this photo was taken but it provides plenty of detail for the observant modeller. The instrument board is typical OAW pattern: at left is the black-painted Bosch magneto with brass handle above, its key and 'safety' chain are just visible alongside. The printed fabric covering of the fuselage is clearly evident and WNW dutifully provide 'reversed lozenge' decal panels for these areas in their kits - similar items are also available from Aviattic and Old Propeller commercial decal ranges.

D.VII 'walk-round' This October 1996 photo was taken earlier during the Fokker's Cardington restoration and reveals the copper lines from the fuel taps running forward to the Mercedes motor, and another connected to the pressure pump not all of these would be visible on a completed model unless a 'cutaway' was intended. The metal ring at centre left, with its sheathed cable, operated the internal shutter fitted to the starboard side of the radiator.

The Mercedes D.IIaü engine fitted to the RAFM D.VII underwent extensive refurbishment alongside the airframe in the RAFM workshops.

More cable exit patches - easily reproduced by scraps of 'lozenge' and coloured transfers, the 'leather' surrounds are also to be found on the extensive decal sheets that ship with all WNW D.VII kits.

Most of these images of the RAF Museum's ex-Nash Collection OAW-built hybrid Fokker D.VII (8417/18/) were taken at the erstwhile Restoration and Storage Centre at Cardington, Beds on 28 August 1997 as the aeroplane's long restoration came close to completion. The opportunity to record the roll-out turned out to be prescient; with the aircraft currently suspended in the 'Milestone of Flight' gallery at Hendon many of the details seen here are now completely hidden from view.

The bracing cable running down from the fin and the outer edges of the tailplane was a necessary late modification to prevent 'flutter'. The exit slot for the elevator control cables, and all such runs, was reinforced with fabric and leather patches. The white stencil legends have been applied in typical OAW factory style.

Tail skid bracket detail - the metal is painted glossy black here, but could also be seen in 'standard' grey/green primer. Mostly, however, these skids were fabric-wrapped for additional strength. (All photos © Ray Rimell/Albatros Productions, Ltd.)

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In what will be most likely his last contribution to SAM, owing to personal reasons, Dai Williams outdoes himself yet again with this magnificent build of the Wingnut Wings 1:32nd scale Fokker D.VIIF. Thanks for everything you have done for us Dai, the door will always remain open!

Fokker D.VIIF Availability: Wingnut Wings stockists via www.wingnutwings.com Hannants www.hannants.co.uk Scale: 1:32 Stock Code: 32031 Price: £79.99

Starting With the Wings

Wheels

Author's Additional Investment: Availability: Uschi van der Rosten stockists via www.uschivdr.com Albion Alloys www.albionalloys.co.uk UvdR-3; Uschi Van Der Rosten Rigging Thread (Standard Size)

s I intended to use AVIATTIC’s translucent lozenge transfers, the wings needed some preparation. They were primed with Hycote Plastic Primer and, once this had cured for 24 hours, they were polished using old, worn Micro-mesh cloths. Several light coats of Tamiya’s White Primer were then applied using an aerosol as a base coat followed by more polishing. A light shading of Dark Earth (XF-52) was applied to the points where the control wires entered the wings. The metal panels on the wings were masked and sprayed with Alclad Aluminium, the intention being to cut the transfers away from these areas just after they were applied. Three light coats of Johnson’s Klear thinned 50/50 with Tamiya acrylic thinner were then applied to give a gloss surface ready for the transfers.

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The wheels were sprayed with Deck Tan (XF-55) and Olive Drab (XF-62) to replicate the finish seen in wartime photos. The tyres seem to be a light colour in many wartime photos so I used Light Grey (XF-66) here.

Availability: Bob’s Buckles stockists via www.bobsbuckles.co.uk Bob’s Buckles Turnbuckles Availability: Aviattic stockists via: www.aviattic.co.uk AVIATTIC Lozenge Transfers Paints used: Alclad: Aluminium, Burnt Iron, Copper, Exhaust Manifold, Gunmetal, Magnesium, Polished Brass & Steel Mr. Hobby: 215 Copper, 218 Aluminium, 219 Brass& H70 RLM 02 Tamiya: XF-1 Flat Black, XF-2 White, XF-51 Khaki Drab, XF-52 Dark Earth, XF-55 Deck Tan, XF-57 Buff, XF-59 Desert Yellow, XF-62 Olive Drab, XF66 Light Grey, XF-69 Nato Black, XF-78 Wooden Deck Tan & X-18 Semi-Gloss Black Varnishes: Johnson’s Klear & Vallejo Satin Varnish Weathering Agents: Winsor & Newton’s Oil Paints Powdered Graphite

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The lifting surface between the undercarriage legs was painted with Olive Drab (XF-62). In this scale, putting a single colour on a part of this size can leave it looking rather one-dimensional, so I streaked it with Khaki Drab (XF-51). The fading looked effective when first applied, but I sealed the paint with Johnson’s Klear and it disappeared. I later applied a lighter, more

contrasting colour to allow the fading to show through under the varnish. There is little rigging on the D.VII (a factor contributing to its success) however there are bracing wires on the undercarriage. Therefore, a couple of the ever useful Bob’s Buckles were placed into predrilled holes on the undercarriage fairing to secure the rigging later on. I use these buckles on all my 1:32 models and probably get through hundreds!

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Wingnut kits tend not to follow the traditional ‘assemble then paint’ sequence, with the models coming together as a series of pre-painted subassemblies.

material available to the modeller. After a few hours going through photos on the internet I added some extra detail to the rudder bar using thin brass rod, although the cockpit as supplied by Wingnut Wings is pretty complete as supplied.

umber oil paint was then scrubbed onto the part before most of it was removed with a dry, stiff oil painting brush, the wood grain effect being created by taking the paint off rather than putting it on. This is actually easier to do than it is to explain!

The fuselage framing was primed and shaded before being sprayed with RLM02, which is a good match for the colour used on the Fokker. The larger metal components were sprayed with Alclad following the kit’s colour call-outs while the smaller parts were brush painted with Mr. Hobby paints.

The bracing wires on the fuselage framing were made from Uschi Van Der Rosten Rigging Thread (Standard Size), while control cables were made from fine grade EZ Line. All these were held in place with tiny dots of superglue.

The cockpit floor was made of varnished wood. This was replicated by spraying the part with a light sand basecoat followed by high contrast highlighting and shading using pure white and black. Raw

The engine was undercoated in Semi-Gloss Black (X-18) and then the separate parts were sprayed with Alclad. I used a light overspray of Burnt Iron to slightly discolour the exhausts which gave a much more subtle effect than the pastels that I have used in the past.

The completed interior fits between the fuselage halves very well, although when I tried to add the cowling plates I hit my first problem. I think that I must have assembled the complex framework around the engine incorrectly as I could not fit the lower cowling and some rather untidy dismantling and reassembling was called for. I think that this must have been due to a mistake on my part rather than any problem with the kit. Note that if like me you intend to close up the engine compartment, much of the framework (and indeed some parts of the engine) will be invisible and could actually be left out for simplicity.

A Brief Flirtation With Paint At this stage I decided to mask off the lower wings and paint the fuselage. I pre-shaded the fuselage and tail section with Black and over-sprayed the rear white portion using White (XF-2) toned down with a tiny amount of

Buff (XF-57). This was then given a light patchy overspray of pure white. Once again, applying a single colour to an area this large would have looked too one-dimensional. Rather than use Black on the front section of the fuselage I used Nato Black (XF-69) which is actually a very dark Grey. On reflection, toning down pure black with red/brown would have given a richer more pleasing tone. This dark colour completely overpowered the pre-shading, but this was easily reinstated with a carefully applied airbrushed outlining with pure Black (XF-1).

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The stacking points on the wings were removed – later to be replaced with small slivers of plastic rod placed into predrilled holes.

The wings were undercoated with Tamiya White Primer.

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It is important to have as smooth a surface as possible for later transfer application, so the primed wings were polished with worn Micro-mesh cloths.

The control cable entry points have been pre-shaded with Tamiya Dark Earth which will show through the translucent AVIATTIC transfers.

The tyres were painted in light grey to match the pale colour sometimes seen in wartime photos.

The best laid plans ...... my fading has almost disappeared under a coat of Johnson’s Klear!.

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Some extra detail was added to the rudder bar using fine brass wire. Access holes for the filler caps had to be drilled out. Alclad was used on the petrol tank and ammunition boxes. The horrible joint on the petrol tank won’t be seen in the finished interior.

RLM02 is a good match for the green/grey colour used to paint the metal framework.

The panel behind the pilot could have been either plain fabric or lozenge fabric. I chose the former here represented with Tamiya Wooden Deck Tan.

The shading and drybrushing was done heavily deliberately so that it would stand out in the interior. The footboards have been painted in aluminium and later outlined with a 0.5mm marker pen to make them stand out.

The cockpit floor was airbrushed with a pale sand colour, shaded with black and the central areas highlighted with white.

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The engine components were sprayed with various shades of Alclad following the kit instructions.

The front of the fuselage was to be closed up so the engine placards supplied in the kit were saved for a future project.

Wingnut provides a set of transfers to represent the inside surface of the lozenge fabric applied to the fuselage.

The propeller was painted in two contrasting colours to replicate the wood laminations.

Burnt Umber oil paint has been scrubbed on and rubbed away with a sponge. Axial logos have been applied followed by several coats of diluted Johnson’s Klear for a highly polished finish.

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As the fuselage framework nears completion, it quickly becomes obvious what a superb bit of engineering this kit actually is.

The metal fittings on the wing were masked and sprayed and the lozenge transfers will be trimmed away from these areas later.

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Pre-shading was also applied to the front of the fuselage, although much of this is lost under the dark finishing colour. one that is actually suitable for your chosen subject. The backing film covers the entire transfer sheet, meaning the strips must be cut out carefully from the sheet if you are not to have large amounts of clear film to deal with. The transfers look alarmingly delicate, but provided sufficient time is allowed for the adhesive to soften, they slide easily from their backing paper and can be moved

around effortlessly on the model, as long as there is sufficient water or setting solution applied to the surface. If you feel you need to use setting solutions, the transfers respond well to Micro Sol and Micro Set. The D.VII wing has noticeable compound curves at the wingtips which can sometimes cause issues during transfer application, but AVIATTIC has taken this into account and provided spare sections for these areas. I had been provided with some extra Wingnut transfers with the review kit and was taken with the

Silver and gunmetal pencils were used to add scratches and wear to the metal areas of the cowling panels. machine flown by Fritz Haack of Jasta 46, simply because it has an owl painted on it and I like owls. The Wingnut transfers performed well and the colours were dense enough to cover up the underlying lozenge effect even under the White lettering. I had one or two untidy areas at the leading and trailing edges (once again due to my ineptitude and nothing to do with the transfers). I tidied these up with thin strips of lozenge fabric taken from leftovers from a previous build. Note due to their translucent nature you cannot cut up AVIATTIC’s transfers to make rib tapes as the underlying colours will show through.

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sprayed with Alclad Exhaust Manifold (which has an oily brown tint to it). I ground up the tip of an HB pencil on a piece of Wet and Dry paper to make graphite dust and rubbed this over the guns with my fingertip to give a metallic appearance. Now it was time to attach the upper wing and this was where I hit another problem, again probably of my own making. The forward centre section struts were placed into their location holes in the fuselage. These attach at three points, so their location is fixed. The outer struts were placed into the lower wing and again their location is fixed. The location points of the rear centre section struts are

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not fixed at the point where they meet the fuselage whereas the location in the upper wing is, so they were attached to the upper wing. All six sets of struts were therefore in their correct locations before attaching the top wing. One set of forward centre section struts was broken and also warped in my kit (unusual for a Wingnut kit) and though I fixed the breakage and tried to straighten out the warp, I found it very difficult to attach the top wing leading to the use of most foul and intemperate profanity, where opinions of an unconstructive nature were expressed. One thing I would advise is being very careful when clearing the transfers away from the strut location points. The tolerances in the kit are very fine and anything blocking the holes, even a sliver of transfer film, will affect the fit.

upper wing in place I finally got to apply the owls - hurrah!The aircraft I had chosen to model seems to have had a cushion attached to the fuselage just behind the cockpit, though its purpose is not clear. I borrowed one from another D.VII kit and installed it using the one available wartime photo I had as a reference. I believe that if the D.VII pilot was provided with a parachute, he would have sat on it and so the seat cushions were removed. Having one missing from my next D.VII build would therefore be quite acceptable.

Conclusion This is another excellent Wingnut kit. Fokker D.VIIs carried a number of colourful schemes and personalised

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markings making them attractive subjects for modellers. I had a few issues with the struts and the engine mounts, but have to say that nobody else in the whole wide world seems to have reported any problems in this area so I have to believe that this was due to my ineptitude and advanced age, rather than any shortcomings with the kit. I must say that I am now a complete convert to AVIATTIC transfers and will be using these on as many of my future projects as I can. The kit and the splendid AVIATTIC transfers can be highly recommended to all.

Recommended Reference: Windsock Worldwide WW1 Modelling Special No. 3 Building the Wingnut Fokker D.VII By Ray Rimell

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32ND FEATURE BUILD AR TICLE Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIa Availability: www.revell.de/en, @RevellGermany or facebook.com/Revell Hannants – www.pocketbond.co.uk Scale: 1:32 Stock Code: 03986 Price: £22.99 Author's Additional Investment: Montex Masks stockists via www.montexmask.com K32223; 1:32 Spitfire Mk II, £9.50 www.scaleaircraft conversions.com www.hannants.co.uk & www.oxoniansplastic fantastic.co.uk SAC32086; 1:32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIa, £11.20 Barracuda Studios stockists via www.barracudacals.com Hannants – www.hannants.co.uk BR32172; 1:32 Seat with back cushion, £5.70 BR32173; 1:32 Cockpit Door no Crowbar, £3.99 BR32174; 1:32 Cockpit Upgrade set, £6.50 BR32175; 1:32 Wing Correction set, £10.60 BR32176; 1:32 Five Spoke Hub Wheels, £6.50 Paints used: James uses Model Master Paints • MM1705 Insignia Red • MM1719 Insignia Blue • MM1749 Flat Black • MM2049 Sky TypeS • MM2054 Dark Earth • MM2060 RAF Dark Green • MM2062 RAF Interior Green • MM2063 RAF Trainer Yellow • MM2142 Flat White Weathering Agents: Abteilung 502 Oils Abt080 Wash Brown Abt130 Dark Mud Abt160 Engine Grease Testors stockists via MasterCasters stockists via www.mastercasters.co.uk Hannants – www.hannants.co.uk Warpigs Pigments: • MSTWPG05 Earth • MSTWPG02 Mid Rust • MSTWPG20 Exhaust Black

James Ashton does an impressive job weathering the recently released Spitfire Mk II from Revell.

New Wine “Why do we need yet another Spitfire?” is often the cry whenever a new kit of this aircraft is produced: “Can we not have something fresh?” On the other hand there are those of us who can never get enough of this iconic aircraft. Particularly when it is in a substantial scale such as this new offering from Revell. It is not often that the manufacturers (whether they be mainstream or short-run) produce a 32nd or 24th scale model, let alone a Spitfire. The last large-scale Spitfire was the Tamiya Mk IX, four years ago. Revell have had an early mark Spitfire in their catalogue for many years now. This now vintage tooling has served Spitfire fans well over the decades, although in

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the past couple of decades it is only when combined with the various aftermarket upgrade sets available for it. However, it gets to the point where throwing aftermarket parts at a kit becomes a bit like putting new wine into old sacks. Basically, by the time you have removed and rescribed the raised panel lines and added rivet details, there is little left of the original tooling. Not to mention the time involved in all of this enhancement. Thinking about it, even from simply a commercial perspective, it makes perfect sense to replace this kit with something very twenty-first century. And why not replace your own kit, why wait for someone else to do it?

Maker's Mark It would be true to say that

any kit of the Spitfire is going to be scrutinized pretty intensely by the scale model community in general, let alone by Spitfire aficionados. The reviews concerning the accuracy of this model were somewhat mixed, ranging from excellent to scathing. Our editor told me about a conversation he had with someone who was livid about what he saw as unacceptable flaws in the shape, however in my opinion it looks every bit a Spitfire. There are some points where the model is not accurate, however I feel we have let ourselves become distracted as modellers by this obsession with absolute accuracy. Or rather the idea that a slavish devotion to it MUST be exercised by every modeller, and heaven help those who are not overly concerned with it. No one has ever been mentally or

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physically traumatised by a model kit, so why anyone feels the issue warrants such passion is beyond me (and your editor as well! ED). Upon opening the box and taking a look at what is on offer, what makes an immediate impression is the superb surface detailing. The panel lines are crisp and refined and the riveting is appropriate for the scale. Straight away it is apparent that the surface detail will look great after a wash. Upon closer examination there are a few areas that can be changed if you feel the need to as we will see further on in the article. These are not fatal flaws and require only a moderate investment of either time to scratch-build or the money to replace with aftermarket

products. Without a doubt the ace up the sleeve of this kit is the price. It costs even less than some smaller kits. So even with the purchase of any further upgrade sets you are not approaching half the price of some other Spitfire models in this scale. Overall, this kit makes a great first impression and without a doubt will be a top seller for years to come.

Reaching for Perfection It did not take long for aftermarket products to become available for the areas of this kit that could be improved upon if you want the perfect Spitfire Mk IIa. Some of these are not immediately apparent, whereas others will be obvious to even those with a passing

knowledge of the Spitfire. Roy Sutherland of Barracudacast has addressed these issues with beautifully cast sets of resin upgrades. In particular, the seat is the main item that needs attention and is highly visible if the door is to be posed open. The kit cockpit is well detailed, however you can also add a few extra details with the second of his sets, which includes stencils - making for a very busy looking cockpit. Also available separately is the non-crowbar door. The larger of the sets deals with the wing area and provides us with fabric ailerons and more refined and more accurate

shaped radiator and cooler housings. Adding these parts was as easy as putting the rest of this beautifully engineered kit together. The only surgery I had to perform was the removal of a small section to allow the radiator to sit inside the wing.

The Mask No review of a kit is complete without consideration of the decals. Fortunately in this case I had a set of Montex masks for the old Revell kit and found that the markings are a perfect fit for this kit as well. So the only decals I used from the sheet were the stencils and they performed very well, were in perfect register and had a thin carrier film. The other markings are also of a high quality and good colour saturation as is

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Although it is good from the box, the cockpit benefits from additional detailing and stencils to make it stand out, particularly with the access door open.

Both the kit and the upgrade sets are outstandingly engineered. I found no need for filler other than a small amount on the underside wing root.

Some sobering words about health and safety when working with resin: wear a mask, and I usually wet-sand to keep the dust down.

The Barracudacast sets are sublime. The only area where I needed to perform kit surgery was a small hole to accommodate the radiator under the cowl. I decided to go back to weathering basics with this kit and used post-shading for the paintwork to give a contrasting faded effect.

Montex Masks require a different set of skills from decals and take more time to apply, however the results are well worth it. Exercise care when positioning as once you have sprayed they are on for good and it would be a lot of work to repair a mistake.

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If you are careful when removing them, the masks can be re-used on another project. A small amount of seepage where you get raised details is inevitable.

Blu Tack ‘sausages’ are an effective and quick means of masking camouflage. I fill the space with ‘Copydex’ to complete the masking process.

Any seepage can be tidied up or will disappear when weathering.

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typical of Revell decals. I highly recommend having a go at painting the markings on your models as it is such a satisfying feeling and has many advantages. When admirers tell you how much your decals look real and painted on, you can tell them “they are”. You can also achieve realistic weathering effects as you weather the model. Often weathering of decals can look like something of an afterthought. My choice of the two available marking options explains the title of this article as this particular aircraft has a fascinating and ongoing

history which I discovered from a quick internet search.

Total Re-tool This is a brilliant production by Revell and how they do it for the price is astonishing. Apart from a few minor areas which have already been addressed very skilfully by Roy Sutherland, this is a very accurate representation of an early Spitfire, not to mention it is also the only game in town in this scale. This trend by manufacturers of retooling their older kits in order to bring

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them up to date with contemporary expectations is one I personally hope continues apace. Let us hope Revell continue in this vein as there are one or two more of their older 1:32 kits that would benefit from this treatment. If you have not already done so, go add yet another Spitfire to your collection; with this one you will not regret it and you can afford it.

Recommended Reference: SAM Combat Colours 8; Supermarine Spitfire in WWII, £15.00 Availability: Guideline Publications www.guidelinepublications.co.uk

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Sjon van der Heiden has been busy with what must be one of the most unusual planes ever to grace the skies, the McDonnell XF-85 Goblin.

McDonnell XF-85 Goblin Availability: Special Hobby stockists via www.cmkkits.com Hannants www.hannants.co.uk Scale: 1:48 Stock Code: SH48003 Paints used: Humbrol: 72002 Polished Aluminium 23 Duck Egg Blue 33 Black 56 Aluminium 67 Tank Grey 76 Uniform Green 78 Cockpit Green 80 Grass Green Weathering Agents: Tamiya: Weathering Master set A Noch Weathering powders

Parasite Programme

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hen the plans for the giant B-36 bomber were first conceived in the middle of the Second World War, it was soon apparent the USAAF lacked any fighter which would be able to match the incredible range of the proposed plane, thus leaving it vulnerable to fighter intercept. One of the more radical ideas considered was the use of remotely piloted aircraft as an escort, although ultimately the idea of carrying a fleet of ‘parasite’ fighters inside the bomb bays of several of the bombing group planes was thought to be the most viable solution. When confronted with hostile interceptors, the escorts could be deployed to defend the bombers. McDonnell’s first proposal to

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this USAAF requirement was the Model 27, a fighter intended to be carried half exposed under the belly of the bomber. However, due to the expected extra drag, this design was rejected. In 1945, the extensively redesigned Model 27D was submitted. The XF-85 was a diminutive, egg-shaped plane with folding wings and a forked tail assembly, to allow it to fit completely inside the bomb bay of the B-36. Its empty weight was only about 1,800 kg, and it carried only 420 litres of fuel, just enough for its intended 30 minutes of combat endurance. The plane's armament consisted of four 0.50 in machine guns, mounted in the sides of the fuselage. The XF-85 was to be lowered from the B-36’s bomb bay by means of a trapeze in order to

be launched. Suspended by its retractable nose-hook, the engine would be airstarted, and once unhooked, the plane would be on its way. Since it lacked any sort of landing gear the plane would have to approach the bomber from underneath and re-hook with the trapeze to be recovered inside the B-36's bomb bay. During the test program the prototype was outfitted with a central skid just in case of an emergency landing, which proved not to be a redundancy, as we soon shall see.

Test Flight Catastrophe Since the intended aircraft to carry the XF-85, the B-36, was not yet operational at the time of the test flights, a B-29 Superfortress was modified to serve as a mother ship. After

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several tests where the XF-85 was evaluated while riding underneath the plane still attached to the trapeze, it finally made its first free flight on the 23rd of August, 1948. Test pilot Edwin Schoch achieved speeds up to 400 kph and later reported the plane's handling to be satisfactory. It was not until he tried to rehook when things turned disastrous. Due to the turbulence of the mother ship and the air cushion created between the two aircraft because of the close proximity, the recovery proved to be extremely difficult. On his fourth attempt he miscalculated his approach and struck the trapeze violently. The canopy was crushed and he was narrowly able to belly land the stricken plane at Muroc's dry lake bed near Edwards AFB. After this, several modifications were made, and

after further attempts on the 14th of October, Schoch was finally able to make his first successful hook-up. The procedure remained extremely difficult, especially now that the temporary aerodynamic fairing around the nose hook had been removed. On his fifth free flight he once again struck the trapeze, this time breaking the nose-hook, forcing another belly landing at Muroc. Even more alterations were carried out, but none of them really solved the problems experienced while trying to rehook with the mother ship. In flight the XF-85 Goblin proved easy to fly and recoverable from spins, although the expectation of exceeding speeds of 1,000 kph was never met. Despite redesign proposals by McDonnell the USAF finally cancelled the project on the 24th of October 1949, with only two airworthy

To fit inside the parent aircraft’s bomb bay, the XF-85’s wings folded up. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The Goblin on a test flight over Muroc Dry Lake (later Edwards Air Force Base), Calif. On one test flight, the canopy shattered when it hit the trapeze, and Schoch made an emergency landing. (U.S. Air Force photo)

46-0524 during the recovery operation. (Goleta Air & Space Museum still taken from XF-85 Initial Flight)

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Since the photograph shows one of the side panels taken off, I had to open up the fuselage and scratch build the visible portion of the jet engine. The detail in the cockpit looks impressive, but it is mostly spurious. The ejection seat’s armrests were missing and adding them will help in hiding most of the sidewalls.

The engine may be far from accurate, although once inside it will do just nicely.

Cutting up the vacu-formed canopy was nerve-wracking, to say the least. It is not a difficult task, just time consuming.

With the layer of Humbrol 72002 freshly added, this model could easily be mistaken for a toy.

Careful polishing with toothpaste will reveal the underlying, slightly darker layer of Humbrol 56. This creates a very lifelike depth in the finish.

It will only take about ten minutes to fabricate a radiator and its fan but the impact on the completed tug is enormous. The trailer is offered in resin. It is very clunky and has a terrible fit. Most of the flanges are short-shot or missing, and it turned out to be very time consuming to get this little kit up to spec. 68 W W W. S C A L E A I R C R A F T M O D E L L I N G . CO. U K

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prototypes built. If an experienced test pilot like Schoch found it near impossible to re-hook this aircraft, it was thought inconceivable for an ordinary airman to succeed. But the XF85 had another, more fatal flaw. Its performance was mediocre at best, and it was thought the plane would be no match for the contemporary jet fighters it would have to oppose. By the time the project was cancelled, in-flight refuelling of more conventional fighters appeared a far more promising solution to the long-range problems.

Bare Metal

absolutely nothing about the XF85 when I saw my first picture of the Goblin. All that I knew was that I just had to model it! And guess what? Special Hobby made one in 1:48th scale. However, this aircraft came with one, albeit serious downside for a brush painting modeller: Natural Metal Finish… As a brush painter I had always managed to shy away from these shiny finishes. I even considered doing this one as a “What-if” in early 1950’s colours, just so that I could avoid my metallic paints. But that was before I discovered a nasty dent in the otherwise perfectly vacformed canopy. I tried to get a replacement from the people at MPM but, as I already feared, they did not carry

any spares for this 15-year old kit. Ironically though, it was this dent that sparked the idea for what I thought was going to be a neat diorama. If I was to cut up the canopy I could display the plane as it had just made its emergency landing onto the dry lake bed. I still had an airfield tractor in the stash I could place beside it, where it was making its rendezvous to load the damaged Goblin onto its trailer.

Short Run There is little to report construction-wise. There can be no doubt this is an early era limited-run kit, with ill-fitting, warped parts and

overly thick sprue gates. Be sure to keep some filler within easy reach. The accompanying resin parts, however, look absolutely great. The one-piece cockpit tub is a real marvel, even though the detail looks nothing like the few pictures I could find of the real thing. The most glaring mistakes were taken care of with some metal wire and plastic sheet. The only other alteration was the removal of a very curious, rather large, perfectly rectangular “beam” on the bottom of the seat, just in front of the lap belts.

Stressed Skin If I was going to do an overall Aluminium finish, I figured I could not escape from adding a stressed skin effect. Without it, the plane would always look a bit

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48TH FEATURE BUILD REFERENCE toy-like. The idea is to create a minute indentation along pretty much every line of rivets, so the finished surface will look a bit wobbly. On a flat and weathered surface this would barely be noticeable, but on a highly reflective one, like bare aluminium, it would be sorely missed. The technique of scraping and sanding is pretty straightforward, albeit very time consuming. Once every surface was polished, I riveted all of the sub-assemblies. With all the major pieces glued in place, I primed the model with matt Grey enamel so the dry brushed metallics would have something to adhere to. First a layer of Humbrol 56 Aluminium, followed by a layer of the slightly lighter Metalcote 72002 Polished Aluminium. With the help of a bit of toothpaste, this last layer can be polished to a brilliant sheen. But on its own, this last layer would once again create a bit of a toy-like appearance. If you carefully polish through it, all the way down to the 56, to let it shine through ever so slightly, the finish will acquire some real depth and will render the patchy appearance of oxidised aluminium quite realistically. The decals were put straight onto the Metalcote and performed flawlessly. With the help of Micro Set and Sol the carrier film was now absolutely indiscernible.

Mandatory Scratching Some very eye-catching parts will have to be scratchbuilt, the most obvious one being the central skid. I made a small jig and glued two strips of plastic to one another around this. Once fully cured they preserved their shape quite reasonably. Judging from photographs the skid's attachment points are not nearly as complicated as Special Hobby’s instructions will have you believe.

Ground Work To recreate the scene where the crashed Goblin is being attended to, I built Tamiya’s Moto Tug that I still had lying about, and several figurines from my stash. Only one of them is actually American, but cunningly swapped headgear and appropriate colours for their

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uniforms took care of that problem. The Moto Tug is a wonderful little kit. I did spruce up the engine compartment with some metal wire and a custom made radiator fan, as it would look positively barren without these additions. With a hobby knife I made some dents in the bodywork, and careful painting further enhanced the worn-out look I was after.

now firmly holds them in place. A wash with very salty water provided a nice sparkle, and to refine the rims I added a slight amount of pure salt after I had put all the models in place. The last things I added were some 'Perspex' shards on the bottom of the seat and cockpit floor.

To fabricate the dried salt bed I put a thin layer of modelling powder on a piece of MDF. When this was still wet, I added grains of fine quartz sand with the help of a toothpick to create the hexagonal dried salt rims. Despite the modelling powder being rather tacky, just about every last one of the grains detached when I brushed on the first layer of off-white. Using the paintbrush as a broom, I got most of them back in their original position, and the cured paint

I really enjoyed this one. Special Hobby is to be commended for giving us the opportunity to model such an esoteric subject. Being limitedrun, it is not for the beginner, that is for certain. And the fact you will have to scratch build some very eye catching parts does not alleviate things either. However, I for one am more than willing to put up with all that, just so I could have a quarter scale rendition of this wonderfully weird looking aeroplane in my collection.

Ultimately Enjoyable

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Nino Gakovic takes the opportunity to build the recently released 1:72nd scale Airfix Blenheim Mk I in Croatian markings with a little help from Xtradecal.

Bristol Blenheim Mk I Availability: Airfix stockists worldwide via www.airfix.com Scale: 1:72 Stock Code: A04016 Price: £14.99 Author's Additional Investment: Xtradecal stockists via Hannants www.hannants.co.uk Xtradecal X72202; Bristol Blenheim I & If (Part 1) RAF, FAA & Foreign Operators Montex Masks; SM72224 Paints used: Revell: 32 360; Fern Green 361 15; Yellow Humbrol: 65; Aircraft Blue Vallejo Model Air 016; US Dark Green 029; Dark Earth Gunze Sangyo: H27; Tan Weathering Agents: Ammo by Mig Jimenez: 1610; Tan Grey PLW, 1612; Green Brown PLW 1616; PLW Orange Brown True Earth: TETF 13; Grey/Blue Ageing

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he story of Croatian Blenheims begins in 1937, when Yugoslavia purchased two Blenheim Mk Is from the United Kingdom. It also acquired a licence from Bristol to produce additional Blenheims. These machines bore numbers 1501-1508. aircraft. By 1940, some 40 airframes had been built at the Ikarus factory in Zemun. As war was spreading throughout Europe, a further 20 used aircraft were purchased from Britain. During Nazi Germany’s invasion in April of 1941 most of the Yugoslavian Air Force was destroyed, although some aircraft were captured in decent condition. Germany later sold these captured aircraft to its allies, including the newly established Independent State of Croatia, which obtained eight

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These Blenheims were used by the Croatian Air Force mostly in the counterinsurgency role. As the war continued their operational effectiveness deteriorated, mostly due to a lack of spare parts. The exact fate of each airframe is somewhat disputed, but by the end of the War virtually all

had been destroyed as a result of partisan raids and devastating Allied bombings. However, the fate of the particular aircraft I have chosen to build for this article is known. 1506 was used by its crew in an attempt to defect to neutral Turkey in 1942. While they managed to reach the Turkish mainland, they crash landed near Izmir before they could find a runway.

Doing it Right The kit's sprues are beautifully moulded, with very

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fine details and precise panel lines. The instructions are straightforward and the fit is mostly flawless. That said, assembling the cockpit is not without challenges. Airfix have designed the moulds so both the Blenheim Mk I and Mk IV can be produced from them, the primary difference between the two being the cockpit. Therefore, the cockpit needs to be assembled separately and then connected to the fuselage, leaving a large gap to be filled. Additionally, the fit of the clear parts is not as precise as the rest of the model. Firstly the clear parts were masked with Bare-Metal Foil and the cockpit and fuselage joined. It was only after I had primed the model that I realised the size of the

mismatch at the canopy/fuselage seam. It was at this point that I was reminded of something my father said: “Do it right, or do it twice”. I removed the clear parts from the fuselage, removed the paint, then polished them and started over. In the meantime, the editor had sent over some Montex masks, which meant that the painfully slow masking process was eliminated, as the Montex pre-cut set has masks both for the interior and exterior of the canopy. The problem with the fit was overcome after removing the small windows from the clear parts, which are supposed to fit in openings in the back of the cockpit. This allowed me to properly align the cockpit with the fuselage and, after fairing in the seam, use Microscale Kristal Klear to recreate the windows.

There are some minor details from the engine cowlings that need to be removed to build a proper Mk I. The intake pipes and cube-like shape on top of the engines only belong on the Mk IV, as well as the little gap on the engine gills. These are only minor modifications, but it would have been nice if Airfix had mentioned them in the instructions. The wings and tail section fit superbly to the fuselage. Other than the cockpit-to-fuselage seam, the only area requiring any putty was the bomb bay doors, as I chose to depict them closed. When building a Yugoslavian-made Blenheim, some more details need to be taken into account: • The “V” shaped frames on the landing gear doors, that prevented engine oil dripping onto the tyres did not exist in Yugoslav machines. •

The back of the

pitot tube was round • They lacked the venturi tube and had different antennas.

Paint Research Once assembled, the model was primed and pre-shaded in preparation for painting. I did not anticipate any complications, as it is a well established opinion that Croatian Blenheims kept a standard RAF camouflage. My biggest dilemma was whether to paint it in scheme A or B. Therefore, I asked other modellers in Croatia which scheme would be better, at which point a recently published book focusing entirely on Yugoslav Blenheims was brought to my attention. It contains a detailed explanation of the differences between Blenheims built

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in Yugoslavia, and ones purchased from the UK. Yugoslavian-built Blenheims received the standard RYAF three-colour scheme, while most purchased from the UK kept their RAF camouflage. Rather than trying to guess colours from one existing old photo, the aforementioned structural differences enabled me to identify 1506 as a Yugoslavian-built Blenheim. Before entering service, most Croatian Blenheims went through an exhaustive overhaul, depending on the condition in which they were captured. If they were repainted during this overhaul remains a subject for future research, but this Blenheim was, in my opinion, more likely to have had RYAF than RAF camouflage. To compound the dilemma, there is little available data on Yugoslav standard colours. It is known that Yugoslavia produced its own paints, but also imported large quantities from the United Kingdom. Sometimes they only added Tan to the existing RAF camouflage. As I already had everything prepared, I used Dark Earth, Dark Green and Tan from my paint stash to recreate the RYAF camouflage.

Markings Xtradecal provides decals

for this aircraft. They are great in terms of quality but unfortunately not absolutely accurate. There are some minor flaws in the shape of Croatian coat of arms, which should be more rounded at the bottom, and they have a slightly mismatched font for the registration number. The latter is understandable, given that finding the correct font for the Croatian Air Force would be next to impossible and the difference is marginal. However, the biggest flaw is the size of the markings on the wings. The standard size for the wing markings was one third of the wing width at the place where they were positioned, while the ones from Xtradecal are twice that size. Also note that the instructions say there should be markings on the upper sides of both wings, however Croatian aircraft bore markings only on the upper side of the starboard wing.

Weathering Washes were applied after a coat of gloss varnish, as well as a Tan-based filter to blend in the decals. One thing I noticed while looking at Blenheim photos was a large amount of oil leaking from the engines. This

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effect is easily recreated using artists' oils, and faded with a brush slightly dampened with white spirit. Just a few quick passes with the airbrush with a heavily diluted Dark Brown paint to

simulate exhaust stains and the weathering was done.

Conclusion This new Airfix Blenheim met all of the expectations I had. Other than the tricky fit of the canopy, the model practically builds itself. Even the cockpit issues are understandable, as it is natural for Airfix to try to get as many variants from one moulding as possible. The Xtradecals are excellent and the problems with the font of the codes and sizes of markings are minor issues. They present an opportunity to build a unique and striking Blenheim, and the only time you are likely to receive a critique on them would be when visiting a modelling show in Croatia

Recommended Reference: Leadensky Books; Bristol Blenheim the Yugoslav Story Availability: Leadensky Books stockists via leadenskybooks.com

We Recommend: www.scaleaircraft conversions.com www.hannants.co.uk & www.oxoniansplastic fantastic.co.uk SAC72094; 1:72 Bristol Blenheim Mk I Metal Landing Gear (Airfix 2014), £13.50

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Chris Fleet runs headlong into his first 1:32 WWI project, taking on the rather impressive Wingnut Wings Fokker Eindekker.

Fokker E.I Early Availability: Wingnut Wings stockists via www.wingnutwings.com Hannants www.hannants.co.uk Scale: 1:32 Stock Code: 32021 Price: £69.99 Author's Additional Investment: HGW132536; 1:32 Fokker E.I Laser Cut Seat Belts, £8.99 MR32023; 1:32 Spandau LMG.08/15 (x 2), £10.30 Aviattic Fokker E.I Cowling, £4.75 Gaspatch Turnbuckles, £11.50 Paints used: Tamiya: XF-19 Sky Grey, XF-22 RLM Grey, XF-60 Dark Yellow, XF-68 NATO Brown, XF-76 Grey Green, XF-78 Deck Tan, Weathering Agents: Winsor & Newton’s Artists Oils: Raw Umber & Payne’s Grey MIG Weathering Pigments: P226; Fresh Mud

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ingnut Wings. A name that in recent years has become synonymous with quality and thoroughly researched kits. Down to the fabulous artwork on the box and the all-in-one reference that is the instructions, these kits have set a new standard in our hobby. One problem though, and it is a problem that will inevitably send some modellers running for the hills, is the fact that Wingnut currently cater solely for the 1:32 World War One market. Such is the nature of WWI kits, this usually means a lot of rigging, and plenty of new techniques to master such as wood grain, stretched fabric, struts, biplane construction and so on.

Despite being a novice when it comes to 99% of these techniques, such is the allure of these fantastic kits, my collection of the Wingnut Wings series has been steadily growing. With this year marking the

centenary of the start of WWI, I have finally been provided with more than enough

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motivation to run headlong into my first WWI aviation project.

Where Better to Start? With the release of the Fokker E.I in October of 2013, we finally got our hands on what is probably one of the most ground-breaking aircraft in history that revolutionised aerial combat in those early dark days of the war. What was so revolutionary? Up until the inception of the E.I, all aircraft involved in the conflict relied on either an observer with their own machine gun, or a wing mounted machine gun that the pilot fired over his head. Not the most accurate way to reap havoc upon your enemy. This is where Anthony Fokker stepped in, with his ground-breaking interrupter mechanism that allowed the machine gun to actually fire through the spinning

propeller blades, at intervals that allowed the projectiles to pass through the gap in propeller revolutions.

This permitted the pilot to point his aircraft at his target. The rest, as they say, is history. This wing-warping monoplane appears to be quite a simple introduction to the world of WWI modelcraft, compared to its complex biplane brethren, so what better place to get started!

Multi-Grain Upon opening the box, the pile of plastic looked rather daunting, as there is quite a lot to the model. After a perusal of the instructions, however, and a close examination of the parts on the sprues, my fears were allayed as this would simply be a matter of assembling delicately detailed parts in a logically laid-out process. The first task was to learn how to create a realistic wood grain effect. After a bit of research and quizzing SAM’s expert in this field, Dai Williams, I settled on using a base colour, overpainted with a thin layer of oil paint. In the kit you are

provided with an option of three propeller types. I chose two to practice on originally, testing the combination of base colour and top oil colour. In the end, a base colour of Tamiya XF-59 Desert

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Yellow, followed by a thin coat of Klear and then a mixture Raw Sienna and Burnt Umber oils painted over the top gave the desired wood tone. To create the wood grain, a flat brush is gently dragged along the surface of the propeller. This reveals a grain pattern. You can then keep going over the grain with broad continuous brush strokes, whilst cleaning the brush of the oil paint between strokes, to achieve the desired effect. Use your references to see how the grain actually looked, and try to emulate what you see. Stiff bristles can give a more contrasting effect, whilst a wide flat brush will give a softer grain. Experimentation is all part of the fun. Once the oil paint has cured for a couple of days, the finish can be sealed in with your varnish of choice. In this case, five coats of Klear gave a lovely lustre onto which the decals could be placed.

an aesthetic finish applied at the factory, to perhaps hide some blemishes in an imperfect sheet of metal, and would also hide any future marks that would occur in use. What this does do, however, is provide another challenge in recreating the effect on a plastic or resin part. Having cleaned up the replacement cowling produced by Aviattic to replace the kit part, I again set to experimenting with finishes. Wanting a good aluminium base, Mr Color Metal Aluminium was airbrushed onto the part and buffed to a shine. Although this looked good, when applying the machined 'squiggles' by hand, I couldn’t find a suitable contrasting metal shade to give a good representation of the effect. Therefore I decided to strip the Mr Color and start again, this time

using Alclad Duraluminium. Once dry, a coat of Klear was applied to protect the Alclad. This time I used the Mr Color Aluminium to hand paint random squiggles over the surface with the contrast between the two shades being more than sufficient in recreating a convincing effect. Be patient with the squiggles, is the best advice I can offer. A random pattern, with no overlapping strokes, is what is needed. A fine brush, or very fine airbrush skills can be used as you wish, but as I said earlier, experiment with what works best for you.

Methodical Approach The cockpit is a pretty straightforward affair, with ample opportunity to practice the lessons

This was also my first opportunity to try out the new rigging thread from Uschi van der Rosten (available in the UK through Albion Alloys). Using a stretched piece of sprue to apply some thin CA to the rigging points allowed the thread to be attached and stretched in no time at all. The entire cockpit structure was rigged in about 30 minutes! Suddenly, my confidence for the rigging stage later on was building. After all the lovely detail was finished, the fuselage halves were joined. Not unexpectedly, although unusually compared to more modern aircraft, a lot of that work remains

Machined Metal One of the most distinguishable features of the E.I is its beautifully machined metal cowlings surrounding the 80HP Oberursel U.0 engine. Similar effects you may be familiar with were seen on the cowlings of the record breaking 'Spirit of St Louis' flown by Charles Lindbergh in his cross-Atlantic flight. This effect is essentially

before, albeit with the mixture of the oil paints being varied slightly, to add some tonal variation throughout the model. After all, not all cuts of wood look the same, do they? Following the instructions and being methodical in the order in which the parts are painted is the order of the day here.

learned with the metalwork and wood finishes. The wood grain technique was used in exactly the same method as

highly visible through the opening, a combination of the Fokker design and the scale of the model. Because of this, some

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Wood Grain Experiment

My initial wood grain experiment was carried out on two of the three kit-provided props. After trying two 'Ochre' style colours, I settled on the lighter as a base.

Before any of the oils can be applied, the surfaces are coated in a clear acrylic varnish that not only protects the base paint, but also helps the oils 'flow' across the blade.

A mixture of Siennas and Raw Umber were blended to create a realistic wood tone and brushed onto the prop in a deliberate motion, moving away from the hub.

After leaving the oils on the prop for about an hour, the excess was removed, following the same pattern as the paint was applied, gradually increasing its translucency, leaving a grainy finish.

As you can expect, the cockpit is another example of impressive engineering on the part of Wingnut Wings. Rigging the structure's bracing wires was an easy introduction to rigging the rest of the model.

The HGW harness was an impressive addition to the model; the fabric belts were easily posed and added a heightened sense of realism.

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Metallic Experiment

The first attempt for the metallic finish used Mr Color Aluminium as a base, however Alclad is not suitable for brushing, therefore the original base was stripped and Alclad substituted as the base.

After protecting the Alclad with gloss acrylic varnish, the Mr Color Aluminium was brush painted on, in non-connecting random patterns.

The two colours were the perfect foil for each other as the contrast was clearly visible.

Master Model of Poland produce a spectacular Spandau set in turned brass and etched metal.

AK Interactive Streaking Grime is easy to work with and an effective way of weathering surfaces. After applying the enamel liquid in rough streaks, the Grime is worked in using a wide, flat brush.

The oils are applied in much the same way; unthinned and straight onto the surface. The Payne’s Grey is then worked into 'staining' using a flat brush lightly dampened with white spirit.

The undersides received far harsher weathering, particularly around the engine. The undersides of the wings, where the wheels would spray mud, received a mixture of pigments and oil paint to represent the mucky deposit.

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fabric belts from HGW were also added, as I am not very good at detail painting and not at all confident with forming the photo-etched supplied in the kit.

Boring Beige? The scheme chosen for the model was that of a machine flown by both Max Immelmann and Oswald Boelcke during August 1915. The instructions suggest either an upper wing surface colour of RLM Grey or the ubiquitous Fokker Beige. As I could find no definitive answer to the question of which it should be, I elected to go with Beige, as I thought this would be the most likely. Desert Yellow from Tamiya is the recommended match by Wingnut Wings themselves. What Beige does do, is present a great canvas onto which you can practice your weathering techniques. Period photographs provided within the instruction booklet provide a brilliant source of reference to work from. What was apparent on this machine was the oil staining on the undersides and streaking creeping up the sides of the painted fabric. This was reproduced with oil colours by 'dotting' the oil onto the surface of the model, then working the paint in using a vertical motion with a softbristled brush, dampened in white spirit.

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Spider’s Web As I had discovered during the assembly of the cockpit structure, the process of rigging is actually rather straightforward and nothing to be intimidated by. There are number of methods by which you can rig a model, however. On this occasion I went for the simplest, and that was to employ the use of eyelets. Gaspatch models have released a series of various types of turnbuckle that have been very positively received within the modelling community, as they are the first buckles to accurately represent those used on real aircraft. Once the decals had been applied to the model, and following the weathering and varnishing, the buckles were anchored in place using superglue. The rigging thread was then fed trough, and set in place with a dot of superglue directly to the eyelet. Any excess thread was subsequently trimmed away carefully with a fresh scalpel blade. Following the superb rigging diagram provided in the instructions and with reference to photographs, the

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layout of the wires can be easily interpreted.

Am I Hooked? Oh yes. Do not be put off by the prospect of assembling an apparently complex model, or in particular, a complex task like rigging a model. This project pushed me into attempting several techniques for the first time. With some patience and practice, it is easy to break through that wall of apprehension. Recommended Reference: Availability: Windsock Datafile stockists via www.windsockdata filespecials.co.uk Fokker Eindecker Compendium 1 & 2, £23.00 (each)

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Model Maker Decals Aircraft decals (military) D144008 1:144 MiG-21 Polish insignia D144027 1:144 Let L-410M/L-410MU TURBOLET Papuga/Parrot [Let L-410MA Let L-410FG Let L-410UVP] D144028 1:144 Lisunov Li-2 (Douglas DC-3) in Polish service D48024 1:48 MiG-15UTI/CS-102/SBLim-1/2 in Polish service D48025 1:48 MiG-17/Lim-5/6 in Polis service vol.1 D72024 1:72 MiG-15UTI/CS-102/SBLim-1/2 in Polish service D72025 1:72 MiG-17/Lim-5/6 in Polis service vol.1 D72027 1:72 L-410 Turbolet Papuga/Parrot D72028 1:72 Lisunov Li-2 (Douglas DC-3) in Polish service D72030 1:72 Lockheed C-130 30TH Anniversary in Belgian Air Force

Great Wall Hobby Aircraft kits (injection) GWHL4817 1:48 McDonnell F-15C Eagle MSIP II

NEW KITS A Model Aircraft kits (injection) AMU72150 1:72 de Havilland DH.60G AMU72268 1:72 Tupolev Tu-134UBL NATO code 'Crusty B' AMU72287 1:72 KALININ K5. AMU72288 1:72 Kh-28 & Kh-28E rockets NATO code 'AS-9 Kyle' AMU72289 1:72 Kamov A-7-3A AMU72299 1:72 Tupolev Tu-134AK "Balkani"

£10.30

£9.99 £9.99

£21.50 £21.50 £21.50 £21.50 £31.60 £31.60

Modelsvit Aircraft kits (injection) MVIT7214 1:72 VVA-14 Soviet experimantal hydroplane £44.99 Revell Aircraft kits (injection) RV1111 1:144 Boeing 747-8 (includes paints, glue and brush) £29.99 RV4901 1:72 de-Havilland-Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter £9.50 RV4904 1:144 Grumman E/A-18G Growler £6.50 RS Models Aircraft kits (injection) RSMI92161 1:72 Marcel-Bloch MB.152 Battle of France 1940. 4 decal variants for France RSMI92162 1:72 Marcel-Bloch MB.151 Vichy. 4 decal variants for France, Greece, Germany RSMI92163 1:72 Marcel-Bloch MB.152 Vichy 4 decal variants for France, England, Luftwaffe RSMI92164 1:72 Marcel-Bloch MB.152 Early. 4 decal variants for France RSMI92165 1:72 Yak-11 / C-11 "Moose" 5 decal variants for DDR, Austria, Germany RSMI92166 1:72 Yak-11 / C-11 "Moose" 4 decal variants for CSSR, Hungarian, Poland, Mali

£15.80 £15.80 £15.80 £15.80

Aerobonus (by Aires) Diorama accessories (resin) QAB320054 1:32 Oil drained dolly QAB480102 1:48 Fire drums QAB480103 1:48 Compressed gas bottles - nitrogen QAB480104 1:48 FOD buckets Figures (resin) QAB320066 1:32 R.A.F. fighter pilot WWII QAB720001 1:72 Soviet air force fighter pilot QAB720002 1:72 U.S.A.F. fighter pilot - Vietnam war 1960 - 1975 Miscellaneous QAB100002 90mm Mascot for Vought A-7 Corsair II - 90mm Aires Aircraft detailing sets (resin) AIRE4631 1:48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc early gun bay (Eduard) AIRE4633 1:48 IAI KFIR C2/C7 gun bay (Kinetic Model) AIRE4634 1:48 McDonnell F-101A/C Voodoo speed brakes (Kitty Hawk Model) AIRE7315 1:72 Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB control surfaces (Airfix) AIRE2197 1:32 Lockheed F-104G/S Starfighter cockpit set (M. B. GQ-7A ejection seat) (Italeri) AIRE7316 1:72 Douglas C-47 Skytrain wheels and paint masks (Airfix)

£7.85 £4.50 £6.55 £4.50 £8.55 £4.50 £4.50 £13.95

£10.20 £7.60 £7.60 £3.30 £19.60

Armory Aircraft detailing sets (etched) RPEA7212 1:72 Sukhoi Su-39 Frogfoot superdetailing set (Zvezda)

£6.50

Attack Squadron Aircraft detailing sets (resin) ASQ72027 1:72 D-704 Buddy Tank early ('60-'70) - 1pcs ASQ72028 1:72 31-300 Buddy Tank late ('80-'90) - 1pcs ASQ72033 1:72 USN 150 gal Douglas Fuel Tanks (2pcs)

£6.99 £6.99 £3.99

Brengun Aircraft canopies (vacform) BRL144103 1:144 Mikoyan MIG-15UTI Vacu Canopy (Attack Models) Aircraft detailing sets (etched) BRL72081 1:72 Bell AH-1G Cobra detail set (Special Hobby) BRL72083 1:72 Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-11/Fw 190D-13 (AZ Model)

£15.80 £15.80

£3.30

CMK/Czech Master Kits Aircraft detailing sets (etched) CMK4317 1:48 Remove Before Flight Tags (20pcs) 1/48

£3.60 £8.40 £7.60

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AMU72287 1:72 KALININ K5 kits £29.99

AMU72268 1:72 Tupolev Tu-134UBL NATO code 'Crusty B' £64.80

Set contains color photo-etched fret with 20 Remove Before Flight tags and particular attachment pins and rings used on the modern aircraft. Aircraft detailing sets (resin) CMK4307 1:48 Lockheed F-104G/S (European version) underwing fuel tanks (2 pcs) CMK4311 1:48 ReceLite reconnaisance Pod (1 pcs) Recelite Day/Night electro-optical reconaisance pod (Carl Zeis optics) CMK4313 1:48 Taurus KEPD 350 Long-Range Air-to-Surface Misile (1 pcs) CMK4315 1:48 GBU-12 Paveway I Laser Guided Bomb (2 pcs) CMK4316 1:48 GBU-24 Paveway I Laser Guided Bomb (2 pcs) CMK5096 1:32 Lockheed F-104G Interior set European version with C 2 seat. CMK7301 1:72 RecceLite reconnaissance Pod (1 pcs) CMK7310 1:72 BAC/EE Lightning F.2A Control surfaces

£5.80

PJ721131 £9.99 PJ721132 £9.99

£10.60 £15.99 £18.99 £6.40 £7.70

£7.99

NH Detail Aircraft detailing sets (etched) NHA144016 1:144 Ilyushin Il-20M Detail Set (Eastern Express)

£5.35

Pavla Models Aircraft canopies (vacform) PAVV72115 1:72 Vultee BT-13 Valiant (Admiral and AZ Models) Aircraft detailing sets (resin) PAVC72129 1:72 Martin B-57B Night Bomber cockpit (Italeri) Aircraft seats (resin) PAVS48045 1:48 WAT T-37 ejection seats for Cessna A-37A Dragonfly (Encore, Monogram , Revell and Trumpeter)

£1.65 £12.40

£6.25

PJ Productions Figures (resin) PJ321116 1:32 F-104 pilot standing 1 multipose figure. Choice between 5 heads with the different

YLF48017 1:48 Jet Provost T.3 - RAF basic training aircraft £31.60

PJ721133

types of helmets worn by the F-104 pilots (USA; Europe; Canada) [Lockheed F-104C F-104G Starfighter] (Hasegawa and Italeri) 1:48 German F-4 pilot seated in a/c Set of 1 multipose figure also suitable for Tornado 1:72 RAF pilots seated in a/c 1960's. Set of 2 figures suitable for all British jets of the 60s 1:72 RAF pilots seated in a/c 70's. Set of 2 figures suitable for all British jets of the 70s 1:72 NATO pilots seated in a/c 60's. Set of 2 figures suitable for all US jets of the 60s

ASQ72020 1:72 MQ-8B Fire Scout EZ-Set £24.99

£10.99 £4.50 £3.60 £3.60 £3.60

£12.99

Furball Aero-Design Aircraft paint masks (self adhesive) FMS001 1:48 Grumman TF-9J Cougar (F9F-8T) (Kitty Hawk Model) £5.60 FMS002 1:48 Grumman F-14A/F-14B/F-14D Tomcat (Hasegawa) £5.60 FMS003 1:48 McDonnell F-4 Phantom II (Academy kits) £5.60 FMS004 1:48 Vought F-8E Crusader (Hasegawa) £5.60 FMS005 1:48 Douglas A-3D-2 Skywarrior Vinyl Mask Set (Trumpeter) £5.60 FMS006 1:48 Grumman A-6 Intruder Vinyl Mask Set (Hobby Boss kits)[A-6A A-6E] £5.60 FMS007 1:48 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18E Super Hornet Vinyl Mask Set (Hasegawa) £5.60 FMS008 1:48 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18F Super Hornet Vinyl Mask Set (Hasegawa) £5.60 Mastercasters Aircraft detailing sets (resin) MST72017 1:72 EE/BAE Lightning T Mk.4/5 Cockpit Enhancement Set (Sword)

PJ481126

MVIT7214 1:72 VVA-14 Soviet experimantal hydroplane £44.99

JAC14404 1:144 Lippisch P.20 (2 in 1) £12.99

Plus Model Diorama accessories (injection) PMAL4037 1:48 Ladder for Mikoyan MiG-21 (Academy and Eduard kits) PMAL4038 1:48 Ladder for Mikoyan MiG-23 (ESCI and Trumpeter kits) PMAL4039 1:48 Ladder for Republic F-105B/F-105D (Hobby Boss, Revell and Monogram) PMAL4040 1:48 Ladders for Republic F-105F/F-105G (HobbyBoss, Revell and Monogram) PMAL4041 1:48 Ladder for F-16A/F-16C PMAL4042 1:48 Ladders for General-Dynamics F-16B/F-16D (Hasegawa, Italeri and Kinetic Model Kits)[Lockheed-Martin] Profimodeller Aircraft detailing sets (decal and etched) PF32222P 1:32 MiG-15 conversion BIS plus decal PF32224P 1:32 Mi-8/17 crane(Trumpeter) PF32220P 1:32 MiGs technical support (includes 1 x buggy, 3 x jacks, 1 x fuselage stay and 2 x oil vessels) PF32228P 1:32 MiGs Rocket LR-130 for MiG-15 bis SB and SB Aircraft guns (brass) PF32209P 1:32 Dornier Do-335 B-2 Barrell set PF32210P 1:32 Dornier Do-35 Pitot tube Quickboost (by Aires) Aircraft detailing sets (resin) QB48618 1:48 Lavochkin La-5F/La-FN control lever accessories (Zvezda) QB48619 1:48 Polikarpov U-2/Po-2 landing light and venturi tubes (ICM) QB72461 1:72 Douglas C-47 Skytrain air intakes accessories (Airfix) QB32165 1:32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb propeller with tool (Hobby Boss) QB48622 1:48 Dornier Do 215B-4 propeller with tool (ICM) QB72458 1:72 Douglas C-47 Skytrain propeller wth tool (Airfix) QB32164 1:32 Fairey Swordfish Mk.I exhaust (Trumpeter) QB48620 1:48 Dornier Do 215B-4 exhaust (ICM) QB48621 1:48 Dornier Do 217E-4/Do 217E-5 exhaust (Monogram and Revell) QB72462 1:72 Douglas C-47 Skytrain exhaust (Airfix) QB72463 1:72 Mikoyan MiG-15 gun barrels (Eduard) QB72464 1:72 Mikoyan MiG-15BIS gun barrels (Eduard)

K48057 1:48 USN Deck + T-45 Goshawk, MD-3 Tow Tractor, NC-2A Engine Starter, Fire Engine & Deck Crew £64.80

£6.40 £6.40 £6.40 £8.60 £6.40 £8.60 £7.80 £11.80 £15.75 £7.80 £23.75 £4.80

£3.30 £4.50 £4.50 £5.99

BRP72013 1:72 Zeppelin rammer £11.99

RES-IM Aircraft detailing sets (etched) RESIMP7230 1:72 Douglas EF-10B/F3D-2T2 Skyknight Detail PE set (Sword models) RESIMP7232 1:72 North-American FJ-1 Fury - Detail PE set (Valom) RESIMP7233 1:72 Douglas A-1H Skyraider - Detail PE set (Hasegawa) RESIMP7234 1:72 Grumman X-29 - Detail PE set (Hasegawa) RESIMP7241 1:72 Spitfire Mk.V - Detail PE set (Tamiya) RESIMP7246 1:72 Lockheed F-104G Starfighter (Hasegawa) RESIMP7247 1:72 Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk (HobbyBoss) RESIMP7248 1:72 Sikorsky HH-60H Rescue Hawk (HobbyBoss) RESIMP7250 1:72 Fouga CM-170 Magister (Valom) RESIM14403 1:144 Grumman F-14A/F-14D Tomcat detail set (Revell) RESIM4806 1:48 Beaufighter operator's canopy set (Tamiya) Aircraft paint masks (self adhesive) RESICM4803 1:48 for Meteor F.1 (Tamiya) £4.80 RESICM7220 1:72 for Lockheed F-104G Starfighter (Hasegawa) RESICM7221 1:72 for Grumman X-29A (Hasegawa) RESICM7222 1:72 for Douglas A-1H Skyraider (Hasegawa) RESIMG3202 1:32 Masks for Arado 196A-3 (Revell kit RV4688) RESIMG4814 1:48 Gloster Meteor F.1 Masks (Tamiya kit TA61051) RESIMG4815 1:48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb Masks (Tamiya kit TA61033)

£11.30 £9.40 £11.30 £8.80 £8.80 £10.80 £10.80 £10.80 £10.80 £15.50

SBS Model Aircraft detailing sets (resin) SBS72018 1:72 Gloster Gladiator Mk.I/Mk.II wheel set (covered) (Airfix) SBS72019 1:72 Gloster Gladiator Mk.I/Mk.II wheel set (spoked) (Airfix) SBS72020 1:72 BAC/EE Lightning wheel set (Airfix kits)[F.2A F.6] SBS72023 1:72 Bristol Blenheim Mk.I propeller set (Finnish version with VL spinner) (Airfix) SBS72022 1:72 Bristol Blenheim Mk.I propeller set (Airfix) SBS72014 1:72 Hawker Hurricane Mk.I exhaust (round) (Airfix)

£7.50

£4.40 £4.40 £4.40 £6.10 £4.40 £4.40

£2.99 £3.99 £3.90 £5.99 £5.99 £2.99

£5.99 £4.50 £3.30 £3.30 £3.30 £3.30 £2.50 £2.50

KH80129 1:48 Grumman TF-9J Cougar (F9F-8T) £3299

Scale Aircraft Conversions Aircraft detailing sets (metal) SAC24008 1:24 Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib Landing Gear (Airfix) £14.99 SAC32088 1:32 Fokker D.VII Landing Gear & Struts (Wingnut Wings) £13.50 SAC72095 1:72 Fairchild C-123B Provider landing gear (Roden) £10.50 SAC72096 1:72 Mirage III/V Landing Gear (PJ Productions kits £10.50

AMU72289 1:72 Kamov A-7-3A £16.80

AMU72268 1:72 Tupolev Tu-134UBL NATO code 'Crusty B'£64.80

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