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1/48 F-14D TOMCAT

Tamiya 1/48 Grumman F-14D Tomcat by Huw Morgan
conic 1960s and 1970s early versions by poor engine acquiring the name Tomcat the Pratt and Whitney TF30

I Navy interceptor. Radical

design vehicle. The
Epitome of US Naval
power projection. Film star.
After three decades of
reliability and operability)
with radical design features
like the variable geometry
swing wing, which enabled
high speed interception and
in line with Grumman’s
historic naming style).
A few of the more successful
ideas of the otherwise
unsuccessful F-111B were
engines developed for the
F-111B; they were to prove the
Achilles heel of the aircraft
for nearly two decades.
By 1987, major upgrades
service, the Grumman F-14 manageable carrier landing. carried forward to the new to the Tomcat were needed,
Tomcat has established what In 1968 the Navy started design, notably its variable resulting in the deinitive late-
amounts to a cult status, a new competition for a leet geometry wing, powerful model F-14D. This variant had
drawing on a fan base broader ighter, initially turning radar, and the awesome improved avionics and cockpit
than any other aircraft in the to its traditional supplier AIM-54 Phoenix long range instrumentation, the AN/APG-
last 50 years. The inal product Grumman for help. A nominal missile. Although a new 71 radar, modern NACES ejector
of the Bethpage “Iron Works”, competition led to Grumman engine was proposed for this seats, structural strengthening
the F-14 combined performance being given the go-ahead to new ighter, time constraints and most signiicantly,
with range, payload, and develop the new aircraft, to be meant that early versions new F110-GE-400 engines
strength (only diluted in its designated F-14 (and quickly (F-14A) was forced to rely on which ofered much more


The quality of the moulding, the cleverness
of the design and the execution of the
engineering all leads to an experience not
previously matched in my experience.
This is one to savour

The dramatic box art shows the VF-213

CAG bird launching from USS Theodore
Roosevelt. The war load is seen in several
operational photographs.

thrust, better fuel economy

and far less propensity
for compressor stalls.
During the deployment of
the Tomcat in the 1991 Gulf War
it was quickly realised that a
more lexible ground attack
capability was needed. The
F-14D improvements included
the ability to carry and launch
smart ground attack weapons
like laser guided bombs and
JDAM, and crucially to carry the
LANTIRN laser targeting pod.
In all, 712 Tomcats were across the hobby, despite a few
built between 1970 and 1992. gripes that it didn’t include
Its inal combat trap was many airframe options (like for the fuselage wing gloves, are interchangeable and it by
made in February 2006. dropped laps). Where the which allows the wings to be simply clicking into place.
kit scored, however, was in shown in either the spread, The latest issue of the
the quality of the moulding swept, or overswept (for upgraded F-14D variant
TAMIYA’S KIT and engineering, leading to a storage) positions. These parts loses none of that terriic
Tamiya’s 2016 issue of the sublime building experience.
new-tool Tomcat was received One feature worth noting is the
with widespread acclaim provision of alternative parts

Construction starts with the cockpit and

Tamiya provide a printed sheet of masking The fin, stabiliser, and wing halves are here it’s important to keep to Tamiya’s
tape from which the individual masks engineered so that the joint between them build sequence, and to take special care
will need careful cutting – a bit more of follows a panel line, rather than the leading over the detail variations relevant to the
The decal sheet is typically comprehensive. marking option chosen. There are no
a chore than die-cut masks, but the tape or trailing edge, which allows them to be
The VF-213 scheme I chose includes either decals for the consoles and smaller panels,
itself works superbly. There’s also a small moulded thin and sharp. The actual joint
full decals for the blue spine panels, or detail relying on careful painting and
sheet of self-adhesive foil for a couple of lines are next to invisible when assembled.
the blue and yellow edging stripes if one following the intricate instructions.
fuselage appliqué panels
chooses to paint the blue.

The main fuselage underside moulding has several sections of sprue which need to be Pilot and RIO figures are provided to sit on the rather plain NACES seats, but with this option
cut out. The precision of the overall engineering means that even these areas need to be there’s no room for belts. If the figures are left out there are rather unrealistic decals to
carefully cleaned up represent the harness.


The kit design lends itself to a modular
build. Here the front fuselage is
virtually complete.

The clever and foolproof arrangement

of the swing-wing mechanism has been (although the inclusion of the
reported on a number of times; it really is
foolproof, and bombproof. rather good pilot and Radar
Intercept Oicer [RIO] igures
is a welcome alternative);
build experience, although I and the detail on the main
confess I don’t routinely buy wheels could be sharper.
or build kits as expensive Four schemes are ofered.
as this (around £90 online); Although Tamyia’s website
however, I enjoyed it so much and the box art indicate only
that I might possibly be three, the extra one is a low- It’s necessary to open up specific holes to Having removed the internal sprues, it’s
convinced to change my ways. visibility grey machine from mount the weapon pallets according to important to clean up the gate locations
the option chosen on the internal edges of the joints between
The design and engineering VF-11 of USS Carl Vinson. main hull and nose.
really are superlative. Parts • 213, Bu No 164602, VF-213
are shaped such that there’s Black Lions, USS Theodore
absolutely no ambiguity Roosevelt, March 2006.
in their placement, the it • 164, Bu No 164342,
is virtually faultless, the VF-101 Grim Reapers,
instructions are perfectly September 2004.
clear, there’s a more than • 100, Bu No163894, VF-2
adequate selection of ordnance, Bounty Hunters, USS
there are some interesting Constellation, May 2003. At first sight the joint between front and
schemes ofered, the decals • 100, Bu No 163904, VF-11 Red rear main fuselage sections looks flimsy, The mid-fuselage joint leaves this small
but in reality the quality of the engineering step between the parts. Don’t worry, it
are goes on... Rippers, USS Carl Vinson, 1995 means it’s very secure. should be there!
If I were to be a bit picky:
the detail on the cockpit The most interesting for
side consoles is a little bit me, and the subject of the box the USS Theodore Roosevelt; from that period showing that
soft, which complicates the art, is the Commander Air it’s an overall Light Grey (FS it carried a variety of weapons,
painting; the Navy Aircrew Group (CAG) bird from VF-213 36495) scheme with a blue and the aircraft is known to
Common Ejection Seat Black Lions during the unit’s spine and rudders. There have participated in a number
(NACES) ejection seats are a bit last deployment in Operation are a number of published of ground attack missions.
simpliied and have no belts Iraqi Freedom while aboard photographs of this aircraft Tamiya’s instructions are
typically clear and include
colour references using
Tamiya’s acrylics and their
lacquer aerosols, with speciic

The canopy needs some polishing to

remove a fine seam at the rear of each
section, but can be left loose and at the
expense of some minor gapping, shown
opened or closed.



The subject of the box art, is the CAG bird

from VF-213 Black Lions during Operation
Iraqi Freedom in 2005

The Aires seats are a significant

improvement on the kit originals if
the pilot and RIO are to be left out

I enhanced the painted undercarriage legs

using lead wire for the twin brake lines.
The Aires wheels fit directly to the shaped
Each exhaust nozzle is made up of four
Tamiya axles.
parts and when assembled it’s very neat
and reasonably detailed. As presented the
nozzle shape is represented as halfway
between fully open and dilated

I added some tonal variation by using different colour primers on different sections of
airframe, but the thin coats of Mr, Hobby H338 Light Grey I was using resulted in a more
extreme effect that I wanted. Here white primer was used on the fin and grey on the fuselage.

The ability to build the kit in modules

makes painting and decalling much
more manageable.

The nozzle parts are painted with the

usual array of Alclad colours, including
Pale Burnt Metal for the variable petals.
The only place where I found a significant
The dark segments between petals are
joint to be filled was at the extreme tail. I
provided by decals as is the carbon/
used plastic strip to fill it
metallic section of the shroud. These
latter decals needed serious attention
from decal solvent, but ultimately only
responded to pressure from a hot cloth. mix ratios suggested for some and tail feathers all as separate
colours. The four schemes items, including painting,
are illustrated by full-colour decalling and weathering.
four-views, which also serve These can be done in parallel to
to show decal placement. allow glue and paint to dry and
Although the instructions brought together at the end.
show a typical build sequence, Although the kit is certainly
the kit lends itself to being built good enough to be built straight
as a series of sub assemblies; from the box, I enhanced it a
The Aires Wheeliant wheels have more the it is so good that these little by replacing the seats
definitive detail that the kit items, and can be brought together and wheels with items from
usefully are provided as separate tyres.
The only filler I used in the entire build was right at the end. I built the Quickboost (QB 48287) and
Inner and outer wheel halves allow the
on the seams of the duct bridging piece, front fuselage, rear fuselage, Aires Wheeliant (148 019).
tyre to be rotated to the right orientation
possibly more my fault that Tamiya’s.
engines, undercarriage, wings The build of the -A version



The wheel bays needed touching up with The curved scuffs were emphasised with a
Mr. Hobby H316 White after the final combination of pastel powders and water-
finish. soluble artists’ pencils.

The outer wing panels on service aircraft

often show scuff marks at the wing glove
area. With the wings fitted temporarily and
cycled back and forth I used a pencil to
define the curve of the markings
The weapons needed for each variant and
of this kit has been reported their relevant pylons are clearly described Here are the majority of sub assemblies awaiting final construction.
and are themselves small projects. I used
several times, and aside from the Sparrows, tanks, one JDAM, one
small variations, the -D is Phoenix, one GBU-12 and the LANTIRN
no diferent. I’ve chosen pod. The JDAM and Smart Bomb bodies
therefore to illustrate the were stippled with liquid plastic glue to
represent the fireproof coating seen on
build more as a photo essay naval stores.
rather than a blow-by-blow
build sequence, although
there are a number of general wash very sparingly indeed,
points worth drawing out. concentrating on opening or
The overriding aspect of moving panels, and used pastel
the build experience is the chalks in shades of grey and
precision of what must be some brown to add speciic dirtying.
of the best plastic moulding The CAG bird I was building
ever produced in the hobby. One had a bright blue spine and
is constantly amazed at how rudders, and while decals are
pieces it together, and how provided for the spine, only
much thought has obviously the superimposed stars are
gone into the engineering ofered for the rudders, so
to make the assembly as some painting is inevitable.
painless as possible. Careful Tamiya provides the ine yellow
design means that parts can’t edging stripes for the spine
be mixed up, and integral as separate decals as well as
labels and identiiers are
moulded into them.
The superb it means that
only the smallest touches
of low-viscosity liquid
cement is needed on the
majority of joints, even those
involving the assembly of
major subcomponents – for
example, the nose section/main
fuselage joint only had a drop
of cement on the upper spine
and the centre of the loor.
I had chosen to build the
VF-213 CAG bird, mainly
because of its unusual overall
light grey inish, and I wanted
a model that was not heavily
weathered but still showed
some life. I used mixes of
grey and white primers on
diferent components, before
spraying the light grey using
Mr. Hobby H338 acrylic (rather
than Tamiya’s recommended
AS -16 aerosol) in very light
coats, building from the centre
of panels to leave shadows on
panel joints. I was suiciently
happy with the end result that
I chose to use an oil paint panel



I was completely bowled

over by the build experience
offered by this kit

The access steps and ladders can be

shown deployed or closed up. There are
specific decals for each option.

part of the spine pieces. Their

recommended paint mix of
ive parts X-14 and one part
X-4 looked pretty good to me,
so I painted the whole lot.
The Tamiya’s decals
behaved very well, being both
tough and easy to handle.
I used plain water to place Weathering was kept light,
the larger ones since they relying on pastel chalks to
add some staining.
did tend to grab quickly. The
only signiicant issue I had
was with the carbon-efect
decals for the exhaust nozzle
shrouds, which are complex
shapes needing to conform to
compound curves. After several
applications of Daco Strong Red
solvent, I found that pressure
from a soft cloth soaked in hot
water was the best method of
getting the decals to settle.

I was completely bowled over
by the build experience ofered
by this kit; I know it’s been said
before, but frankly, it warrants
repeating. The quality of the
moulding, the cleverness of
the design and the execution
of the engineering all lead to
an experience not previously
matched in my years as a
modeller. This is one to savour.
Thanks to Tamiya’s UK
Importer the Hobby Company
for the supplying me with the
opportunity to build this model.




F-14A, Bu No 158627, VF-1 Wolfpack, USS Enterprise, 1974

F-14A, Miss Molly, Bu No 161621, VF-111 Sundowners,1999

F-14A, Bu No 160403, VF-41 Black Aces, USS Nimitz, 1985

F-14B, Bu No163410, VF-32 Swordsman, 1990

F-14B.Bu No 162919, VF-74 Bedevilers, NAS Oceana, 1994


F-14D, Bu No162918, VF-103 Jolly Rogers, USS John F Kennedy, 2003

F-14D, Bu No 164342, VF-31, Tomcatters, USS Theodore Roosevelt, 2008

F-14D, Bu No 164602, VF-213 Black Lions, USS Theodore Roosevelt, 2008

F-14D, BuNo 163694, VF-2 Bounty Hunters, USS Constellation, 2003




Tamiya 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6 by Floyd S. Werner, Jr.
hey cannot be serious, position, open or closed canopy, entire area was dry-brushed HOLY COW! The it is perfect.

T another 109G-6?!
Well yes, actually
another Bf-109G-6
from Tamiya, to go with the
new Eduard and Zvezda kits.
and optional tail wheels.

This model is one that I would
with RLM 02 and silver to give
the appearance of wear and
tear, before acrylic paints were
used to pick out the detail.
I added masking tape straps
I mean absolutely perfect.
Tamiya even point out that
there is a panel line on the
top and bottom, so do not
ill the tiny join line.
What can it ofer that those especially recommend that to the pedals, but these are so The beginning of the engine
can’t? Well, let’s just start you follow the instructions. far under there that you can is simple enough. If I’m being
out and say world-leading The irst thing I did was to go barely see them. The cockpit is totally honest the kit does need
Tamiya engineering. They are through them and highlight not 100% accurate but it very some plumbing in this area to
imaginative and take a unique what needed to be done for much looks the part (though make it complete, but for the
approach to ensure that the the version I was building. I wish I had added the oxygen most part it is awesome. When
model falls together and its I started by removing all the hose, even though you don’t adding the magnets that are
perfectly, and in this model a cockpit parts from the sprues. I notice it’s not there). The used to hold the cowling in
distinctive feature is the ability pre-shaded them with Tamiya cockpit was ofered up to the place, use superglue or epoxy
to swap out the open or closed Black and painted them Tamiya fuselage halves and it itted to keep them irmly in place.
cowlings. Tamiya ofers a Dark Grey. I then applied a so well that I took the pictures During the engine assembly
logical breakdown and plenty wash of lamp black artist oils of it without gluing it in. in Step 9 there is a picture of
of options, including the engine thinned with Turpenoid. This Just like that the fuselage Part B25 that has to be cut
cowlings, lap position, slat was left to dry and then the halves are brought together. to pose the cockpit canopy



Deciding whether to have

The ability to change between the opened the laps open or closed was
or closed cowlings is unique, but what is a big decision for me. After
really unique is the fit of the parts studying photos I decided to
open. Note that the part is have the laps delected down.
shown from the bottom. Once I The outboard lap could be
realized that I had no problem. this kit to come in the future, going to use them on my model. positioned either way so for
The tail surfaces were the wings have a lot of panels The wheel wells it perfectly visual interest I lowered them.
added next and they slotted and ”dots” that need to be and have a good representation There are some mould marks
together perfectly. I now illed. I used superglue and of the zipper for the liner. on the laps’ inner faces that
added the rudder as well as accelerator as iller, which With them added to the wing need to be illed and sanded
the tail wheel insert, but I makes quick work of them I painted the interior of the away prior to mounting, but
left the tailwheel of until though you do need to be wing while I had access to nothing drastic. The leading
after painting the model. careful. I also had to open up it. Mr. Paint RLM 02 was edge slats were the same way
As there are obviously going the holes for the underwing added after pre-shading and could be posed up or down.
to be a lot more variations of cannon gondolas as I was with Tamiya NATO Black. I like mine down usually and


this time was no exception.
Now that the wings were
assembled and the it was
perfect, it was time to ofer
them up to the fuselage. The
it was very good so I added
the landing gear. The way the
landing gear attaches ensures
that the angles are correct
– you would have to work
pretty hard to screw it up.
The drop tank and gondola
guns are next up. They it
perfectly and didn’t require
any iller. You could add them
at this point but I elected to
save them for later as the
guns would get in the way.
The drop tank is held in place
with a poly cap, so it can be
added or removed as desired.
In Step 24 we get to the
canopy and instrument panel,
and it’s now time to deal with shaped and are as close as
the masks. The kit-supplied can be achieved in plastic. A
masks are very nice but are not poly cap allows you to remove
precut, so I used a new Xacto the prop assembly easily.
blade and straight edge to cut If you want to display your
them out. Over the course of the model with permanently
build the ones on compound opened or closed engine
curves did lift up, but overall cowlings you can. But with
they performed well. the use of magnets, poly caps
The instrument panel is and precise engineering you
a two-part afair and ofers don’t have to choose and
a choice of two types of can change it anytime you’d
gunsights. The instruments are like, which is something
represented with decals over that is pretty unique. built up the closed cowling now
the raised detail on the panel. Building up the other engine as well. I set my opened engine
Mine it perfectly after a couple parts is easy enough. I wanted cowlings aside for the moment
of applications of Solvaset. to do a Trop version so that and used the closed one to The model was given a wipe
After a lat coat, a drop of dictated the addition of the mask the area for painting. with PollyScale Plastic Prep,
Micro Krystal Kleer was added sand ilter. I left the sand ilter With all the loose parts then Tamiya Dark Grey was
to the gauges to represent and air intake of until after the it was hard to believe that I added to the canopy frame
the glass. The mounting of decaling stage as it would make was at the painting stage; the areas to represent the cockpit
the canopy center section is painting and adding the decal model did not look like it was interior colour. Next, the
next in the instructions, but for the corrugated ilters easier. ready for painting, but it was. whole model was given a
I left this until later along The construction of the I masked of the wheel wells, coat of Alclad Grey Primer
with the antenna mast. exposed lower cowling is landing gear, cockpit and, and Microiller, and not
The prop and spinner is ingenious and very secure. as I had left of the engine surprisingly, there was very
a thing of beauty, accurate You will have to paint it before parts, the exhaust openings. little that needed a touch up.
in shape and a marvel of you assemble it but once you The model was given a
engineering. The openings see the parts breakdown it pre-shading of Tamiya Dark
for the spinner are teardrop- becomes easy enough to do. I Grey and Alclad White Primer.



Did I have fun? Oh heck yeah

and a lot of it. Tamiya have
produced another winner

in preparation for the decals. ilm disappeared with just

I have been asked what that single lat coat of paint.
airbrush I use: either a Weathering is probably
Tamiya HG or HG-SF, made one of my favourite parts of a
by Iwata and well worth model. I adjust as necessary
the money. (These are not and revisit some processes to
sold in some countries highlight them as necessary,
but are nearly identical to but as a rule here is the
others in the Iwata range, order I normally use:
available from the Airbrush • Panel line washes
Company in the UK. Ed) • Dot ilter fading
The Tamiya decals • Chips
performed very well with • Dusting
Solvaset. I did need to slice a • Exhaust
few to get them to settle down • Oil Streaks
completely into the panel lines, • Mud
but not anymore or less than The panel line wash was
other decals I’ve used. I sealed done with thinned Burnt
them in with a coat of Alclad Umber. I also use this mixture
Flat. The thinness of the decals to add little dots randomly,
was apparent when the clear paying more attention to
This marbling would be the paint scheme on the wings, I
base for the weathering of free-handed the camoulage
the model. While I had the edge with the airbrush, using
Alclad White in the airbrush Mr. Paint RLM 74, which
I used it for the theatre and sprayed perfectly. I also
light lead markings. used it to apply the fuselage
After masking the mottling. Then the mottling
appropriate areas, including was built up with some RLM
the square on the tail for the 75 to match the photos I had
swastika, I used Mr. Paint of the subject airplane.
RLM 76 for the lower surface. Tamiya doesn’t show that
Once this had dried I thought there is an RLM 02 overpainted
I’d try to use Model Master marking on the fuselage, but I
RLM 75. I sprayed it and can see it in the pictures. That
found that I didn’t like the was sprayed freehand to get a
look or the way it sprayed softer edge. Some RLM 02 was
as well as I did Mr. Paint, so added to the camoulage here
I let it dry and overpainted and there as well. The masks
it with Mr. Paint RLM 75. were removed from the white
Using Post-it notes to areas and the whole model was
establish the segmented given a coat of Tamiya Clear


the areas frequently used by fades the paint and markings,
maintenance personnel. This making them less stark.
provides random weathering. Chips are done with a few
I may thin oils more before tools. I start with a silver
doing this step, depending stamp pad and Model Master
on the environment the Magnesium, along with a silver
aircraft is operated in. Aircraft and a #2 pencil. Using the
operating from muddy ields sponge technique, the silver
get more dots than aircraft stamp pad is used to establish
operating from airields. the new shiny areas of wear and
Dot-ilter fading is an tear (I use a piece of steel wool
interesting process. I start with pad as it is more random than
three colours, buf titanium, a normal sponge). Tweezers
white titanium, and burnt and a small amount of the pad
umber artist oils. Using a put the wear where I want it.
toothpick, the buf and white Then I use the magnesium
are added as little dots to the on the leading edges and the
upper surfaces of the model. I back of the prop blades to
normally use more buf than represent wear. And inally, I
white. Buf gives a warm earthy use the pencils to put the wear
feel while the white will make it in speciic areas that I want it.
bleached out. Then a few dots of Dusting was done with an
the burnt umber are added near airbrush using heavily thinned Then I pull the airbrush over direction of airlow. This is
the exhaust areas and some key Tamiya Buf. I streak the the entire model and spray an then reined slightly inside of
maintenance points (a little ”dust” from front to back on even coat over the entire upper the area with a darker colour.
umber goes a long way). Now the wings and up to down on surface. This ”sun bleaches” Depending on how far
the model looks like it has the the fuselage. It should barely be the upper surface of the model. back you want the stain you
measles. A slightly damp clean visible and it is better to go over I previously used the dot may have to do some fresh
lat brush is then used with the areas multiple times. Don’t ilters to set up the heaviest chipping. Mig Black Smoke is
some turpenoid (white spirit) forget to do the belly as well. exhaust stains near the used right near the exhausts
to swirl the colours together. I use the airbrush and exhausts. But now I used a and carefully added to the
Once they are blended the brush create random dots and couple of Mig and AK Pigments, area around the guns to
is moved from front to back movements, kind of like I as well as Tamiya weathering represent that staining. If you
on the wings and up to down did with the marbling. I also powders to do the exhaust. don’t like it you can remove
on the fuselage. This fades use it to establish the early 109s’ exhausts get really dirty, it with a moist cotton bud.
the paint and imparts ‘”rain stages of mud thrown up by so I start with a reddish brown Oil streaks are added to the
marks” to the model. It also the wheels. Keep this subtle. and set the pattern in the belly and the lower cowling



with artist oils, such as burnt place with some Mig Thinner. where necessary. I added unique is the it of the parts.
umber, burnt sienna, and lamp Mig also produces Mud the gondolas, sand ilter Is it perfect? No, with open
black. Small dots are added Splashes Wash. I use a small intakes and antennas. cowlings there is no plumbing
where I want the stain to go. brush and a toothpick to apply Adding the hinged canopy on the engine, but I can live
Then a damp brush is used it. I set the small brush where was easy enough but I did with it. Did it require iller?
to pull the stain back where I I want it to go and then lightly have to remove the paint Yes, the kit has some panels
want it. Mig also has some oil lick the toothpick to build from the mounting stubs, that need to be illed, so if
and grease stains that I add up the mud. This is a way to as just that little bit of paint you don’t like to do that this
after I’m happy with the rest concentrate the pattern but was enough to interfere with may not be the kit for you.
of the staining. This is dragged Did I have fun? Oh heck
aft with the airlow as well. yeah and a lot of it. Tamiya
I use the Mig thinner to do
So now we have three great 1/48 scale have produced another
this, which makes the stain kits to choose from: Eduard, Zvezda, and winner. This is a phenomenal
brighter than the oils and looks Tamiya. So which is better? Sorry, I choose kit and I thoroughly
freshly leaked. Don’t forget to not to choose, I have all of them! enjoyed the entire build.
do the drop tank, which always So now we have three great
have leaked oil on them. 1/48 scale kits to choose from:
The inal bit of weathering it is not 100% perfect and the the it. That is how precise Eduard, Zvezda, and Tamiya.
is the mud. I paint the wheels random mud stains are desired. this kit is. Adding the wheels So which is better? Sorry, I
as usual, then I use some It takes practice especially and the doors brought this choose not to choose, I have all
Tamiya Buf, thinned down and around the tail wheel but it is model to a conclusion. of them in my collection and
sprayed on the circumference an essential bit of weathering. will build more of all of them.
of the tires. Then I use Mig Thanks to the Hobby
Pigments (Dried Mud and
CONCLUSION Company Tamiya’s UK
Fresh Mud) to add random
FINAL STAGES The engineering of this kit is importer for supplying
heavy build up. I have a brush Now it was time to bring it phenomenal, no doubt. The the review model.
with stubby bristles that I use all together. All remaining ability to change between the
on the tires and the landing masks were removed and opened or closed cowlings
gear doors. It is all secured in the canopy area touched up is unique, but what is really


1/32 JUNKERS D.1


Wingnut Wings 1/32 Junkers D.1 by Guy Goodwin

f you have read last it was time to move on with that a diorama; it’s essentially Cart, and Mechanic Figure (on

I month’s Part 1 article on

the Junkers D.1 diorama
– welcome back! If you
haven’t, then in summary,
I dealt with the build and
the other elements of the
diorama. This was somewhat
daunting for someone who
has not built one before –
although admittedly, I had had
just some fencing around
a wooden planked base.
Fairly soon after I started
the Junkers, a parcel arrived
from Aviattic and I pored over
close inspection, the detail on
this igure was exemplary).
Now the ingredients were all
there for my diorama cake, but
I was beginning to wonder if
painting of the Wingnut Wings a rough attempt at producing it hungrily. The parcel included the chef was up to the job.
1/32 Junkers D.1 kit (Part 1 Vol a carrier launch pad for an the Crossley Trailer (captured, The trailer in particular
24 Iss 12 is available as a back earlier magazine article on obviously, as it had of course looked beautiful, with some
issue by phoning 01234 211245). the Wingnut Wings Sopwith belonged to the Royal Flying incredible detail and just a
So jumping straight in, Camel. But I would hardly call Corps originally), German Fuel little lash to remove. This



Wingnut Wings’ excellent kit

is crying out for a diorama

CONSTRUCTION lexibility required to hold its

Cleanup was done with a mix of shape, but I didn’t fully realise
scalpel blades, ine iles and a it until I stepped back at the
drill. Care is needed as this does end when it was too late. It now
produce a lot of dust, which bugs me every time I look at the
is a bit of a health hazard, so model. But you live and learn.
I ensured I had opened up the Finally, I primed them
windows and wore a face mask. both using my lovely MRP
I very quickly constructed Fine Black Primer and
the trailer and fuel cart. These painting was next up.
do not have too many pieces;
they went together very
well and I didn’t encounter
any particular issues during I painted the trailer in a pale
assembly. I wasn’t used to green hue (as per Aviattic’s
working with resin, but it recommendation). I used the
all stuck together very well black base for shadowing, then
using a medium-viscosity a paler mix for the highlights.
cyanoacrylate (CA). I picked out the raised detail
There is an excellent with a still paler (almost white)
set of colour photographic mix using a toothpick. Then
is easy enough to remedy, fuel hose; it’s this way so as instructions on Aviattic’s a pin wash in the recesses
although it can be fairly time to be both lexible and hang website, which takes you followed by some dusting here
consuming;esprcialy the lash realistically. The only drawback through the build process very and there with dry pigments.
between the wheel spokes is it’s very delicate and if pulled nicely. I think the whole thing I was satisied enough with
springs to mind. Resin is very and stretched in any way, it’s probably took a couple of hours. the results without being overly
brittle, so a little care is needed impossible (for me at least) to My only error was that I impressed with my eforts. I
to not snap or damage parts. get it back into shape. So in the didn’t (i.e. forgot) anneal (heat think we all struggle at times
The fuel tank is equally end, I replaced this part with to glowing then plunge in cold to conquer the slightly negative
beautifully cast with some very some soft black wire that was water) the photo-etch (PE) mindset when assessing our
detailed small parts, including easier to conform to the model. fenders, so the arch has ended own eforts. I do at least.
a metal (like a tight spring) up a bit “lat”. It just lacks the The fuel cart was primarily


painted with Alclad metallics case, I don’t think they match
– a base of Aluminium with up with the inished model –
some Magnesium and Dark but as this was a diorama, I
Aluminium lowlight. The didn’t think I could wriggle
pipework is brass and the out of it. Don’t get me
metal wheel rims and the wrong, I like a igure to
rim of the tank are Humbrol set of a model – I just
polishing metallics; I love wish I was better at it!
these – brush-paint on, wait So after a base
ive minutes, then polish with of my MRP primer
my Dremel drill and a polishing I followed up with
pad (gently and at the lowest a thin overspray
possible speed). It’s like metal of the base colours
magic! The photos don’t quite (from the Vallejo
capture the look, but to me, it range), spraying
appears just like worn metal. from above and hoping I was
leaving a little shadowing in it could end up looking like a
the recesses. I then painted in pile of unconnected bits! I was
GO FIGURE the shadows by hand, trying to still at a stumbling block of I originally imagined my
Whilst waiting for the diorama blend as much as possible with how to proceed from here. If I diorama inside a hangar – a
base elements to arrive, I the brush and a dip of thinner. used all my little extras it was dirt lat loor with two hangar
thought I may as well bite the Highlights next and that going to look too much of a walls on a corner, but I couldn’t
bullet and make an attempt at was pretty much it. It didn’t jumble, so I ended up thinking ind anything commercially
painting the mechanic. Figures take long and is clearly not a that less may be more. for the walls that would look
are not my forte and, in my pro job but for all that, I was I decided I would have like the inside of a WW1 hangar.
pleased enough with him. to be very selective of what I didn’t think I could build
At any rate, I reckon I could goes where, as I wanted some one from scratch efectively
try another 10 times and I deinite composition that enough; hence, after some
don’t think I could do it any hopefully would tell a story. Google-inspired research I
better. He probably wouldn’t found the Diodump factory
stand up under scrutiny or wall and gate set. Perhaps not
would certainly stand out quite what I had originally
for the wrong reasons in a
igure painting competition,
but for all that, I don’t think
he disgraces the Junkers.
It’s worth noting the igure
comes with three heads; I
didn’t like one, but painted the
remaining two to see which
one I preferred. And at least
I had a backup just in case.
So, I had a trailer, fuel cart,
igure, aircraft, a huge pile of
assorted items from Aviattic,
and my spares box to add, but
I was getting concerned that


intended but it at least looked
like a plausible backdrop.
The Diodump resin set was
excellent. As for painting, I
really wasn’t quite sure how to
go about it. In the end, rightly
or wrongly and after cleaning
and priming, I opted to paint
it the colour of the mortar and
then hand paint the bricks
with assorted colours.
So I started the rather
tedious task of painting each
brick by hand. This looked OK to
me and after a few afternoons
I inished up by blending it
all together with a wash. The I had already decided the the scene without it looking applying it directly onto the
factory doors were painted a Junkers would be packed onto too busy and unnatural. base seemed a bad idea as the
rusty brown, dappled with a the trailer, probably in parts The crate is really quite moisture seeps into the wood,
lighter rust shade (Vallejo here). and I wanted her tied down a simple afair, using a thin causing the plaster to crack
Next came a ine coat of for transportation. The period walnut veneer sheet for the and warp the wooden base.
hairspray, followed by a dark photos show tie-down straps planks, and a dot of white glue, However, I couldn’t really
green top coat. This was – not rope – straps. I racked followed by a drop of dark grey see how else I could produce
allowed to dry for around my brains and scoured the applied with a toothpick for what I had in mind without
20 minutes before gentling web but in the end, I couldn’t the nails. A little dust here and doing this. If it were to crack
stippling with a stif brush come up with anything that I there with pigments to inish I’d basically be stuck, but as I
to remove the green paint to thought would look convincing. and it looked quite efective. didn’t have any experience in
produce a distressed look. A Fail. So rope it had to be. this ield it would have to be
gentle degree of streaking with I used a ine modelling rope a process of trial and error.
artist oils completed the look. that doesn’t have the ine,
BACK TO BASES So, after much thought
sticking-out (hairy) ibres of
(BASICS) I went mad and used the
normal string or thread. It As for the base, I bought a plaster, using the frame as
SO IN SUMMARY: was tied as per the real thing black 40 x 30 cm standard, the cast. I’d already blocked
• Base coat of a mortar colour and I used the supplied PE of the shelf, picture frame of a corner of the base with
(Tamiya Deck Tan) tie-down points on the trailer. for the basis of the scene. a strip of wood to contain the
• Bricks painted individually Despite not having the straps, The picture frame had the plaster for a mud/earth inish,
using ive Vallejo I think it looks OK and I was hardboard back epoxied in to again just to provide a little
shades of brown satisied with the end result. prevent movement. I’d already extra interest. To get around
• Shading and some weathering I opted to crate up one ordered a bag of modeller’s the moisture issue I lined the
powders to blend it together of the Junker’s wings for a plaster to make a concrete frame with tinfoil to prevent
• A little Moss Green sprayed little more visual interest. loor. I didn’t initially know the moisture wicking into the
around the base As the internal structure of whether to pour this directly base. I then cut any excess foil
• Metalwork painted a the wing didn’t match the onto the hardboard (the frame away from the edges once the
mottled rust brown standard of the fuselage wing creates a rim), with the frame plaster was dry. This seemed
• Hairspray opening, this also gave me itself masked of, then score to work – so far so good!
• Vallejo top coat the option to hide this from the slabs, paint, and weather I then scribed the joints
• Scrubbing view. I’d already decided to in situ. After watching a few between slabs using a steel
• Streaking ditch the second wing as I YouTube videos on plaster rule and a bradawl (pointed
really couldn’t squeeze it into (I’d never used it before), steel tool), followed by a

I wanted my diorama to tell
a story. Whether it would or
not would be another matter,
but my basic premise was to
depict the end of the conlict:
a jaded aircraft stripped and
bare, being de-fuelled and
deconstructed, hopefully with
a degree of melancholy. Or is
that too much to ask from an
assortment of plastic parts?
Possibly a little ‘”arty” but
I do think you need at least
something to aim for or it really
will look like you’ve randomly
dropped the items out of a bag.


cracking efect here and there
with a scalpel blade. It was
fairly dry at this point but not
fully cured. The plaster dries
with a lovely textured efect,
rather like real concrete.
This was a really satisfying
part of the build. Plaster is
surprisingly easy to work with,
the pouring of the plaster was
great fun, and the end result
exceeded my expectations. I
guess sometimes you just have
to get out of your comfort zone.
My concrete slabs were
now painted and weathered
before any further work was
carried out. I started this by
painting some pre-shading
(basically, black spayed along
the joint lines), followed by
a mottled Tamiya Sky Grey.
I then wicked in an enamel
wash of dark brown into
the cracks. This then got an
overall green wash to blend it
together and give it a slightly
aged, tinged with algae look.
And whilst on a roll, I made a not as easy as it seemed. I found think, and one that would grace
start on the earth area using AK it quite diicult to get the any diorama set away from
Interactive Dry Ground. I hadn’t objects to look natural and not the front line). The blanket In summary, this was a far
used these products before and a jumble, but after a little trial hanging on the trailer and the bigger project than I would
it’s very easy to pour on and and error, I inally settled on clothes were made from thin have normally undertaken.
push into shape. With the hot the layout. The basic theory was lead foil. The rubble was made I thought it may drag as I
weather we had been having to have everything angled away using items from Diodump, always have the capacity to
over the summer I had been from the lines of the frame the individual bricks were lose interest in a project. But
collecting some dry soil and and to keep the bulk of the glued in place and then rubble
sand samples here and there items in the right third of the dust was sprinkled liberally.
whilst walking the dog. These viewing angle. Anything else Finally, the barbed wire
were sprinkled over the still seemed a little out of whack. was from Eduard’s PE set 1/35
wet paste and into the grooves Barbed Wire (EDP35638). This
of the slabs. A few grassy was enhanced (hopefully!) with
tufts were now sourced from
BITS AND BOBS some picket fencing spikes
the wide selection on eBay. The crated wing were placed up made from ine brass rod. I
I left my groundwork to against the wall along with an used a drill bit locked in a vice
set overnight before giving excellent Shapeways 3D printed to wrap the rod to create the
the whole thing a coat of open wing structure (from a circles. These were painted
matt varnish to (hopefully) Fokker D.VII). The table, tools, a rusty brown which looks
seal in any loose areas. and cans were sourced from efective, and again added
So now all that was left was the Italeri 1/35 Field Tool Shop another layer of interest.
the placement of the individual Pack (despite being intended
components – surprisingly, for WW2, a very good addition I


I surprised myself with this
diorama and enjoyed every
moment of it. Wingnut Wings’
excellent kit is crying out for a
diorama (although it would of
course be great as a standalone
aircraft with wings, etc
attached). It certainly pushed
my boundaries of modelling
and has whetted my appetite for
more dioramas in the future.
Finally. Have I achieved
a melancholy scene
encompassing the feeling
of dejection and waste at the
end of the conlict? I don’t
know, but it was fun trying.
Many thanks to Wingnut
Wings, Gaspatch and
especially Richard Andrews

At Scale ModelWorld 2018,
Guy’s diorama was awarded
a silver medal in its class, as
well as the Gaspatch Trophy
and the Alan Hall Memorial
Trophy. Not bad for his irst
attempt at this type of model!

Finally. Have I achieved a melancholy

scene encompassing the feeling of
dejection and waste at the end of the
conflict? I don’t know, but it was fun trying.


1/144 IL-76MD

Zvezda 1/144 Scale Il-76MD by Garry Prettyman
earing a striking many world records: one for such a small scale – 1/144,

B resemblance to
the U.S. Air Force’s
C-141A, the Il-76 is
in fact a much larger, heavier,
and more powerful aircraft.
remarkable example was a
parachute jump at 50,479 ft.
The aircraft is powered by
four 26,455 lb thrust Soloview
D-30 turbofan engines and
remember. A good-looking
decal sheet with three marking
options is included, with all
the colours being in register.

The requirement for this has a maximum range with

aircraft, dating back to 1965, payload of 3,100 miles – pretty
was initially for a civil aircraft. impressive by any standards. I started in the cockpit, which
But like most Soviet aircraft a is quite well detailed for such
military application was not a small scale, and made up of
far behind, and the IL-76, or
CONTENTS a series of parts with colour
“Candid” as it is known by As usual with Zvezda the kit callouts for each. However,
NATO, came to replace the comes well-packaged as a box I decided that once the
ageing AN-12. First light within a box, and the lid has windscreen was itted not much
came on March 25, 1971 and some attractive box art of an of it would be seen, so I painted
deliveries started around 1973. Il-76 taking of. The contents the whole thing matt black. I
The main cabin is over 65 of the box contain nine grey did add some seat belts made
feet long, or 80 feet including sprues of parts, plus a stand. from thin strips of Tamiya tape.
the loading ramp, and has a There is also a really clear sprue It was now time to make
height of 11 feet. The ramp of transparencies. The parts a choice. Zvezda ofer three
and twin loading doors allow show some extremely ine ways to display the model:
the loading of a wide range of engraving of the panel lines • Wheels down, loading
tracked and wheeled vehicles.
Pallets and up to 140 seated
troops can also be carried.
The detail Zvezda have managed to
The normal takeof weight incorporate into this model is a credit to
is 40 tonnes but loads of them. I am now looking to buy the next
over 70 tonnes have been Zvezda kit to build
quoted. The Il-76 has achieved



ramp and doors open as if

loading and unloading.
• On the stand with wheels
and laps up as in light.
• On the stand with wheels and
laps down as if landing.

The interior is of a
modular design and is built
before itting it into the
fuselage. I constructed all the
main components without
painting them. Once that
was complete the fuselage
halves were itted together, is excellent. The turbine faces be careful to use the right
and the it was near perfect. were painted steel as were the parts; check and check again,
My attention now turned to rear thrust reversers. A thin as they are very easy to get
the engines. They are made up coat of Alclad blue was sprayed mixed up. I had already decided
of seven parts and the detail on the ends of the reversers to do version three (but not
to represent heat. The four using the stand), so I added
engines and the front cowl the actuators one at a time.
were itted together, and the Once they were all in place
it was again near perfect. I checked to make sure the
The two main wings were laps would it. If you are doing
glued together, along with the this version don’t forget to
laps, and the tail gunner’s it Parts H7 and H8: it pays
position was added to the tail. to study the instructions!
When itting the lap actuators Next, I painted the


main undercarriage legs in
medium grey, the tyres in
dark rubber, and the hubs
emerald green. These I set Zvezda provides three
aside for itment later. painting options:
When the fuselage was • Il-76 MD RA-78796, from 224
completely dry I itted Parts light unit, Russian Air Force.
F30, F32, H2, H1, and the • IL-76MD “Red 01” Marshal
clear Part L2. Parts H1 and H2 of the Aviation Skripko
were not the best of its and 610th Centre for Combat
a little blending with iller and Personnel Training,
was needed, but this was the Soviet Air forces.
irst time during the build • Il-76MD R78837 Marshal of
that iller was necessary. into place, followed by The it wasn’t too bad, just a the Aviation Skripko 610th
The large T-tail was now the rear cargo doors. little blending in was needed. Centre for Combat and
constructed and itted, as I now started on the clear As I had originally thought, Flight Personnel Training,
were the fuselage doors. The parts. This was the part I was once they were itted not much Russian Air Force.
cargo ramp was attached most dreading, as the windows of the cockpit could be seen. The aircraft I chose
are small and there are a lot Happy with the model to was “Red 01”.
of them, and at the time of so far it was time to it the
building there is not a mask wings and again a good Before any painting could begin
set available for this aircraft. solid it, no iller required. I washed the model down with
I used Tamiya tape to
produce masks, which took
what seemed to be an age, but a
little patience and a few choice
words got me there in the end.



some Poly-S Prep to get rid of the paint to fully cure. The the major decals, I took an Before the engines were itted
any sanding dust and greasy leading edge slats were sprayed evening to apply all the others, I ran a silver line around the
inger marks. That done the Alclad Dull Aluminium. then applied a light coat of engine intakes with a Molotow
model was primed with Tamiya Now it was time for the gloss varnish to seal them in. chrome pen. Once this stage
XF-2 Matt White on top and decals and I must admit that Next stage was to do some was complete and dry I sprayed
grey primer on the bottom. I was a little concerned as to weathering and for this I used on a light coat of satin varnish.
Pre-shading was achieved how the long blue stripe would Flory Models Dark Dirt Wash.
using matt black for the bottom it. First, however, I tried the
and a light grey for the top. big red star on the tail, I was
The main colours for the pleasantly surprised that it
model are gloss white and itted well and settled down
light gull grey. For the gloss with Micro Set and Sol. With
white I used Tamiya X-2 Gloss that in mind I tackled the long
White, but irst I sprayed fuselage stripe, which would
Tamiya Matt White. Both make or break the model.
colours sprayed beautifully The band comes in three
and when fully cured I left pieces, so I started at the
it to dry for 24 hours. front. There are some lumps
I masked the white with and bumps to go around and
Tamiya masking tape and I was really surprised that it
then sprayed Vallejo Grey just fell into place, so onto the
Primer, followed by thinned next section, and inally the
Mr. Hobby Light Gull Grey last stage leading up to the
(FS36440), which sprayed on end of the tail. It it precisely
beautifully. I also sprayed the and I could now let out a big
engines at this time, leaving sigh of relief. After itting all



very realistic and is a great way

FINISHING OFF AND A to display a model if you want
BASE to add the look of motion.
Now that all was nearly But how to attach it to
complete the undercarriage the base,, as I wanted to
units were itted along with show the aircraft in the
their doors and any aerials. process of landing?
A little oil was used to After a little head
represent staining, especially scratching, I came up with
around the lap actuators. my solution. I drilled a small
The editor had kindly given hole through the centre of
me one of the blurred bases two of the main wheels, I then
from Coastal Bases, which looks inserted a piece of metal rod

I can’t recommend this kit highly

enough. Go out and buy one and
you will not be disappointed



from Albion Alloys into the

wheels and the base. Once
secured into position I could
bend the wire slightly back, so
the front wheels were of the
ground giving the impression
of the aircraft taking of.
This was the inal thing to
do and the model was inished.

This is the irst Zvezda kit I
have built, but it will not be the
last. I wholeheartedly enjoyed
the build from beginning to
end, and in fact, I was sorry to
see it done. The detail Zvezda
have managed to incorporate
into this model is a credit to
them. I am now looking to buy
the next Zvezda kit to build.
I can’t recommend this
kit highly enough. Go out
and buy one and you will
not be disappointed.
My thanks to Zvezda
for supplying the items
I used in this build.


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N OW !
2000B/C/D/N and International Versions
By Andy Evans
he delta wing Dassault Mirage at low altitude and
2000 is a French multirole, single- THE DASSAULT very high speed. MIRAGE
engine, fourth-generation aircraft,
designed in the late 1970s as a lightweight
ighter based on the iconic Mirage III
2000B/C/D/N and International Versions
Also in service with
the French Air Force
is the Mirage 2000D,
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for the French Air Force. Since then the an upgraded version
Mirage 2000 evolved into a true multi- of the Mirage 2000N, using
role platform with several variants being conventional and laser guided munitions, and the
developed, and the type has been sold to Mirage 2000-5, incorporating advanced avionics,
a number of air forces around the globe. new sensors and control systems. The Mirage
The variants include the Mirage 2000C 2000 has nine hardpoints for carrying weapon
ighter and Mirage 2000D and Mirage system payloads - ive on the fuselage and two on
2000N strike variants, and the improved each wing. The single-seat version is also armed
Mirage 2000-5, and the proposed 2000- with two internally mounted, high-iring-rate
9. Over 600 aircraft have been built, 30mm guns. Air-to-air weapons include MICA
and it has been in service with nine M DF
air-to-air missiles, and the Magic 2 cwE and

nations. The Mirage 2000 has proven a SCALED DOWN

Egypt. Brazil retired its Mirage 2000s in 2013,
capable performer under extreme combat however, the type remains in service around
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Europe, the Middle East and in North Africa as a part of the NATO standards. The success of this iconic Dassault delta is lavishly
contingent enforcing the ‘No-Fly Zone’ over Libya. Despite the brought to life in this new MDF Scale Down book, which will
aircraft currently being replaced by the much more advanced provide information and inspiration for the modeller
Dassault Rafale, the Dassault Mirage 2000 still plays a role in and enthusiast alike.
operations of the French Air Force today, and remains a potent
platform with other user nations. Mirage 2000 ighters in
currently operation with the French Air Force are
the Mirage 2000C/B single seater and two-
set variants, the Mirage 2000N and
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Blenheim Mk.IF
First look at Airfix 1/48 Blenheim Mk.If by D Francis
uch anticipated since assembled using a jig to make

M its announcement a
year ago, the Airix
Blenheim has inally arrived,
sure everything lines up
(though I would be tempted
to replace the Lewis gun with
and on opening the box (with an aftermarket example).
the now-normal attractive If the fuselage is impressive,
artwork) I was immediately the undercarriage is simply parts are superb and sharp sooner rather than later to
impressed. This is probably jaw-dropping, with no less demarcations will be key to avoid disappointment.
Airix’s most detailed kit than 12 parts devoted to its creating a convincing replica. Highly recommended.
to date; in fact, instead of construction. Once completed Markings are supplied
showing pictures of the this will be one of the most for two aircraft: an overall
plastic I have concentrated detailed assemblies I have black example from an
on the instruction manual. seen in this scale. All you operational training unit
Let’s start with the details need to add is some brake (which carries diferently
that will it inside the fuselage. lines from lead wire. sized upper wing roundels!),
No less than 38 stages are This boxing enables you to and an aircraft from 23
devoted to this, including produce the ighter version with Squadron in 1940 in a
a 22-part cockpit interior. its gun pack containing four standard day scheme of dark
Particularly impressive is .303 machine guns, and extra green and earth camoulage
the gun turret, which is parts are supplied to produce an with black undersides. This
early radar-equipped marking scheme
night ighter. can also be used to
Airix has not yet represent the sole
invested in slide- lying example
mould technology, based at IWM
which means the ends Duxford in 2018.
of the gun barrels are With every release,
solid, as are the ends Airix just keeps
of some of the intakes lifting the bar, and as
around the engines. I have said before the
For those with a only downside is that
steady hand and some kits like the Blenheim
twist drills this is sell out very fast. It
not a problem, but is obvious from the
if I were purchasing way the kit is tooled
aftermarket parts that both short- and
I would replace long-nosed bomber
these, plus add some variants will follow
etched belts. As over the next few
well, in my view the years, but if you
recently released want the ighter
Eduard canopy version you need
mask set is a must- to add this kit to
have, as the clear your shopping list




MDF 32
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By Andy Evans
he Vought F-8 Crusader

T was a direct response

to a United States Navy requirement
for a modern supersonic, carrier-based ighter. Utilising nearly
the identical powerplant of the North American F-100 Super
Sabre and looking like the big brother of the A-7 Corsair, the The Crusader eventually proved its worth through action and resiliency
Modellers Dataile • 32

F-8 Crusader became the world’s irst carrier-based aircraft to THE VOUGHT F-8
and found frontline service across four decades including service with
break the speed of sound. The Crusader was quickly pressed into CRUSADER A C OMPR EHENSIV E GUIDE
the French Navy. The Philippines Air Force was the third and inal
service over the skies of Vietnam with the growing American by Andy Evans
operator of the F-8 and these were retired in 1991. The XF8U-3 was
commitment in Southeast Asia, where it served with distinction a highly-modiied ofshoot of the F-8 Crusader line, and this version
with US Navy and US Marine Corps. As a predominantly cannon- became known as ‘Crusader III’, however, the prototypes competed
armed ighter, the F-8 has been seen by many as the end of the unsuccessfully against the McDonnell Douglas ofering that would
line for all-cannon-armed ighter jets - making the F-8 the ‘last eventually become the F-4 Phantom. The F-8 Crusader remains one of
of the gunighters’. The Navy went on to utilise the Crusader in the icons of 20th Century aviation, and the ‘last of the gunighters’ is
the more of a traditional dogighting interceptor role, whilst showcased and celebrated here in this new Dataile from
the US Marines operated it as a limited strike/attack aircraft. SAM Publications.
The Crusader was also ielded as a dedicated reconnaissance
version the RF-8, along with a two-set trainer, as well as a Drone M DF

Controller aircraft and also served with NASA as a lying test bed.
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Dewoitine D.510
First look at Dora Wings 1/48 Dewoitine D.510
(Spanish and Japanese markings) by Robert
KIT NO: DW48008
PARTS: 63 injection moulded grey
polystyrene parts, 18 grey resin parts, 7
transparent resin parts , 34 photo-etch

henever I see

W announcements for
new model kits from
Dora Wings, I always have a
feeling that these guys read
my mind. Of course, there is no
supernatural activity involved
(I hope…) Rather; I get that
feeling because Dora Wings
models represent the types
that are generally overlooked
by other manufacturers, even
though they are interesting parts, transparent resin parts,
and historically important. and the decal sheet, plus some
The Dewoitine D.500/501/510 PE brass and acetate ilm.
series was the irst modern Of course, there is also the
cantilever, low-wing, all- instruction lealet, presenting
metal ighter to see active 16 step-by-step construction
duty. As many as 380 ighters diagrams, parts layouts
in the series were produced, and a short historical note.
most of them serving with Colour schemes are given
the Armée de l’Air and the on a separate sheet of paper
Aéronautique Navale. in full colour, but no colour
The box top has nice box art names or any manufacturer
of a Spanish Republican aircraft paint codes are supplied.
shooting down a Nationalist The decals are printed by
Ju 87 Stuka. Inside we ind a Decograph from the Ukraine, three Spanish Republican are almost identical, difering
big re-sealable bag with ive the hues and density look and two Japanese. The latter only in fairings installed or
sprues of grey polystyrene perfect, being matte in ones are natural metal overall not on the main wheels.
parts, and a few smaller string appearance. The decals are with Hinomarus and black One of the Spanish aircraft is
bags containing grey resin for ive diferent aircraft: letterings on the rudder. These also natural metal overall, while
the two remaining options are
green over light blue. In the
case of the Spanish aircraft we
only get decals for the three-
colour rudder and lettering,
what means that the red bands
on the wings and fuselage must
be painted, and one has to ind
a paint that will match the
red area on the rudder. In my



opinion, the typical insignia such openings. Also, we get consistent. There is a bit of lash
red will be a good choice here. two diferent types of main here and there, but it’s easy
There is no information wheel fairings, two types to remove. The windscreen is This is not a kit for the novice;
with regard to the interior of wheel hubs, and a choice cast in transparent resin and some experience in building
colour. All the sources I checked between two- and three- it is almost unbelievably thin; short-run kits and some
are in strong disagreement bladed propellers. Finally, consequently, some care and research will be necessary
about that, ranging from we get separate underwing attention will be needed when here. However, with some
“chamois brilliant” to dark machine guns. Instructions separating it from the casting patience it can be turned
blue. Myself, I will probably are totally vague with regard block. Navigation lights are into a perfect representation
use some pale blue-grey here. to armament, propeller and also cast in transparent resin; of the real aircraft.
Closer inspection of the undercarriage of the speciic six of them are thoughtfully I can only hope that in
parts reveals that we get two planes, but – fortunately – the provided just in case. the near future there will be
diferent engine covers: one in colour proiles are exact here. Overall, the level of detail further incarnations of this kit,
resin with the synchronized Polystyrene and resin parts is more than satisfactory. For representing the French aircraft
machine guns openings, the are generally clean, and panel example, the pilot’s seat and with their lamboyant markings
other in polystyrene with no lines are thin, shallow, and its understructure consist and squadron emblems.
of nine separate parts. The My great thanks to Dora
engine cooler louvres are Wings and the Editor for
convincingly represented in sending me this model
PE, as are cockpit details, the and a full build will appear
ailerons, elevator actuators, etc. in a future issue.



Antonov An-225
First look at Revell 1/144 Antonov An-225 Mriya Test shot by Dawid Branski
inally, we get a model parts, an instruction manual,

F of the largest aircraft

that has ever been
created, the long-awaited
and a large decal sheet. My
irst inspection of the plastic
parts made a very good
Antonov An-225 Mriya. impression: very little lash
I have received a test shot and no injection marks that
of this kit, which accounts for would be in any ield of vision.
the multi-coloured plastic. When we have a look at the
This will not be what you fuselage and wings there are
receive when the kits reaches lots of inely engraved panel
the shelves in late 2018. lines and these look very thin
The kit is made up of nine and crisp. There is plenty of
sprues containing over 200 moulded detail in the landing

gear area, and for those who

build the aircraft on the ground,
you will be quite busy with over
30 wheels to clean up and paint.
One thing I really like is
that the whole cargo bay area is
represented, including ladders,
ramps, sidewall detail, and
what really caught my eye, very
well-produced loor details.
However, the cockpit section is
much less detailed, as it comes
as one moulded piece, but this
is understandable as this part
will be almost impossible to see
through the tiny windscreens.
Revell are ofering four
ways to display the inished
model: in light, on the ground,



on the ground with cargo bay

opened, and on the ground
with cargo bay opened, ramp
lowered, and landing gear
in the kneeling position.
My irst impression of this
kit was very good and I am
eager to start work on this large
and impressive model. Even at
1/144 scale, this model is huge!
My thanks to Revell for
supplying the test shots and
my full build will feature in
our sister title Model Aircraft
Monthly in a few months’ time.



Tempest Mk.V
First look at Eduard 1/48 Tempest Mk.V series 1 (Profipack) by Tim Upson Smith
his kit has been in

T development for quite

some time, so I was
really pleased to see that
Eduard just managed to get
it ready in time for release at
the 2018 Scale Model World.
Eduard’s box art is
certainly up there with
some of the best companies
and this new release is no
exception, showing as it does
a Tempest lown by Beamont,
tipping the wing of a V1.
Well enough of the box art,
what’s inside? Firstly, there
are three sealed bags with the
plastic, one of which just has the
fuselage sprue, one with just the
now familiar circular clear part
sprue and the third bag with the
remaining four grey injection
moulded sprues. Delving a bit
deeper you will ind the 20-page
A4, full colour, instruction
booklet, under which is the decal
sheet sealed in its own bag, a
mask set and the colour photo-
etch fret. Right at the bottom
there is a small errata sheet for
the tail-plane assembly on page
8 of the instruction booklet.
As this irst release is a
ProiPack Edition, you have
options on how you build up
the instrument panel, you can
paint the fully moulded plastic
part, you can add decals to
the partially moulded part,
or you can use the full colour
photo-etch parts. Though
most I suspect will use the
photo-etch instrument panel,
this has the dials pre-glazed
with dots of clear gloss which



Eduard have included six

colour schemes in the kit, all
of which are in the typical
dark green/ocean grey over operated by No. 3 Squadron.
medium sea grey undersides. For the irst time, that I am
Three of the options feature aware of, paint codes are given
will really look good when black and white invasion for Mission Models Paint, as
assembled. The quality of stripes, while two just have well as the usual Gunze Mr
moulding on this brand-new the underwing black and white Colour/Mr Hobby paints.
kit is as good as anything identiication stripes and one Castle Camp, April 1944.
from the far East and features option has no stripes at all. • Is Wg Cdr R Beamont’s aircraft
engraved and raised detail, The • An example with underwing of No. 150 Wing RAF Station
tyres even feature ‘Dunlop’ identiication stripes from Bradwell Bay, April 1944. Every new Eduard release which
lettering on the sidewalls! No486 squadron, RAF • Is the only one example I see just seems to get better
without stripes and is and better, it will be a long time
from No. 3 Squadron, before this kit is surpassed in
Newchurch, May 1944. 1/48 scale. As I have a few kits
• The same aircraft as Option to inish of this will be going
B but with full invasion out to an excited member of
stripes for June 1944. our build team who ‘bagged’
• This aircraft has full invasion the kit as soon as he saw me
stripes and is for an aircraft with it at Telford. I am sure he
of No. 486 Squadron, is in for a treat and we will see
Newchurch, June 1944. the fruits of his labours soon!
• Another Tempest with full My thanks to Eduard
invasion stripes and also based for supplying this kit for
at Newchurch in June 1944 but preview and build.


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de Havilland Vampire F.1

Special Hobby 1/72 de Havilland Vampire F.1 “The First Jet Guardians of Neutrality”
by Bruce Leyland-Jones
SCALE: 1/72
TYPE: Injection moulded
STATUS: Re-issue of 2014 kit, with new
parts and decals.
PARTS: 48 Plastic (+24 unused), 7 Clear
parts (+2 unused).

hilst many are aware of

W England’s irst jet, the

Gloster Whittle E28/39,
and its immediate successor,
the Meteor, few realise that the
DH.100 “Spidercrab” was only
one year behind, in development
terms. Fortunately the RAF
quickly rejected the Spidercrab
name, opting for Vampire and
the full-production version the
F.1 irst lew in April 1945.
As de Havilland were too
busy building Mosquitos at the
time, English Electric, based
near Preston, took on the bulk
of Vampire production and In spite of its repeated and simpler elevator. This will remain visible once
managed to build half a dozen pressings, the tools are also means that your Bits everything is closed up.
before the war in Europe ended. holding up well and I found Box will get a healthy feed! Once the seat, stick, and
Fortunately, as with the Meteor, no moulding defects on the I was also supplied with an panel are attached to the
the Vampire survived the drastic sprues; no lash, no sink marks, excellent Eduard photo-etch lower fuselage half, a pair
post-war cuts and joined the and very minimal mould fret available for the Vampire, of small pieces is aixed
RAF as a frontline ighter in seam lines. The fuselage is but to be honest, this shouldn’t to the inside of the upper
1946. The Vampire was well- split horizontally, ensuring a be considered an essential item; fuselage half. The previously
liked by its pilots and, for de relatively easy clean-up, and such is the quality of the kit. mentioned etch set provides
Havilland post-war, it was an intake trunking is provided. Keeping it traditional, more reined examples of
export success, serving in over The detail remains crisp, construction begins with the these, but honestly, you cannot
thirty countries, whilst less than as can be seen with the cockpit and, whilst many of really see them and again, the
twenty operated the Meteor. exhaust fan and the detail the early post-war cockpits kit parts are good enough.
of the main undercarriage were simply all-black ‘pits, Now, before I closed up
bays. The instrument panel this one has the beneit of the fuselage, I know that the
THE KIT has raised dials to facilitate some aluminium, and the Vampire is a naughty tail
First tooled way back in 2014, painting, but a decal is also Bakelite seat adds colour in the sitter, wanting to rear up and
this kit has been re-issued with supplied, which its nicely, form of a nice rusty brown. generally misbehave, and
various parts for the ground especially if a decal softener I also noted a further needs a signiicant amount
attack FB.53 version and the or setting solution is used. improvement in the decal of nose weight to keep it on
F.3, and this re-issue caters for This particular issue of the harness supplied and found the straight and level. The
the F.1(the kit has also seen the kit contains an extra sprue, this to be more than adequate. instructions say to simply “add
insides of boxes from Xtrakit, containing parts necessary That said, the decal for the weight” to the nose, but this
Azur and even Revell, which is for the F.1 version of the instrument panel remains is somewhat vague, and from
all very understandable, as it’s aircraft, including the booms a basic monochrome, experience I know that there’s
a very good little kit indeed). with the squared-of ins although very little of this not a lot of room in there.
However, there is a very
convenient shelf, just aft of the
cockpit bulkhead, that makes
an ideal site for your weight
to sit, without obstructing
that apparently all-important
view of the engine fan.
The fuselages halves were
joined together and only a
little sanding was required
to disguise that horizontal
seam. I also managed to
pack a little more lead into
the area just forward of the


and sanding ensued. During
this process, I lost some of
the iner surface detail and
managed to create some minor
gaps at the wing root (I am
sure that less cack-handed
modellers should fare better).
As nothing else needed to
be added to the rear of the wee
bloodsucker, I was getting
close to sticking it up on its
instrument panel. (Don’t legs and seeing how it sat. I
worry…the Vampire has a had my scraps of lead to hand
sturdy undercarriage!) and carefully made up a small
I now moved onto the lead cairn in the nose, making
wings, which have two points sure that it did not interfere
of interest. The irst is that with the it of the nosecone.
the wingtips are supplied as Note that this kit contains
transparent pieces, thereby several noses, with only subtle
facilitating the addition of diferences, so take care to use
the wingtip navigation lights. the right one. Mine had become (Humbrol H230 is now ofered
Most of the options for this kit separated from the sprues,
PAINTING AND DECALS as PRU Blue, but I prefer the
require the longer, rounded but I was able to identify the The kit includes four darker tone of the H157).
tips, but one Swedish option correct one for my aircraft as marking options: As I was going for a Swiss
requires the later clipped it was the one with a pimple! • DH.100 Vampire Mk.1, J-1002, Vampire, (Vampir?), I had a
wingtips, and both are supplied. The F.1, being a pure ighter, Flugwafe (Swiss Air Force), choice of using the large red
The second point relates to didn’t carry bombs or rockets, based at Dubendorf, 1946. decals with the white crosses or
the intake pieces. These come so those rockets on the sprues Delivered via air by Geofrey to paint my own red and then to
with the intake vanes already can go into your Bits Box. de Havilland Jr. himself use the separately supplied white
moulded as a part of the intake Likewise, the supplied fuel in July 1946. It remained crosses. I went for the former,
and, personally, I ind them to tanks. As we know, the early jets in use until April 1961. intrigued to see just how well the
be perfectly ine and suitable for were thirsty blighters and extra • DH.100 Vampire Mk.1, decals itted. If they didn’t, then
the job in hand. Some modellers, tanks were a must, especially J-1003, Flugwafe (Swiss Air it would be out with the red paint
however, may prefer to cut if the aircraft was intended to Force), based at Dubendorf, and Plan B. It just so happened
them out and replace them with stay aloft for any period of time 1947. Unlike the irst two that the decals were superb in
something iner (the Eduard that could be considered useful. Swiss Mk.1s, J-1003 lew all respects, so all credit to the
PE set provides for this). However, the tanks supplied in aluminium overall. It decal maestros of Cartograf!
It’s worth noting that there with the kit are for later aircraft remained in use, along with To my eye, my little Vampire
appear to be some minor and are unsuitable for the F.1 two Swiss Vampire Mk.1s, looks particularly smart in its
inconsistencies regarding the it depicted in this boxing. The J-1002 and J-1004, until April grey and blue and represents the
of these intake parts to the wing. instruction sheet shows the 1961. The very irst, J-1002, aircraft Geofrey de Havilland
Even so, both wings it nicely earlier tanks, but these have to was written of as early as Jr. himself delivered to the
to the fuselage, complete with be obtained from CMK. If I had 2nd August, 1946, whilst Swiss Air Force at Dubendorf,
the required slight dihedral. a niggle about this kit, then this taking of from Dubendorf. way back in April 1961.
I now spent some time would be it. It just seems to be a • J-28A, Red E, No.1 Squadron,
with the tail assembly, irstly tad mean not to have provided Wing F.13, Svenska
making sure that I used the the required slipper tanks, lygvapnet (Swedish Air
correct parts (as supplied by especially when so much of the Force), Norrkoping, 1947. In spite of its many pressings,
the F.1-speciic sprue) and then rest of the kit is just so good. • J-28A, Yellow L, No.3 this remains a great little kit
making sure that everything The wheels were added Squadron, Wing F3, Svenska and I’d happily recommend it to
was properly square. Get this and lo! My Vamp proved to be lygvapnet (Swedish Air Force) all modellers who have at least
wrong and the whole model a most stable individual and I Linkoping, 1952. After some the most basic of skills. As I’ve
will look decidedly of. was able to put away my stake. time in service, the wing suggested earlier, it appears
Once the tail was set, I Anyway, moving swiftly on, a tips of Sweden’s J-28As were to be inconsistent at times,
decided to do some proper few quick swipes with Deluxe shortened, to allow for higher so some skill in managing
dry-itting, which showed Perfect Plastic Putty, to ill G-loads on the airframe. gaps would be an advantage.
that the holes for the booms those aforementioned gaps More advanced modellers
were too tight, so some iling and she was ready for paint. I am now at least comfortable may wish to indulge themselves
with natural metal inish and/ in the Eduard photo-etch, whilst
or aluminium dope, but being the rest of us will be quite happy
a Wielder of the Whiskered to begin building a collection
Wand, I tend to prefer other of these early twin-boomers
options. I could’ve opted for straight out of the box. They
the green of the Swedes, but as take up very little room. A quick
my old FROG was that colour glance at Hannants tells me that
(what else?), I chose to go with there’s no shortage of available
J-1002, of the Flugwafe, which decal sheets and that with
was a fetching medium sea these, and the many schemes
grey with a PRU Blue bottom. ofered by Special Hobby (and
Special Hobby uses Gunze now Revell), Van Helsing
for its colour-callouts, but I could be very busy indeed.
use Humbrol enamels. So… My thanks to Special Hobby,
Humbrol H165 Medium Sea for their continued modelling
Grey covered the top and an excellence – and don’t be
older tin of Humbrol H157 so tight with the tanks!
PRU Blue covered the bottom



SE.5a Wolseley Viper

Eduard 1/48 SE.5a Wolseley Viper by Thomas Tirtaine
SCALE: 1/48
TYPE: Injection moulded plastic
STATUS: New mould (released in 2017)
PARTS: 113 grey plastic (15 unused) and
11 clear parts

his kit of the Royal
Aircraft Factory SE.5a
was initially released
in 2017 in the Proipack family,
followed by a Bunny Fighter Club
Special, a Royal Class version,
and a plethora of resin and
brass accessories. The Weekend
Edition I was ofered to review
completes the whole circle by
ofering only the plastic parts there are quite a few parts), (Part B15). I was helped in including the undercarriage,
and decals for two schemes. but I decided to make my own doing this by using 1/32 Scale exhaust pipes, tail skid and
The editor completed the way by starting with Stage Wingnut Wings Se.5 (that inally the machine gun on
box with the photo-etch (PE) E. This stage describes how can be downloaded for free top of the upper wing.
fret dedicated to the weekend to make the engine, and as I on their website), which was There is nothing to say
version which, for obscure had decided to not to attach useful not only for assembling about the itting of all the parts
reasons, is not the same as the the cowling, I went a step the cockpit but also for as they all it perfectly. The
one you ind in the Proipack further by adding plumbing painting many of the details. only things that are missing
version, even though the kits and wires (the ignition system The two halves of the at the end of assembling are
share the same plastic parts. notably) to the plastic parts fuselage go together very well. the rigging wires that run
The 16-page A5 booklet depicts as they would be visible on On pictures of real aircraft, from the top of the cabane
the building and the rigging the completed model. After the slack linen that covered struts to the bottom of the
with clear information, as that, I went back to Page 3 and the sides of the aircraft was external ones. For this step, I
usual for Eduard products. started building the cockpit. often seen, something that recommend you reference the
The sprues contain parts The PE parts (including Eduard has not reproduced; Wingnut Wing manual which
to build either the Viper or dials and seatbelts) really add this is my only criticism clearly shows the rigging.
the Hispano-Suiza engine- to the plastic parts and give of the model, showing you Eduard have also produced
equipped aircraft, which a full detailed representation how good is its quality! a PE fret (ED48915) to
is why nearly twenty parts of the “oice”, which is a The next steps concern reproduce the turnbuckle
are indicated as “not for good point since no canopy the wings and their separate stretchers if you really want
use” on the parts map. hides what can be seen on the ailerons, the tail wing, and the to go to town on your model,
instrument panels and around cowling. Several details have to but Wingnuts tell you that
the pilot’s seat. The only thing be attached be placed around they do not bother adding
CONSTRUCTION I added was a metallic strip them: the engine, the machine these to their 1/32 models so
Stages A to D detail the around the horizontal board gun, glass panels on the wings, I would probably miss them
assembly of the cockpit (and that surrounds the cockpit and the radiator. This makes of in the smaller scales.
painting complicated so I
pre-painted them and set them
aside for attachment after the
main colours were applied. This kit is marvellous to
This Weekend Edition assemble, as dry itting
supplies two schemes. I chose shows how smoothly things
the less showy one with an go together. It is a very good
olive green drab-coloured representation of the SE.5a and
fuselage and upper wings with is a good basis to experiment
natural linen below. The big with rigging for those who
cockades and the white painted are not familiar with it.
strip on the upper wing, tail Several resin items have
and radiator are there to give been released by Eduard to
some interest to the model. improve the details of the
The other option carries a undercarriage, propeller,
completely red fuselage with radiator, and the machine
green and linen coloured wings, gun. These can be purchased
and there is no doubt that this individually or as a “Big
will be the one that you will Sin” package (ref SIN64841),
see at your next model show! which is cheaper than buying
I painted the fuselage and the parts separately.
lower wing before attaching the Many thanks to Eduard
upper wing and all the other for supplying the review
parts I had left of my model, sample for me to build.



Folland Gnat T.1

Airfix 1/48 Folland Gnat T.1 by Adrian Troughton
SCALE: 1/48
TYPE: New Tool
PARTS: 75 grey plastic, 6 clear plastic

his kit is one of the new
breed of Airix kits,
with crisply moulded
parts and just the right depth of
panel line detail. The parts are
moulded in a grey styrene that
is just a tad soft to work with but
perfectly acceptable, and the
clear parts (the focal point of any
aircraft) are crystal clear and Instructions call for
beautifully moulded. Instructions individual cockpit halves to
are clear, concise, and well have the air intakes, engine
printed, with colour highlights trunking and main gear
to guide you through the build. bays installed. To inish the
Decal options are a Folland cockpit tub one half of the nose
Gnat of No. 4 Flying Training electronics bay is also installed.
School, RAF Valley, 1973, and Fuselage halves are now
a machine from the Central closed, containing the nose
Flying School, Little Rissington, bay detail, cockpit tub, nose
1964. The decals are lovely and gear bay, turbine detail, and
well-printed by Cartograph, exhaust. The two halves
as one would expect. joined perfectly and I needed
no iller here at all; lovely! lumps, bumps, and aerials of grey primer for a base and
The main wing is next were again placed to one side. then painted the model white
THE BUILD and itted together without This was a very easy build. gloss, which I then masked of
The build starts of in the any problem (you have the in readiness for the red and
cockpit, which is very well option to pose the laps either grey. Once dry I removed the
detailed indeed, and with up or down). The rudder and
PAINTING masks, before applying a few
careful painting and weathering tailplanes were now added My choice of colour scheme coats of gloss clear for a good
would be perfectly OK for and again itted beautifully. was the No. 4 Flying Training base for decal application.
display. I opted to use the Eduard Next are the landing gear School machine, which consists
detail set for the seat harnesses units and wheels. These I of white and red striped upper
and other cockpit details, which made but put aside to be surfaces with the underside of
made something good really itted after painting. I now the wings in grey. I used Tamiya The kit decals are superb and
excellent. When the cockpit tub installed the wing tanks paints exclusively on my model. easily applied. I used my usual
was complete I set it to one side. but all the other little detail I started by applying a coat Micro Sol and Micro Set system,
which worked a treat and the
decals bedded down perfectly.
Be prepared for a few sessions
of decaling, as there is a wealth
of stencil data to apply before
you even get to the national
markings and aircraft numbers.
After decal application, I
applied a coat of satin to give
a proper scale look. As these
aircraft were kept quite clean,
I decided that I would apply
no weathering to my model.

This kit is a real gem and 1/48
scale is the perfect scale for the
Gnat. I enjoyed this build and
I wish every kit I made turned
out so well with so little efort.
My thanks to Airix
for producing a brilliant
model of this very
attractive little aircraft.



Westland Sea King

Airfix 1/72 Westland Sea King HAR.3/Mk.43 by Juan Manuel Valea
SCALE: 1/72
TYPE: Injection moulded, two decal
PARTS: 117 parts on 5 sprues, 18 clear
parts, and one decal sheet


he kit contains ive
sprues of light grey parts,
a clear sprue with18
parts, and the decal sheet. The
injected parts exhibit some nice
recessed panelling, with little
to no lash, while the clear parts
are really well moulded and
extremely transparent. Also in the aftermarket to really joint to tidy things up. The rest light coats of XF2, and then it
included are parts for making a get the best out of this area. of the build was trouble free. was masking time, followed by
motorized versión of the main The interior, or cargo bay, I like that Airix has supplied the application of Tamiya XF 9
rotor (motor not included), which is also very well detailed, the main tyres with a weighted Orange in the appropriate areas.
is an odd feature nowadays. including the loor, seat, and efect. The rotors are really The anti-glare panel was
The instructions use console for the radar operator well detailed, and a welcome painted by brush using Revell
computer-generated graphics (I guess), several racks, and feature is the option to fold the Aqua Black. A coat of Tamiya
and colour plates for the two seats for the passengers. You tail and main rotor if desired, X22 Clear sealed the paint job, so
marking options provided. do need to use some caution which I took advantage of. The I could start applying the decals.
Decals look very promising with here because several holes must clear parts it very well, and These performed excellently,
a large amount of stenciling. be drilled at this stage before after one last check of the joint reacting very well to Micro Set
you close up the fuselage. and adding masks to the clear and Sol. Another coat of Clear
This next point came as a sections, it was time to paint. with a few drops of XF 86 Matt
THE BUILD bitter surprise: in my example Varnish was used to tone down
As usual I started with the loor of the interior was the brightness for scale efect.
the cockpit and interior. It quite warped. It didn´t it the
PAINT AND DECALS Weathering was kept to a
comprises loor, seats, control fuselage halves and it was the Two schemes are provided minimum. I only used a black
stick and levers, pedals, and same story with the separately by the kit decals: micro permanent marker
the instrument panel, but no moulded underside hull. I used a • Westland Sea King HAR.3 – No. along the control surfaces, and
side wall details. I painted it lot of patience and tape to attach 78 Squadron, Royal Air Force medium grey Faber Castel Pitt
with acrylic colours: Revell the loor from the back to the Mount Pleasant, Falkland Pen along certain panel lines.
Aqua Light Grey and Black for front in small sections, about Islands, January 1991. I now added the inal
the interior, Green for the seat an inch at a time, using super • Westland Sea King Mk.43 parts, like the main rotor
cushions, and a heavy wash glue to tack the parts together – No. 330 Squadron, Royal (which its like a glove, with
of Tamiya Black Panel Liner. before reinforcing the joint with Norwegian Air Force, 1996. no glue required), tail rotor,
The seat belts were fashioned Tamiya Extra Thin cement, wheels, several antennae,
using blue masking tape. A aided with two heavy clamps I chose the Norwegian option in the tailwheel, and that was it.
large amount of the cockpit to hold everything in place. its attractive white/orange/black My Sea King was inished.
can be seen through that Even taking this long and livery. I started by spraying
very clear cockpit canopy, slow approach the it was not Tamiya XF2 in a light coat as
so it may be worth investing perfect and I had to use some a primer and to discover any
more time and some money putty around the belly/fuselage blemishes. I then applied two This was a very enjoyable kit,
even though I had an issue
with warpage which may be
only on my sample. It is a really
well-detailed model and the
colour schemes supplied are
very attractive. Once completed
it is a really big aircraft; the
model is quite impressive and
captures very well the shape
and stance of the original.
This is another very
good ofering from Airix,
recommended to modellers
with at least a couple of
kits under the belt because
of the number of parts.
My thanks to Airix for
the review samples.



BAC Strikemaster
Miniwing 1/144 BAC Strikemaster by Toni Hausler and John Bisset
SCALE: 1/144
KIT NO: 322
TYPE: Injection moulded plastic
PARTS: 29 plastic, 1 clear (x2)

ne of the things I like

O about 1/144 scale kits

- apart from the instant-
gratiication aspect - is the fact
that you frequently get two kits
in the box. Surely, sharing such
spoils with a suitably modelling-
mad partner is the right thing to
do? There are two grey sprues in
the box, one of which I handed
to John before I could change
my mind and claw it back. a kit, but it struck me while
At this size, the interior looking at the fuselage that These tiny Strikemasters are
is fairly basic, with two tiny something was deinitely “of” challenging. Like my partner, I
seats and an instrument panel. about the shape of the nose. It struggled to paint the wheels of
Decals are provided for both looks too broad at the tip and the tiny undercarriage and to add
harnesses and instruments too narrow everywhere else, any internal painting detail ine of the nose of each half to see
but were a little too stif for which somewhat spoils the enough to be believable through if I could improve some of the
ease of application, so I painted lovable chubbiness of line so the impressively clear glazing. proile. Although the plastic
all the details instead. distinctive of the Strikemaster. Although the RAF often lew is fairly thick, which helped, I
The instructions recommend There are three schemes its Mark 5 Jet Provosts without ended up iling away enough to
a gram of weight in the nose. with this particular kit, and tip tanks, most overseas users leave a gap at the extreme nose.
Two balls of lead shot - all three more if you buy the other of the Strikemaster retained In the real thing a set of lights
there was room for - appeared boxing (which I believe is theirs, so I also itted them to my sits here behind glazing, so that
to suice in this case. otherwise identical). Options Sudanese version. The simplest could be used to advantage. The
Locating the cockpit tub include examples from Kuwait, way to do this was to cut the inal result was still not right,
within the fuselage halves Sudan, and Botswana. I chose wingtip extremities of using a but was, I felt, much better than
took a few tries before it it the Botswana Defence Force ine saw. There is a thin panel the original kit nose. Compare
reasonably well, so a smear scheme, based purely on my line which depicts the removable the two nose sections on our
of iller helped to tidy up the enjoyment of the No. 1 Ladies’ section, which made the job easy. models and see if you agree.
gaps. Nothing too worrisome Detective Agency books. This The very small front fuselage I was detailed to build the
in a bigger model, but at this scheme is speciied in the volume meant that little nose Sudanese Air Force machine,
size even the smallest seam instructions, while the other two weight could be itted. I jammed since I like dayglo inishes.
looks like a gaping crevasse. are found on the back of the box. in what I could and hoped. There seems to be some doubt
The wings are moulded in one Colour callouts are fairly basic The nose of the kit is the about this machine. Although
piece, as is the tailplane, both and don’t directly correspond one poor area in an otherwise the painting references and
of which slot snugly into place. to any particular manufacturer, nice bit of moulding, being some decal references specify
Less agreeable are the tip tanks, so you can interpret “silver” to rather too long and also dayglo orange, photographs I
which are evidently designed to mean anything you want. The somewhat too deep in side have found suggest a bright red
slot onto the wingtips but made decals are OK - very slightly out view (this area is very much colour may be more accurate.
little attempt to do so until I cut of register in parts, perhaps, but a recognition characteristic Also, although the machine
the very ends of the wings. they do a good job of brightening of the Strikemaster). Before
I don’t normally lose sleep up the model with small details. completing the fuselage I tried
about minor inaccuracies in iling away the front and side


is described as a Strikemaster,
research by others suggests
that no Strikemasters were
delivered to Sudan, because of
an arms embargo. The original-
order machines were mostly
transferred to Oman. Aircraft
167, the subject of the decal
sheet, was apparently a modiied
Jet Provost T Mk 5, modiied
to Mk 55 standard before
delivery. This would suggest
it did not have underwing
hardpoints and probably still
had the lower-thrust Orpheus
engine of the Mark 5.
Interestingly, photographs
show the machine with
Strikemaster-style intakes and
apparently machine gun link
ejection chutes, which suggest
a hybrid build at least. For
this build I have not used the
underwing stores but did add
ejection chutes. There should the surface. A inal coat of satin something which can be built
also be a long ADF aerial under wing walkways, so the only matt inish varnish toned down the in an afternoon. The panel
the fuselage, which I scratch black painting required was variations of the paint inishes lines and general detailing
built, though rather over size. the nose anti-glare section. and helped ensure decals and hold up very well even at this
Detailing in 1/144 scale is tricky! Although tiny, most of the paint matched in sheen. scale, so you could make
To ensure a bright dayglo decals went on well enough with a serious little model out
efect, the whole airframe was some persuasion from Micro of this if you wanted to.
sprayed matt white before the Sol, after which a light coat of
CONCLUSION Recommended to anybody
dayglo red areas were painted Future was used to seal them. These were a fun little kit, who wants a break from
in. After that, the overall pale As tiny as they are, the clear and while the it is not perfect large-scale detail monsters.
grey of the rest of the airframe surrounds very much afect at the molecular level it’s My thanks to Miniwings for
was done. The decals include how well they will sit down onto hard to hold a grudge against supplying the review sample.



A-20B/C Boston
Special Hobby 1/72 A-20B/C Boston (with UTK-1 Turret) by Konstantine Malinovski
PRODUCER: Special Hobby
TYPE: Short-run
CONTENTS: Plastic, photo-etch (PE),
and resin parts

here is hardly any

T need to go deeply into

the prototype of this
kit’s history and design: the
A-20 Boston proved to be one
of the most successful light
bomber designs of WW2 and
proved its merits in all theatres
and fronts of the conlict.
The A-20’s service on
the Eastern Front, however,
deserves a special mention.
One could say that the A-20
was to the bomber arm of the
Soviet VVS as the P-39 Airacobra
was to its ighter arm.
According to the Soviet
classiication, the A-20 was
evaluated as a medium bomber
(not as a light bomber/ground
attack aircraft, as in the US),
and roughly compared to
the mainstay of the Soviet turret with one UBT, and one installation only exacerbate the the opening quite signiicantly.
bomber units, the Pe-2 (but UBT in the dorsal position. problem, as it is much heavier The UTK-1 turret opening is
without the diving ability). The bomb bays were also re- than the usual arrangement well-diagramed and a rather
A-20s had a number of conigured for Soviet ordnance for A-20B or C versions. I used straightforward afair. The
advantages over the early and to increase the bombload. all the space in the fuselage resin deck for the UTK turret
Pe-2, including ease of lying forward of the wing’s leading itted very well and provides
and service (Pe-2s were a real edge and would also suggest a welcome rigidity to the
scourge for ground crews), and
THE KIT stuing the forward spaces assembly. But, as there are no
crew comfort. The armament This Special Hobby ofering is of the engine gondolas. pre-arranged bedding positions
however, both ofensively and not particularly new – it’s largely Moving on to the fuselage or guides for the parts, the
defensively, was considered the old MPM plastic, with the assembly, the kit requires a installation process demands
not adequate for the reality addition of the conversion parts certain amount of surgery to a lot of care and attention.
of the Eastern Front. and decals necessary for building open the UTK turret and the The second machine gun
The irst modiications the A-20B or C in VVS guise. As dorsal machine gun position, provided by Special Hobby
occurred on the unit level, with the kit is not new and has been the latter requiring signiicant for the dorsal position most
the US machine guns for the reviewed in this magazine a few care and proper reference resembles a ShKAS LMG,
radio operator replaced with times before, and in order to save materials. The instruction which is plausible for the very
Soviet ones, but very quickly precious magazine space, I will sheet does not mention the early ield modiications, but
the program was developed to concentrate on the challenges opening for the dorsal machine improbable for the aircraft
bring A-20s to the standards this kit throws at the builder and gun, so making it is left to itted with UTK-1 turrets
required by the VVS. possible ways to overcome them. the modeller’s own devices (these largely had another
The re-it of the bombers was The kit is a notorious – the painting guide in the UBK machine gun in the dorsal
mostly performed at Aviation tail-sitter, so plan to put a lot instruction sheets can be used position). Luckily nothing of it
Plant 81 in Moscow and included of weight in every possible as a broad guide for the shape is going to be seen through the
replacement of the frontal space in the front of the model. and the position of the opening. opening, hence “this will do”).
machine guns with two Berezin The new UTK turret and the I would also suggest thinning I would also suggest a few
UBTs, installation of the UTK-1 resin parts associated with its the plastic around the edges of extra detailing steps to the
fuselage sub-assembly by
adding the three coloured
recognition lights between
the bomb bay and the
dorsal gun opening.
Moving to the cockpit, the
level of detail provided in the
kit is perfectly adequate for a
closed-cockpit arrangement.
The instrument panel, however,
would have beneited from a
decal representation (sadly
not included). I used one from
the Revell re-pack, which



was a leftover from my previous build. As

I had chosen the closed-cockpit version,
I just added the seat belts from my spares Special Hobby suggests two painting
box and a few levers on the control box. versions for the kit, one for an A-20B and
Now I had a few not-so-pleasant the other for an A-20C. This means that
surprises. First of all, the it of the the modeller needs to make a decision
bombardier’s position glazing is not great. rather early in the process as to what
The width of the clear part is around 1.5 version to build and use appropriate
mm bigger than the width of the fuselage. parts for the chosen version.
On the positive side, the thickness of the The inspiration for the schemes most
plastic generously allows for the sanding and likely originated in the Authentic Decals
smoothing needed to get a good appearance. sheet “Bostons in the Russian Sky”, where
The it of the pilot’s glazing, thankfully, both of these options are presented. The
was not bad, but the most unpleasant issue Special Hobby decal sheet, however, has
was with the it of the opening part of the a couple good time-saving advantages
cockpit canopy to the fuselage. The movable over the aftermarket sheet. The green
part is just slightly bigger than the opening and light blue circles with the red stars
on the rest of the cockpit, hence a certain represent the overpainted US insignia very
amount of careful test itting and sanding is well. The images are a higher resolution
required (this last one caught me unawares, with a better deinition of the smaller
as in my previous model I had built the images (like the Guards emblem).
cockpit opened). But do not despair; a perfect However, the A-20B version requires the
result is very achievable with a little care. Authentic Decal sheet, as for some reason
Next came the wings and engines. The Special Hobby omitted a prominent slogan
main problem with all MPM Bostons is that on the arrow of the cartoon. As I decided
they are about 2 mm thinner in their root to build this version (predominantly
than the mating surfaces on the fuselage. because of the cartoon) I borrowed this
The easiest way to ix this fault is to insert a element from the aftermarket sheet.
plastic card wedge on the mating surfaces of The kit decals provide a small
the leading edges of the wing halves to make but perfectly adequate selection of
the wings deeper. The top angle of the edge stencils, but I would caution against
should start at the inner wall of the engine adding the trademarks on the propeller
gondola and be around 1.5 mm in its base. blades, as photos suggest that these
The other important lesson is that you particular aircraft did not have any.
should follow the sequence suggested
by the instruction sheet, so assemble
the undercarriage legs irst, and then
carefully build the engine housings around Because I concentrated on the faults of
them. Yes, it will require extra care in the kit and how to ix them, please do
the alignment and angles of the various not view the text above as just criticism.
parts, and an even gentler touch in adding Overall, I would rate this kit highly; it
the three parts that build the engine and provides a highly enjoyable build, but
wheel bay housing, but this is a lot easier not an easy one. The Special Hobby A-20
than trying to squeeze the undercarriage line is undoubtedly the best kits of this
parts into an already assembled gondola. type available and all the eforts and time
The engines themselves would also spent on it will reward the builder with
beneit from the addition of ignition an unusual and great looking model.
harnesses and other smaller parts. There Due to the nature of the work involved
are many more other smaller additions that in the process and the resin parts, I
would add character to the model (such as would suggest this kit to modellers with
brake lines on the undercarriage) but it is above an intermediate level of skills.
up to a modeller when the line is drawn. My thanks to Special Hobby for
supplying the review sample.

Fokker EII Eindekker

Eduard 1/48 Fokker EII Eindekker – Weekend Edition by Paul Gilson
SCALE: 1/48
PRICE: £13.30
KIT NO: 8451
STATUS: Reissued tooling
TYPE: Injection moulded plastic
PARTS: 95 light grey plastic and one
transparent plastic

he Fokker Eindekker
was the irst German
ighter aircraft to be
itted with a machine gun iring
through the propeller using a
synchronized interrupter gear.
This led to a brief period of air
superiority (which became
known as the “Fokker Scourge”),
until the Allies developed their
own forward-iring aircraft.
cowl. The majority of parts in three parts with separate Front in October 1915 and
this kit are to form the cockpit tyres and the hubs need some crashed on December 12th
THE KIT area, which has a high level of cleaning up to it into the 1915. Several photographs
This kit is one of my favourites, detail straight from the box. tyre neatly. On my model the of this aircraft feature in
as it was my irst ever 1/48 scale The fuselage joint gave moulding was quite poor; the Windsock Dataile 91.
aircraft build back in 1994, and some problems and required several of the undercarriage I started by giving my model
I’ve built four versions since a small amount of iller to struts had sections missing, a coat of grey primer, which
then. This version is derived make a smooth inish, and which had to be replaced highlighted a few areas needing
from the retooled 2008 ofering this becomes worse towards with some plastic rod. some cleaning up, before giving
and is a re-issue, with two decal the tail. This has been an issue The undercarriage is quite a inal colour coat. The decals
options and no photo-etch. with everyone that I have delicate, but using steel guitar were easy to apply and adhered
The kit contains excellent built and just needs some string as the undercarriage well with good colour depth,
detail straight out of the box, care to make a good inish. rigging added a lot of which meant no underlying
although there are some The engine as supplied is a strength. The tailplanes are paint showed through.
moulding issues. The parts are representation of the Oberusel also delicate and I knocked Once painted and decaled
on three sprues of light grey nine cylinder 100 hp engine. I them of a couple of times. I used ine thread to add the
plastic and a transparency added some wire to represent wing warping control wires and
for the windscreen. The the valve actuator rods to other rigging. Finally, I added
instructions are sixteen A5 the front of each cylinder.
COLOUR OPTIONS the machine gun, windscreen,
pages of diagrams, nearly The rest of the construction Two decal options are side steps, and wheels. The
half covering the cockpit was as per the instructions, given, with stencil data photographs of 69/15 also
and fuselage interior, and although I left of a lot of and propeller logos: showed this aircraft had a small
two painting diagrams. the smaller parts until after • E.II 68/15 – Western Front anemometer itted on the wing
painting. I also drilled some late 1915/early 1916. post so I constructed this from
ine holes in the wings • E.II 69/15 – Western spare parts and plastic rod.
CONSTRUCTION for the rigging later. Front October 1915.
The kit comes with parts to Before painting, I itted
make an E.I version, so you the undercarriage, but left At this point, I noticed a
need to use the correct parts of the wheels until after problem in the instructions. I like these simple little aircraft
for the wings, engine, and painting. These come as The instruction for Option – even in 1/48 it does not take
A talks about 68/15, but the up much shelf space – and
picture has the serial 69/15. with the minimal rigging,
For Option B the text says they are a great introduction
69/15 but the diagram has the to WW1 aviation. The Eduard
serial 68/15. It would appear ofering needs a little work
that the text headers have but fundamentally it is a good
been swapped between the kit, which I’d recommend.
two pages and apply to the My only reservation is the
opposite diagram. Looking quality of moulding on my
back at the instructions from sample, but again nothing
my last build these two are a good modeller can’t ix.
also the irst two decal options My thanks to Eduard for
for the Eduard E.II/E.III kit the review sample and also
No.8156, but in that kit the text their continued commitment
matches the decal diagrams. to producing a range of
I went with Fokker E.II 69/15, WW1 aviation subjects.
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s has become
traditional Wingnuts
Wings announced a
surprise Christmas release.
CL.II with their long out of
production R.F.C RE.8 (Harry
Tate). The RE.8 has been
attracting premium prices
The Wingnuts Duellist range on auction sites so now

A Little Bit of French

lackbird Models have
is a snapshot of a speciic
encounter between two
aircraft. The new Duellist
boxing includes their
recent German Halberstadt
you can own two kit for the
price you would have had to
pay for just the RE.8 if you
missed its original release.

B announced that their

irst Injection moulded
1/72 scale plastic kit will be the
Dewoitine D.510 inter war ighter.
Used by both the French and
Chinese over 120 aircraft of this
type were produced and many
carried some attractive markings. their 1/48 scale kit and should
This kit is being produced in be available in the Spring.
cooperation with Dora Wings, Blackbird have also obtained
so it will have many features of the 1/144 sets produced by Cobra
Company until their closure in
2016 and will be reissuing them in
2019. These will include the multi
media full kit of the Consolidated
PB4Y-2 Privateer as well as detail
sets for the Minicraft PB4Y-1
and B-24s as well as the much
sort after sets for the KC-97.

From Russia with Love

ikro Mir has been despite only 24 being produced.

M producing a diverse
range of kits of subjects
that many companies would
The second new kit was
produced in even smaller
numbers and despite my liking
never consider over the last of Luftwafe aircraft a type that
year. This will continue in 2019 I had never heard of, and I am
with the release of a 1/72 scale sure that many will be scratching
English Electric Canberra T.17, their heads at the release of a
this was the ugly duckling of the 1/48 scale Dobhlhof WNF-342.
Canberra family. This ECM trainer Only four examples of this small
was one of the most instantly helicopter were produced for
recognisable of the family service on German Navy ships

and Submarines and the

last of four a two-seater
was captured and taken
to the United States
for testing after war.
Finally the
Supermarine S.5 the
1927 Schneider trophy
winning loatplane will
be released in the early
months of 2019 if all goes to plan.



This Could Run and Run

MG have announced that they signiicant announcement

A are working on a Hawker Hart

bomber in 1/48 scale, it is one
of modelling great mysteries as to why
is the number of other
types based on the Hart.
As well as the light Bomber
it has taken so long for a manufacturer Hart we had the Audax and
to produce a state-of-the-art kit of this Hector designed for Army
important type. Production started Cooperation the Demon two
in the 1920s and the type served with seat Fighter. While the Royal
ten countries around the World, but Navy had the Osprey, a navalised carrier
it left front line service before the capable version of the Hart. The Hart’s
Second World War to be replaced by replacement in the Royal Air Force
monoplanes. What makes this such a was an upgraded version the Hawker
Hind and this type served with 20
Bomber Squadrons as well as ten other
countries with the last being retired in
Afghanistan in the late 1950s. So this
basic kit could be used to produce an
amazing number of versions and well as
some very attractive colour schemes.
The second announcement is a
Messerschmitt B109, I can almost
hear the groans, but this new Bf109
is the early A version in 1/144 scale
so will be welcomed by many.
British Beauty
ora Wings have a love afair with between

D the war British aircraft produced by the

Luton based Percival company. They
have already produced both civil and military
version of the Vega Gull in 1/72 scale and have
also produced a military version in 1/48 scale.
And now they will be releasing a civilian version
in 1/48 scale, which will include some very
attractive schemes for this very pretty aircraft.

More From Russia with Love!

vezda has been producing released in 1/72 scale. To date

Z kits for over 28 years and

in that time they have
gone from quite basic shape and
this type has been sold to six air
forces and three of these Russia,
Algeria and Belarus feature
limited distribution to widely on the comprehensive decal
distributed state of art accuracy sheet produced by Begemot.
that rival anything produced In this issue we feature a full
anywhere else in the world. In build of Zvezda 1/144 scale IL-76
fact you can ind their original heavy lift transporter, since
products being re-boxed by a that version’s release they have
number of other manufacturers. already released the heavily
Their latest new tool kit is the modiied the A-50 Mainstay
Yakovlev YAK-130 trainer in 1/48 AWACs aircraft and now we have
scale a type they have already the release of the Il-76TD water

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By Tim Upson-Smith
ell, I cannot believe that

W I am writing the January

2019 Czech News, where did
2018 go? Looking back over the year, I
haven’t been as productive on my model
bench as perhaps I would have liked,
but I have built a couple of biplanes
and I have the 1/16 scale Fokker Dr1 to
inish in the new year. For my model
club competitions over the year I have
Night Wing
built several Brengun/Hauler models, n 1/144 scale Brengun has announced
including 1/144 cars and bicycles, which
I ind fun to build. Next of the bench,
hopefully before 2018 ends, will be the
I a night ighter version of the Horton
Ho-229, this kit as a ‘Luft 46’ model
features two typical night ighter schemes
new 1/72 scale MiG-21 from Eduard, both of which are going to require some
which will feature as a build in early 2019. skill with your airbrush to get the spots
So as one year draws to a close and the and squiggles right! In 1/72 scale, as a resin
new one starts, we can look back at the kit, Brengun have released the MQ-8B Fire
wonderful new releases we have had and Scout, an unmanned drone helicopter.
we can look forward to the new year as From Hauler also in 1/72 scale we have the
there are many more to come. I just now Beaverette, an armoured command vehicle
need to ind more time to build them! which saw use on British Second World War
If your company or product airields. As such, this little kit would make
is not featured and you would an interesting addition to an airield diorama.
like it to be, please contact us at As ever, the Brengun/Hauler catalogue
the editorial e-mail address. is worth a look, you just might ind that
elusive subject you have been looking for!

Siebel Progress
pecial Hobby have

S shared some progress

on a kit that I am
looking forward too! The
1/48 scale Seibel Si-
204. The small parts have
been test shot and look
good, however the ine
folk at Special Hobby have
spotted a couple of issues
that need adjusting and the
tooling just needs a little
more polishing to get it
New for January 2019, we
can look forward to the rather
1/32 Scale
right. We can expect this
kit to be released in 2019. This kit will also be
released as the Czech built Aero C-3 A/B, an
odd-looking B-18B Bolo ASW,
in 1/72 scale. Also we can look forward to
the Kittyhawk Mk.III, markings include
example of which is currently being restored
at the Czech Air Force Museum, Kbely.
a rather interesting looking Brazilian
AF example, with cartoon nose art. Extras
f you were lucky enough to purchase

I one of the 15 available 1/32 scale

C-47s on sale at Scale Model World
Telford, you may be interested to
know that HpH have released a set of
detailed etched brass landing laps.
The set is available to order from
their webpage



Calm after the Storm?

fter all of the hard

A work the Eduard

Team put into
getting the Tempest ready
for Telford, we don’t have
many January releases!
But what we do have looks
good, irst up is a Limited
Edition, ‘Bodenplatte’,
this kit will comprise a
Fw190D-9 and a Bf109G-14
and Bf109-14AS. The
1/48 scale F6F-3 will be
re-released in a ProiPack
edition. In the Weekend
Edition range we can look
forward to a re-release of

More MiGs
KOVOZÁVODY PROSTEJOV of the MiG-19S. The kit is in the
the excellent 1/48 scale
Spitire LF Mk.IXc.
And if it is more
Tempests you are after the
Eduard storm is brewing to
doubt some other treats too!
If it is American muscle
ext up from KP is the very early stages of development bring us the Tempest Mk.V you are waiting for, the

N surprise announcement
of a new tool 1/72 scale kit
but the masters look good for this
long overlooked MiG ighter.
Series 2 in February and in
June there will be a Royal
Class Edition, which will
1/48 scale Mustangs will be
debuted at the 2019IPMS US
Nationals in Chattanooga.
come with a book and no As ever Eduard have lots
of Brassin accessories
to tempt, with a lot of
the newly announced
sets for their Tempest
even the most detail
hungry modellers
should be satisied!

Going Japanese!
RS to establish a number of distance
irst up from RS, we have and endurance records in Japan.

F a re-release of their 1/72

scale Ryan NYP ‘Spirit of St
Louis’. As well as the markings for
Also in 1/72 the Ki-100-II has been
re-released with an interesting
what if captured scheme.
Lindberg’s machine the kit will Also re-released with new
include the markings for a Japanese markings options we can
version. I was unaware of the Ryan look forward to the 1/72 scale
NYP-2, this aircraft was built for a Yak-11/C-11, with some rather
Japanese newspaper and was used colourful German DDR, Austrian
and Romanian schemes.
Also with new markings and
continuing the Japanese theme
we have the Ki-61-II Kai.
However, to save the best till Japanese options it will also include and Thai air Force markings.
last RS have announced the release one operated by the Germans but So, if you are a fan of Japanese
of a brand-new kit in 1/72 scale of in British markings! RS will also aviation RS have a lot this month to
the Japanese biplane loatplane, be releasing the E8N2 version keep you happy and building for the
the Nakajima E8N1, as well as the and this will include Japanese irst few months of the new year!



Master Models Res Kit

his month at Telford his month I had another
we received a selection packet from the Ukraine
of their latest releases. containing two diferent
We have a whole selection of 1/48 scale cluster bombs. These
sets based on the Northrop types have been widely used
F-5 /T-38 family of jets which NORTHROP F-5A/E &F TIGER II and carried by a vast number
is a widespread service which “SHARK NOSE” of aircraft until their banning
continues today despite many Product number: 48-150 by the Convention of Cluster
airframes reaching their 50th Munitions in 2008 though
birthday. Each set includes NORTHROP T-38 TALON/ F-5B/RF- they continue in wide spread
a cast brass Pitot tubes as 5A/RF-5E /RF-5S use by many countries in
well as two 20mm Cannon Product number: 48-151 deiance of this agreement.
Barrels and are a simple The irst box contained
replacement for the kit parts. four British BL755 bombs
1/32 SCALE while the second contains
NORTHROP F-5A/E &F TIGER II the Russian B-13L both of
which had widespread use
NORTHROP F-5A/E &F TIGER II Product number: 32-110 and were widely exported.
“ROUND NOSE” RS48-0108 BL755 Cluster Bomb
These weapons are moulded
Product number: 144-030 with Decals
NORTHROP F-5A/E &F TIGER II as one piece and just need
“SHARK NOSE” removing from the casting
NORTHROP F-5A/E &F TIGER II Product number: 32-111 block with a razor saw. A nice
“SHARK NOSE” touch is that both sets includes
Product number: 144-031 NORTHROP T-38 TALON/ F-5B/RF- a small decal sheet to supply all Res Kit have a Facebook page
5A/RF-5E /RF-5S the stencils as well as coloured at
Product number: 32-112 bands indicating a live weapon. ukraine/and this features
1/72 SCALE a number of interesting
NORTHROP F-5A/E &F TIGER II future projects which I hope
“ROUND NOSE” CONCLUSION 1/48 SCALE to review in the future.
Product number: 72-139 The F-5 family is a prime RS48-0110 B-13L Cluster Unit with This range is being stocked
candidate for premature part by Hannants in the UK.
NORTHROP F-5A/E &F TIGER II removal due to the long pitot tube
“SHARK NOSE” on the nose, these set make this
Product number: 72-140 less likely as well as supplying a
far better-looking cannon barrels
NORTHROP T-38 TALON/ F-5B/RF- on the aggressive versions.
5A/RF-5E /RF-5S The full Master range can
Product number: 72-141 be viewed on their website
and in the UK the range will
1/48 SCALE be stocked by Hannants.
NORTHROP F-5A/E &F TIGER II Our thanks to Piotr
Czerkasow for supplying us
Product number: 48-149 with the review samples.

Signifier changes and the Signiier example

features the later of-road wheels.
This will make a nice
addition to any RAF diorama
though I am sure most
will end up paired with a
Supermarine Spitire.

t has been a while The second new
since we had release supplies resin
anything new from sections to produce
Signiier but this month the chevron plate
we received two new used by the French Air
releases. The irst is Force during World
the in 1/32 scale and War 2 and could still be
1/32 SCALE
make into a stunning seen in the 1950s in 1/48 RAF POWER CART WW2
representation of scale. Each pack contains Product No: SN32007
the RAF battery two 130x217mm pieces
(Accumulator) power and will house a single or
cart that was used twin engined ighter.
during the Second I rarely build dioramas, but that
World War to start power cart will certainly ind
Piston Engined aircraft
1/48 SCALE a use next to my long planned
and were a common FRENCH AIRFIELD PLATES B.O.A.C. Mosquito example.
sight not only on RAF For ordering details and to
airields but also on see the full Signiier range visit
Product No: SN48017
American airields. signiier.chez-alicefr/uk.htm and
Over its long life there our thanks to J Meissonnier for
were a few design supplying the review samples.



RB Productions
t Telford we had a long
overdue catch up with RB
Productions and this Irish
manufacturer provided us with
samples of their latest resin sets.
The two sets released at
Telford supply upgrade sets for
Revell’s 1/32 scale P-51 Mustang.
The irst replaces the kits bomb
racks with more accurate one-
piece resin examples that also
include etched support arms and
Yahu Models
pads. The second set replaces ue to my aging eyesight
the kits main undercarriage it is only under
1/48 SCALE
doors with new examples that magniication that the YMA 4869 AVRO LANCASTER
have more and better detail detail on these sets really popped Designed for Tamiya
than their plastic equivalents. out for me and I could appreciate
just how amazing these
instrument panels are. Far better
1/32 SCALE
1/32 SCALE than anything mere mortals YMA 3241 REPUBLIC P-47D LATE
RB-P32008 P-51D-5 BOMB RACKS can paint or even in my case Designed for Trumpeter
Designed for: Revell assemble from separate parts.

RB-P32009 P-51D MAIN

UNDERCARRIAGE DOORS 1/72 SCALE I am always impressed with
Designed for: Revell YMA 7205 PZL 37LOS these sets and our thanks to
All these products can be Designed for FLY Yahu Models for supplying
purchased direct from the the review samples, the full
CONCLUSION manufacturer’s website at YMA 7306 SPITFIRE MK.II range can be seen on their
These are very high-quality Designed for Revell 2018/AZ Models website at www.yahumodels.
products with only minimal Our thanks to Radu Brinzan and are
clean up required once you have for supplying the review samples. stocked in the UK by Hannants
separated the resin part from its
Designed for ICM/A Model
casting block with a razor saw.

Blackbird Models
he Avro Lancaster is an line drawings and text to clearly
iconic aircraft and was show what modiications need
a major success story to be done to the Airix kit. This
but many have forgotten that it mainly involves separating the
was based on a design that was outer engine and wing panels
far from successful though it along a panel line between the
shared 50% the same parts. inner and outer Merlin engines.
Between 1940 and 1941 over Once this is achieved everything
200 Avro Manchester’s were else is really quite simple. In fact
produced but it had a major the hardest part of this kit will
Achilles heel, the twin Rolls be researching your marking
Royce Vulture engines that options as no decals come with
powered it. Throughout its life the kit. Though stencils and codes
the Vulture was underpowered letters are readily available from
and sufered severe reliability Kits World and Xtradecal while provide stencilling and national is superbly engineered and
issues that were never solved. Kits World’s sheet 148104 will markings if you do not want would be a good one to try as
Things were so bad some to use the Airix kits decals. a irst major conversion and a
squadrons returned to operating full build using this conversion
the aircraft the Manchester was will appear in a future issue.
supposed to replace but it still
1/72 SCALE We thank Blackbird Models
lew over 1200 missions despite BMA72014 AVRO MANCHESTER for the samples, their website
a 60 per cent loss rate mostly at
related to engine failures. Designed for: Airfix New Tool includes ordering details for
Blackbird Models have both the decals and their range
released a comprehensive of accessories and full kits.
conversion to produce the
Manchester using the Airix new The Manchester looks strikingly
tool Lancaster. Consisting of 25 diferent from the Lancaster
parts the casting is to a very high especially if you do a Mk.1 with it
standard and the instructions use extra vertical in. This conversion



Aero Line by Plus Model

he latest releases from pose in on the ground as seen
Aero Line supplies a in the box art as I do not know
nicely moulded 1/48 any pilot who would do so!
scale F-8 Crusader pilot leaning The second set is a complete
against the forward fuselage. set of wheels for Heller’s 1/72
The moulding is very good and scale EC-121 Warning Star reissue,
the pose looks natural a nice this set was included in Plus
bonus is a small decal sheet that Models boxing of the EC-121 and
includes arm patches for several will be welcomed by many who
squadrons. You are also supplied were not able to purchase that
with some markings for the limited run reissue withe it’s
pilots Helmet. This is moulded large number or resin additions.
separately though I would not

your shopping list and of

1/72 SCALE course the Crusader Pilot can
AL 7027 WHEELS FOR EC-121 also be used with many US
Navy Single seaters from the
Designed for: Heller 1960s-80s and this sample will
end up with an A-4 Skyhawk.
Our thanks to Plus Model for
1/48 SCALE supplying the review samples
AL4079 F-8 Crusader Pilot which can be purchased
which is Plus Models retail
CONCLUSION arm and we thank them for
If you like your US Navy subjects supplying the review sample.
both sets should feature on

t Telford we received BR32358 Fw190A-6 to A-9,F and D
some of BarracudaCast’s Main Wheels (Ribbed)
latest releases this month
including a selection of wheels BR32357 Fw190A6 to A-9,F and D
for various variants of the ever Main Wheels (Smooth)
popular Focke-Wulf Fw-190.
Of course, the resin is
beautifully cast and gives you
1/48 SCALE
details like air valves which BR48356 Fw190A-1 to A-5 Main Our thanks to Roy Sutherland
would be almost impossible
Wheels (Ribbed) CONCLUSION for supplying the review
in injection moulded plastic. These are simple upgrades samples which can be purchased
that are supported by from
1/72 SCALE minimal instructions that
1/32 SCALE BR72356 Fw190A-1 to A-5 Main are a worthwhile upgrade
Wheels (Ribbed)
BR32357 Fw190A-1 to A-5 Main for your Fw-190.
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masking tape. The tapes are tape. The 10mm tape would be
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tapes are perfect for masking those for scales all the way down to think this was my fault as I didn’t curved camoulage schemes.
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I have had a Tamiya Fairey
Swordish in the stash for a while
but have never been inspired by
any markings to build it. That has
now changed with the release for
the Fairey owned example that
was purchased by Fairey in 1947
when the aircraft was struck of
charge, but it was not restored
until 1955 when it was painted in
a very attractive silver and dark
blue inish which are the subject
of this new decal sheet. In 1959 it
was painted in wartime colours for
the ilm Sink the Bismarck, and
the following year was presented
to the Royal Navy who still operate
the aircraft today though it is
currently under restoration.

Artic Decals for was used by the Ministry

of Aviation and was used in a
record attempt lying between
London and Cape Town in 1938
1/72 SCALE
ARC72-094 CAPRONI CA.310
These sheets will certainly
make a change from these
aircrafts normally more

t Telford Arctic Decals but crashed during the attempt. aggressive appearance and no
supplied us with some Finished in an attractive red and Caproni Ca.310, I-ENEI.Croydon,1938. major conversion is required
of their latest releases. silver scheme, and a special must to the basic kit parts just
The irst two are both military be made of quality of the silver remove the armament and
aircraft in a civilian guise. In 1/72 printing around the registration
1/48 SCALE associated equipment.
scale we have the Caproni Ca.310 and the inclusion of pre-cut self- ARC48-025 CIVILIAN FAIREY Our thanks to Mika Jernfors
was a light attack bomber that adhesive chrome foil to supply the of Arctic Decals for supplying
saw served in the Spanish civil window surrounds, even better Fairey Swordfish Mk.II, G-AJVH. White the review samples which can
Waltham, 1955-59
war and the early stages of World spares are included just in case. be ordered from there web site
War 2. The example that Artic These Caproni Ca.310 decals have at
decals have supplied markings been designed for the Azur kit.

Marmaduke Press Decals Fundekals

love Fundekals and I love

t Telford this their business models. You
manufacturer supplied start by visiting their website
us with sample of their and then can spend a happy hour
1/48 scale sheets supplying investigating the range of decals.
some attractive alternatives Mainly because you download the
to the Airix kit’s sheet. instruction sheet for each of their
This sheet supplies six subjects and as an example the
options, four in an overall silver one for the Corsair we received
inish and two in camoulage. to review stretches to over 20
What makes this sheet stand pages which as well as having
out is that all but the Australian informative text have some
example has the attractive unit wonderful period photographs as Cpt GT Doster, VMF-321 Guam,1944.
insignia that was very much well as the normal colour proiles. F4U-1D, BuNo 50417, 1st Lt W Eldridge,
in vogue during the 1950s. Then once you have picked VMF-441, Yontan Okinawa, 15th April
your subject you can choose your 1945.
scale old preference you can order FG-1D BuNo88056, Lt Col K Yost, VMF-
1/48 SCALE the high quality decal sheet that
351, USS Cape Gloucester,
MOD480091 GLOSTER METEOR CONCLUSION you will normally receive in the F4U-1D BuNo82732, VMF-512, USS
F8 Gilbert Island
The instructions that come UK about 7 to 10 days later.
Meteor A77-385 (WE918) No.77 Corsair Mk.II, Sub Lt L Durno, 1834
with this decal supply the
Squadron RAAF, Kimpo, Korea. Sqdn, HMS Victorious
usual colour side proiles
263 Squadron RAF, Gloster Meteor
as well as two sections
1/72, 1/48 & 1/32 SCALE Corsair Mk.II, 1836 Sqdn, HMS
F.8 WA893 “C” RAF Acklington, circa Victorious
entitled Decal application F-4U CORSAIR
1 Squadron RAF, Gloster Meteor F.8 “Yeah Yeah I Know this bit F4U-1A, BuNo 17740, Maj G Boyingtom,
Really and A Brief guide VMF-214, Vella La Vella, December 1943
WL108 “P”, RAF Waterbeach, 1960.
to confuse the modellers F4U-1A, BuNo 17883, Maj M Carl, VMF- CONCLUSION
609 (West Riding) Squadron
223, Torokina, Bougainville, December
RAuxAF, Gloster Meteor F.8 VZ501 further which shows the I am sure that if you visit their
“K” RAF Church Fenton, circa 1956. humour that permeates website at www.fundekals.
F4U-1A, BuNo17883, Maj G Boyington
601 (County of London) Squadron this instruction sheet? & Capt D Aldrich, VMF-214 + VMF-215, com you will be as impressed
RAuxAF, Gloster Meteor F.8 WK722 For ordering details by this range as I am, and I
Vella Le Vella, December 1943 to
“A” RAF North Weald, circa 1953.
contact the manufacturer January 1944v thank Jonathan Strickland
263 Squadron RAF, Gloster Meteor
at info@marmadukepress. F4U-1A, BuNo50042 Lt BJ Holmes & Lt of Fundekals for supplying
F.8 WK722 “F” RAF Wattisham, circa
com or via Facebook at JJ O’Connell, VMF-321 Guam, December us with the review samples.
Marmaduke Press.
F4U-1A, BuNo50165, Lt RST Marsh &



Lifelike Decals Euro Decals

he latest

his is turning sheet from
in to the Euro Decals
month covers the North
of the Mustang American P-51D
but unlike other Mustang around
manufacturers the world in both
Lifelike Decals 1/72 and 1/48
include a mix of scale. Now many
both bubbletop manufacturers
and high backs on have covered the
one sheet. This is P-51 over the years
part four of their so it must be hard
series covering to ind a scheme
the Mustang and that has not been
we have some very covered before.
familiar squadron But Euro Decals,
colours but on seemed to have
aircraft that tend managed to ind a
to be overlooked. number of schemes
that I have never
seen before. My
1/72 SCALE favourite scheme
72-038 NORTH has an emerald
green and anti
glare panel with
P-51D-10-NA, 44-14251,
flown by Lt. Col. Roy Clair a yellow rudder
Fighter Squadron, 359tyh Fighter Group
Caviness, Commander of and canopy surround. If that is based at RAF East Wrentham 1945.
78FG, Duxford/England, 1 not enough you have black wing
August 1045. North American J-26 Mustang, 26115,
stripes, a red surround to the OK/40 of F.4, based at Frissin, Sweden
P-51D-15-NA, 44-15056, machine gun ports and nose art! 1951.
flown by Lt. John “Wild Bill”
Crump of 360FS/358FG, North American F-51D, A68-563, POPP
Martlesham Heath/England, of 86 Squadron RAAF based at Bohle
April 1945.
1/72 SCALE River Airfield, Australia 1945.

P-51B-5-NA, 43-7058, ED-72119 BUBBLETOP MUSTANGS

flown by Capt. Burton N. North American Mustang Mk.IV, KH673,
Rodier Jr. of 26FS/51FG, OGL NGeeptea0 of 5 Squadron, South 1/48 SCALE
Kumming/China, 5 African Air Force, based in Italy April ED-48119 BUBBLETOP MUSTANGS
September 1944. 1945.
Exactly the same as listed above in 1/72
P-51D-10-NA, 44-14164, North American P-51 Mustang, serial scale.
flown by Lt. Urban Leonard unknown, OK/50 of 1 Squadron, RoKAF
Drew of 375FS/361FG, Little based at Chinghai Air Base (K-10),
Walden/England, 7 October August 1950.
1944. North American Mustang Mk.IV, CONCLUSION
NZ2427, 0270, of 3 (Christchurch) This is high quality product
Squadron, Territorial Air Force RNZAF,
with clear instructions and
1/32 SCALE based in Christchurch late 1940s.
with a wide selection of
North American P-51D Mustang,
32-021 NORTH AMERICAN Mustang Kits to choose from in
44-11222, OCV Jolie HZOne0 of 368th
both scales this sheet will give
As listed above in 1/72 scale. you six varied options
from around the world.
Our thanks to
CONCLUSION Fantasy Printshop
If you have space for for supplying the
more Mustangs on review sample, which
the shelf this sheet is can be ordered from
well worth a look and their website at www.
I especially liked the
sole high-backed B with its
impressive shark mouth.
In the UK the Lifelike
range is stocked by Hannants
but they are only produced
in limited runs so are worth
buying now and laying
down for future use.
Our thanks to Lifelike
Decals for supplying
the review samples.



RB Productions II” flown by Lt. Walker J. Goehausen

he Mustang’s operation Jr., 308th FS/31st FG, 15th AF, San
over Italy is often Severo, Italy, summer 1944.
overlooked in favour P-51D-5-NA No. 44-13382
“February” flown by Lt. James “Jim”
of Western Europe but Italian
L, Brooks, 307th FS/31st FG, 15th AF,
aircraft were just as colourful San Severo, Italy, summer 1944.
as shown by the four examples P-51D-5-NA No. 44-13464 flown by
covered by RB Productions new Maj. Samuel Brown the CO of 307th
sheet. All of the options have FS/31st FG, 15th AF, San Severo, Italy,
red noses and all but one has red summer 1944.
stripped tail surfaces. The other P-51D-5-NA No. 44-13428 “Cathy II”
flown by Lt. John Barry Lawler 2nd
thing they have in common
FS/52nd FG, 15th AF, Madna, Italy,
is an impressive selection summer 1944.
of scoreboards featuring
between 10 and 15 kills born
on the sides of each aircraft.
The instructions provide
plenty of information on each
aircraft and we even have a
This sheet is available
now from RB Productions
website www.radubstore.
Blackbird Models Spitfire IX, MU216, of the Empire Flying

selection of black and white and com and while you are there his month we have School at Hullavington 1946-49.
full colour period photographs. check out the other decal two more sheets from Spitfire XIVe, TZ164, of 2 Sqn at
sheets and very useful Blackbird models and Wunsdorf, Germany in 1947.
etched metal range of unusually for RAF subjects we
1/72 SCALE tools and detailing sets. have some welcome splashes of
RB-D72025 RED NOSE P-51D-5 Our thanks to Radu colour. We start in 1/72 scale with
Brinzan for supplying the third part of their coverage of
1/48 SCALE
P-51D-5-NA No. 44-13494 “Miss Mimi the review sample. Post war RAF. With a sheet that BMD48011 RAF HUNTERS PT. 1
includes two Spitires one of which Hunter F.1 of the ETPS at Farnborough
has most of the middle fuselage in 1959.
in yellow. The third aircraft is Hunter F.1 of the Day Fighter Leader
School at RAF West Raynham in 1957.
a Lancaster Mk.VII in a post
war scheme of black underside Hunter F.6 of the Day Fighter Combat
School at RAF Stradishall in 1961.
with grey uppers plus a yellow
band around the rear fuselage.
Moving up to 1/48 scale we have
a sheet that is the irst in a series
covering the Hawker Hunter. This is a very nice selection
Three marking options include of markings and most
an overall silver inish while the modellers who like the post
other two are in the standard war RAF will ind something
camoulage, but both have large to model, or in my case
areas of red or yellow trim. three as I love the Hunter.
Our thanks to Blackbird
Models for the review
1/72 SCALE samples which is available to
BMD72046 POST WAR RAF PT. 3 order from their website at
Lancaster VII, Nx737, of CFS in 1947.

Foxbot Decals for six Mig-25’s operating from

the Ukraine and includes both
aircraft with the Soviet star and
the later Ukrainian Roundel and

wo of the latest 1/48 scale Shield and Trident tail badge. MiG-25PD.
sheets from Foxbot Decals The second sheet supplies MiG-25RBF.
have been designed for the over 400 stencils for every MiG-25RBS.
recent Mig-25 produced by ICM. version of the Foxbat and will
The irst sheet provides markings keep the detail obsessed occupied
Fuel tank.
for many weeks of
decaling sessions.

1/48 SCALE Foxbot Decals have been quite
48-035 UKRAINIAN hard to ind but now most of
the range is available from
MiG-25PDS Red 17, 933rd anniversary of the Komsomol”, Vasilkov,
1990. Hannants including these
FAR, Dnepropetrovsk.
sheets for the Mig-25.
MiG-25PDS Blue 20, MiG-25PDS Red 87, 933rd FAR Air
Defence of Ukraine, Dnepropetrovsk, Our thanks to Foxbot for
146th GFAR named “50th
anniversary of October “, 1995. supplying the review samples.
Vasilkov, 1990. MiG-25PDS Red 89, 933rd FAR Air
MiG-25PDS Blue 86, Defence of Ukraine, Dnepropetrovsk,
146th GFAR named “60th 1994.


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Is it a photo or a model

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As featured in this month’s SAMI

A nice 26s featured in the diorama class



Was someone inspired by our Boneyard scrapbook, I like to think so!

This opened up An-2 impressed the judges

The finish on this 1/72 scale Hustler had to be seen to be believed!

Hard to believe this Mig-19 is 1/144

This Offag Micki Flying Boat swept the board as well as winning Senior National Champion




MITCHELL Airfix 1/72 North American Mitchell C/D by Roman Schilhart

Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel
Airix kit is the C/D version,
THE SUBJECT which was produced between
he North American 1942 and 1944. The C and

T B-25 Mitchell was
America’s most
famous twin-
engine medium bomber of
World War II, named in honour
D were basically identical,
but the C-series was
manufactured at Inglewood,
while the D was assembled
at the Kansas City plant.
of Major General William The C/Ds featured some
“Billy” Mitchell, one of the improvements over earlier
pioneers of U.S. military production batches. These Interior painted, with seatbelts from tape The instrument panel is provided as a
aviation. The aircraft served included an astrodome to added. decal, which I find sufficient for this scale.
with various air forces in replace the lat window
every theatre of the war (in on top of the navigator’s
RAF service, they were known compartment, blisters on the
as the Mitchell II), and many sides of the navigator’s station,
remained in service after the a more potent nose gun, re-
war ended; some are still lying designed canopy framework,
today and can be seen at air and a lower fuselage gun turret.
shows all over the world.
The subject of this new Fuselage halves with bomb bay in place.


TYPE: New-tool
SCALE: 1/72
TYPE: Injection molded
PARTS: 166

EDUARD Pre-Cut Masking Set
Tactical Air Force 1944-1945”

The Mitchell C/D is a great kit of a

beautiful aircraft and one of Airfix’
best efforts so far

Airix’ new-tool Mitchell
made its irst appearance at
the Telford Model World Show
in 2017. In terms of shape and
dimensions the subject has
been thoroughly researched
by Airix, and seems to have
been crafted very accurately.
Inside Airix’ sturdy, top-
opening box, there are ive
sprues of light grey plastic
along with two individually
bagged sprues of clear parts,
for a total of 166 parts.
I used wooden clamps on the construction of the wings. This nasty seamline kept me busy for a couple of days.

BUILDING THE Tamiya tape and completed glued to the inner fuselage completing the fuselage
INTERIOR with buckles from scrap halves, then the bomb racks structure. Each panel has
Construction starts with the photo-etch. The instrument and four 500-pound bombs one small circular and one
multi-part cockpit, which has panel is provided as a decal. were added. The aft bomb small oval-shaped window
an amazing level of detail. Nose guns were omitted, bay bulkhead contains the in them, which spares you
The assembly incorporates as according to original second wing spar, which slides the hassle of handling small
the bombardier’s station, the photographs my chosen through respective openings pieces. All other small fuselage
navigators’ compartment subject had them removed. on the fuselage halves. windows it from the outside.
and the front wing spar. The Next up were the bomb bay Two clear panels it on Before closing the fuselage,
only thing missing is the side panels, which incorporate each side of the fuselage just you are supposed to add 25 g
seatbelts, which I cut from the bomb bay doors. These were ahead of the dorsal turret, of weight to the front section,


but because of the glass nose,
there’s very little room to
hide enough weight to suit
the purpose. I illed the gap
between the forward bulkhead
and the instrument panel,
as well as the nose gear bay
bay with a mix of lead shot
and white glue. Even so I was
unable to ind enough room Fake bulkheads added to the engine A mix of small lead shots and white glue Just to make sure I added support struts to
for the required nose weight, nacelles. adds weight to the front. the main gear legs.
but there is plenty of room
in the engine gondolas, so
I delegated the problem to
a later stage of the build.
With the interior complete,
I sprayed everything Gunze
Zinc Chromate Type 1 (351). I
then used a brush and Vallejo
acrylics to pick out details
like seatbelts, buckles, and
switches on the consoles before
washing everything with the alignment of the nose
thinned black artists oils. As a cone. The fuselage front edges
inishing touch, I added subtle were slightly wider than the
highlights by dry-brushing clear part, and with the nose
a lighter shade of green. part centred, I was left with
a ridge of about 0.3 mm on
each side. I masked the clear
WINGS AND parts with Eduard’s masking
FUSELAGE set (CX507) to protect them
I had no problem sliding the from scratches and sanded the The model, primed and pre-shaded, ready for painting.
interior assembly into the overhanging panels to shape
fuselage halves and closing with a ile, and then polished the RAF Mitchell I was about to The inner laps were not
them up, but I was left with the surface to a smooth inish. build did not have these! Facing ixed at this stage, as they
rather nasty seamlines along With the fuselage ixed, the unattractive prospect partially overlap with one of
both fuselage joints which I turned my attention to the of scraping the parts of the the fuselage side windows
required several putty and wings. These are accurately wing, probably damaging the when in the dropped position.
sanding sessions to remedy reproduced, featuring the delicate surface details, I left They were painted separately,
(this may have been the result type’s distinctive gull-winged them in place, persuading along with the tail ins, and
of a misaligned interior part on appearance. I started by adding myself that it’s a minor mistake ixed to the model later in
my behalf, rather than an issue the build. I did the same with
of the kit’s engineering). Once the upper and lower turrets,
I was through with sanding It’s complex, yet reasonably easy to build, which feature excellent detail
and polishing, I dusted all and can be recommended to all levels and can be added later on.
recessed detail with an old other than the total beginner
toothbrush and re-scribed
the panel lines I had lost
along the fuselage spine. the upper wing halves to the that no one will notice.
The canopy and glass fuselage spars, according A clear part representing One half of each engine
nose were now itted. Before to the kit instructions. the landing light is installed nacelle serves as a positioning
attaching the clear parts, I At this stage, the kit into each lower wing half. guide to ensure the main
painted the contact edges black instructions also tell you to I painted the bulb in silver. undercarriage legs are set
with Vallejo acrylics (which drill holes for parts D10 and The landing light cover is correctly. This is very useful,
was supposed to make the D11, two drop-shaped bulges only itted once the lower as the leg otherwise just clips
transparencies look thinner). over the outlets on the right wing halves have been ixed into a shallow depression on
While the canopy hood was upper wing. I did as suggested, to the spars, with the laps the undercarriage roof, which
a good it, I struggled with but then realized too late that completing the wing assembly. makes for a wobbly assembly. I


decided to support the legs with
steel wire rods, ixed on the
wheel bay roof and underpinned
to the front of the leg for
extra strength. Thanks
to the small opening
of the wheel bay, I
didn’t have to worry
about the fake support
struts being visible on
the inished model.
As mentioned earlier,
the area at the front of
the engine nacelles provides
ample space for balance
weight. I installed a fake
front bulkhead, cut out from
plastic sheet, and illed the
inner space with Deluxe Liquid
Gravity ixed with white glue.
The white glue takes a
while to cure, so I meanwhile
turned my attention to the
engines. They come in three
parts, are suiciently detailed,
and they look great when
painted. There are plenty of
little exhaust triangles to
attach to the cowlings, and
in case one gets lost Airix
gives you some extras.
Finally, the engine gondolas
slide over the landing gear
legs onto the wing. With the
nose gear itted, I did a inal
balance test to make sure
I wasn’t producing a tail-
sitter, and was pleased to ind
everything was in order. problem-solving later. Unaware
What I had forgotten to take at the time of this problem, I
into account was the weight cleaned all dust from the model
of the tail ins and turrets, and stufed all the openings
which were not itted yet and with packaging foam in
would require some creative preparation for a coat of primer.
Tamiya Grey Primer was
decanted into the airbrush and
applied to the model’s surface,
followed by pre-shading in segments. To achieve a worn
with Gunze H12 Black along and weathered look, I sparingly
the panel lines. For the main applied some Vaseline cream
fuselage colors, I used Gunze with a sponge along the
H52 Olive Drab for the upper stripes before painting. The
sides and Gunze H53 Grey for Vaseline can easily be wiped
the undersides. As I was aiming away once the paint has dried,
I simulated overpainted US markings by Creating a wavy demarcation line with for a wavy demarcation line leaving irregular chips.
spraying a lighter shade through paper masks. Mr.Hyde Masking Putty. between the upper and lower While painting the stripes
colours I used Mr.Hyde Masking around the fuselage, I masked
Putty to separate them. the position of the code
Panel centers were letters. To avoid potential
highlighted in white to achieve complications with the
soft contrast. The overpainted underlying stripes shining
US stars and bars on the wing through the roundel decal, I
were replicated with a mask also masked of these positions.
(cut to shape from an old The de-icer strips along the
decal sheet), and sprayed in wing leading edges and along
a lighter hue of olive drab. the tail in were sprayed
With the main fuselage with Gunze H77 Tire Black,
colours complete, the D-Day resulting in a nice rubber tone.
stripes were next. I masked In preparation for the decals,
the areas to be painted with I sprayed several layers of
Tamiya tape, cut into 8 mm Alclad Gloss Cote (ALC600) and
wide strips. This works on the set the model aside to dry. The
wings but it gets more diicult next day I started applying the
on the fuselage. Due to the markings for an RAF Mitchell
curvature, the strips tend to II, MQ-A, of 226nd Squadron,
Upper sides were painted Gunze H52 Olive Drab. twist, so they had to be applied taken from the Model Alliance


sheet “2nd Tactical Air Force
1944-1945” (ML72204).
Looking at original
photographs of MQ-A, I noticed
that the upper wing roundels
were of a diferent size –
bigger on the left upper wing,
covering the centre of the US
insignia, but noticeably smaller
on the right wing. Model
Alliance’s decal instructions Masking the position of the D-Day stripes. When masking the fuselage I covered the Surface painting complete, D-Day stripes
do not refer to this at all. I positions of the squadron codes and the in place.
replaced the port roundel with
a suitably sized replacement
from the same sheet.
Another original photograph
of MQ-A, taken before D-Day, Following my usual routine,
shows a small “A” (the I gave the panel lines a wash
individual aircraft’s code with black artist’s oils from
letter) on the tail in, which Winsor & Newton, wiping the
is not included on Model excess of in the direction
Alliance’s sheet. It’s diicult of the airlow. These paints
to discern from the black take some time to dry, which
and white photograph if it gives you plenty of time to
was painted in sky or white. I remove unwanted residues.
settled for white, as I had found Once the oil paints had
a matching replacement on set, I sprayed a layer of
an Xtradecal sheet “Spitire Alclad Klear Kote Matte
Mk IX Collection” (X72263). (ALC313) before removing the
With the decals in place, masks. What paint had crept
I added the tyres, which are underneath the edges was
slightly lattened, providing a then removed by scribing a
nice weighted look. Brake lines toothpick along the frames.
from stretched black sprue were At this late stage the inner pigments behind the triangles
added to the main gear legs. laps could now be added. To on the engine cowlings.
simulate exhaust stains, I The already assembled The Mitchell C/D is a great kit
brushed Tamiya weathering turrets it perfectly into the of a beautiful aircraft and one
openings of the fuselage. of Airix’ best eforts so far.
With all parts in place, I was It’s complex, yet reasonably
now ready to tackle the issue easy to build, and can be
of inserting more ballast into recommended to all levels
the front section. I decided to other than the total beginner.
take a closer look inside the I was truly impressed
forward entry hatch, which I’d with the wealth of details, the
kept open, and that’s where scale-appropriate inscribing,
I found enough room to stuf and the crisply executed rivet
in a few grams of squashed lines. In my opinion, there’s
lead. After I had put a drop little room for improvement,
of Super Glue Gel onto the making aftermarket add-ons
contact surface, I found I unnecessary. I do however
could awkwardly slide the lead recommend the Eduard pre-
blocks into place using curved cut masking set (CX507.
tweezers. Much to my relief, I really enjoyed this build
the problem was inally solved. and would like to thank Airix
In the inal sequence, for giving me the opportunity
propellers, entry hatches, to review and build it.
antennas, and the pitot
tube were ixed in place.


The Fairchild Republic

A-10 ‘WARTHOG’ By Andy Evans

he A-10 ‘Warthog’ owed its birth to The YA-10A was
two inluences - the inadequacies THE FAIRCHILD REPUBLIC selected as the win- MDFSD 9
of the Close Air Support aircraft ner of a competitive
used in Vietnam, and the need to counter
By Andy Evans
evaluation on 18 WARTHOG
Soviet armoured might in Europe. During
the Vietnam War the Air Force regarded
January 1973 and led
to a contract for the £14.99
CAS as their domain but was hard production of ten A-10A + P&P
pressed to ind an aircraft with both the pre-production machines,
range and loiter capacity to fulil this itted with the GE TF34 turbofan. The second
need. They did obtain quantities of the and third preproduction machines were the
old but excellent piston-powered Douglas irst to be itted with the fearsome GAU-8/A
A-1 Skyraider originally developed for the cannon and trial attacks with the cannon on old
Navy, which soon earned the appreciation US M-48 tanks and Soviet T-62 tanks, obtained
of the ground-pounders by its ability to from Israel, were to put it simply, awesome.
carry a huge warload, dish out and take The GAU-8/A cannon all but tore the targets
punishment, and remain on station for M DF
to shreds! The irst preproduction aircraft was
an extended period of time. Late in the SCALED DOWN
rolled out in late 1974, and the irst production
war the USAF shifted the CAS mission to A-10 performed its initial light in October 1975
Cover for illustrative purposes only
the jet-powered A-7 Corsair II, which had following which it was handed over to the USAF
been developed for a US Navy requirement for a carrier-based on 5 November. The A-10 was given the name ‘Thunderbolt II’
strike ighter to replace the A-4 Skyhawk. The Corsair was an but this never stuck with the light crews, the ugly nature of the
excellent aircraft, but it was designed for the strike-interdiction aircraft soon earned it the nickname of ‘Warthog’, and so a legend
role, not for the battleield CAS mission. The USAF therefore was born! On the verge of retirement in the early 1990’s the irst
began to put together an AX - ‘Attack Experimental’ program to Gulf War saw the Warthogs inest hour, so much so that the Air
develop a dedicated CAS aircraft that could do the job far better Force gave it a new lease of life, and one that seems set to con-
than the Corsair, match the Skyraider in warload and endurance, tinue to a while yet! The story of the powerful A-10 is told in this
but be substantially faster while being extremely maneuverable. new MDF Scaled Down from SAM Publications, and in the words
The aircraft would also need to be highly survivable through the of the ‘Warthog community – ‘Go Ugly Early’!
use of armour and redundant systems, include twin engines and
be armed with a fast-iring Gatling-type gun.

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The Vought F-8 Crusader

A Comprehensive Guide
AUTHOR: Andy Evans
the Philippines as they
YEAR: 2018 were a limited user of
PUBLISHER: SAM Publications the type, only buying 35
ISBN: 978-1-9996616-3-2 second hand airframes
FORMAT: 168pp Softback from the US Navy.
There are 10 pages
his latest title in the of colour proiles which

T popular Modellers
Dataile series was
launched at this year’s IPMS
clearly illustrate the
colour schemes the type
has worn. It is nice to see
Scale Model World show in a return to un-weathered
Telford. The book follows and un-shaded proile
the classic Dataile format, illustrations, as these really manuals for the F-8, before

Les Hydravions de opening with a look at the

design and development of
show the schemes well.
The book features 7 kit
moving on to the Kitography
section, surprisingly there

Chasse Japonais au the F-8 Crusader. The next

two chapters look at the
Crusader in service, the irst
builds, four in 1/48 scale
and three in 1/72 scale. The
1/48 scale builds all use
are not too many available
kits, although there are
kits in the three main

2eme partie
of these looks at the F-8 in
general service. There are a
couple of images of Crusader
the Hasegawa kit, three of
the builds use the Eduard
re-boxing of this kit. The
scales, but just no choice!
The book is rounded
of with some side proiles
tangled in carrier deck crash 1/72 builds use the Esci and showing the main diferences
(Japanese Floatplane Fighters in nets which would make for a Academy kits. The colour between the types sub-
Combat: part 2) superb diorama setting. The schemes featured in these variants and some scale
other ‘in service’ chapter builds include two examples plans to 1/72 and 1/48 scale.
AUTHOR: Bernard Baeza takes a look at the F-8s role from the Philippines. So if you have any of the
YEAR: 2018 during the Vietnam War. The irst of the Appendices available kits of the ‘last
PUBLISHER: Lela Presse Chapter 4 looks at the features walk round colour gunighter’, this book will
ISBN: 1234-8650 export versions of the photos of three Crusaders, be a very useful reference
FORMAT: 104 pp Softback Crusader, this is a fairly short including a Philippines for your workbench.
chapter as only France and example preserved at Clark My thanks to SAM
his French-language publication, the Philippines used them. International Airport. Publications for supplying

T no 48 in a bi-monthly series
“Avions” (Aircraft), is part 2 of
a pair which between them cover the
There is only one photograph
of the type in service with
The next section features
extracts from the technical
this book for review.

operational use of Japan’s principal

loatplane ighter, the A6M2-N,
Allied codename Rufe. This part also
introduces the reader to Japan’s other
operational loatplane ighter, the
Lockheed P-38 Lightning
Early Versions
Kawanishi N1K1, allied code name Rex, AUTHOR: Robert Paczkowski
which entered service in early 1944. It also covers the F-4A
ILLUSTRATED BY: Artur Juszczak
Part 1 described the Rufe, and its use (colour profiles); Dariusz Karnas and F-5A reconnaissance
in combat, principally in the Solomon (scale plans) variants, and the RAF-
Islands campaign and the Aleutians YEAR: 2017 speciic Lightning Mk.I Is
up to 1943: this second part covers 1943 PUBLISHER: MMP Books and the sole Mk.II. There
onwards, and covers operations in ISBN: 978-83-65281-31-9 is no detailed service
Indonesia, Truk, and the defence of Japan. history, the focus being
FORMAT: 128 pp Hardback
Illustrations consist of period on the technical details,
photographs, maps, and some well-drawn ockheed’s which are covered in some
colour proiles. As you would expect,
there are plenty of Rufes (including
a captured one) and Rex’s, but again
L unconventional-
looking P-38 had the
distinction of being the only
depth. Each variant has a
chapter devoted to it, and
these consist of a concise
there are also many photographs of American ighter to remain text with illustrations.
their opponents, and of other relevant in production throughout US Illustrations throughout technical publications.
subjects such as aerial views of bases. involvement in World War 2, consist of a good selection This book should be on
Although part two of Les Hydravions from Pearl Harbour to VJ Day. of photographs, colour the shelf of every modeller
de Chasse Japonais au Combat can be read It saw action in all theatres, proiles, scale plans, and with an interest in the P-38;
on its own, both parts together form a full being particularly efective in other illustrations, well- if you have a kit or several to
history of a small but signiicant element the Paciic, where it was the chosen to complement the build, it will be particularly
of Japanese sea and air power. The text and primary long-range ighter text. These appear in each valuable. I look forward to
captions are only in French, but if you do not of the USAAC until the P-51 chapter, and a large number seeing whether MMP have
read that language, this is arguably worth Mustang arrived in theatre. appear in the inal chapter, a companion volume on
purchasing for the illustrations alone. It also operated as a ighter- “In Detail”. This covers the later variants planned.
Thanks to the Lela Presse bomber, and (as the F-4 and exactly what it says: a series Highly recommended.
for the review copy. F-5) in the photographic of detailed illustrations Thanks to MMP Books
Part 1 was reviewed in Scale Aviation reconnaissance role. including photographs for the review copy.
Modeller International Vol 24 no 11. This volume from MMP (many of a preserved MJC
MJC covers the early versions of P-38F), line drawings, and
the P-38, up to the P-38H. extracts from contemporary


Shady Lady
1,500 Hours Flying the U-2 Spy Plane
Collection No. 10
AUTHOR: Lt Col Rick Bishop SERIES: Military Series
Early chapters tell the
YEAR: 2017 CAT. NO: 1071
story of his childhood and
PUBLISHER: Crecy Publishing PUBLISHER: Aero
teenage years, his army Research Co.
ISBN: 978-1-91080-909-9
and KC-135 careers, and the
FORMAT: 280 pp Hardback WEBSITE:
development of the U-2.
The reader is then taken here are 155 images on this disc

ho were the “Black
Cats”? Where
was “Fantasy
through the very tough
selection and training
process, accompanying
T and they cover quite a wide
range of the aircraft operated
by the USN and USMC, from the 1950s
Island”? And what exactly the author on his irst to the present day. The photos of some
was “the Two-headed Goat”? solo “dance with the of the older transport aircraft, like the
This book, the story of a lady”, his irst high light, C177D are in black and white, but the
love afair, will tell you. and eventually his irst vast majority of the photos are colour.
The “love afair” in operational mission. After In amongst the photos of F14, 16s, 18s
question is the author’s that, the story continues until particular incidents in more etc were some photos of USN catapult load
love for a very unusual lady, the author’s inal “dance than one place. However this test aircraft, including a pink TAF-9J and
namely the Lockheed U-2 with the Lady”, and a short does not detract from the one in purple with yellow spots! These
“Dragon Lady”. Rick Bishop epilogue brings the story up book at all. On every page, the would certainly make for something a bit
grew up in Florida, and always to the present day. The book author’s love for this aircraft diferent on your model club table, I know
harboured ambitions to ly. is not just about the missions, – diicult to ly, very diicult my 8-year-old daughter would like them!
After going solo at the age of but is a typical memoir, to land well, and sometimes As ever, if you have in interest in the
16, he eventually joined the US including stories of social with a diference of only a USN/USMC, there is a lot of reference
Army and became a helicopter activities, general life on the few knots between stall and material and inspiration for builds
pilot, his postings including squadron and on detachment, critical Mach number – shows included on this disc. My thanks to
a spell of active service in and the pranks played on each though. Lt Col Bishop gives the Aero Research Co for supplying
Vietnam. While studying, other and the “Sled drivers” the reader a great insight into this fascinating disc for review.
he read about the U-2, and from the SR-71 community. life as part of a very small, TMU-S
bought himself a Hawk plastic The text is illustrated elite, dedicated and very
kit, thus iring an ambition to with a good selection of special community, those who Spotlight on
ly this enigmatic aircraft. As photographs, some within lew and supported the U-2.
part of his plan to do this he
later joined the Air Force, and
among other things lew KC-
dedicated sections, and others
interspersed throughout the
text. There are also a number
And the answers to the
questions above? Sorry,
no spoilers here, you’ll
McDonnell Douglas
F-4E/EJ/F/G/RF-4E Phantom II
135s in SAC. Eventually, he did of diagrams, including have to read the book. Very Striking Colour Schemes
not just achieve his ambition the aircraft’s instrument highly recommended. AUTHOR: J P Viera
but rose to take command panel and side consoles: Thanks to Crecy
YEAR: 2017
of the only operational useful for modellers. Publishing for the review copy.
U-2 squadron in the US. The text is very readable, MJC
ISBN: 978-83-65281-33-3
As the title suggests, the but occasionally can get
book focusses on the U-2 slightly confusing as the FORMAT: 41 pp Hardback
years of the author’s life. author often refers to his is one

Illustrated History of Romanian Aeronautics: German Aircraft in Romania.02

T of MMP’s
“Spotlight on …”
series. It consists

Messerschmitt BF109E-3/E-4/E-7
AUTHORS: Horia Stoica, Vasile
of a short two-
page introduction,
followed by a series
Radu, Dan Antoniou E in Romanian service. of colour plates
YEAR: 2018 The photos in this book showing side and
PUBLISHER: Horst Models take quite a candid look at plan proiles of the “long-nosed” Phantom
ISBN: 978-973-0-28097-5 the 109, with many of the variants, the F-4E and those based on it.
images showing pilots and The stated aim is to present “some
FORMAT: 160pp Hardback
ground crew too. Looking interesting proiles”, these being the
his is a new series of through the book I couldn’t aircraft with the most colourful schemes,

T books, which we were

introduced to at Scale
Model World. The series will
help but notice just how
many of these 109s were
involved in landing
and which ofered a variety of colours.
The aim is certainly achieved and we
have proiles of a drone, a Luftwafe
concentrate on German and accidents, mostly it would aircraft in the “Weisse Milchkuh”
British aircraft in Romanian appear with one leg (white dairy cow) experimental
service. The series will not collapsing! Towards the camoulage; a Japanese experimental
feature too much in the way back of the book there is a scheme; various “special” schemes;
of historical, or technical colour section with some and many others. In this reviewer’s
detail, the books will be more contemporary colour photos book contains plenty of opinion, the aim is fully achieved.
like photo albums, where and some colour proiles. inspiration to make them This may be a slim volume, but
the pictures tell the story, This book brings together look that little bit diferent! it will provide plenty of inspiration
the aim is to eventually in one place, a fantastic My thanks to the for modellers of the F-4.
feature all aircraft which collection of images on the publisher for supplying Thanks to MMP Books
wore Romanian markings. 109 in Romanian service, this new series of for the review copy.
This irst book we received with more and more kits books for review. MJC
for review looks at the BF109 of 109s now available, this TMU-S


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