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  1. Last update for today! Black Friday deals @ MJW Models! These offers are only for what's in stock now and will be over on Sunday 29th Nov. All our remaining stock of 1/48 + 1/72 ICM kits are now 25% off UK RRP! We've reduced the price of the Meng 1/32 Fokker DR.1 and Eduard Bf108 Weekend and they are now 20% off UK RRP! We have a homepage full of other kits and paint sets with anything from 20% to over 33% off UK RRP - many have been reduced a bit further! Paint sets and Kits not on special offer are still around 15% off UK RRP! Follow the link below and scroll down the homepage for prices and info! https://mjwmodels.co.uk/ thanks Mike
  2. Grunhertz


    Well after the whitley its time for something a little different. So inspired by @mac1677 im doing an Academy F4J in a pirate scheme as it was supplied to me by one @BlackMike Models so it'll be out of the box apart from an eduard zoom cockpit The first thing I did was joined both bits of the fuselage floor together as that looks like its gaps waiting to happen otherwise. Then it was the cockpit with the zoom pe set. Again I'd never be able to paint this .
  3. MikeMx

    MJW Models

    Hello everyone! We're now here on Brexitmodeller after being banished from the other place! We should have done this a good while ago but we're here now. Some of you probably know who we are and might even be customers. We're a small independent family trader, based in Northumberland. We trade online and have traded at shows too, although at the moment it's online only. We mainly sell 1/72 + 1/48 model aircraft kits and accessories but we also sell acrylic paint sets, model ships + tanks too. Here's our website link. https://mjwmodels.co.uk/, If you have any questions, please check out our website first, there are tabs across the top of the page with general info, a menu on the left hand side and a search bar. Recent releases and special offers are listed on the homepage. Currently were doing all our kits and paint sets at 15% off UK RRP and as mentioned there are special offers on the homepage that range from 20% to 40+% off UK RRP! We also despatch within 1 working day and you can pay by Paypal (using your account or credit/debit card), Credit/Debit card processor by Stripe, Bank Transfer or you can even request an invoice, which can either be by Paypal or Sum Up (Sum Up is Credit/Debit card only). When COVID is over, it'll possible to collect orders by arrangement, which can be either pre-paid, paid in cash or by card with our Sum Up card reader. Here's a list of ranges that we currently stock are as follows 1/32 - Eduard kits and Masks 1/48 Eduard Kits, Masks and Etch. Kits by Kinetic, ICM and Special Hobby, Decals by Skymodels and Xtradecal. 1/56 Military Vehicle kits by Rubicon (intended for wargames but nice kits in their own right) 1/72 Eduard kits, Masks + Etch. Kits by Arma Hobby, AZ Models, Brengun, KPM, ICM, Special Hobby, Sword and Xtrakit (occasionally Airfix + Revell too) 1/700 Ship kits by Aoshima, Fujimi and IBG, also Fine Molds nano dread detailing parts. Acrylic paint sets by Lifecolor and Vallejo, as well as glue's + putty etc by Deluxe Materials. That should do for a start - there will be more to come! thanks Mike
  4. HMS Enterprize was the lead ship of the Enterpize class of 1770. The class was designed by Sir John Williams with a gross dimensions and tons of 120’6” (gun deck), 99’6” (keel), 33’6” (beam), 11’ (depth of hold) and to carry 200,men. Armament was 24 x 9 pound guns on the upper deck, 4 x 3 pound guns on the quarter deck, and 12 swivel guns. She was ordered in January 1771, Keel laid on September 9, 1771 at Deptford, launched August 24, 1774; hulked in 1791. Twenty-seven ships composed this class. A pair of paintings of the ship by Joseph Marshall in 1775 is held by the Science Museum in Kensington and the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Enterprise served as a cruiser and convoy escort. Her most notable action occurred on June 7, 1780 whilst at Gibraltar when her crew spotted six Spanish fire ships drifting into the harbour toward the fleet at anchor. A warning salvo was fired to alert the fleet and the Enterprize’s cables cut to allow the ship to drift away from the hulks and opened fire on the hulks in an attempt to sink them. The Spanish fleet lay outside the harbour for any British ships trying to escape so the British seamen boarded the small the fire ships to attach lines to away from the fleet and burn themselves out. On April 27, 1782 near the Leeward Islands she captured the 22-gun American privateer Mohawk which was later taken into Royal Navy service. Mohawk was sold in1783. Enterprize was decommissioned in May 1784 and from 1790 she served as a receiving ship and hulked in 1791. In 1806 she was taken to Deptford and broken up in 1807. Lines, profile and decoration drawings of Surprize as built can be purchased from the Royal Museums Greenwich (National Maritime Museum). The Kit CAF MODELS of Shanghai, China has created a stunning 1/48 scale Admiralty model of HMS Enterprize. Before reviewing the kit a few words about wooden sailing ship kits from Chinese producers is warranted because they are not all created equal. In 2001 China was allowed to formally join the World Trade Organization (WTO) which meant the country had to abide by international trade agreements and practices such as copyright protection. Prior to 2001, China was the largest source of counterfeit goods that focused on covered luxury goods, cosmetics, sportswear, and appliances. As a result of joining the WTO, far fewer counterfeit goods are no longer produced or available in China, but remains a problem because copying has become a way of life and normal practice for many manufacturers. This problem is endemic among many wooden model kit producers in China who readily use copyrighted drawings to produce their kits without acknowledgement or licence, and these kits are readily available on shopping websites. They will continue to do this as long as it is profitable so do not buy these unlicensed and counterfeit kits. A concerted effort by Model Ship World and the Nautical Research Guild to highlight these practices and alert model makers to the counterfeit products is having success and has gone further to lend an open and willing hand to any Chinese producers who wish to abide by the WTO and international agreements. One of these companies is CAF MODELS located in Shanghai, China. CAF MODELS first came to attention for producing unlicenced kits of French vessels from the ANCRE collection of drawings and monographs. With the help of members of the Model Ship World community, proper agreements between ANCRE and CAF MODELS are being negotiated and to CAF MODELS’ credit, has stopped selling any models based on ANCRE material until an agreement is signed. These kits will return once the agreement is finalized and signed. In the meantime, CAF MODELS has a number of original kits for sale such as HMS Enterprize, with several more under development. CAF MODELS kits are designed and manufactured by Mr. CAO Feng, or in English -- Tom Cao. Tom is an engineer by profession and used CAD to design kits from Admiralty drawings and other references. His CAD designs have become very precise and is able to detect and correct draughting errors in commercially available plans and well-known sources. I had the pleasure of meeting him and his lovely family in Shanghai in 2018 where he kindly took me to his home to show me how he designed model kits and his extensive reference library.
  5. Deanflyer

    My First Jet

    Hi all, now that the July issue of Airfix Model World has finished selling, I can finally show you this... Last year whilst on holiday in Australia, I finally managed to get a jet in my flying log book. It's an L-39C Albatros belonging to a company at Archerfield Airport in Brisbane, and I managed to hire it for a while along with a pilot to keep an eye on it while I played with it. Returning home, I built a copy of it as a keepsake, using the Trumpeter 1/48 kit as a base, but incorporating scratch built parts, self made decals, and masks for some of the markings cut by my mate Nige. Hope you like it. Photos from the day: It's all good fun. Cheers, Dean
  6. Time to bite the bullet. Back in May I was asked by a friend of mine to build a Tonka for him. There was one on 56Sqn that he worked on regularly and that's the one he wants built, but could I actually do 2. 1 for him, 1 for someone else on the Sqn. "Not a problem" Said I. "What scale??" Errrrrrr. I'd like So big, Right, 1/48. Never having built that scale, this is going to be fun. I managed to track down 2 and was about to go extras shopping when the offer of the Eduard kit happened, so now, I have 3 - 1 for me! So, here we go! The last Revell I build was their 1/72 Lancaster, and I was mighty disappointed, but I had been advised that this was a good kit (and fell within budget) and looking through the boxes, I was nicely impressed with the detail and mould quality Starting with the seats, as you do. I was quite happy until I'd finished and looked into the Warpaint book (and the GR4 at Duxford) Great Reference -
  7. With all the bog standard P-51s, Spits ,109s et al that is the lot of the commission builder, I spied this ludicrous aviation pipedream on sale a few weeks back, allegedly with damaged boxes and instructions for £19.99 delivered ( Shamefully I mentioned the other place and got a further £1.00 knocked off). Mine arrived in a brand new box, with perfect instructions, go figure. I rather fancy another excursion into the Man in The High Castle territory after my sweet little Ho 229, the full Alclad with red pinstriped tailband methinks, exactly the kind of daft techno-hubris the rampant Reich would have indulged in, regardless of the terror it would have induced on its hapless pilots. On to the kit, I know nothing of Amusing Hobby but was surprised to see that most of the parts have these attachment points on the mating surfaces. Not a big deal if you have some of the snazzy single edge sprue cutters but adds a degree of fiddliness and makes sure you do the most work to make the parts fit. After an orgy of cutting, sanding and filling, assembled the airframe for the all important flight test: This looks dull as ditchwater sat on its backside , snout belatedly pointing to heaven: Mine is going to be piloted and howling through the clouds no doubt accompanied by equal screaming from said pilot... Speaking of pilots, popped this fine fellow in, supplied by the very kind @Walrus & @Miggers.Popped on some Mike Grant instrument decals and Future on to the IP and made some scale levers for the the throttle (?) quadrant which may just be seen after closing up the canopy. Now time to vacuum my dust bowl of a workbench and prep for closing up everything. Nighty night peeps, A
  8. Woohoo... here we go then Heres my entry, Tamiya's 48th scale Matilda. Its a gorgeous little thing, cant wait to start. See you all tomorrow 😁
  9. The Airfix Vb OOB, A fussy kit with far too many badly fitting parts but overall, rather handsome when done. The scheme is the OOB of the restored fighter collection bird , the Airfix decals responded well to the boiling water method. Paints are Mr Color + Super UV cut to finish Added bits are new dorsal beacon with actual bulb, hollowed out exhaust, a proper scale metal rod for the rudder control, hollowed guns, scratch built gunsight and Alclad armored glass. this one will be off to join last months FW190 in sunny California. Might try the Tamiya version with clipped tips and grey green camo soon as I rather like a nice Spitfire. WIP
  10. Deanflyer

    Airfix Gnat

    Hi all, Here's the 1/48 Airfix Gnat with the markings from the rereleased kit. It was built for the September issue of Airfix Model World magazine, and incorporates aftermarket resin cockpit and seats, wheel wells, and electronics bay. Paint was AK Xtreme Metal Aluminium and Vallejo Fluorescent Fire Orange for the tanks. First, some walk around shots: And a few shots from the magazine article: Cheers, Dean
  11. So here it is, not my greatest work but i was determined to finish it,
  12. Holt 150 ton Field Monitor - 1915. Look at this monster (it's nice to be able to say that without fear of prosecution). The Americans seriously considered building these things. It is tempting to laugh and point at the silly colonials, but titter ye not (okay go on then, they probably deserve it for one reason or another). All across the globe, back in the olden days they didn't even know what tanks were supposed to look like! I would cut them some slack, but they were similarly clueless about aircraft. See what I mean? What were they thinking? Many designers considered the 'Big wheel' tank idea. Judging from the designs of some, those designers probably ended up in institutions wearing jackets that laced up at the back. This one (surprise, surprise) never got built, although the Americans gave it very careful consideration and a reasonable amount of planning. It was intended for use against the Mexicans on the south Texas boarder region. They didn't like Mexicans in those days, oh how times have changed. It was to have twenty crew, powered by two steam engines, a gearbox for each 20' diameter wheel; the main armament was intended to be 6” naval guns and armour thickness up to 75mm! You don't get electric windows or a sun roof, but it does come with not one, but two machine-gun turrets and given the choice, wouldn't you swap electric windows for at least one machine-gun turret? I think we can assume that this is the long wheel-base version. The nippy, around-town model was probably the basis for the early Volvos. If you were measuring it's acceleration, forget the stop-watch, you'll need a calendar. One of the reasons it was abandoned is that it wouldn't be able to keep up with the cavalry, hell if it was racing a glacier, the smart money wouldn't be on the monitor. The speed was estimated at no more than a few kilometres per hour. You could probably crawl away from it without fear of being overtaken. I've printed it to scale and shown it here with my A7V which is also in 1/48. In 1/48 it'll be 14.6” (370mm), in 1/35 it would be 20”(510mm)! The only information I've been able to find is a couple of side views and a somewhat confusing description which sounds like it's been translated from ancient Phoenician semaphore using Google Translate. I've done a top view to the best of my ability from the information available. As with many things in life, some of the details I'm completely clueless. You may notice that there is no way the wheels could steer. They didn't need to, they each had their own gearbox – aren't you listening? Each wheel would have been able to go a different speeds ranging from slow, to very slow – god knows how the they expected to coordinate that in practice. Parallel parking would have been a real bugger. Inclines and obstacles would have presented insurmountable problems, but if those pesky Mexicans caused trouble on any cricket pitches, croquet lawns or bowling greens, the Yanks would have just the machine to deal with them. The spec suggested up to ten machine guns, which were supposed to have overlapping fields of fire, but I've notice that there's a major weak spot. I believe that's a definite Achillies bottom. What's the betting that if these ever went into production, the Mexicans would have invented the limpet mine soon after. As the unbelievably short-sighted manufacturers have yet to kit this important nonentity in 1/48, I'm going to resort to some crude plastic mangling. Although a word of warning, scratch building is a very virulent disease, which when infected, tends to be incurable. It often takes hold in the cockpit area and then rapidly spreads to other poorly developed parts. You may need to wash your eyes thoroughly in the dishwasher after viewing this post in order remain free from infection. If you want to continue following this build you may need to think about jabs or something.
  13. Well its finished and fought back a little, but overall I love these kits If you can still find them they are more of a challenge than the new tool but still build into a nice model, and whats more if i can do it anyone can, thanks to Duncan @BlackMike Modelsfor the kit it really has been a pleasure now onto the MiG
  14. So this is the second one, a year or so back I published this And @BlackMike Models reminded me that i was going to do a build and log it, problem was I didn't have an old tool A series kit in the stash but the guy who wanted me to build one had several so another white box arrived a day or so ago with a set of overtrees in I have various bits still in the stash that will enable me to build an A6 and the Overtrees by coincidence were also an an A6 wing and Fuselage so this will be Anto Hackl's A6 with a nice white tail, I was going to do the checker board finish but I've seen that a lot lately and I nearly did a JG54 of Hans Dortenmann to go with his D9 that I have upstairs but what the hell here we go, the photo etche is from the A4 profipack kit i built a couple of years back but i put the Brassin Cockpit in that so I have this spare and to be honest its close enough The Photo Etch and the colour scheme
  15. Eduard Mk VIII Spitfire, OOB. Painted with Mr Color Laquers and weathered with oils and pastels. Really nice kit,and just what i needed to get something finished. Peter
  16. Grunhertz

    IAI kfir

    Hi All Lockdown build no.5! this is AMK's lovely Kfir, which James reviewed back in 2017 , and it is a lovely kit, the only add on was some seatbelts by Eduard, I had to do a Israeli scheme Painted with Gunze Acrylics there is some residue from Liquid mask on the Canopy that i will remove tomorrow but it is a fun build i can wholeheartedly recommend.
  17. After the disaster area that is the AMK F-14 and the Grant, i need to finish something. Nearly went Tamiya but ended up with the Eduard Spitfire Mk VIII Rattling through this quite quickly, as want to get something finished, and they do more or less fall together Peter
  18. Deanflyer

    Sea Fury

    Hello all, I'm back. Did you miss me? I've been unable to show anything new since about last August as I've been busy building stuff that can't be shown before publication. Just finished something for myself though, the Trumpeter 1/48 Sea Fury. Yes I know it's got a lot of inaccuracies, but I wanted something basic after all the super detailed stuff I've been doing lately. Here it is... Cheers, Dean
  19. Hi All Does anyone know if this has the parts to do a standard no vokes filter Hurricane e.g a metal wing BoB machine? Cheers Anil
  20. Grunhertz

    B17G early

    Following on from my review below of the HKM B17G I said to Neil at HK that i would do a review build so here we go Ive got some paint to buy first bu once i ve that then we'll get some updates going
  21. azureglo

    1/48 WW2 pilots

    Hi All Does anyone have unwanted seated pilots from either the Airfix, Zvezda or any other 1/48s? I'd be happy to come a mutually beneficial arrangement! Cheers Anil
  22. Capt. Claude J. Crenshaw, 369th FS, 359th FG, 8th AF, East Wretham, United Kingdom, September 1944 Eduard Kit, OOB. Painted with Ammo Acrylic Silver and Gunze Super Metallic SM01,weathered with pigments and oils. It's a really nice kit, with a couple of niggly bits, and just watch the parts off the sprue. I had a few parts that had fallen off the G sprue, and all the canopies had fallen off, and had to contact Eduard who sent the missing part quickly (i completed the model by borrowing from another kit, but the replacements have arrived so Kudos to Eduard). Built thread available here Peter
  23. Hi all a mojo restarter Not going to reveal what it is yet but I've done the fiddly bits at the end of the build first More to come of course
  24. Started this today After 4 hours work Peter
  25. HKM B17G early production 1:48 scale Part no. 01F001 I’m going to skip the history on this one because i don’t think there is anyone out there who doesn’t know the B17 and this is the first of HKM’s 1:48 scale kits. The B17 needs no introduction to most modellers and I’m sure we’ve all built one at some point, I personally have built the old Airfix 1:72 kit about 3 times as a kid and then to my mind the vastly superior Matchbox kit a couple of times too. And most model large model companies have produced this kit and of the more recent tools we have everything from the early models from Academy, up to Airfix and Revell releasing new tool G’s (including an RAF mk.iii) and Revell and Academy having an F model in the line up as well. The strange thing is if you wanted to build a larger scale B17 you had two choices; The ancient (but still reasonable) Revell Monogram F (another Memphis Belle anyone?) or G, or go the whole hog and spend megabucks (well over £300.00) on the HKM B17 F or G in 1/32 so the market could do with a new tool 1/48 B17. And here it is. Now at first glance I saw the prospective price and thought Hmm its a “bit pricey” but I dread to think what would have happened if Tamiya or Hasegawa released this kit bearing in mind that Tamiya charge north of £40.00 for a 1/48 BF109. We are now in the realms where model companies know its not kids that buy these kits and therefore decide that they don’t have to be pocket money prices (at least its not model railways it would probably be another 0 on the price) so the question is, is this an improvement over the other 1/48 heavy bombers; Spoiler alert so long as it’s reasonably accurate it will be. Due to the age of the other heavies out there, the only thing close to a modern tooling 4 engined heavy is probably the Trumpeter Focke Wulf Condor which is a cracking kit at the same price point. This will be the second HKM kit I will have built if I ever get the Mojo Back, with the first being the Mosquito which had its fair share of critics but I loved the engineering and to me was a brilliant kit which was great fun to build. So lets have a look in the box and see what we get The box A standard Lid and tray type box which is corrugated at the bottom and heavy single ply on Top with some lovely artwork of American Beauty unloading over a target somewhere whilst being bracketed by flak. The Box says B17 series so lets hope there will be a late model G and maybe an F as well please HKM? Inside the box are 10 grey sprues and then because they are not on sprues, the wings and fuselage parts. There are 3 clear sprues, a small Photoetch Brass fret for seat belts and grills, a decal sheet with two choices and finally an A4 instruction book. Fuselage The fuselage is moulded in six pieces the main halves which have no sprue as such, but they look like they were on a sprue then cut off at the bottom of the fuselage so will need some careful sanding to clean up. The rest of the fuselage is surrounded by multiple sprue nubs from a multipoint injection moulded tool. This is impressive and allows for a smoother flow of material into the mould keeping flash and sink marks to a minimum and I’m happy to report that there are no flash or sink marks present on the sample i have, this is great because the whole airframe is covered in really fine recessed rivets and panel lines all over, there is no oil-canning as seems to be the vogue with modern large scale kits but to be honest I don’t like the effect. These two haves would be suitable to produce an E, F or G (early) model (A late model G will need the waist gun on the starboard side moving further forward whether this will be a new fuselage half or a very well concealed insert into the existing half). The reason for this is the nose section and Tail Gun section are moulded separately but others are not included in this kit. The access hatches and bomb bays are moulded separately so doors can be posed open to show some of the interior details present. The rudder is moulded as part of the fin so if you want to pose it offset you’ll need to partake in some surgery. Talking of interior details there is a large amount of ribbing detail on show, I am however worried about how much of this will be on show (more on this later). The fuselage has what look like very positive locating pins and so long as they are lined up correctly there should be no problem with alignment (bear in mind there is a hell of a lot of stuff to go in there so dry fitting will be the order of the day) this brings me to the nose section, Moulded so that the join is along panel lines, and this has the fairing for the chin turret moulded in as well as the angled forward cheek gun mounts offset for better room for the navigator and bomb aimer (sorry Bombadier). Finally there is the tail section and on here there is the early model tail gun with the guns mounted on a pin around a canvas bag, Not the later Cheyanne turret that was fitted to later model B17G’s so be careful and check your references if you use aftermarket decals. The Wings The wings are bagged both halves together and to be honest i can’t see where the plastic comes into the mould, there are absolutely no sprue marks at all on either wing section, this means they will need no cleaning up at all, take note other manufacturers this is what you can do if you want to charge money for a kit. The inside faces of the wings are ribbed and have again substantial locating pins and sockets this means the whole set up is very very rigid ( i wish the Revell UHU had those ribs it would have helped no end) and I have tried fitting these together and they line up perfectly and will need very little cleaning up there are inserts for exhausts on the nacelles to allow for different versions and there is a very substantial locating socket for the undercarriage legs. There are some ejector pin marks where the flaps sit that will need a little cleaning up (not much and the flaps can be deployed down (again check refs I’m not sure how many were parked up flaps down) again the ailerons are moulded as part of the wing so can’t be positioned but there are some nice gaps cut at either end to allow for gaps. Sprue D On sprue D are the tailplanes, again very nicely detailed and i really can’t find any fault with the exterior surface detail on this kit it really is sublime, again the elevators are moulded as part of the tailplanes, also there are the bomb bay doors and the internal bomb racks for the centre of the bomb bay. The Bomb bay doors are nicely detailed. With lots of ribbing detail. And the lattice work on the central bomb bay stantion is very well done. Then we have the pilot and co-pilot seats, these are a 4 part set up with the back armour built in, these will look great under a coat of paint, (I’m not going there with the correct colour for B17 interiors as i don’t need that drama in my life). Finally on here there is floor and rear bulkhead for the radio room.with a nicely engraved door, I would have liked to have seen a separate door here but hey ho. Sprue E More interior parts and the top section of the fuselage, I think this may be so you can show all of that interior off that this part is separate. I will look to see how good a fit this bit is before I decide whether to fit this permanently or not but one thing is for sure here there is no seam to clean up going down the middle of the fuselage here. On this sprue also are the bulkheads that go either side of the bomb bay. Then the side panels for the bombay and the radio room as well as the gang ways for the waist and tail guns. Then there are the radios, now these look fantastic and will respond well to a coat of paint as will the details of the bomb bay. There are also the ammunition boxes for the waist guns, these fit high up beside the waist windows forward. Curiously there are no ammunititon belts here I’m guessing that they can be seen but I’m not sure. So i will reserve judgement until I start building the kit. Then there are the sidepanels for the cockpit and the floor, the floor has a throttle quadrant built in and this looks pretty good but will benefit from some throttle levers as they will be quite visible. Finally the cockpit side panels which have the big yellow oxygen bottles moulded in intrgrally. Masking these to paint them will be a challenge but I’m not a fan of using 15 parts where one will do. But these parts are going to need careful painting. Finally on here there is the ball turret parts including the turret ring and mounting frame, this again looks really good. Sprue F Flaps, nicely moulded with lots of detail and a few ejector pin marks. And also the main undercarriage parts are on here too, and again this is an example of what HKM do really well, the undercarriage is an example of how you can produce a really detailed set up with as few parts as possible. The mounts for the undercarriage legs are nice and substantial and a great example of their tooling abilities. The same applies to the wheels with great tread detail and wheel detail is about as good as you are going to get, this includes resin parts. The wheel bays have some great wire and pipe detail moulded in, well done HKM. also worthy of not here are the exhausts and turbo chargers which are nicely hollowed out at the end and worth no need for replacements here. Sprue G Guns and bombs, there are six 500lb bombs in two halves and all of the machine guns. Of note are the machine guns, both .30 Cal and .50 Cal are here and the breach detail is lovely and then the barrels which are all moulded separately (no breaking them off during painting, a fantastic thing and really makes a difference.) the tail wheel assembly is here as is various seats for the navigator, radio operator and bombadier. There is also the crew access doors for both the front and rear of the aircraft, this again will show off all of that lovely detail. Finally we have the engines, now these won’t be seen behoind the cowls so don’t need to be exquisitely detailed and im sure the aftermarket boys will have some resin ones out soon. Me, I will probably put in an ignition harness and leave it at that the cowl flaps are moulded open and are nice and thin. Then we have the control columns which look nice, finally there are a range of aerials on this sprue as well. Sprue H This sprue contains specific parts for the G nose section, so instrument panel, bulkhead and gun turret are on here and I have to say I was wondering whether the zip detail was going to be included on the gun turret and I’m not disappointed. There is a back to the instrument panel that will benefit from a few wires coming out of the instruments and a decal sheet is being provided for the dials there is also a nicely moulded Norden bomb sight included as well as the various other instruments that will be seen through the huge blister on the front of the aircraft. This will look great so take your time on this area. Sprue N I know N but thats how im opening the bags, don’t judge me ok? Cowlings and Propellers, these are correct for the B17G and the props have some lovely bolt detail on them and will look great painted up. The cowls have nice engraved panel lines on them too. Sprue L These are the parts for the early tail turret, which is the canvas end piece and the spigot pin and sight for the guns, which then brings me to…. Sprue J Top turret Parts now this will be visible through the cockpit glass so needs to look just right and yes it does everything is there. Clear Parts Sprue T This is the nose blister and at this point its very well protected being both in a plasctic bag and having a piece of film over it as well, and that said HK’s clear parts have always been fantastic. There are small but well moulded rivets as well as the opening section. Sprue U This is the canopy for the tail turret and again very well moulded, I would say flawless. The parts are crystal clear and beautifully thin. Sprue W Various windows on here including the waist gun windows, the framing on all of this is very well defined which will make masking a breeze. The cheek windows had me thrown for a moment there but again this is great as are the landing lights etc. Sprue V The remainder of the clear parts are here, the ball turret clear parts are on here and again the break down of this should make building and painting a breeze. The cover screen for the radio room is clear and will show off the radio room perfectly. There are three different turret tops for the top turret but only one is relevant for this kit so be careful to select the correct one. The cockpit windscreen is a one piece section with two separate sections for the roof lights. Photo Etch On the thin PE fret there are seat belts for the pilot and co-pilot seats, grills for the engines and spoilers for the radio room windows and the waist gun windows. The Brass is very thin and will work into shape perfectly. Decals The decals are printed by Cartograf so no worries about how they will perform, they are in perfect register and will look great, there are two decal options, but there are countless options out there for B17-G’s so you are kind of spoilt but again check references before buying a set you can’t use, but I would have no hesitation in using these one to be honest. The options are B-17G-15-BO s/n 42-31353 LG-Q “Queenie” 322nd BS / 91st Bomb Group at Bassingbourn in spring 1944 painted olive drab over neutral grey with nose art. B-17G-40-VE s/n 42-98008 25-G “American Beauty” 84th BS / 486th Bomb Group at Sudbury Summer 1944 in natural metal with silver doped flying surfaces. Instructions An A3 instruction booklet, drawn in black and white, CAD drawings with 40 steps to the build sequence, the instructions are nicely clear and easy to follow with a sprue and decal map as well as a decal placement and painting guide, this is also in black and white, the paint call outs are for AK, Tamiya nd gunze Paint as well as just the colours themselves, the thing with B-17’s will be the interior colours so check the references for your particular aircraft. Conclusion, Well i can say that this one will be close to the top of the build pile, because I want to build a B17 mainly, the surface detail is sublime on this kit particularly the exterior, I have to say probably the best surface detail I have seen. Then we come to the interior, and I’m not going to say its bad because it isn’t, when you look at the cockpit it’s going to be difficult to see through the windows to see anything too closely because the windows are small but i have seen some quite scathing comments about the interior detail of this kit and yes I would like to have seen a bit more detail in areas like the cockpit, for example some throttle levers would be nice but not beyond the most difficult thing to do. I will be building this out of the box because that’s what I want to do and we’ll see how good it is but for my money I would have no problem with it, but others will have issues and that’s their choice. My original question was how does this compare? And I would say it’s an unfair comparison against the Old Revell/Monogram Kit so i wont be comparing them, then there is the Tamiya Lancaster, again unfair some will say but Tamiya (or should I say The Hobby Company) are selling this at roughly the same price but to me this kit is 40+ years old so not a fair comparison. Then there is the Trumpeter Condor and this is perhaps the closest comparison and this is a comparable kit and the HK B-17 edges it on exterior detail. I’m looking forward to building this Verdict Recommended My thanks to Hong Kong Models for the review sample
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