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  1. Zvezda are doing one for release sometime in 2020. That should sell very very well. Yet another nail in the stash reduction coffin as I'll need to do XV299, the only one I've flown in.
  2. What! No new completions for nearly 10 days? Tsk, tsk. Acknowledging @Grunhertz and @BlackMike Models love of all things Spitfire, here’s another from the Septembers Fleabay debutantes: The venerable old Airfix IXc (ish) The scheme is OOB but using Eduard’s decals from their horrendously complex profipack boxing. Nothing to write home about, usual early “New Airfix” glitches, thick canopy, no IP or joystick ( not that you’d ever see them), off reg decals and some heavy handed detailing That said fit was pretty good and the shapes look right. Amazingly this same kit was the subject of my first ever RFI/WIP back in 2014 (warning, it’s in the other place). Easy , three to four hour build and it looks pretty spiffing or what ? I’m of the mood to do a Mk XIV using a dubious Academy kit with its hokey radiators I scored for £2.99 - its griffon filled snout calls to me (and probably the punters). I have a small heap of the Fujimis bought in Volks Tokyo last year for even less but have heard some horror stories about the fit and patience is not an abundant commodity at Kumar Towers these days… Lastly did you know that the humble split pea made an important contribution to the Spitfire? And I just liked them in my Irani stews.... Thanks for tuning in. Anil
  3. Another week, another finish, the venerable Revell 1/72 Me 262A: Amazon sent me this as a freebie so why not? Lovely delicate panel lines as good as the Hasegawa and infinitely better than the Airfix in the stash. Fit was mostly excellent, clicking neatly together apart from the smeary and non-fitting canopy: easy fixes and again not worthy of a WIP or tales of angst in their remedy. Added a gun sight from the AZ 109G joy pack that seems to have more spares than parts needed to build their kits! Paints were Mr Color except for the RLM 81 which was AK RLM 81 v3- much more believable than the very green Mr Color version but that is a lengthy discussion involving RLM 83 being blue etc. The RLM 24 on the fuselage band was Tamiya’s XF-8 which to my eye looks the business. The fuselage/wing top balkenkreuz and two colour fuselage band were painted as the kit decals suggested much silvering. The colours for the scheme were suggested by Aeromaster 72-054 which has it as RLM 76/81/83 and a mixture of the Aeromaster sheet and kits decals were used, I opted for a two colour mottle as pretty much anything goes for a late war Me-262. Well it's back to the bench for a quick rag wing Hurricane and setting up a commission build of a 100 Sqdn. Hawk for one of my eBay regulars. Thanks for looking in. Anil
  4. Having found that I already have the in box pics on BotoPh*cket have used those to save me time If ANYONE has problems seeing the pics PLEASE let me know and will replace them using another host site. (Having just previewed the post I see that the pics have a bloody watermark on them, many apologies) This kit depicts craft from the sequel "Last Exile- Silver Wing". Some concept art is included along with the instructions... ...and some super livery options! The main fuselage section in lovely red plastic and a sprue of dark grey for the gubbins. Fam's Vespa comes on a sprue of light grey plastic. This has already been started, but as can be seen it's a tiny little ship and hopefully should be deemed less than 25% Photos of the work done will follow shortly The stand is a rather splendid affair. Finally the decals Overall an impressive package imho. The only disappointment is that the background info is all in Japanese Looking forward to getting on with putting this one together
  5. This was done as a quick build between projects, and only took eight hours work to complete. It would have been quicker, but the escape rocket mast is VERY fiddly to put together, with more parts than the rest of the rocket put together, and the lack of proper instructions doesn't help. Also the main body of the rocket is presented as tubes, presumably to eliminate sanding of seams; it doesn't. There is a prominent mould seam down both sides of each of the four sections, and a lot of sanding and polishing smooth is still required. As it was a quick build, I didn't research the colour scheme too much and just followed the instructions on the box, so there are inaccuracies. No weathering was done, as this thing was only used once... Only one pic, as it doesn't look much different from the other side. Cheers, Dean
  6. The old but still passable 109G6 in the gentlemans scale by Academy. Paint was Mr Color/Leveling. The decals were from an Eagle Cals sheet but I ended custom masking and spraying the shooting stars on the "beule" as the decals are oversized for the Academy kit. I've nailed the whole 0.5mm-1mm 1/72 mottle thing with my Sotar 20/20F and banged the mottling out in 15 minutes including a colour change. Most satisfying. Some artistic license on the starboard wing, based on some online blurry photos showing some 7 Staffel planes with 74/75 inverted on that wing. As usual my patented no hole magnetic stand so one can pick it up and run around the room making rat-a-tat noises. No aerial as this is a Fleabay job and they just don't survive transit. No WIP as I'm building quite a few this month and there was nothing special in this one that needed a WIP, build it, paint it and flog it was the order of the day. Kit has no issues except some questionable fit of the " beule" which I dealt with by milliput micro rolls smoothed off with water. The 1/2 thickness wheels for the wheels up were cast using Oyumaru and Dolphin Glaze skimming putty, infinitely easier than trying to sand them down and leaves the spares box full for the day I start doing three wheeled motorized ground vehicles again... Cheers Anil
  7. Well as @Miggers was so kind in his remarks on my moment of metallic madness, here's the the whole completion replete with silly story from January of 2019 ( apologies to those who may have seen it "elsewhere") (From Whiffypedia) “Pilot Officer, The Lord Giles Cholmondeley Featherstonehaugh Rodd was one of the RAFs most exemplary WW2 pilots: Fearless, daring and a crack marksman he was truly feared when aloft. Perhaps his greatest achievement came in June 16 1944 when, single handed, he shot down 8 heavy bombers. As his commanding officer observed in the official report, “Rodd’s actions would have been considered more heroic if the bombers had actually belonged to the enemy…” Undeterred by this minor faux-paux, GCFR fearlessly patrolled the skies of south east England, keeping Lancaster pilots and their gunners alert and on their toes. Indeed at least 75 Lancaster’s were found to be inadequately armour plated against the Hispano cannon used by the RAF Spitfires, solely due to Rodders scientific and rigorous actions…In fact many credit his efforts with hastening the end of Nazi Germany: It was said any allied bomber crews with any fuel and ammunition left would often turn back to the Rhine and “Give Jerry another go” rather than tangle with “Rampant Rodders”. Wisely, in a rare act of wartime competence, RAF top brass moved him to the reconnaissance role, surmising that without any guns, Rodders would inflict less damage to RAF. That said GCFR become the only RAF pilot to receive the Iron Cross from the Luftwaffe for services rendered. They also sent a telegram asking him “Lass etwas für uns, bitte.” Embracing his new photo reconnaissance role, Rodders threw himself into his work with gusto: Within 3 months he’d mapped out every decent bistro and wine bar in the South of France. This meant, of course, RAF top brass enjoyed fine wine and dining ahead of the Americans and the hated British Army when France was liberated. He was highly commended for this and received a mention in despatches, 2 shillings and 6 pence in cash and a pound of pork scratchings. Post war, Rodders continued flying with renewed zeal, in his beloved new mount a Spitfire PRXIX named “Brunhilde” after his mother (the noted English countess Brunhilde Saxe-Tuborg Einspritz Doppelkupplungsgetriebe Cholmondeley Featherstonehaugh Rodd ). Sadly in early 1954 while executing his famous “reverse J turn” method of parking by locking up his starboard wheel , he hastened the destruction of his beloved “Brunhilde” and a visiting USAF Wing Commanders F-86. Rodders promptly limped, slightly singed, to the officers mess and demanded to know, “Which effing Yank parked in my space?!” He promptly resigned his commission and after the RAF top brass had finished their celebratory champagne, was given a full pension, 2 shillings and 6 pence in cash and two pounds of pork scratchings. He moved to the USA where he turned his hand to business and made his first fortune in the 50’s Texas Hair Oil Boom, when every American male decided what he really wanted was a decent hair style. Flush with cash, he retrieved the remains of “Brunhilde” and had her rebuilt. He also bought the remains of the F-86 which he installed as an outside lavatory. “Brunhilde” was invigorated from her rebuild and Rodders flung her around the skies of Reno, often leading from the start, mighty Rolls Griffon howling in true Wagnerian style, but always allowing the trailing pilot to overtake at the last moment on the grounds, as he put it, “Winning is dreadfully vulgar dear boy, it is the kind of thing only an American could possibly enjoy...” Thus he established the Great British Tradition of Sporting Failure. Flying into his seventies, GCFR made his second fortune by importing hairdryers during the 80’s Dallas Bobby Ewing Permed Hair Craze when every American male decided the last thing they wanted was a decent hair style. He died peacefully in his sleep, at 475 miles per hour when he & “Brunhilde” re-modelled Mount Rushmore in July 16 1999. Upon hearing of his death, Squadron leader Melvyn Crustbucket-Bangson (retired), the last surviving RAF WW2 Lancaster pilot said, “Good bloody riddance!” He left $1 million, some Spitfire spare parts (slightly used) and three pounds of pork scratchings in his will. Flags were flown at half-mast all over Germany.” Toodle pip! Anil
  8. Heres; this weeks finisher: The truly horrible "new tool " Revell 1/72 Spit VB. Words will fail you when see the bad detailing, 0.75mm rivets jutting out of the nose cowls and the canopy buried in thick flash. And wait till you start building, ejector marks everywhere means nothing closes properly, strong CA and grinder just about tamed this into submission. Its wearing the wrong decals for a clipped wing as the right ones turned opaque when applied, Cheers Anil
  9. Here is my first armour model for 35 years, Modelcollect's lovely little T-72BA. Painted with AK Interactive's new formula 'Real Color' paints and weathered with various washes and pigments. I really enjoyed myself with this one and am already planning on building one of Modelcollect's BMP3s some time soon. Forgive any glaring errors, I normally can be found mangling plastic aircraft and really know nothing about armour. Duncan B
  10. Well I'm not quite sure how I got into this but I'm going to give it a go. I have not built a Tank of any description in my adult life with the exception of a 1/72 ABRAMS back in the 1980's but this has been crying out to me so how could I resist any longer. I will be making a pigs ear out of this lovely Modelcollect 1/72 scale T-72BA Main Battle Tank. I have no idea how I'm going to go about it other than throw all the bits on then try and paint it without knocking all the bits off again. It will be painted green using paint except for the bits that will be other colours. Wish me luck as I will be making a start today with the intention of working on it while I'm waiting for the various washes to dry on my never ending Bf109 twin builds that are nearing completion. There are lots of bits including a metal lower hull and optional types of tracks (those rubber things I remember from a kid and plastic sectional ones), I will take more photos of the sprues as I uncover them. Duncan B
  11. Convair

    Airfix DH-4

    Hello, this is my 1/72 scale Airfix DH-4 built OOB. In my humble opinion an old fine kit. It's not a very recent build but I would like to share the images with you. Cheers!
  12. Morning all, Thought I'd share my latest completion, my first for nearly two years, and it really shows! Tamiya's 1/72 FW 190 D9. Being horribly out of practice meant I made a catalogue of errors with this one, particularly around the canopy framing which frankly looks awful, and my inability to get a nice, tight line finish from the airbrush without spatter means this falls into the category of looking good from a few feet, but its nice to have got something built and regain some enthusiasm after such a long hiatus... Tamiya 1/72 Focke Wulf FW 190 D9 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Tamiya 1/72 Focke Wulf FW 190 D9 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Tamiya 1/72 Focke Wulf FW 190 D9 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Tamiya 1/72 Focke Wulf FW 190 D9 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Thanks for looking, comments welcomed, Shaun
  13. Hi all, Not very often I get to post two new builds in a week, but here goes...at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Spitfire MJ772 has recently been restored and repainted in new livery, prior to its return to flight. I was recently asked to build a model of this particular airframe for the chap who runs The Two Seat Spitfire Page on FaceBook, who has a growing collection of 1/72 Spitfire T9s. As per usual, the AZ Models kit was used in the absence of any other available kit, and just a few minor tweaks were made. The rear canopy bow is moulded way too thick on the kit part, scaling out at around a foot wide and several inches proud of the perspex, so I carved it off, sanded it down, polished it back to clarity, dipped it in Klear and then masked it to paint a much thinner bow. I think it was a small improvement worth making. The invasion stripes were a pain to mask, taking over two hours for these alone, and the decals were a mixture of Xtradecal for the roundels and code letters and home printed for the serial numbers. The Cross of Lorraine on the cockpit side was assembled from a blue shield shape cut from a scrap Argentinian flag decal from an Airfix Canberra, and three smaller red strips which started life as a wing walk line on a Hasegawa Zero! Lining those up properly on a shield 3mm across was a challenge...😵 The paint used was Tamiya acrylics, and a panel line wash was added to the movable and removable bits only - engine cowlings, flaps, ailerons, elevators, trim tabs etc. I resisted doing a panel line wash all over as in such a small scale it just looks overdone. Final finish was done in Xtracrylix Flat Varnish, after which the canopies were unmasked, the wingtip lights were painted in, the whip aerial under the wing was added and the final touch was to add the propeller - something which always signals the end of the build for me. You'll be glad to know that it survived the postal service journey to it's new owner, and he seems pleased with it, which is what it's all about really... Here's a walk around: And a couple of flyaround shots: Now, what's next...? 😉 Dean
  14. This is the old Airfix kit in 1/72 with decals that came from my spares box. The kit isn't too bad, the detail is fairly light but it was a bit of fun. The kit had been lurking in my stash for over a decade.
  15. This is the Hasegawa kit in 1/72. It's not a bad model, although I did have some issues fitting the engine nacelles that required a bit of filling and sanding, otherwise things went together well. Chinese markings come from the spares box with the fin flash being masked and painted. Surprisingly, the colour picture which my build is based on shows the aircraft in a reasonable condition, thus I chose not to highlight all the panel lines, just those around the engines as they appeared a bit grimey. I am lacking some white numbers on the tail, I couldn't find small enough decals in the spares.
  16. Chomping at the bit to get started! So, why this build? A while ago I swore I wouldn't build another Dams raid Lancaster, so what am I doing?😂 Yup, A special and one of the new arrivals due in the summer. But they wont be straight builds, that'd be easy. And the squadron has flown many types, who knows what might appear on the bench Pixs to come
  17. I was reading an old copy of Flypast when I came across the attached article, and the black and white photo just said "Build Me" It was a race sponsored by the Daily Mail, a Transatlantic Race - top of the Post Office (BT) Tower to the top of the Empire State Building. The RAF entered 3 harriers, the RN a Phantom FG1 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the attempt and Jet Art Aviation are restoring the victor - Harrier GR1 XV741 My brain has already worked out how to do most of this. I am Tempted to enter it into the RAF100 Group Build, but I don't knowhow I'll find the time! My build mantra seems to be "Let's not make life easy"
  18. Riders in the sky 1944 B-24 Liberator limited edition 1/72 Scale part No. #2121 Operational history LB-30A (YB-24) in RAF service The first British Liberators had been ordered by the Anglo-French Purchasing Board in 1940. After the Fall of France the French orders were in most cases transferred to Britain. The RAF found, as did the US, that global war increased the need for air transports and early type bombers and seaplanes were converted or completed as cargo carriers and transports. LB-30As were assigned to transatlantic flights by RAF Ferry Command, between Canada and Prestwick, Scotland. The first Liberators in British service were ex-USAAF YB-24s converted to Liberator GR Is (USAAF designation: LB-30A). The aircraft were all modified for logistic use in Montreal. Changes included the removal of all armament, provision for passenger seating, a revised cabin oxygen and heating system. Ferry Command's Atlantic Return Ferry Service flew civilian ferry pilots, who had delivered aircraft to the UK, back to North America. The most important role, however, for the first batch of the Liberator GR Is was in service with RAF Coastal Command on anti-submarine patrols in the Battle of the Atlantic. Later in 1941, the first Liberators entered RAF service. This model introduced self-sealing fuel tanks, a 2 ft 7 in (79 cm) plug in the forward fuselage to create more space for crew members and, more vitally, ever more equipment such as ASV MkII radar (anticipated early in the Liberator's development when Reuben Fleet told the engineering team he had a gut feeling the nose was too short). The Mark II was the first Liberator to be equipped with powered turrets, one plane having them installed before leaving San Diego, the remainder having them installed in the field: four Browning Boulton Paul A-type Mk IV with 600 rounds of .303 in the dorsal position; and a Boulton Paul E-type Mk II with 2200 rounds in the tail (later increased to 2500 rounds), supplemented by pairs of guns at the waist position, a single gun in the nose and another in the belly, for a total of fourteen guns. The offensive armament was slightly raised to 64,250 pounds, the maximum altitude lifted from 21,200 to 24,000 feet but the maximum speed was reduced to 263 mph, largely as a result of increased drag. The Liberator II (referred to as the LB-30A by the USAAF) were divided between Coastal Command, Bomber Command, and British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC). Both BOAC and the RAF used converted Liberator IIs as unarmed long-range cargo carriers. These aircraft flew between Britain and Egypt (with an extensive detour around Spain over the Atlantic), and they were used in the evacuation of Java in the East Indies. BOAC also flew trans-Atlantic services and other various long-range air transportation routes. Two RAF bomber squadrons with Liberators were deployed to the Middle East in early 1942. While RAF Bomber Command did not use B-24s as strategic bombers over mainland North West Europe, No. 223 Squadron RAF, one of Bomber Command's 100 (Bomber Support) Group squadrons, used 20 Liberator VIs to carry electronic jamming equipment to counter German radar. In October 1944, two RAF Liberator squadrons (357 and 358) were deployed to Jessore India in support of British SAS, American OSS and French SIS underground operations throughout SE Asia. The aircraft were stripped of most armaments to allow for fuel for up to 26-hour return flights such as Jessore to Singapore. Libe rators were also used as anti-submarine patrol aircraft by RAF Coastal Command. RAF Liberators were also operated as bombers from India by SEAC and would have been a part of Tiger Force if the war had continued. Many of the surviving Liberators originated in this Command. The Liberators made a significant contribution to Allied victory in the Battle of the Atlantic against German U-boats. Aircraft had the ability to undertake surprise air attacks against surfaced submarines. Liberators assigned to the RAF's Coastal Command in 1941, offensively to patrol against submarines in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, produced immediate results. The introduction of Very Long Range (VLR) Liberators vastly increased the reach of Britain's maritime reconnaissance force, closing the Mid Atlantic Gap where a lack of air cover had allowed U-boats to operate without risk of aerial attack. For 12 months, No. 120 Squadron RAF of Coastal Command with its handful of worn and modified early model Liberators supplied the only air cover for convoys in the Atlantic Gap, the Liberator being the only aeroplane with sufficient range. The VLR Liberators sacrificed some armor and often gun turrets to save weight, while carrying extra aviation gasoline in their bomb-bay tanks. Liberators were equipped with ASV (Air to Surface Vessel) Mark II radar, which together with the Leigh light, gave them the ability to hunt U-boats by day and by night. These Liberators operated from both sides of the Atlantic with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Army Air Forces Antisubmarine Command and later, the US Navy conducting patrols along all three American coasts and the Canal Zone. The RAF and later American patrols ranged from the east, based in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Iceland and beginning in mid-1943 from the Azores. This role was dangerous, especially after many U-boats were armed with extra anti-aircraft guns, some adopting the policy of staying on the surface to fight, rather than submerging and risking being sunk by aerial weapons such as rockets, gunfire, torpedoes and depth charges from the bombers. American Liberators flew from Nova Scotia, Greenland, the Azores, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Panama, Trinidad, Ascension Island and from wherever else they could fly far out over the Atlantic. The rather sudden and decisive turning of the Battle of the Atlantic in favour of the Allies in May 1943 was the result of many factors. The gradual arrival of many more VLR and in October, PB4Y navalised Liberators for anti-submarine missions over the Mid-Atlantic gap ("black pit") and the Bay of Biscay was an important contribution to the Allies' greater success. Liberators were credited in full or in part with sinking 93 U-boats. The B-24 was vital for missions of a radius less than 1,000 mi (1,600 km), in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres where U.S. Navy PB4Y-1s and USAAF SB-24s took a heavy toll of enemy submarines and surface combatants and shipping. My thanks to wikipedia for the text The Kit, This isn’t the first time Eduard have packaged other people’s plastic in their own box with extras and Eduard have used Airfix, Gavia, Academy, Minicraft and Hasegawa in previous boxings of their limited edition kits. And in some cases in the UK they come out cheaper than the originals without the bells and whistles. I got my Eduard crusader for £38.00 when the Hasegawa crusader retails at about £45.00. If you look at the Hasegawa B24d (if you can find one) you are looking at £70.00 Plus and if you want a coastal command one £75.00 and the Eduard kit I have found with some shopping around at £86.00, Either way it’s something that a lot of people will think twice about before spending . So is this boxing worth a £11.00 more? Let’s have a look inside the box. Firstly this is easily the biggest box I’ve ever seen a world war two bomber in; so first impressions are you get quite a lot. There is a picture of a b24 somewhere having attacked a merchant ship with Bombay doors open and radome lowered, and it looks remarkably good, on the side we have 8 of the 13 various colour schemes supplied. Inside there 9 grey and 1 clear sprue made by Hasegawa as well as 4 poly caps for the props. Then there is another grey and clear sprue made by Eduard containing the parts to build a coastal command liberator. A full set of glazing masks are included and 2 Photo etched frets with 1 painted and one just in brass. Finally there is a decal sheet with markings for 13 different aircraft and a 24 page instruction booklet. With that you may be forgiven for thinking that’s enough but no, then we have a reference book on the Coastal command liberators (printed in Czech, an English translation is available on the Eduard website in .pdf) and an A2 poster of the box art. Sprue A (Hasegawa) On here there are the rear fuselage halves, (Hasegawa are famous for splitting the fuselage somewhere with their tooling, my hope is that they have done it along a panel line) and internal bulkheads and floors. There are also the bomb bay interiors on here. This is typical modern Hasegawa tooling. With nice finely recessed panel lines and some rivet or fastener detail (nowhere near the number of rivets on the real aircraft but if you tried it at this scale it would look overdone. The bulkheads and floors have good detail but will be perfectly acceptable through the glazing. The cockpit floor has moulded on rudder pedals and centre console. The floors and bulkheads have semi-circular pins moulded on so that you can get them the right way round Sprue B and C The wings are next with sprue B taking care of the top half and sprue C the bottom. Tooling here is blemish free with no flash or sink marks evident. Undercarriage bays are moulded separately with the inner part of the bay included in the moulding of the wing. There are guide rails for spars to get a perfect fit to the fuselage (I would probably Paint both separately then attach the wings after painting). The recessed detail is consistent with the fuselage and is certainly more than acceptable in this scale. Sprue D and E Sprue D contains the rest of the airframe; tail plane and fins with the same consistent detail as on the wings and fuselage, and its here that parts not used start appearing so watch those instructions! Also on this sprue we have a blanking plate for the ventral turret/radome, the central beam for the bomb bay a main spar to fix the wings in place, main undercarriage wheel wells and Bomb bay doors (both open and closed). Sprue E comes from Hasegawa’s Coastal command boxing. But the only part that is used here will be the radome (with Eduard taking care of the rest). Sprues F and G (Clear) Sprue F contains the clear sections for the flight deck including the cockpit glazing and astrodome on the nose, various windows and the bomb aimers and nose gunner glazing then there are most of the turret parts that are unused as the RAF used different turrets so Eduard have taken care of this. Sprue G has the forward fuselage section again completely moulded in clear (if you wanted to with Eduard’s extra Phot etched components and you are more careful than me with the glue, you could leave the whole nose section unpainted to show off the interior). I like this approach as you don’t have fit issues with the glazing but you do have to be careful with glue fumes and fogging up. The clear parts themselves are perfectly clear and the detail is bang on with the rest of the kit. Sprue N (4 Pieces) Engine parts make up these sprues (for the parts we are going to use anyway, the engines are a two piece assembly featuring all 14 cylinders and a crank case and reduction casing the bolt detail and cylinder detail is looking pretty good, these parts mount onto nacelles and are then covered by separate cowlings and ring round the front of the engine. If you want to build this with the cowlings off and super detail the engine you have a good starting point here and a trip to IWM Duxford to have a look at their B24 will give you some great references. Also on here is the turbocharger assembly which is part of a two piece assembly with the lower nacelle (more on this later) finally there are the wide chord props for some of the versions of the kit these props are nicely detailed with hub fastenings moulded in nicely, and a .5 calibre machine gun which are about as good as they are going to get in 1/72 scale. What is evident is that the Hasegawa kit is a very nice starting point. Sprue Q (2 pieces) Various parts on here; starting with the lower Nacelle with the exhaust outlet and I for one would have liked to see this as one piece as it will make adding aftermarket exhausts easier to fit, More machine guns of which a lot won’t be used but again they are nicely moulded as well as gun mounts. There are control yokes that won’t be used if you use the PE ones supplied but to my mind these are totally acceptable and probably a lot less fiddly. Added to this main wheels are included here and joy of joy’s the tires and wheels are separate; making painting and weathering a breeze the tires have a substantial flat moulded onto them. The wheels are a two piece assembly and detail on here is really nice. Flight deck seats are fitted and these look pretty good but will benefit from carful painting. Finally on here are the bomb racks which are acceptable for the scale. Sprue R This is the last of the Hasegawa sprues and there are some last detail parts on here these include the undercarriage legs which are nicely done with the detail evident and are really substantial. The same applies to the nose wheel leg which has a built in mudguard but again fixes firmly and will be nice and strong particularly as you will have to put some weight in the nose. Also there are the other undercarriage struts and a tail skid the nose wheel is again a three piece section meaning easy painting. Various antenna which some of which will be replaced by etch parts. Undercarriage doors are on here as well as the instrument panel which while nice is not a patch on the etched panel supplied by Eduard. Sprue A (Eduard, Clear sprue) Turret parts mainly on this sprue for the english turrets fitted to Coastal command liberators and a lens for the Leigh Light fitted to some versions these parts are crystal clear and crisply moulded. All these parts are the parts that will bring this kit to life and making it a real Coastal Command Liberator. This makes the real difference between this and the Hasegawa Coastal Command boxing. There are also windows for the waist positions for specific versions. Unfortunately some of these parts had come of the sprue in transit but they aren’t damaged. Sprue B (Eduard) On here are the final parts for the kit moulded in Eduard’s usual grey plastic and showing the crisp moulding we have come to expect from Eduard. Firstly there is the chin radome fitted to some versions as well as the stub wings for the rocket rails. You are really going to have to study the instructions carefully as different versions have significant differences so be careful. There a lot more machine guns struts and turret parts and various struts. Then there are needle blade propellers for the other variants that don’t use the wide chord type. The Leigh Light housing for the wing is on here too. And finally rockets of which there are eight nicely moulded Photo Etch Two frets here and the first one is painted and the second is plain brass. So on the painted one there is a two part instrument panel which really is going to make a difference, my advice; take plenty of photographs as you are building this as there is going to be so much inside that won’t be easy to see form the inside. Seatbelts are also on here which look great in 1/72 and will make all of the difference to the cockpit, generally that tends to be all I buy for my models because they just look so much better. The panel is painted in a strange green (to me anyway and I will be following the paint mix instructions supplied by Eduard for the interior colours which calls for a mix of zinc chromate type one with 10% flat black added, I would also suggest that you mix from the Gunze range to ensure you get the match. There are various gunsights and antenna rails on here as well as other boxes for the cockpit and interior. Finally there are 2 control yokes in black that will net to be mounted onto some plastic rod. On the second fret there are some antennas, particularly the Yagi? Antenna for the nose this is really crisp and looks great. Decals These are printed and produced by Eduard, (their decals are a rival for anyone’s now and work faultlessly) and have markings for 13 (yes 13) different options. The colours look spot on to my eye and they’re in perfect register with great colour density and a full set of stencils. Options are: A. GR Mk. V BZ721 No. 224 Sqdn St. Eval July 1943 B. GR Mk. V BZ723 No. 311 Sqdn Tain Oct 1944 C. GR Mk. V BZ774 No.311 Sqdn Beaulieu Autumn 1943 D. GR Mk. V BZ779 No.311 Sqdn Beaulieu Oct 1943 E. GR Mk. V BZ786 No.311 Sqdn Beaulieu Autumn 1943 F. GR Mk.V BZ896 No.311 Sqdn Beaulieu Dec 1943 G. GR Mk.V FL961 No.311 Sqdn Predannack June 1944 H. GR Mk.V FL949 No.311 Sqdn Tain Oct 1944 I. GR Mk.III FL936 No.160 Sqdn Ceylon Autumn 1943 J. GR Mk.V BZ832 No.200 Sqdn Gambia August 1943 K. GR Mk.V BZ832 No. 354 Sqdn 1944 L. GR Mk.V BZ755 No.10 (BR) Sqdn RCAF Gander Canada Autumn 1943 M. GR Mk.V BZ 755 North West Air Command Canada Summer 1946 It’s no surprise to see so many 311 Sqdn aircraft as this was mainly a Czech squadron but you are certainly spoilt for choice here. Instructions 24 pages in Eduard’s traditional style which allow for each of the different aircraft fit outs to be fitted as you go so you are going to have to make up your mind which version you are going to make quite early on but that said the instructions are east to follow and in my opinion some of the best instructions out there. Colour call outs are in the Gunze range but also call out the colour at the same time as the paint number. The first page starts with a sprue map and then the construction sequence follows pretty much the same sequence as many aircraft: Interior fuselage, wings engines landing gear Then we have paint instructions and a stencil map. Great stuff Extras Eduard have published a book of 76 pages all in Czech (go to www.Eduard.com for the English translation) the main point is here the reference material including photographs and colour profiles for the aircraft and to my mind really makes a difference And finally there is the picture an A2 print of a 311 Sqdn Aircraft taken from the box art and this just looks lovely (going to be looking for a frame soon) Conclusion Well I asked if this kit was worth £11.00 more than the Hasegawa kit and my answer is a resounding yes. If you are a four engine heavy fan or a Coastal Command fan then buying this would be a no brainer. If you are a collector then a no brainer and if you just want to build a fantastic kit (me) then this kit is worth every penny If my bench wasn’t full of three builds at the moment then this would have been on the bench already and you will see this model round the shows at the end of this year and next year because it just begs to be built and personally I can’t wait to get it on the bench would suggest a bit of practice with PE but apart from that go for it a brilliant kit. My verdict Very very highly recommended! My thanks to Eduard for the review sample If you want to get one then go to www.Eduard.com/store But wait there is more that Eduard have sent us, more photo etch and resin bits 672-183 B24 Bomb Bay Doors Cast in grey resin to replace the open doors of the kit these make a real difference. What you get is 4 resin doors which look like garage doors including the corrugations look great and will be a complete simple replacement and also come with 8 drive wheels for the doors juts to add that last bit of detail. Will be using these for sure highly recommended. 672-178 B24 Turbochargers These will not be a straight fit but they will be worth the work the detail on these is sublime and will be a real asset to the finish. The exhausts are nicely hollowed out and the details are just so crisp. Recommended but bring your rotary tool to the party. 73627 Liberator GR Mk.V upgrade A nice set this one, two frets of PE containing parts for the interior of the nose sections, rudder pedals, floor sections and replacement bulkheads. There are also ammunition boxes and ammunition runs for the waist and nose guns. Then there are extra detail parts for the cockpit that are printed in colour. Now the next shocker cooling jackets for the .5 calibre guns in the rear sections there are various panels for the waist sections including windows using two pieces of metal and a piece of film sandwiched between the parts. again there are ammunition runs and new mounts for them guns which are much more in keeping with the scale. The ammunition boxes are held up with PE brackets. This set will bring some of the more visible parts of the aircraft to light but as I mentioned before take plenty of photos as you are building. 672-177 B24 Bomb Bay rocket projector Ok and I wasn’t expecting this and to be honest I didn’t even know this existed, check your refences as not all aircraft carried it this is a set of anti-ship rockets carried in the bomb Bay (16 of them) 4 of which lower down after the bay doors are opened and the rest drop out before igniting. On here are 28 resin pieces that replace some of the Bomb Bay parts and then some photo etched parts to enhance the detail. This looks really complicated but well worth the effort. The detail is sublime and well done Eduard for coming up with it. This is a great kit out of the box but these extra parts make a great difference to an already fantastic Kit. I think you can tell this is something im really enthusiastic about. Well done Eduard
  19. A little Luftwaffe '46 for today and one I rescued from the shelf of doom although I'm not sure why I put it there in the first place, the very nice Revell 1/72 Focke Wulf Flitzer. Believe it or not this aircraft actually made it to the wooden mock up stage, but never progressed further. I've equipped mine with a pair of 21cm mortar tubes from a 262 and two X-4 wire guided air to air missiles as a bomber destroyer. The little tractor is from Academy and the base was made from scrap plastic and the base of an old trophy.
  20. Len Thomson

    Spitfire XII

    My modelling has taken something of a back seat recently, due to a lack of mojo (it will return), but I did manage to finish this one. Here is the lesser known Griffon engine Spitfire - the rather dainty Spitfire XII. Not many were built, and they only equipped 2 squadrons. This is the Xtrakit version, which some say is unbuildable. It is eminently buildable, it just takes some care. The cockpit was detailed with some Eduard parts (from their VIII/IX/XVI kit), Master, gun barrels, Quickboost exhausts, Falcon vac canopy. The undercarriage also came from an Eduard kit. This is MB830 of 91 (Nigeria) Squadron RAF, based at Hawkinge in 1943 (not far from home). Comments and criticism, as always, are welcome.
  21. Terrible kit! Don't buy it unless you really want this version or you are a masochist (The one who have built/know this kit will understand). I didn't buy it BTW! I got it as our club holds an annual competition called Build a Bitch Model. The idea is to wrap up your least loved kit and put on pile, so everyone will pick up a kit from the pile. We do it on our last meeting of the year (December) and we have to build and put on the table in our first meeting of the year (February), we vote on the best looking model on the table and the winner get hi/her annual club fee as a prize. Needless to say I got this Bi#*h in 2014 and finished it only last month. Comments and critics are welcomed! Cheers Paulo
  22. Hi all This is my latest model completed. Promodeller 1/72 kit. Photo Etched seat belts, everything else out of the box or scratch built. Follow this link for the W.I.P. All critics and comments are very welcome! Cheers
  23. Deanflyer

    Vampire T.11

    Hi folks, It's been a while what with working away from home a lot, but I've had the past week off for Christmas and managed to get back to the bench, and took 11 hours to produce this. It's Airfix's offering, and is a very nice kit, going together with the minimum of fuss. I know the real version isn't as shiny as this, but I wanted to try out the Xtreme Metal Aluminium. I did it as a quick build just to get my hand back in, but it's come out ok. Tiny though - I don't usually build 1/72, and now I remember why... Ahhhh...1952... Cheers, Dean
  24. Finally, after over a year I'm calling finished - She still needs a radio antenna sorted and a final gloss, but if I don't call done I'll never clear her! Italieri DC-3, kit decals apart from the invasion stripes which are by hand (well, masking tape) A mix of Vallejo and Tamiya paints, PJ Prouctions SAR Crew and a Coastal Kits base (Which is too small for her) and PE prop
  25. Len Thomson

    Spitfire 21

    Here is the latest completion from my Spitfire workshop. I consider this to be the second of the 'cross-over' Spits - with the new wing mated to the older fuselage and tail grouping. This is the Special Hobby Spitfire 21 in 1/72 scale. The kit has been enhanced with a few Eduard cockpit parts, Mission Models gun barrels, Falcon vac canopy, wing tips re-shaped etc. Finished in Tamiya with Xtracolour satin/matt varnish mixed 50/50. Aircraft is from 41 Squadron RAF, Church Fenton in early 1947. One of only two regular squadrons equipped with the 21. Comments and critique always welcome
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