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Milch eventually cancelled all contracts with Messerschmitt and forced BFW into bankruptcy in However, Messerschmitt's friendship with Hugo Junkers Hugo Junkers prevented a stagnation of the careers of him and BFW, which was started again in Milch still prevented Messerschmitt's takeover of the BFW until , hence the designation "Bf" of early Messerschmitt designs. Messerschmitt promoted a concept he called "light weight construction" in which many typically separate load-bearing parts were merged into a single reinforced firewall, thereby saving weight and improving performance.

The first true test of the concept was in the Bf Taifun sports aircraft, which would soon be setting all sorts of records. Based on this performance the company was invited to submit a design for the Luftwaffe's fighter contest, winning it with the Bf , based on the same construction methods.

From this point on Messerschmitt became a favorite of the Nazi party, as much for his designs as his political abilities and the factory location in southern Germany Germany away from the "clumping" of aviation firms on the northern coast. Existing types, such as the Bf and , retained their earlier designation in official documents, although sometimes the newer designations were used as well, most often by subcontractors, such as Erla Maschinenwerk of Leipzig. World War II[edit] During the war Messerschmitt became a major design supplier, their Bf and Bf forming the vast majority of fighter strength for the first half of the war.

Several other designs were also ordered, including the enormous Me Gigant transport glider, and its six-engined follow on, the Me However, for the second half of the war, Messerschmitt turned almost entirely to jet-powered designs, producing the world's first operational jet fighter, the Me Schwalbe "Swallow". Messerschmitt relied heavily on slave labour to produce much of the parts needed for these aircraft during the second half of World War II; these parts were assembled in an enormous underground tunnel system in Sankt Georgen an der Gusen, Austria.

Gorgen quarries. Messerschmitt officials maintained barracks at the concentration camp to oversee the work being done by the inmates. Messerschmitt had its share of poor designs as well; the Me , designed as a follow-on to the , was an aerodynamic disaster that almost led to the forced dissolution of the company. The design problems were eventually addressed in the Me Hornisse, but only small numbers were built before all attention turned to the Later in the war, in competition with the Junkers Ju Junkers Ju and the unbuilt, February initiated Heinkel He , Messerschmitt also worked on a heavy Amerika Bomber Amerika Bomber design, the Me , which flew in prototype form — with three prototype airframes built, the first of which flew in December — but was too late to see combat.

Production of the KR ceased in September, fighter, bomber interceptor; later versions sometimes mistakenly marked as "Me " on subcontractor's dataplates. Me Adolfine designed as long-range record-setter; three built and used for reconnaissance. Messerschmitt Me TL.

This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The undercarriage doors are moulded as a one piece unit. TTiis is gnsal it' you want the gear up. Decals This kit comes with one "special" nose-art option. Independence with a special Eagle colour scheme used in the summer of for public displays.

There is an awful lot of carrier film around these decals and they are very, very glossy. Still, they didn't look too bad so T gave it my besl shot. Now I can only say that the decal adhesive used must be a new form of superglue because I have never encountered decals that stick so stubbornly.

If they came into contact with the kit, my fingers or anything else they stuck to it with the ferocity of a crazed limpet that does not want to go anywhere ever again. This made placing them rather difficult. In the end 1 look to cutting them into small, manageable pieces and re-constructing ihem on the kit. It certainly is an amazing colour. Bedford Tel: 3W The Kit Moulded in light brown plastic, there are two large and two smaller sprues.

The two smaller sprues are ihe parts exclusively for the HHC. They contain armament, ferry tanks, intake filters and a few smaller parts. This makes up into a nicely detailed area for such a small scale. The two rear doors can be positioned opened or closed, the ramp door has a machine gun mounted on it but the large ammo box is missing, this is larger than the gun so should he added from plastic sheet. The rotor shaft part 16 does no! All parts except the main rotor shaft fit firmly and I did not have to use any filler on any joins, just fine grade sanding.

Although 1 think the rivets are overscale they do not stand out loo much when painted. This is the first time I have found FS numbers on a Revell kit in this scale, a very welcome addition. That said, the Revell paints available do not match the FS numbers and mixing instructions are included under the paint list, Decals '["here are two options on the decal sheet. All the decals had lots of prominent carrier film and proved to be the must lime consuming part of Ihe kit. This kit has many good points. Tile wings and lail fit well. The undercarriage areas are good.

It has some awkward bits but this could be an excuse to get to grips with interior detailing and refining your techniques with filler. Navy grey scheme. Some less experienced modellers may find these decals a bit of a handful. Overall though, it is no more difficult than the other Hornet kits available and you do end up with loads of gixidies for the spares box when you have finished.

Recommendation This would probably be a good kii for someone who wants something a bil different and will stretch their skills a little bit, It offers plenty to occupy the competent beginner as well as the experienced builder. I was quite pleased by the end result and do believe it was worth the effort. My thanks to Revell GB for the review sample. Ihese are within acceptable limits for this small scale. The only pail that docs not look correct is the length of the tail boom from the Ventral fins to Ihe ail.

It is all a bil spoilt by the poor decals. Recommendation Recommended for alt skill levels. Construction including the fault in part I A. Clear Ampthill Road, Bedford. Tel: standard marked machine could be made by omitting some of the decals. Decals Approximately half of the model is covered by the decals. All the decals had lots of prominent carrier film and proved to be the most time consuming part of this model. A good selection of stencil markings are included.

The decals are too large in size and placement is a problem as they are shown correct size on the instruction sheet. The yellow stencils and rotor markings cannot be used as the base colour olive or black make them disappear. I painted these on by hand. Also the instruction sheet shows white bands top and bottom in two places on each main rotor but only supply 12 on the sheet, again these were hand painted. Conclusions The decal placement is slightly easier and it makes up into a nice looking model. Recommendation Recommended for all skill levels. Unit 20, Jubilee Trade Centre.

Jubilee Road. Herts The Kit No one can honestly say that the good looks of a Griffon powered Spit don't stir something in ones heart. I even saw a committed Phantom builder go all strange over this kit at the last club meeting! Anyway, what a kit, nicely presented in a stout box with the now usual impressive Academy artwork. This kit is moulded in light grey plastic and is of a very high standard with excellent interior and panel line details. The clear canopy parts are of excellent quality and come as a separate three piece set to be displayed open or closed.

The instruction sheet is a little on the unexciting side, but I think we can all live with that. Construction This was another of what I call a "Saturday afternoon kit'' , meaning that you can progress rapidly with this model and achieve significant results in a day's "Spodelling". As in most kits construction begins with the cockpit interior with the pilot's seat assembly of framework and bulkhead and seat. After painting the seat cockpit green Humbrol acrylic There is also an addition to the. The half bulkhead that is just in front of the instrument panel is included and makes a very busy cockpit indeed.

The rocker cover blisters that are so characteristic of the Griffon Spitfires are separate from the fuselage and need careful positioning before gluing. The manifolds should go on at this point, but for ease of painting i left them off until the last assemblies of the finished model. The same goes for the five bladed propeller. The tailplanes arc unusually made in two halves which is a bit of a bind, but the tit is perfect so no cries of anguish today!

The undercarriage has the very welcome addition of weighted tyres in solid mouldings with separate outer hub inserts. These improve the 'sit' of the model no end. The wings have the extra detail of open gun bays with exposed canon breeches but you will have to do some extra work to detail the wing interiors as these are non- existent which is a bit disappointing.

No problems were found in putting the wings together though one of the wing tip joints needed a little filling where it joins the main wing section. The wings join the fuselage very well but not perfectly. This is no disaster because again , very little filler is needed and the Spitfire wing joint is a difficult one to get a good fit with. The large radiator tubs have very good detail inside and have the added detail of open or closed radiator shutters, "Rad shutters auto!

I've always wanted to have an excuse to say that! The wing tips are separate and the kit comes complete with wing tips for both the C and E variants. For some inexplicable reason Academy have made the fuselage invasion stripes, roundel squadron codes and registration all one decal. The whole invasion stripe area is made up of three decals, one either side, and one on the underside. The wing stripes are about the same. This for mc was clearly not going to work, and so I decided to pull out all the stops and paint on the stripes.

So after spraying cockpit green over the canopy frames and a good coat of primer had been applied the invasion stripe areas were sprayed white. Once dry the white stripes were masked off and the black was sprayed on. The yellow of the wing leading edge went on as well and also the sky colour of the fuselage band. Again when these colours were dry they were masked off and the painting of the standard RAF camouflage scheme could begin. I used Tamiya Acrylic Sky Grey for the undersides. Aeromaster Ocean Grey acrylic and a mix of Tamiya J. A Green and Tamiya Olive Drab for the upper surfaces.

With all the masking off I had to do because of the need to paint on the invasion stripes etc. However the resulting paint job was stunning and with a coal of gloss varnish for the decals to sit on it was time to beat those decals into submission. The roundels and codes etc.. Knowing what modelling is today it probably won't be long before someone produces a new decal sheet for this mark of Spitfire.

The printing of the decals doesn't overlap very well in places and shows through and 1 am afraid this were the kit falls down badly, which is a real shame as every thing else about this kit is superb. As I said earlier this is a Saturday afternoon kit which progresses quickly with little fuss and is just a thoroughly enjoyable kit to build. It's just a shame about the. Recommendation The dccal sheet you can throw away, but buy one today!

Anyone can build this kit and make a good job of it and it is not an expensive kit, so I guess I should overlook the decal sheet, therefore I can recommend this kit to all. My thanks to Toyway for the review sample. Parts: Plastic: Many of the parts are common with the previously released kits, but all of these are relatively new mouldings so what you are looking at here to all intents and purposes is a new kit. Construction Having grabbed the review sample once it arrived 1 was impressed with the quality of the tooling.

Construction starts with the fuselage halves and to them are added the familiar chin radiator assembly, instrument panel and cockpit sidewalls. These sidewalls and instmmcnt panel do not fit flush with the raised tab inside the fuselage halves and if you look at the instruction sheet you will see that there needs to be a gap of 2mm between the sidewall inserts and the rear tab. There also has to be a 1mm gap at the lop of the instrument panel and although that may sound a bit odd it is relatively simple to obtain.

Once your fuselage is together you can make up the cockpit floor and this is detailed with a scat, rear bulkhead, rudder pedals and control column. Once that is all painted it can be inserted into the fuselage from underneath. The wings come next and you have to make up bulkheads for the interior of each wheel well from three parts. Having been forewarned I knew it was best to swap sides with parts A3 and 4 as they seem to fit better that way. Cement the lower wing to the fuselage and once dry add the upper wing panels. This may sound a bit back-to-front but it means that you can ensure a good joint at the front of each wing as well as at each fillet.

At this stage I made up the propeller assembly and put it to one side and then fitted the tailplanes and the lower radiator gills C This is as far as assembly goes until painting and decaling is completed. Once all of that was dry I applied the smaller parts such as the canopy, lights, drop tank and undercarriage. Do not forget to mask these up and paint them at the same time as you do the rest of the model. Accuracy This is a an accurate model and from the information given in the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft it scales out at the coiTcct length and a little short by 4 scale inches.

These arc quite acceptable in this scale and the model truly captures the 'look' of this late series P Westbrook and 'Reckless Prostitute" flown by Capt. Both machines were operated by the 44th FS. Both machines are Foliage Green on top and the first option is Neutral Grey underneath whilst the second option is listed as being Grey FS underneath.

Both options have a white spinner and white bands on the upper and lower wing and around the fuselage. Option two also has the entire tail area painted white. The tail and spinner were painted white and I decided that I did not want to do battle with the decals and therefore masked and sprayed the white bands on the wings and fuselage.

The cockpit interior is interior Green Humbrol Decals The two options in the kit have very little in the way of markings, their overall colour scheme being the decorative part of the model, and therefore, there are very few decals to apply. Having already said that I sprayed very badly! So great was this effect that I had to touch-up the stars on the wings so that they matched the bands. Each image was settled onto the model with Aero Set solution and once in place considerable amounts of Aero Sol solution were applied to settle the image on the model.

Having done all this I was a little annoyed to see that the forward nose art decals still silvered I would recommend that you consider aftermarket markings for tliis model should you have one but apart from that I feel that diis is a quality product.

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Neat little touches like the separate exhaust stubs and three part canopy may seem 'gimmicky' but they certainly do add a lot to the finished model. All of the toolings are new and the model features recessed panel lines, nice overall detail and the option of a three part open, or single part closed canopy. Construction It is very rare to get a kit thai is such a pleasure to make and I am glad to say that having made numerous review samples this kit ranks with some of the best for tit and ease of assembly.

The instrument panel is not detailed and dials etc are simulated with a dccal. There is no detail to the sidewalls in each fuselage halt' and this is a shame, but I am sure if you want to add detail here you will. The engine supplied is a little gem and it makes up into an impressive component which will benefit from dry brushing to bring out all the detail. The fit of the engine cowl to the fuselage was a point at which I was dubious of fit, however I was amazed tc - ee this complex component just snap into position with no need for filler.

Before the wings are fitted the cockpit insert in added into the fuselage from underneath and once the wings are in place you should find little or no need for filler. As I have already said the kit comes with the option of a three part canopy for having it in the open position or a single part unit for the closed position. In this scale this is a good idea and one which will be welcomed by many. Once all painting and decaling was completed the canopy was cemented in place and the undercarriage units and drop tank were also fitted in position.

This deficiency is well within acceptable levels in this scale though and 1 feel that this kit captures the overall look of the Shiden-Kai far better than any previous kit has. I used colours from both the Xtracolor and AeroMaster ranges on my model. Once all the colours were applied the model was given an overall coat of Revell Gloss Varnish. Once the decals had been applied the model was toned down with a coat of Matt Varnish from the Revell range. Decals Initially I was hopeful about the decals in this kit They were of excellent quality with shiny carrier film which did not extend too far outside the parameter of each image.

You will however find that the stencil markings and tail codes will silver no matter how much decal setting and solvent solution you use. The Hinomaru for each wing and fuselage are quite dense, however I do feel that they darkened quite noticeably when applied over the dark upper colour. The way to get around this is to apply another decal of similar size from your spares box over the top. The biggest failure with the kit is that the decal placement instructions are incomplete and inaccurate. There are only plain Hinomarus for the wings and the instructions clearly show them with a white band.

It is true to say that there are two white backgrounds on the decal sheet, however their size does not correspond with any of the diameters of the Hinamarus? No mention is given of the aircraft data stencils for underneath the leading edge of the tailplane on the port side. This is clearly shown on the box art and three types are included on the decal sheet but no mention of them is made on the instructions.

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With all this confusion and contradiction your best bet is to use the instructions in conjunction with the box top artwork and then you should be able to soit everything out. It is true to say that this model is more accurate than any before it and the ease of assembly makes it an ideal kit for all experience levels. Those confusing instructions and disappointing decals however may put a few off and that's a shame. Recommendation This is a sound kit which will make up straight from the box into an impressive model.

It has the scope for added detailing but then again when doesn't a kit nowadays. I feel that the price may put a few off but the quality of the tooling and moulding certainly make this kit a joy to make and for that reason I can thoroughly recommend this kit to all. Commerce Way, Lancing, West Sussex. The parts are well moulded with recessed panel lines and there are options for open or closed cowl flaps and a single closed piece or two piece open canopy.

Colour and marking information for two machines are included on the instructions although additional codes etc are included on the decal sheet. Construction When I first came across this kit in a model shop I wondered if so few parts could really be worth the price tag, so once a review sample arrived I immediately set about finding out. Construction of the kit is relatively straightforward and the cockpit is quite well detailed with decals for the side consoles and instrument panel. A pilot figure is included although I chose not to fit it. The slab topped upper decking just forward of the canopy is well portrayed and the little intake on the starboard side is included as a separate moulding.

At this point in assembly you will have to decide on wether you are going to fit open or closed cowl flaps, as both are offered in this kit. The undercarriage is well moulded although the wheel hubs are incorrect.

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An odd addition to the mode! I have no information to support the fitment of such a tank to the Ta and I therefore left it off. The fit of the wings to the fuselage is excellent and the only place you will require any filler on this kit is at the extreme back of the wing insert on the lower fuselage. An option for an open or closed canopy is included and it is nice to see that these are offered as two separate mouldings. The open option is in two parts whilst the closed one is a single moulding.

Having put it all together in a relatively short lime it was now time to prime and apply the overall colour scheme. The undercarriage and canopy are still off at this time and they will only be added once assembly is complete. Smith and A. Kay this model is bang on scale 47' 6" and a little short in length at 35' when the correct length is 35' 5. This does not effect the overall 'look' and 'sit' of the model and it therefore captures the Ta very well indeed. Colour Options There are two aircraft colour schemes depicted on the instructions, neither of them being identified.

This machine is coded 'Green 4" and if you wish to make it up from the supplied decals use the same colour scheme as described below. The only problem with this kit, if you have no knowledge of Luftwaffe types, is that the instructions are in Japanese only and that includes the painting guide. The cockpit interior needs to be RLM 66 and the undercarriage bays, insides of the undercarriage doors, oleo legs and tail wheel yoke are all RLM The main wheel hubs are gloss black and the spinner and propeller arc RLM I should also note that the leading edge of the wings on a Ta had a wrap-around effect for the upper camouflage colours and this resulted in a ragged edge to each wing which is best replicated by spraying blotches ' of the upper colours onto the leading edge of each wing.

Decals As T have already said the kit comes with a wide selection of decals and they are all printed very well with small amounts of the shiny carrier film visible around each image. Having selected what markings you are going to apply, and I would suggest that you research this point as it may be that the option you choose has a different colour scheme to the one mentioned above, the images settle down well on to a gloss surface and reacted well to Micro Set and Aero Sol decal solvents. Having said this however 1 should report that the numerous small stencils available with this kit did not settle at all well and most of these images silvered, which was a shame.

I would say that this kit is suitable for all as far as assembly goes but the lack of information with regard to colour and markings and the high retail price may well put it outside many modellers grasp. This is a shame as this really is a nice kit and before anyone mentions it.

It just goes to show that we can all make mistakes. Recommendation One for everyone this kit and if you know sufficient about the topic then I am sure you will have no problem in making this model, no matter what skill level you are. My thanks to Amerang Ltd for supplying the review sample. It did not look as though it was going to be an easy ride on a second look, but undaunted I dived into the box and got scraping! As you will have guessed this is a mulri media kit being made up of limited run injection plastic airframe, white metal , undercarriage and engine exhaust ejector stubs etc.

The injection plastic on first glance looks like a complete nightmare but once the huge injection gates have been cut off with a razor saw and cleaned up things don't look so bad. Be careful though as the plastic used is more akin to bakelite and is very brittle. There are panel lines engraved in the plastic, but these are in need of a little re-scribing to make them a little more prominent.

The white metal is good quality and needs a little cleaning up. The vac-form canopies are lovely and — crystal clear. Along with the decals they are the best aspect of this kit. The instructions are rather nice also with written assembly instructions as well as diagrams. There are a nice set of drawings which depict a colour option and a head on line drawing for checking undercarriage tracking, wing dihedral and propeller blade geometry. In addition to this there are four black and white photographs: three of the cockpit and one of the wheel wells.

Construction This began with an evening sawing, scraping and sanding by the end of which I was presented with two piles. One of parts and one of scrap. This was a new area for me as a lot of hard work was needed to get rid of all those blasted thick mould runners caused by low pressure injection methods. Special attention was needed in the cockpit area. Both the fuselage sides and the interior walls needed a lot of thinning down to get a reasonable fit.

The interior detail once painted is very good and only needs the addition of seat harness and rudder pedals. It is best to join the fuselage first then add the cockpit walls and instrument panel, paint and then add the pre-paintcd cockpit flooring and seat. The hole which takes the exhaust ejector stubs needs to be opened out a little and it is best to drill holes in the tail plane mountings for brass rod pins later. Copious amounts of filler are needed on the fuselage joints as is also the case with the wings, especially on the leading edges, which having gone off at the mould runners madly had not done any favours for me.

The wings were glued on in a two stage process. Firstly gluing the front and rear in position and then, once dry. There were still huge gaps between the wings and the wing fillets so 1HANK. YOU Scale Aviation Modeller would like lo extend our thanks to Revell GB for the generous supply of paints and accessories from their extensive range for use by the editorial team. WNfC YOU Scale Aviation Modeller would like to extend our thanks to Humbrol Ltd for the generous supply of acrylic paints and brushes from their extensive range for use by the editorial team.

The undercarriage is a rather complicated white metal construction that is very impressive once cleaned up and assembled. There is no real need to paint it as it is almost the correct silver colour already Why make extra work for yourself. All the ribs and formers that are evident in he wheel wells have to be scratch built from plaslicard but to do this properly the top half of the wings need further thinning out and obliteration of the detail already there. The propeller is provided as three separate blades and a spinner and 1 decided to short circuit the system a bit here and used a scrap VDM unit off the old Otaki kit, slightly re-shaped the blades and carved out the holes in the spinner to take the complete propeller unit.

The result looked a lot belter. The canopy is up to Falcon's usual excellent quality and you get two to play with which enables you to model the canopy open without any trouble. Painting There is only one standard scheme which does for all the marking variations on the decal sheet. As you will have guessed by now its on with die Holt's grey primer first 1 then airbrushed the rear fuselage section white and then masked off the white fuselage band when dry, The undersurfaees are described as light Blue Grey or Grigio Azzurro Chiaro which sounds very much as though it was RLM 76 to me, no hats what I used My own Tamiya mix of course!

The demarcation of the green is rather strange as it is only the wings and the tailplanes that are Light Grey Blue underneath. The sheet is very well printed but the carrier film is rather thick and I had big trouble with silvering no matter how much MicroSol I used. The carrier film also covers a much larger area than ihe printing and over laps other areas of carrier film, it therefore needs to be trimmed back considerably, ft is a shame thai good quality decal printing should be let down by poor carrier film. Et is Ihe nearesi thing to a vac-form kit that I have had without actually being one.

This kit needs a lot of lime spending on it and if you do spend the lime on it then a lovely model will result. Recommendation This is another kit that is for the experienced modeller and an important addition to your collection if you are an Italian buff. Over ihe years it has gained the status of an "old favourite", and will certainly be familiar to more than one generation of modeller, having been available, on and off, for over 25 years. This latest re-release sees the kit appearing in the new slyle Airfix packaging, and with a nice new decal sheet, but the basic moulds themselves are unaltered from before.

The kit parts this lime around are moulded in grey plastic, and there are 2 sprues containing the various parts which are surprisingly "Hash' free on the example built for this review, There is a separate clear plastic sprue with two rather thick cockpit canopy options. The grey plastic airframe mouldings are almost entirely covered by ugly and overscale rivet 'detail' which is best removed altogether or at least sanded down to make it much less prominent.

Dimensionally the model is marginally short, especially in fuselage length. Built straight from the box it makes up into an attractive and easy model to construct. Cockpit interior detail consists simply of two crude seats and two crew members who are cut off at the knees. Fuselage construction is followed by the building up and addition of Ihe wings, these being a one piece lower wing component with the dihedral angle moulded into it.

A little filler can be added at the wing roots after the wings have been joined to the fuselage assembly due to the somewhat odd way the wing fillet is split up. The horizontal tailplanes also need a little filler if Ihe joint lines with the rear fuselage after assembly are to be made less obvious.

As previously stated there is a choice of cockpit canopies in the kit. The kit's instructions include a comprehensive four view plan plus propeller colours for each option in turn, together with number codes for the relevant Humbrol paints. Of these choices, the Cambridge HAS example has appeared various times in the past with previous releases of this kit.

The four view plan for this specific aircraft however is incorrect in thai it shows the yellow wing irainer bands as extending back la the trailing edge of the wings, over the laps - this is not correct. Chipmunks wearing this colour scheme did not carry the yellow bands over the control surfaces and flaps - the review model as photographed shows the correct arrangement. Having chosen the silver and yellow Cambridge option lor my review model.

II Silver overall having masked the wing and fuselage bands which were then airbrushed Humbrol No. The anti-glare panel ahead of the windscreen had also been masked off and was then painted Humbrol No, 33 Matt Black, and the spinner painted Humbrol No. Decals The best part of this kit is the decal sheet, and it represents a trend now practiced by a number of manufacturers in re-releasing old kits wilh new or at least better printed or researched decals than were available when the particular kit firsi appeared. On the decal sheet included in ihe kil the various subjects were well printed and generally in register.

The roundels for both the British and Canadian machines are printed wilh the central ted element separate so thai this can be positioned accurately in the centre after the blue and white basic disc of each roundel has been applied lo the model. There is a nice level of stencilling for ihe No. The only real criticism is that there is a large overlap of carrier film over some of the subjects - as a rule I always trim away carrier film from around each individual subject and this would seem a wise precaution with some of these decals. After application of the various decals 1 duly gave the model an airbrushed coal of Humbrol SatinCote.

Recommendation Although bearing in mind the various criticisms mentioned here, in toial this is a kit that can be recommended, and it forms the basis for more detail to be added if so wished. My thanks to Airfix for ihe review sample. Smiih Led, Ampthill Road, Bedford Tel: The Kit This is a new tooling of an awesome aircraft and it represents the power and missile-like lines of the real thing very well indeed. The first impression on opening the box is " ooh. The kit offers a single seat variant from 3 Luftwaffe units and a variety of stores options. Construction The new tooling is so apparent and so well thought out.

The fine etched panel lines are wonderful and the detail on ihe tailplane is delicious. The first thing to gel stack into js the Martin Baker ejector seat. This comes in 4 parts and it's a shame to put it inside the aircraft when you've finished. Finally I added the lop part of the headrest and upper firing handles picked oul in yellow and black , The only extra bit I added to the whole kit was a brass-etched harness set with the straps painted XF Dark Yellow.

The release handle on the lower right- hand side was picked out in yellow and black using a pin. The cockpit tub is connected to the rear bulkhead and this, in mm. The only ihing to be careful of is the join between the sidewalls and the floor of the rub. It's a bit thin and could break. You have two options for cockpit detailing. Excellent raised instrumentation detail or you can use decals which look like photographs and remove the raised detailing. I could have trimmed them but this would have removed several key instrumentation panels so I elected to drybrush he raised detail insiead an option which worked very well indeed.

The raised detail on the side panels and the main instrument panel was then highlighted by drybrushing with XF- 19 Sky Grey and then over brushing with XF-2 Pat White. I then used a pin to pick out specific bits of white, red or yellow on ihe instrument panels, referring to the Verlinden Lock-On publication No. The stick and front panel was added arid ihe forward fuselage completed.

The kit makes good use of sub-assembly sections so you can be working on a variety of sections at the same time. When 1 checked ihe fit, you guessed it - it fell straight through. I added a few small tabs from plasticard to help out. The rear section of the fuselage goes together without any hassle. The two fuselage sections joined together well and the separate main undercarriage bay has lots of wonderful detail. Pan number 34 should overhang part number 32 so that it can all slot into the forward fuselage section - don't trim anything! It's all a bit vague. There were no locating holes or evidence of a point to drill out.

E simply chopped off the ends and made a calculation of position based on hours of research and a large glass of red wine. It all looks OK. The only area that needed filler was the underside join for the forward fuselage section and a little bit under the exhaust. The wings and tail section wenl on with no fuss at all, although the T-tail did give me one bad moment when, after sitiing beautifully during a dry-fit.

The forward undercarriage leg locates into a hole and 2 slots on the side of the wheel- well. If you push the leg all the way in it will be give a false sit to the aircraft. The leg should be at 90 degrees to ihe bottom of Ihe fuselage, not idling backwards which is what happens if it goes all the way in. The rest, as they say. The main problem was having ihe patience to wait until everything was dry before pushing on to the next bit. Once it was painlcd I added all the little clear plastic navigation and formation lights, as well as the landing lights on the main gear doors.

Finally, an extreme amount Of masking was oversprayed with Xf Olive Drab to produce Ihe splinter scheme. Finally 1 primed the tip-ianks and men masked the centre section before spraying with XF Decals The kit provides options for 3 Luftwaffe units; Jabo G 32 at 1-echfield with special markings for the Tactical Weapons Meej as portrayed on the box art. The decals have lots of carrier film and some silvered very easily.

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Even the usual addition of MicroSet and MicroSol could not assist lo any great extent. I lesled an area with gloss varnish first and this still didn't make much difference. There are so many great schemes that can be applied lo Fs that this must be a winner for both Revell and modellers. This was one of the best "from the box" kils that 1 have built in years wiih minimal fuss and no rude words. The decals could be belter but who cares when il goes together so well and looks so good. Can we please have a 2 -seal variant as soon as possible and also ihe "S" variant.

Recommendation You will enjoy this one and I recommend it wiihout reservation. The detail addicts will be kepi happy and the beginners will have a relatively easy lime. II you open up some of the access panels, this kit will last a long lime and be excellenl value for money. Based around the Hascgawa kit die conversion is resin anil consists of six parts as well as a section of clear stock for the armoured headrest. The set seems to be on sale tor about S Check with H. From price and availability you should contact their UK importer. W Models. Due in will be die Hotten Ho two-seat nightlighter.

Messerschmitt Me P. Heinkel He 46 and Junkers Ju 2X7. I do not have a UK source for these kits so you may wish to contact the company direct. Their address is: P. O Box Castro Valley, CA Rebellion Creations This is a new company to me. II you want to know more you should contact the company direct at: Bedford Road. Las Vegas. NV Due very soon will be the De Havilland DH. I am sure, be very welcome to many.

Sanger Many of the kits produced and marketed under the Contrail label are now retailed under Uiis label and in there will be an Antonov An-2 Colt. Scratchbuilders This American company was mentioned in the February News Update and the Avengers listed there as for future release have now been confirmed and identified.

Each kit costs about Sill. Contact them on KM for more details. The most recent issues have been die A. Each kit is vacfonned plastic with injected and metal detail parts. SMER Repackaging many manufacturers' kits has been all Ihe craze for this Ctech firm and in the past they have offered some of the more sought after kits from companies such as Heller, with the Mureaux Nieuport- Delage NiD and Bloeh already available.

To follow diis there will be the Focke Wulf Fw 56 Sliisser. Caudron C. The next two issues from them will be ihe Focke Wulf P. The Uk importer for the range is H. Stratosphere Models This is a Canadian firm who produce resin kits of more unusual types. Mirage G. Each kit will be to IMSth scale. If you want more details contact the firm directly at: Barclay, unit B. PQ H3S 1J9. Coming in May will be a 4 man crew for the Caialina and in May or June there will be a second set of Luftwaffe personnel pushing aircraft.

This set will include 3 figures and a towbar. If you want any information on ihe SMA range contact them on A new price list is alsn available.

This kit is basically an upgrade of the previously- released PD kit and it includes rockets and bombs far a Korean War era machine. Vami This resin kit manufacturer is due to release kits of the following types in the near future. The Renard 3 1.

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Arsenal VG For more details contact l. W Models of Luinn. Wingnut International What a great name! This is a limited edition resin kit complete with Scalemaster decals: If you want more details contact them direct at: Route W, Asbury. NJ ICand Hansa Brandenberg W. Hannant Ltd for more details. As you will gather the set comprises two figures and these are of an RAF MT driver kitted out in field service dress a leather jerkin and a stee l helmet.

The second figure is an RAF Mechanic and he is depicted in his one-piece overalls and a forage cap. The driver figure is depicted sitting so he can be placed behind the wheel of a suitable vehicle and the mechanic is standing with one foot up on the running board of a vehicle etc.

As you will have guessed this is a two figure set which also comes with two parachute packs. Each figure is depicted sitting and one has a leg draped down, as if off the back of a lorry etc. The parachute packs are depicted as one standard with ihe harness not attached and the other has the harness fitted and the pilots flying helmet resting on it. Once again the figures are well cast with no surface imperfections visible, The final item is set SMAAR and this is a packet of pewter buckets of various sizes and styles. There are nine in the pack and they are well cast although you will have to add handles from wire etc if you so desire.

Overall once again these are all products which I can recommend. If your hobby includes diorama building and this is your scale then I do not think you will go far wrong in investing in any of the figures from the SMA range. Breguet Upgrades from Hitkit Apart from their excellent mixed media kits, this company also produce etched and injected detail sets.

Way back in a Lt. Bolestaw Orlinski and Sgt. Leonard Kubiak make a Song distance flight from Warsaw to Tokyo and back What you get with the set therefore is all the ribs and internal structure to make the tip of one wing. Then this set is just for vou as it allows you to convert the Bre 19 to Lt, Boteslaw Orlinski's long distance machine of I install the new tip as a direct replacement. Sounds easy to me. Anyway the etched brass is beautifully done and the material is of sufficient strength 10 make for a very sturdy end product, it will certainly look very neat once built and will probably produce a few odd looks from fellow modellers.

My only question is, surely the wing with the tip cut off could be looked into, unless of course the open tip was A neat little set of bombs and racks for the Breguet 19 are offered in this seh covered over? That's a point for conjecture. The sei is made up of twenty-six etched brass and eight injection moulded plastic parts. There are two complete bomb racks lor he undersurface of the aircraft L. The set also includes a PuW kg bomb, although this was never fitted to the Bre 19, Each bomb is made up of two plastic body halves, elched fins and centre strap.

The instruction sheet gives precise details on Ehe fin positions and the exact dimensions for the bomb rack positions on your kit. Overall this is a good set and the injected parts are excellent with, once again, suitably thick brass for the etched components. One question would be, what colour are the bombs? My thanks to HitKit for the review samples. I do not have a price for either of these two sets although they can be recommended to the more experienced modeller. If you want more details about these or any other products in the HitKit range you should contact their UK importer.

Fancy a Breguet 19 with one wing tip missing and the other without any fabric? The set is made of resin and it consists of one block on which seven components are cast. These consist of an ejection seat, control column, rudder pedals, instrument panel, cockpit lub and port and starboard cockpit sidewalk The resin in which these parts are cast is grey and the deiail achieved is very good in this small scale.

The ejection seat has very fine sides, making it look nicely to scale. The cockpit. The instrument panel features raised instrument dials and careful painting and dry brushing will bring this, and all the other areas, to life. The set comes with a small A4 sized instruction sheet which gives a narrative description of the way in which the components should be lilted to the kit. About the only area you may have to reject are the sidewall inserts.

Overall this is an excellent little set and there are only minimal amounts of flash on the components, none of which will cause any problems. Delta products are stocked by specialist model shops or they can be obtained directly from the manufacturer. Contact them on for more details. My thanks to Delta Aviation Publishing for the review sample. Most of the new items have been noted in our News Update pages over the last couple of issues and we have recently received three of these new items.

The set comprises twenty-six resin pieces and a length of brass wire. There are two complete bombs and sleds in this set and I am glad to see that the fins of the bomb are now cast onto a block. When the earlier versions were released this was the area to suffer the most in transit and this current method of moulding them should reduce the risk of damage quite dramatically. There is some fine flash to remove from some pieces, but nothing to worry about and the moulding are excellent with no air bubbles visible anywhere. Next comes and this is a set of control surfaces for the Bell PQ Airacobra.

Designed for the Monogram kit, in either its standard or Pro-Modeller boxing, the set comprises the usual separate rudder, tail and wing control surfaces. As usual they are beautifully cast, with no air bubbles and excellent fabric effect. The final offering is one of the upgrade sets and it is for the new MiG kit recently released by Tamiya See Review. The set, number , consists of thirty-one resin and twenty-two etched brass pieces.

The main resin part is a new cockpit tub and into it goes a new seat which is supplied in two styles with the seat belt harness moulded in position , instrument panel with etched brass overlay , control column and gunsight. There are also numerous control levers for the sidewalls and the cockpit sill gets a set of etched canopy runners and locking levers. Externally there are new resin speed brakes and optional etched interiors for the flaps and undercarriage doors.

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The final components are a new set of wing fences to replace the kit's examples. These new fences are etched brass. Not mentioned on the instruction sheet, Separate control surfaces for the Monogram PQ Airacobra are- offered in set but included in the set, is a complete set of separate control surfaces. These are all resin and will allow you to have everything hanging if you know what 1 mean! Overall this is a most impressive set with loads of detail in the cockpit area.

The quality of casting is, as we have become accustomed to, very good and about the only problem I would foresee for the 'mere mortals' amongst us is that some of the resin pans are very small indeed. I can see a few of them heading off towards 'George the part eating Although the Tamiya MiGbis has only been out for a while, this is the latest upgrade set for it.

Comprising resin and etched brass it is number! The prices quoted above are from Hannants. My thanks to AeroMaster for the review samples. Each set comprises five beautifully cast oil drums which are ready for use, no cutting or preparation is required. Now you may think, what's different about Italian oil drums? Well, that was my initial thought but having had a look at them they are different, for a start the access point is in the side not the top.

P Original Models. The first conversion set in this little selection is for the prototype and pre-series Fiat G The conversion consists of two vac-formed canopies and fifteen resin pans. Also included are the resin formers for the vac-formed canopies so that you may use them to suppon the canopy as you cut it out. The conversion will also require one of the new canopies. For the pre- production version you need the new upper decking, tail cone and undercarriage doors, as well as the corcect canopy. It is noted that those aircraft operated by the Gruppo Sperimentale in the Spanish Civil War did not have undercarriage doors fitted.

As an additional item you can also make 1st production batch machines. To do this all you have to change is the tail cone and undercarriage doors from the kit. All of the resin parts are well cast and the canopies are exceptionally clear and thin. You could make more than one of the options in the set if you can copy the tail cone shape, if not you are restricted to just one of the options. This conversion however allows you to make a two-seat Fiat G. The conversion consists of a beautifully clear vac- formed canopy, nine white metal and fourteen resin parts.

Once again the resin former for the vac-formed canopy is included to ease the trimming procedure. The big difference in this set over the last is the sheer size of some of the parts because a two-seat conversion requires a new fuselage. This is achieved with a two-part casting, split vertically, of the fuselage and the cockpit area comes complete with all ribs and control quadrants etc. To convert the kit therefore you have a new fuselage which is detailed with a new floor, seats, bulkheads and instrument panels in resin plus control columns, rudder pedals and compass in white metal.

The exterior of the new fuselage has two venturi tubes which are cast metal and a new engine bulkhead, onto which is fitted me engine from the kit, and a new engine cowl. All of the resin parts are well cast with nice surface detail and no air bubbles visible. The detail achieved will be quite impressive and in this scale it should make an interesting addition to any collection. At present the company does not have a UK importer, although this may change in the future with this quality of product, however if you wish to contact them then write to; E.

P Original Models, via Goito 24, S. Giuliano Milanese, Milan. The first is set and this is a Mirage V update set, comprising fourteen resin parts plus a length of plastic rod and brass wire. The conversion consists of a new cockpit section complete with an insert tub with separate ejection seat, instrument panel etc, new intakes, a completely new tail unit, new engine exhaust area, new ventral hook housing and a chaff-flare dispenser. The quality of these resin parts is very good indeed and the ejection seat would not look out of place displayed on its own, it is that good.

Although there will be some major hacking of your Heller kit I think that the end result will be unusual and most attractive. If you want to go still further with your Mirage this set can be used along with the Eduard etched update set Once again this second conversion can also be used in conjunction with the Eduard etched detail set mentioned above. Overall I think that both of these sets are well produced and well presented. It is good interest and experience to work with the medium. Although I do not feel they would make a good project for the beginner I think that anyone with a modest amount of conversion work under their belt would have no trouble with these sets.

The conversion is basically similar to the Mirage V upgrade mentioned above only you also get a set of forward cannards. Once again all of the resin pieces are very well cast and although there are areas of flash it is nothing too bad. The to see that the manufacturer has used a large strong box with lots of bubble wrap to protect the contents. This is a sound move as after spending your money the last thing you want is to receive a box load of resin chips! Each one of these conversions is highly recommended to modellers with sufficient advert elsewhere for more details.

The instruction sheet with this conversion starts by informing you that your first task will be to re-scribe all the panel lines. This is because the Monogram kit features raised lines and if you arc going to go to all the effort and expense of making this conversion you may as well have some nice recessed panel lines. Having spent a few days scribing to your hearts content, you can start the conversion in earnest. The conversion consists of seventy resin parts and one vac- formed clear piece. OK maybe not that big at times.

The piece which really turns your head, and the one at which point everyone who has seen this conversion says PHEW! To give you some idea it is 1 2cm high by 8cm wide and that's big for one resin part. The conversion itself seems relatively straight forward and thanks to good illustrated instnictions from the manufacturer anyone with experience in mixed media products and conversion work will have little trouble.

Your first task is a bit of surgery and this consists of removing a The sheer size and number of the parts offered in this new conversion by Paragon gives you some idea of what the finished model will be like, RIG! Next comes chopping off the tail for that lovely big bit of replacement resin and then you can get going with assembly.

The instructions include a scale outline for the refuelling receptacle and this has to be used to scribe the panel into the top of the fuselage just aft of the cockpit area. Only the BD carried drop tanks under the outer wing panels and these are included in the conversion. A new upper gun turret is included and all of the 0.

Don't miss out on part number 19, its position is shown in shaded form on the box top but it is not shaded on the instructions and you will be left with a large chunk of resin wondering where it goes it goes between the bomb- bay doors by the way. Your final task with the BD version will be to replace the nose glazing for the vac-formed example in the conversion. Overall this is a superb set, the size of the subject will of course put some off but all mad people like me will be going 'oh' and 'all' just at the sight of such a beautiful tiling.

Once again the thing which sets this conversion up above any others is the quality of the engineering and the excellent casting. You will not find any air bubbles or surface imperfections in a Paragon set and this new one is no exception. Each time I sec Paragon products I cannot believe just how good they are. To coin a phrase used many times by fellow modeller and out and out nutter Mitch Thompson, 'this is one hell of a sexy conversion' and it will certainly result in one sexy model.

If you like your models big or you arc considering one conversion to go to town with then look no further than this little sorry big conversion from Paragon. The kit was recently released under the Tasman 'Update' series, although due to its very limited nature it would not be viable for one to be reviewed as they would be out of stock before the review was published. Having made all the detail parts it was decided at an early stage that these parts should be offered separately for all those modellers who had FROG Beauforts in their 'loft insulation'. What has resulted from this is a small pack of pieces in injected and vac-formed plastic.

There is a new set of main wheels in injected plastic and there are correct engine nacelles in vac-formed plastic. Having done all that work it would be no good using the kit canopies and therefore the set is completed with a set of glazings including the turret in clear vac-formed plastic. The set also has the instruction sheet from the Upgrade kit and this is a wealth of information with lots of pictures from the aircraft manual including details of the undercarriage and cockpit interior.

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For this alone the set is worth having, but overall this will make your Beaufort just that little bit more accurate and therefore more acceptable to the critical modeller's eye! At present 1 do not have a price for this set If you have a FROG Beaufort in the attic, but have never built it due to the inaccuracies, then this new update set from Tasman may be just what you have been waiting for. Overall a neat little package which I can I recommend to all. Go and sift through that loft insulation! My thanks to Tasman for the review sample.

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