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Martin B-26 

J J. 

Modellers Profile 12 
B-26 Marauder 

in association with 'iHObb vlInk 

Show Report 
IPMS USA Region 4 

•M-50 Bounder 
F-1 00D Super Sabre • F6F-3 Hellcat 
D.H.I 08 Swallow • B-29 Enola Gay 

irfix catalogue out now! 
in the Airfix Club 

RAF 90th Anniversary Collection 1:72 
The Duxford Collection 172 
F-l 5E Strike Eogle + P-51 Mustang™ 1:72 


Eurofighter Typhoon + Spitfire Mkl 1.72 
Messerschmitt Bf 1 10 + Spitfire MklX 1.72 
Red Arrows Hawk (new 2008 scheme) 1:48 
Messerschmitt BM09G + Beaofighter TF.X 1:72 

Douglas C-47 Dakota 1:72 
Messerschmitt Me262A + De Havilland Mosquito 1:72 

VI Flying Bomb + Gloster Meteor III 1:72 
Supermarine Spitfire MkVb (with electric motor) 1:24 
McDonnell Douglas F-18A Hornet 1:72 
BAE Harrier GR7 1:72 

These new aircraft gift sets include Humbrol Acrylic Paints, paint brush, a 
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chance to display these aircraft in flight formation. Available to order from 
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HQ News 

News and forthcoming products from 
around the world, including our At a 
Glance look at this month's new arrivals 

3D Previews 

An initial glance at kits received for 
preview, including new releases from 
AZ Models, Eduard, Hasegawa, 
HobbyBoss, Revel!, Roden and 
Special Hobby 

33 Reviews 

The review team look at more new and 
recent releases 

023 Accessories 

New releases this month from Aires, 
Alley Cat, Cammett, CMK, Eduard, PJ, 
Quickboost and RB productions 


More new items from Aeromaster, 
AIMS, DRAW, Eaglestrike, Freightdog, 
Lifelike, Linden Hill, Orion, Spada and 

\M US Patrol 

Steve Palmer meets a blimp on the way 
to work 


Paul Bradley introduces a show report 
from the IPMS/USA Region IV 

690 Feedback 
692 Books 

695 Events 

696 Shop Guide 

697 Web Guide 

698 Address List & Advert Index 

Burnt Iron 


I by Phillip Marshal 

Trumpeter's awesome 1/32 F-IOOD in 
French markings 

Like a Cat Outta Hell 

LLU by Mike Aldridge 

HobbyBoss 1/72 Hellcat. Easy Kits - 
kid's stuff or not? 




Absolute Bounder 

LHJ by Ken Duffy 

AModel's 1/72 M-50. with a walkaround 
of a surviving museum exhibit 

Cover illustration by John Fox 

B-26B Marauder 42-96191, 9F-N. 'Milk Run 

Express,' 598th BS, 397th BG 


nhultun Project 







Scaling Down 

LLfcJ by Neil and John Pinchbeck 

Fujimi's 1/144 B-29 dresses up as Enola 
Gay to meet Kora's 1/48 Little Boy 

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The First and Last 
SwoDows ot Spring 

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First and Last 
Swallows of Spring 

by Tony Gloster 

Resin and vacform builds of the 
D.H. 10s in 1/72 

Milton's Schemes 

by David Francis and George Coote 

Civil Aviation - Minicraft's 1/144 MD-80 
- Paper Planes! 

July 2008 | Scale Aviation Modeller 603 

JUNE 2008 

Sauce for the North 

An Editorial visit to the Northern Show 


A 1/144 Nimrod, scaled down 
courtesy of Bridlington and Wolds 

Having kicked off last issue 
with the Scottish Nationals, it 
may seem a little repetitious 
to continue this month in a 
similar vein, but as we have the US 
Region IV Convention occupying the 
Show Report spot in the body of the 
magazine, it seems logical to follow up 
last month's road trip to Perth with a 

A splendid day out was had in South 
Shields! Attending in an unofficial 
capacity, and not flying the SAMI flag 
for this show, visitors were able to 

The What If SIG invariably turn in an eye-catching display 

enjoy the fruits of the Editor's labours 
under the auspices of Harrogate Model 
Club, which is a loose organisation 
designed to provide a platform for 
attending shows, and has little in the 
way of a constitution, a meeting place, 
or even a membership, Fortunately 
SAMI's Mr. Colin Pickett was also able 
to attend, and supplemented the 
modest collection of microscopic 
Luftwaffe jets with some 1/72 Fleet Air 

Arm types, which were universally 
admired by all passing modellers of 
discerning taste. 

The show was excellent. Attendance 
was up on last year, and significant 
efforts had gone into many of the club 
displays, with some particularly 
impressive showings from both IPMS 
Cleveland and Washington - not to 
mention Tyneside of course. IPMS 
Washington are presenting their own 

That superbly built TSR.2 put in 
another welcome appearance 

IPMS Bolton make Mr. Trevor Snowden's dreams come true 

Also on the USAF SIG was this nicely finished Provider 

1/48 Huckebein on the Cleveland 
tables - presumably the Tamiya kit? 

580 Modellers put in an excellent display 

Of course there are other splendid TSR.2 s as well! 

604 | Scad Miliw Modellet | 2006 

HMC's next door neighbours at the show - Willie Smith's one-man Luft 46 collection 
included some real jaw-droppers 

Part of a very fine collection of 1/32 aircraft on the IPMS Cleveland tables 

The USAF SIG comes up with the goods again 

show on July 6th, so make a note in 
your diary. 

An interesting and varied array of 
traders was present, and the standard 
in the competition was high. HMC's Mr. 
Pickett won a bronze with his Hawker 
Sea Hawk (you should have entered the 
Seafire Colin!), but the pot-hunting 
Editor failed to score, despite cunningly 
entering a 1/144 Tornado in the hope 
of being the only one in his class. This 
underhand ruse was foiled by the 
inclusion of the smaller scale under the 
heading 'Aircraft. 1/72 and smaller.' 
Drat! Drat, and triple drat! 

Called upon to judge both the SAM 
and Aeroclub trophies, your Editor 
further distinguished himself with the 
totally unpredictable award of the latter 

Maritime camo looking good on a Heinkel 1UZ 

Plenty of opportunities for essential shopping! 

to a Fairey Gannet, although it must be 
said this superb build was definitely a 
worthy candidate. As for the Best of 
Show award, in which he may have 
played a minor role, this went to a bust 
of Piratess Mary Read, and deservedly 
so as she was so well-painted that even 
the most prejudiced Gannet-lover could 
only concur in the decision. 

Thanks again, then, to IPMS 
Tyneside for another great show, and in 
particular for playing host to the 
Harrogate Model Club, whose activities 
we may be obliged to extend in the not 
too distant future. Hope to see you all 
there next year. ■ 
Gary Hatcher 
Editor. SAMl 

Not often seen at shows, the Airhx Belvedere kit was based on a prototype. This nicely 
converted production machine on the Bridlington and Wolds table features replacement 
transparencies 'a la Ron.' 

Winner of the Aeroclub Trophy was this finely detailed Trumpeter Gannet in 1/72 

'The strongest link../ 


This month sees the second of 
the new-look Modellers 
Profiles in association with 
HobbyLink Japan. This 
month's profile is devoted to 
the Martin B-26 Marauder. 

The Modellers Profile is 
unique in catering specifically 
to the needs of modellers - 
providing build reviews, 
historical data and lists of 
currently available kits, accessories 
and decals. All these elements are not 
often found together. 

The scale plans and colour profiles 

are prepared by respected artists and 
expert aviation 
historians, and the 
colour profiles are 
chosen to assist the 
active modeller looking 
for inspiration. 

We will be looking at 
a wide variety of kits 
and products to 
compile the series, and 
this makes HobbyLink 
Japan the ideal partner. 

J] Hobby Unit 

July 2006 | Scale Aviation Modeller 605 

The solution to the Editor's 
'colander' problem is simple," 
writes reader C.Hutton of Hoo. 
'By simply having ten categories 
of model on the go at any one time, I 
am able to range freely through my 
various interests, with only a tenth of the 
indecision and confusion each time I 
finish a project. Thus, my WW2 
Luftwaffe collection contributes five 
categories - fighters, bombers, 
reconnaissance, transport and liaison 
and trainers. Added to this are Finnish 
aircraft in the Winter War, US Navy 
WW2 in three categories - fighters, 
bombers and scouts - and finally Swiss 
jets, which provide an outlet for my 
occasional hankerings after jet aircraft, 
and is slowly building into a select and 
interesting little collection. My scale has 
been 1/48 for years, so this has never 
been a problem. 

The advantage with this system is 
that not only do I not grow bored with 
the workbench - three major sessions of 
etch on one kit and the job still only half 
done! • but also, when paint or glue are 
drying, the temptation to mess things up 
by moving ahead too soon can be set 
aside, and one of the other nine 
categories taken out for an update. By 
this means my spares collection is also 
simplified, with relevant parts going into 
one of ten boxes, and consequently 
easier to locate when required.' 

Advised of this serendipity the 
Editor's response was Woo? As in Hoo 
Junction? I almost became a train driver 
there once.' Many thanks to Mr. Hutton 
for his insight, and any similar 
idiosyncrasies will be received with 

On the News front we have been 
greeted this month with an enormous 
quantity of new arrivals and interesting 
developments, along with kit releases of 
a diversity ranging from a reissue of the 
old Airfix Fairey Battle to Alpha Flight's 
new 1/48 Sunderland and Eduard's 
Royal Bf 1 10. 

Read all about it... ■ 

Heat Seeker 


Two kits due from Roden are revised 
toolings in 1/48 of the RAF S.E.5a, this 
time with Hispano Suiza 
engine(#602/£ 16.99), and the 
Grumman OV-1C Mohawk 
(#437/£23.99). Here's a little data: 

At the prototype stage, the OV-1 
Mohawk was intended to be 
multipurpose, and surveillance was one 
of the prime tasks for a machine of this 
category. The OV-1B, which was 
equipped with SLAR radar, would carry 
out the functions of radio electronic 

reconnaissance. However, the US Army 
conceived a requirement for a 
reconnaissance plane able to conduct 
direct infra-red surveillance in the zone 
of operations. The OV-1 Mohawk was 
outstandingly suited to this role, 
therefore the decision was made not to 
build a new prototype, and instead the 
new equipment was installed in a 
production 0V-1A. 

The infra-red equipment consisted of 
the UAS-4 heat-sensitive sensor and a 
data transmitter mounted in special 
containers, A panoramic KA-60 camera 
was also mounted in the nose which 

could scan a 180 degree sector in front 
of the plane. The Red Haze infra-red 
imaging equipment was very sensitive to 
all kinds of thermal signature on the 
ground, be they lights in camouflaged 
military camps, working vehicle engines, 
all kinds of armour and so forth. In the 
environment of dense vegetation which 
covered most of the territory of Vietnam, 
where the war had already begun, this 
feature of the 0V-1C Mohawk (as the 
new variant was now officially known) 
appeared to be especially useful. 
Options included are: 

• Grumman OV-1C Mohawk, s/n 66- 
18887, 131st AVN Company. 
Vietnam, 1969 

• Grumman 0V-1C Mohawk, s/n 61- 
2691, 1st Infantry Division, Fou Loy, 
Vietnam, 1968 

• Grumman 0V-1C Mohawk, s/n 61- 
2724, 1st Infantry Division, Vietnam, 
1967 ■ 

Essential Stores 


Time for a Trumpeter list. These are 
coming now! 

• 02261 1/32 Me 262A-1A Clear 
edition with optional clear fuselage 
and cowling £47.50 

• 02265 1/32 P-47N Thunderbolt 

• 02275 1/32 P-51D Mustang IV 

• 02828 1/48 Douglas C-47A Skytrain 

• 02829 1/48 Douglas DC-3 Dakota 

• 02831 1/48 MiG-3 Late £12.99 

• 02844 1/48 Sea Fury £24.99 

• 01618 1/72 F-105G Thunderchief 

• 01624 1/72 Sukhoi Su-15 Flagon A 

Of course, knowing Trumpeter, any 
amount of new kits will wink into being 
without warning - those Lightnings in 
both 1/32 and 1/72 spring to mind - so 
while we are fairly sure all the above are 
either on the shelves, or in a container 
on their way to Pocketbond's warehouse, 
we cannot be absolutely certain of 
anything these days! ■ 

Flashes in the Pan 


Lurking somewhere in the "future 
releases' list are these two: 

• #6043 1/48 F-84F £TBC 

• #6044 1/48 Republic RF-84F 
£TBC ■ 

Foxhound Inbound 

ICM have announced the impending 
release of a new 1/72 MiG-31B Russian 
Heavy Interceptor Fighter 


Subscribers' Monthly Prize Draw 


Mr Jazbec, Slovenia - Book 
MrRodmell, UK - Book 
Mr Maire. France - Book 

Entry to the monthly prize draw is 
FREE to all subscribers. 

606 Scale Aviation MoMv | July 2006 

Special Airframes 


Classic will be releasing a limited edition 
(500 pieces) of their upcoming 
Grumman J4F Widgeon kit with the 
IPMS logo on the box to commemorate 
the 2008 IPMS/USA Convention at 
Virginia Beach. The kit will sell for 
$55.00 USD and the special edition will 
be available directly from Classic 
Airframes. Keep an eye on their website 
for more information. Also in the pipeline 
are the two boxings of the Heinkel 
He 51, an all-new tool that will come as 
a Luftwaffe machine (#4143/£TBC) or 
Legion Condor (#4149/£TBC). 

Furthermore, a new business 
agreement has been reached between 
Jules Bringuier, President of Classic 
Airframes and Jiri Silhanek, Director of 
MPM Productions, which will result in 
several new kit releases in 1/48. A partial 

list has been passed on, but it looks like 
more exciting news will be forthcoming in 
due course. So far mentioned: 

• Rat BR.20 - Joint Project, Classic 
Airframes/Special Hobby 

• Bristol Beaufort - Joint Project, Classic 
Airframes Mk I and Mk lA/Special 
Hobby All other variants. 

• Vultee Vengeance - Classic Airframes 

• SOC-1 Seagull - Classic Airframes 
■ Fokker G.l - Joint Project, Classic 

Airframes, early version/Special Hobby, 
late version 

We are advised to stay tuned, and we 
most assuredly will! ■ 

Small But Perfectly Formed 


Had we mentioned that some highly 
desirable kits in 1/144 were being 
released by Platz? Latest little 
masterpiece is the P-47D Bubble top. 
The kit has all the usual fine detail, 
including a full engine with three 
different props; two Curtiss- Electric and 
a Hamilton Standard. The engineering of 



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the parts seems to suggest the 
possibility of a Razorback further down 
the line. 

Two bombs are provided for the 
pylons, and a large centreline fuel tank 
is also included. The decals offer three 
unpainted machines, these being an 
aircraft of 354 FG, a checker nosed 78 
FG machine and a P-47M from the 56 
FG as flown by Hub Zemke. ■ 

At a Glance 


A massive broadside from the industry, with over eighty new arrivals in the list this month - and a look at 
the Previews section in this issue will confirm that a lot of new and reissued plastic has come among us. 
Of major interest has been the reissue by Revell of some more Classic' kits. Classic' is frequently a 
euphemism for outdated and of value to collectors' only.' so it is nice to see some kits of genuine 
interest among the current spate, notably the ei-Matchboi Heyford and Twin Otter, two kits you won't find 
easily from other sources. And then, ol course, there are always the Czechs. . . 

A Model 



llyushin ll-22m 

£107 70 

4 Model 



Avro Lancaster B Mk 1/111 


A Model 



Avro Lancaster 10MR RCAF Rescue 

£17 99 

AB Models 



Farman F 62 Goliath 





F-16CG 0 Fighting Falcon 





IL-2 Stormovik 

£9 99 




Lockheed Martin KM6C Korean Air Force 





Macchi M.39 

£142 00 







Bon ton Paul Defiant NF.1 





FMA IA 5SA Pucara 





Dormer Do 17E F 


Anigrand Crafts work 



Boeing XB-15 


Amgrand Craftswork 



McDonnell Blue Gemini 






A2 Models 



Avia B 135 Ljastovica 

£26 40 

AZ Models 



LET L-60 Brigadyr 


AZ Models 



LET K SO Bngadyr Military 




Gloster Gauntlet Mk 1 

£13 99 

AZ Models 



Gloster Gauntlet Mk II 


AZ Models 



Gloster Gauntlet Munich Crisis 


AZ Models 



Gloster Gauntlet in Finnish Service 


AZ Models 



Hawker Hind 


AZ Models 



Hawker Hind Mk f Silver Wings 


Best Choice 



SAAB JAS-39D Gripen 





P61 Black Widow 





Fairey Battle 





Westland Whiftwind Mk 1 


Czech Master Kits 



Heinkel He 176 pre WWII German rocket pro 

otype £41.40 




Spitfire Tr.9 trainer version 

£32 30 




Arado Ar 66C 

£27 35 


great value 

model paints & glue 

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Avia B-S34 Ml Sane 


HR Model 



Phonix CI CSR 1922-26 

£33 99 




lunkers in 188 





Douglas AC-47 Spooky 





Mirage F.1CT7CR 


#48024 1/48 Martinsvde F4 Buzzard Foreign Service 

£36 99 

#72013 1/72 Supermarine Seamew (late) 






£26 50 




Wellington Mk II 





Focke Wulf Fw 189A-2 





A-20G D-Day Havocs 

£19 80 




Defiant TTMkl/ll 




Omega Models 

#72341 1/72 Letov S-31 


Omega Models 

#72349 1/72 Letov S-131 


Omega Models 

#72356 1/72 Breguet Br 19 8 


Planet Models 

#20172 1/72 DornierDo31E 


#20272 1/72 CANSA FC.20 


Revell #000001 

1/72 Westland Lysander 


HevHl #000002 

1/72 Handley Page Heytord 


Revell #000003 

1/72 DHnrinOttor 


Revell #000004 

1/72 RAFPBYCatalina 


Revell #000010 

1/64 Y-2Rockrt 


Revell #04188 

1/72 FoMarFJII 


Revell #04582 

1/48 Grumman F9F-5 Panther 


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Revell #04583 

1/48 McDon—l Douglas F-4C D Phanton 

II £14.99 

Revell #06627 

1/100 F-4 Phantom Easy Kit 


Revell #06628 

1/100 F-16 Fighting Falcon Easy Kit 


Revell #06629 

1/100 BAe Harrier Easy Kit 


Revell #06631 

1/100 AH-64 Apache Easy Kit 


Roden #050 

1/72 Zeppelin Staaken (Aviatek 52/17) 


Roden #614 

1/32 AlbatrosD.1 


Roden #616 

1/32 Nieuport 28c.l 

£34 99 

Spray Time 


AZ/Legato have been very pro-active in 
support of their product of late, and we 
have just welcomed their Gloster 
Gauntlets and Hinds, as well as the 
superb little let-60. Further 

developments have been announced in 
1/72, and these include the following: 

• AZ7210 L-60B Agro 

• AZ7215 L-60S Brigadyr 

• AZCZ1 HC-2 Heli Baby helicopter 

• AZCZ2 HC-102 Heli Baby helicopter 

• AZCZ3 L-13 Blanik Cz glider 

• AZCZ4 L-13J/L 13 Blanik 
Typically AZ are maximising their 

moulds, and the L-60B Agro is a 
particularly nice take on the Brigadyr. 
More crop sprayers please! The prospect 
of an RAF ATC glider in the offing will no 
doubt please many as well. ■ 


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Czech Next 


Now this is very interesting indeed! Due 
to be released 'Fall 2008' (this is, of 
course, a US press release) from 
Squadron's in-house brand Czech Model, 
is a 1/32 F-80C Shooting Star 
(#32002/US$79.95). This will be a 
limited-run kit featuring injection- 
moulded airframe with fine engraved 
panel lines, 2-piece canopy and detailed 
cockpit. It will also include resin details, 
photo-etch parts and film instruments. 
Decals will cover three USAF aircraft: 
• F-80C-10-LO 49-650 Saggin Dragon, 

KflLaaaaaaP*' ~^Jm 

16th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 
51st Fighter Interceptor Wing, Suwon, 
Korea, March 1951 

• F-80C-10-L0 49-423. 8th Fighter 
Bomber Group, Wing Commander's 
aircraft, Lt Col Levi Chase, Suwon, 
Korea, March 1952 

• F-80C-10-LO 49-765, U1 Dottie, 
80th Fighter Bomber Squadron. 8th 
Fighter Bomber Group. Lt Roy Marsh, 
Taegu, Korea, December 1950 
Bearing in mind Squadron have Eagle 

Strike and the True Details resin range to 
beef up the package, this should be a 
truly spectacular release. ■ 

608 I Scale Aviation Modeller | Juty 2008 




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RS Models 


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21m -XI 1 enclosed cockpit 


RS Models 

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Zlin-212 1 





Embraer ERM45 MP Aeromeiico 





Embraer ERM45 MP Lagunair 





Embraer C-99A 





Embraer EMB 145 




Special Hobby 



Brewster 339E Buffalo Mk 1 RAF 


Special Hobby 



H-75 Sussu over Finland 

£38 99 

Special Hobby 



X-15A-2 with ground 


£36 30 

Special Hobby 



Hawker Sea Hawk FGA/Mk 101 


Special Hobby 



Douglas C 33 C-39 


Special Hobby 



IA-58A Pucara in foreign service 





Fiat Cr.42 LW and AB 41 Autoblinda 

£19 99 




P-47N Thunderbolt 





Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 




Bf 109G - 14 

£14 99 


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Welsh Models 


1/144 Avro Vulcan B Mk 2 XH558 


weisn mooeis 


1 144 


£27 60 

Welsh Models 



Canadair CL 441 Aer Turas 


Welsh Models 



Canadair CL-44J Aer Turas 

£33 20 

Welsh Models 


1144 Boeing 747/SP-44 South African Airways 

£38 30 

Welsh Models 


1 144 

ATR-42 Pan-Am Express 


Wehh Models 








deHavilland Sea Vix 

Hi FAW.2/D.3 

£16 99 

Latest Issues 


Hasegawa are currently busying 
themselves with some significant new 
kits - the Liberators are particularly fine, 
the new 1/32 Warhawk a winner, and 
you just know there will be something 
bubbling under for later in the year, tn 
the meantime the ongoing programme of 
Limited Editions and revised issues 
continues with its usual aplomb. This 
month's models-. 

• 00900 1/72 Lancaster "Rescue Unit' 

• 08184 1/32 Messerschmitt 
Bf 109G-10 'Nacht Jager* 

• 09811 1/48 F-16C Fighting Falcon 
'Texas ANG 1 1 1 FS 90th Anniversary' 

• 09812 1/48 Focke Wulf Fw 190A-6 
'Checker Nose' 

• 09813 1/48 Mitsubishi A6M7 Zero 
Fighter Type 62 

• 09814 1/48 F-14A Tomcat 'VF-213 
Black Lions' 

• 09815 1/48 AV-8B Harrier II Plus 
'VMA-513 Flying Nightmares' 

• 09816 1/48 F/A-18F Super Hornet 
•VFA-154 Black Knights CAG' ■ 

Flight of Fancy 


Not really PAC themselves, but as US 
importers they seem to be making all 
the noise about it! Made by Alpha Flight, 
the new 1/48 resin Sunderland needs to 
be seen to be believed - so here it is... 

Needles to say it features some fairly 
large bits, although casting the wings in 
two halves, rather than as solid resin 
will save a lot of weight, and avoid 



droop over the years! Four big bags of 
detail parts cover the interior with full 
cockpit, crew stations, dual floors, 
machine gun operator's compartment, 
detailed doors, ladders, and pretty much 
everything you could wish for. Beaching 
gear is included - always an asset for an 
aircraft with no wheels - and a photo- 
etch set is also provided that offers 
cockpit details, antennas and even 

gunsights for the machine guns. 
Transparencies are vacform, and you 
seem to get two of everything, just in 
case of accidents. 

Decals cover two British and one 
French machine. It's an impressive kit of 
an impressive aircraft, and we hope to 
see one built up soon. ■ 

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It's been another Choroszy month, and 
the company has been so busy of late 
that we are in danger of loosing track of 
what is new, and what has crept in 
unannounced and been sitting on the 
website for a while undetected! Look at 

all those Capronis! 

Just to make sure we've not overlooked 
anything, the following Series B kits in 
1/72 are currently listed as 'New:' 

• B88 RumplerTaube 3F 

• B89 Rumpler Taube 4C 

• B90 Experimental 7-Shi 
Reconnaissance Seaplane AB-6 

• B91 Reconnaissance Seaplane E8A1 
Aichi AB-7 

Black 13 


Two impending releases from Accurate 
Miniatures are the Focke-Wulf 
Fw 190A-8 'Josef 'Pips' Priller On 
D-Day' (#0402/£TBC) and the F-4C/D 
Phantom 2 'Col Robin Olds' 
(#0410/£TBC). The Fw 190 looks like 
it could be the Eduard tooling, and there 
is certainly a history of cooperation 
between the companies, so it is not 

If you're looking for some bargains, 
then Accurate Miniatures have announced 
some cut prices on their eBay store. Due 
to limited quantities - i.e. not enough to 

ship to wholesalers - of some 
discontinued kits, they have decided to 
sell them at a reduced price. No more of 
these kits will be made so ifs worth 
taking a look at 
Accurate-Miniatures ■ 

Recent Resin 

If you are enjoying the new RS Models 
Arado Ar 65, then what better to 
accompany it than a CMR Ar 66! New 
arrivals in resin to 1/72 from this source 
are the Spitfire TR Mk 9 trainer version 

(#1767£32.30) and the Arado Ar 66C 
(#185/£27.35). Other recent new 
arrivals have been the Spitfire 
Mk IXe/Mk XVIe Foreign users' 
(#177/£32.30) and the all-new kit of 
the Boeing Model 40B-4 
(#182/£35.50). ■ 

Short and Sweet 


Next up in the enormous resin 1/72 kit 
range from Magna is the Short SA4 
Sperrin (#7291/£89.99). Get one on 
order before Mike McEvoy buys them all 
for his What If fantasy V-bomber 
Schwarm. ■ 

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• B92Kawasaki Ki-32 'Mary' 

• B93Zeppelin Lindau CS.l 

Also, in 1/48, the following are all 
new additions, and quite an eye-opener 
when seen in the context of Choroszy's 

• C4802TS-11 Iskra BR 200 


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• C4803TS-11 Iskra bis 

• C4804TS-11 Iskra Protoype No 04 

• C4805TS-11 Iskra bis D Indian AF 
Choroszy continue to hold their place 

as one of the classic resin kit producers, 
and we always look forward to their new 

Green Light 


Visitors pausing to admire that amazing 
9 Sqn TSR.2 on the SIG stand at the 
Northern Show will have been pleased 
to note a series of illustrations on display 
showing parts for the impending 1/48 
release from Airfix (#10105/£27.99). 
Just in case anyone was still in any 
doubt that the kit was actually going to 


happen, plenty of online sources are 
advertising the kit now, inviting potential 
customers to pre-order. ■ 

Rig Predictions 


Updates from Valom suggest those nice 
looking Fokkers are on the way soon. 
Latest predictions are as follows: 

• #72046 Fokker F.VIIb Josephine Ford 
due June 2008 

• #72021 Martin B-26B Marauder 
(early version) due September 2008 

• #72022 Bell YFM-1A Airacuda due 
September 2008 

• #72030 Bristol Brigand B Mk I due 
June 2008 

• #72031 Bristol Buckmaster due June 

• #72032 Bristol Buckingham due 
June 2008 

• #72033 Handley Page Hampden 
B Mk I due June 2008 

• #72034 AW Albemarle B Mk I due 
June 2008 

• #72035 Handley Page Hereford due 
June 2008 

• #72037 Fokker F.VIIb/3m due 
September 2008 

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• #72038 Avia F.VIIb due September 

• #72039 Avro 618 due September 

• #72040 Yak-7B (late version) due 
September 2008 ■ 

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All Good Gifts Around Us 


Ladies and gentlemen. Pray be 
upstanding for Eduard's Royal Class 
Bf 1 10 (#0005/£94.99). This kit is in 
the style of the Fw 190A-8 Royal Class 
edition, with two complete kits in the 
box, and a rich assortment of 
accessories and special bonuses. 

The most important change is the 
optional 'long' fuselage for the Bf 1 10D 
and some Bf 1 lOEs, and another 
additional frame provides the optional 
engine nacelles for the Bf 1 10E Trap 
with the large bottom cowl oil coolers, 
while an important new addition is the 
FuG 202 Lichtenstem BC radar aerial, 
which comprises plastic and photo- 
etched parts. With respect to the 
accessories, this boxing includes nine 
photo-etched sets and three resin parts. 
The photo-etched sets contain the usual 
mix of additional details, and the resin 
parts cover the dust filters as seen on 
many aircraft flown on the Eastern front. 

The instruction sheet contains 38 
pages, including 12 pages of painting 
and marking options, with another eight 
pages for the etch. Decals represent a 
mix of all three main versions, the C,D 
and E, with many alternatives, such as 
night fighters and aircraft with the 
famous Dackelbauch, the large 
underbelly fuel tank. 

There are also two special bonuses in 
the box. The Iron Cross replica follows 
the Royal Class tradition, and adds a 
new piece to the collection of WW I and 
WW II awards and badges. It is, as 
usual, a full metal piece. One major 
innovation is the decision to include a V* 
scale kit of the Bf 1 10 instrument panel. 
The kit is detailed to a very high 
standard, with a plastic base and 
instrument frames, and the faces of the 
instruments represented by coloured 
stickers. The instrument needles are 
colour photo-etch, as well as the 
placards and instruction tabs and other 

details on the panel surface. It's not a 
difficult build, but all parts are pre- 
coloured, making painting unnecessary - 
just gluing the parts together. The edition 
is limited to 2,100 pieces. 

Moving on, July will see more 
Hellcats. The next edition slated for 
release is the British Hellcat Mk l/Mk II. 

as Panzerschreck and Panzerblitz, and 
fuel tanks. 

September will bring another Royal 
Class kit, this time the Hellcat. This 
release will not feature a replica medal 
as the main bonus, but will contain 
instead additional resin accessories in 

This will be the Dual 
Combo kit, with parts 
for the Hellcat Mk I 
(F6F-3) and the 
Hellcat Mk II (F6F-5). 
The marking options 
encompass six aircraft, 
with the decals being printed by 
Cartograph to their usual high standard. 
There are four sheets of photo-etch, two 
for each version. 

August will see two important 
releases. The first one will be the Fokker 
Dr.l in a standard orange boxing, offering 
six marking options for the two complete 
kits contained in the Dual Combo kit. 
August will also see another new 1/48 
Fw 190 kit, the Fw 190F-8. You can 
expect another, slightly refined Focke- 
Wulf, this time including two large 
sprues with new wings, and a rich 
assortment of stores, including various 
bombs, weapon containers, rockets such 

the shape of engines and wheels, 
supplied by Quickboost. The Fw 190D 
should be out next year. Eduard say the 
basic design for the Fw 190D-9 will be 
officially completed on Monday, June 
2nd. They finally decided to make the 
ceiling of the wheel bay open, so the 
inside of the fuselage will be fully 
detailed. It makes the kit more complex 
than they originally wanted, but they 
believe it will be worth the extra effort. 
Eduard say that 
feedback has generally 
indicated a preference 
towards the more detailed 
and complete kits, as 
opposed to the simplified 
ones. Certainly the 
Bf 110G-4 will not be well 
received by the 'easy kit' lovers! It has 
twice the parts of the Bf 1 10E! The 
issue will include some optional parts, 
like the radar aerials, an optional nose 
and underbelly weapon sets, as well as 
an improved cockpit interior. This will 
not be a weekend project! 

The MiG-21 is also close to final 
design acceptance. The first release, 
which will probably be the MiG-21 bis, is 
expected late in 2009, the Fw 190D-9 
early next year, and the Bf 1 10G-4 
somewhere in the middle. So. 2009 will 
be an interesting year from Eduard - and 
we haven't even mentioned the 1/32 
Bf 109E, the first of which is expected 

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in late 2008 or very early 2009. 

On a more imminent note, Eduard 
have announced their 8th annual E-DAY 
event. The exhibition will take place in 
the basement of the shopping centre 
Gallery Butovice, street Radlicka, Praha 
5, from 20th to 21st of September 
2008. Along with this exhibition you can 
visit the huge shopping complex, with 
130 shops, hypermarket, stylish cafes, 
restaurants and bowling - so bring your 
family, bring your friends, bring a wallet 
full of cash and avail yourself of some 
amazing bargains, as well as the 
magnificent food and culture of the 
Czech capital. The Editor foolishly kept 
the wrong weekend free, so is unable to 
attend and is, consequently, hopping 
mad. Particularly so. as there were some 
tram lines out to the north east of the 
city that he didn't manage to ride over 
last year - sad track-basher that he is! ■ 

Out for a Duck 


This month's Anigrand miscellany kicks 
off with that controversial Martin XB-16 
(#4016/US$88). which is the 
company's latest release in 1/144. 
Following the now-standard pattern for 
the 1/144 series, the kit has a clear 
resin canopy, decals, and is 
accompanied by three pre-war US 
aircraft designs as bonus kits, one of 
which looks suspiciously like a 
Grumman Duck. A Duck, in 1/144? 
Anybody wanting a used right arm, 
slightly weedy but devoid of tattoos, 
should send one of these rare artefacts 
to the Editor and he will probably offer a 
leg as well. A 1/144 Duck! That we 
should have lived to see such a day! 

But we digress. Back to the XB-16. 
In Anigrand's words: 

'In 1933, the U.S. Material Division 
at Wright field began a study for a 
modern bomber that would be able to 
carry 2,5001b bomb load over 5,000 
miles at 200mph. This specification 
was then submitted to the War 
Department as 'Project-A' and received 
tentative approval. In 1934, the USAAC 
began contract negotiations with Boeing 
and Martin. The specifications called 
for a long range bomber capable of the 

destruction by bombs of distant land or 
naval targets, and the ability to 
reinforce Hawaii, Panama and Alaska 
without the use of intermediate 
servicing facilities. Martin submitted 
Model 145 and were invited to build a 
XB-16 prototype. The aircraft was 
similar in size to the Boeing XB-15, but 
was to use four Allison liquid-cooled 
engines instead of air-cooled radial 
engines that were normally used on 
bombers in the 1930s. In order to 
increase the range and bomb load, 
Martin revised the XB-16 design 
making it much bigger, the wing span 
was increased to 1 73 feet, and six 
engines were used, four on the leading 
edge and two on the trailing edge. The 
XB-16 was considered too large and 
expensive, and the project was 
cancelled before anything could be 

built. ' 

The first three of Anigrand's new 
items from their Space Frontier 
Selection, the NPO Energia launcher, 
Molniya Buran orbiter, and Molniya 
Buran OK-GLI have just been released in 
1/144. The Buran-Energia project was 
created at the beginning of the 1970s to 
counter the American space shuttle. 
Although very similar in its appearance 
to the American design, the Buran had a 
higher orbital and deorbital carrying 
capacity, it was equipped with a more 
powerful heat shield, and could fly in 
automatic mode without any pilot on 
board, from take-off to landing. 

Please send all unwanted Ducks to 
the Editorial address, gift-wrapped with 
pink ribbon, in time for Christmas. ■ 

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HobbyLink Reports 


HobbyLink Japan have passed on some 
data on forthcoming aviation releases, as 
seen at the Shizuokua Hobby Show this 
year. Fine Molds have three version of 
the Yokosuka D4Y3 Suisei (Judy) due out 
in 1/48, with some very nice metal parts 
included. Kits cover the Type 33, the 
Type 12 Night Fighter, and the Type 43. 

The next Zero from Sweet in 1/144 is 
the clip-winged A6M3 Model 32 
'Hamp,' and this comes in the usual 
double boxing with a local price of 
1 ,000 yen (you do the sums). 

Tamiya had a couple of interesting 
items - apart from the all new Panzer II 
A-C, which you won't want to read 
about here - including the latest edition 
of the 1/48 F-16, with some new parts 

added to make a Thunderbirds aircraft. 
Slated for a June release, this kit 
includes the jet exhaust with T-Birds 
smoke dishcarge nozzle attached. Sprues 
include tinted and untinted canopies, 
plus a seated pilot figure. 

Tamiya's 1/48 Mitsubishi A6M5/5a 
(Model 52/52 Kou) Zero Fighter revisits 
a perennial favourite with their stunning 
all-new kit. This is due in July with a 
price of 3,200 yen. 

Also present, of course, were 

Hasegawa, with their B-24J and new 
P-40E on show. ■ 

Spit Out 


Because of delays in preparing the 
master, the anticipated 1/48 Avia B- 
33/11-10 will probably not be available 
before September. That's a Czech 
version of the late war Stormovik 
development, by all accounts. The 
Spitfire Vc (#48051/£TBC), on the 
other hand, will be available in its first 
incarnation, a Malta defender, in July. 

Before that, in June, we can welcome 
another P-40 variant to sit with the new 
trumpeter kit, this being the P-40F 
Warhawk 'Short Tail' (#72155/£TBC). 
followed shortly, also in 1/72, by the 

D-558-2 (#72163/£TBC). 

Further releases in July should see 
some more Finnish marked aircraft, 
including the 1/32 Buffalo, and the Rat 
G-50. which probably looks at its very 
best in these markings. ■ 

Which Whirlwind 


Three new arrivals from Bilek are now 
available in the UK. and may be familiar 
to some of us. The P-61 Black Widow 
(#802/£14.99), is a reissue of the 
Dragon kit, while the Fairey Battle 
(#916/£6.70) and the Westland 

Whirlwind (#917/£4.99) are 
unsurprisingly - Airfix tools. ■ 

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Which Hawk? 


Recent limited edition reissues from 
Italeri have seen the Douglas AC-47 
Spooky (#1167/£12.99) and the 
Junkers Ju 188 Rache 
(#1117/£12.99). Much gnashing of 
teeth has greeted the non-appearance of 
the promised 1/48 Merlin helicopter, but 
in the meantime this highly desirable 

JU-188 "Rache" 

object seems to have been turned into a 
1/48 BAe Hawk by a passing good fairy. 
Seriously - pre-orders for a 1/48 BAe 

give the Privy Purse to know what's in 
the box... 

Here are two more to watch out for: 

• #1279 1/72 RQ-1B Predator £9.99 

• #1801 1/144 ATR 42 £TBC 
The Predator is. presumably, the 

same tool Accurate Miniatures are 
releasing, but the way everyone shares 
kits and moulds these days it's hard to 
be certain about anything! ■ 

Hawk T Mk 1 (#2669/£19.99) are now 
being taken by dealers, and we would 

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JULY 2008 

™> Big Pacific 

The new large-scale Spitfire in close-up 

Spitfire Mk IXc 

Scale: 1/32 

Kit No: 32005 

Price: £39 95 

Decal Options; 6 

Type: Injection Moulded 
Status: New Tooling 

Parts: Plastic 52, Clear 9, Resin 21. 
Etched Brass 42 

Manufacturer: Pacific Coast Models 
UK Importer: Cammett Ltd 



I sympathise with any manufacturer 
who releases a new tool Spitfire or 
Bf 1 09 as before the kit even gets 
to the model shops' shelves there 
are criticisms that the wing is too short 
or the curves are all wrong. Now I am 
no Spitfire expert and all I can say about 
this kit is that it certainly looks like a 
Spitfire and the parts match the plans in 
the SAM Datafile, but who says the 
plans are right! What I can say is that in 
1/32 the only Spitfire that was any good 
is the 30 year old Hasegawa Mark V, 
and this release is light years ahead of 
that, being a true multi-media kit. 

The plastic parts in this model 
are produced by Sword and feature 
fine recessed detail in this 
company's normal high gloss plastic 
and contain a number of extra parts 
not appropriate to this version 
ncluding clipped wings, pointed 
tail and different cannon bulges for 
an E wing. 

The resin parts are finely cast and 
show a very good level of detail, and 
once again we have alternative parts, 
this time two types of wheel hubs and 

exhaust pipes. Etched brass is provided 
by Eduard and includes some of their 
essential pre-painted seat belts and 
instrument panel. But the highlight for 
me was the decal sheet produced by 
Cartograf with no fewer than six options 
plus full stencil detail. There are three 
RAF options, two in European schemes 
with D Day stripes and one in a desert 
scheme. The other three schemes are for 
the USAAF, Russia and a post-war 
Italian Air Force example. 

This kit looks like it will turn into a 
stunning model and the quality of the 
parts should make for an easy build. 
But just to make sure, this kit has 
already been passed to one of the 
review team so a full build can appear 

in a future issue. 

Even better news for UK modellers 
is that the whole Pacific Coast range is 
now being imported by Cammett 
Limited and you can visit their website 
at for all the 
latest news. 

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JULY 2008 

Scale Aviation Modeller International has 
a policy of previewing all kits received in 
this section, and any item received is 
guaranteed a mention at the earliest 
opportunity. We cannot realistically 
preview kits unless we actually receive 
them, and manufacturers are invited to 
submit samples as early as possible to 
ensure the most efficient usage. 

A-7E Corsair II 

Scale: 1,72 

Kit No 87204 

Avla B-S34 Serie III Weekend 

Scale: MS 

Kit No: 8474 

Price: £7.50 

Decal Options: 1 

Panel Lines: Recessed Status: Reissue 

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Parts: Plastic 78, Clear 1 Manufacturer: Eduard 

UK Importer: Hannants/LSA 

US Importer: Squadron 

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Hawker Hind Nk I 'Silver Wings' 

Kit No: J253 

Decal Options: 3 

Scale: 1/72 
Pnce: £15.75 
Panel Lines Recessed Status: New Tooling 
Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Parts: Plastic 30. Resin 3, Etched 39 
Manufacturer: U Models 

UK importer Hannants US Importer Squadron 

These Hinds, together with the 
Gauntlets, make a considerable inroad 
into the barren wastes of British inter- 
war aviation - surely one of the last 
unplumbed depths for injection 
moulded kit manufacturers. These 
superbly detailed kits do more than fill 
a gap - they blaze a trail! 

Three beautiful decal options, 
etched details, a printed film 
windscreen and resin wheels complete 
the kits, and each issue has an extra 
set of fuselage parts and what appears 
to be components for a radial-engine 
cowling. My learned colleague Mr. Neil 
Pinchbeck informs me that three Hinds 
were constructed for Latvia with a 
Bristol Mercury engine in a short-chord 
cowl, and that furthermore a single 
machine went to Yugoslavia with an 
uncowled Gnome Rhone Mistral. 
Presumably we can look forward to at 
the very least the Latvian option, and 
those hungry for the Yugoslavian 
machine to complete their line-up will 
now have a headstart! 

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Gloster Gauntlet Mk II 
in Finnish Service 

Scale: 1/72 

Kit No: 7219 


Panel Lines: Recessed 

Decal Options: 3 

Status: New Tooling 
Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Parts: Plastic 31. Resin 2, Etched 10 

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UK Importer: Hannants US Importer: Squadron 


Scale: 1/72 

Kit No: 7222 

Pnce: £15 75 

Decal Options: 2 

Panel Lines: Recessed Status: New Tooling 
Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Parts: Plastic 31. Resin 2, Etched 10 

Manufacturer AZ Models 

UK Importer: Hannants US Importer: Squadron 

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De Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2 D.3 

Scale: 1/72 

Kit No: 72003 

Price: £16.99 

Decal Options: 2 

Panel Lines: Recessed Status: New Tooling 

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Parts Plastic 67. Clear 5. Resin 

Manufacturer: Xtrahit UK Importer: Hannants 

As one might be entitled to expect from 
a kit manufactured by one of the 

country's leading dealers in kits and 
accessories, Hannants' latest Xtrakit 
release has taken everything into 
account for the modeller and provided 
us - at last - with a magnificent replica 
in 1/72 of one of the most attractive 
aircraft designs ever. Superbly 
engineered and designed, this is one of 
the most welcome releases for a long 
time, and joins an ever-growing stable of 
classic British designs from this source. 

The kit includes resin detail parts, 
including seats with moulded harness 
detail, and a set of Kabuki masks, 
including some parts which are 
designed to assist with the painting of 
the D.3. Options are for a FAW.2, or a 
colourful D.3 drone, but the recent 
Xtradecal release will allow almost any 

German A4 (V-2) Missile, Trailer 

& Launching Pad 

Scale 1 69 

Kit No: 00010 

Price: £8.89 

Decal Options: N A 

Panel Lines; Raised 

Status Reissue 

Type Injected Moulded 


Parts: Plastic 147 

Manufacturer: Revell 

UK Importer: Retell UK 

US Importer: Revell -Monogram 


Douglas C-33/C-39 

Scale: 1/72 

Kit No: 72176 

Decal Options: 4 

Price: £31.99 

Panel Lines Recessed Status: Revised Tooling 
Type Injection Moulded Plastic 

Parts: Plastic 73, Clear 21, Resin 1, Etched 5 

Manufacturer: Special Hobby 

UK Importer: Hannants US Importer: Squadron 



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reccomended, along with half a dozen 
of these kits to fulfil all your Sea Vixen 

If you have tried to update the old 
FROG kit ever, you will appreciate how 
user-friendly this release is. If you 
haven't - well, now you won't need to! 
Look out for a glut of old Sea Vixens on 
Internet auction sites in the near 

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Scale: 1.72 

Kit No 92040 

Price: £14.50 

Panel Lines: Recessed 

Decal Options: 3 

Status: New Tooling 

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Pans Plastic 26. Clear 1. Resin 4. Etched 15 
Manufacturer RS 

UK Importer Hannants 

Scale: 1/72 

Kit No 72550 

Price: £14.25 

Decal Options 3 

Panel Urns: Recessed Status Revised Tooling 

Type Injection Moulded Plastic 

Parts Plastic 90. Clear 12. Resin 2, Etched 29 
Manufacturer: MPM UK Importer 
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Type Resin 

Parts: Resin 9. Vacform Clear 1 
Manufacturer: Bird Models 

This kit, and a good selection of other 
Luft 46 subjects is available only from 
the manufacturer via email at As there is no 
UK or US importer, this is the only 
source for these products, but paypal 

is accepted, and the dealer will post 
worldwide so if you want a Ju 290 
Zwillig conversion, then come and 
have a look! 

There must surely be many such 
producers of interesting and unique 
kits trading in this fashion slipping 
under the radar of the modelling press. 
Bird Models, and proprietor Rudolf 
Vogel, have fortunately seen fit to send 
us a sample of their wares, so we are 
able to write about it, and SAMI would 
remind manufacturers that all product 
received will be given an airing, so 
please continue to send items for the 
Editor's attention. If you have any 
queries about how and to what extent 
samples will be covered then please 
drop us a line, and we'll be happy to 
fill you in. 

Scale 1 72 
Price: £15.75 
Panel Lines Recessed 
Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Status: New Tooling 

Parts: Plastic 31. Resin 2. Etched 10 

UK Importer: Hannants US Importer Squadron 

Price: £15.75 Decal Options: 3 

Panel Lines Recessed Status New tooling 
Type Injection Moulded Plastic 

Parts: Plastic 30. Resin 3. Etched 

Manufacturer: A2 Models 

UK Importer: Hannants US Importer: Squadron 

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Scale: 1/72 

Kit No: LN72-LE01 

Price: CTBC 

Decal Options: 3 

Panel Lines: Recessed 

Status: New Tooling 

Type: Resin 

Parts: Resin 30 Vacforn 


Manufacturer: Gremlin Models 

Norwegian decal manufacturers Lima 
November have released this intriguing 
little kit in connection with Gremlin, 
and it is available as a limited edition 
from their website at As you might 

expect, from a decal manufacturer 
showcasing their product, the decals 
are excellent. The kit itself is nicely 
cast in resin, and with a little clean up 
the detail looks good. The upper 
fuselage is a vacform transparency, and 
masks are provided for the windows, 
so a decent result should be obtainable 
with less than the usual sanding, filling 
and crossing of fingers. 

A nice package, and one we hope 
will be repeated often for the benefit of 
those fans of civil aviation looking for a 
larger scale. 

Scale: 1/32 

Kit No 32023 

Commonwealth Boor 

Price: £38.99 Decal Options: 2 

Panel Lines Recessed Status Revised Tooling 

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Parts Plastic 126. Clear 12 Resin 11 Etched 86 

Manufacturer: Special Hobby 

UK Importer: Hannants US Importer: Squadron 







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Decal Options: 4 

Scale: 1/48 
Price: £23.15 
Panel Lines: Recessed Status: New 
Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Parts: Plastic 29. Clear 19. Resin 17. Etched 27 

Manufacturer Special Hobby 

UK Importer: Hannants US Importer: Squadron 



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Kit No 19195 

Sc ale: 1/48 _ 

Prict; £26.99 Petal Options: 2 

Panel Lines: Recessed Status: Re-issue 

Type Injection Moulded Plastic 

Paris: Plastic 100, Clear 20 

Manufacturer: Hasegawa 

UK Importer: Creative Models Amerang 
US Importer Stevens International 

Harrier GR.7 Easykil 

Scale: MOO 

Kit No: 06628 

Price: £4.99 

Decal Options: N/A 

Panel Lines: Recessed Status: New Tooling 

Type: Injection Mou 

ded plastic 

Parts Plastic 34. Clear 1 

Manufacturer: Revell 



Modellers keen to inspire their 
offspring take note! If your apprentice 
is still too young to tackle one of the 
HobbyBoss kits, get them started on 
one of these snap-together pre-painted 
jobs. At 1/100 they are big enough to 
be manageable, and the finishes 
chosen for this latest batch are all 
fairly inspired. Glue not required, but 
could be used sparingly to add 
strength. Weil worth a punt. 

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Avia B-135 Ljastovica 

Scale: 1/48 
Price £26 40 

Kit No: 4818 

Decal Options: 4 

Panel Lines: Recessed Status: Revised Tooling 

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Parts: Plastic 18, Vacform Clear 2, Etched 21, Resin 18 

Manufacturer: U Models 

UK Importer: Hannants US Importer: Squadron 


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Scale 1 72 

Kit No: 01632 

Price: E7.99 

Decal Option; 4 

Panel Lines: Recessed Status: New Tooling 

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Parts Plastic 34. Clear 4 

Manufacturer: Trumpeter UK Importer: Pocketbond 

Sample supplied by HobbyLink Japan 

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Scale: 1/72 

Pnce: £16.80 

Kit No 7209 
Decal Options: 3 

Panel Lines: Recessed Status: New Tooling 
Type Injection Moulded Piastic 
Parts: Plastic 25, Clear 1. Resin 4, Etched 17 
Manufacturer: AZ Models 

UK Importer: Hannants US Importer Squadron 



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Price £16 80 

Decal Options: 3 

Panel Lines: Recessed Status: New Tooling 
Type: Injection Moulded Piastic 

Parts: Plastic 25, Clear 1, Resin 4, Etched 1? 
Manufacturer: AZ Models 

UK Importer: Hannants US Importer: Squadron 


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Scale 1 100 

Kit No 06627 

Price: £4.99 

Decal Options: H/k 

Panel Lines: Recessed Status: New Tooling 

Type: Injection Moulded plastic 

Parts: Plastic 28. Clear 1 Manufacturer: Revell 

US Importer: Revell-Monogram 

Harrier GR.3 "Falkland" 


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Fokker E.III 

Scale: 1/72 

Harrier GR.3 'Falkland*' 

Scale; 1/72 

Price: £8,50 

Kit No: 1278 
Decal Options: 2 

Panel Lines: Raised 

Status: Reissue 

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Kit No: 04188 

Price: £2,99 

Decal Options: 1 

Panel Lines: Raised 

Status: Reissue 

Type: Injection Moulded plastic 

Parts: Plastic 24 

Manufacturer: Revell 

UK Importer: Revell UK 

US Importer: Revell-Monogram 

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Parts: Plastic 76. Clear 2 
Manufacturer: Italeri 

UK Importer: The Hobby Company 

US Importer Model Rectifier Corporation 

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F-16 Fighting Falcon Easykil 

Scale: 1/100 

Price: £4.99 
Panel Lines: Recessed 
Type: Injection Moulded plastic 

Kit NO: 06 628 
Decal Options: N A 
Statu: New' 

Parts: Plastic 21. Clear 1 

Manufacturer: Revell UK Importer: Revell UK 

US Importer: Revell-Monogram 


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Phantom 11 

Kit No: 04583 

Decal Options: 2 

Scale: 1/48 
Price: £14.99 
Panel Lines: Raised 
Type: Injection Moulded plastic 
Parts Plastic 90, Clear 4 Manufacturer Revell 

UK Importer: Revell UK 

US Importer: Revell-Monogram 

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Scale: 1/48 

Kit No: 80330 

Price: £10.99 

Decal Options: 2 

Panel Lines: Recessed Status: Revised Tooling 

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Parts: Plastic 73, Clear 7 

Manufacturer: HobbyBoss 

UK Importer Creative Models 

US Importer: Squadron 

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Ambrosini SAX 207 

Grumman F9F-5P Pant 


Scale: 1/72 

Price: £14.50 

Kit No: 92036 

Dec a l Options: 3 

Panel Lines: Recessed Status: New Tooling 

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Paris Plastic 32. Clear I. Etched 12 

Manufacturer RS 

UK Importer: Hannants 


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Scale 1 48 
Price £13! 

Kit No: 04582 

Decal Options: 2 

Panel Lines: Raised Status: Revised Tooling 

Type: Injection Moulded plastic 

Parts: Plastic 59. Clear 5 

Manufacturer: Revell UK Importer: Revell UK 

US Importer: Revel I -Monogram 

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Tornado GR.4 25th Anniversary 

Scale: 1/144 

Kit No 4606 

Price: £7.65 

Decal Options: 2 

Panel Lines: Recessed Status: Revised Tooling 

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Parts: Plastic 79. Clear 1 Manufacturer: Dragon 

UK Importer: The Hobby Company 

US Importer: Dragon USA 

This is an important kit - at least to 
some of us - as it finally presents an 
RAF Tornado variant with weapons to 
hang under its wings. The actual kits 
themselves are the older tooling with 
the previously discussed badly moulded 
crew figures that turn what should be a 

straightforward construction into a 
scratch building chore. Fortunately the 
newly tooled weapons sprues, and the 
decals. make up for this, and the two 
Sky Shadow pods and the Storm 
Shadow cruise missile are well worth 
getting your hands on. GBU-12 and 
GBU-10 Paveways are included, as are 
some very nicely tooled Sidewinders, 
which will not look over scale, if you 
can get the delicate things off the sprue 
in one piece! 

The colour on the decals is way off 
the mark, but as Xtradecal's scaled 
down sheet is ready and waiting, all 
you need to do now is to start building! 

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Scale: 1/72 

Kit No: 01559 

Price: £36.99 

Decal Options: 2 

Scale: 1/72 

Kit No: 7220 

Price: £15 75 

Decal Options: 3 

Panel Lines: Recessed Status: New Tooling 
Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 
Parts Plastic 31 Resin 2. Etched 10 
Manufacturer: A2 Models 

UK Importer: Hannants US Importer: Squadron 


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Panel Lines Recessed Status: Reissue 

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Parts Plastic 190, Clear 29 

Manufacturer: Hasegawa 

UK Importer Creative Models/Amerang 
US Importer: Stevens International 

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AH-64 Apache Easykit 


Scale: 1/100 
Price: £4.99 
Panel Lines: Recessed 

Kit No: 06631 
Decal Options N A 
Status: New Tooling 

Type: Injection Moulded plastic 

Parts: Plastic 26. Clear 1 

UK Importer: Revell UK 

US Importer: Revell Monogram 

F-86F-40 Sabre 

Scale: 1/72 
Price £3 99 

Kit No: 80259 

Panel Unes Recessed 

Decal Options 2 
Status Revised 

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Parts: Plastic 30, Clear 1 Manufacturer HobbyBoss 

UK Importer: Creative Models 
US Importer: Squadron 

Der Rote Flieger 

Von Richtofen Brolhers Boxed Set 

Fokker Dr I and Albatros D.V 
Scale 1 48 

Kit No: 1136 

Price: £38.50 

Decal Options: 10 

Panel Lines: Recessed Status: New Tooling 

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Albatros Plastic 51. Etched 68 
Manufacturer: Eduard 

of the flying brothers, but adds another 
resin dog to your 1/48 canine 
collection, as this set includes resin 
figures of both Manfred and Lothar von 
Richtofen, and their dog Maurice. 

The kit includes all the colour etch, 
masks and detail we have come to 
expect from Eduard, even down to the 
decoration for the pilots' uniforms, 
which are featured on a separate tiny 
fret together. 

Another winner - selling like 
hotcakes though, so if you are after the 
Dr.l you may have to wait until the next 
boxing. Superb! 

UK Importer: Hannants, ISA 

US Importer: Squadron 

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Eduard, that not only tells the full story 


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Nieuport 28c 1 

Scale: 1/32 

Kit No 614 

Price: £34 99 

Decal Options 4 

Panel Lines: Recessed Status: New Tooling 
Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 
Parts Plastic 52 Manufacturer: Roden 

UK Importer: Pocketbond US Importer: Squadron 

This is one of two new kits from Roden 
passed on by US importers Squadron. 
Detail is excellent throughout, and a 
thorough build can be achieved from 
the box thanks to the quality of the 
parts and the fine engineering. 
Windscreens are provided printed on 
transparent film, and the quality of the 
decals is extremely high. 


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Albatros D.I 

Scale: 1/32 

Kit No: 614 

Price: £34.99 
Panel Lines: Recessed 
Type Injection Moulded Plastic 
Parts Plastic 92 

Decal Options: 4 
Status: New Tooling 

Manufacturer: Roden 

UK Importer Pocketbond US Importer Squadron 



July 2006 | Scale Aviation Modeller I 621 


JULY 2008 

SAMI's reviews section has evolved into 
a well-respected encyclopaedia of kit- 
building. While space precludes covering 
every kit received with a full review, we 
do aim to give a representative cross- 
section of the entire hobby, including 
samples of the numerous reboxings and 
reissues that make up such a large part 
of the market. 

We are always looking for new 
reviewers, so anyone interested in 
becoming part of the team is invited to 
contact Gary Hatcher at the editorial 

In this issue: 


623 JASDF F-4EJ 

Platz 144th 

624 Nord 2502 Noratlas 

F-fsin 144th 

625 Mitsubishi F-2A XF 2A 

Platz 144tfi 


622 Sopwith Triplane 

Revell 72nd 

623 Su 15TM Flagon F 

Trumpeter 72nd 

628 Wellington II 

MPM 72nd 


628 Avro 533 Manchester Mk 1 

Ardpol 72nd 

630 F SB Freedom 

ttaleri 72nd 

Fighter 1 

632 Nokojima Ki27h Nate 

ICM 72nd 

632 F-4S Phantom II Black Bunny 

Fujitni 72nd 


626 F4F 3 Wildcat (early) 

HobbyBoss 48th 

629 Friedrichshalen FF.33L 


631 Mitsubishi A6M2 ZERO Type 21 

633 Baltimore 

Classic Airframes 4Sth 

634 SeuhowkMklOO 101 

Trumpeter 48 th 

Sopwith Triplane 




Of all the current Revell WW1 reissues 
the Sopwith Triplane has to be one of 
the most eagerly awaited and welcome 
re-releases, mainly because it is the only 
mainstream 1/72 Tripehound available. 
Unfortunately time has not been kind to 
these moulds and the sprues are 
generally in a poorer condition than most 
of Revell's other recent releases. In some 
areas the wear of the moulds has 
resulted in an improvement; for instance 
fuselage rib detail which was originally 
overstated is now reasonably acceptable. 
On the other hand once reasonably 
sharp detail on areas like the rotary 
engine and Vickers machine gun are 
now simply messy. As is common with 
the older Revell kits each of the wing 
pieces have recessed injection moulding 
points and there is a general abundance 
of flash throughout the sprues. It must 
also be noted that many of the parts, 
such as the fuselage and propeller, are 
noticeably thinner than on previous 
releases. Two tailplanes are supplied but 
the larger of the two (as used on early 
triplanes such as N500) is not required 
for this reissue. 


I began by fabricating some simple 
cockpit detail, as I was unimpressed 
with the pilot figure. As a result of the 
previously mentioned thinning of the 
fuselages I found that the stem needed 
to be extended slightly with plasticard. It 
was then a case of fitting the two halves 
of the fuselage together. In this area the 
fit was reasonable but not by any stretch 
of the imagination perfect. The engine 
base plate comes as a separate part. 



Scale; 1 72 

Kit No; 04187 

Price: £2.99 

Decal Options 1 

Panel Lines: Recessed Status: Reissue 

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Parts: Plastic 23 

Manufacturer. Revell 

which was found to be severely 
undersized to the point where I needed 
to wrap a strip of 10 thou plasticard 
around the edges prior to assembly to 
make up for the shortfall. Both the 
engine and the MG were replaced with 
items from my spares box. 

In contrast I found the triplane's 
wing sections very easy to put 
together and well engineered and this 
for me was perhaps the most 
impressive area of the kit. For the 
undercarriage I used the kit's struts 
but replaced the axle as it was of an 
unsuitably large diameter. As a knock- 
on effect of this I needed to reduce the 
size of the holes in the centre of the 
wheels and this was done by filling 
them with a piece of plastic tubing. 1 
also felt that the propeller had become 

too thin and this too was replaced 
with an item from my spares box. 

Colour Options 

Only one option is included in this 
release; N5493 Blymp of no.8 sqn, 
RNAS. For me, the decals are perhaps 
the most disappointing area of the kit. 
For a start it would have been nice to 
have more than one option to choose 
from. To add to this, when you actually 
begin to use the decals you soon realise 
that many are oversized, and the 
fuselage registration numbers are 
particularly large. Granted that the only 
photograph I have of N5493 fails to 
show this area but it would be unusual 
for a production triplane to have had 
registration numbering of this size. The 
Blymp insignia also appears to be 
slightly larger than they should be. In 
terms of print quality and usage I found 
the decals to be free of problems. 


I have mixed feelings about this re- 
release; jubilation that Revell has seen 
fit to give the Triplane some more air 
time and disappointment concerning the 
condition of the kit and the accuracy of 
the decal sheet. Given time and effort a 
pretty decent replica of the Tripehound 
can be produced (and I was pleased 
with mine), but I think young or casual 
modellers who maybe picked up this kit 
in a toy shop because they liked the box 
artwork are likely to be frustrated. This 
re-release is as good an argument as any 
as to why a new 1/72 Sopwith Triplane 
deserves to be tooled. So come on 
Revell - how about giving the same 
treatment to the Tripehound that was 
given to the Dr. 1 a few years ago? 

SAM 1 






When the editor called, to see if I would 
like to review a 1/1 44th Plate kit, I 
jumped at the opportunity, having been 
intrigued by the coverage of late of this 
scale in SAMl. What turned up in the 
post was a colourful high quality box with 
two kits of the F-4 bagged separately. 
Each is made up of thirty parts, held on 
two sprues. The parts are all very well 
moulded, with little in the way of flash, 
recessed panel lining and raised detail in 
areas where appropriate, such as the one 
piece cockpit, jet exhausts and 
undercarriage. The instructions are written 
in Japanese, but the simple to follow 
diagrams make the build easy to 
complete. Last of all is what can only be 
described as a comprehensive decal sheet 
that would have been acceptable for a 
1/48 kit not so long ago. 


The kit is a snap-together, all the parts 
fitted with no trouble, though I did use 
glue to add some strength to the joints. 
A study of the instructions revealed 
some cutting was required to remove 
some detail, so as to represent a JASDF 
Phantom. Once this was done, building 


Scale: 1/144 

Kit No: PF-5 

Price: ¥1500 (appro*. £7.28) 

Status: New 

Panel lines recessed 

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Manufacturer: Plato 

Sample supplied by HobbyLink Japan 

commenced with the one-piece cockpit. 
It has seats, which are not partially 
realistic, control stick and navigator's 
panel. There are two crew members 
supplied, which were used on the 
aircraft with the undercarriage up. The 
fuselage is in three parts, two main 
halves and a nose, which is moulded in 
clear plastic, and the wing is one piece. 
I did need to use some filler on the 
wing-to-fuselage as well as the intake-to- 
fuselage joint. 

To round off the airframe there are 
two tail planes and two exhausts. The 

undercarriage, front and main, come 
with doors moulded with them as well 
as separate items for fixing them closed. 
The underwing stores are made up of 
two drop tanks, two pylons and a pod, 
and last of all is the three-part stand 
which has a ball and socket that allows 
the aircraft to be angled. 

Colour Options 

Three schemes are given, all of which 
are in a light grey upper surface with a 
white underside. Two decal options are 
for colourful F-4s from the 1989 ACM 
meet, with the third being an aircraft 
from 302TFS. 

The decals are printed by Cartograf, 
so are very good, and you get a set of 
stencils for each aircraft. As I expected 
they went on to the surface with no 

problems, the only issue being that the 
one-piece colourful tails for the two ACM 
meet aircraft were too big and needed 
some trimming. 


Being a newcomer to this scale, though I 
did make a large number of the Revel! 
kits when a kid, I was impressed at the 
mouldings. The exterior compared well 
to the Revell TF-104G Starfighter 
(everybody should have one German 
Starfighter in their collection!), and the 
build itself was a breeze, with some 
great decals. 

If you fancy a Japanese F-4 Phantom 
II. I don't see how you could go wrong 
with Plate's boxing of this F toys kit, as 
it's a little gem. 


Su-15TM Flagon-F 



It's really good to see a major aircraft 
type that's been largely ignored by 
mainstream manufacturers produced as 
a kit at last. The Flagon was the Cold 
War air defender of the USSR between 
around 1967 and 1993, appearing in 
the photo albums of many Western 
reconnaissance aircrew and being 
involved in major incidents including the 
tragic Korean Airlines 007 shootdown. 
This kit represents a late-model 
Flagon-F with improved engines, radar 
and GCI performance. 

The stout box contains five light grey 
and one transparent sprue, a smallish 
but jammed-full decal sheet, fold-out 
instructions and a full-colour painting 
and finishing guide. Moulded panel and 
rivet detail is recessed and finely done. 
It's apparent from the separate cockpit 
upper decking piece that further 
versions are planned. 


The build is entirely conventional, 
starting with the tiny cockpit. The 
ejection seat is a bit basic and the 
instruments represented by a flat panel 
with a small lump on top for the radar 
scope. No panel decal is supplied, but 
little can be seen under the heavy 
canopy framing anyway, especially 
after I shoved a pilot in! The 


Scale: 1/72 

Price: £13.99 

Panel Lines: Recessed 

Kit No 01636 

Decal Options: 3 

Status: New Tooling 

Type: Injection Moulded plastic 

Parts: Plastic 96. Clear A 

Manufacturer Trumpeter UK Importer: Pocketbond 

US Importer Stevens International 

nosewheel bay is a four-part assembly, 
while intake wells and a separate 
tailcone and engine exhausts prevent a 
'See-through' effect. 

The upper decking piece needs 
careful fitting, but achieves a neat join, 
while mainplanes, tailplanes, vertical fin 
and the huge nose cone are added with 

no problem. No nose weight is needed. 

The canopy is supplied as separate 
hood and windscreen, and with main 
assembly completed you simply need 
to add intakes and boundary layer 
plates, undercarriage, pitot tube and 
scores of those small air scoops that 
cover Russian aircraft to finish the bulk 
of the build. 

Underwing stores comprise an 
R-98MR (AA-3) pointy-nosed radar- 
guided AAM on the starboard outer 
pylon, R-98MT (AA-3) blunt-nosed 
infra-red heat seeker on the port outer, 
two R-60 (AA-8 Aphid) heat seakers on 
the inner pylons, and two belly-mounted 
twin 23mm cannon. Two large drop 
tanks without pylons are also supplied, 
but not mentioned in the instructions. 

Colour Options 

Markings are supplied for three aircraft: 

1) Red 43 in natural metal 

2) Yellow 1 1 in natural metal 

3) Red 01 in a striking camouflage 
scheme of sand, brown and two 
greens over light blue/grey. 

I chose Red 43 in silver for a quicker 
result, and because the intercept-type 
photos IVe seen of Su-15s have been 
silver aircraft, but I intend to do a 
camouflaged aircraft as well. Markings 
are fairly basic, just numbers and red 
stars, but there are a couple of hours- 
worth of stencils and placards to apply, 
which add enormously to the finished 
product. Decal quality is superb, sharp, 
dense and they settle perfectly. There 
was no adverse reaction to decal setting 
solutions, not that any was actually 
needed, but I use the wetting agent as a 
matter of habit. 


An excellent, long-overdue subject 
choice, and a pleasant no-problem build, 
highly recommended. Roll out the two- 

SAM | 

July 2008 | Sale Aviation Modeller I 623 

Nord 2502 Norntlas 




The Nord N2502 Noratlas is a civil 
version of the N2500/N2501 that was 
originally designed and built as a result 
of a competition in 1947 by the 
Direction Technique Industrielle in 
France for a medium-weight cargo 
aircraft to fulfill a requirement by the 
Armee de I'Air. The N2502A was a Civil 
version for UAT {Union A&omaritime du 
Transport) and CGTA - Air Algerie 
(N-2502B) with two Turbomeca 
Marbore HIE turbojets and two Bristol 
Hercules 758/759 turboprops of 1.650 
hp each. The civil versions never enjoyed 
the success that the military versions 
had and only ten were built. 

The kit itself comes in a stout 
cardboard box and contains sixteen 
resin and five white metal parts, one 
nicely printed decal sheet, one A4 
single side printed assembly/plans sheet 
and an A5 Colour decal location/colour 
reference sheet. 

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Scale: 1/144 

Kit No: FR1405 1/052 

Price: £27.50 

Decal Options: 1 

Panel Lines: Recessed 

Status New tooling 

Type: Resin 

Parts Resin 20 Metal b 

Manufacturer: F-rsin 

UK Importer: Hannants 

their inner edges that mate with holes in 
the fuselage a bit of jiggling here was 
necessary to get the wing leading edges 
level with the corresponding part on the 
fuselage. The tail booms/engines slot 
onto the corresponding locations on each 
wing then the tailplane is glued between 
the two. A small amount of filler was 
needed to blend the tail booms to the 
wings, and the fit of these parts needed 
a bit of work to get them sitting level, 
but the resin is very forgiving so the 

The resin parts are cleanly cast with 
very little flash and very few pin holes. 
There is a small amount of cleaning up 
to do on the parts, but this is the norm 
on resin kits. 

The white metal parts are also nicely 
cast and will clean up very easily. 


The fuselage is a single hollow cast resin 
part to which the clamshell door, which 
is another single casting, is fitted. This 
means that the doors, once split into 
two parts, can be modelled in the open 
position if required as the fuselage is 
moulded hollow to allow for some 
interior detailing. 

With the fuselage being solid forward 
of the approximate forward bulkhead 
position there is no cockpit detail and 
there are no clear parts for the 
cockpit/cabin windows, these being 
catered for on the decal sheet. 

Vacform cockpit windows were 
commissioned to replace the solid resin 
cockpit section to give a bit more depth 
in this area, which entailed cutting the 
cockpit section from the resin fuselage 
then replacing it with the vacform part 
then blending the two together again 
with filler. This was surprisingly easy and 
very effective when finished and is an 
improvement on the decal cockpit 

The wings have moulded pins on 

work was not excessive. 

I was not sure whether nose weight 
would be needed due to the weight of 
the tail boom assembly and the fact that 
I had removed a solid chunk of resin 
from the nose so I glued the 
undercarriage into position at this stage 
and taped the clamshell doors on 
temporarily. My uncertainty was 
unfounded, though, as there was still 
plenty of weight to hold the nose down, 
so the clamshell doors were glued into 
position then faired into the fuselage. 

This was the main construction 
complete ready for painting. 

A couple of coats of Halfords Acrylic 
White Primer were applied, which was 
good enough to provide the upper 
fuselage and tail boom finish, then the 

lower fuselage was masked off and 
Humbrol 27002 Polished Aluminium 
was applied to all other surfaces. 

The only things left to fit were the 
props and main landing gear wheels. 

The resin prop spinners had tiny 
globules of resin inside them which 
needed to be ground out carefully before 
they could be fitted to the white metal 
props, and this was tricky as one slip 
would wreck the spinner altogether and 
no spares were available. The props 
were not to be fitted until after the 
decals had been applied so they were 
put to one side. 

There are no undercarriage bay 
doors with the kit nor are there any 
main landing gear retraction jacks, so 
these were added from strip styrene 
and rod respectively. This only left the 
decals to apply. 

Colour Options 

Only one scheme accompanies this kit, 
this being a UAT Aeromaritime - Nord 
2502 Noratlas, with registration 
numbers for either F-BGZA or F-BGZF. 
The colour sheet with the kit shows the 
aircraft painted in overall silver (or 
natural metal, but a bit of research 
showed that the top of the fuselage and 
tail booms and tail fins were painted 
white, although this may be a case of 

Past experience has taught me to be 
careful with the decals supplied with 
F-RSIN kits; the print quality is excellent 
but they are extremely fragile and will 
break up easily or fold back on 
themselves when sliding them from the 

backing sheet. They did fracture in 
places even before they had been 
removed from the water but after careful 
application the fracture lines 
disappeared and they showed their true 
glory and quality. 


A very simple kit to assemble and a 
good contender for a first time resin kit. 
A minimal amount of correction work 
was necessary to get to the painting 
stage and the end result is a very neat 
eye-catching model. 

The extra work of replacing the solid 
cockpit glazing with a vacform part is 
something that is not easy to achieve as 
the replacement transparency is not as 
far as I am aware, commercially 
available. (These pieces were made for 
me by Mr. Paul Lucas, when I had 
originally intended building the kit 
myself as a Luftwaffe transport. Sadly 
lack of time to tackle the project 
compelled me to relinquish this 
splendid kit to someone who would 
actually build it. It is purely a personal 
prejudice that I prefer not to use decals 
for windows, and the kit will build very 
well without them, however Paul did a 
magnificent job of the vacform parts 
and I am pleased Andy has used them 
here to such good effect - Editor). 

Overall this is a nice kit from F-RSIN 
of the Nord 2502 Noratlas and builds 
into a nice representation of the aircraft, 
especially as it is the non-military 
version, and looks smart in its white and 
silver with blue/yellow stripes. 

SAM 1 

624 | Scale Aviation Modeller I July 2008 

Mitsubishi F-2A/ XF-2A 




Seriously late and over-budget, the F-2A maritime 
attack aircraft entered service with the JASDF in the 
year 2000. For a unit cost not much less than that of 
a F-22 Raptor, the JASDF got a plane less capable 
than a Block 50/52 F-16C. 

There are two complete kits included in the box, for 
a total of forty grey plastic parts and six clear plastic 
ones. The grey plastic parts have a pebble-dash finish, 
resulting from the spark erosion method used to make 
the moulds, and are quite crude, though with no flash 
or other mould flaws. That said, smoothness is 
restored under eight or nine coats of primer, paint and 
Klear, before you get to applying decals. The clear 
plastic parts are much more smoothly and cleanly 

The kit also includes a Cartograf decal sheet and 
four-part instructions in Japanese.. 


The main components fit together much better if you 
remove their hefty locating pins. The undercarriage 
parts are also quite crude and the model looks much 
better on the ball-and-socket stand. That way, you can 
also use the pilot! 

The cockpit tubs are basic, and come with a 
moulded-in seat. This includes a locating tab for the 
pilot, which should be removed. If you don't include 
the pilot, you won't want it. If you do include the pilot, 
you'll still want to remove it, because, once the pilot 
has been installed, the canopy won't close if you 
don't. I painted the cockpits medium grey, with very 
dark grey for the seat and instrument panel, and olive 
drab seat cushions. The pilot had an orange flight suit 
with a white helmet and gloves, a very dark grey 
oxygen mask and a satin black visor. 

I removed the locating lug from the jet exhaust 
nozzles, so that I could paint them away from the 
airframe, and install them at final assembly. I also 
painted and decaled the tailfins and drop tanks off- 

The canopies include locating tabs on each side. 
Don't be tempted to remove these - you would be 
creating gaps if you did, and they're not noticeable on 
the completed models 

Fit is good but not perfect. All major components 
required sanding and Tipp-Ex to remove join seams. 

The models include no undenting stores - Platz do 
a set of these, which you can buy separately, but the 
instruction sheet does include a diagram showing 
what can go where, thus discouraging you from 
mounting 5001b PGMs on the wingtip missile rails. 
The stands snap together in a most satisfying way, 
and with that, construction is complete! 

Colour options 

The three options allow an XF-2A, used by the JASDF 
Technical Research and Development Institute, in 
overall semi-gloss white, with orange and blue trim. 

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Scale: 1/144 

Hit No : PF 4 

Price: V 1500 (appro*. £7.28) 
Panel lines: recessed 
Type: Injection Moulded Plastic Manufacturer: Platz 
Sample supplied by HobbyLink Japan 

Status: New Tooling 

and matt black radome and anti-dazzle panel, and a 
camouflaged F-2A in 3 Sqn. JASDF 50th Anniversary 
commemorative markings and a sharkmouth. You can 
also finish this aircraft without the commemorative 
markings. This aircraft is in dark blue/ medium blue 
camouflage, with light grey radome, black tailplane 
tips and orange drop tanks. There has been 
considerable debate about the precise shades of blue 
to be used, but Platz give FS numbers for USN Sea 
Blue and Intermediate Blue, and I went with the 
Humbrol versions of those colours, Humbrol 144 and 
(discontinued) 181 respectively.. 

Large areas of orange and blue trim on the XF-4A, 

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and the black tailplane tips, sharkmouth and yellow 
commemorative markings on the 3 Sqn. machine, 
are provided as decals, and, even though printed by 
Cartograf, they needed a lot of encouragement, and 
much Micro Sol, Micro Set, and Klear, before they 
would settle down adequately. If I were doing the 
XF-2A again. I would, in fact, paint the orange areas. 
That said the smaller items settled down without any 
problems at all. I found Precision Paints Strathclyde 
PTE Red to be a perfect match for the XF-2A's 
orange (Ah those Glaswegian 303s! - Editor) and 
Citadel acrylic Enchanted Blue for the blue of the 3 
Sqn machine. 


The models scale out at about 3mm too long and 
about 3mm too wide. However, they do look like F- 
16s on steroids, which is, after all, the point of the 

Although not up to the standards of detail and 
finesse currently achieved in this scale by Dragon, 
Sweet and Revell Germany, this kit was fun to build, 
quite challenging to paint and decal, comes with 
stands and pilots, and the models look good on my 
desk. On this basis, thoroughly recommended 

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July 2006 | Scale Aviation Modeller I S25 

F4F-3 Wildcat (early) 



Initial impressions of this kit were 
positive - a large sturdy, top-opening 
box, with colourful artwork. Inside, 
things got better. Six sprues were 
individually plastic wrapped, with no 
flash. Wings and fuselage had very finely 
inscribed panel lines and rivets, and the 
most delicate parts were protected. The 
windscreen and cowling were wrapped 
separately, suggesting these would be 
different for the various HobbyBoss 
Wildcats. There were large clear 
instructions, and a full colour painting 
and decaling guide. 

None of the early Wildcats I could 
find were like the kit. Some had different 
cowlings; none had a gunsight which 
went through the windscreen; and none 
had drop tanks, which were introduced 
in 1943. I'll give HobbyBoss the benefit 
of the doubt and accept that the earliest 
F4F-3s, like the aircraft on the box top, 
had cowlings as provided and gunsights 
through the windscreen. Option 2, 
however, is actually a F4F-3A variant, 
which needs some work to produce an 
accurate replica. So be warned, find 
some good references, and decide at the 
beginning which option you're going to 
make. I decided on the F4F-3A, because 
I had found a useful reference photo. 


The cockpit has ten parts, is well 
detailed, and only needed some tape lap 
belts to bring it to life. HobbyBoss has 
correctly modelled the cockpit without a 
floor, permitting a view through to the 
windows in the bottom of the fuselage. I 
ignored the suggested colour of interior 
green, as these aircraft were bronze 
green in the cockpits and Grumman 
Grey elsewhere internally. The 
instructions are not clear on how the 
ironmongery within the wheel well goes 
together, so dry-fitting first is advised. 
Once in the right place, it is surprisingly 
strong, and is supposed to be glued 
inside the lower fuselage tub with the 
cockpit assembly. I found it all fitted 

UK Importer; Creative Models 

US Importer: Squadron MMD 

better by first fixing the cockpit 
separately to the upper fuselage. The 
only filler I used was where the tub joins 
the rest of the lower fuselage and near 
the tail. 

The engine is also nicely detailed, 
and, after a coat of matt black, 
responded well to some dry brushing 

Tamiya's F4F-4 has its lower wings 
connected to the fuselage. Hobby Boss 
has gone for separate wings, presumably 
to assist with the manufacture of other 
variants, however, the supporting tabs 
on the wings are very small, and I used 
superglue to give some strength to the 
wing-to-fuselage join. There is no guide 
on the correct dihedral, so care is 
needed when lining things up. 

Whichever option is chosen, the holes 

with aluminium for an oily look. I left the in the wings for the drop tanks will need 

engine and the cowling off until after 
painting, so as to save effort on 
masking. To make the F4F-3A, I 
removed the two lower (intercooler) 
intakes from the front of the cowling. 

to be filled. The photos suggest that 
F4F-3As also had a bomb rack under 
each wing, but I didn't have anything 
suitable in the spares box. The ailerons 
are neatly moulded, but the ribs on the 

rudder are a little crude and needed 
some sanding down. 

The landing gear is another 
complicated construction, not helped by 
imprecise diagrams. Again, once 
assembled, it is strong, but the parts are 
delicate and the plastic is quite brittle, 
so care is needed. It fitted firmly within 
the wheel well, but the finished model 
looks to sit a little high, so some 
shortening of the undercarriage may be 

Finally, it was time to deal with the 
canopy. Although it is quite thin, the 
sliding hood cannot be fixed in the open 
position. Instead of the 'through 
windscreen' version in the instructions, I 
used the reflector gunsight provided on 
the clear sprue and filled the hole in the 
front of the windscreen with PVA glue, 
assuming it would dry clear. The Eduard 
mask said it was for a F4F-4, but it was 
also correct for the early F4F-3s. 

Colour Options 

HobbyBoss provides two options. The 
early F4F-3 proper is a colourful aircraft 
from USS Wasp, with bright yellow 
upper wings. Option 2, my choice, is a 
F4F-3A of US Marine Corps squadron 
VMF-111, in overall Light Gull Grey. 
This aircraft's dull finish is enlivened by 
large red crosses, which were specially 
applied for exercises in 1941. Paint 
colours are from the Mr Hobby and Mr 
Color ranges, which meant nothing to 
me, so I used an aerosol Humbrol 
acrylic Light Grey 64 instead. The decals 
went on very well over a few coats of 
Klear. For option 2, watch out for the 
type numbering on the rudder, which 
needs to be amended from 'F4F-34' to 
'F4F-3A,' if your eyesight and hand are 
up to it. 


HobbyBoss has produced a finely 
detailed kit, which really captures the 
look and feel of an early Wildcat, but do 
not seem to have done their homework 
properly on the options included, and 
some of the more intricate construction 
would benefit from clearer instructions. 
Overall, it's a good kit, with lots of 
potential, but it is not a straightforward 
build and you need to do your research. 

SAM 1 

626 I Scale Aviation Modeller | July 2006 

Wellington II (Merlin) 




MPM's Wellington has been around now 
for a couple years, also appearing as an 
Italeri boxing, but this latest issue deals 
with the Merlin powered Mk II and 
therefore a new sprue is included 
consisting of all the relevant pieces used 
here. In general, all the kifs contents are 
good quality with nice surface detailing 
replicating the structure of the real 
machine very well. In fact, I'd say, better 
than other issues of the type. There are 
quite a number of parts left over including 
two types of radials and their 
accoutrements plus a different set of tail 
planes for the other versions of the 

lington MkM Merlin - powered 

Scale: 1,72 

Kit No: 72535 

Price: £TBC 

Decal Options. 2 

Panel Lines: Recessed Status: Reissue 

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Parts: Plastic 157. dear 16 
Manufacturer MPM 

UK Importer: Hannants 

US Importer: Squadron 

Wimpy. No etched sets but a pair of resin 
engine fronts/intakes for the Merlin are 


The first stages cover the reasonably 
detailed flight deck and turrets. The latter 
pair proved a little tricky as the 
instructions are not too clear in indicating 

part positions and adding the clear parts 
needed careful handling while gluing 
them in place. The openings for the 
triangular waist gun positions need to be 
opened up and the locations are defined 
with a basic shape on the insides and 
require chain drilling and careful use of a 
scalpel or a knife of heavier duty to cut 
through it. In addition to this, constant 

Avro 533 Manchester Mk I 

ARDPOL 1/72 


Not to be confused with the WW2 
predecessor of the Lancaster. The Avro 
533 Manchester was a twin-engined 
bomber designed in 1918. The type 
suffered because of the poor 
performance of its two Dragonfly engines 
and never made it past the prototype 
stage. This 1/72 offering from Ardpol is 
beautifully cast in resin, the quality of 
which is perhaps the cleanest I have 
ever seen. Unfortunately my review 
sample suffered a little from quite a few 
missing pieces including both Scartf 
rings and MGs. The instructions supplied 
come in three folded A4 sheets and are 
adequate but there are one or two vague 
areas of construction which could be 
clearer. The leaflet includes a set of 1/72 
plans which, as is often the case, 
doesnl match the model exactly, and a 
basic colour guide. 


Beginning with the cockpit and gunner 

Scale: 1/72 Kit No: 72062 

Pries: £3150 Decal Options 2 

Panel Lines: Recessed Status: New Tooling 

Type: Resin Parts: Resin 118 
Manufacturer: Ardpol 
UK Importer: Aerodub 

positions, these are well detailed to a 
typical modern resin standard and I was 
particularly impressed with the sidewall. 
All the floors fitted snugly into the side 
of the fuselage without needing any 
adjustments. The two fuselage halves 
also turned out to be a very good fit and 
there was no need to smother the model 
with an excessive amount of filler. As is 
often the case with resin products the 

lower wings were supplied with no 
dihedral, making it necessary to cut the 
wings into two pieces and recement 
them to the correct angle. Another 
problem with the wings surfaced when I 
made my first attempt at attaching the 
upper wing, only to find that the 
alignment of the location points for the 
struts were all over the place. Off came 
the wing and new points (and in some 
cases new rigging holes) were drilled. By 
the time I'd finished, my lovely wings 
began to look like Swiss cheese. AH the 
struts were replaced with a combination 
of Contrail and brass struts to avoid later 
problems with warpage. 

The instructions are not too clear on 
the position of the engine gondola 
struts and as these areas were not on 
view in the only photograph I had to 

hand I had to make an educated (or 
not as the case may be) guess on their 
positions. One area that is not 
mentioned at all in the paperwork is 
the eighteen pipes that fit to each of 
the engines. Unfortunately half of these 
were missing and had to be replaced 
with items made from fuse wire. As has 
all ready been mentioned my kit lacked 
Scarff rings and Lewis machine guns. 
The Scarff rings were made from scrap 
while I decided not to add Lewis 
machine guns to the finished model as 
the only photograph I had of F3493 
showed the aircraft without guns. 

Colour options 

The kit markings depict F3493 as it was 
in December 1919 when the 
problematic Dragonfly engines were 
finally fitted. This aircraft is mainly 
finished in PC10, with a CDL underside. 
I deviated slightly from the instructions 
by painting the engine covers light grey 
in colour in place of the suggested 
natural metal. This was down more to 
personal preference than any insider 
knowledge. The decals were absolutely 
spot on for size, register and ease of use 
making the job of applying the decals an 
enjoyable one. 


Despite problems with missing pieces 
and wing attachment I enjoyed building 
this model and was very pleased with 
the end result. It always amazes me 
how modem resin manufacturers can 
hope to sell fairly obscure aircraft such 
as this in large enough quantities to 
make production feasible. That they can 
and do is a credit to companies like 
Ardpol and Choroszy, and who knows, 
we might yet see a resin Tarrant Tabour. 
It will also be interesting to see whether, 
the earlier Mark II (with Siddeley Puma 
engines) will follow. 


628 | Scale Aviation Modeller | July 2006 

trimming and dry fitting is needed to 
ensure the opening is not cut oversize. 

The glazing also needs to have a hole 
drilled, as indicated in the instructions, to 
allow fitting of the weapons. This done, 
the long panoramic glazing needs careful 
fixing but is totally devoid of the geodetic 
framework that is included on the rest of 
the fuselage halves. Silver coloured 
striping by Xtradecal from my stock was 
used quite effectively before the fuselage 
halves could be joined. From the outside 
the effect is realistic. 

The remaining stages of the build 
consisted of the wing assemblies, 
undercarriage and all the easily knocked 
off bits like aerials and so on. Two sets of 
tail planes are included, one with tabs 
that fit into the slots and the other 
without. The instructions say to use parts 
CI (without) and these have the extended 

leading edges up to the elevator horns 
leading me to believe they were only 
applicable to later series Wimpeys, so I 
opted to use the set that have the 
narrower chords (on the B sprue) as they 
would suit the earlier aircraft and also be 
easier to fit. Here I noted that there is a 
rather sharp angle of attack to the line of 
flight. Now I'm not absolutely sure if this 

is right or not but when in place is not 
really noticeable. For all I know, they may 
be wrong anyway and parts CI should 
have been used. 

Generally, all the major items fit OK, as 
did the resin fronts and separate 
exhausts. The wing-to-fuselage fit is good 
and the undercamage also looks fine, 
with a fairly detailed bay. 

Colour Options 

A four-page leaflet in full colour is 
provided for painting and finishing and 
is very welcome. Of the four options two 
represent 305 (Polish) Squadron 
aircraft, one coded SM-S/W5567 with 
nose art (Popeye) and mission tally to 
the fin that is quite unusual, and SM 
H/W5566 also with nose art (Donald 
Duck) and similar mission markers. The 
next is Z8345/EP-S of 104 Squadron 

and finally W5442/BU-V of 214 
Squadron. All are from around the 
1941-42 period and in standard finish 
of dark green, earth and black. 

The decals for these subjects are really 
very nice. They are thin and delicate but 
lay very well when treated with decal 
solutions and a little care 


Apart from the extra labour involved in 
opening up the waist gun positions and 
adding the decal framework to the 
interior, the model built up well with all 
major parts fitting well and not a smear of 
filler anywhere. The kit has excellent 
surface and intenor detailing and MPM 
have provided a good example of the 
famed Wimpy. Sometime I'll have a crack 
at the Trumpeter one to compare the two. 

Friedrichshafen FF.33L 




The FF.33L was the smaller fighter/scout 
version version of the earlier FF.33E 
reconnaissance aircraft. About 130 were 
built and one ended up in Poland - hence 
ArdpoTs kit. The kit consists of just over a 
hundred light grey resin parts, eight A5 
sides of diagrams and a single decal 
sheet. The box art shows the two 
schemes provided and most of the history 
given is for the Polish version. The two 
versions options differ only in the tail fin 
and rudder parts and colour scheme. 

The parts are well cast and have to be 
removed from the casting blocks, but the 
smaller parts are very brittle so a lot of 
care is required. Once removed from these 
blocks there is only a small amount or 
flash to remove - also the casting blocks 
have numbers so you can group the 
identical parts, but you then have to 
visually decide which parts fit where as no 
clue is given to the numbers. 


The construction diagrams begin with a 
series of sub-assemblies, for the cockpit, 
engine, and all the beaching trolleys and 
trestles - a nice touch as this is the first 
floatplane kit I've had that includes all this 
gear. I added a few lengths of chain and 
brass dowels to the rear trestle as this was 
adjustable for height. The cockpit is very 
basic and so I added some seat belts and 
other small details from foil and wire. The 
instrument panel does look good when the 
details are highlighted. 

The engine and cockpit are then 
enclosed in the fuselage halves and a little 
filler is required to tidy up the joint. At this 
point I also assembled the floats which 
come as two parts, but appear magically 
as one in the instructions. These come as 
two sections split lengthways and this was 
the most difficult joint to clean up, as 
there are ribs either side of the joint and 

FnedncWuffen FF 33L 


Scale 1 48 

Kit No: 48205 

Price: £52.50 

Decal Options 7 

Pane) lines: Recess 

ed Status: New Tooling 

Type: Resin 

Parts: Resin 107 

Manufacturer: Ardp 

il UK Importer: Aeroclub 

cover detail on the top. 

The instructions fit all the wings next, 
but I didn't think this was the best way, 
so I fixed the lower wings and fuselage 
and added some brass dowels to make 
a secure fitting and drilled small 
indentations for all the inter-wing struts 
and float mounting struts. Next I 
assembled a jig to hold the fuselage and 
wings at the correct height above the 
floats and fixed the latter together with 
the two horizontal ties, replacing the kit 
parts with brass wire. Next the float-to- 
fuselage struts were superglued in 
place. Then the outer struts from the 
float to wing were added. Sounds 
simple? This actually was a Saturday 
afternoon of trial, error and heartache. 

but as each new strut was glued in 
place the whole assembly became more 
stable and robust. 

Next the inter wing and fuselage struts 
were added and the upper wing fixed - 
the upper wing is two parts which 
magically appears as one in the 
instructions and does need some care, 
and on my example some shims to get the 
correct trail angle. Finally the rigging was 
added, using guesswork and a few 
Internet photographs, and the small 
details completed. I replaced the rear gun 
mount and radiator piping with wire. I also 
ended up with about a dozen parts that I 
had no clue what to do with, but some 
were useful when I broke struts. 

Colour Options 

The two schemes provided include a 
German Naval aircraft No. 1010 in 
overall sea blue with large white outlined 
black crosses. I could find no 
photograph of this aircraft, but the style 
was used on other FF.33 variants. The 
Polish version is more colourful and is 
the one example used in Poland from 
1920 to 1921. The decals adhered well 
and had good colour depth and were all 
done in five minutes. 


I'm pleased with the final result and the 
main dimensions are very accurate. But. 
I could only recommend this to the 
experienced resin builder who is 
prepared to make a few jigs during 
construction. The assembly of the floats 
to fuselage is the key to the construction. 
Having said that, this is the only FF.33L 
I've seen in 1/48 and as such is a 
valued addition to the WW1 shelf. The 
builder also needs to do some additional 
research as I found photographs a great 
help - but beware the FF.33 had several 
variants which varied in fuselage and 
wingspan and internet sources can be a 
bit vague about the versions. 


Juiy200e | Scale Aviation Modeller I 629 

Mitsubishi A6M2 ZERO Type 21 

UK Importer 

FUJIMI 1/48 


The Fujirni kit comes in a box illustrated 
with an evocative painting of two Zeros in 
a stormy sunlit sky. Inside, the kit has 
fifty-four grey plastic parts and one clear 
canopy, all separately bagged and very 
well machined. You get a colour sheet of 
some of the aircraft options, and more tail 
assemblies are illustrated on the 
instruction sheet. The instructions 
themselves, and the text on the box, are 
mostly in Japanese but the easy to follow 
logical steps in construction make it an 
easy kit to put together. 


The three-part seated pilot is a nicely 
moulded figure and he does have a 
detailed painting guide including colours in 
English. The thirteen cockpit parts have 
good detail, as have the internal fuselage 
halves, and these are closed up after 
fitting the arrestor hook. The engine again 
has painting instructions including English, 
and the nine parts for this and the turning 
prop assembly go together well, fitting 
snugly inside the engine cowling. 

The wings come as a one-piece lower 
section and two uppers and, along with 
the horizontal stabilisers/elevators, fit with 
no need for filler or sanding. Detail on the 
wings and the fuselage is very good and 
really shows up well with a bit of 

weathering applied. Five parts are 
provided for each undercamage assembly 
if constructed down, and you have the 
option of retracted gear if you want. Again 
all these parts have good detail and fit 
well together with no problems. 

All that remained was to fit the fuel 
tank, tail wheel, radio mast and a few 
other bits and bobs and the job was all 
done barring masking and painting the 
canopy before fitting. The canopy is very 
clear and has the frame structure raised 
enough for those with a steady hand and 
good eyesight to paint it without tape. 

Colour Options 

Options for eight aircraft are included on 
the decal sheet and just to confuse you 
there are a further six indicated in the 
instructions that you don't have decals for. 

However, eight are quite enough and 
include six for the light grey colour scheme 
or two in mottled green. I couldn't make 
out any colour references from the 
Japanese text, so having plumped for a 
grey scheme used my Humbrol 196 (Light 
Satin Grey) with 85 (Satin Coal Black) for 
the cowling. Wheels, prop blades and 
other bits and pieces were Matt Black, 
and Aluminium (56) was used for the 
undercarriage legs/ wheel bays. Whether 
the kit includes info on the different units 
or aircraft also remains a mystery of 
translation, but it appears the one I 
modelled was based with the Tainan Air 
Group and operated around the Port 
Moresby area in 1942. 

I applied a coat of gloss varnish before 
applying the decals to minimise the nsk of 
silvenng (I've not been very successful 
with Klear) and used setting solution to 
settle them down. The decals are very 

good with no show through, and went 
down easily - not too thick and not so thin 
they wrap around themselves as soon as 
they come off the earner sheet. Once dry I 
applied a coat of matt varnish and then 
added a spot of weathering with very 
diluted matt black/ white spint, rubbing 
over with a cotton bud. This brought the 
detail out on the whole plane and made 
all the difference to the finished kit. 


This is an easy kit to get an excellent 
result with as all the parts fit so well. The 
decals are very good, and even if you 
don't read Japanese it is easy for you to 
complete the kit and enjoy a bit of digging 
to find out about the individual aircraft 
featured. I was very pleased to complete 
my first Fujirni kit and would certainly 
recommend it to anyone. 


F-5B Freedom Fighter 1 




The F-5B was the two-seat trainer version 
of the F5A Freedom Fighter used 
extensively since 1963 by many countries 
in Europe, the Middle-East, South 
America and Southeast Asia. It remained 
in service for over thirty years including 
ten years during the Vietnam War. The kit 
comes with a colourful illustration of a 
Canadian F-5B on the top and inside 
there are sixty-nine grey plastic, and four 
clear parts. You get four options on a very 
comprehensive decal sheet, and a clear, 
progressive seven-page instruction sheet- 
there are no unwelcome surprises in the 
fairly standard steps for the build and the 
final result is a delight! 


Construction begins with the cockpit, each 
seat having three parts plus the joysticks 
and instrument panels. No fewer than 
eight decals are provided for the panels, 
plus two to represent the seat harnesses, 
and these are all very good, and need to 
be as everything is visible through the 
large, very thin and clear three-piece 
canopy. The front section halves are then 
closed up, followed by construction of the 
rear fuselage section halves and the 
mating of these two sub-asemblies, I did 

F-5B Freedom Fighter 

Scale: 1,72 

Price: £7.99 

Kit No: 1275 

Decal Options: 3 

Panel Lines Recessed Status: Revised Issue 

Type: Injection Moulded plastic 

Parts: Plastic 69, Clear 4 Manufacturer: 

UK Importer: The Hobby Company 

US Importer: Model Rectifier Corporation 

have to tidy up all of these joins including 
using a bit of filler underneath, but that 
was it for the whole kit. The instructions 
don't mention nose weight and it may well 
be that none is required, however not 
trusting to luck I crammed as much as I 
could (approx 3g) in the front section with 
the desired result. 

Wings and undercarriage come next, 
each main wheel construction having four 
parts, and then the fuel pods go together 
and sit on the ends of the wings, under 
the wings, and under the belly. There are 
two vacant pylons under each wing and 
some spare rockets on the sprues, but 

they are not for this version. Lastly comes 
the three- piece canopy and HUD. You 
can position the canopy open using the 
supplied struts, or closed,., either would 
be fine due to the excellent decal 
provision and quality of the interior. 

Colour Options 

As stated you get four options including a 
USAF F-5B from 1986 and a Spanish 
SF-5B from 1989. both in aluminium 
with a flat black anti-glare panel. The 
Canadian CF-5B is in camouflage field 
dratVflat green with mid stone 
underneath, whilst the Dutch NF-5B is in 
camouflage olive drab/ dark grey with 
light grey undersides. I went for the USAF 
version in full colour The decals are 
generally very good although the yellow 
stripes are slightly thick needing quite a 
bit of setting solution to adhere to the 
plane's contours. One other point is that 
the decals lift from their backing sheet 

almost as soon as they touch the water 
so take care to grab them out quick! 

For the paint you get Model Master 
references but I used my Humbrol 
27002, polished aluminium, and Revel! 
8 matt black ... all brush painted. Before 
applying decals I painted the plane with 
gloss varnish to avoid silvering, and then 
finished it off with a coat of matt. 


I have to confess that other than a little 
tank this is my first Italen kit in 45+ 
years of model making and I was not 
disappointed. Other than the bit of work 
on the fuselage sections, the standard of 
parts and general construction was very 
good, particularly the excellent fit of the 
thin canopy sections and extensive decal 
sheet. Overall very definitely a winner for 
all levels of model maker and well priced 
for what you get. Excellent! 

630 | Scale Aviation Modeller | July 2006 

Nakajima Ki 




The kit arrives in ICM's standard end- 
opening light card box, with nice front 
artwork and a paint scheme diagram on 
the rear. Upon opening, you are treated 
to two sprues of grey plastic and one 
clear. The plastic is the slightly soft type, 
so favoured by the Russian and Ukranian 
kit manufacturers, which has both 
benefits and disadvantages. Included on 
the sprues are extra parts for the other 
boxing of the kit, in its Ki-27a form. 

At first glance the parts may look a 
touch rough, but upon closer 
inspection, all of the parts contain 
some of the finest and most 
comprehensive detailing I have seen. 
All of the panel lines, for example, have 

Price: £6.99 

Panel Lines: Recessed 

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 
Parts: Plastic 66. Clear 3 Manufacturer: ICM 
UK Importer: Hannants US Importer: Dragon USA 

their rows of rivets in both recessed 
and raised relief as required, but seem 

to be as close to scale as is possible. 
The tool-maker must have been a 
jeweller in a past career. 


For the build, I started my usual way by 
pre-painting the smaller parts and main 

F-4S Phantom II 'Black Bunny' 




The F-4S was an updated version of the 
F-4J, produced in the late 1970s to give 
the USN and USMC a relatively modem 
fighter, while waiting for the F-14 and 
F-18 to come into service. Perhaps the 
modifications most visible externally 
were the smoke-free jet exhausts! The 
Navy received its first machines in 
1978, and the Marines retired their last 
aircraft in 1992. 

The Fujimi kit dates from the late 
1980s, and is the first of the 'modern- 
standard' kits of the F-4 series. The 
standard of moulding is quite good for a 
20-year-old mould, with only a few 
visible sink marks and ejector-pins, and 
no flash. Along with the 70 grey plastic 
parts, there is a four-part canopy. The 
decal sheet gives two finish options, and 
the instructions come in eight stages. 


The cockpit interior is basic by today's 
standards. You get a tub, two instrument 
panels, two control columns and two 
two-part ejector seats. There is also a 
rear bulkhead and another between the 
pilot and the RIO. These are not shown 
in the instructions, but do need to be 
added for a correct fit. The instrument 
panels are given as decals, and there is 
no side-wall detail. I just added 
masking-tape seat belts, but the canopy 
is very clear, so adding detail is 
worthwhile. For a non-OOB build, 
replacement seats are essential. 

The undercarriage legs and doors are 
reasonably well -detailed, but 
undercarriage well detail is minimal, 
neither is there anything to see inside 
the intakes. 

Fit of major airframe components is 
good, verging on very good, and main 


Scale: 172 

Kit No: 72180 

Price: £11.95 

Panel lines recessed 

Decal options: 2 

Status: Reissue 

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Parts: Plastic 70, Clear 4 

Manufacturer Fujimi 

UK Importer: 

assembly is rapidly completed. The 
intakes needed a little work for a good 
fit, but other than that, I only needed a 
little Tipp-Ex here and there as filler. Do 
not forget to open up the inboard slat 
actuator locating holes, and pay careful 
attention to which actuator goes where. 

The burner cans look a little clunky, 
but are OK when painted up. The 
cockpit canopy is perhaps a little too 
wide - but can be corrected with 
careful sanding. A single-piece 
alternative would have been useful, 
since many modellers will wish to 

model the canopy closed. When 
cleaning up the centreline seam, I had 
to remove a number of aerials and 
probes, and restore them with 
hypodermic needles and pieces of 
plastic card at final assembly. 

I found the main undercarriage 
locating pins particularly weak, and had 
to reinforce them by carefully drilling 
holes in the legs and the wing 
undersurface, and inserting lengths of 
brass rod. 

The kit includes a full complement of 
stores - a centreline and two 
underwing drop tanks, four Sparrows 
and four Sidewinders. The locating 
holes for the pylons need enlarging, 
and the pylons need careful test-fitting 
to ensure a good join. 

Colour Options 

Both finish options are from VX-4 - 
Vandy 1 - the famous 'Black Bunny' in 
overall gloss black, and Vandy 5 - 
'White Bunny' in overall gloss white with 
light grey anti-dazzle panel. Both aircraft 
have the hot areas of the rear fuselage 
and stabilizers in natural titanium. 

I chose Black Bunny, using Humbrol 
85, followed by several coats of Klear. 

For the natural metal areas, I started 
with Alcald II Aluminium and Dark 
Aluminium, but finding insufficient 
contrast between the two colours, I 
sprayed some clear decal in dark 
metallic shades mixed from various 
Humbrol Metalcote shades, and used 
these instead. The burner cans were 
painted Metalcote Polished Steel, buffed 
to a high degree of shine. 

The decals were rather thick, but 
settled down quite well with the aid of a 
lot of decal solvents. The white areas 
and items were sufficiently opaque to 
almost totally disguise the fact that they 
had been applied over a black surface. 
The limited number of warning stencils, 
however, could have been more crisply 


The model is spot on spanwise but 
maybe 1mm too short. All the lumps 
and bumps distinguishing a F-4S from 
other Phantom lis are there. However, 
the AIM-7s look slightly too fat, and the 
AIM-9Bs have the wrong shape of nose 
and forward fins - I would have replaced 
them had this not been an OOB review 

This kit gives you a good starting 
point for a 1/72 F-4S, but a fully 
detailed model would need a lot of help. 
It is probably most useful for someone 
wishing to produce a number of F-4Ss in 
different colour schemes, who can close 
the canopy and live with the fairly basic 
detail. On this basis, the kit can be 


632 | Scale Aviation Modeller I July 2006 

interior parts on the sprue. The 
instructions, consisting of three pages of 
photos of the kit parts, start with internals 
first. This being ICM, means that as well 
as a comprehensive cockpit, you also get 
a multipart engine, and the bulkhead and 
bearers to put it on. The instructions are a 
little vague due to the photographic 
nature, and this caused some niggles. It 
is indicated that you should attach the 
exhausts to the rear of the engine, 
however, this caused alignment problems 
for me, so I simply glued them to the 
fuselage sides. 

More than enough detail is provided 
for the interior, and all in injected plastic. 
This includes guns for the floor, which 
you are advised to attach to the lower 
wing half, then the fuselage. I found this 
to be another problem area, but again it 
was easier rectified by simply leaving the 
guns out, attaching the cockpit floor and 
assembly direct to the fuselage, and then 

adding the wings. 

After that it was a fairly straightforward 
build, but with one minor exception, 
which was caused by the soft plastic. 
Overall the fit of parts is good, but in 
some cases some extra cleaning up, and 
then extra pressure were required for a 
better fit. During one of these sessions I 
managed to bend the wings. Fortunately 
though, I noticed t early enough, and they 
were bent back to shape without lasting 
effects. You have been warned. 

Colour Options 

With the kit you get four paint schemes, 
three in overall UA Grey, and one in three- 
tone ca mo. Two of the Grey options cover 
the Nomonhan incident in 1939, and the 
other a Japan based aircraft in 1944. The 
final option is for a 24 Sentai. 2 Chutai 
machine in China in December 1941 in a 
three-tone camouflage, which was my 
choice. However, this choice was delayed 

slightly by the fact that the colours are only 
called out in either Model Master numbers, 
and a brand called AKAH, who I guess are 
Ukrainian. Neither of these translate into 
more common brands, so in the end I 
resorted to using 4 jars of Aeromaster 
Warbird enamels, that I remembered I 
had: UA Grey, Dark Army Green, Medium 
Army green, and Earth Brown. I would 
point out here, that some of ICM's paint 
schemes are printed on a small size sheet, 
and this can cause them to be a little 
unclear, and so need careful study. 

The decals are finely printed and very 
thin, with a matt finish. They have 
excellent colour density, and conform 
superbly to all the surface detail, but are 
on the fragile side. The only one that did 
not go as I wanted was the fuselage 
band, and that was me, not the decals, I 
can never get them straight. 


Overall I was very impressed with this kit, 
as it is well detailed and goes together 
easily. The only real downside was the 
occasionally unclear instructions. 

I enjoyed making this one, and have 
subsequently bought and started the 
earlier version - perhaps I shall even do 
another, and open it up to show off the 
most of the detail. 

Well recommended to all, especially as 
at the current price it is superb value for 
money. More like this please ICM. 

SAM] | 

Martin Baltimore 



The box is the standard top-opening type 
with a full colour representation of the 
aircraft on the lid, and inside are three 
sprues of grey plastic parts, one sprue of 
clear, and a small poly-bag containing 
intricately detailed resin engine cylinders, 
engine mounts, bulged main wheels, 
large air intakes, cockpit details, propeller 
bosses and machine guns. The Cartograf 
produced decal sheet has four options - 
one Coastal Command, two Middle East 
and one all black machine based in Italy. 

There are two options catered for, one 
with the two-gun dorsal turret and one 
that needs a touch of surgery to represent 
the open dorsal gun position with single 
Lewis gun. 

All parts are well detailed, panel lines 
are engraved, well executed with no slips 
and the detail on the resin engine 
cylinders and main wheels would make 
some after-market producers blush! The 
clear parts are a bit brittle and need care 
when separating them from the sprue and 
when removing bits of flash, mine 
benefited from a dunk in Future to make 
them a touch clearer. 

A while ago I bought a DVD entitled 
Forgotten Bombers of the Royal Air 
Force, which has some superb close-up 
footage of Baltimore's abroad and came 
in very useful when building this kit. 

So does it build well? The short answer 
is yes with a couple of exceptions... 


Stage one is choice time - turret or open 
position. Once chosen and the cutting has 
been done (or not) the cockpit, bomb 
aimer and radio positions are tackled. I'm 
sure that many of you who have made 
Classic's products will be familiar with the 
advice to test fit parts during assembly - 


Scale: 1/48 

Kit No : 4139 

Price: £39 99 

Decal Options: 4 

Panel Lines: Recessed Status: New Tooling 

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Parts: Plastic 70. Clear 10. Resin 52 

Manufacturer: Classic Airframes 
UK Importer: Hannants US 

well, the parts you need to test fit here 
are the bulkheads. On close inspection 
the edges are chamfered and if you 
square these up the parts fit as they 
should and you are able to close up the 
fuselage without further ado. Sadly the 
radio position becomes invisible so I've 
kept these parts to help detail my 

Hampden! You will see two small pieces 
denoted C8 on the clear sprue but not 
mentioned in the instructions. These fit 
into the pilot's bulkhead, although they 
are absent in the cockpit view on the 
DVD. Next comes the turret interior and 
this gives a really good start to detailing 
the turret. 

The fuselage is brought together 
without any fuss and we're on to stage 
1 1 , the wheel wells. These are quite 
clever two-part affairs, with the main 
bulkhead to hang the engine on and a 

single piece that you fold up and glue to 
the bulkhead. It sounds daft but it works 
really well, giving you full depth wells 
without having to sand and scrape resin 
away forever! The wells fit into the two- 
part wings and it all closes up without a 
hitch. Stabilisers come next, with the tail 
wheel, and I found this a bit odd. Classic 
would have you simply glue the wheel to 
the leg, and there is no axle. I replaced 
the leg with a bit of wire bent round the 
wheel and secured to the fuselage mount 
then left the wheel off until everything 
else was painted. 

I mentioned earlier about a couple of 
exceptions, here they come - the engine 
cowlings and the air intakes. The engine 
mounts fit really well and so do the 
cylinders, the problem is that either the 
cylinders are too long or the cowling 
walls are too thick. I found it to be a 
combination of both and ended up 
cutting the tops of the cylinders down 
and scraping the inside of the cowl to 
get a tight fit - it worked fine, but just 
took time. 

There are two types of air intakes, 
large resin ones or the smaller plastic 
ones. I chose the resin ones and had 
problems getting the fit at the rear to 
match the trunking moulded on the upper 
wing. You need to open the front of the 
intake right out and remove the strange 
circular objects on the front lower edge to 
match footage of the real items. 

And that's it really - all downhill and 
pain free. The wings and stabilisers are a 
butt joint to the fuselage but no filler was 

used anywhere except the aforementioned 
engine air intakes. 

Colour Options 

The transparent parts were fitted and 
masked then a bit more of my ever 
decreasing Aeromaster acrylic stock was 
used to colour in. Decals went on over a 
coat of Klear without silvering and sank 
into the panel lines voluntanly; a blast of 
matt acrylic and it was time to take stock. 

Time saving tip time - don't bother 
masking the frame lines on the nose as 
these were simple Perspex to Perspex 
joints, not painted, although perhaps a 
coat of matt varnish would simulate this - 
ah well, next time! It's a big kit when 
made as well; looking at the box you 
wonder how it all went in! 


This latest Classic Airframes kit clearly 
shows how each new release gets better. 
It still has its moments (as we all do!) but 
it's not hard work. Classic have come on 
in leaps and bounds from the first 
releases. I've been fortunate enough to be 
able to buy all the ones I've wanted and 
yes I've taught the kids some new words 
building them but they are no longer 
made solely for the plastic masochist. 

In truth anyone could build this kit and 
be pleased with the result, so Classic, 
let's have the AEW:3 Gannet, Sea Venom 
and the early Domiers. I can't wait and if 
it's no trouble, how about a Beaufort? 
(See News pages - Editor) 

saw I 

: Scale aviation Modeller | 633 

Sea Hawk Mk 100/101 



This is the German variant of the Sea 
Hawk, so it is very similar to Trumpeter's 
earlier Royal Navy FGA Mk 6 issue, with 
a different rear fuselage moulded to 
model the taller tail and the prominent 
dorsal bulge of the Mk 101. 

Disappointingly, the kit does not 
include the Ekco radar array, which was 
housed in an enlarged drop tank style 
pod mounted on the inner starboard 
weapons pylon. This is the main 
difference between the German and 
Royal Navy version, and is why the tail 
was enlarged, to restore adequate 
longitudinal stability. The radar was only 
briefly used in service, since it had such 
a very large power draw that other 
services were cut back, making the 
aircraft harder to handle, especially in 
poor weather conditions. Although 
strictly correct, to claim this kit covers 
both the Mk 100 day fighter and 
Mk 101 bad-weather reconnaissance 
machines is rather unfair in my view. I'd 
expect to get the Ekco pod. Since 
German machines were often fitted with 
four underwing tanks, that would also 
have been a useful option, in place of 
the 3" RPs which I think were an RN fit 
only, not used by the Bundesmartne. 

As with the FGA Mk 6, the moulding 
is grey plastic with finely recessed 
surface detail. The forward fuselage and 
centre section mould is split 
horizontally, which facilitates the 
building of the complicated wheel well 
and lower centre section detail which is 
a prominent feature of the underside of 
any Sea Hawk. 


The nose undercarriage bay is a rather 
complex construction, which needs care 
and some dry fitting to ensure a good fit. 
The noseleg is moulded already attached 
to the wheel well floor. Since in my 
previous build I felt the final attitude was 
too nose up, I cut the leg off and drilled 
out a location hole. This made 
construction easier and safer, with less 
chance of breaking off the leg. The final 
aircraft sit looked better to me. 



Scale: 1/48 

Kit No; 02827 
Oecal Options 3 

Price: £19.99 

Panel Lines: Recessed Status: New Tooling 

Type: Injection Moulded pl astic 

Paris: Plastic 84. Clear 5. Etched 2 

Manufacturer: Trumpeter 

UK Importer: Pocketbond 

US Importer: Stevens International 

A superbly made etched brass 
instrument panel with raised bezels, plus 
instrument film, is provided, with a 
rather too small plastic panel to back it. 
The cockpit has a number of small 
switch and control boxes distributed 
around its walls. These have been 

cannon troughs on the lower fuselage, a 
prominent feature of any Sea Hawk, are 
slightly too shallow as moulded, so 
some careful drilling and filing is 
required to improve those. 

The main wheel well walls and centre 
section have been moulded as separate 
elements with lots of surface detail, 
piping & wiring, and fit into the lower 
fuselage half. The fit of the front fuselage 
sections is good. Care is needed, but 

rescribing. The jet exhaust pen nib 
fairings were harder to deal with, a 
struggle to fill and sand because they 
are concave surfaces and hard to 
access. Separately moulded thin plates 
to cover the pen nibs would have 
helped greatly here. 

The wings assemble very cleanly, 
allowance being made for either folded 
or spread wings, with both drop tanks 
and rockets included. Although the 

moulded separately, which seems a 
waste of effort for such small items. 

Clearances in the front fuselage are 
tight. It required care to fit in enough 
noseweight around and under the 
cockpit tub, but 1 managed to fit some 
lead shot either side of the nose bay and 
some flat lead sheet below the tub and 
in the ejection seat pan. 32 grams was 
more than enough, so I probably was 
over generous estimating the weight of 
the revised tail section. The 20mm 

filler was only needed across a small gap 
at the nose and at the intakes. 

The rear fuselage attachment is 
harder. Trumpeter have sensibly made 
the fuselage break at a joint in the full 
size machine. A good fit all round a 
perfect cylinder is difficult, and I 
deliberately avoided any step on top of 
the fuselage, which left some sanding 
work on the underside. Sanding and 
filling removed this with some loss of 
detail, soon corrected with light 

ailerons are moulded in, flaps and 
airbrakes are separate pieces. The Sea 
Hawk had an unusual split surface 
airbrake arrangement, the flaps acting as 
the lower part. Since I was modelling 
this machine with wings spread and 
there is nice inside surface detail, I 
elected to deploy the brakes. This looks 
rather odd, with an empty cockpit of 
course. Most unlikely in practice unless 
some maintenance was in progress. 
Note that the upper panels should 
deflect less than the lower. 

Colour Options 

Decals are provided for three schemes, 
two Bundesmarine in extra dark grey 
and white, the third being an Indian 
Navy example in their dark grey and sky 
scheme. I chose a Bundesmarine 
machine for this build, with standard 
drop tanks 


Once complete, the clean lines of the 
Sea Hawk make for a pleasing model. 
Although there were some awkward 
elements during the build, it was 
definitely worthwhile. Recommended. 

634 I Scale Aviation Modeller | July 2008 


JULY 2008 

Every month a bewildering selection of 
etched brass and resin accessories is 
released by the aftermarket 
manufacturers. The interest generated by 
these is enormous, and while far more 
are probably bought and sold than ever 
actually used, the fascination they hold 
for the modelling public is sufficient to 
warrant serious attention from magazines 
such as this. Scale Aviation Modeller 
International has a policy of featuring 
every item received, and this section has 
become a first point of call for many 
modellers on the lookout for those 
optional extras to superdetail their kits. 

Manufacturers are invited to submit 
their products, no matter how limited 
the run, for consideration in these pages. 


Big Handles 


When the AEW Nimrod was being 
tested I heard rumours that the type was 
going to be renamed as the Toucan 
because two radars can work better than 
one, certainly it had a massive bill! 

The AEW Nimrod was one of the 
great financial disasters that seem to 
beset the British procurement 
programme, with only the three 
prototypes taking to the air with the cost 
of the programme estimated to have 
exceeded a billion pounds. But 
remember that the specification set by 
the British government for this aircraft 
far exceeded any AEW system then in 
service and all of this was to be added 
to an already elderly airframe. Did they 
learn any lessons from the AEW Nimrod 
problems? Well not really as the 
reengineered and updated MR.4 Nimrod 
is well behind schedule and the future of 
the elderly fleet of MR.2s is currently the 
subject of much debate. Maybe we 
should just spend the money on an all- 
new purpose-built design rather than 
update an aircraft based on a design 
that is over 50 years old? 

Ever since the Airfix Nimrod came out 
rumours abounded of an AEW 
conversion in the works and earlier this 
year there was a taster of the resin parts 
on the Cammett stand at a number of 
shows, now it is finally here but was it 
worth the wait? 

Nimrod AEW.3 Conversion 
Designed tor Airfix 

Pnce £24 95 

On opening the very tough brown post- 
resistant box you find a number of 
bubble wrapped packages containing 
some beautifully cast resin parts. This 
conversion will add the distinctive 
bulbous radomes to the front and rear 

fuselage. This of course will necessitate 
some quite major surgery to the kit 
parts which is clearly shown on the 
instructions. The nose radome is 
supplied as a single resin casting with 
virtually no cleaning up required but 
the tail is far more complicated. The 
main part is the very large replacement 
tail section; this casting has been cast 
around a balsa wood core in an 
attempt to minimise weight, but you 
will definitely need at least 75 grms of 
ballast in the nose to prevent the 
finished model tail sitting. To this resin 
tail section you add the new tail fin and 
tailplanes, both of which have 
positionable tail surfaces. A test fitting 
of these parts shows a very good fit 
and it is really going to be down to how 
good your surgery to the Airfix kit is 
that will decide the amount of filling 
you will need. 

Now I have already mentioned the 
instructions and they are in the most 
part very clear, using a mix of plans, 
photos and text to guide you through the 
assembly process. One surprising 
omission is that there is absolutely no 
guidance on colours and markings 
carried by the three completed AEW 
aircraft or the position of aerials and the 
relocated pitot tubes. If you have web 
access this is not so much of a problem 
as a quick use of a search engine will 
find you a number photographs, but it is 
surprising considering the otherwise 
exceptional standard of the conversion. 


I was very impressed by this set; the 
resin parts are produced to a very high 
standard and look to match the shape of 
the real aircraft perfectly. There are also 
some nice engineering touches which 
will help assembly like the use of 

Nimrod AEW.3 Conversion 

recessed dots on the joining areas of the 
resin parts to indicate which similar 
looking parts are designed for the left 
and right sides. No decals are supplied 
in the conversion but these should be 
easy to reproduce using the sets 
marketed by Model Alliance and of 
course you could always adapt the 8 
Squadron markings from a Heller 
AWACS to represent the type in service! 

If you want a really different Nimrod 
this is the only game in town and I just 
hope the designer and casters of this set 
are working on some further updates for 
the Nimrod (throw away 60% of kit and 
replace with resin and you have a MR.4) 
as well as the new Airfix Canberra family. 

This conversion can be bought online 
from their website at or by telephone on 
01544 388514. 

Stop Press: 

We have been advised by Cammett that 
Model Alliance will be producing a new 
Nimrod decal sheet in 2008 that will include 
markings for an AEW.3 for use with this 

Mustang Mods 


Two new sets this month from CMK, the 
first is a detail set for the beautiful 
Tamiya P-51 Mustang in 1/72. As well 
as a complete replacement cockpit, 

1 «• 


which includes a fret of pre-painted 
etched brass from Eduard, you are also 
supplied with separate control surfaces, 
weighted wheels and a new propeller 
and spinner. The second set is also in 
1/72 and provides three Korean War Era 
USAF pilots. The figures are realistically 
posed, one appears to be signing the 
maintenance log of his aircraft, the 
second is ready for flight and looking up, 
and the third is in a more casual pose 
with his hands in his pockets. 


P-51 Mustang Super Detail Set 

Part Ha 7155 Price £14.20 

Designed for Tamiya 

USAF Pilots Korean War 
Part No m UP 

Designed for: N/A 

Price: £7.30 

USAF Pilots Korean War 

These sets are up to the normal 
standard from CMK, and the figures will 
be useful in giving scale to your 
completed Korean War Model. The 
Tamiya Mustang is a real state of the art 
kit but this new set adds detail that is 
just impossible to mould in injection 
plastic, and I defy anyone to paint a 
1/72 instrument panel as well as the 
Eduard brass in this set. 

CMK products are available in the UK 
from Hannants. 

P-51 Mustang Super Detail Set 

636 | Scale Aviation Modeller 

Mirage Update 


When Eduard released their Mirage IIIC I 
thought this would be the start of a whole 
family of Mirage variants but so far they 
have only produced the original Atar 
engine with its eye lid exhaust. Now PJ 
Productions have produced a simple 
beautifully cast two part resin conversion 
to produce the Atar 9C as used by the 
Israeli Air Force. This conversion supplies 

a replacement short tail section and a very 

thinly cast and well detailed exhaust pipe. 
Fit to the Eduard kit is perfect with some 
simple surgery and finding markings will 
be no problem as these have been 
produced on Isra decal sheet No 34. 


Mirage Atar 9C Short Tail Conversion 

ProdejctNo: 411125 Prict£U> 

Designed lor Eduard 


This is a really simple conversion which 
with minimum work will provide a 
striking addition to your model 
collection when combined with the Isra 

In the UK all of the PJ Productions 
range is available from Hannants, while 
for other countries visit PJ Productions' 
website at 


F4F-3 Wildcat landing flaps 

Etch Rated 


Some interesting turns from Eduard this 
month, as they seem to be evaluating 
the marketplace and consolidating their 
range - just as a number of sets for 
older sets have been deleted, so we see 
some new arrivals for Academy's B-17, 

Lots for new kits too, and Trumpeter's 
Hellcats are beginning to see the benefit 
in 1/32, with a couple of very 
comprehensive gun bay sets on A5-sized 
frets that will make an impressive job on 
either an F4F-5 or a 5N. 


FMA IA 58 Pucara masks 

Product No CX206 

Price: £4.10 

Designed for: Special Hobby kit 

BAe Nimrod masks 

Product No: CX212 

Price: £5.60 

Designed for: Airfbt kit 

F/A-18C Hornet masks 

Product No: CX213 

Price: £5.10 

Designed for: Academy kit 

B-17E/F Flying Fortress exterior 

ProdJd No: 72468 

Price: £12.75 

Designed for : Academy kit 

B-17E/F Flying Fortress front interior 

B-17F/G Flying Fortress bomb bay 
Product No: 72471 Price: £12.75 

Designed for: Academy kit 

B-17E/F Flying Fortress front interior 
Product No: 73295 (cokwr/seH-ad) Price: £17.99 
Designed tor: Academy kit 

Vickers Wellington Mk I 

Product No 73301icolour self-ad) Price £16 95 
Designed for: For Trumpeter kit 

B-17E/F Flying Fortress rear interior 
Product No: 73304 (colour/self-ad) Price: £17.99 
Designed tor Academy kit 


F/A-18D Hornet masks 

Product No: EX247 Price: £5.60 

Designed for: HobbyBoss kit 

A6M5c Zero Zoom 

Product No: FE405 (colour self-ad] Price; £5.60 
Designed for: Hasegawa kit 

F-15E Strike Eagle interior Zoom 
Product No: FE409 colour/self-ad} Price: £6 65 
Designed for; Academy kit 

F6F-3 Hellcat Zoom 

Product No: FE411 (colour/seff-ad) Price: £5.60 

Designed for: Eduard kit 

F-15E Strike Eagle exterior 

Product No: 48583 Price: £15.40 

Designed for: Academy kit 

F-15E Strike Eagte weapons 

Product No: 48584 Price: £13.85 

Designed for: Academy kit 

F4F-3 Wildcat landing flaps 

Product No: 48589 Price: £13.85 

F6F-5 Hellcat gun bay 

P-51B Mustang 

Product N<h 1X077 Price: £16.95 

Designed for: Trumpeter kit 

F6F-5 Hellcat gun bay 

Product No; 32190 Price: £17.99 

Designed for: Trumpeter kit 

P-47D Thunderbolt engine 

Product No; 32196 Price: £13 85 

Designed for: Trumpeter kit 

P-47D Thunderbolt placards 

Produc t No: 32611 (colour, sell-ad ) Price: £6.65 
Designed for: Trumpeter kit 

If you haven't seen the difference some 
of these sets can make - particularly with 
some of the more visible cockpits - then 
you really should give it a try. With the best 
will in the world there are few modellers 
who can match the intncacy of the detail 
on the colour sets, and once again with a 
broadside like that on the 1/48 F-15E 
Eduard are putting the chicken before the 
egg and giving you a reason to chose the 
subject simply to allow you to use the etch. 

Eduard's full range is available in the 
UK from Hannants and LSA, and in the 
US from Squadron. 


A-10 Thunderbolt II armament 

Product No: 48591 

Designed for: HobbyBoss kit 

Price: £13.85 

A6M5c Zero 

Product N o: 49405 (cotour/seff-ad) Price: £16.95 
Designed for: Hasegawa kit 

F-15E Strike Eagle interior 

Product No: 49409 (colour/self-ad) Price: £15.40 
Designed for Academy kit 

F-15E Strike Eagle seat 

Product No: 49410 (colour/self-ad) Price: £7.70 

Designed tor: Academy kit 


F6F-5 Hellcat masks 
Product No: JX068 
Designed for: Trumpeter kit 

Price: £4.99 

F-15E Strike Eagle interior Zoom 

July 2008 | Scale Aviation Modeller , 637 

Pilot Scheme 


The latest releases from Alley Cat are a 
bit of a departure for them as instead of 
resin weapons or detailing sets they 
have produced three 1/48 World War 
One figures. Each is very distinctive in 
appearance and shows a high level of 
detail for the scale. Each comes with a 
small instruction sheet with a colour 
photograph of a painted figure plus clear 
assembly instructions. 


WW1 RFC Pilot 

Product: AC-is 1 F 

Price: £5.50 

This sets supplies a moustached pilot 
figure wearing a Sidcot suit with fur 
collar linings and thigh length overboots 

WW1 RNAS Pilot 

Product : ACttg Pnca:£S.50 

This figure has a long RN flying coat over 
uniform trousers and shoes 

WWl French Pilot 

Product: AC483F Price: £5.50 


My favourite figure has a uniform jacket 

complete with medals and wings plus a 

choice of heads. 


World War One is a real growth area at 

WWl French Pilot 

the moment with companies like Eduard 

and Roden turning out some stunning 

WWl RNAS Pilot 

aircraft kits. These figures will be a 
perfect complement and I am very 
impressed with the distinctive outfits 
supplied for each service. All we need 
now please are some 1/48 German, 
Italian and Russian Pilots to complete 
the picture and then a scale up to 1/32 

WWl RFC Pilot 

where I am sure they will sell well to 
figure modellers as well as us aviation 

Items can be purchased from the 
A2Zee website at 


Stealth Wealth 



Hornets and Super Sabres are the 
stand-out subjects for me this month 
but it was the F-l 17 Stealth Set that 
made my jaw drop. In the cockpit tub 
the throttle is moulded as part of the 
side consoles and I cannot figure out 
how Aires removed the cockpit tub 
from the moulds without breaking this 
part off. Most of the sets this month 
include small sections of etched brass 
produced by Eduard and again it is the 
brass from the Stealth set that stands 
out. The folddown shields above the 
instrument panel have the yellow and 
black warning markings etched into the 
brass, and by the careful use of 
washes this should really stand out on 
the finished model. 

FG.1 British Phantom Exhaust Nozzles 

Product No: 7179 Price; £7.99 

Designed for: fujimi 

F-14A Tomcat Exhaust Nozzles - Varied 

Product Ho-. 7U4 Prkfc£7J9 

Designed for Fujimi 


MiG-29 Fulcrum Airbrakes 

Product NO: 4365 

Price: £6.60 

F-117A Nighthawk Cockpit Set 

F/A-18 Hornet Electronic Bay 

Product No: 4368 Pnce: £7.99 

F/A-18 Hornet Electronic Bay 

F- 1000 Super Sabre Wheel Bay 

Product No: 2072 Price: £13.80 

Designed lor: 

Designed lor: Academy 

Designed for HobbyBoss 

F-117A Nighthawk Cockpit Set 

Product No: 4367 Price: £7.99 

F/A-18 Hornet Radar Antenna 

Product No: 4369 Price: £6.60 

Designed for: Tamiya 

Designed for HobbyBoss 



As always Aires resin is produced to a 
very high standard and the level of detail 
is superlative. A big bonus is that these 
sets are fairly priced so you will not 
break the bank even if you want to go to 
town on a 1/32 Super Sabre. The full 
Aires range can be found at Hannants 
and LSA models. 

F-100D Super Sabre Cockpit Set 

F/A-18 Hornet Radar Antenna 

638 ! Scale Aviation MfjMtar | July 2008 




More incredibly nice and affordable resin 
parts from the budget Quickboost range. 
Most of the sets this month are 
replacement exhaust pipes and special 
mention must be made of the set 
designed to fit Dragon's Ju 188, which 
is an amazing piece of casting as it not 
only includes the fourteen hollowed-out 
pipes and their collector ring but also 
some large projections around the whole 
part to protect it from damage in transit, 
very clever. 


Focke Wulf Fw 190D-9 

Product No: QB 72 147 
Designed for Tamiya 

Price: £2.20 

Spitfire Mh V Exhausts 
Product No: QB 72 148 
Designed for: Tamiya 

Price: £2.20 

Dormer Do 24T 
Product No: QB 72 149 
Designed for: Italen/Revell 

Pnce; £2.20 

Wellington Mk lc Early Exhaust 

Product No: QB 72 151 Price: £2 99 

Designed for: Trumpeter 

Dewoitine D.520 Exhaust 

Pfoduci No. QB 72 152 
Designed tor Hasegawa 

Price: £2.99 

A-4 Skyhawk Exhaust Nozzle - Late 

Product No: QB 72 Hfi Pricfc£l.» 

Oesigned for: Fujimi 


Junkers Ju 188 Exhausl 

Messerschmitt Bf 110 Radio Set 

Product No: QB 4B 1 77 Price: £2.93 

Designed tor: Eduard 

Spitfire Mk IX Control Sticks A-4 IDF Skyhawk DEFA 30mm Guns 

Product No: QB 48 172 Price: £2.99 Product No: QB 46 1711 PriCfc&fM 

Oesigned tor N/A Designed for: Hasegawa 

F6F-3 Hellcat Undercarriage Covers 
Product No: QB 48 174 Pnce: £3.99 

Designed for: Eduard 

F-15E Ejection Seats with safety belts 

Product No: QB 175 Price: £5.25 

Designed for Reveil 

Focke Wulf Fw 190D-9 

Junkers Ju 188 Exhaust 

Product No: QB 48176 
Oesigned for Dragon 

Pnce: £5.25 

Dewoitine D.520 Exhaust 

Product No: QB 4 8 178 PriCfc£2.99 

Designed tor: Tamiya 

P-47D Thunderbolt Engine - Early 

Product No: QB 48 180 Price: £5.25 

Designed tor: Hasegawa 


These sets offer a big improvement over 
the kit parts and by adding one of these 

sets you will help to make your model 
look that little bit special for a minimal 
financial outlay. 

The complete range is available from 
branches of Hannants and LSA Models. 

P-47D Thunderbolt Engine - Early 

Gustav and Beyond 


This month we have two more additions 
to RB productions" seatbelt range using 
a mix of pre-cut paper belts in a choice 
of colours and etched brass buckles and 

The highlight however is a combined 
decals sheets and resin conversion to 
produce the IAR/ Messerschmitt 
Bf 109Ga-6. 

A total of 75 Messerschmitt Bf 109Ga 
aircraft were built under licence by IAR in 
Romania between 1944 and 1947. The 
first 15 airframes, with serial numbers 
300 to 315, were Bf 109Ga-4 types. The 

remaining 60 airframes, with the serial 
numbers 316 to 375, were Bf 109Ga-6s. 
These were delivered as follows: 10 in 
1944, 21 in 1945, 12 in 1946 and 24 
in 1947. The aircraft were fitted with one 
20mm cannon finng through the propeller 
spinner and two 13.2 mm machine guns 
on the nose. They also featured unique 
blisters to cover the ammunition feed 
chutes of the 13.2 mm machine guns. 
Photographs show that the ammunition 
feed mechanisms and chutes were 
standard, therefore, it appears that the 
modified blisters served only aerodynamic 
purposes. These aircraft were in service 
until 1954 and were scrapped in 1955 
when they were replaced with Russian 


Bf 109Ga-6 Decal Sheet and Conversion 

Product No: RB 0 32002 Price: 12 Euros 

Designed (or: Hasegawa/Revell 

RB 03202 1 12 IAD KIN 

Bf 109Ga-6 Decal Sheet and Conversion 

This set includes a pair of large resin 
bulges that simply glue into place on the 
Hasegawa/Revell kit, but the highlight is 
the decal sheet and it's very 
comprehensive instructions. As well as 
the normal colour profiles the 
instructions also include four black and 
white period photographs and 
informative text. 

The decal sheet includes markings for 
three aircraft. 

Luftwaffe Seatbelts 

1. Bf 109Ga-6, 334, Yellow 7, 15 April 
1949, This aircraft has a dark green 
squiggle pattern over an overall light 
blue colour, while the wingtips, under 
nose cowling and tail band are 
painted in white. The national 
insignia is in roundel form with the 
national colours on the tail rudder 

2. Bf 109Ga-6,338, 1949. The white 
areas and national insignia are the 
same as option 1 but the camouflage 
is similar to that applied to Luftwaffe 
109s a RLM 02/71 splinter pattern 
over light blue with a mottle 
camouflage along the fuselage sides 

3. Bf 109Ga-6, 319, this aircraft is 
overall light blue with a red star 
national insignia with the national 
colours in roundel form in the centre 

Luftwaffe Seatbelts 

Product No: RB P 320O6B (Beige) Price; 4,50 Euros 
Designed for N A 

Luftwaffe Seatbelts 

Luftwaffe Seatbelts 

Product No: RB P 320060 (Olive) Price: 4.50 Euros 
Designed for: N/A 


Bf 109Ga-6 Decal Sheet and Conversion 
Product No: RB-D 48002 Price: 10 Euros 

Designed for. Hasegawa 


Bf 109Ga 6 Decal Sheet and Conversion 

Product No: RB-D 72002 Price: 8 Euros 

Designed for: Hasegawa 


I am sure Radu really builds these sets 
for himself and just happens to have 
enough left over for the rest of us. His 
attention to detail is always first class 
and on items like the seat belts the 
finished product looks amazingly 

Please note that the new RB shop is 
open and can be visited at the website 


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Aftermarket decal sheets are another of 
those crucial aspects of the hobby that 
excite much attention. Reviews of decal 
sheets received not only provide 
information on available products, but 
can act as a useful reference point in its 
own right. 

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Paint it White 


This very generous helping covers British 
Anti-Flash white pink/blue roundels and 
codes. The double sheet includes one 
set of roundels for each RAF V-Bomber. 
TSR.2, FAA Blackburn NA39 or 
Buccaneer S.1/S.2 and all applicable 
serials in 1/72. Bonus decals included 

are 700Z NAS freestyle font number 
carried by NA39's, Waddington flight 
Vulcan B.1A Lincoln shield and Victor 
B.l of 'A' Sqn 2320CU pink tail code. 
Initial print run is limited to 300 sets, so 
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modellers, and with injected V-Bombers 
not as far away as you might think, 
these will be a very useful addition to 
your decal box. 

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1 have never featured so many WW1 
sets as I have in the last year, and this 
month Spada decals have supplied 
there latest 1/32 sheets which are also 
available in the smaller scales. The full 
colour bi-lingual instructions provide you 
with colour side views with informative 
information. It is worth noting that all of 
these sheets are in the Laser Line series 
so have an overall carrier film, not a big 
problem as you always have to cut out 
a decal from the sheet, but they may be 
slightly more delicate than conventional 
silk screen printed products. 


SDLL-Alb3/03 Albatross Dill Gallery Vol 1 

1. Albatross D.lll Serial 760/17, 
Vzfw. Hans Oberlander, Jasta 30, 
1917. Three-colour camouflaged 
wings and tailplane. Pale blue 
underneath Varnished natural ply 
(pale colour) Black chevron and 
(presumed black) - 0 - on both sides 
of fuselages 

2. Albatross D.lll Serial 767/17, Lin 
Oskar Sietz, Jasta 30, 1917. Three- 
colour camouflaged wings and 
tailplane. Pale blue beneath. 
Varnished natural ply (pale colour). 
Black - S - on both sides of the 

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SDLL-Alb3 03 Albatross Dill Gallery Vol 1 

3. Albatross D.lll Serial unknown. 
Off. Stv Friedrich Altemeier. Jasta 
24, Annelles, summer 1917. Three- 
colour camouflaged wings and 
tailplane. Pale blue beneath. 
Varnished natural ply (dark colour 
not confirmed). Krupp industry 
insignia on both sides of fuselage. 
Altemeier was employed By Krupp 
before the war 

4. Albatross D.lllSerial unknown, Lt 
Rudolf Hohberg, Ft. Abt (A) 265, 
1917. Probably three-colour 
camouflaged wings and tailplane and 
upper surface. Pale blue beneath 
extended as shown on profile. 
Prussian observer's badges on both 
sides of fuselage 

SDCLL-SoCam/07 Camels of No 3 Naval 
Sqdn & 112 Sqdn 

1. Sopwith Camel B6401 of 3 Naval 
Squadron RNAS, Bray Dunes 
Aerodrome begin 1918, flown by 
Canadian Pilot Lloyd S. Breadner 

2. Sopwith F.l Camel 112 Squadron, 
Royal Air Force Throwley, Kent, 
August 1918 

3. Sopwith Camel B3781 flown by FSL 
W P Ellwood, 3 Naval squadron 
August 1917 

SD-LL-LCAT01/FR French Hellcats 

All of the Hellcats on this sheet are 
finished in overall Glossy Sea Blue 
though many of the aircraft in the Far 
East were heavily weathered. 

1. F6F, H.F.I1, serial 348, Flottille 1 IF, 
1953 (?) Indochina 

2. F6F-5, serial unknown, 12eme 
F/off/7/e de Chasse, 1954 Indochina 

3. F6F-5, 1F.7, serial unknown, Flottille 
IF, 1951 (?) 1953 Indochina 

4. F6F-5, U.F.31. serial 348, Flottille, 
1 IF. 1951-53 Indochina 

5. F6F-5, 12f.2, serial unknown, 
12eme Flottille de Chasse, 1954 

6. F6F-5, 1.F4, serial 78418, F/off/7/e 

SDCLL-SoCam/07 Camels of No 3 Naval 
Sqdn & 112 Sqdn 


SD-LL-LCAT01/FR French Hellcats 

IF, Arromanches or Lafayette 1951- 
1953 Indochina 

7. F6F-5, 12.F.20, serial 781, Flottille 
12F, Arromanches, 1953 Indochina 

8. F6F-5, 11.F.20, serial 79404. 
Flottille 1 IF. 1954 

9. F6F-5 Bu No 93901 of GC 1-6. 
Corsica, 1951 

10. F6F-5 Bu No 79452 of GC 2-9, 
Auvergne, 1952 


A very interesting selection of new 
releases and I know that one of the 
magazine's reviewers got very over 
excited when I showed him the 
Albatross sheets. Personally the Hellcat 
sheet was much more up my street and 
of course perfectly timed with the recant 
release of Trumpeter's new kit. Next 
month we should have more WW1 
sheets plus another French Navy sheet 
- this time for one of the most attractive 
single engine fighters ever produced, the 
Grumman Bearcat. 

Spada decals can be ordered direct 
from their website at www.spada- 

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Viper Town 


This month we have a nice selection of 
modern jet aircraft from Twobobs, 
primarily variants of the F-16, including 
some of the most striking F-16s ever 
produced and maybe even one of the 
most attractive camouflage schemes ever 
applied to an aircraft. This sheet is bang 
up to date as the F- 16s of the 16th FS 
from Eielson AFB Alaska only received 
their aircraft in April 2008. This unit is an 
Aggressor squadron and some of their 
aircraft have an attractive banded 
camouflage in dark grey, light grey and 
white, which suits their wintry home 
base. This sheet was delayed slightly until 
the aircraft were delivered and painted 
with the correct pilot and ground crew 

As with some previous Twobobs sheets 
some contain markings for two scales, 
this time the Polish and Chilean F-16 
sheets have markings for both 1/72 and 
1/32 and so these sheets have serial 
numbers in both scale ranges. 


TB72-072 F-16A Arctic Bandits 

I. F-16C Block 30. 18th Fighter 
Squadron Eielson AFB, Alaska, April 

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2. F-16C Block 30. 18th Fighter 
Squadron Eielson AFB, Alaska, Apnl 

3. F-16C Block 30. 18th Fighter 
Squadron Eielson AFB, Alaska, April 

4. F-16C Block 30. 18th Fighter 
Squadron Eielson AFB, Alaska, April 

TB72-073/32-046 F-16C/D Polish Jastrzabs 

1. F-16C Block 52 4043 Polish Air Force 

2. F-16C Block 52 4075 Polish Air Force 

3. F-16D Block 52 4077 Polish Air Force 

4. F-16D Block 52 4082 Polish Air Force 

TB72-074/32-047 F-16C Peace Puma' Vipers 

This sheet enables you to produce any of 
the six F-16Cs or four F-16Ds delivered 
to the Chilean Air Force in 2006/7. 


TB48-171 F-16C 'Peace Puma' Vipers 

TB48-158 F-16C Arctic Bandits 

Exactly the same as listed above TB72- 
072 but in 1/48 

TB48-166 F-16C Polish Jastrzabs 

Exactly the same as listed above TB72- 
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TB48-168 F-15C Gunfightin' Boars 390th 
Fighter Squadron, 366th Wing 

1. F-15C Eagle S/N 86-0179 366th 
Wing Jan 2008 

2. F-15C Eagle S/N 86-0157 390th 
Fighter Sq. Jan 2008 

TB48-169 F-15E T-Bolts Rule! 

1. F-15E 90-0245 12th AF CC Jan 

2. F-15E 88-1705 389th FS CC Jan 

TB48-171 F-16C 'Peace Puma' Vipers 

Exactly the same as listed below TB72- 
074/32-047 in 1/72 and 1/32. 

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TB32-048F-16C Arctic Bandits 

Exactly the same as listed above TB72- 
072 but in 1/32. 


As is normal from Twobobs these decals 
include excellent instruction sheets that 
supply clear art work and a number of 
thumbnail photographs of details on the 
real aircraft. The only problem I have with 
them is that on the F-16 sheets they just 
tell you which manufacturer produces the 

TB48-169 F-15E T-Bolts Rule! 

F-16 but not the specific kit to use. This 
can get very confusing - as an example, 
although Tamiya are producing the F-16 
you are not advised that to produce a 
block 30 you need to combine parts from 
their Block 52 and Block 35. 

Items can be purchased online from 
the website at or 
alternatively the range is available from 
both branches of Hannants. 


TB48-158 F-16C Arctic Bandits TB48-173 F/A-18E Ail-American Kestrel 

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Quick Draw 

DRAW Deeds 

Inter Island Airways colours designed for 
the very nice Czech Master Resin kit. 

Two more attractive airliner sheets from 
DRAW decals this month. The first tor 
Air Namibia's 737s is available in both 
1/200 and 1/144. The second is one of 
those rare sheets for a 1/72 airliner, this 
time the pre war Sikorsky S-38-2 in 


44737-93 Air Namibia 737-500 

1. 737-500, V-TNR 


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NC-IIIM 2 4V 305N 
NC-IIIM 2 4V 305N 

72-S38-2 Inter Island Airways 


72-S38-2 Inter Island Airways 

1. S-38, NC-111M 

2. S-38, NC-4V 

3. S-38, NC- 305N 


These new sheets from DRAW continue 

establish this manufacturer as one of the 
most innovative producers of airliner 
decals in the world. They tend to avoid the 
major airlines and even produce sheets for 
a limited run resin kit such as the S-38. 

If you are interested in airliners you 
should visit to see 
the full range. 

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This month Lifelike add to their existing 
series of decals for the P-47 Thunderbolt 
and P-51 Mustang. All aircraft have 
attractive tnm and nose art and many 
are reproduced in decal form for the first 

The decals are printed by Microscale 
to their normal high standard and the 
instructions are supplied printed in 
colour on thin card and supply a short 
history of each type and a full 
description of each colour scheme. A 
small paper insert supplies a placement 
guide for the 50+ stencils. 


L048-024 Republic P-470 Thunderbolt Pt 8 

1. P-47D-30-RE, 44-33087, flown by 
Capt. Jay van Bloom of 
406FG/514FS, Handorf/Germany, 
April 1945 

2. P-47D-4-RA, 42-22762, flown by Lt. 
Samuel Stamps of 56FG/63FS. 
Halesworth AB/England, February- 
March 1944 

3. P-47D-28-RE, 42-29173, flown by 
Lt. Clarke Bresmeth of 
405FG/510FS, St Dizier AB/France, 
Autumn 1944 

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LD48-023 NA P-51 Mustang Pt 2 

1. P-51B-15-NA, 42-106924, flown by 
Lt. Ralph K. Hofer of 4FG/334FS, 
Debden AB/England, June 4, 1944 

2. P-51D-5-NA, 44-14059. flown by 
Capt. Fred Munder Jr. of 
363FG/381FS, Mauperteus AS or 
Azeville AS, July-August 1944 

3. P-51B-10-NA, 42-106647, flown by 
Capt. John Brown Jr. of 
363FG/382FS, Maupertus AS/France 
August 1944 

4. P-51D-20-NA, 44-72322, flown by 

Lt. Richard Baggett of 370FG/402Fs, 
Gutersloh/Germany, May 1945 


LD72-010 Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Pt 3 

1. P-47D-1-RE, 42-7945, flown by Lt. 
Spiros 'the Greek' Pisanos of 334FS, 
4FG, Spring 1943, Debden 

2. P-47D-25-RE, 42-26628, flown by 
Capt. Frederick Christensen Jr., 62FS, 
56FG. July 1944, Boxted 

3. P-47D-15-RE, 42-76165, hack A/C 
of 83FS, 78FG, date unknown, 

LO72-0U Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Pt 4 

1. P-47D-30-RA, 44-33250, flown by 
Lt. Earl Kielgass, 396FS, 368FG, 
Chievres, Belgium, November 1944 

2. P-47D-30-RA, 44-33250, flown by 
Lt. Robert Ward, 367FS. 358FG, 
Toul/France, March 1945 

3. P-47M, 44-21125, flown by Col. 
David Schilling, CO of the 56FG, 
January 1945, Boxted 


Lifelike never seem to run out of attractive 
subjects and I can see the Mustang and 
Thunderbolt series easily reaching double 
figures - the only question is where would 
you put them all? 

Items can be purchased in the UK 
from both branches of Hannants. See 
the website 

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Night Lozenge 


World War One modellers will be 
pleased to learn of a new company that 
will be specialising in this era, Their 
first release is a 6"x 9" sheet of five 
colour night pattern lozenge camouflage 
suitable for a number of German 
machines including Friedrichshafen, 
Gotha, A.E.G., LVG, SSW, Hannover 
and Albatros built Staaken aircraft. The 
colours on the decals have been toned 
down for a scale effect and are based 
on information from many of the 
leading specialist journals on the 

The decals are very well printed by 
Microscale. so of course are suitable for 
use with this manufacturer's range of 
setting solutions. 


STA5PNT-1 German 5 Colour Night Lozenge 

This set contains one sheet of decals 
and is suitable for the smaller German 

Limited Edition Staaken Camouflage Decal 
Set (6 sheets) 

This set supplies six sheets to enable 
you to complete one Roden Staaken 


One of my club members who 
specialises in WW1 aircraft said that 
these decals look spot on and I am not 
going to disagree. The only downside is 
that quality is not cheap with the single 
sheet costing $16.95 and the Multi 
pack for the Staaken $79.95, both 
prices include P+R 

Next up from Orion Minitures will be 
a series of decal sheets focusing on the 
early period of Soviet Aviation, the 
Russian Revolution. 

Items can be purchased online from 
the website at or via 

surface mail at Orion Miniatures Ltd, 
The Dundas West Arts Building, 2466 
Dundas St West, Suite 407, Toronto, 
ON M6P 1W9. 


Post Soviets 


The latest sheets from Linden Hill cover 
aircraft of the Post Soviet Air Forces of 
Lithuania, Georgia and Armenia. Each 
sheet covers a selection of subjects. The 
Georgian and Armenian sheets are in 
1/48 and on the Lithuanian sheets the 
subjects are reproduced in a mix of 
scales depending on kit availability. 

One thing I notice is that the 
instructions on these sheets are far 
superior to the ones supplied with the 
1/32 MiG sheet I used a few years ago. 
As well as the normal colour profiles 
there are a selection of thumbnail 
photographs of each subject plus an 
informative history of each air force. The 
only room for improvement I can see is 
to include FS or paint numbers keyed to 
a manufacturer's range rather than the 
generic Dark Green, Light Blue colour 
descriptions. But this is not a major 
problem as the colour photographs 
should enable you to match the original 
colours fairly easily. 

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Eskadrile, First Aviation Base 

3. L-39ZA Albatross (1/712 and 1/48). 
Naikintuvu Grandia, First Aviation 
Base Zoknioi/Siuliai 

4. Yak-52 Max (1/72 and 1/48). 
Kyviskes Air Field 

5. An-26 Curl (1/72). Transporto 
Eskadrile. First Aviation Base 

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1. Su-25K Frogfoot Red 18 

2. Su-25UBK Frogfoot Red 70 

3. Su-25 Frogfoot Red 79 

4. Su-25K Frogfoot Red 18 

5. Mi-24V Hind Blue 43 

6. Mi-24P Hind Blue 56 

7. L-39C Albatross Red 04 

8. Yak-52 Max Red 27 

9. Yak-52 Max Yellow 127 

LHD48018 Georgia 

1. Betl UH-1H Huey Black 24 

2. Bell UH-1H Huey Black 21 

3. Mi-24 White 01 

4. Mi-24P White 10 

5. Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros Blue 

6. Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin Blue 01 

7. Su25 Blue 16 

8. MiG-21UM Mongol Red 27 

9. Su-25UB Blue 20 


These sheets will make an interesting 
selection of types in some very attractive 
schemes and I bet some of the national 
markings will cause some head 
scratching when you put your completed 
model on display. Special mention must 
be made of the crests supplied on the 
Armenia sheets for one of the Su-25 
Frogfoots - never have I seen gold so 
perfectly reproduced and in register with 
other colours as depicted on this sheet. 

These decals can be purchased online 
with the rest of the Linden Hill range 
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A bit of a departure from their norma! 
subject matter, Aims newest sheet covers 
aircraft flown by the UK and 
Commonwealth operating dunng the 
Korean War. This release covers a wide 
selection of types from the Short 
Sunderland to the Mustang and of course 
no sheet covering the Korean War would be 
complete without at least one F-86 sabre. 


720015 UK and Commonwealth in Korea 

1. F-51D Mustang A68-720 77th Sqn 

2. F-51D Mustang 361 2nd Sqn SAAF 

3. Gloster Meteor F.8 A77-862 77th 

4. F-86E Sabre 614 2nd Sqn SAAF 

5. Short Sunderland Mk 5 SZ599 88th 
Sqn RAF 

6- Sea Fury FB.ll VX730 805th Sqn 
HMAS Sydney 


I am really pleased that someone has 
looked at the Korean War and decided to 

produce some non-American subjects - 
a field that is normally overlooked. The 
decal sheets are well printed and the full 
colour instructions clearly show the 
decal placement. 

This sheet, along with the rest of the 
Aims range, can be purchased in the UK 
from Hannants. 


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Now Squadron are behind the 
Aeromaster range we can look forward 
to more releases integrating with the 
various products they carry. Certainly 
this very welcome new batch has 
some items designed for Roden's kits, 
and we can but hope that Squadron's 
links with some of the Czech 
manufacturers will see some 
interesting releases in the future for 
subjects that have not previously 
typified the Aeromaster range. 


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Both sheets feature nicely printed 
wood grain to cover one aircraft in 
their respective scales, and include a 

diagram for placement. 

A highly effective and 
straightforward way to enhance your 
models. Aeromaster decals are 
available worldwide from 

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Squadron are now marketing Eagle Strike, 
as well as Aeromaster, and the latest 
releases confirm that the quality we have 
come to expect from the range is 
continuing. Two new 1/48 sets have 
arrived, and we are particularly pleased to 
see both the AV-8B and the Harrier GR.7 
sharing a sheet together. 


48282 AV-8B & GR.7 Harrier 

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RAF Wittering 

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3. AV-8B, 164117, VMA-311 Night 
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Tomcat tail emblem 

4. AV-8B, VMA-21 1 Night Attack, with 
commemorative Wake Island star 

48283 P-47 Thunderbolt 

Subjects featured in P-47 Thunderbolt in 

1. P-47D-30RE, 397th FS, 368th FG, 
Frankfurt 1945. Natural metal with 
medium blue nose and yellow fin tip 

2. P-47D, 42-75207 Boche Buster, 
62nd FS, 56th FG, RAF Halesworth 
1943. Olive Drab over Neutral Grey 

3. P-47D, 42-75855. Tony, 5th 
Emergency Rescue Squadron, RAF 
Boxted, 1944. Olive Drab over Neutral 

4. P-47M-1, 44-21140, Darling DoWe, 
63rd FS, 56th FG, RAF Boxted 1945. 
Dark and Medium Blue over Azure Blue 


Very high quality products, and both are 
designed to accompany Squadron/Signal 
publications - an idea we can only 
commend, as all too often linking decals 
to reference sources is difficult. With 
Squadron now manufacturing books, 
decals and resin in house, as well as their 
own 'Czech Models' kits, we can look 
forward to some useful co-ordination of 
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646 I Scale Aviation Modeller I July 2006 

B 26 Marauder 

B-26B 42-96191, 9F-N, 'Milk Run Express,' 598th BS, 397th BG. This particularly attractive 
machine is in overall natural metal with invasion stripes, and an Olive Drab patch left around 
the codes when the paint was stripped off. This aircraft appeared in 1/48 originally on 
Aeromaster sheet 48-414, but is currently available on sheet 48-626 

in association with 

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Fat -Bottomed Girls' 

The Martin B-26 Marauder 

by Jack Trent 

The first and most crucial thing 
we need to remind ourselves, 
before becoming embroiled in 
the type, is to differentiate 
between the two B-26s. After 1948, 
B-26 was the designation given to the 
former A-26 Invader, the waspish tail- 
heavy aggressor, associated with speed, 
power, and post-war dash. Our interest 
here is in the tubby barrel -fuselage 
Marauder, the busy twin unjustly 
remembered by many as the 
'Widowmaker,' on account of the high 
rate of accidents experienced by early 
variants on take-off. That the aircraft's 
latter service saw it achieve an enviably 
low rate of loss has been overlooked, 
and it is one of those unmourned 
medium bombers whose name we may 
be expected to recall, but whose work 
may not be of sufficient interest to 
warrant the attention of the great 

Our B-26, then, was an American 
World War II twin-engine medium 
bomber built by the Glenn L. Martin 
Company. Well over 5,000 entered 
service between 1941 and 1945, of 
which some 500 were flown by the RAF 
and South African Air Force. 

Glenn Martin was awarded the 
contract in 1939. No prototypes had 
flown prior to this acceptance and when 
the first aircraft came off the production 
line in late 1940 testing commenced 
immediately. Deliveries to the Army 
began in 1941 with the second aircraft 

Initial problems with the type centred 
on take-off and landing, due to the small 
wing area and subsequent high landing 
speed, and some early aircraft suffered 
undercarnage failure resulting in a 

temporary grounding of the Marauder 
while the problems were investigated. 
Further difficulties arose from the Curtiss 
electric pitch change mechanism in the 
propellers, which required a very high 
degree of maintenance. Failures in this 
area could lead to the prop 
disintegrating, or a loss of power in one 
of the engines during take-off, and a 
number of machines were lost as a 
result, a situation exacerbated by the 
need to accelerate crew training once 
the US entered the war, and the 
resulting need to put the machine in the 
hands of inexperienced pilots. 

Pilot training continued, and the 
situation seemed to worsen, and in 
1942, a Senate special committee 
investigating defence contract abuses 

A well worn US Army Air Force B-26B with 
0-Day invasion stripes 

looked into the matter. Senator Harry 
Truman and others, arriving at the Avon 
Park Army Air Field were greeted by the 
still-burning wreckage of two crashed B- 
26s, and Truman's subsequent criticism 
of both the aircraft and Glenn Martin 
was unequivocal. The aircraft, still 
unproven despite some initial success 
with the 22nd BG, earned a variety of 
colourful nicknames including the 'Flying 
Coffin.' the Martin Murderer,' and, one 
particularly pleasing sobriquet, 'Flying 
Prostitute,' as it was suggested that it 
had no visible means of support - a 

A B-26B bomber in flight somewhere over the United Kingdom 

reference to its small wings. 

Time and experience improved 
matters. The addition of the dorsal turret 
also solved some of the stability 
problems caused by weight distribution, 
and the aircraft went on to see extensive 
service in the Pacific, Mediteranean, and 
European theatres. The first overseas 
deployment saw the 22nd BG fly their 
aircraft from Hawaii to Australia, where 
they were based on Townsville in 
Queensland, flying missions initially 
against Rabaul and other targets, with 
refuelling stops in Port Moresby, while 
subsequent operations saw them used in 
action at both the Battle of the Coral Sea 
and Midway. 

Most later marks of the aircraft saw 
service in Europe and the 
Mediterranean, with the 320th 
Bombardment Group entering combat 
with the aircraft in April 1943 in north 
Africa. The aircraft saw service up until 
May 1945 with both US and British 
forces, and saw action against the 
D-Day beaches during the Normandy 

A mass of increasingly significant 
changes were made to the airframe 
throughout production, and a precise 
examination of all the many sub-variants 

would require far more space than this 
brief introduction allows. Chief marks 
included the B-26A, which was the 
initial design, incorporating production 
line changes including upgrading of 
armament. This was operated by the 
RAF as the Marauder Mk I. The B-26B 
saw a number of further changes to 
armament and powerplant, until the 
B-26B-10. and subsequent blocks, 
which saw significant changes made to 
the airframe, including an increased 
wing area, outboard flaps, and a 
heightened vertical stabiliser. The 
armament was increased from six to 
twelve .50 calibre (12.7 mm) machine 

General Characteristics 

Crew: 7: 2 pilots, bombardier navigator radio 

operator, 3 gunners 


58 ft 3 in (17.8 m 

Wtagspan: 71 ft 0 in (21.65 m) 
Loaded weight: 37.000 lb (17.000 kg) 

Manmum speed: 287 mph (250 knots, 460 km/10 
at 5.000tt (1.500 m) 

Combat radius 999 nm (1,150 mi, 1,850 km) 
Service ceiling: 21.000 ft (6.400 m) 

Guns:12x .50 in (12.7 mm) 

4.000 lb (1.800 kg) 

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guns in the forward section to equip the 
aircraft for strafing missions. The tail gun 
was upgraded from manual to power 
operated and armour was added to 
protect the pilot and co-pilot. 

The CB-26B was a transport 
conversion, 12 of which were operated 
by the Marines, while the B-26C was 
the designation assigned to those 
B-26Bs built in Omaha, instead of 
Baltimore. These received the same 
modifications as the B-26B, and saw 
service with the RAF as the Marauder 
Mk II. Further aircraft received 
designations as training and testbed 
machines, but the next significant 
change saw the B-26F appear in 
February 1944, with the wing angle of 
incidence increased by 3.5°; and further 
modifications to armour and armament. 
This variant was used by the RAF as the 

A close-up view of a Martin B-26C in flight 
showing the formidable forward armament 

Marauder Mk III. Finally, the B-26G 
appeared as a B-26F with standardised 
interior equipment, and a small number 

were also converted into Navy photo- 
reconnaissance aircraft as the JM-1R 
The B-26 is a classic example of a 
weapon at war. Conceived and designed 
in the last moments of an unstable 
peace, rushed into service relatively 
untested, it was tweaked and adjusted 
throughout its production until its abrupt 
dismissal towards the war's end. Despite 
its early misfortunes it seems to have 
been honed into an effective and useful 
weapon, and while lacking the glamour 
of many of its contemporaries, its buxom 
curves have an appeal of their own to 
the modeller. It has been well covered in 
the smaller scale, but it is to be hoped 
that someone somewhere will view 
kindly its rounded form and tool up in 
1/32 to give us a real canvas for some 
of that astonishing nose art in which the 
American Bomb Groups seem to have 

B-26G Marauder at the National Museum of 
the United States Air Force - one of the few 
remaining B-26's in the World 

taken such delight. Mosquitoes and 
Flying Pencils may appeal to some, but 
if you like a little more meat on the 
bone, the B-26 has enough character for 
two, and a combat record that is both 
workmanlike and worthy of respect. 

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Flak Bait 

by Andy McCabe 

The B-26 in 1/72 

Presentation can speak volumes, 
in most cases, on the quality of 
the product. Hasegawa's 
presentation of their kits oozes 
quality and the contents of the box do 
not let the exterior artwork down. Eleven 
sprues of immaculately moulded plastic, 
a full self-explanatory instruction booklet 
and a superbly printed decal sheet greet 
the modeller upon removal of the tasty 
box lid. The grey sprues contain a mass 
of parts that have recessed panel lines 
and exquisite detail, the clear sprues are 
crystal clear and unusually have the 
tailplane parts moulded on them, 

The Eduard set provided for this 
review truly complements the kit, and 
although there is already a high level of 
detail in the plastic the two etched metal 
sheets will top it all off, especially as one 
of these is pre-painted and, best of all, 
self adhesive. 


The cockpit is the starting point. There is 
a decent amount of moulded detail to 
the kit parts, some of which needs to be 
removed to allow the etched parts to be 

B-26B/C Marauder 

Scale: 1/72 Kit No: 00556 

Type Injection Moulded Plastic 
Manufacturer: Hasegawa 
UK Importer: Creative Models Amerang 
US Importer: Stevens International 

fitted. The seats do not have moulded 
seat belts but these are catered for in 
the etched set and are comprehensive 
assemblies in their own right that need 
to be built up prior to fitting, being part 
of the pre-painted sheet, and also self- 
adhesive in part so there is not a lot of 
work involved in their assembly. 

The kit instrument panel is replaced 
by a two-part etched, pre-painted, self 
adhesive assembly. The self-adhesive 
parts mean that no glue is needed, 
which then means that glue does not fill 
the instrument dial holes or fog the parts 
- excellent! 

Other etched parts replace the side 
wall panels, rudder pedals, rear 
bulkhead panels and parts, crew access 
hatch, seat frames and the throttle 
quadrant panels and levers. The kit parts 
for the throttle quadrant have some very 
nicely moulded levers on them, so some 
of these were left in place while others 
were replaced from the etched sheet - 
compromise is the key word here. 

The raised panel detail was removed 
on the throttle quadrant and replaced 
with the self-adhesive, pre-painted 
etched parts. 

Painting the cockpit proved to be 


B-26F/G Marauder Interior 

Scat* 1/72 Set No: #73307 


Type: Etched Brass detail set including pre painted 

self-adhesive parts 

Manufacturer: Eduard 

UK Importer: Hannants/LSA 

US Importer: Squadron 

quite a challenge due to the references I 
had found regarding the interior colours 
of the aircraft. It appears that the Martin 
Aircraft Company did not use the zinc 
chromate primer on all interior surfaces 
of the B-26, but only crew stations were 
painted as such, and even then it varied 
from aircraft to aircraft - some had 
natural metal side walls with random 
Zinc Chromate frames and others were 
Zinc Chromate throughout as the kit 
instructions depict. I had decided at the 
beginning to model the B-26B Flak Bait 
and my research was based on this. 

The forward fuselage of Flak Bait is 
preserved at the Smithsonian National 
Air and Space Museum in Washington, 
and IPMS Stockholm have an excellent 
article on their website on the interior 
colour schemes of US Aircraft during 
WWII. The painting of the model relied 
heavily on this article and images of Flak 
Bait at the NASM, therefore the side 
walls below the lower canopy edge were 
painted with Humbrol 226 Interior 
Green with Matt Black above the lower 
canopy edge, the floor, throttle quadrant, 
rear bulkhead, pilot and co-pilot seat 
backs and frames, and control columns 
were also matt black. 

With the addition of the etched parts 
the detail is very impressive, though 
unfortunately will largely be unseen 
when the canopy is in place. 

The bomb bay is the next sub- 
assembly to be tackled, and the kit parts 
have very nice raised detail that will 
benefit from careful painting, although 
again the colour of this area is open to 
interpretation as it appears to have 
varied from aircraft to aircraft. Reference 
images showed this area to be in natural 
metal on some machines, including Flak 
Bait, so that is how the model was 

The .50 caliber nose, dorsal, waist 
and tail machine guns have plenty of 
etched parts to upgrade them along with 
etched ammunition belts to attach as 
well, and when finished they do look 
very authentic and greatly improve the 
standard kit parts, although again a lot 
of this extra detailing is almost invisible 
after the model is completed. 

With all sub-assemblies completed it 
was time to insert them into the fuselage 
halves. The bomb bay incorporates spars 
for the wings, which slot through each 
fuselage side, and this method provides 
both a positive location for the bomb 
bay and each wing. It was now starting 
to come together very nicely and once 
all parts were inserted into one of the 
fuselage halves the level of detail was 
amazing and well worth the time and 
effort taken to get to this point. 

Supplied with the kit on the clear 
sprue is a little assembly that fits below 

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the tail after the model is finished to 
stop it from being a tail sitter. This was 
never likely to be used as behind the 
cockpit bulkhead is a large void where 
the navigator/radio operator would sit, 
and there are no kit parts or detail in 
this area so it constitutes a prime 
location to add weight to prevent tail- 

The wings are simple two-piece 
assemblies, whilst the tail and tailplanes 
are made up from two vertical and three 
horizontal tailplane parts. The three 
horizontal tailplane parts are moulded in 
clear plastic, which I assume is due to 
the two small windows on the upper 
one-piece tailplane part, which are 
shown quite clearly on the plans and 
require masking at this stage. 

The engine/main landing gear pods 
are up next. Each pod has a three-part 
Pratt and Whitney Radial engine 
incorporating raised detail that shows up 
nicely after a dark wash and a spot of 
dry brushing. Once the cowls are in 
place only the front of the engines are 
visible so any additional detail would be 

There is plenty of detail in the wheel 
wells, and once again the colour that 
this area was painted - or not - appears 
to vary, so I opted for the natural metal 
finish whereas the instructions state 
interior green/Zinc Chromate. The wings 
slot onto the tabs from the bomb bay 
very neatly with no filler needed along 
the joints with the fuselage. The 
tailplane assembly slots onto the upper 
rear fuselage, but take care here to 
ensure that the fin assembly is glued 
into place vertically, as there is room for 

The engine pods are a nice tight fit on 
their respective wing mountings and 
again no filler was needed. 

After masking the canopies, the 
model was ready for spraying. All open 
orifices were plugged and an overall coat 
of primer was applied. A few sink marks 
and gaps were filled then a coat of 
Humbrol Polished Aluminium 27002 
was sprayed over the entire model and 
left to fully dry for at least 24 hours. 

When the silver paint had fully cured 
a coat of Neutral Grey {Humbrol 126) 
was applied to the lower fuselage and 
under surfaces of the wings and 
tailplanes and at the same time both 
sides of each of the undercarriage bay 
doors, as I had read this practice was 
common on this aircraft. 

The wavy demarcation line was 
masked off and a coat of Humbrol 155 
Olive Drab was sprayed onto all upper 
surfaces, then when dry another coat 
that had been lightened with matt white 
was applied to all upper fuselage and 
wing surfaces that were likely to have 
been affected by sunlight, as Flak Bait 
was a heavily weathered aircraft by the 
time she had had completed her tours of 
duty. When these had fully cured paint 
was chipped off certain areas such as 
leading edges and engine cowls 
revealing the silver paint below. Tamiya 
smoke was then lightly sprayed onto the 
under surfaces of the engines and 
wing/tail surfaces and the upper wing 
surfaces alongside each engine. After the 
decals were applied Tamiya smoke was 
again lightly sprayed over them to dirty 
them up a bit as they stood out as too 
clean against a grubby well worn 

I used Micro Kristal Klear on all of the 
small window openings as I did not 
want adhesive mining the paint scheme. 
This dries beautifully clear and it can be 
guaranteed to lie flush with the fuselage 
and not protrude as some clear plastic 
parts can. 

Construction was nearly finished. The 
landing gear was fixed into position, the 
crew access ladder was glued in the 
deployed position, then finally the 4 x 
1,0001b bombs were fitted into the 
bomb bay and the job was done. 

Colour Options 

Three decal options are supplied with 
the kit: 

• B-26B-25MA, 499th BS 332nd BG 
Belgium 1945 (Flak Bait), Neutral 
grey under surfaces, Olive Drab upper 

replicate the colours the best I can but I 
am in no doubt that there will be errors 
and offer apologies for any inaccuracies. 

The kit itself is a wonderful piece of 
model engineering, enhanced to no 
small degree by the Eduard etched set, 
and the combination of the two create a 
very intricate, well detailed model of the 
B-26 Marauder. 

I have probably expended a great deal 
more time on this kit than any other for 
quite a while, partly due to the myriad of 
etched parts to be cut. bent, then fixed 
into position, but the time was very well 

• B-26B-50MA, 441st BS 320th BG 
Italy 1944 (Miss Manchester) Neutral 
grey under surfaces, Olive Drab upper 

• B-26C-45M0, 495th BS 344th BG 
France 1944 (Barracuda). Silver 
(Natural Metal) all over. 


The kit was an absolute py to build and 
very easy to get carried away with. The 
major problem I had was finding the 
correct colour schemes for the interior as 
there were conflicting references 
wherever I looked, but I am sure that 
there must a publication somewhere that 
details this specifically. I have tried to 

spent and effort was spared by the 
quality of the Hasegawa plastic parts. 
The fact that virtually no filler was 
needed bears testament to this. 

It is a pity that the great majority of 
the extra detail cannot be seen once the 
fuselage has been joined together, and 
even knowing that this would be the 
case, it still does not stop us modellers 
spending countless hours detailing the 
innermost parts of an aircraft. What a 
strange breed we are. 


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PLAN VIEW - B.26B-50 

SPAN :::: 71-0" (21.6C1) 

(B26A 'Marauder I i 65 Ft) 
LENGTH ::: 57'-6" 117,526) 
HEIGHT i ::: 20 -0" (6,090) 
Armament :0.5" guns 1 in nose 
twin each dorsal turret and tail 
WEIGHT 27,000 Lb- empty 
37.000 Lb. loaded 
Max Speed 305mph: Ceiling 28,000 Ft 
In Service (RAF all types) 366 

Type: Medium Bomber : 6 Crew 
Prototype first Flown Nov.1940 
First operated as B-26 In Pacific April '42 

then from Ninth A.F bases iln Britain 
As Marauder I with RAF. :• 
Operated from N.Africa and later In Italy 
Marauder II & III had Wing Span increased from 

65 Ft to 71 Ft and corresponding extra Tailplane Area 

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aircraft is featured in Hasegawa's 1/72 kit , while in 1/48 Aeromaster's sheet 48-626 also depicts the aircraft - both 
at a later point in its long career, with a considerable tally of mission markings 

Marauder Mk. la FK375, 'Dominion Revenge," D, of 14 Squadron, RAF. Fayed. Egypt 1942. Mid Stone and Dark Earth 
over Azure Blue. This aircraft has been kitted by Airfix in 1/72 and is also the subject of Valom's recent release in the 
same scale 

B-26C 41-31819, DR-X Mild and Bitter," 452nd BS. 327th BG, Great Sailing, Essex, 1944. Olive Drab uppers over 
Neutral Gray undersurfaces. This aircraft is covered in 1/72 by Airfix kit 04015. providing a fitting subject for the 
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B-26B 42-96132. X2-A, Beef Eater," 599th BS. 397th BG. Rivenhall. Essex. Natural metal all over, with olive drab anti 
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I've Started So I'll Finish!' 

A hands-on modelling story 

by Brian Derbyshire 

When Frog released their B-26 
Marauder kit in the early 
1960s. I built it straight 
from the box. I found (with 
some effort) some star-and-bar transfers 
to replace the RAF markings supplied, 
but had to hand-paint the codes, serials 
and tiger-striped tail band. I considered 
myself well satisfied at the time. 

By 1976, though, my standards had 
improved, and so had the quality of 
information available; so when one of the 
foremen walked into the drawing office 
with a brand-new Frog B-26B which he 
wanted me to build for his nephew, I 
offered him a straight swap. A win-win 
deal - or so I thought! 

By that time I had the Duval & Lloyd 
drawings, courtesy of Scale Models, and 
shortly thereafter I also got access to the 

was over, I was convinced. 

By the end of the month I was well 
on the way. The wings were largely 
complete, the engine air intakes had 
proper holes in the front (courtesy of a 
spare torpedo) and the fin had had a 
diagonal slice removed so I could reduce 
the height without losing either the root 
chord or the rudder hinges. I'd beefed up 
the flimsy main U/C legs and taken 
chunks out of the tailplane roots .... and 

firm's new scaleable Xerox, to convert 
same to 1/72. Laying the kit on the 
drawings was a huge disappointment, 
however. I have since found that Frog kits 
of that vintage were based on the scale 
drawings published by Model Aircraft 
Magazine, which were drawn largely 'by 
eye' and really fit only for flying models. 
My new aquisition had a wing, fin and 
tailplane about hatf-way in size between 
those of the early and late B-26s, a 
fuselage which was too long and too fat, 
tiny blisters where the engine air intakes 
should be, an undersize nosewheel well, 
and many other dud details. Oh well - 1 
was brought up to waste absolutely 

Another look at the wing showed that I 
could produce the original 65ft. span 
version by shortening the outer panels 
and adjusting the taper - which was 
kinked like a Ju 88's anyway. I could 
keep the tips, and with a bit of cut-and-fill 
also save the ailerons. The rear turret was 
poor too, so why not do an early B-26B 
with the long tailcone and hand-held 
guns? Indeed, why not a B-26A, or better 
still a 'just plain' B-26, which had small 
engine intakes? (All these versions were 
infamous for suffering from 'Starfighter 
Syndrome' long before the malady got its 
modem name!) By the time lunchtime - 
which was for modelling in those days - 

then it all stopped dead. I got another 
job, packed it all up and left. The 'just 
plain' B-26 stayed in its box for several 

Eventually it resurfaced, though only 
for short intervals between other projects 
and as a talking-point on my SIG stand at 
the IPMS Nationals. About 1995 I took 
my courage (and a big saw) in both 
hands, and started hacking the fuselage. 
It needed to lose about 10mm in length, 
plus some girth from amidships; so, after 
careful checks of my drawings, I removed 
one slice from just ahead of the wing and 
another from just ahead of the trailing 
edge. The central fuselage section was 
then trimmed along the top and bottom 

joint lines, with lots of grinding against 
sheets of sandpaper, plus bending, adding 
robust bulkheads, and rebuilding the root 
trailing edges. Then came filling, sanding, 
and priming - several times: you all know 
the drill! The tailcone started life as an 
Islander nosecone, and the rear glazing 
was plunge- moulded over a balsa master. 
I found an article about Marauder 
interiors, and scratch-built floors and 
bulkheads, incorporated spares-box seats, 
and replaced all the little windows. By 
now it was past 2004: 1 can tell, because 
that's when I got the camera. 

I'd built lots of P-47s, using 
replacement engines with fighter-style 
magnetos, so the Hasegawa spares went 
into the Frog cowlings. I realised that the 
gaping holes in the nacelles were not past 
improvement, even at this late stage. The 
undersized wheels were replaced with 
modified items from Airfix's B-25 and 
Hellcat, guns came from Revell's strafer 
B-25 and Aeroclub and Jean Desprez's 
resin propellers and Airfix Mk IX Spitfire 
spinners joined the party. The onginal 
main transparencies were retained; once 
cleaned up, and with a bit of scratch-built 
detail in the turret, they turned out 
surprisingly well. 

The '26 is of course a determined tail- 
sitter. I started to make the nose 
bulkheads etc. out of sheet lead, but 
there wasn't going to be enough of it, and 
anyway the main gear lower legs remain 
very weedy. Rather than replacing them 
with wire, I took advantage of the 
variant's centre-line hatch to use a near- 
authentic ladder as a prop. So far the U/C 
has survived, though the trip to the last 

York & District meeting left me with a 
propeller blade to replace! 

The nose art - Sourpuss - and serial 
were constructed by computer, yellow on 
modified brown to match OD paint, and 
printed on white decal film. The name 
was laid down in a nearly-suitable font; 
each letter was then scaled and 
positioned individually, and modified as 
necessary by adding extra twiddly bits 
from scratch. The senal. of a size I've 
never seen on commercial decal sheets, 
was also made up from scratch - useful 
thing, TurboCad! It has to be said that the 
results, once applied, were too fuzzy (it's 
only a 300dpi printer after all) and the 
OD didn't match. But it was still worth 
the effort, because overpainting was a 
dam sight easier than painting freehand! 

The end result is one of 22 BG's 
originals, or at least very early 

replacements, as operated from Australia 
and Port Moresby. (They were going as far 
as Rabaul, doing a B-17's job because 
there were not enough B-17s.) At this 
time the only modification was the extra 
0.50" gun in the nose; bigger waist 
windows came later. Sourpuss went on to 
a long, much-modified, and eventually 
frustrating career: see Squadron/Signal In 
Action No.50, and Roger Freeman's 6-26 
at War, relying on the photos rather than 
the artwork of course. 

Naturally, now I've finished this thirty- 
plus year saga, Valom have announced a 
set of early B-26s. As to the fit and 
design of the kits, I am not yet in a 
position to comment, but I have my 
model, I'll vouch for it, and at least I have 
the satisfaction of saying I did it my 

SAM | 

Juty 2008 | Scale Aviation Modeller > 6S3 

Hobby ! Ink , « JOty&'J- Modelling 
B-26 Marauder | ' 

Modelling the B-26 

Up until very recently the B-26 
was a much under-kitted 
subject, and it is only in 1/72 
that the aircraft has latterly 
come to be represented in fitting style. 
Certainly the Hasegawa kits are superb, 
and the new Valom offerings depicting 
early marks will be welcome additions to 
the B-26 canon. 

Older 1/72 kits, such as the FROG, 
Matchbox, Monogram and Revell 
offerings may now be regarded as out of 
date, although the Airfix kit was certainly 
one of the better later toolings, and will 
build into a very decent model. This is by 
far the easiest of the earlier kits to find, 
and may be a popular choice for those 
thrifty modellers not wishing to pay for 
the Hasegawa kit - a strange notion of 
economy some purists may think - but it 
has avoided the famous rivets that typify 
earlier kits from this source, and has 
considerably more parts - 146 in all - 
than many kits of this vintage, including 
a full internal bomb load. 

There are a number of reissues of 
earlier kits in a variety of box designs, 
but Hasegawa and Valom have, 
between them, provided a modern 
solution to most B-26 problems, and 
these will almost certainly be the 
preferred choice of modellers not 
sourcing specific aircraft. 



raised panel lines and both kits do have 
some fit issues. The Esci tooling is 
generally regarded as having the better 
interior, while the Revell/Monogram kit 
seems to offer better detail around the 
gun positions. 

Minicraft produced a 1/144 kit, as 
did Revell, but 1/32 has not yet taken 
the bait, and - given the type's position 
in the overall scheme of things - we are 
unlikely to see a kit in this scale any 
time soon. 

In 1/48 the easiest to find is the 
Monogram kit, which has appeared in 
more than one box, and under more 
than one name, and while this has an 
acceptable outline its raised detail and 
sparse interior furnishings are clear signs 
of age, and in the current frenetic 
climate of the industry it can only be a 
matter of time before a more up to date 
model appears. The Esci 1/48 kit - not 
currently in production - also features 



Airfa #04015 B-26C Marauder £9 99 
Esci #4102 1/48 B-26B Marauder £00P 

Hasegawa #00556 1 72 B 2GB C Marauder Flak Bail 


Hasegawa #00557 1/72 B-26F/G Marauder £23.99 
Hasegawa #00874 1/72 B-26B Marauder 397th BG 

Minicraft #14406 1/144 B-26B 


Revell #04525 148B-26BG 


Valom #72020 172 B-2GA Marauder £31.50 

Valom #72021 1/72 B-26B Marauder (early) E31.50 
Valom #72043 1/72 B-26 Marauder 22nd Bomb Group 


Valom #72044 1/72 B-26A Marauder torpedo bomber 


Unsurprisingly the combination of Czech 
aftermarket products and Hasegawa kits 
provide the best possible opportunities 
for the modeller, with some superb sets 
from CMK, and the Eduard colour-etch 
to make a quick job of the cockpit areas. 
Of note is the set provided by Eduard for 
the Airfix kit in 1/72, and the availability 
of some excellent etch for the 
Revell/Monogram 1/48. 

Czech Master Kits #7148 1/72 B-26 Marauder interior 

for Haseg awa tot £10.45 

Czech Master Hits #7149 1 12 B-26 Marauder exterior 

for Hasega wa fat £8.40 

Czech Master Kits #7151 Aircraft 1/72 B-26 Marauder 

engine set tor Hasegawa kit £17.80 

Czech Master Kits #7150 1/35 B-26 Marauder 

armament set for Hasegaw a kit £8.40 

Eduard #CX177 Paint masks 1 72 B-26B C Marauder 

for Hasegawa hit E4JI9 __ 

Eduard #CX196 Paint masks 1/72 B-26F/G Marauder 

for Hasega wa tat £4.99 

Eduard # EX 105 Paint masks 1/48 B-26 Marauder for 
Revell/Monogram kit £5.60 

Jfcwflj: M*mn B-26 MARAUDER 

Eduard #FE372 1/48 B-26 Marauder intenor pre- 
painted for Revell/Monogram kit £4.99 

Eduard #SS292 1/72 B-26B/C Marauder interior pre- 
painted for Hasegawa kit £4.99 

Eduard #SS307 1/72 B-26F/G Marauder interior serf- 
adhesive for Hasegawa kit £3.70 

Eduard #48561 1/48 B-26 Marauder exterior for 

RevelLKIonogram kit £15 50 

Eduard #48562 1 48 B-26 Marauder bomb bay for 

Revell/ Monogram kit £11.75 

Eduard #49372 1 48 B-26 Marauder interior pre 
painted tor Revell/Monogram kit £15.50 

Eduard #72160 1/72 B-26 Marauder for Airfix £10 50 
Eduard #72465 1/72 B-26B/C Marauder extenor and 
bomb bay tor Hasegawa kit £15.50 

Eduard #73292 1/72 B-268/C Marauder intenor pre- 
painted for Hasegawa kit £13.50 




for Airfix kit £2*9 

Quickboost #72035 1/72 B-26C Marauder Propellers 

with tool for Revell Kit £299 

Quickboost #72088 1 72 B-26B/C Marauder gun 
barrels tor Hasegawa kit £2 99 

Eduard #73307 1,72 B-26F/G Marauder interior sett- 
adhesive for Hasegawa kr t£13JB 

Eduard #49029 1/48 B-26 Marauder seatbelts pre- 
printed tor Revell/Monogram kit £4.99 
Falcon #CV1072 Canopies 1/72 USAAF Bombers WWII. 
Includes parts for Airtix krt £9.99 
Falcon #CV2772 Canopies 1 72 USAAF WWII Pari 3 
Includes parts for Monogram B-26A £9 99 
Quickboost #48046 1/48 B-26C Marauder gun barrels 

tor Revell/Monogr am kit £2.99 

Quickboost #48057 1/48 B-26 Marauder engines for 
Revell/Monogram kit £7.35 

Quickboost #72089 1.72 B-26B/C Marauder for 

Hasegawa kit £3.99 

Squadron SignaT#9174 Canopies 1/72 B-26A/B 
Marauder for Monogram kit £3.99 

Squadron Signal #9164 Canopies 1/72 B-26 Marauder 


Squadron Signal #9549 Canopies 1/48 B-26 Marauder 

for Monogram kit £3.99 

True Details #72026 L72 B-26 Marauder wheels £2.50 


Quickboost #48104 1/48 B-26 Marauder gun barrels 

for Revell/Monogra m kit £2.99 

Quickboost #48135 1/48 B-26C Marauder gun packs 

for Revell/Monogram tat £3.99 

Quickboost #72033 1/72 B-26C Marauder engines for 


Quickboost #72034 1/72 B-26C Marauder gun barrels 


Not a lot of options so far for the type, 
but new kits provide new opportunities 
for the industry, and we can but hope. 
Zotz have some very lively nose art 
options in both 1/48 and 1/72, and as 
most of these are in the Olive Drab 
scheme which suits the Marauder so 
well, we can consider ourselves not too 
badly served. 

AeroMat* #48626 1/48 B-26 Manwfcrs £6.75 
Kits at War #7216 1/72 SWF Aircraft. Inc B-26C £7.50 
Superstate #480953 1/48 B-268 Marauders £6.50 
Superscale #480603 1. 48 B-26 M arauder £5.00 
Zotz #48014 1/48 B-26 Marauder 584BS/394BG Nose 
Art £10.75 

2otz #72014 1/72 B-26 Marauder 584BS/394BG Nose 
Art £10 00 


ffllBSTE CH 



B-26 Marauder (In Action No 50) 
Author: Steve Birdsall 

Publisher: Squadron/Signal ISBN: 0897471199 
8-26 Marauder (In Action No. 210) 
Author: Hans -Hem Stapler 

Publisher: Squadron/Signal ISBN: 9780897475495 
B-26 Marauders of 8th 9th Air Force 
Author: Jerry Scutts 

Publisher: Osprey ISBN: 9781855326378 

Martin B-26 Marauder Warbird Tech Volume 29 
Author: Frederick A. Johnsen 
Publisher: S pecialty Press I SBN: 978 1580070294 


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Burnt Iron 

HOOD Super Sabre 

Price: £79.99 (USD) $169.95 

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Trumpeter's Big Hun 

II start this build write-up with a bit 
of a conclusion, just for a change. 
This is a very nice looking kit. It 
will build into a really good looking 
model and could easily be the basis for 
a super detailed show stopper, t 
normally model in 1/48 and both the 
extra size, and the quality of the kit as a 
starting point, make it cry out for extra 
work, but someone at Trumpeter has 
made some very strange decisions as to 
what to put in the box and there are 

some embarrassing mistakes which 
make you wonder what was going 
through their heads. But anyway - on 
with the show. 

What you get is the usual sturdy 
Trumpeter box packed with 14 grey 
sprues, 2 clear, a sheet of etch, white 
metal undercarriage (also available on 
the sprues in plastic) and nose weight, 
vinyl tyres, ammo feeds and piping. 
There's also a small sheet of film for the 
instruments and a large decal sheet. The 
20-page instruction book looks clear and 
well laid out. 

So looking in the box the first 
impressions are good. There are sharp 
trailing edges, rivet detail is extensive 
but not overdone, the cockpit looks OK. 
though it apparently represents an early 
model -D, there's a full engine and stand 
and a selection of weapons and drop 
tanks. The fuselage is split at the right 
point to display the model with the tail 
off and the engine on show, and there's 
lots of engine detail. There are brass 

parts to represent compressor blades but 
there are not enough of them, they're the 
wrong shape and they're not visible, 
while seatbelts and mirror are not called 
out in the instructions, so you have to 
find the parts by yourself. 

There are, on my example at least, 
some small amounts of flash and quite a 
few ejector marks, so some clean-up 
may be required on a number of parts. 
Most obvious are the ejector marks on 
the lower surface of the slats which 
would be easy enough to fill and sand. I 
didn't intend to use the working hinges 
on the control surfaces as I felt it would 
make assembly and clean-up a bit more 
difficult than it needed to be, especially 
as you hardly ever see the wing controls 
in anything other than the neutral 
position, but it's nice to have the option 
and just a slight deflection adds a little 
life to the wings. It's just a shame they 
didnt include the tailplanes as posable 
parts as they were often in different 
positions. It is nice to have the slats 

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The very impressive internal trunking passes the full length 
of the aircraft 

A seamless join will take a little effort to achieve 

Some fettling and filling was required to hide the internal 

The overall fit of parts was good. One anomaly involves 
some panel lines at the rear fuselage, missing on the 
starboard side 

Missing detail was quickly and easily scribed on the rear 

The main gear wells seem a little shallow, although the level 
of detail is good 


Leading edge slats are provided separately, and the overall Separate control surfaces can be posed - on the wings at 

surface detail is excellent 

separate as the default position is 
extended, something I'm not looking 
forward to having to do on my 
Monogram 1/48 F-lOOs. 

I was also supplied with a cockpit set 
from Avionix, set number AV32045. 
While it undoubtedly addresses some of 
the Trumpeter issues it is not without its 
problems, for me at least. Firstly the 
detail on the side consoles is less 
defined than on the kit parts, and thus 
harder to paint for someone with my 


ability. Secondly, while the consensus is 
that the Trumpeter layout represents an 
early mark F-lOO, the Avionix parts 
match photographs I have no better than 
the kit parts, so I decided to go with the 
plastic tub and instrument panel. Also, 
using the Avionix set makes it much 
harder to install the ammo bays, and 
that was one option I did intend to use, 
so that was another point in favor of the 
kit tub. I also decided to use the kit 
instrument panel. I was also supplied 
with a replacement seat from AMS with 
the parachute removed, and as the more 
common configuration was the 
'chute-free seat this was the obvious 
choice, using the parts from the Avionix 
set to supply the parts that AMS didn't. 
You have the option of opening the 
avionics bay door, which 

One of many strange spelling errors on the decal sheet 

is where the nose weight is, so if you 
have the door open you can see this big 
lump of white metal, and while there's 
detail on the inside of the door there's 
none in the bay. 

One of the problems I thought I was 
going to have was the fact that the 
Avionix sidewalls also foul on the ammo 
bays, and as mentioned I intended to 
use at least one of these. Fortunately the 
resin parts offer a slight recess, which 
shows where you have to cut them to 
make them fit with the ammo bays, 
should you want to use them. 

The tub was painted grey, as was the 
instrument panel and most of the seat, 
while the control boxes on the side 
consoles were painted a very dark grey, 
just for some slight contrast, with black 

knobs, and the instrument panel bezels 
the same. The kit panel is incorrect in 
that the sides should angle into the 
cockpit slightly so I bent them a little to 
represent this. 1 know it means you lose 
a little of the side consoles but I thought 
it worth while. I also added a map case 
(aka squarish lump of plastic} to the rear 
of the right side console, that detail 
being one of the things I preferred about 
the Avionix tub. 

The instructions would have you now 
build the somewhat fictitious engine, 
followed by the wings and then the 
engine trolley. I chucked the main engine 
together without bothering with the 
detail parts that go on the outside of 
it and just put in a few of the brass 
internal bits to block the view and 
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AMS provide plugs to convert the kit tanks to the later 335 
gallon type 

Who knows what the artist was thinking of when the decal 
sheet was designed? 

One of the most striking aspects of the model - the 'burnt 
iron' on the rear fuselage involved a steady hand and a 
creative mind... 

The intricate process continues 

Time-consuming but totally worth the effort - an in-service 
aircraft would not look correct without this typical feature 

The final touch with metallic purple. This kind of effect takes 
time and patience, but is worth pursuing 

Spada decals provide a template to mask up the red for the 

As with so many jobs, time and careful masking pay 

The main gear is provided in either white metal or plastic 

through the engine if you look up the jet 
pipe. I didnt attach the afterburner 
section at this stage as I felt it would be 
better put in place when the fuselage 
was together. The main wing halves 
were joined and put aside for the glue to 
set, the flap and aileron parts were 
joined together (but not to the wings) 
and the wing fences, slats and clear 
parts were left off at this stage. 

The intake trunking is next and you 
have to admire Trumpeter, as you have 
the whole intake through to the engine, 
which you cant see due to the curve, 
and then you get the whole afterburner 
section after the engine. It all fits very 
well and does, I guess, give you options 
for opening panels and finding 
something behind them. The two-part 
trunking was assembled and then 
attached first to the engine and then to 
one of the fuselage sides and the cockpit 
parts positioned on top of it in the space 
provided. The guns were left off for now, 
having established that it wouldn't be 
too hard to install them afterwards. 

The rear cockpit area was installed, 
the Avionix resin canopy hood area 
fitted, the ammo bays glued in place 
and there simply remained a decision to 
make on the speed brake - early or late? 

The instructions would have you choose 
the part based on what store you are 
going to install on the centerline pylon, 
which hardly seems logical, though of 
course the shape of the brake was 
changed to enable the aircraft to carry 
nukes, so I suggest some research into 
whatever machine you choose to do 
before sticking the wrong part in there. 
In my case I had enough pictures to 
show that my chosen subject had the 
earlier style so it was installed and the 
fuselage halves joined. 

The intake trunking didnt fit too well 
with the other fuselage side so some 

considerable effort was expended filling, 
sanding and filling again to eliminate the 
problem and trying to achieve that 
seamless look. Also, the avionics bay 
door seemed a little offset. After 
installing the nose weight, some clamps, 
pressure and strong glue alleviated much 
of the problem and I was happy enough. 

Next was the turn of the rear fuselage 
halves. I left the skid off at this point but 
did install the two fuselage bulkheads. 
Despite not intending to split the aircraft 
for display I figured these would provide 
some strength and contact area for 
joining the front and rear fuselage. I had 

one slight problem here - the right side 
of the rear fuselage is missing some 
detail that the left side isnt. Fortunately 
it's not too hard just to scribe back in, 
but odd, none the less. 

The fit of the front and rear is 
excellent and gratifyingly there was no 
step at any point round the join. 

The wing joins were cleaned up, the 
flap and aileron parts installed and the 
wings attached to the fuselage. Again, 
all of this was a really good fit, even 
though the wing-to-fuselage tabs are a 
bit small. I would suggest the wheel 
wells are rather shallow, partly as a 
result of moulding them with the lower 
wing. The detail isnt bad, though I feel 
that in this scale the definition of the 
pipe-work could be more pronounced. 
That said I was very impressed by all 
the retraction jacks, the gear doors and 
the speed brake. The linkages, 
attachments and jacks look very 
convincing, and you feel you can see 
how the real thing worked. 

With the wings attached, the canopy 
masked and put in place - 1 wasnt 
intending to mess about with fitting it 
open, it's quite big and clear enough that 
you can see most of the cockpit through 
it, even when closed - it was nearly time 

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like the real mod it involves cutting them 
along an existing joint and putting in an 
extension. I had already cut one tank up 
before I noticed that my choice used the 
earlier, 275 gallon tanks! Fortunately 
Trumpeter supply three tanks, for 
reasons best known to themselves, so I 
was saved having to reconstruct my cut- 
up example. 

The mount for the in-flight refueling 
probe was attached to the wing (again, 
you need to check whether you should 
be using the straight or bent one, both 
being provided and having different 
mounts) and the brass wing fences 
attached. The slats were made up but 
not attached, and the pitot was very 
definitely left off at this stage. 

I've already mentioned that I knew 
what aircraft I was going to represent, 
and it wasnt one of the kit options, for a 
couple of reasons. Firstly, I wanted to 
avoid doing a Natural Metal Finish, and 
secondly, the kit decals are another of 
those odd Trumpeter things.' In this 
case the really good looking, huge sheet 
covered in stencils and flash looking 
markings, features so many mistakes 

to think about painting. The separate 
assemblies had been pre-shaded along 
the panel and rivet lines and cleaned up, 
and some random colours applied in odd 
places when I had them in my brush, 
just to give something to provide a 
slight contrast when the real top coat 
went on. Firstly, though, I attached a 
few more parts and made a few more 
subassemblies that would be painted at 
the same time. The fuel tanks were 

made up and put to one side, 

their pylons being attached to the 

wings and the holes for the outer 

pylons blanked off. I had been 

provided with plugs by AMS 

for the tanks to convert 

them from the 275 gallon 

models provided to the 335 

gallon ones used later. Easy enough, just 

they are simply unusable. 

I was glad to be offered a set of 
Spada Decals, SD-32004, covering 
F-lOODs in French service. While the 
decals themselves look really nicely 
printed the instructions leave a little to 
be desired, and one double-sided A4 
sheet (in colour at least) with small 
side views of 6 aircraft is a bit limited 
when it comes to decal placement, but 
they were just about sufficient and a 
faded, SEA style scheme with a big red 
shark-mouth was impossible to resist. 
The instructions suggest an upper 
surface pattern of FS30219, FS34102 
and FS34079 with FS26329 for the 
underside, so I looked them up and 
went with the closest I had in the 
drawer. With the sun and the dust 
these machines were subjected to the 
exact colours weren't an issue. But first, 
and the bit I wasn't really looking 
forward to trying, was the afterburner 
section of the fuselage. All those 
wonderful burnt shades... 

But it needs doing, so the rear section 
was painted with Alclad black gloss 
primer and then various shades of 
Polished Aluminium, Dark Aluminium, 
Jet Exhaust, Magnesium and various 
combinations of them all were applied to 
different panels, using pictures as a 
reference for which were most likely to 
be darker or lighter than others. Then 
Pale Burnt Metal was freehanded over 
bits of it, followed by clear blue and 
clear red as the mood took me, and then 
more of various Alclads again. The 
blues and reds didnl give me 
the purple effect I was 

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Some additional detailing was added to the pitot tube 

The finished cockpit employed a combination ot Avionix 
The multi-part wing assembly. Working hinges are provided resin pieces and kit components 
for the control surfaces, but can be regarded as optional 

Control surfaces are not separate on the tailplanes - an 
unfortunate oversight 

The large clear canopy will show off all the detail in the 
cockpit tub. so needn't be fitted in the open position to 
display your hard work to advantage 

The model has been pre-shaded prior to painting 

looking for so in the end I got out some 
very old metallic purple I had lying 
around and this was sparingly applied to 
certain sections followed by more Alclad 
to fake the edge off. All in all it looked 
pretty good, I thought, and I should just 
say the plastic was great, very smooth, 
and took the Alclad very well. 

The underside was painted first, not 
forgetting to do the gear doors and tank 
bottoms, and then the three top 
colours, one of which was 
used on the top of the 
tanks. This was done 
over a period of a 
couple of weeks or 
so, as a lot of 
post-shading was 
added in an 
attempt to 
replicate the faded 
effect seen on the 
real thing. The Spada 
decals went on well, 
reacted OK to Micro Sol/Set 
and were no trouble at all. The shark- 
mouth is supplied as six decals, 
basically white teeth on black lines, and 
a template is provided to help you mask 
off the area to be painted red. This is 
where larger drawings would have 
helped, but I got it 
masked and 

painted and applied the teeth to the 
sides of the fuselage. There were a 
couple of minor fit issues, and maybe I 
just didnl get the side decals in quite the 
right place to start with, but it all worked 
pretty well in the end. 

With decalling and painting over the 
various fiddly bits were added, including 
slats, tailplanes. undercarriage and gear 
doors with all their associated struts and 
jacks, speed brake (posed down, as 
often seen), refueling probe, 
cannon and ammo feeds, 
bay doors, tanks and 
sway braces, arrestor 
hook, its guard and 
the tail skid, clear 
parts, and the nose 
With the canopy 

masking removed the very last thing was 
installing the afterburner section and 
exhaust nozzle, the latter of which has 
come in for a bit of stick from 'people 
who know.' It's not, it has to be said, a 
totally convincing exhaust, and it would 
be really nice to have the choice of the 
commonly retrofitted F-102 version - 
which may already have appeared by 
the time you read this • but it wasnl bad 
enough for me to worry about too much. 
I had thought for quite a while that I 
needed the F-102 exhaust for this 
particular machine but after staring at 
the pictures I found on the web for 
long enough I convinced myself 
that the kit part was close 
enough and the French had the 
old exhausts so I made do. It 
had been painted and 
highlighted with various 
Alclads and was 
attached to the 

afterburner section, which was in turn 
glued in place. 

And there it is. The first aircraft model 
I've made in years that isnl 1/48, and I 
have to admit I can see the attraction of 
the bigger scales, The end result is 
striking, there are quite a few build 
advantages and plenty of opportunities 
to spend far too long super-detailing the 
basic kit. There are also enough strange 
errors in this model to keep you 

wondering - the engine, the 
decal sheet, and I havenl 
even discussed the odd and 
rather unrepresentative 
choice of underwing stores 
provided - but overall I did 
enjoy the build and the end 
That said, with my loft 
looking the way it does I don't 
think I'll be buying too many 
more big kits like this. I mean, 
where would I put them? 


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The Avicta blimp departs Orangeburg South Carolina on a cloudy day, en route to Greenville. North Carolina 

A rear view of the starboard engine. Note 
the transportable mooring mast and the 
F w 190 type cooling fan mounted on the 

Drop-In Dirigible 

If you have attended a major 
sporting event, especially in 
Europe or North America, you 
have probably seen an American 
Blimp Corporation product whirring 
overhead. Major corporations use these 
to advertise their products and 
publicize their firms, with symbols and 
trade marks appropriately emblazoned 
on their sides. These blimps are also 
excellent platforms for television 
cameras when a bird's eye view of a 
stadium or golf course is desirable. 

American Blimp Corporation has an 
advertising subsidiary called the 
Lightship Group based in Orlando, 
Florida, who bill themselves as 'he 
global leader in airship advertising.' A 
quick look at their web page discloses 
that nearly all of those company blimps 
that we have seen everywhere are 
actually flying billboards that are 
leased. It seems a rather ingenious 
concept to me. 

Well, imagine my surprise when I 
spotted one of these blimps just a few 
hundred feet overhead and obviously 
landing at a quiet rural airport that is 5 
minutes from my office. I forgot my 
digital camera that day, but I still 
wanted a close look at this airship that 

had made an impromptu stop for the 
night in a town of about 14,000. 

As I rounded a turn on the small 
road to the airport, I spotted the Avicta 
Complete Cotton blimp on the ground 
about 500 yards west of the airport 
administration building. I inquired 
about the blimp and the airport 
manager responded that he had 
received a telephone call from the 
ground crew requesting permission to 
moor at the airport overnight. After 
explaining my reason for the visit (and 
giving the manager a recent copy of 

Looking aft from the mooring mast 

Airship Comparison 

28' X 32' 
Belly Banner 

Lightship A- 150 

Comparison of main American Blimp Corporation airship models 

The cockpit is pretty comprehensive as you can see 

Limbach L2000E, similar to engines used on the Avicta blimp ( 

View looking aft from the pilot's seat. Three passengers can Jerry valves excess helium from the ballonet 
be seated on the bench behind 

One of numerous 251b ballast bags carried aboard the blimp 
in a storage compartment 


This is the emergency pressure relief valve for the ballonet The elevator control wheel 

Scale Aviation Modeller International), 
I struck off on foot in the direction of 
the airship. 

It was a warm, muggy day and there 
was a brisk wind blowing dark- 
bottomed cumulus clouds across the 
South Carolina sky. As I came around 
the corner of a newly constructed 
hangar, I spotted a gentleman in shorts 
and a canary yellow polo shirt. I 
waved, and the wave was returned — a 
good sign. 

As I approached the blimp, I scolded 
myself for leaving the digital camera at 
home. I strode up and introduced 
myself to senior crewman Jerrad 'Jerry' 
Summers, who is in charge of the 
blimp while it is moored. 

I followed Jerry back to a portable 
ready room that featured a PC, map 
table, drink coolers, and an air 
conditioning system. I waited for him to 
record some information, including fuel 
on board, and then followed him back 
over to the blimp for a 25-cent tour. I 

Life jackets, just in case 

A first sight of the blimp - courtesy of a 
disposable camera... 

told him to watch for the numerous fire 
ant nests in the grass. 

On the way to the blimp, I had 
stopped at a gasoline station and store 
and purchased a Kodak disposable 
camera. While these toy-like cameras 
are anathema to me some pictures are 
better than no pictures! The blimp 
gently pivoted to and fro on its portable 
mooring mast and bobbed up and 
down like a large boat. Jerry Summers 
cited some statistics about it and 
succinctly pointed out various 
components including the ballonet. He 

had obviously done this before. 

He unfolded some boarding steps 
and I carefully timed my hop up into 
the bright, cheery cabin. It reminded 
me of the inside of a small cable car. 
The pilot sits in one of two bucket seats 
up front and there is a comfortably 
padded bench seat aft that seats three 
persons. (A fourth passenger is usually 
seated at what would be the copilot's 

I snapped numerous pictures of the 
interior of the gondola. After a little 
contemplative time in the pilot's seat, I 
hopped out to shoot a few exterior 
shots. Jerry and I then exchanged email 
addresses and we bade each other 
farewell. The blimp was tentatively 
scheduled to depart Orangeburg for 
Greenville, North Carolina— around 250 
miles distant— at 0700 hours the next 

The blimp's departure was delayed 
by weather, so I took some photos after 
it lifted off the runway. I couldn't help 

thinking that it would be great fun 
spending the day aboard this colorful 

Have a look at the Lightship web 
site,, and see 
if you recognize some of the blimps in 
the pictures. Here's hoping you spot a 
blimp soon! 


Veteran blimp captain Terry Dillard (far 
right) poses with passengers after a trip 

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Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat 

Scale: 1/72 ttMfclMH 


Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Manufacturer Hob by Boss 
UK Importer: Creative Models 
US Importer: Squadron 

Id ^1 ^T* 

The box and neatly presented contents. Note 
the twin plumes ot spray behind the aircraft 
on the box art - more like a jet at low level 

Like a 'Cat 
outta Hell 

The Easy Kits range from HobbyBoss has been both innovative and controversial, with opinions ranging from 
highly favourable to outright scorn. One thing many people seem to believe is that they are 'a good idea for 
junior modellers and will help to encourage younger people to enter the hobby.' While this is undoubtedly so, 
Mike Aldridge demonstrates that they can also be built by 'grown ups' to good effect 

HobbyBoss can be visited on (he web at 

HobbyBoss is a comparative 
newcomer on the modelling 
scene, and, as I understand it, 
a subsidiary or branch of 
Trumpeter (I'm open to correction on 
that score). Their range is growing ever 
more extensive, and already 
encompasses a diverse range of WWII 
aircraft, helicopters, and modern jets in 
various scales. The Hellcat is in their 
1/72 collection and at first glance 
appears to be one step up from being a 
snap-tite kit. But this is more than a 
step up - it's more like a quantum leap 

The box art is somewhat curious - a 
photo of the finished model, flying at 

low level over a digitally imposed 
seascape, complete with twin plumes of 
spray billowing behind it - the sort of 
thing one would normally associate with 
Tomcats and Hornets at high speeds at 
low level than a piston engined aircraft • 
but I digress... 

On opening the box, the first thing 
one notices is that the fuselage and 
wings are a single moulding for each 
part, and that all the parts are neatly 
secured in a vacuum formed tray. The 
instructions are clearly printed on glossy 
paper, with full colour being used for the 
painting diagrams and the cover page. 

Closer examination reveals that all 
panel lines are very neatly recessed, and 

the trailing edges of the wings are 
almost razor sharp. Cockpit detail 
consists of a basic tub and seat, along 
with a simple control column and 
gunsight. The wheel wells are shallow, 
and feature some spurious looking detail 
- but if taken in the context that these 
are pocket money kits, aimed at children 
and those wanting to try modelling, then 
it's a whole lot more than has been 
offered in the past . 

I commenced with the cockpit, gluing 
the seat to the tub before painting it in 
a lightened version of Bronze Green. As 
no instrument detail is provided, an 
instrument panel decal from a Hurricane 
was put to use - not correct perhaps, 

The instructions are well printed, and there can be no The single piece fuselage 

possibility of damage to the parts in the robust packaging 

The kit's engineering ensures that any clean-up required is 
in less prominent areas on the finished article 

The main sprue of smaller components 
but the kit is none the worse for this 

there aren't many, Ninety minutes into the build, an airframe is virtually 

A view of the undersides - exhaust streaking has been 
started, and the pre-shading is just showing through the 
Insignia White 

but it certainly makes it look the 
business and adds detail to an 
otherwise spartan office. 

With that small job complete, the 
main airframe can be assembled - all 
four pieces of it! Wings, tailplane, and 
fuselage. The fit of all parts is excellent 
with not a skerrick of filler required. To 
enable the wing to butt up against the 
fuselage closely I did trim off the locating 
pins - these are a very tight fit, possibly 
to remove the need for glue. Likewise, 
the one-piece cowling and engine is a 
press fit to the fuselage, with no glue 
required here. 

By necessity there are a couple of 
very light seams along the fuselage spine 
and the wing leading edge, but these 
were quickly dispatched using my trusty 
MasterCasters sanding pads. The seam 
along the underside of the fuselage 
required little cleaning up. such was the 
quality of the tooling. Total time taken so 
far? Less than 90 minutes. 

With things progressing at a good 
pace, operations moved out to the garage 
for painting. There are two schemes 
provided for: one in the Blue Gray over 
Light Gray, and the other in the later tri- 
colour scheme of Sea Blue, Medium 
Blue, and Insignia White undersides. The 
colour callouts on the instruction sheets 
are rather misleading in this respect, as 
they simply refer to some vague colours - 
either the correct name, or an FS number 
would be welcome here. 

I used Testors Modelmaster enamel 
for the Dark Sea Blue which gives a very 
close match, and Gunze acrylic Medium 
Blue, both of which give a nice glossy 
finish. The underside was sprayed with 

Tamiya flat white; once all was dry I 
coated the whole model with Vectra floor 
polish in preparation for decalling. 
Weathering was kept to a minimum, 
although with such a short time spent 
building, one could comfortably spend 
more time on the weathering process 
and have a great looking model without 
spending eons on it. 

The kit's decals are nicely printed, 
and the colours appear to be pretty 
accurate and in good register. The decals 
are limited to the main markings and 
codes, and the logos to go on the 
propellor blades. With there being so 
few of them, it doesn't take very long at 
all to get them all applied. I wetted the 
area with some Micro Sol first and they 
snuggled down into the panel lines 
flawlessly - I wish the decals in other, 
more expensive kits behaved this well! 

The final touches were to paint the 
tyres (yes, I had a slight whoopsie with 

the paint brush and haven't bothered to 
go back and fix it up - yet...) and to 
carefully paint the interior of the cowling 
in a colour that loosely resembled 
Grumman Grey. This last aspect was 
perhaps the most difficult part of the 
whole build - which is to say, it was a 
doddle all the way through. 

I purposely built this kit without 
modifying anything (okay, I filed a slight 
flat on the mainwheel tyres to 'weight' it 
slightly) partly because I needed to take 
a break from being overly anorak-tsh 
about small details, but also to see how 
well these built up as the manufacturer 
intended. And, I am pleased to say, it 
built up very well. 

Given that these kits appear to be 
aimed at younger and beginning 

modellers, I'd venture to say that 
HobbyBoss have hit the target dead on. 
Heretical as it may sound, for anyone 
wanting to get started in modelling I'd 
say forget the tired old kits that have 
been around since the sixties and 
seventies, these surpass them on all 
counts - accuracy, ease of assembly, 
and price. It may even be that in years 
to come, modellers will be waxing 
nostalgic, remembering their first 
HobbyBoss kit with glowing fondness. I 
for one look forward to sampling more 
from this company, especially some of 
their 1/48 scale wares. 

To say that I am impressed with this 
kits is an understatement! Not only was 
it a breeze to put together, it was FUN! 

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This latest M -50 kit comes in a large box 
with a painting of the Bounder in its Tushino 
display colours 

Myasischev M-50 'Bounder' 

Scale: 1/72 Kit No 01672 

Price: £158.85 

Type: Infection Moulded Plastic 
Manufacturer: Amodel 
UK Importer: Hannants 
US Importer: Squadron 

The decal sheet, which provides three 

Inside the box are numerous poly bags 
containing the injection -moulded 
parts, instruction sheet and decals 



Designed as a supersonic 
strategic bomber by OKB-23 
and named after designer 
Vladimir Myasischev, the M-50 
was the ultimate iteration in a long 
series of design studies into supersonic 
bomber layouts undertaken by the OKB 
and TsAGI in the late 1950's. The M-50 
was rolled out at Myasischev's factory at 
Zhukovsky in July 1958, but because 
the planned VD-7M turbojets were not 
yet ready, the prototype was fitted with 
107.91 kN (24,2501b) VD-7A turbojets 
and made its first flight on 27 October 
1959. By October 1960, the M-50A, as 
it was now designated, had made 1 1 
test flights totalling 8 hours and 33 

On 16 September a speed of 1,090 
km/h (677mph) was achieved - which 
according to the flight data, 
corresponded to a speed of Mach 1.01, 
although subsequent recalculations by 



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Amodel's clear and concise instructions 

engineers at Lll (the Flight Test Institute) 
reduced this to Mach 0.99. The flight 
crew, however, were convinced that they 
had 'gone supersonic,' pointing out the 
physical phenomena experienced, such 
as the disappearance of jolting and 
lagging of the engine noise. 

In order to continue testing at a wider 
range of speeds, the two inner engines 
were replaced by 157 kN (35,2741b) 
VD-7MA turbojets fitted with 
afterburners, which, according to 
calculations should have enabled the 
M-50A to achieve a speed of Mach 
1.35, however, in this configuration, the 
aircraft only made eight short test flights 
- including its appearance at the 1961 
flypast at Tushino - and the true 
performance was never tested as the 
afterburners were only ever used on 

The M-50, allocated the ASCC 
reporting name of 'Bounder,' made a 
total of 19 flights before the programme 
was closed, the OKB was shut down 
and the government lost interest, 
preferring to rely on strategic 
intercontinental missiles to strike the 
enemy. The sole M-50A now resides at 
the Russian Air Force museum at 
Monino wearing an all-silver finish but 

with the bort number and black trim 
from the Tushino flypast. 

The Model 

Amodel's kit of the M-50 is the latest in 
their range of big 

Soviet/Russian/Ukrainian types marketed 
under their 'Amonster' banner. The main 
feature of these kits is that the major 
components are made from fibreglass 
resin. These parts are also provided in 
one piece - in other words, the two 
moulded halves of the fuselage and 
wings etc are already bonded together. 
The rest of the components are 
conventional injection -mouldings, albeit 
of the low-pressure, limited-run type. 

Early Amonster kits exhibited a 
slightly rough external finish and poor 
panel detail, but each new release has 
got better and better and the surface 

The painting guide quotes Humbrol paint 

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finish on the M-50 is of plastic or resin 
quality and the engraved panel detail is 
very well done. 

Building the Bounder 

Amodel's construction sequence begins 
with the cockpit, made up from two 
halves of the inject ion -moulded 
nosecones, inside which are fitted front, 
centre and rear bulkheads, floor and 
sidewall parts plus the pilot's and 
navigator's instrument panels. 

The detail on the panels consist of 
shallow circular recesses which give a 
poor representation of the instruments, 
but as not a lot can be seen through the 

small cockpit windows, I wasn't too 
bothered with doing much more than 
painting the cockpit medium grey and 
the instruments black. 

Two control yokes are provided and 
the ejection seats are each made up 
from six parts and with the addition of 
home-made seatbelts, are quite 

The seats eject downwards on the 
M-50 and are also extended through two 
hatches in the cockpit floor and in the 
bottom of the fuselage for crew access, a 
feature that Amodel provide and one 
that I wanted to incorporate, so the floor 
hatches were cemented in the down 

position and the seats were left out until 

I deviated from the instructions 
slightly and attached the fibreglass resin 
wings and fuselage together, The fit is 
quite good and small lugs and 
corresponding recesses are moulded into 
the resin, so I didn't feel the need to add 
a strengthening spar. I filled in the small 
gaps on the upper surface with strips of 
plastic card and blended it all in with 

Next up are the two large fuselage 
wheel bays fore and aft of the weapons 
bay. These are each made up from two 
sidewalls, a roof and fore and aft 

The fuselage and wing parts cast in 
fibreglass resin 

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bulkheads. The kit instructions would 
have you attach the undercarriage into 
the two bays at this stage, but I 
reasoned that I was bound to knock it 
off at some point so I cheated and 
modified the circular locating holes into 
U-shaped ones so that the built-up 
undercarriage could be fitted later. The 
painted undercarriage bays were simply 
slotted into place in the fuselage and the 
gaps filled with plastic card and filler. 

The built-up cockpit nosecone was 
added and a little filler applied to blend 
it in, likewise the four sections of the 
dorsal spine plus the tailcone. 
Something must have gone wrong with 
the measuring stick at Amodel - 
because there is a 4mm gap in the 
dorsal spine at the mid point, but no 
fear, Amodel supply an additional small 
section of spine which must be cut to fill 
the gap. 

With the wings and fuselage 
assembled, it was time to tackle the four 
huge engines. Each inner engine is made 
up from no fewer than 21 parts forming 
the front intake with compressor blades, 
rear afterburner section with nozzle, plus 
the two barrel sections in the middle 
with the made-up sections at the top. 
Each intake trunk, complete with 
compressor face, was assembled and 
slotted into its respective 'nosecone' - 
which left a slight gap on the inside lip 
of each intake. After filling and sanding 
as best I could to eliminate the seam, 
the insides were painted silver. The 
outer, wingtip- mounted engines are 
slightly easier with just the front and rear 
assemblies fitting inside the two-part 
full-length nacelle. 

The outer engines have wheel wells 

that have to be added and both sets of 
engines have numerous scoops and 
intakes, all neatly moulded by Amodel. I 
did experience some confusion with the 
exhaust sections on the inner and outer 
nacelles - the shorter sections go on the 
inner engines. 

The outer engines are cemented 
directly onto the wingtips, but the inners 
have two-part pylons added and are 
supposed to just fit onto the underside of 
the wing. Even using superglue, there 
was no way that this would be strong 
enough, so I inserted two short lengths 
of brass rod to give a good solid joint. 

The two halves of the fin and 
horizontal tailplanes were cemented 
together and fitted to the fuselage, again 
using brass rod for strength and the 
clear canopy was added after dipping it 
in Klear to improve the clarity. Note that 
the fin on the M-50 is a one-piece, all- 
moving structure, so make sure that you 

leave a slight gap at the bottom! 

Time to tackle the undercarriage 

The M-50's bicycle undercarriage 
consists of two huge four-wheel bogies 
mounted fore and aft of the weapons 
bay with long outriggers retracting into 
bulged wingtips just inboard of the outer 
engine nacelles. To provide the 
necessary angle of attack, the front 
undercarriage leg is much longer than 
the rear - and on take-off the whole 
front bogie pivots about the leg so that 
only the rearmost pair of front wheels is 
actually on the runway - thereby further 
increasing the angle of attack. Amodel 
provide all of the parts to make up this 
complicated arrangement, although not 
for the extended bogie. 

The two outrigger assemblies are 
slightly easier, although for these I cut 
off the long oleo section and replaced it 
with a length of aluminium tube. I also 

drilled holes in the centres of the scissor- 
links on the outriggers for a more scale 


Amodel's painting guide is printed on 
four sides of A3 size paper and gives 
three choices of markings: an all silver 
M-50 with white undernose radome and 
bort number 'blue 023' as rolled out in 
1958, bort number 'blue 12' with grey 

The bays simply slot into place in the fuselage 

Gaps are filled with plastic tabs and filler 

Nose assembly attached 

The dorsal spine assembly came up short - fortunately the Component parts for inner engine nacelles 
kit provides a spare section that can be cut to fit 

Each intake trunk, complete with compressor face, was 
assembled and slotted into its respective 'nosecone' 

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topsides and white undersurfaces with 
black trim on the nose and engine 
nacelles as painted for the Tushino 
flypast in 1961, and bort 'blue 12' 
again - this time in overall silver finish 
but retaining the black trim as she now 
appears at Monino. 

I am not sure if the first choice, bort 
023, is legitimate, as when carrying this 
number, the inboard engines did not 
have the afterburners fitted, although 
there is some artwork (but not 
photographs) showing it with that 
number and afterburners. No matter, I 
already have quite a few all-silver 
Russian bombers in my collection, so I 
went for the neat grey and white 

The painting guide calls for Humbrol 
127 Ghost Grey and 130 White, but, 
not wishing to invest in a dozen tinlets 
of paint, I used my old favourites 
Halfords Appliance White and Grey 
Plastic Primer. The white was sprayed 
first, after an undercoat of White Plastic 
Primer to check for any building flaws, 
following which the white areas were 
masked off and the Grey Primer applied 
to the upper surfaces. 

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Aluminium lube was used to replace the 
oleos on the outriggers 

The fronts of the engine nacelles were 
painted gloss black inside and out and 
although Amodel provide a decal for the 
upper nose I masked it off and painted it 
black. I did use the decals for the black 
flashes on the engines, though. 

The only other colour is the long 
blade aerial on the starboard rear 
fuselage, and this was painted green as 
per the machine at Monino although it 
isn't pointed out in the painting guide. 

Amodel provide circular blanking 
plates for the front and rear of each 

engine nacelle, so I used two sets of 
them on the starboard engines, leaving 
the port engines open - the red painted 
blanking plates add a further dash of 
colour. The model was given a coat of 
gloss varnish, again from a can of 
Halford's Acrylic Clear, ready for the 
application of the decals, which consist 
of six red stars, the bort number 12 on 
the forward fuselage and the black trim 
stripes on the engines. I used Johnson's 
Klear on the decals and they settled 
down beautifully. 

Following a few mist coats, again 
using a rattle can of Games Workshop 
Purity Seal, which gives a nice satin 
finish, it was time to add the pre-painted 
undercarriage and doors. I added a few 
streaks of weathering using pastels, but 
kept it to a minimum as I was depicting 
a showcase machine. The Colour Police 
might look aghast at my choice of 
paints, but to me, they are close enough 
and saved lots of time and effort. 

With the model now on its legs, I 
simply added the drop-down doors 
under the forward fuselage and fitted the 
assembled and painted ejection seats. 
This access arrangement causes a few 

comments from people who view the 
mode! and it certainly looks like a 
precarious way for the pilot and 
navigator to get into the aircraft as they 
must be all of 1 5 feet off the ground 
when transferring from the ladder onto 
the ejection seat - 1 really must get 
around to making the two tall ladders to 
complete the display. 


Amodel are to be congratulated on 
providing such esoteric subjects for us 
fans of Soviet and Russian aircraft. 
Whilst not the easiest of builds, they are 
far better than a vacform would be and 
with each new release the quality just 
gets better and better. 

The only downside is the SIZE of 
these subjects - I now have their Sukhoi 
T4 Sotka, Antonov An-22 Cock, 11-38 
May, and 11-76 Candid built, with the A- 
50 Mainstay and Myasischev 3M Bison 
in the pending pile, and I am running 
out of room! 

SAM! | 

The outer, wingtip- mounted engines are slightly easier with 
just the front and rear assemblies fitting inside the two-part 
full-length nacelle 

Brass rods were inserted to strengthen the engine pylon 

With the addition of various intakes, the upper wing fences 
and the tail bumper, the main construction is essentially, 

Amodel provide all of the parts to make up the complicated 
undercarriage arrangement 

Assembly is a little fiddly, but with care the end result looks 

The two outrigger assemblies are slightly easier 

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M-50 Wnlkaround 

Starboard inner engine nacelle 

Nosewheel doors 

Bounder as currently displayed at Monino 

Top of the outrigger leg 

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Front undercarriage bogie - note the different wheels 

Starboard outrigger - note the circular hole 
in the scissor link 

Anti-flutter weight on the starboard tailplane tip Large intake on the top of the port outer engine Also positioned on inner nacelle 

Rear four-wheel bogie and door Tailcone 

Nose pitot probe - with AoA and Yaw vanes Damaged aerial under the lower rear fuselage Anti-flutter weight on the fin tip 

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Scaling Down... (Then up again!) 

The Manhattan Project 

Neil and John build and write about Fujimi's 1/144 B-29 as Enola Gay and Kora's 1/48 kit of Little Boy - the 
world's first atomic bomb 


The dual subject matter of this 
build represents quite a 
departure from my usual 
biplanes. It all came about 
because my son John is into physics and 
had been studying the Manhattan 
Project. I find history fascinating and 
some of what John told me was truly 
amazing. It is the personalities which 
really interest me, and in this case it 
was the Nobel Prize winning Richard 

Perhaps best known for his part in 
the Rogers Commission enquiry into the 

Challenger disaster, Feynman was at Los 
Alamos as a young man. His 
autobiography, Surely You're Joking Mr. 
Feynman? sheds a light on those years, 
which I find packed with irresistible 

For me, the logical working out of all 
this was a model project. The obvious 
choice was the end product in the form 
of Little Boy, and the means of delivery, 
the B-29 Enola Gay. 

Scaling Down 

One thing was certain, there was no way 
that my limited display or storage space 
was going to accommodate a B-29 at 
1/72, much less anything above. It had 
to be 1/144. In my usual impetuous 
rush to get started on a new project, I 
set off for my local model shop and it 
wasn't long before 1 had Enola Gay at 
the desired scale, in my hot little hands. 
Unfortunately, the version I had 
purchased turned out to be one of those 
much-reissued kits from another age, 
which should have been retired long 
ago, and soon I was struggling with 
flash, warped parts and poor fit whilst 
knowing that lack of detail and raised 
panel lines were going to limit what I 
could achieve anyway. 

Scale: 1/48 

Price: 06.71 

Kit No: 48007 

Type: Resin 

Manufacturer: Kora 
UK Importer Hannants 

It was at this point that I confided my 
troubles to our Editor and the project 
turned a corner. The version that he 
recommended was the Fujimi kit. 
Indeed, he did better than that and sent 
me one. Oh well, at least I had Enola 
Gay decals. 

My experience of Fujimi kits is limited 
to one of their 1/72 Vought Cutlass 
range and I was very impressed. The 
only reason 1 have not been back for 
more is that they don't tend to go in for 
Harts, Siskins or Bulldogs (pity). The 
question was. are they as good at 



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Scale 1 48 

Price: £39.70 

Kit No: 48008 

Type: Resin 

UK Importer: Hannants 

1/144? The answer is a resounding 
'Yes.' Beautifully engineered for excellent 
fit, just the right level of detail and nicely 
engraved panel lines gave me everything 
I wanted. 

Building Enola Gay 

Both B-29 kits began with painting the 
forward fuselage interior. This was a 
pretty simple process of olive drab with 
black for seats, consuls and control 
yokes. A quick dry brushing completed 
the job. With my original purchase, the 
need to loose some gun turret and 

Little Boy 

Since 1939, with the outbreak of war, 
developments in the field of atomic physics 
became of grave concern to several of the world's 
leading physicists, particularly the Hunganan Led 
Szilard. With war spreading through Europe, fear grew 
about the development of nuclear technology. Szilard 
impressed his fears on Albert Einstein, who knew better 
than anyone the vast destructive potential of atomic 
power, and so he and Szilard co-authored a now 
infamous letter to President Roosevelt, communicating 
the fear of the possibility of 'extremely powerful bombs 
of a new type' which could be constructed by hostile 
countries. Einstein's opinion was enough to prompt 
Roosevelt to create a Uranium Research Committee; a 
research effort which ultimately evolved into the full 
scale military research project, under the directorship of 
General Leslie R. Groves and scientific leadership of Dr. 
J. Robert Oppenheimer, which became known as the 
'Manhattan Engineer District' or simply 'Manhattan 

In February 1941, Plutonium had been discovered: 
tt was found that Plutonium could be synthesised from 

U238 in a variety of ways and, like 
Uranium, Plutonium could be 
induced into a nuclear chain 
reaction. At this early stage. 
Plutonium was only being 
produced in very small quantities 
in laboratory conditions, and even 
less was known about its nuclear 
characteristics than Uranium, but it 
seemed much more suitable for 
use in an explosive device, both 
because it could be artificially 
manufactured and because it 
underwent a more rapid fission 
reaction, potentially releasing more 
energy. It was agreed, then, that initial 
research would be focused on 
producing a Plutonium bomb, with Uranium research 
continuing as a backup. 

Several possibilities were discussed, but the gun 
method was selected as most suitable for immediate 
development. This simple technique entails the 
separation of the fissile material into two stable 
components: the target, fixed at the end of a barrel, 
and a projectile at the 'breech' end. The projectile is 

Robert Oppenheimer 

fired against the target so that the 
two come together and fuse as 
rapidly as possible. Accompanying 
the assembly is a combined 'tamper' 
and neutron reflector; a material that 
will surround the assembled core, 
designed to reflect radiating neutrons 
back into the core, further promoting 
the reaction and delaying the core 
from blowing itself apart. This 
method was selected both for its 
simplicity and reliability. 

Oppenheimer reasoned that, 
compared to the Plutonium device, a 
Uranium gun device would be 
straightforward to adapt. The strategy 
was, then, to develop a Plutonium gun 
and then derive a Uranium gun. He personally 
assumed responsibility for the early development of the 
gun design, and with mathematical physicist Charles 
Critchfield and engineer Edwin Rose proposed a design 
capable of delivery by heavy bomber. 

Work continued on the Plutonium gun, until July 
1944, when the first batch of reactor-bred Plutonium 
was delivered. It was quickly realised that it differed 

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Fuselage halves joined and forward bomb bay packed with 
as much weight as possible 

Wing halves joined. Stout stubs give a good positive fixing 

With wings and tail added, the main airframe is ready for 

porthole positions, plus poor joins, soon 
had me bogged down in a mass of filler. 
The Fujimi kit has infill pieces for the 
necessary holes and a dab of correction 
fluid soon sorts out any minor 
discrepancies. Both kits acknowledge 
that left to its own devices this model is 
going to be a tail-sitter and provide tail 
support props as one solution. Once the 
fuselage halves were joined, I packed 
the forward bomb bay with as much 
weight as possible before closing the 
doors. This did the trick. 

Next, the wing halves were joined. 
The Fujimi kit has stout spar stubs, 

which give a good positive fixing and set 
the dihedral without any fuss. 

With the main airframe assembled, it 
was time for some painting. For the 
overall silver finish I brush painted with 
Humbrol Metal Cote 27002 Polished 

The process began with an initial coat 
of Metal Cote. When thoroughly dry, this 
was sealed with a coat of Johnson's 
Klear, since you can't overpaint Metal 
Cote without it lifting. A second coat of 
aluminium followed and when 
completely dry, this was lightly rubbed 
down with 1500 grit wet & dry, and 

A Preiser figure adds a sense of scale 

Small components were painted before fixing 

when the model was thoroughly dry it 
was buffed with a paper tissue. The 
cellulose fibres in the tissue are just 
enough to do the polishing. Panels 
across the shoulder of the wings were 
masked and painted a greyer shade of 
aluminium (Metal Cote plus a little matt 
white) in accordance with photographs 
obtained from the Internet. Some 
weathering around the engine nacelles 
and exhausts was done with graphite 
powder and the whole sealed with 

another coat of Klear. Finally, the panel 
lines were slightly emphasised with a 
well -thinned acrylic wash. 

The final painting job included all the 
small parts such as engine fronts, 
propellers and undercarriage parts. I was 
then ready for final assembly. 

Once the model was together, decals 
were applied and the complex framing of 
the B-29's transparent nose was done 
with thin strips of silver decal. I made 
this by painting Metal Cote onto 

from the Plutonium previously 
analysed in one important aspect - it 
was contaminated with an isotope of 
Plutonium (Pu240) that was very 
unstable. This meant that it fissioned 
much more readily than had been 
anticipated, and could not be used in 
a gun device. 

Further refinement of the 
Plutonium was impractical, and so 
the gun plan was abandoned in 
favour of an alternative technique 
which had also been discussed at 
Berkeley; an implosion device, where 
an array of carefully arranged 
explosive charges would implode 
segments of Plutonium very rapidly 
into a small core. The implosion technique would be 
much more effective than the gun, albeit significantly 
more complicated, and development had already begun 
on the 'Fat Man' device - the bulbous spherical gadget 
contrasting the long, thin gun design. 

By February 1945, the specification for 'model 
1850' was complete, code named Uttle Boy. Little Boy 
would not be tested before use; there simply wasn't 

enough U235 to spare, and 
the design was virtually 
guaranteed to work. In fact, 
the design was almost too 
effective, bordering on outright 
dangerous. The designers knew 
that any one of a series of 
accidents could precipitate a 
nuclear incident. A large 
concern was the cordite 
detonation mechanism. Fire, 
lightning strike, or ditching in 
water could potentially cause 
unintentional firing of the 
charge, leading to full scale 
nuclear detonation. Even if the 
carrying aircraft ditched safely 
in the ocean, and seawater did not trigger the 
detonator, salt water could act as a moderator, and 
induce a 'fizzle.' 

As of May 1945, the device was ready for 
manufacture, but the Uranium to fuel it was not. 
Despite continuous work at the main Uranium 
production site at Oak Ridge, Tennessee over the 
previous two years, there was still not enough U235 for 

General Leslie Groves (left) was appointed 
the military head of the Manhattan Project 

one bomb. By July 14th, the main research 
establishment at Los Alamos, New Mexico, had 
completed assembly of several Little Boy cases, as well 
as one Uranium projectile, enriched to an average 80% 
purity. On the 16th, at the same time as the Fat Man 
gadget produced the world's first nuclear explosion at 
the Trinity test site, the components were loaded onto 
the USS Indianapolis, a heavy cruiser bound for Tinian 

By the 26th, the units had been safely delivered, 
and the target assembly completed and dispatched by 

By August 1st 1945, all the parts had been fitted 
into a case, with the exception of the cordite charge, 
which weapon officer Captain William Sterling Parsons 
wisely elected to load in-flight. 

Parsons armed the bomb by hand, at 31,000 feet, 
and it was released over Hiroshima at approximately 
8:15 am local time, immediately killing around 70,000 

References' atom icbomb 

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Xtradecal clear sheet. This ensured a 
shade match with the main fuselage. 

Fujimi had provided me with a very 
nice replica of Enola Gay basking in the 
Pacific sunshine. 

. . .Scaling Up Again - Building Little 

I decided to represent the worlds' first 
atomic bomb with the 1/48 resin kit by 
Kora. I could have chosen their 1/72 
version but somehow I wanted to get in 

The transporter trolley and main body 
of the bomb are cast in resin and a 
complex etched fret completes the 
package. Whilst obviously from good 
quality masters, the resin components 
do indicate that this kit has some 
mileage on the clock. There are casting 

blocks and flash to remove and surface 
air bubbles need to be dealt with. My 
favoured material for doing this is 
Milliput superfine white. 

For some time, I was one of those 
modellers for whom an etched part was 
as likely to end up superglued to my 
thumb as attached to the model. To do 
myself justice, as this medium has 
become more widespread, I have 
improved. I can now usually fix a two- 
dimensional etched part to a model 
surface without too much trouble. 
Forming three-dimensional structures is 
still another matter. The cross between 
origami and watchmaking which is 
required to make up the tail unit of Little 
Boy caused me to go a very funny colour 
and mutter dark threats. 

Despite the instructions being of no 

Enola Gay sits in the Pacific sunshine awaiting her call to duty 

Little Boy is ready to role out onto the tarmac. The bomb trolley is a particularly nice piece 
of casting 

use at all at this point, I got there in the 
end. My photographs of the build at this 
point seem to have evaporated in cyber 
space. Perhaps just as well. 

I painted the trolley Humbrol US Gull 
Grey (129). The wheels lend themselves 
to weathering and come up very nicely. 
The bomb itself was a bright blue and I 
used Humbrol French Blue (14). After 
the tail, the remainder of the etched 
parts are for external sensors and fuses. 
Even quite recent photographs had these 
airbrushed out for security reasons. 

A Sense of Scale 

I used a figure from the excellent Preiser 

range (USAAF Pilots & Ground Crew 
#67003) to give a sense of scale to my 
model of Little Boy. Posing Enola Gay in 
the background and using the camera 
angle to create perspective, I had all the 
elements to portray that fateful day in 
1945 when the Manhattan Project 
reached its culmination. 


Entering Enola Gay or Little Boy into an Internet 
search engine gave me ail the references I needed 
Enola Gay is preserved in the Smithsonian collection 
(See SAMI Vol. 14 issue 2 p. 176-177) 

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The First and Last 
Swallows of Spring 

D.H.108 [3rd prototype) 

Seal* 1/72 Price £32.95 

KM Wo: 04672 Type: Resin 

MMWhctww: Planet Models 

W importer Hannants 

A pair of British prototypes 

The D.H.108 was a British 
experimental aircraft initially 
designed to evaluate swept-wing 
handling characteristics up to 
supersonic speeds. Initially proposed in 
1944 as a design test for the proposed 
tailless D.H.106 Comet, the aircraft saw 
the mating of a single tail fin and swept 
wings to the main fuselage section and 
engine of the de Havilland Vampire. The 
aircraft was named 'Swallow' by the 
Miinistry of Supply, but de Havilland 
never took up the name. 

The D.H.108 was the first British 
swept-winged jet aircraft and the first 

Planet model 


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D.H.108 [1st & 3rd prototype] 

Scale; 1/72 

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Type: Vactorm 

Manufacturer: Whirlykits 

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The contents of the Planet Models kit 

The small decal sheet has all you will need to finish off your The smaller parts of the Planet kit come moulded in a resin 
model film 

The shallow cockpit leaves something to be desired, but it Debunking the myth that resin is better. The Heller injected Some filler was needed around the nose where the fuselage 
does stop tail sitting plastic parts, in metallic grey, are every bit as good halves meet 

The clear canopy also needed filler to blend it into the 

Once painted, decalled and the panel lining picked out, 
Planet's kit does look rather nice 

The single-page instructions are easy to follow 

British tailless jet aircraft. It was also the do about the fuselage, this is because 

first British aircraft to exceed Mach 1, 
and indeed one of the first jet-powered 
aircraft in the world to achieve this 
landmark speed. 

Planet's First 

Enclosed inside a small white open- 
ended box, are twenty eight cream 
coloured resin parts. The upper and 
lower fuselage/wings items are 
separately moulded, and all the other 
parts come enclosed in a single 
moulding film, and these parts, once 
released from their confinement and 
cleaned up, are nice and crisp, apart 
from the single-piece front wheel 
assembly which is beyond saving and 
needs replacement. There is just one 
vacform canopy, a small decal sheet and 
a single sheet of A4 which serves as the 
instructions/paint and decal guide. 


The first thing to do is to decide what to 

Planet have made a compromise in the 
lower half section, where they have 
moulded the front solid instead of giving 
a full depth cockpit. Now, I can see 
what they are about here as the 

D.H.108 is a tail sitter if there ever was 
one, and the solid front is just the right 
weight to prevent this, but it does 
present the builder with a dilemma - do 
you build the kit as designed and 
compromise the cockpit, or do you 

remove the resin to allow a full cockpit 
but then have the tail sitting problem? I 
opted for the former, as I could not be 
doing with all the extra work, not only 
digging out the resin, but scratch 
building the cockpit as well as replacing 

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all the parts. 

So just what have Planet given you 
for the cockpit, given the somewhat 
restricted space in the kit? Well it's not 
good news. As the three D.H.108S 
were built from aircraft taken from the 
production line the cockpit was, by and 
large, the same as the Vampire 
D.H.100, with the addition of an 
ejection seat in the third aircraft, which 
is the subject of this kit. None of the 
parts here bear any resemblance 
whatsoever to any de Havilland aircraft 
ever made to the best of my knowledge, 
but given that you can't see that much 
through the canopy, I worked with what 
was there, just replacing the kifs control 
stick, with a spare from the Heller 
Vampire. The whole interior was painted 
matt black and given a dry brush of 
matt aluminium. Seat belts were made 
up from Tamiya tape, and given a coat 
of Khaki Drill with the detail picked out 
in black. 

Once completed the two 
wing/fuselage parts were joined together 
and the joint cleaned up. The canopy 
was fitted next, and this was attached 
with Humbrol Clearfix, then blended into 
the fuselage with filler. 

The last stage of the build is the 
undercarriage. The parts supplied are 
not really very accurate and were 
replaced by items from Heller's Vampire, 
which consisted of the whole front leg 
and wheel and the main front bay door. 
The main undercarriage legs were, 
again, from the Heller kit, as the wheels 
in the kit are too big in both diameter 
and thickness {as are the Heller items 
for the D.H.108), so a root around in 
the spares box came up with two old 
FROG wheels from the Spitfire XII + VI 
kit. which did the trick. The main wheel 

bay doors were the resin parts in the kit. 
All that remained to do was to make the 
two pilot tubes that are fitted to the wing 
tips and the radio antenna just behind 
the cockpit. 

Whirlybird s 1st 

[TG 283] and 3rd prototype [VW120] 

It's been a long time since I made a 
vacform kit, in fact the last one was 
Maintrack's Project X D.H.108 Swallow, 
so I was delighted to find, inside the 
small stout box, that Whirlybird have 
reissued the Project X kit. To fit it in the 
box the once single sheet of plastic has 
been cut into manageable sizes, and this 
is made up of twenty-four parts 
including a set of wings, two types of 
fuselage, representing the first and third 
prototypes, some internal items and 

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others. There are eleven metal parts 
including the undercarriage, two seats, 
and the wing tip anti-spin parachute 
containers fitted to the first version, and 
to round off the parts two pairs of clear 
vacform canopies. The small decal sheet 
and one A4 size page of instructions are 
reprints of the Maintrack items. 

Whirlybird model 


Right, to work, and first things first - 
what version to make? I plumped for the 
first prototype, as the Planet kit is the 
third aircraft. Once the parts were 
marked out they were cut from the 
plastic sheet using a very sharp knife, 
then I made up a flat sanding surface, 
using a sheet of window glass with wet 
& dry taped to it. The various parts were 
rubbed down to their correct sizes, or 
that was the intention, but as it 
happened I got carried away with the 
left hand side and rubbed it down too 
much, which resulted in a large gap 
along the centre of the fuselage that 
needed some work with strips of plastic 
card to close. This had the advantage of 
making a solid joint, and once the two 
halves were fitted together, layers of filler 
and superglue built up the gap, which 
was rubbed down to the right shape. 
Before construction commenced the 

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The two types of vacform canopies are some of the best you 
The old Maintrack kit has stood up very well to the test of will ever come across 

As with the rest of the kit. the decals are reprints of the 
original Maintrack ones 

The two types of fuselage - the marked out one at the top is 
for the 3rd prototype and the cut-out bottom one is the 1st 

All the parts are now cut out and ready to be sanded into 
shape on wet & dry - note the glass sheet used to achieved 
a flat surface 

Tape was used to get a good grip when everything is wet and 

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Once the Heller cockpit was fitted, the amount of work 
needed to repair the over-sanding to the fuselage side was 
Caught in the act of messing up the left hand side fuselage somewhat time consuming 

Once the damage was fixed, the wings could be attached, 
and filler was needed to blend the top of them into the 

The underside also needed filler around the 
wing-to-fuselage joint 

As you can see. there is a rather large gap along the 
fuselage joint! 

Once the joints were rubbed down and cleaned up. the main 
undercarriage bays were cut out Filler was used to make 
the bay walls 

The metal wing tip anti-spin parachute containers are easy 
to fit to the wing tips, with just a hint of filler being needed 
to cover up the joint 

The undercarriage legs fitted without any trouble, though it 
was necessary to cut them down a bit to achieve the right sit 

cockpit needed to be made up, and the 
kit contains a number of rudimentary 
parts for this area. I only used the rear 
bulkhead and metal seat, with all the 
rest coming from the, by now, somewhat 
depleted Heller kit, including the 
instrument panel, control stick, cockpit 
floor/front undercarriage bay and the 
hydraulic system reservoir {the small 
box-like structure just behind the cockpit 
on the Heller kit), all of which fitted 

nicely into the vacform fuselage. 

The fit of the wings was really very 
good, with filler being needed to blend 
the fuselage/wing joint top and bottom, 
though it is a good idea to make up the 
intake walls before you glue the wing to 
the fuselage. Once the wings were in 
place, the tips were removed and the 
two anti-spin parachute containers were 
fitted, then the main wheel bays were 
cut out, with the walls to both these and 

the front bay made up with filler. Holes 
were drilled for the three metal 
undercarriage legs and these were fitted, 
with the front bay doors coming again 
from the Heller kit. 

All that remained to do was to fit 
the canopy, which was an excellent 
match to the fuselage and the engine 
outlet - no prizes for guessing where 
that came from - to replace the very 
poor metal item. 

Colour Options 

8oth aircraft were finished in highly 
polished metal, so I brush-painted them 
with Humbrol Silver (#11). The panel 
lining on the Planet kit was picked out in 
Humbrol matt Black (#33), with just 
the control surfaces being picked out on 
the Whirly Bird model. There were panel 
lines which could have been rescribed, 
but in this scale they can't be seen, so I 
don't see the point. 

I made an educated guess, based on 
available photographs, and painted the 
undercarriage yellow. Once this was dry 
the decals were added. The printing on 

July 2006 E Scale Aviation Modeller 68 1 

Heller Vampire FB.5 

As you may have noticed the Heller Vampire FB.5 (which has also been 
modified to represent the French 'Mistral' version) is indispensable to the build 
of either kit, so what makes it so special? Released in the nineteen seventies 
at a time when Heller were making the best injected moulded kits you could get, 
the Vampire has stood the test of time and is probably still the best Vampire around 
in 1/72. Its delicate raised panel lines may put some off. but that is their loss. Made 
up of thirty-eight parts, three clear, the level of detail with cockpit and undercarriage 
parts is as good if not better than the best resin kits, as is the injected canopy and 
the full-depth jet outlet. It can be picked up for under a fiver, which adds to my very 
high opinion of this plastic kit. If you see one in any of its various boxings then buy 
it, as not only is it an excellent kit in its own right, but it is very useful as a donor kit 
for any resin member of the Vampire family, in 1/72. 

VW 120 The third prototype. VW120. first flew on 24 July 1947 flown by John Cunningham, a 
wartime nightfighter ace. The following year, on 12 April 1948. it established a new World Air 
Speed Record of 604.98 mph on a 62 mile circuit. VW 120 was destroyed on 15 February 
1950. in a fatal crash near Brickhill. Buckinghamshire, killing its test pilot, Squadron Leader 
Stuart Muller-Rowland. Accident investigation pointed to a faulty oxygen system that 
incapacitated the pilot. 

The Vampire imaged here is the Heller FB.5, converted to a Mk I, done by adding Heritage 
Aviation's resin Vampire wing tips and the boom and tail off a defunct CMR Vampire Mk I. 
The one-piece canopy was added to the Mk I from January 1946. replacing the three-piece 
model (as fitted to TG 283). The decals also come from the comprehensive set in the CMR 
Mk I kit, showing an RAF Mk I of 130 Squadron from 1946. The aircraft is finished in all-over 
aluminium and has the B type roundels and fin flashes of the time 

With all the undercarriage assembly painted and in place, 
the end was in sight 

The Heller/ Whirlybird cockpit is now completed and awaits 
the canopy 

All finished. The canopy did require some filler to blend it 
into the fuselage. The real bonus here is that I ended up 
with an excellent spare early Mk I canopy, worth its weight 
in Gold! 

the Planet model is not too good, with 
the register being a little off and the 
colours seem to me to be a tad washed 
out on the national marking, but despite 
this they did adhere to the surfaces 
without any issues whatsoever. The 
Whirlybird items are nicely printed with 
good register as well as excellent colour 
density, the one drawback being that 
they are printed on a continuous backing 
film. Once cut out the national markings 
and the small aircraft numbers adhered 
to the surface well but when I used some 
Micro Sol on the large numbers on the 
underside of the wings to help smooth 
them out, some of the black ink started 
to dissolve - so don't use Sol or Set. 

After the decals were left for 
twenty-four hours to dry, both kits were 
given a coat of Humbrol Clear Poly to 
represent the polished surface. 


What we have here are two very 
interesting aircraft, which at the time 
were at the cutting edge of British 
aeronautical design. The Planet Models 
Swallow looks good once made and 

there is no doubt that its exterior detail 
is miles better than the Whirly Bird kit. 
however it has some major issues with 
the quality of the moulding and the lack 
of accuracy in most of the smaller parts. 
The shallow cockpit area is a good idea 

to deal with tail sitting, but there is the 
subsequent compromise with the size 
and depth of the cockpit, 

The Whirlybird kit gives you the 
option of both the first and last Swallow, 
the metal parts are accurate and nicely 
moulded, and the clear canopies are 
some of the best quality you will ever 
come across. If you have never built a 
vacform kit, and they are surprisingly 
really easy to build, then give it a go, as 
the Whirlybird kit is an excellent choice, 
and around half the cost of the Plant 
Model resin kit, 

Just one thing - you will need to get 
hold of the Heller Vampire to get the best 
out of both of these kits, but it has been 
issued by Revell and Airfix as well so it 
should be relatively easy to get hold of. 

SAM 1 

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McDonnell Douglas MD-82 

Scale: 1/144 Kit Ho: 14525 

Prict: £14.99 

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic 

Manufacturer Mmicratt 

UK Importer Hannants 

Milton's Schemes 

Part Five: Minicraft McDonnell Douglas MD-82 - The Paper Planes 

by George Coote and David Francis 

The MD-80 family of airliners was 
a development of the successful 
DC-9 airliner which first flew in 
1965. The M0-80s had a glass 
cockpit, improved avionics and 
aerodynamics plus the more powerful, 
efficient and quieter JT8D engines. The 
design was very successful with over 
1,000 airframes delivered between 1979 
and 1999. 

In kit form the MD-80 has been 
produced by Minicraft and over the years 
has been released with a number of 
different airliner markings included in the 
box. Hannants provided us with two 
examples of Minicraft's kit, the first with 
markings for Pacific Southwest Airlines 
with a prominent painted smile on the 
nose, and the second a very classy 
scheme worn during the final days of TWA 
operations. Both sheets are beautifully 
printed by Microscale and would make a 
very nice addition to any display shelf, but 
we had different plans for these two as 
can be seen from the photographs 
accompanying this article. 

The Blue One 

When my fellow club member, David, 
showed me an attermarket decal sheet 
produced by Liveries Unlimited that he 
had obtained from the Internet for the 
MD-82 it definitely had the 'Wow' factor. 
Scandinavian Airlines painted two aircraft 
in a scheme they called 'Paper 
Airplanes," one painted in red and one in 
blue, and this was very unusual as SAS 
is not known for special schemes. Even 
Liveries Unlimited - despite quiet a lot of 
effort - failed to find out why they were 
specially painted. 


The kit is moulded is a soft white plastic. 

which is rather flexible and the only clear 
part is the cockpit windshield, which is a 
bit foggy. The passenger windows are 
supplied as decals which many modellers 
prefer to filling holes with PVA or Kristal 
Klear. I decided that the easiest way to 
assemble this model was as a number of 
sub-assemblies, completing construction 
and painting before final assembly, as this 
would save a lot of time in trying to mask 
the individual sections and was made 
possible due to the good fit of the 
Minicraft kit parts. I started by 
constructing the long fuselage sections but 
first I removed the blade aerials moulded 
on one of the fuselage halves - these will 
be destroyed in the building process in 
any case, and can be replaced at the end. 

Before joining the fuselage halves you 
need to weight the nose with at least 
Vt oz. I found an old bolt that would do 
nicely and in the spares box an old 1/48 
fuel tank into which it was fitted prior to 
insertion as I have found a plastic-to- 
plastic join is much stronger than trying to 
glue metal to plastic. 

I now joined the fuselage using 
masking tape and liquid poly; I did this 
late at night so the entire fuselage would 
be nice and solid by the next day. In the 
morning I checked the join, and the under 
surface, nose and tail were perfect but all 
along the middle section, over the wing, 
the edges did not meet. Did I say the 
plastic was flexible? 

Now I had a nice step to fill. I found 
this very time consuming as some serious 
work was needed to make the step 

I used Milliput as the filler, sanded 
down with wet and dry paper. Over- 
spraying with primer enabled me to 
check the finish and I had to do this 
three times before I managed to get a 

good smooth result two days later - that's 
modelling for you! 

Next came the wings, which are lovely 
and thin in cross section but were very 
warped. After cementing them together I 
used hot tap water followed by a dunk in 
cold which, with a little careful bending 
to get them straight, seemed to do the 
trick. After two tricky sections the engine 
pods went together well and at this stage 
I now reattached the blade aerials made 
from pieces of excess photo-etch frame 
filed to shape. 

It was now time to start painting. The 
engine pylons and tail area were sprayed 
with Halfords white primer followed by 
appliance white, as were the engine 
pods. When this was set the vertical tail, 
engine pylons and wing roots were 
masked using Tamiya tape before the rest 
of the fuselage was sprayed grey primer 
followed by Revell 51 blue, which dries 
to a nice glossy finish ready for the 
decals. Grey primer was now applied to 
the wings before the silver areas were 
sprayed using Halford Peugeot platinum 
silver with the centre spare panels 
painted with Humbrol 166 grey. 

The Liveries Unlimited decal sheet is 
excellent, providing all windows and 
stencils plus some spares. All of the white 
paper airplane decals are printed very 
opaque and do not change colour when 
applied over the dark blue fuselage. Some 
are supplied in blocks and some singly, 
and there are a few spares in case of 
mishap. The artwork on the instruction 
sheet is very dear as to the position of the 
decals so any mistakes made will be 
down to the modeller. The decals are 
strong, tough, and went onto the model 
with no problems at all. I just wish all 
brands were made to this standard. 

With decalling complete it was time to 

684 | Scale Aviation Modeller | July 2008 

finish assembly. The engine pods were 
superglued to the pylons but I decided 
that the horizontal stabilizers needed to 
have metal pins attached to the joining 
surfaces as the plastic tabs are rather 
small and weak. 

The wings fitted to the fuselage very 
well using just a little superglue to 
attach the parts and a small amount of 
PVA as filler. Finally, to finish the model, 
I added the main undercarriage and 
nose gear. One point to note is that the 

main gear doors are much too big and 
almost touch the ground, The drawing 
on the decal placement sheet shows the 
right size and I replaced them with 
some cut from plasticard. 

The Red One 

Strangely I had none of the problems 
George encountered with his kit - my 
wings were perfectly straight and the 
fuselage assembled easily. I used a 
slightly different method for assembling 

the fuselage by gluing a small section at 
a time. I also used my preferred method 
of dealing with long joins by applying a 
small amount of superglue to the seam 
with the edge of a scalpel bade and then 
almost immediately sanding the seam 
with a small bit of wet SOOgrit wet and 
dry paper to obtain a perfect finish. 

This goes to show that two modellers 
can build identical kits and come out 
with a different experience of the model. 
However at the end of the day we both 

enjoyed assembling our airliners and they 
are certainly a striking pair. Though the 
MD80 kit is available in a number of 
attractive schemes from Hannants, 
finding a sample of the Liveries 
Unlimited sheet may be a bit more 
difficult. My samples were purchased 
online from and 
at the time of writing they still had a few 
in stock. 


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IPMS/USA Region IV Convention 

s I'm sure you are aware by 
now (pay attention at the back 
there!), IPMS/USA is split into 
13 regions. Each of these 
regions is encouraged to hold an annual 
convention, making them one step 
down from the Nationals in the IPMS 
contest hierarchy. Many fine models 
and modellers can be found at the 
Regionals. On April 18 and 19, 2008, 
IPMS/John H. Glenn and IPMS/Western 
Reserve hosted the IPMS/USA Region 
IV Convention at the Lakeland 
Community College in Kirtland, Ohio, 
about 20 miles from Cleveland and 
close to Lake Erie. 

Billed as 'two days of modeling 
heaven' the show featured items not 
usually seen at stateside model shows 
including club and chapter tables, an 
impressive 'art wall' featuring 
exceptional aviation fine art, and free 
admission for all children 17 and 

advanced techniques, a huge raffle 
which even featured the brand new 
Airfix Canberra, and a Make and Take 
program attended by about 150 
children. Modellers from seven states 
and across the border from Canada 
combined to display over 820 models 

A large scale Tomahawk - this impressive P-40B was from Thanks to all the new kits out in recent years, the Lancaster 
the Trumpeter kit is an increasingly common sight at shows 

Ed Kinney's Panther diorama 

A nicely turned out DC-3 in Trans-Canada livery 

What is a model show in Cleveland without an Air Racer? 

686 ! Scale Aviation Modeller | .... 

A striking colour scheme. A lot of unusual and interesting 
types were on display 

Jerry Royer's F-4 Phantom 
the type on show 

one of many fine examples of 

John Vitkus's Junkers. Another attractive early civilian type 
in the contest 

The stunning scheme on Larry Davis's Golden Hawks Sabre 
6 will be familiar to many 

The Airlix Nimrod is quite popular in the States as well 

This RCAF Neptune had no doubt just come across the 
border for the show... 

of all sizes and types. The contest room 
featured 643 models entered by 142 
contestants. The Best in Show award 
went to a 1/16 M7 Priest self-propelled 
gun - well, you have to keep the 
treadheads happy...! 

Other highlights of the show 

included seminars, a sit-down awards 
banquet (no beer-and -crisps event, 
this!), and a 56-minute audio-visual 
presentation of the contest winners. 
Apparently, big fun was had by all! 
Congratulations are due to both the 
chapters involved for putting on what 

by all accounts was a fine show. 

My sincere thanks to Jim and 
Heather Bates for their photos and help 
in compiling this article. 

SAM [ 

Doug Halke at work on the IPMS John Glenn Chapter table 

This scaled-down Harrier shows what can be done in 1/144 

A 1/144 Hornet in the striking RCAF scheme provided in the Revell 

The Vendor Hall. An overall view shows readers just what they miss 
if they don't attend these events! 

Shows USA 

July 27th, 2008 

IPMS Dragon Lady Model Classic 

Plaza Room. 210 Julie Drive, Yuba City, CA 
Presented by IPMS/Dragon Lady 
Don Terbush 530-674-8194 

August 3rd, 2008 

6TR Summer NNL and Swap 

Algonquin Township Offices. 3702 US Highway 
14, Crystal Lake, IL 

Presented by IPMS/GTR Auto Modelers 

August 8th -9th, 2008 

IPMS/USA 2008 National 

Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St. 
Virginia Beach, VA 
Presented by IPMS/Tidewater 

August 9th, 2008 

2008 Far West Region 9 Contest 

VFW Hall. 3538 N. Bryttie Fresno. CA 
Presented by IPMS/Kings County Scale Modelers 

August 10th, 2008 

IPMS/EI Paso Community Outreach 
Show and Display 

Bassett Place Shopping Center, 1117 Geronimo 
Drive 79925. El Paso. TX 
Presented by IPMS/EI Paso 

. . 2008 I Scale Aviation Modeller i 687 

Brush with Success 


The Airbrush Company, UK 
importers for Iwata and 
Lifecolor, have passed on a 
number of the latest new 
products to arrive in their catalogue, 
and as committed airbrushing 
exponents, SAMI is pleased to pass on 
the details. All of these products are, in 
their own ways, of use and benefit to 

repeatedly wreck expensive airbrush 
equipment by not cleaning it properly. 
No names mentioned... ho hum... 

Seriously, there are only two things 
that can go wrong with airbrushing a 
model - both of them avoidable - one is 
an incorrect paint mix, and the other is a 
dirty airbrush. Given the shape and 
complexity of airbrushes, cleaning them 
- and cleaning them properly - does 
require a little care and attention, so 



' .' ""f '• 

anyone wishing to switch to airbrushed 
finishes - or indeed to anyone currently 
operating one. If you haven't yet 
switched, then as usual we urger you 
to try, as you will never look back. 

VGT-2000 Ultra Sonic Cleaner 


It may look like a small portable chip 
fryer, but in fact this is a very practical 
and highly desirable tool ideal for those 
untidy modellers always in a hurry who 

anything that can make the job easier, 
and lessen the amount of components 
accidently washed down the sink is, for 
this ham-fisted modelling dunce at least, 
of major benefit. Seriously folks, I love 
modelling, but my workbench and every 
tool I own are encrusted with paint, filler 
and Lord only knows what else. 

The process of ultrasonic cleaning in 
a liquid is the action of ultrasonic 
waves generating micro vacuole 
bubbles which repeatedly expand and 

contract. Once these bubbles burst the 
action will gradually and gently remove 
the contamination or dirt that has 
adhered to the surface of the article as 
well as places not easily accessed. 
Basically you put the pieces you want 
cleaned in the removable basket, 
immerse them in cleaning solution or 
water and push the button. This 
particular machine has a programmable 
timer, and can be set for up to 60 
minutes. Plugged in and operating it is 
quiet and unobtrusive, and its compact 
size will not compromise space in the 

A useful addition to the workshop, 
and one that will earn its keep by 
helping to keep valuable equipment in 
working order. 

SAM 1 



Diorama Set 

CS-13 Flesh Paint Set -£13.99 

This latest boxed set from Lifecolor will 
be of interest to all those modellers 

who include crew figures in their 
aircraft. It includes six 22ml plastic 
bottles of Lifecolor's superb and 
airbrush-friendly acrylic paint. Colours 
include light, base, and shadow tones. 
Personally, not being either keen or 
capable when it comes to figures, I 
intend using them on a series of RAF 
Desert Storm aircraft, as they are ideal 
for some selective post-shading and 
panel tinting with my Iwata Revolution. 

Lifecolor Cleaner 

LC Cleaner £6.99 

Lifecolor's powerful cleaner comes in a 
plastic 250ml bottle, and is ideal for 
removing acrylic paint residue. Can be 
used on brushes or airbrushes. 

Lifecolor Thinner 

LC-Thinner 250 £6.99 

Don't take chances when you point a 
loaded airbrush at your pride and joy. 
Use the proper gear. Bottle contains 


The Lifecolor range is not widely 
distributed in the UK at present, which 
is a shame as it is extensive, and very 
airbrush friendly. All these products, 
and many more, can be obtained from 
The Airbrush Company via the website 



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Diamonds are Forever 


Having just bought volume 14 
issue 6 (June 2008) of Scale 
Aviation Modeller, I was 
interested to see a book review 
on page 593 with a couple of small 
illustrations taken from the volume itself. 
I feel I must point out that on the top 
illustration of an XI Squadron RAF 
machine, the black and yellow of the 
nose bars have been reversed. The 
central diamond should be yellow and 
not black. Not being able to read the 
text which accompanies the illustration, I 

am unable to read which aircraft this 
refers to. There was one aircraft 
delivered from Warton to Conningsby by 
the then Station Commander where 
these colours were reversed. As the 
aircraft landed the mistake was noticed 
and the aircraft was towed away for the 
offending markings to be removed and 
replaced with the correct ones - a 
mistake which has not occurred since. 
Ian Coates (ex XI Squadron) 

Stockton on Tees 

How Do Roo Do? 

It was with great interest that I read 
Mr Michael Swan's letter regarding 
the trend of many decal 
manufacturers to provide only 
limited or a single set of national 
markings on their decal sheets. I 
apologize that this email reaches you 
only now - the tyranny of distance is 
responsible because we only see each 
issue of SAMI several months after its 
UK release date. Therefore, I understand 
if things have moved on. 

This issue of restricted numbers of 
national markings on a decal sheet has 
irked me as long as I have been building 
models. Indeed it was the prime reason 
why I wanted to tackle it with my own 
decal range. My first attempt was the 
single-subject sheet which proved to 
have low popularity with retailers but 
was quite popular with modellers! My 
first foray into multiple subjects came 
with Waddy's Kitties, which provided 
two complete Kittyhawks flown by John 
Waddy in the SWPA during WWII. After 
this I released several sheets which 
covered multiple aircraft but provided 
sufficient national markings for two 
complete aircraft allowing for several 
alternatives to be placed on the sheet. 
This was still not satisfactory in my view 
so with the arrival of my two Tiger Moth 
sheets, RAAF Tiger Moths WWII and 
RAAF Tiger Moths WWII and Post-War, 
here were two sheets that provided four 
and three aircraft complete. This 
established the trend and 
subsequent sheets, RAAF 

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Bostons, RAAF Kingfishers Parts 1 and 
2, The Away Team Part 1 - 3 and 450 
Sqn RAAF P-51C Mustangs in Italy 
1944 and my most recent sheet, RAAF 
Boomerangs Part 1 and Part 2 (my first 
venture into 1/32) have all featured two 
to six complete aircraft. 

Naturally, offering say six complete 
aircraft on a sheet has meant an 
increase in the dimensions of the decal 
sheet and a corresponding increase in 
production costs (I have to buy more 
decal paper). As a result the retail price 
of these decal sheets has climbed to 
around the AUD$25-AUD$30 but I 
believe that modellers will be prepared 
to pay that amount for the opportunity to 
get more than one aircraft out of the 

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decal sheet. Time will tell. 

I am firmly committed to maintaining 
this style of decal sheet and several 
future releases currently under 
production all follow this concept 
because I feel that modellers should not 
have to constantly rummage in the decal 
bank or endlessly snip needed national 
markings off left-over sheets to complete 
a project. Personally I think all decal 
sheets should offer sufficient national 
insignia to allow each of the depicted 
choices to be completed, but that is a 
pipe dream of mine, so in the meantime 
I'll content myself with trying to offer this 
type of decal sheet to a niche market. 
Gary Byk 

CEO. Red Roo M odels 


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The MiG Issue 

Further to the Trumpeter MiG-3 
discussion I am not realty sure 
what the problem is your 
correspondent is trying to 
highlight. Flashback, ICM and Trumpeter 
kits represent different aircraft. The 
Flasback one is early series while ICM 
and Trumpeter kits are late series MiGs. 
Dimensionally they are rather correct, 
with Trumpeter having a bit more of the 
shape issues than ICM (obviously AM- 
Flashback is set aside as it is an aircraft 
of a different series). Admittedly, 1/48 is 
not my pot, but neither myself nor any 
others I have consulted have noticed any 
issues with the shape of the forward 
fuselage, with the only real issue being 
the shape of the radiator cowling under 
the centerplane. 

No one has ever heard of an Airfix 

Soviet Fighter MiG-3 


' " Soviet MIG-3 EirlfVinlon eg 

MiG-3. It seems that the first 1/72 kit 
was an obscure Italian producer, then 
packaged by Italeri. It is completely 
incorrect. It was boxed by Zvezda for a 
while and then recently repackaged by 
Revel I. 

Konstantine Matinovsky 


All Across the Pond 

I just recently picked up Scale 
Aviation Modeller, vol.14 issue 4, 
and am enjoying it very much but 
there are two points I found that 
need correcting. I intend my remarks to 
be merely informative and constructive. 

On page 362 in the section. 
American Patrol by Steve Palmer, 
is the story entitled 

The Resurrected __ m 

Boeing 40C. I must 
first applaud the 
wonderful story, 
pictures, and 
dedicated work by the 
family who completed 
this fabulous project. 
That said, the second 
word of text is 
incorrect. The sentence 
begins, 'Canyonville. 
California.' The story 
begins with a 1928 
flight from Medford, in 
the southern part of 
Oregon intending to 
reach Portland in the extreme north of 
Oregon. The plane crashed on Canyon 
Mountain. Interstate 5 is the main 
highway connecting Medford to Portland 
I live on 1-5 about 15 miles south of 
Canyonville. and I can assure you that 
Canyonville is in Oregon, not California. 

The second 
point also involves 
geography. On 
page 378 in the 
article, New Cat 
on the Block, I 
read in paragraph 
two that the 
Grumman Hellcat 
was designed and 
built in Bethpage, California. There is no 
Bethpage, California. There is, however, 
a Bethpage on Long Island, New York. 

I trust that my comments are received 
in the spirit I intended. 
Reinhard Forster 
via Email 

Harrier Omissions 

I would like to comment on some 
omissions from the modelling 
element that are either directly 
applicable to. or would complement 
the GR.7: 

1/72 Accessories 

• Model Alliance CS-106 DATA Pod 

• Model Alliance CS-107 Vinten Recce 
Pod (Current) 

• Model Alliance CS-108 RAF lOOOLb 
Iron Bombs 

• Model Alliance CS-1 1 1 CVR-7 Rocket 

• Model Alliance CS- 112 TIALD Pod 

• Model Alliance CS-138 100 LERX 
(Available for over 12 months) 

• Airwaves Martin Baker Mkl2 Ejector 

• Aires Resin Undercarriage bay set 

• Quickboost Resins Air Brake set 

• Scale Cast Wing with dropped flaps 
The Heritage intake set is for the Sea 

Harrier/GR.1/3 etc and this does not fit 
the GR.9. I understand that both Pavla 
and AIRES are looking at RAF Harrier 
GR.7/9 including detailed cockpits, 
undercarriage, wing flaps etc. 

On the reference section the main Op 
Telic modelling reference book was also 
missed out: On-Target Special I - RAF 
Fast jets in Operation Telic 2003. Also a 
superb book missed out was the Airlife 
Harrier GR.7 in Detail by Mark Attrill. 

We are currently in production of a 
new Harrier Profile Plus book covering 
all Harriers and this will include as 
normal numerous decal sets to 
complement it, including 1/32 scale to 
go with the Trumpeter kit. 

Keep up the good work. 
Gary Madgwick 

Managing Director 

The Aviation Workshop Publications Ltd 

Firstly, apologies to Heritage for a number 
of errors inexplicably cropping up while 
transposing data from their website. Full 
details on the range can be seen at 
www. heritageavia tionmodelsltd. com 
The Modellers Profile was aimed 
specifically at the GR. 7. and a number 
of generic Harrier items were omitted. 

*Operation Telle 

m -Mi in Operation Iraqi 

Thanks to Gary for pointing out these, 
and advising us of exciting 
developments in the pipeline for fans of 
the type. See also decal reviews this 
issue - Editor 

Star Letter 

I was rather surprised to see the 
picture of the finished F-14A in 
SAM Vol #14 Issue #5 with two 
glaring errors on the finished 
model. I know that it is impossible to 
put a roundel on upside down or even 
sideways, but the US Star and Bars are, 
to the best of my knowledge, always 
placed with the single point of the star 
pointing up on the fuselage side and 
pointing forward on the wing. Both the 
upper left (port) wing decal and the right 
(starboard) decals are upside down 
and/or backwards. I see that the left 
(port) fuselage star is correct. 
I am pleased to see you are now 

producing many articles about 1/144 
kits, which is right up my alley. I have 
been razed a bit over the years when I 
bring in finished 1/144 kits to the 
monthly club meetings. 

By the way, I am sorry to see Wise 
Owl shut down as they made it very 
easy to order my overseas subscriptions. 
I dislike all the conversion fees and not 
really knowing what I'm going to pay 
until I get my VISA or MC bill. I will 
probably get all my mags through 
Squadron for now. 
John R. Lee IPMS USA 
Portland, Oregon 

Jury 2008 | Scale Aviation Modeller 



JULY 2008 

US Navy Flying Boats and Amphibians in World War II 


U.S. Navy Flying Boats 
and Amphibians 

These Squadron Specials really are 
superb pieces of work. They have a 
knack of taking a subject and turning 
it into a showcase of such rich variety 
and interest that modellers can hardly 
wait to go out and invest in some 
product to model some of the subjects 
in the book. I have no doubt that this 
will be the case with this current title, 
as its subject matter includes some 
classic types, and its design is 


Author Al Adcock 

Publisher: Squadron. Signal 

ISBN: 9780897475563 

Format: Softback. 80pp 

photographs with thorough captions, 
the book deals with each 
manufacturer in turn, and thus we are 
treated to photo-essays in turn on the 

works of Boeing, Consolidated Aircraft, 
Douglas, Grumman, Hall Aluminium 
and Martin, covering types both 
familiar and exotic. 

Colour profiles are included, but it 
is the photography that makes this 
book so special - and the overall 
presentation, with no space wasted 
and a subject matter that is hard to 
beat - that makes it a worthy Book of 
the Month. 

SAW 1 

inspirational. Already the strange 
fascination for the Grumman Duck, 
engendered by the Modellers Profile 
on that type, has been rekindled by 
the excellent coverage the ugly 
amphibian gets in these pages. 
Largely based on original 

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Messerschmitt Bf 109E 

Another superb release from 
Kagero, no doubt with the arrival 
later this year of Eduard's new 
1/32 kits in mind - certainly the 
additional decal sheet includes 
no fewer than five sets of 
individual markings in this 

The all-English text covers 
the development and history of 
the Emil in its entirety, and for 
those who already know the 
story, there is a heavy bias 
towards illustrations, with the 
i excellent selection of 

Bf 109 E 


Author: Jakub Plewka 

Publisher: Kagero 
ISBN 9788360445426 
Format: Softback. 80pp 

photographs filling most of the pages. 

Scale plans for all E sub-variants 
are included in 1/48, and the last ten 
pages feature some splendid profile art 
drawn to 1/32. 

The free decal sheet included 
covers five aircraft in 1/72, 1/48 and 

1/32, and these machines are all 
covered by the profiles. Their 
inclusion, along with the quality and 
selection of photographs, makes this 
book a must for anyone with an eye 
on the back end of the year when the 
first of the new kits arrives. 
Richard Beagre 

692 | Scale Aviation Modeller | July 2006 

Ilyushin 11-2 Attack Aircraft 

E-2 Hawkeye Walk Around 53 

Not nearly enough has been written 
about the Stormovik - as it will be 
known by anyone who ever built the 
Airfix kit - and it's nice to see a 
publisher with a reputation for digging a 
little bit deeper coming up with a first 
class book on the subject. Jakab's title 
covers the design, development and 
history of the type thoroughly and with 
plenty of photographs and ancilliary 
information. The bi-lingual text - Czech 
and English - provides a fascinating 
insight into Soviet war production, and 
some of the data and diagrams on 
tactical flying, formations, and 
operational procedure add a breadth of 
interest to the subject that is frequently 
missing when we open a box of plastic. 

The devastation wrought by these 
machines is presented in a number of 
photographs of destroyed German 
aircraft and equipment on the ground, 
although the price of this success seems 
to have been very high, largely due to 
the amount of time the aircraft remained 
at low-level in the target area. 

The colour profiles are well-executed 
and cover the full range of schemes 
applied to this most numerous of 
aircraft, and the overall impression given 
by the title is one of expert research 
combined with enthusiasm to provide an 



Author Oleg Rastrenin 
Publisher: Jakab 

ISBN: 9788087161029 

Format Softback. 96pp 

essential work of reference as well as an 
enjoyable and informative read. 
Barry Brine 

Assembly Ships of the Mighty Eighth 

During the Second World War the 
Eighth Air Force operated from Air 
Bases across the whole of East Anglia 
and gathering together the large 
formations of bombers into a cohesive 
force was a nightmare. During training 
in the States it was possible to form up 
the squadrons and groups into a 
bomber stream in an hour, but in 
operational conditions with the famous 
British weather it normally took at least 
two to three hours and only once the 
formation was complete could they 
actually set off towards Germany. To 
give an idea of the difficulties bear in 
mind that a B-17 seen from four 
kilometres has a wing span of only 2 
centimetres, so you can understand 
why it was very hard for individual 
aircraft and squadrons to find their 
position in the overall formation. 

That is where the Assembly Ships 
came in. These aircraft were normally 
war-weary airframes that had been 
stripped of their armament and painted 
in variations of the squadron/bomb 
group colours, sometimes with added 
lights around the fuselage to make 
them even more obvious. These 
colourful aircraft were the first to take 




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off followed by the rest of the 
squadrons, which then formed up 
around the assembly ship. Once the 
formation was complete the whole 
formation set off towards the target and 

Most modellers will have come across 
the famous Walk Around series at some 
point or another. This latest title comes 
in as part of the 'Color Series,' which 
means that as well as including the 
most thorough and comprehensive walk 
around of its subject matter possible, 

the assembly ship dropped out of the 
formation and returned to base. 

Now over my years of attending 
model shows I have seen a few 
examples of assembly ships reproduced 
on the tables, normally Tubarao with its 
shark mouth and yellow and green 
stripe fuselage that featured on an old 
Microscale sheet, but when I opened 
this book I was amazed by the number 
of aircraft that had been used in this 
role and that the aircraft that I had 
seen were just the tip of the Iceberg. 
Stripes, squares, polka dots and other 
decorations normally combined with 
attractive nose art, shark mouths and 
mission markings all featured 
prominently on these aircraft. 

The text in this book is very 
informative and describes the history 
of bomber operations over Europe, but 
as its title suggests its main content 
concentrates on the role of the 
assembly ships of the Eighth Air Force. 
Most assembly ships were used by the 
groups operating the B-24 Liberator 
though there were a few B-17s used 
as well. These schemes and many 
more are illustrated by an amazing 
selection of 160 photographs. 

E-2 Hawkeye — >i— in 


Author: Ken Neubeck 
Publisher Squadron Signal 
IS8N: 9780697475556 
Format: Softback. 80pp 

all the illustrations are now in colour, 
so its usefulness to the modeller is 
instantly magnified tenfold. 

Besides the usual wide selection of 
shots of its important little places - 
including a full and frank exploration of 
the interior - there are a number of 
nice operational shots of various aircraft 
and some excellent colour profiles. The 
text is by way of captions to the 
photographs, which are clear and 

This is a perfect modeller's book. 
Lots of close-ups that would be of little 
interest outside the hobby, but are 
absolute gold dust to anyone building a 
model, and with a 1/48 kit among 
Special Hobby's planned releases it will 
be a very useful title for many of us 
before too long. 


complemented by 40 colour profiles; 
some of these profiles chart the 
development of a colour scheme on a 
specific aircraft as it was modified 
during the course of the war. 

I had heard of Assembly ships but I 
was completely unaware of the 
existence of Dogs or Cops until I read 
this book! These aircraft were war- 
weary P-47 Thunderbolts that had 
been stripped of their weapons and 
were used to shepherd the squadrons 
and bomb groups into their correct 
formation and round up any strays 
and return them to the flock. Just like 
the bombers many of these aircraft 
were attractively marked with their 
parent air group colours and again 
these are covered by photographs and 
colour profiles. 

By covering a little known subject 
this book should assure itself a ready 
market with anyone interested in 
daylight bomber operations of the 
Eighth Air Force over Europe, but its 
sheer quality and colourful subject 
matter will make it of interest to a 
much wider audience. 

SAM 1 

July 2006 | Stale Aviation Modeller 1 893 

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