- Published on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00
Silverwings reveal their colours
Schemes for forthcoming 1:32 PZL P.II
Silverwings are ending 2014 with two releases. We recently looked at the schemes for their forthcoming Fokker D.XXI, and now they reveal a December release; the PZL P.II monoplane. To tease those coins from your wallet, here are the schemes that will accompany this resin kit, and of course, we will bring you more news as we get it, and a full review when this beauty lands here!
- Published on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 00:00
While Eduard had released kits in the past such as their Tempest, Yak-3, P-39, etc, to me their Fw190 family represents their first serious entry into the mainstream kit market. It's highly detailed with some tricky engineering, and a very popular subject. Eduard has re-released their initial Fw190 kit, the A-5 variant, and this will be the subject of today's review. This new release is in Eduard's new grey plastic instead of the older olive colored styrene. Well, mostly – there is still one sprue of olive plastic. I guess they still had some leftover sprues from the first run.
- Published on Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00
1:48 Gloster Javelin Mk.3 conversion set (for Airfix kit)
Available from A2Zee Models for £34.00
Alley Cat has turned their attention to the rather excellent Airfix 1:48 Gloster Javelin FAW.9/9R again, this time finally closing the gap in their Javelin resin set family with this Mk.3 conversion. Yes, that's right, Alley Cat now have a complete suite of Javelin sets, allowing all the main versions. Some of these sets are more involved than others, and this particular one is quite invasive in its requirements, with an entirely new forward fuselage. Let's take a look.
- Published on Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
Eduard had a tough time in the run up to the release of their MiG-15bis. Problems with the tooling meant that the kit had to be entirely reworked, delaying release. Thankfully, that release was well worth waiting for, with several boxings of this model now available. We reviewed the dual Bunny Fighter version in May 2014. The latest incarnation of this release sees it take on the Weekend Edition guise. What makes this release quite special is that it is Eduard's first Weekend Edition kit to feature SUPERFABRIC seatbelts as standard. Yes, even the strip-down kit options are getting better for the modeller!
- Published on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:00
1:48 Blohm & Voss Bv 141
Catalogue # 81728
Available from Creative Models for £31.99
Without much doubt, the asymmetrical Blohm & Voss Bv 141 rates to be perhaps the most unusual design for a piston-engine aircraft, during World War 2. Unlike other unusual designs of this period, this one may well have entered full scale production, had it not been for the RLM allocating the 141's BMW801 radial engines to Focke-Wulf Fw 190 production. The design itself came about due to a specification issued by the RLM in 1938, requiring a single engine reconnaissance aircraft with exception all-round vision. Contrary to that very requirement, the aircraft which won the contract was the two-engine Fw 189.
- Published on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:00
1:32 Me 163B Komet cockpit set
Catalogue # 2198
Available from Hannants for £15.50
It's taken some time, but we now finally have a complete cockpit upgrade for the recent Me 163B Komet kit from Meng. This isn't the first upgrade path for this model, with a series of excellent Eduard photo etch sets being released this year. Read our review here. However, this aftermarket set from Aires, comprises a whole cockpit tub replacement in resin, with a small fret of PE parts for those finer details.
- Published on Monday, 22 September 2014 00:00
This is Eduard's second Limited Edition Phantom release, utilising the excellent Academy sprues again. We previously saw this plastic recently with the Good Morning DaNang! release. It is generally accepted that the Academy kit is one of the best and most accurate 1:48 Phantom kits on the market, and Academy only released the Phantom themselves in 2012, so this is actually quite a fresh release, in terms of plastic content. Seizing upon the opportunity to make the most of this popular kit again, Eduard have now released this new Limited Edition kit, called 'Bicentennial Phantoms', utilising the patriotic schemes which some Phantoms were starting to starting to wear in the run up to the 200th Anniversary of American Independence. Of course, it is fitting that this kit itself was released in the run up to the recent Independence Day celebrations too.
- Published on Monday, 22 September 2014 00:00
1:32 Fokker D.XXI Development
It's a shame that when you mention the word 'Fokker', the only aviation you associate this with are the WW1 German aircraft. Fokker himself was Dutch, and it was mainly for monetary reasons that Germany is the country associated with his designs. After the Great War, Fokker continued his work, and designed a number of civilian and military types, of which the Fokker D.XXI fell into the latter category. Of course, Silverwings are the darlings of the interwar period, and their next release in resin will bring us this very aircraft, in the same amazing detail for which they are now famous. We have some photos here for you, and of course will bring you further news and images as soon as we are sent it. Until then, enjoy!
- Published on Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
1:35 Rheinmetall-Borsig Flugabwehrrakete Rheintöchter R-III
Catalogue # 35019
Available from CustomScale for €89.00
Germany produced some of the weirdest and not-so-wonderful weapons of the war, and most certainly some of the most frightening, in terms of possibility. There's truth in the fact that adversity influences innovation, and whilst some nations still operated biplanes in 1939, it's a chapter which ended with jet and rocket flight, and ultimately with the atomic bomb. On the positive side, many of those innovations, borne out of desperation, are still with us today in some form. Technologies which Germany played with in terms of aircraft design can be seen in modern military aircraft, and even in commercial airliners. Looking purely at the military side of things, the surface to air missiles which are a common weapon in today's military arsenals can be traced directly back to their origins in Germany's experimental weapons trials which were conducted throughout the war.
- Published on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00
CONFESSIONS OF A WINGNUT WINGS VIRGIN
His hands trembled as he nervously began to remove the parts from the sprue.
'It's my first time, please be gentle with me.....'
I had wanted to get my hands on one of Wingnut Wings kits for some time, but had been put off by my perception of the complexities of these WW1 machines. So when the opportunity arose to build the Bristol F.2B Fighter I decided to throw off my inhibitions and dive wantonly into this new sensual experience......
- Published on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 00:00
1:48 Focke-Wulf Ta 154A-2/U4 conversion set
Catalogue # AC48049C
Available from A2Zee Models for £22.00
It's a shame that the German 'Moskito' is an often under-represented model on the club stands and at shows. There's no doubt that the Focke-Wulf Ta 154 is an unusual looking machine, looking like a nose sitter that wishes to try its hand at tail sitting, and with the engines in line with the cockpit, which harkens to the DH Mosquito. It was also of a 'high-wing format'. The Ta 154 was designed as a nightfighter, but its performance wasn't great, and only a few were built. Despite there being great plans for this machine, it seems that being used for the bomb component of a Fw 190-piloted Mistel, was perhaps its ultimate destiny. A shame really. Like the DH Mosquito, the Ta 154 was also of wooden construction, in order to save strategic materials, i.e. metal.
- Published on Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00
1:32 and 1:48 Wet Transfer Stencils (Various)
Catalogue # see article for code and price
Available from HGW
This, of course, isn't the first time we've looked at the new series of Wet Transfer from HGW, but this series is now expanding quite rapidly. We have been sent the latest releases in 1:48 and 1:32, so we'll take a look at each set independently, and what they offer the modeller, over the standard, traditional decal.
- 1:35 Conversion Sets for Pz. Kpfw IA and Pz. Kpfw IB from Brach Model
- GERMAN TRAMCAR 641 from Miniart
- 1/48 Spitfire Mk.IXe Weekend Edition from Eduard
- 1/35 Tiger II ProfiPACK from Eduard
- 1:32 Messerschmitt Bf 109H conversion from Alley Cat
- 1:32 decal sets for WNW 2A2 Salmson kits from Pheon Decals
- 1/32 Gloster Meteor Engine from Profimodeller
- 1:32 Gloster Meteor F.8 conversion from Fisher Models
- 1:24 Typhoon Cockpit Instrument Decals from Airscale
- 1:24 Hawker Typhoon Mk.1B from Airfix
- 1/32 Spitfire Mk.1a decals from Eagle Editions
- Aces High Magazine Issue 1 from AK Interactive
- 1/48 Bf 109G Eduard Brassin upgrades for Eduard kit from Eduard
- 1/32 Bf109G-10 and K-4 Upgrades from Barracuda Studios
- 1/32 Gloster Meteor Upgrades from Profimodeller
- 1:35 NSU Sd.Kfz.304 "Springer" from Brach Models
- 1:35 AEC Mk III Armoured car from MiniArt
- Various 1:35 & 1:32 barrels from RB Models
- 1/32 DFW C.V 'Late Production' from Wingnut Wings
- 1:32 Nose detail for B-25 Gun Ship from Profimodeller