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Eduard Spitfire Mk.IXc late version Profipack Edition 1/72nd scale

Eduard Spitfire Mk.IXc late version Profipack Edition 1/72nd scale

Eduard Spitfire Mk.IXc late version Profipack Edition 1/72nd scale


Kit


Injection moulded plastic – New tooling


Parts


167 components plus 14 transparencies.
Also included is a photo etch sheet plus a canopy mask.


Mouldings


These are well formed in grey plastic on five well laid out sprues.
Surface detail features fine recessed panel lines. There is no evidence of moulding flash or externally visible ejector pin marks.


Quick comment
This is the first release in this scale of an Eduard tooled Spitfire kit and includes a multitude of parts for optional versions of the aircraft, many of which are not used in this release.
These include alternate control panels (one with moulded detail plus one blank panel for decal or photo etch placement); three, four and five spoke wheel hubs; different sized tyres; standard or fluted exhausts; different structural frames for the pilot’s seat; standard and broad chord rudders; alternate tailplanes; main undercarriage doors, tall or short tailwheels; three different cockpit access doors; standard or extended wingtips; and a choice of canopy transparencies.
Photo etch is used extensively in the cockpit which includes the seating, control column, instrumentation, oxygen bottles, gunsight, and rudder pedals.
It is also used for the radiator and carburettor intakes as well as for the nicely detailed undercarriage assemblies.
External stores include underwing 250lb bombs whilst provision is made for either centreline slipper fuel tanks or a conventional rack mounted tank.
The transparencies are thin and clear, and can be portrayed in closed or open positions.
Decals
The well printed sheets include extensive stencilling and provide six markings options –
1. Spitfire LF Mk.IXc, MJ586, flown by Pierre Clostermann, No. 602 Squadron, Longues sur Mer airfield, July 7 1944.
2. Spitfire HF Mk.IXc, ML296, flown by F/Lt Otto Smik, No. 312 Squadron, North Weald RAF Air Base, Late August 1944.
3. Spitfire LF Mk.IXc, MH712, flown by W/O Henryk Dygala, No. 302 Squadron, Summer/Autumn 1944.
4. Spitfire LF Mk.IXC, MJ250, No. 601 Squadron, Italy, Summer 1944.
5. Spitfire LF Mk.IXc, ML135, flown by Jerry Billing, No. 401 Squadron, Tangmere RAF Air Base, June 7 1944.
6. Spitfire LF Mk.IXc, ML135, flown by Jerry Billing, No. 401 Squadron, France, July 1 1944.



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Daryl N. Williams

Rockin’ Rhino By Eduard #1143 1/48th scale

Rockin’ Rhino By Eduard #1143 1/48th scale

Kit

Injection moulded plastic – (ex Academy McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II)

 

Parts

499 components, 16 transparencies, 2 photo-etch sheets (1 coloured), 23 resin, canopy mask and 2 Cartograph decal sheets.

Mouldings

The ex Academy parts are cleanly moulded with fine recessed surface detail.

There is no evidence whatsoever of any flash on the multitude of parts, whilst ejector pin marks could not be easily found.

General comment

On opening the box one is presented with a massive quantity of parts. Unlike Hasegawa, Academy tend to include all the required weapons and underwing stores, and Eduard have used the lot!

A rather concise instruction book is included which will be required given the complexity of the build.

The cockpit tub includes all the instrument panels and side consoles, multi-part ejection seats, crew figures, and control column. Photo-etch is extensively used to enhance this area, whilst replacement resin ejection seats are supplied. Components for the nose wheel bay fit to the bottom of the sub assembly.

The undercarriage components have excellent fine detail on the gear legs with treaded replacement resin tyres included. Wheel bay detail is fairly basic.

Resin components are supplied to replace the engine tailpipes and burner cans.

External stores include a mixture of AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles, bombs, and drop tanks. These were carried on centreline and wing pylons with the mix depending on the mission profile.

The supplied transparent parts are thin and clear with no noticeable blemishes. A canopy mask is included.

Decals

Two approximately A4 sized Cartograph sheets are supplied with one featuring US national markings and a multitude of stencilling! The other sheet carries all the aircraft squadron codes and individual aircraft markings.

Five aircraft are depicted –

  1. F-4J Phantom II, 153775, VMFA-451 “Warlords”, USS Forrestal, 1976.

  2. F-4J Phantom II, 153882, VF-92 “Silver Kings”, USS Constellation, 1973.

  3. F-4J Phantom II, 157270, VF-114 “Aardvarks”, USS Kittyhawk, 1971.

  4. F-4J Phantom II, 153887, VMFA-235, “Death Angels”, MCAS Kaneohe Bay, 1972.

  5. F-4J Phantom II, 153783, VX-4 “The Evaluators”, NAS Point Mugu, 1972. This is the overall gloss black “Vandy One” with the famous white bunny logo on the tail!

 

 

 

 

Daryl N. Williams.

Airfix Junkers Ju87B-1 Stuka 1/72 Kit Review

Airfix Junkers Ju87B-1 Stuka 1/72 Kit Review

Airfix Junkers Ju87B-1 Stuka 1/72 Kit Review

Injection moulded plastic – New tooling

-Parts

100 components including 10 transparencies

-Mouldings

These are very cleanly moulded with excellent fine recessed panel lines on the major components. Any ejector pin marks are confined to concealed areas, whilst there is no evidence of any flash whatsoever.

-General Comment

This new release from Airfix replaces their somewhat dated older tooling of the Junkers Ju987B Stuka .

All the kit parts are crisply formed with especially fine detail in the cockpit area. This includes a choice of pilot’s seats which allows for the pilot in the cockpit or an empty seat with a moulded on harness. You are also supplied with the two crew figures with separate right arms, instrument panel, control column, sidewall detail, the pilot’s floor view port, observer’s flexible mounted machine gun and seat, and various other fittings.

Internal structural panels are included for the engine intake sub assembly.

The landing gear features flattened, bulged tyres and the aircraft’s distinctive faired undercarriage legs with the Jericho-Trompete “Jericho Trumpet” wailing sirens mounted on the leading edges.

Locating holes will have to be opened up on the lower surfaces of the wings and centre section for the externally carried bomb load and associated racks. A full weapon load is supplied. Other external fittings are the wing trailing edge slats and dive brakes.

The supplied transparencies are beautifully moulded with sharply defined framing, and are very thin and clear.

Decals

The kit box states the supplied sheet is printed by Cartograph and it shows, with superb register and enough stencilling to do the completed model justice.

Two options are provided for.

  1. Junkers Ju 87B-1 Stuka, 9./Sturzkampfgeschwader 51, Norrent-Fontes, France, August 1940.

  2. Junkers Ju 87B-1 Stuka, Kampfgruppe 88, Legion Condor, Spain, 1938.

No swastikas are supplied with the first option due to political sensitivities so these will need to be sourced elsewhere.

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Review by Daryl N. Williams

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Tamiya 1/32 Aircraft Series No.19 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc

The Wait is Over! The legendary Spitfire was the representative British fighter of WWII and many served with various air forces well into the 1950s. Among these was the Mk.IX, a variant powered by the Rolls-Royce Merlin 60 series engine which was developed to counter the Luftwaffe’s Fw 190. Most of the Mk.IX aircraft came equipped with the C wing, ... Read More