EDUARD Limited edition for 1/48 Legion Condor Dual Combo 1/48 (1140)
SKU : EDK1140
Legion Condor By Eduard #1140
Injection moulded plastic – He 51 (ex Roden ), Bf 109E ( Eduard reissue )
Heinkel He 51 - 86 plastic, 2 transparencies, and 1 photo-etch sheet.
Messerschmitt Bf 109E - 154 plastic, 5 transparencies, and 2 photo-etch sheets.
There is a shared mask sheet for both aircraft.
The kit parts are well moulded with minimal flash and no obvious ejector pin marks. There are minor blemishes on the wing surfaces that are probably caused during release from the mould.
A couple of sink marks were found at the base of the propeller on the rear surface, but these are easily rectified.
Surface detail is generally consisting of fine recessed panel lines.
For the most part the components are crisply formed with finely scribed panel lines on the external surfaces. Surprisingly there is the outline of the position of the retracted wheels finely marked on the top surface of the wing. If required this is easily removed. There is no flash and pin marks could not be seen.
The cockpit area consists of the seat, instrument panel, control column, and rudder pedals, with photo-etch additional parts to enhance it. The internal airframe tubular structure is assembled around this before closing of the fuselage halves.
The wheels are nicely moulded with treaded tyres. Masking from the supplied sheet is utilized for the rims.
The single external stores item is an auxiliary centreline fuel tank carried under the fuselage.
The small transparency for the windscreen also uses a mask from the sheet.
The interior of the aircraft is well represented with the cockpit including the pilot’s seat, control column, instrument panel, and rudder pedals, with once again photo-etch supplied for use.
If so desired the kit can be built with the engine cowlings removed allowing display of the Daimler-Benz DB 601 powerplant. This comes as the basic engine block with various pieces of equipment added for better detail. Decals are supplied for the correct serial numbers of the engines of the various options with instructions to follow references to ensure the correct match to a particular aircraft. The cowling mounted guns can also be displayed in a similar fashion.
Photo-etch is also used for the underwing radiator intakes.
The undercarriage components have sharp detail with subtle treaded tyres.
All the clear parts are very thin without any blemishes and have delicate framing.
Excellent Cartograph printed sheets are supplied for each kit.
Heinkel He 51
Four options are provided -
1. Heinkel He 51B-1, Oblt. Hannes Trautloft, 2. J/88, Avila, Spain, Fall 1936.
2. Heinkel He 51C-1, Adolf Galland, 3. J/88, Calamocha, Spain, Spring 1938.
3. Heinkel He 51B-1, Harro Harder, 1. J/88, Battle of Brunete, Spain, July 1937.
4. Heinkel He 51B-1, Stabsarzt Dr. Heinrich Neumann, Medical Battalion San/88, Spain 1938.
Messerschmitt Bf 109E
Four options are provided -
1. Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1, Oblt. Siebelt Reents, Staffelkapitan, 1. J/88, Leon, Spain, Spring 1939.
2. Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3, Oblt. Hans Schmoller-Haldy, 3. J/88, Spain, 1938.
3. Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3, 2. J/88, Catalunyan Front, Spain, Early 1939.
4. Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3, Lt. Kurt Sochatzy, 3. J/88, Spain, Spring 1939.
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