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Eduard 1/48 Bf-109F Overtrees and Overlept details

Published: November 17th, 2018     
Eduard 1/48 Bf-109F Overtrees and Overlept details
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Bf 109F-4 PE-set 1/48:



Eduard Models has been releasing "Overtrees" and "Overlept" versions of their main boxings "Profipack" and "Weekend". Let me cover the differences among the boxing types:

Su-35S AL-41F1S Exhaust Nozzles (Hasegawa)

Published: November 15th, 2018     
Su-35S AL-41F1S Exhaust Nozzles (Hasegawa)
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro, IPMS# 17254
Scale: 1/72
Company: Amigo Models

This is the third set of Amigo exhaust nozzles I've reviewed, and this set exhibits the high quality I saw previously. It is designed for Hasegawa's 1/72 scale Su-35S Flanker and is a "drop-in" for the kit's exhaust pieces. However, Amigo chose to represent only the articulated position of the exhausts while the kit has the option of both articulated and in-line positions.

Doors Set

Published: November 13th, 2018     
Doors Set
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Matho Models

The Matho Models Doors Set includes one photoetch fret about 4 x 6", with seven doors. The fret also includes some miscellaneous hardware including latches, escutcheon plates, door knockers, key holes, and two flower designs for one of the doors. The doors are all different wood door styles and several sizes as follows:

  1. Colonial 2-11 x 6-11
  2. Half-glazed panel 2-11 x 6-11
  3. Glazed lite 3-1 x 6-11
  4. Panel door 3-1 x 6-11
  5. Arched top panel door 3-1 x 6-11
  6. Solid door with vision lite 3-6 x 7-0
  7. 8 Pane stile & rail 3-4 x 6-11

The door hardware is very small and difficult to work with. I couldn't get the flower designs off the sprue without crumpling them. The door knockers are also very thin, and I mangled one so bad it was unusable. Matho Models provides door hinges as separate sets for mounting the doors.

The photoetch is fairly thin, and to make a 2-inch door thickness would require a 1/16" backing of either styrene or wood.

Wing Flaps for Hasegawa Ki-61-1

Published: November 13th, 2018     
Wing Flaps for Hasegawa Ki-61-1
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/72
Company: CMK


The Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-61 dates back to the early 1970s and is still a nice kit, but basic. CMK has come out with some detail sets to spice up these old kits.

What You Get

4 crisply molded resin parts along with a 9 X 3.5 folded sheet of instructions. These parts are very fragile so please be careful when handling them.


The first thing you need to do is remove the flaps from kit part B10 and thin the undersides of the corresponding areas of parts B11 & 12. This 2nd part is where I totally messed this up due to my not paying attention. I removed the areas totally and this made it almost impossible to build. I managed to get these on and make them look halfway decent, but it could have and should have been better. With the exception of my mistake, these went on pretty easy and look very nice.


A very nice set but I would recommend only modelers who have experience with resin sets tackle this.

I would like to thank Special Hobby and CMK for providing this and the Review Corps for letting me build it.

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