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Bf-109G-4 Canopy Masks

Published: January 7th, 2018     
Bf-109G-4 Canopy Masks
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

If there is one thing I hate about modeling aircraft it is masking canopies. To me it is just a chore. I can mask an entire model multiple times but something as mundane as a canopy is a pain and time consuming. That is why I really enjoy Eduard's canopy masks.

Printed on Kabuki tape, similar to Tamiya tape, these masks are precisely cut for the Eduard Bf-109G-4 kit. They should fit the G-2/5/6 as well. The thing about these masks that is different from other masks is that the aft canopy has internal framework. Eduard gives you both the interior and exterior framework for the aft canopy. The other canopy parts are just the outside. The single page of instructions shows you which masks goes where.

Everything fit perfectly, which is what you would expect for a manufacturer who produces both the kit and the masks. Apply the masks, then paint the interior color, in this case Tamiya German Grey, and then the exterior camouflage color. Simple easy and efficient.

UH-1D Photo Etch Set

Published: January 7th, 2018     
UH-1D Photo Etch Set
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

This set is designed for the Kitty Hawk UH-1D. While not marketed as an interior set because there are other parts in here. There are two frets included. One is a pre-painted one that is also available in the ZOOM set and the other is brass.

The first fret is a simple little pre-painted fret which is a perfect accessory for the Kitty Hawk UH-1D. One of the things about the Kitty Hawk kit is that it has an instrument panel with extra gauges that were added after Vietnam. It also is painted flat black while Vietnam era aircraft had light grey interiors.

This fret features some of the exquisite detail that is common for the Eduard pre-painted frets. There is simply no way that you can paint this good. The instrument panel is a perfect example of the type and markings used in Vietnam. There is also detail on the overhead and lower console. These will look impressive when installed in the cockpit.

Installation is easy. Simply sand down the kit detail and add the new pre-painted parts. I'd recommend painting the parts flat and then adding some Krystal Kleer to the instrument faces to restore the glass look.

UH-1D Seatbelts STEEL

Published: January 7th, 2018     
UH-1D Seatbelts STEEL
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Kitty Hawk UH-1D comes with photo etch seatbelts, but they are not as accurate as they should be for a Huey. This set is a pre-painted STEEL set. That means that it is able to be bent a little bit more than the previous sets. I've enjoyed using the STEEL seatbelts on other builds.

This set is very complete. It contains EVERY seatbelt and shoulder harness for the UH-1D/H. Unlike the Kitty Hawk seatbelts the front seat belts and shoulder harness are perfect for the Huey. The colors are great. The leather end pieces are included which they aren't on the Kitty Hawk parts. Also included in this set are the parts for the rear facing seats and the cabin area. Tiedowns are included for the front seat belts and even the cover for the inertial reel.

All in all this is an incredible set that is absolutely essential for the Kitty Hawk Huey. This set and the other Eduard parts will take the Kitty Hawk Huey to a whole new level. This set is what the Kitty Hawk parts should have been. Impressive set Eduard.

Highly recommended

FE861 UH-1D ZOOM PE

Published: January 7th, 2018     
FE861 UH-1D ZOOM PE
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

This simple little pre-painted fret is a perfect accessory for the Kitty Hawk UH-1D. One of the things about the Kitty Hawk kit is that it has an instrument panel with extra gauges that were added after Vietnam. It also is painted flat black while Vietnam era aircraft had light grey interiors.

This fret features some of the exquisite detail that is common for the Eduard pre-painted frets. There is simply no way that you can paint this good. The instrument panel is a perfect example of the type and markings used in Vietnam. There is also detail on the overhead and lower console. These will look impressive when installed in the cockpit.

Installation is easy. Simply sand down the kit detail and add the new pre-painted parts. I'd recommend painting the parts flat and then adding some Krystal Kleer to the instrument faces to restore the glass look.

This set is simple and easy to use. It is accurate for a Vietnam era Huey. I think this set is the simplest and most essential set for the Kitty Hawk kit. This set along with the other sets that Eduard offer are really great additions to the Kitty Hawk Huey.

Highly recommended

MK44H-0 Whiteknight

Published: January 7th, 2018     
MK44H-0 Whiteknight
Reviewed by: Craig Gregory, IPMS# 49320
Scale: 1/20
Company: Hasegawa USA

This Whitenight is from a Japanese manga where the "MK44 is a Heavy Armored Fighting Suit which humans using for the defense from an attack of the mad computers." Hasegawa manufactures the MK44H-0 and several other suits from the Maschinen Krieger ZbV 3000 manga. I have only been modeling for a few years and I normally model modern jets, sci-fi spacecraft or real space. However; since I'm not a Star Wars vs. Star Trek, Picard over Kirk kind of guy, I decided to try something new.

Hasegawa's MK44H-0 Whitenight Prototype is a 1/20 scale armored suit composed of over 180 pieces. The pieces are modeled on 12 sprues; mostly of blue-grey plastic. A vinyl tree of bushings allows the smooth articulation of the suit in various positions and stances. There is a ton of detail in this model, especially in the cockpit area. The cockpit area of the model is a slip and slide, push/slide contraption that allows the front of the model to be separate and the interior exposed. (Fit problems forced me to model the suit with the cockpit area sealed; details below.)

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