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Bf-109F-2 Weekend Photoetch

Published: November 4th, 2018     
Bf-109F-2 Weekend Photoetch
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has a variety of options to build their aircraft. There is the Royal Class, ProfiPack, Weekend, and Overtree options, so depending on your budget or what you like to add there is something for everyone.

The Overtree and Weekend releases do not have photoetch parts added. Many, myself included, think that the pre-painted instrument panels are worth the extra cost of these Weekend/Zoom sets.

This set is packaged in the typical resealable packaging with card stock backing to protect the fret from bending. There is a single nickel plated fret with exquisite painted photoetch parts, most notably the instrument panel. This set also comes with the seatbelts and shoulder harnesses. It also features the oil coolers and tropical filter. Various panels and chains for the cockpit are included. The instrument panel is beautiful printed with the gauges being precisely printed and far superior to anything I could paint. That alone makes this set worth the price of admission, but including the seatbelts makes this an essential item for your Friedrich. Another thing included are the tailboom stiffeners typical of many F models.

Bf-109F-2 Weekend Edition

Published: November 4th, 2018     
Bf-109F-2 Weekend Edition
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Eduard Bf-109F/G series of models are really nice kits. It is nice that Eduard provides a variety of cost options should you want to build one on a budget. The Weekend releases are a bargain, especially if you build it out of the box. Each release has two marking options.

Their latest release is the Weekend Edition Bf-109F-2. It comes with decal for two aircraft, one from JG-2 and from JG-54. Both are quite colorful and choosing which to build will be the difficult part. I elected for the JG-2 machine.

The model comes in a sturdy cardboard box with a colorful top opening cover with profiles of the subject aircraft. The box is about half as deep as the ProfiPack boxing. Inside the box are an instruction booklet with the appropriate parts breakdown. You also get two decal sheets one with the markings and the other is a stencil sheet. These are printed by Eduard and are in perfect register as well as being suitably thin.

Dornier D0-335 B-6 Pfeil Night Fighter

Published: November 4th, 2018     
Dornier D0-335 B-6 Pfeil Night Fighter
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Hong Kong Models

HK Models has released a 1/32nd scale D0-335 A and B single seat versions of the Pfeil and continues their 1/32nd scale DO-335 releases with this variant, the B-6 Night Fighter. The B-6 was a two-seat version and included radar for use in night fighting American bombers. This was a proposed variant and never built. HK has taken their initial kit and added a second cockpit and the needed radar antennas along with all the existing detail.

Royal Netherlands East Indies Army 1936-42

Published: November 3rd, 2018     
Royal Netherlands East Indies Army 1936-42
Author: Marc Lohnstein; Illustrator: Adam Hook
Reviewed by: William Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

The long held Dutch colony of the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) encompassed a huge swath of maritime territory across the southwest Pacific ocean, from the eastern end of the island of Sumatra to the western half of New Guinea, including the major islands of Java, Timor, most of southern Borneo, the octopus-like Celebes, and hundreds of smaller islands in between. For most of its history, the Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL) was tasked with internal security, assisting the colonial police services in maintaining order when and wherever necessary. Defense from external threats was the primary responsibility of the Dutch Navy, supporting the far-flung KNIL battalions assigned to strategic areas throughout the colony. By 1936, in the face of growing Japanese expansion in the western Pacific, the KNIL began a five year modernization program that was just beginning to take shape by the time of the Japanese invasion in early 1942.

Mig-21Bis/Mig-21-93 R25-300 Exhaust Nozzles

Published: November 3rd, 2018     
Mig-21Bis/Mig-21-93 R25-300 Exhaust Nozzles
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro, IPMS# 17254
Scale: 1/72
Company: Amigo Models

Amigo Models from Russia is producing some wonderful after-market resin products for 1/72 and 1/48 aircraft. This particular set is for the Mig-21bis and Mig-21-93 which both use the R25-300 engine. The box contains five resin pieces secured in bubble wrap. These pieces make up the afterburner/exhaust sections of the engine and exhibit excellent detail both inside and out.

Although the pour stubs look daunting, I had an easy time cutting the pieces from the stubs with a razor saw. The pieces are not numbered, but the instruction sheet has actual sized drawings to help identify them. After washing the set with soap and water, I spayed on Vallejo primer followed by a couple coats of different Alclad II metallic paints. Dry brushing with acrylic metallic colors added some zip to the finish. Amigo's website provides some photos of the actual exhaust for a color reference. As you would expect with five pieces, assembly is quick. However, I had to do additional sanding on some mating surfaces to get the entire length of the exhaust aligned.

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