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Eduard 1/48 Bf-109G-6, kit 8268

Eduard 1/48 Bf-109G-6, boxtop
Box top

The Bf (or Me) 109 needs no introduction. It is such an important aircraft in the history of aviation (and the world) that I am unable to think of a mainstream modelling company that has NOT offered a version of the 109. In 2014 Eduard unsurprisingly extended their product line with a G-6, the most numerous of the WWII versions.

There are just 4 sprues in the standard box (used for most 1/48 scale aircraft the company produces AND the Royal Class editions), so contents will rattle about as you’re taking it home. Thankfully all frames are tightly packed in sealing bags and there is little to no chance parts will be damaged.

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Skymodels decals 1/72 FW-190A and F, SKY72059

Few aircraft have served in as many roles as the Focke Wulf 190, the famous Butcherbird. the charismatic German WWII superfighter. Intended as a Bf-109 replacement, the 190 served alongside it till the very last day of the war.

Nearly every company that has done a model of WWII aircraft has a FW-190 in its catalog. As is customary decal variants are between 1 and 4, and most feature aircraft of certain ace pilot – e.g. Josef Priller or Hans-Ulrich Rudel. This sheet is no different, and it does feature TWO options for Priller’s mount, but it’s got a few more tricks up its sleeve.

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Skymodels decals 1/72 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, SKY72050

P-47 was the heaviest single-seat fighter of WW2 and a popular modelling subject. There have been numerous decal sheets, but none of them offer as many options as this one.

Skymodels decals 1/72 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, SKY72050
Skymodels decals 1/72 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, SKY72050

Skymodels’ sheet for the mighty Jug offers 30 (!) different options from C to the N models, from all war theaters.

Skymodels decals 1/72 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, SKY72050
Skymodels decals 1/72 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, SKY72050

The various options comprise radio codes, nose art, serial numbers, victory markings, etc. In addition there are THREE types of national insignia, the full stenciling AND an instrument panel decal available.

Skymodels decals 1/72 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, SKY72050
Stencils, prop stickers, instrument panel decal
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Begemot Decals MiG-25 Foxbat full stencil, 72-016

The MiG-25 was a wonder aircraft in terms of technical solutions, aerodynamic scheme and application versatility for an airframe this big and this fast.

For an aircraft this influential and famous its very odd we have less than 10 kits available in all scales. Just 3 of them in the 72nd scale:

– the old Hasegawa kit (reissued and poorly copied countless times though that wouldn’t count),

– the Berkut family of single- and two-seater (the sole kit of the U training version AT ALL),

– the much more recent ICM kit.

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Gunze Sangyo Mr. Mark Softer

For any of you out there that have had issues with decals not conforming to model surfaces companies would offer all kinds of  magical potions. My favorite since the beginning of this year is Gunze Sangyo’s Mr. Mark Softer.

Mr. Mark Softer
Mr. Mark Softer

This magical clear liquid comes in 40ml bottle, complete with a built-in application brush.

So far it has been successful in subduing Cartograf decals on Eduard’s MiG-21MF, DML’s own decals on the 1/72 amphibious vehicle seen here:

Left bow ID decal
Left bow ID decal

– the Academy decals for their F-8 Crusader here:

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