The fourth kit in Eduard’s FW 190A-8 series is the Fw 190A-8/R11 nightfighter variant. In an effort to fight the RAF’s night bombing campaign, the Luftwaffe searched for ways to increase the number and effectiveness of it nightfighter forces. The long term solution was the development of dedicated nightfighters such as the He 219 Uhu, but as new aircraft development was a slow process even wartime, it was forced to look for short term solutions as well. One solution was the FW 190A-8/R11 where four FuG 218 antennas were installed on the wings of the Fw 190A-8 along with flame dampeners along the fuselage sides and blast deflectors for the guns.
The third kit in Eduard’s FW 190A-8 series is the Fw 190A-8/R2 “Sturmbock” variant. As the American daylight bombing raids became larger and more frequent the Luftwaffe searched for ways to increase the effectiveness of their daytime fighters in bringing down the B-24s and B-17s without drastically increasing their vulnerability to American escort fighters. Focke Wulf’s solution was to add additional armor to key areas of the Fw 190 and to up-gun it. The result was the Fw 190A-8/R2 which had extra armor around the engine, the ammunition boxes in the wings and along the sides of the cockpit. In addition the side panels of the windscreen were beefed up with extra panels of glass and large side panels of toughened glass were installed on the outside of the main canopy. The R2 also had the outer 20mm cannons in the wings replaced with 30mm cannons – giving the Sturmbock a hefty punch.
Two Bobs has released a decal sheet covering an anniversary scheme for the “Wild Weasel” squadrons, currently flying F-16s. The markings include a very prominent weasel carrying a lightning bolt in the rudder.
The instruction sheet (printed in full color) includes color call-outs in: FS standard, Testors, Humbrol, Gunze and Xtracrylics. This makes finding the right paint color a breeze.
The decal sheet is printed by Microscale and it looks thin, glossy and it is in perfect register. Likely the color density will be excellent too. As a “bonus” stencils are provided for AIM-9X, AIM-120, AGM-88, plus ALQ-184 ECM and AN/AAQ-33 targeting pods
A word of caution which hopefully will minimize confusion: the instruction sheet lists a 1/48th Tamiya for this decal set. That is a typo. The size of the decals is clearly for a 1/32nd scale model.
Highly recommended. You will have an astonishing looking Wild Weasel F-16C.
Kinetic Models has provided all new molds for the Super Etendard in 1/48 scale. Upon opening the box you find 5 sprues, one clear sprue and a small PE fret (HUD and some external details). Two of sprues are devoted to an array of weapons and underwings stores.
Plastic is the typical light grey from Kinetic, with good surface detail, fine and crisp recessed detail and no flash.
Construction starts with the cockpit, air ducts and engine face, plus wheel bay (both nose and fuselage ones). There are no surprises with those subassemblies, but make sure every part is properly cleaned and square as assembling all those components could throw the fuselage alignment off. There are internal alignment points for the air ducts and fuselage wheel bay, but not for the nose wheel bay.
Furball decals continues their “AirWing All Star” series and this decal sheet features 7 (seven!) CAG F-14, with enough national markings and stencils for two airframes. However if you use the markings and stencils from the original decal sheet you can make a very large group of models.
These are the airframes included
- F-14A 159631, VF-24, USS Constellation, 1976
- F-14A 160393, VF-84, USS Nimitz, 1978
- F-14A 161134 (TARPS), VF-101, NAS Oceana, 1982
- F-14A 160666, VF-111, USS Kitty Hawk, 1983
- F-14A 159825, VF-114, USS Enterprise, 1984
- F-14A 159446, VF-142, USS America, 1977
- F-14A 158621, VF-124, NAS Miramar, 1974
The airframes are a combination of overall grey, with others being with lower surfaces in white. Some radomes are tan, others are grey. All of them have colorful fins.