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DECEMBER/JAN 2015 • £6.50 UK $15.99





Chen Zexi brings Hasegawa’s kit up to speed


‘Big Wing’ Ta-152 H1 Zoukei-Mura’s 1:32 kit modelled by Tristan Estoppey.


P-40 Warhawk, part 2 Daniel Zambarbide Suárez takes us step-by-step through his 1:32 project.


F/A-18C Hasegawa’s 1:48 kit is reworked and detailed by Chen Zexi.


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Westland Wessex HU5 Grega Krizman builds and details the 1:48 Italeri kit


Air Born New releases.


IPMS Hellas 2015 The Editor presents a small photo report from the Greek National Championships held in Athens.


F-5E Tiger II Luc van den Ende reworks the veteran 1:32 Hasegawa kit with spectacular results.

Meng AIR Modeller is published Bimonthly by AFV Modeller ltd Old Stables East Moor Stannington Northumberland NE61 6ES Tel: 01670 823648 Fax: 01670 820274 email: [email protected] Editor and Designer: David Parker Deputy Editor: Mark Neville Sales Director: Keith Smith

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Ta-152H1 Z O U K E I - M U R A’ S 1 : 3 2 K I T M O D E L L E D B Y T R I S TA N E S T O P P E Y



aving missed the initial release of

everyone's taste but eventually proved to be

Zoukei-Mura's Ta-152H1, now sold-out

comfortable to work with.

for some time, I used the so-called

As usual, I began by detaching from the sprues

"Slipstream Edition" of this gracious

and carefully cleaning up every piece, a time-

airplane. Compared to the initial release, this

consuming task since many of them feature

edition features optional decals for a manga-style

prominent moulding lines and steps. This boring

black painted aircraft and a well rendered 300l

stage is crucial as the typical Zukei-Mura

drop tank (unfortunately not the right type of tank

modular assembly sequence requires a rigorous

and attachment system for an operational Ta-

approach to minimize fit issues later in the build

152). Pieces are moulded in a soft black and

(think butterfly effect).

silver-grey styrene which might not be to


Engine Assembly of the liquid-cooled Jumo engine was trouble-free and only a couple of enhancements were made:


• My references show that exhaust tips

white aluminium,

must be flush with the side cowling panels (a

steel and Tamiya Nato

noticeable difference with the FW-190D),

Black (my ubiquitous scale

accordingly the exhaust shrouds rectangular

black) were used as base colours. A thin

boxes were trimmed-down in order to place

coat of Klear floor polish was sprayed on the

them closer to the engine sides.

black parts for a semi-gloss finish and a coat


• Once assembled in its mount, some

of flat varnish over the aluminium parts to kill

The cockpit is not the best area of the kit, both

pipes/cables were added to the engine as its

the shine. Details were picked-up with

in term of moulding finesse and details.

rear end is clearly exposed through the open

acrylic aluminium paint and weathering was

• Both kit seats (with and without moulded

wheel wells.

achieved using black and brown washes and

harness) are oddly shaped and softly defined

a 6B lead pencil.

so I opted for the bare one and sanded it down

to a better shape and scale thickness. The seat attachment points were scratchbuilt out of styrene card and a cushion was sculpted in Miliput. • The harness was cut out of a Verlinden lead foil and photoetched buckles were taken from a HGW set (also used as reference for the straps length/width). Lead is resistant to manipulations and allows the harness to be twisted and bent into natural shapes with great ease. Once in place it was painted with an offwhite/sandy colour (but an olive green colour would be appropriate too) and slightly weathered with a brown wash. • The instrument panel is crudely defined and the kit instruments decals poorly printed. In addition, most Airscale instruments decals I was eager to use were much too large for the ZM panel. I sorted this out by sanding flat the dials contours and applied a mix of Airscale 4

and ZM decals. A compromise conveniently hidden below the deep coving.

• The kit gunsight was replaced with a


and Dymo tape were used to keep rivet

Quickboost item, which fit nicely into the

Assembling of the main parts started with

rows regular and straight. Mr. Surfacer

coving hole.

the multi-parts wings. Despite numerous

was also required to tone down the

• The fuel and GM-1 tanks, placed below

dry-fits, I ended-up with wide joint lines.

predominant kit rivets on the cockpit

and behind the cockpit, respectively, are

Cyanoacrylate glue and Mr. Surfacer were


totally invisible but I decided to give them a

called into the rescue and eventually all

Closing the main fuselage halves required

quick paint job anyway!

engraved details, except the wing root

some attention, mostly in the upper front

The cockpit base colour is Tamiya XF-66

panels, were filled and re-scribed.

area. To make the windscreen sit flush with

German Grey. Chipping was applied using

Once the wings were assembled I gave the

the fuselage, the width of the portion

a small piece of foam dipped in Vallejo

model a full rivet job, following the Model

where it sits was reduced. On the rear end,

aluminium acrylic and further weathering

Art 336 plan and references pictures. I

the mating of the 2-parts tail with the half-

was done with black/brown washes as well

used the small diameter MDC punch for

fuselages required the locating tabs to be

as with my airbrush loaded with a highly

this task. The provided MDC spacing ruler

removed, a careful sanding and some

diluted black/brown mix.


plastic card. Mr. Surfacer, wiped-off using Mr Hobby Leveling Thinner to avoid any rivet damage, was used to complete the job. Joining the wings to the fuselage required plastic card, spacers

upper cowling was joined to the fuselage main parts.

(made from sprue sections) and Mr. Surfacer on both the belly sides

The lateral cowlings fit perfectly but care must be taken to correctly

and wing roots. Allow yourself plenty of dry fits as this is the most

align the exhausts on both sides. I removed the mesh from the air

complex assembly stage. Note that the MG tubes must be put in

compressor as this an element added by the Americans on their

place before gluing their access hatch (MG are included should you

captured Ta-152H stored at the NASM. Unveiled, the inside of the

want to hatches opened).

intake was rebuilt using plastic card and filler. The small cowling

Unless you choose to leave a side cowling opened, I strongly advise

bumps at the front of the exhaust shrouds were removed and

to depart form the assembly guide and glue the engine mount to

replaced by a flat piece of plastic card, as observed on the Ta-

the upper cowling first. This will make sure the engine and its

152H0 stored at the NASM. The Ta-152H1 might have a small

mount, a crucial element for the assembly of all the other forward

bump at this location but in any case much less pronounced than

elements, are correctly positioned. Once this done, the

what which ZM provides.



Alclad dark aluminium was then sprayed on the wings undersides.

I started by priming the whole model with a good layer of Tamiya

Some areas were then oversprayed with lighter shades.

TS-30 Spray Aluminium Paint decanted into my airbrush. A few

Slightly lightened Gunze RLM65 (which was typically used on fabric

imperfections were corrected at this stage and primer re-sprayed

covered structures) was then sprayed on the rudder and on the


ailerons undersides. Note that on some aircrafts, flaps were made

Since main markings were painted, a layer of white was then

out of wood and painted RLM76 or RLM65. Gunze RLM76 was then

applied at the wing upper crosses location. Tamiya tape, cut into

applied on the fuselage sides and on the underside, following a W2

shape using an Hasegawa decal sheet as a template, was then

scheme, i.e. leaving the 2nd half of the wings bare metal. This base

place at the cross locations. The same process was used for the

colour was slightly reworked with a lighter shade to break uniformity.

fuselage numbers and RV bands.

The swastikas and fuselage crosses were then painted using self-


The markings applied and ready to start weathering the model.

The exhaust stains are built up gradually in thin layers and then areas of wear and selective cleaning are created with scalpels and micromesh cloth to lift the colour.


Worn paint on the wing roots is created in the same way.

made masks. They were painted at this stage since they were partially overpainted with the upper camouflage shades. Starting with the wings, the upper colours were applied freehand with a tight demarcation. After having hesitated for ages, I opted for a RLM81/82 combination, which was the standard camouflage pattern for the TA-152C, and other German aircraft, from November 1944. Gunze RLM83 was used, reworked with touches of dark green, violet and brown to achieve the so-called green variant of RLM81. Gunze RLM82 was slightly darkened. The paint was applied in a slightly uneven manner as a first weathering step. The model then received a couple of coats of Future Floor polis...

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