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  1. Exito Decals is proud to announce the release of two news sets available both in 1/48 and 1/72 scale. The ninth decal set is entitled “Lightning Strike” and includes markings for three P-38s: - P-38G-13-LO, s/n 43-2204, ‘Beautiful Lass’, flown by Lt. John G. ‘Jump’ O’Neill of 9th FS / 49th FG, Dobodura, New Guinea, late October 1943. - P-38F-1-LO, s/n 41-7578, ‘Marjorie Ann’, possibly flown by Maj. Richard Ira ‘Dick’ Bong during his war bond tours, USA, late summer 1944. - P-38G-15-LO, s/n 43-2475, ‘Babe’, as flown by Lt. Edgar L. Yarberry of 48th FS / 14th FG, El Bathan, Tunisia, second half of June 1943, and as flown by Lt. George P. Brown of 96th FS / 82nd FG, Italy, autumn 1943. The two P-38Gs feature sexy nose art, whilst the P-38F sports a rather unusual finish. ‘Babe’ and ‘Marjorie Ann’ have never been reproduced in decal form before, whilst our depiction of ‘Beautiful Lass’ is a result of a careful study of the available photo material and differs from all previous interpretations. Decals include bonus markings carried by ‘Babe’ during its later service with the 82nd FG. Illustrations were created by Andrzej Sadlo. This set is available directly from the manufacturer: - in 1/48 scale: https://exito.site/en_GB/p/EXITO-DECALS-ED48009-148-Lightning-Strike/55322 - in 1/72 scale: https://exito.site/en_GB/p/EXITO-DECALS-ED72009-172-Lightning-Strike/55323 1/48 sheet: 1/72 sheet: The 10th decal set is entitled “Eastern Front Fighters” and covers three different Messerschmitts flown by notable Luftwaffe aces in the East: - Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-7, ‘White 2’, flown by Lt. Heinrich Ehrler of 4./JG 5, Alakurtti, Finland, late April 1942. - Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 trop, WNr. 10266, flown by Maj. Gordon Gollob, Kommodore of JG 77, Oktoberfeld, Crimea, Soviet Union, between June 2 and 6, 1942. - Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6, ‘White 10’, flown by Oblt. Robert ‘Bazi’ Weiß, Kapitän of 10./JG 54, northern sector of the Eastern front, USSR, January 1944. The markings for Ehrler’s ‘Emil’ and G-6 of ‘Bazi’ Weiß have never been reproduced in decal form before, whilst Gollob’s Bf 109 F-4 trop did not receive enough attention from other manufacturers. To our knowledge, this is the first decal set on the market that contains the 4./JG 5 emblem (including a bonus one). Illustrations were created by Janusz Swiatlon and Anders Hjortsberg. This set is available directly from the manufacturer: - in 1/48 scale: https://exito.site/en_GB/p/EXITO-DECALS-ED48010-148-Eastern-Front-Fighters/55324 - in 1/72 scale: https://exito.site/en_GB/p/EXITO-DECALS-ED72010-172-Eastern-Front-Fighters/55325 1/48 sheet: 1/72 sheet: As previously, the decal sheets are printed by industry leader, Cartograf of Italy, which ensures top printing quality and ease of application. These are complemented by instructions that differ from the plain market standard. What you get are essentially high quality posters with accurate and inspiring illustrations. Each subject is presented on an A4-sized sheet, with large side aircraft profiles printed on the front, and the remaining artwork, reference photos and all necessary information laid out on the rear side. This way you not only get some cool decals for your model kit, but also attractive posters to adorn your man cave, at the same time! Further releases are already in preparation – please follow Exito on FB not to miss the latest news: https://www.facebook.com/Exito-Decals
  2. Two photos of this aircraft are published in "LO+ST. Snapshots of wrecked / captured Luftwaffe aircraft taken by GI's from 1944 to the defeat of Germany." by Hideki Noro.
  3. Out of the box build review: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-48-mi-24v-vp-zvezda-budowa/
  4. Box design + grey plastic sprues for A2N2 kit: Resin engine sets soon available (not included in the kit):
  5. Build review: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-48-gloster-meteor-nf-14-sword-budowa/
  6. Reviews of Eduard's accessories for Airfix's S.2C boxing: - PE: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-72-buccaneer-s-2c-blachy-do-modelu-airfix-eduard/ - wheels: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-72-buccaneer-s-2c-wheels-airfix-eduard/
  7. Build review: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-72-fm-2-wildcat-arma-hobby-budowa/
  8. Inbox review: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-48-mi-24v-vp-zvezda/
  9. And reviewed: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-48-gloster-meteor-nf-14-sword/
  10. My pleasure! Arma Hobby kit is the best. Here you can see an inbox review: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-72-yakovlev-yak-1b-expert-set-arma-hobby/ and here's a build review with some helpful tips: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-72-yakovlev-yak-1b-arma-hobby-budowa/
  11. The article linked above has been updated with the addition of BitsKrieg replacement engine review: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-32-pzl-p-11c-dodatki-bitskrieg/
  12. The kit had been released, and there are some aftermarket upgrades available as well - see reviews: - Master Models detail set (MG barrels, gunsight and Venturi tube): https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-32-pzl-p-11c-detail-set-master/ - Yahu Models instrument panel: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-32-pzl-p-11c-instrument-panel-yahu-models/ - Bitskrieg prop spinner, oil cooler, control stick, cocking levers & tailskid): https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-32-pzl-p-11c-dodatki-bitskrieg/ - Bitskrieg pilot figure: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-32-polish-pilot-pre-wwii-bitskrieg/
  13. Build review of the Mk III SD boxing: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-72-westland-lysander-mk-iii-sd-dora-wings-budowa/ Includes quite a number of useful build tips.
  14. If you don't have a source for the RS Models P-38G, I have one for sale in mint condition - send me a PM if interested.
  15. Build review: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-48-nakajima-a2n3-a-b-k-models-budowa/
  16. The price in manufacturer's webshop is nearly half the Japanese price - foreign kits are very expensive in Japan due to import taxes. https://www.abkmodels.cz/Nakajima-A2N3-1-48-d1.htm
  17. A new company entered the plastic model kit market, result can be seen in this review: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-48-nakajima-a2n3-a-b-k-models/
  18. Hannants from UK and Scott 'rebelalpha' on US Ebay have large selections of decals on offer. Exito Decals are available from both these sources.
  19. This release seem not to be mentioned on this forum thus far, even though the kit looks very promising. The estimated release date is 1st March. It will include injected plastic and photo-etched parts. It is NOT a short run kit! Here are the box art and marking options for the regular edition: A limited edition has also been prepared, which additionally includes 4 metal MG barrels manufactured by Master, a resin figure of standing pilot, and additional marking option (see below): Photos of the built prototype kit (with some additions mentioned in the description) can be found on IBG's FB page:
  20. Something for Henschel and a D-3 Stuka: https://exito.site/en_GB/p/EXITO-DECALS-ED48004-148-Luftwaffe-Ground-Attackers-vol.1-Ju-87-D-3%2C-Hs-129%2C-Fw-190F-8/49233 (also available from US and British sellers, if you don't want to order directly).
  21. If I may suggest something: Arma's 1/72 kit is way better than 1/48 Accurate kit and its numerous incarnations... Thank you!
  22. Exito Decals is proud to announce the first new releases in 2020. The seventh decal set is entitled “Yak Attack” and includes markings for three striking Yak-1b fighters, just in time for the recently released Arma Hobby, Brengun (1/72) and Zvezda (1/48) kits: - Yakovlev Yak-1b, flown by Capt. Vladimir P. Pokrovskiy of 2nd GIAP / 6th IAD, Air Force of the Northern Fleet, probably late 1943. - Yakovlev Yak-1b, coded ‘White 42’, flown by Snr. Lt. Garri A. Merkviladze of 152nd GIAP / 12th GIAD, 1st Ukrainian Front, Germany, spring 1945. - Yakovlev Yak-1b, most likely coded ‘White 20’, flown by Snr. Lt. Fotiy Y. Morozov of 31st GIAP / 6th GIAD, 4th Ukrainian Front, first half of 1944. None of these marking options have previously been reproduced in decals in an accurate manner. The instruction sheets include photos of all depicted aircraft, some of which you may have never seen before, or at least not reproduced in this quality. This set is available directly from the manufacturer: - in 1/48 scale ($13.86) : https://exito.site/en_GB/p/EXITO-DECALS-ED48007-148-Yak-Attack-Yakovlev-Yak-1b/52856 - in 1/72 scale ($8.31) : https://exito.site/en_GB/p/EXITO-DECALS-ED72007-172-Yak-Attack-Yakovlev-Yak-1b/52858 1/48 sheet: 1/72 sheet: P-51D Mustang obviously became one of the most popular modelling subjects of the last few months. Exito decided to join the trend with the new sheet entitled “Yoxford Girls”, which covers three P-51Ds from the famous 357th Fighter Group, all featuring some sexy nose art: - P-51D-5-NA, s/n 44-13712, flown by Capt. Robert W. Foy of 363rd FS / 357th FG, Leiston, UK, late July-early August 1944. - P-51D-5-NA, s/n 44-13691, flown by Lt. Arval J. Roberson of 362nd FS / 357th FG, Leiston, UK, early autumn 1944. - P-51D-20-NA, s/n 44-63629, flown by Lt. John A. Miller of 363rd FS / 357th FG, Leiston, UK, late spring 1945. ‘Shady Lady’ has never been reproduced in decal form before, whilst ‘Passion Wagon’ did not receive enough attention from other manufacturers. Instruction sheets include photos of all depicted aircraft. This set is available directly from the manufacturer: - in 1/48 scale ($13.86) : https://exito.site/en_GB/p/EXITO-DECALS-ED48008-148-Yoxford-Girls-North-American-P-51D-Mustang/52857 - in 1/72 scale ($8.31) : https://exito.site/en_GB/p/EXITO-DECALS-ED72008-172-Yoxford-Girls-North-American-P-51D-Mustang/52859 1/48 sheet: 1/72 sheet: As previously, the decal sheets are printed by industry leader, Cartograf of Italy, which ensures top printing quality and ease of application. These are complemented by instructions that differ from the plain market standard. What you get are essentially high quality posters with accurate and inspiring illustrations. Each subject is presented on an A4-sized sheet, with large side aircraft profiles printed on the front, and the remaining artwork, photos and all necessary information laid out on the rear side. This way you not only get some cool decals for your model kit, but also attractive posters to adorn your man cave, at the same time! Next releases are already in preparation – please follow Exito on FB not to miss the latest news: https://www.facebook.com/Exito-Decals
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