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Review: Eduard April 2022 releases

April 28, 2022 · in News · · 6 · 1.2K

Ze Beeg Box from landed on the porch here at Le Chateau du Chat today.

Nothing brand new, but some nice re-releases of previous kits.

"Zero-Zero! A6M2 Zero Type 21 1941-1944" - limited double release. 1/48 Item 11158
Twelve "never done before" markings options, 6 for Mitsubishi-built A6M2s and 6 for Nakajima-built A6M2s. Very interesting options, including Todayoshi Koga's "Akutan Zero"; a Kaga squadron Zero from the Spring 1942 campaign that was at Midway; Lt. Hideki Shingo's Shokaku squadron A6M2 from the Battle of Santa Cruz; several Solomons/Rabaul campaign veterans; an A6M2 fighter-bomber from the Marianas Turkey Shoot; and the first Kamikaze that sank USS St. Lo on October 25, 1944. Lots of good research on these.

Spitfire Mk. Vb Late - Profipack release. 1/48 - item 82156
Interesting "never done before" markings for six Spitfire Vb's flown by non-Brits, all "never done to death": EP120 - S/Ldr Geoffrey Northcott, 402 Squadron RCAF; AB184 - Sgt Olav Dionne, 332 (Norwegian) Squadron; AA853 - W/Cdr Stefan Witorzenc, No. 1 Polish Fighter Wing; AB276 - F/Lt Vaclav Hajek 313 (Czechoslovak) Squadron; EN794 S/Ldr Duke Yvan de Monceau de Bergendal, Belgian ace-of-aces, 350 (Belgian) Squadron; EP829, S/Ldr John J. Lynch (USA), 249 Squadron, Malta.

F6F-5 Hellcat - Weekender. 1/48 - Item 84181
Four "never done before" markings for: F5F-5, Lt. Fred Prinz, VBF-17. USS Hornet, March 1945; F6F-5, Lt. Daniel Carmichael VBF-12, USS Randolph, April 1945; F6F-5, LV Gerard de Castelbajac, 11 Flotille at Cat Bi, Indochina, 1954; F6F-5K drone, seen at Detroit air races in 1951.

MiG-15bis - weekender. 1/72 - item 7461
Eduard's Mig-15 is the best one out there in any scale. Four "never done before" markings for: Major A.M. Karelin, 351 IAP, Anshan china, 1952; MiG-15 of Czechoslovak 20th Fighter Regiment, 1957; Major V. Fokin, 234 GIAP, 1951; 18 Squadron, Egyptian Air force 1958.

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  1. Would love to see those delivered at my frontdoor as well, Tom @tcinla

  2. Here I am in 2022 and I still have never built a real Eduard kit. Ironically the one kit that I have the most interest in is their new Zero kit from 2021. I don't even particularly care for Japanese aircraft at all, but looking at build blogs of this kit all over the internet it just looks like an awesome and fun kit. I think I would like to do a Pearl Harbor Zero and P-40 by Airfix.

    Thanks for the release notice Tom, @tcinla. It all looks like good stuff!

  3. Nice additions, Tom!
    Thanks for the info!

  4. Hmmm, that Hellcat looks interesting. Might be time to build a Navy plane. Thanks for the info!

  5. I need to finally get one of those 1/72 MiGs. What I’m really waiting for is the 1/48 Spitfire Vc in a stand alone release.

    • There's an excellent series of resin props for the Corsair/Hellcat done by Bitzkrieg, an aftermarket company in Ukraine. I got one that will be used on this, and I highly recommend them.

      I'm torn about doing the K and recalling the Battle of Palmdale, an event that could only happen in the City of Lost Angles.

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