Sunday, February 24

Something old something new from EagleCals in March

EagleCals have some great news for us this month – new He-111H and P-61 black Widow decals along with some reprints of some of their more popular decals from the past being reprinted, let’s have a look-see at them and the actual aircraft in our preview…

March 2013 releases from Eagle Editions
EagleCals are bringing us two completely new decal sets in all three scales (nearly) for twin engine lovers from both the allies and the Luftwaffe. To be released in march the two sets are: EC#148 P-61A & EC#149 He 111.. First the black widow

EC#148 P-61A Black Widows (Only 1/72 & 48th for now.)
Is available in 48th and 72nd scales – that is until the suitable HobbyBoss kit comes out in 32nd scale – it is available on the 4th of March and will retail for US$15.50 for the 48th and $12.50 for the 72nd decals.

In March 1944 the men of the 422nd NFS departed Florida destined for England.  On 23 May 1944 the first P-61 arrived at their base at Scorton. After a period of training in their new nightfighter, the 422nd NFS became operational shortly after D-Day. By the end of hostilities, just under one year later, the 422nd NFS had claimed 43 aircraft and 5 V-1s as destroyed. This decal sheet identifies three of their aircraft.

"Borrowed Time" P-61A-5-NO  42-5547
P-61A-5 Black Widow, S.No. 42-5547, Borrowed Time. Flown by 2nd Lt. Herman Elliot Ernst and F/O Edward H. Kopsel. The first crew to shoot down an enemy V-1 missile was the one skippered by Lt.Herman Ernst, flying a P-61 aircraft without turret. This plane wore the older Olive Drab and Neutral Grey camouflage scheme. The name 'Borrowed Time' was painted on its yellow nose with a sharkmouth. There were remains of Invasion Stripes on the tailbooms, too. Lines bordering the walkways were on the Black painted Black Widows in Red.
"Double Trouble"  P-61A-10-NO 42-5565
Lts. Bolinder and Graham scored their first of four kills flying this P-61A named "Double Trouble". This particular P-61 is one of the most photographed Black Widows and clearly shows the application of invasion stripes. Contrary to most other P-61s, this one had the data block and tail number in white rather than red.

"Lady Gen"   P-61A-5-NO - S/N:42-5544
P-61A-5 Black Widow, S.No. 42-5544, Lady Gen. Flown by 1st Lt. Paul A. Smith and 2nd Lt. Robert E. Tierney. summer in 1944- this machine was flown by at least two crews. Lt.Smith achieved five Luftwaffe kills on this turretless P-61. He later added one V-1 missile to this kill tally. Later it was flown by Captain Leonard F. Koehler, but it didn't add anything to its score under his command. Perhaps that was because they removed the upper turret with the new crew, but more likely it was because of the total lack of Luftwaffe opposition at night during the last stages of the war.
This machine had invasion stripes painted on both halves of wing undersurfaces and on undersides of tailbooms.

is available in 72, 48 and 32nd to match the new Revell kit in 32nd and the older Hasegawa and monogram kits in smaller scales.

He 111H Decals in 1/32nd scale - Sales price: $18.50 - The He 111 H was a newer version of the He 111 P and was widely produced. Similar in appearance to the earlier Heinkel, the H version made use of the Jumo engine. A change from the earlier Daimler Benz engines, this necessitated the re-location of the intake to the right side of the cowl and is the best way to differentiate between the two versions. Early He 111 H versions made use of narrow VDM propeller blades before later wide chord blades became the standard feature. Aircraft included are:

He 111 H–6 - “S7+ZA” of Stab/StG 3
From Derna, Libya, 1941 - Africa Pln., September 1941. This airplane painted in desert camo on the top RLM79, and RLM78 on the bottom. The letter 'Z' painted in blue, signifies this aircraft belongs to a Headquarters battalion. The white ring around the fuselage and white tipped wings served as a quick identifying markers in the Mediterranean Arena between 1941-43.

He 111 H-6 – “1H+BP” of 6./KG 26
This Heinkel crash landed Spain 1942-01  - Airplane in camouflage RLM70/71/65 with lower parts partially painted over in black used for the purposes of night flights. The white ring around the fuselage was widely used by the Luftwaffe in North Africa and in Italy. The unit emblem was located under the crew cabin.

He 111 H-6 - “1H+GP” of 6./KG 26
Italy, 1942/3. The camouflage scheme is again RLM 70/71/65, though the large areas of white were the recognition colours from the Mediterranean theatre and this aircraft has them extensively over the rudders and engine nacelles as well as the nose. This aircraft maybe bore the Unit’s Lion head on the nose as there is some evidence the aircraft in the squadron did this. Note the interesting white wall tyres on this big bird.

He 111 H-6 – “1G+ER” of 7./KG 27
- Russia 1941-01. – this machine was whitewashed in thin winter distemper so the chances of weathering this are great – the bright yellow recognition bands for the Russian theatre are evident here.

While we are at it EagleCals have reprinted some of their more popular decals and they are Available week of March 4th at their shop online.

Three popular EagleCals that have been sold out for some time have been reprinted.
The Me-110 of Wolfgang Falck in 1/32nd scale. Good news for Stuka lovers is that EC#97-32 and EC#98-32 Stukas have also been reprinted so time to get out the big guns!

These decals are available from the 4th of March - Visit Eagle Cals site for these and other 1/32nd scale EagleCals