Good day, Dear Friends
The show season has revved up, and after a long
drought at that. Now, we are seeing a show and
a contest pretty much every weekend and modellers are again happy. We have even managed
some progress in terms of a date and venue for
this year’s E-day. So, I won’t keep you in suspense.
E-day 2022 will take place on October 1, at the Milovice Tankodrome. This is the place that our Mustang flight demo took place during the last E-day.
But not to worry… That is not to say the event will
be held outside. During the Covid lockdowns and
restrictions, the Tankodrome received a beautiful
new convention hall with some 3500 square meters of floor space, with another generous 1600 m2
in gallery space. The facility is primarily intended
to be used as a display area of both military and
civil machinery, and the plan is to keep some of
this in place during E-day. Any required space will
be freed up by moving some of the exhibits outside,
as needed. There is plenty of display space available outside the building, so this is not anticipated to
pose any issues. There will also be plenty of room
available for drop off or pickup of goods for modellers and retailers alike. Parking is also conveniently close to the exhibition hall for participants
and ample parking will be available for visitors in
the lower section of the property. This is where
everyone parked during that Mustang demonstration. The trip to the hall proper can be undertaken
on foot, it being about a five minute walk. There is
also a mini-train that connects the Tankodrome
with the adjacent kids’ playground Mirakulum and
the train has a new boarding platform located at
the parking lot. There will also be another flight
demonstration, but exactly what will take to the
air will be revealed in September. It’s not yet been
finalized, but it shouldn’t be limited to one aircraft
only, and it will be observable from the airfield
itself, or from the exhibition hall. That will be for
those of us who prefer a little comfort.
The venue offers a lot to visitors with families,
especially kids, and to anyone that doesn’t particularly care for modeling. At the moment, the final major question to address is if E-day will be
a one or two day affair. My personal vote goes to
two days, but there are relevant voices suppor-
ting a one day show. All things that surround the
show’s organization, judging system, categories,
awards and the like will gradually be made known
through the summer.
Although the June assortment of new kits may
look somewhat standard, it contains two new
items that are far from it. The first is the 1:72 scale
Avia CS-199, a virtually iconic type for local modellers. The good ol’ Kovozavody Prostejov kit from
1978 of this airplane represents the beginnings of
the love for the hobby for my generation. It evokes
pleasant feelings of nostalgia. I believe that our current technology effort will breathe a new life into
this legendary type, and that it will garner attention among not only Czech and Slovak modellers.
There is some discussion here regarding how to
approach the surface of our kit, since the actual
machines were puttied, eliminating the appearance of rivets. That even goes for panel lines, really.
So the question is whether or not to putty over the
model’s surface during assembly. My suggestion
would be to simply not apply a wash in the final
stages of completion of the kit. It’s not entirely
accurate to say that after being puttied, the rivets
and panel lines disappear on the actual airplane.
They can still be seen, but they certainly are not as
pronounced. That goes for the panel lines as well.
If you apply a wash to these surface features, you
will accent them, and they will become that much
louder. If you leave out the wash, then you will
be left with panel lines and rivets at a state they
should really be at. They will be as subtle as they
should be and as they were on the real machines.
I understand that some may see this as a bit of
a cop out, but I hope you’ll agree that at the very
least, it’s worth some thought.
The second kit enjoying its premiere here and now
is the 48th scale Sopwith Camel Comic. I don’t
recall a standard plastic model kit ever being released of this thing in this scale. Only Blue Max
made a conversion set for our old Camel way back
in the day. Perhaps the Comic was released as
a short run kit at some point. And to be honest, it
is a type that may be best suited to the short run
concept. It’s not the type of subject that would be
considered a “must have” in the display case, or
even in the stash. But it is a cute little thing, and
anyone that would want this in their collection can
now do so. The only thing left to add is that both
of the kits described here are ProfiPACK releases.
In the Limited edition line, we’ve got another volume in the Spitfire Story, this time under the name
Per Aspera ad Astra. The star of this show is the
Spitfire Mk.Vc, and twice, to boot, this being a Dual
Combo release. The marking options cover Europe,
the MTO, North Africa and the Far East. Sometime
ago, someone griped, I think it was with the Spitfire
Mk.IX, that the marking options were boring. There
is certainly no danger of that here! We also have
a Spitfire in the 72nd scale Weekend line, this
time a Mk.VIII, and we pulled out all the stops to
keep this kit from being accused of boredom,
too. We have a P-51D-5 re-edition, along with an
Fw 190A-8/R2, both in 1:48th. The shelves are also
seeing a restock of the Bf 108, but note that this
is in 32nd! All three mentioned are ProfiPACK kits.
If you asked me to pick out my favorite new Brassin
item, it would have to be the ski set for the Trenér.
It is 3D printed and it’s just darned adorable! I get
that skis for a sport plane are awfully specialized
items and that their rapid disappearance from store shelves is unlikely to cause any drafts, but there
is still just something about this set. And even if
I never build myself a model of a Trenér with skis,
I certainly would never turn down a ride in one.
Most of the new items in the Brassin line are 3D
printed, because we are slowly but surely abandoning casting resin. Things like landing flaps can’t
be properly poured anyway. There is a pair of 3D
printed flap sets for the month of June, one representing the wooden set installed in the Fw 190D,
and the other is for the Spitfire Mk.VIII. As with the
skis for the Trenér, both these sets are in 48th. The
same goes for the Lewis machine guns for the
Sopwith Camel Comic. In 1:72nd scale, there are