to that opinion. And now, Czech football has years of recovery ahead of it as

a result. The same can be said for the

quality of model kits. I have heard that

all arguments around the quality, or

lack of, model kits are a waste of time

because he, who gave us the last, literally POS evidently designed only to make

money is laughing at all involved in the

discussion and is just raking the coin in.

I think that this is false because if this

was in fact true, the said manufacturer

would be in all future economics textbooks. There has actually never been

a case in economics where a firm with

a declining level of quality and a rising

price survived in the long term. It may

be true that owners of such companies

really did laugh with the feeling that

they screwed everyone over, but that

lasted only until the moment when

they realized that the amount of money in the cash box wasn’t enough to

rake in even with a dining fork. Personally, I don’t care how such companies

end. I am much more interested in how

our industry will fare as a whole. And

it, should it avoid ending up like Czech

football, demands exposure and care

of ethical behaviour of all involved,

especially from model journalists and

from uncensored internet discussions.

Something evidently something my co-speaker in the Pot doesn’t agree with.

E-day did introduce and make available October releases, at least in model

form dedicated first and foremost to

the home, ie. Czechoslovak and Czech,

aircraft. This theme governs three

of the five new releases. The fourth is

a Weekend Edition Bf 109G-4 and the

fifth a ProfPACK Fw 190D-9 Late, which

is a rebox of the older kit, while the G-4

is being released also as a BFC offer with

markings of Slovak ace Jan Reznak. That

really doesn’t have much to do with the

formation of the Czechoslovak Republic, but hopefully it will please our Slovak

brothers.The three purely Czechoslovak

items are all Limited Edition releases

and represent three different timeframes over the one-hundred year history

of our state. The centennial anniversary is also what these kits are dedicated

to. The First World War period and the

twenties are represented by the SPAD

XIII dubbed LEGIE (Cat.No.11123). Two

marking options cover Legionaire pilots

serving with the French Aviation Militaire at the end of the war, while the

other two are Czechoslovakian post war

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machines carrying the flag type national insignia.

The period immediately following

the Second World War is represented

by the Avia S-99/C-10, which is the Bf

109G-10 from the WNF (Diana) production. These aircraft served first and foremost with border patrol units and the

marking options reflect that. They may

seem pretty much like they are all the

same, but Czechoslovak modellers will

appreciate this kit.

The final October kit release, familiar

to many of you from E-day, hails from

the eighties and the nineties. It’s called

BEDNA (which translates to the BOX).

It is the MiG-23MF/ML, and as a large

Limited Edition kit, it includes a publication and a pile of resin and photoetched

accessories and a large decal sheet. This

concept is fulfilled by BEDNA very nicely,

being simply chock full of modelling goodness. The publication is very detailed,

the Brassins include missiles and the

seat and more accessories are available

separately. The completeness of this kit

is reflected in the price, but the value

was accepted as very good at E-day.

Unfortunately, it falls short in terms

what is available for Overtrees that

were available for this kit. There was

a mistake made in the order for this kit,

and unfortunately it was not possible to

correct. In November and December,

we will release several MiG-23 accessories, or more accurately, correction

sets that will include the wheel wells

and, especially, the intakes. Therefore,

I recommend monitoring our Facebook

page and on the page EDUARD ONLINE

that we would like to make functional

through October. But, seeing how as

nothing really seems to come quickly

around here, lets say through the final

quarter of this year, but preferably in

October still. This page will shadow our

Facebook page for those that are not

particularly fond of Facebook. The page

will be simple but very informative and

will also include a discussion forum for

individual contributions as well as well

as general themes. Aside from outright

inappropriateness, there will be no censorship of the forum.

As far as accessories are concerned,

you’ll find items for the MiG-23 as well

as for the new releases such as the 48th

scale Beaufighter Mk.X from Revell, the

M-3 Lee in 1/35th from Tamiya and the

F-5E in 1/32nd from Kitty Hawk. Also

new is the Meng 1/35th scale Porsche

King Tiger, for which we have three sets.

There are also sets for older models,

such as the Tamiya F-16C/N in 1/48th

or the MiG-25PD (1/48th ICM). The

Brassin line is noteworthy with its three

1/48th scale LööK sets and the DB 605

engine for Tamiya’s Bf 109G-6/U4 in

1/48th as well. You can, of course, have

a closer look at all of this month’s new

releases in the pages that follow.

The next-to-last October Weekend,

the 19th – 21st, will see the clash of

the toughest modellers ever seen in the

traditional Iron Bunny 2018 event. Four-member teams will have the same goal

as always, and that is to build a model

in 24 hours. Exactly which kit they will

be building will be found out by them

as well as you on the night of the 19th,

and I am sure it will open some eyes!

Again, the entire event will be streamed

and you will be able to monitor all the

action and the fainting right before the

end live. And those of you wondering

about our Novemberfest event. It will

be skipped this year, but will be back

next year, better than ever!

In closing, I would like to comment

on an opinion that has repeated itself

recently regarding October’s releases

commemorating the formation of the

Czechoslovak Republic. The criticism

says that if these kits are in fact dedicated to the formation of our state,

then the instructions should e in Czech,

but they show preference to English.

I would like to point out that the truth

is that we would like to make the aviation history of Czechoslovakia, the Czech

Republic and Slovakia more accessible

to the modelling world at large, and

not just the home market. We hope

that we are succeeding in this endeavour and that it is largely due to using

the language spoken by the majority of

the modelling world. We are sure that

the father of our nation, T.G. Masaryk,

would agree with us on this. And another Czech giant, Maxipes Fik, would

add ‚‘how many languages you know,

that’s how many times you are an animal!‘. In our case, a modeller.

Happy Modelling!

Vladimir Sulc