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1/72 Haunebu II – German Flying Saucer

Squadron Models 1/72 Haunebu II – German Flying Saucer  – SQM0001

MMd Squadron offers us a very interesting subject of a futuristic Luftwaffe aircraft, the Haunebu II German Flying saucer.This comes in a very big box full of parts, 125 parts in total. The Kit finished will measure around 14 inches across, a big kit having in mind its only 1/72 in scale. The instruction pages are in color and in a very easy to follow steps and includes a brief history on this Infamous WWII project lead by the Luftwaffe. Squadron did his assignment giving a lot of thinking in the details, the kit show many rivets in different sizes, fitting look pretty neat, interior cabin show some seats and control panels somewhat simplified. A crew should be a new add-on for this section, and a PE Upgrade should improve the looks, even a light and sound kit too. The landing gear consist of 4 set, wheels are ok but might need a upgrade from resin wheel to show weight, and for the gun turrets, some metal gun barrel won’t hurt.The decal sheet is printed by Cartograf and provides a nice selection of insignia and numbering from one to five. Overall this kit will build to beautiful work to be shown on a Furniture, stand alone or in a diorama. Nice work from Squadron, we hope to see more relates kits in a future.

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Kit Highlights

  • Newly tooled plastic model kit premiere from Squadron Models of the infamous German WWII Haunebu II project. This historic kit is a 1/72nd scale model of one of the most top secret projects of Hitler’s Germany. You may also like Haunebu II Paint Set
  • It includes 125 total parts with complete detailed interior featuring three main operating consoles and nine crew seats, graded floor, electro-magnetic conductor, incredible three piece upper exterior detail and forward bunker housing.
  • Two piece bottom disc, incorporating a fully retractable entrance ramp with extension. The kit also features a main turret with detachable (if desired) roof, housing 2 x 110mm canon.
  • Also featured in the kit is detailed landing gear with the choice of being closed or extended, 4 rotating ball turrets each displaying 2 x 80mm guns and 1 clear sprue with injection molded windows.
  • State of the art Instruction Manual with full color profile and painting guide.
  • Decals by Cartograph. Brief history of the Hannebu II also incorporated into the booklet. Packaged in a deluxe box with protective sleeve including original artwork suitable for framing.
  • Setting a new standard in plastic model kits, this the very first kit from Squadron Models – Helping History Take Flight.

New Airfix Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 1:72

Airfix just announced a 1/72 scale Boeing B-17 G in new tooling, I must say Its was about time for a new tool version of this Iconic World War Two Aircraft, so we need to compare it with the latest version of Academy and see how much have improved this new kit, in the meantime check the fantastic pictures and the description brought from the Airfix website:


“The definitive version of this classic USAAF heavy bomber, the Boeing B-17G incorporated a host of improvements on the earlier models of the Flying Fortress.  With thirteen machine-guns and optimised defensive firing positions, massed formations of B-17Gs would pound Axis targets on a daily basis, throwing up as much lead at attacking fighters as they possibly could.

Arguably the most visible manifestation of American military might in the Second World War was the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress four engine bomber. Operating in massed formations, these distinctive aircraft were designed to conduct daylight precision bombing missions against strategic enemy targets, with the ultimate aim of literally pounding them into submission. As its name suggests, the Flying Fortress was bristling with defensive armament and it was intended that formations of B-17s could throw so much lead into the air that any attacking enemy aircraft would either be shot down, or simply fly away from their certain demise – although this thinking did not actually materialise in combat, it did help to give the B-17 a fearsome reputation.

Without doubt, the definitive version of the Flying Fortress was the B-17G and this last mass-produced version of the aircraft was manufactured in more numbers than all previous versions combined – the B-17G was a magnificent fighting aeroplane. Addressing all the shortcomings of the previous combat variants, the B-17G incorporated a number of significant improvements, specifically around the placement and upgrading of defensive armament. The combat experiences of crews flying the earlier versions of the B-17 were crucial in producing this definitive US heavy bomber.”

Scale 1:72
Skill 3
Flying Hours 3
Number of Parts 245
Dimensions (mm) L320 x W438
Age Suitability 8+

Academy B-17E ‘Pacific Theater’

The B-17E (299-O) was an extensive redesign of that used in previous models up to the B-17D. The most obvious change was a redesigned vertical stabilizer, originally developed for the Boeing 307 by George S. Schairer. The new fin had a distinctive shape for the time, with the other end of the fuselage retaining the well-framed, ten panel bombardier’s nose glazing from the B-series design.

Because experience had shown that the plane would be vulnerable to attack from behind, both a tail gunner’s position and powered fully traversable dorsal turret behind the cockpit, each armed with a pair of “light-barrel” Browning AN/M2 .50 cal. machine guns, were added to the B-17E design. Until this modification, crews had had to devise elaborate maneuvers to deal with a direct attack from behind, including jerking the aircraft laterally, allowing the waist gunners to alternate shots at enemy fighters.

The configuration with 3-window box would also appear on the B-29, and also adopted by Soviet bombers as late as the Tupolev Tu-16 Badger, and in different form on the B-52. The teardrop-shaped sliding panels of the waist gunners were replaced by larger rectangular windows, directly across the fuselage from each other, for better visibility. In the initial fifth of the production run, the ventral bathtub gun emplacement of the C and D versions was replaced by a remote-sighted Bendix turret, very similar to the unit placed on the B-25B Mitchell medium bomber of the same period, which proved to be a disappointment in usability, resulting in the remaining E-series aircraft being fitted with a Sperry ball turret, to be used for all succeeding B-17 versions.

Kit Highlights
  • Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in gray and clear
  • Precisely engraved cockpit and landing gear
  • Accurately detailed panel lines and rivets
  • Waterslide decals
  • Illustrated instructions
  • Kit: Academy 12533
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Street Price: $34.99 [approx]


  1. B-17E 41-2440 ‘Calamity JANE’ 98th BS/11th BG, South Pacific, 1942-43
  2. B-17E 41-2458 ‘YANKEE DIDD’LER’ 65th BS/43th BG, South- West Pacific
  3. B-17E 41-9227 ‘YANKEE DOODLE Jr.’ 431th BS/11th BG, South Pacific, 1942-43
  4. B-17E Unknown 19th BG captured by Japenese Army Air Force, Bandung Air Base, Spring 1942

The new 1/72 Academy B-17E Flying Fortress ‘Pacific Theater’ theme is the latest iteration from Academy if this model kit. As with other Academy Limited Editions, the B-17E Pacific Theater features 4 different markings and the decal sheet also as usual is printed by Cartograf.

The tooling has been standing quite well the test of time. There is no flash o heavy mold lines on this model kit. The clear parts are quite transparent with no injection flow marks to write home about. The panel lines are receded and in comparison with the B-17 in the same scale from Revell, these lines are more subtle on the Academy counterpart. Academy is the only one I know of [correct me if I’m wrong] with a B-17 ‘E’ version in 1/72 and I believe in also that there’s no E version in 1/48th scale either.

The cockpit area is is very scarce but personally I don’t mind it that much because everything in there will be almost non-visible. In this regard -the cockpit- and although not the same version, Revell’s 1/72 B-17G is better appointed. The fuselage halves go together nicely as well as the wings. The rear tail gun area is molded in clear. I like the fact that the turbo charges are molded separately. This will ease painting and weathering in the area. The bomb bay comes with positionable bomb doors.

Note from the Author

Very glad to see on the hobby shop shelves a 1/72 option of the B-17E Flying Fortress. For its age, it doesn’t get old.

My sincere thanks to Model Rectifier for the review sample.

Typhoon Mk.Ib mid prod./ four blade prop.

The Hawker Typhoon (Tiffy in RAF slang), was a British single-seat fighter-bomber, produced by Hawker Aircraft. It was intended to be a medium–high altitude interceptor, as a replacement for the Hawker Hurricane but several design problems were encountered and it never completely satisfied this requirement.

The Typhoon was designed to mount 12 machine guns and be powered by the latest 2000 hp engines. Its service introduction in mid-1941 was plagued with problems and for several months the aircraft faced a doubtful future. When the Luftwaffe brought the formidable Focke-Wulf Fw 190 into service in 1941, the Typhoon was the only RAF fighter capable of catching it at low altitudes; as a result it secured a new role as a low-altitude interceptor.

Hawker Typhoon

Through the support of pilots such as Roland Beamont it became established in roles such as night-time intruder and a long-range fighter. From late 1942 the Typhoon was equipped with bombs and from late 1943 RP-3 ground attack rockets were added to its armory. Using these two weapons, the Typhoon became one of the Second World War’s most successful ground-attack aircraft.
[Source: Wikipedia]

Another Brengun model kit from the Czech Republic lands in our office. This is the 1/72 Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib late production with bubble canopy and four blade propeller. The kit is comprised of 3 tan colored sprues, 1 clear for the canopy and a small fret of photo etch with the seat belts and delicate boarding step. A small well printed sheet of decals is provide with deep red over pure deep blue roundels. Markings are for 4 different aircrafts and are as follow:

  • 18-P, 440 (Can) Squadron, Summer 1944
  • HT-T, 175 squadron Celle, April 1945
  • DP-S, 193 Suqadron August, 1945
  • JCB- Personal aircraft of 123 wing leader Wg. Cdr. J.C. Button, April 1945.

The 2 different exhaust parts are provided should you decide to build the HH-T or JCB versions above (see also the picture of the box below). The model has exquisite receded panel lines which are in the Goldilocks side to some, not too shallow, not too deep. The panels lines depth are very consistent throughout the entire model. Optional to add to the model but included in this kits are the RP-3 rockets (8 of them) and mounting rails.  The cockpit for a kit this scale is very well appointed and the same goes to the wheel wells. The clear canopy is also in its right thickness.

The sprues have no numbers for the parts to be identified -in a limited run fashion I’d say.- The part numbers are rather printed on the instruction sheet and being low parts count model kit, this shouldn’t be a problem. There is only one flaw that I noticed with this kit and please, be aware that this could be an issue with my sample and not a full general production problem: If you look at the very last picture at the bottom of the page, you can see that there is a slight misalignment on the mold halves (look at the runner next to the part’s close-up). This caused some minor -yet bothersome- flash and mold lines on more delicate parts. If this is the norm in full production kits, then more time will have to be invested doing some cleaning. Other than that and as a consumer who also buy model kits with his hard earned money, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this kit. It is worth the $18.95 (USD) price tag in my honest and humble opinion.

My sincere thanks to Brengun for sending in this review sample.

1/72 German Haunebu I

The SS E-IV (Entwicklungsstelle 4), a development unit of the SS occult “Order of the Black Sun” was tasked with researching alternative energies to make the Third Reich independent of scarce fuel oil for war production. Their work included developing alternative energies and fuel sources through coal gasification, research into grain alcohol fuels, less complicated coal burning engines for vehicles and generators, as well as highly advanced liquid oxygen turbines, total reaction turbines, AIP (Air Independent Propulsion) motors and even EMG (Electro-Magnetic-Gravitic) engines.

Note from the Author
For a German Haunebu I and Adamski type flying saucer model kits review with pictures click here.

Since 1935 Thule had been scouting for a remote, inconspicuous, underdeveloped testing ground for such a craft. Thule found a location in Northwest Germany that was known as (or possibly designated as) Hauneburg. At the establishment of this testing ground and facilities the SS E-IV unit simply referred to the new Thule disc as a product – the “H-Gerät” (Hauneburg Device).

For wartime security reasons the name was shortened to Haunebu in 1939 and briefly designated RFZ-5 along with Vril‘s machines. At a much later time in the war as production of these craft was to commence the Hauneburg site was abandoned in favor of the more suitable Vril Arado Brandenburg aircraft testing grounds. Although designated as part of the RFZ series the Haunebu disc was actually a separate Thule product constructed with the help of the SS E-IV unit while the RFZ series were primarily built at Arado Brandenburg under Vril direction up to the RFZ-4 disc.


The folks at Hand n’ Head recently announced their upcoming Haunebu German Flying Saucer as a nicely detailed 1//72 model kit. This is another craft of this type following their recent introduction of the Flying Saucer Series 1/48th Adamski Type. By the way, the Adamski type flying saucer was recently relaunched in the USA by Atlantis Models to compliment their Flying Saucer EVE 1/864 Scale and the Triangular Anti Gravity Space Craft TR-3E for their UFO series.

I wish that Hanebu II had the priority but I am very glad that they proceeded with their Hanebu I project. I personally look forward to adding the Hanebu I to my German WW-II subjects.

You can visit Head n’ Hand’s website on this temporary URL here.

  • 1/72 scaled plastic model kit.(56 parts)
  •  Assembled size : Dia 200mm / Height 90mm
  • Snap fit assembly. No glue required for assembly.
  • This Flying Saucer model kit was designed as a fictional subject
  • Realease Date: December, 2014

Revell Arado Ar (E) 555

In 1944, the Imperial Air Ministry requested a long-range, high-speed bomber that could carry 8,819 lb (4,000 kg) payloads. The stealthy Ar555 was Arado’s preferred prototype. By year’s end, however, the expensive project was scrapped. This model kit features detailed surfaces with recessed panel joints, a detailed cockpit with instrument panel and seats, the choice of a “lowered” or “retracted” undercarriage, movable MG 151/20 machine guns with two optional positions, a detailed bomb bay, three SC 1000 bombs, two SC 2000 bombs, landing gear and decals for a proposed Luftwaffe version.

  • Revell Kit # 80-4367
  • Overview
  • Skill level: 3
  • Scale: 1:72
  • Length: 220 mm
  • Wingspan: 292 mm
  • Parts: 98
  • MSRP: $24.99 USD.


The kit:

The Arado Ar (E) 555 also offers nice details inside the bomb bays and landing gear wells.

My scale of choice is 1/48 for aircraft with some of my favorite subjects in 1/32. This is a 1/72 scale model kit, great (IMHO) for those subjects that fall in the the ”dark side”. It is 1/72, but the wingspan of the finished model is slightly larger than a F-16 or F-18 Hornet in 1/48th scale. The 2 fuselage halves have a very nice fit. Because of the odd shaped wings, I suggest patience. Do one side at a time and you’ll be rewarded with an almost no gap filling main frame.

All the parts that comprise this model kit had a very good fit. My main concern was the curved canopy comprised of 2 different clear parts. In a scale of 1 to 10, I’ll give the canopy to fuselage fit a 9.5. The .5 is because there is a ”lip” on the canopy that wouldn’t fit unless you shave a little bit on each side of the cockpit. Speaking of the clear canopy, I found injection flow marks on my copy. I do not know if this is the norm with all kits or just an isolated case.

Before you join the fuselage halves, don’t be shy adding weight or you will most likely have a tail sitter.

Painting and Decals:

The base color used was Testors Model MasterAcryl Lightgrau RLM 63 (4777) with spots of Acryl RLM 72 and Tamiya XF-19 Light Gray. Tamiya XF-7 Flat Red and Tamiya XF-3 Flat Yellow for details. The wheel wells and bomb bays are painted with Vallejo Bronze/Green. All painting was done with my Aztek A470 airbrush.

Decals are on the goldielocks side, not too thin, not too thick and responded very well to Microsol decal solution. Following the decal placement illustration on the instructions is a must. I did looked at some of the decals from the pictures on the box, and later on found out that they don’t follow the placement shown on the instructions. *My mistake*.

Before the decals, the model was covered on a coat of Alclad 2 Aqua Gloss ALC-600. Having used both, Future Gloss Floor Polish and Alclad, I find the finish from Alclad Gloss very thin, not too mention the drying time is way shorter. I have placed decals on models coated with Alclad 2 Aqua Gloss, 3 hours after application with no adverse reaction. As you can see on the pictures, a wash for NATO camo vehicles from AK Interactive (AK-075) was used with excellent results.

Note from the Author
This is a great kit for fans of German WW-II aircraft. Don’t mind the scale (I had my concerns too), the model is not shy on size, the overall fit is great. A nice base for more scratch build if you wish. My scale figure building of modifying skills are zero.

I would have welcomed the proper figures with this kit, unfortunately none are included. Even with no figures included with this kit which is just a personal preference, this kit is Highly recommended!

Revell 1/72 Fairey Gannet Model Kit


The Gannet was built in response to the 1945 Admiralty requirement GR.17/45, for which prototypes by Fairey (Type Q or Fairey 17, after the requirement) and Blackburn Aircraft (the Blackburn B-54 / B-88) were built. After considering and discounting the Rolls-Royce Tweed turboprop, Fairey selected an engine based on the Armstrong Siddeley Mamba: the Double Mamba (or “Twin Mamba”), basically two Mambas mounted side-by-side and coupled through a common gearbox to coaxial contra-rotating propellers.

Revell 1/72 Fairey Gannet

Power was transmitted from each engine by a torsion shaft which was engaged through a series of sun, planet, epicyclic and spur gears to give a suitable reduction ratio and correct propellershaft rotation. The ASMD 1 engine (2,950 hp/2,200 kW) was used in the Gannet AS 1; ASMD 3 (3,145 hp/2,345 kW) in the AS 4; and ASMD 4 (3,875 hp/2,889 kW) in the AEW.3 variant. The Double Mamba engine could be run with one Mamba stopped to conserve fuel and extend endurance for cruise flight.

The contra-rotating propellers meant that when only half of the Double Mamba was running there were no thrust asymmetry problems. The Mamba exhausts were situated on each side of the fuselage, at the root of the wing trailing edge. The gas-turbine engine could run on kerosene, “wide-cut” turbine fuel or diesel fuel, allowing the Admiralty to eliminate the dangerous high-octane petroleum spirit required to operate piston-engined aircraft from carriers.

The pilot is seated well forward, conferring a good view over the nose for carrier operations, and sits over the Double Mamba engine, directly behind the gearbox and propellers. The second crew member, an aerial observer, is seated under a separate canopy directly behind the pilot. After the prototype, a second observer was included, in his own cockpit over the wing trailing edge.

This addition disturbed the airflow over the horizontal stabilizer, requiring small finlets on either side.The Gannet has a large internal weapons bay in the fuselage and a retractable radome under the rear fuselage.

The Gannet’s wing folds in two places to form a distinctive Z-shape on each side. The first fold is at about a third of the wing length where the inboard anhedral (down-sweep) changes to the outboard dihedral (up-sweep) of the wing (described as a gull wing). The second wing fold is at about two-thirds of the wing length. The length of the nose wheel shock absorber causes the Gannet to have a distinctive nose-high attitude, a common characteristic of carrier aircraft.

The Kit:
First things first, I don’t have anything against British aircraft, but it is not my subject of choice much less I build aircraft in 1/72 scale other than those huge subjects like a B-52, C-130 Hercules, BH-36 Peacemaker, well, you get the idea. I must admit that it was the uniqueness of the airframe that got my attention on this model kit. There are mixed feelings toward the Trumpeter and Revell of Germany version of their respective Fairey Gannet models. So I decided for the Revell version.

This is a 1/72 scale model kit, but the subject is as big as my Nakagima Oscar, ZEKE Zero and 1:48 scale Mig-15 bis. For being a new tooling, I was expecting cleaner parts, at least my copy was plagued by flash. In some points it was hard to tell what was flash and what was a kit part.

The bomb bay on the Fairey Gannet in terms of detail is rather plain. Unless your planning to scratch build, IMHO, I see no point on displaying this open. Builders Beware, this kit has very little tolerance from fuselage to cockpits sub assembly. Before you grab the hobby cement of choice, make sure you dry test fit over, and over, and over, and yes, and over. I believe in my humble opinion that Revell should revise the instructions and provide them for those who already have this kit, as a PDF file on their site.

The supplied instructions is very vague at some point, they are very cluttered with boxes within boxes, wrong part numbers and argh! those alchemist color call outs from Revell of Germany get on my nerves. Due to the center of gravity of this kit, you must use over 15grams of weight on the front nose. Less than that ad with the flaps opened and extra weight added by the rear wings and you will get a tail sitter.

Colors used:
Speaking of color call outs, my research of colors for the British Fairey Gannet aircraft came out without concrete consistent answers. I took artistic license and for the lower color on the Fairey Gannet, I used Model Master Acryl color RAF SKY TYPE ‘S’ ANA 610 (4840). It is a minty green color. For the top side of the aircraft, I decided to use Neutral Gray XF-53 from Tamiya. After a coat of Alclad 2 Aqua Gloss 600, the decals were applied.

A second selectively over the decals gloss coat was applied to protect them from the upcoming sludge wash with Lamp Black Artist Oil diluted with mineral spirit. The model was then sealed with Model Master Acryl Flat Clear Coat and taken to the photo booth.

Would I build another Fairey Gannet kit?
I would, in fact, I this kit came from the less than perfect section from my friend’s Mike over at Every now and then Mike cleans the shop from models with less than perfect boxes that happens to be in good condition inside and includes everything.

He had 2 Fairey Gannets with damaged boxes, I did put them both in my cart but thanks to my procrastination, someone snatched one a few hours later. MF Pilot is not widely known (yet). I met Mike (the owner) thru eBay purchases and in or out of eBay, he’s a very nice guy to deal with.

Note from the Author
The final subject is a nice representation of the Fairey Gannet AS Mk. 1/4. The shortcomings above, does not detracts it from being a nice finished model. Expected building time for this model kit is longer than you might think. Grab a bit of extra patience from your tool box ;o)

Enjoy the pictures of the Fairey Gannet below, your comments and suggestions are welcome on the comments section below.