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Halberstadt CL.II
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Posted: Wednesday, June 03, 2009 - 10:01 AM UTC


Largescale modellers have been rightly excited lately with the appearance of a new manufacturer on the scene - now quarterscalers have equal cause to celebrate, with a superb WW1 debut from Mirage Hobby in the shape of the CL.II.

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Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 06:39 PM UTC
Mine arrived yeasterday. I wish they had arrived last week. I am in the middle of painting my house and clear sealing the deck. I am working 12 hours a day on my days off. Gadzooks and hot marimba I am tired. But with three kits on the assembly line and these two waiting I must put it into overdrive.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 08:32 PM UTC
Well it certainly looks impressive, well thought out and beautifully presented. I'm looking forward to seeing someone build this beautiful kit.

Keith.
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Posted: Sunday, July 19, 2009 - 03:21 PM UTC
Right out of the box I see a bit of a problem. The 20 page instruction booklet is VERY small at 6 X 8.25 inches I almost need an optivisor to read it. I will check with Piotr and ask if he can offer it in pdf .
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Posted: Monday, July 20, 2009 - 10:55 AM UTC
Now to schedule a build!
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Posted: Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 03:14 AM UTC
Just place my order for this beauty of a kit , hopefully Squadron still has it in stock !!
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Posted: Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 05:05 PM UTC
The instruction booklet is too small in my opinion. But the great thing is that Mirage is putting up a modified version on their website in pdf !
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Posted: Friday, September 18, 2009 - 01:54 PM UTC
Just pick my up today and WOW , it's like a miniature Wings Nuts kit !

Yes the instructions are a little small but still very well done indeed .
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Posted: Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 01:55 AM UTC
I'm still drooling from last night after taking the parts out of the plastic
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Posted: Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 02:41 AM UTC

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Just pick my up today and WOW , it's like a miniature Wings Nuts kit !



Hi Terri

That's an interesting comparison, because I can't help but think that it's release was rather overshadowed by all the understandable excitement over the Wingnuts beauties at around the same time.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 02:52 AM UTC
Yes , it didn't get the cover that it truly deserves with the hype over the 32 scale kit's coming out by Wing Nuts . And still haven't see it built up yet , lot's of Wing Nuts , but that is even slowing down as well until the next ones are released .

Would be nice to see Mirage do a Hannover
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Posted: Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 06:37 AM UTC

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Would be nice to see Mirage do a Hannover



Hi again

Wow! Yes! I'd love to do a 1:48 Hannover! (I still remember the old Airfix 1:72 kit fondly)

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 12:06 PM UTC
I still have one of Eduard's Hannover kits in the stash , it would be nice to see a new tooling of this . Also an FE-8 would be choice as well !
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Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 12:36 AM UTC
Hi Terri

I've put the Halberstadt in my "To Do!" box of kits ready to make a start on once I get down to the Isle of Wight. All being well, I'll have some sort of work bench set up and be building again by the end of next week. I'm itching to have a crack at this kit, so thanks for the reminder of just how good it is.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 01:55 AM UTC
I will be looking forward to that build Rowan . I still haven't seen the model built anywhere on the web yet so it would be nice to know how she goes together . I just got the datafile and will read and study that before I begin my , I was going over the Blumax kit last night which at the time of release it was a great kit . Planing on doing a comparison thread on the two kit's maybe this weekend .
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Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 08:45 AM UTC
Hi Terri

A comparison of the two kits sounds like a great theme for a side-by-side Feature-Build if ever I heard one!

As for me, well, I've arrived at Castle Aeroscale-on-Sea and have prised open a few packing cases. I found some useful shots of the Krakow museum CL.II in Scale Aircraft Modelling Vol 29 #9, Nov 2007. But I'll be building basically OOB to see how it turns out.

I'm in total chaos here, so I may be building on something the size of a tea-tray - but the important thing for me is to be able to get back to work again!

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, January 03, 2010 - 10:47 PM UTC

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Now to schedule a build!



Tonight I spent about 4 hours in prepping this kit. I can usually gauge how long a build will go after the preparation time. There are a lot of parts (141 @ grey styrene parts w/16 not needed) and I had my hands on all of them at one time or another this evening.

For me prepping is one of the most critical events of a build. The plastic sprue attachment points that have been previously noted are not bad to deal with at all. I will begin my build blog in a separate thread later this next week. The underside of wings stabilizers and elevator did get a quick base coat and will be left to dry for a couple of days.

The following is provided to help anyone looking for a good method to prep.
1. Read and re-read the instructions.
2. Sand smooth all edges of the wing panels, ailerons, stabilizers, elevator & rudder
3. Sand smooth most sprue attachment points for other parts.
4. Separate parts into fabric covered, metal and wood areas.
5. Inventory required paints for the build.
6. Test fit basic components.
7. Identify areas that will need "extra" work or detailing from your spares or aftermarket sets
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Posted: Wednesday, January 06, 2010 - 03:55 AM UTC
I will do a closer comparison later, but the motor has several build characteristics that resemble the old Hi-Tech resin motor.