Avia Bk.534 in 1/72...
...another new ProfiPack series kit from Eduard
Kit ref 70105 is another variation on their Avia Bk.534 kit a ProfiPack series model and one which includes a finish option I particularly like the look of. As a ProiPack kit it means there are painting masks included in the box along with a set of pre-coloured etch metal parts which provide things like the super control panel to use rather than the flat look of the optional transfer, along with seatbelts, rudder pedals and other small details both in the cockpit and for the large air intake underneath the fuselage among others. The instruction booklet gives you the background story to the type, which was designed back in 1934 but by the early years of WW2 found itself relegated to obsolete as were so many other biplane fighters. The next element is the sprue layout diagram and the number of shaded out un-used parts are a good indicator of other versions in the Eduard range but also some new additions for your spares box.
There are 5 options provided for in terms of colours and markings and it is the first one of these, with an extra part on the sprue as well, which grabbed my attention. This is for an example in German hands but with civilian serials and fitted with an arrestor hook as one of the trials aircraft that were used in preparation for their planned development of the Graf Zeppelin aircraft carrier. At the end of the construction sequence they have also included a rigging diagram to show clearly whers the wires can be added.
The 5 options are -
A. c/c592 of Erprobungsstelle Travemunde at Travemunde in Germany during 1940/41, the test aircraft for carrier landings.
B. c/n 524 of Jagdfleigerschule 3 or 4 in Germany during the early 1940s where they were used for advanced fighter pilot training before they moved on to the likes of the Me Bf 109.
C. Flugzeugfuhrerschule A/B 115 at Weis in Germany during 1942, one of the elementary flying schools. It is also a bit different in terms of colour, being in an overall RLM 02 colour.
D. Air Regiment 4, Praha-Kbely in the Czechoslovak Republic in March 1939, prior to the German occupation of the country.
E. c/n 519, No 13 Squadron, Spisska Nova Ves in the Slovak Republic in 1941. This new state fought on the side of Germany on the Eastern Front and this one has bright yellow recognition markings with bright yellow nose, fuselage band and the underside tips of the lower wings.
Though in this case there are not too many of them, the final page indicates all the positions for the various airframe stencils.
Thanks to Eduard for this example.