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Clear-Vax set 14: Luftwaffe, part 4 (1/48 scale)

1. Junkers Ju 88A-4. Suggested kit: Hobbycraft Ju 88A-4.

Using the drawing as a guide, cut off the kit nose pieces at the lines marked X and Y, replacing them with the Clear-Vax items. Note that the canopy framelines marked Z are internal.
Suggested references: 'Warplanes of the Third Reich', Wliiam Green (McDonald); Warbirds Illustrated No.43 (P/AP).
2. Henschel Hs 129. Suggested kit: ESCI Hs 129B.

The drawing shows the canopy in the fully open position. Note the very thick armoured glass piece attached inside the windscreen. This is best fashioned from a piece of clear styrene and fixed to the Clear-Vax windscreen.
Suggested references: Profile 69; Squadron/Signal No.4, 'Luftwaffe In Action'.
3. Dornier Do 17Z. Suggested kit: Hobbycraft Do 17Z.

Carefully cut away the kit nose area at the lines marked X and Y and replace with the Clear-Vax item. Note that the bombsight housing has been moved to its correct position on the starboard side. The entrance door will need to be shifted aft as marked. We have not marked the position of the nose and main canopy side gun ports, as they vary from aircraft to aircraft.
Suggested references: 'The Flying Pencil', Schiffer, vol.25; Profile 164.
4. Arado Ar 234B. Suggested kit: Hobbycraft Ar 234B.

Note that almost all the canopy framing is internal, the clear sections being fixed in place with flush rivets. It may prove easiest to cut the kit lower nose off at the line marked X and fit the Clear-Vax item in its entirety.
Suggested reference: Monogram Close-Up No.23.
5. Dornier Do 335. Suggested kit: Monogram Do 335A.

The Clear-Vax items directly replace the kit parts. No modification is needed.
Suggested reference: Monogram Close-Up No.21.
6. Messerschmitt Bf 110C/D. Suggested kit: Fujimi Bf 110C/D.

The drawing shows the pilot's and gunner's positions open. If the bolted and armoured windscreen is required, cut a 1 mm piece of clear styrene to shape and fix it to the front of the Clear-Vax item.Note that some early aircraft did not have a cut-out in the canopy for the rear gun.
Suggested references: Squadron/Signal In Action No.30; 'Messerschmitt Bf 110 at War' (Ian Allan).

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