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Clear-Vax set 28: Luftwaffe, part 5 (1/72 scale)

1. Messerschmitt Bf 109F. Suggested kit: Italeri Bf 109F.

The Clear-Vax parts directly replace the kit items, and are intended for display in the open position. The windscreen represents that of early Bf 109F aircraft. Later models were fitted with a bolted-on external armourglass. This is best represented by a piece of 0.5 mm clear plastic cut to size and fitted to the front of the windscreen.
Suggested references: Model Art No.408; Squadron/Signal In Action No.57; Messerschmitt Bf 109F/G/K (Schiffer).
2. Messerschmitt Bf 109G. Suggested kit: Hasegawa Bf 109G-6.

The Clear-Vax parts are intended for display in the open position. Two windscreens are supplied. The small windscreen is a copy of the kit part. An alternative windscreen with the forward fuselage decking raised for greater accuracy is also included. Cut the corresponding area away from the kit fuselage and replace with the Clear-Vax part.
Suggested references: Model Art No.290; Aero Detail 5.
3. Henschel Hs 129. Suggested kits: Italeri Hs 129B-2 & B-3.

The Clear-Vax canopy is intended for display in the open position. Cut and fit a piece of 0.5 mm clear plastic to the rear of the windscreen to represent the internal armourglass. Note on the drawing that the pilot's back armour can be moved forward or aft.
Suggested references: Hs 129 Panzejager! (Classic); Profile 69.
4. Messerschmitt Me 262A. Suggested kits: Hasegawa or Revell Me 262A.

The Clear-Vax canopy is intended for display in the open position. Note on the drawing the canopy lock and catches, and how the armourglass protrudes from the top of the windscreen.
Suggested references: Monogram Close-up No.17; Me 262 Testing, Development, Production, by Radinger & Schick (Schiffer); Aero Detail No.9.
5. Messerschmitt Me 262B. Suggested kits: Hasegawa or Revell Me 262B.

The Clear-Vax canopy is intended for display in the open position.
Suggested references: Me 262, Vol.II (Schiffer) No.64.
6. Henschel Hs 123. Suggested kit: Airfix Hs 123.

The Clear-Vax windscreen directly replaces the kit item.
Suggested references: Warplanes of the Third Reich, by Green (McDonalds); Squadron/Signal No.4, Luftwaffe In Action.
7. Focke Wulf Fw 56 "Stösser". Suggested kit: Heller/SMER Fw 56.

The Clear-Vax windscreen directly replaces the kit item.
Suggested reference: Argus Specialist Publications Plan 2869.
8. Junkers Ju 88A-6 or S/T. Suggested kit: Italeri Ju 88A-4.

The Clear-Vax parts replace the kit main and nose canopies only. In order to avoid an untidy join at the windscreen/fuselage, it may prove easier to cut away the kit fuselage at the line marked X. Also cut away the kit fuselage at the line marked Y. Then fit the Clear-Vax main canopy in its entirety, followed by the nose cap. The Ju 88A-6 version uses the standard "beetle-eye" nose cap; check your references for variations from the standard Ju 88A-4. The drawing shows the Ju 88S cockpit area, including the bombsight housing fitted to most Ju 88S aircraft. Fabricate this item from scrap plastic. The engines will need to be borrowed from the Italeri Ju 188 kit. Fortunately this kit includes both BMW 801 and Jumo 213 engines, giving a choice of building a Ju 88S-1/T1 (BMW) or a Ju 88S-3/T3 (Jumo).
Suggested references: quadron/Signal In Action No.85; Aerodata International 'Bombers of WWII' (Squadron/Signal); Aero Detail No.20.
9. Junkers Ju 88G. Suggested kit: AMT/ERTL Ju 88G.

In order to fit the canopy, cut away the kit fuselage at the lines marked X and Y, then fit the Clear-Vax canopy in its entirety.
Suggested reference: Ju 88 In Action part 2 No.113 (Squadron/Signal).
10. Dornier Do 24T. Suggested kit: Italeri Do 24.


The Clear-Vax canopies directly replace the kit items. Note that when cutting out the nose canopy (drawing 10a) and mid-upper turret (drawing 10b), cut outside the ring around the bottom to allow the turret to rotate. Note also that the height of these items has been reduced for better accuracy. An alternative HDL151 turret has been included (drawing 10c); this turret was sometimes fitted to late model Do 24s. Cut the base off the kit turret (shown dotted) and fit the Clear-Vax turret on top. The tail turret (drawing 10d) is a little wide for the fuselage. Accordingly, the rear fuselage will need to be widened with a 1 mm wedge of plastic card.
Suggested references: Squadron/Signal No.8, Luftwaffe In Action part 4; 'Warplanes of the Third Reich', by Green (McDonalds).
11. Dornier Do 217K. Suggested kits: Italeri D 217K-1 & Do 217K-2.

The Clear-Vax main canopy, dorsal turret and lower gun canopy directly replace the kit items. To fit the side machine gun windows, carefully cut out the windows from the main canopy and fit the replacement windows from the inside.
Suggested references: Profile 261; Do 217/317/417 (Airlife).

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