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Clear-Vax set 42: Luftwaffe, World War II, part 7 (1/72 scale)

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1. Dornier Do 26. Suggested kit: Mach 2 Do 26.

Alternative main canopies are provided as per the kit. These and the rear gun blisters directly replace the kit items, where applicable. The cavity for the nose turret needs to be widened to 16 mm diameter in order to fit the corrected replacement turret. A new baseplate will need to fabricated from plastic card. Drill a hole halfway up the slot to accept the cannon barrel.
Suggested references: Fleugzeug magazine 5/94, 6/94, 1/95 [good photographic coverage]; Warplanes of the Third Reich (Green), MacDonald [this book, although error-ridden, is a useful general reference for all the aircraft types included in this set].
2. Heinkel He 115B. Suggested kit: Revell He 115C.

The drawing shows the hatches and canopies open. The pilot's canopy rear is designed to overlap the observer's canopy. The lower nose section represents that used by the He 115B. Note that the area in front of the bomb doors is a clear piece. Using the drawing as a guide, cut the corresponding area away from the kit fuselage, then fit the lower nose piece in its entirety. Using the drawing as a guide, make and fit the bombsight fairing from plastic card. If building the He 115C, use the kit lower nose with the Clear-Vax upper nose and end cap.
Suggested references: Replic 124 [a comprehensive build of the Revell kit plus excellent detail photos]; Luftwaffe In Action No.2 (Squadron Signal).
3. Gotha Go 242/244. Suggested kit: Italeri Go 242/244.

The Clear-Vax main canopy and tail cone directly replace the kit items. Use the kit side windows.
Suggested reference: Replic No.47.
4. Heinkel He 177. Suggested kit: Revell He 177A-5.

The Clear-Vax nose parts and tail turret have been corrected for better accuracy, and directly replace the kit items.
Suggested references: Replic No.111 [definitive build of the Revell kit plus excellent detail photos]; Profile 234.
5. Focke Wulf Fw 190A/D (early). Suggested kits: Tamiya Fw 190A-3 & Fw 190D-9.

The Clear-Vax canopies directly replace the kit parts.
Suggested references: Fw 190 In Action (Squadron Signal); Walkaround Nos 10 & 22 (Squadron/Signal); Model Art 316; Aero Detail Nos 2 & 6.
6. Focke Wulf Fw 190A/D (late). Suggested kit: Tamiya Fw 190D-9.

The Clear-Vax canopies directly replace the kit parts.
Suggested references: Fw 190 In Action (Squadron Signal); Walkaround Nos 10 & 22 (Squadron/Signal); Model Art 316; Aero Detail Nos 2 & 6.
7. Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1/3. Suggested kit: Tamiya Bf 109E-3.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item, and is sectioned for display in the open position.
Suggested references: Model Art 375; Me 109 In Action No.44 (Squadron Signal); Aero Detail No.1.
8. Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4/7. Suggested kit: Tamiya Bf 109E-4/7.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item, and is sectioned for display in the open position.
Suggested references: Model Art 375; Me 109 In Action No.44 (Squadron Signal); Aero Detail No.1.
9. Heinkel He 280. Suggested kit: Huma He 280.
 
In order to fit the Clear-Vax canopy precisely, the kit fuselage needs to be widened with a wedge of 5 mm plastic card as shown in the plan-view drawing. This is necessary to make the cockpit sills parallel, as they should be.
Suggested reference: Model Art 348, German Jets in WWII.
10. Blohm und Voss Bv 155. Suggested kit: Pegasus Bv 155.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item.
Suggested reference: Monogram Close-up 20.

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