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Halberstadt CL.IV

Pheon Models, 1/48 scale

S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Number:

Pheon Models item number 48011 - Halberstadt CL.IV

Scale:

1/48

Contents and Media:

Waterslide decals, colour profiles, instructions and template for an assembly jig

Price:

GBP £17.50 available from pheon.models@hotmail.co.uk
Post & packing:
1st Class £3.60 to the UK & Europe, £4.95 to the rest of the world.
2nd Class: £2.52 to the UK & Europe, £2.70 to the rest of the world.
Payment by Paypal.

Review Type:

First Look

Advantages:

Extensive selection of markings, well researched, assembly jig will be a great help to modellers

Disadvantages:

Short production run necessitates a higher price

Conclusion:

Very colourful subject, top quality package

 

Reviewed by James Fahey


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FirstLook

 

Pheon’s more recent decals have been released to complement new kits coming to market.  This set is intended for the injection-moulded Halberstadt CL.IV from Polish company Karaya, which has been well received by the WWI modelling community.

The CL.IV came late in the war, reaching the ground attack Schlachtstaffeln  from June 1918 onwards.  It was scarcely larger than a single-seater and was relatively manoeuvrable. Approximately 800 were built.

The Halberstadt CL.IV makes an excellent candidate for after-market decals as the colour schemes and personal markings are really colourful and interesting.

Karaya’s kit comes in three different versions: the long fuselage variant manufactured by Roland which Karaya do in two boxings, German & International, and the short fuselage variant manufactured by Halberstadt.

Pheon’s decal set includes 11 options covering both the long and short fuselage versions. Two of the schemes are for post-war civilian aircraft, one operated by the Hamburg Polizeifliegerstaffel on anti-revolutionary duties in 1919-20 and another flown on photographic survey work up until 1938 and features Nazi insignia. Tiny werke numbers are included, as are Roland serial and weight tables in pale blue.

 

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One of these Roland logos has been slightly smudged; not a major issue as there are two pairs of these decals and with a bit of judicious cutting and swapping, the smudged section can be replaced.

One of Pheon’s markings options is the same as one of the two kit (#1002) options – the ‘arm with hammer’. Pheon’s version of the arm & hammer is more detailed and in three colours, whereas the kit decals are merely a black silhouette (see the side-by-side comparison).

The white-outlined red flame markings on option 8 are quite spectacular (note this was operated by Schlasta 26b not 27b).

Pheon admit that a number of the schemes are conjectural, but the reasoning for their chosen approach is set out in the instruction booklet and it is clear that a lot of research has been carried out. Alternative colours are included for some of the markings. In some cases the Pheon schemes differ from earlier representations in the Windsock Datafile.


 

Bonus Assembly and Alignment Jig

The set includes custom-designed templates for constructing a jig to aid with assembling the wings with the proper stagger and alignment. The template is printed on two A4 sheets of self adhesive paper for applying to thick card or board. I am sure this will simplify construction for the most challenging step when building biplane kits – nice touch.


 

Instructions

The 14 page A5 sized booklet follows Pheon’s standard layout: an interesting service history, comments on the kit, general colouring notes, references, decal application guide and service history for each aircraft and pilot where this is known.


 

Full Colour Decal Placement Guides

Marking options are featured in full colour on five A4 sized sheets of glossy photo paper showing decal placements (side profiles and top views).

 

 

Very nicely done.


 

Conclusion

This set provides some really eye catching options for Karaya’s kit that will certainly set your Halberstadt CL.IV apart from the OOB models.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to Pheon Models for the review sample.

Ordering is by email directly to Pheon mailto:pheon.models@hotmail.co.uk.

Until Pheon’s website is finished, you can check out their products here:
http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=34793

Check out Pheon’s pre-order special deal on two decal releases for Wingnut Wings’ 1/32 Albatros DV here at Hyperscale:
http://www.hyperscale.com/2010/reviews/decals/pheon32011previewjf_1.htm

Thanks to Pheon Models for the review samples.


available from pheon.models@hotmail.co.uk


Text and Images Copyright 2010 by James Fahey
Page Created 3 March, 2010
Last updated 20 July, 2010

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