First Look Review
Halberstadt CL.II
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

Mirage Hobby, well-known among aircraft modellers for their WW2-era Polish subjects have made a dramatic move into WW1 modelling with an excellent Halberstadt CLII.

The kit arrives in a surprisingly compact top opening box. The presentation is excellent, with the sprues bagged for protection and the decal sheets separated by the instruction booklet to keep them apart. Tucked away at the bottom of the box is a large etched brass fret. The kit comprises:

141 x grey styrene parts (16 not needed)
100 x etched brass parts
A clear film for the windscreen and instruments
Decals for 3 x colour schemes
Mottle decals in 2 styles

The moulding generally excellent. This is a high-pressure moulded kit and there's no problem with sinkage in my kit. I did find a little flash here and there, but nothing that will take more than a minute or two to clean up.

The surface finish is excellent, with crisply defined details and a subtle representation of the fabric surfaces. All control surfaces are separate parts.

A few details
Construction begins with an 18-part engine that includes optional parts for the generator to drive the radio equipment.

The interior comprises over 50 styrene and etched parts. Seats have etched brass harnesses and the instruments are supplied on clear film (that must be punched out) with etched bezels. Alternative moulded or etched cooling jackets are provided for the machine guns, along with etched ammunition belts.

There's a choice of propellers and the cowling panels are separate, so you can display some of that detail if you desire.

Both the top and bottom wings are built up from individual panels and a very nice touch is the inclusion of jigs to set the dihedral and spacing. A printed template is provided to help assemble the undercarriage struts.

Instructions & Decals
The construction guide is superb, printed in colour with CAD illustrations, backed up by numerous reference photos. Detailed notes are given in both Polish and English. Every stage is accompanied by comprehensive paint matches for Vallejo acryllics. A rigging diagram is included and, rounding everything off is a pair of miniature printed maps.

Decals are provided for 3 colour schemes:

1. Halberstadt CL.II 14277/17 "3", Schlachtstaffel 26b, Bissinghem airfield, spring 1918.
2. Halberstadt CL.II "5", Schlachtstaffel 6, Schlachtgru 3, March 1918.
1. Halberstadt CL.II "5", "Marianne", Schlachtstaffel 23b, Quiévy airfield, March 1918.

Each scheme is illustrated as a full colour 4-view, with detailed notes and an explanation of the camouflage system employed on CL.II types.

The decals look excellent quality - thin and glossy and printed in precise register. No lozenge decals are included, but Mirage Hobby have provided 2 different types of the mottled camouflage. Getting these decals to conform around the contours and details of the fuselage could prove challenging, so some may chose to use the decals as a reference to apply the patterns by hand.

Mirage Hobby's WW1 debut is a very exciting kit. It's a real enthusiasts' model - packed with detail and backed up with comprehensive instructions. It's a great choice of subject too, with German 2-seaters being relatively overlooked as modern kits. Highly recommended.

Mirage Hobby's Halberstadt is available from Modelimex - specialists in Eastern European and short run kits.

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on AEROSCALE.
Highs: Highly detailed and well moulded. Etched details and very good quality decals. Excellent instructions.
Lows: Quite complex, so not recommended for inexperienced modellers.
Verdict: A suberb WW1 debut from Mirage Hobby that deserves to be a huge success.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: 48136
  Suggested Retail: 39.00 €
  PUBLISHED: Jun 03, 2009

About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)

I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

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Hi Terri That's an interesting comparison, because I can't help but think that it's release was rather overshadowed by all the understandable excitement over the Wingnuts beauties at around the same time. All the best Rowan
SEP 19, 2009 - 02:41 AM
Yes , it didn't get the cover that it truly deserves with the hype over the 32 scale kit's coming out by Wing Nuts . And still haven't see it built up yet , lot's of Wing Nuts , but that is even slowing down as well until the next ones are released . Would be nice to see Mirage do a Hannover
SEP 19, 2009 - 02:52 AM
Hi again Wow! Yes! I'd love to do a 1:48 Hannover! (I still remember the old Airfix 1:72 kit fondly) All the best Rowan
SEP 19, 2009 - 06:37 AM
I still have one of Eduard's Hannover kits in the stash , it would be nice to see a new tooling of this . Also an FE-8 would be choice as well !
SEP 19, 2009 - 12:06 PM
Hi Terri I've put the Halberstadt in my "To Do!" box of kits ready to make a start on once I get down to the Isle of Wight. All being well, I'll have some sort of work bench set up and be building again by the end of next week. I'm itching to have a crack at this kit, so thanks for the reminder of just how good it is. All the best Rowan
SEP 24, 2009 - 12:36 AM
I will be looking forward to that build Rowan . I still haven't seen the model built anywhere on the web yet so it would be nice to know how she goes together . I just got the datafile and will read and study that before I begin my , I was going over the Blumax kit last night which at the time of release it was a great kit . Planing on doing a comparison thread on the two kit's maybe this weekend .
SEP 24, 2009 - 01:55 AM
Hi Terri A comparison of the two kits sounds like a great theme for a side-by-side Feature-Build if ever I heard one! As for me, well, I've arrived at Castle Aeroscale-on-Sea and have prised open a few packing cases. I found some useful shots of the Krakow museum CL.II in Scale Aircraft Modelling Vol 29 #9, Nov 2007. But I'll be building basically OOB to see how it turns out. I'm in total chaos here, so I may be building on something the size of a tea-tray - but the important thing for me is to be able to get back to work again! All the best Rowan
SEP 29, 2009 - 08:45 AM
Tonight I spent about 4 hours in prepping this kit. I can usually gauge how long a build will go after the preparation time. There are a lot of parts (141 @ grey styrene parts w/16 not needed) and I had my hands on all of them at one time or another this evening. For me prepping is one of the most critical events of a build. The plastic sprue attachment points that have been previously noted are not bad to deal with at all. I will begin my build blog in a separate thread later this next week. The underside of wings stabilizers and elevator did get a quick base coat and will be left to dry for a couple of days. The following is provided to help anyone looking for a good method to prep. 1. Read and re-read the instructions. 2. Sand smooth all edges of the wing panels, ailerons, stabilizers, elevator & rudder 3. Sand smooth most sprue attachment points for other parts. 4. Separate parts into fabric covered, metal and wood areas. 5. Inventory required paints for the build. 6. Test fit basic components. 7. Identify areas that will need "extra" work or detailing from your spares or aftermarket sets
JAN 03, 2010 - 10:47 PM
I will do a closer comparison later, but the motor has several build characteristics that resemble the old Hi-Tech resin motor.
JAN 06, 2010 - 03:55 AM

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