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  1. Pocher 1/4 ducati panigale

    Practice makes perfect, mucka and you've got the colour right!
  2. My apologies Duncan! Col., Duncan may be able to rent out something!
  3. Good grief, what a monster! Fair shout John, that's another work of art! Yer gonna need a bigger house. As for the extra details, it doesn't necessarily have to be the Sand Crawler we see on the big screen, it'll be the one that didn't arrive on time for filming!
  4. Duncan should be able to lend you something!
  5. Tamiya 1/32nd De Havilland Mosquito

    You've certainly turned this kit into a feast for the eyes!
  6. I don't think that they were going to work on the Foxbat anytime soon due to the development of the Tomcat. Realistically I think you'd be looking at 2019/2020 for the MiG.
  7. Pocher 1/4 ducati panigale

    I want one!
  8. Airfix 1:24 Ju-87 Stuka

    That IP is really rather impressive old boy!
  9. The Devastator - Star Destroyer - Randy Cooper 1/1500 Resin Kit

    Looking at this will never get old! It kept drawing my eye at Telford whenever it was in line of sight! What a joy!
  10. You wouldn't be disappointed Col.!
  11. Pocher 1/4 ducati panigale

    A drop of petrol and that thing could start!
  12. Kajika IJN Kongo.

    It's a cracking little kit and I'm looking forward to getting myself the other three, but not this year though!
  13. Likewise John. Seeing your name all these years and finally puting a face to it. It was a pleasure.
  14. Kajika IJN Kongo.

    The ship. On the 17th January 1911 at Barrow in Furness the keel was laid down for the last Japanese Capital ship built outside of Japan and began the construction of the Battlecruiser Kongo. Launched on 18th May 1912 she left the Vickers yard in Barrow to complete her construction in Portsmouth Naval dockyards where she stayed until her construction was completed on 16th April 1913. The lead ship in a class of four, Kongo was the first in the world to carry 14" (36cm) main armament and eight were carried in four twin gun turrets, two forward and two aft. Secondary armament consisted of sixteen 6" (15cm) dual purpose guns in eight single casemates running along each side of the ship, however, their casemate mountings made them somewhat under effective as an anti-aircraft weapon. Additional weaponry consisted of a further eight 3" (7.6cm) guns, later replaced with the more effective 5" (12.7cm) dual purpose guns, and eight 21" (53cm) Torpedo tubes below the waterline. Weighing in at a healthy 36,600 Long Tons and a top speed of 30 knots delivered through four shafts/propellers powered by steam turbines, Kongo and her sisters Haruna, Hiei and Kirishima were designed to be a match for anything in worlds navies arsenals at that time. In 1929, the Imperial Japanese Navy began a program of reconstruction for the class turning them into the more familiar looking Fast Battleships of the second world war of which there are many kits and scales. This kit is of her early life as she was constructed and a delight to see this stage in her development so beautifully represented by Kajika. The Kit. Kajika are a relative newcomer to the market with just three ship kits in their catalogue. Kongo, Hiei and Haruna and I can only assume that the fourth sister, Kirishima, wil not be far from release. A sister company to Flyhawk, Kajika are setting their sights on producing IJN vessels and have hit the ground running in my opinion. The level of detail is nothing short of excellent and shows plenty of evidence of multi-part mold construction providing the type of detail in a single part that one would expect from a kit with a far higher parts count. As parts count goes there are nearly 280 parts divided amongst eight grey runners. The parts count includes a single piece hull and two deck sections plus a waterline plate in red plastic and a metal base weight to insert into the hull. The grey styrene is relatively soft which will be of considerable advantage when it comes to removing such delicate parts from the runners. Attachment points are small and thin and well positioned to make the clean up process less of a chore, especially when dealing with the high number of Torpedo net booms. No flash that I could find and ejector pins have been kept to hidden areas so no pin marks requiring treatment. Initial impressions are good, from the rather nice box artwork...... ....to the separately bagged runners and larger parts. I'll come to the little cardboard box shortly. The largest components are the Hull, waterline plate and the two deck sections. Detail is extremely fine and crisply produced as you would expect from new tooling. I'm a bit disappointed that the anchor chain stop short of the hawse pipes. Hull plating, rigols (eyebrows) and ladders are well rendered and will add greatly to the look of the finished model even without washes or drybrush effects. A great deal of detail is molded onto the deck sections and that detail is fine enough to include hinges and catches on the multitude of deck lockers and hatches. The only disappointments so far are the shallow sink marks present on the deck surface relative to the casemate positions underneath. They are shallow enough that they are barely noticeable unless you look closely and with strong lighting conditions. The level of finese in the detail is very evident in the pattern of deck planking. Turret barbettes each have these four grip lugs which allow for the turrets to be added as a push fit at any stage of the construction. Deck edges are thin and add to the overall scale appearance of the model. The quality of the moldings continues into the larger deck structure parts. Again, multipart molds providing excellent detail on the sides of the parts as well as the tops. Note the navigation lights on the sides of the bridge base below. And the doors on the next level up. Main and secondary armament have a runners all to themselves. Rivet, plating and ladder details on the main turret uppers. More mult-ipart molds provide this level of detail on casemates that are only 3mm (1/8") diameter.... ...and hollowed 14" gun barrels. Attachment points have had some thought in their positioning. The little cardboard box mentioned earlier contains the masts and these delicate items have protective pins on the on the runner so that they don't arrive damaged. The thinnest parts of the mast and the yards (cross pieces) are about 0.5mm diameter so removal and clean up will require care and patience but the effort will be very rewarding. The mold alignment is excellent as is evident when looking at the ladder rungs on the thicker lower mast section (part 5) below. The remaining runners contain the majority of the kits detail. Funnels and caps, searchlights, davits, stern gallery, anchors, winches and small caliber guns. Slide molding and flawless mold alignment provide the modeller with funnels that can be virtually attached to the model with only the attachment tags cleaned up. The guns (parts 52) have better detail in 1/700 scale than I've seen in most 1/350 scale kits. Funnel cap grills are not too chunky either and are perfectly acceptable without the need for aftermarket replacement. Like the masts, the davits are extremely delicate and will require carefull removal, again, the lack of parting lines will reduce the amount of handling and clean-up prior to fitting. The aftermost deck house, Torpedo net booms and midships deck supports make up the majority of parts here. Make sure you take note of the revision sheet included when fitting these supports. (see further down for details.) The searchlight towers (part 2) are a little solid for my liking but will not detract from the overall appearance of the model. Again, the booms are going to require carefull removal from the runner, note the bands on the booms. The final runner here contains the ships boats and what little gems they are too. I have a 1/200 scale ship which cannot match the level of detail shown here. I don't really need to say anything here. The metal weight which attaches to the recess in the red waterline plate and the only decals provided with the kit. The carrier film is glossy and a lot thinner than the photograph would suggest. Instruction sheet is is in the vertical format that I would normally associate with aftermarket companies such as Flyhawk and Lion Roar and is well printed with clear, easy to read and follow diagrams. Construction is laid out in eleven stages and gives the modeller plenty of scope for building the model in various sub-assemblies that can individually built and painted without the risk of damage to each other prior to the final fix. Assembly diagrams are not too crowded. One of the plus points for the kit can be seen below with part numbers K41, K42 and K43 which are separate inclined ladders. For those wishing to use etched Ladders these parts can just be omitted saving a lot of time trying to remove and clean up the Aztec style ladders found in most ship kits. Very nice. I mentioned earlier about the mid-ship deck supports, read the revision sheet as part J12 should read J13 and vice-versa. The drawing shows the correct part, it is just the numbers on the instructions that are incorrect. The last section of the instructions has the paint plan in colour with call-outs for both Mr Hobby and Tamiya paints. Details painting views for the ships boats and searchlights are included with the two views of Kongo herself. The revision sheet. A little blurry and with that you have my apologies, below are a few pictures showing the quality of fit between the major parts of the model. Considering the level of detail and thought that has obviously gone into the production of this kit, anchor chains stopping short like this is very disappointing. The joins between deck and hull will all but disappear when glued. Likewise below. Can you see the join? It's left of the hole in the bridge between the two deckhouse below. As close to a perfect fit as you could get. In summary. If you have made it this far then you cannot fail to notice that I am quite taken with this kit. I have tried to find negatives to balance out the positives in this review and I have found some but they are few in number. For their first release Kajika have set themselves a high bar and I have no doubt that any of their future kits will be of the same high standard. Looking around the internet shows prices around the £30 mark which is quite high for such a small kit that does not contain any special parts such as etched brass details but I will buy their other ships in the range. I will think I have spent too much but then, as soon as I open the box, I will be happy with my purchase. Upgrades. Kajika have produced this kit with the intention of releasing their own upgrade sets which, if you buy them all, can turn out to be an extremely expensive but highly detailed model of a very popular subject in a lesser represented stage of her carreer. Etched brass details, primary and secondary gun barrels, wood deck and deck masks are all currently available under the Kajika brand. Pros and cons. Pros. Very high level of detail. Excellent fit. Separate ladders. Pre reconstruction as Fast Battleship version. Small runner attachment points. Hollow main gun barrels. No flash and well aligned molds. Ejector pin marks confined to hidden areas. Cons. No full hull option. Slight sink marks on deck. Anchor chains stopping short of pipes. Price. Conclusion. Highly recommended whether you like ships or not. Built straight from the box will get you a beautiful model and if you want to splash out on the extras, something quite stunning. Many thanks to Flyhawk models for providing Brexitmodeler with our review sample. Available from Starling Models in the United Kingdom and Freetime Hobbies in the United States.
  15. Wow John, that's an awful lot of work going on there just in the lighting alone. Very impressive!
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