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  1. Constitution Class Starship ST:TOS

    Make: Revell Model: Star Trek:TOS Constitution Class Starship Scale: 1:600 Kit Number: 04880/05721 Markings: NCC-1657 USS Potemkin Type of Build: Out of Box Paint Method: Brush Painted Paints used: Revell Aquacolor throughout (except Rattle Can gold leaf on the base) Weathering mediums used: None Varnishes Used: Humbrol Clear; Revell Aquacolor Mat/Gloss 50/50 for Satin Finish Decal Solution: Humbrol Decalfix Aftermarket Items: None Scratch Built Items: None Here is my attempt at the Revell 2011 release of the Constitution Class Starfleet from Star Trek; The Original Series built as NCC-1657 USS Potemkin. The Potemkin was named after Grigory Alexandrovitsh Potemkin (1739-1791) and was one of 4 Starships to participate in a wargame with the USS Enterprise to test the M-5 Experimental Multitronic unit designed by Doctor Richard Daystom (ST:TOS “The Ultimate Computer”). The others being the USS Lexington; USS Excalibur and USS Hood. The experimental unit suffered a major error which resulting in it treating the simulation as an actual attack, in the resulting exchange 500 crew of the USS Lexington and USS Excalibur were killed and all four vessels damaged, a further attack resulted in the Excalibur being crippled. The Potemkin, Hood and Lexington were ordered to destroy the Enterprise, but quick thinking by it’s Captain after the M-5 unit had been disabled prevented this happening. The kit had no fit issues, and was a joy to build after my experiences making the AMT version some years ago.
  2. 1/32 Revell P-51D Mustang TEST SHOT First Look I've been asked to build a test shot of the forthcoming P-51D from Revell. This will be for TMMI, and be finished in the kit decals for LOU IV. Permission has been given for me to publish these images of the test shot here on BxM. Please remember though that there are quite a few scuffs on this model as they aren't treated with the same kid gloves as a production standard kit, and the plastic is also darker, harder and a little more brittle than what you will see in your own kits. So, take a look at what we have here and ready your wallet for a right royal bashing.
  3. The Mighty Fin has landed!!

    After a slight delay the Revell 1/48 scale Tornado F.3 ADV has landed at BlackMike Models. I haven't opened one up yet but there is a bold and cunning plan afoot as one has managed to slip past VP Security and made it into my man-cave. For more information visit the BlackMike Models website: https://www.blackmikemodels.co.uk/products/revell-03925-1-48-tornado-f-3 I haven't decided which of the 2 decal options I'll be looking at.....oh what a Liar, no prizes for guessing it'll be the RAF Leuchars one Duncan B
  4. Revell 1:72 Airbus A400M Atlas

    Airbus A400M Atlas 1:72 Scale 03929 Background The Airbus Industries A400M Atlas is a multinational turboprop transport aircraft intended to replace older aircraft such as the Transall and Hercules and compete with the Hercules in the international market. First flown in 2009, 174 airframes are on order with the first being supplied to the French Air Force in 2013. [centre] [/centre] Having seen the aircraft display a couple of times one can only be impressed with the manoeuvrability of such a large airframe producing a display not normally associated with transport aircraft (rivalling the Vulcan for it’s wingover). More details of the aircraft can be found from this Wikipedia page Link The Kit The kit was initially released in 2011 as the A400M Grizzly with two Flight test markings and two proposed in service markings. This kit is the same plastic but now issued with actual in service decals for French and German machines. The kit comes in a large (quite flimsy) top opening box that contains the 212 parts on 14 (plus fuselage halves) of grey plastic plus one of clear parts. Features (as detailed on the box) include: Recessed panel lines Detailed cockpit and I/P Detailed cargo hold and structured flooring Detailed main undercarriage Optional deployed or feathered propellers Can be displayed with the cargo ramp open Detailed decal options for either a French or German aircraft As you will see from the following pictures, this ain’t no shrinking violet, the finished kit will be 64.4cm x 59cm so a substantial space will be required the finished article. The Plastic I’ve taken pictures of the parts on a cutting mat with a 1cm grid on to give some impression of size. This is an impressive piece of moulding giving us a one-piece full span top wing with four of the eight engine halves. Detail is both restrained recessed panel lines with some raised portions where appropriate. There is a very small amount of flash the fuselage portion of the wing, but it is very small and can be cleaned up in no time. Due the substantive nature of these parts, and some others to come, the sprue attachment points are quite large and care will be needed to remove the parts from the runners without causing damage. The lower wing portions and U/C doors. The doors are moulded in the closed position so will need to be cut if building if U/C deployed. The fin and U/C sponsons. As you can see, none of the control surfaces can be built in an operating position, well not without a lot of surgery and remedial scratch building. Both of the above gates are duplicated and contain primarily the U/C engines and props. A nice touch to include feathered props. Again all moulded crisply with very minimal flash, only a little on some of the blades. The cargo bay floor, some fine detail on this as you will see later. The ramp is moulded integral to the piece and will have to be detached if wanting to pose the ramp open. The inner cargo bay that incorporates seats along the walls, and ribbing details for the rear fuselage. Flap actuators and rear ramp. Ancillaries, refuelling probe and internals. The outer fuselage halves. And finally the clear parts which are very clear and free from distortion. In Detail A few close ups of the details. Decals Surprisingly the decal sheet does not fit on my scanner! Options are for: 54+03, 60 Jahre Luftwaffe, LTG 62, Wunstorf, June 2016 0014 F-RBAF, “Ville de Colmar”, ET 1/61 Olreans-Bricy 2017. Possibly of interest Bibbi models have released an aftermarket decals sheet that includes markings for British, Turkish, German, French and Malaysian machines (product code DDT-01020) Instructions The instructions are the new A4 all colour format. Construction is covered in 60 stages plus 5 of painting and decal placement. Colour callouts are in Revell colours only of which several will need mixing. Link to Instructions Conclusions This is one imposing impressive kit. The parts are virtually flash free, Detail seem excellent to me. Whilst the lack of possible control surfaces is unfortunate I recognise the inclusion of flaps and slats would have had an impact on the price of what is not a cheap kit. If you want and have the space for an Atlas in 1:72 this is really the only game in town. If you want something about half the size then Revell recently released one in 1:144. Would I recommend it, well yes wholeheartedly to a modeller of moderate experience or higher, and if you want an idea for a display: And finally, did I mention wing over earlier? A400M RIAT Display
  5. Il-2 Stormovik 1:48 Scale 03932 Background The Ilyushin Il-2 Stormovik was an important Soviet WWII ground attack aircraft, it initially flew in 1939 and some 36,183 examples of the Il-2 were produced. The aircraft was a pivotal weapon in stopping the German army and armoured division in the east and contributed greatly the defeat of the Third Reich. Anyone unaware, or wants any further information on the plane and it’s history can find the Wikipedia details in the Link. The Kit The kit itself is not a Revell original. It is a re-box of the Accurate Miniatures kit of 1997 vintage, indeed looking at the packaging I would suggest that it has been produced by AM and put straight in a Revell box. The kit comprises of 116 parts and the finished model will be 240mmx304mm when finished. The parts come on seven trees of quite hard light grey styrene, plus one of clear(N.B. the clear sprue is loose and unprotected in the bag- it may be wise to wrap it in kitchen roll or similar to protect it). If you look at the tree schematics in the instructions you will notice a portion of the parts blanked off as not needed. I believe these parts are for the ski undercarriage that has been removed from the trees during production unfortunately, so reducing the possible variants that can be made from this kit. Detail as you will see later is of fine recessed panel lines with raised details when required and is done to quite a high level. Internal details are mainly limited to the cockpit areas you will be able to see in the following pictures. The Plastic The sprues are not numbered or lettered so I will work through them one by one. This spure incorporates the main spars, cockpit parts, U/C and various panels/pasts. There is a very small bit of flash on a couple of pieces, ejector pins are on non visible areas with the exception of part 23, this is appears to incorporate a radiator which fits in the lowered central wing section, on this part the raised radiator detail has been spoilt by a ejection pin, however the limited view into the bay may negate the issue. Lower central wing, tail planes and wheels. No production issues on these parts, loaded and unloaded tyres are provided with separate hubs that should make painting them easier. The clear parts, the canopy parts seem to be clear of distortion with the framing having distinct demarcation, also supplied are gun sight, landing light lens and instrument panel (augmented by a decal as will be seen later,) Also supplied in clear is the rear cockpit wall which has two small windows located behind the pilot, this method should make the construction both more robust and easier. The wings, these are moulded with engraved panel lines and control surfaces which could possible be posed with a little cutting, flaps being deployed would require a fair bit more work. Locating holes for ordinance are pre drilled so would require filling if not required. Fuselage , ordinance and tail wheel. Again recessed panel lines and fixed rudder. Ordinance, Prop, engine covers and wheel sponsons. Strangely not detailed on the instruction schematic, more ordinance & ancillaries In Detail A few close to illustrate, details, panel lines etc. Decals The decals are printed in Italy (Cartograph?) and are in perfect register with excellent colour saturation. A decal for the I/P is included as are two for the seat harness. Markings are for two machines, one winter, one summer of 1942/1943 but regiment info is not quoted in the instructions. Instructions Comprising of 16 pages, the instructions are in the Companies now standard A4 all colour format with construction being covered over 38 stages plus 4 of painting and decals placement. Paint is quoted in Revell colours only of which 4 require mixing. Link to Instructions Conclusions The plastic looks quire impressive, there is not a huge amount of internals provided by the kit (specifically the engine or lack thereof) however, a good representation of this important machine should be possible with what is provided. The plastic is crisply moulded and virtually devoid of flash. Digging a little on line I have come across comments about the kit being difficult to build, but others saying if you stick to the construction sequence in the instructions then few problems should be encountered The removal of the ski U/C is a little disappointing as it restricts the options that could have been possible with aftermarket decals. I would initially recommend the kit to modellers of moderate or better experience purely based upon the base kits on-line reputation. I will update this recommendation after I have built it.
  6. Revell/Monogram 1:48 F-100D (85-5317) 56-3321 494th FBS, 48th TFW, Weapons Team, Chaumont, France 1958 Here we have the Revell re-box of the 1980 Monogram "Hun". It's not a bad kit at all to be honest, the open panels would require a little attention if it was to be built with them shut or with the wheel bays shut, but I didn't so happy days. The tail plains being an integral part of the lower fuselage is not the best idea I have come across but not an insurmountable issue. A little flash in places but as is the case with Monigram kits of this era the internal bay detail is quite nice a pops with a little effort. Again brush painted (apart from rattle can white) with Aquacolors and Humbrol Decalfix and Clear used. A little Flory dark wash on the guns and crewman. Now to get the Kittyhawk Starfire finished.
  7. I'm in the mancave at the moment working on Bismarck and was enjoying myself and it has recently been dawning on me (the past few months.) that I have been buying more and more Revell kits. It was only a few years ago that I wouldn't have touched them for love nor money but the past couple of years has seen my stash grow quite a bit with those awful end opening boxes. Mostly ships I hasten to add but I have seen the odd aircraft and AFV creep in there. I cannot find much fault with them these days and have several absolutely stunning kits such as the 1/400 Queen Mary 2, the 1/350 USS New York and Iwo Jima. The 1/144 HMCS Snowberry. 1/200 Hermann Marwede, 1/72 Fairplay X and in 1/700 there is the Bismarck and Colombo Express. There are more but that's just an example of how they've changed my opinion of their products. Customer service too is nothing short of friendly, helpfull and effective. What about you folks? Ever had a manufacturer change your opinion like this. You used to hate them and just discovered that your stash seems to be full of their kits? Let's hear what you have to say, I'd genuinely like to know!
  8. RAF 31Sqn "Goldstar" Tornado GR4

    Have been a bit secret squirrel over the last 2 months, that is because I was asked/volunteered for a rather special retirement project. So, with my BBMF Dakota on pause, it was time to bashon. And this is why. I volunteered to build a model for a retiring RAF Officer. As you can imagine, making a model for a man who is around the original every day is quite stressful. It is being presented to him tonight (sadly am not able to be there) and as he cannot be seeing this, I can now show off my efforts to the collective; I remembered DR_GNs fantastic build of the Revell GR1 converted to a GR4 as a 617 Special, and I read the old thread to get a few hints and know some pit falls. I also converted the Revell GR1 to a GR4, It's pretty much an OOB build, except for the Aires resin cockpit set and a brass nose pitot, PE Remove Before Flight tagsand decal set. Set onto a picture frame containing some personalised artwork.
  9. Queen Elizabeth 2

    I picked this up from a local toy shop in Ayr the last time I was home. My oldest friend works there and I always try to buy something when I drop in. Choice was very limited but I'm somewhat rather pleased with what I got. Pocket money price too. The Box. Nice artwork with the Dear Lady arriving in New York. It works as I bought the kit! The plastic. A single piece very nicely detailed hull plus 6 runners containing 35 rather nicely detailed parts, which include 3 for the stand, all in bright white styrene. The hull is a whopping 24.4cm (9 5/8") and containing 5 strengthening bulkheads. A single mold line runs the entire length of the piece and will require very little clean up. Lots of very fine engraved detail including rudder, bilge keels, doors and hundreds of windows. A lot going on in this one piece alone. Next up.... Some detailed close ups of some of the detail going on here. The planking is raised rather than engraved and will really stand out with some dark brown drybrushing against a tan base colour. Note the rows of individual seats. Quarter decks. Port and starboard boats and davitts as single piece inserts for ease of painting. Upper hull structure sides. More nice detail and can be painted before assembly. Finely detailed mast and bridge wings. Foredeck. Propellers. They're only 6mm (1/4") in diameter. Plain black and white 2 page instruction sheet depicting 10 simple construction steps and a somewhat old fashioned painting plan compared to todays standards but it has all you need to do the job. 7 colour callouts in Revell paint numbers only. Decals are again basic but contain all that you need for a nice model. Registration appears good and the long ones will save on tedious masking. The carrier film is a little thick but you may find that a blessing when the long ones start curling up in the dish of water. I would recommend cutting them into smaller lengths for an easier application. Conclusion. This is a nice little weekend kit. Very few parts with little flash but plenty of nicely executed detail. Ejector pin marks have been kept to the hidden sides so nothing to worry about there. The whole kit has been well thought out in terms of assembly with most of the parts designed to be fully painted before final assembly with minimal post construction touching up required. At less than ten quid it won't break the bank and you get a decent kit for your cash. Ideal for those who want a brief change from their normal modeling regime and a nice addition to the fleet for and dedicated ship modeler. I don't think that this will sit in my stash for long. Buy, build and admire. Kev. My apologies if the pictures are a little dark, this was to cut the glare from the white plastic.
  10. KMS Bismarck

    Greetings floaty fans! As described above we have Revells very fine example of a 1/700 scale Bismarck with a wooden deck from Hunter, photo etch from Eduard and Hunter, barrels from Aber and some decals from Peddinghaus. I've managed to somehow bin all my early progress photos so I'm afraid that you will be spared all the boring early shots of me sticking bits of plastic together and will have to jump to the halfway mark from the start. First off though is a brief run down of the extras. Some required reading in the shape of Ship Craft #10. Lots of good info, drawings, colour schemes and pictures of both Bismarck and Tirpitz, as well as info on some of the available kits and aftermarket accessories. A set of Aber guns barrels. 8 x 380mm (15") 12 x 150mm (6") 8 x 105mm (4") early and 8 x 105mm (4") late. (one of the missing pictures so you'll have to settle for the instruction sheet!) Another missing picture is the Hunter wood deck but here is the layout sheet that comes with it. The plank detail is laser etched onto paper thin wood with a self-adhesive backing. There are holes laser cut through the deck to suit some of the lumpy bits on the plastic kit deck. When you fix the wood deck into place, keep the backing sheet and lay that over your deck afterwards to keep it clean. An actual pic of the excellent sheet from Eduard. Not too much and not too little, the only thing I would have liked would have been the launch cradles for the catapult. The set is a joy to work with, all railings are tailored to fit with half etched weak points so that the railing will bend in all the right places to conform with the various deck edges. The rest is self explanatory with cranes, handrails, funnel cap grill, radars, cable reels, ladders, etc.. And the one that came with the Hunter deck. Breakwaters, cable reels and hatches for the main deck including entrance surrounds (parts no.5) which will be very usefull. And last, but not least, the Peddinghaus decals. I had to by these German decals from this German company manufactured in Germany because the German model kit manufactured by a German company refuses to include these historical accuracies. If these emblems are banned then how can we teach the younger generations the horrific significance of them. Rant over. The decals are nice, glossy and quite comprehensive but will require that the carrier film is cut for each individual image. I wonder what the wierd question mark thingies are for! So thats the preliminary stuff. 'Do you want to see more?'
  11. No old kit in good or better shape was harmed. From 1955 I belive the first release pre S Revell kit of the Sikorsky S-55. Box shows the original price extension of .89 cents. Found at an antique store for $1.00 though in bad shape, as expected, and missing a few small parts. Remebering the Golden Age of modeling.
  12. Fleet Defender Colonial Viper Mk II

    Top Secret The Viper (Mark I) was first introduced into Colonial service shortly before the outbreak of the first Cylon War. However, it was the Mark II Viper series, designed for use with the then new Colonial Battlestars, that is best remembered and celebrated. The Mark II was used throughout the first Cylon War and proved a capable fighter. Believed b many to be the reason that the Twelve Colonies didn't lose the war with the Cylons. The Mark II remained in service after the end of the war. The Mark II was superseded by newer models, ending with the Mark VII serving in front-line duties and by the end of the war the Colonial Viper had served forty years. The Viper design was progressively updated and redesigned. It retaining the basic structural configuration which was essential for use with Colonial Battlestars. No information has survived about the intervening designs, but by the time the Mark VII was introduced the design had incorporated software-based controls and fully networked systems. This providing superior agility, battle management, and flight information for the pilot. By the time of the second Cylon war the Mark VII had been upgraded to include navigational software designed and written by Dr. Gaius Baltar. This was the downfall of the mark as the software allowed the Cylons to remotely disable the Vipers during the opening engagements of the second war. The few Mark VIIs that survived the early battles were quickly stripped of the modern systems and software. The older Mark II fighters, not equipped with the more advanced systems, were unaffected by the Cylon modifications to Dr. Baltar's software. The last known two squadrons of Mark IIs were present in the Galactica's starboard flight pod in preparation for the Galactica's new role as a museum ship, and after most of the Mark VII squadron was destroyed by the Cylons, The mark II's were moved and prepared for combat by Galactica's deck crew. The rag-tag Mark II Viper squadrons went on to defend the fleet for the entirety of the second Cylon war. My tribute to this brave little SciFi fighter will be constructed from Revell's reboxing of Mobius' 1:35 kit. I will portray it as 2225NF the mount of Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama. I will attempt to portray it looking the same as the boxart example, a well worn and battle weary example. And so in to battle and my the Gods look out for us. So say we all
  13. Royal Navy Phantom FG.1

    Ok folks, after a long wait, here's my FG.1 in naval uniform. Kit by Revell (Hasegawa re-pop), intakes by Aires, cockpit by Eduard, weapons by Hasegawa, paint by Gunze, decals by Model Alliance, patience by me... Scene setter first: Then the walk around shots: A couple of close up detail shots: And a couple of overhead shots: Standing alone on the tarmac, ready to get going... Hope you like it, Dean
  14. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX C

    Revell 1/32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXc Pt No 03927 Ok those who know me also know that I’m not a huge Spitfire fan, but if I’m a fan of any one at all it’s the Mk. VIII and IX as well as the Seafire IIIc, I have for some time been looking for a 1/32 Mk. IX or VIII but felt I would not do the Tamiya kit justice. Anyway, a friend of mine told me this weekend, that the new Revell kit was out and as I was visiting the Cosford model show Sunday I managed to purchase one for £25.00 Having seen how quickly my usual vendor of new kits at shows had sold out before the show opened (he had six). I bought one quick I won’t bore anyone about the history of the Spitfire; suffice to say that it’s the stuff that legends are made of, and the MK. IX? Well it was born from the development of the MK.VIII that was taking some time and the RAF needed something to replace the Mk. V that was taking a beating from the FW190’s on the channel raids. So as a stopgap the Mk. IX was born by putting a more powerful Merlin into a Mk. V which resulted in needing more cooling and a longer nose section. Thus was born to my mind the best looking of all the Spitfires. The stopgap was a success and the Mk. IX was being built from Mk. V airframes as well as new aircraft coming off the production line. This aircraft went on to be the largest production run of all Spitfires and the MK. VIII was sent overseas. The kit, Firstly let’s get a couple of things straight I’m not a Spitfire expert; there are lots of people out there who know more than me about this aircraft so I will bow to any corrections or other suggestions to be made regarding the accuracy of this kit. This is not going to be a comparison between the Tamiya kit and the Revell kit; I could buy four of these for the price of one Tamiya kit. So therefore it would be like comparing apples with pears. My thoughts are predominately does it look like a Mk. IX and how does it build, which won’t be yet. Revell’s usual end opening box (if someone from Revell is reading this please please will you stop it! I would happily pay a little bit more for a tray style box) with a rather nice picture of the aircraft. On the reverse there are pictures of the built up kit with some features that have caught my eye not being an expert I did make me wonder about what was in the box, antenna wire for one and red crowbar being the other. On opening the box I was greeted by four bags of sprues with several spruces in each. The clear sprues are bagged separately to prevent scratching. There is also a colour instruction sheet and a decal sheet in the box. The Sprues, There are lots of sprues some with only 1 part in them so I’ll break this up into bags to make it easier and the first bag contains sprues A, B, C, D, and E. A and B are the two fuselage sprues, these are moulded in a light blue/grey plastic with nicely recessed panel lines and lots of rivet detail. About the rivets; these caused somewhat of a stir when the Mk. II came out and I saw people filling them, and I have seen both built kits with the rivets filled and not and to be honest under a coat of paint to me they look just fine. there are nice fittings on the cowls But if you don’t like them I’m sure a coat of Mr. Surfacer will do the trick. Then we have the wings and there is now a new lower wing to accommodate the radiators and new wing tops with cannon bulges with mounts moulded in. This is a much better idea than providing inserts for everything, which can cause problems with fit and alignment, well done Revell. The next bag contains sprues F, G and J and here is where we start seeing some of the sprues from the MK. II kit Sprue F is the same as the Mk. II kit so any problems people might have had with this will still be the same this includes the pilots seat with weird padding on the seat back. It’s mainly cockpit in this bag and the detail is nice, particularly the instrument panel, the cockpit looks detailed but you are going to need some seatbelts or a pilot figure to finish things off. There are decals for the instrument panel if you don’t fancy painting in the dials. Also on sprue F are the ailerons and flaps although I am led to believe that they were not parked with the flaps lowered. Sprue G contains the cockpit sidewalls as well as a couple of cockpit frames, also included are the tail surfaces and you have a choice of either the early or late rudder as well as separate elevators which do have fabric details both sides! There is also the wing tips in this bag with a choice for clipped wing tips being included on the clear sprue. Sprue J contains the parts for the Mk. IX so a specific spinner, various exhausts the other radiator. All the undercarriage parts and a bomb. The next bag contains Sprue H, M, and K x 2. Spruce H contains the rudder pedals and radiator faces. Sprue K contains two propeller blades each and smaller bombs plus a bomb rack. Finally sprue M contains nicely mounded four spoke wheels. On all sprues I have seen no sign of sink marks but there is light flash evident on some parts but nothing to really moan about its more a nuisance than a problem. Finally we have sprues I, L and N and these are the clear sprues containing wingtips for a clipped wing version and two gunsights which look identical but I’m sure they’re not. Sprue L contains the windscreen and the Malcolm hood which unfortunately had fallen off the sprue but was not damaged and finally Sprue I which contains the rear canopy section and various lenses for lights, all of these are nice, clear and thin where they need to be and the wingtips also have rivet detail moulded into them. Decals, These are printed by Revell in Italy and look to be quite thin with the red of the roundels looking quite nice and no sign of mis-register on the sheet It does have the usual walkway lines (remember to put these on before roundels) WT decals and trestle decals for the under wings. The sky code letters do look a bit dark to me however. There are two marking options in the kit: 1,The classic Dark Green over Ocean Grey with medium sea grey underneath for No 416 Squadron RCAF based at Tangmere in May 1944. 2, Silver with Ocean Grey/Dark Green upper cowlings for No. 601 squadron RAF based in Fano, Italy in November 1944. I have to say the second one looks particularly fetching to me and definitely different. Instructions. This is the first Revell kit I’ve bought with their new instructions and I have to say they are a lot clearer than they used to be with colour call outs in the approximate colour on the instruction sheet, But Revell please I know you want to sell your own paint but at least give me a clue here. A mixture of 15,48 and 75 might tell me what colours to use but I may help to say RAF interior grey/green also. Please at least call out Dark Green, Ocean Grey and Medium Sea Grey, not Dark Green, Stone Grey and Medium Grey, if I can’t get Revell paint what do I do? Conclusion Well Revell niggles aside it’s a 1/32 Spitfire MK.IX for £25 and for my money that has to be good. I’m sure people will try to pick holes in it for accuracy but the only place I have noticed that needs something is perhaps the seat, but these are well documented elsewhere. So after market may be an option, or detail it yourself. This is small beer really and if it builds well (and nothing suggests it won’t) I’m sure it’ll be a winner. This may have moved quite close to the top of my build pile and I’m quite looking forward to building it. My Verdict? Buy one! What could possibly go wrong? At the price for a new tool 1/32 spit what are you waiting for ? Review sample courtesy of my bank manager!
  15. Revell Anakin Skywalker's Eta-2 Actis-class interceptor With the arrival of the new interceptors, Anakin began using this star-fighter instead of his yellow Delta-7B. He flew his Eta-2 in numerous battles during the closing days of the Clone Wars, proving time and again his superiority as a pilot. Often at his side was his former Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Although he was impressed with Anakin's skill, Obi-Wan often remarked on Anakin's reckless piloting. Obi-Wan and other Jedi were also concerned about Anakin's obsession and possessive attitude toward the ships he had for personal use. Saesee Tiin, however, often encouraged the young Jedi Knight to continue making modifications and enhancements to his ships. The Invisible Hand was a modified Providence class Star Destroyer and one of General Grievous's flagships and was the command ship for the Battle of Coruscant. It was during this assault that Anakin used his interceptor's weapons to disable the Hand's hangar shields. Anakin with Obi-Wan then crash-landed their ships inside that starship's hangar bay, After a protracted assault fought by Anakin and Obi-Wan the Invisible Hand was destroyed after it plummeted into the atmosphere of Coruscant. It is from the above engagement that I have based this build. The kit is Revell's 1:53 offering and is a really simple kit. So much so it is very nearly a snap together kit, but for £5 what more can you ask? I have painted it with a mix of Vallejo and AK Interactive paints and weathered with Mig Ammo washes. The base is a square of MDF donated by Sean of Topnotch Models, again painted using Vallejo and AK Interactive using a screen grab from the Star Wars Film The Revenge of the Sith as a guide. Thanks for looking.
  16. 1/72 Dornier Do 17Z-10 ‘Kauz’

    1/72 Dornier Do 17Z-10 ‘Kauz’ Revell Catalogue # 03933 The Dornier Do 17 was designed as a lightweight, fast bomber that could, in theory, outrun any attempts by fighters to shoot them down. The long thin fuselage of the aircraft led to its nickname of ‘flying pencil’, and its shoulder mounted wing carried two engines, whilst its tail design was of twin fin/rudder arrangement, typical of that on the Bf 110. Initially powered by inline Daimler-Benz/BMW engines, but these were changed in favour of two Bramo 323 radials. A crew of three were carried, and up to 1000kg of bombs could be carried internally. Civil War in Spain saw the first baptism of fire for the Do 17, operating with the Condor Legion. Many of these pilots were unknowingly honing their skills for future operations against Poland, leading to the start of WW2, and eventually to the skies over Britain in 1940. It was here that the Do 17 became seriously outclassed by British fighter defence. The main version was the Do 17Z, which is the subject of this kit. The Z-10 variant had the glazed nose was replaced with a solid unit that contained four forward-firing MG17 and also an infrared detector for target illumination. The kit As with a number of recent Revell releases, the plastic within this kit does not originate with this company. Instead, this is a re-box of the excellent ICM kit (Ukraine), which only saw its first initial outing last year (2016). So far, this is now the third time an incarnation of this kit has come to market, with ICM also having released the Z-2 version last year. Revell’s insistence on using their awful end-opening boxes, still sees no sign of abatement. Easily crushed and non-modeller friendly, at least the new livery makes it look at attractive package. There are a total of THREE medium grey sprues, and one clear sprue. A single decal sheet and instruction manual complete the package. All sprues are packaged into a single re-sealable clear sleeve, with the clear sprue in its own package. Thankfully, no damage is apparent to any of the fragile parts within. I’m a self-confessed large-scale guy, and I rarely look at anything less than at least 1/48 scale. The last time I checked out anything like a 1/72 Dornier was many decades ago, so forgive me for being rooted in the past when it comes to models such as this one. The original company, ICM, made a superb job of this kit in terms of engineering and detail. The first sprue is almost mirrored in terms of content. Being a twin-engine aircraft, the upper two thirds of this sprue contains the post and starboard engines, nacelles, wheel bay panels, cowls and exhausts etc. Each engine, including bulkheads and mounts, props etc, is made up from around 16 parts, and the detail throughout is superb. You might best be advised to remove a number of these parts with a razor saw so as to prevent deforming them during sprue removal. Looking the main gear well walls shows an unusual approach to the design of this model, but one that I am sure will make the building experience a lot more pleasurable. ICM has designed this kit so that the builder can construct the interior of the main gear bays, along with the retractor strut assemblies, before the nacelles themselves are built. With the wing built and fitted to the fuselage, the forward bulkhead is slotted into the wing underside, followed by the rear bulkhead with the retractor gear. These are them coupled with the main gear bay walls. When the engine bulkhead is fitted to the nacelle exterior, the nacelle halves may then be offered up to the wing, where they are connected by tabs into the wing itself. From here, the modeller can choose to them add the engines, cowls and main gear/wheel assemblies after main painting, and thus ensuring less breakage as the model is worked upon. The remainder of this first sprue holds the props, ammo saddles, machine guns, bombs (not for use on this release) and other smaller external detail parts. If cockpits are your thing, then this has a better one than some 1/48 models I’ve seen over the last years. The remainder of parts for this kit, except for the wing and transparencies, are found on the next sprue, including the cockpit parts. This model’s construction does indeed begin with the cockpit, and here you will find some excellent side wall details, consoles, instrument panels, airframe elements etc. as well as nicely rendered pilot seat, control column and separate grip, rudder pedal assemblies. Of note here are the other crew seats with their depiction of the woven strap detail. It is a little over-scale in appearance, but still looks very good. No crew belts are supplied for any seats, so it’s time to either get some PE ones from Eduard, or make some from spare wine bottle foil. The fuselage interior itself has more moulded details to complement the additional details, and the external details are just beautiful. This model isn’t festooned with rivets, but instead a series of extremely fine engraved details such as panel lines and port details. Instead of the nose being integral to the fuselage, it is moulded as a separate entity, to facilitate the different versions of this kit that ICM/Revell will doubtless release over time. This model also has a detailed bomb bay, but as it didn’t operate as a bomber, this is taken over with what looks like a large fuel tank. The bomb bay itself is framed with several fuselage formers with some nice structural details included. With the inclusion of all this detail, you can opt to use the single piece bomb bay doors that are provided, or to glue a single piece option into here if you aren’t too bothered about the interior being on show. Instructions show the separate door parts as being unused in this kit, so check to see if the Z-10 opening was faired over and not openable under normal circumstances. Instead of a single piece horizontal stabiliser, the parts here are provided as port and starboard sides, with the control surfaces being moulded separately, as are the rudders and wing ailerons. It’s all too easy to foul up the rib and fabric details on these things, but here I feel they are nicely portrayed, and very delicate. And of course, all control surfaces can easily be mounted in any dynamic position that you want. The remainder of parts on here include components for the undercarriage struts (superb mouldings!) and the wheels (un-weighted). The upper wing is a full span unit with separate port and starboard underside panels. As previously mentioned, the ailerons are moulded separately, but the landing flaps are not. At the time of writing, no Eduard options appear to yet be available for this kit, so keep an eye out for them. Surface detail is excellent, with more finely engraved panel lines and ports and a distinct lack of rivets which I think is perfect for this scale. A single clear sprue contains a single piece upper canopy, side glazing, mid fuselage window, IR lamp window and gondola window. A number of extra parts exist here, but won’t be used on this release, so care is needed so that you fit the correct ones. The transparencies are superb with well-defined framing etc. In fact, the whole kit is beautifully produced with no plastic flaws anywhere and flash/seams are virtually non-existent. Ejector pin marks are also thoughtfully located and shouldn’t impinge on the modeller’s enjoyment of putting this one together. TWO schemes are included for this release, with one being an all-black machine, and the other carrying a typical Luftwaffe RLM70/71 splinter scheme with RLM65 undersides. I loathe black schemes, so I’ll probably opt for the latter. The markings options are: Dornier Do 17Z-10, I./NJG2, 1940 Dornier Do 17Z-10, 1940 These are provided on a small decal sheet, printed by Cartograf, and including stencils and instrument decals, alongside the scheme markings. Being a Revell release, no swastikas are included here, so I’m afraid it will mean another root through your spare decal stash. Printing is what we now expect from Cartograf, with minimal carrier film, solid colour and perfect registration. The finish on these is also matte. A colour A4 instruction manual is provided, which is a massive improvement over the presentation you are probably used to. These look a lot like HpH in style, with good, clear drawings and colour icons to denote specific instructions. There are 64 constructional sequences here, as well as colour-printed profiles and a parts and paint map. Colour call-outs are supplied through the manual, for Revell’s own range, not surprisingly! Conclusions A very nice release that can be found for under £20 in the UK, at time of writing. That really is great value for money for such a detailed little model kit that will doubtless provide many hours of enjoyable assembly and painting. If all 1/72 models were like this, I might be more inclined to dip my toe in the water more often. Full marks! Highly recommended My sincere thanks to Revell and Doolittle Media for this review sample.
  17. 1/48 Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9

    1/48 Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 Revell Kit No. 03930 The Fw 190D was a latecomer to the war effort, having been introduced in the latter part of 1944. This version exhibited several key changes over the A and F series machines. Principally, the main changes were those that radically altered the appearance of the Fw 190 from being a stout-looking, stubby nosed fighter, to a sleek and streamlined hunting machine. The BMW801 series radial engine was replaced with the 12-cylinder Jumo213 inline engine with a pressurised cooling system that meant that only a small, annular radiator was mounted behind the spinner. The longer engine necessitated a need to restore the centre of balance back to the correct position, and this meant the addition of a 12 inch section of fuselage, sandwiched between the tail unit and the main fuselage, creating the characteristic step in the curvature of the upper fuselage. Performance was also better, with increases in speed, range and ceiling. Armament was slightly reduced on the D-9, with 2 fuselage MG131 (as per other versions) and only two wing-root mounted MG151 cannon, and no provision for outboard wing guns. There were several other incarnations of the D variant, but it was from the D-9 that Kurt Tank based his Ta 152 design. The kit If you don’t include Eduard’s ‘Overtrees’, then this is the 10th time we have seen an incarnation of this basic kit since its initial Eduard release in 2010. The only difference we are seeing here is that this is now a product packaged and sold by Revell. Whilst Eduard has boxed this a D-9, D-11, and D-13 over the last 7 years, it is the D-9 variant that Revell has chosen as the subject of this release. I have to say that I really like the new style of artwork/design for the new Revell releases, but they still suffer from the terrible side-opening box problem. These boxes are flimsy, easily crushed, and not at all modeller-friendly. Improvements in Revell’s releases also extend to a new design and approach to their instruction manual. I’ll take a look at that in a little more detail later. This kit contains five olive coloured sprues, packed into a single bag, with the clear sprue in a sleeve of its own, placed within the main bag. I really don’t like multiple sprues occupying the same sleeve, for obvious reasons, and a very small amount of scuffing has occurred in places. No deal breaker of course, but annoying nonetheless. This release contains 144 parts. Kit credentials are as follows: Detailed machine gun position in the fuselage Separate ailerons Rotating propeller Detailed cockpit Faithful reproduction of the area behind the engine Detailed undercarriage For detail fans, this kit provides a nice base for further work, whilst containing enough out of box detail to suffice for your average builder. Unlike Eduard’s earlier Fw 190A/F kits, this release doesn’t come with a detailed engine, which is really no loss as the complexity of the cowl arrangement on the other kits meant that you needed to keep your wits about you on engine installation. However, with the Fw 190D series, a quick peer into the main gear wells would show the rear of that powerful Jumo engine, with its associated plumbing, oil tank, magneto and engine bearer detail. This is included in this kit as a module that you install prior to closing up the fuselage, having been secured to bulkhead onto which the fuselage ammunition bins are fastened. The exhausts are moulded as port and starboard strips with hollowed tips, and are fastened into place from within the fuselage. This does slightly complicate painting later on, so it might be advised to paint before installation and then protect the paint with liquid mask. The forward cowl is a separate entity to the fuselage and comprises the forward ring into which you sit the annular radiator, followed by a backing plate. Options are provided for both open and closed cowl flaps. A single piece propeller completes the ensemble, together with a two-piece spinner. The shape of the spinner and prop is quite key to the appearance of the Dora, and they both look correct to my eye. What this kit does have are some nice weapons bays. Of course, these can be displayed with the covers in the open position. A nice level of detail exists in the fuselage bay, including a little moulded wiring. The guns themselves are quite nice, but I would look at replacing the barrels with a set from the excellent MASTER range. Posing the gun bay as open also reveals some nice internal detail within the weapon’s bay hood. This part is reasonably thin enough to still look good. I’ve seen a number of these models on various tables at model shows, so I know how good this can be made to look. Both wing root weapons bays can be posed in the open position too, again with internal panel detailing. The gun bays in this location are constructed as modules with internal floor and sidewall details. These are then glued into the upper wing panels before main assembly. Again, the only thing that would enhance this area are the firing cables. Gun barrels are separate to the guns, and are installed through the main gear bay. That main gear bay is based around a central spar and a series of short forward ribs. A locating point in the main spar will receive the rear end of the MG barrels, and again, it could be worth replacing these with some better brass parts, although if you aren’t too bothered, the kit parts will certainly suffice. The ceiling detail is moulded within the inside of the top wing panel, and looks very good. There are two wheel options with this kit with both the treaded and un-treaded versions available, although none of these options are weighted. Undercarriage struts are quite delicate in appearance, and look excellent. Eduard usually make a nice job of their cockpits, so it’s no surprise that this Revell release scores great marks in that department. This area is based around a central tub with integral sidewall units and rudder pedal mounts. The instrument consoles themselves are separate parts, and the instrument panel comprises upper and lower halves. Detail here is very good, with an option to use a decal for the panels. I don’t like this option as it means that you’ll need to try to get it to settle over the individual raised details. Maybe opt to punch out the discs, or get yourself some Airscale instrument decals to suit. The single clear sprue is just that….clear, and very much so. Transparency is excellent. Options are provided for regular hood and the blown, bubble type. Strangely, the instructions say not to use the other clear parts, but these appear to be the pinched hoods that you would use if you were to pose the canopy in the open position. External detail is very, very good, with finely recessed panel lines and access ports, and restrained rows of subtle rivets. The moulds must still be in mint condition despite the numerous re-releases of this, as flash and seams are virtually non-existent. Apart from a couple of very minor sink marks on a couple of internal components, no other flaws can be seen in the moulding. Two schemes are supplied in this kit, catered to by a single Cartograf-printed sheet. The schemes are: Focke Wulf 190 D-9, Werknr. 500666, II./JG 301, Erfurt-Nord, May 1945 Focke Wulf 190 D-9, Werknr. 210194, I./JG 2, Aachen, 1 January 1945 Decal printing is excellent, with solid and authentic colours all thinly printed, and with minimal carrier film. Stencils are included, as are the aforementioned instrument panel decals. A colour A4 instruction manual is provided, which is a massive improvement over the presentation you are probably used to. These look a lot like HpH in style, with good, clear drawings and colour icons to denote specific instructions. There are 50 constructional sequences here, as well as colour-printed profiles and a parts and paint map. Colour call-outs are supplied through the manual, for Revell’s own range, not surprisingly! Conclusion This is a cracker of a kit, and it’s always good to see another incarnation of it, whoever has their label on the box. It’s also a fairly inexpensive kit that offers the modeller many options and possibilities, whatever their skill level. Revell has chosen two attractive schemes for this release with both canopy options present. I’d love to see them put the D-11 and D-13 amongst their release schedule too. Thanks to Doolittle Media and Revell for the sample.
  18. McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II 1:72 Scale Background One of the most recognisable and widely used Western Cold War Jets, the F-4 Phantom II was a twin engined supersonic jet fighter/bomber developed initially for the US Navy with whom it entered service in 1960. Due to its adaptability it also entered service with the United States Marine Corp and the U.S. Air Force. 5,195 Phantoms of various marks were produced and operated by the U.S. and eleven other countries with the plane being produced between 1958 and 1981. The F-4J was the final version produced for the U.S.Navy and Marine Corps that flew for the first time in 1966. It was an improved heavier version of the F-4B that required some modifications to the wings and strengthened landing gear to cope with the higher sink rates this caused. 565 F-4J’s were built between 1966 and 1972, 265 of which went through a mid life update to increase structural strength, a longer fatigue life and a slatted wing and were re-designated F-4S. Following the Falkland war, the U.K. bought 14 examples to replace the F-4M’s that had been sent to the Falklands Garrison, these being designated F-4J(UK) which differed from the rest the UK’s Phantom fleet as they retained the majority of US equipment including the engines. The Kit This is the second time Revell has released this Monogram original from 1985. It comes in the standard Revell end opening box with the striking artwork depiction a Phantom from VF-84 “Jolly Rogers” on the front. The 85 prices are on four sprues of light grey plastic plus one of clear parts. Panel lines are of the fine raised. The Plastic The parts are still crisply moulded, however as you will see in the pictures there are some areas of quite noticeable flash that will need to be cleaned. As you may be able to see some the daisycutter fuses are a bit bent but this again should be easily resolved. Decals Only one decals option with this kit, as mentioned earlier they are for VF-84 Jolly Rogers and a colourful scheme it is. The decals are in perfect register and display excellent colour saturation. Instructions Full colour and clear instructions with Revell only colour callouts, full details below. Link to Instructions Conclusions Although a product of an earlier generation of model, the dimensions look accurate (I don’t have plans for comparison) and whist the panel lines are raised, they are very fine. I have no reason to think that this will not build up to an accurate and attractive model of such an iconic aircraft in equally iconic markings. Whilst advanced modellers may take some issues with some of it’s features, this would be an ideal kit for intermediate builders or novices looking for something a bit more challenging, consequently a kit I would recommend.
  19. Fast Attack Craft Albatros Class 143 1:144 Scale (05148) Background The Type 143 Albatros class was missile carrying fast attack craft built for the German Navy by German shipbuilders Lürssen and Kröger, the vessels entered service 1976 and retired 2005 the boats being sold to Tunisia and Ghana. General Characteristics: Length: 57.80m Beam: 7.80m Draught 2.80m Displaced Weight: 398 tonnes Speed: 40 knots (46mph/74km/h) Armament (in German Service) 2 x OTO-Melara 76mm guns 4 x MM38 Exocet anti ship missiles 2 x 533mm (21in) Torpedo Tubes The Kit this is the fourth time the kit has been released since it’s initial run in 1995. The 141 parts come on three runners of a hard grey styrene, The hull sections are particularly sturdy mouldings. The remainder are crisply moulded with no sign of flash or intrusive ejector pin marks. The finished kit will produce a model 40cm long model. A strip of clear acetate is provided to be used in the glazed areas. There is a requirement to make some stretched sprue to create some of the aerials on the masts. The Plastic Not a parts intensive kit, here’s what’s in the box: In Detail Some nicely detailed parts that should add to the finished appearance with careful painting and weathering. Decals The decals appear of good quality and in register, the sheet mainly caters for the several ships that can be made, all of the class were named after birds of prey: Albatros Class 143 Fast Attack Boat, German Navy, 1985: S61 Albatros S62 Falke S63 Geier S64 Bussard S65 Sperber S66 Greif S67 Kondor S68 Seeadler S69 Habicht S70 Kormoran A paper sheet of signal/Insignia flags is also included. Instructions The newer all colour instructions detail construction in 38 steps with colour callouts given in Revell colours only of which none need mixing. Link to Instructions Conclusions Not a class or boat I was aware of before seeing the model and is a welcome re-release to accompany an increasing range of ships the Revell are releasing in 1:144 scale which I think is a good compromise in scale for medium sized vessels. The level 4 skill rating I think is warranted given both the sratchbuilding of aerials and the cutting to size of the railings which can be seen in the instructions. A kit I could thoroughly recommended for maritime modellers or someone wanting to try a different genre. Definitely getting made early in 2017. (In fact stared it last week)
  20. Eurofighter Typhoon 03952 Background The development of the Typhoon can be traced back to the Future European Fighter Program that was a multinational endeavour between UK.Germany, France, Italy and Spain. National interests affected the development and ultimately France left the group and proceeded with their own similarly styled Rafale. The remaining members carried on development resulting the British Aerospace EAP as a technology demonstrator which utilised many parts from existing aircraft including the then relatively new Tornado. The plane is a highly agile twin engined, canard delta swing role aircraft with capable of carrying a wide range of offensive weapons on up to 13 hard points on the wings and fuselage together with an internal Mauser BK-27 277mm cannon. It is produced in both single and twin seat configurations. The type finally started to enter service in 2003 and so far has entered into the inventory of the Air Forces of the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austrian, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait with 599 units being on order as of 2016 of which 488 had been delivered by November 2016. The Kit This brand new tooling for 2017 comes on 4 runners of grey styrene with two of clear plastic containing the 85 parts requires to make the plane which when finished will be 22.2cm long with a 15.5cm wingspan. Features (from the box) Detailed cockpit and ejection seat. Detailed engine intake. Choice of open and closed exhaust nozzles. Air brake can be either deployed or retracted. Detailed undercarriage. Extended or retracted refuelling probe. 2 External tanks Choice of weapon fit. The Plastic Gate A Gate B Gate C Gate E Gates I & G A clear instrument panel is a nice introduction, however the seam line down the center of the canopy will need to be polished out. Inspection of the parts shows fine engraved and raised detail commensurate with the scale of the kit. It is flash free and what ejector marks there are are not on any visible surfaces. Care will be needed detaching some of the finer undercarriage parts from the sprue, they are not particularly thick but the parts look very delicate. Looking at the gate breakdown you will notice that gates D,F and H are missing, given the breakdown with the fuselage spine and separate windshield and canopy I will suggest that sometime in the future a twin seat version will be produced and the missing gates will be fore the Fuselage, spine and canopy of two seat airframe. One area which I am surprised about relates to the weapons fit. This kit only comes with that decal option of the TaktLwG 71 “Richthofen” special scheme and l consequently a full weapons callout is not required. However the plane can be fitted with 4 wing pylons and the kit comes supplied with three with the wing only having three location holes on inner surfaces. Perhaps this might be catered for in subsequent releases. Decals As stated before, only one decal option, that of 30+90 TaktLwG 71 “Richthofen Juli 2016. The decals themselves have good colour saturation and are in perfect register if a little flat looking in appearance. Instructions The new style all colour instructions show the construction concisely over the 35 stages plus two painting and decal placement guides. Colour callouts are standard Revell fare quoting Revell paint numbers only of which 4 will need mixing. Link to Instructions Conclusions This is the third time that Revell have tooled the Typhoon (1988 and 2004, although they did re-box the Italeri kit in 2001) but not having made or seen their earlier releases I must presume that Revell want a kit produced to their latest standards for an airframe that is going to be part of many air forces for decades to come. The release of a special scheme as the introduction to the kit seems a little strange but they did the same with the 1:48 Tornado so the practice must be financially viable for them. The kit looks good, the issue I have had with any Typhoon kit I have made is the fit of the intake and I will report back regarding this area after I have made it. With this proviso a kit I can readily recommend.
  21. 1/32 Me 262B-1/U-1 Nightfighter

    1/32 Me 262B-1/U-1 Nightfighter Revell Catalogue No. 04995 Whilst there was a rush to not just develop a viable jet engine, by both Britain and Germany, with various airframe prototypes being constructed by both sides, the final accolade must go to Germany for being the first country to introduce the world’s first operational jet fighter. The Me 262 seemed to be beset with problems from the very outset, stemming from logistical issues with raw materials and engine supply, to there not being an appetite to use new technologies to forge Germany’s military destiny. The initial prototype flew in April 1942, under piston power, with Junkers’ Jumo004 engines eventually being available for the Me 262 to fly for the first time using this revolutionary new technology, in July 1942. By now, the gestation period of this project was already 3 years, and for Germany, military fortunes were now changing. A lack of suitable materials with high melting points, was a severe drawback for the jet engine, with running time being quite short before overhaul was required. Nonetheless, the Me 262 entered service in April 1944, with Hitler’s initial insistence on the aircraft being utilised as a bomber, fully missing the main strength of the design. Sturmvogel (Stormbird) was the nickname given to the fighter-bomber version of the Me 262, whilst the fighter version was generally referred to as the Schwalbe (Swallow). It was March 1945 by the time that the Me 262 was to see its first full-scale assault on Allied bomber formations. However, the bell was tolling on the Third Reich, and by early May 1945, it was all over. The Nazi’s had much planned for the Me 262, with various prototypes and sub-versions either test flown, in service or under construction. Thankfully, a lack of foresight, materials, planning and numbers, prevented the 262 being a bigger problem than it could’ve been. The Kit Of course, Revell’s new Me 262 isn’t the first kit to have been released in 1:32. We have had everything from 1970s Frog and Revell kits, to several incarnations of the Hasegawa release, encompassing both single seat and two seat versions. Probably the best kit up until now has been the Trumpeter series of Me 262 kits (single and two-seat). These have been amongst the best from this manufacturer, and I have built a couple of these myself, so can testify to their standard. They are generally known to be accurate in both shape and detail, with plenty of the latter abound. Trumpeter’s Me 262B kit does suffer from a different rendering of its panel lines and rivets on the later-tooled fuselage, in comparison with the common wing of the fighter, that is shares. So how will Revell’s newly tooled Stormbird fare against the now harder to find, and more expensive Trumpeter kit? Revell state this about their new kit: A choice of lowered flaps Replica Jumo004 engines Moveable ailerons and rudder Radar antennae• Machine guns Detailed cockpit with side consoles Detailed Cockpit well in the under-carriage bay Detailed undercarriage 2 auxiliary fuel tanks Whilst Revell seems to improve with each new release, the same can’t be said for their box with its new livery. This more attractive looking package suffers from the same flimsiness and end-opening design as before. As with previous box designs, some nice images of the prototype model adorn the edges, and in all, it will certainly look attractive on the shelf, with its atmospheric artwork of the 262 in a late dusk combat with a Mosquito. Inside the box, it can be seen that Revell still insist on packaging multiple sprues in the same bag, with the ever-present risk of part breakage and scuffing. My sample does suffer from a few scuffs here and there, but nothing to be concerned about. A decent cockpit is always the centre of my project, and that appears to be exactly what Revell has delivered with this release. Of course, we now have two crew positions to consider, and both forward and rear cockpits are well-appointed with a wealth of both instrument and side console details, interspersed with levers, radio set details etc. Construction is quite different to the Trumpeter release, with a single forward cockpit being constructed first, and then fastened to the forward bulkhead. Onto this is then bolted the rear cockpit and bulkhead, before the lower tub is fitted around this, as two parts. Of course, this allows Revell to adapt this nicely for a future single seat fighter or fighter-bomber version. I hope the seam that will run along the underside centre of this assembly will be easy enough to remove, as it would be clearly seen in the main gear wells. The forward and main gear wells are exceptional in terms of detail, with only a little wire needed here and there. A key component of the main gear bay is the underside of the cockpit tub, and there is nothing to complain about here. This, along with the moulded internal fuselage wall detail, is further detailed with various linkages that related to the pilot’s control column. Further details adorn the internal walls, including parts associated with the hydraulics, electrical junction boxes etc. The latter would benefit from wiring up to the main cockpit tub. A single framework of spars is then assembled and fastened to the lower wing. Incidentally, the lower wing is made up from a centre section and two outboard panels. The spare box also provides a little extra rigidity that extends onto the outboard panels. Revell’s representation of the gun bay looks excellent, with a set of very detailed MK108 cannon, complete with feed and ejection chutes and detailed forward and rear bulkheads. Again, the only thing you need to add here is a little wiring on the rear bulkhead, and the cables for the cannon’s electrical firing circuit. The design of the 262 necessitates that the gun bay construction be tackled at the same time as the nose gear well. On the real aircraft, the nose was constructed as a pod, thus the modular construction of this does follow that trend. Of course, the fuselage itself has the associated gun bay cowls moulded separately. Of particular note is the single-piece forward gun cowl, with its slide-moulded muzzle troughs. If you wish to pose the gun bay doors in the open position, you will need to carefully score the inside of the single piece gun bay cover, and separate the three components. Although Trumpeter include two Jumo004 engines in their releases, there is no real option to display them, whatsoever, unless you use the clear nacelle halves. Not ideal. Now, whilst Revell’s release doesn’t feature separate main engine panels, the forward, upper nacelle cowl is indeed a separate part, and if you remove this, nacelle frame detail can be seen in situ, as well as the engine’s gearbox and pumps. The upper, rear cowl is also a separate part, allowing the engine’s exhaust pipe to be seen if left off. I would have liked to see the ability to display the whole engine beneath the wing, with lugs to mount it directly to the wing, but that’s no criticism as no kit has yet supplied this possibility. If you do want to display the engine, and even through the limited kit possibilities, then you will need to add some plumbing to it. Zoukei-mura made an excellent job in their Ho 229 kit, so if you have this, or check photos of it online, you should be able to get some good reference for simple plumbing. There are a lot of nice touches with this kit, such as the leading-edge slats that can be posed in retracted or deployed positions (some surgery required for retracted), separate ailerons, elevators and rudder with separate trim tab. The forward wheel is moulded with separate hub inserts, but unfortunately, the wheels themselves aren’t weighted. There are two styles of forward nose wheel supplied (smooth and treaded). I was a little undecided when I saw the test sprues, with things perhaps looking a little soft in places, but seeing the production kit has allayed any fears about that. With the plastic looking as refined as the best of Revell’s recent releases. Panel lines and ports are refined and whilst the model isn’t riveted, there are a number of fasteners represented in various locations. A very clean-looking exterior that will appeal to most, and still allow modellers like myself to add a little flush-rivet detail, maybe. Moulding quality is also commensurate with new Revell releases, with minimal flash and negligible mould seams. The transparent parts are also crystal clear, albeit with one of my canopy parts detached from the sprue on arrival. You should have no problem with ejector pin marks as those that exist appear to be tucked out of view and away from detail areas. I’m also very impressed with the new style instruction manual. Gone are the busy looking line drawing images, replaced with much clearer images against a pale blue background. I find the appearance of these very akin to the manuals that HpH supply for their resin its, and it gets full marks from me. A colour reference chart and parts map is supplied (Revell paints), and the last four pages are taken up by the colour profiles for the schemes. A single decal sheet is supplied, printed by Cartograf, and containing markings for just two schemes: Messerschmitt Me 262 B-1a/U1 Red 12, 10./NJG 11, Schleswig, May 1945 Messerschmitt Me 262 B-1a/U1 Red 8, 10./NJG 11. Schleswig, May 1945 Being a RoG kit, you would be correct to assume that no swastikas are supplied, even as halves, so you will need to root through your decal stash to come up with something suitable for these specific machines. As well as markings, you will also find comprehensive stencil data, as well as instrument decals that are printed in one piece. You might want to consider punching them from the paper and applying them individually. Revell has also supplied some reasonable-looking seatbelts, but using decals for such doesn’t provide a very convincing finish. Consider aftermarket for these. Printing is clear, solid, thin, and with a relatively small amount of carrier film. Everything is also in register. Conclusion I have to say that this is a superb kit, full of detail and clever engineering, and could be built straight from the box with no additional parts. On the other hand, if you wanted to really go to town, then those extra details would make the result absolutely magical. I’m a fan of Revell’s price-point on their 1/32 kits, with this one coming in at an average of only £35. I consider that to be a steal. I’m not going to start looking at shape accuracy, as I know that the designer of this particular release is impeccable with his approach to getting things right, and he worked with a team of extremely knowledgeable people who have intimate knowledge of the subject. Revell really has a winner with their new Me 262B-1/U-1 Nightfighter. Thanks to Doolittle Media and Revell for the sample.
  22. One of my favourite recent builds, the oldish big Revell Spook I got half price last year from Wonderland Models, brush painted with Humbrol enamels and finished using Humbrol Decalfix and Humbrol Clear Revell 1:32 F-4F Phantom II 38+13 “Test Flight” Manching, 30 July 2013. (04895)
  23. FIRST LIGHT. Spitfire Mk.Ia

    Hello! Allow me to present my 1/32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia. This particular Spitfire was flown during the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940. Last year marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and this was my tribute to "The Few". We all owe them a debt that we cannot repay. I am so proud of the Royal Air Force and the brave men and women who defended our shores during the Battle of Britain. As Churchill said: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." This Spitfire was flown by Geoffrey Wellum DFC, he was the youngest fighter pilot in the RAF during the Battle of Britain and his memoir "First Light" has become one of the finest accounts of the battle ever written. Having read "First Light" several times I am full of pride and respect for the brave men of the RAF who defended Britain in her darkest hour. Geoffrey Wellum served throughout the campaign with 92 Sqn winning a DFC. He was only relieved when he was diagnosed with extreme exhaustion and transferred to an OTU.Wellum later found himself flying off an aircraft carrier in 1942 heading straight towards Malta. His account is both touching and inspirational and his story was told in the film "First Light" in 2010 to mark the 70th anniversary of the battle. 92 Squadron, RAF were the highest scoring fighter squadron of the Battle of Britain. When I completed this build I wanted to make a special display for it, so I have now installed the model in a display case with some figures to set the scene from Geoffrey Wellum's novel "First Light"
  24. Revell Spitfie 1/32

    Good afternoon gentlemen with this first post in this new forum, I'd like to share with you a few pics from my second airplane. My first one was the Tamiya FW190 A8 in 48th scale. I'm actually a diorama builder and AFV guy and used to overlook planes. But recently I regained my interest in planes and especially the Battle of Britain. So here goes my Revell Spitfire Mk.IIa by Revell in 1/32 scale. Nothing spectacular so far, but I thought you might like it. Best Gunnar As you can see, thereare some imperfections in the canopy I need to get rid of. Sorry for the bad quality of the pictures. Just some smartphone shots.
  25. This is the Revell kit, the build was insipired by watching this aircraft at the Ladybower Dambusters anniversary flypast a few years ago. The kit canopy was atrocious, so I made a vac-form machine and mould, and made my own. Non-standard items added were: Aires cockpit and wheel wells SBS Resin nose Freightdog FLIR pod Master Model pitot tube and AoA probes Scratchbuilt canopy and internals Scratchbuilt LRMTS pod & window Scratchbuilt main door rams Scratchbuilt paper/tape wing seals Scratchbuilt fin de-icer Photo-etch afterburner flame holders (Eduard) Photo-etch rivet added to spine behind rear canopy Boxed-in APU exhaust Internal stiffening added around u/c bays Brake pipes (lead wire) Cannon barrel drilled out Shortened front u/c leg Modified & repositioned BOZ 107 pod (rear fairing) Modified fin heat exchanger duct (lengthened) Modified fin-top ECM pod (rear extension shortened) Modified pitot tubes (brass tube) Modified IFR fairing (thinned next to intake) Modified wing pylons (stabilising tabs removed) Repositioned under-fuselage air intake Repositioned main gear doors Modified tail mounting (brass tube) Fuselage stores rails pocketed, and rear mounts added Modified port missile rail Little Lenses for landing lights, HUD projector and LRMTS lens Cartograf (Airfix kit) decals Flightpath ladder PJ Resin crew Airwaves Remove Before Flight tags O/S pilot's map of Peak District (scaled print) Finished pics: