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  1. So, after waiting months to get my hands on it, it finally arrived a week or so ago and despite going to wait until the new year, the desire to get going took over Ever since the car arrived on the scene I've admired it. Heres the kit; And what Revell have done is subtly rework their Ford GT road car kit that has been out for a year or so. This is both good and bad. Good, as predominately the majority of the kit is the same, the changes being to the tub and cockpit area, where only 1 seat is needed and where the passenger would be is now safety and electronics. But sadly, this means that things like the leader lights are missing, and done by decals. and the front grill is actually a radiator slot on the real car (this means dremel time) I'm going to build out of the box, but am already planning a 2nd build with 'corrections'
  2. Hi all, If you've been following my WIP thread on this, you'll know the trials and tribulations I've gone through to get this finished. The cockpit walls had to be detailed, the flaps lowered and scratchbuilt, a new windscreen home made after the original disintegrated, problems getting the gloss coat to set, decals which wrinkled and refused to respond to MicroSol...you name it. Anyway, here it is after 67 hours work, in the best trainer scheme the Hawk ever wore in my opinion. Excuse the photography, natural light has been hard to come by today... Now, what's next..? Cheers, Dean
  3. Deanflyer

    BAe Hawk

    Hello all, Laid low with the lurgy at the moment, so I thought I'd get round to updating you on my latest build...the Revell 1/32 Hawk: Note the Argos stock label on it - like many of us probably, I hot footed it down to the local Argos when these first came out as I believe they were one of the only places stocking it. Then it's sat in the stash ever since. That was 2010! About time I made one... I'd also splashed out on the Xtradecal stencil sheet, and their squadron markings sheet, as I didn't want to build a Red Arrows jet: I've always had a fancy for the late seventies RAF trainer scheme, ever since it first appeared in the Airfix catalogue when I was a kid, so I'll be doing this scheme: One difference - the nose ID number 164 will be in white, not black, as I prefer it that way. Luckily I found a photo of this airframe with the number in white, so it will still be accurate. The cockpit is reasonably well detailed, and the instrument decals do their job well enough, settling down well over the raised bezels: The only place the cockpit falls down is on the sidewalls, which are devoid of ANY detail whatsoever. All of this had to be added from scratch: Adding a couple of resin seats completes the ensemble: I'd ordered the early style headboxes on the seats, as you can't get much earlier in the Hawk's career than this! Then it was on to the notorious short-shot undercarriage. I added various bits and pieces to replace the missing compression struts, and also added brake lines and tie wraps: I filed flats onto the tyres, and painted everything up. The wheel centre caps have still to be added here, and according to some references the main wheel rims were painted yellow so I'm still deciding whether to do that with mine: The wheel wells were well detailed OOB, so I just used a wash to highlight things: One notable problem with the kit is that there is no facility to have the flaps dropped, which is how Hawks are ALWAYS parked. I sliced off the flaps from the wings, scratch built them to an aerofoil section, and added the intermediate strip and supports using the mk1 eyeball and much poring over of reference photos. I'm hoping it'll work out ok: Before the fuselage halves could be joined, there was the little matter of all the glaring ports in the fuselage which would open onto the bare plastic interior. There are about five of them, which all had to be dealt with using a short length of tube glued to the inside of the fuselage to give depth, and then blanked off. So, ready to close the fuselage - oops, no, the forward cockpit bulkhead is a completely different shape to the interior of the fuselage at that point! It left a gap of about an eighth of an inch between the halves, which no amount of filler would solve. I had to file off quite a bit of the bulkhead sides to get the fuselage to close: The rest of the seams weren't too bad, apart from the ones on the inside of the intakes - which due to the engineering of the kit means they CAN'T be assembled before adding them to the airframe, and makes sanding inside them that much more difficult... More when I've sorted out the photos, Dean
  4. So this is the next kit on the bench. The Revell HE219 A2/5/7 I have ordered some HGW fabric belts for it as the tempest ones were lovely. I was going to order an eduard Cockpit but I will do the pit from scratch. I haven't decided what variant yet so hence the something tag.
  5. Morning Chaps and Chapesess One of my bright ideas a few years ago was to build 72nd scale Bundeswehr vehicles.... Bought loads of them, built exactly one in that time. (This goes together with my other 2 bright Idea's of JGSDF vehicles and Rocket Launchers, and I build mainly cars...Confused? yeah, try being in my head ) Anyway, this was the first one I actually purchased and was done so on the provisio that I understood it was 'started'. When I got it home I basically looked into the horrible end opening box,saw bagged bits and a few loose bits and that was that, it went in the cupboard. Last night my head was suffering from airplane overload from the WW1 group build so I thought a nice easy 72nd scale would be just tickety boo for this chap.... Well! After taking the time to actually look in the box and see whats what.... this is what I found. Started, yeah! Its just about finished. I'm not quite sure what it was painted with, but I have a feeling it might have been a domestic spray gun!. The chassis is fine, but the body is not. Found the wheels rattling around inside the box, and the rest of the bits on the runners seem to be all present and correct. Think i'm going to drop the body into Dettol for a few hours and get that cleaned up, then proceed with rescuing the Dingo The other little gem in the box is the Biber 1 Bridgelayer, (or Bruckenlegepanzer if you prefer), based on the Leopard 1 MBT, and after a cursory going over that seems all ship shape and Berlin fashion, so I might even give that a go too Right then, the Dingo is going for a nice relaxing Dettol dip and I shall be posting a couple more things to, in the near future Do have a joyous and relaxing day and try not to freeze your bits off... Mad Steve
  6. A4/V2 Rocket(03309) One of the revenge or retaliation weapons (Vergeltungswaffen) developed by Germany during WWII, I have found these missiles a source of fascination from the first time I read about them as a young lad. In terms of weaponry, aerospace technology and the potential for flight in space they were, of course, hugely significant. They also provided endless inspiration for authors of Sci-Fi, film, comic books and cartoons. On a personal level I have come across two pieces of V2 in Essex, both of them were combustion chambers. The combustion chamber is a huge piece of cast iron that is seemingly indestructible and probably the only piece of the missile capable of surviving mostly intact from an impact and subsequent explosion. One was in a farmyard in Althorne, not far from Burnham-on-Crouch. The farmer told me that his father had pulled it out of one of their fields whilst ploughing. Althorne is located in the Dengie Peninsula and V2s launched from Holland would cross over the peninsula on their way to London. This one fell short. The other chamber was in a friend's garden in Great Baddow being used as a tall planter! It had been in the garden when they moved in and when I told them what it was they took it to the Chelmsford and Essex Museum. My home town of Chelmsford was struck by a V2 in 1944, the missile impacting near Henry Road and destroying the Hoffman's ball bearing factory canteen. There were numerous fatalities and casualties and some houses were destroyed. Today you can see the gap in the old street scene where newer properties replaced the terraces that were hit. Enough of the ramblings, I saw that the kits were on sale just before Christmas and finally decided to get one to add to my growing stash of V2 related kits. The box art is very dramatic, showing a V2 blasting off from woodlands adorned in the multi-coloured Gezackt Version 2 camouflage scheme. The kit itself is a rebox of the excellent Special Armour tooling. As well as the missile itself, you also get the small launch pad, plus a dolly that was used for moving the pad. There's not a huge number of parts and everything is contained within two runners. On the sprue the parts look absolutely delicious. Moving in closely you can see the detail that has gone into the kit in order for you to build what should be a stunning little V2. The decal sheet is small, but there's everything there for the scheme options that are offered, this is mostly about the scheme you choose and how well you can execute it. Instructions are in the standard colour format and there are four colour schemes to choose from, including the Gezact Versions 1 and 2. In order to execute these and the black and white prototype you could really do with some more views to illustrate them properly, but there are some very good websites that provide heaps of reference if you do a search. Here's a taster of the instructions, plus all the schemes. Here's a sample from the original Special Hobby instructions that show the Gezact 2 scheme in it's entirety, plus a couple of others that might be of interest. Notwithstanding the lack of information in helping modellers complete the camouflage schemes accurately this is still an outstanding little kit that's well worth acquiring. It should be possible to create a little gem and I'd recommend this without reservation to anybody that would like to add a 1/72 V2 to their collection. Revell will also be issuing some of the other Special Armour V2 related kits, I understand that there will be a set consisting of the Hanomag SS100 tractor, transporter and A4/V2. Link to instructions Some V2 resources Review sample courtesy of my wallet. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For details visit: Revell Website Revell Facebook
  7. So this is the next kit on the bench. The Revell HE219 A2/5/7 I have ordered some HGW fabric belts for it as the tempest ones were lovely. I was going to order an eduard Cockpit but I will do the pit from scratch. I haven't decided what variant yet so hence the something tag.
  8. Flakpanzer IV 'Wirbelwind' The Flakpanzer IV 'Wirbelwind' was a self-propelled Triple-A platform, with a nine sided turret fitted with a quad barrel 2cm Flakvierling 38 mounted on a Panzer IV hull. Smoke generated by the guns when they were fired meant that the turret couldn't be fitted with a top, whilst the shape of the turret earned it the nickname 'Keksdose' - biscuit tin. In combat it was felt that the 2cm shells were insufficiently effective, leading to the 'Ostwind' vehicle fitted with a single 3.7cm gun. This was not the end of the road for the Wirbelwind which was found to be very effective against softskins, armoured cars and infantry. It's not known how many were manufactured, it could been between 87 and 105 (records don't match up) that were converted from repaired Panzer IV chassis. The Panzer IV itself was near ubiquitous and was the basis for Stug, Jagd and Brummbar variants as well as the Wirbelwind. Over recent years I have become enamoured of quirky AFVs and this one ticks just about all the boxes in the quirky stakes, despite it being based on a mainstream chassis. Let's get on with looking at the kit Good action boxart, with a box that feels like it's bursting at the seams, here's the plastic, firstly frame A: The chassis is a rerun of the Panzer IV kit released in 2000, so it's been around for a little while, but looking none the worse for wear. Parts are moulded finely and detail is crisp. The space in the runner is where the large turret component would have been - I presume. Some close up shots: On to Frame B: As with frame A the mouldings are fine and look nicely crisp. The tools are moulded on (apart from one shovel that can be found on frame A), but are so well defined that painting them shouldn't present any problems. Here's the close ups: Frame C is full of wheels and link and length tracks: I'm not fond of link and length personally, but a very realistic effect can be achieved with them. The wheels look tiny - 6mm diameter - but are beautifully moulded, as are the sprockets. Frames D and E supply the Wirbelwind turret specific components: These and frame F were tooled by Maco. The plastic is very nicely moulded and there are two turrets to choose from. The instructions refer to them as 12 PD turret and Series turret and the difference is quite clear that the Series turret is distinctly taller than the 12 PD item, whilst the latter has a tiny extension to the right hand side. I'm not sufficiently versed in Wirbelwind lore to know the whys and wherefores of these differences, given the nature of the vehicle's manufacture I would put it down to local manufacturing or field modifications. Frame F contains the quad components that exhibit some fine moulding and detailing: My major misgiving would be removing the barrels without bending or damaging them, they look very delicate. That aside, the quad assembly should look very once it's all put together. Some samples of the instructions in the standard booklet format: There are two scheme options, one for each turret type: The decals are on a tiny sheet, but there's not many to go: This is another delightful looking little AFV offering from Revell that utilises their own and another manufacturer's tooling to very good effect. Indeed, the kudos should really go the person behind Maco who developed the product in the first place, well done to them in coming up with such a good idea. As Revell now possess the Maco tooling there's a few more like this one still to come. Recommended to Braille scale fans and anybody that likes something a little off the wall. Review sample courtesy of Revell. Link to instructions Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For details visit: Revell Website Revell Facebook
  9. This is the newish Revell kit in 1/32. I have some mixed feelings about this model, so perhaps I'll list the pros and cons; Pros - More detailed landing gear, wheel wells, drop tank and cockpit - Parts included for late G-6 as well; tall tail, rudder, wheels, tires, tail wheel surrounds, windscreen, armour plate, canopy and various antennas. - Nicer decals than Hasegawa. - Better fit of moving parts; radiators, flaps, slats and elevators in particular. Cons - Horrible attempt at molded in seat belts. - Bizzare parts breakdown leading to inconvenient joints to fill around the cockpit sill if you want the canopy open - Ungainly tabs to fit an open canopy on that are not present on the real aircraft (removed on my model). - Poorly represented cannon bulges on the nose. - Weak landing gear and tail wheel especially. Will need at least a metal rod drilled for the tail wheel and probably requires metal landing gear. Do not set the model on a smooth surface or the gear will collapse. (Tail wheel on mine collapsed after a week). - No 20mm cannon packs or 21cm motar tubes included. (mine came from a Hasegawa kit). That said, it's probably better than the Hasegawa kit, although there are lot more parts and it is definitely a harder kit to build. It can generally be found cheaper than the Hasegawa kit as well. I'm pretty happy with how it came out. All markings were masked and painted, except for the swastika on the tail. This aircraft was used as a single seat night fighter, hence the black lower surface and over painted markings.
  10. Chance Vought F4U-1B Corsair 'Royal Navy' The 'bent wing bird from Connecticut' is instantly recognisable to warbird fans all over the world and I always look forward to the sight and sound of Corsairs on any trip to Duxford flying days and enthusiasts jostle with each other to get photos of them on the flightline walks. In flight, it's performance and handling capabilities are clearly visible and it seems to be a popular mount amongst the warbird pilot fraternity. This latest release from Revell is based upon the kits recently released, 03983 and 03955. The kits share common runners with smaller and interchangeable runners providing alternative parts to cater for the different versions depicted. I was particularly interested in this one because is depicts a Royal Navy Corsair, which has been quite neglected by the kit manufacturers over the years in 1/72 (and also 1/48), apart from a relatively clumsy and indeterminate offering from Frog shortly before they went bust and a 'birdcage' edition from Hasegawa. In actual fact the RN must take credit for demonstrating that it was actually possible to operate the aircraft off carriers at a time when the USN/USMC had all but given up on the idea. I don't normally get picky about box art and this one is reasonably attractive and eye catching within its own right, but RN Corsairs in what I always thought was the Home Fleet scheme dispatching a Zero? Also I would take issue with the wing roundels, but more of that later. Revell lable the kit as a F4U-1B, whereas it should really be FG-1D/Corsair IV. The boxes for these entry level kits are quite small and therefore the contents appear to be quite 'busy'. In fact even folded in half, the A4 format instructions barely fit. On to the plastic, Runner 'A': Reverse shot of the fuselage and wing to show the interior ribbing. This is very faint in the cockpit, but this is in order for the side consoles to fit easily: Close up on the engine and gear doors: Runner 'B' contains the required three blade prop (there is a question mark whether it's the right type, but the differences are small) and cowling parts required for this version: Runner 'C' contains the all important wing tips. This is what sets apart RN Corsairs from other users, they had clipped wings in order that the aircraft fit a standard British carrier deck lift: Runner 'D' is common from the other kits and contains wheels and fuel tanks. My references indicate that RN aircraft were most likely to be fitted with a smaller centreline tank. Another option would be a pair of bombs fitted to the hard points, British pattern 250lb or 500lb - a Typhoon kit might yield suitable weapons: Runner 'E' contains the transparencies, these are well moulded, free from flaws and distortion: Runner 'F' contains the remaining wing, fuselage and tailplane parts: The decals are well printed and contain the instrument panels, consoles and representative seat belts. In my opinion at this scale and with the hood closed this is perfectly satisfactory: In respect of the plastic components, the other releases have been reviewed previously and there is little to add, other than that the supplied wing tips allow you to build a RN Corsair out of the box. I'll add a little more, the only parts that contain any noticeable flash are the cowling gills and one fuselage piece, but these shouldn't take long to clean up. Panel line detail is very fine, enthusiasts of pin or weathering washed might find them a little too fine. Such fabric surfaces as the Corsair has are very reasonably represented. Unless you want bells and whistles in the form of PE and/or resin, the cockpit is very nicely done. You might be tempted to replace the wheels with resin parts, but I find them perfectly satisfactory. Now that I've had another look with the alternative wing tips I can see that there is some logic behind the breakdown, but it still leaves you with an awkward joint to fill on a fabric depicted surface. One thing I get from the feel of the mating surfaces is that some time spent deburring in advance of assembly will probably be time well spent and the mouldings still have a 'soft' feel to them that will require careful assembly to get the best out of the kit. Instructions are in the colour A4 format that we now come to expect. I would mention that the internal painting directions in this one seem to be more comprehensive than usual (or maybe I've not been paying enough attention recently). Here's a few samples, plus what is for me the slightly contentious paint guide: The only issue I have is with the upper wing roundels. These are provided on the decal sheet as Type 'B', whereas I suspect that at the time the aircraft were painted overall blue they would have been Type 'C'. It's possible that whoever developed the scheme for the kit has a reference photo of KD344 - I don't. There is however the example of KD431 that resides at the Fleet Air Arm museum that still appears to be wearing its original scheme that includes large Type 'C' upper wing roundels, in fact it appears they are the original Type 'B' with the white ring over-painted - see here: https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/726/20444814550_bce89f2c7a_b.jpg Whilst viewing that image you might take note pof the very low contrast between the airfame blue and the roundel blue. Criticisms aside, I'm rather glad Revell have released this kit, it does offer RN/FAA fans an out of the box Corsair that has been sadly lacking previously. Personally I'd be tempted to look for an optional scheme, maybe a Tirpitz raider, or a Pacific Fleet scheme, although the overall blue does look very smart. Fly Navy! Review sample courtesy of Revell. Link to instructions Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For details visit: Revell Website Revell Facebook
  11. Haunebu II Flying Saucer After the brouhaha, here it is. I picked up an alert from Facebook that Hobbycraft were stocking it, notwithstanding previous reports of the kit being withdrawn. There was one left on the shelf at my local Hobbycraft, so I grabbed it quick. There's not a lot to say about it really, so in the main I'll let the pictures do that talking. Obviously (or so you would have thought), this is a completely fictitious craft, seemingly inspired by Adamski ufology and very much similar in appearance to the Panamarenko sketches. It's quite possible Revell had the Iron Sky film in mind when they decided to issue this kit, but the saucer in the kit is quite a bit different from the Iron Sky CGI. The kit is actually a re-box of the Hand & Head kit released in 2014 (also it can be found in a Wave boxing from the same year). For the record there are 1/144 kits by Anigrand, Pegasus Hobbies and Unicraft, plus 1/72 kits by Bird Models, Squadron (two versions in separate issues), as well as the aforementioned Hand & Head/Wave and no Revell kits. Phew! Having said there's not a lot to say I've said quite a lot, so whilst in full-on chat mode let's get a few more things out of the way. There's no point in discussing accuracy, it's fictitious, but it does closely resemble a lot of the images you see of Adamski saucers, so if you want to bin the Luft '46 decals and build a model with little green men, the cosmos is the limit. The decals are very nicely printed and allow for two options that look quite credible (an important point for me personally in respect of whiffery) and I love that the artist had sufficient sense of humour to include 'Red 46' as one of the options. Nice one! The decals also include seat belts and panels for the interior. The kit is detailed and moulded very nicely, however a lot of the detail will be lost forever once it's cemented together, although the instructions indicate the roof of the saucer as 'do not cement' so that it can be removed for viewing the interior. Enough waffle, here's the pics. Tamiya pot included for scale I didn't think there'd be that many components, but the box is pretty much full of parts Runner 'A'. The runners are in multiples as indicated. Parts enclosed in the yellow rectangles are not required Runner 'B', two illustrated to show both sides of the parts Runner 'C' Runner 'D' That's the plastic, here are the decals Finally, some pages from the instructions in the now familiar colour booklet and the colour schemes This is a difficult product to summarise. Luft '46/whiffery/space/sci-fi is a bit of a Marmite thing, you might love it, you might hate it. Over the last few years I've come to embrace anything that's off the wall and this definitely ticks that particular box. I can disregard it as Luft '46 because for me it's firmly in the space/sci-fi bracket, it just happens to come with Luftwaffe scheme whif options in this instance. The package itself looks to be very well executed and should provide some good bench time. A few will likely draw a sharp intake of breath at the RRP (GBP 50.00 in the UK), but you pays yer money and takes yer choice. One other thing in respect of cost, Revell list 18 paints required to finish in their scheme options, so that is something else to take into account, although many modellers will likely have a lot of the required colours on their paint racks. Recommended to hardcore space/sci-fi fans. Review sample courtesy of my wallet. Link to instructions Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For details visit: Revell Website Revell Facebook
  12. This one comes from my imagination, made from the older Revell/Monogram Bf 109G-10. It's not a terrible kit, but it does show its age, lacking a lot of detail but I enhanced the kit a bit using Hasegawa 109 parts; Canopy with amour, main wheels and tail wheel. I also used some RATO packs from the Tamiya Me 262, as I figured this baby might need some help hauling that torpedo into the air. The torpedo and the center line mount come out of the old Trimaster Fw 190D-9 kit.
  13. I am an avid sportscar fan, and Le Mans is "Mecca" or to quote John Hindhaugh my year runs from June to June ;-) Sadly due to many reasons (new job/broken bones) I am unable to make the pilgramage this year, so I have set myself a challenge. I have to build, paint and have a showable finished build in the total time the Le Mans cars are on track this year, that's a 42hr 45 min build over a few days. But It has to be finished 2pm (3pm France time) on the 17th June. The challenge starts today with the test session, however, that leaves me over a week till the next track action, so "today" will be moved to next Sunday to close up any 'dead time'. Right now I am making sure I have all parts I need to build this. I have a Coastal Kits base on the way, and some colour matched yellow via Hiroboy.com I'm looking for some PE Brakes, other than that this will be as OOB/kitbashed as I can do it. The rules I have to follow are simple, I cannot spend more than 42:45 on the build, and I *must* be finished by 2pm (BST) 17th June.
  14. Ford Shelby GT 500 2010 The origins of the current Ford Mustang cars lie in the legendary Mustang series of cars from the sixties, possibly epitomised by the famous car chase sequence from the film Bullit. Coolest man on the planet in the coolest car - who would argue? Shelby Mustangs were the brainchild of car tuner Carroll Shelby and were manufactured by Shelby American from 1965 to 1968, then by Ford themselves from 1969 to 1970. Current Mustangs represent the fifth generation of the Mustang line and Ford decided to revive the Shelby association to launch a high performance model of the car, in this case a car fitted with a 330 cubic inch/5.4 litre V8 delivering 540 hp. That's quite a few ponies in your pony, if you get my drift, 0-60mph is about 4.5 seconds and top speed is limited to 155mph. On with the kit. The box art shows a sedately posed GT 500 on a rural road. Hmm. Would have preferred it in the metallic blue, but that's just me. The box is stuffed almost to bursting with parts and comes with a biggish decal sheet. It's very difficult to verify the provenance of some of these car kits, but my best guess is that this is a reiteration of the kit previously issued by the now defunct Revell US. The components come in one poly bag, but some of the sprues have their own poly bag which is a good thing for the body shell and transparencies to avoid surface scratching. The body shell is multi-piece with one large main component and the mouldings look crisp and neatly detailed where appropriate. One gripe, red plastic = meh. In fact red plastic is anathema to me personally due to the difficulty in painting it, even if it's red paintwork. I get it, the box art and instructions are for a red car, but red plastic, just don't go there. Grey plastic would have been fine, it's great for any colour you like and I prefer the metallic blue, but I think I mentioned that already. However... ...there are a whole bunch of sprues in a nice neutral grey colour that will be easy to prime and paint in the required colours. The floor/base comes as two pieces, the logic of which I think I can see in that it does away with separate firewall and rear bulkhead components that can be tricky to set up for the builder. It is also easier for the toolmaker to get the required detail in the places it's required and conceal the dreaded ejection pin marks. The interior, engine and running gear parts are all well moulded and whilst having a simplified nature there is a satisfactory level of detail that should please all but the most fastidious of modellers. You will need to provide your own engine wiring and seat belts if you want them. The transparencies are very nicely done, they are clear and as distortion free as you could expect. One puzzling thing, there's no glazing for the doors. Do Mustang owners insist on driving around with the windows down permanently? Weird. With respect to the chromed sprue it's definitely a case of 'my eyes, my eyes!' I would probably keep the chrome for the mirrors, lamps and maybe the badges, but the wheels are an absolute no, no. You get vinyl tyres - what else these days - that need a bit of the shine knocked off them to give a more realistic appearance. Four little metal pins, that I have kept sealed in the bag to prevent loss. These are for fitting the wheels to the axles and is a very sensible thing in my opinion, car wheels joined plastic to plastic can be very vulnerable, this should give a much better joint. The decal sheet is nicely printed and as seems to be usual with Revell, offers different registration plate options. The brake disc vents and slots is a nice touch and perfectly acceptable in my view for something that is mostly out of sight. There are various items to make the interior look more interesting, plus seat trims and go faster stripes for the bodywork. Here's the now standard instruction sheet header and finishes guide, printed on semi-gloss paper and well illustrated throughout. I've had a good look through the instructions and can't find any obvious errors or omissions, although building the model might change that. This is a neat looking kit from Revell, one or two anomalous things that I have mentioned, but overall not at all bad package if cars are your thing, especially fans of American muscle cars. Review sample courtesy of Revell. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For details visit: Revell Website Revell Facebook
  15. A little Luftwaffe '46 for today and one I rescued from the shelf of doom although I'm not sure why I put it there in the first place, the very nice Revell 1/72 Focke Wulf Flitzer. Believe it or not this aircraft actually made it to the wooden mock up stage, but never progressed further. I've equipped mine with a pair of 21cm mortar tubes from a 262 and two X-4 wire guided air to air missiles as a bomber destroyer. The little tractor is from Academy and the base was made from scrap plastic and the base of an old trophy.
  16. Ford GT 2017 I was well impressed by the look of this kit when doing the in-box review and as a Ford fan was pretty keen to crack on with it. I've set out to execute the build in the manner of a learner or newcomer to the hobby, to see what they might get out of it. Notwithstanding this, I thought there might be some profit in giving the body shell a polish up, also as a trial run for the Tamiya polishing compounds that I acquired recently. After a vigorous polish with all three grades, I'm not too sure about the outcome, it may be the plastic is as good as it gets straight from the box, although i think there may be a tad more sparkle than there was before. Looking at the roof, it was probably worth the effort. I confess I didn't get at all the nooks and crannies and with the shell being so complex in shape you really need some specialised tools to treat all the panels. The headlamp covers were looking a little dull and these were definitely improved with the Tamiya compounds and a good buffing. I wouldn't expect a tyro to bother with any of this, most people will find what they get out of the box is perfectly fine. So the covers and the main glazing were attached to the shell. Whilst working on the shell the rear lamp housings and exhaust outlets were painted, the rear lamp lenses attached and the decals, such as they were, added. I used Tamiya Extra thin brushed into the glazing attachment points, but not the glazing boundaries themselves. Although the parts fit very well, you feel that they might com adrift a bit too easily, but having said that you could probably build without using any cement and not have any problems. The seats had the fabric parts painted very dark grey (Tamiya NATO black) as per the instructions, but I didn't bother painting the rest of the seats. The steering wheel rim was also given a coat of NATO black and the decals added to the dash, then everything was snapped together, no issues at all. A little dot of red paint is required for the transmission controller. The engine top cover was painted with Citadel Mithril Silver, then the engine compartment decals added. The headlamp fittings were coated using a Molotow pen, the first time I've used this stuff in anger and I have to say it's brilliant, but once painted on it doesn't appear to be very robust and won't stand any handling. So far so good, I'm having a hoot, this is a fun build! The floor pan requires very little work, the brackets for the wheel axles snap into place after trimming off any excess from the large sprue gates and you need to paint the discs as these are very visible behind the spoked wheels. I used Citizen Chain Mail for the discs and Mithril Silver for the calipers. It needs a couple of coats but the paints are set after about 10 minutes and can be re-coated without any problem. There's tiny 'Brembo' decals for the calipers, I put them on, but I doubt anybody would ever notice they're there. The wheels are very nicely pre-painted, but when putting on the the tyre's I noticed that there is in fact quite a bit of flash on the inner part of the rims. I trimmed the worst of it off, but I didn't want to go so mad with it as to spoil the paint effect, so there's still some remaining. Fortunately the overall impressive look of the wheels draws the eye away from this glitch. I had previously noted during the in-box review that the mirrors were hollow shells. These were filled with UV activated glue, which if you're careful is self-levelling. A few moments exposure to a UV torch and you're ready to work on them with the Molotow pen. Everything lined up for final assembly. First off pop the tub into the shell. then et voila! Except not quite. Everything is located together by two towers projecting from the shell and held in place by two large locking pins pressed into the towers. The problem is that although the pins hold very firmly - they are actually very difficult to press all way home - the floor is not stiff enough to give the appearance of being connected to the shell. When you pick the model up the floor droops noticeably and doesn't fit well either at the front or the back. This was something that I was expecting but I didn't fancy doing a trial run because I thought the pins might be difficult to remove. I would have been right, the pins would be impossible to remove once pressed into place. I think Revell could have mitigated against this problem by having some sort of attachment where the shell meets the sills. I adopted a plan that I'd already had in mind and using a few rubber bands strapped everything firmly together, then ran some Extra Thin into all the mating surfaces, then put the whole lot to one side. A couple of hours later all the bands were removed, et voila! Check out that profile! A little bit taller than the original 40", but still a case of 'ooh my back' getting in and out. I am very pleased with the result of only a couple of hours work. Final jobs after removing the rubber bands were replacing the indicator decals with the vinyl stickers, because a couple of them had flaked under the rubber bands. The vinyl was a little lacking in colour so I painted over them with some Humbrol translucent amber. Then a final polish to remove any dust and fingerprints before taking the photos. To summarise, I must say this was a very enjoyable build even with the shell/floor issue that 99% of punters would have ignored in any case. Without the fix I used to secure the shell to the floor, you'd still have a good looking model to place on a shelf and nobody would be the wiser unless they picked the model up. I'm a little surprised that the kit came with empty mirror casings, but it wasn't difficult to fix. I think if I were to build another one I'd probably paint the shell (the Gulf Oil scheme beckons) and I did toy with the idea of spraying this one with Tamiya clear blue to make the colour look a little more vibrant and give it some depth, but that would have been straying well beyond my self-imposed brief of building it as an average punter. For any of the latter this kit should tick all the right boxes and you end up with a very nice model of a stunning looking car. Even Mrs PB likes it! Highly recommended. [border=black,1,solid][bgcolor=yellow]Link to instructions[/bgcolor][/border] Review sample courtesy of Revell. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For details visit: Revell Website Revell Facebook PS: For those of you that prefer 'proper' kits, I can tell you that the 1/25 Ford GT developed by and prior to the demise of Revell US will be on release later this month.
  17. Sopwith Camel One of several outstanding types produced by the Sopwith Aviation Company during WWI and probably one of the most iconic aircraft of its time. Not an easy machine to fly, but in the hands of an experienced pilot its outstanding agility could give it an edge over other fighters and the Camel had almost 1300 kills to its credit by the end of the war, the highest total for any allied fighter type. In any case, those of us of a certain age would have read all the Biggles books as youngsters and Biggles flew a Camel, so it must have been the best, naturally. For those of you wondering how this pugnacious looking, stubby little fighter came to be named after a creature that cannot fly and is normally associated with the desert, the answer is in the hump that covers the gun breeches. That makes it a dromedary, then. Enough frivolity, this is actually a re-box of the Eduard tooled kit first released in 2003, so let's proceed with a look at what you get and see how well it stands up. I have to say the box art on its own would not inspire to make a purchase, but... ...praise be, it's a proper box with a lid, not the regular end opening things that we all hate. The kit is moulded in the dark blue-grey plastic that you will be familiar with if you have bought any Eduard kits previously. The parts are moulded very cleanly in the main, there is a hint of flash to deal with on some of the smaller components, also the prop needs a little attention. Here's frame A with the fuselage plus the fin, rudder tailplane, elevators and ailerons (with options). The fabric on the fuselage and flying surfaces have a hint of sag and the flying surfaces have rib tapes. These are both features that can easily be over-cooked on plastic kits, but given the limitations of injection moulding this is about as good as it can get with this kit. the parts also have delicate detail where required. Frame B has undercarriage, engine and various ancillary components. Everything is very nicely moulded, only tiny amounts of flash to deal with on the tiddly bits. The wheels and engine cylinders look excellent, with the wiring harness, pushrods etc as scalish as you could possibly get in plastic. Frame C is the upper wing, cowlings, optional cockpit coamings, panel and cabane struts. There are two seats, one moulded solid which is meant to be painted and then decals applied to get the wicker effect. The other is designed such that you use parts off the Eduard PE set to get a wicker effect. The wing has rib tapes and almost imperceptible fabric sag that gives a very realist effect, whilst the cowlings are beautifully moulded. The panel has bezels, with instrument faces on the decal sheet that can be applied. Frame D is the lower wing and an optional upper wing. I really can't stress enough how well the combined fabric and rib tape detail has been captured, under paint it should look very realistic. The final bit of the plastic itself is a transparency frame. These are for 'glazing' the wing inspection panels, a very neat touch that you wouldn't necessarily find in other kits, even at 1/48 scale. The decal sheet is 'printed in Italy' which I take to mean as done by Cartograf. Whatever the provenance it's very nicely done with good colours that look suitably opaque. There is no historical background to the schemes that are offered on the decal sheet, other than identifying squadrons. The pierced heart motif is that of Major William Barker VC, whilst D9398 fell to the guns (probably) of Lothar von Richthofen on the 25th July 1918. You can find good photos of both machines by using Google search and whilst the paint guide appears to conform to the images you can find of D9398, those of Barker's machine are at variance, although it should be pointed out that Barker's Camel was somewhat evolutionary in appearance and went through a number of changes. The paint guide is also at variance with the cover picture of a completed Camel model on the instruction booklet, so you might want to do a bit of research before committing paint to the model. Whilst on the subject of instructions, here's a few pages to peruse, including the rigging diagram (which is more helpful than the diagram included with the original Eduard instructions). To summarise, this is still a very worthy kit to consider adding to your stash or for building if you're a WWI/Sopwith Camel fan. Everything is cleanly and in the main beautifully moulded. You will need to follow the instructions carefully in respect of which optional parts apply to which scheme you want to use. Also the kit contains, I believe, the Clerget engine which might limit your options if you were looking for aftermarket decals, assuming that's the sort of thing that bothers you. What you get with this Revell release is the equivalent of an Eduard Weekend Edition, if you're buying - and I think I can offer a 'highly recommended' in this instance - you might consider the Eduard PE set EDFE432, it has a number of nice things to add, including seat harness, pushrods and wiring harness for the engine and a rather essential piece for Barker's machine - the little red devil mascot mounted to one of the machine guns. And if you've never read any Biggles books, get it sorted! Review sample courtesy of Revell. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For details visit: Revell Website Revell Facebook PS: Want more Camel references? 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  18. sWS with 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 This vehicle is well outside my already limited knowledge about German AFVs and softskins from the WWII period, so I'll quote from Wikipedia: The kit we're looking at here is an armoured type fitted with a werfer rocket launcher system. I'm a little curious that the vehicle has no Sonderkraftfahrzeug (Sd.Kfz) designation, but maybe there's an experten here who can put me right? I was very interested in this kit release not just from the point of view that it isn't a run-of-the-mill Sd.Kfz (is there such a thing?), but also because the tooling was acquired from an independent manufacturer and has been previously released under the MACO lable. It appears that the owner of MACO, Matthias Conrad, decided to call it a day and Revell were able to buy up tooling for kits that were sometimes based around their own products, whilst offering something a little more off the wall than a mainstream manufacturer might consider adding to their catalogue. Without any further ado, the box art. Quite a dramatic image of an sWS loosing off a salvo of rockets that shows off the brutish and angular lines of the vehicle. There's only two and a half runners, but the box feels crammed with bits, although the A4 format instruction booklet folded in half pads it out somewhat. The runners are not indexed. This one contains the armored components, the werfer unit and a whole bunch of ancillaries. The quality of the moulding, engineering and fineness of detail is very, very good. Some of the parts are insanely small and delicate, so even if you can remove them without damage, they're still very much in line to end up as carpet monster fodder. I think it's this factor that has led Revell to rate the kit at 'Level 4' and this is very sensible in my opinion. Check out not only the tiny and near as scale as you can achieve hatch and grab handles, but also the MG 42 with separate bipod, ammo drum and mounting bracket! The rest of the plastic consists of one and a half runners with the chassis and running gear. Quality of design is exactly the same, but the mouldings themselves exhibit a tiny amount of flash. It's really not very much, but clean up of some of the very tiny and fragile components is likely to be challenging and in the case of the myriad track links something of a chore. The link and length track parts and the wheels all feature excellent detail. Tools are moulded separately which will get the old hands rejoicing and, but for the flash that needs removing, are exquisite. Decals are perforce on a small sheet with everything that is needed for the two scheme options offered with the kit. Instructions are in the now standard format of line drawings printed on semi-gloss paper (that wears well on the bench) with paint guide and colour call-outs referenced to Revell paints with explanatory mixes as required. One curiosity with the kit is that it actually offers two versions, the Panzerwerfer or Munitionsfahrzeug, but there's no mention of this on the box and it's only until you get near the end of the instructions in Step 32 that there's any mention of it. There's no colour option for the Munitionsfahrzeug, so if this is your choice you will need to research it. I'm a little disappointed there's no plan view to show the topside camouflage blotches, you will need to either research it or wing it. This is a cracking looking little kit on the sprue, but go easy on those little parts! I think it's quite brave of Revell to go with a kit that would appear (to me at least) to be some way outside of the mainstream, but that's part of the charm. MACO had other variants of the sWS on their catalogue including the earlier un-armored versions, I hope that this one does well enough to encourage them to look at these and the rest of the range in the near future. Revell have couple already lined up and we'll be looking at the Pz KpfW II Luchs in the near future, in the meantime I would suggest giving this one a look in. Review sample courtesy of Revell. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For details visit: Revell Website Revell Facebook
  19. It appears that yesterday the hobbico businesses were put up for sale and a buyer was not found for Revell Germany or US. Please don't turn this into an argument about relative good or bad points of the manufacturer but let's hope someone can buy up the tooling particularly some of the matchbox tools and the newer bits e.g. 1/32 bf109g's tornados and 1/32 fw190's I really hope that this is the case as some of their kits deserve to survive
  20. 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 2017 Me 262 release 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 Radu Brinzan and RB Productions for the sample.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
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