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  1. Time to bite the bullet. Back in May I was asked by a friend of mine to build a Tonka for him. There was one on 56Sqn that he worked on regularly and that's the one he wants built, but could I actually do 2. 1 for him, 1 for someone else on the Sqn. "Not a problem" Said I. "What scale??" Errrrrrr. I'd like So big, Right, 1/48. Never having built that scale, this is going to be fun. I managed to track down 2 and was about to go extras shopping when the offer of the Eduard kit happened, so now, I have 3 - 1 for me! So, here we go! The last Revell I build was their 1/72 Lancaster, and I was mighty disappointed, but I had been advised that this was a good kit (and fell within budget) and looking through the boxes, I was nicely impressed with the detail and mould quality Starting with the seats, as you do. I was quite happy until I'd finished and looked into the Warpaint book (and the GR4 at Duxford) Great Reference -
  2. Hi all a mojo restarter Not going to reveal what it is yet but I've done the fiddly bits at the end of the build first More to come of course
  3. Another week, another finish, the venerable Revell 1/72 Me 262A: Amazon sent me this as a freebie so why not? Lovely delicate panel lines as good as the Hasegawa and infinitely better than the Airfix in the stash. Fit was mostly excellent, clicking neatly together apart from the smeary and non-fitting canopy: easy fixes and again not worthy of a WIP or tales of angst in their remedy. Added a gun sight from the AZ 109G joy pack that seems to have more spares than parts needed to build their kits! Paints were Mr Color except for the RLM 81 which was AK RLM 81 v3- much more believable than the very green Mr Color version but that is a lengthy discussion involving RLM 83 being blue etc. The RLM 24 on the fuselage band was Tamiya’s XF-8 which to my eye looks the business. The fuselage/wing top balkenkreuz and two colour fuselage band were painted as the kit decals suggested much silvering. The colours for the scheme were suggested by Aeromaster 72-054 which has it as RLM 76/81/83 and a mixture of the Aeromaster sheet and kits decals were used, I opted for a two colour mottle as pretty much anything goes for a late war Me-262. Well it's back to the bench for a quick rag wing Hurricane and setting up a commission build of a 100 Sqdn. Hawk for one of my eBay regulars. Thanks for looking in. Anil
  4. 1/35 Fordson W.O.T. 6 I am only an occasional armour modeller, even less with softskins, so when this one came my way my interest was piqued. It also meant I had to do some research! Fortunately for me the kit is a re-box of one first released by ICM early in 2018, so it wasn't too difficult to get a handle on what's what with it. I did know that Fordson was the commercial arm of Ford UK and that they manufactured vehicles for the British Army, but W.O.T. 6, what's that all about? Apparently it stands for War Office Truck number 6, there being quite a range of Fordson types that entered service. Truck is not really a British term, mostly we have lorries, but I'd guess truck reflects on Fordson's US roots. It was powered by a 3.6 litre V8 developing 75 bhp that could propel it (coincidentally) to 75 mph. Not a massive amount of power, but I'd guess it had lots of torque. It was a 4WD vehicle that featured an additional reduction gearbox to improve ride quality. The 6 was based on the 8 (confusingly out of sequence), but had a longer wheelbase to carry a three ton load. W.O.T 6s were often used close to the front, so some armament could be carried if required, via a circular hatch in the cab roof. They saw service in North Africa, South and North West Europe from 1942 and were also used in the Far East post war. The W.O.T. 6 was developed to match other manufacturers vehicles from the same War Office spec, notably the Austin K5, Bedford QL and Karrier K6 and about 30,000 of them were manufactured. Denmark bought the W.O.T. 6 for their army, the last one being retired in 1974 (if it ain't broke, don't fix it). Now for a geek moment that might stand correction by those that actually know about these things. The most common variant was the GS (could that refer to General Service), but the kit is supplied with a Machinery body, as in machine tools. Think mobile workshop. OK let's progress to the kit itself and what you get, as ever starting with some box art. We have an image of an aggressively posed W.O.T. 6, nicely rendered and appealing to the eye. The box is impressively large for what I guessed would be a relatively small model, also it is marked with a skill level 5. There is a reason for that, the box is satisfactorily full of plastic components and upon removing the instruction booklet it felt pretty thick. It runs to 35 pages with 98 steps, not bad. Let's check out the plastic, first off frame A. This contains the cab, a chassis rail and flatbed ends. There are no obvious areas of flash and detailing on the parts looks to be right up there. Frame B contains the flatbed, sides, another chassis rail, some exhaust bits and a delicately moulded spade, for the use of. More of the same, pin marks are minimal, not in obvious place and should be easy to deal with. Some very nice detailing and I'm glad to see that the designer resisted the urge to add engraved wood graining to the timbers, it's not really appropriate even in the relatively large scale of 1/35 (IMO). On to frame C and this is where it really starts to get complicated. That's the beginning of all the cab interior, engine transmission and suspension. The quality of the moulding and detail is to a very high standard. Here is frame D which is provided in duplicate. This is mostly stuff for the flatbed, including some stowage in the form of Jerry cans and very delicate and fragile looking frames for the canvass tilt. I think there's some lamps also lurking in there. The wheels come in there own separate frames. As with the rest of the kit the wheels are very nicely moulded and detailed. The last knockings is a bunch of ancillary bits and transparencies, plus a small PE fret. The tyres are very nicely done in the rubbery vinyl that auto and AFV modellers must be very used to. The PE fret is welcome (to me) on the basis that it is the only way to properly replicate fine meshes. The transparencies are thin, glossy and whilst not of optical quality, reasonably distortion free. You get a modelst little decal sheet - not many are required - offering two options, either a vehicle of the 7th Armoured Division 'Desert Rats Royal', RASC Hamburg 1945, or one from the 50th Northumbrian Division, Tyne and Tees Division, RA HQ, Holland 1944. The decals are thin with vibrant colours. I'd be a little worried about paint under the white insignia 'grinning', but that might not be a problem. As mentioned previously the instructions are extensive. The kit is sufficiently complex that personally I'd be following them fairly religiously, but YMMV. Old hands may well feel that there are better ways to complete the model. They are too extensive to make me feel like proofing them, but beware, there have been typos, errors and admissions with other sets of instructions. If you do find any don't be afraid to point them out, we pass anything on to Revell and they are grateful to be made aware of any problems. I'm including the fly sheet that has a nice image of a completed model, the paints required and scheme layouts for your use should you need them. Hit the link below for the Full Monty. OK, a few discussion points. I'm not sufficiently qualified in Brit softskins to be able to comment on the accuracy of this kit, but comparing the promo build with images of the real thing it looks pretty good to my untrained eye. The level of detail is very good, verging onto the exquisite in places. I have read in a couple of places that the tyre are post war pattern rather than wartime. Also, in some quarters the fact that the kit represents a Machinery body rather than GS has resulted in a slightly negative press. Yes, the Machinery variant was less common, but a truck is a truck is a truck as far as I'm concerned. In respect of the tyres and the body type it is possible to get resin replacement tyres and also resin machinery to mount in your W.O.T. 6. The fact that these issues have arisen is almost certainly due to the kit being based on an extant and roadworthy example of a W.O.T. 6. There may be some who would query that no canvass tilt is supplied with the kit, which is a fair point, but the reality is that moulded tilts rarely look particularly realistic. Plus if you cover the flatbed with a tilt there's a lot of nice detail that would be lost to sight. My suggestion would be if you really must have a tilt, make your own out of suitable fabric, or even some carefully cut pieces of aeromodeller's tissue applied with white glue. With or without a tilt the finished model should look very good, especially if given an appropriate paint job. I'd recommend this product with little or no qualification to armour/softskin fans in this scale, build carefully and you will be rewarded. I must say it doesn't seem all that long ago when ICM kits were regarded as iffy, but they've really upped their game over the last couple of years, this is a kit that looks like the real deal. Link to instructions Review sample courtesy of Revell.
  5. 1/72 Rockwell OV-10A Bronco The OV-10 was designed to fulfill a requirement for COunter INsurgency (COIN) and as a Forward Air Control (FAC) platform, artillery spotting and directing other airborne assets. The aircraft was intended as an option rather than use helicopters and STOL performance was also required. The design brief for these roles was such that good load carrying, long loiter time and outstanding visibility from the cockpit would be paramount. North American Rockwell (asit then was) adopted a twin boom layout with the cockpit pod placed well forward under extensive bulged glazing. Turboprops would provide the required economy (five and a half hours air time, without additional tanks), whilst also being capable of providing good short/temporary field performance. The stub wings on the lower fuselage were added to smooth out the air flow under the fuselage, whilst providing carriage for weaponry. After testing they were given their distinctive anhedral to ensure stores jettisoned cleanly. With the rear seat removed, it could carry 3,200 pounds of cargo, five paratroopers, or two stretcher patients and an attendant. Broncos saw extensive service in Vietnam and subsequent wars in the middle east. Primary users were the USAF, USMC, USN and the Philippine Air Force, as well as being exported to several other countries, including Germany as a target tug. I remember first seeing this as a kit, by a Well Known Competitor and being quite taken with such an unusual looking machine, naturally a purchase took place. Another kit appeared, this time by Hasegawa, but re-boxed by Frog. Somewhere further down the line Revell released their own kit in 1970. The original Revell tool kit was last released in 1997, but this latest is not Revell tooling, it's an Academy re-box that first saw the light of day in 1999. I'm somewhat taken by the box art and it was sufficient encouragement to make a purchase. Moving straight on to the contents. A few notes relating to the plastic. The mouldings are in the hard plastic usually associated with Academy, feature engraved panel lines and a flash free. The cockpit has detailing commensurate with the time of the initial kit release, not comprehensive, but not bad, assisted with the provision of decal gauges and panels. If you feel so inclined there are aftermarket detail sets available. The separate nose cone arises from Academy offering an OV-10D kit (with long nose FLIR). The cockpit glazing has good transparency and bit spoiled with thickness distortion and the surfaces are very glossy. Gluing the transparent parts might give you the shivers, use white glue and it shouldn't be a problem, although I've been experimenting recently with GS Hypo and it works very well. Ample weapons are provided relating to COIN type missions - LAU-3 and LAU-10 pods, Mk 82 'dumb' bombs, AIM-9 missiles and a 150 gallon fuel tank. The decal sheet is relatively small, but beautifully printed with options for a USN machine in green/grey, or a USAF machine in grey/white. There's also some tiny stencils and stripes for the weapons. If you're seeking alternative schemes, aftermarket is available. The instructions are comprehensive as we now come to expect from Revell. I have sampled the front sheet, required paints and the scheme options for you to look at, hit the link if you want to see the full Monty. After all these years I still find this a very appealing kit subject, probably because I'm a sucker for anything remotely quirky. Academy kits usually go together very easily in my experience so I think I can recommend this Revell re-box with few, if any reservations. Perhaps a nice little weekend project or one to spend over a couple of evenings. Link to instructions
  6. Heres; this weeks finisher: The truly horrible "new tool " Revell 1/72 Spit VB. Words will fail you when see the bad detailing, 0.75mm rivets jutting out of the nose cowls and the canopy buried in thick flash. And wait till you start building, ejector marks everywhere means nothing closes properly, strong CA and grinder just about tamed this into submission. Its wearing the wrong decals for a clipped wing as the right ones turned opaque when applied, Cheers Anil
  7. IAI Kfir C.2 (03890) OK, there are times when a box art sells you the product, right? That was the case with this one, especially as I already knew the plastic in the box was not a new tool, but a re-box of a thirty two year old kit! Why so beguiling? A combination of the multi colour IAF camo with the big splashes of orange in nicely composed setting ticks all the boxes for me. The Kfir (pronounced Ka-fir, so I'm told by a Hebrew speaking friend) came about as a result of a French embargo of military equipment to Israel. Israel went ahead and built unlicensed versions of the Mirage development aircraft that they had been working on jointly with Dassault. It must have been a pretty good effort, because as well as equipping IAF squadrons, the US government leased several dozen aircraft for use in Dissimilar Air Combat Training. The aircraft has been successfully exported to other nations as well as the US. On to the kit, as mentioned above this is a re-box of the Italeri tooled kit that was first released in 1987. The parts look surprisingly fresh, so the tooling has held up very well, or maybe has never been manufactured in huge numbers. Detail is commensurate with its age, the cockpit and seat are pretty basic and the engraved panel lines look a little soft, but overall not at all bad. Here's the plastic. ] The transparencies are clear and well shaped, but there is a bit of distortion evident. The star of the show has to be the decal sheet, it's beautifully designed and printed with strong and opaque looking colours, plus more stencils than you can shake a stick at. Lovely. Only the one scheme, but I'd regard this as an entry level kit. The instructions are not yet up on the Revell pages, I've scanned the header, paint list and paint/decal guide for your information. Let's be honest, this is not a kit that's going to set the modelling world alight, but the plastic is still pretty good, if basic and it is a very pretty subject. The decals alone make it a worthwhile purchase - I got this one for under a tenner, posted (shop around for deals). The much more recent AMK kit is without doubt far superior, but it is more expensive and currently seems to have gone AWOL, so you might find it difficult sourcing one. There's quite a bit of aftermarket knocking around if you want a nice ejection seat, dress up the cockpit or add weapons, but it will bump up your costs. Personally I see this as an ideal stress buster, or something to while away a couple of afternoons or evenings. Recommended to anybody who can't resist that gorgeous IAF scheme. Review sample courtesy of my wallet.
  8. 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'
  9. Leopard 2 A6/A6NL (03281) Confession time: I'm not a big fan of modern armour, but I'm glad I've been given the opportunity to have a look at this kit. This variant of the Leopard oozes menace and in real life it's pretty huge, a feature that is perhaps exacerbated by the elongated turret and long gun - even longer on the A6. Leopard tanks have been around for a while, but the A6 is a variant the appeared mid-noughties and has numerous upgrades over earlier versions. I have to admit it looks pretty cool. For the modeller the Leopard gives you options in respect of it having multiple users and the Hellenic Army (for instance) have their Leopards painted in a very striking scheme that might appeal over that offered in the kit option. Let's have a look at the box art that shows a Leopard emerging from a forest glade with apparent intent. This is a pretty big box (385x245x65mm) and it is crammed full of parts. Sprue A contains the hull sides and lower turret moulding. The kit is based on tooling first produced in 2012, but with additional parts. The mouldings are crisp and well defined as you might expect from a fairly recently developed product. Sprue B contains the hull top, bottom and transom (is that proper tanky jargon?), I've added a Mr Color jar to give a bit of scale. There is 2 x Sprue C containing the nicely moulded wheels and other bits of running. I've captured both sides of the sprues in the same images. Sprue E contains the massive turret components. The remaining plastic sprues are G, H, K and L. Sprue G is the gun and replaces J that is left over from a previous release. This is not referenced in the instructions, but on a seperate correction sheet. You get a bag full of vinyl parts that include tracks, cables and mudflaps. Personally I'm OK with vinyl tracks, the real tank has rubber block type tracks and these are reproduced perfectly adequately and are sharply moulded. They fit together well, with multiple pins and locating holes, although the pins go all the way through and you will need to ensure they're not in a visible place or are covered with some mud/gunge weathering. I'm not sure about the cables, I think replacement with braided wire would be a good thing. The mudflaps are probably pretty much in keeping with the real thing. To round things off you get a short piece of wire (taped to the instructions header), some acetate for cutting into pieces to fit the 'scopes and a nicely printed decal sheet. The instructions tell you to cut the wire into 75mm lengths for the antennae, heat the ends and plunge them into their plastic fittings. I'd rather drill out the fitting with a micro drill and use a dab of superglue. Link to instructions, but here is the header, paint list and paint/decal guide for your information. There are options for tanks in German or Dutch service. One thing I've noticed that not all the decals are referenced on the paint guide, so you might need to look out for them in the main body of the instructions. There's not a lot to choose between the two schemes as they use the same camo layout and there's not many decals to apply to make any real difference. The painting itself will require some skill to execute it effectively. The correction sheet refers to the aforementioned gun sprue and also to incorrect numbering of illustrated parts in Step 28. this is welcome because it suggests that more attention is being paid to proofreading! My overall impression of this kit is very favourable, it looks nicely moulded and crisp as you'd expect with relatively new tooling that has additional parts to render it as an A6/A6NL. A couple of minus points are the hatch m.g. that I feel could have had a little more detail on it, the turret stowage baskets that suffer from the limitations of injection moulding and the engine compartment vents that suffer in the same manner. There is however quite a lot of aftermarket available, including PE sets that address the issues of the baskets and vents, that would be a worthwhile investment to add to the kit. You can also get sets of individual track links if that is your thing. I've seen some nice builds of the original 2012 release on club tables at shows and given that this one is neither the most expensive, nor the cheapest, but somewhere in the middle ground I think it represents pretty good value for money and can be recommended to modern armour fans. Review sample courtesy Revell. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For details visit: Revell Website Revell Facebook
  10. Hi all, for those who don't know me I'm Mrs. Grunhertz and have been building for a few years, mainly figures but have done the odd car, Plane and Sci-fi this is my entry into the build the cheap Revell 1/112 scale x-wing will be starting soon
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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.
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