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  1. This is Zvezda's 1/35 offering of the T-72B with ERA. I built it as the Indian version called Ajeya. It's paint scheme is that of the Republic Day parade. The main issues were the positioning of the ERA bricks, as they are very different for the Russian one and the Indian one. I would like to thank @Gorby, @Grunhertz, @Mad Steve, @Col. and @Walrusfor the support and laughs along the way. Pictures:
  2. For the past some time, I have been only making foreign vehicles. However, I decided that it would be great if I had an Indian tank in the collection too. I will be doing it in Republic Day parade Camo with minimal weathering. The kit is Zvezda's T-72B with ERA. Obligatory box top shot. The ERA depicted at the front of the turret is different from the Ajeya's ERA, but as they come as individual bricks, I'll arrange them accordingly. The sprues in the box  The look I am going for (I'll tweak it of course) Let me know what you think. I am looking forward to my first build here.
  3. Hi folks. I just bought this: ... partly because I like Russian helicopters but also because I'd seen Quinta Studio's new 3D-printed-on-to-decal-paper cockpit parts and wanted a relatively low-risk project to try them on. It arrived yesterday, and today I made a start. To use the Quinta Studio set there are a few of small consoles the instructions say you have to scratchbuild in order to attach the printed parts to, so I started with that. I've then gone about prepainting most of the interior and fiddly bits. I'd planned to just chuck this together but have ended up painting all the interior parts including the engines. Tomorrow I can begin assembly.
  4. First of 2020. Lovely Zvezda kit, Mr Color paints and Print Scale decals ( well the nose badges only). Tried masking and spraying the main markings and walkways with moderate success, Not really worth the effort for the main markings and but a good test for the wing walkways which always silver or have thick film. It's off to market and see if Covid-19 has created a panic buying for 109Fs yet.. WIP here: Cheers Anil
  5. Well with so much talk of Mojo Loss recently , I decided to to follow my own advice and get this straggler from September done and sold asap. This was the sitrep as of this morning: Decided it's going to be one of these depending on how much masking I'm in the mood for post Xmas. Note these are for F4s not an F2 as per the kit, you'd think I'd care about that wouldn't you? First off , pre-shade...hate it truly but this is a sales job and the punters love this and smoky gun trails Ultra thin RLM 78 misted on and still showing the shading, note the extreme gloss courtesy of the 50/50 paint and Mr Leveling mix. Will return for the top colours on Tuesday as I have a gallery date with a seriously hot redhead at the Tate Modern tomorrow, chardonnay may be drunk... Anil
  6. Zvezda 1/72 Sukhoi Su 57 Another in the line of Sukhoi combat aircraft and successor to the Flanker series. Having watched a video of one in action it goes without saying the performance and handling is of another order and in the now established tradition of aircraft emanating from the Sukhoi design bureau. The planform is very similar to the F-22 and I'm sure the folks at Lockheed-Martin will permit themselves a smile at the thought of Sukhoi 'borrowing' their design. The fact is that when designing to a very specific profile then different design teams are likely to arrive at similar solutions and in any case the Sukhoi has its own signatures in some aspects of the design. The result is an airframe that I personally wouldn't regard as beautiful or handsome, but very striking in appearance. It is also large. Having stood next to a Flanker at RIAT and observed that not only is it large, but that it stands tall over the ground (even a relatively tall person can walk underneath without ducking), it seems that the Su-57 is not shirking in this respect. Apparently NATO has assigned the Su-57 the reporting name 'Felon'. It's quite likely that this particular Felon is pretty stealthy and likely to mug you without warning. Onto the kit which is new this year and recently available in the UK (I got this one at Scale Model World). I've not previously been impressed with Zvezda box art, but this one is a treat with plenty of 'go on, buy me' attitude. It doesn't hurt that this striking looking aircraft wears an equally striking bold, slightly pixelated camouflage graphic. The box consists of a fairly flimsy outer sleeve encapsulating a good, sturdy inner tray (it's quite a job separating the two, the fit is very snug). Top marks to Zvezda for the packaging. The contents generously fill the space and the size of the model is apparent straight away (quoted length on the box outer is 29.5cm). Here's the fuselage/wing upper with a Tamiya jar for scale. The principle parts are the two pieces comprising the wings and fuselage. The mouldings have a slight textured feel to the outer surface with very fine engraved panel lines and detailing. Each half has a generous amount of thickness that will give the model a weighty feel once assembled. There components are completely free from flash. Frame B is a collection of sticky on bits for the outer airframe - intakes, tailplanes, fin/rudders, undercarriage etc etc, plus a fairly rudimentary interior. I doubt that Sukhoi are particularly forthcoming with information about the cockpit and if you buy one of these kits you might want to hang on a bit to see if anybody comes up with some PE enhancements. The seat actually looks pretty good and has a separate harness insert that can be left off if you use the crew figure. The intakes include the gear bay that has a finned effect and delicately moulded liner. Talking about delicate mouldings, check out the crew ladder and associated framing that looks like it might be difficult to remove without breakage! The gear legs and other parts on this frame are all rather nicely done with little or no flash to deal with. Next up, the transparencies. These are thin, glossy and as free from distortion as you can expect. You get two lots of frame D containing tanks, weapons, wheels and burner cans. Everything looks nicely done to a very acceptable level of detail and clean moulding. You also get two of frame K, more weapons! For a weapons junky like myself this is excellent. Slightly out of step, frame F contains a standing and seated crew figure, a nice touch. As is often the case with figures there's a traces of flash and mould lines to scrape, but the sculpting is good and the figures deserve to be posed with the model. The semi-articulated seated figure gives you a little scope to model it in a desired pose. The decal sheet is large, a little larger than A5 format paper. It consists mostly of stencils and warning stripes, although as well as the national insignia and lettering there are some metallic panels that I would assume replicate LED light panels. You also get an instrument panel and consoles for the cockpit. Printing and colour density both look good. If you were expecting decals or masking for the pixel graphics, you're in for a disappointment there are none. The paint/decal guide comes on a glossy, double-sided sheet of A4, amply illustrated and with Tamiya and Zvezda's own brand paint references. Schemes are for two prototypes, the eighth and tenth, plus a 'Future Russian Air Force paint scheme'. This and prototype 10 are quite similar, whereas eight looks a little more colourful. Replicating the pixels is going to be a challenging until one of the aftermarket guys comes up with a precut set, although I have a plan that involves strips of tape chopped up into short lengths. We'll see. The instructions are perhaps the least impressive part of the whole package, not that they are intrinsically bad, but other manufacturers are doing better than thin plain paper. Not that you don't have enough information to complete the model, it's all there including the all important stencil placement. I've separated the pages to scan, in fact the whole lot are on a double sided sheet. So there you have it, the latest offering from Zvezda of the latest offering from Sukhoi. I like the look of this kit a lot, it looks well moulded, has reasonable detail and most importantly lots of weapons/tanks to hang from the wings - oh and that intriguing camo scheme, good luck with that! I'm keen to get this one on the bench, but it's going to have to wait until after Christmas. If you're a fan of stealthy/futuristic aircraft, then this kit is a must, but looking at the overall quality of the product I'd recommend it to all without reservation.
  7. I forgot to drop these Imperial Twins on the forum - here are a pair of the Revell Zvezda Avenger Class star Destroyers I have been focused on over the last week or so now the marathon trek on the R-Cooper kit is over. I've been twiddling with the Sand Crawler in between drying times on these twins - they are ready for the paint shop tonight and were a delight to build and a welcome break from working in resin and all the self-engineering that is associated to resin/garage kits. A combination of Shapeways and Falcon 3D parts were used on 1 of the kits, and the other kit which is 99% OOTB has a single 3D Shapeways printed conning tower spine added. These are expensive kits but are in an absolute league of their own if you don't want to go large on the larger and very rare Anigrand Avenger class destroyer. These are nice bigger kits and have left the old MPC kit way behind on the horizon.
  8. Eduard BF109F4 Weekend edition a comparison History; The BF109 needs no introduction as it along with the Spitfire was in service from day one to the last days of world war 2. The aircraft really came into its own with the emergence of the “E” series (Emil) when the intended powerplant for the aircraft was finally ready in the form of the supercharged Daimler Benz 601 engine, particularly the fact that this engine had Bosch fuel injection which helped no end in combating negative G effects that had a detrimental effect on its contemporary opponents which had a tendency to cut out under negative G (bunting). However the aircraft also had its problems; a narrow track undercarriage fixed to the fuselage instead of the wing to enable ease of transport on railway rolling stock. This gave the aircraft a problem that was never really solved and only got worse as powerplants got more powerful, the torque of the aircraft making ground loops a real probability particularly when taking off or landing on sealed surfaces. Another drawback was the tight confines of the canopy and restricted size of the cockpit. The air assault on South Eastern England also highlighted an aircraft that was intended for an air force designed for close air support of the army and not a strategic air arm. Fuel capacity was very restricted and pilots already hamstrung by having to escort bombers closely then only had twenty minutes over England before having to go back to northern France. One thing that was not lacking was firepower with the best of the “E” series having two machine guns in the cowling and two 20mm cannon in the wings and cannon armament was a real advantage against the 8 .303 machine guns of the RAF. To counter some of the drawbacks the late model E7 introduced a drop tank to increase the range of the aircraft, however this was a stop gap solution because Messerschmitt were working on a new subtype of the aircraft the “F” series (Freidrich). This new aircraft was a real aerodynamic redesign around the DB601 engine. Aerodynamic improvements included rounding off the wingtips to improve wing loading, removal of struts under the tail assembly and a redesigned nose which was smoother and had a fully conforming spinner with a broader propeller. A retractable tailwheel was also fitted. Armament was reduced (something that caused real consternation with pilots as the 2 cowl machine guns were retained and a 20mm cannon was installed to fire through the propeller hub with the cannon breach extending between the rudder pedals into the cockpit. Performance was improved in both top speed, climb rate, turn rate and range, with a reduction in roll rate due to the slightly longer wingspan. The aircraft was first introduced into the western front in the form of the F2 October 1940 however mass deliveries were not made until 1941, early aircraft had oscillation problems with the strutless tail causing aircraft to break up in mid-air, this was addressed on the F2 with straps fitted to the fuselage on the final frame before the tail, the F4 had internal strengthening and then did away with the straps. The aircraft made its real differences in the western desert and the eastern front. With many German pilots amassing huge scores in the 109F with pilots such as Gunther Rall, Erich Hartmann and Hans Joachim Marseille all amassing huge scores. The F4 was probably the zenith of the 109 series as a dogfighter and air superiority fighter. Many pilots claimed that the aircraft got worse with the introduction of the G series which got progressively more powerful with heavier armament and improvements for pressurised cockpits, all of which made a heavier and less manoeuvrable even though it was very much faster. Another drawback was the reduction in visibility from the heavier cockpit framing and the reduction in strategic materials due to a lack of raw materials. Some of these drawbacks were countered but by now the fighter was no match for both the Spitfire ix, P47, P51 and Yak 3 . This countered by a lack of fuel meant that training for flying what was a tricky aircraft to fly lead to more pilots being killed and injured in accidents than enemy action. The purpose of this piece is twofold one is a review of the Eduard Weekend Edition kit but also how the kit compares to the previous best kit of the F4 the Zvezda kit, both kits are around the same price, and neither have Photo etch and resin. Other Kits available of this aircraft include: · Airfix; great shape, but raised panel lines thick canopy and sparse cockpit detail. · Hasegawa; hard to get, questionable dihedral, and not the best decals · ICM reboxed by Revell: looks good built but a really challenging build with questionable fit The other reason I haven’t compared these is I don’t have them! Of course there is the Eduard Profipack and Royal Class kit’s which share the same plastic as the weekend kit but have far more decal options and Photo etched belts instrument panels etc. along with resin parts and masks this doesn’t really compare apples with apples both of these are significantly more expensive than the two kits being covered here. As always some of this is down to taste and what you want from a kit I will try to remain unbiased and leave you to make up your own mind. I tend to find that modellers are generally spit into a few camps: those who want to super detail everything, those who want ease of build, those who want good value and those who don’t mind a bit of work to get a good result. I fall firmly in the last two, but I am generally getting frustrated by the overcomplicated nature of kits these days and have a couple of stalled builds due to this why use one part when twenty will do approach that seems to be the fashion these days. The approach here will be to look at what’s in the Eduard kit and see how that compares to the Zvezda kit and vise versa. The Eduard kit comes in their standard lid type box with four plastic sprues in what is now the standard grey plastic. With a separate clear sprue in a separate bag, there are two sheets of decals and an A4 instruction booklet. The Zvezda kit is packaged in a smaller box with a lid over a fully enclosed box there are 4 sprues of medium grey plastic with a separate clear sprue in a separate bag again. There is one decal sheet and a fold up instruction sheet. Fuselage Eduard have really gone out of their way to get the maximum out of their sprues. And they have different inserts for their tooling, so we have the two fuselage sides that are definitely 109 F filler caps and intakes are in the right place but the rest of this sprue is unused as it contains different cowl covers, fins rudders and Buele for the G series aircraft. This is full length with fine engraved panel lines and rivet detail. Fasteners are well moulded and some sidewall detail is there with locations for inserts for other side wall detail. What is noteworthy here is that this is a one piece fuselage so if you want to add an engine you are going to have to do some cutting. Gun troughs are missing from the cowl to allow different pressings to be fitted so check your references to be sure you have the right ones. The Zvezda kit is a bit more complex as this has separate nose and tail sections which enable you to build either engine exposed or enclosed with separate cowl panels and parts in the engine assembly to be left out you also have separate fins joined at the last panel line with either the strapped F2 fin or the later f4 fin this could lead to fit issues that won’t be there on the Eduard kit but having built the f2 this really isn’t much of a problem. The Zvezda kit also has room for inserts in the interior and this leads shows a similar approach here the Zvezda kit is also rivet less, now this is a matter of taste but I would say rivets on 1/48 is verging on being over scale but the Eduard kit ones are fine, restrained and under paint are just visible. The Panel lines on the Zvezda kit are slightly more faint and care has to be taken not to obliterate them. Wings The Eduard kit wings are a single lower with the correct circular openings and again panel lines and restrained rivets the upper wing parts have the tips moulded on and have the pitot moulded in, I like this touch but there is a chance that this can get broken off but Eduard also supply a spare pitot should this happen. All control surfaces are separate with ailerons showing quite bold rib detail but nice restrained rivets on the flap surfaces. Radiator covers are one piece with separate flap detail for the intake flap. The Zvezda kit takes a slightly different approach with one piece lower section with separate inserts for underslung Rustatz cannon packs again there are separate control surfaces with a more restrained rib detail on the fabric surfaces the flaps are devoid of any detail but the radiator housings have the lower flap moulded as one piece meaning that unless you perform surgery (I did) you can’t drop the flaps properly strangely the Zvezda kit has the intake flaps for the radiators separate. The Zvezda wingtips are separate and require careful lining up whereas but they have separate Navigation light lenses which the Eduard doesn’t. Cockpit The Eduard kit here has a nice well-appointed cockpit with cannon breach cover fitted but this is not done accurately as the breach was not top fitted but went over the breach from the end. To be honest this is no real biggie and will look no different whereas the cover goes over the breach on the Zvezda kit. The cockpit tub has the earlier seat with the back fitted which later F models do not have so check your references. The separate inserts for the fuselage inserts have decals or these can be painted. I personally would paint this as the decals can be a bit unsubtle but the detail is sufficient to allow you to do this. The drop tank fuel pipe is moulded in clear to allow the clear section to be seen, this is a nice touch that I first saw on Revell’s excellent 1:32 Bf109 G6. Trim wheels are separate as you would expect and a nice luggage flap is included for the rear coaming. Decal seatbelts are included whilst not perfect they are better than nothing. I always have a set of Luftwaffe belts on hand anyway but you have the option with the belts. The Zvezda kit is very similar but contains lots of options, both the high and low back seat are included as well as different instrument panels again detail is crisp with nothing really to choose between the two however the fuel pipe on the Zvezda kit is not moulded in clear plastic but apart from that there really is nothing to choose. A plus point for the Zvezda kit is there are seatbelts attached to a very well moulded pilot figure this responds well to a coat of paint and really looks good in the cockpit. Engine Firstly there is no engine fitted to the Eduard kit and this will really help you to make straightforward assembly easy but I have to say I am disappointed with the exhausts on the Eduard kit. They are moulded in one piece (nice after the job of trying to get the exhausts installed on their 1/48 “E” model I was glad to see one piece exhausts on the”F” model. But they have also moulded them to the heat and glare shields. This is going to make Painting a real chore as these will be awkward to reach. The Engine on the Zvezda kit is an absolute gem and one of the best 1/48 inline engines I’ve seen in plastic this does have separate exhausts which are hollowed out nicely on the ends. The engine has to be installed whether you have it on show or not with a different set of cowls supplied for the closed version with no internal bracing moulded in. This modular arrangement can make assembly tricky and if the fit wasn’t spot on this would give you real problems but from experience it all lines up magically well. Undercarriage Eduard detail is wonderfully crisp here and both kits have the Canvas covers inside the wheelwells and the Eduard kit has the scissor links moulded on where as these are separate on the Zvezda Kit. The Zvezda kit detail is a little softer than the Eduard but there is not much to choose between them. Neither kit has brake lines on the legs and these will need to be added but the detail on the covers is just sublime on the Eduard kit and this kit also has stencils to be applied. Mention should be made about attachment of undercarriage legs on both kits whilst different the square peg on the Eduard and the peg and Lugg assembly on the Zvezda both conspire to give perfect alignment of the undercarriage the tail wheel on the Eduard Kit is a three piece affair whilst it’s a one piece affair on the Zvezda kit and it will certainly be easier to paint the three piece tailwheel than the one piece. Clear parts, The Eduard parts really are crystal clear and very thin with correct framing for an “F” version. These also contain a gunsight and separate armoured windscreen the Zvezda clear parts are made from what I can only describe as a softer styrene, I don’t know what it is but whilst it is clear and thin be careful how you work with it. It doesn’t like Klear and feels slightly flexible, this also has a separate windscreen and clear navigation lights for the wingtips. Markings and Decals The Eduard Kit has two options 1, Max Helmuth Ostermann Co of 8/JG54 Russia in May 1942 a really attractive scheme with standard F camouflage with RLM 74/75 over 76 in a splinter scheme with a light overspray of white/very light grey (depending on who you read or speak to) which is soft edged and sprayed on one side totally with the splinter side covered with an RLM 70 overspray mottle. With light patches oversprayed on the wings. Ii have no photos of the aircraft with wheel covers and no wheel covers so make your own choice. 2, F.Schweiger of 6/JG3 Italy in February 1942 RLM 78/79 with a slightly uneven demarcation line. This is more easy to verify and is again a striking looking aircraft. The decals are well printed by Eduard are in perfect register and thin with two sets of stencils, swastikas are included both multi part and single part. The Zvezda Kit has two options for Ostermann’s aircraft the second aircraft is just without the light overspray. The decals are definitely a weak point of this kit whilst they are thin they are matt and slightly out of register. Instructions Eduards instructions are the same as ever and reflect the kind of quality you get from this manufacturer, good clear easy to follow steps with colour call outs naming Gunze paints as well as the colour. Very easy to follow with a clear sprue map and a potted history on the front with colour profiles for the two options on the back cover all big enough to see with a separate profile for stencil placement on the back cover very neat. Zvezda on the other hand is plain paper folded which looks crowded and colour call outs are numbers that relate to an paint manufacturer I can’t recognise (it may be AKAN) and Humbrol this is fine but they remind me somewhat of Revell’s old instructions and I would much prefer a call out of the actual colour e.g. RLM 66 etc. Conclusion Well when I started this comparison I didn’t know what was better and to be honest I still don’t, both have their pros and cons. Surface detail on the Eduard kit is slightly deeper (I’m not saying this is good or bad, it just is!) but certainly not to Airfix levels (nice to see someone hired the mad trencher from matchbox) and it has nice rivet details but again not as deep as Revell’s 1:32 Spitfires. While the Zvezda is restrained on the panel lines so much so that you have to be careful with how much paint you apply. The shape of both kits are spot on. Eduard has better decals and instructions and better clear parts, but those exhausts are really off putting. The under carriage and cockpit are about even in my book with Zvezda just shading it because of the pilot. But Zvezda’s decals are not the best with limited stencils and the instructions whilst following a logical process are very crowded. The engine comes down to Zvezda every time; a, it has a full engine, b, the exhausts are head and shoulders above the Eduard offering with thinner heat shields and hollowed out ends, although it may be pertinent to note that the supercharger intake on the Eduard kit is more accurate (most people would be hard pressed to tell though) the Eduard canopy is far more accurate being for an F not a G but Zvezda have clear nav lights on the wingtips. So as I said at the start it comes down to what sort of modeller you are, if you want value for money both hit the spot, anything under £20.00 for a 1/48 single engine fighter seams good value these days and if you shop around you can get both for close to £15. If you don’t mind the extra work and you want to display an engine go for the Zvezda kit but, if you want ease of build (never thought I’d be saying that when their 1/48 190’s fought me like a pig) go for the Eduard so which is best? To my mind neither I’m certainly not selling my Zvezda 109’s to replace them with Eduard but I’d happily buy and build both and will. Summary Two great kits and well worth the money in anyone’s book and two worthy Freidrich’s to add to the collection. Both samples courtesy of my wallet. But wait there is more! Sean at top-notch has just sent me Jpegs of the new mask sets for 109F’s and G’s which I am happy to share here. I have been using his masks for some time now and can confirm that they have been researched fanatically by Sean and are without doubt the most user friendly I have used, going on easily and giving fantastic results.
  9. Hi everyone! Here's my latest project done. This is the excellent Zvezda 1:72 MiG-29 in S model (izdeliye 9.13) built in the markings of aerobatic group Strizhi (Swifts). You can access full article with photogallery here: https://vvsmodelling.com/2016/10/23/mig-29-9-13-fulcrum-c-swifts/
  10. Hi everyone Here's the first blog post of my current project, Zvezda's 1:72 MiG-29 9.13 in the markings of aerobatic group Strizhi (Swifts). Link to he blog: https://vvsmodelling.com/2016/10/12/mig-29-9-13-swifts-pt-1/
  11. Hi there, here is my Mil Mi-24 A from Zvezda in 1/72 scale that I did some time ago. This build was featured in Meng Air Modeller issue 65. Most of my scratch build efforts went in the cockpit as it was pretty bare. Otherwise this is a great kit. INBOX REVIEW The whole build you can find on the link: To The Mi-24 Hind A Build Article All comments and critiques are appreciated. Best regards Metodi
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