- Published on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00
1:32 Spitfire Mk.II instrument panel
Cataloge # YMA3201
Available from StoryModels for £5.19
I remember having real fun when I built the test shot of the Revell 1:32 Spitfire Mk.IIa last year. The kit isn't perfect, by any means, but one quirk I had to deal with at the time was the rebuilding of the instrument panel which was reversed. Revell actually fixed this and made quite a nice job of it, but if painting and super-detailing instrument panels isn't one of your preferred tasks, then Yahu have come up with a solution. This, with some minor plastic surgery, will give you the very ultimate in cockpit focal points.
- Published on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00
1:32 PBY-5A Catalina Cutaway 'Limited Edition'
Catalogue # CUT 3201L
Available from HPH for 385 Euros
The beautiful Catalina needs no presentation... It's simply one of the most beautiful seaplanes made (alongside with the Walrus... and the Felixstowe... and the Brandenburg W.29). So as I know that it will be a long review, I will skip the brief intro history... Is the Cat you know!?...
HpH already set its place in the modelling market, giving the modeler large scale planes or large planes with a very high level of detail and accuracy. So when I was told that Catalina Cut-away kit was on the way, I start dancing around the table like a little kid! I was delighted with the opportunity to make HpH Cutaway Catalina review.
- Published on Monday, 26 January 2015 00:00
Kagero Monographs 3D edition #54 (3054)
Junkers Ju 87 D/G (Vol. I)
Written by: Marek J. Murawski, Marek Ryś
Available here from Kagero for € 20,65
Kagero has become by far my most favorite publisher with their steady stream of 3D rendered supporting images in their publications. What we have here is the Monographs (a term indicating the description of a single subject) 3D edition covering the Ju 87 D and G variants. The second volume is also available which takes a closer look at the history of the final production 'Dora' versions. Actually when you buy the first volume, I recommend buying the second volume too, because the 3D rendered detailed areas of the Ju 87 are complimentary. Volume one covering the canopy, gear and external details. Volume 2 (#3055) covering cockpit (seat, gunsight) etc...
- Published on Friday, 16 January 2015 00:00
1:32 WW1 aircraft accessories
Catalogue # see article for codes and price
Available from StoryModels
Taurus Models have been a little quiet of recent, but that doesn't mean they are just sitting on their laurels. There have been a small number of releases over the last months, and they might just have slipped your radar, so today we thought we'd bring these to you. Don't plan your next WW1 project until you've seen what's on offer here.
- Published on Thursday, 15 January 2015 00:00
1:32 and 1:24 Luftwaffe cowl latches
Catalogue # See article for code and price
Available from StoryModels
If you like to pose your model's cowlings open, or indeed wish to do so for a maintenance diorama, then the various aftermarket companies serve us well in respect of the resin and PE internal sets, such as engines, weapons bays etc. Where they do fall down in many respects are with supplying cowl latches for Luftwaffe machines. Cowls were very typically secured with an adjustable clip-latch which was packed full of tension in order to beat the airframe and vibration stresses placed upon them.
- Published on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 00:00
1/32 Bf109G-6 and G-14 Upgrades
Catalogue # see article for code and price
Available from Barracuda Studios
Today we have a look at a few new sets from Barracuda Studios for 1/32 Bf 109G-6's and G-14's. The new Revell 1/32 Bf 109G-6 has been well-received and inspired a recent surge in upgrades from many aftermarket companies. BarracudaCast is well known for their exceptional resin detail sets and decals, so let's have a look at some of their recent releases.
- Published on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 00:00
1/32 Spitfire Mk.I-V Upgrades
Catalogue # see article for price and code
Available from Barracuda Studios
Today we have a look at a few new sets from Barracuda Studios for 1/32 Spitfire Mk.I-V's. These were designed with the the new Revell 1/32 Spitfire Mk.IIa in mind, but most can be used on any Mk.I-V kit. The new Revell kit has been well-received and BarracudaCast is well known for their exceptional resin detail sets and decals, so let's have a look at some of their recent releases.
- Published on Monday, 12 January 2015 00:00
1:32 Felixstowe F.2a Early
Catalogue # 32050
Available from Wingnut Wings for $269.00 with FREE Worldwide shipping
In this review I would like to focus on the differences between the Felixstowe F.2a early vs. late. We reviewed the 'Late' version of the Felixstowe HERE. For some reason the majority of modelers I know tend to opt for the late version with it's open cockpit and more streamlined upper deck. A somewhat un-orthodox development, since many planes from this era showed cockpits closing more around the pilot as the years progressed. On the other hand the closed glazed cockpit as featured on the first Curtiss 'America' plane (designed to cross the Atlantic) will have lost it's purpose for protection against the elements with the new role the F.2a got during the war: battling other seaplanes (as the W12 Brandenburg), ships and U-boats.
- Published on Friday, 09 January 2015 00:00
Tommy's War 1/35 (54mm) Crossley Light Tender 20/25 RFC.
Tommy's War 1914-1918 in miniature
Available direct from Tommy's War for £60.00 + £6.50 P&P.
A Brief History
Crossley had been supplying the Royal Flying Corp with the 20/25 model since 1913. Come 1914 and the outbreak of WWI they already had 56 of these vehicles at their disposal. Incredibly when the armistice came around over 6000 had been produced by order of the War Office with the RFC and other military branches benefiting, a quite staggering accomplishment from Crossley.
- Published on Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:00
1:16 Aero Daimler Motor 120-hp
Catalogue # WMM16001
This is my first kit review. I mentioned this little gem to James a while ago, and he nearly clawed his way into my living room to get a look. The kit is the lovely (not) so little 1/16 Austro-Daimler 120hp Aero engine kit no 16001 from Wiener Modellbau.
- Published on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 00:00
Tommy's War 1/32 Despatch Rider WRAF 1918.
Tommy's War 1914 – 1918 in miniature.
Catalogue # TW54AO1
Available to purchase directly from Tommy's War for £14.00 + £4.50 postage and handling.
Tommy's War 1914-1918 is owned by Darren Parker Mead who is the inspiration behind this highly successful and specialized manufacturer of figures, vehicles and artillery pieces. The company has been in operation since 2011 quickly expanding and establishing itself as a market leader providing superb high end quality kits for the discerning modeller. The rapidly increasing range covers the British and empire Army, Navy and Air Force of WWI with this latest offering being a first for the company....... The release of a female figure.
- Published on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 00:00
1/32 Bristol M1c "Wartime Colours"
Catalogue # SH32057
Available from Special Hobby for € 43,-
I think it was 3 years ago when I walked the stalls at Telford while spotting the 1/32 Alley Cat full resin Bristol monoplane kit. Such a cute subject that would look so cool next to my Fokker Eindeckers! Not being a huge fan of full resin kits, I decided to contain my enthusiasm and wait till I could get this cheap > cheaper. There was one thing about the Alley Cat kit that worried me. The heavy resin wings that have no support other than the rigging. I imagine the EX-line rigging I use would have no to little effect... When I first saw pictures of the Special Hobby kit on the net I got confused. It was mastered with a combination of old fashioned craftsmanship and 3D cat drawings that were 3D printed. Alfred Riedel posted his progress on a model forum and at first I mistook them for the Alley Cat kit. Not expecting two companies to offer this subject!
- 1:32 Felixstowe F.2a Late from Wingnut Wings
- 1:48 F-4B upgrade sets from Eduard
- 1:32 and 1:24 Textile seatbelts HGW
- 1:48 MiG-21PFM interior gray from Eduard
- 1:32 Horten Ho 229 from Zoukei-mura
- 1:32 Do 335 detail sets from Profimodeller
- 1/24 Bentley 4.5L Blower from Revell
- 1:32 MiG-15 Engine from Profimodeller
- 1:32 Focke Achgelis Fa 330 from Fly Model
- 1:32 F4U-1A Corsair Engine Bay from Grey Matter Figures
- 1:32 Gloster Meteor F.4 Volumes 1 & 2 from Pheon Decals
- 1:32 de Havilland Sea Hornet NF.21 from HpH
- Panzerjäger 38(t) Hetzer & G-13 Vol.1 from Kagero
- Bos Model Claw from Johan Bos
- SEA (Vietnam) US Military Helicopter Set from Noy's Miniatures
- 1:48 Ansaldo S.V.A.5 'International from Fly Model
- 1:48 Folland Gnat T.1 from Airfix
- 1:48 Siemens Schuckert D.III decals from Pheon Decals
- 1/32 Arado Ar 234 B-2 German Reconnaissance Bomber from Fly Model
- 1:32 Hansa-Brandenburg W.12 Early from Wingnut Wings