- Published on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:00
1:32 Me 163B Komet cockpit set
Catalogue # 2198
Available from Hannants for £15.50
It's taken some time, but we now finally have a complete cockpit upgrade for the recent Me 163B Komet kit from Meng. This isn't the first upgrade path for this model, with a series of excellent Eduard photo etch sets being released this year. Read our review here. However, this aftermarket set from Aires, comprises a whole cockpit tub replacement in resin, with a small fret of PE parts for those finer details.
- Published on Monday, 22 September 2014 00:00
This is Eduard's second Limited Edition Phantom release, utilising the excellent Academy sprues again. We previously saw this plastic recently with the Good Morning DaNang! release. It is generally accepted that the Academy kit is one of the best and most accurate 1:48 Phantom kits on the market, and Academy only released the Phantom themselves in 2012, so this is actually quite a fresh release, in terms of plastic content. Seizing upon the opportunity to make the most of this popular kit again, Eduard have now released this new Limited Edition kit, called 'Bicentennial Phantoms', utilising the patriotic schemes which some Phantoms were starting to starting to wear in the run up to the 200th Anniversary of American Independence. Of course, it is fitting that this kit itself was released in the run up to the recent Independence Day celebrations too.
- Published on Monday, 22 September 2014 00:00
1:32 Fokker D.XXI Development
It's a shame that when you mention the word 'Fokker', the only aviation you associate this with are the WW1 German aircraft. Fokker himself was Dutch, and it was mainly for monetary reasons that Germany is the country associated with his designs. After the Great War, Fokker continued his work, and designed a number of civilian and military types, of which the Fokker D.XXI fell into the latter category. Of course, Silverwings are the darlings of the interwar period, and their next release in resin will bring us this very aircraft, in the same amazing detail for which they are now famous. We have some photos here for you, and of course will bring you further news and images as soon as we are sent it. Until then, enjoy!
- Published on Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
1:35 Rheinmetall-Borsig Flugabwehrrakete Rheintöchter R-III
Catalogue # 35019
Available from CustomScale for €89.00
Germany produced some of the weirdest and not-so-wonderful weapons of the war, and most certainly some of the most frightening, in terms of possibility. There's truth in the fact that adversity influences innovation, and whilst some nations still operated biplanes in 1939, it's a chapter which ended with jet and rocket flight, and ultimately with the atomic bomb. On the positive side, many of those innovations, borne out of desperation, are still with us today in some form. Technologies which Germany played with in terms of aircraft design can be seen in modern military aircraft, and even in commercial airliners. Looking purely at the military side of things, the surface to air missiles which are a common weapon in today's military arsenals can be traced directly back to their origins in Germany's experimental weapons trials which were conducted throughout the war.
- Published on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00
CONFESSIONS OF A WINGNUT WINGS VIRGIN
His hands trembled as he nervously began to remove the parts from the sprue.
'It's my first time, please be gentle with me.....'
I had wanted to get my hands on one of Wingnut Wings kits for some time, but had been put off by my perception of the complexities of these WW1 machines. So when the opportunity arose to build the Bristol F.2B Fighter I decided to throw off my inhibitions and dive wantonly into this new sensual experience......
- Published on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 00:00
1:48 Focke-Wulf Ta 154A-2/U4 conversion set
Catalogue # AC48049C
Available from A2Zee Models for £22.00
It's a shame that the German 'Moskito' is an often under-represented model on the club stands and at shows. There's no doubt that the Focke-Wulf Ta 154 is an unusual looking machine, looking like a nose sitter that wishes to try its hand at tail sitting, and with the engines in line with the cockpit, which harkens to the DH Mosquito. It was also of a 'high-wing format'. The Ta 154 was designed as a nightfighter, but its performance wasn't great, and only a few were built. Despite there being great plans for this machine, it seems that being used for the bomb component of a Fw 190-piloted Mistel, was perhaps its ultimate destiny. A shame really. Like the DH Mosquito, the Ta 154 was also of wooden construction, in order to save strategic materials, i.e. metal.
- Published on Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00
1:32 and 1:48 Wet Transfer Stencils (Various)
Catalogue # see article for code and price
Available from HGW
This, of course, isn't the first time we've looked at the new series of Wet Transfer from HGW, but this series is now expanding quite rapidly. We have been sent the latest releases in 1:48 and 1:32, so we'll take a look at each set independently, and what they offer the modeller, over the standard, traditional decal.
- Published on Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
1:35 Conversion Sets for Pz. Kpfw IA and Pz. Kpfw IB
Catalogue # BM102, BM103, BM107 and BM111)
Available from Brach Model for € 28 to €32
Brach Model always gave the modelers, exotic models and conversions sets that enhance your model and make then a show stopper. And always at the highest quality as you can also tell for the last items release by Brach full reviewed on LSM. Today we got four of the nine new conversions sets release by Brach Model, which we will analyze with attention
- Published on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00
GERMAN TRAMCAR 641
(Straβenbahn Triebwagen 641)
Available from any good model shop
The Trams/trolleys were the primary people movers on the big European Cities until the 80s. I distinctly remember in the early '80s still there trams in the city where I live in Porto, Portugal ,and along with buses, was the best way to travel in public transport around the city.
- Published on Monday, 08 September 2014 00:00
Eduard's spectacular Spitfire Mk.IX is well established as the best of the mark in 1/48 and one of the best in any scale. Accurate shape and dimensions that have eluded so many kits in the past have been captured well by Eduard, and that paired with superb detail, clever engineering and competitive pricing have made this a very popular kit. Eduard raised the bar for injection-molded plastic kits with their Spitfire. Add to that the extensive line of excellent Brassin sets that are extremely detailed and mostly drop-fit, if a little pricey, and you've got the makings for a killer combo.
- Published on Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00
Eduard takes us off the beaten track with a ProfiPACK kit of a different kind. We are of course well use to their delectable ProfiPACK aircraft subjects but on this occasion the armour genre takes the spotlight with their offering of the Academy kit released just last year (2013).
- Published on Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00
1:32 Messerschmitt Bf 109H conversion
Catalogue # AC32037C
Available from A2Zee Models for £20
Have you ever wanted to try something different when it comes to large scale Bf 109 models? The endless stream of Emils, Friedrichs and Gustavs can become a little samey, even to ardent Luftwaffe fans. Alley Cat have never shied away from producing conversion sets to help the modeller create something a little more unusual when it comes to the Emil (with A, B, C and D conversions available), and now they've turned their attention to the new Revell 1:32 Bf 109G-6. This set will let you build this sleek aircraft as the not-quite-so-sleek Bf 109H, high altitude fighter.
- 1:32 decal sets for WNW 2A2 Salmson kits from Pheon Decals
- 1/32 Gloster Meteor Engine from Profimodeller
- 1:32 Gloster Meteor F.8 conversion from Fisher Models
- 1:24 Typhoon Cockpit Instrument Decals from Airscale
- 1:24 Hawker Typhoon Mk.1B from Airfix
- 1/32 Spitfire Mk.1a decals from Eagle Editions
- Aces High Magazine Issue 1 from AK Interactive
- 1/48 Bf 109G Eduard Brassin upgrades for Eduard kit from Eduard
- 1/32 Bf109G-10 and K-4 Upgrades from Barracuda Studios
- 1/32 Gloster Meteor Upgrades from Profimodeller
- 1:35 NSU Sd.Kfz.304 "Springer" from Brach Models
- 1:35 AEC Mk III Armoured car from MiniArt
- Various 1:35 & 1:32 barrels from RB Models
- 1/32 DFW C.V 'Late Production' from Wingnut Wings
- 1:32 Nose detail for B-25 Gun Ship from Profimodeller
- 1:35 Fordson WOT-2D from Plusmodel
- 1/32 Trooper, 9th (Queens Royal) Lancers, Elouges 1914 from Tommy's War
- 1:32 DFW C.V Mid Production from Wingnut Wings
- 1:48 Airspeed Oxford Mk.I/II 'Royal Navy' from Special Hobby
- 1:32 B-25 Gun Ship cockpit detail set from Profimodeller