- Published on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00
1:32 Roland D.VIb
Catalogue # 32107
Available from Wingnut Wings for $69.00 with FREE worldwide shipping
The Roland D.VI first entered service in early 1918, just before the use of 5 colour lozenge was phased out (see notes later), and with its Daimler- Mercedes D.III engine, it was a designed to restore Roland's credibility as a producer of fighter planes, in the face of the earlier, poor performing D.I, D.II and D.III types. Pfalz was also becoming a strong competitor to Roland, with the success of its D.III aircraft.
- Published on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 00:00
1:32 Spitfire Mk.IX Stencils
HGW 'Wet Transfer' series
Catalogue # 232001
Available from HGW for 159,- Kč
Today we have the first product from a brand new line by HGW; the Wet Transfer stencil series. Basically, this means they are water-slide decals, but this really is an area that HGW have never previously tapped, and what better a way to start than to release a set for the iconic Spitfire Mk.IX.
- Published on Monday, 10 March 2014 00:00
1:32 Fokker E.I and Fokker E.IV Super Detail Sets
Catalogue # and price: see article
Available from HGW
The old saying goes that there are only two certainties in life; death and taxes. However, there is a third and that is an HGW full detail set release for each Wingnut Wings kit release. Unlike the first two certainties, this one is something which we certainly won't complain about here at SP&R. The wonderful and highly innovative Jan Bobek from HGW has sent us the very latest sets for the Fokker E.I and E.IV kits.
- Published on Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
New Bf 109G-10 decal sheets from Barracuda Studios
Barracuda Studios is proud to announce two new decal sets in 1/32nd for the new Revell Erla built Bf-109G-10.
The Erla Built Bf 109G-10 is not to be confused with a G-10 fitted with a Erla hood. This variant had a completely unique engine cowling arrangement. The new Revell kit, which is a very nice kit and, for the most part, quite accurate, is the first time this variant has been kitted in injection.
- Published on Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
Department of Correction upgrade roundup
1:32 and 1:48 scales
Check article for product information and links
Available from W&W Model
Today I review another assortment of detail sets from Department Of Correction. This Polish company is still a relative newcomer to the scene, but they already have many useful resin correction sets in 48th and 32nd scale for popular kits. Let's take a look at this latest batch!
- Published on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 00:00
P-47 Thunderbolt with the USAAF in the MTO, Asia and Pacific
Kagero SMI Library Series #7
€15.67 from Kagero
This is the second SMI Library series book covering the P-47. The first, reviewed here, looked at the Thunderbolt's service in Northwest Europe, the theatre whence it derived most of its fame and notoriety. But there was an air war outside the so-called ETO, and this was one in which the P-47 more than played its part: the Jug as it was affectionately known saw action in the Mediterranean, Asian and Pacific theatres, and these areas are the focus of this volume.
- Published on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 00:00
I wouldn't want anyone to think I was obsessed with Jugs but this is the second "Jugs Over ....." kit I will have reviewed! Once again, Eduard have released a Limited Edition in 1500 kits only and once again features the P-47D Bubbletop Jug; this time in the guise of aircraft which served in Italy from 1944 to 1945.
- Published on Monday, 03 March 2014 00:00
1:32 Desktop Bf 109F
Catalogue # IMCZ-003
Available from Hobby Link Japan for ¥30,000
This is one we have seriously been waiting to see for what seems like ages, yet it was only a few months ago that Imcth announced they were releasing a Messerschmitt Bf 109F in their amazing 'Desktop' series of all-metal kits. If you've been living under a rock for those last months, check out our reviews of the jaw-dropping Desktop Mustang and Desktop Zero. I do warn you though, prepare to have your wallet seriously dented in the process. Admittedly, these kits aren't cheap, but you are paying for quite a niche item, and one which will never let you see these aircraft in the same way ever again.
- Published on Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00
1/35 Kadett K38 Saloon WWII German Staff Car
Available from Hannants for £15.50 plus P&P.
The Kadett K38 was developed as a civilian car and was never intended for use with the German military. However due to its reliability, versatility and serviceability it gained great favour with the Wehrmacht being requisitioned for personal transport with the outbreak of WWII.
- Published on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:00
1:48 F6F and F4U upgrade sets
Catalogue # See article for information
Available from Squadron
Today I'll be taking a looks at a couple of 1/48 Corsair sets from True Details. One corrected cowl/prop set for the Hobbyboss F4U-4 kits and a set of wheels appropriate for Corsairs and Hellcats. True Details has a reputation for providing affordable resin upgrades for a wide selection of kits of all scales, so let's see what they have in store this time.
First up is the replacement cowl and prop for the Hobbyboss family of F4U-4 Corsairs. Three versions of this kit have been released (Early, Late, and F4U-4B).
- Published on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 00:00
Kagero Mini TopColors Series
#31 Pz.Kpfw. V Panther In Attack And Defence
#36 Pz.Kpfw. III Family
Over the past few years I think Kagero must have given even the mighty Osprey a run for their money as one of the most prolific publishers of military literature. The number of different types of book sometimes seems almost as vast as the number of titles themselves, with many different variations on a theme. The TopColors series extends across both armour and aircraft, and at the time of writing comprises some forty books. The trend is presently for the 'Mini' variety - these are a slightly smaller but tend to provide decals for all subjects shown, often in multiple scales. One suggestion: if you do see a book covering subjects that you like, especially if it is Luftwaffe and or related to North Africa, then don't hesitate to snap it up; a number of the earlier volumes are now long out of print, with no re-run planned.
- Published on Monday, 24 February 2014 00:00
1:48 Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-10
Catalogue # 81717
Available from Creative Models for £14.99
Today I review the latest installment in Hobbyboss' line of Focke Wulf long-nosed fighters from the Fw190 family – the Fw190D-10. The kit is essentially the same as their D-9, with new sprues for the fuselage and upper gun cowl to depict the D-10 prototype. There isn't too much info on the D-10, as there was only one prototype produced – Fw190 prototype V23 (W.Nr. 0045) which was basically a D-9 with the large Ta152-style tail and the upper gun cowl guns replaced with a center-firing motorkanone. It was designed as an "attack" variant similar to the F-8, so provisions were made for it to carry bombs on centerline and underwing pylons. An interesting subject for sure, let's have a look!
- 1:32 Bf 109G-6 undercarriage legs BRONZE from Eduard
- 1:48 Supermarine Type 300 Spitfire Prototype from AlleyCat
- 1:32 Gloster Meteor F.4 from HK Models
- Me-109 Pilot and US Missile Tiny Tim from Plusmodel
- 1:32 Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 cockpit set from Aires
- 1:32 Me 262 wheels from Eduard
- 1:32 Supermarine Walrus Mk.I from HPH
- 1:32 Me 163B interior and masks from Eduard
- 1:32 Turnbuckles from GasPatch Models
- KAGERO PUBLISHING PRESS RELEASE FEBRUARY 2014
- 1/24 G4 WWII Personnel Car from ICM
- 1:32 Ju 88A-4 detail sets from Eduard
- 1:32 Junkers Ju 88A-4 with bombs from Revell
- Scale Model Addict Magazine #3
- 1:32 B-25H 'Gun Ship' from HK Models
- 1:32 Junkers Ju 88 wheels from Eduard
- 1:48 Figures and Fw 190 upgrades from Ultracast
- 1/35 German PzKpfw.II Ausf.J (VK16.01) from Hobby Boss
- 1:48 Spitfire Mk IX Advanced from Eduard
- 1:32 & 1:48 Fabric Seatbelts from Eduard