- Published on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00
1:48 MiG-21PFM interior – gray
Catalogue # 648185
Available from Eduard for 25,95 €
Bunny Fighter Club price: 22,06 €
Late last year, we reviewed Eduard's new-tool 1:48 MiG-21PFM 'Cold War Tarantula' ProfiPACK release, and of course, following the kit release, we saw a swathe of aftermarket accessories and upgrade sets which were tailor-made by Eduard, to further enhance what was already a superb kit release. However, if your MiG-21PFM doesn't have that lurid, but nonetheless attractive Soviet turquoise interior, then the original interior release won't really be any good for you. Instead, you're going to need something more suited to the grey interiors that some of these machines had. Eduard has answered your prayers...
- Published on Monday, 15 December 2014 23:09
1:32 Horten Ho 229
Catalogue # SWS No.8
Available from Zoukei-mura for ¥13,800 (+fee)
The very seed of the Horten Ho 229 project, was sown by the harsh restrictions which were forced upon Germany when she signed the Armistice at the end of The Great War. Whilst many civilians were facing untold hardship and starvation in the closing stages of the conflict, and her armies were on retreat, they still had reasonable strength that, had things been different, could have turned the tide of the war in Germany's favour. As a result, many within Germany saw the restrictions imposed by the Treaty of Versailles, as being the equivalence of military castration. Those restrictions did lack something though, and those were certain technologies which were seen to be non-militaristic, and even folly. These were the development and pursuance of activities such as gliding, and jet and rocket propulsion. As gliding become popular in 1920's Germany, leading proponents of future technologies, began to appear.
- Published on Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00
1:32 Do 335 detail sets (For HK Models kit)
Catalogue # see article for price and code
Available from Profimodeller
I was lucky enough to recently build a test shot of the new Dornier Do 335B-2, from HK Models. This was, apart from an HGW seatbelt set, an entirely out of box experience which was published in issue #43 of Military Illustrated Modeller. It had to be an OOB build, simply because there were no specific aftermarket sets out for it at that time. That's the beauty of working with test shots. However, the first company, to my knowledge, to release upgrade/detail sets is Profimodeller, and today we take a look at these four new sets, and what they offer, above standard kit detail.
- Published on Friday, 12 December 2014 00:00
1/24 Bentley 4.5L Blower
Catalogue # 07007
Available from all good model shops for £19.99 RRP
I have an eclectic taste when it comes to modelling. If it takes my fancy (!) I will generally go for anything - be it aircraft, ships, sci-fi, motorcycles or cars. Note that armour is not included....so far. I have Paul Fisher's beautiful 1/24 resin Jaguar 'D' Type, various Shelby Cobras and even a Fujimi HiLux. At present I am continuing a long running battle detailing the 1/12 Airfix Bentley - something that has been going on (and off) for over 18 months. I reviewed the latter for this website awhile back when it was re-released for its third boxing and I wasn't very complimentary about (a) the packaging and, (b) the cost. I love the model but baulk at (a) when accompanied by (b) - the exorbitant RRP price of £99.99 - although some retailers are now reducing this. The review was published in January, 2013, and can be seen here.
- Published on Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:00
1:32 MiG-15 Engine (for HpH release)
Catalogue # 32119
Available from Profimodeller for 1590,00 CZK
I have to say, I adore the very early jet aircraft. This was of course a technology which was still frighteningly new when the MiG-15 first took to the skies in 1947. Only two years earlier, the Messerschmitt Me 262 was still in operational use, being the world's first mass-produced jet fighter to enter front-line service. With the collapse of the Third Reich, Russia trialled much German technology, and only had limited success with their reverse engineering of both the Jumo 004 and BMW 003 jet engines. For their next generation of fighters, the Russians opted to buy the British Rolls Royce Nene power-plant, and reverse engineer this for their own purposes. To say the Russians were amazed that such technology was so easily purchased from the British Labour government, is a severe understatement. After purchasing the engines, Russian engine designer, Vladimir Klimov set to work and designed/developed the Klimov RD-45. A later attempt by Rolls Royce to rightfully claim a licence fee, ultimately failed.
- Published on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:00
1:32 Focke Achgelis Fa 330
Catalogue # 32007
Available from Fly Model for
Let me set the scene for you:
Sunday, 9th November, 2014, IPMS Scale Model World, Telford.
I was sitting at a table in the Hall 1 refreshment area with Webmeister James Hatch and administrator Jeroen Peters, both, I have to say, resplendent in their HKM/Large Scale Modeller 'T' shirts. We were having a general conversation on modelling – or was it the rather well-endowed young lady selling the coffees? Whatever, I am sure they won't mind me recording the fact that I detected evidence of 'tiredness' etched into their handsome faces. Could it be a sign of 'show weariness', or perhaps something associated with a 'great time had by all' the previous evening – I suspect the latter! Hey, it is Telford after all - it comes but once a year - they'll get over it!
- Published on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 00:00
1:32 F4U-1A Corsair Engine Bay (for Tamiya kit)
Grey Matter Figures
Catalogue # GMALB3203
Available from Grey Matter Figures for £26.40
In actuality, this new set from Grey Matter Figures isn't an engine bay set, but what it does provide is the hardware to the rear of the engine bulkhead panel, on Tamiya's new Corsair releases. Tamiya does a good enough job of the engine anyway, and of course, there is an Eduard Brassin release, should you want to go the full aftermarket route. Up until now, however, you've had to option to open things up further. Let's take a look at this set and see what it offers, and how easy it looks to implement.
- Published on Monday, 08 December 2014 00:00
1:32 Gloster Meteor F.4 Volumes 1 & 2
Catalogue # 32054 & 32055
Available from Pheon for £12.75 each, plus P&P
We usually associate Pheon Decals with WW1 decal releases, so these two new sets came as a big surprise to me, but certainly a very welcome one. Aftermarket decal sets for the new HK Models Gloster Meteor F.4 are few and far between, so Rowan and Sabine redress the balance a little with these new sets, containing two very attractive schemes each.
- Published on Thursday, 04 December 2014 00:00
1:32 de Havilland Sea Hornet NF.21
Catalogue # HPH32024R
Available from HpH for €184,00
When we think of de Havilland, perhaps the type which most comes to mind is the Mosquito. The versatile 'Wooden Wonder', whilst being used for just about every conceivable type of mission, also provided the de Havilland team with a wealth of technical information which would later be used to develop their next fighter design; the Hornet. This aircraft took the wooden fighter concept to the very stage, incorporating split landing flaps, laminar flow wing, and a lower wing surface and ailerons which were bonded with an aluminium skin, allowing for greater airframe stresses. The Hornet also had slimline Merlin engines whose propellers rotated in opposite directions, reducing torque, and the need to lean on the stick whilst taking off. A great field of view was afforded to the pilot, due to the cockpit being placed right at the front of the nose.
- Published on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 00:00
Panzerjäger 38(t) Hetzer & G-13 Vol.1
Photosniper 3D #14 (0014)
Written by: Mariusz Motyka, Hubert Michalski, Mike Koenig, Stafan Draminski
Available from Kagero for € 20,65
I've always had a soft spot for the Hetzer tank. Compact and functional in design adorned with a wide variety of pretty cool camo schemes. This subject has been issued in 'our scale' by a couple of companies: Tamiya, Dragon and Academy to name a few. It's not too hard to find good reference material as quite a number of examples survived the war and the fact that Switzerland used their G13 variant after the war. From the top of my head I can name about 3 museums in my vicinity that have one on show: The Army Museum in Brussels, Wings of Liberation Museum in Best (Netherlands) and the National Military History Museum in Diekirch (Luxemburg). Once a year the museum in Overloon (Netherlands) host a military vehicle show where a driving / functional Hetzer can be seen and even be hitched a ride on.
- Published on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 00:00
Bos Model Claw
By Johan Bos
Available from Johan Bos for € 75,- (Adjustable arm not included)
With the sudden surge of WW1 biplane models, the 'need' for a tool or jig to hold all those wings in place in order to align them and apply the rigging without damaging your model became imminent. We saw the Aeroclub Biplane assembly jig for instance. It allowed to carefully set the jig to the right angle of attack and make sure everything lines up. See photo as used by Paul Thompson:
- Published on Monday, 01 December 2014 00:00
SEA (Vietnam) US Military Helicopter Set
New, from Noy's Miniatures
Noy's Miniatures has added a new offering to their expanding range of photo-realistic, high quality card-stock : An SEA (Vietnam) US Military Helicopter set. It is offered in two versions, each in the popular 1/48, 1/72 & 1/144 scales. This unique and innovative set is aimed at the many enthusiasts of the Vietnam conflict military aviation the world over, and is provided in the following two authentic versions:
- 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
- 1/35 M4A1 ProfiPACK from Eduard
- Punch & Die and Rivet Making Tool from RP Toolz
- 1:32 Seatbelt sets, microfiber from HGW
- 1/32 Corrected Oil cooler and Rotol Propeller from Eagle Editions
- 1:32 Arado Ar 234B-2N from Fly Model
- Diorama Accessories Sets from Plusmodel
- 1:35 EPS SPRINGER from MMK
- 1/32 Italeri F-104G detail sets, Eduard
- 1:32 AMC DH.9 interior (for Wingnut Wings kit) from HGW
- 1:48 Roland D.VIa/b 'Otto Kissenberth' from Fly Model
- 1:32 Bristol M.1C 'Checkers and stripes' from Special Hobby
- DH. Mosquito 'Bomber' - COMING IN JANUARY! from HK Models
- 1:32 F4U-1 cockpit from Eduard
- Eduard 1:48 SSW D.III 'First Look'
- 1/48 P-40B/C and Tomahawk Seats from Ultracast