- Published on Monday, 23 February 2015 00:00
1:32 Supermarine Spiteful F14
Resin kit with white metal parts and photo etched steel parts
Available for € 115 directly from Iconicair.
Who is Iconicair?
Founded by fellow modeller Graham French Iconicair aims to provide quality resin conversion sets and kits. The first product was a replacement cowling set and spinner cone for the Matchbox/Revell Spitfire 22/24. This set really improves the look of the ancient Spitfire. After that a very detailed battery starter was produced. Following these sets we have the company's first complete resin kit. Shortly after Telford the kit became available. Since some items of the kit have been altered and improved such as the design of the wings, wheelbays and canopy.
- Published on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00
1:35 Detail sets for Tamiya Mk.IV Male
Catalogue # see article for price and code
Available from Eduard
I have to admit it. I recently succumbed and bought the new Tamiya Mk.IV 'Male' tank when I attended the Bolton IPMS model show in January. The thing it, I'm an aircraft guy. Wingy things are about all I really know, but I really couldn't resist this when I saw it for sale with a trader. My main area of interest is World War 1, so I felt that I could sort of extend my remit to the rather brutal and agricultural-looking Mk.IV tank. I once built the Emhar kit (much maligned IMHO), and my friend finished that for me while I had other commitments, so now it was time to redeem myself. Those purveyors of the PE aftermarket set, Eduard, have just sent me TWO new sets designed for this model, so let's see what they offer.
- Published on Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00
Legends of Aviation in 3D #1 (99001)
Fokker Dr.I (The aces' aircraft)
Written by: Marek Rys and Tomasz J. Kowalski
Available here from Kagero for € 30,00
After being blown away with the Kagero Fokker D.VII 3D book, here's one that exceeds my previous enthusiasm. With the Fokker D.VII book being number 2 in this title's range, I'm surprised I haven't seen this book before. Maybe it just took longer to finish and publish. What I do know is that this title is 10 euro's higher in prize than the D.VII title. Has a hard cover, instead of the soft cover D.VII book, a higher page count en some additional goodies.
- Published on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 00:00
1:48 SAAB JA37 Viggen
Catalogue # TA4803
Available from Hannants for £64.99
The iconic SAAB 37 Viggen was a Swedish multirole aircraft which was introduced into service in 1971 and finally retired in 2005. It was a short/medium range aircraft that performed with success in a range of roles including reconnaissance, maritime surveillance and of course as a fighter aircraft. The Viggen was designed to replace the SAAB 32 Lansen and the SAAB 35 Draken in their respective roles. The canard configuration used for the Viggen, was designed to increase agility, and the design itself stemmed from an agreement between the US and Sweden, in which they offered to share aeronautical designs and developments. This made sense to the USA at a time when then perhaps feared a Soviet attack against Sweden.
- Published on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 00:00
1/48 Upgrades for Eduard Spitfire IX & Me 262
Catalogue # see article for code and link
Available from Ultracast
Today we have a look at a few new sets from Ultracast for Eduard's spectacular 1/48 Spitfire IX, plus a pair of resin seats for 1/48 Me262's. Ultracast specializes in very high quality resin sets for 48th scale kits, as well as some very nice figures in several scales. The high level of detail and ease of prep and installation, as well as reasonable prices, make Ultracast products a very attractive option. So what do we have from them this time? Let's have a look.
- Published on Monday, 09 February 2015 00:00
1:700 SMS Lützow 1916
Catalogue # FH1301
Available from HobbyEasy for around £20
SMS Lützow was one of the participants in the Battle of Jutland, in 1916, and suffered damage so severe in that conflagration, that she had to be scuttled. Lützow was built in Danzig, and was launched less than a year before the world was set alight with what was to become known as The Great War. She was a product of the times, when countries were rearming in order to produce a visible deterrent to possible aggressor nations which joined the highly emotive stage of European politics of this time. SMS Lützow was a battle-cruiser that had a displacement of 26,000 tons, a length of 690 feet, and a beam of 95ft. She was certainly an impressive vessel for the time, and bristled with 26 guns of various calibres, and also carried tube-launched torpedoes. She was partially commissioned in 1915, with full service commission being granted in March 1916. Her short service life saw her engage in furious action against several enemy vessels and being a part of their destruction, before herself being badly damaged at the Battle of Jutland. When she was scuttled, her service life was only around 3 months. Her wreck is now a designated war grave due to the battle fatalities than had to be left on-board when she was abandoned.
- Published on Friday, 06 February 2015 00:00
1:48 Westland Wessex HAS.1
Catalogue # 2744
Available from Hannants for £29.99
The Wessex helicopter was built by Westland Aircraft under licence from Sikorsky, being a development of their S-58. Where the Wessex varied though was with its engine installation. Instead of the standard piston engine used on the Sikorsky, Westland modified the Wessex to incorporate two Rolls Royce Gnome turboshaft engines. After first flights on the prototype in 1958, the Wessex was commissioned for service in 1961 and was remained in production up until 1970. It was eventually withdrawn from British service in 2003, when a total of 356 had been built.
- Published on Thursday, 05 February 2015 00:00
1:32 OV-10D "Bronco"
Catalogue # HH32003
Available from Hannants for £59.99
The Bronco - Wikepiedia Entry
The North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco is a turboprop light attack and observation aircraft. It was developed in the 1960s as a special aircraft for counter-insurgency (COIN) combat, and one of its primary missions was as a forward air control (FAC) aircraft. It can carry up to three tons of external munitions, internal loads such as paratroops or stretchers, and can loiter for three or more hours.
- Published on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00
1/48 AH-1Z "Viper"
Catalogue # KH80125
MSRP $44.95 US
In keeping with their previous releases covering neglected or otherwise yet-to-be-covered in injection plastic subjects, KittyHawk brings us the first AH-1Z "Viper" (or Zulu Cobra) in any scale. This is not the company's first helo kit, but unlike the Dauphin and Seasprite it is sure to be their first to appeal to a very broad audience. This latest variant of the Huey Cobra has only been in service for a few years and this kit should be a welcome release for many modelers. Let's have a look!
- Published on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 00:00
1:48 Heinkel He 177A undercarriage set
Catalogue # 4176
Available from CMK for €31,80
It's taken me a little time to fathom out this specific detail set. We recently reviewed the He 177 engine set, and of course, this protrudes into the wheel well area of this behemoth. Now we have the undercarriage set itself, with a significant area of overlap. What we'll try to do here is to explain to you this set from two standpoints. The first will be fitting this set without the engine detail set, and then we'll look at what you'll need to do if you wish to install both of these into your MPM 1:48 He 177.
- Published on Monday, 02 February 2015 00:00
Supermarine Walrus Mk.I "Battleship Eyes"
Catalogue # 48162
Available here from Special Hobby for € 45,91
Supermarine wasn't just famous for it's Spitfire design. From 1930 right up till the end of world war II it was renowned for building durable and reliable flying boats. In reply of Australia's request for a reliable flying boat to patrol it's waters, Supermarine came up with the Seagull. From this Seagull the Walrus was developed in 1933, with the main difference being a more strengthened hull and structure. These were delivered to the Royal Navy that used them from warships as fleet spotters. Hence the name: Battleship's eyes. When the war broke out, the Walrus was deployed for a wide range of missions. Ranging from Artillery spotter, Air to sea rescue and even bombing mission.
- Published on Friday, 30 January 2015 00:00
1:48 Heinkel He 177A-5 engine set
Catalogue # 4174
Available from CMK for €31,80
This is hardly a new set, being almost 10 years old now, but when we get the opportunity to take a look at some of the relatively vintage kits and aftermarket products, then we don't shy away from it. That is certainly true when, a decade later, there is still no other kit or aftermarket solution from any other manufacturer. MPM's 1:48 Heinkel He 177 'Greif' is still the only game in town, and even in quarter-scale, cuts an imposing presence. Thankfully, SP&R have been sent not only the 'Hi-Tech' version of this kit (reviewed next week), but also two resin detail sets. Today, we look at the engine set.
- 1:32 Arado Ar 234B-2 instrument panel from Yahu
- 1:32 Spitfire Mk.II instrument panel from Yahu
- 1:32 PBY-5A Catalina Cutaway 'Limited Edition' from HPH
- Junkers Ju 87 D/G (Vol. I) from Kagero
- 1:32 WW1 aircraft accessories from Taurus Models
- 1:32 and 1:24 Luftwaffe cowl latches from Yahu
- 1/32 Bf109G-6 and G-14 Upgrades from Barracuda Studios
- 1/32 Spitfire Mk.I-V Upgrades from Barracuda Studios
- 1:32 Felixstowe F.2a Early from Wingnut Wings
- 1:16 Aero Daimler Motor 120-hp from Wiener Modelbaumanufactur
- 1/32 Bristol M1c "Wartime Colours" from Special Hobby
- 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