- Published on Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:00
1:48 Roland D.VIa/b 'Otto Kissenberth'
Catalogue # 48014
Available from Hannants for £19.30
The Roland D.VI first entered service in early 1918, just before the use of 5 colour lozenge was phased out, 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. In early 1918, the Roland D.VI and the Fokker D.VII were in direct competition to each other to win a fighter contract, and the D.VII won. The excellent performance of the Roland D.VI with its Klinkerrumpf (clinker-built) fuselage and pylon mounted lower wing, ensured a contract was still awarded, just in case Fokker couldn't fulfill its obligations. The D.VIa entered service in February 1918, and by April 1018, a Benz Bz.III powered machine was entering service, replacing the older Mercedes engines. Balanced, moveable control surfaces were eventually introduced to the 'b' type, which improved maneuverability. A total of around 200 D.VIb machines were built, slightly outstripping the production of the previous variant. After the Armistice, some D.VI machines could be seen in service with the Freikorp.
- Published on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00
1:32 Bristol M.1C 'Checkers and stripes'
Catalogue # 32060
Available from MPM for 36.45 €
The Bristol M.1C was probably one of the best fighters that the RFC never had. In an age when biplanes were standard, and the monoplane was treated with suspicion, the M.1C was always going to have its work cut out. Monoplanes had actually been banned by the RFC in 1912 following a flying accident, so the fact that the M.1C was designed at all is quite an achievement. Please remember, however, that the Germans had some particularly stunning successes with their Eindecker machines, until the introduction of the DH.9 countered them, followed by later types with forward firing, synchronised guns. Bristol's fighter was quite different in appearance to machines of the day, with streamlining being a key factor in the type's remarkable speed for this time. The fuselage was almost cylindrical, and a large, domed spinner helped to counter any further drag problems. Wing arrangement was also quite unusual, with these being fitted to the shoulder of the fuselage, and braced from a pylon mounted above the fuselage, and also from below. Unlike the German wing-warping monoplane, Bristol fitted ailerons to their machine, making it far more responsive than the former.
- Published on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 00:00
DH. Mosquito 'Bomber' - COMING IN JANUARY!
Despite the 1:32 Do 335B-2 being released soon, and the Do 335A-0 following in the not too distant future (already here with us at SP&R!), HK Models has now painted in its plans for the release of the Mosquito (bomber version). There will actually be a few versions of this, and I can't confirm if several versions will be in the same box, but we thought you might like to see some renders of this great looking machine.
For all you impatient types, pre-orders will be taken for this at Telford in November, and release looks to be happening in the first half of January 2015! I bet that took you by surprise!
- Published on Monday, 27 October 2014 00:00
I'm actually quite surprised that it's taken Eduard so long to release a complete cockpit upgrade for the recent(ish) 1:32 Tamiys F4U-1 Corsair, especially with the bubble-canopy F4U-1A just around the corner. Still, it's probably true to say that the F4U-1 'Birdcage' will stay popular for a long time. Having seen the kit itself, and knowing the level of detail within the cockpit, it may seem surprising that a whole resin replacement is now available, but just wait until you see this! You really won't want to build that kit without first seeing the detail that this upgrade offers.
- Published on Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
1:48 SSW D.III
Catalogue # 8256
As this article isn't a review, per se, but instead a 'First Look' at this forthcoming kit from Eduard. We will publish a full review of the kit, including historical text, as soon as the production release lands here. Until then, we are privileged to be able to see what Eduard has in store for modellers next month. We have been selected as one of only THREE organisations to receive this before release, so we are very honoured. Our pre-release will have a few changes implemented by the time it hits their e-shop and your favourite retailer. This kit also lacks a production box, and has a set of laser-printed instruction sheets, unlike the glossy manual you will receive.
- Published on Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
1/48 P-40B/C and Tomahawk Seats
Catalogue # see article for code and price
Available from Ultracast
Today we have a look at a few new sets from Ultracast for early-variant P-40's. Ultracast has made a name for themselves with 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 Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00
1/32 & 1/24 Multimedia seatbelts
Catalogue # see article for price, code and link
Available from RB Productions
Since I began modelling I've always strived for realism, even with my early efforts I tried to add extra detail or improve the accuracy in some way. One thing usually missing from mainstream kits has always been seat belts, I'm sure like me you've tried to make your own from masking tape or emulate Verlinden and use lead foil, etch seat belts became de'riqueur in the 90's but depended on your painting skills to do them justice; then we had pre-painted belts from the likes of Eduard but these were still rigid and didn't sit naturally like real belts. Perhaps then it's a natural evolution that we now have paper belts such as we see here or fabric ones from HGW, these combined with etched buckles provide the most realistic depiction yet.
- Published on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 00:00
Airframe & Miniature No.7- The Focke-Wulf Fw 190
By Richard A. Franks
Valiant Wings Publishing
I am blessed to live about 10 minutes from one of the largest aviation stores in the world. This gives me the opportunity to visit this store every single weekend and browse through their extensive book offer and actually flip through the pages of whatever book covers what I plan to build. The thing I as a modeller look for are detail shots, walkaround photo's, a clear overview of versions within a type, colour profiles and scale drawings. A generic book covering history and some black and white ww2 photo's just aren't enough. You can have 10 books like this on one subject and still miss that one detailed undercarriage photo you're looking for. This Airframe & Miniature title (subtitle 'for the enthusiast and modeller') is clearly by and for modellers. Looking at the colophon this is confirmed. Daniel Zamarbide and Jerry Boucher are involved in this publication.
- Published on Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00
Eduard tend to release a number of Limited Edition sets which are aimed squarely at their home market, and První doma (First home) is one such release. Of course, the name of the release sort of gives that away, but another indicator is that the instruction manual's history is entirely in Czech, as is the supporting book. Not a problem at all, as the instruction steps are still annotated in English, and the book which we'll look at later, has some fantastic images that go beyond the bounds of the text captioning, in terms of historic importance.
- Published on Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00
US Heavy Bomber dispersal in the Pacific theater, WWII
New offerings to the Noy's Miniatures range: A 1/72 & 1/144 representation of a US heavy bomber dispersal in the Pacific theater, WWII. These state-of-the-art prints authentically represent the typical dispersal area of the B-29 in the island of Tinian, probably the most famous home base of this large bomber at that time. Everything is there: The asphalt-concrete pavement upon which the bomber was parked, as well as the crushed coral sand and the arid grass surrounding the parking area. Prints size provides enough space for taking the model and enables the modeler to create a rich, "busy looking" diorama. As with other Noy's Miniatures offerings, all 3D effects are printed. Less meticulous modelers may wish to use these prints for other US Pacific heavy bomber types of the period.
- Published on Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
IDF/AF (Israeli Air Force) Airbase set
Noy's Miniatures have added a new offering to their excellent printed diorama base range: An IDF/AF (Israeli Air Force) Airbase set. This is offered in the popular 1/48, 1/72 & 1/144 scales. This unique and innovative set is aimed at the many enthusiasts and admirers of the modern Israeli Air Force the world over, and is provided in 2 authentic versions:
- Published on Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
1:24 Bugatti Model 100P from Fisher Models
Coming VERY Soon
Fisher Models is well known for it's beautiful resin conversion and aftermarket parts, as well as some technically superior hand-crafted complete resin kits. Whilst these have mostly concentrated on military aircraft (notable exception being the Red Baron RB-51 Racing Mustang), and this time we step up a gear into 1:24 scale, looking at the rather amazing, futuristic and sleek Bugatti Model 100P. This highly detailed model contains a full cockpit and engine bay.
- 1/32 Meteor F.4 wheels for HK Kit from Eduard
- 1/35 Pz.Kpfw. VI Auf.B Tiger II Upgrade sets from Eduard
- 1:32 Spandau, Lewis , Vickers machine guns from Gaspatch Models
- 1:32 Rotachute Mk.I Raoul Hafner's aircraft from Fly Model
- A WORLD OF DIORAMAS from Canfora Publishing
- 1/32 Gloster Meteor F.4 Interior Upgrades from Eduard
- 1:48 Jet Provost Mk.88 T.5 RAF/BAC 167 Strikemaster (Limited Edition) from Fly Model
- 1:35 M-113A1 T50 Conversion Set from MMK
- Silverwings reveal their colours Schemes for forthcoming 1:32 PZL P.II
- 1/48 Fw 190A-5 ProfiPACK from Eduard
- 1:48 Gloster Javelin Mk.3 conversion set from Alley Cat
- 1:72 MiG-15bis Weekend Edition from Eduard
- 1:48 Blohm & Voss Bv 141 from Hobby Boss
- 1:32 Me 163B Komet cockpit set from Aires
- 1:48 Bicentennial Phantoms from Eduard
- Fokker D.XXI from Silverwings - Latest Development pictures
- 1:35 Rheinmetall-Borsig Flugabwehrrakete Rheintöchter R-III from CustomScale
- CONFESSIONS OF A WINGNUT WINGS VIRGIN
- 1:48 Focke-Wulf Ta 154A-2/U4 conversion set from Alley Cat
- 1:32 and 1:48 Wet Transfer Stencils (Various) from HGW