- 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.
- Published on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 00:00
We're big Eduard fans here at SP&R, they always seem to know exactly what the particular short comings of a kit are and are usually first across the line in correcting them. The HK kit has been largely well received since its release, we reviewed it earlier this year. We noted several short comings that could be improved (although the undercarriage and wheels weren't one of them!). Fisher and Profimodeller have dealt with most of these and we recently reviewed Eduard's excellent cockpit upgrade. Hot on the heels of this release comes another comprehensive upgrade dealing with the Undercarriage and wheels. Let's get down on the deck and see what's included.
- Published on Monday, 13 October 2014 00:00
1/35 Pz.Kpfw. VI Auf.B Tiger II Upgrade sets.
Catalogue #36275 Photo Etch Detail Set
Catalogue #635 002 Brassin MG 34 Gun
Available direct from Eduard. See pricing below.
I very recently had the opportunity of reviewing Eduard's ProfiPACK Pz.Kpfw. VI Auf. B Tiger II kit release, this of course being a simple re-boxing of the highly regarded Academy kit from 2013. That review can be found right here and is certainly worth a read if only to familiarize yourself with my conclusion. However to cut a long story short Eduard in my opinion made a glaring mistake in not including any resin and only a very small PE fret that simply replaced that of the Academy offering, thus falling somewhat short of what we might expect from a ProfiPACK release!
- Published on Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00
1:32 Spandau, Lewis , Vickers machine guns
Catalogue # see article for code and price
Available from Gaspatch Models
After some simply astounding releases in both kit form and in aftermarket, Gaspatch Models had been relatively quiet for a period of time. Apart from the turnbuckle releases which this company is famed for, over the last year, we've reviewed their 1:48 Salmson kit, and also a suite of their 3D printed Lewis guns. It was this latter product which signalled the start of a new product range for Gaspatch, and the one we were certainly keen to follow up. Today, I'm pleased to be able to bring to you the very latest machine gun releases from this exacting company. The items we've received are:
- Published on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 00:00
1:32 Rotachute Mk.I
Raoul Hafner's aircraft
Catalogue # 32004
Available from Hannants for £19.30
Raoul Hafner was an Austrian engineer who left his home country in 1933, and continued his developmental works on rotary winged aircraft in Britain. Raoul's work included a system to deliver a combat-ready soldier, accurately to the battlefield. This became known as the Rotachute, and at a time when parachute silk was in short supply, the British establishment took the Rotachute project seriously, and ordered trials of this rather unique rotary kite. Hafner, despite being Austrian and an ex-internee, was allowed to continue this work during wartime, with trials of the Rotachute being undertaken at RAF Ringway (now Manchester International Airport).
- Published on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 00:00
A WORLD OF DIORAMAS (Master Collection Series Vol.1)
(Grafisk Form & Förlag)
Author: PER OLAV LUND
Price tag: 29,50€ (plus shipping)
One day, a few weeks ago, I got an A4 envelop.... I was excited because I know that was the Per Olav Lund new book! The first impression as I open the book was: Woww! The cover is amazing. A central and big photo of one the newest Per Olav work in a satin finish. The cover is in soft cover with a high grade paper and satin finish. The cover is A3 folding sheet so you got on the front cover the already mention diorama, and opening the paper, you got Per Olav Lund introduction.
- Published on Monday, 06 October 2014 00:00
1/32 Gloster Meteor F.4 Interior Upgrades (For HK Models kit)
Catalogue # See article for code and price
Available from Eduard
Having recently reviewed the ProfiModeller upgrades for the HK Models Gloster Meteor the reference material I have on hand did not even make it back to the book shelf. As said in that review, the HK Models cockpit is basic but not in dire need of upgrades. This is how the HK Models Meteor is designed. Basic but complete. A perfect base for upgrades and added details. HK Models predicted that several after market companies would jump in and they were right. Fisher Models and Alley Cat made conversions and HGW and ProfiModeller welcome upgrades. And now Eduard joins the party. I'm sure these Eduard interior upgrades are only just the beginning. Wheelbays, Brassin wheels, exterior... Just a matter of time I reckon.
- Published on Friday, 03 October 2014 00:00
1:48 Jet Provost Mk.88 T.5 RAF/BAC 167 Strikemaster (Limited Edition)
Catalogue # 48016
Available from Hannants for £37.20
The beautifully versatile Jet Provost was originally designed as a private venture, converting the radial-engine Percival Provost into a machine which far more suited Air Ministry requirements for a jet powered trainer aircraft for the next generation of pilots. The age of piston was now almost at an end, as far the military was concerned, and the new Jet Provost, built by Hunting Percival, took the old design to a whole new level with its totally redesigned front end. A round nose and bulbous tandem canopy made the design look almost entirely different, along with its jet installation and small diameter exhaust nozzle at the underside of the stabiliser. Of course, the fuselage was heavily adapted to incorporate the new jet engine. The T.1, as it was known also incorporated a number of other design changes from its earlier piston engine format, such as a reworked wing.
- 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
- 1:35 Conversion Sets for Pz. Kpfw IA and Pz. Kpfw IB from Brach Model
- GERMAN TRAMCAR 641 from Miniart
- 1/48 Spitfire Mk.IXe Weekend Edition from Eduard
- 1/35 Tiger II ProfiPACK from Eduard
- 1:32 Messerschmitt Bf 109H conversion from Alley Cat
- 1:32 decal sets for WNW 2A2 Salmson kits from Pheon Decals
- 1/32 Gloster Meteor Engine from Profimodeller