- Published on Friday, 28 November 2014 00:00
1:48 Ansaldo S.V.A.5 'International
Catalogue # 48018
Available from Fly Model for 372.00CZK
Unless you're a real WW1 aircraft buff, the Ansaldo S.V.A.5 may not be a type you've ever heard of before, and perhaps wouldn't even recognise if you saw it. That's quite a shame. In a conflict where your Fokkers, Albatros, Sopwiths, and SPADs are generally the aircraft we think of, there are of course a whole world of other types which flew, operated by those countries we don't associate with trench warfare in Western Europe. The Ansaldo S.V.A.5 was a reconnaissance and light bomber aircraft, introduced in 1917. Initially designed as a fighter, the Ansaldo's manoeuvrability didn't match the expectations which lay with it, but its speed was quite remarkable. In fact, it was faster than most fighter aircraft of the day, and could fly almost unhindered by the enemy.
- Published on Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:00
1:48 Folland Gnat T.1
Catalogue # A05123
Available from Airfix for £16.99
Of course, the Folland Gnat was best known for its many appearances at air shows, flying under the colours of the Red Arrows, before being replaced by Hawk aircraft in the late 70's. Designed by William Petter, and of course built by Folland, where Petter had become the chief engineer, the Gnat was a privately funded venture, and a natural design derivative of the earlier Folland Midge. Petter's design pedigree was without doubt. He was responsible for the Westland Lysander and Whirlwind, and ultimately for the English Electric Lightning and Canberra.
- Published on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00
1:48 Siemens Schuckert D.III decals
Catalogue # 48037
Available from Pheon Decals
SP&R were sent an initial pre-release of the new Eduard 1:48 Siemens Schuckert kit, which we previewed HERE. The kit offers five very attractive schemes, including the red fuselage Udet scheme. We'll be taking a closer look at the ProfiPACK release in the next week. Of course, if kit schemes can never satisfy an insatiable need to make something even more unusual, or perhaps a particular machine from a specific unit, then Pheon Decals are very likely to be your solution. Pheon deal mostly with decals for Great War aircraft, although we will be taking a look at their new Gloster Meteor sheets in the very near future. Pheon remain highly committed to their primary focus, and today we'll look at their latest creation, decals for the Eduard SSW D.III.
- Published on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 00:00
1/32 Arado Ar 234 B-2 German Reconnaissance Bomber
Catalogue # 32003
Available from Fly for € 55,- / 78 dollars
I'm writing this review from a personal point of view, since LSM colleague is writing a review on this kit's brother; the Ar 234 B2N. At the moment we are being spoiled to the brim with exotic and huge large scale releases. Some expected. Some not so much. Who would have dreamt to see a 1/32 Lancaster in his lifetime of B-17? And for the Luft '46 fans a Ho229 or He219? Either of both would have kept me quiet for a decade. Well... maybe not. Being a Luft '46 (or even late war Luftwaffe) fan myself I have almost bought the RB (MDC) full resin kit of the Ar 234 a couple of times. The price and the daunting idea of all this resin made me resist. I guess the fact that this amazing resin kit has been around for a few years and is still readily available in stores, never made me think or wish for an injection moulded kit.
- Published on Sunday, 23 November 2014 19:45
1:32 Hansa-Brandenburg W.12 Early
Catalogue # 32036
Available from Wingnut Wings for $99.00, with FREE worldwide delivery
Perhaps the Hansa-Brandenburg W.12 isn't a type you're familiar with. That's ok. We mostly tend to preoccupy ourselves with the Camels, Fokkers and Albatros aircraft of The Great War. That's quite a shame really, as taking that path of interest means that you'll miss uncovering some real gems, when it comes to specific aircraft types. Some of those are also quite significant. The W.12 is one such machine, designed by Ernst Heinkel as a fighter floatplane. Whilst looking relatively ungainly, the W.12 was a highly successful type, engaging enemy flying boats, and also airships. Carrying 2 crew and with an armament of 1 IMG08 'Spandau' (occasionally fitted with two), and a cupola-mounted LMG12 Parabellum for the rear observer/gunner, this 150hp Benz Bz.III powered machine was first flown in early 1917, and operated on the Western Front, based at Ostend and Zeebrugge.
- Published on Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
Eduard really looks like betting again on armour models, by given a new Sherman on the block. After some long hiatus, now Eduard releases the second armour model kit. Not new mold or Eduard molds but rebox. And what a rebox... we going there just in a minute! I thought quite hard (until my head hurts...ok not that much) about doing a brief history or now about the Sherman or specifically of the M4A1. I really not a Shermanholic, and I do know some basis of Sherman history, but who doesn't? So, forgive me, but I will skip presenting the Sherman!! Come on, it's a Sherman, every single modeler knows the Sherman. :)
- Published on Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
Punch & Die and Rivet Making Tool
Catalogue # see article for code, price and link
Available from RP Toolz
In May this year, we reviewed two Punch & Die sets from RP Toolz. One of these was to produce hexagonal discs of styrene etc, and the other to make regular, circular discs. Apart from both tools being of the highest build quality, punching consistently perfect discs, I had just one small criticism. The regular Punch set covered discs from 0.5mm to 2.5mm in diameter, and as a large scale modeller, I would also have found larger punches to be very useful. I mentioned this to Peter at RP Toolz, and he revealed a larger set was also in development, as well as a tool for producing dome-headed rivets. A gentleman as ever, Peter has sent those sets for us to have a look at.
- Published on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00
1:32 Seatbelt sets, microfiber
Catalogue # see article for product info, code and price
Available from HGW
Without a doubt, HGW are becoming the company of choice when it comes to fitting out your model with accurate and realistic seatbelts. This prolific Czech company have sent us a number of their latest 1:32 releases, designed to cater to modellers of both WW1 and WW2 subjects. Feast your eyes over these new sets!
- Published on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 00:00
A little bit of a special one for you all today, earlier this year we reviewed the new tool Revell 1/32 Spitfire IIa. Perhaps I was a little critical in my review of this kit but chief among my criticism was the fairly obvious over sight of not including the blunt Rotol Spinner that typified the Spit MkII and the early style oil cooler. At the time of my review, SP&R's very own Jim Hatch was already well along into his build of this kit which was destined to be used for the latest "How to build" Book by ADH publishing, such an oversight as the wrong spinner certainly couldn't go unaddressed in such a book! After surveying his options Jim realised he had no choice but to take matters into his own hands, and now I present the results to you.
- Published on Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00
1:32 Arado Ar 234B-2N
Catalogue # 32008
Available from Fly Model for 1640.00CZK (approx £47)
The Arado Ar 234 was the world's first, purpose designed and built jet bomber. Its high ceiling capability also saw it operate mainly as a photo reconnaissance aircraft. Lack of room within the fuselage saw bomb pylons being fitted to the underside of the engine nacelles. The dual Jumo 004 engines and operational ceiling saw the type operate almost with impunity over the UK in the latter stages of the war. It has the distinction of being the last Luftwaffe type to have flown over Britain during the war. Whilst the Ar 234 only entered service in the latter part of 1944, its design requirement was implemented in 1940; around the time that the Battle of Britain had ceased. Unlike many aircraft of the time, the Ar 234 was quite smooth and streamlined in overall appearance, and had its wing mounted to the shoulder of the fuselage, with a Jumo 004 under each wing. The pilot sat in an extensively glazed cockpit which formed the nose of the aircraft.
- Published on Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00
Diorama Accessories Sets
Catalogue # see article for codes
Available from Plusmodel
Once again and always from the past few years, Plus Models came to the rescue with some original diorama accessories items that will give a little extra to your work, because of their quality and originality.
- Published on Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:00
1:35 EPS SPRINGER
Catalogue # F3049
Available from MMK for €39
Resin parts: 56
Two photo-etched sheets
MMK is a manufacturer of the Czech Republic since 1991, and makes resin kits and conversions of vehicles of Central and East Europe, topics that plastic mainstream manufactures don't covered. MMK themes are always interesting, exotic and very attractive. Today, we have to analyze and review, one of the latest model kit launched by MMK, an EPS Springer.
- 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
- 1/32 & 1/24 Multimedia seatbelts RB Productions
- Airframe & Miniature No.7- The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 from Valiant Wings
- 1:48 První doma 'Limited Edition' from Eduard
- US Heavy Bomber dispersal in the Pacific theater, WWII from Noy's Miniatures
- IDF/AF (Israeli Air Force) Airbase set from Noy's Miniatures
- 1:24 Bugatti Model 100, from Fisher Models
- 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