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BOND IN MINIATURE - IN SINGAPORE

Scale Model News - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:46

SOME INTERESTING PIX HAVE ARRIVED from our man in Singapore, Peter Chiang, of Hobby Bounties. The classic 1:12 scale Airfix Bentley is boxed here in 007 guise.
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1:144 SCALE KIT FROM REVELL: THE ONE AND ONLY SIX-ENGINE ANTONOV GIANT

Scale Model News - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 13:02

THERE’S AN OLD AVIATION question that runs, “Why do they put four engines on a 747? Answer: because they can’t fit six…” Well, that doesn’t apply to the Antonov An-225 as it has six engines as standard and holds the record as the largest aircraft in the world currently flying.
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Model Builder International - Sun, 09/01/2019 - 14:21

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Kagero TopDrawings #67 Bf 109G/K

Model Builder International - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 11:47
Kagero TopDrawings #67 Bf 109G/K

The TopDrawings series of books are smaller books that supply line drawings in a couple of scales along with some color profiles and other drawings. This is book 67 in the series.

This book is about the Bf 109G and K. There are many 1/48 and 1/72 line drawings of the various models inside. There’s a set of masks for painting the wing and fuselage crosses for 1/72 and 1/48 kits. There are 12 crosses in each scale so you can do 2 aircraft at each scale. There are also 7 color profiles in the center of the book and the rear cover and an A3 double-sided set of 1/48 diagrams of the Bf 109K.

The book info…

  • Messerschmitt Bf 109 G/K G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, G-10, K-4
  • Maciej Noszczak
  • ISBN 978-83-66148-13-0
  • 23 pages
  • A4 drawings sheet
  • 7 color profiles
  • Masking sheet 1/48 and 1/72
  • Format (sizes): A4 (210×297 mm)

The book starts off with a short overview of the Bf 109G/K and mentions the changes to engines and armament for each sub-type. Then it gets straight into the line drawings. The book is broken down into areas for 1/48 and 1/72 and also has 7 color profiles.

The first 15 pages of the book are in 1/48 scale and go through all the different versions of the aircraft showing you all the panel lines and other features. There are profiles cross-sections of the fuselage and wings as well as views of components of the aircraft, such as wheels, propellors, armament, etc. The last 4 pages of the book are in 1/72 scale and show the various models with areas that changed from the previous version highlighted in grey and also described in the text. in the center of the book are 5 color profiles, 4 are port views and 1 is port, starboard, and above views. There are 2 more color port view profiles on the back cover.

This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$16.00.

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MiniArt Aug 2019 Releases

Model Builder International - Mon, 08/26/2019 - 17:37
MiniArt Aug 2019 Releases

AVRO 671 ROTA MK.I RAF

  • HIGHLY DETAILED MODEL
  • CLEAR PARTS INCLUDED
  • HATCHES CAN BE OPEN OR CLOSED
  • PHOTO-ETCHED PARTS INCLUDED
  • DECAL SHEET FOR 4 VARIANTS

FOCKE WULF TRIEBFLUGEL NACHTJAGER

  • HIGHLY DETAILED MODEL
  • CLEAR PARTS INCLUDED
  • GUN BAY CAN BE OPEN OR CLOSED
  • PHOTO-ETCHED PARTS INCLUDED
  • DECALS SHEET FOR 4 VARIANTS

GERMAN ROAD SIGNS WW2 (EASTERN FRONT SET 1)
Unassembled Plastic Model Kit
Decal Sheet Included

SOVIET RAILWAY WAGON “TEPLUSHKA”

  • HIGHLY DETAILED MODEL
  • DOORS & WINDOWS, CAN BE POSED OPEN OR CLOSED
  • CAN BE INSTALED ON EUROPEAN OR RUSSIAN RAILWAY GAUGE
  • WORKABLE WHEELS
  • PHOTO-ETCHED PARTS INCLUDED
  • DECAL SHEET FOR 7 VARIANTS
  • RAILWAY TRACK (RUSSIAN GAUGE) INCLUDED

TACAM T-60 ROMANIAN TANK DESTROYER. INTERIOR KIT

  • HIGHLY DETAILED MODEL
  • USING CUTTING EDGE MOULDING TECHIQUES
  • PHOTOETHED PARTS INCLUDED
  • TWO AMMO BOXES w/SHELLS
  • ALL HATCHES & DOORS CAN BE POSED OPEN OR CLOSED
  • DECAL SHEET FOR 3 VARIANTS

PANZERFAUST 30/60 SET
The kit contains 192 plastic and photoetched parts for the assembling models of 16 panzerfaust 30 and 16 panzerfaust 60 and the accompanying transport crates.

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Kagero TopDrawings #69 HMS Badsworth

Model Builder International - Mon, 08/26/2019 - 12:00
Kagero TopDrawings #69 HMS Badsworth

The TopDrawings series of books are smaller books that supply line drawings in a couple of scales along with some colour profiles and other drawings. This is book 69 in the series.

This book is about The British Hunt-class Escort Destroyer, HMS Badsworth. There are many line drawings of the ship broken up to show views of parts of the ship from bow to stern. There are also 2 pull out B2 sized double sided sheets with 1/144 and 1/200 drawings of the complete ship.

The book info…

  • The British Hunt-class Escort Destroyer HMS Badsworth
  • Waldemar Góralski
  • ISBN 978-83-66148-19-2
  • 28 pages
  • 2 B2 sized sheet drawings, double sided
  • Format (sizes): A4 (210×297 mm)

The book starts off with a short overview of the Hunt class and some specifics about HMS Badsworth. Then it gets straight into the line drawings. The ship is broken down into areas and each area is shown from different angles so you can see everything in that area. The areas covered are:

  • bow
  • fore superstructure
  • lower fore superstructure
  • first deck and bridge
  • bridge
  • first deck
  • stern superstructure
  • stern
  • midships
  • backup maneuvering station

Other parts of the ship are also shown in part diagrams, such as the depth charge throwers. On the back cover are colour profiles of the ship that are smaller versions of what you see in one of the B2 sheets.

If you want to make sure everything is in the right place in your Hunt class build then this is the perfect book for you.

This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$25.50.

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STAR WARS VIDEO BUILD - AT-ST WALKER TO 1:48 SCALE FROM BANDAI

Scale Model News - Sat, 08/24/2019 - 06:55

WE FEATURED THE BANDAI AT-ST WALKER in July 2018. Here it is again, with a video to show you the way this delightful kit goes together.
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Review: U-Boot im Focus 17

Model Builder International - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 16:01
U-Boot im Focus 17

As always, the issue was packed very well; wrapped in paper and then inside a cardboard envelope. The magazine is printed on 50 high-quality glossy pages and all the text is in both German and English and the quality of the English translation is perfect. The photographs are all good quality and never before published.

The magazine starts as usual with an editorial from the editor. Here Axel tells us that this issue of U-boot im Focus will concentrate on an early Type IXC submarine to coincide with Revell’s release of a 1/72 IXC (Kit number 05133). The publisher has released a decal sheet for this kit which is reviewed here and available to buy here. The next item, as usual, is the reader’s forum, where additional information is published for previous issues.

Next, we get into the content of the magazine itself. The subjects of the various topics are

  • 50 pages with 51 photos – thereof 1 in colour, 3 coloured emblems, 1 coloured document, 2 coloured conning tower front views, 4 coloured maps, Readers Forum
  • Commanders: Kptlt. Friedrich Guggenberger, Kptlt. Helmut Rosenbaum, Kptlt. Heinrich Schonder, Kptlt. Fritz Frauenheim, Kptlt. Werner Kraus, Oblt.(Ing.) Erich Zürn
  • Reader’s Forum: The Spanish Cross for Submariners U-393 – The Experimental Boat of Testing Group Sultan Background: “Wind Strength 11 – We’re Linking up with the Convoy!”
  • Conning Towers: U-67 – An Early Type IX C Boat with an Unusual Camouflage Scheme
  • Boat in Focus: Into Combat with the Queen of Hearts – An Outline of the Operations by the Early Type IX C Boat U-126
  • Unusual: The U-Boat War Badge on an Underwear Pullover
  • Documents: An Invitation from the Commander of a Milk Cow
  • Fates: Sunk Twice for Reasons other than Enemy Action – The Fate of the Luckless Boat U-1234
  • U-Tanker: The Doctor Comes Aboard
  • As well as several photos of U-59, U-108 and further information.

Another great bunch of previously unseen photos, with excellent commentaries.

If you’re interested in the Kriegsmarine at all, then this magazine is of special interest to you and highly recommended.

The best way to get these is via the subscriptions that are available here. The publisher now offers free shipping within Germany and shipping has decreased for some other countries too.

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Kagero Monograph Special Rogozarski IK-3

Model Builder International - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 17:17
Kagero Monograph Special Rogozarski IK-3

The Monograph Special Edition in 3D series of books are in-depth books that look at one particular aircraft or one variant of an aircraft over about 200 pages in text, images, scale drawings, and sometimes 3D renders. This is book 11 in the series and is currently the most recent.

The Rogožarski IK-3 was a 1930s Yugoslav monoplane single-seat fighter, designed by Ljubomir Ilić, Kosta Sivčev and Slobodan Zrnić as a successor to the Ikarus IK-2 fighter. Its armament consisted of a hub-firing 20 mm (0.79 in) autocannon and two fuselage-mounted synchronised machine guns. It was considered comparable to foreign aircraft such as the Messerschmitt Bf 109E and came into service in 1940. The prototype crashed during testing; twelve production aircraft had been delivered by July 1940.

Six IK-3s were serviceable when the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia began on 6 April 1941. All six were in service with the 51st Independent Fighter Group at Zemun near Belgrade. Pilots flying the IK-3 claimed 11 Axis aircraft had been shot down during the 11-day war. According to one account, to prevent them from falling into German hands, the surviving aircraft and incomplete airframes were destroyed by their crews and factory staff. Another account suggests that one aircraft survived the invasion and was later destroyed by sabotage. The IK-3 design was the basis for the post-war Yugoslav-built Ikarus S-49 fighter.

The book info…

  • Author: Nenad Miklušev, Djordje Nikolić
  • ISBN 978-83-65437-80-8
  • about 184 pages
  • 172 renders
  • 130 archival photos
  • 28 sheet with modeling plans
  • Gloss coated paper
  • double-sided A2 sheet with modeling plans

Due to the reluctance of the long term allies to supply modern equipment to renew the aging Air Force, the Yugoslav government lost precious time by failing to commit immediately to the industrial cooperation with the only other available source at the time, Germany. With well-educated engineers and a skilled workforce, the domestic industry attempted to bridge the gap. The result of this was the Rogožarski IK-3, a small, agile fighter with a closed cockpit and retractable landing gear, which proved to be just as reliable as and rather easier to handle than its two more illustrious contemporaries, the British Hawker Hurricane and the German Messerschmitt Bf 109.

The book starts off with a double-sided set of 1/32 drawings on a sheet of paper that is 4 times the size of the book. The first part of the book proper is the text section on the development. combat usage, painting schemes and post-war development of the aircraft. This section covers 74 pages and goes into a surprising amount of detail. There are contemporary black & white images throughout.

The next section is 28 pages of line drawings mostly in 1/48 but also with some 1/72 scale drawings. These cover all the versions of the aircraft that were ever planned, not just the versions that were built.

The last 79 pages of the book are the 3D renders of many versions of complete aircraft and many components of the aircraft too.

Overall, this book is a wealth of information on this aircraft and you could probably scratch build an aircraft from what is contained in this book. It shows an awful lot of information and is probably the definitive book on this subject. If you’re into Yugoslav or less well-known aircraft then this would be a good book for your shelf.

This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$27.00

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Eduard Aug 2019 Releases

Model Builder International - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 13:03
Eduard Aug 2019 Releases

MiG-21bis 1/48
Cat.No.: 11135
Limited Edition kit of Soviet Cold War jet aircraft MiG-21bis in 1/48 scale.
plastic parts: Eduard
No. of decal options: 7
decals: Cartograf
PE parts: yes, pre-painted
painting mask: yes
resin parts: yes, undercarriage wheels, dorsal antenna

Chattanooga Choo Choo 1/48
Cat.No.: 11134
Limited Edition kit of US WWII fighter aircraft P-51D in 1/48 scale.
The kit is focused on P-51D-5s with a fin fillet.
The kit is released to coincide with the IPMS Nats Chattanooga, TN.
plastic parts: Eduard
No. of decal options: 6
decals: Cartograf
PE parts: yes, pre-painted
painting mask: yes
resin parts: no

Albatros D. V 1/48
Cat.No.: 8408
Weekend edition kit of German WWI fighter aircraft Albatros D.V in 1/48 scale.
plastic parts: Eduard
No. of decal options: 2
decals: Eduard
PE parts: no
painting mask:no
resin parts: no

A-4F 1/144
Cat.No.: 4466
Super 44 edition kit of US jet aircraft A-4F in 1/144 scale.
plastic parts: Platz
No. of decal options: 4
decals: Eduard
PE parts: no
painting mask: yes
resin parts: no

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Hasegawa Oct 2019 Releases

Model Builder International - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 17:07
Hasegawa Oct 2019 Releases

    F-4EJ Phantom II “Flying Development Experiment Group 60th Anniversary”
    Scale … 1: 72
    Part Number ……… 02191
    Number of parts … 117
    Model Length … 265mm
    Model Width … 163mm

    A kit of “Black Phantom” that was unveiled at the Gifu Air Base Air Festival in October last year.
    The gorgeous design that compliments the gold shock wave mark on the whole body black is attractive! The vertical tail is marked with the 60th anniversary mark of the Flight Development Experiment Team.
    The part color is black. The markings of the additional tank that was released at the ceremony later will also be reproduced.

    Decal (marking)
    Air Self-Defense Force Flight Development Experiment Team 60th Anniversary Painter “336” (Gifu Base: October 2015)

    RF-4E Phantom II “501SQ Final Year 2020 (Ocean Camouflage)
    Scale … 1: 72
    Part Number ……… 02316
    Number of Parts … 125 Model
    Total Length … 265mm
    Model Full Width … 163mm

    Retired at the end of 2019. RF-4E Final Year Memorial Painting Machine!
    Designed with a film for photography unique to the Reconnaissance Air Corps.
    The silhouettes of RF-86F when the 1961 unit was launched and RF-4 when it was closed in 2020 are drawn.

    Decal (marking)
    JASDF Reconnaissance Air Corps No. 501 Squadron RF-4E Retirement Commemorative Paint Machine “905” (Mariori Base: 2019)

    F-35 Lightning II (Type A) “JASDF Temporary F-35 Squadron”
    Scale … 1: 72
    Part number ……… 02284
    Number of parts … 68
    Model total length … 217mm
    model full width … 148mm

    Reproduced the first F-35A and AX-6 (F-35A Air Self-Defense Force total 6 units: domestic production 2 units) deployed at Misawa base .
    Temporary F-35 Squadron is a unit organized on the premise of reorganization to the 302nd Squadron.
    On February 24, 2018, the F-35A deployment commemorative ceremony was held, and this machine was exhibited.

    Decal (marking)
    Air Self Defense Force temporary F-35A squadron affiliation machine “ AX-6: 706 ” (Misawa base: February 24, 2018)

    Mitsubishi T-2 “CCV”
    Scale … 1:48
    Part Number ……… 09692
    Number of Parts … 153
    Model Length … 372mm
    Model Width … 164mm

    CCV, “Control Configured Vehicle” means “aircraft with a form that prioritizes maneuverability”.
    This is a test machine developed by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force Aircraft Experiment Team in pursuit of a more efficient airframe shape.

    Decal (marking)
    “103” Gifu base (first flight on August 9, 1983)

    Messerschmitt Bf109E-1 “Blitz Creek”
    Scale … 1:48
    Part Number ……… 07478
    Number of Parts … 59
    Model Total Length … 183mm
    Model Full Width … 206mm

    Reproduce the aircraft that was thrown into the blitz war in 1939 invasion of Poland.

    Etching parts
    Instrument panel parts

    Decal (marking)
    101st Battle Squadron 2nd Squadron Affiliated Machine “Red 10” (September 1939)
    77th Fighter Wing 2nd Squadron Company Commander Hannes Trauttroft Okuma Rider “Red 1” (September 1939)

    F-35 Lightning II (Type A) “Beast Mode”
    Scale … 1: 72
    Part number ……… 02315
    Model total length … 217.5mm
    model full width … 148mm

    Full armed under the wing! A type Beast mode kit.
    Includes pylon / missile launcher and armed parts.
    It is possible to reproduce the figure with AIM-9X Sidewinder x2 and GBU-12 Paveway II x4 on the lower surface of the main wing .

    Decal (marking)
    US Air Force 53rd Aircraft affiliation machine “OT” (Neris Air Force Base)
    Dutch Air Force affiliation machine “OT F-002”

    Mitsubishi F-2A “Flight Development Experiment Team” w / ASM-3
    Scale … 1:72
    Part Number … …… 02274
    Number of Parts … 148
    Model Length … 209mm
    Model Width … 156mm

    The newest ASM-3 and AAM-5 parts are newly made on a 1/72 scale!
    Air-to-ship missile ASM-3 checkered pattern set with decals.

    Additional plastic parts
    ASM-3 (× 2)
    AAM-5 (× 4)

    Decal (marking)
    Japan Air Self-Defense Force flight development experiment team F-2 prototype No. 2 “502” (Gifu base: 2017)

    IJN Destroyer Hamakaze “Midway Battle Super Detail”
    Scale … 1: 350
    Part No …. 40101
    Model Total Length … 347.5mm
    Model Full Width … 33mm

    A gorgeous version of the thrilling 13th ship “Hamakaze”, with many detail-up parts!
    Etching parts: Handrail parts, etc.

    Product Specifications
    Midway Battle (June 1942)

    Nakajima E8N1 Type 95 No.1 water reconnaissance aircraft
    Scale … 1:48
    Part No. ……… 07479
    number of parts … 116
    model full-length … 186mm
    model full width … 231mm

    Reproduce the markings of the Maya-mounted machine before the Pacific War.

    Decal (marking)
    Heavy cruiser Maya-equipped aircraft “J IV-2” “J IV-3” (1940)
    Heavy cruiser Maya-equipped aircraft “E II-1” (1940)

    Kawasaki T-4 “Blue Impulse 2019”
    Scale … 1:48
    Part Number ……… 07480
    Number of Parts … 118
    Model Total Length … 258mm
    Model Full Width … 207mm

    Decal (marking)
    JASDF Blue Impulse (Matsushima Base: 2019)

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    CHUCK YEAGER'S BELL X-1 SUPERSONIC ROCKETPLANE

    Scale Model News - Thu, 08/08/2019 - 02:00

    MODELLED BY REVELL AT 1:32 SCALE, this is the largest conventional kit of the first aircraft to break the sound barrier, a mission achieved on 14 October 1947. The flight was made ten years to the month before the launch of the Soviet Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite.
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    Kagero Super Drawings in 3D. IJN Kaga

    Model Builder International - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 15:58
    Kagero Super Drawings in 3D. IJN Kaga

    The Super Drawings in 3D series of books are smaller books that supply 3D style views of ships from stem to stern. This is book 16 in the series. The series is currently up to 71 books.

    Japanese aircraft carrier “Kaga”. She was initially being built as a battleship, but as a result of a coincidence, she became one of the first large carriers in history. She was a part of Japanese Kidō Butai, a group of carriers that decided about the power of the Imperial Japanese Navy during the first half-year of the war in Pacific. After a daring attack on Pearl Harbor followed by a series of further victories, there was a reversal during the battle of Midway, when “Kaga” and three accompanying carriers were destroyed which ultimately buried Japan’s chances for winning the war.

    The book info…

    • Author: Stefan Dramiński
    • ISBN 978-83-64596-22-3
    • about 80 pages
    • 120 renders
    • 1 × double B2 sheet with scale drawings
    • Gloss coated paper
    • Format (sizes): A4 (210×297 mm)

    The book starts off with a 6-page history of the ship from her original design as a battleship to her sinking at Midway. There’s actually quite a lot of information packed into those 6 pages. From them on the book covers all the normally visible areas of the ship in good quality close up images. There are notes to go with most of the images to explain what it is you’re seeing and give you any background information you might need.

    You also get a large double-sided pull-out set of diagrams. There are side views of the ship in 1/400 along with drawings of many parts of the ship in a variety of scales.

    If you want to get your Kaga build to be historically accurate then this book is essential. You get close up views of all the ship’s rigging and all the various parts of the ship from stem to stern.

    This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$25.20.

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    CUSTOM TRUCKS – 1:24 SCALE WONDER WOMAN CHEVY AND 1:1 TESLA

    Scale Model News - Mon, 08/05/2019 - 05:27

    THIS HANDSOMELY PACKAGED 1:24 scale cab-over engine (COE) Chevrolet pickup truck from the 1950s adds a gleaming retro flavour to a neatly sculpted Wonder Woman figure.
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    Italeri Aug 2019 Releases

    Model Builder International - Sun, 08/04/2019 - 19:29
    Italeri Aug 2019 Releases

    1/25 VESPA 125 PRIMAVERA
    Chromed parts – Color Instuctions sheet

    Vespa is an icon of design and style of the “made in Italy” and a real myth on two wheels. The first Vespa was born in the second post-war period, in 1946, and was immediately characterized by simple and elegant lines, and by a practical, functional and reliable project developed around the famous steel body-frame. The effective mix of design and functionality was the strength of the Vespa, that became, in a short time, an extraordinary commercial success worldwide. During the years Vespa was able to keep its uniqueness but improved in style and features. One of the most famous version was the Vespa Primavera 125 launched in 1968. Thanks to an improved engine, a better performance and a easiness of driving, it remained on the market throughout the 1970s. The Primavera 125 is still today one of the most preferred Vespa by collectors and fans of the famous Italian two-wheeler manufacturer.

    1/9 ZUNDAPP KS 750 with Sidecar
    SUPER DECALS FOR 3 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

    The motorcycle and sidecar Zundapp KS 750 was widely used during the Second World War by the German army on numerous battlefronts. The development, based on a specific OKH need, was set up in 1937 and rnade by Zundapp and BMW. Thanks to the 751 cc boxer twin-cylinder engine capable of delivering 26 HP, the KS 750 could reach the top speed of 95 km/h. For the gearbox was adopted a “four speed” lay-out with the reverse gear. Together with the BMW R75, with which the KS750 shared many technical components to improve the easiness of maintenance and availability of spare parts, it was used to perform a wide variety of duties from transport to reconnaissance. For several duties it was substituted very soon by the Kubelwagen, more practical and easy to produce and maintain. It could be armed with a MG34 machine gun installed in the sidecar’s boot.

    1/35 Sd.Kfz.173 JAGDPANTHER with winter crew
    CONTAINS 5 FIGURES – NEW GLUEABLE RUBBER TRUCKS – SUPER DECALS FOR 3 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

    In first months of 1944, started the production of the heavy tank destroyer Sd.Kfz.173 “Jagdpanther”. It was built on the excellent chassis of the Panther medium tank on which was installed, in a fixed casemate, the lethal anti-tank long-barreled gun 8.8 cm Pak 43/3 able to penetrate the armour of every type of Allied and Soviet tank and armoured vehicle. The Jagdpanther offered a good level of protection thanks to the angled frontal armour to better resist to the direct enemy hits. Despite the few number of units produced, it was used in Normandy, in the Ardennes and in the Eastern Front until the end of the war. The crew was formed by five men and, inside the combat room of the casemate, there was enough space to load 57 rounds for the 8.8 cm cannon. Due to its operational features it was extremely effective and was much feared by the enemy tank crews.

    1/24 LAND ROVER FIRE TRUCK
    COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

    The Land Rover was certainly one of the most famous symbols of “Made in England” automobile production and is a real milestone in the history of off-road vehicles. It was born immediately after the war, with the first prototypes realized on 1947. It has been characterized by the 4×4 traction system and by a robust and reliable design able to tackle the most difficult and challenging trails. The aluminium body provide lightness but, at the same time, more resistance against corrosions and more durable in time. In 1971, when the III Series was introduced, more than 1,000,000 of Land Rovers has been produced. Available in two versions: the “standard ” one and the “long wheel base”. Thanks to its extraordinary versatility was used in both military and civilian duties. Interesting the versions realized for the Fire Departments and made with the firefighting equipment.

    1/24 PORSCHE 956
    The Porsche 956 was built by the German manufacturer in 1982 to participate in the World Sport-Prototype Championship in the new Group C category. The “956” was a radical revolution compared to the previous Porsche 936 that won several competition between 1976 and 1981. Porsche to be comply with the new championship’s regulations introduced on the new “956” several technical innovations as the aerodynamic solutions and the aluminium monocoque chassis. The engine was the reliable 2,650 cm3 6 cylinders turbocharged engine able to release 635 Hp. Porsche 956 proven to be an effective and successful Sport car winning several Sport-Prototype Championships and four editions of the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans the World’s oldest sport car race in endurance racing.

    1/72 HARRIER GR.1 Transatlantic Air Race 50th Ann.
    SUPER DECALS FOR 3 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

    The Harrier is probably the most famous aircraft with vertical/short takeoff and landing capabilities of military History. Designed and developed by the British manufacturer Hawker Siddeley in the sixtiex. Thanks to its single Pegasus turbofan engine and the adoption of four vertical nozzles for directing the thrust generated, the Harrier immediately obtained a great success. Widely used by the British Royal Air Force, the Harrier Gr. 1 is also known to have won a race competition. It participated to the Daily Mail Trans-Atlantic Air Race between London and New York held in May 1969 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the first trans-atlantic crossing. The Harrier Gr 1 performed the distance between the Post Office Tower in London and the Empire State Building in New York scoring the best overall time.

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    Nuts & Bolts Vol.42 Einheitsdiesel

    Model Builder International - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 07:41
    Nuts & Bolts Vol.42 Einheitsdiesel The standard 6×6 cross-country lorry of the Wehrmacht.

    The development of the Einheits-Lastkraftwagen – which means standard-lorry – started in 1934. It was planned to develop vehicles with 2, 3 and 4 axles with payloads of 1.5, 2.5 and 4 tons. In the end, only the model with three axles and 2.5 tons payload entered serial production. Officially, it was designated as leichter geländegängiger Lastkraftwagen, offen – which means translated light open cross-country lorry. It became famous under the name Einheits-Lkw or Einheits-Diesel – literally translated: standard-lorry or standard-diesel. If the chassis numbers and the known numbers of total production are right, more than 14,300 exemplars were made.

    Besides the standard variant with an open all steel cargo platform there were vehicles with closed superstructures and special superstructures. The Einheits-Diesel was one of the best lorries of the Wehrmacht. It had very good cross-country mobility, durability and it was extremely reliable. The care and repairs were simple – however time-consuming. But the Einheits-Diesel took it badly to be overloaded or be treated inappropriately. The payload with approx. 2.5 tons was somewhat small in relation to the dead weight of nearly 5 tons. For this reason – and also because of the complex construction – it was discontinued in1940.

    From the publisher’s website:

    208 pages A4, glue-bound, approx. 400 photos, of these 230 contemporary photos from manuals, combat and war fronts in b/w, a number of them previously unpublished; 135 colour photos of the surviving vehicles in public and private collections, 37 colour photos of the three models from Tony Greenland, Vinnie Branigan and David Nickels English / German captions, 39 pages English / German text, 6 charts, 27 pages scale drawings of all versions and details in 1:35 scale from Lieven DeConinck, 16 camouflage schemes from Laurent Lecocq, and 3 tables of organization of units (Kriegstärke-Nachweisungen KStN) having these vehicles in their arsenal, first published May 29th, 2019

    • by Holger Erdmann
    • published on May 29, 2019
    • soft cover german & English texts
    • 208 pages
    • 400 photos (230 contemporary photos and from manuals,
    • 135 colour photos of the surviving vehicles in public and private collections,
    • 37 colour photos of three models )
    • 16 camouflage schemes,
    • tactical markings,
    • 3 tables of organsisation (KStN)
    • Available from Nuts & Bolts for €29.90 (approx US$33.00)

    The texts are in English and German with the English texts on the left of the page and the German on the right. All images and photographs have captions in both languages. The English translation is excellent. Now, let’s take a look at the book to see what we get.

    The various sections of the book are:

    • Introduction page 3
    • Development, page 3
    • Official Introduction page 4
    • Technical Introduction page 6
    • Production page 16
    • Usage and K.St.N. page 19
    • Camouflage page 27
    • Markings page 30
    • Conclusion page 31
    • Modeling page 31
    • Acknowledgments page 35
    • Bibliography page 37
    • Contemporary Photos page 38
    • Drawings page 123
    • Colour Profiles page 150
    • Preserved Vehicles & Components page 158
    • Modeling page 198

    The book starts with a thorough introduction to the truck with photographs throughout the introduction. It gives as complete a list as possible of all the varying superstructures that were applied to the vehicle and also points out that a lot of modifications were made when people created their own superstructures. The vehicle was widely used throughout the German forces and was used on every front and was still seen in the last days of the war.

    The two sections on modelling cover the building of IBG models. From the text, it appears that these models are not straightforward to build and need special attention to build them and also the addition of extra parts that you would have hoped would be included in the kit. On page 34 there is a complete list of kits and accessories available including items by minor that we sell here.

    The key part of this book, for me, is the 230 contemporary photographs of the truck with all sorts of different superstructures and in all sorts of different situations; diorama ideas are endless. Everything is covered from detail shots of the engine to the truck in everyday use in a myriad of situations through to snowblowers and a prototype conversion to the amphibious truck.

    Next, we have several pages containing 1/35 scale line drawings. These will help you get things right in your kits, apparently, this will be particularly useful if you’re building the IBG kits. After the line drawings, we have the 16 colour profiles each of which is based on a black-and-white photograph from earlier in the book. Then we have the section on vehicles and components in museums. These photographs cover many areas that you would otherwise never see and show you areas that only a model builder would be interested in.

    Conclusion
    This is a definitive text on the eye nights diesel. If you’re building a kit of this vehicle or just doing research I’m pretty sure this is the only book you will need. It has very in-depth technical descriptions of the vehicles and over 400 photographs.

    Many thanks to Nuts & Bolts for the review sample.

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    Trumpeter Sep 2019 Releases

    Model Builder International - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 13:03
    Trumpeter Sep 2019 Releases

    Airport Fire Fighting Vehicle AA-60 (MAZ-7310) 160.01
    Item No.: 01074 Scale: 1:35

    Russian URAL-4320 CHZ
    Item No.: 01071 Scale: 1:35

    Junkers Ju-87B-2 Stuka
    Item No.: 02421 Scale: 1:24

    USS John F. Kennedy CV-67
    Item No.: 06716 Scale: 1:700

    F4U-4 CORSAIR
    Item No.: 06405 Scale: 1:350

    F6F HELLCAT
    Item No.: 06406 Scale: 1:350

    SB2C HELLDIVER
    Item No.: 06407 Scale: 1:350

    TBF AVENGER
    Item No.: 06408 Scale: 1:350

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    Kagero TopDrawings #71 Macchi MC.202

    Model Builder International - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 19:46
    Kagero TopDrawings #71 Macchi MC.202

    The TopDrawings series of books are smaller books that supply line drawings in a couple of scales along with some colour profiles and other drawings. This is book 71 in the series.

    This book is about the Macchi MC.202 and variants. There are many 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 line drawings of the various models inside. There’s a set of masks for the 1/72 Hasegawa kit that should also work for the more recent Hobby 2000 kits since they’re a reboxing of the Hasegawa kit. There are also 10 colour profiles in the centre of the book and the rear cover and 2 A2 double-sided sets of 1/24 diagrams.

    The book info…

    • Authors: Alessandro Cardasco, Camillo Cardasco
    • format A4
    • pages 28
    • 2 A2 inserts
    • masking sheet included

    The book starts off with a short overview of the development of the aircraft. Then it gets straight into the 1/32 drawings with the original design of the prototype. It goes through the different variants and outlines the changes to each version. Then we get eight colour plates fo a variety of aircraft. Next up are non-scale drawings of various external and internal parts of the aircraft.

    Towards the back of the book, we move to the 1/72 views and each view has grey shaded areas that show the changes from the previous version. These changes are also described in the text.

    The colour profiles are nice and large and the descriptions are informative. They are of interesting aircraft too.

    If you want to do something a bit different with your Macchi MC.202 then this is a perfect book for you to get your external details just right. The 1/32 scale drawings give lots of extra detail down to individual rivets.

    This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$25.50.

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    HobbyBoss Sep 2019 Releases

    Model Builder International - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 16:43
    HobbyBoss Sep 2019 Releases

    1:48 P-47D Thunderbolt Fighter ITEM No.: 85811

    1:35 PLA 59 Medium Tank ITEM No.: 84539

    1:35 Russian KrAZ-260B Tracktor with CHMZAP-9990 ITEM No.: 85523

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