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Kagero Super Drawings in 3D #69 HMS Prince of Wales

Model Builder International - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 19:05
Kagero Super Drawings in 3D #69 HMS Prince of Wales

The first thing you notice about this book is the plans. It’s a big piece of double-sided paper with drawings on both sides. On one side are the port, starboard and overhead views in 1/350 scale. On the other side are views of various parts of the ship in larger scales, such as turrets, weapons, radars, and other items onboard the ship. Once inside the book, you start with 7 pages of an overview of the ship from its conception to its sinking.

The images themselves cover the whole of the superstructure of the ship from bow to stern including the rudder and propellers. The approx 150 images show lots of detail of the ship.

The book details…

  • Author Carlo Cestra
  • format A4
  • pages 93
  • Plans A1, double-sided.
  • 150 images

This book will allow you to get all sorts of small details correct. You will be able to get the rigging correct, know the exact demarcations for the paint scheme to name just 2 things. If you’re building any scale HMS Prince of Wales then this book will be a great help.

This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$34.00.

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Kagero TopDrawings #73 F4U Corsair

Model Builder International - Sat, 06/08/2019 - 13:22
Kagero TopDrawings #73 F4U Corsair

This book supplies a number of colour profiles and detailed line drawings in 1/48 and 1/72 of the F4U covering the 1A, 1C, 1D and 1P versions and the equivalent Royal Navy Mk I through IV versions. There are 2 large sets of plans for the 1/48 drawings that are on 2 separate pieces of large paper. These double-sided plans cover the F4U-1D and the Mk IV and also have part images of the differences in the wings for the 1C version.

The book details…

  • Author Maciej Noszczak
  • format A4
  • pages 20
  • Plans A3
  • A4 poster

If you plan on doing any modifications to the external appearance of your Corsair then this book will be essential. It will allow you to get the panel lines and access hatches in the right places. There are lots of details in the diagrams and the pullout plans are a very good idea.

This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$15.00.

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Italeri June 2019 Releases

Model Builder International - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 14:38
Italeri June 2019 Releases

1/24 Mercedes-Benz ACTROS MP4 Giga Space
SUPER DECALS SHEET – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET – NEW CHROMED PARTS

Actros is the commercial name for Mercedes-Benz heavy truck range. The Actros range has been introduced in 1995 and quickly achieved a significant commercial success as a suitable solution to perform long-distance haulage and heavy-duties haulage. The New Actros, introduced on the market in 2012, is the most update and innovative expression of the heavy truck Mercedes family. It is characterised by an advanced and modern design and the adoption of new Euro 5 and Euro 6 engines. The vehicle configuration has been designed and developed to guarantee the highest operational efficiency minimising the running costs. Among the several configurations available it is particularly interesting the long-haul high-roof cabin version, design to offer the highest standard of comfort on board for two drivers. The Actros is also a good starting base to create fantastic ShowTrucks with liveries and graphics characterized by a high visual impact that are real masterpieces on wheels.

1/72 WAR THUNDER – JU 88 A-4
The box contains:

One model kit – Colored Sprues – Reference Guide – Color Instuctions sheet – Stand bases – Glue –

Bonus Code (PC/Mac Version): Thach’s F2-A1 Buffalo (Rank 1, USA Premium Fighter); He-112B (Rank 1, Germany Premium Fighter) – 7 days of premium account – Italeri Decal

The Junkers Ju 88 was Germany’s first purpose-built Schnellbomber aircraft, developed during the mid 1930s. Although the Schnellbomber concept would quickly be proven as flawed, the Ju 88 remained instrumental to the successes of the early German Blitzkrieg campaign and, thanks to its versatility, remained in service with the Luftwaffe until the very end of WW2. In fact, the Ju 88 became the most produced German twin-engine aircraft of the time, serving a multitude of roles throughout its service life.

1/48 BYE-BYE MIRAGE F1
UPGRADED MOULDS – SUPER DECALS FOR 3 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

The Mirage F1 was developed by the French aircraft manufacturer Dassault to equip the French Air Force (Armée de l’air) squadrons with a modern multi-role fighter. The Mirage F1 entered service at the beginning of the seventies and was characterized by a shoulder-mounted swept wing and the adoption of the Snecma Atar turbojet engine giving the aircraft a max speed of Mach 2,2. During the years, several versions of the F1 were produced and most of them dedicated to export. For instance the Mirage F1 CR was set to perform aerial reconnaissance tasks adopting internal equipment and external pods. The Mirage F1 CT was the ground attack version and was developed to replace the old Mirage IIIE. It was improved with more modern avionics and ground targets identification and tracking systems.

1/35 M4A1 SHERMAN with U.S. infantry
CONTAINS 10 FIGURES – NEW GLUEABLE RUBBER TRUCKS – SUPER DECALS FOR 3 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

The M4 Sherman medium tank was the primary tank used by the United States during World War II. It has been produced in a significant number of units and it formed the backbone of United Stated armoured forces during at those time. It has been produced in several variants and versions. The first version to be produced on wide scale was the Sherman M4A1 characterised by the rounded edges of the fully casted upper hull. Even the turret had a rounded appearance. The Sherman would entered combat in armoured corps of United States Army in 1942 during the first months of the war. It was armed with the 75 mm gun that was replaced in the latest A1 version with the high-speed 76 mm gun. Thanks to its Continental R975 gasoline engine the tank was able to obtain good performances on all type of terrains. However the most important strength of the tank was its project. The Sherman was reliable, cheap and easy to produce in great numbers.

1/24 FIAT 500 (2007)
COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET – CHROMED PARTS

In 2007, the Fiat Group presented the successor to the most iconic car of Italian automotive production: the Fiat 500. The new model features a distinctive design and interesting retro-style as modern reinterpretation of the “classic” Fiat 500 launched on the market in 1957. Thanks to its unique design, the adoption of the most innovative technological and safety solutions, the Fiat 500 is positioned on the market as a premium city car, accessible but at the same time exclusive. The wide range of versions and accessories enhance the possibility for the customer to personalize the car and make it unique. From its release on the market the car adopted several engines from the twin-cylinder petrol 895cc “Twinair” to the four-cylinder diesel 1,248 cc “Multijet”

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Flyhawk 1/72 Renault FT 75 BS

Model Builder International - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 20:09
Flyhawk 1/72 Renault FT 75 BS

The Renault FT tank was deployed in 1918 with both machine gun and 37mm cannon armament. It was recognized at the time that a larger gun was needed to attack fortified positions. It was decided that a vehicle should be developed on the chassis of the Renault FT with a 75mm Blockhaus Schneider (BS) gun mounted. The 75mm BS was originally a short-range fortress gun. Although the 75mm BS gun had a short effective range, its small dimensions, light weight and high rates of fire made it attractive as a support gun on FT tanks.

Two different prototypes were built.  The first design was rejected but the second prototype was a straightforward conversion of a standard FT tank replacing the turret with a fixed superstructure.

This vehicle was accepted as the Renault FT 75 BS and some 600 were ordered in mid-May 1918. The first production FT 75 BS was completed in late July 1918. However, there were delays in production and only 11 75 BS vehicles were delivered before the Armistice in November 1918 and, as far as is known, none saw action. After the Armistice, the orders were cut back severely and only another 29 were delivered in 1919.

Postwar service
Many of the FT 75 BS were shipped to French units in North Africa and Syria after WW1. A few saw some action in the French colonies in skirmish campaigns against rebellious tribesmen. Two FT 75 BS were found by the Allies in Tunisia in 1942 after Operation Torch, the invasion of Vichy held North Africa.

There has been one resin kit of this version of the FT17 produced by Modell Trans Modellbau in 2014, although they names it the FT-17 BS which doesn’t seem to be right. Other than that resin kit this is the only 1/72 kit of this subject.

The kit comes with a top opening box and it is quite sturdy. The box contains 2 kits and all the sprues are bagged. The small PE fret and decal sheet are attached to a piece of card and in their own bag too. Inside the box we have:

  • 1colour instruction sheet.
  • 1 small decal sheet
  • 52 parts per kit for 108 in total
  • 17 PE parts on 1 fret per kit for 34 in total

The level of detail in this kit is up to Flyhawk’s usual exceptional standards. Attachment points are small and ejector pin marks are out of the way. There is lots of fine detail on the parts The tank is built in 8 steps and the instructions are clear.

The steps are:

  1. Assemble the main part of the hull and remove a few small pieces of plastic and add the first of the PE.
  2. Assemble the left-hand running gear including track.
  3. Assemble the right-hand running gear including track.
  4. Add the running gear and ditching device to the main hull.
  5. Adding a storage box to the left-hand side of the hull.
  6. Adding exhaust and shovel to the right-hand side of the hull.
  7. Assemble the 75mm gun and the armored superstructure it goes into
  8. Add the gun and armored superstructure to the hull.

The color scheme is shown in color and the paints are called out by name and Mr. Hobby, Tamiya ranges. You get left, front and rear views of the 2 decal options.

The best price I can see for this box is on eBay for about $16.00 including shipping.

Conclusion
This is a well-detailed kit of a relatively obscure vehicle and so should be of interest to 1/72 scale WW1 and WW2 modellers. It’s also really good value at $16.00 for 2 kits and that includes a few pieces of PE too.

Many thanks to Flyhawk for sending along the kit for review.

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Trumpeter July 2019 Releases

Model Builder International - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 13:01
Trumpeter July 2019 Releases

Flakpanther w/8.8cm Flakrakete Rheintochter I
Item No.: 09532 Scale: 1:35

Russian 9A53 Uragan-1M MLRS (Tornado-s)
Item No.: 01068 Scale: 1:35

Russian 72V6E4 Combat Unit of 96K6 Pantsir -S1 ADMGS(w/RLM SOC S-band Radar)
Item No.: 01061 Scale: 1:35

Russian T-80UK MBT
Item No.: 09578 Scale: 1:35

Russian BMD-4 Airborne Fighting Vehicle
Item No.: 09557 Scale: 1:35

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HobbyBoss July 2019 Releases

Model Builder International - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 19:28
HobbyBoss July 2019 Releases

1:144 Chinese KJ-200 ITEM No.: 83903

1:35 German Panzer Grenadiers Vol.1 ITEM No.: 84404

1:35 German SPG Crew Vol.2 ITEM No.: 84407

1:35 GERMAN INFANTRY-Taking a rest ITEM No.: 84420

1:35 Leopard C1A1 (Canadian MBT) ITEM No.: 84502

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THE REVELL STORY

Scale Model News - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 15:24

THE REVELL STORY is an excellent book that provides in-depth reading about one of the modelling world's most famous names.
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Eduard June 2019 Releases

Model Builder International - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 18:55
Eduard June 2019 Releases

Spad XIII early 1/48
Cat.No.: 8197

ProfiPACK edition kit of French WWI fighter biplane SPAD XIII in 1/48 scale.

The kit is focused on early built aircraft with rounded wingtips.

plastic parts: Eduard
No. of decal options: 4
decals: Eduard
PE parts: yes, pre-painted
painting mask: yes
resin parts: no

Fw 190A-8/ R2 1/48
Cat.No.: 82145

ProfiPACK edition kit of German WWII fighter aircraft Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8/R2 in 1/48 scale.

plastic parts: Eduard
No. of decal options: 5
decals: Eduard
PE parts: yes, pre-painted
painting mask: yes
resin parts: no

Superbug 1/48
Cat.No.: 11129

Limited Edition kit of US jet aircraft F/A-18E aircraft in 1/48 scale.
plastic parts: Hasegawa
No. of decal options: 5
decals: Cartograf
PE parts: yes, pre-painted
painting mask: yes
resin parts: yes, seat, undercarriage wheels

Spitfire HF Mk. VIII 1/48
Cat.No.: 84132

Weekend edition kit of British WWII fighter aircraft Spitfire Mk. VIII in 1/48 scale.

The kit is focused on aircraft with pointed wingtips / enlarged wingspan.
plastic parts: Eduard
No. of decal options: 2
decals: Eduard
PE parts: no
painting mask:no
resin parts: no

Fw 190D-9 1/144
Cat.No.: 4461

Super 44 edition kit of German WWII fighter aircraft Fw 190D-9 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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    Kagero SMI Library #9 Grumman F6F Hellcat vol. I

    Model Builder International - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 18:40
    Kagero SMI Library #9 Grumman F6F Hellcat vol. I

    Each of the SMI Library series of books is about 100 pages long and packed with contemporary photos.

    This book starts with 15 pages in Polish and Engish, interspersed with photos, that briefly describes the development and use of the Hellcat, specifically the F6F-3 and F6F-5 and their variants. Since the -3 and -5 variants account for almost all Hellcat’s I’m not sure what Vol 2 will contain.

    The 135 B&W images in the book are all very good and well captioned and they show plenty of detail. The 5 colour photos of modern Hellcats are good and there are 17 images that show you the decal placement for the decal sheet that comes with the book. The decals are in the usual 3 scales for aircraft, 1/35, 1/48 and 1/72. The decals are by Cartograph so are going to behave as you’d expect. You get options for the 3 aircraft covered in the 17 images. My only criticism is that it’s tough to see the placement of the stencils. Other than that, they’re perfect.

    The book has…

    • 96 pages
    • 135 photos
    • 5 color photos
    • 4 color profiles (17 images)
    • Authors: Tomasz Szlagor, Leszek A. Wieliczko
    • ISBN 978-83-62878-89-5

    Grumman F6F Hellcat was one of the best fighter aircraft of the World War Two era and the most effective fighter of the US Navy. There is no doubt that Hellcats won complete air superiority for the Americans over the vast areas of the Pacific, largely contributing to the victory over Japan. Volume One presents this legendary fighter in its first year of operational service – from the combat debut over Marcus Island and the Solomons in August 1943 until the end of the Marianas operation in late summer 1944. By then Hellcats participated, among others, in air strikes on Rabaul, Wake, Kwajalein and Truk, and supported the invasion of Tarawa in Gilbert Islands. The culmination of the Hellcats’ first year of service with the US Navy came about during the Marianas invasion in June 1944, when they took part in the First Battle of Philippine Sea. This largest aerial and naval battle in the Pacific to date broke the backbone of the Japanese Navy, and the Hellcats won such a tremendous victory in the air that the battle was aptly nicknamed the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot.

    Throughout the war the only foreign user of Hellcats was Great Britain, receiving first aircraft in March 1943. Until late 1944 the Royal Navy Hellcats operated mainly in northern European waters and in the Mediterranean, participating in several air strikes on German battleship Tirpitz moored in Norwegian fiords, supporting Allied landings in Normandy and southern France, and joining operations in the Aegean Sea.

    If you want to do something a bit different with your Hellcat kit and have plenty of photo references into the bargain then this is a perfect book decal combo for you.

    This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$13.00.

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    Kagero Mini TopColors #39 Captured Panzers in Allied Service

    Model Builder International - Sun, 05/26/2019 - 19:03
    Kagero Mini TopColors #39 Captured Panzers in Allied Service

    The mini Topcolos series of books are smaller books with decal sheets. You get large images of 16 vehicles and a decal sheet for all of them in each of 1/72, 1/48 and 1/35 scales. Looking at the price of this book you might want to think of it as a decal sheet with an instruction booklet rather than the usual sheet of paper. Considering you also get the decals in 3 scales it’s incredibly good value too.

    The book has…

    • 16 pages
    • format (sizes): (205×275 mm)
    • decal sheet
    • booklet binding
    • Authors: Marek Jaszczołt, Arkadiusz Wróbel
    • ISBN 978-83-62878-89-5

    You get a big decal sheet with 1:72, 1:48 and 1:35 markings for no less than 16 German armored fighting vehicles captured by Allied troops and used against their former owners. The decal sheet was printed by Cartograf. Each painting scheme is depicted on a beautifully drawn colour profile and described in the 18-page guidebook with English and Polish text. The authors selected the following vehicles:

    • Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. F of the 1st Ranger Battalion, Tunisia, spring 1943,
    • Sd.Kfz. 222 of No. 2 ACC, North Africa, 1943,
    • Jagdpanzer 38(t) „Chwat”, Warsaw, Poland, August 1944,
    • Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. A of 1er bataillon AS de l’Ain, Méximieux, France, September 1944,
    • 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf Selbstfahrlafette Sd.Kfz. 4/1 of 1er G.M.R., Saint-Nazaire area, France, October 1944,
    • Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G of the 145th Regiment RAC, Italy, 1944/1945,
    • Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G of the 4th Battalion Coldstream Guards, the Netherlands, winter 1944/1945,
    • Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H/J of l’Escadron Autonome de Chars Besnier, Saint-Nazaire area, France, February-March 1945,
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/8 Ausf. D of an unidentified U.S. Army unit, Germany, 1945,
    • Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G of the 366th Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment, Hungary, March 1945.
    • Panzerbefehlswagen Panther Ausf. G of l’Escadron Autonome de Chars Besnier, Saint-Nazaire area, France, March-May 1945,
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/7 Ausf. D of the 153rd Field Regiment RA, Guards Armoured Division, Germany, 1945,
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf. D “Řevnice 5”, Prague area, Czech Territory, May 1945,
    • Sd.Kfz. 250 Ausf. A, Prague, Czech Territory, May 1945,
    • Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. G of the 5th Independent Self-Propelled Artillery Squadron, 6th Infantry Division, Poland, May 1945,
    • Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. J of the 5th Independent Self-Propelled Artillery Squadron, 6th Infantry Division, Poland, May 1945.

    If you want to do something a bit different with your German armour kit then this is a perfect book decal combo for you.

    This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$11.00.

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    Review: Flyhawk 1/700 HMS Kelly

    Model Builder International - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 06:56
    Flyhawk 1/700 HMS Kelly 1940

    HMS Kelly was a K-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy and flotilla leader of her class. She served through the early years of the Second World War; in Home Waters, off Norway, and in the Mediterranean. Throughout her service, Kelly was commanded by Lord Louis Mountbatten. She was lost in action in 1941 during the Battle of Crete.

    HMS Kelly was not the luckiest of ships. She was commissioned on Aug 23, 1939, and was soon back in dry dock for a month-long repair due to storm damage.
    On the afternoon of 14 December 1939, Kelly struck a mine and sustained damage to her hull assisting the tanker Atheltemplar which had earlier struck a mine laid by German destroyers off the Tyne Estuary. Kelly was taken in tow by a tug and returned to the Tyne. She was towed to Hawthorn Leslie’s yard for repairs, which took just a little over three months. Two days after her return to service she collided with HMS Gurkha and was back in dry dock for 8 weeks.

    On the night 9 May/10 May 1940, during the Battle of Norway, Kelly was torpedoed amidships by the German E-boat S 31. Severely damaged, she was taken under tow and for four days she was attacked by E-boats and bombers as she struggled back to port at three knots. The Navy Controller wrote that she survived “not only by the good seamanship of the officers and men but also on account of the excellent workmanship which ensured the watertightness of the other compartments. A single defective rivet might have finished her.” She was repaired and returned to service.

    She was not fit for active service until December 1940. Her bad luck had seen her on active service for less than two weeks over the previous 14 months. After working up trials she was sent to the Mediterranean. On 23 May, during the evacuation of Crete, she was bombed and sunk, with half her crew killed.

    More  information available about her here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Kelly_(F01)

    There have been 3 boxings of HMS Kelly by Matchbox (1980), Revell (2013) and White Ensign in resin. These are the only kids of the K-class I am aware of. It would not take much for Flyhawk to also release J and N-class destroyers as they were so similar to the K-class and are very poorly represented in any scale.

    The kit comes with a top opening box and it is quite sturdy. The outside of the box has images of their planned HMS Agincourt and Scharnhorst kits. All the sprues are bagged and the larger items are in a bag of their own. The hull and deck parts are wrapped in foam and secured with elastic bands. The small PE fret and decal sheet are attached to a piece of card and in their own bag too. Inside the box we have:

    • 1 long, colour instruction sheet plus a small addendum to the instructions on a separate piece of paper.
    • 1 small decal sheet
    • 189 approx plastic parts on 12 sprues
    • 10 separate larger parts
    • 2 PE parts on 1 fret

    The level of detail in this kit is up to Flyhawk’s usual exceptional standards. The sprues with the finer parts have raised edges so the delicate parts are off the table when the sprue is laid down. Attachment points are small and ejector pin marks are out of the way. There is lots of fine detail on the parts The ship is built in 9 steps and the instructions are clear and colour coded where needed to aid in showing what goes where.

    The colour scheme is shown in colour and the paints are called out by name and Mr. Hobby, Tamiya and WEM colour ranges. The views are clear and it will be easy to paint her from the information given. The small decal sheet has the ships pennant numbers, G61, F61, F85 and G85 and a couple of royal ensigns. (85 is HMS Jupiter and 61 is HMS Javelin, so there may well be a J-Class kit not far away.).

    The best price I can see for this kit is on eBay for $25.99 including shipping. Another $7 will get you the Deluxe Edition with brass barrels and more PE. You can also buy the PE and barrels separately as well as a masking set.

    Conclusion
    This kit should do well for a couple of reasons. Firstly it’s an excellent kit in its own right with an impressive level of detail on the 200+ parts of the basic kit and even more detail when you use the 100+ PE parts of the deluxe kit. Secondly, it’s the first time anyone has done a plastic 1/700 HMS Lance, so that will make it very popular among builders of WW2 Royal Navy kits.

    Many thanks to Flyhawk for sending along the kit for review.

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    HobbyBoss June 2019 Releases

    Model Builder International - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 17:48
    HobbyBoss June 2019 Releases

    1:72 Kanonen und Flakwagen ITEM No.: 82925

    1:35 Pz.Kpfw.VI Sd.Kfz.182 Tiger II (Henschel Feb-1945 Production) ITEM No.: 84532

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    Review: AJM Models 1/700 USS Currituck 1944

    Model Builder International - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 20:04
    Review: AJM Models 1/700 USS Currituck 1944

    History

    USS Currituck (AV-7) was the first of four Currituck class seaplane tenders and was nicknamed the Wild Goose. She was built during World War II and served during the Cold War.

    Currituck was commissioned on 26 June 1944 and she arrived in San Pedro Bay, Leyte, on 6 November to begin tending seaplanes flying missions in the Leyte operations.

    Currituck sailed from Leyte on 6 January 1945 for the initial landings at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, three days later, and remained there tending seaplanes and directing seaplane search operations. She returned to Leyte in February, then sailed for Manila in March. Upon her arrival, she sent boarding parties to inspect abandoned Japanese vessels in the harbor. Her tender duties at this port included maintenance of the 76th Wing of the Royal Australian Air Force from 27 April to 6 May.

    Departing Manila 10 June 1945 Currituck maintained a base for seaplanes conducting night searches from Lingayen Gulf between 11 June and 20 August, then returned to Manila 24 August. She sailed for Okinawa on 30 August.

    Currituck remained in the Far East in support of the reoccupation of the Chinese mainland, tending seaplanes at Inchon, Korea, and Shanghai, Tsingtao, and Taku, China, returning to Okinawa 28 October. She got underway for the United States on 9 December and arrived at San Francisco on 30 December.

    Kit History

    The only previous kits of USS Currituck class are from the 50s and in 1/426 scale by Revell. This is the only modern kit and the only 1/700 kit available.

    Inside the box:

    • approx 180 resin parts plus a solid resin hull
    • 1 PE sheet with about 440 parts
    • 7 small PE sheets with about 105  parts
    • 1 decal sheet
    • 5 sheets of double-sided paper giving
      • 1 page of the parts layout
      • 1.5 colour page of parts layout and painting guide
      • 7.5 pages of build instructions over 30 steps
    • decals for USS Currituck plus 5 aircraft

    The box is a top opening cardboard box and all the parts inside are bagged and wrapped in bubble wrap. The smaller resin parts are tightly packed in a small resealable bag so they can’t be damaged. The packaging is good.

    The resin parts are very nicely detailed and some of the smaller parts are just that, very small. Care will be needed when removing the smaller parts from the pour stubs.

    The PE frets are made from very thin PE and again, some of the parts are very fine and will need care. The level of detail made possible by the PE is very high and will make for an excellent model.

    The 5 aircraft are:

    • 1 x P-5 Mariner
    • 2 x OS2U Kingfisher
    • 2 x Curtiss SOC Seagull

    Instructions

    The instructions are good and lay things out well. The first page of the 4 pages on paper is a parts layout so you can find the parts you need. It’s handily laid out starting with 1 at the top left to the highest numbered parts at the bottom right.

    There’s a painting guide on the second page.

    The other pages cover the 30 build steps of the build. PE parts are numbered inside a square box and resin parts are numbered inside a rounded box. Each step is nicely drawn and labeled and it seems clear what is needed. Rigging is shown on the colour painting guide.

    Paint & Decals

    The colours are called out in Life Colour paints and also named. There are  3 colour images of the ship and these are good enough to show you all you need to know to paint the ship. The rigging layout is also shown in these diagrams.

    There is a decal sheet for USS Currituck and also for the seaplanes.

    Conclusion
    This kit is not for beginners because to start with it’s a resin kit and needs care to avoid inhaling the dust. Also, it has many small parts and high PE part count for a ship of this size. However, this is a nicely detailed kit and you will end up with a spectacular model of the USS Currituck.

    The kit is available from our online store here.

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    Trumpeter June 2019 Releases

    Model Builder International - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 13:50
    Trumpeter June 2019 Releases

    P-40N War Hawk
    Item No.: 02212 Scale: 1:32

    M4 Command and Control Vehicle (C2V)
    Item No.: 01063 Scale: 1:35

    M270/A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System – Norway
    Item No.: 01048 Scale: 1:35

    Russian Destroyer Taszkient 1940
    Item No.: 05356 Scale: 1:350

    Soviet JS-5 Heavy Tank
    Item No.: 09566 Scale: 1:35

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    Italeri May 2019 Releases

    Model Builder International - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 13:45
    Italeri May 2019 Releases

    1/72 PEGASUS BRIDGE – D.Day 75°Ann.1944-2019 – BATTLE SET
    On the night between 5th and 6th June 1944, during the early stages of the Operation Overlord the 6th British Airborne Division received the goal to capture and control the movable bridge that crossed the Orne River near the city of Ouistreham in Normandy. The control of the bridge, renamed in code “Pegasus” was a key point to make secure the eastern flank of the operational scenario and to prevent German armour troops counterattack that could reach the Allied landing area at Sword beach. The British paratroopers, in Horsa gliders, landed near the bridge and, thanks to a rapid and effective action, defeated the German troops that defended the bridge. Even today the Pegasus Bridge is a point of reference for all those who visit the most significant places of “Overlord”.

    1/24 SCANIA R400 STREAMLINE Flat Roof
    SUPER DECALS FOR 2 VERSIONS – CHROMED ADHESIVE – COLOR INSTRUCTION SHEET

    The Scania R-series Streamline is designed to meet the highest demands in terms of fuel economy, driver comfort and reliability. The unique style of the exterior is combined with new exceptional interiors offer exceptional driver comfort and a wide range of choices of colors and materials. Available with both V8 engines and online. Robust, responsive and efficient, the Scania V8 engines are built to carry out the toughest jobs. Our model is also completed by a decals sheet and an accurate sheet of metallic adhesive, already ready for the application, for a correct finishing of the tractor vehicle, exactly as in the real.

    1/72 WAR THUNDER – UH-1C & MI-24D
    The box contains:

    Two model kit – Colored Sprues – Reference Guide – Color Instuctions sheet – two Stand bases – Glue –

    Bonus Code (PC/Mac Version): Thach’s F2-A1 Buffalo (Rank 1.0 USA Premium Fighter); He-112B (Rank 1, Germany Premium Fighter) – 7 days of premium account – Italeri Decal

    UH-1C

    The UH-1C was a further development of the legendary American “Huey” helicopter. The “C” variant transformed the Huey from a regular utility helicopter into a fully fledged gunship, whose primary task was to escort its transport counterparts and provide cover for ground units. The UH-1C entered production at the height of the Vietnam War in 1966, with the over 700 produced units seeing extensive use during the conflict.

    MI-24D

    The Mi-24 “Hind” was initially designed in the 1960s as an assault helicopter for the Soviet Army, but it quickly became the most widely used combat helicopter in the world. The Mi-24D
    was developed in the early 1970s in an effort to further increase the Hind’s combat capabilities. Soviet engineers achieved this by giving the Mi-24D a completely redesigned front fuselage, increasing armor protection and outfitting the helicopter with improved guided anti-tank missiles.

    1/72 Fokker F27 Friendship
    SUPER DECAL SHEET FOR 3 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTION SHEET

    The twin-engine Fokker F-27 Friendship was developed during the fifties by the Dutch airplanes manufacturer to provide a valid successor to the old traditional piston engine Douglas DC-3 in service since the World War II. The Fokker F-27 immediately achieved a good commercial success in civil and military uses and it was even produced under licence in the United States. Thanks to its two 2,250 Hp Rolls-Royce turboprop engines the Fokker was able to reach the max speed of 460 Km/h. Since its start of production it was adopted by a lot of airlines that found in it the best solution for short-haul routes. The adoption of two turboprop engines, compared to traditional piston engines, reduced vibrations and provided an improved comfort on board. The plane was very versatile and was widely used for freight transport activities, troop transport duties and maritime patrol.

    1/35 KANGAROO
    NEW GLUABLE RUBBER TRUCKS – SUPER DECALS FOR 3 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

    During the Africa campaign, the British Army used some Stuart light tanks, without the turrets, as armored personnel carriers or as artillery tractors. Later on, to overcome the shortage of armored vehicles, the Canadian General Guy Simonds ordered to the field workshops to remove the howitzers from the old M7 Priest and to convert them into infantry transport vehicles. Thanks to the positive results came out from the initiative among the Commonwealth troops, a lot of old tanks have been converted in “Kangaroo”. Kangaroo was the nickname given to the modified vehicles able to perform the transportation of fully equipped soldiers directly close to the enemy line. The defensive armament could be vary and it depended on the availability of weapons as the .50 or .030 Browning machine guns and the Boys anti-tank rifle.

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    Hasegawa July 2019 Releases

    Model Builder International - Sat, 05/04/2019 - 17:06
    Hasegawa July 2019 Releases

      Arado Ar234C
      Scale … 1: 48
      part number … … 09845
      release date … July 07, 2019

      Mitsubishi T-2 “Blue Impulse”
      09636Scale … 1: 48
      part number … … 09636
      release date … July 07, 2019

      F-14A Tom Cat “VF-84 Jolly Rogers”
      Scale … 1: 72
      part number … … 02269
      release date … around July 14, 2019 .
      part number … 195

      A10 Thunderbolt II “UAV”
      Scale … 1:48
      part number ……… 02307
      Release Date …… around 07 May 20, 2019
      overall length … 225mm
      width … 242mm

      Nakajima Ki-44-II Kai “85th Fighter Regt”
      Scale … 1: 48
      part number … … JT37
      release date … July 20, 2019

      F-35 Lightning II (B type) “Beast mode”
      Scale … 1: 72
      part number … … 02306
      release date … about August 2, 2019
      model full length … 217mm
      model full width … 148mm

      Add new mold parts and reproduce the “Beast mode” of F-35B!
      Weapons are also installed outside the aircraft, stealth performance is lost, but attack power is a form that has been greatly enhanced.

      Attachment include

      • Laser induction bomb
      • Air to air missile AIM-9X sidewinder

      Additional plastic parts

      • Gun pod
      • Pylon
      • Missile launcher

      Decal (marking)
      F-35B SDD flight test unit No. 2 “BF-02”. USMC 121st Marine Battle Attack Squadron “Green Knights”

      Yanmar Combine YH6115
      Scale … 1: 35
      part number … … WM07
      release date … around August 02, 2019
      model full length … 137.5 mm
      model full width … 69.5 mm

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      CLEAR THE SKIES - THE ASF-X SHINDEN II AIMS TO DOMINATE AIR BATTLES. 1:72 SCALE KIT FROM HASEGAWA

      Scale Model News - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 05:06

      FOR VIDEO GAME FANS, the Hasegawa 1:72 scale Ace Combat ASF-X Shinden II assembles to make an excellent fantasy model. For aviation freaks, the kit provides a chance to build a ‘what-if’ design, based loosely on the Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut (Golden Eagle).
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      Luftfahrtverlag-Start Decals for Revell 1/72 U-Boat Type IXC

      Model Builder International - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 12:30
      Luftfahrtverlag-Start Decals for Revell 1/72 U-Boat Type IXC

      This decal sheet from Luftfahrtverlag-Start is for the 1/72 Revell 05166 kit of a Type IXC U-boat. The kit gives you 2 decal schemes but this decal set gives you another 16 options!

      The bag contains a decal sheet, 3 resin parts and a full colour, half A4 sized booklet of 8 pages. The resin parts are part of the options for U-153 and U-504. U-153 went to sea with a battle axe attached to the conning tower and U-503 had a large circular plaque attached to each side of the conning tower.

      The 16 options are:

      • U-66 1941-42
      • U-66 1942-44
      • U-67 1941-43
      • U-68 1941-44
      • U-126 1943
      • U-128 1941-43
      • U-129 1942-44
      • U-130 1943
      • U-153 1941-42
      • U-155 1944-45
      • U-156 1941-43
      • U-502 1943-44
      • U-503 1941-42
      • U-504 1941-43
      • U-507 1941-43
      • U-509 1941-43

      Luftfahrtverlag-Start occasionally does limited run decal sheets of aircraft, and submarines. Usually, the print run is 500 copies, and once they’re out of stock, that’s it. The decal sheet is printed by Cartograph.

      The quality of the decals themselves is very good, as you would expect from Cartograph. The whites look good and the other colours are vibrant.

      Conclusion
      Impeccably researched, as you’d expect from the publishers of U-Boot im Focus. The decal sheet is highly recommended and will allow you to build a unique Type IX-C U-boat that you won’t see anywhere else.

      The decals cost 19,50 Euro + shipping.
      The decals are available on their website on this page.

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      Eduard May 2019 Releases

      Model Builder International - Fri, 04/26/2019 - 13:42
      Eduard May 2019 Releases

      Fokker D. VII (OAW) 1/72

      ProfiPACK edition kit of German WWI fighter aircraft Fokker D.VII in 1/72 scale.

      The kit is focused on aircraft built by OAW factory.

      • plastic parts: Eduard
      • No. of decal options: 5
      • decals: Eduard
      • PE parts: yes, pre-painted,
      • painting mask: yes,
      • resin parts: no

      Barbarossa 1/48

      Limited Edition kit of Bf 109 E and Bf 109 F-2 aircraft in 1/48 scale.

      The kit is focused on a/c flown in Soviet Union during Operation Barbarossa and fall of 1941.

      • plastic parts: Eduard
      • No. of decal options: 11
      • decals: Eduard
      • PE parts: yes, pre-painted
      • painting mask: yes
      • resin parts: yes, seat, undercarriage wheels

      Shachak 1/48

      Limited Edition kit of Mirage IIICJ jet aircraft in Israeli air force service in 1/48 scale.

      • plastic parts: Eduard
      • No. of decal options: 5
      • decals: Cartograf
      • PE parts: yes, pre-painted
      • painting mask: yes
      • resin parts: yes, tail cone & exhaust nozzle

      Fw 190A-3 1/48

      Weekend edition kit of German WWII fighter aircraft Fw 190A-3 in 1/48 scale.

      • plastic parts: Eduard
      • No. of decal options: 2
      • decals: Eduard
      • PE parts: no
      • painting mask: no
      • resin parts: no

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      Review: AJM Models 1/700 HMS Express H-61 1941-2

      Model Builder International - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 21:28
      Review: AJM Models 1/700 HMS Express 1941-2

      History

      HMS Express was an E-class minelaying destroyer built for the Royal Navy in the early 1930s.

      Express spent most of the first year of World War 2 laying minefields in British, Dutch and German waters. She participated in the evacuation of Allied soldiers from Dunkirk in May–June 1940, but resumed minelaying afterward. The ship was one of three British minelaying destroyers that inadvertently entered a German minefield off the Dutch coast a few months later, leading to the sinking of two destroyers. Express had her bow blown off during the incident and was under repair for over a year.

      She escorted the battleship Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser Repulse (Force Z) to Singapore in late 1941 in an unsuccessful attempt to deter Japanese aggression against British possessions in the Far East. The destroyer then escorted the capital ships in an attempt to intercept landings in British Malaya in December and rescued their survivors after they were sunk by Japanese bombers.

      Express was then assigned convoy escort duties in and around Singapore and the Dutch East Indies under the control of American-British-Dutch-Australian Command (ABDACOM) as the Japanese advanced. She escaped from the East Indies and rejoined the main body of the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean.

      Express returned home in early 1943 to begin conversion into an escort destroyer. Upon its completion in June, the ship was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and renamed Gatineau. Gatineau was paid off in early 1946 and was sold the following year. The ship became part of a breakwater on the coast of British Columbia in 1948.

      Kit History

      The only people who have made a kit of this class of ship are Tamiya with an E Class kit from 2007. It has about 59 parts so doesn’t compare to the level of detail on this. Even if you manage to find one of the White Ensign upgrade sets for the Tamiya model you will still get more detail in this kit.

      Inside the box:

      • 120 resin parts plus a solid resin hull
      • 1 PE sheet with about 140 parts
      • 4 small PE sheets with 12 parts
      • 1 decal sheet
      • 2 sheets of double-sided paper giving
        • 1 colour page of parts layout and painting guide
        • 3 pages of build instructions over 9 steps
      • decals for HMS Express H61

      The box is a top opening cardboard box and all the parts inside are bagged and wrapped in bubble wrap. The smaller resin parts are tightly packed in a small resealable bag so they can’t be damaged. The packaging is very good.

      The resin parts are very nicely detailed and some of the smaller parts are just that, very small. Care will be needed when removing the smaller parts from the pour stubs.

      The PE frets are made from very thin PE and again, some of the parts are very fine and will need care. The level of detail made possible by the PE is very high and will make for an excellent model.

      Instructions

      The instructions are good and lay things out well. The first page of the 4 pages on paper is a parts layout so you can find the parts you need. It’s handily laid out starting with 1 at the top left to the highest numbered parts at the bottom right. There’s a painting guide on this page too.

      The other 3 pages cover the 9 build steps of the build. PE parts are numbered inside a square box and resin parts are numbered inside a rounded box. Each step is nicely drawn and labeled and it seems clear what is needed. There is also a full page rigging diagram too. You will need to read the instructions carefully to work out a good build sequence for yourself.

      Paint & Decals

      The colours are called out in Life Colour paints and also named. There are  2 colour images of the ship and these are good enough to show you all you need to know to paint the ship.

      There is a small decal sheet for HMS Express only.

      Conclusion
      This kit is not for beginners because to start with it’s a resin kit and needs care to avoid inhaling the dust. Also, it has many small parts and high PE part count for a ship of this size. However, this is a nicely detailed kit and you will end up with the best E class destroyer currently available on the market.

      Many thanks to AJM Models for supplying a review sample.

      The kit is available from our online store here.

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