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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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Iliad Design 1/72 Naval T-Birds Decal Sheet

Model Builder International - Sun, 07/28/2019 - 17:30
Iliad Design 1/72 Naval T-Birds Decal Sheet

This decal sheet is numbered 72012 and arrived from Iliad decals in a stout cardboard envelope. This decal sheet is a reprint and was originally released in 2014. They obviously sold well and are still in demand. The subjects of this sheet are:

  • TV-2 NAS Glenview
  • TV-2 drone controller, GMGRU-1, 1959
  • TV-2, Marine Air Squadron 32
  • TV-2, Naval Air Training Unit, NAS Glynco, Georgia
  • TV-2 US Marines, MCAS El Toro, 1961

The set contains just the aircraft specific decals and one set of stencils that can be used on aircraft 2, 4 and 5. Other than that you will have to use the stencils from the kit you’re using. You have all the stars and bars etc to make all 5 aircraft though – if you have 5 kits available!

The contents of this set are:

  • 1 double-sided colour sheet of instructions
  • 1 21 cm x 14 cm decal sheet

The instructions are clear and simple and give all the extra details you’re going to need to get your build right. The port side views of each aircraft have details against each of them letting you know details about the painting scheme used and any idiosyncrasies of the individual aircraft. All the colours used on the aircraft are named. On the reverse side of the sheet are top views of the 5 aircraft showing decal placement on the top and bottom of the aircraft.

The decal sheet, as you can see in the photographs and the video, are perfectly in register, well detailed and the colours look good too. The backing film is minimal to non-existent except in places where it is needed to line text up. Iliad has chosen a diverse range of aircraft to build with many colourful options.

If you want to build one of these then the T-33 from Platz, reviewed here, would be a good choice.

This set is available for $12.00 from Iliad Design’s site.

Conclusion:
This is a very nice decal set with some attractive options for any 1/72 Naval T-Birds.

Many thanks to Iliad Design for the review sample.

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Kagero Famous Airplanes #10 Albatross D.III/D.V

Model Builder International - Sun, 07/28/2019 - 14:29
Kagero Famous Airplanes #10 Albatross D.III/D.V

History of the Fokker D.VII

The Albatros D.III was a biplane fighter aircraft used by the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I. A modified licence model was built by Oeffag for the Austro-Hungarian Air Service (Luftfahrtruppen). The D.III was flown by many top German aces, including Wilhelm Frankl, Erich Löwenhardt, Manfred von Richthofen, Karl Emil Schäfer, Ernst Udet, and Kurt Wolff, and Austro-Hungarian ones, like Godwin von Brumowski. It was the preeminent fighter during the period of German aerial dominance known as “Bloody April” 1917.

The Albatros D.V was a fighter aircraft built by the Albatros Flugzeugwerke and used by the Luftstreitkräfte (Imperial German Air Service) during World War I. The D.V was the final development of the Albatros D.I family and the last Albatros fighter to see operational service. Despite its well-known shortcomings and general obsolescence, approximately 900 D.V and 1,612 D.Va aircraft were built before production halted in April 1918. The D.Va continued in operational service until the end of the war.

The contents list to this book shows 4 parts, but I could actually describe it in more parts.

  • p4 History & Development
  • p15 Albatorss D.III Construction
  • p19 Albatross in combat
  • p21 In the Polish Air Force
  • p25 COlours & Designation
  • p32 Build #1 of Eduard 1/48 Albatros D.III
  • p44 Build #2 of WIngnut Wings’ 1/32 Albatros D.V
  • p66 Build #3 of WIngnut Wings’ 1/32 Albatros D.Va
  • p82 Colour Profiles

From the publisher’s website:

  • Albatros D.III/D.V Aces’ fighter
  • Tomasz J. Kowalski, Wojciech Fajga, Vitor Costa, Damian Majsak
  • ISBN: 978-83-65437-95-2
  • A4 format
  • pages 92
  • 54 archival photos
  • about 180 colorful photos
  • 2 sheets of archival drawings
  • 11 color profiles

The Albatros D.III, often called „De-drei”, is a neat single-seat biplane fighter armed with two guns firing through the propeller. It goes up like a balloon and at full throttle it reaches 170 kilometers per hour.

This book is a perfect book for a modeler. There are 3 complete in-depth build articles written in English and Polish with a lot more info than you would find in a modeling magazine or online article. The articles are well written and in depth with very good photographs. On top of that, you get a pretty complete history of the aircraft including details of how it was constructed and the colours used on the production line. Then it’s finally wrapped up with some colour profiles. The only downside is that the English translation is a little odd in places throughout the book. You can still understand what thjey’re saying but the grammar is someitimes a little odd. Everything you might need to build the Albatros or any other biplane, is here!

This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$12.50.

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MiniArt July 2018 Releases

Model Builder International - Fri, 07/26/2019 - 15:39
MiniArt July 2018 Releases

M3 LEE LATE PROD.
35214
Scale: 1:35
HIGHLY DETAILED MODEL
WORKABLE T41 TRACKS INCLUDED
ALL HATCHES CAN BE POSED OPEN & CLOSED
PHOTO-ETCHED PARTS INCLUDED
CLEAR PARTS INCLUDED
DECAL SHEET FOR 8 VARIANTS

GRANT Mk.I
35276
Scale: 1:35
HIGHLY DETAILED MODEL
WORKABLE WE210 TRACKS INCLUDED
ALL HATCHES CAN BE POSED OPEN & CLOSED
PHOTO-ETCHED PARTS INCLUDED
CLEAR PARTS INCLUDED
DECAL SHEET FOR 8 VARIANTS

GERMAN ROCKETS 28cm WK Spr & 32cm WK FLAMM
35316
Scale: 1:35
UNASSEMBLED PLASTIC MODEL KIT
BOX CONTAINS GERMAN ROCKET GRENADES WITH WOODEN CRATES AND DECALS

U.S. FUEL DRUMS 55 GALS.
35592
Scale: 1:35
Box contains 6x U.S. 55 gal. fuel drums plus decals

GERMAN GAS STATION 1930-40s
35598
Scale: 1:35
Unassembled Plastic Model Kit
Car & Building Not Included
Kit contains PE Parts, Decals & Paper Posters

T-34/85 SEA STAR WHEELS SET
37033
Scale: 1:35
Unassembled Plastic Model Kit
The Kit Contains Road Wheels, Sprockets and Idler Wheels.

KMT-7 MID TYPE MINE-ROLLER
37045
Scale: 1:35
HIGHLY DETAILED MODEL
CHAIN INCLUDED
COMPATIBLE WITH TANKS SERIES:
T-55, T-62, T-64, T-72, T-80, T-90, BMR-1, BMR-2, BMR-3.

ACCESSORIES FOR BUILDINGS (re-released)
35585
Scale: 1:35
This kit contains unassembled and unpainted house accessories.

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Hasegawa Sept 2019 Releases

Model Builder International - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 15:46
Hasegawa Sept 2019 Releases

    Mitsubishi A6M1
    Scale … 1: 48
    part number … … 09840
    part number … 83
    model total length … 178.5 mm
    model full width … 250 mm

    Decal (marking)
    Prototype No. 1 “Co-AM-1” 1939
    Prototype No. 2 “CO-AM-2” 1939

    Focke Wolf Ta154V-3 Mosquito
    Scale … 1: 72
    part number … … CP15

    F-111G Aard Burk “Australian Air Force”
    Scale … 1: 72
    part number … … 02314
    part number … 155
    model total length … 320 mm
    model full width … 296 mm

    Decal (marking)
    The 82nd Attack Air Force Sixth Flight Squadron “272” (Ambley base: 2002)
    The 82nd Attack Air Force Sixth Flight Squadron 60th Anniversary Painting Machine “274” (1999)

    F-86D Saber Dog “US Air Force”
    Scale … one seventy-two
    part number ……… BP5

    F-15J Eagle “305SQ 40th Anniversary” w / High Detail Nozzle Parts
    Scale … 1: 72
    part number … … 02312
    number of parts … 80
    model full length … 267 mm
    model full width … 179 mm

    With super high detail 3D printing nozzle parts! (Closed state) × 2

    Decal (marking)
    JASDF 5th Air Corps 305th Squadron Unit 40th Anniversary Painting Machine “876” (Nittahara Base: March 2019)

    F / A-18E Super Hornet “VFA-14 Top Hatter’s CAG
    Scale … 1: 72
    part number … … 02309
    number of parts  … 118
    model total length … 255mm
    model full width … 184 mm

    Decal (marking)
    14th Battle Attack Squadron “Top Hatters” CAG aircraft “NG200” (2019), equipped with USN aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis

    Space Shuttle Orbiter & Boeing 747
    Scale … 1: 200
    part number … … 10680
    part number … 92

    In 2011, the Space Shuttle Orbiter, a major contributor to human space development, was retired and the Space Shuttle, unable to fly on its own, was mainly from the landed regional base to
    the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the upper part of the B747. It was transported in a fixed state.
    The B747 is a special aircraft belonging to NASA, and was also used to support gliding tests in the atmosphere during space shuttle development.
    The kit includes a connector for fixing, a stabilizer added to the horizontal tail end of the B747, and a nozzle protection cover for the space shuttle.
    It is a selective expression at the time of the transporter and glide test.

    Additional plastic parts
    Shuttle mounting post attached to upper part of B747 fuselage
    Horizontal tail stabilizer
    Shuttle booster nozzle cover
    Pitot tube for enterprise

    Decal (marking)
    [Space Shuttle Orbiter] Discovery / Enterprise (Aircraft for Glide Flight Test) / Colombia / Challenger / Atlantis / Endeavor
    [Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier] NASA New Logo “N911NA” “N905NA” / NASA Old Logo “905” (Former American Airlines Color) / NASA Old Logo “911”

    Kawanishi H8 K1 2 type large flying boat 11 type “second Pearl Harbor attack”
    Scale … 1: 72
    part number … … 02311
    number of parts … 299
    model full length … 407mm
    model full width … 528 mm

    Reproduce the figure of the second attack on Pearl Harbor (Operation K: March 4-5, 1942). “Y-71” “Y-72” of the Yokohama Naval Air Corps carried out the second Pearl Harbor attack operation by
    receiving refueling by submarines at the relay point taking advantage of the range of the aircraft.  The two units reached their targets, dropped bombs and returned safely.

    Decal (marking)
    The second prototype Yokohama Navy Airline Corps belonging model “Y-71” Hitoshi Hashizuge
    The 4th increase trial manufacture Yokohama Navy Air Corps belonging machine “Y-72”

    Kawasaki Ki 45 Kai Double-seat Double-seat fighter Butcher Dragon D-type “Flight 53 squadron”
    Scale … 1: 72
    part number … … 02310
    part number … 77
    model total length … 150mm
    model full width … 209 mm

    Reproduce the aircraft of the slaughtering dragon unit that shot down B-29 many in the night air defense battle!

    Decal (marking)
    Flight 53rd squadron 3rd squadron belonging aircraft “65” (Matsudo Airfield: February, 1945)
    Flight 53rd Squadron 3rd Squadron Affiliation aircraft “59” (Matsudo Airfield: February, 1945)

    P-2H (P2V-7) Neptune “Marine Self Defense Force”
    Scale … 1: 72
    part number … … 01902
    part number … 117
    model total length … 392 mm
    model full width … 410 mm

    Decal (marking)
    Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force 3rd Air Corps belonging aircraft “4660” “4658” Atsugi base
    Maritime Self-Defense Force 4th Air Corps belonging aircraft “4655” Hachinohe base

    Japanese Navy Destroyer Hayami (Yukumo Type) Full Hull Special
    Scale … 1: 700
    part number … … CH124
    model total length … 170.5 mm

    Newly developed ship bottom parts, reproduce the full-hull. A luxurious edition that comes with etching + wooden base + aluminum name plate!
    Wooden parts
    Display stand

    Aluminum parts
    Nameplate

    Additional plastic parts
    Ship bottom parts etc

    Etching parts
    Bridge roof with window frame, chimney rain protection grid, ventilation net, handrail etc

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    The 32nd Destroyer Sqn (1943/1944)

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    HAYNES MODEL BUILDERS' MANUAL BY MAT IRVINE

    Scale Model News - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 06:35

    DESTINED TO BECOME ANOTHER MUST-HAVE on the bookshelves of scale model makers, this new title is written by SMN contributor Mat Irvine.
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    Nuts & Bolts Vol.27 2 cm Flakvierling 38

    Model Builder International - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:34
    Nuts & Bolts Vol.27 2 cm Flakvierling 38

    Even as the Flak 30 was entering service, the Luftwaffe and Heer (army) branches of the Wehrmacht had doubts about its effectiveness, given the ever-increasing speeds of low-altitude fighter-bombers and attack aircraft.

    The 20 mm weapons had always had weak development perspectives, often being reconfigured or redesigned just enough to allow the weapons to find use. Indeed, it came as a surprise when Rheinmetall introduced the 2 cm Flakvierling 38, which improved the weapon just enough to make it competitive once again. The term Vierling literally translates to “quadruplet” and refers to the four 20 mm autocannon constituting the design.

    The Flakvierling weapon consisted of quad-mounted 2 cm Flak 38 AA guns with collapsing seats, folding handles, and ammunition racks. The mount had a triangular base with a jack at each leg for leveling the gun. The tracker traversed and elevated the mount manually using two handwheels. When raised, the weapon measured 307 cm (10 feet 1 inch) high.

    Each of the four mounted guns had a separate magazine that held only 20 rounds. This meant that a maximum combined rate of fire of 1,400 rounds per minute was reduced practically to 800 rounds per minute for combat use – which would still require that an emptied magazine be replaced every six seconds, on each of the four guns. This is the attainable rate of fire; the sustained rate of fire is significantly lower due to rapid heat buildup and barrel erosion.

    The gun was fired by a set of two pedals — each of which fired two diametrically opposite barrels — in either semi-automatic or fully automatic mode. The effective vertical range was 2,200 metres. It was also used just as effectively against ground targets as it was against low-flying aircraft.

    From the publisher’s website:

    In Nuts & Bolts Vol. 25 (Flakpanzer IV) we only provided a brief summary of the 2 cm Flakvierling 38 as the armament of the Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind. During research, we were surprised by the technical complexity of this weapon, and therefore, from our initial studies, it was apparent that this important weapons system deserved its own in-depth Nuts & Bolts. For the first time in recorded literature, an extensive technical description of the gun is given with highlights on the sights used with the gun, as most of the constructional changes of the gun are directly related to the sights. Also, the service history of the Flakvierling is described with organizational schemes and historical photos showing the gun from 1940 to the War’s end, together with a comprehensive review and example of the models available at this time:

    • by Detlev Terlisten
    • published on May 15, 2011
    • softcover
    • german & English texts
    • 160 pages
    • 336 photos (169 historic, 18 models, 149 modern)
    • 65 blueprints
    • 12 camouflage schemes, tactical markings, table of organization (KStN)
    • Available for €29.90 from the Nuts & Bolts website.

    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:

    • Development, page 2
    • technical description page 5
    • Technical data page 14
    • trailers page 17
    • camouflage page 20
    • in service page 22
    • modeling page 27
    • acknowledgments page 32
    • bibliography page 33
    • contemporary photos page 34
    • drawings page 74
    • color profiles page 93
    • preserved guns and components, page 97
    • modeling page 157

    The book starts with the reasons for the development of the weapon form the single barrel Flak 38. There’s a good overview of the development of the weapon and the changes made as production progressed during the war. The different sights used are also covered in depth and the differences between them. Ammunition and the carrying trailers are also covered.

    The crew and what each member did is described along with the weapon’s organization in the Army and Luftwaffe units.

    There’s a complete list of all the kits and aftermarket parts available for the Flakvierling, along with notes on each kit giving which gunsight is included and other details.

    Then after the bibliography, there are the 169 contemporary photos that cover all the different variants of the flakvierling from the early versions to the end of the war. Then follows the 65 1/35 scale line drawings of every variant, including trailers and some larger-scale close-ups of the gunsights. Next follows the 12 color camouflage scheme profiles based on black and white images from the contemporary photos section of the book. Lastly, we come to 149 modern color photos of weapons in museums. These photos show all the parts of the weapon you never normally get to see.

    Conclusion
    Overall this is a definitive reference for the Flakvierling and its variations. There is a wealth of information and photographs that will cover all your modeling needs and it will most likely be the only book you will ever need on this topic.

    I have bought several books direct from the publisher at Nuts & Bolts.

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    Flyhawk 1/700 HMS Lively 1941

    Model Builder International - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 14:29
    Flyhawk 1/700 HMS Lively 1941

    HMS Lively was an L-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She served during the Second World War, and was sunk in the Mediterranean in an air attack on 11 May 1942.

    Commissioned in 1941, she was briefly active in home waters, sailing in the North Sea, but was soon reassigned to the Mediterranean, where she was active as part of the Mediterranean Fleet, and Force K, based at Malta. Lively took part in escorting several convoys to and from the island, as well as intercepting enemy supply convoys to North Africa. She took part in the First and Second Battles of Sirte, and was damaged on a number of occasions in air and surface attacks. She was eventually sunk off Tobruk in May 1942 while trying to intercept an enemy convoy. Despite a wartime career lasting less than a year since her commissioning, she won five battle honours: Atlantic 1941, Mediterranean 1941, Malta Convoys 1941-2, Libya 1942, and Sirte 1942.

    More  information available about her here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Lively_(G40)

    As far as I can tell no one has ever done a kit of HMS Lively before.

    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 decal sheet is in a bag with the brass barrels. In the box we have:

    • 1 long, colour instruction sheet.
    • 8 Brass barrels
    • 1 small decal sheet
    • 206 approx plastic parts on 14 sprues
    • 6 separate larger parts

    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 7 steps and the instructions are clear and colour coded where needed to aid in showing what goes where.

    1. Assembly of the hull with an option for waterline or full hull.
    2. Assemble the 4 main turrets and replace the plastic barrels with the brass ones. Add the forward main turret and some other small parts on the focsle.
    3. Assemble the bridge
    4. Add the bridge and main superstructure to the hull.
    5. Assemble the main mast.
    6. Assemble pom poms, ships boats and funnel and all them and some other parts amidships.
    7. Add the aft 2 turrets, torpedo tubes, depth charges and other small parts to the aft of the ship.

    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, G40, G63, G87 and G74 and a couple of royal ensigns. (G63 is HMS Gurkha, G87 is HMS Lance and G74 is HMS Legion.)

    The best price I can see for this kit is on HobbyEasy for $25.50. You can also buy the PE and 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 PE parts available in the upgrade set. Secondly, it’s the first time anyone has done a plastic 1/700 HMS Lively, 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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    New Kits from Clear Prop

    Model Builder International - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 14:47
    New Kits from Clear Prop

    Clear Prop is a new company from the Ukraine that has released its first 3 kits and has another kit in 2 scales coming soon.

    Their products can be seen and purchased on their website: https://clearpropmodels.com and they have a Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Clearpropmodels/

    They have an interesting idea about 3 different levels of complexity in their kits, a little like Eduard with their Weekend, Profipack etc boxings.
    They came to the conclusion that for experienced modelers it is necessary to create kits which include all additional parts in order to create a model that will replicate the original as much as possible. Such kits have been called “EXPERT” and include plastic, resin, and PE parts. The other types of kits will be “ADVANCED” and “STARTER” options, which will remove the resin and PE which will allow for a lower cost of the kit for the consumer.

    The first three models available are:

    Gloster E28/39 Pioneer Expert kit in 1/72:

    This kit is designed for experienced modelers. It is fully equipped with various accessories that will help you to improve the final result – to create a copy of this aircraft that will repeat the original as much as possible.

    There are 2 versions of model assembling:
    1) with the opened cowling and engine inside or
    2) without the engine, which can be displayed on the special service stand.

    Markings are provided for all possible schemes.

    Colored and detailed assembly manual will make the assembly process easy and enjoyable. And the box will serve as an excellent organizer which will be handy during the assembly process.

    plastic parts – 91
    resin parts – 18
    photoetched parts – 39
    brass parts – 1

    Tu-143 Reys Advanced kit in 1/72:

    This kit is designed for advanced modelers. It is fully equipped with various accessories that will help you to improve the final result – to create a copy of this unmanned reconnaissance aircraft that will repeat the original as much as possible.

    There are 3 versions of model assembling:
    1) in flight with a JATO booster on display stand;
    2) on the chassis;
    3) on the transporting cart
    In any of these three options, you can use either the nose equipped with the film cameras or TV
    cameras payload of your choice.

    Markings are provided for four different schemes.

    Colored and detailed assembly guide will allow you to build this elegant model in one breath and decorate your exposition.

    plastic parts – 55
    photoetched parts – 5
    brass parts – 1

    A5M2b Claude early version Expert kit in 1/72:

    This kit is designed for experienced modelers. It is fully equipped with various accessories (resin, PE and brass parts) that will help you to improve the final result – to create a copy of this aircraft that will repeat the original as much as possible.

    There are 2 versions of model assembling:
    1) with the opened cooling gills using resin parts or
    2) with the closed cooling gills using plastic parts.

    Markings are provided for four different schemes.
    A colored and detailed assembly manual will make the assembly process easy and enjoyable. And the box will serve as an excellent organizer which will be handy during the assembly process.

    plastic parts – 92
    resin parts – 33
    photoetched parts – 60
    brass parts – 2

    I’ve added extensive images of the 3 kits to the gallery at the bottom of the article.

    Next month, two more kits will be released – Ki-51 Sonia in 1/72 and 1/144.

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    Kagero TopDrawings #68 Curtiss P-40

    Model Builder International - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 20:30
    Kagero TopDrawings #68 Curtiss P-40

    The TopDrawings series of books are smaller books that supply line drawings in 1/72 and 1/48 along with some colour profiles and other drawings.

    This book is about the Curtiss P-40 B, C, D, E, and variants. There are many 1/48 and 1/72 line drawings of the various models inside. There are also 6 colour profiles in the centre of the book and the rear cover and an A4 colour poster.

    The book info…

    • Author: Mariusz Łukasik
    • ISBN 978-83-66148-18-5
    • 28 pages
    • drawings sheets A4
    • poster A4
    • 6 color profiles
    • Matte coated paper
    • Format (sizes): A4 (210×297 mm)
    • Booklet binding

    There is no masking foil in this book

    The book starts off with a short overview of the development of the aircraft and the different versions. Then it gets straight into the 1/48 drawings with the original design of the prototype. It goes through the different variants and outlines the changes to each version. It also covers the Tomahawk and Kittyhawk. Most of the views are port side views, but there are also starboard views and views from above and below along with partial views of interesting parts. Wing and fuselage profiles are also shown. Towards the back of the view, 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. The colour poster is of a P-40B in combat over Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941.

    If you want to do something a bit different with your P-40 then this is a perfect book for you to get your external details just right.

    This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$21.30.

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    Trumpeter Aug 2019 Releases

    Model Builder International - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 18:10
    Trumpeter Aug 2019 Releases

    MAZ-537G Late Production type with ChMZAP-9990 semi-trailer
    Item No.: 01065 Scale: 1:35

    PHL-03 Multiple Launch Rocket System
    Item No.: 01069 Scale: 1:35

    Russian 5V28 of 5P72 Launcher SAM-5 “Gammon”
    Item No.: 09550 Scale: 1:35

    Russian BREM-1 Armoured Recovery Vehicle
    Item No.: 09553 Scale: 1:35

    HMS Kent
    Item No.: 05352 Scale: 1:350

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    Iliad Design 1/48 Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog Decal Sheet

    Model Builder International - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 21:05
    Iliad Design 1/48 Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog Decal Sheet

    This decal sheet is numbered 48035 and arrived from Iliad decals in a stout cardboard envelope. The subjects of this sheet are:

    • O-1A Kansas Army National Guard, 1968
    • L-19 11th Army Aviation Sqn, Pakistani Army
    • L-19 South Korean Navy, early 1960s
    • O-1A US Army Reserve
    • L-19 203rd Recon Airplane Company, An Khe, South Vietnam, 1968
    • L-19 Hoantai, Japan, 1652-54

    The set contains just the aircraft specific decals and you would use any stencils from the kit you’re using. You will be able to make all 6 aircraft though – if you have 6 kits available!

    The contents of this set are:

    • 1 double-sided colour sheet of instructions
    • 1 21 cm x 14 cm decal sheet

    The instructions are clear and simple and give all the extra details you’re going to need to get your build right. The port side views of each aircraft have details against each of them letting you know details about the camouflage scheme used and any idiosyncrasies of the individual aircraft. All the colours used on the aircraft are named. On the reverse side of the sheet are top views of the 6 aircraft showing decal placement on the top and bottom of the aircraft.

    The decal sheet, as you can see in the photographs and the video, are perfectly in register, well detailed and the colours look good too. The backing film is minimal to non-existent except in places where it is needed to line text up. Iliad has chosen a diverse range of aircraft to build with a couple of colourful non-green options.

    This set is available for $12.00 from Iliad Design’s site.

    Conclusion:
    This is a very nice decal set with some attractive options for any 1/48 Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog.

    Many thanks to Iliad Design for the review sample.

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    HobbyBoss Aug 2019 Releases

    Model Builder International - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 12:23
    HobbyBoss Aug 2019 Releases

    1:48 Russian Yak-28PP Brewer-E ITEM No.: 81768

    1:35 German 12.8cm FLAK 40 ITEM No.: 84545

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