G'day Benchers! Welcome to our latest episode of “On the bench”. We have our usual listener mailbag along with whats' new in the modelling world. In this episode we have Robert back to talk about the good the bad and the ugly of the worlds kit manufacturers.
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Meng sure does like to pop up now and then with the unique. This model is a case in point - a model of the single prototype flamethrower jeep developed for the British special services unit referred to as "Popski's Private Army." Why this particular concept didn't take off isn't really too hard to grasp. Imagine running around behind enemy lines in a completely unarmored vehicle with several gallons of extremely volatile fluids under pressure in tanks at your back. A single stray bullet could really ruin the crew's entire day, I would think. The only effective way to survive a patrol in this contraption would be with the sincere hope that you have the element of surprise. Otherwise . . .
Meng has made a terrific little kit here of this one-off machine. The only non-styrene addition is the flexible tubing meant to attach the flamethrower gun to the fluid tank. Otherwise this is an extremely straight-forward and enjoyable single evening build.
Brief History from WikiPedia
The IAV (Interim Armored Vehicle) Stryker is a family of eight-wheeled armored fighting vehicles derived from the Canadian LAV III. Stryker vehicles are produced by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada for the United Staes Army. It has 4-wheel drive (8x4) and can be switched to all-wheel drive (8x8). The vehicle is named for two unrelated U.S. soldiers who posthumously received the Medal of Honorr: Private First Class Stuart S Stryker, who died in World War II, and Specialist Four Robert F Stryker, who died in the Vietnam War.
In April 2019, the Army decided to add cannon armament to Stryker DVH ICVVA1 vehicles in three brigades; the first is planned to be equipped in 2022
Copied from the Masterpiece Models website, About Masterpiece Models, "Masterpiece Models manufactures and sells the highest quality resin assembly kits on the market today. Featuring kits for a variety of interests including WWII, Vietnam, Sci-fi, and aircraft bases. We have acquired the rights to a large selection of the Custom Dioramics line that are now available through us as resin assembly kits. Our kits are manufactured at our Vancouver, Washington, USA fabrication and casting shop."
Among the items that Masterpiece Models offers is a jig, sized for 1/72nd and 1/48th scale models. There are no assembly instructions, per se, but that is not a problem. There is a 3x4 inch piece of paper included in the box and all that is required to assemble the jig is to reference that picture. If, for any reason, that slip of paper is not present then one can visit the Masterpiece website and find an image there. Or, just view the image of that slip of paper that shows the assembled jig that is included with this review.
Mark E. Stille, a retired Commander of the U.S. Navy, and is a prolific writer and enthusiast for WW2 naval history - over 40 Osprey titles. Paul Wright painted the ships on the cover and in the text. Alan Gilliland illustrated the maps, ship profiles and armaments. Maurizio Brescia provided many of the photographs.
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The Zoukei Mura Kit
Refer to Part 1 for the construction of this fine model kit.
There have been a number of positive reviews for the Zoukei Mura F-4 Phantom series of model kits, and I cannot add anything new, other than these are really great kits. I would encourage anyone interested in this airraft to purchase any Zoukei Mura Phantom. You will not be sorry.
Aftemarket Accessories Used
This set is designed to be used on Trumpeter's Su-24 kits. The set consists of 10 resin parts which allows you to assemble a pair of exhaust nozzles for your Su-24 Fencer. Each nozzle set is comprised of a section with the rearmost fan blades, the flame-holder for the afterburner, the exhaust pipe and the rear nozzle assembly. The set also includes the rear engine bay bulkhead and the oddly shaped section between the two nozzles.
Read n' Reviewed: Nuts & Bolts vol 43: Famo’s Sd.Kfz.9 18 ton Zugkraftwagen armoured and unarmoured variants
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The first of the modern type of submarines for the Swedish navy was the Sjoormen class, designed in the early 1960s by Kockums, Malmo, and built by that company (three units) and Karlskronavarvet (two units). The class comprised the Sjoormen, Sjolejonet, Sjohunden, Sjobjornen and Sjohasten. With an Albacore type hull for speed and a twin-deck arrangement the class was extensively used in the relatively shallow Baltic where its excellent maneuverability and silent-running capabilities greatly aided the Swedish navy's anti-submarine warfare operations.