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Restored Aurora Frankenstein

New Forum Posts - Sun, 03/31/2019 - 13:55
Here’s another save from the attic. He’s been stripped and reassembled where necessary and primered then hand painted. No airbrushing in this piece. Last pic is what I started with.

Iliad Design 1/48 Mig-19 & J-6 Decal Sheet

Model Builder International - Sun, 03/31/2019 - 12:50
Iliad Design 1/48 Mig-19 J-6 Decal Sheet

This decal sheet is numbered 48005a, similar to the 48005 of the initial release of this 1/48 decal sheet, which makes sense since it is a reprint of that sheet, with an upgrade. This second edition of the sheet has 2 extra aircraft on it and so now has 1 Mig-19S  and 6 Shenyang J-6 instead of the 5 Shenyang J-6 of the first edition. The first edition has been out of print for a while and no one has stock anymore. It was popular and sold out everywhere.

The decal set arrived from Iliad decals in a stout cardboard envelope. The subjects of this sheet are:

  • Shenyang J-6, 26 Sqn., Pakistan Air Force
  • Shenyang J-6, Egyptian Air Force, 1983
  • Shenyang J-6, Pakistan Air Force, retirement ceremony
  • MiG-19S, Soviet aerobatic display team in the late 1950s and early ‘60s
  • Shenyang J-6, Albanian Air Force
  • Shenyang J-6, 925th Fighter Regiment, Vietnamese People’s Air Force, 1972
  • Shenyang J-6, Chinese PLAAF

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 7 aircraft though – if you have 7 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. On the reverse side of the sheet are top views of the 7 aircraft showing camouflage schemes on the top and the colours used on the undersides. All the colours used on the aircraft are named.

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 good set of colourful aircraft to build.

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 Mig-19 or Shenyang J-6.

Many thanks to Iliad Design for the review sample.

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Colours, box art and finally sprues for Trumpeter's April releases in our preview...

The Modelling News - Sun, 03/31/2019 - 09:00
I don't know, this month Trumpeter has taken aaagess to send along sprue shots with their April new kits. The large modern Russian KZKT-7428 Transporter with KZKT-9101 Semi-Trailer and BMP-1AM Basurmanin are the subjects - see a little what they are made of in our Trumpeter April new item preview...Read on... »

1 new photo (March 31)

New Gallery Images - Sun, 03/31/2019 - 07:28

DEFEAT THE DREADED DUST WITH EASY AND QUICK STORAGE SOLUTIONS

Scale Model News - Sun, 03/31/2019 - 07:10


ONCE UPON A TIME my school-age model-maker gang used to meet up each Saturday morning, then go pack-hunting for the latest model kit.
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Hello from Atlanta

New Forum Posts - Sat, 03/30/2019 - 21:50
I'm coming back to the hobby after a hiatus. The last time I built anything, the internet existed but the world-wide-web did not. There wasn't any online shopping back then. Now, I'm amazed at all the stuff I can find out there. There's even a new genre or two (giant robots? really?). I used to do a lot of WW2 and modern era aircraft, but since returning, I've done some more fictional subjects. I've done a couple of Warhammer kits and a few kits based on anime subjects (but not the giant robots). I've not given up on the kits based on real subjects, and will probably return to them at some point. I'd describe myself as a "casual" modeller, I'm not interested in winning or even entering any contests. I learn something new with every kit I put together and I suppose that's what I'm looking for.

Eduard Apr 2019 Releases

Model Builder International - Sat, 03/30/2019 - 14:16
Eduard Apr 2019 Releases

Fw 190A-8 JGr.10 1/48
ProfiPACK edition kit of German WWII fighter aircraft Fw 190A-8 in 1/48 scale.

  • Decals and resin parts for an aircraft equipped with a WGr.21 rocket launcher as BFC bonus.
  • plastic parts: Eduard
  • No. of decal options: 5+1
  • decals: Eduard
  • PE parts: yes, pre-painted,
  • painting mask: yes,
  • resin parts: yes, WGr.21 rocket launcher

Bf 109E-4 Balthasar 1/48
Weekend edition kit of German WWII fighter aircraft Bf 109E-4 in 1/48 scale.

Decals for an aircraft flown by Wilhelm Balthasar as BFC bonus.

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

Tornado F.3 ADV RAF 25th anniversary 1/48
Limited Edition kit of british jet aircraft Tornado F.3 ADV in 1/48 scale.

Decals for “25 years of Tornado” aircraft as a BFC bonus.

  • plastic parts: Revell
  • No. of decal options: 5+1
  • decals: Cartograf
  • PE parts: yes, pre-painted
  • painting mask: yes
  • resin parts: yes, ejection seats, undercarriage wheels

Bf 109E-4 1/48
Weekend edition kit of German WWII fighter aircraft Bf 109E-4 in 1/48 scale. 

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

Tornado F.3 ADV 1/48
Limited Edition kit of British jet aircraft Tornado F.3 ADV in 1/48 scale.

  • plastic parts: Revell
  • No. of decal options: 5
  • decals: Cartograf
  • PE parts: yes, pre-painted
  • painting mask: yes
  • resin parts: yes, ejection seats, undercarriage wheels

Spitfire HF Mk. VIII 1/72

ProfiPACK edition kit of British WWII fighter aircraft Spitfire HF Mk.VIII in 1/72 scale.

The kit is focused on aircraft with pointed wings.

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

Fw 190A-8 1/48

ProfiPACK edition kit of German WWII fighter aircraft Fw 190A-8 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

Spitfire HF Mk. VIII Skalski 1/72

ProfiPACK edition kit of British WWII fighter aircraft Spitfire HF Mk.VIII in 1/72 scale.

The kit is focused on aircraft with pointed wings. Decals for an aircraft flown by Stanislaw Skalski as BFC bonus.

  • plastic parts: Eduard
  • No. of decal options: 5+1
  • decals: Eduard
  • PE parts: yes, pre-painted
  • painting mask: yes
  • resin parts: no

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A Vietnam "scooter" & a Russian prime mover in Hobbyboss' April new Item Preview

The Modelling News - Sat, 03/30/2019 - 04:17
Hobbyboss has finally released the sprue pictures to April's two new kits, workhorses both in the air & on the ground & popular subjects. See sprues, colours, decals & artwork in our new item preview...
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Review: Italeri 1/35 T-34/85

Model Builder International - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 17:31
Review: Italeri 1/35 T-34/85

    History

    Soviet firing tests against a captured Tiger I heavy tank in April 1943 showed that the T-34’s 76 mm gun could not penetrate the front of the Tiger I at all, and the side only at the very close range. A Soviet 85 mm anti-aircraft gun, the 52-K, was found capable of doing the job, and so derivatives of it were developed for tanks. The resulting tank gun could penetrate the side armour of the Tiger I from a distance of 800 meters and the turret side from a distance of 600 meters. It was still not enough to match the Tiger, as a Tiger could destroy the T-34 from a distance of 1,500 to 2,000 meters, but it was a noticeable improvement.

    The Soviet command made the decision to retool the factories to produce an improved version of the T-34. Its turret ring was enlarged from 1,425 mm (56 in) to 1,600 mm (63 in), allowing a larger turret to be fitted and thus the larger 85 mm gun. This was a larger three-man turret, with radio) and observation cupola in the roof. Now the tank commander needed only to command, leaving the operation of the gun to the gunner and the loader. This made the turret, overall, a bigger target (due to the three-man crew and bigger gun), but more resistant to enemy fire. The ammunition load shrank from around 90-100 to 55-60 shells, but the projectiles were 50% heavier (9 kg) and were much better in the anti-armour role.

    Production of the T-34-85 began in February 1944. The improved T-34-85 became the standard Soviet medium tank, with an uninterrupted production run until the end of the war.

    The T-34-85 gave the Red Army a tank with better armour and mobility than the German Panzer IV tank and StuG III assault gun. While it could not match the armour or weapons of the heavier Panther and Tiger tanks, its improved firepower made it much more effective than earlier models, and overall it was more cost-effective than the heaviest German tanks.

    The Laotian Army retired its T-34s in early 2019 and sold them all to Russia, where they will be used for public displays and museum exhibits.

    History in Plastic

    There have been a lot of kits of the T-34/85 – almost 50 boxings in fact. However, the kits done by Dragon (1997), Zvezda (1993), Maquette (1996), Academy (2015) and AFV Club (2009) account for almost all. Italeri’s previous T-34/85 kits were re-boxings of the Zvezda kit. This is Italeri’s first set of T-34/85 moulds.

    The Kit

    In the instructions and online the kit is described as “T-34/85 Zavod 183 Mod. 1944” The bit after the T34/85 is the factory the tank was built in. This kit is made from 100% New Moulds, has 2 types of tracks and has a full interior.

    The box is a standard top opening box and it’s pretty full so nothing can move around. Inside the box we have:

    • 6 Sprues containing 389 parts
    • 1 PE fret with 27 parts
    • 1 decal sheet
    • 2 wires
    • 1 instruction booklet (20 pages)

    Everything is packaged well but the decal sheet wasn’t in a bag in my box, which I thought a little odd. The decal sheet is in perfect condition though so it seems to work. The box is pretty full so I think it’s held in place.

    Instructions & Build

    The build instructions cover 15 pages and 25 steps. The diagrams are nice and big and clearly labeled and laid out. Very nice! The 4 decal options are shown on 2 pages with left, front and back views of each tank. Three are overall Russian green and the 4th has a base of Russian green with winter whitewash applied but worn off in many places.

    The detail on the kit parts is very nice. The turret has a cast texture to it and the attachment points are sensibly sized. There’s no flash, as you would expect from a 100% new kit. The detail on the engine and gearbox are very nice and it would be a shame to hide them. It looks like you don’t get the complete engine, just the top, and ends. You can’t see the sides or the main body of it anyway so you”re not actually missing out. They have designed it so you can leave various hatches open so you can sow the engine and transmission.

    You get 2 options for the tracks, rubber band tracks, and link and length tracks. Choose whichever one works for you! 

    The interior of the turret and the hull are fully detailed but I’m not sure how much of it you will see with the turret in place, even with the hatches open. You can always remove the turret from time to time to see it though. If you leave the driver’s hatch open you can see into the fully detailed front of the hull, although I’m not sure how much you would see. It’s definitely a kit to build with all the hatches open, that’s for sure.

    The photoetch is used for the big grill above the engine and a few small parts. The largest part is only needed if you build the kit with the rear engine compartment cover in the open position. This once again confirms that this kit was designed to be built with all the hatches open to view the full interior.

    Painting & Decals

    The painting instructions are nice and clear although for T-34s it’s usually a simple overall Russian green and these 4 options are no exception. However, one does have a winter whitewash applied that is worn off in several places. The paints are identified by name, FS number and using the Italeri Acrylic range. You get one small decal sheet with decals for each option plus some stencils.

    • T-34/85, 10, 9th Guards Tank Corps/2nd Guards Tank Army, Berlin, April 1945
    • T-34/85, 64th Guards Tank Brigade/1st Guards Tank Army, Pomerania, Feb 1945
    • T-34/85, 44th Guards Tank Brigade, Yugoslavia, Spring 1945
    • T-34/85, 242, Polish Army, July 1945

    Conclusion

    Overall it’s a nicely detailed kit with good surface texture on the cast parts. Giving you the choice of tracks is a good move – not everyone wants to deal with link and length tracks. The parts count is not crazy high for a kit with a full interior so it will appeal to people who want a full interior but don’t want to deal with 800 parts. Italeri have designed a very nice kit here that should appeal to a lot of people.

    The kit is available for about $50 from online retailers.

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    Preview: "Surrounded" the 4th bust in Life Miniature's 'Fictional Universe' range

    The Modelling News - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 05:20
    Life Miniatures newest release is the fourth bust in their new "Fictional Universe"  - this one - showing a girl being attacked by lifeless hands as she tries to escape with her dog brings to mind the Walking Dead or some such tragedy on the human race - see her in 360 in our preview.
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    2019 National Convention Hotel UPDATE

    New Forum Posts - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 10:04
    Folks...We have now sold out THREE hotels near the convention center and just opened a block at a fourth. We have 25 rooms available at the Staybridge Suites, which is directly across the street from the convention center. In fact, other than having to go outside and cross the street, your room will be closer to the convention action than a room at the Marriott. The rates are a little higher than the other hotels, but you can cram more guys into a room there (each one has a queen sized pull out for instance) and breakfast is included. The rates are $154 for a "studio" and $164 for a "double suite", and parking is $9 per day. Check the convention website here: http://ipmsusanationals.com/Chattanooga/Accommodations.aspx Also, if you've already made a reservation at the Staybridge (or know someone who has) PLEASE contact me at mmoore1132@gmail.com. If you contact me before May 1st, I can get your reservation transferred into our block. If your room rate is higher than the convention rates, the hotel will honor the convention rate; and if your current rate is lower, the hotel will honor your current rate. But in either case, if I can get your reservation moved into our block by May 1st, the convention will get credit for the room nights, which is really important. I know many folks have made reservations there already, so please, please, please, let me know if you have so I can confirm it with the hotel! Thanks, and see you in August! Mike

    Build Review: 1/35th scale Yanmar YT5113A Tractor from Hasegawa

    The Modelling News - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 05:58
    WHAT? You're showing the build review of a TRACTOR? WHAT? Ohh yes we did! (since when have we done anything by the book?) Andy Moore has completed the kit of Hasegawa's 1/35th scale Yanmar YT5113A Tractor - he promises that this will pique your interest - and we agree after seeing his build. See how he made this so well in his step-by-step build review...
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    Dmold Modelworks

    New Forum Posts - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 15:35
    Has anyone successfully ordered from Dmold Modelworks (dmoldmodelworks.com)? Dmitri shows 3 parts I'd like to order but, every time I check the website (which is every few days), they're out of stock. He is responsive to emails but, won't take a pre-order and can't or won't tell me when the parts I'm after will be available.