Rivets on models have been limited to just two choices, "positive" (raised) and "negative" (embossed) styles, that is if they are represented at all. They both have their advantages and disadvantages but nearly all builds you will need to add rivet detail. In nearly all cases, the method to add rivet detail is to emboss or dimple the surface which is complete opposite of what the rivet looks like in real life. If your approach is to represent a raised rivet, adding raised features can be a challenge. HGW Models now offers an ingenious method to add reality to rivets but note that is will take a little practice to get the right effect.
Platz has been a consistent supplier of new review kits to us, and I'm pleased to be able to review this recent release. Newly tooled and boxed, this kit is a joy to build with 4 great marking schemes available to share between the two complete models. Let's dive in.
All parts are crisply molded with very nicely engraved panel and control surface lines. Instructions are in full color. The instrument panels are molded in clear plastic - when removing these from the sprue, be careful not to confuse the gunsight with the sprue - I accidentally clipped off the first gunsight in error when cutting parts. I used a toothpick to add white dots to the back face of the panel and then overpainted with black, resulting in a nice-looking panel (very little of which is visible once you button up the cockpit.) I added thin masking tape strips simulating harnesses, but again, you won't see much with a closed canopy. I considered slicing one of the canopies open but didn't want to risk the damage; one could add more detail if desired.
This is another great book in the Osprey Combat Aircraft Series. It covers the development of the 210 and the later 410 aircraft. These were designed to replace the classic Me 110 aircraft.
It was in 1937 that the idea and development started on a replacement for the Me 110 Zerstorer (Destroyer) which itself was just entering service. The new design would have to full fill the role of Destroyer and dive bomber.
The development stages and aircraft variations are very well done including all issues with the Me 210 which was not the success Messerschmitt was hoping for. This was due to a lack of sufficient flight-testing, the Me 210 suffered from bad reputation in respect to its flight characteristics and weak undercarriage. Every detail and stages are covered in great depth. What I found very interesting is the amount of information from the different issues and production locations etc.
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Whether I am reviewing his armor books as now, or his aircraft books, like my previous review on the SBD, I am always finding David Doyle's books to be tremendous additions to the reference bookshelf. I find myself referring to them numerous times, whether for my own projects or to check on something for friends asking advice. The best advice, of course, is to buy themselves their own copy of the book...and this Legends of Warfare volume on the Tigers is no exception.
The book is not the end all or be all purchase that you'll never need anything else to buy for the library. It is, however, a good place to start for someone transitioning to armor modeling for the first time, or just looking to build one of the various offerings of Tiger kits available. WWII buffs in general will thoroughly enjoy looking through the texts and various photos. Enough babbling...what's inside Mike?
Hauler has provided another addition to the great Diorama releases. This is a 1/48 Scale U.S. army Field Safe from WWII.
- Three resin parts
- Photo Etch Sheet
- Instruction Sheet
The detail quality is great; The parts are very delicate parts that need careful removal from the resign bases.
The Assembly is quick and easy. Please be careful with the Photo etch interior parts as they need to be assembled as tightly as possible to slide into the safe opening.
The final part is painting.
Thanks go to Hualer for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them
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THIS LAYOUT COMBINES traditional model rail construction with a dash of science fiction. The Edwardian sci-fi story War of the Worlds by HG Wells makes for an interesting, and very different, diorama setting.
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