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  2. I was aware of this book, but I didn't really know what to expect. Anyone already read it?
  3. Air Combat During Arab-Israeli Wars ISBN : 9788365437495 Kagero via Casemate UK The state of Israel was forged through conflict and seems to have been in a constant state of conflict with its neighbours ever since. This books looks at these conflicts through the use of Air Power which has no doubt helped considerably since the days of buying old WWII fighters to the new aircraft supplied by their major ally the USA. The book is softbound a little less than A4 size with 104 pages. It is illustrated throughout by many photographs and colour plates of the aircraft involved. Te first half of the book concentrates on on the beginnings of aviation in what was then Palestine and the develops from there including Air Combat in 1948, Development of the Israeli Air Force, Testing of Captured MiGs, and he relationship between Israel and Poland. Before the War LOT was instrumental in providing air services to the then Palestine. In addition Poland supplied aircraft to Israel in 1948. In latter years Polish aircraft have taken part in jont exercises in Israel, and Israeli F-15s have visited Poland where they flew over Auschwitz. It has since emerged that in 1997 the Polish "lent" 3 MiG-29s to the Israeli Air Force Test centre for evaluation due these aircraft being used by counties around Israel. The second part of the book concentrates on air combat since 1956 including; The Suez Crisis The Six Day War The Yom Kippur War Bekaa Valley (1982) Conclusion If you're interested in these conflicts, this is an interesting book on an interesting subject that should give you some hours of entertainment, and remain on hand as a reference for the modeller or historian. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Yeah the three cowls they have released so far - R40 - 9 early R41 - 9 late R42 - 16 So this looks like the same part reboxed for the 8... This isn't new nor a bad thing. I have come across it before as Eduard have done this a few times when the brassin parts used are the same across several variants - given each one its own distinct box rather than having multi purpose parts. Eg off the top of my head the 1/48 BF109 F4 and the G2 brassin wheels are the same parts but in different boxes. So each kit has its own brassin parts released at the same time as the kit, rather than waiting till after both were out and then having a one box of F4/G2 wheels. Back to the cowls - I dont have any plastic parts or instructions to hand at the minute but would be interesting to see if the plastic cowl parts to be used in a 9 early and 8 kit are the same...
  5. Thanks, Tony. I was just about to ask what the difference was. John.
  6. That's interesting because R40 is the same part as their mk ix early resin cowl part.
  7. Asian Elephant - 1/72 CMK

    Asian Elephant 1:72 CMK It's not ivory day that an item as original as this lands on the BM review desk. While an elephant might seem to be an unusual choice, it's good to see that CMK refuse to be part of the herd and are happy to produce items that are a little left of field. So let's see if they are up to the tusk, or if this product is, in fact, a white elephant. The overall size and shape of the beast looks good to me, and the features of the Elephas maximus indicus appear to have been captured accurately. The casting is pretty good, but there is a large casting seam running along the spine of the creature, as well as a few bubbles on the surface. This surprised me, as I've never encountered problems with CMK resin in the past. Perhaps this one just needs a pachydermitologist. Conclusion It's great to see that some manufacturers can maintain the elephant of surprise and bring us some genuinely interesting items. Far from being irrelephant, this item will be a fantastic addition to many dioramas from the Asian theatre of war. Thanks a ton, but I'm afraid that's all the elephant puns rhino. Review sample courtesy of
  8. Spitfire Mk.IX Gun Bays 1:72 Eduard Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the model shop, Eduard have released one more resin upgrade set for their diminutive Spitfire Mk. VIII/IX/XIV line. So comprehensive is the suite of resin goodies that Eduard have produced for their kit, that I'm confused as to whether we're looking at a plastic kit with resin upgrades, or a resin kit with plastic downgrades. Either way, this set is rather exciting as it allows you to build the model with the internal bays for the wing armament on display. You will inevitably have to cut away quite a few bits of plastic in order to be able to finish the model in this way, but fear not as Eduard have produced replacement panels in resin. The gun bays for both the 20mm cannon and the machine guns are made from a mixture of resin and brass, while the guns themselves are mainly resin with a few small finishing touches from the photo etched brass fret. Pay attention to the instructions, as there are different parts for the early and late versions of the Mk. IX. Conclusion There's nothing much wrong with Eduard's small scale Spitfire kits, but even the best can be improved on. Naturally Eduard themselves have provided the means to enhance their kit, and with a host of resin and photo etched parts (reviewed elsewhere), this new range of kits and accessories is shaping up to be one of the premier modelling projects for fans of WWII subjects. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Spitfire Mk.VIII Top Cowl 1:72 Eduard Eduard produced a resin upper cowling for their Mk. IX and Mk. XVI kits, so it's no surprise that a Mk. VIII version has found its way into the catalogue too. While not an essential upgrade, the new part is helpful if you don't fancy dealing with the seam caused by the division of the kit part into separate port and starboard halves. The part is well made and will be handy if you wish to finish your model with an exposed engine. Conclusion There's nothing much wrong with Eduard's small scale Spitfire kits, but even the best can be improved on. Naturally Eduard themselves have provided the means to enhance their kit, and with a host of resin and photo etched parts (reviewed elsewhere), this new range of kits and accessories is shaping up to be one of the premier modelling projects for fans of WWII subjects. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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  11. Kamaz Typhoon K - 1:35 Takom

    Just remember what happens at model club....stays at model club.
  12. Kamaz Typhoon K - 1:35 Takom

    Really Are going to come out at the club tonite??
  13. Kamaz Typhoon K - 1:35 Takom

    You know it's perfectly acceptable to be a bi-genre modeller these days.
  14. Kamaz Typhoon K - 1:35 Takom

    Its too much for you to handle , leave this to the Armour boys stay safe with your wingy things
  15. Kamaz Typhoon K - 1:35 Takom

    No, just the stars
  16. Kamaz Typhoon K - 1:35 Takom

    Kind of want one, too No registration plates included?
  17. Russian BMR-3M Armoured Mine Clearing Vehicle 1:35 Meng Model via Creative Models The BMR-3M Vepr is the latest Russian mine clearing vehicle. The BMR-2 was based on thr T-54 chassis, and the BMR-3 the T-72. The New BMR-3M which is a private venture from Uralvagonzavod utilises the T-90 chassis. The turret has been replaced by a welded on deck housing which for additional protection is fitted with Explosive Reactive Armour Blocks. The space inside allows for a crew of three and two engineers to assist with mine clearing, all having blast suppression seats. The vehicle is fully NBC protected and the crew can live inside for 2 days. For its mine clearance role a composite construction belly armour plate has been fitted. Actual mine clearance is provided by KTM-7 mine rollers. These will detonate pressure mines, and chains strung between the rollers will detonate rod type fuses. The BMR-3M is also fitted with mine ploughs to removed panted in mines. Depending on conditions a clearing speed of upto 12kmh can be achieved. In addition to the convention mine clearing attachment the vehicle is also fitted with a full electronic counter measures system. For self protection the BMR-3M is fitted with a remotely operated turret with a 12.7mm machine gun. This can also be used to detonate surface mines. For road travel and when not mine clearing the vehicle is fitted with its own crane and racks in order that the mine rollers are lifted onto the back deck of the vehicle. The Kit This is another left field release from Meng, though it is good to see these types of vehicles being kitted. The first thing that strikes you is that it is a big box, it needs to be as its stuffed with plastic. & sprues of tracks, plus 7 lots of end connectors. The there are 25 sprues of plastic, the two main hulls, a length of chain, some PE, a flexible sprues and a set of jigs for the suspension and the tracks. Construction starts with the running gear. Two idler wheels, tweo drive sprockets and 12 road wheels are built up, all have a poly cap centre. Next up the additional belly armour is added to the lower hull. The track return rollers are added along with mounts for the idler wheels. At the front additional armour which also mounts the mine rollers is added. The torsion bar suspension is added next and if glued in correctly will work like the real thing. The rod go through to the other side where only the ends (as shown on the instructions) are added. There is a Jig supplied to ensure everything stays at the right angle while the glue sets. The rear bulkhead is then added along with the drive sprocket fixings. All of the wheels can now be added. The tracks are a work of art, but you have to follow instructions carefully and not be too free with the glue if you want them to remain workable after completion. The hollow guide horns are supplied as pairs, which clip onto the central area of the track pins, which are moulded into the main track parts. You must assemble short lengths before separating the two from their little sprue-runner to ease handling, then insert the runs into the two-piece jig that is supplied on its own sprue. Then you insert the flexible styrene track-ends into yet another part of the jig, cut them from their runners, and apply them to the ends of the track pins in runs of five on each side using no glue! The track pads are added once the tracks are complete if you wish, though this is not shown on the instructions. Two sets of 81 links are needed, so again, you'll be working for some time with the jig, but the results should be well worth the effort. The tracks are then wrapped around the wheels and closed with two of the flexible end parts. Once the tracks are on then its onto the main upper deck housing. This is built up from 4 sides and the top, it is then added to the upper main hull along with the frontal plate to which the ERA blocks are added. The side upper track fenders are added along with the front mud guards and exhaust covers. Some smaller attachments are added along with the rear PE grills and their covers. Next up is to concentrate on the rear deck. Various handles and brackets are added and then the mine roller stowage rack is added along with a beam and the auxiliary fuel tanks (drums). Flexible pipe is supplied for the tank connectors. A stowage box and an additional ammunition box are added to the rear along with an antenna base. Moving onto the main superstructure a whole host of smaller parts are added including antenna bases which have to be made up, the smoke grenade dischargers and additional ERA blocks. The drivers hatch and vision block is also added. The side crane for lifting the mine rollers is made up and added, with one major part stowed on each side of the vehicle. The crew hatches are made up and added. Following this the track sides skirts are then built up, and all of their ERA blocks are fitted. Once complete they are added to the hull. The remote weapons station is also built up and added at this time. Next up is construction of the mine rollers. These are little kits in their own right. They are handed but each builds up in the same way. 6 mine-roller wheels are added together on a main axle, the axle has different diameters for the different wheels so they should all slot easily into place. The axle then attaches to the side parts and additional bars front an rear are added. Short lengths of the chain need to be added to each mine roller. Next each side has an ECM system built up and attached. The roller arm assemblies are next to be built up and added. I would suggest using wire instead of the string supplied by Meng as it will undoubtedly look better. The KMT-8 mine plough arms are then built up added to the roller/arm assembly. Once complete these can be added to the main body of the vehicle. Markings There are no markings supplied with the kit, but there are three different camouflage schemes included from the 2009, 2014 & 2015 Russian Arms Expos. Conclusion Another great release from Meng of a less than traditional subject. The parts count is high but not unnessasarly given the complex nature of the Mine Clearer. Once completed it will look like an impressive model. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  18. F-35A Lightning II 1:48

    Looks a nice kit and worth adding to the stash as it's the future of a lot of Airforces so as time go's by maybe,maybe more schemes will emerge?..
  19. IDF Tiran 4. 1:35

    Hopefully TAKOM will not leave out the Finnish version though i am not sure whether it decends from the T54 or T55 Series.
  20. AML-90 French Light Armoured Car - 1:35 Takom

    I trully hope TAKOM will release the Irish version of the AML90 and of course not forgetting the ELAND 90 too!
  21. Mig-29SMT 9-19 1:48

    I know, now Isn't that great I am really excited about the flanker because GWH has the habit of releasing a lot of variants so I am expecting more flankers from them.
  22. Mig-29SMT 9-19 1:48

    Sukhoi Su-35S in 48th..
  23. This vehicle has an interesting look and is quite curious - east meets west!
  24. AML-90 French Light Armoured Car - 1:35 Takom

    I think our French friend was making a joke
  25. AML-90 French Light Armoured Car - 1:35 Takom

    I think them mean optical telescope sight with manually applied range and aim off
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