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Julien last won the day on July 13 2013

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  1. No I am quite happy to see it in 1/48 just got the S-51 and it's a great looking kit.
  2. Caudron C.600 Aiglon

    I am in the process of building an SBS one in 1.72 can anyone tell me what colour it is supposed to be inside the cockpit and the seats? Thx Julien
  3. Eduard 1/72 JRS-1 'The Boat'

    Very nice. Any pitfalls on the kit as I have one to build. JUlien
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    Gents, I have been asked by a colleague of the deceased who is on here that you reign your comments in and keep them to the topic in hand. I have now deleted previous comments. We will not be asking again. Please respect that someone had died here. Julien
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    Well said and should be heeded. RIP Cpl Bayliss Julien
  6. I am sure there is a Health and Safety issue with the guy smoking around fuel drums?
  7. SU-76M With Crew - Special Edition MiniArt 1:35 (35262) The SU-76 was one of the most widely used AFVs of WWII by the Russians, and was based upon an enlarged version of the T-70 Light Tank chassis, adding width and an extra road wheel to the length of the vehicle. Although the T-70 wasn't particularly effective or well liked, this much changed and improved development of its basic running gear was, because of its simple agricultural design, which made it easy to maintain, and forgiving in combat conditions. Initial problems with the drive-train were soon cured, and the SU-76M was the result, with the armoured roof of the casemate removed for ease of service and repair of the 76.2mm ZiS-3 gun. Production went on to reach almost 14,000 units before war's end, and although production of the SU-76 ceased, a further development continued production in the form of the ZSU-37, the first dedicated anti-aircraft tank in Soviet service. The Kit The kit has been around for a while from Miniart (since 2008) and if its not broke dont fix it here works. There is the main hull, a further 4 sprues of grey plastic, and a tiny clear sprue. There is one sprue of figures, four sprues of additional ammunition, and ammo storage boxes. There is also a sheet of PE for the kit to update it a bit, and a set of track links. The first thing that is immediately apparent is that the hull of this tank is rather small. One of its nicknames was "bare a**ed Ferdinand", which referred to its similar layout but diminutive size when compared to the giant German design. The tub struggles to make 5" in length, but detail on the outer hull is good, with rivets, panel lines and raised detail in good supply. There is also detail inside the hull toward the rear where it will be visible due to its open top. Whether you will need to remove the large injection moulding lump that sits in the middle of the hull bottom is questionable, especially as there is a panel placed between it and the viewer during later construction. Unusually for a tank, the gun and its support-work are first to be built up, and there are plenty of parts to make this a well detailed section of the model. The barrel is supplied in two halves, so the more aftermarket conscious amongst us might want to source a replacement, but with some careful seam-work, the kit part should suffice, particularly as it has a 2-piece flash-hider that is added after the barrel is pushed through the mantlet, giving the impression of a hollow barrel. Careful assembly and judicious use of glue should permit you to retain the ability to traverse and raise the barrel, which is of use to retain until you have chosen the final position of the gun, at which time it can be fixed by freezing the pivot points with liquid glue. Once the gun is completed, the chassis makes an appearance, and each side takes six keyed suspension arms, onto which a road wheel is glued. A triplet of return rollers fix further up the side of the hull on axles, and the idler wheel attaches at the very rear of the vehicle, almost as an afterthought trailing behind. The drive sprockets are mounted to the front on their final drive housings, the edge of which stand proud of the glacis plate once complete. The front of the chassis is boxed in with armour plate at this stage, and various shackles and detail parts are added to the forward and aft bulkheads. There are two hatches on the glacis plate, one for access to the gearbox and the other for the driver, which has a domed armoured surface that has a nice cast texture moulded in. The tracks are separate links that are provided on ladder-like sprues with only small stubs of sprue between each link and no outer runners. Detail is excellent throughout, and they should clip together with no glue, which is backed up by a symbol in the instruction. Each link has three sprue gates sensibly placed, and no ejector pin marks – these have been cleverly left on the sprue stubs between each link. Clean-up and construction of each track of 92 links should proceed relatively quickly as a result of these positives, and there are 8 links spare in case of broken pins. The slide-moulded fenders are then mounted with five bracing brackets on each side, along with some small details and stowage areas. A driving light is placed on the port fender, which has a clear lens piece, so the rear of the part will need painting silver to represent the reflector. On the rear of the starboard fender is a large box containing the radiator and the twin exhaust pipes. The open face of the radiator has moulded baffles that expand the surface area, which are neatly moulded, and the exhausts are made up from two halves with an exhaust pipe stub which will need drilling out to add a little realism. The upper hull is then covered with pioneer tools, while the fenders receive more stowage boxes, and the towing cable is bend into a C-shape for mounting on the glacis plate. My sample had already sheared where the two cooling wavefronts of styrene had met and cooled too quickly to mix, so the single-piece rope would be of no use. However, MiniArt have sensibly included an extra pair of towing eyes without rope moulded to them in case you want to make your own. As usual with my armour builds, I will be using a length of RB Models braided cable, because nothing looks quite like braided cable other than braided cable! At this stage the gun is installed onto a hub moulded into the rear of the top deck, and secured in place from the underside with a pin, which will take some very careful gluing to retain the ability to traverse. A basic floor piece is added, which has some treadplate detail moulded in, plus the aforementioned doors into the inner hull that blank off the moulding pip on the lower hull. A series of parts then build up into the rest of the cladding of the fighting compartment, blocking off the view into the rest of the chassis. Five palettes of shells are built up for the interior, containing a mixture of blunt nosed shells and more pointed armour piercing in each. These are sited around the crew compartment, making for a very loud bang indeed if it received a direct hit. The casemate is next to be built up, and is constructed from three individual sides, each of which is detailed up before installation. Painting the interior in stages is likely to be a necessity with this kit due to its open top and close confines. Fortunately, the casemate panels all meet the hull at an angle, so could be installed completely painted onto the model. A rear bulkhead is then added with a small door that simply eases the step over the back of the hull. Corner stiffener plates are added to the casemate, an aerial onto the starboard side, and safety "roll-cage" to the rear. Curiously, the exhaust pipes from the engine to the mufflers/silencers are almost the last parts to be added, disappearing into an angular box on the top of the hull. The Crew A set of five crew figures are included with this kit as a bonus item, and they are contained on the fifth sprue. There are three figures holding shells, one appearing to lean forward to operate the sighting mechanism of the gun, while the final figure would be the commander figure, who is looking through a pair of binoculars. The commander and one shell carrier are wearing heavy greatcoats, while the remaining three wear quilted Soviet tankers uniform. All the figures are wearing the protective leather helmets used by soviet tank crew, which are separate parts on the sprue. The figures are nicely moulded and the greatcoat wearers have separate lowers to their coats, to give a more realistic appearance to them. Some of the crew have separate hands where appropriate, while all have separate arms and legs. The legs are moulded separately and joined at the crotch to give better detail to the inseam area, and all the heads are separate parts. Some small personal items are included for the figures' belts, and eight shells are provided for the chaps to hold (the set is also sold separately as a figure set). Additional Ammunition and storage boxes Four extra sprues provide additional ammo storage boxes and rounds. Decals There is one small sheet of home produced decals with 5 options; SPG Artillery Division 11th Guard Army, Eastern Prussia, 1944 Unknown Slef-Propelled Regiment, Eastern Prussia, 1945 1238th SPG Regiment, Poland, March 1945 1448th SPG Artillery Regiment, 9th Krasnodar Kozak Division, Poland, 1944 1223rd SPG Artillery Regiment, 5th Guard Tank Army, 3rd Belorussian front, Vilnus, July 1944 Conclusion It is good to see this kit re-released as it's a good one. The additional PE and ammuntion are nice additions to the kit. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. Yes they might be a bit pricey, but you are paying for 40 years research and quality printing. If you were to buy one at a time then it spreads it out. Hopefully volume III will be out this summer. Julien
  9. Technically they are the same company, but in this case its HobbyBoss.
  10. Phoenix - A Complete History Of the Luftwaffe 1918-1945 Volume 2 - The Genesis of Air Power 1935 - 1937 ISBN : 9781910777275 Helion and Company Casemate UK The Phoenix here is referring to the rebirth of the Luftwaffe following the end of The First World War. This series of books is based on an amazing 40 years of research and covers much more than famous aircraft, battles and aces. Areas such as Training, organisation, and areas not normally researched such as Anti-Aircraft guns, signalling and medical services are also examined. This series of books will examine five major themes from the history; (A) Strategy and Command, (B) Ministerial Activity, (C) Technology and Production, (D) Infrastructure and Training, and (E) Operations. This will enable readers to look at a particular area if it suits them, and look at the relationships between, and holding these aspects together. This second volume now focuses on the period 1935 to 1937, calling this the Genesis of Air Power. This again has been an area neglected by previous works. During this time period the concept of Air War or luftkrieg was developed. This period was a time of great expansion for the Luftwaffe, not only in terms of aircraft and training with many new bases and units being formed; but also the formation of the Flakartillerie and crucial supply chains. This period also looks at the formation of reserve forces and re-militarisation. All of this happening under the new General and former WWI pilot Goring. What is also central during this period was the deployment of the Condor Legion to assist in the Spanish Civil War. Without a doubt the Luftwaffe used this as training to develop luftkrieg into what it was to become, and how to integrate this into Blitzkrieg. This volume is A5 hard back in format and an impressive 836 pages. There are two large sections of black and white photographs. Conclusion This book should provide readers with a complete understanding of the early development of the Luftwaffe and how it grew with German militarisation in these inter war years. It is interesting to read how their involvement in the Spanish Civil War was to develop strategies going forward. The book is hard cover slightly larger than A5 and 650 pages long. There are two sections with black & white photos. Highly Recommended. Vol II Review sample courtesy of
  11. Revell Owners in Trouble

    The assets/liabilities there makes poor reading. The hope is at least Revell Germany will be sold off, but to whom? Julien
  12. Airfix 1/48 Meteor

    Nice artwork but I wish Airfix would stop showing a panel line where the nacelle leading edge meets the rest of the nacelle. This was taped and puttied on the aircraft so does not show up like that. @593jones go on, 2 kits, you know you want to Julien
  13. Undersides now PRU Blue