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Paul A H

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. The Ten Commandments of Modelling

    How about: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's stash. Remember to keep thy local model shop in business. You shall not commit rivet counting. You shall have no other gods before Airfix.
  5. Geisbers 1/76 TOG II

    Very nice indeed - particularly so for the scale
  6. What's your car used to go buying models

    I would genuinely pay good money to watch you try to fold yourself into that! Nice facelifted Octavia. How are you finding it so far? Skoda seems to be a popular choice among BM members. Here's my Yeti: [img=]
  7. The Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle For Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982 by E.R. Hooton, Tom Cooper, Farzin Nadimi, published by Helion and Company On 16th January 1979, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi left Iran for good, thus cementing the revolution that had sought to topple his failing regime and paving the way for foundation of the Islamic Republic of Iran under the rule of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Fearing the destablising effect of the Iranian Revolution on Iraq, Saddam Hussian made the decison to invade Iran, sparking the longest uninterrupted conventional conflict of the twentieth century. Although not etched on the conscience of the west to the extent of other conflicts of the preiod, the Iran-Iraq War was nevertheless one of the most important conflicts of the time. Apart from the significant loss of life and impact on civilians in the region, it was also an important stepping stone on the path to fundementalist Islamic terrorism. This book, the first in a series of four, has been painstakingly compiled by authors with impressive credentials when it comes to defence matters in the Middle East. This volume examines the background to the conflict and the early years, leading up to the ferocious Battle of Khorramshahr in May 1982. The book sets out the political, social and military apects of the early years of confict in a clear and engaging way. The text is thoughtful and insightful throughout, leaving the reader with a good understanding of the origins and history of the conflict, as well as the early engagements. While the book is not aimed directly at the modeller, it nevertheless contains a huge amount of valuable information for those interested in the hardware deployed in the conflict. Middle Eastern conflicts of the twentieth century typically featured a fascinating mixture of NATO and Warsaw Pact military hardware, a legacy of the imperial past clashing with the post-war reality of the rise of Soviet influence and power. The book is rich in illustrative material, containing 120 photographs and 15 illustrations within its 112 pages. Plenty of information about the military inventories of the two sides is provided, alongside photographs and descriptions of locally modified armoured fighting vehicles. Conclusion This book is a valuable addition to the Middle East War series and deserves a place in the collection of anyone interested in the military conflicts of the region. Modellers will be rewarded with a valuable visual reference, as well as an inspiring read which will have you poking around in your stash, looking for a suitable kit to build from the conflict. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. Resin Upgrade Sets for Airfix Harrier GR. Mk.7A & GR. Mk.9A 1:72 CMK It's quite a while since Airfix's second generation Harrier kit hit the shelves, so it was something of a surprise when CMK sent these sets our way. There are six sets in total - three for the GR. Mk.7A and three for the GR. Mk9A. Together, the sets provide complete replacement parts for the cockpit and flying surfaces, as well as parts to detail the engine bay of the famous V/STOL jet. Harrier GR. Mk.7A Cockpit Set The first set contains a complete replacement cockpit. The set comprises a tub, ejector seat, sidewall details, instrument panel, coaming, rear deck, control column and rudder pedals. The resin is crisp and free of flaws. The depicition of the harnesses on the Martin Baker ejector seat is particularly impressive, and overall this is an excellent set. Harrier GR. Mk.7A Control Surfaces Set This set includes resin replacements for all of the GR. Mk.7A's control surfaces, including the slotted flaps, ailerons and the rudder. The casting is as crisp and smooth as you would expect from CMK. Harrier GR. Mk.7A Engine Set This set is slightly different to the others, as rather than improving on what is already in the kit, it provides something that the kit lacks. The set includes the upper part of the Pegasus engine, along with the relevent structural parts of the fuselage, hinged panels and LERX. This set provides a unique opportunity to turn the kit into a mini diorama - something which will make a real difference to the finished model. Harrier GR. Mk.9A Cockpit Set This is the equivalent cockpit set for the GR. Mk.9A version. Harrier GR. Mk.9A Control Surfaces Set This is the equivalent control surface set for the GR. Mk.9A version. Harrier GR. Mk.9A Engine Set This is the equivalent engine set for the GR. Mk.9A version. Conclusion CMK can be relied upon to turn out some good quality resin, a fact to which these sets testify. Detail is top-notch, casting is flawless and I have no doubt that the fit will be equally good. If you have the Airfix Harrier in your stash, then these sets will be well worth picking up. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Großer Kurfürst WWI German Battleship 1:700 ICM The Großer Kurfürst was the second of four König Class battleships, all of which served in the Imperial German Navy during the First World War. Laid down in 1911, the Großer Kurfürst was launched in May 1913 and commissioned just over a year later, just days before the outbreak of the Great War. She was armed with ten 30.5cm (12 inch) guns and was capable of 21 knots. She participated in a number of engagements during the War, most notably the great battle of Jutland, which she survived without major damage. In common with most other capital ships of the High Seas Fleet, she was interned at Scapa Flow following the signing of the armistice in November 1918 and scuttled on the orders of Admiral Ludwig von Reuter, before being raised as part of the recovery operation pioneered by Ernest Cox. This isn't the first kit of the Großer Kurfürst; ICM released a 1:350 version some time ago, while Combrig produced a resin kit some years previously. This is a welcome and affordable alternative to the resin kit, and represents another addition to the small surge of WWI-era kits we've seen released during the 100th anniversary of that conflict. Inside ICM's typically robust box are five frames of grey plastic, as well as a couple of red plastic components, a black display stand, full colour instructions, decals and self-adhesive name lables. Moulding is clean and crisp, with plenty of fine detail. Construction begins with the lower hull. The instructions suggest that the outermost propeller shafts and the trio of propellers be added to the lower hull prior to joining it with the upper hull. Personally I would add the propellors at the end, as they are bound to get damaged during the build, but of course it's your choice. You can omit this stage altogether if you want to finish the model in waterline configuration. Once the hull is complete, construction moves on to the deck. The casemate for the secondary armament, along with the fourteen gun turrets, has to be fitted to the underside of the forecastle, before the forecastle can, in turn, be joined to the main deck. The decks themselves are nicely detailed, with chains and planking moulded in place. Construction of the turrets is fairly straightforward, with each of the ten 12 inch guns independently poseable. The squat superstructures are fairly straightforward too, although you'll need to remember to add the tertiary armament casemate before fixing the bridge superstructure to the forecastle. Finishing details include funnels, searchlight platforms, stairways, davits, masts and anchors. A full completment of boats is included, and very nicely detailed they are too. The display stand will be handy if you wish to finish your model in full hull configuration. Personally I'd be tempted to opt for the waterline option, as part of a diorama with one of Mark One's Zeppelins drifting through the skies above! The colour scheme shows Großer Kurfürst as she appeared in 1915. The decals, such as they are, look nicely printed. Conclusion We've seen quite a few WWI-era battleships released to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the conflict, so this kit is already in good company. While a nice set of photo etch will be required to bring the kit up to competition standard, ICM have done a great job of providing a platform to work from. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  10. H8K2 Emily Photo Etch 1:72 Eduard Announced last year, Hasegawa's all-knew Emily seems to be quite a mysterious beast. The teaser pictures (see the thread in the Rumourmonger forum) look excellent, but I haven't seen one appear in the Ready for Inspection forum, and the kit doesn't even seem to be available from most of the better know UK-based model retailers. I managed to find one availble from a UK seller on ebay, but so high was the price that Paypal Credit was offered as one of the options to purchase! Nevertheless, Eduard have decided that the new flying boat will sell in sufficient quantities worldwide to justify the produciton of a veritable slew of photo etched detail parts. H8K2 Emily Cockpit Interior There are three sets for the interior of the aircraft. First up is the cockpit set. In the usual Eduard style, this includes both pre-painted and unpainted parts. Included on the fret of painted parts is a new multi-layered instrument panel, a multitude of parts for the sidewalls and harnesses for the pilot and co-pilots seat. On the unpainted fret are complete replacement seats, a new cockpit floor, rudder pedals, more details for the sidewalls and bulkheads, as well as the ladders that leads from the flight deck to the interior of the aircraft amd to the observation bubble atop the cockpit. H8K2 Emily Nose Interior A seperate set caters for the extreme forward part of the fuselage. Parts are included to cover the main bulkhead that seperates the nose from the rest of the aircraft, we asll as a nifty door which can be posed in the open or closed position. An access door to the outside of the aircraft is also included, which will enable the modeller to show off a little more of the exquisite detail. Coverings for the floor surfaces are included, as well as lots of details for the sidewalls and the nose gun. H8K2 Emily Rear Interior This set includes details for the mid-rear part of the fuselage. Included on the fret is a door for the bulkhead, replacement coverings for the floor, as well as the raised structure directly underneath the turret. A host of smaller details for the sidewalls are also included on the fret. Details for the upper turret and side blisters, including parts for the machine guns and seats for the gunners are also on the fret. H8K2 Emily Exterior The single large fret contains the ignition wiring for the engine, as well as frames for all of the many windows on the outside of the airframe. Also on the fret are replacement hinges for the aelerons, the use of which will necessitate removing the kit parts. There is some seriously nice detail for the landing gear/beaching assembly, as well as parts for the nose radar antennas and smaller details for the bombs and torpedos. H8K2 Emily Maintenance Platforms If you bought Eduard's sets for the Italeri Short Sunderland, then you'll be familiar with this set. Two unpainted frets are included, which together hold parts for two maintenance platforms per engine. The platforms themselves fold down from cavities in the leading edge of the wing, and inlcude steps are restrining cables. They will certainly add something different to the finished model and I for one think they look excellent. Conclusion If you've given in to temptation and splashed out on Hasegawa's fine new kit, then you probably won't think too much of extending your investment to include some aftermarket details. Together, these sets include pretty much everything you could want in order to super-detail the new kit. Overall this set is up to Eduard's usual high standards and can therefore be recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. MiG-29UB Izdelye 9.51 Photo Etch 1:72 Eduard Eduard have done a good job of keeping up with Trumpeter's recent resurgance of Soviet/Russian hardware, with sets for many of the new releases, including the Su-24, Su-27 and MiG-29. This latest set caters for the MiG-29UB twin-seat trainer version of the Fulcrum, and comes in both regular and Zoom variants. This set comprises two frets of photo etched parts. The first fret contains pre-painted parts for detailing the cockpit and includes harnesses, pull handles and cushions for the ejection seats, as well as details for the instrument panels, cockpit sidewalls, control columns and HUD unit. The second fret is unpainted and contains details for the rest of the airframe. The landing gear benefits from hydraulic lines and a mud guard, there are FOD guards for the engine air intakes and details for the missile rails, which will be crucial if you are not planning to finish your model with a full load of weapons. There are flame holders for the engine exhausts and details for the canopy too. Smaller details include a host of small aerials and plates to dot around the airframe. Full Set Zoom Set Conclusion This is a sensible and worthwhile upgrade for Trumpeter's rather excellent kit. It includes all of the extra details that you would want, with the added benefit of the cheaper Zoom set if you just want to jazz the interior up a bit. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  12. What's flying over your house? Thread #2

    Just looked up and saw a large four-engined heavy escorted by two fighter jets heading east over Northampton. Not Typhoons or Tornados and not F-15s either. I thought the fighters looked like Su-27s, but thought 'Naaaa, can't be!' A quick check of Flight 24 reveals them to be an Il-76 and two Su-27s of the Ukrainian Air Force. Well I never
  13. Do 17Z-2 Photo Etch 1:72 Eduard This suite of photo etched goodies represents Eduard's offering for the recently released ICM Dornier Do 17Z-2 kit. In the usual Eduard style, there is a general set for the interior and exterior, a set for the bomb bay and a set for the landing flaps. The seat belts are on a seperate fret, which seems somewhat strange given that most modellers are unlikely to buy the general interior/exterior set without also wanting to invest in a set of harnesses. Do 17Z-2 This set contains one fret of pre-painted, nickel-plated brass plus another in bare brass. Included on the first fret is a new pre-painted instrument panel made up from laminations to give a 3D look to the dials. A number of similar parts are included to provide detail to the sidewalls. The throttle quadrant is skinned with a more detailed pre-painted part, and has various levers added to the slots to give the area more life. The pilot's seat is updated with floor plates, while a cople of the other crew seats are relplaced in their entirety. The outside of the airframe benefits from a host of parts for the main landing gear bays, while the landing gear legs also received extra details and brake lines. Ignition wiring is provided to bring the radial engines to life, and there are ring and bead sights for the defensive machine guns. A replacement DF loop is also included on this fret. Do 17Z-2 Seatbelts This set includes seatbelts for the crew in flexible steel, pre-painted for realism. I guess the different material explains why they aren't included on the general set detailed above. Having said that, they should be easier to form to the seats than the old brass belts, which tended to suffer damage to the painted finish if manipulated too much. Do 17Z-2 Bomb Bay Consisting of a single brass fret, this set adds missing detail to the bomb bay. It includes the intricate latticework inside the bays and wing structure, plus hinge and structural details for the bay doors. Complete bomb "ladder" racks are included too, which will add substantial detail within the bomb bay. Replacement balistic tails are included for the bombs, along with a template to help ensure they are correctly aligned. The relief on the fins is pressed out using the tip of a ball-pen before they are added to the bomb bodies. Do 17Z-2 Landing Flaps Another single large fret containing all the parts necessary to mobilise the flaps that take up the rear of the wing inboard of the ailerons. The flaps themselves fold up from relatively few parts, so they will be a lot easier to build than they look. Some plastic will need to be removed from the kit, however, so measure twice and cut once. The upper-rearmost part of each of the engine/landing gear nacelles will also have to be removed in order to deploy these parts. Conclusion Together, these sets include pretty much everything you could want in order to super-detail ICM's fine new kit. The lack of harnesses in the general interior/exterior fret is slightly disappointing, but can be explained by the use of different material which should be better suited to their use. Overall this set is up to Eduard's usual high standards and can therefore be highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Avia B.534 Early Series Dual Combo 1:72 Eduard The prototype of the B.534 flew for the first time in 1932. Much like other comparable aircraft of the period such as the Gloster Gladiator and the Curtis P-36, the B.534 represented a bridge between the traditional biplanes of the 1920s and the all-metal monoplanes of the 1930s. The aircraft was effective, however, and in April 1934 it gained the Czechoslovak national speed record of 227.2mph. The later IV series would feature an all metal propeller, tail wheel and enclosed cockpit, but the earlier versions still had the open cockpit typical of aircraft of the period. An order for 34 aircraft was increased to 147 with the prospect of war in Europe looming. In the event, the partition of Czechoslovakia meant that the B.534 never actually saw combat in the defence of its country. Slovakia was declared independent and their Air Force reformed using the B.534, and when Hungary invaded in 1939, two aircraft were lost to AAA fire and four more to fighters. Slovakian B.534s were used again during the invasion of Poland, escorting German Ju 87 bombers. These same aircraft later served with the Germans in the Ukraine in summer 1941, and returned in 1943 for anti-partisan duties. The last recorded use of the B.534 would be Slovak National uprising in 1944. One aircraft downed a Hungarian Ju 52, this being the last recorded aerial victory for a biplane. This is not only a Dual Combo edition kit, it's also part of Eduard's Profipack line. As such, you not only get two kits in the box, but also two lots of photo etched details, masks and a generous selection of marking options. The kit is spread across three sprues of grey plastic and one of clear plastic. The parts are classic modern Eduard; beautifully moulded, with fine, crisp panel lines and realistic fabric effect where appropriate. This kit includes parts for one Series I and one Series II B.534. We've already reviewed the separate Series III and Series IV version of this kit, so I won't plough through the earlier versions included here in great detail. This kit is much the same as the Series III, but with the subtle differences such as the propeller spinner all accounted for. The cockpit is very nicely detailed for the scale, and sets the tone for what should be a very pleasing model to build. There are lots of little options to choose from throughout the build, such as fairings for the undercarriage, so do pay attention to which of these are relevant to the aircraft you wish to build. A generous eight options are included on the decal sheet: B.534.31 I. serie, 34th Fighter Squadron, Air Regiment 4, Hradec Kralove, July 1937; B.534.47 I. serie, 34th Fighter Squadron, Air Regiment 4, Hradec Kralove, September 1936; B.534.49 I. serie, 36th Fighter Squadron, Air Regiment 2, Olomouc, June 1937; B.534 I. serie, Jagdfliegerschule 4, Luftwaffe, Fürth, Germany, 1940; B.534.102 II. serie, 31st Fighter Squadron, Air Regiment 1, Hradec Kralove, May 1938; B.534.139. II. serie, Aerospace Research and Test Establishment, Prague, 1936; B.534.141 II. serie, 38th Fighter Squadron, Air Regiment 3, Vajnory, August 1937; and B.534.129 II. serie, Jagdfliegerschule 4, Luftwaffe, Fürth, Germany, 1940. Conclusion Eduard's Avia B.534 series is the definitive family of kits of the type by a country mile. The level of detail they have packed in is superb and the engineering is excellent. Add in all the extra bits that you get with the Dual Combo Profipack Edition and you have yourself a winning package. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. F6F Stencils - 1:72 Eduard

    F6F Stencils 1:72 Eduard This sheet sees Eduard continue their line of stencil decals with a set for their excellent F6F Hellcat, which has just been re-released in a new Weekend edition. Even so, this is a generic set which should be suitable for all Hellcats. The sheet is very comprehensive as you would expect, and includes a full set of stencils for the airframe. The sheet is actually the same as that provided in the aforementioned Weekend kit, so you won't need to buy it if you already have that particular version. Conclusion As with their other similar sheets, these decals appear to have been printed in the Czech Republic by Eduard themselves. The sheet is well printed and details are crisp and clear. If you have one of Eduard's Hellcats and you have the patience to apply all of these stencils, then this sheet will provide you with a great finishing touch. Review sample courtesy of
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