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  1. Steel Seatbelt Sets French WWI, IJAAF WWII, Mig-21, F-4. 1:32 Eduard Continuing with their releases of steel seatbelts, Eduard have sent four more to BM Towers for us to look at. As with the previous releases, these are also pre-painted and appear to be remarkably flexible, and even with quite rough handling the paint adheres to the metal really well.They are still made from 0.1mm sheet with the resulting etch is thin at around 0.06mm and have the same details printed on them, such as the webbing, stitching, and shadowing. Unlike some sets, all the buckles and clasps are etched as part of the strapping, so there is no fiddly work required to assemble each belt. [32889 – French WWI] – There are five sets of belts included on the single sheet. There are five pairs of lap belts covering the different styles used throughout the war. These are very well painted and very colourful. [32890 – IJAAF WWII] – In this set there are twelve lap belts, four for Nakajima aircraft in leather, and four in cloth, plus four for Kawasaki aircraft also looking like leather. Each buckle, on the left hand belt section also has a protective pad fitted beneath it. [32895 – Mig-21] – Naturally this set only contains one complete seat set of belts. It includes the back fixture, shoulder straps, leg straps and a very nice ejection handle.The straps do have some very nicely done shading on the parts. [32896– F-4 Phantom] – This twin seat set contains all manner of straps for you big Phantom seats. They include straps for the headrest, and backrest. Then there are the shoulder and lap straps, and finally the leg restraints. You will have to check your references when using this set as I don’t know if all F-4 seats were the same. Conclusion Those who build in the larger scales generally try to add greater levels of detail into their models, showing much skill and technique. Now, those of us who aren’t endowed with super skills can at least have some nice looking seatbelts fitted to our models, with very little skill needed, other than a bit of bending and gluing. Of course the belts can still be weathered more if required.
  2. USN Radar of WWII Eduard 1:350 This single sheet set of relief etched brass continues Eduards policy of releasing useful sets to add detail to parts of a model that seems to be forgotten. This set, for US WWII Radars is really quite comprehensive. The radars included are:- CXAM Early made up from only two parts, but needs a piece of styrene rod for the base. YE Aircraft homing beacon, also made from two parts and requiring a styrene pole to be fixed on. Mk3 Main battery fire control radar, made from five parts and also requiring the styrene base. 2 x Mk4 Secondary battery fire control radar, made from eight parts. SC-1 Surface search radar array, made from nine parts and utilises the kit base. CXAM-1 Surface search radar made from twenty five parts and requires a styrene base. SC-2 Surface search radar array, very complex twenty two piece unit which uses the kit base and transmitter probe. 2 x Mk22 Height finding radar for detecting low flying aircraft, made of three parts and a piece of styrene rod to attach it to the Mk4 or a Mk12 director array. 2 x Mk12 Secondary fire control radar, a seven piece unit which requires some complex folding and shaping. Fitted to the top of a Mk37 director from 1944 onwards. Conclusion This is a very useful set as it covers the entire selection of radar arrays used throughout the war. All you have to do is carefully build each array and fit to your model. Of course you will need to do some research to determine what array was fitted when on your particular subject. Review sample courtesy of
  3. International Flags Eduard 1:350 Quite a few maritime kits these days provide a selection of flags and pennants that are printed on paper. These can look ok, but generally always have a tired well worn look, like they’ve been left in the sun for a few months. Eduard have now countered this look with the release of this pre-painted steel set, which supersedes the etched brass set previously available. The forty five flags and ten pennants are beautifully painted and will look great either as a coded message from a halyard or two or even on a ship dressed overall, although it would have to be modelled for a calm day as, even though the metal is quite thin I doubt you’d be able to replicate a flapping flag too easily. To use, just cut the chosen flag from the sheet and wrap it around your favourite rigging material. Conclusion This is a very nice and easy to use set which would add a dash, or even a lot of colour depending on how many you use. Review sample courtesy of
  4. US CBU-105 Bombs 1:32 Brassin (632-095) - If you’ve fancied some more interesting ordinance on your finished models than dumb or laser guided bombs, then we have just the thing for you here. The CBU-105 sensor fused weapon, although banned now, was used to great effect in the second Gulf War, where the M-108 Skeets proved to be devastating against both tanks and soft skin vehicles. Arriving in the pretty standard cardboard box used for more fragile items the set has parts for six complete bombs. The casting is up to the usual standard, with some very fine details, such as the bomb lugs moulded onto the bomb casing. Unfortunately, even in the packaging they come in, some of the lugs on the review samples have broken. So be aware and open the ziplock bag carefully as they can be glued back on if required. Assembly is nice and simple, as once the fins and bodies are removed from the casting blocks and cleaned up it’s just a matter of joining them together painting, (any colour as long as it’s olive drab or test white it seems), adding the supplied decals, and weathering as required. Conclusion As is becoming the norm for Brassin these bombs are really well manufactured. Great moulding, good attention to detail and an excellent addition to any modellers armoury. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Bazooka Launchers for P-47 1:32 Brassin Arriving in the cardboard box that are used for the more fragile sets in the Brassin range, this set consists of two complete launchers, four end plates, and four fixing arms. There is also a smallish etched sheet, containing the straps that go round each three tube launcher and a small resin fixture for the straps. Construction is relatively simple, just cut the moulding blocks off the launchers and launcher end sections, for which the modeller has the option of fitting one pair for armed or the other pair for empty launchers. Each of the upright fixtures is then glued to the top attachment points of the launchers. The tubes are then fitted with six straps which go round all three tubes, and a strengthening strap that is fitted between the aft attachment points to one of the binding straps. Conclusion Although Eduard probably expect this set to be used on their new 1:32 P-47, it can obviously be used on any manufacturers kits in this scale. It’s a great set and makes you realise how big these things were. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Kbely is a superb museum, but a lot of their aircraft are stored outside, so, not in the best of condition.
  7. You can't get rid of pinned topics, the moderating team have pinned them as they are deemed useful to the membership. It doesn't take much to scroll down to the other topics.
  8. @Jure Miljovic There is a small lump right at the bottom of the door, but no bulge as such on the door itself. Looking at the kit parts the small bulge they have should be closer to the bottom edge.
  9. If you look in our walkround section we have photos of the CS92 which doesn't appear to have bulges on the doors.
  10. Chevrolet C30A General Service IBG Models 1:35 The Ford-built CMP trucks had a 239 cu in (3.9 L), 95 bhp (70.8 kW) V8 engine, while most of the Chevrolet-built CMP trucks had a 216 cu in (3.5 L), 85 bhp (63.4 kW) straight-6 overhead-valve engine. An American-made 270 cu in (4.4 L) GMC straight-6 engine powered the C60X 3-ton truck. The Ford and Chevrolet trucks shared a standard cab design, which evolved over the years of production. The first (designed at Ford by Sid Swallow), second and third cab designs were called No. 11, 12 and 13, respectively. The first two type were similar, the main difference being a two-part radiator grille in No.12 cab (its upper part was opened with a bonnet, which was known as the "Alligator cab"). The final No. 13 cab, an entirely Canadian design made from late 1941 until the end of the war, had the two flat panes of the windscreen angled slightly downward to minimize the glare from the sun and to avoid causing strong reflections that would be observable from aircraft. All the CMP cab designs had a short, "cab forward" configuration that gave CMP trucks their distinctive pug-nosed profile. This design was required to meet the original British specifications for a compact truck design that would be more efficient to transport by ship. The specifications also demanded right-hand drive. Internally the cab had to accommodate the comparatively large North American engines and it was generally cramped. The standard cabs were then matched up with a variety of standard chassis, drive trains and body designs. Chevrolet-built vehicles could be recognised by the radiator grille mesh being of a diamond pattern, whereas Ford-built ones had grilles formed of a square mesh. The production of CMP truck bodies in Canada was subcontracted out to smaller companies in Ontario and Manitoba, organized into the wartime Steel Body Manufacturers Association by the Department of Munitions and Supply. The wide variety of truck body designs included general service (GS), water tanker, fuel tanker, vehicle recovery (tow truck), dental clinic, mobile laundry, wireless house, machinery (machine shop), folding boat transport, and anti-tank gun portee. In the list below, a drive specification of NxM means that the vehicle has a total of N wheels and that M of those wheels are driven. The military specifications did not permit more than two wheels per axle. The British standard load capacities of 8 cwt (hundredweight), 15 cwt, 30 cwt and 60 cwt correspond roughly to the American loads of 1/2 short ton, 3/4 ton, 1.5 ton and 3 ton, respectively. The 60-cwt CMP trucks were usually called 3-ton lorries or trucks The Model The kit comes in a very attractive, full colour box with a representation of the vehicle in use. The kit represents the Canadian built 4x4, 134 inch wheelbase, 30 cwt vehicle, hence the C30A and is contained on 17 sprues of light grey styrene, although there are quite a few parts that are only destined for the spares box, as they are not used in this build. There is a single sprue of clear styrene, a small sheet of etched brass and a medium sized decal sheet. All the parts are very nicely moulded, with no sign of flash or other imperfections and only a few moulding pips. The build process is quite complex with lots of detail in and around the chassis, as for most truck models, so this won’t be a quick and easy build, but one that will need time, patience, and care to assemble, certainly not for a beginner. The instructions are very clear and easy to read, but not always logical particularly with the way the sub-assemblies are used, although they use the CAD/Photo style of drawings. Construction begins with a load of sub assemblies. Firstly the styrene wheels are assembled, each provided in two halves, which may require some careful sanding of the seam, along with the rear cross member spring unit, which includes the tow hook, associated clamps and the anti-swing bars. The two fuel tanks are made up from five parts, the lower section includes the ends, the top section, filler cap/pipe and the two supports. The next three steps involve the bending of PE parts to shape. The transfer box support is easy enough, with the end being folded to 90’, as is the panel that will be fitted beneath the radiator grille. The grille itself is a little more awkward in that the sides of both the upper and lower sections need to be bent to 28’ whilst the outer frame need to be flat, so it would be handy to have a folding tool to hand. With those done, it’s onto the drive-train with the transfer box made up from four parts, the front axle/differential made up from eleven parts and the rear axle from six parts. The front bumper is then fitted out with the guard supports and towing eyes. The build proper begins with the assembly of the very nicely detailed engine. The two block halves are glued together, and then fitted with the sump, cylinder head, front, which includes the auxiliary drive points and rear, which includes the bell housing. The drive belt is a single piece moulding onto which the PE fan is attached, with the intake manifold, air filter unit, alternator and fuel pump finishing it off. The cab is assembled from the floor pan to which is fitted the scuttle, gearbox/engine cover, bonnet, wheel arches, windscreen, instrument binnacle, front end, grille and bonnet side panels. The four part seats, gear sticks, pedals and fire extinguisher are then fitted. There is a choice of having a plain roof or one with a roof hatch fitted. The truck bed is made up from the single piece bed, to which the side benches are added, along with the rear mud flaps and tailgate. If you’re not going to use the superbly moulded tilt then you will have to add the bed sides and three storage bin hatches per side as well as the front bulkhead. The kit comes with a full set of tilt rails, which is a really nice touch, as a lot of kits don’t give you these even if a tilt is included or not. There are four cross beams, five beams that run on the roof and one on either side fore to aft. Finally we get to the chassis, which is normally one of the first things assembled in a truck kit. Each of the chassis rails is fitted with the single leaf springs and their supports at the front, whilst at the rear there are double leaf springs fitted, along with the tow bumper beams and their brackets. Each rail is then joined together by the front bumper, five cross members and the rear end beam with tow hook assembled earlier. With the chassis assembled, all the sub assemblies can now be fitted to it, the engine, with four piece exhaust, the wheels, with alternative central hubs, the front and rear differentials, transfer box, all joined together by the various drive shafts, truck fuel tanks, truck bed, cab and access steps, which at this point you should have a completed model. IBG Models have also included some useful items to give a bit of life to the vehicle in the shape of eight rifles and a couple of Jerry cans. Decals The small decal sheet provides decals for two different trucks, with various placards for around the truck, plain stars for the cab doors and a large star with segmented circle for the cab roof. The decals have been printed by Techmod and appear to be very well printed, with good opacity and very thin carrier film. Chevrolet C30A from the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade, HQ Company, 2nd Canadian Armoured Division, England 1942 Chevrolet C30A from the 48th Highlanders of Canada, 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Infantry Division, England 1942 Conclusion It’s great to see another version of the well recognised CMP truck released as an injection moulded kit. Whilst it is certainly not for the beginner, with care, patience and a bit of skill the average modeller should be able to produce a great looking model. I continue to be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the mouldings and will certainly be looking forward to their future releases. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Blackburn Beverley C.1 Mikr Mir 1:144 Designed and built by General Aircraft as the GAL.60 Universal Freighter, the first aircraft was built, then dismantled at the Feltham, Middlesex factory and transported to Brough in Yorkshire to have its maiden flight on 20 June 1950. This was followed by a second, the GAL.65, which was modified from the original. Clamshell doors replaced a combination of a door and ramp, and the tailplane boom received seating for 36 passengers. The Bristol Hercules engines became Bristol Centaurus with reverse-pitch propellers, a feature that gave it a short landing length and the ability to reverse under its own power. The takeoff run at full load was given as 790 yards, the landing run at full load, 310 yards. The RAF placed an order in 1952 as the Beverley C.1 (Beverley, Cargo Mark 1). All 49 Beverley aircraft would be built at Brough, with the last one being manufactured in 1958, and final retirement from RAF service was in 1967. The aircraft was a high-wing cantilever monoplane with a fixed undercarriage. The large fuselage had a tail boom fitted with a tailplane with twin fins. The tail boom allowed access to the rear of the fuselage through removable clamshell doors. A 36 ft (11 m) main fuselage space was supplemented by passenger accommodation in the tail boom. The main cargo hold could accommodate 94 troops, with another 36 in the tail boom. In operation, it was regarded as "ungainly but highly effective" and was described by Air Chief Marshal Sir Robert Freer as "like something out of the Ark, but it was a superb supply dropper”. A device called an Elephant's Foot could be fitted under the centre of the fuselage just forward of the clamshell doors when it was in use. The foot was held in place by pins inserted through a triangular arrangement of attachment points on the fuselage and was fitted during loading to prevent the Beverley from tipping over when heavy items were loaded into the freight bay. The aircraft was designed for carrying large bulk loads and landing on rough or imperfect runways, or mere dirt strips. It could trace its design back to the GAL49 Hamilcar glider of the Second World War. When it entered service it was the largest aircraft in the Royal Air Force (RAF). It had a large interior cargo area split into two levels which amounted to around 6,003 ft³ (170 m³) of space. Paratroopers in the upper passenger area jumped through a hatch in the base of the boom just in front of the leading edge of the tailplane. Paratroopers in the main body exited through side doors. The Beverley was equipped with toilets, which were situated in the tail beyond the paratrooper hatch located on the floor of the tail boom. One fatality was caused by a serviceman who fell twenty feet to the ground when exiting the toilet, unaware that the paratrooper hatch had been opened. Modifications were made to prevent the toilet doors from being opened when the paratroops hatch was open. The Model This is the first injection moulded kit of the Blackburn Beverley, the other releases being either resin or vacform. As such it is very welcome, as whilst the aircraft wasn’t built in any great numbers, it was an important type for the RAF in the tactical transport role. The kit comes in the standard style of box that Mikr Mir use, inside of which there are seven sprues of light grey styrene, one of clear styrene, a small sheet of etched brass and quite a large decal sheet. Whilst there is quite a bit of flash around the sprues, there isn’t that much on the parts themselves, but this is expected due to the short run nature of the moulds. The parts themselves appear to have been moulded very well with no sign of other defects such as sink marks or short shoot parts and the detail is really rather nice at this scale. Construction begins with the cockpit, naturally, and the fitting of the centre console to the cockpit floor, followed by the instrument panel, two seats, the control yokes, and the rear bulkhead. The cockpit assembly is then glued into one half of the fuselage, whilst to air intakes are assembled and put to one side to dry. The cargo floor is then glued into the same half of fuselage, and the two rear doors fitted with PE parachute door cards, on the inner skins. If you wish, the two clamshell doors can be left off and two deflectors fitted in their place, for use in parachute drops. Each engine nacelle is made up from two halves, as are the cowlings, with the engine face fitted between the halves the air intakes are fitted and the propellers, each of three parts glued to the crankcase cover. The upper and lower wing panels are glued together and the engine/nacelle assemblies attached. The wings are then fitted to the fuselage, as is the tail boom lower panel, which incorporates detail within the clam shell door area. The tail assembly is then built up from a single upper section, two lower sections and two, two part vertical tails. The completed assembly is then glued into position. The main undercarriage is assembled with the main faired oleo fitted, to which the horizontal support is attached, with four single piece wheels. The nose wheel is a simple oleo to which two wheels are attached. The clear parts that make up the cockpit canopy and navigators window are now fitted, as are the large air intakes on the fuselage roof and under the tailplane, as well as several aerials and the sighting blister. More aerials are added, this time made of PE, and the instructions show their positioning very clearly. The main and nose undercarriage units are glued into position ensuring that all wheels are touching the ground, and to finish the build off the PE paracord deflector rails are attached to the rear fuselage. Decals The main decal sheet includes all the standard markings required for one aircraft, but individual serials etc for four aircraft. The decals are nicely printed with thin carrier film, good density and opaqueness. There is a smaller secondary sheet which I cannot find a use of as they're not mentioned in the instructions. The aircraft included are:- Blackburn Beverley C.1 of No.47 Sqn, 1962 Blackburn Beverley C.1 of No.30 Sqn, 1967 Blackburn Beverley C.1 of No.84 Sqn , Yemen, June 1967 Blackburn Beverley C.1 of the Royal Aircraft Establishment 1973 Conclusion There’s something about the Beverley that is uniquely British, and it’s always been a plane that I have been keen on, ever since I saw the one that used to be outside the RAF Museum at Hendon. It’s great to have one in injected moulded plastic, and even in this small scale it will look very nice amongst the model collection. Now, who’s going to do one in 1:72 injection moulded? Review sample courtesy of
  12. The Turtle Mikr Mir 1:35 The Turtle (also called the American Turtle) was the world's first submersible with a documented record of use in combat. In 1776, during the Revolutionary War, the American submersible craft Turtle attempts to attach a time bomb to the hull of British Admiral Richard Howe’s flagship Eagle in New York Harbor. It was the first use of a submarine in warfare. David Bushnell, an American inventor, began building underwater mines while a student at Yale University. Deciding that a submarine would be the best means of delivering his mines in warfare, he built an eight-foot-long wooden submersible that was christened the Turtle for its shape. Large enough to accommodate one operator, the submarine was entirely hand-powered. Lead ballast kept the craft balanced. Donated to the Patriot cause after the outbreak of war with Britain in 1775, Ezra Lee piloted the craft unnoticed out to the 64-gun HMS Eagle in New York Harbor on September 7, 1776. As Lee worked to anchor a time bomb to the hull, he could see British seamen on the deck above, but they failed to notice the strange craft below the surface. Lee had almost secured the bomb when his boring tools failed to penetrate a layer of iron sheathing. He retreated, and the bomb exploded nearby, causing no harm to either the Eagle or the Turtle. During the next week, the Turtle made several more attempts to sink British ships on the Hudson River, but each time it failed, owing to the operator’s lack of skill. Only Bushnell was really able to competently execute the submarine’s complicated functions, but because of his physical frailty he was unable to pilot the Turtle in any of its combat missions. During the Battle of Fort Lee, the Turtle was lost when the American sloop transporting it was sunk by the British. Despite the failures of the Turtle, General George Washington gave Bushnell a commission as an Army engineer, and the drifting mines he constructed destroyed the British frigate Cerberus and wreaked havoc against other British ships. After the war, he became commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stationed at West Point. The Model As with the other kits reviewed recently, this one has been out for short while now and it has to be one of the strangest little kits I’ve come across in quite a while. The standard Mikr Mir box, (although somewhat smaller than most), contains a single sprue of clear styrene and one of light grey, along with a sheet of etched brass. Strangely enough, the main body of the submersible is in clear, which begs the question, “WHY”, when there is nothing to go inside, no interior at all. Still, it will give the scratch builders something to do in the winter months. With the two halves joined together it’s just a matter of fitting the clear hatch ring and hatch into place, and gluing the PE window frames into position. The explosive charge box is made from two halves and glued to what can be called the rear of the oval body, by the fact that the rudder is placed there as well. The normal styrene base is then fitted along with the top mounted air tubes drill upper propeller shaft and the front mounted propeller shaft, each of which are fitted with PE propellers. There is a small guard that goes around the rudder and that’s it, done, just a matter of painting to finish it off. Conclusion What a strange little submersible this si, but it must be remembered that it was the first to actually be used in action, albeit ineffectively. The clear body does give the opportunity to custom build your own interior, and there is quite a bit of information and pictures of this on the internet to help the scratch builder out. Whatever you do with the kit, it will make for a talking point within your collection, just a good job it was done in 1:35 rather than anything smaller. Review sample courtesy of
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    HMS M1 Mikr Mir 1:350 HMS M1 was a submarine of the British Royal Navy, one of four vessels of her class ordered towards the end of the First World War. She sank with the loss of her entire crew in 1925. The vessels were originally intended as "submarine monitors", but their purpose had been changed before detailed design began. M1 was fitted with a 12-inch (305mm) gun which was intended for use against surface ships in preference to torpedoes, the argument being that, "No case is known of a ship-of-war being torpedoed when under way at a range outside of 1000 yards". Although the gun had an effective range of 15,000 yards (14 km), it was normally fired using a simple bead sight at periscope depth with only the barrel above the water. It was important for the submarine's gun to sink or disable the target with the first shot, because the gun could only be loaded on the surface. She was 295 feet 9 inches (90.14 m) long, displaced 1,950 long tons (1,980 t) submerged and operated out of Portsmouth. She was launched on 9 July 1917, but was not involved in active service in the First World War. In 1923, water leaking into the barrel of the gun resulted in extensive damage to the muzzle when it was fired. She sank with all 69 hands on 12 November 1925 while on an exercise in the English Channel. A Swedish ship, SS Vidar, struck the submerged M1 and sank her in 70 m of water. The collision tore the gun from the hull and water flooded the interior through the open loading hole. The crew members appear to have tried to escape by flooding the interior and opening the escape hatch, but their bodies were never found. Her wreck was discovered by a diving team led by Innes McCartney in 1999 at a depth of 73 m. Later that year, the wreck was visited again by Richard Larn and a BBC TV documentary crew, and the resulting film was broadcast in March 2000. The wreck is designated as a protected place under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986. The Model Consisting of two hull halves and a single sprue of light grey styrene and quite a large sheet of etched brass, the kit is contained in the standard, colourful Mikr Mir box. As with most submarine kits, there aren’t a lot of parts and shouldn’t take too long to build. The difference with this kit is that there are quite a few PE parts which, whilst adding to the detail, will slow the build down, especially for those not used to working with brass. The build begins with the assembly of the turret from two halves into which the two part gun barrel is fitted. The two control tower halves are then joined together and fitted with the periscope deck, along with two periscopes and three aerials, whilst alongside each side is a faired projection. The two hull halves are joined together and the completed tower assembly glued into the slot in the main deck, which has obviously been made so that HMS M2 can be made from the same hull moulds. The propeller shafts, complete with A frame supports are glued into position, along with the two PE propellers and plastic bosses. The front and rear dive planes are attached and each fitted with two PE support frames. The single 3” gun is fitted to the upper deck aft of the tower, one the PE decking has been glued into place, as well as gun mounting base and two support frames to the front and rear of the pedestal. The tower is then further detailed with PE handrails all round and a strake on the starboard side. Lastly the two PE keel strakes are fitted to the lower hull. Conclusion Whilst HMS M1 has been released before in 1:350 by ROP os, although in resin, it’s nice to have options when choosing a kit and this one will probably be more inclusive, for those modellers who don’t like resin, and it is certainly cheaper. Be aware that this is a limited run kit so won’t throw itself together, but it does build into a nice looking model, one that any submarine or maritime fan will proud to have in their collection. Review sample courtesy of
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    CSS H.L. Hunley Mikr Mir 1:35 The H. L. Hunley was a submarine of the Confederate States of America that played a small part in the American Civil War. The Hunley demonstrated the advantages and the dangers of undersea warfare. She was the first combat submarine to sink a warship, although the Hunley was not completely submerged and, following her successful attack, was lost along with her crew before she could return to base. The Confederacy lost 21 crewmen in three sinkings of the Hunley during her short career. She was named for her inventor, Horace Lawson Hunley, shortly after she was taken into government service under the control of the Confederate States Army at Charleston, South Carolina. The Hunley, nearly 40 feet (12 m) long, was built at Mobile, Alabama, and launched in July 1863. She was then shipped by rail on August 12, 1863, to Charleston, South Carolina. The Hunley (then called Fish Boat) sank on August 29, 1863, during a test run, killing five members of her crew. She sank again on October 15, 1863, killing all eight of her second crew, including Horace Hunley himself, who was aboard at the time, even though he was not a member of the Confederate military. Both times the Hunley was raised and returned to service. On February 17, 1864, The Hunley attacked and sank the 1240-short ton (1124 metric tons) screw sloop USS Housatonic, which had been on Union blockade-duty in Charleston's outer harbour. Soon afterwards, the Hunley sank, killing all eight of her third crew. This time, the ship was lost. Finally located in 1995 by the NUMA dive team led by the author Clive Cussler, the wreck of the Hunley was raised in 2000 and is on display in North Charleston, South Carolina, at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center on the Cooper River. Examination, in 2012, of recovered Hunley artefacts suggests that the submarine was as close as 20 feet to her target, the Housatonic, when her deployed torpedo exploded, which eventually caused the sub's own loss. The Model Like the USS Daniel Webster kit, this one has been out for a while now, but we have only just received to for review, so please bear with us. The kit comes in the standard Mikr Mir style box, inside of which there are two hull halves, and one sprue of light grey styrene, one sprue of clear styrene, a sheet of etched brass and a stand. Before assembly can start there are quite a few holes that need to be opened up on both halves of the hull. These holes are filled with clear portholes before the hull halves are joined together. The clear entrance hatches are fitted, one to each of the small towers, followed by the two triangular panels which are fitted in front of each tower. Behind the forward tower there is a box like structure with two tubes attached and at the very bow, near the keel the lower torpedo arm attachment point is fitted. The two hatches are fitted with separate hinges which require a length of stretched sprue to act as the hinge rod. There is a large dive vane attached to either side of the hull adjacent to the foreward tower, whilst a smaller vane is fitted just forward of the larger vane. Right aft, the propeller is attached, followed by the protective ring and rudder, along with their associated support and control rods. Moving forward the long arms of the “torpedo” carrying structure are attached, followed by the four piece “torpedo” and, lastly, the spike that attached the “torpedo” to the targets hull. Conclusion It’s about time a decent sized model of this important craft has been released. Being the first to have sunk an enemy warship it is surprising that it has taken so long, but to have it in 1:35 scale is great, as it’s only a small vessel. The moulding on the kit is nicely done especially for a limited run kit and will make an interesting model in anyone's collection. Review sample courtesy of
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    USS Daniel Webster Mikro Mir 1:350 The contract to build Daniel Webster was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on 3 February 1961 and her keel was laid down there on 28 December 1961. She was launched on 27 April 1963, sponsored by Mrs. W. Osborn Goodrich, Jr., and commissioned on 9 April 1964, with Commander Marvin S. Blair in command of the Blue Crew and Commander Lloyd S. Smith in command of the Gold Crew. Webster was originally built with diving planes mounted on a "mini-sail" near the bow, leading to her nickname "Old Funny Fins". This configuration, unique to US submarines, was an attempt to reduce the effect of porpoising. While successful, the "mini-sail" required to contain the operating mechanism reduced hydrodynamic efficiency and lowered her overall speed. During a mid-1970s overhaul, these unusual planes were removed and standard fairwater planes were installed. She was decommissioned on 30 August 1990 and struck from the Naval Vessel Register the same day. She was converted to a moored training ship (S5W Prototype facility) by the Charleston Naval Shipyard at Charleston, South Carolina. Upon completion and designated MTS-626, she was towed up-river to her permanent berth at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit Charleston. The Model This kit has been out a little while now but this is our first look at it. The kit comes in the familiar coloured top opening box, inside of which the kit parts are safely held in a poly bag. Considering the size of the completed model, there are very few parts, making it a great kit to start with if you thinking of making a selection of submarine models. The grey styrene is not as soft as some short run kits I’ve come across and the moulded details, such as the silo doors, are very nicely moulded. The two hull halves are cut vertically rather than the standard horizontal seen in most other kits. This makes the modelling of a waterline diorama so much easier. If making the model as full hull the two halves are glued together and the join line filled and sanded as necessary. The single piece silo section is then glued to the upper hull, followed by the four part sail assembly, consisting of two sail halves, clear screen for the front of the sail, sail top and internal floor, being attached to the forward end of the silo section. The sail is provided with three periscopes which are fitted to the top of the sail. The forward sail, which was a distinctive feature of this boat is made up from two halves and is fitted with the two forward dive planes, before being attached to the bow. The upper and lower rudders and the aft dive planes are then attached to the rear of the hull, followed by the etched propeller. With the boss in place, the blades must be twisted carefully to shape, which is shown in the instructions, but you might get better results by finding a photograph of them on the internet or your library. Decals The small decal sheet provides the boats ID number, fitted to the fin, its name plate, fitted to the aft section of the missile silos, depth markings and escape hatch and bollard markings. The decals look suitable opaque and in register with very little in the way of carrier film. But still best use on a glossy base. Conclusion As with the other boats released in this scale, this is great looking kit and even though it’s short run, it does build into a really nice model, as can be seen in the Ready For Inspection section on this very forum. Mikro Mir should be congratulated for releasing these esoteric boats. Review sample courtesy of