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  1. Arsenal Model Group (AMG) is to release new tool families of 1/48th and later 1/72nd (then maybe in 1/144th too) Bell P-63 Kingcobra kits. 1/48th first boxing is expected for this Summer. To be followed. Sources: http://amg-models.net/2017/01/17/bell-p-63a-kingcobra/ http://amg-models.net/2017/01/17/bell-p-63c-kingcobra/ http://amg-models.net/2017/01/17/bell-p-63e-kingcobra/ http://amg-models.net/ 3D renders The Bell P-63 Kingcobra is an American fighter aircraft developed by Bell Aircraft in World War II from the Bell P-39 Airacobra in an attempt to correct that aircraft’s deficiencies. Although the P-63 was not accepted for combat use by the United States Army Air Forces, it was successfully adopted by the Soviet Air Force.[2] The production model Bell Model 33; 1725 P-63As produced in various sub-marks. P-63C Second production series differed from the P-63A by being powered by the uprated Allison V-1710-117 engine with a war emergency rating of 1,500 hp (1,120 kW) at sea level and 1,800 hp (1,340 kW) with water injection. The wingspan was reduced by 10 inches (250 mm). A total production run of 1,227 was completed P-63E Essentially similar to the P-63D with the exception of a ventral fin extension and the use of a standard “cab”-style cockpit; only 13 built. V.P.
  2. After much anticipation the AMG 1/72 scale Jumo engined Bf 109s are finally available. Over the years I have considered and even tried many alternatives for an acceptable 109 A through D, including modifying the Heller kit, grafting the Heller nose on a Tamiya E, Grafting the DB Products nose on a Tamiya E, learning to live with the Heller kit and finally, waiting for a good kit to come along. I've read a number of reviews of the AMG model online, none of them glowing. One of the best assessments comes from our own Woody, which I will reprint here: "I've had one of these for some time now. While the initial viewing makes it look very good, it has issues. As far as the shape goes it is very good. Nice scribing and most of the small parts are done well. Photo etch and masks included and all of the parts for all of the variants are apparently included in all of the kits. However... there's no canopy framing and the engineering of the wing is preposterous. The wing does not for the most part break on panel lines. The wing root is split up the middle, cleaning up this seam will most likely take out the fairings that cover the spar bolts requiring their replacement. At the trailing edge of the wing root are rather wonky keys on the lower surface of the fuselage that are supposed to slot into openings on the lower wing panel. They don't fit. Then there's the join at the trailing edge. Most 109 kits I have seen the lower wing panels aft edge is at the flap/aileron juncture on the underside. Not here, no that would be much too simple. Instead there is a sweeping joint that runs through two panel lines on it's way to the wingtip. In addition the lower wing is too thick to sit flush in it's provided recess adding insult to injury. Then we get to the cowling. I believe there are ten pieces involved in the cowling assembly. It appears that the lower radiator area will fit fairly well, the rest of it looks like it will be a challenge. Another issue with the cowling is that the rather prominent angled vents fore and aft of the exhausts are merely represented with a scribed outline rather than an indentation. This will also be a challenge to rectify. So what do we have at the end of the day? It's got a better shape than the Heller kit. It's got better detail, better fabric surfaces and it's scribed. It also looks to be a bitch to build. The Heller kit, which has just been rereleased, will be an easier build but not as accurate. Which you choose will depend on your priorities and skill level. I was really hoping for a reasonable kit here, but the engineering of the wing has really put me off. Which is a shame as I would have bought about two dozen of these things. I guess I'll have to wait and see what the competition brings out. Now for a little editorial content. I have it on good authority that the 1/48 scale early 109's by AMG do not have the ludicrous engineering around the wing. So why did they do this on the 1/72 scale kit? The only thing I can think of is to leave fingerprints. So that if one of the less principled manufactures tries to copy the AMG kit it will be glaringly obvious that they did so or they have a lot of extra work to do to cover their tracks. I can see their point but the disservice they did to the consumer is appalling." Not to be dissuaded, I decided to make this kit my next project. So here goes. The most daunting part of the build will be the (too) multi-part nose; but how should it be approached? Glue the cowl panels to the fuselage, then add the exhausts or stick the upper cowl together first, attach the exhausts to the cowl, then proceed? This thing is like an erector set. A bunch of loosely fitting parts interlock to make a rigid structure. The key seems to be, oddly enough, the wing. The lower cowl is integral with the lower wing part, so let's start there. As Woody mentioned, the wing parts breakdown is utterly ridiculous. See here: What the hell were they thinking?? Their 1/48 kit has the upper/lower wing attachment at the aileron and flap line. Easy! Not here. And if it fit you could accept it. It doesn't. In the photo you can make out the very coarse sanding I did on the outer lower wing panels. It wasn't enough, so I took a #10 scalpel blade and scraped off some of the mating area on the upper wings. This just about did it, but it still wasn't perfect. More of that below. I will give AMG credit for the wheel well breakdown. The wells are inserts, a little too thick (who's surprised at that), but this enables them to be painted in a simple way. First I painted the upper wing structure, the wheel well insert and the rim of the well on the lower wing in Pollyscale RLM 02. Then I brush painted the leather area of the insert with an acrylic brown. When sandwiched together, this is much easier and effective than a single part. While I was at it, I painted the cockpit RLM 02 as well, gave it an oil wash, and picked out some details with Vallejo acrylics. This kit has perhaps the best cockpit of any 1/72 scale 109 model on the market today. The details are very crisp and an included photo-etched fret contains quite a few minute items. One thing became apparent to me when some references. The map case is molded on the left side of the cockpit, which is actually correct, but only for the Bf 109 A. From the B - E versions, it is on the right side. AMG provides a photo-etched case, but there are two issues. First, it lacks one indentation where it should be folded. I tried brute force but that didn't work. This is also the case (no pun intended) with the 1/48th kit, on which I also experimented. There I tried scribing the missing groove, again to no avail, even though it is significantly bigger. My advice to you; make one from .005" plastic card. Again, I was elated to discover that the kit is correct for the A variant. Incidentally, this is pointed out in the two essential references for the early 109s. The first is a superb Kagero monograph: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234990602-messerschmitt-bf109-early-versions-a-d/ The second is vol. 1 of Lynn Ritger's excellent two part series on the Bf 109: https://www.amazon.com/MESSERSCHMITT-BF-109-PART-Prototype/dp/0955185807/ref=pd_cp_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0955185807&pd_rd_r=NZA1Q7MJVHM5SKF9Q21G&pd_rd_w=e82hI&pd_rd_wg=8RKBp&psc=1&refRID=NZA1Q7MJVHM5SKF9Q21G So here is the wing after quite a bit of effort. The wing joint has been slathered with a mixture of talcum power and super glue (thank you Mr. Dedig) and sanded. I then brushed some Gunze Mr. Surfacer on some suspicious areas and re-sanded. I then masked the wheel wells and shot a rather heavy coat of Mr. Surfacer 1000 on the rest of the lower wing. So far, it looks OK. I will sand and polish this area, then it's on to rescribing the lost panel lines. The would have been a much more difficult job without these very simple tools from John Vojtech at UMM Models: They are simple, shaped aluminum bars to which you attach sandpaper to using double sided tape. But the advantage is that they don't "give". They stay perfectly flat, just what is needed for sanding the uneven lower wing surfaces. Finally (you thought you'd never get there), here's what I meant about the lower wing being crucial to the nose alignment. Again, I'm not sure how to proceed. The cowl panels are stuck on with blobs of Blu-Tack. I have thought about leaving them there and glueing everything together with 5-minute epoxy. Of course I would align the parts better than this, but that just might work. Or, use epoxy putty t for the same purpose. Epoxy putty would also act as the adhesive, but once pushed beyond where you want it to go, you can't really pull the part out again. Blu-Tack is "gummier" and will allow that. So that's part one of the saga. If you've gotten this far, you deserve a medal for endurance. I also have a cobbled together Heller 109 B/D from the shelf of doom. When the AMG kit catches up, I will proceed with both models. Thanks for looking.
  3. Test sprues of the new model AMG. Release - October 2017
  4. After the 1/48th kit (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235007915-148-messerschmitt-bf109abcd-by-arsenal-model-group-amg-cads-sprues-release-october-2016/) AMG is to release a 1/72nd Messerschmitt Bf.109A/B/C/D kit - ref. Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235007915-148-messerschmitt-bf109abcd-by-arsenal-model-group-amg-cads-sprues-release-october-2016/&do=findComment&comment=2531650 Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1692296211082833&id=1505395696439553 V.P.
  5. Now that AMG has released their series of early Bf.109 kits, I wonder if anyone who has dropped the coin for one has any thoughts or impressions they can share? I've seen pictures of it and have developed my own opinion as this point, but that is all, just an opinion as I have not picked one up yet. I'll admit that I am also having more than just a little difficulty swallowing the price (price plus shipping running around the $30 plus USD mark) that I see being asked for it (on eBay anyways). I will say that I am not a fan of the photoetched landing gear covers (that may, or may not, change). I am sure they are truly "to scale" being photoetch, just not sold on them though. I suppose that if anything, it can not be any worse than the Avis release from several years ago. That was one I had high hopes for but was quite disappointed once in hand. Anyways... thoughts, impressions anyone?
  6. Decal printed Behemoth Decal. Regards, Eugen
  7. AMG is to re-release in limited editions its 1/48th Polikarpov I-15bis kit in new variants and boxings - ref. 48305 - Polikarpov DIT (early) Source: http://hobbyterra.com/product/polikarpov-dit-early-amg-models-48305.html - ref. 48309 - Polikarpov I-15 bis (late) Source: http://hobbyterra.com/product/polikarpov-i-15-bis-late-amg-models-48309.html - ref. 48311 - Polikarpov I-15bis on skis Source: http://hobbyterra.com/product/polikarpov-i-15-bis-on-skis-amg-models-48311.html - ref. 48315 - Polikarpov I-15bis (early) Source: http://hobbyterra.com/product/polikarpov-i-15-bis-early-amg-models-48315.html Russian review with pics from one of the original boxings (ref.48303): http://scalemodels.ru/articles/7540-obzor-AMG-1-48-i-15-bis.html pics, source: http://hobbyterra.com/product/polikarpov-i-15-bis-ground-attack-aircraft-model-kit-amg-models-48303.html V.P.
  8. A visit in the Arsenal Model Group (AMG) news homepage reveal CADs from a new tool Polikarpov R-5 project to be declined in 1/144th, 1/72nd and 1/48th scales. Source: http://amg-models.net/2017/01/17/polikarpov-r-5/ V.P.
  9. AMG is to release a 1/48th Messerschmitt Bf.109G-6/N with FuG 217 "Neptun" - ref. 48703 Sources: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1761792314133222&id=1505395696439553 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1761792247466562.1073741878.1505395696439553&type=3 https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1761239314188522&id=1505395696439553 Test assembly photoetching parts for Bf.109G-6/N with FuG 217 Plastic models - Eduard V.P.
  10. Arsenal Model Group (AMG) is to release in 2016 a 1/48th twin-seats Messerschmitt Bf.109G-12 kit or conversion set - ref. AMG 48702 Source: http://amg-models.net/2015/12/03/мессершмитт-bf-109g-12/ V.P.
  11. My dad still waits for a up-to-date Dora kit, the AMG is no epiphany. It is one kit for all early versions, more or less. The fuselage in the D kit is for a B model, cockpit seems to be ok for a D. The wheel wells are bigger than with the CA kit. For a D model some corrections are neccessary. Well, nevertheless my dad started the kit, but he doesn´t know yet which version or scheme he will do. He thought of making a B model with this kit, doing the Spanish Republican captured Condor B-1, but sadly this kit doesn´t include the longer slats or the wooden prop...
  12. #7/2017 When the new early 109s from AMG were released, my dad decided to give it a try. Got the pre-release D-1 boxing and found out you can´t do a Dora without surgery. The fuselage is for a A/B model, the wings too which miss the gun access panels/covers. The tailwheel is only for a late Dora. At first my dad didn´t know what to do with that kit, cost ~35 Euro so my he didn´t want to throw it away. Then he found the solution in building a Berta. Prop and tail wheel are from a CA kit, the long slats were possible by glueing the short slats together with the leading edge gun covers. The kit isn´t that bad but the canopy doesn´t fit in length, therefore my dad displayed it open and the multipart cowling demands some filling and sanding work. The camo paint is a selfmix. The model shows the former Legion Condor 6-15 piloted by Otto Polenz who was forced to land on a Republican airfield. He became a POW, the aircraft found its way over France to Russia were it was examined and evaluated.
  13. Finally got this built. Here it is in all its glory: On the whole, an enjoyable building experience. Tamiya kits are really at the top of the tree for quality. The only issue I had was with the number plate decals. As soon as they hit the (painted) plastic, they stuck right where they were placed. Didn't happen with any of the other decals from the same sheet. Weird. Hope you enjoy it. The build can be seen here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235007398-tamiya-124-mercedes-benz-amg-500sl/ All the best, Alan.
  14. Hi All, I seem to have got a bit of enthuisam back for modelling again! This has been on and off my bench for a considerable while. I'm not sure how long I have had this beast. Several years at the least... Cover picure: I think that this muscular beast will look good with my Mazda Mx-5. Two totally different cars, both with the idea that driving can be fun... Anyway the obligatory sprue shot: As you can see, there are a number of bits removed from the sprues, that's because I started on this model a fair while ago, then for lack of enthusiasm, I packed it all up, and more-or-less forgot about it. By the way, the clear parts were missed out in the photo, but I still have them... I re-discovered it while waiting for some paint (or cement, I can't remember to be honest) to set on the Revell Ferrari 308. I thought that I would get it out and have a look. The main body parts were all primed ready for a top coat, So I sanded the primer coat with some recently bought Tamiya 'Lapping Film'. This is a very fine abrasive that can be used to smooth paint or plastic surfaces prior to painting. It's pretty amazing stuff. The finish I got was pretty good, so I decided to have a go at painting it. I sprayed it with Humbrol Gunmetal acrylic using my trusty Badger air-brush (Must be nearly 30 years old, and still going strong). I thinned it using a 50:50 mix of Johnson's Klear and distilled water, So the final mix was about 35% paint to 65% thinner. I then hooked up my new Tamiya air-flow regulator to the compressor and set the flow rate to quite low. The regulator has no pressure gauge, so it's a bit of guess-work to establish the correct air-flow, but with a bit of practice, you get a really fine flow, but you do have to thin the paint quite a lot, or it won't crawl out of the bottle The Tamiya regulator is a really nifty piece of kit and not terribly expensive, about 8 quid from HLJ. This is where the various parts are now: Finally the bonnet (Hood): Once the paint was dry on the various body parts, it was a lovely matte shade (I think Humbrol gun-metal is matte anyway). It needed some 'shiney-ness'. I had some Halford's clear lacquer left over from other jobs, and tried it on the bonnet. After a few mist-coats followed by a couple of heavier wet-coats, it was glossy but a little orange-peely. So, after some elbow-grease with 2000 grit wet 'n' dry, the Tamiya lapping film and finally, Halford's rubbing compound, I got a pretty good high shine on the bonnet. The next stage is to get some more Halfords clear laquer, and finish the job on the body and fenders. Once that is done, I can get on with the interior, and final assembly. It's still a long way from being finished, but I feel that I have made some good progress. More to come. Cheers, Alan.
  15. Finished model. куда залить картинку
  16. AMG is to re-release in limited editions its 1/48th Polikarpov I-153 Chaika kit in new variants and boxings. A German review from one of the original boxings with pics: http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/FirstLook/AMG/48302_I-153_Tschaika/AGM_Polikarpow_I-153.html To note that ICM is preparing a new tool 1/48th I-153 kit: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234974488-148-polikarpov-i-153-chaika-by-icm-box-art-release-in-late-2015/ - ref. 48308 - Polikarpov I-153 Chaika (late) Source: http://hobbyterra.com/product/polikarpov-i-153-chaika-late-amg-models-48308.html - ref. 48310 - Polikarpov I-153 PVRD (Ramjet) Source: http://hobbyterra.com/product/polikarpov-i-153-pvrd-ramjet-amg-models-48310.html - ref. 48314 - Polikarpov I-153 (in Foreign service) Source: http://hobbyterra.com/product/polikarpov-i-153-in-foreign-service-amg-models-48314.html V.P.
  17. After the ICM's Mustang ( http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234981984-148-north-american-p-51bc-d-mustang-rebox-icm-by-arsenal-model-group-amg), Arsenal Model Group (AMG) is to rebox the Roden's 1/48th North American T-28 Trojan as "aerobatic" - ref. 48504 Source: http://hobbyterra.com/product/american-t-28-trojan-aerobatic-amg-models-48504.html V.P.
  18. AMG is to release a 1/48th Beechcraft D.17S Staggerwing racing kit - ref.48503. Roden kit rebox + add ons? Source: http://hobbyterra.com/product/beechcraft-d-17s-staggerwing-racing-amg-models-48503.html V.P.
  19. New in the Arsenal Model Group (AMG) Facebook. Two North American P-51 (B/C & D) Mustang kits announced as limited editions. Origin? Rebox? ref.48501 - North American P-51D Mustang Source: https://www. facebook.com/amgmodels/photos/pcb.1769355343290853/1769355239957530/?type=1 ref.48502 - North American P-51C Mustang III Source: https://www. facebook.com/amgmodels/photos/pcb.1769355343290853/1769355253290862/?type=1 V.P.
  20. Arsenal Model Group (AMG) is to release a new variant from its 1/48th "Hat", a Kamov Ka-10 early type - ref. AMG48205. Source: http://scalemodels.ru/news/8026-tri-novinki-ot-AMG--bronja-aviaavto.html Previous variant boxing: V.P.
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